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Auction Description for Willis Henry Auctions Inc.: John P. Richardson Estate Auction
Auction Description:
John P. Richardson Estate Auction
Viewing Notes:
Session I of the John P. Richardson Estate Auction to be held at the Holiday Inn, 929 Hingham St., Rockland, Massachusetts. A preview will be held on Friday, November 18th, from 12-6 pm; and on Saturday morning from 9-11 am, with the auction starting at 11 am.
Sale Notes:
The Estate and Collections of John P. Richardson, a lifelong Hingham Resident, will be sold at auction in three separate Sessions. This is the first auction (Session I) selected from over 3,000 historical artifacts from the 17th to the 20th century. Categories include prints (Hosea Sprague), paintings & watercolors (Isaac Sprague - who worked with Audubon), woodenware and toys (Hingham made, Hersey, etc.) and black doll, rare shipwright, carpenter & decoy carving tools (Joe Lincoln), Civil War artifacts and weapons (Bouve and Buker), advertising tins, bottles, posters and boxes, sea chests, whaling harpoon, Captain's telescopes, ships and railroad lanterns, decoys, clocks, canes, early Hingham signs, fishing related items, stoneware, architectural pieces, weathervanes, early blown flasks, rare taxidermy, physician's microscopes (doctor of Helen Keller), medicine bottles, redware, and more.

John P. Richardson Estate Auction

by Willis Henry Auctions Inc.

Platinum House

274 lots with images

November 19, 2011

Live Auction

929 Hingham Street

Rockland, MA, 02370 USA

274 Lots
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PANTRY BOX

Lot 1: PANTRY BOX

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Description: Oval, lapped construction in original gray/green paint, stamped "S.H." on bottom (Samuel Hersey), 3" h, 6" l.

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PANTRY BOX

Lot 2: PANTRY BOX

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Description: Miniature oval box in red painted finish, signed "C.H." on top and underneath (Cotton Hersey), "acquired from Mrs. Mason Foley...also inscribed under the lid 'property of Bela F. Hersey 1882'" (JPR-1973), 1 1/2" h, 3" l.

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IVORY AND WOOD ITEMS

Lot 3: IVORY AND WOOD ITEMS

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Description: Includes two wooden pails, finely carved ivory picks, delicate footed and sculpted salt shaker, and ivory three-elephant tripod.

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OVAL BOX

Lot 4: OVAL BOX

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Description: 19th c. oval box in red, stamped "I.H. 2" on top and "I.H." on the bottom, inside lid is a pencil addition of dozens of eggs, 2 1/4" h, 5 1/2" l.

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COVERED BOWL

Lot 5: COVERED BOWL

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Description: Early 18th c. turned maple storage bowl, lidded, with Hingham provenance, includes two handwritten sermons found in the bowl.

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BUTTER CHURN

Lot 6: BUTTER CHURN

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Description: Rare 18th c. New England butter churn, complete with double dasher, pine, old red finish, one-piece construction from a hollowed log, stamped "WOL" on handle (Wm. Lincoln 1729-1792), iron hasps added later to stop cracking of wood, "one of the oldest surviving Hingham woodenware artifacts." (JPR), 29" h to top of handle.

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DEMI-JOHN BOTTLE

Lot 7: DEMI-JOHN BOTTLE

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Description: Unusual cased demi-john bottle, in a pine fringed case, pyramid-shaped top with applied tin corners, cast iron hasp for lock, and cast iron handles, found in the Howe General Store cellar, "The Demi-John was in case when found" (JPR), 17" h.

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IRON CANDLESTICK

Lot 8: IRON CANDLESTICK

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Description: Early 18th c. hand-forged candle holder, twisted iron with hanging hook, drip pan with tripod footed base, "acquired from Henrietta Hilles...descendant of Solomon Lincoln...This Candlestick belonged to Colonel Nathan Rice of Hingham born 1753...he was with General Lincoln in Revolution..." (JPR), 7" h.

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NANTUCKET POCKETBOOK

Lot 9: NANTUCKET POCKETBOOK

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Description: Ivory fittings with a carved whale on top (appears to be whalebone), "received as a gift from Polly Loring, Main St., Hingham.", 11" w.

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CHECKERBOARD

Lot 10: CHECKERBOARD

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Description: 19th c. pine checkerboard, original red outlined black squares alternating with cream color squares and background, raised black applied border, drilled hole in one corner for hanging, pencil signed on back "Daniel Daley, Hingham", full history on back, "Made by Edmund Daly when he was 17 yrs. old - (1883)..." (JPR), 12 1/2" sq.

