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    Sale 2095

    The Collection Of Marguerite And Arthur Riordan, Stonington, Connecticut

    18 January 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 699

    FOUR PAIRS OF BRASS AND ENAMEL-ON-COPPER CURTAIN KNOBS

    MARKED BY HANDS AND JENKINS, BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND (PART), LATE 18TH OR EARLY 19TH CENTURY

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    This lot is offered without a reserve

    FOUR PAIRS OF BRASS AND ENAMEL-ON-COPPER CURTAIN KNOBS
    Marked by Hands and Jenkins, Birmingham, England (part), Late 18th or Early 19th Century
    the enamel roundels depicting flowers, a landscape, a lady with a dog, and an eagle with thirteen stars and a banner inscribed E PLURIBUS UNUM; both eagle-decorated knobs and one of the knobs featuring the lady are engraved HJ
    1 13/16 in. long, 2 5/8 in. diameter (the smallest); 3 in. long, 1 15/16 in. diameter (the largest) (8)


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    Brass implements bearing the stamp HJ were made by Thomas Hands and William Jenkins in Birmingham, England between 1791 and 1805. This stamp appears with some regularity on American furniture brasses and illustrates the practice of importing wares from England. For more on Hands and Jenkins, see Donald Fennimore, Metalwork in Early America: Copper and Its Alloys (Winterthur, Delaware, 1996), cat. no. 263.

    A pair of knobs identical to the pair with the lady is illustrated in Wallace Nutting, Furniture Treasury (New York, 1928), pls. 3592-98.

    Special Notice

    This lot is offered without reserve.


    Provenance

    Sold Skinner, Inc., Boston, November 7, 2004, lot 153