Lauded antique dealers’ collection presented at John McInnis, Aug. 4-6

Appointment signed by King Louis XVIII in 1814, est. $50-$500

Appointment signed by King Louis XVIII in 1814, est. $50-$500

AMESBURY, Mass. – John McInnis Auctioneers will offer material from the celebrated Massachusetts antiques dealers Jack and Grace Weil as part of its Three Day Summer Event, taking place from Thursday, August 4 through Saturday, August 6, with the three auction sessions beginning at 10 am Eastern time on each day. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Jacques “Jack” Weil and Grace Weil were among the most successful Greater Boston antique dealers in the mid-20th century. Their knowledge and passion for ephemera and historic documents was renowned, and their Marblehead shop was the go-to place on the North Shore for historic Americana. When they closed their landmark store in the 1970s, their personal ephemera collection was packed away and stored throughout their home, remaining unseen until shortly before Grace’s death in 2019.

Ship’s passport signed by President John Adams in 1797, est. $50-$500

Ship’s passport signed by President John Adams in 1797, est. $50-$500

Among the diverse and unique highlights are a ship’s passport signed by President John Adams; a document signed by Louis VXIII, King of France; an 1800 document to Nicolas Johnson a Navy agent in Newburyport, Massachusetts, regarding the arrival of the frigate the USS Constitution for maintenance work; and a Civil War diary kept by the captain of an African American regiment, dating to 1864.

Civil War-era African American regiment diary by Captain Joshua M. Adderman of Rhode Island, est. $50-$500

Civil War-era diary for an African American regiment, kept by Captain Joshua M. Adderman, est. $50-$500

The Weils’ collection contains primary source material spanning the globe, such as the three boxes of archival material belonging to Reverend John S. Emerson and his descendants, including discussion of mission life in Hawaii from the 1830s to 1860s, along with an album of members of the Emerson family as well as Hawaiian Kings and Queens; a future Hawaiian minister; maps and deeds; and a drawing of Waipuolo, a homestead in Oahu, drawn by F. Clark in 1869.

The Day Two session, scheduled for Friday, August 5, will feature more than 500 lots of fine art, Americana, Victoriana, folk art, Modernism, Continental and Asian art and objects. Day Three, set for Saturday, August 6, will present more than 800 lots of estate silver and jewelry as well as numismatic collections.

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