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Cane, Tenth Anniversary, Tinned Sheet iron, Nineteenth Century Anonymous - SOLD


Cane, Tenth Anniversary, Tinned Sheet iron, Nineteenth Century Anonymous, entire view

A rare, possibly unique tenth anniversary gift…tubular handle above flattened knop-discs centering twisted shaft above the tapered ferrule; great color and patina. (Fine original condition; length: 30.25")

997-30 - SOLD




Pair of Tenth Wedding Anniversary Slippers
MUSGRAVE AND SON (1870 to 1882)
New York, New York
Circa 1870 - SOLD


Pair of Tenth Wedding Anniversary Slippers
MUSGRAVE AND SON (1870 to 1882)
New York, New York
Circa 1870, entire view

Tinned iron, original white and gold paint, each, 8 by 3.75-inches by 2.5-inches, the left slipper had a very small area of paint loss on the backside which was expertly in-painted; the right slipper bearing a printed paper label: "TIN GOODS / for / WEDDING PRESENTS / EMBLEMATIC OF DIFFERENT / TRADES & PROFESSIONS - MUSGRAVE AND SON / NEW YORK CITY"

William Musgrave and family immigrated to New York City from Liverpool, England, in 1849, where William had been employed as a ironmonger. William Musgrave first appears in New York City business directories in 1851 located at 35 Sixth Avenue as a "Tinsmith." From 1856-1863 William Musgrave is listed in partnership with Waldron Young (Musgrave and Young) at 97 Maiden Lane and 162 West 41st Street, listed under "Japanned wares." From 1863 to 1865 they are still partners, but are then listed as "tinsmiths." From 1866 to 1868 the firm is in the name of William's son, Edgar F. Musgrave located at 162 West 41st and listed as a "tinsmith" and "tin wares". A notice in the New York Herald of January 11, 1870 stated: "William Musgrave Sr. and Edgar F. Musgrave have this day entered into a co partnership, the business hitherto carried on under the firm name E.F. Musgrave & Co. will from this date be continued in the name Musgrave & Son. / William Musgrave Sr. / Edgar F. Musgrave, New York, January 1, 1870." Musgrave & Son are listed in the New York City business directories at 348/350 41st Street from 1870-1882.

From 1883-1900 the firm was listed as Edgar F. Musgrave at the same address. The 1880 census lists William and Mary Musgrave living in Passaic, New Jersey with their married daughter and her family. Edgar Musgrave was married to Sarah Newton, and died January 19, 1912 in Yonkers, New York, and listed in his obituary as a "hardware merchant." The 1880 census records Alfred Musgrave, the youngest son of William and Mary Musgrave as "collector of tin ware wholesale."

The maker's original printed label found on this pair of painted tin slippers make them a great rarity within the category of American tenth wedding anniversary objects, which are universally anonymous both as to maker and exact place of origin. This subject was explored in the exhibition "Marriage Milestones: Tenth Wedding Anniversary Tin, at the Museum of American Folk Art, 1984-1985, and the article by Nancy and James D. Clokey III, of the same title in the Clarion, Winter 1985, pp. 26-33. (Other information available)

210-219 - SOLD




Anniversary Tin, Oversized, Tin Parade Noise Maker
Early 19th Century - SOLD


Anniversary Tin, Oversized, Tin Parade Noise Maker
Early 19th Century, entire view

Dimensions: 19.75-inches long, 6.25-inch diameter.

348-209 - SOLD




Anniversary Tin, Tree of Life, Dustpan
19th Century - SOLD


Anniversary Tin, Tree of Life, Dustpan
19th Century, entire view

As a 10th anniversary gift, this household utility item was embossed with a tree of life.
Dimensions: 12.5 by 12.5 by 1.25".

945-1 - SOLD




Diminutive Tin Anniversary Basket - SOLD


Diminutive Tin Anniversary Basket, entire view

This small 19th c. anniversary basket would be great for a collection of miniatures.
Dimensions: Overall height including handle 6.5-inches; basket height 2.5-inches; diameter 6.5-inches

SHF-337 - SOLD




Anniversary Tin, Tambourine
19th Century - SOLD


Anniversary Tin, Tambourine
19th Century, entire view

Dimensions: 8" diameter, 2.5" W.

898-10 - SOLD


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