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    Andrew Jackson: Rare and Lovely 1820s Sewing Box. Unlike the more familiar versions made for both Jackson and Adams, this variety features the candidate's portrait under glass on the TOP of the lid along with an eagle and sprigs of green, all beautifully hand colored. Like so many such objects of this era, it was manufactured in France for the American market. Only a handful is known, three of which we have been privileged to handle. In 1992, the Political Gallery sold an example for $2800 despite several cracks in the glass. Heritage auctioned one in our November 13, 2007 Americana auction, where it fetched $5,377. The present specimen was formerly in the legendary Kenton Broyles collection, and is the plate example in the 1789-1916 Hake book, page 19, number 3010. In terms of overall display condition, this is probably the most pleasing of the three we have handled. The Jackson portrait insert on the lid is cleaner and brighter than the 2007 example, and it lacks the distracting cracks of the 1992 copy. For accuracy we note several minor defects, all of which are easily correctable by any good paper conservator. A small portion of the embossed paper border around the lid is missing at the lower right hand corner, there is an old Scotch tape repair at one corner of the lid on the side, and part of the paper lining of the interior of the box is torn away, including the paper hinge which once attached the lid. 5.25" x 3.5" x 2".

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    November, 2009
    17th-18th Tuesday-Wednesday
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