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16. Other Antiques

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16.23  FERRY BOAT TOKEN.  Genuine early 1900's token for transportation in the San Francisco Bay Area.  This solid brass coin-like token is about the size of a dime (10 cent piece).  It is nicely minted with the obverse reading "MUNICIPAL RAILWAY" on a "spider web" background with the center prominently cut-out "SF."  The reverse, in the same, format reads "ONE FARE  • SAN FRANCISCO."  Excellent original condition.  8.50

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16.22  CARVED LETTER OPENER.   Very intricate carved 19th century Victorian letter opener with floral motifs.  This creation is carved from a single piece of walnut and depicts a beautifully-executed handle adorned with high relief oak leaves and acorns.  The tapering "blade" is thinly-carved carved walnut with vine decoration.   The reverse is similarly decorated.  This delicate opener measures 12 inches long and is 2 inches wide at the widest.  Indicative of its age there is desirable "alligatoring" on the back of the blade.  Outstanding original condition.  It is amazing that it has remained so well preserved for well over a century.  Very reasonably priced!  Looking forward, this would make a great Christmas gift for a loved one.  95


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16.17 NUT CRACKER. Charming late 19th C. hand-carved German nutcracker of Black Forest origin. This cleverly contrived and beautifully executed device is in the form of a realistic bear with inset "bean" eyes. The bear's mouth effectively cracks smaller nuts whereas a carved recess at the rear, under the lever, accommodates larger nuts such as walnuts. This intricate, two piece carving is made from a dense dark hardwood, probably walnut. Detailing is very realistic. Excellent original condition with no chips or cracks and a lovely age patina.  7 inches long.  250


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16.19  CALIFORNIA as an ISLAND.   Authentic late 1600’s map  identified lower right in a fancy cartouche, “A MAP OF NORTH AMERICA With the European Settlements & whatever elfe is remarkable in ye WEST INDIES from the lateft and beft Obfervations (sic).”  This detailed rendering is engraved on high quality rag paper (plate impressions under the mat) and is signed lower right in Latin “R. W. Seale delin. et fculpt.”  At the top there is a notation reading “Degrees W. from Lond:” indicating its English origin.  It painstakingly depicts the known world of the North American continent circa 1690 with literally hundreds of locations identified.  It dates to about a decade since the city of Philadelphia was founded and 25 years after the British named New York City when taken from the Dutch.  It is remarkably accurate in the explored regions of the East Coast, although Florida is depicted as a squat triangular peninsula.  But as the cartographer traveled West, less and less of the continent is described beyond the 110th meridian, save for Mexico.  The entire West Coast of what is now the United States is left blank with the notation “PARTS UNKNOWN.”  Ironically, and of great interest to collectors is the fact that Baja California is depicted as an island and labeled “NEW ALBION, CALIFORNIA.”  The strait between the imaginary island and the mainland of Mexico is labeled “GULF OF CALIFORNIA OR RED SEA!”  This very appealing map has strong, crisp lines and was skillfully hand-tinted long ago in a variety of colors, greatly enhancing its presentation.  It is professionally framed and matted using acid free mounts and a simple gilt wood frame under glass.  The image measures 18 ¾ by 15 inches sight.  The frame measures 24 ¾ by 20 ¾ overall.  Condition is outstanding, bright and colorful with absolutely no damage, staining, discoloration or tears.   Ready to hang.  Price Request Special PackagingBack to Top


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16.18  PAPER WEIGHT.   Late 19th Century commemorative paperweight housing an actual albumen photograph of New York’s first and most famous East River Bridge, as identified lower right “BROOKLYN BRIDGE. N.Y.”  The thick glass weight depicts the iconic bridge as viewed from the Brooklyn side with the early Manhattan skyline in the background, yet devoid of skyscrapers.  In the foreground are any number of steamboats and sailing ships on the river.  The bottom of the glass is scalloped providing a beadlike “frame” around the scene.  This paperweight is in perfect original condition and bears close scrutiny with magnification to reveal many interesting details.  4 inches by 2 5/8 inches and 1 inch thick.  Rare!  SOLD

Perhaps the most famous fixed crossing in the United States if not the world, construction of the bridge with a length of 6,016 feet began in 1869.  But due to the immense engineering problems encountered it was not completed until 1883.  The trials and tribulations of its designer, John Roebling, make for a fascinating story.  First called the New York and Brooklyn Bridge or the East River Bridge, it was more commonly known as the “Brooklyn Bridge.”   The name became official 1915. 


