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#178 18th-C Chimney Sweeps

Young chimney sweeps and an older gentleman depicted in a hand-painted engraving on paper under glass. This button was originally from a set illustrating a popular comic opera of the time. In this scene, the two poor protagonists are reunited with a wealthy uncle. See Carol Adrian’s article in the Dec. 2010 NBS Bulletin, p. 254-257. Copper rim and loop shank, tinned sheet-iron back. Est. selling price is $600-1500.

Current bid: $6050

Next minimum bid: $6150