Maritime Arts

Sold for $172,500

A leading specialist in the field, having invested decades toward connoisseurship and expertise, Rafael Osona ensures consignors and buyers expert evaluations for all types of marine or maritime works of art, objects and artifacts.

Focusing on the Maritime Arts of the 19th – 21st centuries, we offer works by Jacobsen, Buttersworth, Badger, Stubbs, Bricher and Sheffield to name a few; including seascapes, ship’s portraits, mariner’s portraits, prisoner-of-war artifacts, ship models, pond yachts, dioramas, mariner’s folk arts, sailor’s valentines, ship’s figureheads, and seafaring artifacts.

Partial list of Maritime and Marine Painters

  • Marie Edouard Adam (1847-1929)
  • James Gardner Babbidge (1844-1919)
  • S.F.M. Badger (1873-1919)
  • James Bard (1815-1897)
  • Thomas Birch (1779-1851)
  • Alfred Thompson Bricher (1837-1908)
  • James E. Buttersworth (1817-1894)
  • Thomas Buttersworth, Jr. (1797-1842)
  • Thomas Buttersworth, Sr. (1768-1828)
  • John Wilson Carmichael (1800-1868)
  • Fred S. Cozzens (1846-1928)
  • William R. Davis (b. 1952)
  • Montague Dawson (1890-1973)
  • Clement Drew (1806-1889)
  • Lai Fong (act. 1860-1900)
  • Charles H. Gifford (1839-1904)
  • Gordon Grant (1875-1962)
  • Jack L. Gray (1927-1981)
  • William John Huggins (1781-1845)
  • Antonio Jacobsen (1850-1921)
  • Michael Keane (Contemporary)
  • Richard Haley Lever (1876-1958)
  • John F. Loos (act. 1861-1895)
  • William Lowe (b.1940)
  • Richard Loud (b. 1942)
  • Duncan McFarlane (1818-1865)
  • William Edward Norton (1842-1916)
  • John Scott (1802-1885)
  • Isaac Sheffield (1798-1845)
  • Frank Vining Smith (1879-1967)
  • Joseph B. Smith (1798-1876)
  • Richard Spencer (1812-1897)
  • John Stobart (b. 1929)
  • William P. Stubbs (1842-1909)
  • Tim Thompson (b. 1951)
  • John Tudgay (1836-1859)
  • Frederick Tudgay (1841-1921)
  • Thomas H. Willis (1850-1925)
  • William Howard Yorke (1847-1921)

Much early maritime art and especially ship’s portraits were not painted for art’s sake, nor to attract collectors of fine art, but rather were commissioned by individuals with a personal interest in the subject. Today, both signed and unsigned examples of ship’s portraits are highly valued for their unique place in history as well as for their attractiveness.  Among collectors interested in maritime history, these works are sources of exacting information about the past, as well as being highly skilled works of art.

In a day when monarchies, sovereigns, colonies and settlements were uniquely dependent on the sea for trade, travel and exploration, paintings that commemorated significant events were also in great demand. An epic battle, a triumph over a massive whale, a journey’s end were each commemorated in paintings as collectible now, as they were in their day.

Nantucket’s 18th – 19th century whaling and ship building industries positioned the island squarely amid the richness of mariners’ culture.  The wealthiest town in America’s reach was global, spanning the Americas, Europe, Asia-Pacific and Africa. Long journeys filled with idyll hours produced folk arts and crafts.  Necessity inspired refinements to whaling instruments and navigational tools.  During voyages, which often lasted several years, captains and crew collected artifacts; proofs in their home port tellings of adventure and foreign cultures.

  • 19th C. American Sailor Scrimshaw Panbone Section Plaque

    SOLD FOR $5,400

    19th C. American Sailor Scrimshaw Panbone Section Plaque, circa 1840, a two-tier pictorial of two fully rigged ships on the open sea above a large portrait of a similar merchant ship approaching l and within a faint double line border. mounted in a custom reeded frame with gilt stars in each corner.
    6 in. x 7 ½ in.

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  • 19th C. American Sailor Scrimshaw Whale Tooth

    SOLD FOR $7,200

    19th C. American Sailor Scrimshaw Whale Tooth, circa 1840, engraved throughout with an American fully rigged ship above the seal of the United States and an eagle holding a “Liberty ~ Constitution” banner in its beak, above a gentleman’s portrait flanked by cornucopias and American flags; the verso with a single leaf flower above a whaler cutting in and two whalers, whale and two whaleboats on the water. Sawtooth borders at the base of the tooth; Between the scenes is a sailing ship with her stunsail set sailing toward the viewer above a spouting sperm whale, the outer tooth’s edge with a foliate vine.
    Height 5 ½ in.

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  • Highly Important and Desirable Scrimshaw Sperm Whale Tooth, attributed to T. L. Albro

    SOLD FOR $102,000

    Highly Important and Desirable Scrimshaw Sperm Whale Tooth, circa 1838, attributed to the master scrimshander T. L. Albro. Deeply engraved one one side with at detailed whale ship cutting in with a whale alongside, whalemen on deck and on crow’s next exclaiming “there she blows,” interrupting the phrase “View of Cutting a Sperm Whale” — “A Whale Spout” above the horizon with spout on waterline. To the left of the stern is a mountain range and ships in the distance. Above is engraved “Eoua Isl.,” and latitude and longitude and a sun with a face. The reverse engraved with a ship in full sail and a figure in the crow’s nest. The phrase “View of a Sperm Whale just harpooned – Ship John Coggeshall of Newport, RI” above an active whaling scene of whale and three long boats, a spout on the horizon. On the bottom edge of the tooth between the scenes is a fine full portrait of a sperm whale with a double fluke harpoon and the phrase, “A Large Sperm Whale Will Make 100lbs Oil.”
    Length 7 ¾ in.

