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    Sale 1959

    Important American Furniture, Folk Art, Prints And Decoys

    17 - 18 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 393

    A WHALEBONE SAILCLOTH MEASURING STICK

    ELIZA WINSLOW RUSSELL, NANTUCKET, 1809-1818

    Price Realised  

    A WHALEBONE SAILCLOTH MEASURING STICK
    Eliza Winslow Russell, Nantucket, 1809-1818
    Inscribed Eliza Russell/1 nail
    35¾ in. long


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    Captain Daniel Russell (1784-1858) married Eliza Winslow on June 10, 1809 in Nantucket. This whalecloth measuring stick was probably made by his bride while he was on the whaleship Essex during the period of 1809-1818. This stick has the particular distinction of the measurement 1 Nail, which refers to a sixteenth of a yard.

    Special Notice

    Prospective purchasers are advised that several countries prohibit the importation of property containing materials from endangered species, including but not limited to coral, ivory and tortoiseshell. Accordingly, prospective purchasers should familiarize themselves with relevant customs regulations prior to bidding if they intend to import this lot into another country.


    Literature

    Charles H. Carpenter Jr. and Mary Grace Carpenter The Decorative Arts and Crafts of Nantucket (New York, 1987) figs. 152 and 153, p. 167.