Welcome to Forget-Me-Not Antiques. I have been actively involved with antiques for more than 45 years and a licensed dealer since 1985. When I retired in 2008 my wife and I moved from VT to MI to be closer to family. We live in a Victorian home where I also have my antiques shop. We offer primarily Americana, in natural surface and original or early paint, from the late 17th to the late 19th century. Our items include treen, early lighting, hearth iron, pewter, small pieces of furniture, pottery, stoneware and folk art. I also have a Facebook page, Forget-Me-Not Antiques, where I feature selected items. I accept personal checks, money orders, major credit cards and PayPal (firstname.lastname@example.org). I offer layaway to help with your purchases. MI residents add 6% sales tax. All items are guaranteed as described. I will happily accept the return of any item within 3 days of receipt for a full refund less return shipping and insurance unless I have unintentionally misrepresented the item, in which case I will pay return shipping. Please notify me of your intention to return an item. USPS Priority mail postage and insurance will be added to the price of each item. I will update my offerings often so please check back frequently. Thank you for shopping. Ron
This is a small berry picking basket from the 19th or early 20th century. The basket is very similar to Shaker baskets pictured in Shaker Folk Art & Industries by Marian Klamkin. In the sunlight, one can see traces of blue paint on the sides but it has nearly worn away over the years. There are a few very minor weaver strip breaks. The top of the basket is round but the base is square. The handle is notched at the rim. It is 7” tall to top of handle x 5” diameter x 3 3/4” basket height. This basket dates to the 19th or early 20th century.
An early rye grass basket in original thick red paint, possibly of PA origin. The basket has 2 woven handles and is 10" in diameter, 11” across the handles x 4 1/2” tall. The only issue is one small break weaver break on rim. 19th century. This basket is nearly identical to the gray one listed below.
Price: SOLD Thank you!
This is a very good, early rye basket that is believed to have originated in PA. It has handles and retains most of its original gray paint. The basket is 10” in diameter, 11 1/2” across handles, and is 4 1/2” tall. It is in very good used condition with no breaks, only wear from use. Ca. last half of the 19th century.
This punched tin barn lantern is a rare find and in excellent condition. It is an authentic 18th century lantern. The candle socket is tabbed under the bottom which helps to date it to the 18th or very early 19th century. The bottom has round holes to improve the draft when burning. It also has a rare exterior candle socket on top for an extra candle. The lantern is 15” to the top of ring and has a 5 1/2” diameter base, 18th or early 19th century. This is one of the best examples of this type of lantern.
Amish Foot stool with original green paint that was found in the Lancaster, PA area. There is great wear to the top where some of the paint and wood have worn away from use. The form is wonderful with a scalloped apron on the sides and bootjack ends. It is a a nice smaller size, just 13 1/2 x 7 1/2 x 7 1/4” tall. The ends are mortised through the top. Ca. mid-19th century.
Wrought iron cooking fork used to lift meat or to toast food primarily. This one was whitesmith made with a filed finish and stamped circles on handle. It has a hanging hook on end. Size is 16 ¼”. Ca. 1740-1800.
Wonderful folk art hand carved of pine wooden rooster with its tail feathers spread. Found in Pennsylvania, this rooster resembles the documented carvings of Wilhelm Schimmel who did wood carvings in Cumberland Co., PA in the mid to late 19th century. There are no markings to indicate maker. The rooster was polychrome painted with a brown body with white highlights, a red comb, yellow beak, legs and eyes and green grass. Condition is good with no restoration or repairs, 5 ¼” tall x 5 ½” wide x 1” thick. It will sit without the little piece of felt pad but the pad makes it more stable. Ca. mid to late 19th century.
This is a very rare white ash burl compote. It is light weight and thick walled. Ash burl compotes are not too common, especially examples with a tall foot and a wide, deep rim. The compote is 10 1/2” in diameter x 3 5/8” tall and a 4 3/4” diameter foot and a 3/4” rim. The sides are tapered giving it wonderful eye appeal. the condition is very good with no issues to mention. This piece came out of a very good Rochester, NY collection. Ca. 18th or early 19th century.
This is a very rare black ash burl maple sugar mold. A very rare form for burl and only one I've ever seen. It has a hole in end for hanging and is 5 1/8" x 3 1/2” wide. It has the best natural surface and grain pattern. Ca. 18th or early 19th century.
19th century apothecary or spice chest that can be hung or set on a surface. There are 8 drawers in graduated sizes. It is pine and was constructed with early cut wire nails. The back has 2 original boards that have shrunk over the years leaving a small crack. The blue and salmon colored paint, original and only paint on the cabinet, is very dry with good patina. The cabinet is 14” x 7 1/2 x 4 3/4” deep and dates to c. 1860-1880.
