and at home in Corydon when he served as treasurer for Harrison County. A Kentucky long rifle marked G.G. Jelcher, having a curly maple stock, hexagonal barrel, the metalwork decorated with a pheasant and feather, approximately 60 inches long, was $2,600.
Historical figures represented in the Griffin collection ranged from the first U.S. president to the first Indiana governor. An early etching of George Washington, framed with a clipped signature, sold for $2,400, while a pine chest of drawers purportedly owned by Jonathan Jennings, the first governor of Indiana, sold for $1,000.
Many of the local items went to a group of buyers acquiring the pieces for a museum planned at Corydon. A brass National cash register in its original shipping crate dated 1910, from the general store Griffin's family ran in Corydon, sold for $2,200. An Empire chest of drawers in tiger maple and cherry, having a gallery and full rope-twist columns, from the home of Judge William Porter, brought $2,000. Porter was a local lawyer and judge. As a state legislator, he was the last Whig to hold the title of Speaker of the House, serving for three months in 1847 and 1848. Judge Porter was Frederick Porter Griffin's great-grandfather.
"Anything with provenance, I thought was very strong," said Beckort. "We have very good local markets here in Harrison County. Our buyers appreciate our local history."
Indiana artwork included a watercolor landscape by Otto Stark, 12 by 18 inches, a impressionistic scene of trees at sunset, at $2,000; Tree at the Edge of Big Indian Creek by Sid Crosier, oil on board, 12 by 18 inches, $1,500; and First State Capitol Building by Helen O'Leary, oil on canvas, 24 by 29 inches, that sold for $1,300.
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