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  • 19th Century Sailor Carved Whale Ivory and Whalebone Walking Sticks

    SOLD FOR $10,200
    Sailor Carved Whale Ivory Fist Walking Stick, 19th century, a massive detailed carved fist atop a hardwood shaft inlaid with alternating whale ivory and baleen triangles at the collar, and two abalone dot inlays below.
    Length 41 ¼ in.

    Provenance: The Howland Family of New Bedford

    SOLD FOR $7,200
    Sailor Carved Whale Ivory and Whalebone Architectural Walking Stick, mid 19th century, octagonal shaped grip with red sealing wax circular inlay at the top, the shaft carved of a single piece of whalebone.
    Length 37 ¾ in.

    Provenance: The Howland Family of New Bedford

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  • Alan J. Eddy “Opera Cup Race, 2013″ Oil on Canvas

    SOLD FOR $7,800

    Alan J. Eddy (Massachusetts b. 1940) “Opera Cup Race, 2013″, oil on canvas depicting seven yachts sailing in Nantucket Sound on deep blue waters, signed, in gilt frame. 24 in. x 48 in.

    Note: Eddy is a Boston native who studied at the Vesper George School of Art. Inspired by his love of the sea, his work is represented in private and corporate collections including Sears and Roebuck, Fleet Bank of Boston and the Boston Harbor Hotel.

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  • Ralph Eugene Cahoon, Jr. and Bernard A. Woodman Sailor’s Valentine

    SOLD FOR $10,800

    Ralph Eugene Cahoon, Jr. (American 1910-1982) and Bernard A. Woodman Sailor’s Valentine, a Ralph Cahoon central oil painting depicting an American ship and hot air balloon with applied faux ivory sperm whale, signed lower right, shell-work by B.A. Woodman #118.
    Diameter of painting 6 in. Overall Diameter 14 in.

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  • Two 19th Century Sailor Scrimshaw Whalebone Corset Busks

    SOLD FOR $480

    Sailor Scrimshaw Whalebone Corset Busk, mid 19th Century, inscribed and inked in black with geometric motifs and jardinière issuing blossoming vine centering script initials “B.K.W.” Length 14 ½ in.

    Provenance: Ex-E. Ham Collection, Nantucket
    Sam Sylvia, Nantucket, MA

    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • 19th Century Ivory Pie Crimper Handle of Dove Form

    SOLD FOR $3,960

    Ivory Pie Crimper Handle of Dove Form, 19th century, elegantly stylized emblem of love, with brass rivets, lacks jagging wheel.
    Length 5 ½ in.

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  • 19th Century Carved and Turned Whalebone and Satinwood Clock Stand,

    SOLD FOR $2,400

    Carved and Turned Whalebone and Satinwood Clock Stand, 19th century, rectangular with scalloped apron on turned legs.
    Height 3 in. Length 14 ¼ in. Width 7 ¼ in.

    Provenance: Rafael Osona Auctions, Nantucket, MA 14 August 1993 Lot 46
    Ex-Barbara Johnson Collection
    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th Century Scrimshaw Collection

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  • Extremely Rare and Fine 19th Century “Map Tooth” Sailor Scrimshaw Whale Tooth

    SOLD FOR $48,000

    Extremely Rare and Fine “Map Tooth” Sailor Scrimshaw Whale Tooth, American, mid 19th century, delicately incised in exquisite detail with map and chart of New Bedford Harbor, Buzzards Bay and the Elizabeth Islands, depicted center is a whaling ship’s return to port, showing its plotted course verso with an action filled whaling scene, a ship and four boats (one stove) hunt amidst a pod of whales spewing red-inked blood.
    Length 7 ½ in.

    Provenance: Nina Hellman, Nantucket, MA
    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th Century Scrimshaw Collection

    Literature: Illustrated p. 2 and 60 of : E. Norman Flayderman, Scrimshaw and Scrimshanders, New Milford, CT, 1972.

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  • 19th Century Scrimshaw Decorated Mahogany and Mother-of-Pearl Parquetry Box

    SOLD FOR $1,800

    Scrimshaw Decorated Mahogany and Mother-of-Pearl Parquetry Box, 19th century, rectangular with hinged top, inlaid with baleen, whalebone and abalone motifs and stringing overall, the front centered by a scrimshanded whale ivory plaquette engraved and inked in red and black with “Triumph of Love”. Height 4 ¾ in. Length 12 in. Width 8 ¼ in.

    Provenance: Rafael Osona Auctions, Nantucket, MA 19 August 1995 Lot 69
    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th Century Scrimshaw Collection

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  • Rare 19th Century Nantucket Whale Ivory and Whalebone Swift

    SOLD FOR $2,400

    Rare Nantucket Whale Ivory and Whalebone Swift, mid 19th century, ribbon tied ivory staves on turned ivory standard with cup finial, whalebone shaft and ivory clamp with two screw peg fasteners, mounted to a modern rosewood stand. Overall Height 12 in. Diameter of Base 5 in.

    Provenance: The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • 19th Century Walrus Ivory Pie Crimper

    SOLD FOR $2,500

    Walrus Ivory Pie Crimper, 19th century, with tortoiseshell inlaid handle, three-tine fork and five baleen spacers.
    Length 8 in.

    Provenance: Paul Madden, Sandwich, MA

    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • 19th Century Whale Ivory Pie Crimper

    SOLD FOR $3,900

    Whale Ivory Pie Crimper, 19th century, fluted shaft, stepped square wheel mount and terminal with abalone inlaid dot, delicate wheel. Length 6 in.

    Provenance: Nina Hellman, Nantucket, MA

    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • 19th Century Architectural Whale Ivory Pie Crimper

    SOLD FOR $7,200

    Architectural Whale Ivory Pie Crimper, 19th century, polyhedron terminal with abalone inlay and pivoting ring handle.
    Length 6 ¾ in.

    Provenance: Rafael Osona Auctions, Nantucket, MA 7 August 1999, Lot 275

    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • 19th Century Whale Ivory Pie Crimper

    SOLD FOR $600

    Whale Ivory Pie Crimper, 19th century, crown terminal, half round handle pierced with two hearts and a lozenge.
    Length 6 ½ in.

