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.
The mounted sword is a magnificent example, signed by John Bailey (N.Y.) in 1777, at the very birth of the country, and engraved with “Francis Dana 1777” on the obverse side. It is a lion head silver-hilted officer’s sword, with a pierced and engraved silver guard and a double silver chain-guard. The important black leather scabbard has reinforcing line-decorations and three mounts.
Other items from the time of the American Revolution will also come up for bid. These include about 50 engraved bookplates by Nathaniel Hurd (1729-1777) for Francis Dana, the Boston printer-engraver and contemporary of Paul Revere, and a portrait oil painting of Count Von Ferson, a Rev-War hero who also famously had an affair with Marie Antoinette of France.
Also from the period are a sword, letter and personal effects from Capt. William Bainbridge, an American who fought in the War of 1812; a pair of 18th century American sauce boats, made by the silversmith Charles O. Bruff; a portrait miniature of John Koke Beekman, done circa 1825; and a painting by the British-born American portraitist Thomas Sully (1783-1872).
Decorative accessories will feature a rare Galle marquetry vase, 13 ¾ inches tall; a 14kt gold oval basket weave box inset with a young child’s portrait; a Cartier pink enamel repeater carriage travel clock; a pair of Chinese bottle vases of the Yongzheng mark and period; a 5 foot 9 inch long Newburyport half hull model; and two of 19th century Chinese rose famille porcelain bowls.
The auction is being billed as a Three-Day Spring Estates Auction. The Friday, March 24th session, which will start in the late afternoon, will feature coins, dolls, cameras and the outstanding coach and carriage equestrian collection of Caroline Stevens of Andover, Mass. The collection includes sleigh bells, carriage lanterns and related books and prints, all worthy additions to any collection.
The Saturday, March 25th session will feature Americana, historical items, folk art, paintings, formal and country furnishings and Oriental carpets. The John Bailey Rev-War sword, the Levy folk art collection and the William McGregor Paxton portrait will all be sold on Saturday. The session has a start time of 11 am Eastern time.
The Sunday, March 26th session will contain the Japanese articulated Myochin School snake, Continental furniture, fine European paintings, silver and jewelry, bronzes, porcelain and glass. Exhibition previews will be held on Wednesday, March 22nd thru Friday, March 24th, from 2 pm on; and on March 25th and 26th, from 9 am and throughout the auction. A color catalog can be viewed online, at the McInnis Auctions website: www.mcinnisauctions.com.
John McInnis Auctioneers is the largest full-service auction house on Boston’s North Shore. The firm’s 12,000-square-foot gallery is a 1930s brick Art Deco building that once housed a grocery store. A full staff of experts is proficient in 18th, 19th and 20th century fine and decorative arts.
John McInnis Auctioneers is always accepting quality consignments for future auctions. To consign a single piece, a collection