Rare SPEESE & CO. / GETTYSBURG, PA Redware Gettysburg Battlefield Monument for 13th NJ Volunteers

July 18, 2015 Stoneware Auction

Lot #: 347

Price Realized: $1,495.00

($1,300 hammer, plus 15% buyer's premium)

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Rare Cold-Painted Redware Gettysburg Souvenir Monument of the 13th New Jersey Volunteers, Stamped "SPEESE & CO. / GETTYSBURG, PA," Henry and Charles Speese, Gettysburg, PA, circa 1885, molded souvenir in the form of the Gettysburg Civil War monument for the 13th New Jersey Volunteers, featuring a kneeling soldier with rifle, trees in the background, and impressed inscription "13 NEW JERSEY VOLS". Additionally impressed "GETTYSBURG" and "JULY 1,2,3 1863". Surface covered in dark-brown over silver cold paint. Such souvenirs were advertised on the pottery's business cards as "Gettysburg Battlefield Miniature Monument, / Fac-Similes of the Monuments, / Made from Material from the most Historical Portions of the Field. / THEY ARE IN THEMSELVES RELICS" (Lasansky, Central Pennsylvania Redware 1780-1904, pp. 18-19). Provenance: Purchased in the 1970s from a direct descendant of the Speese family by the consignor's mother. Shallow chips to edges and some paint wear. H 7".

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