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BRASS CANDLESTICK

Lot 11: BRASS CANDLESTICK

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Description: 17th c. brass platform base candlestick, "once belonged to Hingham settler Samuel Lincoln who died in 1690" (JPR), 7 1/2" h, Note: This is one of the earliest brass candlesticks ever found with a Hingham history dating to Samuel Lincoln (1622-1690), one of Hingham's earliest Settlers, who helped build the Old Ship Church, and was Great, Great, Great, Great Grandfather of President Abraham Lincoln.

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OVOID JUGS

Lot 12: OVOID JUGS

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Description: Two stoneware 1/2-gal. jugs, ovoid shaped, found under the floorboards of the William Hersey Grant House, South St., in 1958, some chipping and wear.

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TOWN CRIER'S BELL

Lot 13: TOWN CRIER'S BELL

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Description: Early Hingham Town Crier's bell "found in an attic of the Agricultural Hall before it was torn down" (JPR), cherry turned handle with scribe lines, 13" h, Note: This is the only Town Crier's Bell we have ever seen in the 40 years we have been in the Antique Auction business, and it has Hingham history.

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EARLY REDWARE

Lot 14: EARLY REDWARE

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Description: Three early redware pieces: small jug and cup with black glaze, and a storage jar with lid and red glaze; the jug belonged to David Andrews of Hingham and is signed on the bottom and dated 1788; the cup came from the S. Randall Lincoln home on Main Street; the jar came from Dorothy Hersey, corner of Beal and North Street.

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MICROSCOPE

Lot 15: MICROSCOPE

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Description: Bausch & Lomb Optical Co., Rochester, NY, microscope belonged to Hervy Woodbury Shimer (1872-1965), Professor of Geophysics at MIT, resident and civic leader in Hingham, Mass., scope "patented Jan , 1915, 209077", 14" h.

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MICROSCOPE

Lot 16: MICROSCOPE

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Description: 19th c. boxed microscope, and round wood measure filled with paper wrapped slides, "was Dr. A.G. Morse's microscope, noted eye doctor, his patient was Helen Keller" (JPR).

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TWO LIGHTHOUSES

Lot 17: TWO LIGHTHOUSES

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Description: Replicas of the Minot's Ledge Lighthouse of Cohasset, Mass., 20" and 18" h; and a 1905 postcard showing the later built solid structure, the models were said to have been built in a garage in Scituate, Mass. in the 1920's.

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WATERCOLOR

Lot 18: WATERCOLOR "HMS TORRINGTON"

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Description: Watercolor of the battleship "HMS Torrington built at Hingham, Mass, 1943", framed and matted, mat shows stains, from the Estate of T.F. Dollan, Jr., official at the Hingham Shipyard, 14" x 20".

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BROADSIDE

Lot 19: BROADSIDE

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Description: 19th c. broadside/poster, "Grand Excursions to Europe and the Holy Land in 1880...", colorful print, "E. Tourjec, Boston, Mass., Boston Color Printing Co., 153 Milk St.", various tears, folds, used condition, 29" l, 10" w.

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WEATHERVANE OF TERN

Lot 20: WEATHERVANE OF TERN

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Description: Early 20th c. copper weathervane of a smaller tern, either a black or lesser tern, mounted on a brass rod with cylindrical lead weight, with an accompanying rod with part of a directional "N", signed "R. Burr" under a wing (a well-known Hingham decoy carver), Lombard family history, JPR, 10 1/2" l.

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PAINTING OF FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE

Lot 21: PAINTING OF FLORENCE NIGHTINGALE

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Description: Rosewood framed reverse glass painting of Florence Nightingale, silhouette style, leaning on a fancy table holding a green book, "found in the Allan Gay house, birthplace of abolitionist Sydney Howard Gay...F. Nightingale was among his professional friends.", gilt shows some wear, 7" x 6" (sight).

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19TH C. LADIES BOX

Lot 22: 19TH C. LADIES BOX

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Description: Rosewood, Chinese Export, inlaid with mother-of-pearl, 5" h, 10" w, initialed "C.F." and dated "1838", from Captain Ford Estate, "was a merchant with firm of Ford, Bassett & Nye, owners of fishing vessels at Hingham Harbor, a Representative from 1836-1838".

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19TH C. LEATHER BOUND BOXES

Lot 23: 19TH C. LEATHER BOUND BOXES

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Description: Two boxes, decorated with brass tacks; one with Lincoln/Hingham/Maine history, containing fan, daguerreotype, needlework and clay marbles, 4 1/2" h, 9 1/2" w; the smaller box "was acquired from Elizabeth Coatsworth Beston, whom they purchased the John Souther Ship Builder house on Ship St., Hingham...", 3 1/2" h, 6" w.

