We have been buying, selling and collecting Americana, folk art, furniture and early weaponry for 34 years. Our first venture was named Blue Rooster Antiques which was located on our farm in a restored German style barn in mid-Missouri. At one time we were dealers in the Antiques Associates at West Townsend in West Townsend, Massachusetts. Now we are excited to display our wares on our Dig Antiques web site. This is part of our new business model where we have worked to cut our overhead and selling costs, which better allows us to sell great antiques at a lower price point. We have noted that re-pricing on some of our listings as an example. RETURN POLICY: We firmly stand behind our representation of every item we sell to be authentic and accurate, for your protection. This includes a 2 day return policy. Simply notify us of your dissatisfaction, pay the return packing/shipping costs, and upon receipt and confirmation that it is in the condition we sold it, we will promptly refund your money. Further, in the unlikely event you provide proper evidence that the item was not as we said it was (misrepresented) then we will protect you, our customer, from harm, by paying all return costs. Again, upon receipt and confirming the item being in the condition as when we shipped it, we will immediately refund your money. We don't know of a more solid warranty than that. We love happy customers and return buyers!! We accept checks and Paypal. RECEIPTS: We provide a detailed receipt, with a description of all items purchased, on our letterhead. SHIPPING: We do not charge for packing materials or labor, providing those as a service to our customers. We ship using our FedEx account which gives great rates and delivery times. We provide shipping estimates for our antiques using the FedEx required full customer name, address, and phone number and by estimating the weight and size the carton will be after actual packing. This has proven to be very accurate method of determining costs. PLEASE NOTE! WE CONTINUALLY MONITOR THIS WEB SITE AND WE ANSWER INQUIRIES VERY QUICKLY. LATELY SOME INQUIRIES HAVE BEEN GOING INTO SPAM. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A RESPONSE TO YOUR INQUIRY IN A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME PLEASE INQUIRE AGAIN OR CALL.
We have had this toy for a long time and still smile every time we look at this fierce little alligator with his big eyes, open mouth ready to bite with those enormous teeth! His carved body is articulated by being made in sections and mated together with a cotton webbing and he is painted with a dark green design mimicking alligator skin. His square feet are on legs that are dovetailed into the body and the design and construction overall is terrific. Pine, 19th c. Inv. 1526.
This unique jug was made by Robert and Thomas Swaine, England, in the early 19th century. It is 13" tall by 8" in diameter for a slim look, has an unusual tapered spout, decorative rings on the top and a high arched handle, all of which make for a very appealing piece of stoneware. Has no cracks but has some minor chips on the edge of the handle and the back of the spout along with some scuffs on the bottom. Inv. 3122.
Offered from our sewing collection is this wonderfully carved bird pincushion with red, green, mustard, white and black paint and incised wing details, all giving this bird great character and appeal. Signed on the bottom NBK 1977. Measures 7" long, 5 1/2" tall and the base is 4" round. Inv. 1751.
Our highly detailed butter press features a blue jay is sitting on a holly branch eating berries under five stars, encircled within a spoked border. Unique addition to a fine collection. Maple. 3 3/4" round by 3 1/4" tall. Inv. 1933.
Price: Sale pending
This is the last of four 18th or early 19th century wig blocks we have been fortunate enough to acquire recently. It is mounted on an "early look" stand for display. The wig is shown for illustrative purposes only and is NOT included. This would be an excellent way to use a wig, hat or bonnet in your collection. Inv. 3099.
Price: $110.00 was $185.00
We have three really sweet early tops available, each a little different. The first is a large top from the early to mid 1800's that has seen a lot of use. So much so that it appears to have been re-painted more than once, the last time it was done in light blue and adorned with white hearts and dots. The paint is crusty and has some flaking paint (see picture). Beautifully lathe turned shape and heavy. Measures 11" tall and 6" round. Inv. 1696 Price $85.00 A plain, unadorned turned top is also early and smaller but its simplicity is its charm. Pine with a tiny nail on the spin point. Good used condition with a small age crack. Measures 4 3/4" by 4 3/4". Inv. 1863. Price $64.00 From circa 1920 is a pretty top with the body painted mustard, encircled with red stripes and a green tip. The top is green with mustard stripes. Very good condition. Measures 6 1/2" tall and 3 1/2" round. Inv. 1752. Price $32.00
Price: $85/$64/$32 see above
Hand made decoy of a curlew with the body made of cork, the bill from copper and the legs are copper tubes split to create feet. Beautifully painted. Measures 15" bill to tail, 12" tall and 4" wide. His bill is 5 inches long. There is a seam line where the neck meets the body. Inv. 1773.
Price: Pending sale
The swan stamp which is carved into this butter mold is excellent in detail and features a distinctive high arched neck and water lines all encircled with a decorative border. Dates to late 1800's and is in very nice condition with no cracks and a slight oval to the mold. measures 4 1/2" round and 4" tall, 6 1/2" to top of knob. Inv. 3343
We aren't sure of the purpose of this neat sheet iron cow but thinking it may have been part of a sign or a mailbox mount. It is swell bodied, has a weathered, white painted surface and is attached to a round rod with bolts protruding. Measures 25" long by 16" tall and 2" thick. Inv. 3342.
