Reticule Purse, Drawstring Bag, Mourning Imagery, Pen and Ink on Linen
Wrought by Susan Webster
The Property of Betsy Webster
Early 19th Century
New England or New York State
One side featuring a basket of flowers above verse, centered by undulating vine of grapes, flowers and foliage; the reverse with trailing floral vine centering mourning vignette including monument, willow trees and verse - Sacred to the memory of Mr. Thomas Burnam who was drowned in lake Ontario-Nov. 8, 1814, aged 22 yrs. Excellent condition (8 3/8 by 9.5")
Hat, Jack Tar, Seaman's
Early 19th Century
Jack Tar is common term for early seamen, and we are offering a rare survivor of one of their waterproof hats. Tarred seamen's hats were worn by both American's and the English in much the same form as they battled common elements.
The seaman's hat was coated with black tar to ensure it remained waterproof while on the water. Our example is in remarkably good condition with a minor scratch on the surface of the slightly warped brim. The original band, generally a ribbon is missing but the threads to hold the band in place remain. Lined in linen the hat is stamped with W and Z on the interior. Early sailor's everyday items are rare survivors, especially in this condition. An opportunity to own a piece of history rarely found even in the most advanced collections.
Dimensions: 14" approximate diameter, 3" H.
For additional information about Jack Tar, both the term and the seamen see: Marine Art and Antiques, Jack Tar, A Sailor's Life 1750-1910 by J. Welles Henderson and Rodney P. Carlisle. Published 1999.
Theorem Purse, Wedding Purse
Early 19th Century
Paint on cotton, painted both sides, top section is silk
Not examined out of frame; mounted with silk handkerchief.
Dimensions: 16.25 by 17" frame, 9.5 by 10.5" purse (approximately).
Beaded Moccasins, Cheyenne, Forked Tongue, Buffalo Hide
Circa 1870 to 1890 - SOLD
Pair of Central plains 11" beaded hide moccasins with parfleche soles, sinew-sewn using glass bead colors of green, red white-heart, light blue, cobalt blue, and white; forked tongue and angled cuffs. Minor bead losses, soiled, open seams. Purportedly brought from Minnesota to Colebrook, Connecticut by Carrington Phelps (1875-1890).
492-81 - SOLD
Brown leather - SOLD
Dimensions: 7" L.
912-180 - SOLD
Early 19th Century - SOLD
Black leather, good condition.
Dimensions: 9.75" L.
912-181 - SOLD
Reticule, Silk Bag, Embroidered Floral Motifs
19th Century - SOLD
Silk embroidered on both sides. Minor breaks to silk.
Dimensions: 9.5 by 8".
266-11 - SOLD
Slippers, Children's, Embroidered Green Leather
Imported from the Mid East for the American market.
Dimensions: 8" L.
Reticule, Silk Embroidered Bag
Early to Mid 19th Century - SOLD
This bag is silk on silk with sequins, spangles and pearls decorating one side, second side with acorns and oak leaves.
Minor breaks to silk on one side only. All original.
Dimensions: 7.5 by 8".
266-12 - SOLD
Wallet, Embossed Leather Gentleman's Wallet
Recumbent Lion surmounted by American Eagle
Each panel decorated with recumbent lion surmounted by aggressive American eagle within lozenge centered by embossed borders. This wallet was obviously carried and therefore the outside shows wear; when opened, we find two coin pockets with scalloped flaps over a larger compartment for bills; only traces of the original linen lining remain.
(Closed: 3.75 x 2.25 inches; open: 3.75 x 4.875 inches)
Needlework Wallet, Crewel Embroidery, Vibrant Colors, 18th Century - SOLD
Canvaswork pocketbook in floral pattern with urn, American 18th century, lined in blue wool with green wool tape and ties. One of the best!
Dimensions: 7.75 x 4.5 inches.
274-98 - SOLD
18th Century - SOLD
Dimensions: 92.5-inches long, 6.75-inches wide.
