Saturday

Shucks! Got Beaten on this Deal


I wanted this catalog just for the sake of having it. Some things in life are like that. Since I cannot own it now, I want it more and more. The following is a description by the seller:


Catalogue of a Highly Interesting Collection of Aboriginal and other Relics Illustrating American History from the celebrated Peale's Museum of Philadelphia, the Property of Montroville Dickeson, catalogue by E. Mason, October 13-14, 1869, 26 pages, 735 lots, pink wrappers.

Thursday

More on Chapman Embossing



These two images comes from Peggy. It is clear that it does not say "Chapman Studios" as claimed earlier below by Jane.

(Aug. 2010) For new info on this stamp, check out silhouettes page III. CHAPMAN is now 20th century cutting!

Tuesday

Who is the Artist?




This interesting silhouette, ca. 1810, is on eBay now. It has a lousy modern frame; however, the cutting is good with added hair details. As there are too many bidders on it already, I decided to just let it ride. The bust termination is of interest. It has a notch. There is definitely a stamp under the bust by the maker. I have manipulated its size and color to get a closer look. Unfortunately, it remains to be attributed. Although the work resembles Bache somewhat, this stamp is a single line type. The stamp does resemble that from the Peale Museum, not the one with a spread eagle but that of the "Museum." Of course, it may be something else. The bust notch seems to be too large to be from the Museum. Since the oval opening hides the bust tip, I cannot tell whether the silhouette has been cut there and incomplete. If a reader wins this silhouette, please drop me a line. I am curios. What does the stamp say? Is the stamp a secondary impression where it only has the shadow of the embossment?

Sunday

Rare Stamped Silhouettes on the Market











Recent auction by Conestoga Auction was of interest. Their offering was only a small group of silhouettes; however, it contained some important examples that are very difficult to find. In my opinion, most of them went begging. The following hammer prices do not include the buyers’ commission. If one had placed bids through eBay, the commission was an additional 17% plus shipping.

I placed bids on Williams, Day, and Jennys. A persistent floor bidder (non-eBay bidder) outbid me on Willy and Day. My bids for those two lots were $325, which is equal to about $400 after other expenses. I already own a Day, but the example there was a better example than what I have. I wanted it for upgrade. Prior to seeing that Day, I knew of only two examples: SamplerJane and mine. Now, it makes it three.

I had wanted the Williams. But then, I did not feel like entering a price war. Perhaps I should have placed a higher bid? If I placed a bid of $600, would I have won it? I felt that since I have seen other Williams from time to time, I figured there is always another chance to secure him. (Good thing I did not win it, as ALL Williams are now known to be 20th century creation)

For some reason or another, the floor bidder did not pursue my Jennys to an unusual extent. Perhaps the bidder did not recognize its rarity. To my knowledge, this piece is unique. Unless of course, SamplerJane comes back telling us that she owns an example. This Jennys is a decent looking young lady, and I am happy to have been able to add to my collection.

It is hard to imagine that Jones only brought $140. That is the price of a common Peale! Someone walked off with a bargain. A super looking Bache was taken at $300. A rare Peale brought about the right price of $425 or about $500 with expense added. Although the stamp itself is rare, I never really cared about the bustline that is always seen with this stamp. To me, it is not aesthetically appealing.

I do not know what the story is with one of the unattributed silhouettes. It brought $425! Can Someone tell me why it went so high?