This exceptionally rare piece of sailors' folk art has its' cover carved with the name 'Capt. J C Pease, Oswego, 1874' over a carved depiction of a Schooner named 'Schooner Delos Dewolf.' The spine is carved with the name of the book 'The American Cruisers Own Book.' The back cover is carved with a schooner and a steamer. Ornate brass hinges. A museum quality piece.
Cover of book of the Epistles; silver; parcel gilt; ornamental designs in high relief; centre: high circular setting with cable edges containing convex plate with sexfoil in tracery, at each corner a similar setting with symbols of the Evangelists in full relief and gilded, holding scrolls inscribed with the names of the Evangelists; on each side of central medallion ca 1506
Gruel and Engelmann binding for a Book of Hours ca. 1870. "The Paris firm of Gruel and Engelmann was known for its deluxe bookbindings. In this Gothic Revival example, the celebrated Paris jeweler Alexis Falize (1811-98) has created a relief showing the Adoration of the Magi, surrounded by fantastic animals derived from the amusing, marginal decoration found in some medieval manuscripts."