RARE Brown Bess, Pattern 1777 Short Land Musket, Revolutionary War Period
42 Inch Barrel Fully Marked, overall length: about 58 inches
55th Regiment of Foot, given secondary title Westmoreland in 1782 and through the end of the Revolution when the regiment removed from New York to Canada; Westmoreland “M” added to top of barrel at this time- SOLD
The “Crown GR” and “TOWER” marks appear to be engraved, therefore the period of production is assumed to be 1777-1782. Adjusting to the demands and pressures of wartime, two changes were made in 1777; a less expensive lock was adopted, and the second ramrod pipe was redesigned from barrel shape to a wide-mouth tapered design.
The straight sloping profile created a larger forward opening facilitating a faster return of the ramrod. Features of this model (Pattern 1777) are two screw heads visible behind the cock on lockplate tail. The tang of the cock is of a solid pillar form surmounted with an undeveloped forward scroll/curl; top jaw and back of steel are without double-line border engraving found on earlier models. The top jaw is relieved to receive the sides of the cock’s tang; top jaw screw is simple when compared to earlier locks and is pierced for tightening. The tail of frizzen spring is shaped like an elongated pear; the second rammer pipe (below the trumpet pipe) is tapered and features a wide mouth (Pratts’s pipe). The remaining features duplicate the 1768 Pattern. Shown here is a very nice example, the stock displays very good, likely original color and patina, there is no missing wood; the barrel is smooth and clean as is the lock. All original brass furniture, the back of sideplate displays broad arrow, interior of trigger guard bow is marked; “crowned 4” inspector’s mark on barrel likely represents the Ordinance’s approval of touch hole. The barrel displays “crown over GR over broad arrow” and “crown over crossed scepters” ; also what looks like “crown over IP which is believed to be the proof mark of John Pratt. Barrel is also marked: “WESTMORELAND M”
Sideplate mortice is stamped with “broad arrow”; illegible marks in stock aft of side-plate tail; two illegible marks aft of trigger guard tang. The lockplate marked “TOWER”, “crown over GR” and “crown over broad arrow”. The interior of lock is marked; other storekeepers marks, Ordinance and manufacturing marks are present. The ramrod is marked “7 over 37”, the thumbpiece “9 over 48”.
Apothecary Cupboard, Redware, Bottles, Kitchen Utensils, 19th Century
Apothecary, Paint Decorated, Step Back, Open Top, 4 Shelves, 30 Drawers
New Hampshire, Circa 1834 to 1840
Well proportioned, competently constructed, original surface history
A painted pine apothecary cupboard constructed in two sections; top section features a flat molded cornice above four shelves. The upper case resting on the lower case containing 30 graduated drawers with turned wooden pulls; the whole raised on cutout base. The top section is painted blue, the lower half is faux-grained; painted [or paint-decorated] to resemble bird's-eye and tiger maple, over blue (same blue as top case).
Dimensions: H: 67.5"; W: 81"; D: 10.25"
There is some wood loss to lower-back side of upper case, otherwise very good, commensurate with age and use.
Redware Jar, Possibly Jacob Medinger, Pennsylvania
Montgomery County, Pennsylvania, 1856 to 1932
Mottled green, drippy brown (manganese) and orange glaze
Redware, Jar, Brown
Dimensions: 5.5” H.
Redware, Jar, Red and Black
Dimensions: 5.5” H.
Skimmer, Brass Sieve, copper and Wrought Iron, Heart Pierced Handle
Anonymous, Circa 1780 to 1840
Redware Jar with Lip, Outwardly Flaring, Nicely Potted, 4”
Connecticut, Circa 1820
Rare form, one flake to underside of rim repaired, otherwise fine
Small Mold Blown Pear Jug
Possibly Baltimore, 1830 to 1860
Deep amber glass utility jug with applied mouth and sand pontil. Globular body with applied handle. (H: 6.25”; Base W: 2.5”)
Chestnut Bottle, Free Blown Globular Flask, Green, Seed Bubbles
New England, Circa 1780 to 1830
Outward rolled collared mouth, clean pontil scar, fine condition
Shaft and Globe Wine Bottle, Small Globular Half Bottle, Yellowish Olive Green
Circa 1650 to 1670
Rare early form, extremely rare size and date
A small globular half bottle featuring a long neck, sheared mouth with perfect string rim and pontil scar. Exterior scratches, very small spider crack at mid body with two tiny lines (.125"), some interior stain, and two tiny flat chips from the side of the lip, all else fine. (H: 7.5”, greatest diameter: 4.25”) Purportedly found in Narragansett Bay.
Handled Redware Jug, Rare and Important, Among the Best Extant, Exceptional Color
Southeastern, Massachusetts, Early 19th Century
Ovoid, footed base, ribbed strap handle - SOLD
Featuring crisp multicolored glaze displaying areas of apple-green, pumpkin-orange and yellow; with orange spots and dark splashes; overall drips
(Tight and short glaze hairline, excellent condition; H: 10.75”)
Extremely Rare Trumpet Shape Fire Horn, Speaking Trumpet, Presentation
United States, Second-half 19th Century, About 1860, (H: 20"; diameter: 8")
Often used for parade, carried by the chief leading parade, mouthpiece down, the bell with flowers
Colorless lead glass; blown, frosted, cut and engraved…probably commemorative, honoring distinguished service. We handled one other example and are familiar with that which is in the Corning Glass Museum Collection. [Accession number: 69.4.1]
Pair of Diminutive Upholstered Armchairs, Out-splayed Arms, Outstanding Turnings, Full Height
Unknown Maker, Likely English or Continental, Early 18th Century
Upon examining the frame, we learned that these started life as back-stools, the canted backs were extended, and the arms added. (The pair will need to be reupholstered; bases are without compromise; 30 by 42"; seat height w/o cushion: 18". Please call for details.)
