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Bible with a leather cover and vellum pages. Bible is written in Ge'ez, the liturgical language of the Ethiopian Orthodox Church and the medium of traditional Ethiopian learning and scholarship.
Antique silver dish ring stand. Openwork and chased silver dish ring engraved with two pheasants among flowers and a cartouche with a crest flanked by a figure on the left and a wolf on the right. Three of four hallmarks are legible: the crowned harp certifies that the ring is 92.5% pure silver, Hibernia seated certifies proper excise duty was paid...
Ship model of the 44 gun French frigate of the line "Melpomene." This model was crafted by a prisoner of war during the French Revolutionary or Napoleonic wars. The bow has a warrior figurehead.
Sword with hilt and silver knuckle guard, which is formed by a long turned down quillon. The grip is composed of fluted wood. The sheath is covered with chased silver plating. The steel blade is slightly curved.
Drinking horn made from a bovine horn. The horn is decorated with engraved silver and niello (a metallic alloy of sulfur and silver) at the open end and at the mouth piece. The mouth piece is shaped like the head of a bird. Attached to the horn is a silver chain strap.
Large bowl and footed stand made of crystal cut with alternating panels of diamonds and fluting and sixteen fan-shaped lobes on the rim.
Silver goblet engraved on exterior in Gaelic: President John Fitzgerald Kennedy/ Failte/ t0/ Ros Mic/ Treom/ 27 June, 1963" which translates to "President John Fitzgerald Kennedy Welcome to New Ross 27 June 1963."
Vibrant Kangra painting of a battle scene mounted on a silk-covered wood frame.
This is a portrait of a young girl from Kashmir. The girl in this painting symbolizes the land of her birth; the delicately tinted hands, the cleanly chiseled face, soft garments are all suffused with poetic lyricism suggestive of the lotus, the lilac and the rose.
Leather and wood drum in hourglass shape with a handle attached to the side. The talking drum (also called dondo, adondo, atumpan, or gan gan) is a variable pitch pressure drum. The drum heads at either end of the drum's wooden body are made from hide or fish-skin which is wrapped around a wooden hoop. Usually, leather cords or thongs run the lengt...
The takouba (takooba, takuba) is a style of sword traditionally associated with the Tuareg. The sword has a broad straight double edged steel blade that tapers distally to the rounded end. The cross guard is covered with embossed brown leather and the hilt end shows a low stacked pyramid tip of three layers, the central layer being copper, the othe...
Double edged steel blade with forked hilt. The blade tapers to a point. The leather scabbard has a decorated circular arm band attached toward the top.
Short dagger encased in a wood sheath. The kris has an ivory hilt and wavy edge blade. The Indonesian term for the shape of the blade is "Dapur". This blade has 13 lok or waves which is called Sangkelat. The "water mark" design on the blade is called pamor. Pamor is formed because the kris is not made from a homogeneous piece of metal but a combina...
World War I, Austrian Navy boarding saber, or "entersabel", with a wrapped sharkskin hilt and split knuckle guard. The saber has a black leather scabbard.
Polished undecorated whale tooth inset with a rectangular silver lidded box monogrammed with the letter "A." The silver box has an English hallmark for the town of Chester. The maker's mark is indeterminate. Imprinted "Barretson-Piccadilly."
Oil painting of the façade of San Alfonso cathedral in Santiago, Chile.
Porcelain figurine of a rider of the Spanish Riding Academy in Vienna dressed in a red tunic mounted on a white horse. Horse is portrayed in a rearing position.
Silver chest with a hinged lid. The exterior is embossed in relief with Celtic knot work along the edges on all four sides. The seal of Edinburgh is engraved on the exterior front. The lid is engraved with the inscription: "Presented by the Corporation of Edinburgh along with the Burgess Ticket conferring the Freedom of the City, His Excellency the...
Mosaic of a village scene made of wood and ivory inlay over a rectangular piece of wood. The mosaic depicts a typical village scene of a woman walking down a road towards 3 huts carrying a basket on her head, a man canoeing on a lake at the right with a palm tree and boat in foreground.
Leopard-like animal carved in solid, polished ebony, with inlaid ivory eyes and teeth. Panther is in a striding position crouched low to the ground as if he is prowling. Statue stands on a rectangular base.
Desk accessory with 3 pieces of scrimshaw affixed to a wooden base. First, the whale tooth scrimshaw is engraved with a scene of a sperm whale upending a long boat and five sailors overboard, inscribed "A dead whale or a stove boat." Second, a section of whale tooth scrimshaw is engraved with the meeting of the Amagiri and the PT 109 before collisi...
Silver cast Freedom Bell, a symbol of American support for Berlin and German-American
friendship. The bell is decorated in bas relief with five human torch bearers with arms out
stretched, holding a torch in their left hands and grasping the adjacent torch with their
right hands. The figures are bordered by a running leaf and berry pattern above...
A strapless evening gown in off-white silk with a pink net and a rhinestone beaded trim. This dress has a full skirt with a tulle petticoat.
