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16.27  EXCEPTIONAL KALEIDOSCOPE.  An original example of the ingenuity exemplified in America's early cottage industries which propelled it into world class status as an industrial giant at the end of 1800's.  This is a rare Bush kaleidoscope, widely recognized as the best of its kind ever made.  This scarce example represents an early Bush model which was patented in November of 1873.   The main body consists of a cardboard tube covered in faux black shark skin.  The non-magnifying eyepiece provides a clear undistorted look at the object glass.  The "working end" of this kaleidoscope features a rotating brass cylinder much like a ship's wheel.  It is stamped "C.G BUSH & Co. INVENTORS  M.N.FRS PROV, RI" with the faint image of a kaleidoscope.  The cylinder contains an array of ingenious liquid-filled glass vials, crystals and other intricate objects enclosed in a translucent glass cylinder.  These unique items were later a source of yet another Bush patent.  Even in these days of computer graphics and neon, it is hard to believe what amazingly colorful and geometrically perfect imagery Bush was able to capture in his pre-electricity device.  The early style stand is articulated so it actually elevates up or down for illumination by window or simple candlelight.  Later models did not have this feature.  Seeing is believing.  Modern day video games don't even compare.  Nothing short of incredible!  Later patented versions were not as tall.  This earliest example measures 13 inches high overall and 10 inches long.  The base footprint is 7 1/2 inches in diameter.  The original condition is absolutely exceptional after 150 years. And it still produces equally amazing images guaranteed to wow and delight viewers!  1795 Special PackagingBack to Top

Charles Bush (Busch) was born in Prussia in 1825.  In 1847 he immigrated to Plymouth, Massachusetts and took up the rope-making trade of his father.  Quite unexpectedly, his ongoing examination of rope fibers under a microscope ultimately lead to an interest in kaleidoscopes. Around 1870, while living in Providence, Rhode Island he developed and began manufacturing a high quality kaleidoscope with the help of his wife.  His output was deemed "extraordinary" and his kaleidoscopes quickly found world-wide demand.  Bush was granted several American patents in 1873 and 1874.  One was for "new and useful objects for the object box."  Another was for his four-legged stand which could be taken apart for transport.  That patent was dated Nov 17, 1874.  By 1875 Bush was credited with having made 5,000 such instruments before he and his wife moved to Claremont, New Hampshire.  Unfortunately, fewer than 1,000 of his original output are known to have survived today.  As such the competition for authentic examples is very keen.  Auction sales of these scarce instruments show prices of $1,500 and up, depending on condition, especially for the most rare models which this is.

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16.25  EARLY "BLACK GLASS" BOTTLE.   Genuine "black glass" wine bottle from the 1700's.  This hand-blown vessel is surprisingly heavy with telltale swirling surfaces and indented blown "pontil" on the bottom.   The glass is nearly opaque but bright light as from the sun can be seen passing through it.   8 ¼ inches tall by 2 ¾ inches in diameter.  Excellent condition with no flaws.  Our research indicates this type of bottle was made from 1770 to 1800.  69


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16.26  MINIATURE ANTIQUE BOTTLE.  Charming brown glass bottle standing a mere 4 ¾ inches tall by 1 ¼ inches in diameter.  This molded bottle is made of very thick irregular glass and dates from the Civil War era or earlier.  29


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16.24  19th CENTURY GLOBE.  Authentic second half of the 1800's terrestrial globe of French manufacture.  The globe is signed in the South Pacific "G. THOMAS Éditeur =PARIS= 44, Rue N.-D.  (Fabrication Francaise)."  This 5 inch variety world globe was made in the traditional way with a plaster core overlaid by 12 chromolithographed paper gores.  The quality and detail for a globe of this size is really amazing.  The globe is supported on its original ebonized turned wooden stand with brass fittings.  11 ¾ inches tall by 6 inches in diameter on the base.  Outstanding original condition.  An absolute "gem" for desk, library or display shelf!  895

In the offerings of noted scientific instrument dealer "Tesseract," a similar 6 inch terrestrial globe, item 1, sold for $950 a quarter of a century ago from catalog 52, Spring of 1996.  (A dollar in 1996 was worth $1.78 today, or $1,691.00.  The price was about double back then what it is now, and this is 25 years older!).