912-53 - SOLD
An Outstanding and Fine Gentleman's Embroidered Wallet
A Watercolor Portrait Of The Owners Homestead
Second Half Of The Eighteenth Century
Probably Townsend, Massachusetts
Worked in wool yarns, a fine canvas-work of a very sophisticated floral design...cream, mustard, red and rose colored wool used in creating the embroidered wild roses and tulips. The wild roses are wrought with a French knot in the center...pedals with running stitch. The decoration is against a variegated field of shades of green, all edges bound with original gold wool hand-woven tape and tied closed with the same tape. The interior fitted with three compartments is lined in soft green homespun glazed wool. (Approximately 8.5 X 5 inches.)
The house portrait:
The accompanying watercolor depicts the homestead of the proposed owner of the purse...that stands today's and is quite wonderful in itself...white center chimney dwelling with green door and shutters; dooryard with blue and white fence. The right side yard has a brown picket fence; also depicted is a gray carriage house with brick red door. (3 X 5 inches.)
The lore and condition:
We state with confidence that both the purse and watercolor are without compromise. Accompanying the lot is a report related to the homestead, its history and current standing; genealogy and supposition as compiled by a local historian. We also have the last will and testament found with the purse belonging to the Townsend gentleman...
This small, embroidered silk and satin on silk bellows-form purse was worked in the 17th century; most likely done by a young girl as an exercise to improve her needlework skills. There is a similar bag in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum that was found in a young girl's embroidered casket (box for special items). These small purses held personal possessions, possibly coins; another theory is that bags such as this example were made to be given as gifts to someone special. At 3.25-inches and of such fragile materials it was obviously not meant to be used for practical purposes. The embroidered decoration was copied from a pattern book or the individual pattern may have been purchased. Early embroidered motifs generally tell us something about the maker; in this case the acorn represents slow growth...the patience the young embroiderer needed to practice while learning and becoming an expert with the needle. It may also be representative of how her savings would grow from its start as a seedling. The condition of this bag is very good to excellent with minor wear to the silk satin. The bag is bound with a combination of braided silk and metallic threads.
Leather Purse with Brass Lock & Key
Leather purse with a heavy hinged brass top that locks and unlocks with a brass skeleton key attached to the purse by a brass chain. The iron lock is in working condition. There is punched decoration on the brass, and short fringe on the corners of the purse. Remains in very good condition.
Dimensions: 5.5-inches long.
Outstanding Hairwork Brooch
Flowers and sprigs centered by heart
Engraved on the back of the rolled gold pin-back oval brooch with beveled glass is the name "Ann M. Chenault." This piece is remarkable for its thick weave hairwork...a hair wreath manipulated, knotted and coiled to resemble a variety of lush three-dimensional flowers, leaves and sprays centered by a small hair heart. The hair, mostly in shades of brown and blonde remains in fine condition. (1 7/8 by 2 3/8-inches.)
Pair of 19th Century Velvet Painted Men's Garters - SOLD
These were most likely a wedding gift.
Dimensions: 11.75 by 1-inch.
266-1 - SOLD
Psalms Book - SOLD
17th Century embroidered Dos - a - Dos Psalms Book, two books bound together, embroidered with silk and metallic thread on satin. Bookbinding embroidered with silk and metallic threads on satin were worked in England for religious books during the 16th century through the first half of the 17th century. The spines are divided into four compartments incorporating silk flowers and silvered wire. The two bindings are embroidered with four flowers each. One book is titled, "THE WHOLE / BOOKE OF / PSALMES. / Collected into English meter / by Thomas Sternhold, John / Hopkins, and others. / LONDON / Printed for the Companie of / Stationers. / Cum Privilegio Regis Regali. / 1607." The second book is, "THE / PSALTER OR PSALMES / of David, after the translation of / the great Bible..." The gilded edges are also embossed with a geometric design. There is some loose wire and wear along the edges of the covers. The psalm book measures 3.25-inches by 2.5-inches by 1.5-inches.
621-4 - SOLD