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Lot 61
A pair of American silver frames, by Bailey, Banks & Biddle also incuse stamped "Sterling", (2)
Sold for £720 (US$ 1,152) inc. premium

Lot Details
A pair of American silver frames,
by Bailey, Banks & Biddle also incuse stamped "Sterling",
housing two portraits of Mr Charles Bingham Penrose and his wife, Mrs Valeria Bingham Penronse (née Fullerton Biddle): the reverse of the former engraved Charles Bingham Penrose/ b. Oct. 6. 1798. d. April 6. 1857., the latter engraved Valeria Fullerton Biddle daughter of William McFunn Biddle & his wife Lydia Spencer. b. Jan. 1799. d. Nov. 15 1881. (2)

Footnotes

  • Charles Bingham Penrose was a Philadelphia born lawyer who was admitted to the bar in 1821 and practiced in Carlisle, Pennsylvania. He married Valeria Fullerton Biddle on the 16th March 1824. Charles was one of the editors of Penrose and Watt's 'Reports of Cases in the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania' (1832-1833) and was elected as a Whig to the State Senate in 1833.

    After the Pennsylvania state election of 1838, both the Whig and the Democratic parties claimed control of the Pennsylvania House of Representatives. Two speakers were elected. A mob, largely from Philadelphia, assembled in Harrisburg and threatened violence. The president of the Pennsylvania State University, Thomas Burrowes (1805–1871), Charles Bingham Penrose and the Republican, Thaddeus Stevens (1792–1868) were forced to escape from the Senate Chamber through a window. When President Martin Van Buren (1782–1862) refused Governor Joseph Ritner's request for United States troops, Ritner called out the Philadelphia militia. Among the equipment requisitioned were thirteen rounds of buckshot cartridges, giving the incident its name.

    In 1841 President Harrison (1773–1841) appointed Charles as Solicitor of the Treasury, a post he held until the close of Tyler's administration in 1845. He was subsequently elected as a reform candidate to the State Senate in 1856 and was serving in this office at the time of his death.
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