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16.16  AMERICAN TELLURIUM.   Extremely rare 4th quarter of the 19th century American planetary model by “A.H. ANDREWS & CO. CHICAGO” as signed in relief on the ornately decorated cast support arm.  It is additionally signed in the maker’s cartouche located in the northwestern Pacific, “A. ANDREWS 8 Inch TERRESTRIAL GLOBE with the latest discoveries and ocean currents A. H. Andrews & Co. Chicago.”  This amazing apparatus depicts the earth revolving about the sun in the center of the weighted stand with a proportional radial sector of the sun in brass indicating serrated “flames.”  Between the sun and the earth is a moveable rod on which a wooden orb representing the moon is attached.  These ride on a pedestal atop a very heavy cast iron base which is encircled with the 12 signs of the Zodiac.  Each of the 12 quadrants is charmingly decorated with an image of the mythological sign, the month, the degrees from North and the points of the compass.  These lithographed images are somewhat faded with time, but still very colorful and legible.  Attached to the swinging support arm opposite the earth is an arrow which indicates the earth’s position on the Zodiac as it orbits the sun.  The earth is represented by a globe made in the traditional manner with a plaster sphere overlaid by 12 lithographed gores.  The detail of the geography is of a very high standard with multi-color countries and major cities shown.  As the name implies, ocean and atmospheric currents are notable as is the declination line of the sun between the 2 solstices.  The condition of the globe is excellent and original with no damage of repairs, noting good age toning to its protective varnish.  The North Pole is fitted with a moveable brass arrow to highlight a specific Meridian or geographical feature.  Surround the globe is a heavy brass cage mounted to the support arm.  It has two Meridian Circles and one Equatorial circle connected to a removable swan’s neck support on the arm   Construction and materials throughout are of the highest order!  21 ½ inches wide and 16 ½ inches tall overall.  The base measures 12 inches in diameter.  The entire apparatus weighs 13 pounds.  Price Request Special PackagingBack to Top

The firm of Andrews & Co. was begun by A.H. Andrews in 1866 and continued to flourish into the 1890’s.  At the end of the Civil War this pioneer maker established Chicago as the center for globe manufacturing in America, leading the way for other globe makers to practice their trade.  Names like Rand McNally and Weber Costello continued their production into the end of the 20th century.  (Elly Dekker and Peter van der Krogt, “Globes From the Western World,” 1993, Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd., London).


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16.15  WORLD WAR I GOGGLES.  Very rare surviving pilot’s or motorcyclist’s goggles dating to or before World War I.  This cloth and leather pair consists of 4 glass panels held in metal frames.  Indicative of their early manufacture the glass is not curved, but has wrap around sides.  The top and bottom have small breather holes within metal grommets.  The goggles themselves are 9 inches wide with the cloth straps extending to 36 inches in width overall.  These goggles are in frail condition evidencing some hand-stitched repairs.  That noted, the glass panels are in excellent original condition.  These very scarce early goggles make a great statement as a genuine testament to a bygone age over 100 years ago!  89


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16.14  ANCIENT JAPANESE HAND MIRROR.  Mid-19th century nickeled bronze dressing mirror of Japanese origin.  The “working side” of this early-form mirror is in a high polish which remarkably still provides a highly reflective image.  The reverse is richly decorated in incredibly detailed relief depicting a turtle at the center facing two kissing cranes.  Below is their brood of 3 chicks.  The background is made up of pine bows and bamboo, set within 2 concentric circles.  On the outer edge are more decorative floral designs.  This unique piece is signed with a 4 character mark beginning with “da” meaning large or grand.  Interestingly the turtle’s shell is rove through with a hole for attaching a thong.  5 inches in diameter, ¾ of and inch think and weighing 2 pounds.  289


