Massachusetts Civil War diaries among other Americana included in July 31, 2011 estate auction

MIDDLEBORO, Mass. – Two hundred years of American history will be represented in White’s July 31 estate auction in Middleboro, Mass.  The estate is comprised of a wealth of fine period Americana pieces including furniture, mirrors, paintings, silver, pewter and rugs.  

A few of the furniture pieces to be sold include a Queen Anne drop leaf table with a slipper foot, an 18th century Chippendale tiger maple slant front desk, a Sheraton mahogany canopy bed, an inlayed Hepplewhite bow front chest and more.

Clocks to be offered include an unusual Continental Scottish mahogany tall clock with a round face, signed Howland, Musselburgh and an 1830s mahogany banjo clock.

 The selection of paintings to be offered includes a signed oil on canvas of a woman walking along the shore with a fish nest over her shoulder, a fine pastel portrait of a Victorian girl with her dog, and a signed 1905 seascape with Fort Tabor, Fort Rodman at Clark’s Point (New Bedford, Mass.).

The ephemera category includes a large collection of personal diaries of nearly every year from 1857 to 1927 written by Lizzie M. Winsor, member of the family. The earliest Civil War era diaries are written when she was a teenage schoolgirl and recall emotionally the first “rumblings” of the Secessionist movement leading to the war, as well as detailed accounts of various battles. Some of the early diaries also delineate the geneology the families including marriages, children, deaths, and so on. Later 1800s and early 1900s diaries are signed E.M. Flagg (married name).

 Additional pieces with historical interest include a collection of early 1800 Farmer’s Almanacs beginning with the one of the earliest printed in 1791, a Civil War buckle with a photograph of the owner Capt. L. Richmond of Brockton and an early signed tobacco humidor owned by whaling ship Capt. Benjamin Clark. Included is letter written by Clark to his parents dated Feb 27, 1843, while at sea, a CDV photo of his New Bedford home (currently the Orchard Street Manor B&B, built  built  1845-1846.

Smalls include an 8-tune Swiss music box, early blue and white Staffordshire, Nanking, Canton, cut glass and early decanters and flint glass, Chinese carved gilt Temple panels, pair gilt bronze candlesticks with prisms, Folk Art cane with carved ebony boy’s head handle, Prohibition era cane with internal flask, gold top cane, and much more.

Of interest, as well,  is an 18th century salior’s carved coconut shell with pewter mount (goblet) carved by Capt. Edmund Villiarus, first husband of Elizabeth (Angell) Manton, mother of Elizabeth Ann (Wanton) Winsor (author of the diaries mentioned above). He and his ship were lost at sea.
Among the many sterling silver lots are a Reed & Barton service for 12 and a Georgian sterling ladle with a twisted baleen handle. Early pewter pieces include examples by Rhode Island makers Gershom Jones and Samuel Hamlin. 

Rounding out the sale is a selection of antique tools including Stanley planes #2-#7, Wing Tabor plow plane, 606 Bedrock plane, and a David White survey transit.

The auction will be held July 31, 2011 at the Middleboro Lodge of Elks, 24 High Street, Middleboro, Mass., at 3:30 pm. View  (ID#7546) for updates and additional photos. Call John White 508-947-9281 or Kathryn Black 508-269-9275 for more information or questions and to arrange absentee and phone bidding.

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