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SIGNED "EMANUEL SUTER" ROCKINGHAM CO., SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VIRGINIA DECORATED STONEWARE HONEY OR SUGAR POT, salt glazed, compressed ovoid form with plain rim and finely-ribbed handles, incised "IV" on top of rim. Cobalt decoration comprising a stenciled "EMANUEL SUTER" within a brushed feathered frame below opposing feathers on one side, and brushed triple-bloom flower on the other side. Emanuel Suter, probably during his apprenticeship with John D. Heatwole at Dry River. 1850-1860. 5" H, 4 1/4" D rim, 4" D base.

Published: Evans/Suter - A Great Deal of Stone & Earthen Ware, p. 34, fig. 8.

Provenance: Collection of the late Rudolph Evers, Bridgewater, VA.

Ex-collection of Page Price, Harrisonburg, VA.

Exhibited: "'A Great Deal of Stone & Earthen Ware,' The Rockingham County, Virginia School of Folk Pottery", Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society, September 7 - December 30, 2004, No. 8

Catalogue Notes: This pot is an outstanding representation of the classic "squat pot" form that originated with Andrew Coffman in Rockingham Co., Virginia during the 1840s. It is one of two nearly identical examples that were undoubtedly produced by Suter at the same time and in the same kiln. See Evans/Suter, p. 33, fig. 7 for the other example and p. 34, fig. 9 for the brass name stencil used by Suter.

Emanuel Suter is recognized as the most prolific Mennonite potter in the American South. Unlike most other members of his faith, Suter embraced modern mechanics and industrialization. He progressed from operating a one-man, part-time pottery shop on his farm west of Harrisonburg before the Civil War to establishing the Harrisonburg Steam Pottery in 1891 which employed over 20 workmen.

Sold at Jeffrey S. Evans Auctioneers June 22, 2013.

Estimate:$5,000-8,000

Price realized: $86,250


EMANUEL SUTER, ROCKINGHAM CO., SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VIRGINIA DECORATED STONEWARE JAR, salt glazed, "2" gallon (2 within a dotted oval) capacity mark. Wide-mouth form with two plain arched handles and a broad flattened rim, two incised rings intersecting the handles. Brushed cobalt decoration depicting a chicken or other fowl on the front and a solid-head flower on the reverse, additional cobalt at the handle terminals. Emanuel Suter, New Erection Pottery. 1866-1890. 9 3/4" H, 9 3/8" D rim, 6 1/2" D base.

Published: Evans/Suter - A Great Deal of Stone & Earthen Ware, p. 76, fig. 128 and p. 77, pl. 48.

Provenance: Collection of the late Rudolph Evers, Bridgewater, VA.

Exhibited: "'A Great Deal of Stone & Earthen Ware,' The Rockingham County, Virginia School of Folk Pottery", Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society, September 7 - December 30, 2004, No. 128.

Catalogue Note: Rockingham County stoneware decorated with animals is extremely rare. Another Suter example featuring a chicken is included as lot 3 in this auction. The oral tradition associated with this jar is that it was made by Suter for a neighbor who raised poultry.

Sold at Jeffrey S. Evans Auctioneers June 22, 2013.

Estimate:$5,000-8,000

Price realized: $8,625


EMANUEL SUTER, ROCKINGHAM CO., SHENANDOAH VALLEY

OF VIRGINIA DECORATED STONEWARE CHURN
, salt glazed, "5" gallon (5 within a rectangle) capacity mark. Tall ovoid form with two applied handles and deep galleried rim with inner ledge for lid. Brushed cobalt folk-art chicken decoration on front and feathers off handles on reverse, additional cobalt at handle terminals. With a non-original lid. Emanuel Suter, New Erection Pottery. 1866-1880. 18 1/4" H, 8" D rim, 9" D base.

Outstanding condition, tight 3" hairline off rim and exterior only hairline off one handle terminal.

Published: Evans/Suter - A Great Deal of Stone & Earthen Ware, p. 16, pl. 28 and p. 105, fig. 210.

Provenance: Collection of the late Rudolph Evers, Bridgewater, VA.

Jeffrey S. Evans/GVA, 11/13/05, lot 1.

Property of the family of the late J. S. and Nan Sellers, Mauzy, VA.

Descended from Jacob Samuel Sellers to Walter Sellers, purchased by Nan Sellers at his estate auction in the 1960s, sold for the family.

Exhibited: "A Great Deal of Stone & Earthen Ware," The Rockingham County, Virginia School of Folk Pottery, Harrisonburg-Rockingham Historical Society, September 7 - December 30, 2004, No. 210.

Catalogue Note: Rockingham County stoneware decorated with animals is extremely rare. Another Suter example featuring a chicken is included as lot 2 in this auction.

Sold at Jeffrey S. Evans Auctioneers June 22, 2013.