"Thomas, G., Paris," is listed as a late 19th century publisher in Elly Dekker and Peter van Der Krogt's reference book "Globes From The Western World," 1991 Zwemmer, Philip Wilson Publishers, Ltd., London."  A nearly identical globe is featured on the cover of that book.


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16.78  ESKIMO SLED.   Very, very fine quality miniature, scale model of an Eskimo sled, hand-made in the traditional way using only native wood and seal sinew.  This intricate early 1900's exhibition piece is of patent model quality with a bentwood frame, mortised to the sled runners and supports all attached without fasteners, only strips of seal skin.  14 inches long by 3 1/8 inches wide and 3 ¼ inches tall.  This model exudes exceptional craftsmanship with museum quality.  395


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16.23  FERRY BOAT TOKEN.  Genuine early 1900's token for transportation in the San Francisco Bay Area.  This solid brass coin-like token is about the size of a dime (10 cent piece).  It is nicely minted with the obverse reading "MUNICIPAL RAILWAY" on a "spider web" background with the center prominently cut-out "SF."  The reverse, in the same, format reads "ONE FARE  • SAN FRANCISCO."  Excellent original condition.  8.50

Price includes First Class mail service in U.S.


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16.17 NUT CRACKER. Charming late 19th C. hand-carved German nutcracker of Black Forest origin. This cleverly contrived and beautifully executed device is in the form of a realistic bear with inset "bean" eyes. The bear's mouth effectively cracks smaller nuts whereas a carved recess at the rear, under the lever, accommodates larger nuts such as walnuts. This intricate, two piece carving is made from a dense dark hardwood, probably walnut. Detailing is very realistic. Excellent original condition with no chips or cracks and a lovely age patina.  7 inches long.  250


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16.16  AMERICAN TELLURIUM.   Extremely rare 4th quarter of the 19th century American planetary model by “A.H. ANDREWS & CO. CHICAGO” as signed in relief on the ornately decorated cast support arm.  It is additionally signed in the maker’s cartouche located in the northwestern Pacific, “A. ANDREWS 8 Inch TERRESTRIAL GLOBE with the latest discoveries and ocean currents A. H. Andrews & Co. Chicago.”  This amazing apparatus depicts the earth revolving about the sun in the center of the weighted stand with a proportional radial sector of the sun in brass indicating serrated “flames.”  Between the sun and the earth is a moveable rod on which a wooden orb representing the moon is attached.  These ride on a pedestal atop a very heavy cast iron base which is encircled with the 12 signs of the Zodiac.  Each of the 12 quadrants is charmingly decorated with an image of the mythological sign, the month, the degrees from North and the points of the compass.  These lithographed images are somewhat faded with time, but still very colorful and legible.  Attached to the swinging support arm opposite the earth is an arrow which indicates the earth’s position on the Zodiac as it orbits the sun.  The earth is represented by a globe made in the traditional manner with a plaster sphere overlaid by 12 lithographed gores.  The detail of the geography is of a very high standard with multi-color countries and major cities shown.  As the name implies, ocean and atmospheric currents are notable as is the declination line of the sun between the 2 solstices.  The condition of the globe is excellent and original with no damage of repairs, noting good age toning to its protective varnish.  The North Pole is fitted with a moveable brass arrow to highlight a specific Meridian or geographical feature.  Surround the globe is a heavy brass cage mounted to the support arm.  It has two Meridian Circles and one Equatorial circle connected to a removable swan’s neck support on the arm   Construction and materials throughout are of the highest order!  21 ½ inches wide and 16 ½ inches tall overall.  The base measures 12 inches in diameter.  The entire apparatus weighs 13 pounds.  Price Request Special Packaging

The firm of Andrews & Co. was begun by A.H. Andrews in 1866 and continued to flourish into the 1890’s.  At the end of the Civil War this pioneer maker established Chicago as the center for globe manufacturing in America, leading the way for other globe makers to practice their trade.  Names like Rand McNally and Weber Costello continued their production into the end of the 20th century.  (Elly Dekker and Peter van der Krogt, “Globes From the Western World,” 1993, Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd., London).