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COLLECTION OF FOUR 19TH BOXES

Lot 24: COLLECTION OF FOUR 19TH BOXES

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Description: All from Hingham: Pine slide lid box, decorated with red polka dot diamonds, "EE Foster, East Sumner, Me", "found in the Gov. Long house"; Red dovetailed box (sans lid), "from the Wm. Davis Loft", marked "W. Davis"; Dovetailed pine box, stamped "T. Lincoln" on lid, (1763-1852); Slide lid box, two-section interior, possibly paint box of Walter Allyn Gay.

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BROADSIDE

Lot 25: BROADSIDE

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Description: 19th c. broadside, black print on rose colored paper, "Town Property at Auction...The Building and Land at Hingham Centre,...42 x 70 feet, and well adapted for business purposes. One Hundred Dollars to be paid by the purchaser...Hingham, August 6, 1875...", mahogany frame, (with history from John P. Richardson on back), 18" x 14 1/2" (sight).

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BROADSIDE

Lot 26: BROADSIDE

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Description: 19th c. broadside, black print on cream colored paper, "Boston & Hingham Steamboat Co. Rowes Wharf. June 17th, 1884...Steamer Twilight, Hall's Brass Band...Nantasket Beach...Hotel Nantasket. F.A. Searle, Boston (printer)", aluminum frame, glazed, small tear at the fold and minor paper loss, overall toning, 30" x 14".

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BROADSIDE

Lot 27: BROADSIDE

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Description: 19th c. broadside, black print on turquoise blue paper, "Musical & Dramatic Entertainment and Ball! The Hingham Brass Band...in Loring Hall, Wednesday Evening Jan'y 5, 1870....Tickets for Dancing $1.00, Journal Press Hingham", (note from John Richardson: "from the Hingham Historian George Lincoln's Collection."), famed and glazed, light fold lines and some light wrinkle, otherwise excellent condition, 22" x 18" (sight).

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PHOTOGRAPH AND PRINT

Lot 28: PHOTOGRAPH AND PRINT

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Description: Framed portrait photograph of David A. Hersey, "holding a violin-cello, presented to the Old Ship Church in 1940 by Clarence S. Burr whose grandfather David A. Hersey born in 1799, played it in the church...", in a frame made from lathe from the original meeting house, 10 1/2" l; and a framed print of "First Church Hingham, Mass. built 1691, 1859 E. Hobart, NY", 6 1/4" x 7 1/2".

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INKSTAND AND BOTTLES

Lot 29: INKSTAND AND BOTTLES

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Description: Silver plated inkstand, repousse scalloped back and sides, footed base, with two crystal ink bottles, silver hinged tops, ex. Gov. Long of Hingham and used when he was Secretary of the Navy, 5" h, 9" l, 6" d.

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SEAL INKWELL

Lot 30: SEAL INKWELL

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Description: Rare figural inkwell, brass seal, "acquired from Gov. John D. Long's estate by Hingham Historian Mason Foley", "JPR.", small porcelain inkwell inside a hinged lid on the back, 7" l.

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GORHAM FLUID LAMP

Lot 31: GORHAM FLUID LAMP

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Description: Brass fluid lamp, marked "Gorham", c. 1882-1884, "from home of Gov. John D. Long Hingham Mass, very scarce, poss. rare", "JPR.", 2 3/4" h, 3" l.

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WOODENWARE

Lot 32: WOODENWARE

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Description: Round and oval boxes, a wooden template, and a red box signed "J. Crowe", "born 1815 in Ireland, settled in Hingham in 1848...", filled with old keys; Abijah Hersey pantry box, (1769-1841), no lid; a 3 1/2" round pine template, stamped "RH"; oval box stamped "CH", Cotton Hersey, no lid, 3 1/4" l; and a tiny wooden pill box, 1 3/4" dia.

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TWO 19TH C. CERAMIC SERVING PLATTERS

Lot 33: TWO 19TH C. CERAMIC SERVING PLATTERS

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Description: Rectangular Wedgwood blue and white platter, blue willow pattern, with traditional design, 14 1/2" h, 18" l; Circular charger, Canton style, repairs at rim, 16" dia, "acquired from Ethel and Celia Hersey, 154 South St. originally purchased at the M&A McNeil Store on North St. at Hobarts Bridge." (JPR), "ex. Mason Foley. Canton charger ex. Wm. Addison Dwiggens Estate, Hingham, Mass." (JPR).