Estimate:$5,000-8,000

Price realized: $17,250


SIGNED "S. BELL", STRASBURG, SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VIRGINIA MOLDED EARTHENWARE / REDWARE PICTURE FRAME, lead and strong copper glazes over a slip wash, featuring a spread-wing eagle above cascading leaves and trumpet flowers, lower cartouche with molded horizontal "S" and "Bell". Attributed to Solomon Bell, Strasburg, VA. Circa 1873. 11" H, 8 1/4" W

Literature: See Comstock - The Pottery of the Shenandoah Valley Region, p. 234 for discussion and related examples. See ibid, p. 237, fig. 5.111 for the plaster mold used to make this frame. Parallels Manger - Pottery From the Shenandoah and Cumberland Valleys, p. 77; Rice/Stoudt - The Shenandoah Pottery, p. 110, figs. 4-6 and p. 242, figs. 1598, 1599; and Wiltshire - Folk Pottery of the Shenandoah Valley, p. 38.

Provenance: Frame from the private collection of Dr. Charles and Elizabeth Umstott, Newport News, VA.

Purchased from The Stradlings, NYC.

Catalogue Note: Comstock recorded only eight examples of this extremely rare form. Of the illustrated specimens, only two show a small amount of copper mixed in with the manganese decoration. The example offered here is by far the most strongly decorated known and survives in outstanding condition.

Sold at Jeffrey S. Evans Auctioneers June 22, 2013.

Estimate:$8,000-12,000

Price realized: $10,350


SIGNED "J. LAUCK", WINCHESTER, SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VIRGINIA KENTUCKY-STYLE FLINTLOCK LONG RIFLE, strongly figured tiger maple full-stock with engraved and pierced brass patchbox, silver thumb plate, engraved cheek-piece cartouche with scratched owner's name, engraved plate below the cheek piece, and eight engraved double-head acorn plates in stock surrounding the barrel pins, strongly incised and carved "Pineapple and Scroll" set with a silver cartouche on butt-stock along with additional C-scrolls. Lockplate unmarked. Lightly inscribed "J. Lauck" on top of octagon barrel.

The carving and silver work on this rifle are more accomplished than on any John Lauck examples illustrated by Whisker. John Lauck (1790-1826), Winchester, VA. First quarter 19th century. 40 1/4" barrel, 56 1/2" LOA.

Literature: See Butler/Whisker - Long Rifles of VA, p. 42 for a similar example.

Provenance: Descended in the family of an early Virginia collector.

Catalogue Note: John Lauck was the son of preeminent Winchester gunsmith Simon Lauck who was active from the Revolution until his death in 1815. Simon left his gunsmithing tools to his sons John and Jacob. John Lauck died of typhus in 1826 and his brother Jacob purchased his set of tools. Guns made by Jacob are signed "Jac. Lauck" differentiating them from those produced by his brother.

Sold at Jeffrey S. Evans Auctioneers June 22, 2013.

Estimate:$5,000-8,000

Price realized: $9,775


IMPORTANT HISTORICALLY OWNED SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VIRGINIA SHEET-IRON TOBACCO BOX, asphaltum ground with painted decoration on lid, interior of lid with period inscription "Thos Lewis / 1773" in gilt. 1" H, 2 7/8" x 4 7/8".

Provenance: The estate collection of Richard and Betty Robertson, Waynesboro, VA.

Catalogue Note: Thomas Lewis (1718-1790) was an early settler, surveyor, lawyer and politician serving in both Augusta and Rockingham counties before, during and after the American Revolution. He worked as a surveyor with Peter Jefferson and in 1746 laid out the first plat of Staunton for William Beverley.

The 1773 date of this box indicates ownership/usage by Lewis leading up to and during the American Revolution. During that period Lewis attended the 1775 convention of Virginia's temporary provisional government as a delegate for Augusta Co. and was elected to the states' House of Delegates in 1776. In 1778 Lewis was among a group that negotiated a treaty with the Delaware Indians gaining their neutrality during the remainder of the revolution. During the same year he served as a delegate for Rockingham Co. to the Virginia convention which ratified the United States Constitution.

Sold at Jeffrey S. Evans Auctioneers June 22, 2013.

Estimate:$2,000-4,000

Price realized: $10,350


EXCEPTIONAL MID-ATLANTIC RIB-TYPE WOVEN SPLINT MINIATURE BASKET, white oak, very finely woven kidney form with delicate double rim, arched handle and fancy over-woven base rib. Original dry natural surface with outstanding patina. Probably Virginia or Maryland. Late 19th/first quarter 20th century. 3 1/4" HOA, 2" H rim, 3 1/4" D rim.

Provenance: From a Maryland private collection.

Sold at Jeffrey S. Evans Auctioneers June 22, 2013.

Estimate:$500-800

Price realized: $1,380


NEW ENGLAND WOVEN SPLINT BASKET, white oak and rivercane, deep circular form with swinging bail handle and wooden bottom attached with copper brads, stamped "E. M. HINCKELY" on top of handle. Excellent original dry natural surface with outstanding patina. Late 19th/early 20th century. 9" H rim, 14 1/2" D rim.

Very good overall condition, body with a few scattered breaks and small losses, bottom with light age crack.

Provenance: The estate collection of Richard and Betty Robertson, Waynesboro, VA. Sold at Jeffrey S. Evans Auctioneers June 22, 2013.