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16.13  CANNON CIGARETTE LIGHTER.  Very early 1900’s American cigarette/cigar lighter in the form of a pre-World War I artillery cannon.  Made in U.S.A. by "Negbaur, NY." as signed on the bottom of the lighter.  It measures 8 inches long and is 3 inches wide.  The spoked carriage wheels actually turn.  It is made of a heavy non-ferrous metal, either pewter or brass.  The lighter is completely functional.  The finish details are superb. 295


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16.12  RARE GERMAN TERRESTRIAL GLOBE.  An exceptional world globe by Germany’s preeminent 19th century cartographer Ludwig Heymann as indicated (in part) on the maker’s cartouche in the Pacific Ocean just above the Sandwich Islands,

“ERD-GLOBUS.
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Durehgesehen von Dr Henry Lange.
BERLIN.
Ludwig. Jul. Heymann
Oceanographisch Artisctecehe Austalt”


This is a much larger than average library table globe with a circumference of 45 inches and a diameter of 14 ½ inches, made during the reign of the German Kaisers.  It stands an impressive 25 3/4 inches high overall with a base 10 3/4 inches in diameter having cleverly-inlaid brass tripodal inserts on the bottom to assure leveling.  By its geographical features this globe can be dated 1891 - 1893.   In the United States, the Dakotas were divided into North and South (1889), but the Matabele Empire, which existed until 1893, is still shown.  The identifying names of towns, cities, territories, rivers, mountains, countries and other geographical features are extremely detailed and much more finely depicted than virtually all other makers of the period.  Also included are many ocean trade routes with record passages.  In fact Heymann was noted for his superior attention to detail and was awarded many prizes at exhibitions in which he displayed his output.  This early globe is in original, unrestored condition.  It is mounted on its original large, decoratively-turned, very lovely hardwood stand, complete with functional compass.  It is mounted in a brass Meridian ring engraved in single degrees 0 – 90, marked by 10's.  At aged 125 years this globe is in a remarkable state of original preservation.  Colors are clear and bright and all of the literally thousands of the identifying inscriptions are very legible.  Nice expected age toning of the surfaces, but no damage.  This is really an outstanding bargain.  Research the Internet. Price Request Special PackagingBack to Top  

Ludwig Julius Heymann (1836-1899) began the production of globes in 1883.

Ref.  “Globes From The Western World,” 1993, Elly Dekker and Peter van  der Kroght, Trevor Philips & Sons, London.

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16.10  CARVED AMERICAN EAGLE.   Genuine late 19th century carving of a patriotic American eagle in the style of John Hayley Bellamy.  It is carved of pine using the sure, precise strokes of a professional wood carver.  It is of classic two-piece carved pine construction with the head and body screwed onto the backboard which also serves as the wings.  The eagle carries a flagpole which once waived a wooden banner, again in the Bellamy tradition.  The banner is missing.  This antique carving retains its old genuine gilded surfaces on the front with good telltale oxidation of the bare wood and old iron fasteners on the back.  The carving measures 24 inches wide by 5 inches high and is 2 7/8 inches deep.   If this carving could be attributed to Bellamy, we would conservatively adjudge its value to be $12,000.  We are not asserting it is Bellamy, but we definitely assure it is from the same late 19th century period.  It is certainly equal to Bellamy’s work at a fraction of the price his works demand for such a carving.  1495


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16.11  FIGURAL MEERSHAUM PIPE.  Interesting 19th century smoker’s pipe carved in the form of a Barbary Pirate.  This unique pipe features the head of a grimacing African man with a goatee and prominent earring on his right ear.  Adorning his chest is a nicely-carved scarf.  This well-used pipe is connected to its hard rubber stem with an ornately-engraved rose gold (unmarked) sleeve in floral designs.  The stem is removable for cleaning and there are two solder joints (repairs) in evidence.  7 inches long by 1 ¾ inches wide on the bowl.  There is extensive wear to the bowl especially on the sides and the front, where the user would have held the pipe.  A real rarity!  149