    Provenance: Rafael Osona Auctions, Nantucket, MA 16 August 1997, Lot 19

    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • 19th Century Fist and Cuff and Grasping Hand Whale Ivory and Whalebone Canes

    SOLD FOR $3,120
    Fist and Cuff Whale Ivory and Rosewood Cane, 19th century, carved ivory finial, baleen separator, octagonal tapering upper shaft with alternate ivory and rosewood sections, transitioning into a circular rosewood lower shaft, with ivory tip.
    Length 36 ¼ in.
    Provenance: Rafael Osona Auction, Nantucket, MA 07 August 1993

    SOLD FOR $1,200
    Grasping Hand Whale Ivory and Whalebone Cane, 19th century, rivet fastened knob carved as a right hand gripping a baton detailed with a five pointed and six pointed star at opposite ends, tapered octagonal upper shaft with three baleen separators and a plaited baleen collar, whalebone shaft tapers to round, lacks metal tip.
    Length 32 ¾ in.
    Provenance: Sotheby’s New York 17 June 2004

    Both Canes from the Carol and Stephen Memishian 19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • 19th Century Sailor Made Miniature Chest of Drawers

    SOLD FOR $9,000

    Sailor Made Miniature Chest of Drawers, 2nd half of the 19th century, fashioned of Hawaiian Koa wood, inlaid with mother-of-pearl and fitted with whale ivory knob pulls and bun feet, in two sections, the two drawer case with scrolled crest is detachable.
    Height 17 in. Width 11 ¾ in. Depth 8 in.

    Provenance: Rafael Osona Auctions, August 6th 1994, Lot 171

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  • 19th Century Inuit Carved Walrus Ivory Shaman Chain

    SOLD FOR $3,300

    Inuit Carved Walrus Ivory Shaman Chain, Northwest Alaska, mid to late 19th century, comprising 32 links, the first carved to resemble a whale’s head and the last a tail, all carved from a single walrus tusk, on contemporary stand.
    Length 32 in.

    Note: Chains like this were used as charms by native Alaskan whalers and were often seen attached to baleen cups made to give whales their first drink of water after being caught, a common ritual practice in the coastal Alaskan areas which relied heavily on whaling.

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  • Pair of Mid-19th Century “Banknote Engraver” Scrimshaw Sperm Whale Teeth

    SOLD FOR $48,000

    Pair of Mid-19th Century “Banknote Engraver” Scrimshaw Sperm Whale Teeth, incised and inked recto with framed oval reserves of lovely young women, verso with harbor scenes, one depicting two three-masted ships anchored before a town, the other shows an American ship entering a foreign port, the national flags inked in blue and red.
    Length 6 ¾ in.

    Provenance:
    Nina Hellman, Nantucket, MA

    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • 19th Century Whalebone and Pinewood Rope Twister

    SOLD FOR $4,800

    Whalebone and Pinewood Rope Twister, 19th century.
    Height 26 in. (including modern display base) Length 19 in. Diameter 12 ½ in.

    “Individual strands were affixed to the whalebone rods after which the crank was turned and the individual strands were twisted into a single length of rope.”
    Source: E. Norman Flayderman, Scrimshaw and Scrimshanders, New Milford, CT, 1972.

    Literature:
    Illustrated pgs 47 and 125
    E. Norman Flayderman, Scrimshaw and Scrimshanders, New Milford, CT, 1972

    Exhibited:
    American Museum of Folk Art, New York
    “Hunt for the Whale, 1967
    Mystic Seaport, 1978

    Provenance:
    Barbara Johnson Collection
    Rafael Osona’s Barbara Johnson Sale
    August 14, 1993 Lot 155
    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • Rare 19th Century Nantucket Pierced Whalebone Swing Handled Oval Knitting Basket

    SOLD FOR $6,600

    Rare Nantucket Pierced Whalebone Swing Handled Oval Knitting Basket, mid 19th century, formed of a single piece of panbone with riveted joinings, handle inscribed with initials “MTL”, exotic hardwood floor.
    Height 6 ¾ in. (including handle) Length 7 ¼ in. Width 5 in.

    Literature:
    Illustrated p. 143 Martha Lawrence “Scrimshaw, The Whaler’s Legacy”, Schiffer, 1993

    Provenance:
    Paul Madden, Sandwich, Massachusetts
    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • “Banknote Engraver” Scrimshaw Whale Tooth

    SOLD FOR $6,600

    “Banknote Engraver” Scrimshaw Whale Tooth, circa 1840, large broad tooth, recto with a portrait of a pensive lady seated at a table with an open book wearing a formal dress with puffed sleeves, curly hair and a pair of bracelets, within an elaborate oval geometric frame, an engraved foliate garland encircles the tooth’s tip, a geometric and foliate engraving encircles the base, verso with a simple floral bouquet.
    Height 6 ½ in.

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  • 19th Century Sailor Scrimshaw Polychrome Sperm Whale Tooth

    SOLD FOR $4,500

    19th Century Sailor Scrimshaw Polychrome Sperm Whale Tooth, circa 1830-1850, French war ship with cannons at the lighthouse, the verso with sailor pointing and holding a saber by an American Flag standing on a castellated rampart.
    Height 7 ¾ in.

    Provenance: Rafael Osona Auctions, 1997, Lot 408

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  • Sailor’s Folk Art Toy Whalebone Mounted Wheelbarrow, mid 19th Century

    SOLD FOR $5,400

    Sailor’s Folk Art Toy Whalebone Mounted Wheelbarrow, mid 19th century, shaped oak box on frame with carved whalebone braces, cleats, and ferrules, iron bound wheel with mahogany spokes inserting into turned whalebone hub, brass axles held by whalebone sockets.
    Height 9 ¼ in. Length 31 in. Width 14 ½ in.

