Georg Engelhardt Schröder. Detail from Portrait of Fredrik I, King of Sweden, 18th Century.
A fine and rare presentation quality silver mounted flintlock pistol. Crafted by Michael Barnett of London, silver working done by J. Knubley of London. Dated to 1786.
Sold at Auction: £16,250 (US$ 27,183)
- Dated: circa 1700 — 1730
- Medium: steel, silver
- Techniques: casting - sword; gilding - hilt; etching - blade
The Small sword features an etched blade, silver hilt of boat-shell form, and knuckle-guard screwed to pommel. The hilt bears the Amsterdam town mark.
Letter from John Adams to Abigail Adams regarding the defeat of Washington on Long Island.
I assure you, We are as much at a Loss, about Affairs at New York, as you are. In general, our Generals were out generalled on Long Island, and Sullivan and Stirling with 1000 Men were made Prisoners …
Wherever the Men of War have approached, our Militia have most manfully turned their backs and run away, Officers and Men, like sturdy fellows — and their panicks have sometimes seized the regular Regiments.
You are told that a Regiment of Yorkers behaved ill, and it may be true, but I can tell you that several Regiments of Massachusetts Men have behaved ill, too.
October 8, 1776
John Adams has some wonderfully sarcastic lines in most of his letters and documents. I particularly enjoyed the line “our militia manly turned their backs”, which reminds me a bit of troubadour in Monty Python and the Holy Grail singing “And Sir Robin bravely ran away.”
Washington’s commission naming him Commander-in-Chief of the Continental Army on June 19, 1775.
Angelica Kauffmann. Portrait of a Woman, 1764.
Mather Brown. General George Eliott, 1790.
"Captain John Clayton Cowell, 1st Regiment of Foot" by William Beechey, 1796
The Soldier in the background wears a fur knapsack, and ‘American’ trousers- Which functioned as both breeches and gaiters for Troops serving in the West Indies and the Southern theater in the American revolution.
- Dated: 18th century
- Culture: German
- Medium and Technique: blued, etched and gilded steel, wooden haft with orginal steel base spike, silk tassel with alternating blue and gold bands
- Measurements: overall - l:258.45 cm (l:101 3/4 inches). Wt: 3.68 kg
Belonged to the Bodyguard of August Wilhelm, Duke of Brunswick- Wolfenbüttel [1662-1731].
Stays, silk damask lined with linen, stiffened with whalebone and bound with silk tape and kid leather, c. 1750, French.
Benjamin West, Cymon and Iphigenia detail, 1773
Thomas Gainsborough. Detail from A Couple in a Landscape, 1753.
Tiepolo. Detail from Vision of St. Paschal Baylon, 1767.
A set of French flintlock hand mortars/grenade launchers, 18th century.