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16.09  DECORATIVE LEADED WINDOWS.   A very unusual matched set of 4 original early hand-leaded windows said to have come from a New Orleans tavern prior to the Civil War.  These windows consist of leaded frames encircled by 20 convex bull’s eye glass inserts each surrounding the thick beveled glass central panels.  The bull’s eyes are obviously hand-molded.  Each window measures 7 ½ inches square.  The central glass panel is 4 ½ inches square and each of the bull’s eyes measure 7/8 inches in diameter.   All of the frames exhibit a wonderful old antique patina acquired through time.  Absolutely perfect original condition with no chips, cracks, breaks or losses of any kind.   Really amazing!  Guaranteed to be over 150 years old.  Very heavy.   Would make a fantastic decorator statement in the proper setting.  389 Special Packaging


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16.66  EARLY CORK SCREW.  Very old, wine cork screw of French manufacture.  This oenophilic tool has a sculpted bone handle with a tufted bristle brush on one side and a turned bone cap on the other.  The working end is a cast iron cork screw with radiating circular top, the entire assembly of which is rove through the bone, held by a very old style circular nut.  The width of the bone handle is 3 ¾ inches.  With brush is measures 4 ¾ inches wide and 4 inches to the tip of the corkscrew to the top of the handle.  Overall condition is excellent, however the tip of the screw was broken off by an enthusiastic wine bibber.  Priced accordingly.  149

ex. Paul Madden Antiques, Sandwich, Massachusetts. 


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16.07  CHINA TRADE FRAME/MIRROR.  Absolutely exquisite 19th century mirror within a frame hand-crafted from a large single piece of camphor wood by an expert wood carver.  The mirror is encircled by an oval frame intricately-carved with foliate designs, flowers, birds and recurring “commas” on its inner edge.  Three panels display cherry blossom buds while the top panel depicts a perched bird.  Two smaller birds flank it just below on either side.  Of important note is the fact that the carving is not only done in high relief, it is also reticulated throughout with more than 100 cut-outs!  The execution of this masterful carving really defies description.  The mirror itself measures 9 1/8 by 6 ½ inches and the frame 15 ¾ by 10 ¾ inches.  A metal hanger is installed on the back.  Near perfect original condition.  A scarce, functional relic from the West’s second half of the 19th century trade with China.  A beautiful addition to any home regardless of its décor.  199


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16.91  TERRESTRIAL GLOBE for the ENGLISH MARKET.   Scarce 4th quarter 1800’s terrestrial globe of Belgium manufacture, with the important appeal of having been made for the English speaking market.  This classic old globe is signed in the maker’s cartouche located south of Australia, “GEOGRAPHICAL INSTITUTE OF BRUSSELS New Physical Political Globe Published by MERSBACH & FALK Brussels, 1881.”  The inscription is encircled by an iconic Victorian era “belt” as a border.  This finely manufactured representation of the earth was made in the traditional manner with lithographed gores overlaying a stiff globular core.  Details include major cities, territories and states, along with major geographical aspects such as mountain ranges and ocean currents. It measures 11 ½ inches in diameter and stands 2 feet tall.  The turned ebonized base with blue faux leather covering on the bottom measures 9 inches in diameter.  It mounts the sphere on a turned wooden column holding a thick brass support in crescent form which allows the globe to turn freely.  This antique globe is in amazing original preservation. It was obviously highly revered and carefully displayed.  It is in near mint condition.  Perhaps the only apology is that the varnish which covers and preserves the surfaces has discolored slightly with age.  Otherwise this rare, 135 year old world globe is perfect!  995 Special Packaging


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16.99  P.O.W. BOX.   Exquisite late 18th century straw work box as crafted by the gifted French prisoners detained in British prisons during the Napoleonic War era, from 1775 through 1806.  Perhaps at no other time in history was the confluence of time and skill more accentuated.  In their own humble way these anonymous prisoners of war produced items of the most exquisite one-of-a-kind output of the finest European craftsmen rivaling the likes of Fabergé a century later!  This particular example is composed of a wooden chest elaborately embellished on all surfaces with the most incredibly fine straw laminations.  The work embodies both scenery and geometric designs.  The top of the box depicts a classic 18th century seaport village with topsail schooner on the shore.  The detail is incredible!  It is enhanced by decorative geometric and floral inlays. Opening the hinged lid reveal the interior marked by a circular dockyard scene flanked by two lidded trays with intricate elongated diamond scenes.  Removing the carved bone securing pin releases the full drawer below.  It is beautifully embellished with geometrical patterns.  Two of the four bone drawer knobs on the front decorate faux drawers, adding to the symmetry and character of the box.  Incredibly, after 200+ years, this box still has it original box lock and striker plate with diamond-shaped key escutcheon!   Condition overall is very nice.  The lid was originally equipped with simple snipe hinges which have been replaced by more traditional brass hinges.  The exterior shows some minor loses and wear.  These can certainly be expected of such a fragile piece of this age. The interior is virtually perfect.  Simply amazing!  939