Price: Sale pending
From our collection is this excellent example of a forged iron coal carrier, meant to carry hot coals from an existing fire to other areas such as bedrooms to light a new fire by placing a coal(s) on kindling to start the process. These are utilitarian tools, usually of a very simple design but ours was created by someone with an artistic flair, judging by the hearts employed on the hinge and the latch. The hopper lid has an "envelope" shape which is secured by heavy rivets as is the heart which secures the spring loaded latch, it having a curled lift. The latch lock is heart shaped and swivels to release the latch. On the bottom is another "envelope" lip comprising the bottom half of the hinge and the handle itself is finished with a lollipop termination. The wooden handle is very simply made from a tree branch secured by a brass ferrule. Condition is good with a pitted surface from heat and age. The hopper is solid, many having rusted out. An exceptional example of the form.
Often mistaken as bed warmers these brass chestnut roasters are far fewer in number and are an important addition to any serious hearth tools collection. They differ from bed warmers in several ways which make them easy to identify. The size is one detail. Note that ours is only 33 1/2 inches long versus 43 or 44 inches and the pan is only 8 inches by 3 1/2 inches. Also, the entire pan is brass, meant to be gently held over heat to roast the nuts whereas a bed warmer typically has an iron pan with a brass lid to be able to withstand the extreme heat of hot coals. Our roaster has a beautifully turned walnut handle, terminating into a ball with the original hanging ring still attached. The wood surface is dry, apparently never having a finish applied. In very nice condition it does have some small dents in the brass and imperfections in the handle but all are minor and expected. Inv. 3339.
Snuffer trays are plentiful but hardly ever encountered is one which is hand painted, most having factory stencils or plain. This one has a mustard background and brown flowers and foliage. Good condition and nice color. Has some small surface rust spots and one chip but otherwise fine. Just waiting for that orphaned snuffer you have! Inv. 3338.
Such a unique little lantern is this one! One of the fascinating details is the globe which appears to be made from an old bottle, judging by the letters and numbers molded into the glass. Possibly some ingenious person cut the bottle and then cleverly fashioned a tin lantern from it, incorporating a fluted top and bottom, a crown shaped chimney with a witches hat, a ring handle and guards for the globe. Very artistic. The bottom is hinged to reveal the font and burner. Probably late 19th century. Lantern measures 4 1/2" tall by 3" round and 8 3/4" tall to top of ring. Inv. 3335
I am listing this fragment mirror from our collection. This one has a lollipop handle and the frame is all nicely hand carved, probably by an amateur as seen by the markings. Just what we like! The mirror measures 6" tall by 5" wide and the frame is 6" wide and 11" to the top of the handle. The mirror shows the signs of age with some losses and is held into the frame with four small square cut nails. The hanging hole is wallowed out and the paint is a medium brown, definitely old but not sure if it is original to the piece. Wood is pine. Inv. 1850
We just got this rare round 7 tube candle mold. Scarce because it is round with a handle and no base but what really makes it rare is the odd number of tubes. We see one and three tube versions occasionally but 5, 7, 9, and 11 tube are almost never seen and there are fanatical collectors looking for just these molds. Condition is as found, I haven't and won't clean it, and two tubes are slightly askew due to a bend in the handle, and it has a couple minor tweaks at the edge of the top. The top is a "pie crust" design and there are some wick remnants in the holes. The surface is grungy. There is a small hole in the center possibly for a support to hold it upright while cooling or maybe for a hanger. This mold was not a shelf queen, it has been well used and the character of that use is evident. Measures 9" tall and 6 1/2" round. Inv.3333.
Whetstones and leather strops were and still are used for sharpening tools, razors and knives. Here we have a small version which was possibly used in an early kitchen for knife honing in between filings, much as present day chefs do with a steel. A steel is a rod used to maintain the edge on the knife by running the blade across the rod several times before each use. In early kitchens leather was a way to do the same thing. On ours the cut on one edge may have been from an awkward swipe?? The block appears to be a section of stair handrail with a piece of leather nailed to it and, judging by the depression in the center of the block, this piece of leather is just one of many in the long life of the device. The handrail makes for a safe handhold and it has remnants of mustard paint. 18th or early 19th century. 8" long by 3 1/4" wide by 2 1/2" tall. Great, unusual addition to an early kitchen collection. Inv. 3325.
The history of this little chair would be interesting. We know a child would learn to walk by using this ladder back type of chair as a support by holding onto the legs or back and scooting it across the floor. This scooting would wear down the legs to a flat spot, very charming. But this 19th century oak chair must have had several children using it as seen by the extreme wear especially on the back legs which are worn off nearly half of the depth of the leg. The ends of the arms and stretchers show through. How many baby steps did it take to do that? And it has substantial wear on the front legs, too. The solid wood seat probably replaced the original splint one and it is covered with a faded cotton material over padding. The covering is attached with a mixture of square and round nails. Lots of primitive children's things appeal in this little chair which measures only 19" tall by 13 1/2" wide by 10" deep. Inv. 3324
The smithing on this terrific wrought iron shovel is superb as evidenced by the terminus of the handle to the scoop. This is a really good piece of iron. 27 inches long and 4 1/2 inches wide. Inv. 3323
Price: $65.00 sale price is $49.00!
A good woodworker fashioned a wooden stand for this glass font whale oil lamp with a double burner and a wick. The turned base supports a penciled shaft holding a wooden deck. A copper band secured with copper nails holds the font in place. This effort makes for a really nice decorative lighting device from a salvaged glass lamp. Thrifty! 8 inches tall with a 4 inch base. Inv. 3322.