They don't get much better than this small Revolutionary War period canteen. It is staved and is a rare small size, only 6 1/4” x 3 3/4”. It has a carved, raised spout for a cork or wooden stopper. The staves are held with 2 wrought iron bands (move a little). The staves are very tight. I believe the wood is white oak. There are 2 iron There are no issues to point out. A very rare find. Circa 1750-1840.
One of the best rundlets I have found. The small size, 4 1/4” tall x 3” diameter, is harder to find, especially in original red paint. It has good wear and was turned from a single piece of maple, ex. condition. This rundlet dates to the Rev. War period, c. 1750-1840.
The kettle lamp, usually attributed to the Philadelphia, PA area, is trunnion mounted; the central wick support eliminates the problem of drips. The lamp is all original including the wick pick and chain, 10” tall with a 5 5/8” diameter base, American, ca. early 19th century.
This wrought iron rush light is heavier in frame than most. It has an unusually short peened through candle socket, penny feet, and is 11 1/2" tall. It is believed to be American and dates from the late 17th to early 18th century.
18th century mortars & pestles are becoming very difficult to find. This example is walnut with its original walnut pestle and originated in PA. It has its original blue paint that is now more of a grayish-blue due to oxidation, and a very dry surface. The matching pestle has traces of the same blue paint. The mortar is 6 1/2 x 4 3/4 and the pestle is 9” long. 18th century.
Early small pantry boxes like this one, only 5" x 2 1/2", are getting very hard to find. This one has 2 long fingers that are fastened with iron nails. Its original red paint is very well retained. On the lid are wonderfully painted pomegranates, similar to tin toleware painted designs of the period. There are no condition issues. An early card with Easter Parade Rigoletto -Opera Verdi- on it was stuck to the inside of the lid by a previous owner. Mid-19th c.
This is a early slide lid storage box, only 10x 41/2 x 4 1/2, with a small till inside and frame for divider that is missing. It apparently was made for a specific purpose but I don't know what that was. The lid has hand carved bevels on the edges and 3 finger holes. It was constructed with square nails, original dry surface green with mustard trim paint. Early to mid-19th century.
Price: 175.00 SALE $150.00
Burl scoop, very dry and light weight, swirled grain, one piece, 9 3/4” long with a 5 x 4 1/2” bowl, possibly white ash, excellent condition, early to mid-18th century. American, New England or upstate NY.
I think the wood in this dipper is maple. It has an unusual form with a burned and chipped out cup and a carved handle. It was made from a single piece of wood. The burl cup was not carved on the outside, only the bark was removed to expose the swirled grain patterns and surface features. 12" long. The dipper is from the 18th or early 19th century and possibly Native American. It was found in north central NY state. Rare form.
Stoneware ovoid jug, 1 gallon, embossed I. M. MEAD. Isaac Mead was active in Mogadore, OH from 1840-1860, 10 ¾” tall x 7 ½” diameter, no chips, cracks, repairs or restorations.
Here we have a wrought iron bowl scraper that was made to take a wooden handle or use as is. It has a 3 3/4” wide blade and a 3 3/4” long hollow handle. This New England made scrapper dates to the 18th or early 19th century.
This butter print is one the rarest that I have owned and the only one with a carved name as part of the design. The print was entirely hand carved from a block of what appears to be maple wood. The name, MARIA CALVO is deeply relief carved around a central carved flower design. The top side has a carved "loop" handle, the only one of this type I have found. The handle broke off at some point and was reattached using early tiny nails. The handle is very tight and secure. There are a few inactive Powder Post Beetle holes on the top side. The size is 4 1/4" in diameter x 1 3/4" tall. This print dates to early 19th century.
Price: 225.00 SALE PRICE $195.00
A very early and deeply carved butter print with a cow. The wood is burled walnut and the print dates to the 18th or very early 19th century. The print has great wear and patina from many years of use. There are a few inactive Powder Post Beetle holes. The print is 3 ¾” dia. x 3 ½” tall.
Price: 250.00 SALE PRICE $225.00
A great butter print with an American Eagle design. The carving is quite deep and it appears to have been hand done as there are irregular repeating elements. The wood is walnut so it possibly could have been made in PA. The print is 4” in diameter x 3” tall. Butter prints with eagles are not common. This print dates to the 19th century.
Price: 125.00 SALE PRICE $95.00
This small butter stamp with an acorn, leaves and twig design was lathe turned with deep machine cut designs. The surface is very dry and the condition is great. This stamp is 2 1/2" wide and 2" tall and dates to the19th or early 20th century.