    Exhibitions: Smithsonian Institute,
    Mystic Seaport Museum

    Provenance:
    Barbara Johnson Collection,
    Sotheby’s September 25, 1982
    Catalog lot 533

    Rafael Osona Auctions August 7, 1999
    Catalog lot 144

    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • Whalebone Inlaid Rosewood Cutlery Box

    SOLD FOR $3,600

    Whalebone Inlaid Rosewood Cutlery Box, 19th century, of rectangular form with carrying handle flanked by two hinged covers, inlaid with eating utensils and opening over a tapered case.
    Height 17 ¾ in. Length 15 in. Width 10 ¼ in.

    Provenance:
    Rafael Osona Auctions
    August 19, 1995, Lot 75

    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • 19th Century Carved Whalebone Blocks

    SOLD FOR $3,600
    19th Century Carved Whalebone Single Pulley Block, with spliced rope strap, turned wood eye and copper rivets.
    Block Length 6 ¾ in.
    Overall Length 10 ½ in.

    Provenance: Rafael Osona Auctions, 06 August 1994

    SOLD FOR $1,440
    Two 19th Century Carved Whalebone Blocks, one single and one double pulley, with copper rivets and rope straps.
    Block Length 2 ¾ in. and 3 in.
    Overall Length 4 ½ in.

    Provenance: Robert Eldreds Auction, 30 July 1992

    Both Lots from The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • 19th Century Whale Ivory and Whalebone Swift

    SOLD FOR $1,440

    19th Century Whale Ivory and Whalebone Swift, turned and scribed cup, pan and ring above a single bone cage on a bone shaft. The clenched fist clamp carved from a single whale’s tooth, the support ring and screw knob with red scribe lines.
    Overall Length 17 in. Length of Staves 10 in.

    Provenance:
    Sam Sylvia, Nantucket, MA

    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • 19th Century Nantucket Whale Ivory and Whalebone Swift

    SOLD FOR $4,800
    19th Century Nantucket Whale Ivory and Whalebone Swift, turned spire top cup finial above a single bone cage with ivory and bone shaft supported on a multi-turned and polychromed ivory section and clamp.
    Overall Length 20 ¾ in. Length of Staves 8 ¼ in.

    Provenance:
    Paul Madden, Sandwich, MA

    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • Large Fine “Fanny Campbell” Scrimshaw Whale Tooth

    SOLD FOR $18,000

    Scrimshaw Sperm Whale Tooth Depicting “Fanny Campbell The Female Pirate Captain“, American, 19th century, Engraved and inked in polychrome, the celebrated corsair is portrayed in plumed hat, waisted coat over pantaloons, two pistols in her belt, a cutlass in her right hand and a skull & crossbones flag in her left, the verso depicts an American frigate, all further embellished with leafy branches above and below.
    Height 8 ½ in.


    Note: The image of Fanny Campbell is based on the cover illustration of the book of the same name, published Boston, 1845, a boxed copy of “Fanny Campbell, The Female Pirate Captain” accompanies this lot.

    Provenance:
    Nina Hellman, Nantucket, MA

    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • 19th Century Sailor Made Whale Ivory and Baleen “Garden of Eden” Pie Crimper

    SOLD FOR $6,600

    Sailor Made Whale Ivory and Baleen “Garden of Eden” Pie Crimper, 19th century, serpent handle, star centered zigzag jagging wheel, and with the unusual addition of a pastry template intaglio carved with head on leafy stem (recto) and tulip (verso).
    Length 7 ½ in. Width 4 ½ in.

    Note: Apparently carved from a single tooth, though interrupted by separators.

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  • 19th Century Sailor Scrimshaw Sperm Whale Tooth

    SOLD FOR $2,400

    Sailor Scrimshaw Sperm Whale Tooth, 19th century, recto stipple engraved with a fashionable beauty beside a fountain of classical inspiration, attended by a flying dove, all below a blossoming rose, verso with an American frigate, a Federal eagle above, on a wood stand.
    Length 6 ½ in.

    Provenance:
    Nina Hellman, Nantucket, MA

    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • 19th Century Sailor Scrimshaw Polychrome and Rivet Decorated Whalebone Busk

    SOLD FOR $600

    Sailor Scrimshaw Polychrome and Rivet Decorated Whalebone Busk, American, 19th century, engraved with a Federal eagle spread winged above initials “A. H.”, a frigate and the Boston State House, within copper rivet border and heart and star motifs, respectively, at the ends.
    Length 12 ½ in. Width 2 ¼ in.

    Provenance:
    Nina Hellman, Nantucket, Massachusetts

    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • 19th Century Pair of Sailor Scrimshaw Polychrome Sperm Whale Teeth

    SOLD FOR $3,900

    Pair of Sailor Scrimshaw Polychrome Sperm Whale Teeth, 19th century, each engraved recto with a large bird atop a tree stump, amidst luxuriant leafy branches, her companion flies overhead, verso swan swims on placid water, flanked by overreaching slender trees, mounted together on a rectangular wood plinth.
    Length 6 ¼ in. and 6 ½ in.

    Provenance:
    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • 19th Century Sailor Made Walrus Ivory Pie Crimper

    SOLD FOR $6,600

    Sailor Made Walrus Ivory Pie Crimper, 19th century, pierce carved handle with red wax stringing, two-tine fork, Greek key edged wheel centered by a mariner’s star.
    Length 10 ¼ in.

    Provenance:
    Nina Hellman, Nantucket, Massachusetts

    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • 19th Century Pair of Sailor Scrimshaw Polychrome Sperm Whale Teeth

    SOLD FOR $30,000

    Pair of Sailor Scrimshaw Polychrome Sperm Whale Teeth, 19th century, engraved with a French and a British frigate, respectively, each beneath a crescent moon and three mariner’s stars, on rosewood stands.
    Length 4 ½ in. and 4 ¼ in.

