I've been an active collector of Americana for 30 years, concentrating on New England and mid-Atlantic furniture, chalk ware, wallpaper boxes, and velvet fruit. Currently I accept personal checks and money orders. Returns in as-received condition accepted within three days of receipt. Virginia residents pay 6% No. Va. sales tax. Feel free to ask for additional photos and/or a condition report. Refund will be minus shipping and insurance unless I have significantly misrepresented an item. I am a collector, not a professional antiques dealer, and describe each item to the best of my ability. USPS Priority Mail postage and insurance will be added to the price of each item. I HAVE AN OPTION FOR GROUND SHIPPING FOR LARGE ITEMS EASTERN HALF OF U.S. EMAIL FOR DETAILS. I update my shop most weekends, rotating my offerings, so inquire about the availability of items previously featured.
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Nice early jar; 8" tall, 5 1/2" diameter. Smooth edge. Flat bottom. Fill with dried pomegranates, velvet fruit, pine cones, or candy canes. (Third photo shows display w/velvet fruit.)
I was originally told this piece was a "Confederate bit" (for horses) but now believe it to be part of a hearth hook hanger missing its fireplace chain/trammel. 11" long, each ring is 3" in diameter. The hand-forged chains are much easier to find than is this component of the hearth device---if you have a chain and are missing this piece, this is your lucky day! (It is also just a wonderful piece to hang on a wall/mantelpiece.)
Small tin nicho with gilt-paper, paper flowers, devotional lithograph under glass. 6" x 8"
Small table-size nicho with a figure of saint inside. 12" tall x 6 1/2" x 3". Weathered wood exterior with red paint, decorated interior (wall paper, metallic paper, stickers, etc.). Surface has been gently wiped down with a soft cloth, otherwise just as is. Such nichos were often homemade, as indoor or roadside devotionals. South/Central American in origin. Figure has been reglued in place at some point.
1) Wooden figure of saint/The Virgin/nun/noblewoman wearing ropes of (rosary?) beads, hands clasped w/prayer book, and braided hair. White gown and head covering, black hair, red hair cover. 8" tall, 4" wide at base. $85.00 2) Green homespun make-do pin cushion with black silk fringe on square pressed glass base, 4" tall. (Fringe trim is not cut as photo seems to indicate.) Some fading from age. x collection of well-known mid-Atlantic artists and collectors. $95.00. 3) Red tin child's cup with four sewing emeries. Cup is 2 1/4" wide, 1 1/2" diameter. $125.00.
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Perfect for Fourth of July decorating, a super-sturdy country pine box in red and white paint. I've used it at Christmas to display a table-top tree w/ornaments, at the Fourth for flags and bunting, on the porch to hold a flowering plant (with ample protection for the wood), and upturned as a "pedestal" on the top of a blue chest of drawers. 9" x 9" x 7 1/2". You'll find a dozen more uses!
Velvet pear pincushion, theorem paint. Another nice pear with a blush of color on one side. Some excelsior loss over the years (the very top quarter feels soft, not hard-packed any longer). Nice example at a modest price. 4 1/2" tall.
Charming coffee bin with folk art painting of a packet ship, "Baltimore Mail Packet 'United'," probably c.1960s. 8 1/2" x 14" tall. Painted inside and out.
21” x 16 1/2” Possibly later frame. “Washington.” “Engraved and published by Shugg Bros 24 Cortlandt St, New York” on lower edge. Small tear at lower edge, another in upper quarter of image. According to Princeton University Library “Graphic Arts” blog: “[The Shugg] family’s printing business was begun in the early 1850s by the New York City chromolithographers at Richard Shugg & Company. ‘...Their cousins were Proctor and James Shugg, of Shugg Brothers Engravers and Lithographers in New York City....’” Found at Brimfield 20 years ago.
