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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."
) Check out my latest post on page III for new info on this embossment! They are all 20th century.
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!"
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!"
This item comes from one of the readers, Jane. She is a collector/dealer. Her contact is: firstname.lastname@example.org
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."