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STAFFORDSHIRE BLUE SPATTERWARE ‘THISTLE’ PLATTER, CIRCA 1840, Painted on the front with a red thistle blossom on a scrolling green leafy stem, reserved on a blue spatterware ground. 14.625 x 11.25 inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions April 7, 2018.

Estimate: $500-700

Price Realized $1,200


TWO STAFFORDSHIRE RED, BLUE AND GREEN SPATTERWARE TEABOWLS AND SAUCERS, CIRCA 1840. The first in the ‘Swag’ or ‘Drape’ pattern, the second in a plaid pattern. Diameters of tea bowls 4 inches, saucers 6 and 6.125 inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions April 7, 2018.

Estimate: $350-550

Price Realized $1,020


STAFFORDSHIRE RED AND BLUE SPATTERWARE DESSERT PLATE AND A RED AND GREEN SPATTERWARE DINNER PLATE, CIRCA 1840. The first in red and blue and the second in red and green, each spattered in the center with circular rings within matching striped rims. Diameters 8.375 and 9.625 inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions April 7, 2018.

Estimate: $400-600

Price Realized $1,020


STAFFORDSHIRE GREEN SPATTERWARE ‘SCHOOL HOUSE’ DESSERT PLATE, CIRCA 1840. Painted with a red school house on a brown and green plateau and flanked by a tree and shrub, within a green spattered rim. Diameter 8,25 inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions April 7, 2018.

Estimate: $300-500

Price Realized $1,020


PORTRAIT OF AN EIGHTEENTH CENTURY GENTLEMAN WEARING A BROWN COAT AND CRIMSON VEST WITH GOLD BUTTONS. Oil on canvas, 32 x 26 inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions April 7, 2018.

Estimate: $500-800

Price Realized $2,280


RHODE ISLAND CHIPPENDALE TIGER MAPLE TALL CHEST OF DRAWERS. The rectangular top with molded edge above a case of two short aligned over four long graduated drawers and bracket base. Height 50.875 inches, width 38.5 inches, depth 20 inches.

Provenance: Nathan Liverant and Son Antiques, Colchester, Connecticut.

Sold at Northeast Auctions April 7, 2018.

Estimate: $1,500-2,500

Price Realized $3,300


THE ORNE FAMILY OF MARBLEHEAD, QUEEN ANNE MAHOGANY OVAL DROP-LEAF DINING TABLE. The rectangular top with rounded ends and oval drop-leaves above a shaped apron joining cabriole legs ending in pad feet. Height 26.875 inches, length 47.75 inches.

Provenance: The Orne family, to Sarah B. Orne who married William Goodwin in 1828.

Sold at Northeast Auctions April 7, 2018.

Estimate: $2,000-3,000

Price Realized $4,320


THE ORNE FAMILY OF MARBLEHEAD, QUEEN ANNE WALNUT AND MAPLE HIGHBOY, CIRCA 1760. In two parts, the upper section with applied cove and cushion molding above a case of two short aligned over three long graduated drawers; the lower section with a long drawer over three aligned drawers, the central with fan carving, above a shaped apron joining cabriole legs ending in platform pad feet. Brasses appear to be original. Height 69.5 inches, width 38.75 inches, depth 20.5 inches. Together with an oval silhouette and a lead stamp with “Sarah B. Orne.”

Provenance: The Orne family, to Sarah B. Orne who married William Goodwin in 1828.

Sold at Northeast Auctions April 7, 2018.

Estimate: $6,000-9,000

Price Realized $13,200


EARLY PIERCED TIN LANTERN WITH STEPPED TOP. Similar to the example in the Concord, Massachusetts Historical Society, reported to have come from the Old North or South Church.

Sold at Northeast Auctions April 7, 2018.

Estimate: $600-900

Price Realized $1,920


LARGE SCALE ENGRAVED MAP “A MAP OF THE MOST INHABITED PART OF NEW ENGLAND…,” BRADDOCK MEAD, PUBLISHED BY THOMAS JEFFERYS, LONDON, NOVEMBER 29, 1774. Also including Long Island and the Hudson River Valley of New York, with cartouche depicting the landing of the Pilgrims at Plymouth and inset Plans of the Town of Boston and Boston Harbor. Handcolored in outline, four sheets joined into two parts, size overall 42 x 39 inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions April 7, 2018.