Victorian velvet fruit selection: red-orange carrot is 11" long, with theorem-painted green top and orange body. Repair (360 degree) to the tip. $305.00 (2) Orange-brown carrot, 8 1/4” long, with black "dirt cracks" theorem painting and remnants of excelsior “greens.” Expected wear, two significant repairs. x an Ohio dealer (name on request), 175.00. (3) Theorem-painted hour-glass-shaped pear with blush red. 4" long. $205.00. (4) Golden velvet pear, 3 3/4" long. No fading. Green stem and green felt bottom "button" intact. Some pin holes but no loss of excelsior, no wear areas, no fading or staining. Perhaps not from the earliest Victorian era but the velvet has the softness of those early examples. $155.00. (Golden carrot in second photo SOLD.)
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Clearance prices on three items---from left, standing chalk ware poodle, 7 1/2" tall, in red, gold, black decoration, with a great early look, but it has a stamp on the underside, which makes me offer it at a decorative price---$85.00. Handsome chalk ware spaniel in "Bennington/Rockingham glaze" paint. 8 1/2" tall, 6" diameter at base. Very lightweight--- $125.00. Small 4'x 7" framed 50-star American flag matted on cardboard; nice little country accent on a shelf or wall; no age, so it's $25.00 thrown in with one or both of the chalk ware dogs.
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Mother's Day isn't far off! Cotton heart w/red and khaki roses against a khaki background on one side, black and khaki calico over an earlier black calico on the other. Stuffed with cotton batting. Black calico side has seam wear and fabric loss, 6"x 6 1/2 ". x L. Stone. $60.00. Beaded heart-shaped pin cushion. "Mother" and a red tulip on front, silk backing; 4" x 4". Some bead loss to the dangling strings but the cushion is perfect. $80.00. (Wallpaper/pasteboard pin-keep box, with a silk pincushion top, surrounded by tiny seashells. SOLD.)
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Chalk ware rabbit w/red and black paint decoration. c1840-1890. 5 1/2" tall. Very light in weight (indicative of age). x Virginia collection of substantial chalk ware sold at auction 5+ years ago. Lovely condition---no staining, discoloration, cracking, chipping or dirt on the surface.
Price: SOLD -- THANK YOU
From my family's New England estate. (Front, left) milk glass maple syrup pitcher with original tin lid, hand-painted flowers, 5" tall, $100.00; blue glass syrup with original pewter lid, 5" tall. Painted flower decoration on front. $100.00. (Rear, left) thumb-print pattern white pitcher with tin lid, 5" tall; $100.00; cranberry-to-clear thumb print pitcher with white decoration, pewter lid--top piece replaced, 5" tall. $100.00.
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Right out of the barn! Great country gate, hinges still attached, in apple green over white paint. Perfect for a fireplace hearth opening, in summer or winter, or primitive decor. 37" x 39." Pick up in No. Virginia or can discuss shipping options.
Mid-nineteenth century black and white covered Staffordshire transferware sugar bowl. Charming classical scenes on both sides. 6 1/2" tall; 7 1/2" wide, from handle to handle. Two small black squares on bottom; no other identifying markings.
Nineteenth-century Plains Tribe deerskin gloves, beaded on backs in flower motif. Lined in clean blue calico cotton. Fringe l00% intact. No beads missing. 10 1/4" long. Lovely condition, out of a Midwest collection.
Fabulous mirror in black and gold paint, with early original glass and all original backing. Raised front frame gives it an ogee profile. Right as rain!! 11" x 10." x a private mid-Atlantic collection.
Price: 245.00 *SALE* $195.00
Early twentieth century. Victorian era. Palme Koenig? Moser? 6 1/4” to top of the lid finial. Perfect condition. Family estate piece.
What better way to celebrate spring than with two comfortable country kitchen Windsor chairs in second-coat daffodil yellow paint, with sky-blue decoration? 33" tall, 16" seat at widest point, these chairs can accommodate larger individuals in comfort. One has a replaced stretcher, and both have a green paint undercoat, but the yellow paint is at least 40 years old (and may be older). x Virginia antiques dealers Clarke and Palmer, whose estate auction several years ago brought more than $1million in the Shenandoah Valley. Pick up in No. Virginia or we can discuss shipping.
Shaker chocolate brown iridescent silk bonnet, 1850-60. 11" x 14" long, including the bonnet's fall at the neck. Lovely, unstained condition, inside and out, expected fading. Missing may be matching silk satin ties typically stitched on the front.