Today we are listing three iron pieces just picked from an estate sale of a terrific antique collection. This is a heart shaped wrought iron trivet with three mortised and peened legs and a looped handle. 11' long by 5 1/2" wide. Inv. 3317.
From the estate collection is this heavy iron cruisie lamp with a cute heart shape knob on its lock for securing the lid. Complete and all original in great condition. Inv. 3319.
The third picked item today is this iron utensil rack with six hooks and two rat tail hangers, all peened and surface imperfections, just as expected. 19 1/2" long by 6 1/2" tall. Inv. 3321.
A very creative carver made this one piece ladle displaying a large bird and a woman in a dress and high heeled shoes holding a cylindrical object. Also a hand is holding the 3 inch bowl. There are other decorations such as saw tooth borders above and below the bird and the edge of the sleeve on the wrist above the hand. Great detail. A loop handle is on the back. The front edge of the bowl has an old 1/2" x 1 1/2" chip repair but well done. The patina is attic dry. We don't know the origin of this ladle, some say Pennsylvania but could be continental. Either way it is excellent folk art. 10 1/4" long. Inv. 3316
19th century brass push up candlestick with a finger ring handle and a gadrooned edge pan complete with a brass witch's hat snuffer and a brass scissors snuffer. It has a "wedding ring" and incised decorations on the shaft. The base is heavy for good balance, having an iron secured solid brass mounting post. The candle cup matches the rectangular pan. This is a wonderful early lighting device in great condition. 6 1/2" w. x 5 1/2"d. x 5" t. Inv. 1432.
Price: $107.00 reduced 20%!!
We have a set of four 19th c. treen goblets with an old grungy surface and thin walls showing great turning skill. Measuring 4" tall by 3". One has a minor age crack in the foot otherwise very good condition. Inv. 3292.
Here we have an early naive relief carved profile of our first president George Washington, done by a talented amateur. The walnut wood plaque is very dry and the area around the profile has been chip decorated for affect. This is a nice wall piece for a primitive collection. Measures 10" wide x 12"tall x 1/2" thick. Inv. 3315.
This mirror is from a farm near Plainfield, NH where it is said it hung for 40 years. Wood frame has original gold paint showing chips and old patina. The mirror is heavyweight and the wood back showing circular saw cuts is original and it has an old hanging eye. It is very hard to get good pictures of mirrors but this is a very good primitive example. Measures 9 1/2"t. x 7"w. Inv. 1341.
This is a 16 3/4 by 17 inch diameter attic dry pine charger (wall plaque) with a phrase from the Lord's Prayer, a wonderful picture of wheat shocks, scythe, rake, breaker and other tools, framed by a decorative border. The edge is carved and has other nice decoration all relief carved by a superb expert craftsman. 19th c. Has a few scuffs and age shrinkage. Inv. 3283.
I cannot find a similar example of this super neat rope winder in my Shaker books but its construction details sure make it appear to be. Wonderful bent wood yoke with chamfered edges and mortised and pegged stretchers, also chamfered, and it spins on a shaft/handle and secured with its original wood pin. Red paint on oak. Probably was intended for clothesline rope or string and will enhance a tool or laundry collection. Measures 13" long by 4 1/2" wide and 3/4" thick. Circa 1840. Inv. 3308.
Freshly picked is this wonderful 18th century wrought iron candle holder with a spring clip to retain the main candle and a socket to keep a spare. Beautifully wrought curls and "rat tails" on the clip and handle. Probably had an iron base originally but is now supported by a wooden base. Has great character that any early lighting enthusiast will appreciate. Measures 9 1/2" tall and base is 3" square. Inv. 3309.
Presented is a painting of an unidentified clipper ship in storm tossed seas under dark clouds by Davenport listed artist Alfred Gabali, 1886-1963. The following information was with the painting. He was born in Germany, left home at 16 to become a seaman aboard the 4 masted ship "Pamier", eventually enrolled in maritime school where he qualified as a ship's officer. Later he was introduced to Scharns Alquis, an artist who became Gabali's teacher. He fled Germany at the start of WWII to Holland and in 1949 came to America to begin a new life, settling finally in Cape Cod and became a United States citizen in 1955. He was a multiple award winner at Cape Cod Art Association's Galleries show in Hyannis. The painting is from our personal collection, is signed, no date, and in immaculate condition. It measures 35 1/2"w. x 24"t. (sight) and 41 1/2" x 30" overall. This is a strong seascape painting that will enhance any antique collection at a very reasonable price. Inv. 979
Beautifully colored lithograph depicting a lady being doted upon by her handmaidens. It is in a gold painted frame with a reverse painted gold and black glass. 17"w. x 15"t. x 2"d. Inv. 1150.
This very appealing pink luster pitcher is titled "Sailor's Farewell" with a scene of a sailor saying goodbye to his wife and children as he is about to depart on a ship and has a poem about it below as well as another poem about his voyage on the front. On the other side is a wonderful picture of a woman sitting in an orchard holding a flag depicting Adam and Eve, the fruit tree and the serpent, while holding an open book, perhaps the Bible. On the ground all around are gardening tools, a scroll and a bee skep and her house is in the background. The scene is titled "Gardener's Arms". Measuring 9 1/2" tall by 8 1/2" around and 12 1/2" including the handle, this pitcher is in very good condition, the exception being some chips on the spout, factored into the pricing. Inv. 1514.
Price: $195.00 Sale!!
