AMESBURY, Mass. – John McInnis Auctioneers will present an important Two-Day Americana auction of more than 1,000 lots on Friday, December 10 and Saturday, December 11. The sale with feature early American formal and country furniture, folk art, paintings, carpets, textiles, samplers, pearlware, mochaware, decoys, photography, maritime material, delftware, miniatures, and also the whimsical and the unusual. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.
“There are some truly interesting and historic finds in this sale starting with a sign and artifacts from Paul Revere’s family,” said auctioneer John McInnis, “Outstanding is a rare painted black and gold leaf trade sign, lettered ‘Joseph Revere’ (Paul Revere’s son), from the Revere family’s Canton casting companies that was discovered in a wall during the renovation of Canton home where the family once lived.”
The Joseph Revere trade sign is estimated at $1,000-$2,000. Other items from the Revere family home included in the lot are 18th century silk and woolen shoes; wrought iron calipers; a turned wooden handle; a silk and leather sewing valet; a key; an empty account book for Paul Revere’s daughter-in-law Mary Robbins Revere (1794-1879); letters between Paul Revere’s granddaughters Maria and Elizabeth; and a Revere Copper Co. tag for Miss “Myria” (Maria) Revere.
Additional highlights that speak to local history include a 1916 World’s Champions Boston Red Sox frame decorated with silver plated medallions and engraved with the portraits and names of 23 members of the team including Babe Ruth. It is estimated at $3,000-$6,000.
Another historic piece on offer is General George S. Patton, Jr.’s personal iron-bound wooden trunk, which he used from 1943 when he was promoted to Lt. General until his death in Germany. The trunk was shipped back home with his dog after his untimely death and is shown in a news photo at that time in January of 1946. The trusty trunk is estimated at $1,500-$3,000.
A head-turning unique piece in the auction is a circa-1914 carousel outer rim chariot panel from the Rough Riders carousel that was in operation on Revere Beach until the late 1930s. The beautifully carved and painted wood panel, which was carved by Solomon Stein and Harry Goldstein, comes with a framed plaque which provides greater detail about its history. The panel is estimated at $20,000-$30,000.
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