Lot 15: 19TH C. WORK BOX OF ISAAC SPRAGUE'S
January 20, 2013
Rockland, MA, USALive Auction
Description: Isaac Sprague's 19th c. work box, dome top, poplar and pine, with original red/brown painted finish, small ring pull on top, lock escutcheon is covered over with early leather, small hinged lid compartment inside lid, bent tin "L" shaped holders for pen or brush inside back, filled with two 19th c. "Eagle" brand paper boxes for "Artist leads", dated 1879; a leather covered eyeglass case, 3" l, with original steel framed eyeglasses with green tint and hinged side glass, marked "Peters, Phild"; a small tin rectangular jar with corked top; an oval-shaped brass tubular case, possibly used to hold pens, marked "JJK" on top; and a small round wood box with lid, marked "IS" on top and on bottom, and stamped "CH" on the bottom as well, copper tacks and wooden peg construction, 2 1/2" dia on bottom, inside with a yellow cake of chalk or watercolor substance; along with two French paper covered pencil cases, A.W. Faber, London, New York and Paris, (smaller box holds five original pencils); all "Acquired from Priscilla Sprague in 1969, and belonged to Isaac Sprague, and may have been carried with him on his Western Trip with J.J.A." (John James Audubon), John P. Richardson, Old Fort House, Hingham, Mass.; Note: a rare chance to acquire Isaac Sprague's paint box and a small pantry box initialed by Isaac Sprague and Cotton Hersey of Hingham; (JPR collection).