Estimate:$100-150

Price realized: $690


AMERICAN PAINT-DECORATED WOOD SERVING TRAY, oblong eight-sided form with applied edge moldings, hand-painted and stenciled in the tole style. Original dry surface. Probably New York or New England. First half 19th century. 18 1/4" x 24 1/2". Paint is in surprisingly good condition with only a few small spots of flaking to center and expected wear to edges, one center board with crack halfway across.

Provenance: Ex-Sumpter Priddy III, Alexandria, VA.

Sold at Jeffrey S. Evans Auctioneers June 22, 2013.

Estimate:$100-200

Price realized: $632.50


AMERICAN PAINT-DECORATED TOLE PILL BOX, yellow ground with red edging and red, white and black tulip, diminutive elongated form with hinged lid. Excellent original oxidized surface. 19th century. 3/8" H, 7/8" x 1 1/2".

Very good condition with expected wear at edges and corners.

Provenance: From a Maryland private collection. Sold at Jeffrey S. Evans Auctioneers June 22, 2013.

Estimate:$200-400

Price realized: $373.75


SIGNED BERKS CO., PENNSYLVANIA WROUGHT-IRON AND BRASS UTENSILS, LOT OF TWO, comprising a ladle and sieve, each handle with hanging curl and stamped "JOHN S SCHMIDT 1849" on front. Together with an unsigned spatula. Three pieces total. Joseph S. Schmidt (b.c. 1798), Hamburg, Berks Co., PA. Mid 19th century. 14 1/4" to 18 3/4" L.

Excellent condition with only minor wear.

Provenance: From the collection of the late Betty Jane Renn, Sunbury, PA.

Catalogue Note: Joseph Schmidt was recorded as a "Ladelmaker" in the 1850 Berks Co., PA Federal census. His son John (b.c. 1828) was recorded as a Blacksmith in the same residence. Sold at Jeffrey S. Evans Auctioneers June 22, 2013.

Estimate:$200-300

Price realized: $460


PENNSYLVANIA PUNCHED AND STAMPED TIN TRAY, oval form with applied gallery rim and loop handles, center featuring a six-point star surrounded by flower and leaf sprigs. Attributed to Berks County. 19th century. 10" x 15" OA.

Fine condition with a swirled stain to the center and minor scattered light rust.

Provenance: Collection of the late Veronica "Ronnie" Riefler Strathmann, Pittsburgh, PA. Purchased from Hattie Brunner, 1959. Sold at Jeffrey S. Evans Auctioneers June 22, 2013.

Estimate:$100-200

Price realized: $1,380


DECORATED WROUGHT-IRON DOUGH SCRAPER, the triangular face featuring a punched rosette in each corner centering a brass-inlaid "MH". Probably 18th century. 3 1/2" x 3 7/8" face, 3 1/2" L handle.

Fair condition with pitting and some losses to inlay.

Provenance: From a Maryland private collection. Sold at Jeffrey S. Evans Auctioneers June 22, 2013.

Estimate:$100-200

Price realized: $345


PETER DERR DATED COPPER AND WROUGHT-IRON BETTY LAMP, copper reservoir with single-wick channel and a hinged cover with brass knob, iron arm impressed "P. D. 1835", original swivel hook, chain and pick. Second quarter 19th century. 6 1/4" H to top of arm, 4 1/4" LOA.

Excellent condition with expected wear, interior with moderate corrosion and light rust to iron.

Literature: Parallels Rushlight Club's - Early Lighting, p. 42, fig. 4-27.

Provenance: Property of a New York collector.

Purchased at Christies, 1/16/1998, Lot No. 205.

Ex-collection: Mr. & Mrs. Bertram D. Coleman.

Ex-collection: Jess Pavey.

Ex-collection: Mr. & Mrs. R. M. Hansen.

Sold at Jeffrey S. Evans Auctioneers June 22, 2013.

Estimate:$1,500-2,000

Price realized: $2,875


J. K. LEEDY, WOODSTOCK, SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VIRGINIA SHEET-IRON ALCOHOL AND LARD COMBINATION LAMP, conical form alcohol font fitted in a saucer base and designed to heat lard in a raised font which is supported by a tri-pod base with strap handle, underside of saucer base impressed "J. K. LEEDY / PATENT / JAN. 24 1860". According to Leedy's patent No. 26,910, the alcohol font can than be extinguished and the lard burner serves as a heating device for an upper water cup which extends steam to the lard font for melting purposes (this example shows no indication of being made with the water cup). Each font fitted with appropriate period burner, including a brass alcohol example with period chain and cover. Most likely produced by a Shenandoah Co. tinsmith. Third quarter 19th century. 9" HOA, 7 1/4" D base.

Good condition with light denting, lard font with a moderate dent to shoulder, one tripod leg with a repair to upper terminal. Burners undamaged.

