Here are a few recent finds and what I have unearthed: so far:
The black circular plate shown below was already in my collection when I purchased the blue variation at Papermania last week. I knew the plate was illustrated in Bookplates Of The Nineties by Keith Clark
(Plate XIV). Here is what I learned on page 15.
The Willis Plate is Allen # 943
It contains a hidden engraved date not mentioned by Allen.
.It is so well hidden it sometimes takes me several minutes to find even though I know where it is located.
Upon further research I believe the Willis plate shown above may not be Early American.
In the British Museum Catalogue of the Franks Collection it is listed as #F31975
with the following notation " The plate of Richard Willis with altered inscription and Mountaine's
signature erased 1751"
9/5/2011 -Additional Information from fellow collector Anthony Pincott:
Concerning the Willis bookplate, details of it as the second state of a bookplate for a Richard Willis are to be found in the 1st series of Bookplate Journal in Vol.20 No.1, p.46.However, I’m not 100% certain that this correctly identifies the bookplate’s owner. There was a Richard Willis, son of Richard, christened on 28 May 1719, but this was at Morland, Westmorland (now Cumbria), not Marland.
I have also tried to find a marriage of an Elizabeth S. with Richard Willis, or alternatively an Elizabeth daughter of a Richard Willis, but again nothing convincing so far – the name Willis is too common
I know very little about the two transportation plates shown below.The Traffic Club of Chicago is still around so I will send them an inquiry this week.Does anyone out there have any information about Will and Lucy Humbert the owner's of the other plate ?Here is my contact information:
|That's it for now- |
See you next Sunday