Expertly turned wooden bottle in excellent condition, having decorative rings, a dry natural surface and a cork bottom. Also has a cork in the top. 19th c. and shows it with its oval shape from age. 13 inches tall and 4 inches in diameter. Inv. 3306.
Expertly carved from a tree branch is this hand with a strap around its thumb from which a soldier or perhaps a Bobbie hangs with his hand up as if signaling. That gesture matches the hand with the same position. Fully detailed in the round. This is a very interesting piece of folk art with a patina that could only have accumulated from decades of exposure. Probably circa 1900 or so. Never had paint and is in very good condition with a couple of slivers missing from his hand and leg but does have a broken foot. 17 inches tall by 3 inches wide and 4 inches deep. Unique piece of folk art. Inv. 3300.
The glaze on this large redware bowl is outstanding, said to be Tennessee, it has a beautiful coggled edge and two applied handles mounted on a wide rim. It measures a generous 14 inches round by 5 inches deep. Excellent condition overall but does have a hairline crack in the bottom, barely visible in the glaze so doesn't hurt it visually. The bottom of the bowl has mars typical of spoon use and the underside shows smoke residue. One of our favorite redware pieces. Inv. 3304
We just found this wonderful small oil on canvas portrait of Abraham Lincoln signed R Baywood ???, dated 1913. This was an excellent artist who created an outstanding likeness, perhaps modeled after another work. And it measures only 6 1/2" x 9 1/2" (sight) and 11" x 14" overall so it will hang most anywhere. All original, including the stretchers and frame with no problems with the canvas. It has some paint losses, easily restored, as seen in the pictures and can use cleaning. The frame has the corners chipped and scratches. If you are a Lincoln fan this is a must have for your collection. Inv. 3301. More pictures available.
Price: Sale $225.00 was $325.00
Everything about this gorgeous sampler merits "The Best" rating. Stitched by Elizabeth Capell Aged 10 years, it is dated 1848. The floral arrangements, flowering vine border, alphabet in cursive and block letters, decorative lines in between and the bird on the branch are superbly done. She also included a verse from the Psalms. The many colors are as vibrant as new and the condition is perfect. It is expertly mounted in an oak frame with a gilt liner and has its two original brass hanging rings and wavy glass. Mounted on stretchers covered with a soft cotton and backed by period wallpaper before the final paper seal was applied. Measuring 14 1/2 inches square and the frame is 20 inches square this is as good as it gets when seeking early samplers. It isn't often when one is found in this condition. Inv. 3302.
Quill pen weather vanes are not that plentiful anyway and we believe this is a scarce, if not rare, example because it is made of steel rather than gilded copper. This vane was painted, probably upon order by the customer. The incredible surface has a patina only decades of weathering can honestly produce, showing a uniform rust on the metal and remnants of white paint. The feather itself is "swelled", the point is the proper quill tip and it is topped by a pointed finial and mounted on a heavy custom, decoratively hammered, steel stand. The vane measures 36 inches long, 13 inches tall, 2 inches thick and 19 inches tall on the stand. Circa 1880-1910. The A. B. & W. T. Westervelt catalog says these quill vanes were used on newspapers, libraries, banks, schools, colleges, academies, public institutions and they are known to have been used as trade signs on stationery stores. This is an outstanding addition to any serious weather vane collection. Inv. 3296. Plenty of pictures available.
These are hard to find! Made of tin and cardboard, the graphics on this little kaleidoscope are vibrant and in very good condition, considering the purpose of the toy, with only a couple of minor abrasions and a small tear to the paper cover. The crystals are in good working order and overall this is a nice survivor. Measures 9" long. Inv. 3290.
We are very pleased to have found this large, early barn lantern, finding this to be a truly authentic one. Created by a decent handyman, not a good carpenter, it did the job. It has an out of square top and door, which was never fit to close so it stands ajar but with a snug fit to prevent opening willy nilly. The door shows wear on the surface from fingers opening and closing. The corner stiles extend through the top and bottom and all parts are secured with wooden pegs. Not sure if the 3 glass panes are original but they all have some bubbles and a little waviness. The candle is spiked onto a large forged iron nail with a huge head. Burn marks are present in the floor from candles burning too low and scorching the wood. Its handle is two pieces of heavy wire hooked together. The surface is very dry, never having finish on it. Appears to be walnut. Measures 10 1/2" tall by 8 and 8 1/2" square. Inv. 3294.
Here is a great find, so unusual. Original green paint on a hand made sliding lid box with a divider. Inside are cobbler's tools and supplies consisting of a cobbler's hammer, 2 awls, a punch, 2 different size shoe lasts, 2 balls of thread and 6 boxes of shoe nails. There is also a very unique wood handled sewing needle having a built in bobbin, pat'd 1903. The box lid is hand chamfered, has a breadboard end and a well worn finger notch. Put together with early wire nails. This one of a kind tool box has worn paint one expects from much use but is in excellent condition. Of course, the tools could be removed and the box used for other purposes. So this piece would suit tool collectors, candles or keepsakes. Measures 11 1/2" long by 9" wide by 4" tall. Inv. 3295.
Nothing says 'love' like a hand made toy by Dad or Grandpa lovingly done for the little angel. This is a good example. Carved horse and wheels and legs mortised into the platform. Color is Palomino on a green base and red wheels. Little hooks were for harness now long gone. Ca. 1930-40's. 10"l. x 7 3/4" t. x 3 1/4" w. Inv. 3286
For you primitive collectors we have this hand made adjustable wooden bookend, perfect for those old leather books. 1930-40's. Measures 14 1/2" long by 6" wide and 6" tall. Maximum length between bookends is 11 1/2 inches. Inv. 3280.