Estimate: $1,600-2,400

Price Realized $2,400


PORTRAIT OF A YOUNG MAN SEATED BY A WINDOW WITH A VIEW OF A BLUFF OVERLOOKING THE OCEAN. Oil on canvas, 30 x 25 inches. The stretcher inscribed in pencil “Coppyed [sic] July 1842/ Jacob H. Bates Jr.” and affixed with a printed label reading “Manufactured by/ Elisha Horton/ Canton, Mass and sold by/ Ruel Baker/ 110 Washington Street, Boston.” 

Jacob Hill Bates, Sr., a painter and glazier working in Cambridge, built a house in 1829 at the corner of Brattle and Church Streets, which remained in the family until 1926. His son, Jacob Jr. is known to have made a voyage to South America in 1841. The family’s papers are in the collection of the Cambridge Historical Society.

Sold at Northeast Auctions April 7, 2018.

Estimate: $700-1,000

Price Realized $2,640


THE BINNEY AND BLISS FAMILIES MASSACHUSETTS CHIPPENDALE CARVED MAHOGANY BLOCK-FRONT SLANT-LID DESK, BOSTON, 1770-1790. The rectangular hinged lid opening to the interior fitted with a large valanced pigeonhole within document drawers, each affixed with an engaged half column surmounted by a flaming urn finial, flanked by valanced pigeonholes above two aligned drawers over a long drawer, the case with four long graduated drawers on a molded shaped apron with central drop raised on ball-and-claw feet. Appears to retain the original brasses. Height 42.875 inches, width 40 inches, depth 21.75 inches.Block-front case furniture was popular in cities such as Boston and Salem, and during the latter part of the eighteenth century several family pieces were taken to Canada by Loyalists.

Provenance: The Honorable Jonathan Binney (17125-1767), Hull, Massachusetts and Halifax, Nova Scotia, or Jonathan Bliss (1742-1822), Boston and New Brunswick.Bishop Hibbert Binney (1819-1887) and Mary Bliss (1829-1903). By descent in the family. “Important American Furniture,” Christie’s, New York, October 12, 2001.Wayne Pratt, agent. A New York Collector (the current owner).

Sold at Northeast Auctions April 7, 2018.

Estimate: $10,000-15,000

Price Realized $10,200


ROBERT SALMON (AMERICAN/ SCOTTISH 1775-C.1848). THE “CERES,” PRIVATEER OF LIVERPOOL. The ship depicted on the Mersey with Bidston Hill seen to the left sloping down to what are now the Birkenhead docks, the land to the right now settled as New Brighton. Oil on canvas, 33.25 x 52.5 inches. Signed with initials and dated “R.S. 1808,” l.r. The reverse with labels for Henry R. Dalton and the Denver Art Museum.

Provenance: Henry Rogers Dalton, Boston, Massachusetts; Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (1943-1981); purchased by the present owner at Sotheby’s Parke Bernet, New York, April 23, 1981, lot 6.

Exhibited: “18th and 19th Century Paintings from the Boston Museum,” Art Museum of South Texas, Corpus Christi, and Denver Art Museum, 1976-1978, pl. 4.

Literature: “American Paintings in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston,” Boston: MFA, 1969, Vol. I, p. 218, no. 837; Vol. II, p. 125, fig. 183.

Sold at Northeast Auctions April 7, 2018.

Estimate: $50,000-70,000

Price Realized $48,000


PAIR OF RARE DUTCH DELFT IMARI TWO-HANDLED ICE BUCKETS OR CACHE POTS, POSSIBLY ADRIAEN PYNACKER, 1690-1710. Each painted and gilt with a pavilion and gardens, one depicting two ladies taking tea and a man observing a lady holding a parasol, the other depicting two ladies playing Lo, and a man gesturing at two rabbits seated under a large table set with a basket of flowers, one painted with the conjoined initials “APK” in red enamel. Height 6.375 inches, length over handles 9.5 inches.

Sold at Northeast Auctions April 7, 2018.

Estimate: $800-1,200

Price Realized $12,000


DIMINUTIVE LEBANON COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA PAINTED-PINE DOWER CHEST, ca. 1815, the front with two blue sponged arched panels, on an ochre sponged ground, above three drawers, resting on turned feet, 26" h., 41.5" w.

