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Charles Gruppe, American Artist, Award Medals Won by Artist Between 1897-1913
Displayed are obverse and reverse of 7 medals, gold, silver and bronze awards;
the display was mounted by Medallic Art Co., New York
Charles P. Gruppe (1860-1940) the father of Emile Gruppe spent many years in Holland; he is known for
his marine, landscape and genre paintings. Charles Paul Gruppe was honored with numerous awards
and medals, including gold medals at Paris and Rouen, and two silver medals (watercolor and oil) at the
World's Fair in St. Louis in 1903.
While in Holland, he became a celebrity artist and was patronized by the royalty of Europe. His work is
represented in many museums in America and Europe. Upon returning to the United States he found an
apartment/studio at Carnegie Hall in New York City. His son Emile also wanted to paint, and, in addition
to teaching him himself, Charles sent him to the best teachers, including Frederic Bridgman for figures and
drawing, Emil Carlson for landscapes and values; and Charles Hawthorne, for figures and color. Charles
Gruppe had been an essentially self-taught artist but determined that his son would have
the best teachers.
In 1925, after seeing an exhibition in New York that featured the beautiful winter harbor scenes
of Gloucester by Frederick Mulhaupt, the Gruppe father and son team traveled to Cape Ann, to experience
what they viewed in pictures. Emile said, “Mulhaupt got the smell of Gloucester on canvas". The
Gruppe’s were fond of seacoasts and seaports… both Gruppe’s fell in love with Cape Ann; both
painted in the Cape Ann area for the rest of their lives. The elder Charles P. Gruppe died at age
80 in Rockport, Massachusetts, on September 30, 1940 at his studio where he had been
established during the summers for 15 years. (Frame: 15 x 17"; view: 12 x 14")
Derby Porcelain Figure, John Wilkes on Rocco Scrolled Pedestal
British politician who endeared himself to the American colonies
Circa 1775; extremely rare
Soft Paste Porcelain, painted with enamels and picked out in gold
Modeled by Pierre Stephan, the standing figure of radical, rabble-rouser depicted with right hand resting on pedestal with dark pink mantle thrown over left shoulder; scroll inscribed MAGNA CARTA and BILL OF RIGHTS on a column at his right hand, inscribed INo WILKS, a putto with raised arm holding stick with Liberty Cap, also a book inscribed LOCK on GOVT, on a scroll molded base. The figure is very good with typical small losses to gilt shoe and stocking ribbons; other superbly executed repairs. (Dimensions: 12” H.)
General George B. McClellan,
Smelter Portrait Bust on Socle
Anonymous, likely 1885ish, Height: 22.25"
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)
Illinois Board of Agriculture, Gold President’s Badge Presented to President Col. William HOUSTON
(Colonel Houston 1834-1919)
Tricolored Gold (2 x 2.5")- SOLD
Houston attended McMinn Academy before being appointed to West Point. His mathematics teacher was Robert E. LEE.
After two years at West Point he resigned to become a regular soldier and go West to help put down the
Mormon Rebellion of 1857; he became a Pony Express Rider.
At the outbreak of the Civil War he returned home. On April 15, 1862, William Houston helped organize a militia in
Claiborne County, and was elected Captain. This became "Company A" of the 63rd Tennessee Infantry Regiment on
July 30, 1862, and he was promoted to Major. This Regiment of approximately 400 men was commanded
by Lieutenant Colonel Abram FULKERSON, who was previously a Major in the 19th Tennessee Infantry. Both
FULKERSONS were wounded at the Battle of Chickamauga [see Rosecrans]. The 63rd was part of Johnson's
Brigade, operating under the commands of BRAGG, FORREST, HILL, LONGSTREET and Robt. E. LEE during the
war. It saw action in Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee and Virginia. William succeeded his cousin in command of the
63rd, apparently in May 1864. He was promoted to Lieutenant Colonel in late 1864, sometime after he signed a
letter opposing a reorganization of his division. By April 9, 1865, when the 63rd was surrendered at Appomattox
Court House as part of General A.P. HILL'S Corps, it numbered only 28 men.
After the war he and his wife moved to the Illinois prairie. On their Hazel Dell Stock Farm of 640 acres they built a 12-
room house and raised their five children. Several Jersey County web sites report that guests at Hazel Dell included
his old professor, Robert E. Lee, and Jesse James (there with brother Frank on "banking business"). Besides his
interests in farming, he was president of the Illinois State Board of Agriculture; on the Board of Trustees for the
University of Illinois; general manager of the Chicago, Peoria and St. Louis Railroad during its construction; and vice
president of the First National Bank of Jerseyville. In 1906 he and Cordelia left the farm to their youngest son Frank
and moved into town to live with daughter Sarah and her husband Judge Charles S. White. William died on
December 3, 1919, at the age of 85. Today, the Hazel Dell farm is the site of Civil War reenactments.