The person we bought this bed from thought it is a salesman's sample. We found evidence of that but nothing absolutely allowing us to claim that status. You decide. Whatever its purpose it is special and unique with the expert details and brass finials and what appears to be original paint. Also it has a mattress spring as opposed to wood slats as expected. Measures 29"l. x 17"w. The head is 25 inches tall and the foot is 21 inches. It would be perfect for dolls, bears, or babies and could also be a neat dog or cat bed. Inv. 3282 Note: for easier shipping this can be taken apart. Customer preference.
This little guy is too cute! He is small, 5 inches tall and deep and 2 inches wide. Excellent details and the casting is the quality we see in Hubley figures though no marks are present. Inv. 3281.
We are offering a large size brass iron with its original trivet and slug making this a rare example of a complete working tool in exceptional condition. The iron has the number 9 on its gate, a wood handle and knob. The trivet is tin with a wood handle. The iron is 7 1/2" l. x 4" w. x 6" t. Overall it is 13 1/2" long. Inv. 3279.
Offering a child's broom with a wood handle having painted stripes. 29" long. Inv. 2091. Hand made tomahawk with a flat stone head and a twig handle. The head is secured to the split handle with a leather thong. Painted red with yellow symbols. Well made, possibly a Scouts project. Inv. 1481. Both items have significant age.....mid 1900's????
Price: Broom $Sold/Tomahawk $28
We are offering now a beautifully hand made cribbage board of walnut and maple. Has a peg storage compartment in the bottom, no pegs. Probably made around 1900. These look great in a room setting to give it a lived in appearance. Measures 10 1/2" l. x 3" w. x 1" t. Inv. 3249
We have seen these called hetchels, hatchels and riddlers in this form which is a single hand forged iron row of long teeth, used for straightening the strands of flax prior to spinning. This one is signed "A L". Appears to have been made to be mounted in a base probably of wood. Holes indicate that two teeth are missing. The construction technique is shown by the end where the base was folded over and then held together by punching the metal while it was red hot thus welding the two parts together. The punch mark is shown. Measures 8" t. x 11" w. and the teeth are 5" long. A great addition to a spinning collection. Inv. 3273
This early watch hutch is small and simple but beautifully turned and with fine decoration on the edges of the base. The shaft is also nicely turned. Some owner cut a notch at the top of the round holder to accommodate a watch stem. Walnut. Measures 3 3/4" tall and the base is 3 3/4" in diameter. The watch receptacle measures 1 1/2". This is a small age shrinkage crack in the base. Inv. 909.
We call this "Cupid" because he is anatomically correct which we haven't seen in cherub carvings. Maybe we haven't noticed. Beautifully carved with very nice details. Doesn't appear to ever had finish applied so has a pleasing natural, warm patina. Mid 1900's??? Measures 10 1/2"tall x 8 1/4" wingspan x 5" deep. Inv. 3259
From the same collection as the ladle listed today is this wonderful one piece paddle, again possibly Native American. Beautifully carved, this one is a little larger than other paddles we have had, measuring 5 3/4" wide by 5" d. by 1 1/4" tall at the back. The handle is 5 inches long. It shows an uneven wear to the edge from continued use as can be seen in the pictures. Nice character. Inv. 3272
Early cooking fireplace iron trivet with an adjustable sliding handle support. Some handles on pots and skillets were so long and heavy they would cause them to tip creating a dangerous and messy situation. The support prevented that. The surface has the wear one would expect from being directly over hot coals. Measures 21" l. x 8 1/2" w. x 11 1/2" t. Inv. 3170.
Made by a blacksmith is this very nice iron pan with a forged iron handle. Measures 11" in diameter by 2" deep and 23" long. Looks great on our hearth setting on the trivet with handle rest we also have listed. Inv. 3270.
This ladle is carved from one piece of wood and is possibly Native American. The bowl is thin wall, measures 4 5/8" x 4 7/8" out of round and the handle is 4 1/2" long. Old dry patina and it has 2 small age cracks which were filled a very long time ago and do not distract from the piece at all. The bottom of the bowl has 3 surface cracks which are stable. Wonderful little ladle. Inv. 3271.
Red paint over blue on a really good, early, little primitive step back cupboard, all hand made with square cut nails with some wire nails added at some point for reinforcement. Open top and bottom, never had doors, resembling a pewter cupboard, the sides of the interior still have blue paint. The top and work surface of the base are scrubbed. Cut out feet and made of pine. This is a great example of an early child's toy. Measures 18 1/2" t. x 12" w. x 7" d. Inv. 3269
From the estate of a friend who was a nationally known historian and flag authority, owning three Revolutionary era flags, as well as several other later flags. He had a number of authenticated George Washington artifacts, several scrimshawed powder horns, carved eagles, etc. in his collection. This horn is inscribed "Wm GRIM York Mil 1780" and has several symbols including a turkey, vines, houses and buildings and "Philadelphia". Measures 9" long by 2 1/2" round at the original plug. The horn is dark from age (has not been cleaned) and has a 1 inch chip on the edge, done decades ago. Inv. QM-1.
