Kathryn Black & John White
19 Jackson Street
(Please note new auction location)
GENERAL TOM THUMB'S PIANO: Middleboro, MA. The piano was specially made for him by Chickering. Tom Thumb was born Charles Sherwood Stratton (January 4, 1838-July 15, 1883), better known by his stage name "General Tom Thumb". He was a drawf who achieved great fame as a performer under circus pioneer P.T. Barnum.
The Tom Thumb in Middleboro, Massachusetts has recently sold and the owners have consigned this piano to our auction. This piano was given to Tom Thumb and his wife Lavinia as a wedding present in 1875, specially made by Chickering of Boston, Massachusetts.
"Charles Sherwood Stratton was the four year old son of a Bridgeport, Connecticut, carpenter in 1842 when P.T. Barnum "discovered" him and transformed him into General Tom Thumb, an eleven-year old European marvel. Barnum trained the child to sing, dance, and imitate famous persons. Under the guidance of Barnum, Tom Thumb performed at the American Museum and toured the world as one of the best-known midgets, until his death in 1883 at the age of 46. Barnum reaped enormous profits from exhibiting a number of "human curiosities" (like Tom Thumb), whom he presented ostensibly for their educational and scientific value. While offensive to today’s sensibilities, exhibitions of people with disabilities or who otherwise deviated from what the majority considered normal were not uncommon in mid and late nineteenth-century popular culture."
Life collection of American Art Pottery/ Wendell and Susan Chamberlain of Kingston, Massachusetts. Collection includes, Rookwood, Weller, Hampshire, Fulper, Pewbic, Van Briggle, SEG, Clewell, Roseville, Scheier & more.
LATE 19TH/EARLY 20TH C. FRENCH CLOISONNE CLOCK: Gilded bronze, bracket feet. Jasperware columns and urn finial. Painted porcelain face signed Smith Patterson & Co. Smith Patterson was a quality jeweler in Boston comparable to Tiffany in New York. Clock measures 8 ½” wide x 6” deep x 17 ½” tall.
THE INITIATING BANK FIRST DEGREE: Cast iron mechanical bank manufactured by Mechanical Novelty Works, New Britain, Ct. Designed by George W. Eddy, patented 1880. Orignal paint and condition.
PLATINUM & DIAMOND ENGAGEMENT RING: Center stone prong set with one marquise cut diamond approximately 3.5 cts. Evaluated SI 2 in clarity and J in color. Center diamond complimented on either side by one small tappered baguette cut diamond, approximately .15ct.
EARLY 19TH C NEW YORK STENCILED & HAND PAINTED GAME/SEWING TABLE: Ca 1805/10. Lift top game boards, hand painted eagles, original brasses.
EARLY PORTRAIT STUDIO/FIELD CAMERA ON STAND: Manufactured by Ansco Corp, Binghamton, NY. Adjustable wood and iron stand on wheels.
JOHN JELIFF ROSEWOOD RENAISSANCE REVIVAL PARLOR SET: John Jeliff ( 1813-1893). Five pieces. Settee, arm chair and two side chairs.Carved medallion crests and detailed figural lady head arms, castor feet.
"THE GLEANERS" (AFTER JULES BRETON (1827-1906) BY ALFRED BRYANT COPELAND (MA/FRANCE 1840-1909): Large unframed oil on canvas, 27" x 52". Signed lower right "A. Copeland, dupre Paris '77 After Jules Breton 1859".
LOUIS VUITTON HAT BOX/SHOE BOX TRUNK: Ca 1910.Woven basket interior. Monogrammed R.H. on sides. Leather and brass bound. Measures 20” wide x 17 ½” deep x 18” tall.
WELLER RHEAD VASE: Ca 1905. 6” tall. Rhead incised vase with floral decoration. “Fru Russet Glaze” signed “Weller Read”. Rare mark. Purple curdled matt glaze with stylized yellow flowers. Wendell and Susan Chamberlain collection.
PANAMA DISTRICT or SPANISH/COLUMBIA UNCUT BANKNOTES: Estado Soberano de Panama Lei 1865. Mounted uncut sheet with 4 notes “UNO” “TRES” “TRES” and “DIEZ PESOS” dated 1865. After its independence from Spain on November 28, 1821, modern-day Panama became a part of the Republic of Gran Colombia which consisted of today's Colombia,Venezuela, Panama, and Ecuador. The Panama–Colombia separation was formalized on 3 November 1903, with the establishment of the Republic of Panama from the Republic of Colombia.
One of several coin and currency lots.
ROOKWOOD WAX MATT “JACK IN THE PULPIT” VASE: Rare special presentation vase, 1938. Measures 6 ¾” tall. Signed Shirayamadani. Marked #6899 in ink. Raised leaf and flower decoration on blue to pale ivory to green ground. From the Wendell & Susan Chamberlain collection.