A very rare treen bread peel in the shape of a shovel. The peel was carved out of a single piece of Chestnut wood in the 18th or very early 19th century. The peel is 25 3/4" x 5 3/4” blade width. Peels were used throughout the 18th and early 19th century to put bread dough into and remove baked bread from a hearth oven. Treen peels are typically found with a straight handle.
Eastern Great Lakes or Iroquois effigy ladle, bird on end carved out from side, original red paint, 10 1/4 x 4 3/4” wide bowl, excellent condition, more photos available, 18th/19th century. This is a very good, authentic Native American effigy ladle.
Price: 595.00 SALE PRICE $525.00
Bowl for chopping and mixing, maple, original turquoise or blue green milk paint, 2 short 1" tight cracks in the rim that are stable, 12 - 12 1/2 x 3” tall with a 3/4" rim, 19th century. The inside is clean and not as dark as it looks in the picture. The paint is outstanding on this bowl and different from the usual.
Very rare American miniature, child's or salesman's sample dresser from the first half of the 19th century, c. 1820-1840. The wood is cherry with pine secondary wood. The drawers are all hand dovetailed construction and the top is fastened to the base with 4 wooden pegs. The cyma curved front column are cut from the side boards. The top drawer is serpentine shaped. The chest is 18" x 17 1/2" tall x 10" deep. The condition is excellent with just one pull on the bottom drawer right side missing its end. This chest has many potential uses.
Price: 750.00 SALE PRICE $600.00
This little trivet was skillfully made by a blacksmith in the late 18th or early 19th century in America. It has small penny feet and is in the form of a triangle. It is about 4 1/2" on a side and 1 1/4" tall.
A very good mid-sized bowl that has its original red paint or wash. It is in excellent condition with good shrinkage from age. The size is 16 18 - 16 7/8 x 4" tall. There is a natural small rough area near the top rim where bark was during the turning of the bowl. A very good bowl that displays well in a country primitives setting.
This ladle has the most wonderful form. Carved from Walnut wood, possibly by Native Americans, the ladle is 12" long. It is in great condition with no issues to mention. It is believed to be of PA origin and it dates from the late 18th to early 19th century. A very good primitive kitchen item for the country primitive home.
This oval trencher is outstanding in appearance. An impressive size, 23" x 15" x 4" tall, it is made of Maple and is American and from New England. There are no issues to mention with this piece. The color and patina are wonderful and as early American Maple wood should be. This trencher dates from the late 18th or early 19th century.
This thick walled pantry box has its original red paint that has worn thin in areas from use over the years but is still quite prominent. The box is in very good condition but does have an old, tight 4" crack in the base and one wooden peg in the lid was replaced. Other than those minor issues, the box in very good shape. The pantry box is 8" x 3 1/2" tall and dates to the mid-19th century. A great pantry box and a hard to find size for a stack.
Tinderboxes like this were used in the 18th and into the 19th century in the home to start fires. Tinder, a piece of material or thin wood shavings, would be placed in the bottom where a spark from the striker and flint would strike it to start a small flame. Once burning, a candle was lit to transfer the fire to a fireplace or other candles. The flame was smothered with the tamper. Complete tinderboxes are not often found, especially in this condition. Candle is not included. 18th or early 19th century.
American Tin Betty lamp stands like this example are referred to as Ipswich Betty lamp stands after the town in which they were first made. This one has a deep piecrust shaped Betty lamp holder. The Tin Betty lamp is a perfect fit for the holder. The stand and Betty lamp are in very good condition with just the expected oxidation and tiny spots of surface rust. The stand is about 7 1/4" tall and has a 7 1/4" diameter base. Early to mid-19th century, Ipswich, MA.
Pairs of candlesticks are quite rare to find especially wooden examples. This wonderful pair are made of Rosewood and date to c. 1760-1780. The tops of the candle cups have been burned from the candles burning down too low before being extinguished. The form is Queen Anne and they are most like English. The sticks are 6" tall and have a 3 1/2" diameter base. The cup opening would take up to a 7/8" candle. They both sit very perpendicular. No condition issues other than the mentioned burned candle cups.
A little smaller size, this outstanding firkin has its original forest green paint. The firkin is 9" tall x 9" top and 9 1/2" bottom diameters. It was constructed with dovetailed staves, wooden bands fastened with iron nails and wooden pegs. There is only very minor wood loss on the bottom edge of the lid band near the end of the finger lap and the tips of 3 of the 4 fingers are missing and have small spits. It has large wooden "button" knobs to hold the wooden handle. The cover has a tight shrinkage crack across it and the bottom of the staves have small pieces of wood missing from many years of use of the firkin. 19th century.