A large proportion of the French prisoners in English prisons were skilled craftsmen dedicated to their artistic specialties.  They were experts in producing quality works of art for their country when the French output of such objects d’art was at its zenith.  Yet they were summarily conscripted to fight in Napoleon’s army against the British.  In particular, the French Provence of Dieppe was noted for its skilled ivory carvers in the 1700’s.  Given the months and years that these men were incarcerated, it is little wonder they ultimately produced some of the finest “folk art” handicrafts ever made.

Few of these exquisite and quite scarce early examples of the French P.O.W.’s output have come to market recently.  But of those that have sold, prices far exceed what we are asking here.

On August 7, 1988 R. W. Oliver Auctions of Kennebunk, Maine offered the famous “Lloyd Collection” of Prisoner of War Artifacts for sale.  In that auction lot number 220 was described as a “Strawwork Box with hinged lid with scenes of buildings on both sides and interior divided in to compartments which are decorated in building and floral motifs. 3 ¼ by 10 by 7 in. ($750-850).  A copy of the Lloyd Collection catalog will be provided to the buyer.


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16.02  P.O.W SPINNING JENNY.  Authentic late 18th century or very early 19th century automaton known as a “spinning jenny,” made by the gifted French prisoners detained in British prisons during the Napoleonic War era, from 1775 through 1806.    Characteristic of these marvelous whimsies, this example is made entirely of beef bone.  It features a woman in a period bustle dress with huge bonnet sitting at her spinning wheel.  This elaborate presentation has 2 tiers connected by finely-turned bone columns.  The top tier shows the lady at her wheel sitting in a fancy chair with two decoratively-carved bone columns, a windmill and a rotating spool for taking up the yarn.  Below is the “engineroom” of this automaton with its two cogged wheels operated by a hand-crank and an ingenious mechanical movement which provides realistic movement to the figure above.  When rotating the hand crank the spinning wheel turns, the lady lifts her arm and turns her head.  At the same time the windmill revolves.  All of this is mounted to a single turned bone pedestal on a circular base.  This genuine old example is in an amazing state of original preservation, with no repairs and no damage, and is in working condition.  5 ½ inches high, 2 3/8 inches wide and 2 5/8 inches front to back inclusive of the crank.  1475

An elaborate P.O.W. spinning Jenny was sold by the Skinner Auctions on March 4, 2012.  While it was not functional, it contained many interesting elements which exceeded the complexity of this offering.  7 x 5 x 3 inches.  Nevertheless, it sold for $16,590.

Disclaimer:  We certify this object is in original condition and functioning as it was originally constructed, as shipped by us.   However, being over 200 years old and obviously fragile, we cannot guarantee its sustained performance.  Our recommendation is that its use be kept to a minimum and enjoyed for the delight to the eye it is… much like collectors of fine antique watches and clocks keep their valued possessions in non-running status.


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16.03  CIRCULAR GLASS TABLE TOP.  Custom-made heavy glass table top measuring 50 inches in diameter with amazing heft of ½ inch thick!  This substantial table top has rounded polished edges and is in perfect original condition with no chips, cracks, scratches or flaws of any kind.  Guaranteed.   It would make an ideal covering for a ship’s wheel table or other high quality circular table top requiring this impressive size and thickness.  A $1500 value.  475


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16.67  IVORY COMPACT.  Mid-1800’s or earlier lady’s traveling make-up case in the form of an oval make-up compact.  This beautifully constructed compact is made of ivory and silver with a very nice gilt brass hinge cast with a detailed scene depicting a winged griffin, pot of flowers and an attendant monkey!  The top, side and bottom of this compact are constructed of thin ivory beautifully embellished with recurring scalloped designs and oval scribes.   3 ½ by 2 ½ inches and 1/2 inch thick.  Interesting old repair on one edge.  A very nice early piece! 