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16.15  WORLD WAR I GOGGLES.  Very rare surviving pilot’s or motorcyclist’s goggles dating to or before World War I.  This cloth and leather pair consists of 4 glass panels held in metal frames.  Indicative of their early manufacture the glass is not curved, but has wrap around sides.  The top and bottom have small breather holes within metal grommets.  The goggles themselves are 9 inches wide with the cloth straps extending to 36 inches in width overall.  These goggles are in frail condition evidencing some hand-stitched repairs.  That noted, the glass panels are in excellent original condition.  These very scarce early goggles make a great statement as a genuine testament to a bygone age over 100 years ago!  59


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16.14  ANCIENT JAPANESE HAND MIRROR.  Mid-19th century nickeled bronze dressing mirror of Japanese origin.  The “working side” of this early-form mirror is in a high polish which remarkably still provides a highly reflective image.  The reverse is richly decorated in incredibly detailed relief depicting a turtle at the center facing two kissing cranes.  Below is their brood of 3 chicks.  The background is made up of pine bows and bamboo, set within 2 concentric circles.  On the outer edge are more decorative floral designs.  This unique piece is signed with a 4 character mark beginning with “da” meaning large or grand.  Interestingly the turtle’s shell is rove through with a hole for attaching a thong.  5 inches in diameter, ¾ of and inch think and weighing 2 pounds.  289


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16.13  CANNON CIGARETTE LIGHTER.  Very early 1900’s American cigarette/cigar lighter in the form of a pre-World War I artillery cannon.  Made in U.S.A. by "Negbaur, NY." as signed on the bottom of the lighter.  It measures 8 inches long and is 3 inches wide.  The spoked carriage wheels actually turn.  It is made of a heavy non-ferrous metal, either pewter or brass.  The lighter is completely functional.  The finish details are superb. 295


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16.12  RARE GERMAN TERRESTRIAL GLOBE.  An exceptional world globe by Germany’s preeminent 19th century cartographer Ludwig Heymann as indicated (in part) on the maker’s cartouche in the Pacific Ocean just above the Sandwich Islands,

“ERD-GLOBUS.
36 cent.
Durehgesehen von Dr Henry Lange.
BERLIN.
Ludwig. Jul. Heymann
Oceanographisch Artisctecehe Austalt”


This is a much larger than average library table globe with a circumference of 45 inches and a diameter of 14 ½ inches, made during the reign of the German Kaisers.  It stands an impressive 25 3/4 inches high overall with a base 10 3/4 inches in diameter having cleverly-inlaid brass tripodal inserts on the bottom to assure leveling.  By its geographical features this globe can be dated 1891 - 1893.   In the United States, the Dakotas were divided into North and South (1889), but the Matabele Empire, which existed until 1893, is still shown.  The identifying names of towns, cities, territories, rivers, mountains, countries and other geographical features are extremely detailed and much more finely depicted than virtually all other makers of the period.  Also included are many ocean trade routes with record passages.  In fact Heymann was noted for his superior attention to detail and was awarded many prizes at exhibitions in which he displayed his output.  This early globe is in original, unrestored condition.  It is mounted on its original large, decoratively-turned, very lovely hardwood stand, complete with functional compass.  It is mounted in a brass Meridian ring engraved in single degrees 0 – 90, marked by 10's.  At aged 125 years this globe is in a remarkable state of original preservation.  Colors are clear and bright and all of the literally thousands of the identifying inscriptions are very legible.  Nice expected age toning of the surfaces, but no damage.  This is really an outstanding bargain.  Research the Internet. Price Request Special Packaging  

Ludwig Julius Heymann (1836-1899) began the production of globes in 1883.

Ref.  “Globes From The Western World,” 1993, Elly Dekker and Peter van  der Kroght, Trevor Philips & Sons, London.