The paint on this firkin is very old if not original. It is a light gray with a blueish tinge to it. It has dovetailed staves and wide wooden bands with a single finger. The wooden handle is secured with a "button" pin that is held by an early iron nail. The firkin is 9 3/4" tall x 9 1/4" top and 10" bottom diameters. Condition is very good and it is clean on the inside. Looks like it held sugar as there are tiny crystals inside. 19th century.
This lignum vitae cup was turned on a lathe in the 18th or early 19th century. Its intended use I believe was for wine or a liquor. The wood has a beautiful grain pattern throughout. The turnings are very characteristic of the Queen Anne period. The condition is very good with no issues to mention. Lignum Vitae is a very hard and dense wood, resistant to damage.
Price: SOLD Thank you!
This wonderful lathe turned drinking cup I believe was made from Mahogany wood in the late 18th or early part of the 19th century. The lathe turnings on the stem are rather subtle compared to the earlier Queen Anne period but are nevertheless very nice. The cup has its original red paint that has worn thin in some areas from use. The size is 4 7/8" tall x 2 3/4" diameter opening. The condition is very good with no issues. Wonderful surface from use.
Wonderful brown Albany or manganese glaze on this early New England or PA redware storage jar. Jars like this were used to store dry goods in the pantry. Condition is very good with just very minor well worn chips on the foot. The jar is about 8" tall and dates to early to mid-1800's.
This apothecary jar is in excellent condition as is an early one as determined by the sharp pontil. The jar was hand blown and the pontil broken off the bottom, leaving sharp edges. The tin lid with its green paint is original to the jar. The jar is 8" tall x 5" diameter. The fruit inside are dried crab apples and come with the jar. Early to mid-19th century.
Here is a very hard to find smaller sized Shaker firkin. The surface has a wonderful, very dry, natural patina that is a dark brown color. At first glance, it looks like it has brown paint but it is only the natural oxidized color of this early firkin. The firkin is 6 1/4" tall x 5 3/4" top and 6 1/4" bottom diameter. The condition is quite good but the bottom band has a sliver of wood missing as shown in the photos and the tips of a couple of the bands are missing. One copper nail was replaced in the 19th century with an early iron nail. The bale hand is fastened with the typical Shaker diamond escutcheon. Mid-19th century.
Price: $245.00 SALE $225.00
This spice box was obviously used to store Cloves for cooking/canning purposes. The pantry box retains its original mustard paint and the word CLOVES is in red paint. The condition of the pantry box is excellent with no issues. It retains all of its original wooden pegs and copper tacks in the bands. The pantry is 8 3/4 x 3 3/4" tall, and dates to early 19th century.
A very nice small collection of 4 wooden spinning tops. They all have original paint. The 2 larger ones are 18th century and the 2 smaller ones, 19th century. The large red one is 4 1/2" and the next smaller one with red and unpainted stripes is 3 1/2", the small black one has mustard dots and is 2 1/4" and the small one with red paint and yellow stripes is 2 1/2" tall. All are made of walnut wood. Quite uncommon to find.
The paint decorations on this early snuff box are characteristic of Pennsylvania Dutch pieces of this period. The snuff box was made of paper mache and retains its original oxblood red paint with designs in blue, gray, red and yellow. Size is: 2 1/2" diameter x 1" tall. This piece dates from the mid-19th century.
A very rare survivor from the early to mid-18th century, this small round pantry box has 2 beautifully formed rosehead nails, one in each finger lap. The box was made of Maple with Pine top and bottom boards. The natural surface patina is very nice. The condition is very good with only a shrinkage crack in the cover and a tiny missing piece of wood from a peg in the lid. All the tiny wooden pegs are still present. The size is 3 1/2" in diameter x 2" tall. C. 1750.
A wonderful folk art effigy carved stick cane with a duck's head for the handle. Original red paint with good oxidation and wear. Very good detailed carvings and brass tacks for eyes. The cane is 36" long and dates to the 19th century. Western Great Lakes Native American. Ex. Ted Trotter collection. Ted Trotter is the author of Indian cane reference books.
This is not the typical swivel bread toaster commonly seen. This American rigid frame wrought iron toaster was made by a skilled blacksmith. The bars for holding the bread, biscuit, meat, or cheese were hammer welded to the front bar and have very well formed curls on the ends. The back leg was peened through the handle and also has a curl on the end. The toaster is 15" long x 5 1/4" wide. C. 1760-1800. For a very similar example, see Neumann's Early American Antique Country Furnishings pg. 194.