ROOKWOOD EXPERIMENTAL PORCELAIN VASE: High gloss glaze. 1928, #604F. Ink #X3181. Rare floral glaze combination. Unusual piece. Sara Sax. Date blue and black decoration on dark teal ground. Measures 6 ¼” tall. From the Wendell & Susan Chamberlain collection.
ELMER CROWELL CARVED DUCK DECOY: Black duck. Anthony Elmer Crowell (East Harwich, MA 1862-1951). Carved black duck decoy. Original paint. Measures 17 ¾” long, glass eyes. Signed with branded mark. Crack in neck, few nicks.
US 1904 LIBERTY HEAD DOUBLE EAGLE $20 GOLD COIN: Organic design 14kt gold mount and 14kt gold chain.
OGDEN MINTON PLEISSNER OIL PAINTING: Simpson Lake, Wyoming, ca 1929. Ogden Minton Pleissner (Vermont/New York 1905-1983), known for fishing and hunting genre, landscapes. Signed lower left. Measures 20" x 24". Original Thulin type gilt frame.
J& E STEVENS CO. CAST IRON BANK: Ca 1902. Intricate battle ship OREGON. White with red interior life boats and green base. (The Great White Fleet was the popular nickname for the United States Navy battle fleet that completed a circumnavigation of the globe from December 16, 1907, to February 22, 1909, by order of United States President Theodore Roosevelt. Measures 10 ½” long. All original.
WALTER LOFTHOUSE DEAN SEASCAPE:Oil on canvas, sailboats in open sea. Massachusetts listed artist (1854-1912), known for seascapes, marine and coastal views. Period original wide gold gilt frame. Signed lower left Walter L. Dean. Image 10” x 16”.
HERTER BROTHERS INLAID ROSEWOOD MIRRORED SERVER/DISPLAY CABINET: Herter Brothers (NY 1864-1906). Rosewood with ornate urn and scroll satinwood inlay. Bow front, curved glass doors on sides with inlaid center compartment, drawer above. Cabriole legs with bottom shelf. Turned columns with gallery shelves. Measures 51” wide x 13 1/2” deep x 83” tall.
DIAMOND DYES “FAIRY PRINCESS” COUNTER TOP DISPLAY CABINET: Wells & Richardson, Burlington, VT. Detailed lithograph on tin. Center circle with “fairy princess”. Separate vignette scenes featuring the dyes various uses. Wood frame, 31” tall x 24” wide x 10 ½” deep.
LADIES DIAMOND RING: Solitaire European cut diamond, 1.31 ct. Slightly bearded girdle, natural on girdle. Large culet. Color L. Clarity VVS2, 38% table, 65% depth percentage. Set in platinum.
SEG ART POTTERY BOWL: Saturday Evening Girls. Blue Lotus bowl. Three colors of blue white and black, incised floral border. Signed AM 7-10 SEG. Measures 9 ¼” in diameter x 3 ½” tall. Wendell & Sue Chamberlain collection.
800 SILVER COFFEE/TEA SET: Includes coffee pot, tea pot, creamer, sugar, waste pot and tray. Ribbed form with hand hammered scalloped rim matching tray, 21 ½” x 13 ½”.
SURVEYOR’S TRANSIT GROUP: Ca 1850’s W. & L.E. Gurley transit in fitted wood box, tripod, single spike, Cox’s Stadia Computer W.& L.E. Gurley and leather bound book “elements of Surveying and Navigation by Charles Davies, LLD, 1850.
EARLY WOVEN ORIENTAL RUG: Red field with three medallions Wide blue border. Overall geometric designs in reds, blues, gold, cream and rust. Measures approximately 4’10” x 6’ 8”. From the Wendell and Sue Chamberlain collection.
MARTIN BROTHERS SOUTHHALL ENGLAND POTTERY VASE: Ca 1880’s. Bottle shape. Decorated with painted and incised birds on cherry or apple blossom branches in blues, greens and cream. Dark brown high gloss bands around neck and base. Shaded tan body, 9 ¾” tall.
CONTINENTAL BEIDERMEIER INLAID BURLWOOD ABATTANT SECRETARY: Long top drawer, three graduated bottom drawers. Fall front desk writing surface, fitted interior, marble top, original brasses.
BUSSOLINI BROS. PHILADELPHIA CHIPPENDALE STYLE MAHOGANY PIE CRUST TILT TOP TABLE: Bussolini Bros, Quincy, Ma. A faithful copy of a mid 18th century table. Ornately carved tripod base, ball and claw feet, rococo table edge, bird cage support. Signed with Bussolini branded mark. Measures 30” diameter x 29” tall.