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1830's Handwritten Sheet Music For Carnival Performer Juggler and Sword swallower J. H. Swindells

An early piece of Circus History!!!!
Also a early piece of Baltimore performance history, sadly no reference to where the performer and or where the circus performed in the 1830’s.

A hand written sheet music written for a juggler who would swallow swords. The piece is annotated at the bottom with a small history, stating that it was written in Baltimore Md.
The Title is “ A Jugglers Waltz” written by J. H. Swindells.
Hand written in a iron based ink.
The piece has been framed and the client said that there is nothing on the back of the page.

William Harrington (1804-1847), a four-horse and scenic rider, had been performing at least since 1825. In 1831-32-33 he was the manager and star performer of his own circus. He later in the 1840’s fell off his house while performing which caused him to have physical problems which later lead to him committing suicide in late 1840’s, circa 1848.

Lefevre was a New York area performer and circus juggler.

Written for a French Indian Juggler who swallowed swords, and as the text says, “as it is called Six Swords”

The bottom written text also states that this was written for the juggler in Baltimore by the musician and conductor J. H. Swindells,
J. H. Swindells was a conductor and musician in New York City primarily. He was the editor of Lyre from 1824-1825. He was also noted for music of “Which is The Traitor”, a 3-act play in 1825 with Samuel Woodsworth.

Size: 9 ½ x 13 ½ approx.
Condition: Fine, minor staining to the edge. Framed

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