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    Extremely Rare And Important John Tyler Papier Mache Snuff Box
    This is the plate example from Hake's 1789-1916 book (listed with WHH items, no. 3006, p. 23), although, as our catalog photo shows, the photo in the Hake book is not a flattering one. It is a highly important piece in several regards: 1) It is, to our knowledge, the only known example of the only known variety of Tyler box 2) It is one of very few items of any category, and probably the only manufactured "display item," for this obscure president. (He achieved office, of course, upon the death of Harrison, and, while he served nearly a full four-year term, was never a serious presidential hopeful when 1844 rolled around, when he was swamped by the too-long sidetracked Henry Clay juggernaught. Sullivan lists only four 1844 "hopeful" items for Tyler, including two clothing buttons) 3) Papier mache snuff boxes are avidly collected as a genre, with many leading collectors trying to get examples for as many presidents and statesmen as possible from the 1820's-1850's era. To our knowledge this is the only Tyler box to be had. It is a large, 3 3/4" diameter box featuring an immediately recognizable Tyler portrait with his name below. Condition is Excellent, well above average for boxes of this type. The raised rim is free of typical breaks and major chips, and the surface color is strong and even. There is some extremely minor, subtle surface crazing, but far less than on most such boxes, whose lacquered surfaces were particularly prone to such deterioration. Overall a very fine example which will satisfy even those collectors with demanding condition standards. A rare opportunity indeed!

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    Auction Dates
    November, 2004
    12th Friday
    Bids + Registered Phone Bidders: 8
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