Tilter tea kettles are not very common, especially American and signed by the maker. This one is signed with the initials J.K. in a rope oval. There is a period repair to one of the handle brackets that broke off, possibly at the time it was made. The bracket was reattached tight to the original by drilling a hole and fastening on the inside. It is hardly noticeable (see the close-up photo). The kettle is 13 1/2" across the spout and 10" diameter in the middle. It weighs an impressive 15 lbs. empty! Rare form, c. 1760-1780.
Posset was a British hot drink of milk curdled with wine or ale, often spiced, which was popular from medieval times to the middle of the 19th century. Posset cups, as the name implies, were used to drink the posset. The widely flaring rim is unusual. Yellow ware posset cups are quite rare. The posset cup is in very good condition but there is an early chip repair under the rim that on shows when the cup is turned upside down (see last photo).
Pie birds were placed on top of a pie to vent the steam while the pie baked to keep the crust from rising. These piebirds are both marked NUTBROWN. The Nutbrown manufacturing company was located in England. The pie birds are in very good condition with only 3 very tiny glaze flakes on the rim of the one on the right. The flakes are only 1/16 - 1/8" at most and hardly noticeable. They are about 3" tall. Early 20th century. Sold as a pair or individually.
This is one of the best beehive bowls that I have found recently. It is Maple, very thinly lathe turned, with good shrinkage, and is only 9 5/8 - 10 1/4 x 2 1/2” tall with a 5/8" rim. The paint is the original very dry red with a brown over red rim paint but may be later than the bowl. The bowl is 18th or very early 19th century. No cracks, hairlines or chips. Just a good honest bowl that would look great in any country setting.
A very rare item, this Redware Pipkin is of New England origin. Pipkins were used in hearth cooking. It is glazed inside and out and has decorative manganese splotches. There is an incised line 1 ½” down rim. The condition is very good for redware and for its age and use. There is a tight hairline from the rim to 1/2 way across the base, a shallow 3/4" chip on the side of the spout, a small 1/2" chip on the side of the steam spout/handle and minor rim chips. The pipkin is large, 6 ¼” Tall x 7” bottom dia. and 6” top dia. x 11” across handle, c. 1800-1840. Very rare.
This is one of the best treen covered jars that I have owned. It is made of Maple and has its original red dye stained lid. There are traces of a red pigment inside that may be Carmine, a bright red pigment obtained from the Cochineal bug, that was is used in rouge and other cosmetics and food products. The lathe turned jar is 3 ½” tall x 3” bottom diameter and is in excellent condition. Rare shape, c. 18th or early 19th century.
This is an excellent example of a Dutch case Gin bottle. It is black (olive) glass and has a glass seal with "Blankenheym & Nolet" on the seal, a Dutch company. The bottle is 11 inches tall with a 2 3/4" square base and has a polished pontil. The condition is excellent, c. 1780’s.
18th century measures are pretty scarce, especially ones in very good condition. The large example was constructed with a single large fingered band that was secured with the best formed rosehead nails I have seen in awhile. The measure dates dates from the early to middle 18th century, c. 1700-1750. It is 10 3/8" in diameter x 3 3/4" tall. The single bottom board has a shrinkage crack which is typical and two nail heads have oxidized off. It has the best natural surface patina.
Skillfully hand carved from Walnut, this beaver has very good detail. It is 4 3/4” tall x 5 1/2” long x 2 1/2” wide and dates c. late 19th or early 20th century. Wonderful example of early folk art.
Price: 125.00 SALE$110.00
A one of a kind table spice jar with a lid in the shape of an apple. The apple was carved out of a single piece of wood, possibly a burl. The jar is 2 1/2" tall x 2 1/2" in diameter. It retains its original reddish/brown paint with the best dry surface. The spice jar had cinnamon and sugar in it when I bought it, but could have been used to hold tea or spices. The jar dates from 18th to early 19th century and is in excellent condition.
This is a very early pie crimper with a faceted ball end that is a known Portsmouth, NH form. It is 7" long and dates from the 18th century. The crimper was whitesmith made with file marks on the yoke. There is what looks like a W on both sides of cross hatching that may be a maker's mark. Ex. Howard Roth collection.
This is an early copper Dry Measure, hand wrought dovetailed construction with riveted heart-shaped handle end and applied base. Wonderful unpolished natural patina. Large size at 8” tall x 8 ½” diameter. c. 1750-1800. Great condition, no issues.
