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President Ulysses S. Grant
Presentation Gold Quartz Match Safe, Circa 1869
Unmarked Elaborately Engraved
Gold and Nevada Rose Colored Gold Quartz
Jeweler made, hand engraved match safe
presented to J.R. Jones (1823-1909),
successful politician and close friend of U.S. Grant,
by President U.S. Grant in 1869. - SOLD


President Ulysses S. Grant Presentation Gold Quartz Match Safe, Circa 1869
Unmarked Elaborately Engraved Gold and Nevada Rose Colored Gold Quartz, entire view 1

In 1861, Abraham Lincoln became president and appointed Joseph Russell Jones as U.S.
Marshall for the Northern District of Illinois. Lincoln consulted Jones, Grant's confidant, to learn if
Grant was planning to run against him in the next election. After President Lincoln was
assassinated, Jones served as a pallbearer for Lincoln’s funeral train procession in Chicago.
During the Civil War Jones worked to advance the military and personal fortunes of General
Grant. Not long after Grant was elected president, he nominated Jones as Minister Resident to
Belgium; Jones returned from that assignment in 1875 with Grant making him Collector of the
Port of Chicago. A year later as scandal and charges of cronyism overtook Grant, Jones was
forced to resign; the friendship was severed.

Very early, beautifully elaborate jeweler-made hand carved 18K gold quartz match safe from
Nevada presented to J.R. Jones by Ulysses S. Grant in 1869. Inlayed moss agate with hinged
gold top, hand carved striker on bottom, and a panel of gold multi-color quartz from Nevada.
Inscribed, “Presented by USG (Ulysses S. Grant) to J.R. Jones (Joseph Russell Jones) 1869.”

Provenance:

Ulysses S. Grant to Joseph Russell Jones
Joseph Russell Jones to William Downing
William Downing by descent to his nephew William N. Brown
Brown to his son G. Elliot Brown
G.E. Brown to Thomas Gordon Brown
By Descent to Scott T. Brown

The lot is accompanied by a letter written by Scott T. Brown in support of provenance; also, a
copy of a book titled Joseph Russell Jones by George R. Jones.

The upper right corner of quartz panel has tiny fissure, otherwise overall condition is outstanding
and original. (2.25 X 1.25 by .25”)

SOLD

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Richard Nixon Gift of China & Crystal Glassware, to Ambassador John P. Humes John Humes, Ambassador to Austria - Presidency of Richard Nixon (1969 – 1974) Old Ivory Syracuse China and Castleton Studios China; Unknown Maker of Glassware - SOLD


Richard Nixon Gift of China & Crystal Glassware, to Ambassador John P. Humes John Humes, Ambassador to Austria - Presidency of Richard Nixon (1969 – 1974), entire view

Formerly the property of John P. Humes, American ambassador to Austria; presidency of Richard Nixon (1969 – 1974). Lot contains 213 pieces of high quality presidentially gifted dinnerware and 92-pieces of stemware…each displaying the gold Great Seal of the United States [1904 coat of Arms]. The pieces served diplomatic functions at the American Embassy in Austria.

Included are three large tubs of ambassadorial scrapbooks, some blue with impressed gilt owners initials, “JPH and “JSH”, and “Vienna”; also, political and personal albums of the Humes family. Notable items include a signed letter from President Richard Nixon to Ambassador Humes, a signed letter from Henry Kissinger, and an autographed photograph of President George H.W. Bush and Barbara Bush. There are many dozens of professional photographs documenting diplomatic events including, yet not limited to photographs of receptions at the American Embassy in Vienna, including President Nixon’s visit to Salzburg in the Spirit of ’76 airplane. Lot also includes full albums pertaining to the first SALT Conference on Disarmament in Vienna; also, the opening reception of the East West Trade Center, and a White House state dinner with President Gerald Ford in 1974. There are many handwritten guest lists, telegrams, briefings, and more, an instant achieve waiting for organization.


Presidential China

8” Salad Plates, 21

Cream soup bowls, 10

10.25” Dinner Plates, 9

Demitasse saucers, 9

9” Luncheon plates, 10

Demitasse cups, 5

Cream soup saucers, 10

Coffee cups, 5

Coffee saucers, 7

5.75” small bowls/sauce bowls, 10

Bread and butter plats, 9

Vegetable bowls, 2

12.5” chargers, 2

12” platter, 1

14” platter, 1

9.5” serving bowl, 1

Gravy boat, 1


Crystal Stemware

Champagnes, 23

Sorbet glasses, 14

Cordials, 12

White wine, 13

Red wine, 11

Conical wine, 9

Ice cream bowls, 10

952-9 - SOLD





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