Rowena Russell Potter (1880-1960) of Greenfield, Massachusetts, bequeathed her collection to Historic Deerfield in 1960 as the Lucius D. Potter Memorial Collection. Mrs. Potter gave the collection in memory of her husband who was a descendant of Deerfield tailor John (1731-1775) and Hannah (Sheldon) Russell (1738-1814). The Sheldon House still stands and is shown to the public by Historic Deerfield.
The collection contains numerous important objects from all media with heavy interest in block-front furniture and early brass candlesticks, most collected by Mrs. Potter in the 20th century from both the major dealers of the day and local sales in western Massachusetts. The objects offered here are duplicates or lie outside of the collecting interest of Historic Deerfield. Their sale takes place in appreciation of Mrs. Potter to benefit the Museum Collections Fund at Historic Deerfield.
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