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Lot 156

Two important North Carolina watercolor fraktur

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000

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Two important Sigman family Catawba County, North Carolina watercolor fraktur, dated 1842, the first a wedding announcement for Eli Sigman and Rhoda Bost, inscribed was married on the 17th day of February in the year of our Lord 1840, the left side with block inscribed Eli Sigman was born on the 15 day of April in the year of our Lord 1813, over a block inscribed Rhoda Bost was born on the 21 day of June in the year of our Lord 1820 and below that is a block with ink inscription published by N A Moose June 18th Anno Domini 1842, the center panel with full length watercolor images of the husband and wife with colorful attire, the gentleman with a flaring black coat over a striped vest with mustard colored pants, the lady with a billowing floral skirt and accompanying shawl, all flanked by a column of inverted hearts and diamonds. The second fraktur is the birth announcement of the couples first son, Marcus Lafayette Sigman, the upper block inscribed M. L. Sigman, flanking a block inscribed Birth, above a block inscribed Marcus Lafayette Sigman was born on the 7 day of October in the year of our Lord 1840, over a block inscribed Published by N A Moose June the 18th A D 1842, the full length image is nearly identical to the figure in the wedding announcement having minor color differences, with various columns and rails separating blocks, each image - 11 1/2” x 15”. With various date discrepancies the research of Eli Sigman states he was born May 16, 1813 in Catawba County, North Carolina. He was the son of John George Sigman and Sarah Bolich. Rhoda was born in Catawba County June 21, 1819 and was the daughter of William Bost and Cathrine Ikerd. Eli married Rhoda Clementine Bost on February 17, 1840 in Lincoln County, North Carolina. They had six children. Eli died on November 30, 1849 in Catawba County at the age of 36, Rhoda died in Newton, North Carolina on August 13, 1896. Marcus Lafayette Sigman was their second child and was born in Newton, North Carolina in 1840. He served in the Confederate Army as part of Company A, 12th Infantry. He was killed at the Battle of the Wilderness, Virginia on May 5, 1864, at the age of 23. He is buried in Fredericksburg, Virginia.


Unframed, both with several tears which have been taped from the reverse side, sporadic foxing and light stains, the edges with old masking tape applied from the back side overlapping about 1/8''.