Apr 15, 2021 - Sale 2564

Sale 2564 - Lot 62

Price Realized: $ 594
?Final Price Realized includes Buyer’s Premium added to Hammer Price
Estimate: $ 800 - $ 1,200
(WASHINGTON.) Miniature portrait of George Washington in a frame made from Mount Vernon wood. Engraving, just over 2 inches round, under glass in original wood frame, 3 inches round; lacking explanatory label on verso and original glass; minimal wear. Washington: Horace Barnes & Co., 1859

Additional Details

The engraving includes a half-inch portrait of Washington superimposed over a view of Mount Vernon and his tomb, with patriotic emblems and the text "He lived for his country." It was produced by the American Bank Note Company, after a design by H. Billings, based upon Houdon's portrait of Washington. A note on verso by J. Crutchett (here absent) explained that the frame was "manufactured at the Mount Vernon Factory from wood grown at Mount Vernon" by the authorization of John A. Washington. Hart 190.