849-78 - SOLD
Bas Relief Bust Shell, General U.S. Grant, White Frosted on Convex Tin Shell
Manufactured by Huntington, Loretz and Co., 142 Fulton Street, New York
Plaster, wood, tin, convex glass, silver leaf, and velvet, retains trade label
(Dings to frame gesso otherwise fine; frame: 17.5 by 15.5"; sight-size: 11.75 by 9.75")
Bronze Bust, General (1829 to 1887) by William Clark Noble (1858 to 1938) 1888
Robert Brown Potter, United States lawyer, Union Army General
Cast by the Henry Brown Bronze Company, New York, 1888
Inscribed at front: "Per castra ad Astra/Tribute of Army Comrades and Friends," inscribed with his army positions at either side, and battles fought on reverse, signed and dated 1888; 26.5 by 20”.
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".
George Washington Portrait, Civilian Dress, Depicted With Sword
Circa 1800 to 1820
A competently rendered image showing Washington with sword
Oil on CanvasSOLD
The unlined canvas remains on original stretcher; very good overall condition with scatted and minor fill. (Dimensions: 29 by 34" frame, 24 by 29" frame.)
Painted Tin Tray
"Death of Admiral Nelson"
Large rectangular tray with central decoration copy of Samuel Drummond's "Death of Nelson" in oils; inverted onion shape cut out handles; gilt and painted leaves around outer border; English, probably Regency period; some bends along edge, noticeable loss of paint in central image and inner border, losses on outer border. Measures 30-inches by 22-inches.
Bas Relief Bust Shell, Winfield Scott, White Frosted on Convex Tin Shell
Manufactured by Huntington, Loretz and Co., 142 Fulton Street, New York
Plaster, wood, tin, convex glass, silver leaf, and velvet, retains trade label
(Walnut frame: 16.5 by 14.5"; sight-size: 11.5 by 10.5"; fine original condition)
Horatio Nelson Portrait, Mixed Media, Lithograph Face
Cloth, foil, and hair on cloth within period birds' eye maple frame
(Toning halo surrounds profile, probably mounting glue; 7.5 by 10"; sight-size: 5 by 7")
Pins, Medals, Agricultural Society, Spirit of St. Louis, Regatta
Tri Gold Medal, Illinois Agricultural Society Award, Engraved to W.H. Fulkerson
Top bar having T-bar pin features two ear of corn on square with scrolled ends and is above presentation bar engraved with Fulkerson's name. The tri-color gold round drop has I.A.S. monogram at center and is surrounded by engraved wheat border. The reverse is engraved "Jerseyville, Ill. (Excellent condition: 2 by 2.5")
Engraving, The Honorable Gurdon Saltonstall, Governor of Connecticut
Engraved for Dr. Trumbull's History of Connecticut
By Amos Dolittle (1754 to 1832) after John Trumbull
Scattered foxing and toning, small paper loss at right margin; mounted in frame by Perry Hopf.
Dimensions: 9.5 by 6.25" frame, 7.75 by 4.75" sight-size.
John Winthrop, Engraving, Engraved for Dr. Trumbull's History of Connecticut
By Amos Doolittle after John Trumbull
(Frame: 9.5 by 6.25"; view: 7.75 by 4.75")
General W.S. Hancock, Unveiling of Equestrian Statue, Hancock Astride
Ribbon, Purportedly Worn By Pvt. Harry F. Smith, 111th NYVI, 3rd Brig, 1st Div., 2nd Corps at Washington D.C. May 12, 1896
The equestrian statue of General Winfield Scott Hancock is a contributing monument to the National Register of Historic Places' Civil War Monuments in Washington, D.C., and was unveiled May 12, 1896. Retains manufactures' label, S.N. Meyer, Washington, D.C. (Dimensions: 2.25 by 6.75")
Medals, Naval, Badge, GAR, Medal, Military Order of the Carabao
Swagger Stick, with Photographs of Distinguished Owner
Rear Admiral Walter Selywn Crosley (Served 1893-1935)
Born at East Jaffrey, New Hampshire 1871
Graduated from US Naval Academy 1893
Distinguished War record
Other information available
Lot Once Owned By Rear Admiral Walter S. Crosley
Counterclockwise from top:
Naval Medals, Miniature
Of Rear Admiral Walter S. Crosley - SOLD
Includes Navy Cross West Indies Naval Campaign Medal (Sampson Medal), Spanish Campaign Medal, Philippine Campaign Medal, Haiti Campaign Medal, Dominican Republic Campaign Medal, World War I Victory Medal with Bronze Star, Order of Wen-Hu 2nd Class, pin back, Ribbon of Victory Medal shows age.
