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c. 1868 CARVED WHIMSY - of Capt. Alexander Winsor / Clipper Ship Herald of the Morning

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This carved folk-art whimsy offers the finely written old cursive inscription: ’Made by the Capt. of the Ship Herald of the Morning in the North Pacific Ocean August 5th 1868’ with fine block letter initials A W. The product of a past Skinner Auction where it came out of a little decorative box lot containing an assortment of small period carved ivory, hardstone, bone, silver, and wooden trinkets, the period inscription on this piece offers the American Clipper Ship enthusiast fruit for rewarding research. Thanks to the wonders of Google we found a lot photo and description of this carved whimsy from a 2010 SKINNER Americana & Decorative Arts auction, we also learned the following: The clipper Herald of the Morning was built in Medford, Mass. in 1853. She was one of only few clipper ships with a passage from New York to San Francisco in less than 100 days. Commencing May 6 through September 1, 1868 the Herald in the Morning under command of Capt. Alexander Winsor of clipper ship FLYING CLOUD notoriety, made passage from New York, around the horn and up the North Pacific to San Francisco. The period inscription date of August 5th 1868 tells us that Capt. Winsor was carving this little do-dad in the closing days of the historic 118 day Clipper Herald of the Morning voyage, New York to San Francisco. A popular, time passing, hand craft, especially among seaman of the sailing era, existing, original examples of the folk-art form offer an interesting collectable category in and of themselves or set in nicely as companion to nautical Americana items. This historic example will be a standout in any such collection. Buy with confidence! We are pleased to offer a no questions asked three day inspection with return as purchased on direct sales! Just send us a courtesy e-mail to let us know your item will be returned per these provisions and your purchase price will be refunded accordingly. Thanks for visiting Gunsight Antiques! :


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