Catalogue Note: According to information provided by early lighting researcher and author Chuck Leib, John Kiser Leedy (1829-1904) was an accomplished inventor who filed over a dozen patents including improvements for bee hives, hominy mills and washing machines. He was a Shenandoah Valley native but held Union sympathies, as his family had ties to the North. He joined the 153rd Indiana Voluntary infantry, hospital corps due to religious views. Apparently, his Union feelings almost resulted in his hanging back home. All must have been forgiven after the war, however, as he raised four children, and produced many patents while living in Shenandoah County, where he was buried after his death on October 18, 1904.

Sold at Jeffrey S. Evans Auctioneers June 22, 2013.

Estimate:$500-800

Price realized: $1,380


BRASS AND WROUGHT-IRON MINIATURE BETTY LAMP, DESCRIPTION UPDATE 6/21/13 brass top with decorative notched edge and wrought-iron reservoir with brass base, single-wick channel and a swivel cover, single-wick channel, iron arm with original swivel and spiral hook. 18th or 19th century. 4" H to top of arm, 2 3/4" LOA.

Excellent condition with expected minor wear.

Provenance: Property of a New York collector.

Sold at Jeffrey S. Evans Auctioneers June 22, 2013.

Estimate:$300-500

Price realized: $977.50


PEWTER WITH BULL'S EYE LENS WHALE OIL STAND LAMPS, LOT OF TWO, each with a cylinder-form font, weighted base, sleeve for removable lens, and an inset collar. Fitted with double-tube burners including a pewter and a brass lantern example, each with tin tubes. Largest example possibly Roswald Gleason. Second quarter 19th century. 8 1/2" and 9 1/4" HOA, 4" D bases.

Very good overall condition, one example with minor denting encircling base, one lens with a 3/4" D shallow chip. Pewter burner with a small loss to edge and brass example frozen.

Literature: Parallels Rushlight Club's - Early Lighting, p. 84, fig. 10-3.

Provenance: Property of a New York collector.

Largest example purchased at Christies, 10/01/88.

Sold at Jeffrey S. Evans Auctioneers June 22, 2013.

Estimate:$200-300

Price realized:373.75


WROUGHT-IRON COMBINATION CANDLE AND RUSH HOLDER, jaws counterweighted by a single candle socket, shaft mounted on a wooden pine base. Together with a fabricated adjustable candlestick, double-candle arm which adjusts on a turned and threaded central shaft, secured in a square-form block with arch cut base edges, each socket fitted with a sheet-iron candle holder. Two pieces total. 18th or 19th century. 81/4" H, 3 1/8" D base and 15 3/4" HOA, 2 3/4" D base.

Very good condition with normal minor to moderate pitting, wood with normal separations. Adjustable candlestand with expected minor wear, very minute losses to shaft and finial.

Literature: Parallels Rushlight Club's - Early Lighting, p. 13, fig. 2-14 left.

Provenance: From a Charlottesville, VA private collection.

Sold at Jeffrey S. Evans Auctioneers June 22, 2013.

Estimate:$100-200

Price realized: $1,150


SIGNED PEWTER FAT / CARDAN LAMP, fixed pyriform colorless glass font which threads into the central shaft, ring handle and saucer base, hinged cover with illegible maker's mark and a single-wick chamber. 18th or 19th century. 14 1/4" HOA, 6 1/2" D base.

Good overall condition with expected wear and minute denting to saucer base, font finial with a small shallow chip, interior of shaft and saucer base with repairs.

Literature: Parallels Rushlight Club's - Early Lighting, p. 86, fig. 10-10.

Provenance: Property of a New York collector.

Purchased at Christies, 1/16/1998, Lot No. 205.

Ex-collection: Mr. & Mrs. Bertram D. Coleman.

Ex-collection: Jess Pavey.

Ex-collection: Mr. & Mrs. R. M. Hansen.

Sold at Jeffrey S. Evans Auctioneers June 22, 2013.

Estimate:$100-200

Price realized: $345


WROUGHT-IRON HANGING LIGHTING DEVICES, LOT OF TWO, comprising of a pan lamp with a swiveling hook and a spiraling shaft, hanger with hammered loop pattern; and a tripod form candle holder with three sockets fitted on a single large drip pan. 18th or 19th century. 20 1/2" and 17 1/4" HOA.

Good condition with moderate pitting, hook lacking tip.

Provenance: Property of a New England family.

Sold at Jeffrey S. Evans Auctioneers June 22, 2013.

Estimate:$100-150

Price realized: $920


ELEONORA HENKEL, SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VIRGINIA 1838 NEEDLEWORK SAMPLER, silk on linen, four lines of letters and numbers above a four-line verse and "Newmarket. / Eleonora C. Henkel. / April 18th 1838.", the lower section featuring a central three-story house with end chimneys flanked by two trees and picket-style fencing, all within a strawberry vine border. Modern frame and mat. New Market, Shenandoah Co., VA. 1838. 18 1/2" x 16 1/2" sight.

Good color, most stitching intact, foundation with numerous moderate losses and thin areas.

Published: In the Neatest Manner: The Making of the Virginia Sampler Tradition by Kim Ivey, p. 88, fig. 120.

Provenance: The estate collection of Richard and Betty Robertson, Waynesboro, VA.

