A very fine 18th century American miniature portrait painting done on natural organic wafer. Any such early American painting is uncommon, but those done in profile are even more so. This wonderful example shows a gentleman in a royal blue coat with ruffled white ascot, with hair pulled back in a pony tail. It is housed in a gold pendant case with a pin on the reverse, probably added somewhat later than when the painting was done.
At the top of the reverse of the case is engraved "ob 29 June 1794". The ob is the shortened form for the Latin "obit", meaning "he died". The central part of the reverse of the case is engraved with the initials "WG". These seem to be, according to familial records, the initials of William Grange or Grage, who served in the Continental Army in Pennsylvania and New Jersey as a sergeant, then a lieutenant, in the 1777-1778 period.
The miniature and case are both in excellent condition, with no bowing, chips, cracks, or inpainting. The white spots in the photo are dust. The case size is 1 5/8" by 1 1/4".