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Circa 1790 George Washington Porcelain Tieback

Starting Bid - $1,000.00, Sold For - $2,587.50

Very rare and important museum-quality late eighteenth-century porcelain tieback that features a portrait image of General George Washington. Curtain tiebacks were produced for use and display in living rooms and libraries of well-to-do homes of the day. Their purpose was to attach to the wall, on either side of a window, providing an anchor to allow curtains to be tied open. Tiebacks featuring Washington are among the most significant and desirable of all George Washington items in the field of political collecting. Several different designs were produced featuring George Washington. All are exceedingly rare. The tieback portion consists of a brass frame encircling the porcelain medallion. The reverse is designed with a convex tin backing, with a cast brass post, at the end of which is a hand-threaded iron screw. Over the past 200+ years there have been literally thousands of items manufactured which present the image of George Washington. Only a small handful, however, are contemporary pieces produced to honor Washington, America's premier political figure, while he was alive. This is one of the few. In the world of political items, collectors usually must settle for one of the many designs of small brass inaugural buttons to provide a contemporary piece to represent George Washington. While inaugural buttons are highly prized by collectors, and routinely sell for thousands of dollars each, they do not feature Washington's likeness, and though rare, also do not begin to approach the rarity of Washington tiebacks. Perhaps most importantly Washington tiebacks are simply in their own league in terms of visual grandeur and display value. Tiebacks were, after all, meant for display, and for display in the most important rooms in the finest homes in America. This piece was manufactured at approximately the time of Washington's election as the First President of the United States and may in fact predate Washington's ascension to the presidency by a year or two. The condition of the offered example is nothing short of astounding, and all the more so considering it is over 200 years old. The porcelain is clean and white, and free of defects, with no chips, cracks, repairs, or damage of any kind. The metal portions of the tieback are also in Excellent condition. An outstanding museum-quality example of one of the rarest and most desirable contemporary George Washington pieces in the world of Americana and political collecting. Diameter: 2 inches. Brass post and hand-threaded screw on the reverse: 2-3/8 inches in length. Reserve $1,000. Estimate $3,000/$5,000. SOLD FOR $2,587.50

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