Early pine trencher/dough bowl in first-coat dry paint you dream about. 25” long, 14” wide, 5” tall. Age cracks, one with a bit of glue in the interior, are tight. Light weight and useful, as is, for linens, velvet fruit, rag balls, or seasonal greens. x private mid-Atlantic collection. This may ship best USPS parcel post.
Flocked red velvet lined; lovely condition. Cigar box base. Exotic paper motifs on each end; metal ring and escutcheon on lid, round nail/tack construction throughout. No missing wooden pieces anywhere. 11' x 6" x 7". Metal lock plate (no key).
Just in time for tropical weather! Wooden candlesticks in gold and green paint decoration. Metal palm "fronds" in gold paint, with gold accents on the "trunks." 6" tall, 3 1/4" diameter at base. Great condition. Bought as old, but age??? (Other items pictured nfs).
Several of you have asked when I might part with this one-of-a-kind case piece. Made of heavy pine and in bright apple-green paint. 48 drawers in two sizes (6"x4" and 71/2" x 4"). Total dimensions are 42" tall; 11" deep, 11" wide. The "issue" is that this was a built-in piece and thus HAS NO BACK BOARD. It would be relatively easy to have a cabinet maker or skilled carpenter add a back board if you wanted one, but I've used it for 20+ years against a wall to hold virtually everything, from notions to scarves, batteries, stationery, or computer ink supplies. Some of the white porcelain knobs are replaced/later. Top and side boards are heavy, unpainted pine. Found in northern Virginia (Small white case of drawers is sold.) Contact me about possible experienced East-Coast-to Mississippi-River shipper, or could be picked up at my northern Virginia home (currently located on ground floor).
Unique shelf in barn red and apple green paint, with folky sun-and-moon cut outs. 36" long x 22" tall x 6 1/8" wide. Shelves are 6 3/4" tall each, internal recessed height, and 4 3/4" deep. Purchased at a top York, Pa., antiques show 20 years ago. Grooved back boards. Butt-end construction. A substantial piece that can stand on the floor, stack on a cupboard, or hang on the wall. I HAVE AN OPTION FOR GROUND SHIPPING EASTERN HALF OF USA. EMAIL ME FOR DETAILS.
French country jaspe pitchers, from two long-time mid-Atlantic collections (consecutively). Tall yellow lidded milk pitcher is 6 1/4" tall, 4 1/4" wide at lip; end-of-the-day multi-color pitcher is 5" tall x 5" wide at lip.
Price: $100.00 each
This sturdy house is 15" tall (to the wooden chimney) and 11 1/4" wide. It sits on an apple green painted wooden base. Salvaged crate construction. 18" x 14 1/2". Recently added pine front door. Inside is empty/non-partitioned. Could ship USPS Parcel Post.
Doll quilt in pink/blue/cream cotton, w/ pale lavender edge binding, 14" x 20." 1930s/40s quilt, from the fabrics. Cream backing, with old, pale scorch mark (?) that doesn't show through to the front surface. $95.00. African-American rag doll in lovely condition, 10" tall. Embroidered face, white button eyes, black yarn hair, wearing what looks to be her original cherry red sprigged cotton dress and original pantaloons, with a vintage cotton apron (note discoloration). She stands but does not bend at the waist. c. 1930-1950. x Adrian's 1800 Antiques. $110.00. Folded: Colorful doll quilt in silk, satin, cotton calico and print fabrics c. 1930s/40s. 17" x 26." Primarily hand/treadle stitched throughout. Found in Frederick, Md., $110.00. Early doll bed in yellow paint. 21" long x 10" wide. Original mattress included. Polychrome paint decoration of a cardinal on back headboard. x Adrian's 1800 Primitives, $225.00. Velvet pin cushion pillow, $55.00. Other photos.
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Very nice early wallpaper-covered paste-board box with pin cushion lid of red cotton. 4" wide and 3 1/4" tall. Flowered paper (daisies?) front and back, some separation of fabric from lid, as can expected (second photo). Inside lid has a number of pencil words that may be either a poem or a remembrance. (Only "marriage" and "90" seem decipherable to me. You may have better luck.) These boxes were often made for sale to the New England factory workers in 19 c. textile mills to hold pins, buttons, ribbons, or other keepsakes. x private mid-Atlantic collection.