Exhibited: "Virginia Samplers: Young Ladies and Their Needle Wisdom", DeWitt Wallace Gallery, Colonial Williamsburg, October 31, 1997 to September 8, 1998.

Catalogue Note: Eleonora Henkel (1821-1890) was the daughter of Ambrose and Anne Henkel and wife of Socrates Henkel, all of New Market, VA. Her father established the Henkel Press in New Market in 1806 and served as pastor of Emmanuel Lutheran Church. Eleonora's husband was an assistant to Ambrose prior to taking full charge of the congregation in 1859. He served in that position until 1895. The house depicted on this sampler possibly represents the Henkel home located on Main Street in New Market.

Sold at Jeffrey S. Evans Auctioneers June 22, 2013.

Estimate:$500-800

Price realized: $3,737.50


GRAPHIC AMERICAN FOLK ART HOOKED RUG, central rooster flanked by two baskets filled with flowers, the border executed in an album style with blocks of flowers, leaves and abstract star-like devices. Mid-Atlantic or New England. Second half 19th century. 36" x 64".

Fair as-found condition with a hole in lower border and some losses to edges, needs cleaning.

Provenance: Property from the Estate of Nicholas de Belleville Katzenbach, Princeton, New Jersey.

Found in the basement of the family home.

Sold at Jeffrey S. Evans Auctioneers June 22, 2013.

Estimate:$1000-2000

Price realized: $862.50


AUGUSTA CO., SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VIRGINIA POPLAR DOLL BED, turned-poster form with shaped headboard and turned blanket rail, raised on tall turned legs. Original dry natural surface. Along with a turkey work spread used as a mattress, a bolster and china-head doll with original clothing. Accompanying notes inscribed "Made by a cabinet maker near Greenville, Augusta County, Va. during the 1840s. First owned by Lucy A. Hawpe who died in 1858" and "Antique Doll 'Mollie Billingsley' named by the owner's mother, owned by Edith Florence Hawpe Buck in 1879, now owned by Mary Buck." Circa 1845 and 1880. Bed 12 3/4" H, 19" x 12". Doll 21" L.

Bed in very good as-found condition with some light cracks and expected wear. Doll with losses to hands and feet, and expected wear.

Provenance: Collection of the late Rudolph Evers, Bridgewater, VA. From Mary Burwell Buck (1913-1981), Mt. Solon, Augusta Co., VA.

From her mother Edith F. Hawpe Buck (1871- ), married Samuel Preston Buck (1868- ) April 14, 1909.

From her mother Mary E. Billingsley Hawpe (1849-1880), married James Shields Hawpe (1836-1889), August 11, 1864.

From her sister Lucy Ann Hawpe (1846-1858).

Sold at Jeffrey S. Evans Auctioneers June 22, 2013.

Estimate:$800-1,200

Price realized: $1,955


PENNSYLVANIA WALNUT AND CHERRY HANGING SPICE BOX, slant lid lifts to reveal a two-compartment divided interior, above a dovetailed and nailed case with lower scratch-beaded drawer divided into four compartments, boldly cut-out back with large hanging hole. Poplar secondary wood. Outstanding original dry surface. First half 19th century. 17" HOA, 10 3/4" W, 8 1/4" D.

Good as-found condition with expected wear and small stains, several light cracks to case.

Provenance: Property of a Virginia private collector.

Sold at Jeffrey S. Evans Auctioneers June 22, 2013.

Estimate:$300-500

Price realized: $632.50


EXTREMELY RARE FREDERICK CO., SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VIRGINIA FRAKTUR, watercolor, ink and gold leaf on paper, featuring a spread-wing eagle and two heart-form leaves above "MARY E. / JONES / Died July 29th 1849 Aged 49.y 4m. 20d.", the lower half filed with a central tree with heart-form leaves, blooms, and two perched birds, flanked by flowering vines, the whole within a drape-like border. Conservation framed. Attributed to the Shenandoah Valley Illuminated Artist, Winchester area. Mid 19th century. 9 3/4" x 7 3/4" sight.

Good overall condition, 1 1/4" tear from the left edge near the bottom, slight loss to the lower half of the right edge, expected losses and oxidation to gilding, evenly toned. Conservation performed by Douglas Kenyon, Inc. in 1987.

Provenance: From a private Southern collection

Catalogue Note: This represents one of only approximately five recorded examples by this unidentified artist. While the identity of Mary Jones has not been established, it is likely that she is Mary Barrack Jones the wife of W. H. Jones. There are numerous candidates for W. H. Jones in the Winchester area including William Jones (b.c. 1810) who was listed as a "Painter" in the 1850 Federal Census for Frederick Co., a year after Mary’s death. The atypical lettering and unique gilding seen on the frakturs in this group is very reminiscent of work by sign painters. The 1841 instruction book, "A Treatise on Carriage, Sign, and Ornamental Painting" by Orson Campbell illustrates the EXACT Roman lettering seen on Mary Jones' fraktur and others in the group. This circumstantial evidence strongly supports the possibility that William Jones was the artist of this group of frakturs.