ex.  Sotheby’s Parke Bernet

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16.94  BLACK FOREST CARVING.   Delightfully decorative, yet functional, wall carving consisting of a 19th century English aneroid barometer housed in an elaborate deep-carved wooden frame.  The brass-cased aneroid barometer is of standard form with a silvered brass dial reading in inches of barometric pressure from 26 to 31 calibrated in 2/100th increments.  At the bottom it is marked “ENGLISH MAKE.” It features a fine blued steel indicator needle overridden by a brass set needle attached to a knurled brass knob through the beveled glass crystal.  The incredible richly carved hardwood surround features two squirrels with rabbit-like ears flanking the barometer.  Both squirrels hold acorns and are perched on branches with abundantly-carved oak leaves in high relief.  Surrounding the barometer is a carved French horn with trumpet bell supporting a realistically-carved leather saddle bag!  This expertly-carved presentation stands 19 inches tall by 14 ½ inches wide.  Amazingly, it is in virtually perfect original condition, and the barometer is functional and accurate.  A most charming wall display at a very reasonable price!  895   Special Packaging


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16.56 EARLY LIVERPOOL JUG. Genuine late 18th century creamware "Herculaneum" pitcher. This lovely old example bears 3 distinctive transfers. The obverse is decorated with the delightfully endearing scene of a pub owner offering a mug to a willing recipient restrained by his wife. The comedic caption reads, "Come come my old buck here's the liquor of LIFE. Which drives away sorrow and reconciles strife. It cures scolding women. Your wrong reply'd Nell. Your wife as a drunken scold does most excel." The reverse shows a surprisingly detailed map of the earth surrounded by classical figures including Lady Britannia and a sunburst. It is entitled "The World in Planisphere." Under the spout is the poem, "Succefs To the Plough. The Fleece and the Pail. May the Landlord Ever Flourish. And the Tenant Never fail." It is surrounded by vignettes depicting farm implements. This wonderful example of early English pottery measures 10 inches high and 9 3/4 inches across from spout to handle. The graceful handle is noteworthy in that it is particularly stout and has contoured edges. There is a tiny professional repair to the very tip of the spout and as expected there are a couple of minor hairlines in the bottom. Overall this jug must be rated as being in outstanding original condition. Circa 1790. Price Request Special Packaging

Telling of the age of this jug, the spelling of the word "Succefs" is with the early form f as an "s." Further, the world map of North America shows a blank Pacific Northwest, indicating it was yet unexplored.


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16.29 MAP OF AMERICA. Original very early 19th century (War of 1812 era) map entitled "AMERICA." This extremely detailed engraving depicts the North and South American continents with portions of Europe and Africa shown as well. Despite its grand scale, great pains were taken by the engraver to identify towns, geographical and topographical features. Interestingly, much of the northern territories, which had yet to be explored, were left blank. The map was carefully hand colored providing a decorative as well as informative presentation. Of particular note in dating this map is the Florida Territory which is shown as a separate country from the United States (under Spanish control) identified as "W. Florida" and "E. Florida." The Louisiana Territory is simply identified as "Louisiana." And the area west of the "Stony Mountains" (Rockies) is referred to as "New Albion!" This early map measures 19 3/4 inches wide by 17 3/4 inches sight and is signed lower right, "J & G Menzies, Sculpt." It is mounted under glass in a carved antique wooden frame with gilded highlights measuring 26 1/2 by 24 1/2 inches overall. It is in excellent overall condition, with expected minor flaws and some toning to the paper. A scarce and quite important decorative piece of Americana from the Federal period, at least 185 years old! Ideal for office or den. Price Request Special Packaging

1803 - The United States purchased from Napoleon the territory of Louisiana for $15,000,000. Upon concluding the purchase Robert Livingston, America's Minister to France, said of the transfer, "We have lived long, but this is the noblest work of our whole lives ... From this day the United States will take their place among the powers of the first rank..."

1819 - American Secretary of State John Quincy Adams and Spanish Minister Luis de Onis reach an agreement finally ratified by both nations in 1821, by which Spain gives the United States title to East and West Florida. The United States relinquishes its claims to Texas, and Spain assigns its rights in the Pacific Northwest to the U.S., leaving ownership of the Oregon Territory to be settled among the United States, Russia, and Great Britain.


