Captain Lewis Barnes (1776 to 1856)

A Portsmouth, New Hampshire settee paint decorated with flowers and instruments

p4A ItemID E8905563
A country farm table on turned legs, the rectangular top with breadboard ends overhanging a two-drawer frieze, walnut, America, possibly Southern, 19th century

p4A ItemID E8887656
A late-19th century cockfighting chair in embossed leather, on shaped splayed legs

p4A ItemID E8887324
A pine bench form wagon seat with iron handles

p4A ItemID F7915023

Captain Lewis Barnes (1776 to 1856)

Barnes was born Jacobi Ludwig Baarnhielm in Sweden, and migrated to Salem at the age of fourteen. He became a successful merchant and sea captain, owning stakes in the Recovery and the Lewis, and lived on Islington Street.

More than ten pieces of Barnes’s furniture survive and all are branded “L. Barnes.” For a discussion of Barnes and the other individuals and families that branded their furniture in early 19th-century Portsmouth, New Hampshire, see Brock Jobe, Portsmouth Furniture: Masterworks from the New Hampshire Seacoast.

Reference note, in part, courtesy of Skinner, Inc.

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