Another example from the group, made for the 1806 birth of Elizabeth McDonald (1806-1850), was sold by Pook & Pook on June 19, 2009, lot 66. Elizabeth's father was born in Frederick Co. and her mother was born in neighboring Hampshire Co, now West Virginia. A third example was produced commemorating the 1818 marriage of Benjamin and Rachel Stine of Frederick Co. It appears that Rachel died shortly after 1850. All of these works were likely created around 1850, the same time that William Jones is recorded as a painter in Frederick Co., Virginia.

Sold at Jeffrey S. Evans Auctioneers June 22, 2013.

Estimate:$10,000-15,000

Price realized: $29,900


IMPORTANT TENNESSEE HISTORICAL DRAWING, watercolor and graphite on paper, titled "The Hermitage, Jackson’s Dwelling, No. 19th by GBS", attributed to George B. Stillwagon (1822-1848). An extremely rare, draftsman-like depiction of the seventh president’s home prior to the front porch addition. Period giltwood frame. The artist's use of bright green grass and foliage and green window shades combine to make this a very powerful image. Mid 19th century. 7 1/4" x 7 1/2" sight.

Excellent condition with minor spotting to lower right corner and edge.

Literature: Fulk - Who Was Who in American Art, p. 3181, [Teacher of mezzotint and landscape painting] mid 19th c. Address: Indianapolis, 1845; Bowling Green, 1868.

Provenance: From a Virginia private collection.

Acquired from Milly McGehee who purchased this work from a larger group of Stillwagon drawn images.

Catalogue Note: George B. Stillwagon was born in Connellsville, Fayette Co., Pennsylvania to Andrew Poole Stillwagon (1796-1868) and Anna Catherine Buttermore (1793-1882). Young Stillwagon can be accounted for in Connellsville until the 1840 Federal census when he would have turned 18. The next record for him is his marriage to Frances Ricketts (b. 1825) on November 2, 1845 in Putnam Co., Indiana. It is likely that Stillwagon painted this between the time he turned 18 and presumably headed west and his 1845 marriage. The couple's son George B. Stillwagon Jr. (1847-1910) who is listed as a painter living in Newburgh, NY in 1872 and in Iowa from 1880 to 1901.

Sold at Jeffrey S. Evans Auctioneers June 22, 2013.

Estimate: $1,000-1,500

Price realized: $3,450


RICHMOND, VIRGINIA AREA STITCHED LEATHER KEY BASKET, oblong form with extensive tooled decorations including hearts, stars and diamonds to sides and under base, and cut-out applied heart-form handle guards. Mid 19th century. 7 1/2" HOA, 3 7/8" H rim, 5 1/4" x 8 1/4".

Very good visual condition, some wear and minor pealing to rim, expected wear to high points and interior. CONDITION UPDATE 6/20/13 Outer covering of handle has been professionally restored.

Literature: See MESDA Journal, May 1982, pp. 49-61, R. Lewis Wright, "Key Baskets", figs. 2-6 for closely related examples and a discussion of this group.

Parallels Hollander - American Radiance, p. 178, fig. 146 (ex-Deyerle collection); Morton - Southern Antiques and Folk Art, p. 152 (Colonial Williamsburg); and Sothebys - The Collection of Dr. and Mrs. Henry P. Deyerle, 5/27/95, lot 607.

Provenance: Property of a Virginia private collector.

Pook & Pook, 9/28/07, lot 228.

Catalogue Note: Roughly ten of these very distinct key baskets are known. Examples reside in the collections of the Museum of American Folk Art, Colonial Williamsburg, the Virginia Historical Society, and the Lynchburg (VA) Museum.

Nearly all from the group have Richmond area provenances. Most have initials within their designs at one end representing their original owner; one has provenance indicating it was a wedding present with the initials matching those of the bride. Two display additional initials "G. F." tooled into their bottoms, presumably for the maker. Dr. Wright located two Richmond boot and shoemakers as possible candidates: George Friday who lived and worked at this shop on Broad Street between Fifth and Sixth Streets in 1859-1860 and G. Freitag who was listed on Front Street between Huges and Royall Streets in 1860.

Sold at Jeffrey S. Evans Auctioneers June 22, 2013.

Estimate:$3,000-5,000

Price realized: $5,750


PENNSYLVANIA ATTRIBUTED PAINTED PINE BENTWOOD BOX, decorated with a polychrome tulip on each side, lacking lid. Excellent original dry surface. Attributed to Heinrich Bucher, Berks Co., Pennsylvania. Late 18th/early 19th century. 3" H, 4 3/4" x 7".

Fine condition with no breaks or losses.

Provenance: The estate collection of Richard and Betty Robertson, Waynesboro, VA.

Sold at Jeffrey S. Evans Auctioneers June 22, 2013.

Estimate:$200-300

Price realized: $402.50


SIGNED GOLDSMITH CHANDLEE, WINCHESTER, SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VIRGINIA PEWTER SUNDIAL, the square plate featuring a chapter ring of Roman numerals enclosing "CHANDLEE" and "WINCHESTER" centering the triangular gnomon, mounting hole in each corner. Circa 1783-1821. 2 3/4" H, 5 1/8" SQ.

