Historically significant Rev-War sword will headline John McInnis Auctioneers' March 24-26 auction An important 1777 Revolutionary War sword and scabbard made by John Bailey and descended in the family of patriot Francis Dana (1743-1811) will headline John McInnis Auctioneers' March 24-26 auction.
News-Antique.com - Mar 18,2017 - AMESBURY, Mass. – An important Revolutionary War sword and scabbard made by John Bailey and descended in the family of patriot Francis Dana (1743-1811), a pair of circa 1820 floor globes by Cary of London, each standing 39 inches tall, and a large oil portrait painting by William McGregor Paxton (Am., 1869-1941) will all come up for bid at a March 24-26 auction.
They’re just a few of the many rare, important and historically significant items slated to cross the auction block over the course of the three-day weekend at John McInnis Auctioneers, in the firm’s gallery at 76 Main Street in Amesbury, as well as online. Internet bidding will be provided by LiveAuctioneers.com and Invaluable.com. Telephone and absentee bids will also be accepted.
Other key offerings will include a Japanese articulated Myochin School snake, expected to generate keen interest; a fine Russian enameled silver tea set by a famous maker dated 1887; a New Hampshire two-part highboy with the original untouched red surface; a John J. Audubon folio (the desirable large Bien Edition); and the outstanding Levy folk art collection.
“Any one of 20 lots I can name off the top of my head would be headliners at any other auction,” said John McInnis. “The fact that we’ve been able to gather all of them, and more, into one massive auction event speaks to our staff and our ability to continue to attract top-notch merchandise. I haven’t even mentioned the Lockwood de Forest mantel piece.”
He’s referring to a carved teakwood mantel by Lockwood de Forest (1850-1932), the American painter and furniture designer who was a key figure in the Aesthetic Movement. De Forest introduced the East Indian craft revival to Gilded Age America, and the piece being sold is a rare example featuring superb carvings by the Ahmedabad Wood Carving Company of India.
Headlining Day 2, Lot #525 – the sword and scabbard made for Francis Dana by John Bailey – would carry great value even if it didn’t have the added cache of having been made and presented to a Revolutionary War patriot and close confidante of George Washington. Bailey swords are coveted by collectors. That this one still has its leather scabbard (most don’t, they’re that frail) will only add to its desirability.
Francis Dana opposed British colonial rule and, as a leader of the Sons of Liberty (a group co-founded by his father, Richard Dana), he helped set into motion a course of events that would forever change history and establish the United States as a free and independent nation. In 1778 he conferred with George Washington at Valley Forge to discuss the reorganization of the army.
Perhaps inspired by Dana, Washington also carried a John Bailey sword – a cuttoe, which today is in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington, D.C. Dana held several important posts. He was twice elected a member of the Continental Congress and was ambassador to Russia. Dana was a signer of the Articles of Confederation and voted to adopt the