A very rare American Revolutionary War period copper still in excellent condition. Still such as this were filled with water and fermentable ingredients in the morning and then either placed in a wagon or carried on a soldiers back pack during the day. At the evening encampment, the still was heated over a fire to distill off the alcohol that had formed by fermentation during the day. Wonderful dovetailed construction. The still is a larger size, 8" tall, and dates c. 1780.
Not too common in yellow ware, especially with handles, is this American pudding mold. It is also known as a "Turk's Hat" because of the semblance of a turban. The mold is in excellent condition with just the expected wear from use. The mold is 10 1/2 x 4" and dates from mid-to late 19th century.
This is a very nice wine or drinking goblet made of American Black Walnut. The goblet was formed on an early lathe, the grooves from the cutting tool can be seen on the inside of the goblet. The shape is very graceful and typical for goblets made in the late 18th to early 19th century. The sprue on the bottom was hand chiseled away, leaving wonderful tool marks. The goblet is 5 1/2 x 2 1/4 and is in excellent condition. The surface is very dry and retains some of the original varnish but most has worn away. Not too common.
The surface of this treen sugar bowl has worn smooth as silk from use at the table. It was turned on an early lathe from a single piece of Walnut, forming a series of concentric rings. The sugar bowl is 5 x 3 1/4" tall. The condition is very good but there are 2 wood filed period crack repairs in the base. The lidded sugar has good shrinkage. The lid fits snuggly on the base. This sugar bowl dates c. 1750-1780.
Horsehair brush, all original, excellent condition, hand sewn bristles in wooden frame, 18th - early 19th century, 6 x 2 1/8” wide.
Hearth broom with horsehair that was dyed red, a common practice. The handle has a wonderful carved acorn finial. The broom is 22” long x 5 1/2” wide and retains much of its original black paint on the handle. The broom is in very good condition with good surface and bristle wear as there should be. 18th or early 19th century, American, New England.
Tin chamber stick with an unusual square shape. It has a folded candle cup that is cleated through and an attached handle. The chamber stick is 5 1/4” square x 5/8” deep. It will accept a 7/8" diameter candle. There are no issues with this candle holder. 18th or early 19th century.
This is a rare faceted end carved walnut child’s rattle. This form rattle is characteristic of those made in Portsmouth, N.H. in the late 18th or early 19th century. The rattle is 7” long was made with interlocking wooden pieces with attached diamond shaped pieces. The end of the handle forms one of the sides of the rattle. The rattle still works great. No damage or issues.
This is a wonderful medium sized candle box that is unusually deep. It is of PA origin and has its original green paint. The candle box was constructed using small iron cut nails and is 8 5/8”L x 5 5/8”H x 6 5/8” W. There is a small sliver of wood missing from back left side top track as shown in the pictures that doesn't affect the closing of the lid. This candle box dates from the mid-1800s.
One of the best pewter chargers that I have owned. It has a wide flat brim with a single reed on the underside. A very large size, 16 ½ inches diameter and in very good condition with the best unpolished surface. 18th century.
Jeweler’s whale oil lamp with burner, cap and chain. This very rare American lamp is complete and excellent condition. The lid screws on and off easily for filling. The lamp is 3 ¼” tall x 2 ¼” diameter, c. 1840-1860.
This is a very good English 1/2 pint pewter beaker or mug. It is hallmarked on below the rim with 4 different marks. The beaker dates c. 1780’s and is 3 5/8" tall x 3 1/2” diameter base. It has the best unpolished surface, just the way we like to have them. There are no condition issues.
A wonderful pewter tankard with the best form. This is most probably German from the style although it is not marked. The tankard is initialed C. H. and dated 1746 on the lid. It is engraved with floral designs on the front with the words “Aus Liebe” engraved in a shield. The tankard is 10” tall with a 4 5/8” base diameter. Condition is great with an unpolished surface.
Very hard to find large honey stirrer. Made of Maple, 11” x 3” diameter. There are a few tight age cracks. 18th/19th century.
Very hard to find 18th century 2-tine fork with abrupt shoulders at the end of the tines and a treen handle, characteristic of forks from this time period. I have 2 other very similar forks. Please inquire if interested in the other 2 forks.
This great noggin was found in Vermont. It has the remains of a label that has on it "Armstrong Mfg. Co. Pittsburg, PA". I am not certain if the label was put on at the time it was made or later. The color of the wood under the label is lighter so it has been there a long time. This is the first noggin that I have owned with a label although I did see one other. The noggin was made with hand tools and by hand carving. There is a very tight 5" hairline crack running down from the label. Cracks are common with early noggins. This one dates to c. mid-1800's or so. It is 8 5/8" tall to the highest point on the spout.
