Sunday, June 30, 2013

This Week In Bookplates 6/30/2013

In 2004 a very generous friend invested many hours making a detailed hard copy inventory of my 18th century American bookplate collection. Since then I have been keeping records of additional purchases on various scraps of paper . It is very disorganized so I have begun to sort about 130 bookplates purchased since 2004 and am attempting to put them into an Excel  database. In doing so I have found a  mystery bookplates along with one or two duplicates I didn't  know I had..

Here is a mystery bookplate:
 Allen #980


Allen describes it as follows:  Unidentified (name defaced)
    Pictorial .An Eagle holding a small United States shield in his beak, and a ribbon on which the United States motto is given E Pluribus Unum. In the oval beneath ,Use this carefully and return it immediately.
A bible under all.
Signed W.Barber, Sculpt.
The only W.Barber listed in Mantle Fielding's Dictionary of American Painters , Sculptor's and Engravers  is William Barber
 " Engraver,.Born in London 1807 ;died in Philadelphia  1879 .He started as a silver plate engraver but soon entered the employ of the U.S. mint in Philadelphia where he remained until his death."
My assumption is that the owner of the mystery plate was probably located in or near Philadelphia.
If any of you have  information about this plate please contact me

Bookplatemaven@hotmail.com

I received a call from Tom Boss about this mystery bookplate. He recalls seeing it some time ago and the name that he remembers is William Ballord. I found one reference to that name on p. 21 in A Classified List of Early American Bookplates with a Brief description of The Principal Styles  And A note As to The Prominent Engravers by Charles Dexter Allen .  This is a  booklet that was made to accompany an exhibition at the Grolier Club ,Oct.1894. More research needs to be done but this is a good start.

Here are of the duplicates I unearthed for possible trade or sale.

Allen #41 Harry Atwood






Allen# 805 William Smith  A.M.



Allen #467 Knight's of the Square Table


 This one is not a duplicate.
 It's interesting how the meaning of words changes over a period of time. Describing someone as cheap generally has a negative connotation nowadays but in the mid 19th century it was something to brag about.
Pinterest , an Internet scrapbook has multiple pages with bookplate illustrations.
Follow the link below to see Ingrid Sherwood's labor of love.

Here is another interesting link with many Japanese woodblock prints including bookplates and matchbox covers
from the  Collection of Gary and Janet Christenson
http://www.miniaturejapaneseprints.com/id7.html



matchbox-1-.jpg
Unknown artist. Woodblock printed matchbox cover. Image size 33 mm x 52 mm.
Matchbox-2-.jpg
Unknown artist. Woodblock printed matchbox cover. Image size 33 mm x 52 mm.
Matchbox-web-3-.jpg
Unknown artist. Woodblock printed matchbox cover. Image size 33 mm x 52 mm.
Matchbox-4-web-.jpg
Unknown artist. Woodblock printed matchbox cover. Image size 33 mm x 52 mm.
Matchbox-6-.jpg
Unknown artist. Woodblock printed matchbox cover. Image size 33 mm x 52 mm.
Matchbox-5-web-.jpg
Unknown artist. Woodblock printed matchbox cover. Image size 33 mm x 52 mm.
Matchbox-7-web-.jpg
Unknown artist. Woodblock printed matchbox cover. Image size 33 mm x 52 mm.
Matchbox-8-web-.jpg
Unknown artist. Woodblock printed matchbox cover. Image size 33 mm x 52 mm.
Matchbox-9-web-.jpg
Unknown artist. Woodblock printed matchbox cover. Image size 33 mm x 52 mm.
Matchbox-10-smaller-.jpg
Unknown artist. Woodblock printed matchbox cover. Image size 34 mm x 52 mm.
Matchbox-11-web-.jpg
Unknown artist. Woodblock printed matchbox cover. Image size 34 mm x 52 mm.
Matchbox-12-web-.jpg
Unknown artist. Woodblock printed matchbox cover. Image size 34 mm x 52 mm.
I'm tempted to start collecting these but time and money slow me down.
See you next Sunday.



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