Oil Paintings: (Above) Landscape, oil on canvas, 14" x 21". Wispy clouds, stream, trees in foliage. Lots of visible brush strokes. Tiny, 1/4" tear in upper left; almost unnoticeable. (Below) Oil on canvas of landscape with country road, saltbox cottage, stone wall. 16" x 22". Blemish in the center is an old make-do repair. SALTBOX PAINTING: SOLD.
Price: *SALE*: $75.00 each (SALTBOX SOLD)
Original oil on canvas of wild flowers in a pottery vase by deceased Bucks County, Pa. artist Richard Schmueckle. 12” x 16”. Bought at the Oatlands, Va., show 20 years ago (provenance on request). Older than the relatively recent re-stretch; undamaged surface. (There are no specks on the painting---light is reflecting off the glossy brush strokes.)
Pine clamp with yellow silk pin cushion top with a second, donut-shaped, cushion, in yellow and gray knit, mounted on the side. Gray silk ribbon tie. 7” long. x East Berlin Antiques Show, well-known for its Pennsylvania sewing treasures, about l0 years ago.
Primitive collectors, here's a perfect towel bar for displaying a doll quilt or other textile or using in a country bathroom. 18" long; 8" wide; 3 1/2" deep. Large oxidized round-head nails and original oyster-white paint. Easy to mount, with multiple nail holes. x midwest antiques dealer.
A great early Shenandoah Valley basket directly from the estate of Clarke and Palmer (Purcellville, Va.), whose collection sold at auction for more than $1million several years ago. Best known for painted furniture, stoneware, baskets, and meticulously researched folk art, John and Lil specialized in Valley material for more than 30 years. This splint-oak egg basket retains remnants of original black paint on handle and rim. It is a fine example of 19th c. basket making (see second photo). One or two splint weavers have small breaks, but the basket's handle is tightly wrapped and the basket is serviceable. It will be an asset to any early southern collection. 9" diameter, 9" tall, incl. handle. $175.00. Also: early make-do pin cushion with glass lamp base and brown and blue velvet cushion. x mid-Atlantic collection, 6” tall. (Hat and collar pins nfs). $125.00
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Rag doll in calico skirt, cotton under shirt, calico bonnet (straw hat in second picture nfs). x Dancing Cat Antiques, $155.00. Unique African American toaster doll (the upper half of a rag doll wearing a long dress meant to drape over a toaster) from artist, designer, and author James Cramer's collection. She is 7" long (18," including original brown and blue calico dress); button eyes, embroidered red mouth. (Separated stitches along one side seam of bodice and small tear in upper arm on the back of the doll.) $165.00. Wood architectural "pedestal," in peeling white paint. $75.00. Sweet doll rocking chair in red paint with gold decoration. 12 1/2" tall, 7" wide. Perfect for mid-size dolls, stuffed animals, or pin cushion display. $85.00
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(left to right) Dome-top doll trunk, 12" long, 7" tall, 7" wide, made of pine and decorated with black and brown figured wallpaper. Inner tray. Interior is covered in early wallpaper $75.00. Make-do pin cushion of blue velvet and cream satin cushion, scalloped glass base, 4" x 3 1/2" diameter. $55.00. PAINTED CANDLESTICK NOT FOR SALE. Chalk ware vase: 6" tall, 4 1/4" long at the base. Some paint chipping but plenty of black and red paint decoration remains. Flat base filled in to provide more weight to the piece as a whole. x a private mid-Atlantic collection. (Emeries not included/nfs.) $165.00. Elegant botanical print in an early lemon gilt, mahogany, and ebony frame. Paper backing seems to have been removed so the frame may not be original to the piece. The subject looks to be a fern variety with jaunty red flowers. 9 1/2" x 7 3/4"; sight dimensions are 7 1/2" x 6", including matte. $125.00. More photos of each piece available.
