Captain Lewis Barnes (1776 to 1856)

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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