Price: $535.00 reduced from $645.00
Note: Sue Hult Turner has messaged me that she believes this sampler is English and I will defer to her good judgment. Thanks, Sue! This sampler is signed only with the initials "I R" and undated. Vibrant colors and the wonderful work is of many flowers and baskets of flowers, a watering can and other symbols. The single alphabet contains no "J", said to indicate an early period. The frame is pine and constructed with T nails, later period glass. This is a beautiful sampler but the caveat to it is some damage to the left edge about 3 inches long and protrudes into the sampler about 1 1/2 inches, affecting a portion of the border and part of the 'X'. This is shown in the third picture. The sampler has been conservation mounted and the damage is not all that obvious but damaged nonetheless and our price reflects that. If perfect it would be a $250.00 piece. But still a nice folk art example of sewing skill. Sampler is 12" x 12" and the frame is 16" by 15". Inv. 3258
Price: $95.00 reduced from $150.00!!
We haven't seen many really good carved wooden crow decoys around. There are tons of papier mache crows but wood ones are not that plentiful. This crow is said to be Herter but I find no markings on it. Glass eyes, was originally on wire legs as can be seen by the holes, but now on a wooden pedestal for display. It measures 16 1/2" long beak to tail, 5" wide and 5" tall sans the stand, 9 1/2" tall with it. This bird has been used, no shelf queen here, and there are some wear areas, as expected, and there is a chip under the beak. Well carved and a good piece. Inv. 3264
A double lip around the edge is an unusual feature of this well loved and used bowl, still having a light coating of white paint, which has been worn down by hard working fingers over the ages. Appears to be maple, shrunk from age with measurements of 12 3/4" by 13 3/4" and 3 1/2" deep. Great mellow patina and condition with only a slight age crack in the center but no structural harm. Inv. 3263.
This red painted mortar has initials carved into the bottom "N M" and "I D". The mortar is 6" tall by 5" in diameter and has no cracks or chips, just good honest wear where you would expect it. Great piece from our personal collection. Inv. 2051.
Price: $375.00 reduced from $450.00!!
A woman who lives in Los Angeles inherited her family's ranch in eastern Montana. Her husband went there for hunting trips but otherwise did not use the property. She told her husband to bring back the whirligig which had been on the ranch for decades, circa 1900 she said, so she could sell it and we bought it for our collection of whirligigs and weather vanes. He is full bodied and his jointed arms whirl from the blades and he rotates in the direction of the wind. His face is carved and tacks were used for eyes and a nail for his cigar. His tin hat is hand made and attached with a tack. His stand is part of the fence rail on which he was mounted and which the husband cut to bring him home. Remnants of red paint are on the board. A large iron spike acts as his perch. Measures 9 1/4" tall (11" on the base) and 5" wide. He is in great condition, said to have been brought inside during winter months. A terrific piece of honest folk art. Inv. 1815
Such a wonderful find is this 18th century bee hive, turned, dough bowl with foot. Beautiful age shrinkage of a full 7/8 inches makes this bowl 12 7/8 inches by 13 3/4 inches in diameter and 4 1/4 inches by 4 3/4 inches in depth. It has cracked long ago and has 4 expertly done staple repairs. These are very difficult to do but they have done an awesome job of mending. We love well done repairs as they show the thrifty and skillful side of past owners. In this case this bowl was used so much after the mending that the cleats of the staples inside the bowl have worn way down and they are completely gone on one of them. Shown in the third photo. So, obviously, the repairs kept this cook, and probably her descendants, in business for years. The red paint is a really nice dark shade. There are bowls and there are bowls but once in a great while a special one is found, and you are looking at one. If perfect this bowl would be twice the price but we have it priced very reasonably. Inv. 3257
Fresh off a farm near Lane, Kansas is this great rooster weather vane on an arrow over hand cut directionals. It is on its original shaft and roof mount which is 31 inches tall and the arrow base fits into that. It could be left off for easier shipping. The well designed and cut sheet iron rooster is 12" tall x 11" wide and the directionals are 16 inches. Circa 1950. All great original condition. Inv. 3155.
This unique box has a wonderful image of a fish on one side and the top and a grained paint over the remainder. It appears to be a mustard vinegar application. The interior has a divider with a round hole, for some unknown purpose, the lid slides both ways and the porcelein knob appears to be original. There is wear to the paint in some areas from handling as expected. We love boxes and have a number of them in our collection. It is hard to let any of them go but we only have so much room so this little gem is available. It measures 15 1/2" long by 7 inches wide by 5 inches tall. More pictures are available. Inv. 1538.
Beautiful brass, iron and tin balance beam scale, 18th or early 19th century. Nice small size for display, measuring 25" tall, the beam is 20" long and the pan is 12" in diameter. This scale is made so well that it will hang perfectly balanced, as shown in the pictures, unlike most, which collapse at the slightest breeze. Nice condition although the tin pan has a couple of very small holes and a link on one chain shows deterioration from some rust. None of it detracts from the function or beauty of this great early scale. Inv. 1666. More pictures available.
I have had several suggestions as to what these eagles purpose was including snow birds, industrial machinery ornaments and architectural elements. Whatever the use they are fabulous bald eagles standing on an orb with a breast shield having an 'N'. They are very heavy castings and have what appears to be original brown paint with white heads. They would be wonderful with museum mounts just for display or even as book-ends, whatever you can imagine. Very reasonably priced. Inv. 3236 and 3237. Measure 9" t. x 8" w. x 5" d.
