Item #57649 Loose receipts and miscellaneous papers. Ezbon Sanford, or Esbon.
Loose receipts and miscellaneous papers

Loose receipts and miscellaneous papers

V.p. 1802-1833. A dozen or so items, over half of which seem inconsequental. Ezbon or Esbon Sanford (1765-1846) was born in Newport, worked in Washington County. He was a storekeeper, innkeeper, and cabinetmaker and is cited in various articles about Rhode Island furniture making. One receipt is from the "estate of Abigail Congdon" (his mother-in-law) which details payment for molasses and gin as well as a coffin for herself at $6.00. A detailed inventory (May 15, 1833) is included of the estate of Anna Buckingham of North Kingstown, Washington County. All her belongings are listed including furniture: "eleven old fiddleback maple chairs" at $5. This type of chair is described in an article by Kathleen E. Johnson in Art & Antiques Magazine (Sept/Oct 1981) as "an intentional translation of the elements of the carved mahoghany or walnut, cabriole legged, Queen Anne- style chair into the vocabulary of the turned chair tradition." A large floor plan for a house with its footprint neatly laid out is one of the more interesting documents, with a detailed list of supplies (joists, ranging timber, furing, laths, doors & frames, roof boards, shingles and nails) each with prices. Ezbon Sanford held a local court office as Judge of the Court of Common Pleas and nother interesting document is dated 1830 from the state to the sheriff concerning the warrant for the arrest of George Young charging him as the father of Margaret Mitchel's "bastard child." The paper was signed by John H. Green, Deputy Sheriff. Other names mentioned in his storekeeper receipts are Robert Hosford, Robert Northrup, Charles Douglas, Weighty Underwood, and Paul Austin. Item #57649

Price: $175.00

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