Provenance: The Collection of Ruth Bryson, Quarryville, Pennsylvania.

Condition: Very good condition with minor wear.

Sold at Pook and Pook April 14, 2018, The Ruth Bryson Collection.

Estimate: $4,000-7,000

Price Realized: $10,980


CONESTOGA WAGON BOX DATED 1808, initialed CHMI, retaining its original wrought iron tulip form hasp and hinges and an old blue surface, 22.5" h., 15" w. For a similar example see Pook & Pook Auction, Sorber Collection, May 13, 2005, lot 73.

Provenance: Horst Auction, Pennsylvania, February 3, 2003.

Provenance: The Collection of Ruth Bryson, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

Condition: Good condition. No apparent damages or repairs.

Sold at Pook and Pook April 14, 2018, The Ruth Bryson Collection.

Estimate: $5,000-8,000

Price Realized: $23,180


JOHN DRISSELL (BUCKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA 1762-1846), PAINTED PINE SLIDE LID BOX MADE FOR PETER NEHS, retaining its original painted surface with tulips and pinwheel flowers on a red ground, the original German text reads Ich kam in ein Land da stund geschrieben an der Wand,"Sei fromm und ver schwiegen was nicht dein ist das lass liegen.", which translates to "I came to a land where it was written on the wall," Be pious and never hide anything that is not yours, let it lie.", 4.25" h., 6.5" w., 10.75" d.

Provenance: Conestoga Auction, Pennsylvania, April 3, 2004.

Exhibited at Winterthur's Drissell Study Group, March, 2008. *Pook & Pook would like to thank Lisa Minardi for the translation of the text.

Provenance: The Collection of Ruth Bryson, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

Condition: Good condition. Expected wear consistent with age and use.

Sold at Pook and Pook April 14, 2018, The Ruth Bryson Collection.

Estimate: $12,000-18,000
Price Realized: $18,300

LANCASTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA PAINTED POPLAR COMPASS ARTIST DOME LID BOX, 19th c., retaining its original pinwheel flower decoration on a blue/green ground, 6.5" h., 7,375" w. For a similar example see Pook & Pook, Inc., October 1, 2011, lot 444.

Provenance: Conestoga Auction, Pennsylvania, May 4, 2002.

Provenance: The Collection of Ruth Bryson, Quarryville, Pennsylvania.

Condition: Overall good condition. Repaired blowout to one hinge.

Sold at Pook and Pook April 14, 2018, The Ruth Bryson Collection.

Estimate: $12,000-18,000
Price Realized: $39,040

JACOB MAENTEL (AMERICAN 1763-1863), PAIR OF WATERCOLOR PORTRAITS, of Mr. and Mrs. Martin Ebert of York County, Pennsylvania, 10" x 8". Provenance: Conestoga Auction, Pennsylvania, November 17, 2001.

Provenance: The Collection of Ruth Bryson, Quarryville, Pennsylvania
Condition: Minor staining/toning.

Sold at Pook and Pook April 14, 2018, The Ruth Bryson Collection.

Estimate: $8,000-12,000
Price Realized: $14,640

JACOB OR JONAS WEBER (LANCASTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA MID 19TH C.), PAINTED PINE DRESSER BOX, inscribed Anna Eby 1850, retaining its original decoration with flowers and house in a landscape on a blue ground, 6" h., 10.25" w. Provenance: Donlinger Auction, Kinzer, Pennsylvania, July 10, 1993.

Provenance: The Collection of Ruth Bryson, Quarryville, Pennsylvania.

Condition: Patches to both right feet.

Sold at Pook and Pook April 14, 2018, The Ruth Bryson Collection.

Estimate: $12,000-18,000
Price Realized: $15,860

LANCASTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA CHERRY SCHRANK, late 18th c., the molded cornice over raised panel doors with rattail hinges and molded pilasters, resting on a two-drawer base with ogee bracket feet, 88" h., 68" w. Provenance: Purchased in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.

Provenance: The Collection of Ruth Bryson, Quarryville, Pennsylvania.

Condition: Loss to front corner of cornice. Locks replaced. Large lip repairs to drawers. Feet replaced. Interior with some staining.

