Additional Information: Compressed ball above three knops and a flaring disk; the
spreading circular base is within the circle of American forms. The base closely
resembles bases used by Massachusetts pewterers E. Smith and I. Trask of
Beverly; Roswell Gleason of Dorchester also made a similar base.
During WW1 René Lalique’s brilliant jewelry designs were used to produce medallions, pendants,
brooches and pins which were sold to raise money for French soldiers, their wives and children. This
design was created for ‘Poilu Day’, which was organized by the French government. A naked muscular
soldier (the 'Poilu') is shown wrestling the German Imperial Eagle…one of the most evocative designs
produced by Lalique during this period. The 1.25 x 1.25-inch medal bears the inscription ‘Journée du
Poilu 1915’ and is clearly signed 'R Lalique’ at the bottom left corner. The depth of definition is excellent;
Lalique signature is clear and sharp. The pin and hook are in great condition.
All original handsewn navy blue wool double breasted man's jacket with a double row of 5 brass buttons; 2 smaller brass buttons at each cuff, 2 brass buttons at waist in back as well as 2 brass buttons at bottom of tails. This desirable jacket was found in Coastal Maine and the previous owner believed it to be either a Naval or Sea Captain's coat. There are two faux pockets in the front as well as one large pocket inserted into the interior of the left tail. Overall condition is very good for a jacket of this period. There is in use wear to both the collar and cuffs as would be expected and one 2" by 3/4" patch to the right elbow. The body of the jacket is unlined allowing one to see the expert stitching and the sleeves are lined with white cotton. Men's clothing of this period has become exceedingly hard to find.
Jack Tar is common term for early seamen, and we are offering a rare survivor of one of their waterproof hats. Tarred seamen's hats were worn by both American's and the English in much the same form as they battled common elements.
The seaman's hat was coated with black tar to ensure it remained waterproof while on the water. Our example is in remarkably good condition with a minor scratch on the surface of the slightly warped brim. The original band, generally a ribbon is missing but the threads to hold the band in place remain. Lined in linen the hat is stamped with W and Z on the interior. Early sailor's everyday items are rare survivors, especially in this condition. An opportunity to own a piece of history rarely found even in the most advanced collections.
Dimensions: 14" approximate diameter, 3" H.
For additional information about Jack Tar, both the term and the seamen see: Marine Art and Antiques, Jack Tar, A Sailor's Life 1750-1910 by J. Welles Henderson and Rodney P. Carlisle. Published 1999.
Pair of Central plains 11" beaded hide moccasins with parfleche soles, sinew-sewn using glass bead colors of green, red white-heart, light blue, cobalt blue, and white; forked tongue and angled cuffs. Minor bead losses, soiled, open seams. Purportedly brought from Minnesota to Colebrook, Connecticut by Carrington Phelps (1875-1890).
Expertly made woven silk child's dress from the 2nd quarter of the 19th century.
Some of the nicer details are hand sewn scalloped and embroidered neckine, scalloped tiered cap sleeves, all the original covered buttons remain.
Dimensions: neck line to hem 23.5-inches, dropped waist 26-inches.
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