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16.92  ANTIQUE TERRESTRIAL GLOBE.     Beyond excellent, American-made world globe by “Rand McNally & Co.” as marked on the oval maker’s cartouche in the North Pacific.  This very detailed world globe was constructed in the traditional manner using chromolithographed paper gores overlaying a spherical plaster core.  The quality and detail of this globe are unsurpassed for its size.  Details include named locations of countries, major cities, provinces, states, mountain ranges, lakes, rivers and world temperature gradients.  It also includes a continuous line around the world showing the tropics of Cancer and Capricorn and the figure 8 “Analemma of Time” depicting the sun’s declination throughout the year.   Owing to on-going geo-political changes, most globes do not bear a date which would otherwise make them “obsolete.”   But this one does!  On the 90th Meridian in the South Pacific it is marked, “Copyright, 1902, Copyright, 1891 by Rand, McNally & Co.”  In keeping with the style of the time this terrestrial sphere is mounted on its ornate floral Art Nouveau metallic base with an antique gold finish.  The entire presentation stands 14 inches tall to the top of the brass finial.  The heavy cast metal base is 6 ½ inches in diameter.  This globe is in absolutely remarkable, untouched original condition for its age exhibiting expected age toning.  Guaranteed to be over 100 years old!  989


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16.88  IMPORTANT CANDLEABRAS.   Exquisite matched set of early 1800’s French ormolu and gilt bronze candelabras mountedatop heavy alabaster pedestals.  Each candleholder set is comprised of 5 radiating cups with another cup mounted higher in the center.  Each cup is ornately decorated with floral motifs and sprays.  The multifunctional center cup is designed to hold a sixth candle or serve as a crowning finial in the form of an ornate floral bouquet.  Each candelabrum is supported by a seated puti holding these large torches.  The gilded bronze pedestals on which they are seated are mounted atop solid alabaster columns bound in bronze set on heavy tripod floral bases with acanthus leaf embellishments.  The underside of each base contains a wooden insert secured with a square nut.  Evidencing their age the wood exhibits some old telltale worm holes – a good sign of 19th century French exposure.  Each presentation stands 22 inches tall overall and 10 ½ wide at the widest.   The bases measure 6 ½ inches wide.  Outstanding original condition with untouched surfaces.  A remarkable set worthy of the finest home or institution. Price Request  Special Packaging


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16.71  MINIATURE CANNON.  Commemorative brass cannon on a cast iron carriage with an applied embossed brass plaque reading, “FORT  TICONDEROGA  NY.”  The bottom of the carriage is marked “1/0 18 MFCO.”  3 inches  long.  Excellent original condition with a nice age patina.  Circa 1930.  49

Fort Ticonderoga is located on the shores of Lake Champlain, on the New York, New Hampshire border overlooking Vermont’s Green Mountains.  This remote outpost on Lake Champlain guarded the narrow water highway connecting New France with Britain's American colonies. Whichever nation controlled Ticonderoga controlled the continent.  During the American Revolution Fort Ticonderoga was the scene of America's first major victory in its struggle for independence and the United States' northern stronghold which protected New York and New England from British invasion via Canada.

In 1755, during the French and Indian War, the British pushed north into traditionally French territory. In response Governor-General Vaudreuil in Québec ordered Michel de Lotbinière to construct a fort south of Crown Point that would cover the portage between Lake George and Lake Champlain. Construction of Fort Carillon began that Fall and continued for the next four years.

In 1759 British General Jeffrey Amherst laid siege to Fort Carillon. Losses elsewhere in New France had left the garrison ill-equipped, so the French abandoned the fort after blowing up the powder magazine. Amherst repaired the fort and renamed it Ticonderoga.  Then construction of a new British fortress at Crown Point was begun.

At the outbreak of the American Revolution in 1775 Ethan Allen and Benedict Arnold lead an attack on the Fort Ticonderoga with a small band of "Green Mountain Boys," capturing it from the British in an early morning raid on May 10th.  This was only three weeks after Lexington and Concord and was America’s first victory in the Revolutionary War.


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