Material: Red dyed Morocco leather, metallic thread
Condition: Very Good, some scatted thread loss mostly to back, displays well
Additional Information: A metallic thread-embroidered leather gentleman's wallet, "THOMAS
REVELL", dated 1728. The scalloped flap, interior and exterior corners stitched in geometric
patterns. On the reverse is embroidered the name TETVAN.
Tacked within the interior is an early addition of red dyed wool cloth used for and retaining
sewing needles; will be easily removed without compromise. Likely, Thomas Revell (died 1752) was a British victualer and politician who sat in the House of Commons from 1734 to 1752.
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.
A balanced floral motif featuring a pair of frolicking dogs; zigzag frieze, wool fringe border; likely
a section of bed furnishing. Could be used as a window treatment or wall art; professionally
mounted for display. Fine condition; dimensions: 70.5 by 19.5”.
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…
A Boston School, "Fishing Lady" needlework displaying a upright couple within an elaborate landscape featuring animals and flowers; depicted is a man in red coat with horn and a lady in pink stripes carrying floral basket on her head and staff in her hand. The work includes flanking trees, birds and butterflies; a black and white spotted dog, lambs, and flowering plants, all before a large house on hillock issuing smoke from chimney. LITERATURE: A closely related needlework picture dated 1746, (Winterthur collection), is illustrated in Betty Ring's Girlhood Embroidery, volume I, page 46, figure 43. Betty mentions another in Historical Society of Old Newbury. (The work remains on original stretcher and is mounted within a period frame that may also be original; some thread thinning and fading, else fine and original; frame: 23 by 17.25”; view: 19.75 by 14”) Please call for full description, and/or enthusiastic discussion.
This small English 3.25" embroidered silk on silk satin purse, made in the 17th century, was most likely done by a young girl as an exercise to improve her needlework skills. There is a similar bag in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum that was found in a young girl's embroidered casket (box for special items) to hold personal possessions, possibly coins. Another theory is that bags such as this were made to be given as gifts to someone special. At 3.25" and of such fragile materials it was obviously not meant to be used for practical purposes. The decoration embroidered upon it was either copied from a pattern book or the individual pattern might have been purchased. Early embroidered motifs generally tell us something about the maker. In this case the acorn could represent the patience the young embroiderer was to learn or it might be representative of how her savings would grow from its start as a seedling. The condition of this bag is very good to excellent with minor wear to the silk satin. The bag is bound with a combination of braided silk and metallic threads.
Engraved on the back of the rolled gold pin-back oval brooch with beveled glass is the name "Ann M. Chenault." This piece is remarkable for its thick weave hairwork...a hair wreath manipulated, knotted and coiled to resemble a variety of lush three-dimensional flowers, leaves and sprays centered by a small hair heart. The hair, mostly in shades of brown and blonde remains in fine condition. (1 7/8 by 2 3/8-inches.)
17th Century embroidered Dos - a - Dos Psalms Book, two books bound together, embroidered with silk and metallic thread on satin. Bookbinding embroidered with silk and metallic threads on satin were worked in England for religious books during the 16th century through the first half of the 17th century. The spines are divided into four compartments incorporating silk flowers and silvered wire. The two bindings are embroidered with four flowers each. One book is titled, "THE WHOLE / BOOKE OF / PSALMES. / Collected into English meter / by Thomas Sternhold, John / Hopkins, and others. / LONDON / Printed for the Companie of / Stationers. / Cum Privilegio Regis Regali. / 1607." The second book is, "THE / PSALTER OR PSALMES / of David, after the translation of / the great Bible..." The gilded edges are also embossed with a geometric design. There is some loose wire and wear along the edges of the covers. The psalm book measures 3.25-inches by 2.5-inches by 1.5-inches.
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