VERY FINE AND RARE CHILD'S RED AND POLYCHROME PAINT-DECORATED OAK SLED WITH 'HAM FAT' MINSTREL AND BANJO, PROBABLY NEW ENGLAND, CIRCA 1860-80
VERY FINE AND RARE CHILD'S RED AND POLYCHROME PAINT-DECORATED OAK SLED WITH 'HAM FAT' MINSTREL AND BANJO, PROBABLY NEW ENGLAND, CIRCA 1860-80
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VERY FINE AND RARE CHILD'S RED AND POLYCHROME PAINT-DECORATED OAK SLED WITH 'HAM FAT' MINSTREL AND BANJO, PROBABLY NEW ENGLAND, CIRCA 1860-80

Estimate: 3,000 - 5,000 USD

VERY FINE AND RARE CHILD'S RED AND POLYCHROME PAINT-DECORATED OAK SLED WITH 'HAM FAT' MINSTREL AND BANJO, PROBABLY NEW ENGLAND, CIRCA 1860-80

Estimate: 3,000 - 5,000 USD

Lot Sold:3,750USD

Lot Details

Description

VERY FINE AND RARE CHILD'S RED AND POLYCHROME PAINT-DECORATED OAK SLED WITH 'HAM FAT' MINSTREL AND BANJO, PROBABLY NEW ENGLAND, CIRCA 1860-80


underside of sled inscribed in pencil Belonged to Anna Mary Boone, 8 yrs. old when she moved to 241 Westmorland St. Would be 128 yrs. old if alive in 1990.

Height 12 in. by Length 44 in. by Width 17 ¼ in.

Condition Report

In overall fine used condition. Considerable small scattered losses and abrasions throughout and coat of varnish. Vertical crack from figure's proper left foot to the letter "A" of the word "FAT" at bottom. Loss of paint on side rails and inside of skis. Some missing wooden dowels covering hardware. Not examined under ultraviolet light.


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Cataloguing

Provenance

Anna Mary Boone;

Walters Benisek Art & Antiques, Northampton, Massachusetts.

Catalogue Note

The character "Ham Fat" in minstrelry is said to be the origin of the term 'ham actor'. Several songs used in minstrel shows of the period revolve around the character Ham Fat, including The Ham Fat Man, A Comic Song by A. Jones, 1863 and The Hamfatter.

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