Wallet, Gentleman’s Embroidered Purse, and Portrait of Owners Home
Second Half of the 18th Century
Probably Townsend, Massachusetts
Outstanding and Fine Original Condition, Great Composition and Color
Worked in wool yarns, a fine canvas-work of a very sophisticated floral design…cream, mustard, red and rose-colored wool used in creating the embroidered wild roses and tulips. The wild roses are wrought with a French knot in the center…pedals with running stitch. The decoration is against a variegated field of shades of green, all edges bound with original gold wool hand-woven tape and tied closed with the same tape. The interior fitted with three compartments is lined in soft green glazed wool calamanco.
(Approximately 8.5 X 5”)
The house portrait:
The accompanying watercolor depicts the homestead of the proposed owner of the purse…that stands today’s and is quite wonderful in itself…white center chimney dwelling with green door and shutters; dooryard with blue and white fence. The right-side yard has a brown picket fence; also depicted is a gray carriage house with brick red door. (3 X 5 inches)
The lore and condition:
We state with confidence that both the purse and watercolor are without compromise. Accompanying the lot is a report related to the homestead, its history and current standing; genealogy and supposition as compiled by a local historian. We also have the last will and testament found with the purse belonging to Jonathan Richardson, the Townsend gentleman…
Moroccan Leather Pocketbook or Purse, 18th Century
Red Leather embroidered with metallic threads
Joseph H Bubier/Marblehead (Massachusetts) /Tetuan/1773
Excellent condition with expected wear; Supple, and retaining excellent color
Rare Artifact: Prized possession of a wealthy 18th century traveler to Morocco
(7" by 4" by 1/2" bi-folded; with 1859 note of provenance in pocket)
Capt. Joseph H Bubier of Marblehead was master of the schooner Unity. During the American Revolutionary War, the Unity was involved with the campaign to run the English out of "New Ireland", a newly declared British Province in Maine, One of several ships to carry important war cargo up the Penobscot River, only to meet with most or all ships being captured and burned by the British. Bubier died in 1783 under mysterious circumstances, and the wallet passed to his nephew William H.C. Bubier in 1859, leaving a manuscript note of provenance in the wallet. More information on Bubier can be found easily with an internet search, including his family history, picture of his grave, etc. The pocketbook was undoubtedly made for Bubier on a trip to Morocco in 1773, most likely on his ship The Susannah.
Leather Purse with Brass Lock & Key
Leather purse with a heavy hinged brass top that locks and unlocks with a brass skeleton key attached to the purse by a brass chain. The iron lock is in working condition. There is punched decoration on the brass, and short fringe on the corners of the purse. Remains in very good condition.
Dimensions: 5.5-inches long.
Wallet, Embossed Leather Gentleman's Wallet
Recumbent Lion surmounted by American Eagle
Each panel decorated with recumbent lion surmounted by aggressive American eagle within lozenge centered by embossed borders. This wallet was obviously carried and therefore the outside shows wear; when opened, we find two coin pockets with scalloped flaps over a larger compartment for bills; only traces of the original linen lining remain.
(Closed: 3.75 x 2.25 inches; open: 3.75 x 4.875 inches)
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