Sold at Pook and Pook April 14, 2018, The Ruth Bryson Collection.

Estimate: $5,000-8,000

Price Realized: $10,980


JOHANN HEINRICH OTTO (LANCASTER AND NORTHUMBERLAND COUNTIES, ACTIVE 1762-1797), VIBRANT WATERCOLOR FRAKTUR WITH PARROTS, CROWNS AND WINGED ANGEL FACES. 8.25" x 13".

Provenance: Bruce Shoemaker, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, February 9, 1997.

Provenance: The Collection of Ruth Bryson, Quarryville, Pennsylvania.

Condition: Light creases. Not laid down. Small backed tear to one angel. Minor staining.

Sold at Pook and Pook April 14, 2018, The Ruth Bryson Collection.

Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Price Realized: $10,980


LANCASTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA PAINTED POPLAR COMPASS ARTIST DOME LID BOX, early 19th c., retaining its original pinwheel flowers on a blue/green ground, 10.5" h., 16.75" w. Provenance: A. Charles Singleton, Eva Shaeffer Estate, September 7, 1991. For similar examples see Pook & Pook, Inc., April 21, 2007, lot 210, collection of Esther & Donald Shelley and October 24, 2008, lot 18, collection of Richard & Rosemarie Machmer.

Provenance: The Collection of Ruth Bryson, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

Condition: Leather handles added to sides and removed. Tack holes to front from applied straps? Lacking hasp. Hinges replaced. Nails added to secure dovetails, mostly to top of rear corners.

Sold at Pook and Pook April 14, 2018, The Ruth Bryson Collection.

Estimate: $13,000-18,000

Price Realized: $26,840


BERKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA PAINTED PINE DOWER CHEST, ca. 1775, retaining its original decoration with a central panel of two rampant unicorns, flanked by similar tombstone panels with potted flowers and birds, 21.75" h., 48.25" w. Provenance: Steve Cherry, Lancaster, Pennsylvania, March 26, 1993.

Provenance: The Collection of Ruth Bryson, Quarryville, Pennsylvania.

Condition: Shoe feet replaced. Wear. Original hardware.

Sold at Pook and Pook April 14, 2018, The Ruth Bryson Collection.

Estimate: $6,000-8,000
Price Realized: $11,590

JACOB OR JONAS WEBER (LANCASTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA MID 19TH C.), PAINTED PINE DRESSER BOX, retaining its original decoration of flowers and house in a landscape on a black ground, 2.125" h., 3.875" w. Provenance: Horst Auction, Pennsylvania, November 14, 1992.

Provenance: The Collection of Ruth Bryson, Quarryville, Pennsylvania.

Condition: Good untouched surface. A few small worn spots.

Sold at Pook and Pook April 14, 2018, The Ruth Bryson Collection.

Estimate: $3,000-5,000
Price Realized: $21,960

SMALL JACOB OR JONAS WEBER (LANCASTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, MID 19TH C.), PAINTED PINE DRESSER BOX, retaining its original decoration of flowers and house in a landscape on a red ground, 2.25" h., 4" w. Provenance: Hattie Brunner; Titus Geesey, 1934; Horst Auction, Pennsylvania, February 2, 1999.

Provenance: The Collection of Ruth Bryson, Quarryville, Pennsylvania.

Condition: Good untouched surface. Worn spot to roof of house.

Sold at Pook and Pook April 14, 2018, The Ruth Bryson Collection.

Estimate: $4,000-8,000
Price Realized: $20,740

PENNSYLVANIA PAINTED PINE HANGING CORNER CUPBOARD, ca. 1800, retaining an old green surface with a sponge decorated door, 33" h., 25" w.

Provenance: The Collection of Ruth Bryson, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

Condition: Flaking.

Sold at Pook and Pook April 14, 2018, The Ruth Bryson Collection.

Estimate: $2,000-4,000

Price Realized: $19,520


LANCASTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA PINE AND POPLAR TWO-PART DUTCH CUPBOARD, ca. 1830, retaining its original vibrant faux tiger and crotch grain decoration with smoke decorated doors, 84.25" h., 49" w. Provenance: Purchased at an auction in Reamstown, PA.

