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    Sale 2095

    The Collection Of Marguerite And Arthur Riordan, Stonington, Connecticut

    18 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 604


    CONNECTICUT, 1760-1800

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    This lot is offered without a reserve

    Connecticut, 1760-1800
    Appears to retain its original brasses
    42½ in. high, 36¼ in. wide, 17¼ in. deep

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    Absalom Miner was born in Guilford, Connecticut on July 23, 1771, the son of Absalom and Ruth Morse Miner. In 1797, he married Mary Gorton; by the time the first of their ten children was born in 1798, he had moved his wife and other members of his family to New York State. Absalom and his family were among the early settlers of the town of Brookfield in Madison County, on the border of Chenango County. The desk remained in the family and in Madison County until it was purchased by Robert Palmiter in 1956. For more information on the Miner family, see Phoebe Elizabeth Miner Gardener, Our Ancestors: Miners, Averys, Strongs, Morgans (North Adams, MA, 1901); John A. Miner, Thomas Minor Descendants 1608-1981 (Travett, ME, 1981); and, John B. Deans, Migration of the Connecticut Yankees to the West Branch of the Susquehannah (Northumberland County, 1954).

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    Absalom Miner (b. 1771)
    To his descendant, Miner Button
    Robert H. Palmiter, Bouckville, New York, 1956
    Sold Sotheby's New York, The Bertram K. Little and Nina Fletcher Little Collection, January 29, 1994, lot 187
    Sold Sotheby's New York, January 20, 2007, lot 71

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    Elisabeth D. Garrett, "Living with Antiques: Pumpkin House in New England," The Magazine Antiques (March 1981), p. 681, pl. XII.
    Nina Fletcher Little, Little by Little (New York, 1968), pp. 80-1, fig. 101-102.