Mid-19th Century


Intricately and elegantly rendered. Obverse depicts a coastal scene of trees, two stately buildings, a starboard view of a three-masted vessel flying pennants from each mast and a large American flag off the stern, a port view of a similar three-masted vessel, a stern view of a vessel flying a long pennant, a smaller two-masted vessel flying a long pennant, a lighthouse, and a building, possibly a tavern, with a signpost and a fence. Initialed "R.B." above lighthouse. Reverse with eight images: a heart containing arrows and geometric and foliate designs, a ruffled circle containing a five-pointed star within a larger five-pointed star, a potted plant, a cartouche containing "RB", intersecting hearts containing arrows and fan designs, an overlapping circle and leaf pattern, a fylfot, and a half fan design. Images are separated by assorted geometric borders and some are accented with quarter fan or foliate designs. Curved ends.
Length 13.75".
Condition: Old breaks professionally restored. Some slight warping, as typical. Some sticker residue on obverse between buildings and ship.
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  • Provenance: Note:
    This busk, particularly the designs on the reverse, bears a strong resemblance to a baleen example from a Long Island Collection, sold at Eldred's, The Fall Marine Sale, November 21, 2019, Lot #143, and are possibly by the same hand.

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