• Christies auction house James Christie logo

    Sale 2132

    Important American Silver

    23 January 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 106

    A SILVER SEAL OF THE NEW YORK ADMIRALTY COURT

    18TH CENTURY, MAKER'S MARK IC, POSSIBLY FOR JOHN CARMAN, KINGSTON, NEW YORK

    Price Realised  

    A SILVER SEAL OF THE NEW YORK ADMIRALTY COURT
    18TH CENTURY, MAKER'S MARK IC, POSSIBLY FOR JOHN CARMAN, KINGSTON, NEW YORK
    Oval, the matrix cut with an anchor surrounded by the inscription SIGILL. CUR. ADMIRAL. PROV. NOVI. EBOR. IN. AMERICA, within a beaded border, the collar with a molding just above the base, marked on collar
    2¼ in. long


    Contact Client Service
    • info@christies.com

    • New York +1 212 636 2000

    • London +44 (0)20 7839 9060

    • Hong Kong +852 2760 1766

    • Shanghai +86 21 6355 1766

    The mark on this seal is very like that of J. Carman, who worked in Kingston, New York, 1774-1775, attributed by Stephen G. C. Ensko American Silversmiths and Their Marks, 1983, pp. 35, 190.

    The Admiralty Court was traditionally an institution with jurisdiction over matters related to collisions at sea, wages for sailors and salvage of sunken goods in colonial and British waters. In the 19th century, the role of the Court expanded considerably, and it was merged into the probate and divorce section of the High Court.

    Provenance

    Christie's, New York, 19 October 1990, lot 106


    Pre-Lot Text

    VARIOUS PROPERTIES