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16.10  CARVED AMERICAN EAGLE.   Genuine late 19th century carving of a patriotic American eagle in the style of John Hayley Bellamy.  It is carved of pine using the sure, precise strokes of a professional wood carver.  It is of classic two-piece carved pine construction with the head and body screwed onto the backboard which also serves as the wings.  The eagle carries a flagpole which once waived a wooden banner, again in the Bellamy tradition.  The banner is missing.  This antique carving retains its old genuine gilded surfaces on the front with good telltale oxidation of the bare wood and old iron fasteners on the back.  The carving measures 24 inches wide by 5 inches high and is 2 7/8 inches deep.   If this carving could be attributed to Bellamy, we would conservatively adjudge its value to be $12,000.  We are not asserting it is Bellamy, but we definitely assure it is from the same late 19th century period.  It is certainly equal to Bellamy’s work at a fraction of the price his works demand for such a carving.  Was 1495 NOW 895!


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16.11  FIGURAL MEERSHAUM PIPE.  Interesting 19th century smoker’s pipe carved in the form of a Barbary Pirate.  This unique pipe features the head of a grimacing African man with a goatee and prominent earring on his right ear.  Adorning his chest is a nicely-carved scarf.  This well-used pipe is connected to its hard rubber stem with an ornately-engraved rose gold (unmarked) sleeve in floral designs.  The stem is removable for cleaning and there are two solder joints (repairs) in evidence.  7 inches long by 1 ¾ inches wide on the bowl.  There is extensive wear to the bowl especially on the sides and the front, where the user would have held the pipe.  A real rarity!  149


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16.66  EARLY CORK SCREW.  Very old, wine cork screw of French manufacture.  This oenophilic tool has a sculpted bone handle with a tufted bristle brush on one side and a turned bone cap on the other.  The working end is a cast iron cork screw with radiating circular top, the entire assembly of which is rove through the bone, held by a very old style circular nut.  The width of the bone handle is 3 ¾ inches.  With brush is measures 4 ¾ inches wide and 4 inches to the tip of the corkscrew to the top of the handle.  Overall condition is excellent, however the tip of the screw was broken off by an enthusiastic wine bibber.  Priced accordingly.  149

ex. Paul Madden Antiques, Sandwich, Massachusetts. 


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16.91  TERRESTRIAL GLOBE for the ENGLISH MARKET.   Scarce 4th quarter 1800’s terrestrial globe of Belgium manufacture, with the important appeal of having been made for the English speaking market.  This classic old globe is signed in the maker’s cartouche located south of Australia, “GEOGRAPHICAL INSTITUTE OF BRUSSELS New Physical Political Globe Published by MERSBACH & FALK Brussels, 1881.”  The inscription is encircled by an iconic Victorian era “belt” as a border.  This finely manufactured representation of the earth was made in the traditional manner with lithographed gores overlaying a stiff globular core.  Details include major cities, territories and states, along with major geographical aspects such as mountain ranges and ocean currents. It measures 11 ½ inches in diameter and stands 2 feet tall.  The turned ebonized base with blue faux leather covering on the bottom measures 9 inches in diameter.  It mounts the sphere on a turned wooden column holding a thick brass support in crescent form which allows the globe to turn freely.  This antique globe is in amazing original preservation. It was obviously highly revered and carefully displayed.  It is in near mint condition.  Perhaps the only apology is that the varnish which covers and preserves the surfaces has discolored slightly with age.  Otherwise this rare, 135 year old world globe is perfect!  995 Special Packaging


