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A writer from California has inquired about this painting of the historic Chamberlin Hotel at Old Point Comfort in Hampton. The artist was Hughson Hawley, who inscribed and signed it in 1893.
The Chamberlin sits at the tip of the Virginia Peninsula, adjoining Fort Monroe and the casemate where Jefferson Davis spent a year in prison after the conclusion of the War Between the States. It overlooks the entirety of Hampton Roads, and for over a century was one of the most popular resorts in America.
The Old Bay Line terminal adjoined the hotel, which provided lodging for travelers arriving by steamboat. A short hop away was the ferry terminal for the crossing of
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This pine tool tray comes from in Middlesex County. The owner purchased it at auction many years ago, so far back that he does not remember what he paid for it.
The finish is original, he thinks, and the piece exhibits no signs of alteration or repair.
Utilitarian items such as this tool tray are difficult to date. This one being in such good condition causes me to question whether it is of more recent
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A couple from California has this pair of brass candlesticks that they acquired many years ago. They have a home in the Northern Neck, where the sticks are located, and are thinking of selling them. The sticks are six inches tall, and the antique dealer from whom they purchased them said they were English, and dated from the nineteenth century.
These candlesticks indeed are English, and more precisely date from the period 1820 – 1860. They are sand-cast,
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This English walnut chest belongs to the sister of a reader. She acquired it in Massachusetts over 40 years ago. The wood is walnut and the owner thinks that the finish and hardware are original.
The ends are solid, and not paneled. The finish has alligatored and the wood has faded from being in the
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A lady in Urbanna acquired this brass mortar and pestle many years ago. It weighs 25 pounds, and is unmarked as to maker or origin. It is six inches high, and the pestle is eight inches long. She wonders if it could be English.
The age of the mortar and pestle appears to be about 250 years, that is from the mid-seventeen hundreds. The level of wear attests to its having been used heavily, perhaps commercially in an apothecary shop, or on a farm where herbs were crushed for home use.