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Carved Mug Reportedly Made from the Mast Step of the America

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2900T
Lot:
1142
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Auction:
American Furniture & Decorative Arts - 2900T
Location:
Boston
Date / Time :
June 01, 2016 12:00PM

Description:

Carved Mug Reportedly Made from the Mast Step of the America, mid-19th century, the mug with carved thumbprint-like impressions and similarly carved applied handle, mug ht. 6 1/2 in.

Note: A typed 20th century card on the underside of the mug reads: "This Beaker, carved from the mast step of the original AMERICA during her construction, was used by James Steers to drink Colonel Hamilton's rum while off Le Havre. 1851." The America was designed and built by Steers (and others) to prove the shipbuilding prowess of the United States, and was captained across the Atlantic from June 21 to July 11, 1851, ending her voyage in Le Havre. James Steers was one of several passengers.
Estimate $400-600


The absence of a condition statement does not imply that the lot is in perfect condition or completely free from wear and tear, imperfections or the effects of aging. Condition requests can be obtained via email (lot inquiry button) or by telephone to the appropriate gallery location (Boston/617.350.5400 or Marlborough/508.970.3000). Any condition statement given, as a courtesy to a client, is only an opinion and should not be treated as a statement of fact. Skinner Inc. shall have no responsibility for any error or omission.

Keywords

Hamilton, James Steers, Beaker, Bottle, Drinkware, Glassblowing, Le Havre, Mug, Rum, Teaware, United States

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