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    1711 American Aloe Plant, XF
    Betts-108, Silver

    Betts-108. 1711 American Aloe Plant. Silver. XF. 38.8 mm, 15.1 gm. Unsigned. Another example lauding the size and number of blooms of the American aloe plant in the Bosian Garden at Leipsic, this piece features engravings of the plant on both sides. The obverse includes a man in court costume to the lower right of the plant as a means of providing some scale for the enormous size of the plant. The reverse bears a resemblance to the obverse of Betts-103; however, there are a number of minor variances. Prooflike surfaces add to the visual appeal of this example. Though numerous surface marks and hairlines are present, they do not detract from this gorgeous piece displaying light toning within the branches of the plant, particularly on the reverse.
    Purchased from John J. Ford, Jr. (8/1991).
    From The John W. Adams Collection.


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