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Inaugural Button, George Washington, 1789,
LONG LIVE THE PRESIDENT, Albert 11A
Extremely Fine Condition, Golden Patina, Hard Smooth Surfaces
Long Live the President-GW within recessed oval, the variety with narrow spacing between G
and W. 34mm diameter (1.33858-inches)
Outstanding Carved & Painted Trade Figure of George Washington, Flat back
Anonymous, Early 20th Century
A relaxed and confident portrait displaying great attitude and surface
Please call David for an enthusiastic discussion.
(Excellent original condition; height on stand: 65.5”)
Portraits, George & Martha Washington, W.M. Prior
Attributed to William Mathew Prior, (1806-1873)
Probably East Boston, Massachusetts, circa 1850
Oil on glass, reverse painted
See Artist and Visionary – William Mathew Prior Reveled by Jacquelyn Oak and
Gwendolyn Dubois Shaw, Fenimore Art Museum, Cooperstown, New York (2012), page
51, catalog 41 & 42. The frames are likely original, finely molded and reeded
with ebonized detail and gilt liner. Excellent original condition.
(Frame: 24.5 x 28.75"; view: 19.75" x 24")
Berlin Needlework Portrait
Full Standing Figure of Washington
General Washington is posed before his horse with compromised canon and cavalryman while in the background is Continental soldiers and our 13-star flags.
The patterns were imported from Berlin as was the worsted wool used for working needlepoint and/or cross-stitch pictures on canvas throughout the Victorian era. Frame: 45.5 by 56.25"; Sight Size: 38.75 by 49.5".
The Washington Before Boston Medal is considered one of the greatest and most important
Colonial medals ever struck…In rarity…the Holy Grail!
Obverse of the medal features a bust of Washington, facing to the right his hair in a cue pulled
back with a ribbon. The legend around the image reads, “The American Congress to George
Washington, General-in-Chief of the Armies, the Defender of Liberty.” Below the decollation is
the artist’s name, “Duvivier Paris F. The reverse displays Washington leading his four officers
on horseback as he points to a city in the distance, presumably Boston. On the right of the
medal are a fort, cannons, and cannonballs. Near the city is a body of water upon which are
several ships sailing away from the harbor. The legend reads, “The enemy for the first time put
to flight” and in exergue, “Boston recovered, March 17, 1776.”
The obverse and reverse text read as follows: Georgio Washington Svpremo DVCI Exercitvvm
Absertori Libertatis; Comitia Americana | and | Hostibus Prio Fugatis; Bostonium Recuperatum.
SVII Marti. MDCCLXXVI.
Washington Before Boston medal, is many times rarer than the Libertas Americana medal, and
is the more historically important of the two. The Washington Before Boston medal, was
conceived as a tribute to Washington and his troops who reclaimed Boston from the British, it
was, unlike the Libertas Americana medal, authorized by the Continental Congress (on May 25,
1776) and represents the first conceived medallic commemoration of a fledgling nation.
Because the Continental Congress lacked funds and the domestic capability to produce a medal
of its conceived size, actual striking was delayed until the 1790s, when the Paris Mint produced
examples in various medals. The most famous example, struck in gold, was presented to
President George Washington by Congress on March 21, 1790.
Due to their non-numismatic distribution, and their size, medals from these original dies often
show significant handling, as they were undoubtedly highly coveted keepsakes that were
passed down from generation to generation. Many are cleaned, but more often, significant
marks or environmental damage are evident. The present example, a near Gem, is certainly
among the finest known bronze examples.
The next owner won't tire of owning this impressive piece of American history. Ranked #2 in
Jaeger & Bowers book 100 Greatest American Tokens and Medals.
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Portrait, George Washington, Bust Length, Civilian Coat
Younger Than Usually Depicted, Painted Spandrel
Circa 1790 to 1800,
This image is different, not after any well known portrait
Oil on canvas
Mounted on old, if not original stretcher; frame is new.
(Frame: 13 by 15.75"; view: 10 by 13")
George Washington, Cast Iron Portrait,
Original Surface, (Fragment, Stove Figure)
Probably Alonzo Blanchard, Albany,
New York (Made by several NY firms)
Dumb stove radiator fragment featuring traces of original paint
(H on stand: 19"; fragment H: approx. 15", W: 10"; D: 7")
Antique Straight Razor, General George Washington
Manufactured by Wade & Butcher, Sheffield
Ox horn scales impressed “General Washington” beneath Washington’s profile portrait.
Brothers William & Samuel Butcher founded the company in 1820. The signed blade
and scales remain in fine original condition, likely the original unsharpened edge. Case
is embossed with makers name and mark; paper loss to lid edge (.75-inch)
(Length closed: 6.25")
(Not examined out of frame; frame: 9.25 by 7.25”, sight-size: 7 by 5”)
Prior, William Mathew (attributed), Reverse Painted on Glass, Portrait of George Washington
After Gilbert Stuart, circa 1855-1865 (Prior, 1806-1873) (Housed in gold painted frame; backboard is new, not examined out of frame;
frame: 23.75" x 27.75": view: 19.75" x 23.75")