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Beck's Antiques & Books
Recent & Interesting Acquisitions

Volume 13, Issue 11b
November 2021

In our last newsletter I mentioned that all of the news about supply chain issues really got me thinking about how different our business is from most. Happily, I can report that our supply chain seems to be humming along nicely so that I had more than enough new old things to tell you about. I hope you enjoy the things I picked.
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A Good American Federal Cherry Corner Cupboard

Corner cupboards are incredibly efficient storage pieces that will hold and display quite a collection of china and glass in no more space than would be taken up by a single armchair. This one has been in the shop less that a week and is already filled with dozens of Staffordshire figures, plates, etc. It is very pretty cherry, with all of its original glass and is constructed in two pieces so that it is not too difficult to move. $1,685. 

The Washington Tomb in Gilt Silver

When our first President died in 1799 his remains were laid to rest in the old family vault overlooking the Potomac at Mount Vernon, but he left instructions in his will for a new tomb to be built "of brick, and upon a larger which my remains...may be deposited." The new tomb was completed and the remains were moved in 1831, just a year before the centennial of his birth. It immediately became an honored site among patriotic Americans. This very elegant gilt silver card case, with a fine image of the new tomb served as a beautiful and personal reminder of the Father of Our Country. $795.

General Washington in Cast Iron

We have seen this particular model of George Washington figural andirons, with the rather distinctive triangular feet, before. But, these are marked on the side of the billet bars; "SC DB VA." We believe those letters most likely designates a maker that has, so far, not been identified. They are quite heavy, each one weighing about 17 pounds. $465. 

Grand Army of The Republic, 1892

The GAR was a veterans organization formed by Union soldiers immediately after the end of the Civil War. This lithograph shows the parade on Pennsylvania Avenue that was part of the 26th annual reunion encampment in 1892. The GAR had reached its peak enrollment of over 400,000 veterans just a few years before and the participants in this parade were said to number about 80,000. The image of Pennsylvania Avenue, with the Capitol in the distance, is quite impressive. $395. 

Alexandria Stoneware, Miller/Milburn

Fortunately for Alexandria collectors there is a very detailed book, published in 2007, that explains everything you might ever need to know about the stoneware made in Alexandria or made for Alexandria merchants. This piece actually fits both of those categories. The stenciled decoration gives the name "E. J. Miller & Son Dealers in China and Glass Ware, Alexandria, Va" but that firm did not make stoneware. This crock was made in the B. C. Milburn pottery for the Millers. $365.

A Fine Pair of Georgian Sterling Casters

The Royal Lieutenant Governor of Virginia, Robert Dinwiddie presented an impressive silver ceremonial mace to the city of Norfolk in 1754. It was made by Fuller White, the same talented London silversmith who made these casters which carry the date letter for 1753-4. Dinwiddie's rather unusual coat of arms does have a bird at the top, but after consulting with a British friend, expert in such things, I am reasonably certain it is not the bird engraved on these casters. $495. the pair. 

Pennsylvania Walnut Desk Box

This nice little box was most likely used in a commercial setting on a counter top to create a simple business desk, or it could have been used at home to make any table a desk/reading stand. Today it might be most useful  in the kitchen as a cookbook stand with plenty of space inside for more books or loose recipes. It is entirely walnut with a nice old finish. $585. 

Danish Silver Serving Spoons

We bought these spoons just because they are beautiful and usable and we liked the fact that they had an engraved date, which I thought would be helpful if the marks proved to be difficult. When I started to research the marks I found that, not only did they correspond with the engraved year, but I was even able to date them between March 20th and April 20th of 1834. Copenhagen marks also indicate the name of the assay master, something you don't find on English silver. These were assayed by Christian Olsen Moller. $265. the pair.

Gold, Silver, Diamond and Pearl Giardinetti Brooch

As much as I love English sometimes the Italian or French words really are better. This is just too beautiful to call it a flower pot or even a little garden. The design, superb workmanship and tiny mine cut diamonds could indicate an 18th century date, but the pristine condition and the style of clasp make us think it may be later. There are four hallmarks on the back of the basket and two more on the pin, none of which we can confidently read. $495.

Thanks for your interest in our wares.  Stop by and see us in the shop on any Saturday or Sunday afternoon when we are regularly open. Or, if you would like to come at another time just give us a call at 540-371-1766 or email
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