I've been an active collector of Americana for 35 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.
With Labor Day behind us, the holidays aren't far off. Lovely English ironstone platter, 17" x 13 1/2." No chips or cracks. "William Adams Tunstall On Stone" on reverse (Note, "ENGLAND" was added to the platters destined for export to America post-1896, so this platter must pre-date that year).
Pine staircase acorn finial in brown paint; 7 1/2" tall; $65.00; print-decorated cardboard and shell-work candy box (interior of box has some fading along edge; age (?) but shells have signs of some age---one shell missing; "Gsteitut" in ink on scallop shell. $60.00.
Price: See listing
Three early pin cushions: red silk and black leather Halloween pumpkin and cat, 5 1/2" in diameter, button eyes; large embroidered fabric Valentine's Day heart, wear on calico reverse side, 6" x 6 1/2"; beaded silk Iroquois heart, excelsior filled; tear on reverse; some leakage as result 3" wide.
Lot of two miniature oak splint berry baskets. 6 1/2" tall, with handle, and 4" diameter at mouth. Great natural patina!
Yellow, green, and orange swirl jaspé cream pitcher, 4" tall. $70.00. Yellow and green jaspé pitcher with twisted rope handle, 6" tall. "Montluçon" (a commune in central France) in script on the body. $70.00.
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Early twentieth century unmarked cup and saucer. Scene is a stately home, deer in a park, and horses put to a coach. Saucer 5 1/2" in diameter
Two lots: (left) five painted wooden fruits/toys of indeterminate age /origin, SOLD; (right) four stone fruits, two peaches, a pear, and an apple, $50.00, plus shipping.
Price: ALL SOLD
Dimpled pewter beehive tea pot; some denting. 7" tall. "Pewter/Sheffield, England" on base. Soldering to spout at least 40 years ago.
Three large early rag balls, as found in an abandoned (for many decades) cabin in the Shenandoah Valley, Va. Two are 14" in circumference, one is 17 1/2" in circumference. All are solid (not wrapped around a core). These are the last of the early rag balls x Clarke and Palmer Antiques I purchased 20 years ago. Lot of 3 rag balls.
Price: $55.00 (Lot of 3)
Early pine bent-wood pantry box in natural finish. 8 1/4" dia. by 4 1/4" tall. (Blue measure nfs.)
Small memory jug, 6 1/2" tall by 4" base diameter. Some losses but still plenty of shells, Teddy Roosevelt campaign button, beads, buttons, Indian head coin, bracelet, etc.
Painted pine box with painted art deco motifs in red, black, blue, green. 3" long; 2 1/2" high. Original corduroy pin cushion with red thread "repair/reinforcement." Plenty of wear, and charm, too.
Early twentieth century metal Big Ben Deluxe, 5 1/2" tall, alligatored salmon red paint. Front glass missing and the clock keeps time a bit casually but has the lovely Westclox "tick." Manual winding.
Sweet little red ware jar with scribed rule decoration and old red-brown glaze, 4" tall x 2" high: Looks to have been used as a flower pot at some point -- perfect for a mini-orchid! $35.00. Stone peach, $20.00 (or purchase as part of lot of four stone fruits, above). Victorian pink lustreware sugar-shaker, 4" tall x 1 3/4" at bottom diameter, $45.00.
Cardboard Parchesi game box with 4 tossers and 9 pieces. "Royal Game of India/Parchesi/Popular Edition" on lid. 6 1/2" x 3." Damage to the box lid.
Victorian metal footstool with embroidered flower/leaves. A honey, but I've inherited a family piece, so this one is available. 7 1/4" tall x 12 1/2" pillow diameter.
Large well-loved early rag doll with remnants of pencil/ink face. 16" tall. Comes dressed in early clothing---white linen full-length under slip; linen shirt; calico skirt; sun bonnet; and black, mismatched stockings. Provenance on request.
Small pine foot stool. Round nails. 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" x 6 1/2" --- sturdy and useful, with a very slightly canted top board.
29" x 36" hand-stitched, some age staining/discoloring on front and back. Half-square triangle pattern.
Hand-colored 19th-century daguerreotype of a smiling infant set in a modern shell mat and distressed pine frame. 5' x 7." Daguerreotypes were typically set in small gutta percha hinged boxes that eventually deteriorated or were lost. A modern artist has set the charming photo of a small girl in a period-correct shell-art mat and distressed-painted frame in sky-blue paint. (Third photo has been enhanced to show daguerreotype detail.) Shell art was created by sailors at sea during the 19-th C. x The Two Sisters Collection, Washington, D.C.