According to A. Hayward in Colonial and Early American Lighting, these small tin whale oil lamps with a finger ring were used in early 19th century taverns and inns. The lamps were handed to patrons at night to light their way to the upstairs bedrooms in the tavern or inn. This example has a brass burner with double wick tubes and a brass reservoir cap. It is 6 1/4" tall and 6" in diameter. It is in excellent used condition and the caps and burner screw in and out nicely. c. 1840.
Camphene lamps required a taller wick tube than whale oil lamps because the camphene was much more flammable than whale oil. These very small lamps with a finger ring were used in early 19th century taverns and inns. A. Hayward in Colonia and Early American Lighting writes that the bar keeper would hand the guests one of these small lamps at night to light their way up to the upstairs bedrooms. This example retains most of its original black Japanned surface and is 6 1/4" tall and has a 6" diameter base. This lamp dates to the early 19th century. Very good condition with its threaded brass burner/oil reservoir cap working freely.
The tiger graining in this ladle is outstanding! The ladle was hand carved and has a most unusual spoon end. The spoon end is rectangular in shape and deep, perhaps because the piece of wood that it was carved from was too narrow to form a more typical shaped spoon. The ladle is 13 1/2" long with a 2 x 3 1/2 x 1" spoon end. It is in excellent condition with only minor use wear. Possibly Native American made. Early to mid-19th century.
The lathe turnings on the table master salt are outstanding and truly the work of a skilled craftsman. The wood is hard Maple or possibly Walnut and it is American, and New England, possibly PA. The salt shows great wear from use and the patina is outstanding. There is a tight crack in the foot and a small nick in the top rim that has worn smooth. It is very early, possibly late 17th or early 18th century. Size is 3" tall, 3 3/16" diameter opening, 2 1/8" diameter foot and is 1 3/4" deep in the bowl.
Single tin candle molds are very hard to find, at least I don't find them often. This one has all the whistles and bells going for it. It was made of heavy gauge tinned iron by a skilled tinsmith. It has a fluted top and a wonderful ring handle. All original and there are no repairs. The mold is 10 1/2" long and dates to the 19th century.
This is an early 19th century spinning top. Natural surface with an unusual cut out base. This spinning top is 3 1/4" tall x 3 3/4" diameter. Wonderful worn condition.
This is one of the best wooden busks that I have found. It is made of Maple and likely was made by a sailor for someone special in his life. The chip carving is outstanding with open and closed diamonds carved in the form of a + and X separated by vertical elements. There are initials J + H + D carved on the reverse. The busk has 2 flowing curves to fit the contour of the wearer. The busk is 10 3/4 x 1 5/8" and is from the 18th or early 19th century. This busk came out of the collection of Dwight Gardner, Rochester, NY.
This miniature slip decorated chamber pot was likely a salesman's sample. It is about 2 7/8" in diameter x 1 7/8" tall and has an applied handle. The condition is excellent with no chips, hairlines or cracks. The color is great as well. This piece may be of New England origin and dates from c. 1880-1900.
It is not often that I find small slide lid candle boxes this early, especially with original paint. This box retains most of its original teal blue paint that has now oxidized to green. It was constructed with tiny cut nails and wooden pegs. The lid fits nicely, however, because it has shrunk some, it will lift out of the grooves but it will not fall through. The box is 7 x 3 1/2 x 2 3/4” tall and dates late 18th or early 19th century.
Offered is a beehive bowl from the 18th or early 19th century. The bowl has its original very dry red wash surface. It has wonderful shrinkage with no cracks or hairlines. Size is 12 -13" x 3 3/4" tall with a 1" rim. The inside has chop marks from use. The bowl was lathe turned and shows the expected grooves on the inside and outside. A great example that would display well with other early primitives.
Carved out of one piece of wood, this early burl covered spice or storage jar has a wonderful grain pattern. The patina is great with a nice mellow, very smooth from wear, surface. The cover fits on the base very nicely. The condition is very good. There is one area where there is a natural surface crevice that has been there from the day it was made. The size is 3 1/4 x 3" in diameter. 18th or early 19th century.
It looks like this wall hanging salt box was made for someone special. It has a wonderful cut out heart design and a lollipop back board. The wood is Pine and the natural dry surface has the best patina. It is 12 x 6 1/4 x 4 3/4" deep and dates to the 18th century. The box is in very good condition but the bottom of the salt box does have cracks that are the result of holding salt for a couple hundred years (see the last photo). A very hard to find item.