    Provenance:
    Paul Madden, Sandwich, Massachusetts
    Barbara Johnson (Vol. IV, lot 106, 16 Dec. 1983)
    Purported found on Martha’s Vineyard

    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

    Exhibited:
    Smithsonian Institution
    U.S. Capitol Building

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  • Exceedingly Rare and Sophisticated 19th Century Polychrome Scrimshaw Walrus Ivory and Baleen Busk

    SOLD FOR $51,000

    Exceedingly Rare and Sophisticated Polychrome Scrimshaw Walrus Ivory and Baleen Busk, mid 19th century, finely executed by a highly skilled artisan, the double arched top scribed with amatory motifs (torch, bow and arrows, billing doves) and conjoined hearts inlay of baleen above four engraved pictorial registers depicting a British warship between two fashionable beauties and flower filled urn, engraved overall with stylized floral garlands. The baleen verso engraved with five registers, viz., a fashionable beauty centering depictions of warships and flower filled urns.
    Length 14 ½ in. Width 1 ¾ in.

    Provenance:
    Skinner, Bolton, MA 06 February, 1994 Lot 56

    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • 19th Century Nantucket Caldwell Family Whalebone and Whale Ivory Swift

    SOLD FOR $4,800

    Nantucket Caldwell Family Whalebone and Whale Ivory Swift, mid 19th century, turned and scribed steeple top carved of a single tooth above a ruffle, tortoise diamond collar, multi-piece ivory shaft with baleen and tortoiseshell inlays, two further tortoiseshell diamond collars, an unusual whale ivory clamp of double stylized fluke form with tortoiseshell inlay and polyhedron screw, and terminating in a turned grip. The double whalebone cage with multi-color silk ribbon ties, copper rivets and with parallel scribe lines.
    Overall Length 25 in. Length of Staves 10 in.

    Provenance: Sam Sylvia, Nantucket

    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • 19th Century Highly Impressive Elaborate and Heroic Sailor Made Watch Tower

    SOLD FOR $9,600

    Highly Impressive Elaborate and Heroic Sailor Made Watch Tower, late 19th/early 20th century, in the form of a tall case clock constructed of wood and whalebone with three whale ivory drawer pulls. Hardwood case on turned bone feet embellished with bone framed panels having 18 5-point bone stars, 40 turned and scribed finials in upright and drop positions, 20 turned and scribed baluster bone columns, circular pierced bone gallery, arched bone 16 panel window, three dovetailed drawers – one with scrimshanded Roman numeral clock dial face, 12 linear feet of ¼ round carved and turned whalebone mouldings throughout.
    Height 35 ½ in. Width 11 in. Depth 6 ¼ in.

    Provenance:
    Sotheby’s New York, Fine Americana Auction
    January 28, 1994 Lot 910
    The Carol and Stephen Memishian
    19th C. Scrimshaw Collection

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  • Anthony Thieme Oil on Canvas “Twin Boats”

    Anthony Thieme (1888-1953) Oil on Canvas “Twin Boats”, signed lower left A Thieme.
    30 in. x 36 in.

    Sold for $8,050.00

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  • Tim Thompson Oil on Canvas “On the Hudson River”

    Tim Thompson Oil on Canvas
    “On the Hudson River”,
    signed lower left.
    12 in. x 16 in.

    Sold for $7,475.00

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  • Richard K. Loud Fine Art Oil on Linen “Catboats Sailing in Gloucester Harbor”

    Richard K. Loud (Massachusetts b.1942) Fine Art Oil on Linen “Catboats Sailing in Gloucester Harbor”, signed lower right Loud, in custom gold leaf frame.
    16 in. x 20 in.

    Sold for $9,520.00

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  • Hand Colored Map of Nantucket by I.F.W. Des Barres,

    Hand Colored Map of Nantucket by I.F.W. Des Barres, published by an act of Parliament in 1781 from the folio “Atlantic Neptune”, fine condition and colored at the time of printing.
    29 ½ in. x 42 in.

    Sold For $53,550.00

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  • Thomas Willis (1850-1925) Fine Art “Portrait of the Steam-Sail Yacht Eleanor”

    Thomas Willis (1850-1925) Fine Art “Portrait of the Steam-Sail Yacht Eleanor”
    silk embroidery on painted canvas, signed lower right T. Willis, N.Y. Jan. 1900,
    original label on reverse “46 Stuyvesant Avenue, Brooklyn, N.Y.”
    42 in. x 26 in.

    Sold for $10,710.00

    Provenance: The Nantucket Estate of Georgia P. Gosnell

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  • Fine Art Portrait of Commodore Edward Preble (1761-1807)

    Fine Art Oil on Canvas Portrait of Commodore Edward Preble (1761-1807), early 19th Century, depicting Preble sitting before a window with a view of Mt. Vesuvius and the USS Constitution in the distance.
    43 ½ in. x 35 in.

    Sold for $29,750.00

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  • James E. Buttersworth Fine Art Oil on Wood Panel “Yacht Race Boston Harbor, 1865-1880”

    James E. Buttersworth (1817-1894) “Yacht Race Boston Harbor, 1865-1880”, fine art oil on wood panel views of the State House dome on Beacon Hill, Boston Light and Bunker Hill Monument and Fort Independence, signed lower right J.E. Buttersworth. 6 ¼ in. x 12 ¼ in.

    Sold for $10,710.00

    Boston was one of Buttersworth’s favorite settings.

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  • Thomas Brooks Fine Art Oil on Canvas “Portrait of a Young Lady and the Sea”

    Thomas Brooks (British 1818-1891) “Portrait of a Young Lady and the Sea”, circa 1862, fine art oil on canvas depicting a young woman searching the rough seas, initialed and dated lower left “T.B. 1862” with label on reverse “14 Exchange Street, Manchester”. 20 ¼ in. x 16 ¼ in.

    Sold for $6,545.00

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  • Ship’s Figurehead of a Bearded Scotsman, circa 1840

    Carved and Polychromed Ship’s Figurehead, circa 1840, a waist high figure of a bearded Scotsman wearing a plumed hat, shirt with a brass buttoned jacket and belt.
    Height 31 in. Width 19 in. Depth 14 in.