$1,485 for the pair
Queen Anne Armchair
Walnut and pine, circa 1745 to 1760
Graceful and inviting armchair. Serpentine crest rail with knuckled ears and shell in center, baluster splat sits in shoe. Stiles continuous with rear stump legs. Cyma curve arms with scroll terminals attached to seat rail with screws on interior surface, through tenons visible on rail. Single shell carving on front seat rail echoes that on crest rail. Rounded corner blocks indicate origin, as if overall appearance did not. Cabriole legs with shell knee carvings terminate in unusual pad feet with trifid-like surface carvings. (Overall H: 40"; seat H: 16.5"; W: 23")
Chapin School Candlestand, Double ended Candle Drawer and Serpentine Top
East Windsor, Connecticut, circa 1790
Cherry, white pine
(H: 20"; top: 20 by 15")
Chippendale Side Chair, Pierced Splat, Cabriole Legs, Ball & Claw Feet, Shell Carved
Pennsylvania, Likely Philadelphia, Circa 1760 to 1780
Possibly original surface
Serpentine crest rail centering carved shell on raking stiles and pierced splat; trapezoidal slip-seat within through-tenoned seat rails on frontal cabriole legs continuing to claw and ball feet and chamfered rear legs (H: 40.5”, W: 22.5”, D: 17”)
Painting, Landscape, Water View, Folk Art
American School, 19th Century
A colorful composition within painted frame
(Excellent condition, the bold faux frame by Perry Hopf; overall: 19.75 by 24.5”; view: 13.75 by 18.5”)
Full Bodied Horse Weathervane, Original Patina, J.W. Fiske Ironworks
New York, Circa 1880
Cast zinc and molded copper, outstanding original verdigris patina, traces of gilt
This horse matches examples published in the Illustrated Catalogue and Price List of Weather Vanes manufactured by J. W. Fiske Ironworks, 546 and 58 Parke Place, New York, number 19, page 15; also Steve Miller, The Art of The Weathervane (Exton, PA, 1984), page 114.
Unique Silver John Wilkes Snuff Box
Probably London, circa 1765 - SOLD
John Wilkes (1727 – 1797) was an English journalist, member of Parliament, and later Lord Mayor of London. Though largely forgotten today, Wilkes was an early champion for freedom of the press and was a major political influence on the American colonists in their fight for independence from Britain. Wilkes published his criticisms of George III’ s speech regarding the 1763 Treaty of Paris in his newspaper ‘The North Briton,’ and was arrested on charges of seditious libel. He was imprisoned in the Tower of London for only ten days, later claiming parliamentary privilege in court and was restored to his seat. The episode gained Wilkes a radical following, and the phrase “Wilkes and Liberty” was a chant amongst his supporters. The singular full-length portrait of Wilkes holding the Magna Carta has no comparable example. [F.E.W.] and [C.A.S] engravings on the bottom surface appear to be later initials, and the incomplete [WL] maker’ s mark on the lid’ s bottom surface is yet unidentified. (W: 2.25”; L: 2”; H: 1”)
232-35 - SOLD
Enamel Box, Painted Portrait of George Washington, Interior Features a Memorial
Unknown Maker; as published in Arman: “Obviously this is extremely rare”
Circa 1800 to 1810 - SOLD
Exterior featuring polychrome portrait of GGW; interior finished in white enamel; under the lid is painted a monument that reads: SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF GEN. WASHINGTON which is under Eglomise glass; conforming to the oval bezel is painted foliage. Literature: A closely related example may be viewed in Anglo-American Ceramics by David and Linda Arman, page 245; AII.33.
(Overall excellent condition except for the interior glass which is cracked; 1 by 2 by 1.5”)
879-47 - SOLD
Rare John Wilkes Snuff Box
After a Painting by Robert Edge Pine (1730 to 1788)
Birmingham, England, circa 1765
Enamel and copper - SOLD
John Wilkes (1727 – 1797) was an English journalist, member of Parliament, and later Lord Mayor of London. Though largely forgotten today, Wilkes was an early champion for freedom of the press and was a major political influence on the American colonists in their fight for independence from Britain. Wilkes published his criticisms of George III’ s speech regarding the 1763 Treaty of Paris in his newspaper ‘ The North Briton,’ and was arrested on charges of seditious libel. He was imprisoned in the Tower of London for only ten days, later claiming parliamentary privilege in court and was restored to his seat. The episode gained Wilkes a radical following, and his image appears in decorative arts that would have belonged to his supporters. Box has one comparable example in the British Museum (1895,051.21), and another that was formerly in the possession of the Victoria and Albert Museum (see Corbeiller, fig. 603). (W: 2.5” ; L: 2” ; H: .75” )
232-358 - SOLD