Medal, Military Order of the Carabao - SOLD
Early Military Order of the Carabao Medal with Gilt Carabao, Numbered, Marked "B. B. & Co. / PHILA. / BRONZE", on Hanger.
Swagger Stick, Rosewood with pewter pommel
Admiral Walter S. Crosley's
Badge, Grand Army of the Republic
GAR National Officer's Badge
Circa 1886 (+/-)
American Flag and Buff Ribbon Border of National Officer, Clasp with Silver Eagle of Present Officer.
Previous Offerings or Gone to New Homes
Large Silver Plate Presentation Urn, Portrait of Ulysses Grant and His Horse
Spigot Marked J&H Jones, Philadelphia, 1870
Presented to Mrs. Richard Peltz by Geo. W. Freas April 26th 1870 - SOLD
The inscribed twin-handled urn with Greek key banding features an applied profile portrait of Ulysses S. Grant (President, 1869-1877), the lid surmounted by figure of Grant's horse, Cincinnati (ca. 1860-1878).
Richard Peltz (1832-1918) was Deputy Clerk, Quarter Sessions of Philadelphia, a member of City Council and a Public Building Commissioner; he married Annie S. Stewart (d.1894) on December 9, 1858 and their son Samuel Peltz (1860-1926), a graduate of the University of Pennsylvania, was a lawyer, Assistant City Solicitor of Philadelphia and a member of Pennsylvania Legislature.
George W. Freas was a deputy collector of Philadelphia's twenty-seventh ward. He is known to have participated in the celebration of the Philadelphia International Centennial Exhibition.
(Generally very good, as expected, and constant with age; some thinning of plate and scattered dings, overall very attractive; H: 28")
232-295 - SOLD
General Gasimir Polaski (1746 to 1779) Plaster Statue
Presented to the City of Detroit by Central Citizens Committee, 1966 - SOLD
Tight crack in base repaired.
Dimensions: 16.25" H.
171-85 - SOLD
Franklin Legacy Society Silk Ribbon, Scientia Amicitia et Virtus, 1831
Star of Sequins, and Red Foil above Printed Ribbon, Portrait of Franklin
Mounted on Silk with Border of Knotted and Fringed Tassel - SOLD
F.L.S. recognizes and honors persons of vision and foresight who have taken the initiative to strengthen and enhance the good works of one or more of the Masonic Charities of the Grand Lodge of Pennsylvania.
"ERIPUIT FULMEN, SCEPTRUMQUE TYRANNIS", loosely translated from Latin to read "He snatched the lightening from heaved and the scepter from tyrants."
Scientia et Virtus (Knowledge and Virtue), Amicitia is also Latin for Friendship
(Dimensions: 14" by 4")
414-34 - SOLD
George Washington - SOLD
Dimensions: 8" H.
230-1 - SOLD
Tiny Engraving Under Glass
Circa 1799 to 1840 - SOLD
The round image is less that one-quarter-inch and is set under beveled glass within notched gold mount surmounted with seed pearls. Affixed to the obverse is a very small brass mount-to which is mounted a stickpin which may be a retrofit. Perhaps from a piece of mourning jewelry...we don't know.
741-1 - SOLD
Print in Eglomaise Mat
18th Century - SOLD
Dimensions: 15.5 by 17.5-inches.
232-14 - SOLD
General Reed, Engraving, Engraved for the Westminster Magazine
1783 - SOLD
Mounted behind eglomise glass within period gilt frame.
(Frame: 9 by 7"; view: 6.75 by 4.5")
754-15 - SOLD
Mezzotint, The Right Honorable William Pitt Esquire, Very Rare
After William Hoare Painting, British Artist, 1706 to 1799
Pitt, the 1st Earl of Chatham, opposed the Stamp Act and was endeared by the Colonies - SOLD
Painted for and Sold by Robt. Sayer, opposite Fetter Lane & Steel Street
Lettered with artists' name and title below: "One of his Majesty's Principal Secretary's of State - And One of His Majesty's most Honble Privy Council"
Fine and bright condition; mounted within a superb original Hogarth style frame measuring 12.5 by 16.5"; view: 10 by 14".