    Sold for $19,040.00

    Provenance: The Nantucket Estate of Georgia P. Gosnell

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  • Folk Art Tradesman’s Figure of a Sailor Holding a Spyglass

    Folk Art Tradesman’s Figure of a Sailor Holding a Spyglass,
    the young sailor dressed in a white shirt, gray trousers, gold vest and red neck-ware, black jacket with brass buttons and a stovepipe hat.
    Height 39 ¼ in.

    Sold for $9,520.00

    Provenance: The Nantucket Estate of Georgia P. Gosnell

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  • Folk Art Chandlery Advertising Store Front Figure of a Young Sailor

    Folk Art Carved Advertising Store Front Figure,
    19th Century, a very fine carved and polychrome figure of a young sailor holding an octant. The figure was acquired in England and was possibly a store front advertising figure for one of John Cail’s instrument shops between 1825-1858 in Newcastle-on-Tyne. Height 66 in.

    Sold for $95,200.00

    Provenance: The Nantucket Estate of Georgia P. Gosnell

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  • Jack L. Gray Oil on Canvas “On Browns”

    Jack L. Gray (New York/Nova Scotia/Canada 1927-1981) Oil on Canvas Entitled “On Browns”,
    A fine arts oil depicting salt fishing on Brown’s Bank, two fishermen in dory with Lunenburg schooner in the distance,
    signed lower right Jack L. Gray
    36 in. x 48 in.

    Sold for $47,600.00

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  • 19th C. Sailor Made Cutlery Tray

    Fine Mid 19th Century Whaler Made Cutlery Tray, multi-wood construction with 9 star inlays and ivory ring pull on lower drawer
    Height 7 in. Length 11 ¾ in. Width 6 ½ in.
    Sold for $3,105.00

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  • Tim Thompson Oil on Canvas

    Tim Thompson Oil on Canvas “Yankee Visits England, 1935″, signed lower right Thompson in gold leaf frame.
    7 ½ in. x 9 ½ in.
    Sold for $7,475.00

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  • Tim Thompson Oil on Canvas “The Navahoe”

    Tim Thompson (English b.1951) Oil on Canvas
    Navahoe, Dartmouth Regatta, 1893″, signed lower right.
    20 in. x 40 in.

    Sold for $24,990.00

    Thompson spent his childhood living on the tiny Channel Island of Herm and that is where he developed a love and respect for the sea. He created his first watercolor of the ship Queen Mary at the tender age of 6. In 1982 he met Ted Turner at a regatta in Cowes, England and Turner commissioned him to paint numerous sailing boats which brought him growing popularity and recognition. Thompson has exhibited his work in the United States, London, Paris, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, the Vasa Museum in Sweden, Monaco, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand.

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  • Anne Packard Oil on Canvas

    Sold for $3220.00 Anne Packard (Massachusetts b. 1933) Oil on Canvas
    “Beached”, signed lower right A. Packard. Through her complex brushwork, Packard’s land and seascapes convey a deep awareness of nuances in light, color and composition, which heavily attribute to her reputation as one of the most renowned artist’s in the Provincetown Art Colony in Massachusetts.
    20 in. x 16 in.

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  • Michael Keane Oil on Canvas

    SOLD FOR $23,000

    Michael Keane (Massachusetts 20th-21st Century) Oil on Canvas
    “Afternoon Catboat Sail”, signed lower right Keane. Keane is a life long artist with a special affinity for the sea. He studied with artist Marshall W. Joyce, eventually becoming his studio partner. Additionally Keane was employed for many years by General Dynamics as a technical illustrator. An instructor of painting for Copley Society of Boston, he has taught painting for over fifteen years.
    24 in. x 36 in.

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  • William R. Davis Oil on Canvas

    Sold for $5,175.00 William R. Davis (Massachusetts b.1952) Oil on Canvas
    “Yachting Race Off of Nantucket”, signed lower right William R. Davis. Davis, grew up in Hyannis Port, Massachusetts. A self-taught artist he captures the serene light of a sunrise or sunset on the water. In 1987 he mounted a one artist show at the Mystic Maritime Gallery and all twenty of his works shown were sold. He has received the Mystic Maritime Gallery Award of Excellence. His art pays homage to such 19th C. artists such as James Bard, Antonio Jacobsen and Fitz Hugh Lane.
    7 ½ in. x 11 ¼ in.

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  • Michael Keane Oil on Artist Board

    Sold for $6,900.00 Michael Keane Oil (Massachusetts 20th-21st Century) on Artist Board
    Study for “Ahead of the Mark”, signed lower left Keane. Keane is a life long artist with a special affinity for the sea. He studied with artist Marshall W. Joyce, eventually becoming his studio partner. Additionally Keane was employed for many years by general dynamics as a technical illustrator. An instructor of painting for the Copley Society of Boston, he has taught painting for over fifteen years.
    8 in. x 12 in.

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  • English or French Boxwood, Baleen and Ivory Prisoner-of-War Ship Model of the “Minerve”

    SOLD FOR $35,100

    English or French boxwood, baleen and ivory prisoner-of-war ship model of the “Minerve”, circa 1800, finely rigged with retracting cannons, multiple exotic wood construction on multi-wood inlaid platform, in mahogany and glass case.
    Model Height 17 in. Beam 7¾ in. Length 19 in. Case Height Height 30 in. Width 14 in. Length 26 in.

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  • 18th Century Map of Nantucket

    SOLD FOR $64,900
    18th Century Map of Nantucket by I.F.W. des Barres, Esq. Published June 1, 1776.
    29 ½ in. x 42 in.

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  • 1836 Illustrated Whaling Journal of the Ship Golconda

    SOLD FOR $ 53,820

    1836 Illustrated Whaling Journal of the Ship Golconda, N.B. Wilcox (Master), out of New Bedford May 8, 1836 to the Pacific Ocean, returning with great success March 26, 1839, written by Francis Harrison. Extremely rare and most important log with seldom seen 76 ship stamps symbolizing the sighting of vessels and 320 whale stamps of not only different species, but Harrison hand carved stamps for varying size whales.