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ENGLISH CERAMIC PIECES

Lot 34: ENGLISH CERAMIC PIECES

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Description: Three early English ceramic pieces: two matching plates, 9 1/2" dia; and a rectangular platter, 11" h, 14 1/2" l; "acquired from S. Randall Lincoln, he was a descendant of Patriot Paul Revere. He inherited these from his parents." (JPR), stamped on reverse "Mason's Patent Ironstone China".

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TWO PLATTERS

Lot 35: TWO PLATTERS

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Description: Buffalo pottery platter, c. 1905-1910, displayed at the Cushing House Inn, "The Buffalo Hunt", small age line in one corner, 14" l; and a Canton "Tree" meat platter, footed, old repair to one edge, 15 1/4" l.

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POWDER HORN

Lot 36: POWDER HORN

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Description: 19th c. powder horn, finely decorated with stars and geometric designs, dated "183?", initialed, full Hingham history.

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POWDER HORNS AND ARTIFACTS

Lot 37: POWDER HORNS AND ARTIFACTS

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Description: 19th c. carved horn with wood cap, 12" l; Copper powder horn with label, marked "Batty, Springfield, Mass., 1860, belonged to Levi Warrick of Cohasset, Mass.", early rope, repousse decorated on one side with a raised shell, 8" l; Deep set frame of artifacts, bone handled knives, buttons, fish hook, "found under the Nye Tavern, North near Ship St. when Frame of building was moved.", "JPR".

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WOOD BOXES

Lot 38: WOOD BOXES

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Description: Three round wood boxes: stamped "M. Burns", with a faint stamp of "NC", (Nelson Carthell box, cooper, Hersey St.); stamped W. Davis", used as a tray, in old red, fixed with a handle, rosehead nailed finger construction, 11" dia; stamped "J. Crowe", a R. Hersey example with "the faint mark of the Hingham Agricultural & Horticultural Society", 9 1/2" dia.

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19TH C. FIRKIN

Lot 39: 19TH C. FIRKIN

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Description: Original green, swing handle, stamped on bottom "N. Carthell", "...box cooper Hersey Street (1815-?)", "...his son was killed at the battle of Bull Run, Va. Aug 1862,...N. Carthell had the last of the small cooper shops... RARE" (JPR), 8" h, 7 1/2" dia top.

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HINGHAM FIRKIN

Lot 40: HINGHAM FIRKIN

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Description: Natural finish, "Wilder", with history, 12" h, from Elizabeth Coatsworth, (the author of South Shore Town) from the "Littlest House Attic, Green St., Hingham, Mass.", and artifacts excavated from between the Rev. E. Gay House and Nye Tavern, Hingham, J.P.R.C. 2004", stamped on top " & Son".

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GREEN LIFT LID BOX

Lot 41: GREEN LIFT LID BOX

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Description: 19th c. pine lift lid box in original green, 7" h, 11 3/4" l, with contents, on the top of the lid a stencil carved figure in a rowboat, and above it initials "JWL", inside the lid a scratched mariner's compass, contents include "artifacts that belonged to Joseph Whiting Lincoln (1859-1938)...": the original brass stencil of the man on the rowboat, small jar of lead buckshot, "Miller's Gamecook Whiskey" flask/bottle with linseed oil, a large sleigh bell (seen hanging in a photograph taken by George Starr of Joe Lincoln's workshop), a small glass and brass alcohol lamp dated 1867", a cast iron oil can "Hammer & Co, 1884", a tin windup duck call (still works), and a box of 50 "38-long" rifle cartridges in a green labeled Winchester box, "Stetsons Patent Oct 24 1871". All items were in the box when acquired from Mrs. Lincoln by Mason Foley in the late 1940's from "J.L.'s Gardner St. Shop (Accord Mass). Acquired from Mrs. Foley after Mr. Foley's death in 1968, John P. Richardson.".

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CARPENTER TOOLS

Lot 42: CARPENTER TOOLS

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Description: A collection of carpenter tools from the workshop of J.W. Lincoln, including draw knife, spoke shaves, two handmade carving knives, 19th c. cast iron coping saw, adjustable, a wood handled scoop, a wood handled cast steel hammer, all purchased by Mason Foley from Lincoln's workshop, and then purchased by J.P.R. in the 60's.

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CARPENTER TOOLS

Lot 43: CARPENTER TOOLS

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Description: A collection of carpenter tools, from the workshop of J.W. Lincoln, including chisels (Buck Bros.), files, rubber mallet, a handmade gauge, a steel spike, screwdrivers, etc.