232-247 - SOLD
Commandant Oliver Hazard Perry Naval Medal, Silver, Extremely Rare
Presented by the Government of Pennsylvania
Awarded to Daniel Phillips, a Landsman on the Schooner Tigress
Engraver: Moritz Furst
(Size: 59 mm) - SOLD
Obverse: Bust to right, with Furst below truncation, and legends OLIVERUS HAZARD PERRY. PRO PATRIA VICIT [OLIVER HAZARD PERRY. HE CONQUERED FRO HIS COUNTRY]. In exergue: PRESENTED BY THE GOVERNMENT OF PENNSYLVANIA. Reverse: "WE HAVE MET THE ENEMY; AND THEY ARE OURS". PERRY above space for engraving a name and the word to, all above IN TESTAMONEY OF HIS PATRIOTISIM AND BRAVERY IN THE NAVAL ACTION ON LAKE ERIE SEPTEMBER 10. 1813.
Medium to light gray with some deeper toning in the recesses; scattered surface and rim marks consistent with a well handled silver medal. The medal is inscribed on the reverse to Daniel Philips [sic]. Daniel Phillips was a landsman on the schooner Tigress. He is listed in the rolls of the 135th Pennsylvania Militia Regiment. According to the Dictionary of American Fighting Ships, the Tigress was engaged in the September 10th battle at Put-in-Bay, in the Battle of Lake Erie. Perry's victory commemorated by this medal was over Commodore Robert H. Barclay's squadron and, significantly, forced the withdrawal of the British from the area around Lake Erie. This squelched the British plans for raids with their Indian allies into American territory. Daniel Phillips' monthly pay for his service in the war was five-dollars, according to Pennsylvania state records.
The American Numismatic Society Collection contains one silver example, inscribed to John Cook. Prior to the present medals' appearance, this medal has never been seen in silver. The subject medal and the example in the ANS collection are the only silver originals known. For the collector of great American historical medals, this is a prize indeed. See Medals of the United States Mint - The First Century 1792 - 1892 by R.W. Julian, p. 166, NA18 and NA19.
232-242 - SOLD
Long Live the President
Laurel Wreath With Star
Circa 1789 - SOLD
Washington inaugural button, "LONG LIVE THE PRESIDENT" retaining gilt as depicted. Olive wreath centering the outer legend with star below. Excellent strike; original loop shank. See Alpert, page 396; 17A.
232-143 - SOLD
The Hero Of New Orleans
Currier and Ives
Hand Colored Lithograph - SOLD
As depicted, even toning; appears to remain in original veneered frame with original backboard. Has not been examined out of frame. (Small folio: 10 by 14-inches; overall: 12.5 by 16.5-inches.)
913-45 - SOLD
The Residence Of General Washington
Watercolor on heavy wove paper...mounted on linen
Early 19th Century - SOLD
This rhythmic composition mimics embroidery; stylistically reproducing the aesthetic of early embroidered stitches. Tiny dots covering the foliage on the forward trees suggest French knots. Shrubs and plants emphasize and delineate the rolling contours of the hillocks producing depth. The large tree at right foreground is erratically laid out with shaped areas of contrasting color typical of earlier satin stitched embroidered designs. The work is mounted on its original stretcher within the original molded and gesso frame. The sky area has faded; loss of colors due to open back, other very minor losses, all else bright. (Overall: 22.5 by 16-inches.)
775-364 - SOLD
Photograph of Edwin M. Stanton - SOLD
Portrait of Edwin M. Stanton who served as Secretary of War (1862-1868) to Abraham Lincoln and Andrew Johnson. Fold in lower right corner otherwise very good condition. (Approximately 14-inches x 8 .5-inches.)
110-274 - SOLD
A Very Good Bronze Bust
George Washington...in uniform
Late 18th - Early 19th century - SOLD
A hollow bronze bust of George Washington looking to the right; wearing uniform; mounted on a alabaster column with gilt brass connector and foot; gilt brass plaque and hanging chain; plaque is engraved by hand and reads "LIBERTAS / S.E., GEORGE WASHINGTON / GÉNÉRAL EN CHEF / DES ARMÉES DES ETATS / UNIS DE L'AMERIQUE"; possibly inspired by the 1780-1790 engraving (Baker No. 18, Engraved Portraits of Washington.) Excellent condition.
232-93 - SOLD