Provenance: The Collection of Ruth Bryson, Quarryville, Pennsylvania.

Condition: Overall very good with very good color.

Sold at Pook and Pook April 14, 2018, The Ruth Bryson Collection.

Estimate: $10,000-15,000
Price Realized: $46,360

JACOB OR JONAS WEBER (LANCASTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA, MID 19TH C.), VIBRANTLY PAINTED PINE DRESSER BOX, retaining its original decoration of flowers and house in a landscape on a yellow ground, inscribed on underside Made in 1850 By, 4,875" h., 7.375" w. Provenance: Horst Auctions, Pennsylvania, November 14, 1992.

Provenance: The Collection of Ruth Bryson, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

Condition: Very good condition. Some wear to front edge of lid.

Sold at Pook and Pook April 14, 2018, The Ruth Bryson Collection.

Estimate: $12,000-18,000

Price Realized: $48,800


LANCASTER, PENNSYLVANIA CHIPPENDALE WALNUT DRESSING TABLE, ca. 1770, the thumb molded top overhanging a case with shell and spandrel carved drawer, above a relief carved skirt, supported by cabriole legs terminating in ball in claw feet, 29" h., 38,25" w., 24" d. Provenance: Horst Auction, Pennsylvania; descended in a Smoketown, Pennsylvania family.

Provenance: The Collection of Ruth Bryson, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

Condition: Screws added to top. Original brasses. Large loss to one rear foot. Crack to same leg.

Sold at Pook and Pook April 14, 2018, The Ruth Bryson Collection.

Estimate: $10,000-15,000

Price Realized: $53,680


PENNSYLVANIA COMPASS ARTIST PAINTED POPLAR DOME LID BOX, retaining its original floral decoration on a blue/green ground, 4" h., 4.5" w. Provenance: Horst Auction, Pennsylvania, May 27, 1991. For a similar example see Pook & Pook, Inc., October 27, 2012, lot 313, collection of Paul Flack.

Provenance: The Collection of Ruth Bryson, Quarryville, Pennsylvania.

Condition: Good condition with nice untouched dry surface.

Sold at Pook and Pook April 14, 2018, The Ruth Bryson Collection.

Estimate: $8,000-12,000

Price Realized: $31,720


JACOB OR JONAS WEBER (LANCASTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA MID 19TH C.), PAINTED PINE DRESSER BOX, retaining its original decoration of flowers and house in a landscape on a rare orange ground, 2.125" h., 4.25" w. Provenance: Horst Auctions, Pennsylvania, November 23, 1991.

Provenance: The Collection of Ruth Bryson, Quarryville, Pennsylvania.

Condition: Good untouched surface.

Sold at Pook and Pook April 14, 2018, The Ruth Bryson Collection.

Estimate: $5,000-10,000
Price Realized: $36,600

EXCEPTIONAL LANCASTER OR READING, PENNSYLVANIA CHIPPENDALE MAHOGANY TEA TABLE, ca. 1775, with a round two board top with dish rim and swag carved baluster standard and shell carved legs terminating in ball in claw feet, 27.5" h., 33" w. Provenance: Horst Auction, Pennsylvania, October 27, 2000; collection of Titus Geesey.

Provenance: The Collection of Ruth Bryson, Quarryville, Pennsylvania.

Condition: Very good condition. No apparent damages or repairs.

Sold at Pook and Pook April 14, 2018, The Ruth Bryson Collection.

Estimate: $4,000-8,000
Price Realized: $15,860

JACOB OR JONAS WEBER (LANCASTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA MID 19TH C.), UNUSUAL PAINTED PINE SLIDE LID BOX, retaining its original floral decoration on a dark blue ground, 2.25" h., 7" w., 4" d. Provenance: Rose Hilley, Glenmoore, Pennsylvania, June 12, 1987.

Provenance: The Collection of Ruth Bryson, Quarryville, Pennsylvania.

Condition: Good condition. Lacking interior dividers.

Sold at Pook and Pook April 14, 2018, The Ruth Bryson Collection.

Estimate: $3,000-5,000
Price Realized: $10,980

JACOB OR JONAS WEBER (LANCASTER COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA MID 19TH C.), PAINTED PINE DRESSER BOX DATED 1851, retaining its original decoration of flowers and house in a landscape on a yellow ground, inscribed on underside Peter S. Clarks box 1851 This is a fine box, 5.5" h., 10.25" w. Provenance: Garths Auctions, Ohio, April 20, 2001, lot 126.

