George Washington Set Of Federal Era Two Drawer Pulls (1795-1810).
George Washington Set Of Federal Era Two Drawer Pulls (1795-1810). 48 mm (diam.) X 38 mm (D), base plate 55 mm (diam). Brass. Comes with mounting plates (4 pieces total).
This set of two drawer pulls bears the familiar Houdon bust of Washington seen on the Washington before Boston medal, and are of similar shape and construction as the Jefferson cabinet knob, but slightly smaller in size. These could have been used as drawer pulls or cabinet knobs. Extensively hand finished including lined and curved stippling work surrounding the portrait and the scalloped framing on the knob and mounting plate. Under close examination the name WASHINGTON appears below the bust of Washington, but has been partially obscured by the finish work. These were also likely produced by Marchant and Pingo in their commercial venture producing this brass furniture hardware with busts of historic figures. In excellent condition with one area of verdigris on one of the pieces.
Excessively rare and desirable, the Ed Gillette collection had only a single example of this Washington drawer pull (and a second pull of lesser value with a heraldic eagle design) which realized $1960.00 in a March 1, 2008 Heritage Auction (Lot 48010).