A strapless evening gown of beige satin printed with gold color Chinese figures. Rhinestones and beads are scattered throughout with a black velvet streamer tied in bow at back of waist. This dress has a small train.
Blue leather case containing eight bottles of perfume. Perfumes are named: Pearl, Evening, Moscow Lights, Poetry, March 8 (International Women's Day), Spring Aroma, Spring (essence of), and Spring (season).
Bible with a carved mother-of-pearl cover. The front of cover has a mother of pearl inlay with a nativity scene and elaborate floral border. The back cover is inlaid with a scene of the Last Supper.
A strapless mermaid cut evening gown made of white silk printed with blue flowers.
Black and white portrait photograph of Princess Grace and Prince Rainer in profile. The photograph is silhouetted in a circle on white photo paper and inscribed "to President and Mrs. Kennedy with our warmest regards and best wishes" by Prince Rainier and Princess Grace of Monaco in 1961. The photograph is in a silver frame surmounted by a gold c...
A suit in black ribbed wool by Garrigue with shell blouse in ivory dot-embroidered silk satin (Model number 04637). The jacket is lined in the same fabric as the blouse. The blouse cuffs are an illusion, when the jacket is removed, a sleeveless shell is revealed.
A two-piece day suit in red wool twill with a pencil skirt and jacket. This suit has elaborate back detailing of a twisted martingale half-belt. Curving seams shape the body, sleeves and the back of the skirt. The jacket has a rolled collar with a five button center closure and two hip pockets.
A knit suit in asparagus green wool jersey with an ivory linen trim. The blouson jacket with canted ribbon trim has been cut from a single piece of fabric. The starched organdy collar attaches to the neckline by means of a series of press studs so that it may be detached for laundering. This French suit (probably from the boutique of a Paris coutur...
A dress and overblouse in a slate gray wool jersey with a bow at the waist. The overblouse has a neckline that was cut to stand up and away from the shoulder blades and a deep bias band at the hem that impedes its fall. The layering without bulk is achieved by "shrugging" the overblouse over the dress's silk top.
A sleeveless dress in fuchsia silk shantung with a ruffle down front from the shoulder to the hem.
A short sleeve shell dress; part of an ensemble in deep pink silk matelasse.
Bolero style jacket with cape collar; part of an ensemble in deep pink silk matelasse.
Sculpture of a wooden boat with 12 brass figures. Cast brass musicians surround a central figure sheltered by an umbrella. The figures at bow and stern of boat hold paddles.
Hammered silver tea set decorated with a repousse lotus flower motif. The tea kettle with lid has a spout made to look like a bird and a handle decorated with scroll work. The set also includes a water kettle with lid, a sugar bowl with lid and two scroll handles, a creamer with handle and lid, an oval strainer with a decorative floral handle, a ...
Abstract sculpture carved from black stone in an anthropomorphic form suggestive of two figures of a mother and child.
Footed bowl decorated with eighteen pierced and filigreed lobes of silver. Applied to the rim are gold filigree flowers and a gold crest of His Imperial Majesty.
Pair of bone china blue jays. The birds are posed perched on tree stumps with backs glazed blue, wings turquoise, and breasts and throats pink.
Oval footed tray with repoussé scroll and leaf design around rim.
Oval tray with repoussé floral design around rim and in center.
Rectangular shaped chest with relief depictions of medals originally minted by the Paris Mint on the 4 sides and lid. The medallions of George Washington in profile and Riders overlooking Boston are from a medallion commissioned by the American Congress in 1787 commemorating the liberation of Boston from the British occupation. The Latin legend is...
Gold medallion with relief of Gonzolo Ximenez, Spanish Conquistador and founder of Bogota in center. The reverse is engraved "Santa Fe de Bogota" with a crest in center and "1538" at lower edge. The medallion hangs from a yellow and red grosgrain ribbon.
Silver statue of a striding lion wearing a gold crown. The lion is mounted on a silver base. The surface of the statue has casing lines in block pattern to give the illusion that the statue is made of stone. The Lion's haunches are raised from the surface of the body to suggest muscles. The mane of lion is comprised of shingled spikes of silver. Th...
Porcelain bonbonniere (candy dish) with low relief of the city of Luxembourg on the lid. The city was founded in 963, and celebrated its millennium the year this dish was given to President Kennedy. The exterior is skillfully polished to show the fine biscuit. A vertical design in relief is incorporated around the piece, which is glazed only on the...
Ivory model of an ancient Egyptian barge. Several intricately carved figures of ancient Egyptians stand on deck with a central figure under a canopy-like shelter. The figure has the face of a bird and is holding a staff. Two oars with bird's heads on the handles are attached to boat at each side. The model is mounted on a wooden base.
Female doll with cloth body dressed in white cotton blouse with puffy sleeves, black felt bodice, green felt skirt and red embroidered apron. The doll is wearing black high heel shoes and a red head covering.
Brass sculpture of 12 figures sitting and standing in a pirogue (flat bottomed boat). The central figure is seated and is being shaded by an umbrella held by attendant. Two figures (one at bow, other at stern) paddle while others fish.
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