Provenance: The Collection of Ruth Bryson, Quarryville, Pennsylvania.

Condition: Name removed from front. Legs reduced.

Sold at Pook and Pook April 14, 2018, The Ruth Bryson Collection.

Estimate: $4,000-6,000
Price Realized: $15,860

JACOB MAENTEL (AMERICAN 1763-1863), WATERCOLOR FOLK PORTRAIT OF JOHN MARTIN LITZEL, in front of his family's farm near Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania, 9.75" x 7.75". Provenance: Conestoga Auctions, Pennsylvania, June 7, 2003.

Provenance: The Collection of Ruth Bryson, Quarryville, Pennsylvania.

Condition: Minor staining.

Sold at Pook and Pook April 14, 2018, The Ruth Bryson Collection.

Estimate: $8,000-12,000
Price Realized: $34,160

PHILADELPHIA QUEEN ANNE MAHOGANY HIGH CHEST, in two parts, ca. 1755, the upper section with three over four drawers, resting on a base with five short drawers with scalloped skirt and Spanish feet, 71.75" h., 39.75" w. The chest remains in a wonderful state of preservation with its original brass hardware.

Provenance: The Collection of Paul and Carol Pickering, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Condition: Some patches to veneer on apron. Small patch to cornice.

Sold at Pook and Pook April 28, 2018.

Estimate: $8,000-12,000

Price Realized: $57,500


IMPORTANT BERKS COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA PAINTED PINE DOWER CHEST, ca. 1775, the lid with central ivory star medallion flanked by ivory panels, with tulip trees above a façade with rampant unicorns and horse and riders, with vibrant blue surround featuring tulip vines and birds, over two drawers with soldiers holding tulips, resting on feet with rampant lions, 30" h., 49" w.

Sold at Pook and Pook April 28, 2018.

Estimate: $80,000-120,000

Price Realized: $287,500


RARE HISTORICAL BLUE STAFFORDSHIRE LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY SOUP TUREEN AND COVER, 19th c., 10.75" h., 15" w.

Condition: Two small repaired chips and small flake to inner rim of lid.

Sold at Pook and Pook April 28, 2018.

Estimate: $3,000-5,000

Price Realized: $11,875


IMPORTANT HISTORICAL BLUE STAFFORDSHIRE ARMS OF PENNSYLVANIA PLATTER, 19th c., impressed T Mayer, 16" l., 21" w. Widely considered the most desirable piece to collectors, the present platter was sold at Pook & Pook; Property of a Pennsylvania Educational Institution January 15, 2010 lot 173 for a record setting $30,420.

Provenance: The Transferware Collection of Ben and Susan Ventresca, West Chester, Pennsylvania.

Condition: Very good with a few small knife marks.

Sold at Pook and Pook April 28, 2018.

Estimate: $15,000-25,000

Price Realized: $35,000


MARQUIS DE LAFAYETTE SIGNED LETTER FROM CAMP, 13TH OF AUGUST, 1781, the body probably written by James McHenry. It reads Capt. Gaines (probably James Taylor Gaines) carries important dispatches for General Greene and as we have not a single horse fit for the journey. I beg to recommend him to your orders, 8.375" x 6.625". This letter comes at a time when the British fleet and the army under Cornwallis had landed at Yorktown and had begun fortifying the town and Gloucester Point on the other side of the York River. Just one week after this letter, Lafayette would contact Washington with his desire to see the General at Yorktown with their combined forces under his command, trapping Cornwallis. Unbeknownst to Lafayette, Washington had already embarked for Yorktown, with the siege and surrender of Cornwallis coming shortly thereafter on October 19th.

Provenance: Estate of Robert S. Knox, New Oxford, Pennsylvania.

Condition: Light creases and staining.

Sold at Pook and Pook April 28, 2018.

