Wafer Iron, United States Great Seal, Federal Period, Signed: Jones, Patriotic Date/Period: 1798-1840 - SOLD
Measurement: Length: 30"
Material: Wrought and cast iron
Additional Information: Each interior surface of this patriotic wafer iron displays the
great seal of the United States. The locking device at handle terminus is intact. Each
disk displays “W No 2”. The side of one disk is impressed [close as we can read] “J.
JONES / NOW HI _ R”. These irons are associated with public events such as political
Spread Wing Eagle, Columbian Press Counterweight, Philadelphia
Swell-bodied, each side molded Date/Period: 1813
Measurement: 16.5" x 20"; height on stand: 36.75"
Material: Cast iron; with a separate, later concrete block base or we can have a steel
Literature: An engraving of the press is pictured in The American Eagle by Phillip M.
Isaacson, (Little Brown & Co., 1977), p. 50, taken from the Cyclopaedia (Philadelphia,
1813). Also see, Wendy A. Cooper, Classical Taste in America 1800-1840, (Abbeville
Press, 1993), pp. 23, 192-3.
Additional Information: Spread-wing, full relief figure of eagle in cast-iron with traces
of later paint, its talons grasping the olive branch of peace and the cornucopia of plenty,
with original forged steel mounting post,
The Columbian iron hand press was invented in 1813 by Philadelphia mechanic
George Clymer (1754-1834). Clymer made several dozen presses before leaving
Philadelphia in 1818 to manufacture presses in England by Ritchie & Co. The eagle
counterweight balanced on the counterpoise lever on the top of the press. The eagle
counterweight design appears to be directly copied from the eagle device found in
various insignia of the War of 1812 era, including cockade eagles and cap plates, the
dies of which were sculpted by Moritz Furst of the U.S. Mint in Philadelphia.
Unique Liverpool Jug Presented to Daniel Webster, Shipbuilding Scene
The reverse features "The Shipwrights Arms",
under the spout is a presentation to Daniel Webster. Date/Period: Circa 1812
Measurement: Height: 8"
Material: Creamware, black printed transfer
Reference: See Arman, Anglo American Ceramics, page 172, S – 47 to view the
“shipbuilding” transfer (previously unrecorded) Herculaneum Pottery. Extremely rare.
Condition: Displays as pristine, however our original notes dating to many years ago
when we originally sold it state that a trivial crack so common to this medium was
Additional Information: This piece was no doubt created for and presented to Webster
by a ship builder or a merchant shipping company in the Portsmouth area in recognition
of his support...his efforts in representing the interests of his region for which the
statesman gained national prominence for his representation of New England shipping
interests. Webster practiced law in Portsmouth, New Hampshire from 1807 to 1812
when he was elected to Congress. He opposed Jefferson's embargo and the War of
1812 as it obstructed New England shipping interests of which Webster championed.
Obviously unique, one of only a few pieces of creamware extant that was presented
to a famous American.
This pitcher displays transfers including a ship being built prior to launching, under
the spout surmounting eagle with 16 stars is “DANIEL WEBSTER” within oval wreath.
The reverse shows "The Shipwright's Arms".
The Death of General Warren at the Battle of Bunker’s Hill, June 17, 1775
After John Trumbull, engraved by Johann Georg Nordheim (1819-1853)
Printed by the North American Bibliographic Institution
Philadelphia, c. 1850
Additional Information: Johann Georg Nordheim was a prolific German engraver whose engraving of the Battle
of Bunker Hill was reproduced by American publishers such as the North American
Bibliographic Institution. This engraving was sent to Institution subscribers, and had
three format options with varying prices. Images of events in American history were
popular subjects for prints, which could be made quickly and circulated widely.
Academic institutions used prints to encourage appreciation for American art, using the
medium to gain exposure to those who were unable to view the paintings in person.
Staffordshire Pitcher – ARMS OF THE UNITED STATES –
FREE TRADE & SAILORS RIGHTS Date/Period: Circa 1815-1818
Measurement: Height: 6.75"
Material: Pearlware with Luster
Condition: Minor restoration to spout.
Additional Information: Extremely rare pearlware, black transfers with luster, and
enamel decoration on both sides and under spout. Each side displays a large eagle
perched on cannon surrounded by an American flag and floral sprigs, beneath the
inscription "ARMS OF THE UNITED STATES" and above a banner inscribed "E
PLURIBUS UNUM;" and inscribed beneath the spout "FREE TRADE AND SAILORS
RIGHTS" within a foliate cartouche incorporating flags and military trophies, the neck
surrounded by a yellow border, banded in pink luster. Probably Enoch Wood, this
transfer is recorded by Arman as, “previously unrecorded”.
Literature: See Arman, Anglo – American Ceramics, page 67 / A 24
1213-29 / 129
1873 Sons of Portsmouth, Commemorative Ribbon, Silk, Boston
1873 reunion of Portsmouth, NH, natives who resided in Boston. The reunion was part of Portsmouth's
250th anniversary celebration. Black printing on white silk: "SONS OF / PORTSMOUTH / BOSTON / 1853 -
Return - 1873", with city seals of Portsmouth and Boston. Vertical rectangle.
Dimensions: H-8.5 W-2.7 inches.
Drum, Lithographed Tin Drum, Portraits of Admiral Dewey, American Flags
Chromolithographed Spanish American War expressing the patriotic fever of the Spanish American War period. The drum with similar decoration on two sides features Admiral Dewy - hero of the day. Admiral Dewey within patriotic shield ornamented with olive branches and centered by large American flags with 13-stars. The wood rims are painted red with gold stripe; skin heads, lead grommets, decorative rope, leather slides, and snare are original. Excellent Condition. (Dimensions: 8.75" H, 12" diameter.)
Cloak Pins, Liberty, the Goddess of Youth Giving Support to Bald Eagle,
Transfer Printed Enamel Date/Period: 1800-1830 - SOLD
Measurement: Diameter: 1.75"; length: 2.75"
Material: Copper, brass, iron; transfer printed polychromes on enamel
Condition: One with trivial hairline at 11 o’clock, else fine
Additional Information: Used to hang clothes, mirrors, and paintings, larger examples
were produced as curtain tiebacks.
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