Posted 6 years ago
This is strange. I am going to research this tonight, but I figured I would share the fun with you all...
I stopped at the local junker today to see if there was anything new in this week. I came across this old etching. It was only a few dollars, so I took a chance. Looks like an early 18th century etching of some guy John Harris. I was able to find some info in a quick internet search, but there is something strange. Here is what I came up with:
If you look at these closely, they are essentially the same, but mine is slightly different. It says "Johannes Harris D.D." instead of "Johannes Harris A.M." Also mine reads, "Ætal. Sua' 40," whereas the two found online say, "Ætal. Sua' 37."
I took mine out of the frame, there is a strange marking on the back. Looks to be written with an old fountain pen. In pencil at the bottom there are two numbers "112 and 11."
I guess the questions I am trying to answer are:
When is this etching from?
Why is my etching different than those on the web?
I will report back, if you have any thoughts please share. Thanks all!