    The journal is very legible and in untouched condition, as is the binding. The journal is now encased in a ¾ gilt leather clam-shell box. Journal Height 11 7/8 in. Width 8 in.; Dimensions of box: Height 13 in. Width 9 1/8 in. Depth 2 1/2 in.

    There are a number of fine quality pencil drawings which leads us to believe that Harrison must have also scrimshawed pieces along the way. In sequence we find the following drawings:
    • GOLCONDA. CAPE HORN. BEARING. SW
    • GOLCONDA. BOUND. TO. OTAHEITE. S.I.
    • GOLCONDA. BOUND. ON. A. CRUISE. Whaling
    • AN. OLD. WHALING. CAPTAIN. AT. HIS. EASE. I. AFFLUENCE. 1838
    (A portrait of Miss Henrietta Brown)
    • Situation of the Golconda the day after being dismasted
    • View of the Golconda when fitted, after being dismasted
    • A VIEW UP WALL STREET. N-YORK
    • The Buildings that are to be
    • CANAL INLAND NAVIGATION
    • Starboard of the Golconda under sail
    In addition there are:
    • Eleven pages of 49 whaling songs, which must have been a welcome pastime from the sailor’s day to day life threatening endeavors
    • List of whales caught on the voyage and the name of the person credited along with the number of barrels taken from the whales
    • List of whales lost by different boats during the voyage
    • List of whales caught by each whaleboat during the voyage
    • List of vessels seen in port on the voyage and the names of the harbors
    • List of vessels spoken on the voyage
    • Names of places touched on the voyage

    Reference: Starbuck, Alexander, “History of the American Whale Fishery,” Secaucus, NJ: Castle Books, 1989, p.226, p.567. The Golconda left on her first whaling voyage from New Bedford May 1818 for Patagonia and returned January 10, 1819. Her final voyage left on October 15, 1859 and was altered from a ship to another rig. She was captured and burned by the Confederate ship “Florida” July 8, 1864.

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  • 19th Century Oil on Canvas

    SOLD FOR $ 2,065

    19th Century Oil on Canvas “Portrait of the Ship Holkan”, Liverpool, 1888,
    in Gilt Frame.
    24 ¾ in. x 34 ¼ in.

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  • 1676 Map of New England and New York

    SOLD FOR $ 8,260

    Map of New England and New York, by John Steed, London 1676.
    15 in. x 20 in.

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  • 19th Century Chinese Export Oil on Canvas

    SOLD FOR $7,670

    19th Century Chinese Export Oil on Canvas “Portrait of a French Ship Entering Hong Kong Harbor” Inscribed lower left in the ocean “Notre Dame de Bon Port, Anne 1871″, in period Chinese Chippendale frame. 17 ½ in. x 23 in.

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  • Lai Fong Oil on Canvas

    SOLD FOR $ 7,670

    Lai Fong (Flourished 1870-1910) “The British Clipper Bann in Moderate Seas, a Steam Vessel Beyond”, oil on canvas, signed and dated lower right Lai Fong Calcutta 1898.
    25 ¼ in. x 34 in.

    Provenance: Hahn, London

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  • Pun Woo Oil on Canvas

    SOLD FOR $ 3,540

    19th Century Chinese Export Oil on Canvas “Portrait of The Ship Arrow in Hong Kong Harbor” by Pun Woo, 17 ½ in. x 23 ½ in.

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  • Lai Fong Oil on Canvas

    SOLD FOR $ 8,850

    Lai Fong (Flourished 1870-1910) 19th Century Chinese Export Oil on Canvas “Portrait of an American Ship Entering Hong Kong Harbor”, Signed Lower Right Lai Fong, in Maple Frame.
    24 ¼ in. x 33 ¾ in.

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  • John Hall Oil on Canvas

    SOLD FOR $ 10,620

    John Hall “The Canadian Ship Alexander Yeats Signalling for a Pilot” Oil on Canvas, 19th Century, signed and dated lower left Hall ’76.
    24 in. x 42 in.

    Provenance: N.R. Omell, London

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  • William Pierce Stubbs Oil on Canvas

    William Pierce Stubbs (American, 1842-1909) “Portrait of the Four Masted Schooner O.H. Brown” Oil on canvas, signed lower left, framed. 28 in. x 46 in. Overall 38 in. x 56 in.

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  • Thomas Willis Silkwork on Canvas

    Thomas Willis (American, 1850-1925) “Portrait of the Fishing Schooner Alberta” Silkwork on canvas, signed lower right, framed. 16 in. x 20 in. Overall 24 in. x 28 in.

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  • Solon Francis Montecello Badger Oil on Canvas

    Solon Francis Montecello Badger (Massachusetts, 1873-1919) “Portrait of the Three Masted Schooner F.H. Odiorne Off Minot’s Light” Oil on canvas, signed lower left, in gilt frame. 22 in. x 36 in. Overall 30 in. x 43 in.

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  • Robert Stark Jr. Oil on Canvas

    Robert Stark Jr. (American, Contemporary) “Rainbow Fleet” oil on canvas, signed lower right R. Stark. In a dot and cross gilt frame.

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  • Robert Stark Jr. Oil on Canvas

    Robert Stark Jr. (American, Contemporary) “Out With the Rainbow” Oil on Canvas, signed lower left R. Stark. In a carved gilt rope and ebonized frame. Stark is as illuminist, painting principally in oil on canvas or panel. His work is represented in numerous private and corporate collections in the US, Canada, Ireland, Great Britain, Germany, France, China and the Baseball Hall of Fame, Cooperstown, N.Y.

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  • Pair Of G. & J. Cary’s New Terrestrial Floor Globes, Circa 1828

    Raised on mahogany tripod stands with central turned baluster standard, the splayed in-swept George III legs joined by compass stretchers. “Drawn from the most recent Geographical Works, shewing (sic) the whole of the New Discoveries with the tracks of the Principal Navigators and every improvement in geography to the present time.  London: London Published by G. & J. Cary, St. James St. Jan. 4th 1828.”   Globes 15 in. Overall Height 40 in.

