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3093M Marlborough
April 20, 2018 10:00 AMCalender

18th Century Eucharist Bread Iron

Auction: Clocks, Watches & Scientific Instruments - 3093M Location: Marlborough Date / Time: April 20, 2018 10:00AM


18th Century Eucharist Bread Iron, France, scroll-tipped tapering handles terminating in a pair of iron plates with one side engraved with sun, moon, five-branch star within a heart, and marked "Jean Houvet," the other iron marked "1788," above the cross with base marked "IHS," lg. 37 in.

Provenance: Calmels Cohen, Andre Breton Collection, April 14th 2003, Lot 3423.

Literature: Codes & Symbols of European Tools, pp. 93-98.

Note: This bread iron was forged to celebrate the wedding of Jean Houvet in 1788. Houvet is a well-known name in the Chartres region in Eure-et-Loire, France, with the family dating back to the mid-16th century.
Provenance: The property of Laurent Adamowicz.
Estimate $1,500-2,000

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Andre Breton, Laurent Adamowicz, Jean Houvet, France