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16.99  P.O.W. BOX.   Exquisite late 18th century straw work box as crafted by the gifted French prisoners detained in British prisons during the Napoleonic War era, from 1775 through 1806.  Perhaps at no other time in history was the confluence of time and skill more accentuated.  In their own humble way these anonymous prisoners of war produced items of the most exquisite one-of-a-kind output of the finest European craftsmen rivaling the likes of Fabergé a century later!  This particular example is composed of a wooden chest elaborately embellished on all surfaces with the most incredibly fine straw laminations.  The work embodies both scenery and geometric designs.  The top of the box depicts a classic 18th century seaport village with topsail schooner on the shore.  The detail is incredible!  It is enhanced by decorative geometric and floral inlays. Opening the hinged lid reveal the interior marked by a circular dockyard scene flanked by two lidded trays with intricate elongated diamond scenes.  Removing the carved bone securing pin releases the full drawer below.  It is beautifully embellished with geometrical patterns.  Two of the four bone drawer knobs on the front decorate faux drawers, adding to the symmetry and character of the box.  Incredibly, after 200+ years, this box still has it original box lock and striker plate with diamond-shaped key escutcheon!   Condition overall is very nice.  The lid was originally equipped with simple snipe hinges which have been replaced by more traditional brass hinges.  The exterior shows some minor loses and wear.  These can certainly be expected of such a fragile piece of this age. The interior is virtually perfect.  Simply amazing!  939

A large proportion of the French prisoners in English prisons were skilled craftsmen dedicated to their artistic specialties.  They were experts in producing quality works of art for their country when the French output of such objects d’art was at its zenith.  Yet they were summarily conscripted to fight in Napoleon’s army against the British.  In particular, the French Provence of Dieppe was noted for its skilled ivory carvers in the 1700’s.  Given the months and years that these men were incarcerated, it is little wonder they ultimately produced some of the finest “folk art” handicrafts ever made.

Few of these exquisite and quite scarce early examples of the French P.O.W.’s output have come to market recently.  But of those that have sold, prices far exceed what we are asking here.

On August 7, 1988 R. W. Oliver Auctions of Kennebunk, Maine offered the famous “Lloyd Collection” of Prisoner of War Artifacts for sale.  In that auction lot number 220 was described as a “Strawwork Box with hinged lid with scenes of buildings on both sides and interior divided in to compartments which are decorated in building and floral motifs. 3 ¼ by 10 by 7 in. ($750-850).  A copy of the Lloyd Collection catalog will be provided to the buyer.


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16.02  P.O.W SPINNING JENNY.  Authentic late 18th century or very early 19th century automaton known as a “spinning jenny,” made by the gifted French prisoners detained in British prisons during the Napoleonic War era, from 1775 through 1806.    Characteristic of these marvelous whimsies, this example is made entirely of beef bone.  It features a woman in a period bustle dress with huge bonnet sitting at her spinning wheel.  This elaborate presentation has 2 tiers connected by finely-turned bone columns.  The top tier shows the lady at her wheel sitting in a fancy chair with two decoratively-carved bone columns, a windmill and a rotating spool for taking up the yarn.  Below is the “engineroom” of this automaton with its two cogged wheels operated by a hand-crank and an ingenious mechanical movement which provides realistic movement to the figure above.  When rotating the hand crank the spinning wheel turns, the lady lifts her arm and turns her head.  At the same time the windmill revolves.  All of this is mounted to a single turned bone pedestal on a circular base.  This genuine old example is in an amazing state of original preservation, with no repairs and no damage, and is in working condition.  5 ½ inches high, 2 3/8 inches wide and 2 5/8 inches front to back inclusive of the crank.  1475

An elaborate P.O.W. spinning Jenny was sold by the Skinner Auctions on March 4, 2012.  While it was not functional, it contained many interesting elements which exceeded the complexity of this offering.  7 x 5 x 3 inches.  Nevertheless, it sold for $16,590.

Disclaimer:  We certify this object is in original condition and functioning as it was originally constructed, as shipped by us.   However, being over 200 years old and obviously fragile, we cannot guarantee its sustained performance.  Our recommendation is that its use be kept to a minimum and enjoyed for the delight to the eye it is… much like collectors of fine antique watches and clocks keep their valued possessions in non-running status.


