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.
Occasionally a great early Shenandoah Valley basket becomes available. This basket qualifies. Provenance: directly from the collection of my dear friends, the noted dealers Clarke and Palmer Antiques of Purcellville, Va., whose estate 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 basket retains its remnant 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. $355.00. 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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Early hand-made doll quilt, bound in red, framed. May be a cut-down from a full-size quilt. Framed dimensions: 23" x 21" (textile dimensions 19" x 18"). Purchased as framed in Frederick, Md., 25 years ago. (White spot is camera flash reflection.)
21” x 16 1/2” Mid-19th century lithograph of George Washington, with 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.
A giant cluster of champagne alabaster grapes. 12" long, without the wooden stem. Some clouding of the alabaster, but a real statement in a large dough bowl, or trencher (see second photo).
Good early all-around basket with great original patina. A few broken splints and loose wraps but otherwise tight and serviceable for yarn, rag balls, magazines, or even waste paper. 8 1/2" x 7 1/2" x 12 1/2," tall including handle. Other photos available re: condition.
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); the pear 5 1/2” long, also with theorem painting. $175.00 each. 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.
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. $195.00. 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!
American eagle hooked rug. All wool. c1950s–70s. Mounted professionally twenty years ago. Cream, chambray blue, and brown. Great condition, ready to hang on the wall! 21" x 35".
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.
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Sweet little doll quilt in soft pinks, blues, and cream cotton, with pale lavender edge binding, 14" x 20." Looks to be 1930s/40s quilt from the fabrics. Cream backing, with what looks like an old, pale scorch mark on back that doesn't show through to the front surface. (Selling only because a late friend's doll quilt has come to me that I don't wish to part with.) Happy to take a photo, so you can see it dressing a bed, if requested.
Colorful doll quilt in silk, satin, cotton calico and print fabrics that look to be from the 1930s/40s. 17" x 26." Primarily hand/treadle stitched throughout, IMO. This is a generously sized quilt, perfect for a larger doll bed or as a wall hanging in a little girl's nursery/bedroom. Found in Frederick, Md., about 25 years ago, and has been dressing a doll bed here since then. (I've raised the fabric in the second photo into a "wrinkle" so you can better see the finish/sheen of the cotton candy pink satin---there is no damage or permanent crease.)
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
Cage doll with hand-painted face, salmon paint, one loose arm. These dolls were typically used as window display items for dressmakers. Perfect for display of a favorite doll dress or in a large nicho in place of a santos figure. 19" tall, 9 1/2" wide at base. Age (?) so I'm offering at decorative price only, even though a similar piece offered on eBay some years ago sold for several times this price at auction. Other photos available for condition. x a private mid-Atlantic collection.
(1) "J. Chein U*S*A" tin elephant coin bank, "5 tall. Metal coin stopper missing from the bottom, but the lever still pulls the elephant's trunk up to deposit the coin. All paint bright and clean, $80.00 (2) Walnut wood "turkey" mold for papier-mâché candy containers, 2" tall. Probably Philippines origin. $45.00. (3) Charming jaspé tourist-ware pitcher with rope-decoration handles, "Montluçon" (central France district) paint decoration. 6 1/2" tall. x M.A. Apple collection. $85.00 (4) Painted tin tray w/ brass wick trimmer. Tray is 9" long. Two pieces, $85.00.
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