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Oval pasteboard wallpaper box in cream and pale blue print. 6” x 3 1/4” . Inside lined with a Saturday Evening Post dated October 28, 1876. Papered bottom. Light foxing/staining/discoloration but no paper loss. $165.00. Theorem-painted carrot and theorem-painted pear. Both have small apologies, typical of these early pieces. The carrot is 8 1/4” long, with theorem painting and remnants of excelsior “greens,” x an Ohio dealer (name on request---more photos are in a collection of velvet fruit at the top of this shop page), $185.00. The pear 5 1/2” long, also with theorem painting. $175.00. Tiny pine sewing clamp with red velvet pin cushion, 4 1/2" long, with clamp open, flower decoration, $75.00. Brown and white Staffordshire cat, 3 1/4" tall, flake off ear, $95.00. Unglazed terracotta clay apple bank, 1 3/4" diameter at base. $35.00
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Charming oil features a log cabin and barn. A woman in kerchief and apron, with a child holding a doll, watches her husband open the farm gate to the family cows. Unsigned. Original stretchers but new blocks. The first photo is color-enhanced so that you can see the details more clearly; the second photo was taken with a natural flash. 17" x 23". Canvas is in good condition.
Price: $145.00 SALE PRICE $115.00
Wooden apple tray in soldier blue paint, inside and out, right off the farm stand, with plenty of evidence of usage. 10” x 16 1/2”. Bottom board has a shrinkage crack (see second photo) but the round nails are tight. $135.00. Also 6 early rag balls, as found in an abandoned (for many decades) cabin in the Shenandoah Valley, Va. Each is 4” x 4” and solid (not wrapped around a core). $115.00 for lot of 6 rag balls.
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White splint basket, oyster-white painted interior/exterior. 11" diameter (out of round; 10 1/2"); 5" tall. No breaks/damage. Holds mail, sewing items, rag balls---but you can see how it shows off a collection of velvet strawberry pincushions (Sorry, velvet strawberries not for sale---display only!)
Two new mounted hooked rugs and a needlepoint sampler have left me with no wall space for this folky two-sided watchmaker's trade sign, pine with black and silver paint. 15" long, including iron ring. "T.T.T." on both faces. Very good condition, with a great look. x N. England collector/dealer.
All-wool hooked rug, professionally mounted and ready to hang. Found in Virginia. C. 1930s/40s. Red roses, with strong black, gray, green, natural, and brown colors. Impressive size to fill a bedroom wall. 27" x 44." Asking basically the price of mounting alone!
Price: 285.00 *SALE* $195.00
1. Chinese brass jar, part of an antique brass smoking set. Lid lost its red carnelian bead finial in the recent past, could be replaced. Marked “China” on the base. Horsemen (warriors/traders?) in enamel on all four sides. 3 1/2” tall. $35.00 2. Brass alligator nutcracker, marked CHINA; jaw hinge replaced with a modern metal clip at least 60 years ago. 8” long. $45.00. 3. Brass lobster paperweight, unmarked, heavy, with wonderful patina, 6” long, $75.00. 4. Brass tobacco box with anchor embossed on the lid, unmarked. 4 1/2” long. $70.00. Other photos available.
Price: SALE: $25.00 EACH
Instant collection/dealer's lot. (Top, left to right) Small dome-topped tin painted box with stenciled red and gold decoration, 4 1/4" x 3 1/2" without wire handle ring. In original Windsor green, with a yellow leaf stencil design on lid, red “pin-striping” on lid and three sides. Original hinges, clasp bent, some rust inside but otherwise very good condition. From an active southern Pa. dealer; unglazed terracotta clay apple bank, 1 3/4" diameter at base; English unmarked glazed mustard-and-red pottery bank, 2" diameter at base; glazed red and white unmarked pottery bank w/small chip at slot, 2 1/2" diameter at base, with "B--tter" in pencil on unglazed bottom.
Price: $210.00 Lot of 4
Walnut wood "turkey" mold for papier-mâché chocolate boxes. Large recumbant deer; two doves; one turkey; one rabbit. More photos available. Probably Philippines origin, 1930s.
Price: SALE: $25 EACH
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