Estimate: $2,000-4,000

Price Realized: $3,416


THOMAS JEFFERSON SIGNED LETTER AS SECRETARY OF STATE UNDER WASHINGTON, JULY 9, 1792, written by an aide to Mr. George Hammond apologizing for not having answered Hammond's request, 9 .25" x 7.5". On July 5th Hammond penned a letter to Jefferson saying in part "some persons, acting under the authority of the State of Vermont have attempted to exercise legal jurisdiction within districts now occupied by the King's troops, and have committed acts of violence on the persons and property of British subjects." Jefferson responds that he has written to the Governor of Vermont.

Provenance: Estate of Robert S. Knox, New Oxford, Pennsylvania.

Condition: Laid down on paper. Minor staining.

Sold at Pook and Pook April 28, 2018.

Estimate: $4,000-7,000

Price Realized: $4,148


GEORGE WASHINGTON SIGNED APPOINTMENT, DATED JANUARY 20, 1776 TO DANIEL WATERS, putting him in command of the"armed schooner Lee" in the service of the United Colonies, written from Head Quarters at Cambridge, countersigned by Stephen Moylan. In November 1775 the vessel, now known as Lee, took her first prize, the sloop Polly, 12.25" x 7,875". During the course of the war numerous ships found a similar fate including the brig Nancy, the Concord, Rainbow, Susannah, and Stokesby. Stephan Moylan held several positions in the Continental army and is credited with the earliest use of"United States of America" in a letter he wrote in January of 1776.

Provenance: The Estate of Robert S. Knox, New Oxford, Pennsylvania.

Condition: Light creases and staining.

Sold at Pook and Pook April 28, 2018.

Estimate: $10,000-15,000

Price Realized: $18,750


GEORGE WASHINGTON SIGNED LETTER TO HENRY LEE FROM HEAD QUARTERS, WEST POINT, JULY 25TH 1779, discussing British troop movements, positions, and strength. He specifically requests I must also request you will endeavor to obtain the most precise ideas of the situation of affairs at Stoney Point and later in the post script I beg also that you will hire some intelligent person to cross the river and discover what corps lie at Phillips & mile square. 13.125" x 8.125". Early in 1779 British General Sir Henry Clinton was tasked with forcing his way up the Hudson River, in the hopes of driving Washington out of his West Point stronghold. The first offensive was to take the posts of Verplank and Stoney Point just outside of Manhattan. On May 31st the British forces landed at Verplank and Stoney Point and within a day secured them both, in part due to the retreat of the American forces at Stoney Point. In the subsequent weeks, as the British fortified their position, Washington sent "Light Horse" Henry Lee in for reconnaissance. On July 15th Washington and "Mad" Anthony Wayne attacked the fort and overcame the British forces, only to lose Stoney Point yet again four days later. The Americas would retake the fort in October of that year as the British forces moved back into the city, never to make an attempt up the Hudson again.

Provenance: The Estate of Robert S. Knox, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania.

Condition: Allover toning and foxing spots. A few seam separations. Body of letter is probably by the hand of Robert Hanson Harrison.

Sold at Pook and Pook April 28, 2018.

Estimate: $20,000-30,000

Price Realized: $34,160


GEORGE WASHINGTON AND THOMAS JEFFERSON SIGNED THREE LANGUAGE SHIP'S PAPERS, MAY 21ST 1794, issued in English, French, and Dutch to George Smith, master and commander of the Schooner Hector, traveling from Salem to Curacao, countersigned by Josua Hiller, 15.875" x 12.625". Another ship's papers issued to George Smith was sold at Heritage Auctions, November 4, 2015, lot 49100.

Provenance: The Estate of Robert S. Knox, New Oxford, Pennsylvania.

Condition: Unframed. Folds. A couple 1/4" patches to holes at folds. Larger patch underneath and left of seal.

Sold at Pook and Pook April 28, 2018.

Estimate: $10,000-15,000

Price Realized: $15,860


AMMI PHILLIPS (AMERICAN 1788-1865), OIL ON CANVAS PORTRAIT OF ANN R. SEWARD (1778-1868), seated in a black dress with embroidered white shawl, holding a copy of Cowpers Task, 30" x 24".

Provenance: The Estate of Robert S. Knox, New Oxford, Pennsylvania.

Condition: Untouched original condition. Surface dirt. Some small scattered paint speckles on surface.

Sold at Pook and Pook April 28, 2018.

Estimate: $12,000-18,000

Price Realized: $24,400


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