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From the William Guthman collection.

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(ca. 1750-80) Embossed Leather Wallet for Flushing (New York). 6.2 x 3.4". Fine to Very Fine. An exciting relic of 18th century New York, handmade to sell in what became New York City's borough of Queens. Embossed wallets like this were relatively commonplace in the 18th century, and geographical examples can be found from a wide variety of cities and towns, mostly in North America. Other types -- the most valuable varieties, typically -- are embossed with thematic mottos like "Liberty" or "Success to Washington." Two of the Liberty wallets were including in the collection of the late, great William Guthman when a portion of his 18th century relics were sold by Northeast Auctions and Bonham's/Butterfields in 2006. Guthman was best known for his knowledgeable if curmudgeonly appearances on Antiques Roadshow, including an appraisal of a Thomas Jefferson Indian Peace medal in Oklahoma City. Guthman was a full-time dealer, but also a great collector of all things 18th century. He owned several wallets, including this one, sold as part of Lot 1051 in his Bonham's sale. The lot, including a similar embossed wallet reading "Jamestown" (likely New York) and a man's name, realized $6435 in 2006. Despite the seemingly high realization, it was a far cry from the Liberty wallets in the same sale, the nicer of which brought $17,550 as Lot 737 and another of which sold in Lot 738 for $8775. More embossed wallets, including similar geographical-styled ones, can be seen at The 18th Century Material Culture Resource Center, a great online resource on 18th century objects.

This wallet is used but in nice shape, with good color and body. The leather remains supple and the embossing is strong. There is a crease at NG of "Flushing" on one side, but it does not break through. Most of the stitching is present, a good bit of it remaining sewn and intact. This would have held colonial and Continental notes, along with the other sorts of circulating paper of the day like bills of exchange, checks, and other forms. While those paper articles often survive, these wallets rarely do. They are offered in the marketplace very, very infrequently.

 

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation N/A
Mint Location Philadelphia
Strike Type Business
Circulated/Uncirc Uncirculated
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 12006

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Details

(ca. 1750-80) Embossed Leather Wallet for Flushing (New York). 6.2 x 3.4". Fine to Very Fine. An exciting relic of 18th century New York, handmade to sell in what became New York City's borough of Queens. Embossed wallets like this were relatively commonplace in the 18th century, and geographical examples can be found from a wide variety of cities and towns, mostly in North America. Other types -- the most valuable varieties, typically -- are embossed with thematic mottos like "Liberty" or "Success to Washington." Two of the Liberty wallets were including in the collection of the late, great William Guthman when a portion of his 18th century relics were sold by Northeast Auctions and Bonham's/Butterfields in 2006. Guthman was best known for his knowledgeable if curmudgeonly appearances on Antiques Roadshow, including an appraisal of a Thomas Jefferson Indian Peace medal in Oklahoma City. Guthman was a full-time dealer, but also a great collector of all things 18th century. He owned several wallets, including this one, sold as part of Lot 1051 in his Bonham's sale. The lot, including a similar embossed wallet reading "Jamestown" (likely New York) and a man's name, realized $6435 in 2006. Despite the seemingly high realization, it was a far cry from the Liberty wallets in the same sale, the nicer of which brought $17,550 as Lot 737 and another of which sold in Lot 738 for $8775. More embossed wallets, including similar geographical-styled ones, can be seen at The 18th Century Material Culture Resource Center, a great online resource on 18th century objects.

This wallet is used but in nice shape, with good color and body. The leather remains supple and the embossing is strong. There is a crease at NG of "Flushing" on one side, but it does not break through. Most of the stitching is present, a good bit of it remaining sewn and intact. This would have held colonial and Continental notes, along with the other sorts of circulating paper of the day like bills of exchange, checks, and other forms. While those paper articles often survive, these wallets rarely do. They are offered in the marketplace very, very infrequently.

 

Additional

Additional Information

Grading Service RAW
Grade RAW
Designation N/A
Mint Location Philadelphia
Strike Type Business
Circulated/Uncirc Uncirculated
Grade Add On N/A
SKU or Cert # 12006

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