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WORK BOX WITH CONTENTS

Lot 43A: WORK BOX WITH CONTENTS

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Description: Pine, snipe pin hinged lid, with outline of a Joe Lincoln style Brant decoy, with a stenciled "J L" inside it, as well as splotches of red, green, yellow and orange paint powder on lid, 6 1/2" h, 13" w; with the contents, including a bag of Old Winchester primers; a slide lid pine box of arrowheads stenciled "J L"; two books, Wood Carving, Jackson, Frank G., 1913, London, and Canoe and Camera, a Two Hundred Mile Tour through the Maine Forests, Steele, T.S., New York, 1880, (initialed "JWL" on front flyleaf); a small bottle of "Imperial Cement" in the box; a small green bottle of buckshot; a small bottle of "Not-A-Bite", black fly and mosquito lotion with corked contents; two shotgun casings; a fishing reel box filled with raw amber; a small metal "knapsack matches" box with striker; two small paper bound books, Tree Guide, Rogers, Julia Ellen, and South Shore Trolley Trips, both initialed in pencil "J L"; various tools and knives and other small books, (all found by Mason Foley in Lincoln's Workshop). Note: photography pictured with work box is being sold separately on Lot 43B.

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PHOTOGRAPHY COLLECTION

Lot 43B: PHOTOGRAPHY COLLECTION

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Description: Found in the Joseph W. Lincoln box, includes: a tin type of two young men with fishing poles and a dalmation dog at their feet; another tin type of two gentlemen seated, one in uniform and the other with handlebar moustache; a carte-de-visite of a young man, marked in pencil on the reverse "Joseph (H or W) Lincoln"; two photos of the "Halfway House, Queen Anne Corner, Norwell."; postcard photograph of a group of workers from the "Hingham Granite Quarry at Whiting Street" (JPR), 13 glass plates, 4" x 5", many identified as "F.W. Reed in Duck Yard", "at Beechwood River", "Leavitt & Bryant Store at Accord", "Trip Hammer Dam", "Ed and Brownie", "Ed Poole (Geese)", and four paper negatives, 4" x 5"; ex. Mason Foley, who purchased this from the Joe Lincoln estate.

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J.W. LINCOLN'S BUCKSAWS

Lot 43C: J.W. LINCOLN'S BUCKSAWS

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Description: Two bucksaws from Joseph W. Lincoln's workshop, ex. Mason Foley, smaller saw "Made by Elwin Fearing (1883) Hingham, Mass, and stenciled on one side "JL", " (JPR), 24" h, 26" w; larger hardwood bucksaw, excellent patina on handle, ex. "Mason Foley who acquired it from The Joe Lincoln estate" (JPR), 29" h, 44" w.

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BOOK

Lot 44: BOOK "CAP'N ABE STOREKEEPER"

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Description: Signed by "J.W. Lincoln", Cap'n Abe Storekeeper, a story of Cape Cod, by James A. Cooper, stamped signature of J.W. Lincoln, pencil signature dated 1917, pencil signature on 1910 Accord Mass. "Gun" circular, and a photo and negative of three men working on a dock - Accord Pond?, possibly J.W. Lincoln standing.

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TWO SHORE BIRD DECOYS AND CARVED GOOSE HEAD

Lot 45: TWO SHORE BIRD DECOYS AND CARVED GOOSE HEAD

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Description: Early carved wood primitive, made in Hingham by Hosea Sprague (1779-1843), ex. Mason Foley, ex. George Lincoln collection, (full history JPR), on a carved stick, old black and pale gray painted finish, 9 1/2" l; Tinney shore bird, original paint and stick, with James Lombard, Studley Road, Hingham history, 11" l; and the carved head of a Goose by Joseph W. Lincoln, Accord, Mass., ex. Mason Foley, attached to a round block of wood, worn painted finish, 6" overall h (head), 4" block of wood.

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18TH C. CANTEEN/KEG

Lot 46: 18TH C. CANTEEN/KEG

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Description: Pine, wrapped with interlocking bands, oval shaped, original twine hanging handle, cork stopper, used at the Hingham Wharves, possibly used for a drink called "switchel" (molasses and cider or brandy), 10" h, 9" l.

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GOOSE AND BLUE BILL DRAKE DECOYS

Lot 47: GOOSE AND BLUE BILL DRAKE DECOYS

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Description: Carved goose decoy, cork body, Ken Harris, New York, old paint, glass eyes, chip on body, shot over, 21" l, (neck and head remade); Blue Bill Drake decoy, used on Triphammer Pond by Elwin Fearing, So. Pleasant St. Hingham, c. 1900, 13" l.

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