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2105
$66,550.00

EXTREMELY RARE & IMPORTANT HORSE & RIDER WEATHERVANE BY J. HOWARD & CO.

Third quarter of the 19th Century. Molded cast zinc & copper. Depicting a gentleman with long coat having top hat holding a riding crop atop a prancing horse. Applied copper mane and other intricate original applied copper details. Zinc having a beautifully worn whitened surface with very little traces of yellow sizing around the bridle. Beautiful original verdigris copper surface. Mounted on its original iron mounting bar. Signed & stamped on body “Made by J. Howard & Co. West Bridgewater, Mass”. Accompanied by a museum stand. Additionally, it is accompanied by an original pencil drawing (owned by our consignor) of Emerson Point, showing the weathervane on the well house, rendered by the famous maritime artist, John Moll, of Oxford Maryland, commissioned by Lucy Kennedy Miller, maternal grandmother of our consignor, and presented as his gift from the family to the next fortunate owner of this historic item. REFERENCE: This exceptional weathervane was located on the well house at Emerson Point, in Maryland, on the Eastern Shore of the Chesapeake Bay (see image). Emerson Point was owned by William Hambleton and this property was figured significantly in the life of Frederick Douglass. Douglass was never a slave on this land, however he was such on Thomas Auld’s plantation near St. Michaels and on other plantations in the area. William Hambleton’s daughter, Rowena Hambleton, was married to Thomas Auld, Douglass’ slavemaster at the time – after Auld’s first wife Lucretia, passed away. William Hambleton gave one of his finest horses as wedding present to Thomas Auld. In Douglass’ autobiographical book, “My Bondage and My Freedom”, he references this: ” One of my greatest faults, or offenses, was that of letting his horse get away, and go down to the farm belonging to his father-in-law. The animal had a liking for that farm, with which I fully sympathized. Whenever I let it out, it would go dashing down the road to Mr. Hamilton’s, as if going on a grand frolic. My horse gone, of course I must go after it. The explanation of our mutual attachment to the place is the same; the horse found there good pasturage, and I found there plenty of bread. Mr. Hamilton had his faults, but starving his slaves was not among them. He gave food, in abundance, and that, too, of an excellent quality. In Mr. Hamilton’s cook, Aunt Mary, I found a most generous and considerate friend. She never allowed me to go there without giving me bread enough to make good the deficiencies of a day or two”, and further stated “Master Thomas at last resolved to endure my behavior no longer; he could keep neither me nor his horse, we liked so well to be at his father-in-law’s farm”. Regarding Emerson Point, Douglass’ first escape attempt involved preparations to steal one of William Hambleton’s log canoes on that property, and though he and his co-conspirators laid their paddles and food the night before the planned escape near the old wharf there (the remnants of which are to this day still visible), he was betrayed and was marched off to prison after being approached and questioned by Mr. Hambleton. On the property is a graveyard including the grave of Rowena Hambleton Auld, her parents, some of the Dawsons & the Jenkins children from a neighboring plantations. Emerson Point and its graveyard have been listed as a historical site in the Maryland Historical Trust Survey. SIZE: 28″ h x 27″ l. PROVENANCE: As provided to us based on our consignor’s research and personal knowledge of such: Purchased, installed & owned at Emerson Point, MD by William Hambleton (lineal heir of William Hambleton Sr. of Scotland, born circa 1636 & original owner of Emerson Point by deed circa 1659, granted by Cecil, Lord Baltimore), 1783 to 1855; Maintained at Emerson Point by the Seth Family, Circa 1893 to 1928; Purchased as a part of the sale of Emerson Point (noted on old maps as “Seth Point”) from the Seth Family in 1928 by Lucy Kennedy Miller (famous suffragette and leader of the Woman Suffrage Party, and the first president of the Pennsylvania League of Women Voters) and John Oliver Miller, and maintained by them at Emerson Point through 1964; Maintained at Emerson Point from 1964 to 2007 by Eliza Miller (daughter of Lucy Kennedy Miller & John Oliver Miller); Ceded by will to our consignor, (nephew & Sister-son to Eliza Miller) in 2007.; Maintained by our consignor from 2007 to 2012 at Emerson Point (under ownership of said Emerson Point property); Removed from Emerson Point by our consignor in 2012 and since then retained by our consignor. CONDITION: Top of top hat restored, restored & replaced tail. Otherwise untouched and in remarkably beautiful condition. 51004-1 (60,000-80,000) – Lot 2105

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Auction: Fine Art, Asian & Antiques - Winter 2017
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