Additional Information: Presented to Honorable D.M. Burns – Secretary of State – From the
Employees of his Department – January 8th, 1883. [Daniel M. Burns was California’s Secretary
of State, 1880-1883)
DANIEL MONROE BURNS Probably the youngest Tennessean at Sutter's Fort when the
eastern gold seekers began to arrive in 1849 was Daniel born in Paris, Tennessee, in 1845. He,
an older brother Thomas M., and sister Laura A. had accompanied their parents William and
Caroline Griffin Burns when they left Henry County in 1846 to lead a wagon train of settlers to
Oregon. While in route, their father died of cholera. Sometime after reaching Oregon, the
widowed mother married Alfred Shelby, and in February 1849, they responded to the gold
discovery by relocating to Sutter's Fort.
• Burns served in the army during the Civil War, promoted to Colonel.
• Service Record: Enlisted in Company B, California 4th Infantry Regiment on 15 Apr
1864.Mustered out on 19 Feb 1866 at Drum Barracks, CA.
• 1872-1876: Deputy County Clerk, Yolo County
• 1877-1880: Deputy County Clerk, Yolo County
• 1890s: Police Commissioner, City of San Francisco
• 1899: Candidate for U.S. Senate (Lost)
Died 30 May 1927 in Palo Alto, Santa Clara, California, United State
Ball modeled this figure on the eve of the Statesman’s death and later received a first-
class gold medal from the Charitable Mechanics Association. During Ball’s long career
he modeled several portraits of Daniel Webster (1782-1852). In 1853 the sculptor sold
the reproduction rights for this statuette to George Ward Nichols, a Boston art dealer,
for $500.00 The artist was relieved to relinquish any further responsibility as he found
the details of copywriting, production and piracy to be vexing.
See Ceramics in America, 2002, pp. 62 to 79, Ellen Paul Denker, Parian Porcelain
Statuary: American Sculptors and the Introduction of Art in American Ceramics;
Figure 6 is discussed on page 69. (Excellent original condition; height: 26”)
A large 12 by 13-inch axe head displaying red, white and blue paint; silver painted
cutting edge…wood handle (42-inches). The burner spout and shield are angled so that
when the ax rests on shoulder the decoration and flame are vertically aligned. Rail-
splitter ax torches are mentioned in Political Campaign Torches by Herbert R. Collins
(Smithsonian Institution, 1964) page 31, a description of a battle axes. The author
mentions two examples, one within the collections of two Washington D.C.
museums…the Lincoln Museum, and the U.S. National Museum. Scatted dings and
small paint losses; missing burner/cap.
An outstanding cheroot case, "Taylor's Battle the Rio Grande", hand-painted scene of Taylor on horseback reviewing troops. There are three scratches through the arm and background, else fine. (5.5 by 3")
This image is believed to be a portrait of Napoleon as a young man. Done in wax with vibrant watercolor decoration, this is not the Napoleon with Roman emperor hairstyle as he is usually depicted, rather this is the young revolutionary Bonaparte. Mounted on a piece of watered silk and in a modern shadowbox frame. An outstanding piece remaining in very good condition, not examined out of frame. (Approximately 5-inches x 5-inches framed; wax portrait approximately 2.5-inches in length.)
Walnut, fine condition, (Height: 3.5"; width: 3.5"; depth: 2")
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