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    Posted 4 years ago

    vintagelamp
    (1006 items)

    I finally got my photos uploaded after much difficulty on this site for a few weeks.
    This is an interesting painting from a local shop. The dealer stated that he purchased it from a local family member. The last name of the family is "Weiser." I did discover a book about the Weiser family and saw the picture of "Elizabeth Shaffer Weiser." I believe that the portrait could be younger likeness of Elizabeth. What do you think?

    Information from the internet:

    Elizabeth Shaffer, daughter of John Jacob and Mary Elizabeth (Reiss) Shaffer Born February 16, 1791, Heidelberg Township,Berks County, Pennsylvania and died January 10, 1878, Fort Loudon, Pennsylvania. Married Henry Solomon Weiser (son of Jabetz and Maria Elizabeth (Wenger) Weiser) born near Womelsdorf, Pennsylvania, February 14, 1786, and baptized February 26,1786. They married on June 21, 1807.
    Solomon was an innkeeper, sales crier, and constable in Mercersburg, Franklin County, Pennsylvania, to which he moved with his wife's family about 1810. He is listed as an officer of St. John's Lutheran Church in Mercersburg. Traditionally, he was killed by one of a gang of drunken rioters in attempting to stop their riot, March 29, 1860, at Mercersburg. He and his wife are buried at Mercersburg.

    Elizabeth's husband was related to the famous Johann Conrad Weiser:

    Conrad Weiser was born November 2, 1696, in the German principality of Württemberg. By 1709, his father, Johann Conrad Weiser, had decided to heed Queen Anne's invitation to inhabitants of the Rhine Valley to migrate to England and to the British colonies in America.
    The Weiser family settled on the New York frontier and in the winter and spring of 1712-1713, young Conrad resided with neighboring Mohawks to learn the language of the Iroquois and serve as a go-between for the German community.

    The family settled in New York prior to Pennsylvania, which may explain the New York stamp on the back of the canvas.

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    Comments

    1. PhilDMorris PhilDMorris, 4 years ago
      I love these and all their history, glad you have that !~
    2. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 4 years ago
      Phil, Thank you! I am happy to finally get back on this site.
    3. Alan2310 Alan2310, 4 years ago
      Yes, I was wondering where you being, I love your posting.
      And this one is a beauty, no matter if it's not the related individual, just stunning as it is.
    4. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 4 years ago
      Alan, Thank you! Yes, I was having a lot of difficulty with the site. I sent a message to CW for help and no one responded. I had to figure it out on my own. Thank you for the kind comment.
    5. racer4four racer4four, 4 years ago
      She has such compassionate and intelligent eyes, and a non-compromising set to her mouth. A very interesting woman, and one with some authority I would say.
      Such a great painting, and the photo shows a similar disposition I think.
    6. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 4 years ago
      racer, Yes, I was drawn by her eyes. Funny, I had been looking at her for over a year on the wall at the antique shop. She was priced very high. I went back this weekend and she was gone. I believed that she was sold. On the way out I ran into the vendor and discovered that he was moving out of that shop. He stated that he still had the painting and was opening up a shop 5 minutes from my house. I went to his new shop and there she was...and half the price!
    7. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 4 years ago
      Oroyoroy, No artist signature on this one...
    8. vintagelamp vintagelamp, 4 years ago
      Oroyoroy, I knew what you meant...no problem. Thanks so much for the attachment. I am going back to look more carefully now. I will take the frame off and look at some point tomorrow. If I find anything I will let you know. Thanks again :).

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