Ulysses S. Grant Items to Cross-the-Block at Kaminski’s March Auction

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"Grant" Inscribed Tea Box Estimated $10,000-$15,000

Tiffany & Co. Brass Carriage Clock given by President Grant to his wife

precious artifacts from a fascinating period of American History

Kaminski Auctions, one of Massachusetts’ premier auction houses, announces its March Estates Auction. The auction features fine art, antiques and a premier selection of historical items from the San Diego estate of the Grant family, descendants of United States President Ulysses S. Grant. Featured consignments hail from estates spanning Massachusetts to Kaminski’s California location. The auction takes place March 27-28, 2010 at Woodman's Function Hall, Rt. 133 Main Street, Essex, MA. Bidding commences at 11am each day and auction previews are scheduled March 26, 11am-8pm and on the days of the auction from 9am-11am. Live online bidding is available through LiveAuctioneers. Visit http://www.KaminskiAuctions.com for information.

Highlighting this exciting two-day auction is a circa 1860s Japanese lacquered tea box (est. $10,000-$15,000), originally owned by the Grant family. The box was presented to the First Family by the Emperor of Japan and bears two inscriptions – “Grant” on the box’s top and “Mrs. U. S. Grant” on its interior. The piece boasts four gilt legs, carved to resemble dragons' heads. Adorning the sides of the box is a scene depicting a number of servants carrying a wealthy individual in a golden litter (a popular form of transportation in Japanese antiquity).

A Tiffany & Co. carriage clock (est. $7,500-$12,500) is also part of the Grant family estate. According to an inscription on the clock, Ulysses S. Grant presented the stunning brass timepiece as a gift to his wife Julia D. Grant on June 1, 1881. It was then passed down through subsequent generations of the Grant family and makes its auction debut at Kaminski’s March sale. The clock is in fine condition, with only a light complementary patina in the crevasses of its brass construction. It is encased on four sides by fine French beveled glass, through which its intricate clockwork mechanisms are visible.

Also offered is a painting by American artist Charles T. Webber (1825-1911), depicting the president’s father Jesse Grant with his young son Ulysses in uniform. The painting, housed in an ornate gilt frame, offers a rare glimpse in to the childhood of the 18th President. Webber was well known for his skillfully painted portraits and historical scenes. His most famous piece, “The Underground Railroad”, served as a tribute to abolitionists and is held at the Cincinnati Art Museum.

“These beautiful objects from the Grant estate are precious artifacts from a fascinating period of American History,” comments Frank Kaminski, owner of Kaminski Auctions. “The pieces have stood the test of time, preserved with loving care by the descendants of one of America’s great leaders.”

About Kaminski Auctions
Kaminski Auctions, headed by Frank Kaminski, specializes in appraising and auctioning fine art and antiques. As part of a complete estate service package, Kaminski provides expert appraisals, local and national advertising for all sales, competitive fees, itemized accounting of all transactions for heirs and representatives. In addition to full estate auctions, Kaminski accepts partial estate liquidations, as well as individual pieces and collections for consignment. In 2007, Kaminski Auctions opened a second location in San Diego, California and recently opened an additional location in Beverly Hills. For information, visit http://www.KaminskiAuctions.com or call 978-927-2223.

Editor’s Notes:

  • Additional photos are available on request.    
  • Interviews with Frank Kaminski are encouraged and can be arranged.
  • On-site media coverage of the auction action is invited.

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