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Charleville, Rare Infantry Model 1774 Flintlock Musket in Outstanding Original Condition Widely Used by French & Continental Soldiers During Revolutionary War A desirable and Honest Example Supplied to American Rebels - SOLD



.69 caliber, 44.75 smoothbore round barrel, date stamped at left of breech "DY76" indicating Charleville manufacture in 1776. Tang marking faint but legible "1774." Original flintlock, iron pan, high rear fence; the lock-plate is marked with a “D” above Charleville in script; other assembly marks present. The action is tight and smooth. The metal surfaces are a smooth and gorgeous plumb-brown color; lock-plate is similar color as are the pan, frizzen and hammer; barrel bands and springs, sling swivels, trigger guard and tangs, side-plate and but-plate all display the same rich color and patina. Top-mounted square bayonet lug trumpet shaped rammer also in rich plumb-brown color. The stock condition and color clearly rate as outstanding. (Specifically, as the 1770s progressed, innovations were applied…the Model 1774 trigger guard has a shortened forward end. Projecting out under the muzzle is a spring catch that snaps over the bayonet’s new rear socket ring; comb height is reduced…a steel trumpet head ramrod replaced the button head type; center band now displays a forward lip. An internal ramrod spring is secured by a convex screw in the lower band. The previous curled tip of frizzen With a squared front edge. The lock-plates of this model are marked Charleville in script.

728-50 - SOLD






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)

$5,650

849-82






Cased Ethan Allan Pepperbox, Norwich Production for J.G. Bolen, N.Y.C. Labels!
This Pistol Can Be Discharged Six Times with Almost the Rapidity of Thought [label]



Very few ring trigger Allen’s marked with dealer’s name have been encountered; see pp. 57-60 of American, British & Continental Pepperbox Firearms by Jack Dunlap.
The grip with silver spangles displays a beautiful robust patina; the six-barrel cluster is marked on rib PATENTED 1832 CAST STEEL; top of hammer marked with ALLEN’S PATENT; side of hammer marked J.G. Bolen, N.Y., the nipple guard features broad scroll hand engraving, the frame and backstrap also engraved. The surface is a consistent faded gray-blue. The bores are clean, action is smooth and tight. Original embossed leather covered case with fitted interior and diamond shape rosewood lock-escutcheon. The case contains correct powder flask, bullet mold and smooth rammer. Two of the three interior compartment walls are replaced; green brushed cotton interior is fine. Fantastic labels; interior label reads, THE GREATEST MODERN IMPROVEMENT IN FIREARMS – SELF COCKING & SELF-REVOLVING POKET PISTOL – J.G. BOLEN – 104 BRODWAY – BETWEEN WALL AND PINE STREETS – NEW YORK, minor edge losses as shown. Exterior label advertising ENGRAVING, PRINTING, AND SEAL CUTTING; SILVER PLATED PLATES, ROGER’S CUTLERY, PATENT REAPEATING RIFLES AND FISH RODS, REELS AND A GENERAL ASSOTMENT OF FISHING TACKLE. Half of the 4.5 by 8.75-inch label reads, LIFE AND PROPERTY PRESERVER FOR HOUSEKEEPRS, TR’VELLERS, CAPTAINS AND OTHERS; PATENT SELF-REVOLVING POCKET PISTOLS! Barrel: 3.25-inch, .32-caliber barrels; excellent overall condition including action. Case measures 9.25 by 5 by 2.5-inches.

$5,385

308-455






Yarn Winder, Period Hepplewhite, A rt & Utility Combined, Original Carved Surface
Probably Massachusetts, circa 1800
Maple displaying some figure SOLD



A graphic example competently joined , the dovetailed gear box/frame joined to standard featuring urn with carved and tapered flutes; the whole raised on well-arched tapered spider-legs. This piece appears to retain its original all-over stain.
(Fine original condition; Height: 39.25"; width: 26.5"; depth:16.5")

259-48




Ladderback Armchair in Red Paint, 3-Arched Slats, Sausage Turned
New England or New York State, 18th Century