Early wallpaper pocket of paste board, 7" long; pencil figures on reverse. Provenance upon request.
Here's a one-of-a-kind little storage box, 17.5" long; 12" wide; 8 " tall. Wear, as expected, since a worn carpet was repurposed as a cheerful flowered cover. Clean interior. Lid reinforced, as seen in the second photo. x the private folk art collection of the Two Sisters of Washington, D.C. (First photo is truest to actual color.)
Country pine grain scoop in lipstick red paint, with honest wear. 13” long, 4” tall, 7” wide. Butt-end construction. Right out of my barn. Sturdy, primitive, and useful as a scoop in the feed bin, as a nice punch of color indoors, or fill it with greens at the holidays.
(Left) Make-do pin cushion on a wooden candlestick base wrapped with satin ribbon; brown cotton embroidered cushion. 6" tall; $115.00. (Right) Make-do pin cushion on a vaseline-glass base; green velvet embroidered pin cushion. 5" tall. $115.00.
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A nice early rag doll wearing a white cotton apron, white pantelettes, and a brown and white striped dress with front buttons. 11 1/4" tall. She has a beautiful big head, embroidered face, but, alas, a missing leg. She still displays very well and (could always accommodate another rag leg if you had one). Provenance on request.
Right out of a backyard---black and white Boston Terrier two-sided yard dog with red collar; 12" long, 8 1/2" wide. As found, but could use a mild soap-and-water cleaning. Two wire wraps on the front leg anchored Doggie to a yard display of some kind, but he could be an indoor guy very easily!
(Right)Oval wallpaper box with original pin cushion lid. Early paper over a previous layer of red and cream. Original cotton over cotton batting cushion. 5" long; 3 1/2" inches tall. Some damage to the cushion, typical of a well-used pin box of this age. The paper used to line the box seems to be fragments of a New York paper, with accounts of a terrible gale off the coast of England (Bristol, Beachy Head, etc.) and of a frigate captained by "Mr. Pitt," the "Avenger," which might be researched for a date. $245.00. (Left) Early wallpaper-covered paste-board box with pin cushion lid of red cotton. 4" wide and 3 1/4" tall. Flowered paper front and back, some separation of fabric from lid, and small amount of additional separation. Inside lid has a number of pencil words that may be either a poem or a remembrance. (Only "marriage" and "90" decipherable. ) x the Two Sisters (Washington, D.C.) $125.00. (Center) Small lift-top pin box with foil paper pin cushion lid. $85.00
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Wonderful early, one-of-a-kind box. 9” long, 5 1/2” wide, 3 1/2” tall. Green paper-covered, with two lithographs of ships under sail on the lid. Inside, a separate business card reads “Richard Pearse, (From Messr. Knapp & Co.) Ship Broker & Commission Agent. Marine Surveyors, Etc., 22 (?) Queen Square, Bristol.” Reverse has very faint inscription in pen, “Capt. W. [name], Boston, Mass.” Perhaps used as a calling card or reference. Provenance on request.
Beautifully made splint-oak footed basket in a later first-coat butter yellow paint. Rare form, lovely condition, kicked-up bottom. 8" diameter at lip, 5" tall. (Provenance by request.)
Brown and cream checked cotton doll dress, 7" long. Hand- and treadle-stitched; pink trim on collar, sleeves, and hem (no fasteners).
Stuffed brown-eared spaniel with treadle and hand stitching. Length 8 1/2" from nose to tail; 6" tall. Felt is "well loved" and cotton-filled, without staining or tears. Button eyes, hand-sewn brown felt ears and sweet stitched expression. Stands on its own.
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.
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.
Price: 195.00 *SALE* $165.00
Handsome chalk ware spaniel in "Bennington/Rockingham glaze" paint. 8 1/2" tall, 6" diameter at base. Very lightweight.
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. (Embroidered foot stool listed above.)
Early twentieth century. Victorian era. Palme Koenig? Moser? 6 1/4” to top of the lid finial. Perfect condition. Family estate piece.
Shaker chocolate brown iridescent quilted silk hood, 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. (Similar seen in Nina Little's NEAT AND TIDY.)
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).
Price: $95.00 *SALE* $75.00
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).
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.
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* SALE PRICE: $180.00. Velvet pin cushion pillow, $55.00. Other photos.
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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.
Price: *SALE*: $75.00
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.)
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.
(Left to right) Pine dome-top doll trunk, 12" long, 7" tall, 7" wide, decorated with black and brown figured wallpaper and 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. SOLD. (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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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
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