OCT 12 1869 VISIT ABBIE S. WELD BANQUETTING HALL CONWAY CASTLE WALES STEREOVIEW For Sale
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OCT 12 1869 VISIT ABBIE S. WELD BANQUETTING HALL CONWAY CASTLE WALES STEREOVIEW:
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- Offered for sale is an early stereoview Photographed and Published by Unknown artist. The stereoview is from the set "STEREOSCOPIC GEMS - OF WELSH SCENERY". An interesting name or signature with date of Oct. 12, 1869 is noted on the back with the stereoview number purchased as follows "76 ABBIE S. WELD". Below I have added additional information on both the stereoview scene and Abbie S. Weld which is very interesting. The stereoview is titled in as follows ----
BANQUETTING HALL, CONWAY CASTLE --
Below additional information on Abbie S. Weld and the Conway Castle:
From a recent estate sale I was able to acquire a collection of stereoviews which had been undiscovered for a century or so. All in almost untouched condition. An interesting point on the stereoviews is the original owners name handwritten and dated on all of the stereoviews along with a brief description of the scene also handwritten. The dates were as follows 1869, 1870, 1871, 1872, 1873, and 1874. All except 1 had the name of “ABBIE S. WELD and date” One had the following “A. S. W. “ABBIE S. WELD” RICKARD, her husband with date of DEC. 8, 1874”.
James Helme Rickard (1838-1914), son of George and Sarah (Helme) Rickard, was born in Abington, Conn., in 1838. Before the Civil War he worked as a teacher and grocer, and after went into business in Woonsocket, R.I. He also worked as a newspaper reporter and contractor, and served in the local militia. In 1874 he married Abbie Smith Weld who was 27 at that point in time (1847-1917), the daughter of Seth Lothrop and Abby Short Smith Weld. Captain Rickard died on 6 May 1914, and was buried in Union Cemetery, North Smithfield, R.I. In 1862, Rickard enlisted in the 18th Connecticut and served in this regiment until 1864, when he was commissioned as a captain in the United States Colored Troops. He resigned from the army in 1866. In 1894, he published his Civil War memoirs, “Service with Colored Troops in Burnside’s Corps.”
It appears that Abbie and James when to Europe after they got married. For the collections it appear that Abbie had spent a number of years in Europe from 1868 to 1874. She was originally from Woonsocket, Rhode Island and a descendant of Lieut. Aaron Weld who fought in the Revolutionary War.
Conwy Castle(Welsh:Castell Conwy, English:Conway Castle) is amedievalfortification inConwy, on the north coast ofWales. It was built byEdward I, during hisconquest of Wales, between 1283 and 1289. Constructed as part of a wider project to create thewalled town of Conwy, the combined defences cost around £15,000, a huge sum for the period. Over the next few centuries, the castle played an important part in several wars. It withstood the siege ofMadog ap Llywelynin the winter of 1294–95, acted as a temporary haven forRichard IIin 1399 and was held for several months by forces loyal toOwain Glyndŵrin 1401. Following the outbreak of theEnglish Civil Warin 1642, the castle was held by forces loyal toCharles I, holding out until 1646 when it surrendered to theParliamentaryarmies. In the aftermath the castle was partiallyslightedby Parliament to prevent it being used in any further revolt, and was finally completely ruined in 1665 when its remaining iron and lead was stripped and sold off. Conwy Castle became an attractive destination for painters in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Visitor numbers grew and initial restoration work was carried out in the second half of the 19th century. In the 21st century the ruined castle is managed byCadwas a tourist attraction.
UNESCOconsiders Conwy to be one of "the finest examples of late 13th century and early 14th century military architecture in Europe", and it is classed as aWorld Heritage site.The rectangular castle is built from local and imported stone and occupies a coastal ridge, originally overlooking an important crossing point over theRiver Conwy. Divided into an Inner and an Outer Ward, it is defended by eight large towers and twobarbicans, with a postern gate leading down to the river, allowing the castle to be resupplied from the sea. It retains the earliest surviving stonemachicolationsin Britain and what historian Jeremy Ashbee has described as the "best preserved suite of medieval private royal chambers in England and Wales".In keeping with other Edwardian castles in North Wales, the architecture of Conwy has close links to that found in thekingdom of Savoyduring the same period, an influence probably derived from the Savoy origins of the main architect,James of Saint George.
I will accept PAYPAL. Items will be shipped first class mail usually next day after payment of Paypal, packaging and mail $2.99. I will combine shipping 1 to 3 views $2.99, 3 to 6 views $5.35 and over 6 no additional postage or shipping charge.
I will ship internationally, payment must be in US funds, Paypal. I will ship world wide International first Class Mail 1 stereoview for $11.55 and will combine ship. This increase is due to the new postal service rates.