Price: $85.00 each
We have had really good, early doll cradles before but none that was done by a master joiner. This was not made by Dad out in the shed. Beautiful walnut wood was expertly crafted with small dovetails and cut nails and hearts were cut into the head and foot boards. The sides are tapered and the rockers ended with scrolls. The bottom board shows circular saw blade marks and has a full length rib for strength and support. The patina is terrific and the cradle is in excellent, well cared for condition, just perfect for a favorite doll or teddy bear. Circa 1850. Measures 20 3/4" l. x 10" w. (15 3/4" rockers) x 11" tall. Inv. 3241
This is for Civil War buffs and anyone who appreciates early folk art. The oil painting was done on the lid of a storage/valuables box (it still has the lock and the hinge mortises), illustrating pairs of crossed Union and Confederate flags behind a cannon. Five stars are arched over the scene. On the underside of the lid is painted a banner with "JOHN-JOHN" on it. There is an age crack on the board which happened after the painting was done. It is signed Potucek. The nails are round so this work was done after 1870 when they became widely available but actual age is not known. Perhaps this was done after the war as a remembrance of family members who fought each other in the war which was very common. Speculation, of course, but a fine CW item anyway. Measures 20 1/4" l. x 9 5/8" w. x 1 3/4" thick. Inv. 3239.
This little copper kettle with wrought iron legs would have originally had a long handle attached to the kettle with the iron socket. That would allow the cook to keep her hands away from the heat of the hearth. The legs and handle are forged with decorative hearts and they are attached with copper rivets to the body. This was probably done per an order from the coppersmith who masterfully crafted the kettle, piecing the decoratively hammered sides and bottom together with a dovetailed seam and topping it all off with a curly knob on the lid. Even the spout is shaped like a bird. Lots of folk art character in a very utilitarian item. Unusually small for these types of kettles measuring just 9 1/2" tall including the lid and 5" in diameter. The spout adds 2 inches and the iron handle 5 inches. Inv. 3234
We recently found this wonderful hand made heart shaped dresser box, just so cute!. Made of walnut and maple and the only inlay is the heart on the top. The box itself is made up of many individual pieces, which look like inlay at a glance, but are 1/2" wide and stacked to make a creative design. Picture #3 shows how this was done. The sides taper just slightly and the box sets on three beautifully shaped legs. In excellent condition with a few very minor nicks (picture lighting accentuates the nicks but they are not that apparent) and does have a small age crack on the back. Circa 1930-50. Measures 7" x 6" x 5" tall. Great folk art piece. Inv. 3233
19th century mold blown glass whale oil lamp of a small table size in near mint condition. Rough pontil. Measures 6 1/2" x 3 1/2" round. Inv. 3231
From our collection we are offering for the first time this rare, incredible, hand carved eagle master mold, representing true folk art. The eagle form is an early type and the carving includes foliage, perhaps laurel branches. It is similar to a butter mold, and could be used for food impressions, but is much larger and carved in relief. Used as a master mold for making impressions that would then be filled with brass or bronze to produce medallions and plaques. These would have been items used architecturally on buildings, statues, etc. It is a hefty mold, probably 19th century, and measures 9 1/8" x 8 3/4" (irregular due to age shrinkage) x 2" thick, not counting the handle. There is some residue on the handle resembling cement, probably from the mold process. Chisel marks are obvious on the back and sides. Super decorative piece and it stands upright on a simple little stand I made for it. Inv. 1282 Pictures do not do it justice.
An early white horsehair brush with a wood handle and salmon paint decoration. Thirteen inches long. Inv. 2033.
Unusual subjects including fruit, a snake, flowers and two buildings make this a really nice decorative cookie or candy mold. 3 1/2" x 8 3/4" x 1/2". A couple of chips at the bottom. Inv. 3036
The melon shape is one of the more beautiful basket forms and ours is quite nice and in very good condition, the exception being a couple of rim wrap breaks. The workmanship is amazing and these are best appreciated when hanging. Inv. 3230
Everyone loves hearts and we have some on our little tramp art frames. Old gold paint appears to be original and the backs show great natural patina. The maker applied a slot to accommodate glass which is included. They each measure 9" x 8" and the site size is 2 1/4" x 3 1/2". Inv. 3228 and 3229.
We recently found this excellent little walnut hand made mortar. Stands 5 inches tall and 3 inches in diameter. No cracks or chips and has great patina. Inv. 3210
Wafer iron in good condition with the Great Seal of America (Presidential Seal) used for making wafers or cookies. Five inch diameter by twenty-four inches long. The handle latch is a replacement. Inv. 1768.
Wood handled spindle shaver with an iron forged blade. Marked ?. FLATHER????? SHEFFIELD ENGLAND. Handle measures 12 3/4" long and the blade is 4 inches. 19thc. Inv. 1546.
This little 3 drawer dresser has a scalloped top and skirt, brass ring pulls with star shaped escutcheons, and alligatored finish. It is all original and untouched. The serpentine framed mirror is removable and when removed it gives the dresser another unique appearance. Turned legs. Made of pine. Too cute! 36"t. x 18"w. x 9"d. More pics available. Inv. 1274
This is a two piece silver plated tea strainer beautifully shaped as a porringer. Unmarked. Plating is a ittle thin on the sides of the bowl, otherwise very good condition. 3" round by 5" long by 1 1/4" tall. Inv. 3217.
