April 05, 2019 10:00 AM EDT Cincinnati


Grizzly Bear Claw Necklace with Portrait Miniature of Original Collector, Thomas Willard Hough (1807-1896)

31 honey-colored grizzly claws of graduating size are strung on a hide thong; leather spacers placed between each claw, overall length 18.75 in.  Includes a half-length oil portrait miniature of Thomas Willard Hough; housed in a half plate pressed leather case; painted in Cincinnati, ca 1842-1843, 6.25 in. x 5.25 in.
second quarter 19th century

Collection history inscribed on card:

Thomas Willard Hough
Jan. 18, 1807, Jefferson Co., Ohio

June 30, 1896, Spartensburg, Ind.
Came to Butler Co., Ohio when a child - marrier[sic] Mary Ranney 1843. Son John born 1847 in Cincinnati. Moved to Spartensburg, IN 1849 built house (?). Received bear claw necklace from Indians he befriended on post route from his home to Fort Wayne, IN - 1824 exact location cloudy near Spartensburg? Quaker trail - Richmond north on Route 27 to Fort Wayne General Route. T.W. (Squire) Hough family dies of cholera - he survived and was able to help the Indians who were down with Cholera.

According to Past and Present of Randolph County, Indiana: With Biographical Sketches of Representative Citizens and Genealogical Records of Many of the Old Families, "Thomas Hough was born in Jefferson County, Ohio, in 1807 and in his boyhood days moved with his parents to Butler County, Ohio, where he grew to manhood and received his education.  In 1843, in Cincinnati, he married Mary W. Ranney, where he lived a few years then in April, 1849, he moved to Spartansburg, Indiana where he owned and operated a good farm until his death, July 3, 1886.  He was a progressive man of affairs and served as justice of peace of his township for twenty-four years, being esteemed by all.  He was a staunch Republican and although not a soldier in the front, he was a strong supporter of the Union and wielded a venerable influence" (1914: 1536). https://archive.org/stream/cu31924006111326/cu31924006111326_djvu.txt. Accessed February 11, 2019. 

Provenance: From the Collection of Jon Anspaugh, Wapakoneta, Ohio

Estimate: $15,000 - $30,000
Price Realized Including Buyer's Premium

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