Tin candle sconce, 14 ½” tall x 4 ½” wide x 2 ½ deep, crimped steeple shaped top, split candle holder for cleaning out wax, 19th century. Not a common shape.
Blacksmith made heavy tin candle snuffer with a loop on top end for suspending or for holding, 3” tall with a 1 1/8” opening. 18th century.
Very large bottom of the stack pantry box with a finger lap on lid. It has its original blue paint that has oxidized to black over the past 150 or more years. The pantry box is 12" x 5” tall and has a little damage to lap area with a missing splinter as shown in the last picture. This is an early pantry box, dating from the late 18th to early 19th century. A rare large size and early example. The bottom and top are two boards and show a shrinkage separation of the boards, not cracked/split boards. More pictures are available.
This is a mid to late 18th century English rum bottle. It has a high kick up with a polished pontil. The English exported these to the colonies where they were used in taverns and inn bars. The bottle is in excellent condition and is 9" tall and 3 1/2" in diameter and dates c. 1750-1790.
This is a very rare New England scene painted pantry box. It retains most of its original black paint with a very worn scene of a house and a building painted on lid in a mustard color. The box has 2 fingers and a wonderful, very dry, surface. The pantry box is 5 3/8 x 4 1/4 x 2 1/4” tall. A very rare scene painted New England pantry box.
This is a very rare large treen plate, 9 1/2” in diameter. It is Maple, thin, and was lathe turned. The condition is very good, no cracks or chips, and with the expected knife marks. The patina is the best. 18th century. This plate is American and New England. The fork is not included but is listed separately.
The best Cherry lathe turned small bowl that was possibly used to chop herbs as there are lots of chop marks on the inside. The bowl is 10 x 10 7/8 x 2 1/4” tall and has a 1" rim and dates to c. 1740-1760. It has a wonderful patina and a very dry surface. There is no damage.
Early New England Maple trencher. Rare smaller size at just 17” x 9 ½” x 3 ½”, ca. 1860-1880. The trencher was hand carved and shaped into an oval form with canted ends. An early brass hanger was added at some point in its history so it could be hung on a wall. The trencher has the best natural darkened patina. The condition is good but it does have a ¾” age crack in rim and a tight 2" split along the edge that is hardly noticeable and may have been secured with glue. More pictures are available.
Pewter Plate, Townsend and Compton, London, 8 5/8”, ca. 1801-1811 as listed in Cotterell’s “Old Pewter, Its Makers and Marks”, 4 English stamps on reverse. Very good condition with a wonderful unpolished surface.
Pewter Plate, Townsend and Compton, London, 8 5/8”, ca. 1801-1811 as listed in Cotterell’s “Old Pewter, Its Makers and Marks”, 4 English stamps on reverse. Wonderful unpolished surface. This is a mate to the other Townsend & Compton plate listed below (No. 1).
It isn't often that I find a 18th century checkerboard. This one is made of American White Pine and has breadboard sides that are fastened with early iron cut nails. This rare checkerboard is signed along the edge “I. Smith” in black paint. The board has good shrinkage and a very dry surface. Measuring 13 1/2 x 13”, the board was painted with red wash then black painted squares were added. The condition is very good. It looks like the back side was used as a cutting board as there are chop marks on it. 18th or early 19th century.
Price: 275.00 SALE $245.00
This is a very tall early American rushlight with a conical Maple base and a rush holder in the shape of a heart. The lighting piece is 17” tall, 6 1/2 x 5” diameter base and a 10 1/2 wrought iron rush clamp above the base. The counterbalance is a wrought iron ring. This rushlight was bought in MA but could be PA with the heart shape. American, c. 1680-1840. Very rare being this early and American.
Price: 550.00 SALE $450.00
Wallpaper box that never had a lock and was used for storage. It has hand colored wallpaper with a strip of green wallpaper as trim. The colors are green, gray and brown on a cream background. I believe it has the original leather hinges and leather strips that hold the lid open that are fastened with iron cut nails. The box was constructed using iron cut nails and it is 14” long x 6 1/4” deep x 6” tall and dates to early 19th century. There are no repairs or damage other than relatively minor paper losses on the ends from handling.
Price: 275.00 SALE $250.00
This is a very hard to find wrought iron spider skillet with 3 long legs. It is 8” diameter x 7” tall with a 10” handle and is maker signed “WHIT??” on handle. It is all original with no repairs or damage. 18th c. American, New England.
Foot stool or gout stool with wonderful boot jack ends and the best dry red original paint. The stool is 13 x 6 1/2 x 6 7/8” tall and has early square nails. There is a tight crack along one side board that is hardly noticeable. 18th century, no issues.
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