Young and Old

Since the readers are coming up with lots of rare items, I list one of my favorites too. This silhouette is fully painted; it is housed in a naive wooden frame. Looks like the silhouette was painted when she was in her teens. As she aged, in the tintype, she became "witchy." Note her forehead. It did not change at all. The card is pasted on to a spiritual visiting card. I sealed the back so cannot access what was printed on it exactly. The name is Adeline Partridge, b. 23 Aug. 1808, Paris, Maine. She had a twin sister named Caroline. The clover leaf pasted on is "clover from mother's grave." Her mother was Abigail Chase m. 31 Dec. 1794 to Elias Partridge.

I wish you could see the glossy untouched patina of this frame. Looks cherry with original bubbly glass.


On Chapman Embossing

Peggy McClard left a comment for this post. Since most readers do not explore comments, as it takes an extra click of the button, I thought I would post it here as well.

She writes, " The signature stamp does not say "Chapman Studios" it says "Chapman Siccauit". "Siccauit" is definitely Latin, but I can't find a translation. (Does anyone know the translation?) I have one with the same stamp, but it has a hollow cut head and shoulders, but the collar and shirt front are uncut with details added in watercolor."

I investigated the word "Siccauit" for quite a spell. The only reference I could find was in a relation to "eyes." It seems to be an adjective. The only Latin I know something about is with the inscriptions on old medals. I thought I knew a bit more than that. But after watching reruns of "Excorsist" I relaized that Morgan was not speaking Latin. She spoke English backwards. That is the extent of my Latin. Forgot... "caveat emptor" is Latin too. I know what that means.

As both Jane and Peggy own the silhouettes with the embossing in question, and me without the actual item in possession, I am, here, feeble at best. This is an interesting discussion, and I hope we are able to learn more about this "stamp."

(Aug. 2010) Check out my latest post on page III for new info on this embossment! They are all 20th century.


Moses Chapman


Here are some rare treats from Jane once again. This is the first time I have ever seen a stamped Chapman. Have you?
(AUG. 2010) Check out page III for new info on this stamp.

Jane writes, "I found both silhouettes at an antique dealers' home and at an antique show in this area. The embossed Chapman was at a dealer's home and in his personal collection. I was a novice at the time in horse trading, but ended up trading a small wooden stool, plus cash for the silhouette! It is in its original frame, untouched. The embossing says, "Chapman Studios" (The "S" in studios at the end is backwards! The type on the stamp must have been backwards! But it does say "Chapman Studios"...) This is the only example I have seen with this embossing. The white shade says:"Mr. Poole of of Topsfield" on one side, and on the front, "Probably by Chapman". This is valuable in that the shade is an exact copy of what Chapman advertizes on his broadside. The broadside was found at a show in New England; it is quite rare and is a wonderful read! These interant artists would travel from place to place and leave these broadsides on the counter by the check-in at a hotel, or with a keeper of a tavern. They would stay for a few days, and off they would go! Their horse would be waiting to travel to the next town! They would invite customers to their room in the hotel, and guarantee satisfaction! Chapman mentions his machine in the broadside. Quite a brazen fellow!! Quite sure of himself, don't you think? Moses was a very good salesman also, no doubt!"


Rare Peale Silhouette

This is a "PEALE" stamped silhouette from Jane. She says, "The "Peale" sil is an absolutely wonderful example. Her bonnet is very well done; she dates probably from 1800- 1810, using her clothing as a guide, and that Raphael Peale was working around those dates also. She was bought from an ad in Maine Antiques Digest many years ago. The description read a "Peale" silhouette.I called and asked whether or not the stamp just said, "Peale" or "Peale's Museum", the more common stamp...I was assured it was just "Peale", bought it, and have not seen another!"

Fully Detailed Honeywell

This silhouette also belongs to Jane. See her Gladding below. This is she says about this silhouette, "M. Honeywell's sil with white highlights is also very rare. Imagine highlighting with a brush in your mouth, and doing so in such a precise manner! The initials "H.H" are written right underneath, and this may be a shade of Martha's sister, so she made it with extra details! Those are only my thoughts, no real proof. I have not been able to ascertain whether Martha had a sister or not, but it makes sense somehow that she would work extra hard for a family member!! Whenever I feel as if I just can't do something, I remember my examples that Martha Honeywell produced in her silhouettes, needlework, and cut-out prick pictures, and say, "Yes, I can!!" I found this silhouette in a wooden bowl on a table, with other silhouettes and butter prints, at a local antique show. She wasn't even hanging on a wall! A great find!! And a lucky find!"


Another Very Rare Gladding Silhouette

This item comes from one of the readers, Jane. She is a collector/dealer. Her contact is: if wants to get in touch with her on the subject. She has a fine collection of signed silhouettes, and this here is one of them. Will be listing more images in the future.

She writes, "The Gladding sil is the only other Gladding that I have seen other than the Gladding on the blog. I do not know the sitter's name, but he is a handsome fellow, with lots of hair! I would imagine he is in his early 20's. He was found at an outdoor antique market in Zoar, Ohio."