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French Napoleonic Prisoner of War Guillotine Model, circa 1812
An incredible and extremely rare artifact of world history, this monumental model of a double guillotine was created during the Napoleonic wars by a French prisoner of war. A hand-written letter of ownership, dated 1900, accounts how this model was created by a prisoner from scraps of beef and mutton (sheep) bone and was purchased from the prisoner sometime in 1812 in Bristol, England. Many of the inmates at the prisoner of war camps were skilled artisans long before they were soldiers, and because of the long duration of the conflict and cost of care, their captors encouraged detainees to use their skills to create objects to be sold at civilian open markets. 
United States Cavalry Officer's Sword, dated 1864
A rare and important piece of Civil War militaria, this exquisite presentation sword was given to United States Colonel William B. Sipes of the 7th Pennsylvania Cavalry in 1864. This magnificent sword boasts a handle carved of natural material bound by a gilt bronze cross guard and highlighted by a large faceted amethyst on the hilt.  


Padmapani - The Lotus Bearer, Nepal, 16th century or later
Padmapani (The Lotus Bearer), and emanation of Avalokiteshvara, the bodhisattva of compassion, is portrayed here standing in the classic tribhanga (thrice bent) posture upon a lotus base. His noble face carved with soft, sensuous features, his hair tied in a high three tiered chignon, with long tresses flowing down his back. He is bare chested, a diaphanous dhoti gracefully wrapped and pleated around his hips, covering his legs and secured with a sash. He is adorned with jewelry befitting a prince.
Rockwell's "Barbershop Quartet", 1936
Large pencil and charcoal study for Saturday Evening Post cover published September 26, 1936. Norman Rockwell. Painting/Drawing Signed. Study for "Barbershop Quartet." Charcoal and colored pencil on paper, 1936. Signed "Norman Rockwell" in red block-letters on lower right. Also inscribed lower center, "N'oubliez jamais 'Le Bon Dieu' " (Never forget the Good Lord) and signed by Rockwell again in red pencil on the lower left, along with his friends Mead Schaeffer and Fairfax Ayres.


Leaves From George Washington's Own Draft of His First Inaugural Address, 1789
"This Constitution, is really in its formation a government of the people". George Washington understood that the new government's success, as had the Constitutional Convention's, rested squarely on his shoulders. He also knew that everything he did as the first president would set precedents for future generations. He wrote privately about the promise, ambiguity, and tension of high office, and these same themes are woven throughout his original, undelivered inaugural address.
Important Standing Shrine Figure, 1850-1890
This is an extremely rare and beautiful antique standing shrine figure from the Kulango peoples of Côte d'Ivoire, with significant evidence of use in a shrine context. As the photos indicate, small pieces of the face have been cut and removed as part of sacred ritual process. As part of this process, these pieces were thereafter applied to other figures to empower other objects or used as ingredients in a ritual ceremony.


Antique Beaded Royal Elephant Headdress, c. 1910-1930
Bamelike Tribe, Cameroon Grasslands. This example is exceptionally wonderful and features and indigo stain and colorful glass beads stitched on by hand through a time intensive and laborious process that illustrated the devotion to the objectives and importance of the Elephant Society rituals. For its age, it is in exceptional condition. The purchase includes a custom made base which shows the piece exceptionally well. The facial expression is disarming and open to the interpretation of the viewer.
Amritsar Carpet, Northern India, early 20th C.


Northern Italian Snaphance Rifle, 18th C.


Peking Chinese Carpet, Northeast China, c. 1900
Large Carved Ivory Fan Handle, Sri Lanka, 19th C.


Repoussed Silver-Gilt Bowl, Ottoman Turkey, 18-19th C.


Magnificent Silver Teapot by Hamilton & Co. , c. 1820
Tabriz Hadji-Jalili Carpet, Persia, late 19th C.


West Persian Kurdish kalay, last quarter 19th C.


Mahal Sultanabad Rug, first quarter 20th C.
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