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16.03  CIRCULAR GLASS TABLE TOP.  Custom-made heavy glass table top measuring 50 inches in diameter with amazing heft of ½ inch thick!  This substantial table top has rounded polished edges and is in perfect original condition with no chips, cracks, scratches or flaws of any kind.  Guaranteed.   It would make an ideal covering for a ship’s wheel table or other high quality circular table top requiring this impressive size and thickness.  A $1500 value.  475


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16.67  IVORY COMPACT.  Mid-1800’s or earlier lady’s traveling make-up case in the form of an oval make-up compact.  This beautifully constructed compact is made of ivory and silver with a very nice gilt brass hinge cast with a detailed scene depicting a winged griffin, pot of flowers and an attendant monkey!  The top, side and bottom of this compact are constructed of thin ivory beautifully embellished with recurring scalloped designs and oval scribes.   3 ½ by 2 ½ inches and 1/2 inch thick.  Interesting old repair on one edge.  A very nice early piece! 

ex.  Sotheby’s Parke Bernet

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16.94  BLACK FOREST CARVING.   Delightfully decorative, yet functional, wall carving consisting of a 19th century English aneroid barometer housed in an elaborate deep-carved wooden frame.  The brass-cased aneroid barometer is of standard form with a silvered brass dial reading in inches of barometric pressure from 26 to 31 calibrated in 2/100th increments.  At the bottom it is marked “ENGLISH MAKE.” It features a fine blued steel indicator needle overridden by a brass set needle attached to a knurled brass knob through the beveled glass crystal.  The incredible richly carved hardwood surround features two squirrels with rabbit-like ears flanking the barometer.  Both squirrels hold acorns and are perched on branches with abundantly-carved oak leaves in high relief.  Surrounding the barometer is a carved French horn with trumpet bell supporting a realistically-carved leather saddle bag!  This expertly-carved presentation stands 19 inches tall by 14 ½ inches wide.  Amazingly, it is in virtually perfect original condition, and the barometer is functional and accurate.  A most charming wall display at a very reasonable price!  895   Special Packaging


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16.56 EARLY LIVERPOOL JUG. Genuine late 18th century creamware "Herculaneum" pitcher. This lovely old example bears 3 distinctive transfers. The obverse is decorated with the delightfully endearing scene of a pub owner offering a mug to a willing recipient restrained by his wife. The comedic caption reads, "Come come my old buck here's the liquor of LIFE. Which drives away sorrow and reconciles strife. It cures scolding women. Your wrong reply'd Nell. Your wife as a drunken scold does most excel." The reverse shows a surprisingly detailed map of the earth surrounded by classical figures including Lady Britannia and a sunburst. It is entitled "The World in Planisphere." Under the spout is the poem, "Succefs To the Plough. The Fleece and the Pail. May the Landlord Ever Flourish. And the Tenant Never fail." It is surrounded by vignettes depicting farm implements. This wonderful example of early English pottery measures 10 inches high and 9 3/4 inches across from spout to handle. The graceful handle is noteworthy in that it is particularly stout and has contoured edges. There is a tiny professional repair to the very tip of the spout and as expected there are a couple of minor hairlines in the bottom. Overall this jug must be rated as being in outstanding original condition. Circa 1790. Price Request Special Packaging

Telling of the age of this jug, the spelling of the word "Succefs" is with the early form f as an "s." Further, the world map of North America shows a blank Pacific Northwest, indicating it was yet unexplored.


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16.88  IMPORTANT CANDLEABRAS.   Exquisite matched set of early 1800’s French ormolu and gilt bronze candelabras mountedatop heavy alabaster pedestals.  Each candleholder set is comprised of 5 radiating cups with another cup mounted higher in the center.  Each cup is ornately decorated with floral motifs and sprays.  The multifunctional center cup is designed to hold a sixth candle or serve as a crowning finial in the form of an ornate floral bouquet.  Each candelabrum is supported by a seated puti holding these large torches.  The gilded bronze pedestals on which they are seated are mounted atop solid alabaster columns bound in bronze set on heavy tripod floral bases with acanthus leaf embellishments.  The underside of each base contains a wooden insert secured with a square nut.  Evidencing their age the wood exhibits some old telltale worm holes – a good sign of 19th century French exposure.  Each presentation stands 22 inches tall overall and 10 ½ wide at the widest.   The bases measure 6 ½ inches wide.  Outstanding original condition with untouched surfaces.  A remarkable set worthy of the finest home or institution. Price Request  Special Packaging


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