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  • James Hamilton (1819-1878) “On the Mersey” oil on canvas

    Signed lower right, titled on the reverse “Painted for Daniel M. Devitt, Esquire, Jas. Hamilton, Philad. 1865”. 32 ½ in. x 49 ½ in. Hamilton was born in Ireland and settled in the United States at the age of fifteen, he attended the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts.  He was a follower of J.M.W. Turner and became known as the “American Turner” for his vivid lighting in coastal scenes and seascapes.  Hamilton gifted one of his seascape paintings titled  “What Art the Wild Waves Saying” as it was inspired by Charles Dickens’ novel Dombey and Son.  It was the only gift Dickens accepted during his American tour.

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  • K. Loud “Portrait of the Schooner Yacht America”

    Oil on canvas, signed lower left R. Loud.  The Yacht America once had a black hull, but was painted white in 1897.  The vessel is depicted heading down Vineyard Sound, and was owned by Butler Ames of Marblehead, Massachusetts, gilt frame.  15 in. x 23 in.

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  • Thomas H. Willis (Connecticut 1850-1925) “Portrait of J.P. Morgan’s Yacht Corsair I”

    Silk embroidery on canvas, unsigned,  the Corsair built around 1882, the first of four like-named craft, visible at the top of the foremast is the burgee of the New York Yacht Club of which  Morgan was Commodore from 1915 to 1922.  16 in. x 26 in.

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  • Michael Keane (American 20th / 21st Century) “Across the Marsh,”

    Oil on canvas, signed lower right Keane, in gold leaf frame.  12 in. x 24 in.

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  • Michael Keane (American 20TH / 21ST CENTURY) “Americas Cup 1886, ‘Mayflower’ and ‘Galatea’”

    Oil on canvas, signed lower right, in gold leaf frame.  24 in. x 40 in.

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  • James Edward Buttersworth (1817-1894) “Ships and Yachts Sailing Past Headland”

    Oil on board, signed lower right J.E. Buttersworth, in period gilt frame.  6 in. x 12 in.

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  • James Edward Buttersworth (1817-1894) “Yacht Race” Oil on Panel

    Signed lower right J.E. Buttersworth.  7 in. x 14 ½ in.

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  • “Portrait of the American Ship G.H. Lamar”, oil on canvas

    Ddepicting the crew bringing in the sails as it approaches headland.  Original 19th C. gilt frame. Unsigned, painted in the school of the Tudgays.  23 ½ in. x 35 ½ in. The Lamar built at Bath, Maine in 1843 and purchased by Dunham & Dimon, South Street New York for use as a London packet ship.  Provenance:  The painting was originally commissioned by Dunham & Dimon and descended in the family of Thomas Dunham to Stephen W. Carey, to Steven W. Carey, Jr., to Stephen W. Carey III, to the Estate’s Heirs.

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  • Tim Thompson (b. England 1951) “Portrait of the U.S. Corvette Ranger in Full Sail on the Open Sea”

    Oil on canvas, signed lower left.  36 in. x 48 in.  Thompson spent his childhood living on the tiny channel Island of Herm, and that is where he developed a love and respect for the sea.  He created his first watercolor of the ship Queen Mary at the tender age of 6.  In 1982 he met Ted Turner at a regatta in Cowes, England, and turner commissioned him to paint numerous sailing boats, which brought him rowing popularity and recognition.  Thompson has exhibited his work in the United States, London, Paris, Italy, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, the Vasa Museum in Sweden, Monaco, Brazil, Australia and New Zealand.

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  • Trippensee Planetarium, 19th Century

    Engraved “G. Adams, Mathematical Instrument Maker – To His Majesty, Fleet Strt. London”, on an engraved mechanical brass tripod base.  24 in. x 28 in.

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  • 19th Century Watercolor “The U.S. Frigate Constitution” and 19th Century Watercolor “His Britc. Majs. Frigate Macedonian”

    19th Century Watercolor “The U.S. Frigate Constitution”, with legend: Isaac Hull Esqr. Commander Capturing his Brit. Majs. Frigate Guerriere. James R. Dacres Esqs. Commander.  21 ¾ in. x 30 ¾ in.  and 19th Century Watercolor “His Britc. Majs. Frigate Macedonian”, with legend: John S. Carden Esqr, Commander; Captured by the U.S. Frigate United States Steph. Decatur Esqr. Commander.  21 ¾ in. x 30 ¾ in. 

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  • Nautilus Shell, circa 1843

    The Great Britain Iron Steam Ship Was Launched at Bristol on the 19th July 1843 and Christened by His Royal Highness Prince Albert, Engraved with a penknife by C.H. Wood.”  6 in. x 6 ½ in.

    Literature:  From the Encyclopedia of Folk Art:  The best known engraver of sea shells was C.H. Wood (active 1840-1865) whose finest works are nautilus shells portraying the British steamships Great Britain and Great Western, with lengthy inscriptions, produced in multiple copies in various sizes, each claiming to be an exact replica of one he presented to Queen Victorian in 1845, though there is no evidence that the Royal Family ever received one.  The workmanship is so compelling that he may have influenced a generation of anonymous American amateurs.  Wood sold his wares in New York.  The author James Dugan reports in the Great Iron Ship (1953) that on the occasion of the Great Eastern’s maiden voyage to New York in 1860, with the ship opened to the public at quayside, an artist named Wood manned a booth where he sold sea shells engraved with the boat’s picture.  Examples in museum collections include the National Maritime Museum, London, UK, South Street Seaport Museum, New York, New York, and the SS Great Britain Museum, Bristol, UK.

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  • Fine English Sailor Made Woolie, circa 1850

    Portrait of a ship-of-the-line at anchor flying the Royal Standard which is customary when Queen Victoria was aboard – celebrating the event by dressing up with flags.  Longboat alongside, signal flags and flurry of smaller boats in attendance.  23 in. x 34 ½ in.  

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