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Charming Antique 1880's Autograph Album Burgundy Leather w/ Butterfly, Silver & Gold Gilt Decoration & Lovely Inscriptions, Drawings
Charming Antique 1880's Autograph Album Burgundy Leather w/ Butterfly, Silver & Gold Gilt Decoration & Lovely Inscriptions, Drawings
Charming Antique 1880's Autograph Album Burgundy Leather w/ Butterfly, Silver & Gold Gilt Decoration & Lovely Inscriptions, Drawings
Charming Antique 1880's Autograph Album Burgundy Leather w/ Butterfly, Silver & Gold Gilt Decoration & Lovely Inscriptions, Drawings
Charming Antique 1880's Autograph Album Burgundy Leather w/ Butterfly, Silver & Gold Gilt Decoration & Lovely Inscriptions, Drawings
Charming Antique 1880's Autograph Album Burgundy Leather w/ Butterfly, Silver & Gold Gilt Decoration & Lovely Inscriptions, Drawings

Material:  Silver & Gold Gilt Leather

Size:  8  x  5  x  1/2  inches

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Charming Antique 1880's Autograph Album Burgundy Leather w/ Butterfly, Silver & Gold Gilt Decoration & Lovely Inscriptions, Drawings

$ 39.99

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Really a charming antique gilt leather autograph album, c. 1880's.


It is covered in a rich burgundy leather that is decorated in an aesthetic flower, vine, leaf and butterfly motif, accented with a really attractive period gold and silver gilt.  The leaves were done with some type of layering technique, to give them a very three dimensional effect.


Back cover is embossed with a pretty bow and tassel design.  The spine is also heavily decorated in a beautiful gilt design with an angel, dove and flowers.  All pages have gilt edges.  First interior page is lettered in extremely fancy, ornate metallic gold script; Autographs


The album apparently belonged to a Miss Jessie Oxley of Clay Center, Kansas and there are a number of sweet inscriptions, as well as a drawing, all dating from 1882 - 1887.


One of my favorite mementos is dated 1/15/1882 and reads:

    Friendship improves happiness and abates misery,

    by doubling our joys and dividing our grief.


The last inscription reads:

    Sister Jessie,
     Last in your album,
     Last in your thought,
     First to be remembered,
     and last to be forgot
     Your sister, Flora M. Oxley  Feb 13, 1882


Due to several relative messages included in the album  (this was a large family with at least 7 children) it was quite easy to find information about them on the web.  In just a few minutes I discovered that the father of Jessie, Flora and another sister listed in the album named Mary (nicknamed Molly) whose name was Robert H. Oxley, (born in 1833) was the Deputy Sheriff of Clay Center Kansas. (per the 1880 US Federal Census)  I’m sure a more detailed search would be very interesting.


This album is not in perfect condition, as top and bottom edges of spine show wear, however this has not really effected the integrity of the book.  The pages have not come loose and seem to be secure.  Moire paper covering interior of front and back covers remains snugly attached, with only one small 1/2 tear at front bottom seam.

Interior pages, which alternate colors of cream and green, show some darkening near edges and some have smudges, but they all appear to be intact, free of bends, tears, folds, etc.  Gilt page edging  is in very nice condition.  Gilding on front cover also looks quite good, with some light wear at upper right corner and to a lesser degree lower left.  Back cover is not as nice as the front, showing a number of scratches, scuffs and general light cosmetic mars to the leather.


Even though this little apx. 135 year old antique book is not in perfect condition, it is still a charming memento of days gone by and sure to bring a smile.