Very good condition with excellent patina, some light scratches and minor edge wear.

Literature: Davis - Pewter at Colonial Williamsburg, p. 287, fig. 379. Morton - Southern Antiques and Folk Art, p. 142, from the Winterthur collection. For the latest scholarship on Chandlee see Hollan - Virginia Silversmiths, pp. 141-146.

Provenance: The private collection of Dr. Charles and Elizabeth Umstott, Newport News, VA.

Purchased from the late William "Bill" Guthman, Westport, CT.

Catalogue Note: Goldsmith Chandlee (1751-1821) was one of the most accomplished and notable makers of clocks and scientific instruments in America during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He worked in Winchester from 1783 until his death in 1821. Only a small number of his pewter sundials have survived including the aforementioned referenced example at Colonial Williamsburg purchased at the 1985 auction of the Dr. and Mrs. Henry P. Deyerle collection and the specimen acquired in 1961 by Henry Francis du Pont. A single brass example has been recorded and resides in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Sold at Jeffrey S. Evans Auctioneers June 22, 2013.

Estimate:$8,000-12,000

Price realized: $9,200


SIGNED GOLDSMITH CHANDLEE, WINCHESTER, SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VIRGINIA BRASS SURVEYOR'S COMPASS, dial engraved with central fleur-de-lis at north and star points at other directions, signed "G:CHANDLEE" and WINCHR" around southern edge flanking pole dial with central outkeeper window, arms set with original screw-on sights. Circa 1783-1820. 7 1/4" HOA, 6 1/8" D dial, 14 1/2" L.

Brass lightly buffed/brushed resulting in some very fine scratches to face and general dullness to surfaces, needle lifter and outkeeper pointer replaced, one sight screw replaced, tripod mount lacking one screw.

Literature: See Chandlee - Six Quaker Clockmakers, pp. 136, 137 for similar examples. For the latest scholarship on Chandlee see Hollan - Virginia Silversmiths, pp. 141-146.

Provenance: Property of a Virginia private collector.

Purchased from the late William "Bill" Guthman, Westport, CT.

Catalogue Note: Goldsmith Chandlee (1751-1821) was one of the most accomplished and notable makers of clocks and scientific instruments in America during the late 18th and early 19th centuries. He worked in Winchester from 1783 until his death in 1821. Roughly 22 of his surveyor's compasses are known today including examples at Colonial Williamsburg and the Museum of the Shenandoah Valley.

Sold at Jeffrey S. Evans Auctioneers June 22, 2013.

Estimate:$4,000-6,000

Price realized: $3,737.50


IMPORTANT WYTHE CO., VALLEY OF VIRGINIA PAINT-DECORATED POPLAR BLANKET CHEST, hinged lid with applied edge moldings above the dovetailed case raised on original dovetailed bracket feet complete with massive blocking. Original paint decorations comprising three tombstone-shape panels containing tulips and urns on the front and two ovolo-corner panels featuring eight-point stars on the lid. Interior with molded-edge lidded till, original wrought-iron strap hinges and inset box lock. The case bottom and all moldings are attached with wooden pegs. Black-painted "1802" under base. Possibly made and/or decorated by John Huddle (1772-1839). Early 19th century. 24 1/2" H, 50" W, 21 1/2" D.

Excellent original condition with no repairs or restorations, shrinkage crack to one side of back board, expected wear and minor marring to moldings and surfaces, a thin coat of varnish was applied sometime in the past and has now yellowed.

Published: J. Roderick Moore, "Painted chests from Wythe County, Virginia", Antiques 122, no. 3 (September 1982), p. 521, fig. 6.

Provenance: From a private Southern collection.

Acquired from Roddy Moore in the mid 1980s.

Catalogue Note: Of the roughly two dozen decorated Wythe Co. blanket chests known, this is the only example that incorporates both the tombstone and rectangular panels; it was designated the "transition chest" by Moore. The date painted under the base has been reinterpreted as 1802 designating it as likely the earliest chest to employ the ovolo-corner panels

Sold at Jeffrey S. Evans Auctioneers June 22, 2013.

Estimate:$20,000-30,000

Price realized: $34,500


OUTSTANDING SHENANDOAH VALLEY OF VIRGINIA FEDERAL INLAID AND BANDED MAHOGANY CHEST OF DRAWERS, two-board serpentine top above a conforming chamfered-corner case fitted with four graduated drawers, raised on tall flaring French feet centering a scalloped skirt. The drawer fronts are constructed of laminated strips of yellow pine veneered with two adjacent panels having ovolo corners outlined with double-string inlays. A complex band of inlay simulating fluting across the front above the skirt. All additional secondary wood including surfaces for veneers is yellow pine. Original brasses with one or two replaced posts. Chalk script inscription to inside of backboards, possibly "JC 07". Attributed to the Winchester area, Frederick Co., VA. Circa 1800. 38 1/2" H, 41" W, 21 3/4" D.