The ball-top finials and turned posts joining three arched splats and turned arms having tight mushroom cap handholds; the splint seat has seen better days; we have a competent weaver. (H: 44"; W: 23"; seat H: 16"; D: 17")

$1,425

492-146




General George B. McClellan, Smelter Portrait Bust on Socle
Anonymous, likely 1885ish, Height: 22.25"



$2,100

1261-2




Federal Dressing Table, Branded T.S. Bowles, (Owner of Table)
Portsmouth, New Hampshire, circa 1805-1820
A rare and important table constructed of birds-eye maple, mahogany, rosewood, satinwood and ebony veneers; and white pine SOLD



The brand refers to the elegant Sheraton table’ s owner, Thomas Salter Bowles (1785-1853), a mathematical instrument maker (compasses etc.) working on Daniel St. in Portsmouth 1805-1820. The table was likely made by Portsmouth cabinetmaker Langley Boardman (1774-1833). Elliptical and serpentine form; contrasting veneer of highly figured bird’ s-eye maple centered by mahogany banding; top and legs are mahogany. Elegant tall, turned, tapering, reeded legs continuing to elongated feet.
The table features a shaped-top and deck with bird’ s-eye maple veneered drawer fronts and case-sides, bordered with cross-banding. The table is in excellent condition and retains its original brasses. (Height: 37.5” , width: 36” , depth: 17.5” ) See plate 23, pp. 147, 148 of Brock Jobe’ s Portsmouth Furniture, Masterworks from the New Hampshire Seacoast. Also, page 53, plate 29C, Four Centuries of Furniture in Portsmouth with the New Hampshire Furniture Masters by Gerald W.R. Ward.

Branded T.S. Bowles., Thomas Salter Bowles baptized in Portsmouth, N.H. in 1785. An advertisement in the Portsmouth Oracle for May 3, 1806 notes that Bowles, a mathematical instrument maker had taken a shop on Daniel Street and that his wares included “ Azimuth and brass Compasses, wood and Hanging Compasses” . Bowles was still in business in 1821. Ref: Silvio A. Bedini, Early American Scientific Instruments and Their Makers (Washington, D.C. 1964, pp. 124-126. Bowles married Abiah Emery Bradley 29 September 1813; died 26 July 1853.

280-8SOLD






American Folk Art Seascape Painting, Sailboat, Rocky Coast, Lighthouse, Sailors
Likely Maine, 19th Century
The vessel flying American flag passes a lighthouse perched on rocky coast
Oil on Canvas, Maine



(Original frame, canvas lightly cleaned, no restoration; Frame: 35 by 28”, sight-size: 30.75 by 23.5”)

$6,225

1227-1






Massachusetts Shelf Clock, Aaron Willard, Boston, Massachusetts (1757-1844)
Circa 1825, Mahogany, mahogany veneer and white pine
Painted on the dish dial; Robert Gould Shaw - SOLD



The case with shaped crest and original brass eagle finial over the upper Eglomise panel inscribed "Aaron Willard/Boston" within elliptical reserve; in front of the dished dial having a white painted face is the original Eglomise plate decorated with American shields and oak leaf motif. The lower case with central mirrored medallion is said to have been enameled black by a family mourning the death of Robert Gould Shaw in 1863. The case containing a weight driven, brass eight-day movement is often referred to as a "dish dial" shelf clock.

The case, made of the best mahogany, retains its original surface with a rich, warm patina; and continues to a cushion molded base resting on turned brass feet. The case is die stamped on the dust board “619", a very identifiable detail commonly found in Boston timepieces whose cases were made by Henry Willard, Aaron Willard Juniors brother-who worked within the Willard clock-making compound at Boston.

The dial, hands, pendulum; winding crank and movement are all original with the surface of the dial remaining in very good condition with only minor, as expected losses. We cannot read the lettering on left side of hands; on the right, clearly inscribed is the name “Robert Gould Shaw”. The movement is complete, and in excellent condition. (Loss of scroll to crest which we are able to expertly restore; height: 36”)

We have other information related to purported provenance which at this time is supposition. Please call for additional information.

223-19 - SOLD


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