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PROPERTY FROM A HISTORICAL MILITARY COLLECTION, WASHINGTON, PA

SILVERSMITH'S DESIGNS: FIVE DRAWING BOOKS, JACOB SCHAFFER, WASHINGTON, PA, DATED 1787, 1817, 1821, 1823, AND 1825
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PROPERTY FROM A HISTORICAL MILITARY COLLECTION, WASHINGTON, PA

SILVERSMITH'S DESIGNS: FIVE DRAWING BOOKS, JACOB SCHAFFER, WASHINGTON, PA, DATED 1787, 1817, 1821, 1823, AND 1825
Estimation
2 0003 000
Lot. Vendu 5,000 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
ACCÉDER AU LOT

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SILVERSMITH'S DESIGNS: FIVE DRAWING BOOKS, JACOB SCHAFFER, WASHINGTON, PA, DATED 1787, 1817, 1821, 1823, AND 1825
with a variety of marbled paper or illustrated paper covers, roughly sewn together; comprising:
Book dated 1817, with foliate and patterned borders, "Engraving for a Salt Seller",  "Sprigs", "a button for a bridle head Stall a Punch to raise them up", "Free Masons Plate", etc
Book with name "Jacob Schiffer", design for a buckle, outline of a teapot, outline of a creamer with "Jacob Shaphard Charls Thoune Jun the 6 1787", outlines of sugar urn and cann with weights, designs for a creamer and chateleine hook, script monograms
Book with name "Joseph Schaffer Washington County Pennsylvania" and date 1825; designs of flowers, "sword mountings"
Book with name "Joseph Schafer", outline designs for Masonic Jewels with weights, date 1823, descriptions of decoration for the "Medals", design for sword mounting
Book with cover name J. Schaffer, Philadelphia, and date 1821, inside "Joseph Schaffer's Book of Scrolls. Washington Pa June 4. 1823 harde times", with designs for scrolls, foliate sprigs, and ribbons, loose page tucked in with oval portrait labeled "Hodges Esqr Painter"
total about 75 leaves of which approximately 30 bear drawings and sketches by several hands 
height 7 5/8 by width 6 1/2 in.
19.7 by 16.5 cm
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Description

Jacob Schaffer served in the York County Militia during the Revolution, then apprenticed with silversmith Charles Hall in Lancaster County, PA.  In 1787 he moved to the frontier town of Washington, PA., southwest of Pittsburgh near the Ohio border, where bought a lot and built a house and shop.  During the War of 1812 he provided goods for the U.S. Navy on Lake Erie, including buttons, "fittings for uniforms and adornments for officers swords".  A pair of silver-hilted swords with Schaffer's mark were sold by James D. Julia in October, 2015, lot 3325, for $14,950; another was in the Lattimer family collection (Hartzler p. 135).  Schaffer appears as a silversmith on the tax lists until 1850; spoons and sugar tongs with his marks survive, and these sketchbooks suggest that he also supplied Masonic jewels.  See Clay Kilgore, "Looking Back: The Silversmith of Washington, PA." Observer-reporter.com.

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