Excellent original condition, top with a filled light crack at front left corner and both rear corners, some expected scattered small patches to veneers, primarily at skirt area, feet with some small repairs but all elements are original.

Literature: See Beckerdite (ed) - American Furniture 1997, "The Furniture of Winchester, Virginia" by Wallace Gusler, pp. 253, 254 for related examples.

Provenance: From the private collection of Dr. Charles and Elizabeth Umstott, Newport News, VA.

Exhibited: The Chrysler Museum, Norfolk, VA, May 29-July 19,1992.

Catalogue Note: A report prepared by Wallace Gusler comparing this chest to the examples illustrated and discussed in his article referenced above accompanies this lot. He notes that "the style and structure of this chest relate it to several examples documented in the Winchester, Virginia area ca. 1800-1820. The serpentine is of the shallower type that relates to the 1790's Winchester phase. Later ca. 1820 examples being divided into two panels. Structurally the drawer blade supports relate to the group in having partial-groove plane sash at each end to receive the support mortises, and the dominant use of yellow pine is consistent with the group."

Sold at Jeffrey S. Evans Auctioneers June 22, 2013.

Estimate:$15,000-20,000

Price realized: $16,100


RARE PAIR OF SOUTHSIDE VIRGINIA CHIPPENDALE BLACK WALNUT SIDE CHAIRS, each squared back featuring a heart-pierced splat, above the trapezoidal, molded-edge seat rails, raised on square legs with molded front corners joined by a box-form stretcher. Original yellow pine slip-seat frames with old needlework upholstery. Each bearing a 19th century inscribed ownership label under the front seat rail which has not been deciphered. Both retain outstanding historical surfaces and patina. Probably Southampton Co. or Greensville Co., VA. Circa 1765-1785. 37 1/4" HOA, 16 3/4" H seat rail, 19 1/2" x 16 1/2".

Very good original condition with no structural repairs or compromises, honest usage wear including a shallow loss to the top of the proper left end of the crest rail of each, other minor imperfections, one seat upholstery with split.

Literature: See Hurst/Prown - Southern Furniture 1680-1830, p. 108, fig. 24.1 for an identical example from the Colonial Williamsburg collection, likely from the same set.

Provenance: From a Virginia private collection.

Acquired from Milly McGehee.

Catalogue Note: A pair seemingly identical to this pair was sold by Ken Farmer Auctions on September 17, 2006, lot 177. Another chair from this group was sold through these galleries on June 25, 2011, lot 355. It was identical to this pair except for its slightly offset front stretcher.

Sold at Jeffrey S. Evans Auctioneers June 22, 2013.

Estimate:$8,000-12,000

Price realized: $26,450


WYTHE CO., VALLEY OF VIRGINIA PAINTED POPLAR PIE SAFE, rectangular top above two dovetailed drawers and two doors, each door with an applied joined-tin panel hand-punched in the urn-over-urn pattern, each end with an applied single-piece tin panel punched with the same urn as on the front but with fully developed flowers, the whole raised on short turned feet. Restored green-painted surfaces. Attributed to the Rich Family shop. 1830-1880. 46 1/2" H, 54 1/2" W, 19 1/2" D.

Very good condition with several areas of wear to front edge of top and other minor imperfections.

Literature: Closely parallels J. Roderick Moore, "Wythe County, Virginia, punched tin: its influence and imitators", Antiques 126, no. 3 (September 1984), p. 605, pl. V.

Provenance: Property of a Virginia collector.

Sold at Jeffrey S. Evans Auctioneers June 22, 2013.

Estimate:$1,000-1,500

Price realized: $2,645


ENGLISH MOCHAWARE BANDED AND TOOLED CREAMWARE PITCHER, with c-form strap-handle with foliate terminates, and low-moulded spout, decorated with brown and orange or ocher bands, with blue and brown cat's eyes below the rim, the neck with band of tooled ridges between molded dots, enameled in green, with applied stylized foliate décor dripped onto a wide brown band on the creamware body. 1830s-1850s. 7 1/2" H.

Overall very good condition, the spout with some wear, tiny chips and abrasion to the glaze. To the right of the handle, a small star-crack to the interior, which shows a short crack to the exterior.

Provenance: The estate collection of Richard and Betty Robertson, Waynesboro, VA.

Sold at Jeffrey S. Evans Auctioneers June 22, 2013.

Estimate:$400-600

Price realized: $3,450


ENGLISH MOCHAWARE BANDED AND TOOLED CREAMWARE LARGE TANKARD OR MUG, with applied strap handle with foliate terminates, tooled pale green band below the rim and above the foot, framing concentric bands of yellow, black and brick-red, the large, center band with applied feathered leaves in black, white and blue. 1820-1850. 6" H.

Very good condition, overall, the firing flaws to foot overglazed and fired and therefore must be considered original; some minor crazing and scratching to central band; one short hairline to rim.

Provenance: The estate collection of Richard and Betty Robertson, Waynesboro, VA.

Sold at Jeffrey S. Evans Auctioneers June 22, 2013.

Estimate:$200-300

Price realized: $1,725


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