Hour glass with a pine frame and blown glass. Probably early to mid 20th century. Measures 4 1/4" round by 9" tall. Great condition. Inv. 1285
19th century ceramic pineapple pudding mold, very heavy and large size. White glaze with a 'No 1' and an '8' mark on the bottom. Has some rim and foot chips but nothing unexpected considering the age and utilitarian use of it. The design is beautiful. The mold measures 8 3/4" l. x 7 1/2" w. x 4 3/4" d. Inv. 130.
Possibly Native American is this unique wooden, carved, one piece scoop. 11" long by 6 1/2" wide by 2 3/4" deep Inv. 3203.
The decorative blacksmith forged curliques resembling a tree on this betty lamp hanger gives it a folk art quality. Made with a spike for mounting into the chinking between logs, it can be placed in a wall as well. Fashioned with a hook to hang the lamp from, this hook was broken off long ago, judging by the patina, which is consistent all over. However, a lamp can still be hung from it from just behind the "tree". Priced accordingly, not $125.00, as would be expected. 7" l. x 6 1/2" t. x 3" w. Inv. 3216
Offering the first of two turned round wood boxes with lids from the same collection, both having thin walls. This one has traces of paint decoration, possibly flowers and a beautifully shaped lid. At some point long ago a hole was drilled into the top edge of the bowl and correspondingly into the inside lip of the top. It was said this was done so the box would function as a thread dispenser. 4" diameter x 4 1/2" tall. Inv. 3212
A walnut mortar with great eye appeal, this one has been carved by hand, having a unique artistic and yet naive, primitive flair to it. Wonderful warm patina. Does have a couple of minor age cracks. Something different for a change. 8 1/4" tall by 5 1/2" in diameter. Inv. 3211
The second wooden box with lid has no decoration but the lid fits over the top of the bowl. Again, a hole was drilled into the lid, presumably to function as a thread dispenser. The hole does not prevent the box from being used for other purposes or just as a decorative item. Has a minor age crack in the lid. 4" diameter by 2 1/4" tall. Inv. 3213
We just love the folk art qualities of this wonderful hand carved Mallard Drake decoy, have owned it several years and he always makes us smile, just like the real ones do. Unusually posed in flight position and he has web feet, neatly done with wire and canvas cloth. He measures 22" wingspan, 18" beak to tail, 4" body and stands 13" to the top of his head. About life size. Great condition with only a slight age crack to his belly. Mounted on a cut limb. Inv. 3219.
This is a wonderful little oval tin spice box, decorated with red grain paint and gold lettering and vines. It holds seven round spice containers with glass lids and each one still has spice in it. Also present is the original pressed tin spoon. The handle is ornate and the catch on the lid is actually a hasp which will accept a small padlock, to keep all those pesky spice thieves out. We have seen many spice boxes but this is one of the very best. (the pictures highlight some wear more than normal). 7 1/2"l. x 6"d. x 3 1/4"t. Inv.1636.
Turned from a large piece of walnut this cheese drainer measures 9 1/4" tall by 8 1/2" to 8 3/4" round, slightly oval from age. Has a metal band, a foot and 4 drain holes. Beautiful patina and in great condition, but does have one tight crack and a couple of chips on the foot. Really nice find and a neat addition to your treen collection. Inv. 3215
This neat, versatile, tin lantern may be used for the barn or a carriage, using the bracket on the back, or carried for personal illumination by the handle. It is complete and in terrific condition, the exception is some paint loss. The 4 1/2" round lens is perfect as is the kerosene font and burner. The knob on the wick adjuster is signed Holmes Booth & Hayden Waterbury CT, so it is American. Has nice filigree punched decoration, a tall smoke chimney and a wire bail and wood handle. Measures 10 1/2" tall plus 2 1/2" for the handle by 5" wide by 5" deep plus 1" for the bracket. Black paint with a silver lens ring. Inv. 3214.
Wonderful is the word for this blue painted chestnut trencher in great condition, with no cracks, just some minor edge wear. It measures 18 1/4" long by 9 1/2" wide and the height at the ends varies from 2 3/4" to 3 1/4" probably due to age warp and there are carved finger grips at each end, one of them carved slightly off center. We love that imperfection in hand made things. The paint is original and shows the years of wiping down, revealing the gorgeous chestnut grain. Inv. 3218
This is a miniature watercolor portrait of a blonde lady with a blue scarf and a white dress with blue trim. The sight size is 2 3/4" x 2 1/4" and the black frame measures 5" x 4 1/4" and it has a hanging ring. On the back is an old price tag reading in smeared ink "WOMAN WATER COLOR ON PAPER, C.1840 $300.00". There are some chips and minor wear on the frame. Inv. 1385.
This little tin candle lantern is just about the sweetest one you will see. A little miniature just 5" by 2" plus the folding handle and smoke cap. It has 3 mirror shards inside the door as a reflector. This is a special lantern. Wallace Nutting in Furniture Treasury has one on Plate 4166 nearly identical to it.
Offered now is this 18th century iron rush light on a wood base. The rush clamp has a twisted arm supporting a mushroom shaped counter weight and the shaft is also twisted. The base has very nice turnings and brown paint and it does have wood bore (now inactive) damage but the base is solid and unaffected as far as function. 10" tall by 3 1/2" round and the base is 3 1/2" tall. This is a very nice example from our long time personal collection. Inv. 929.
Known as herb grinders, they are also referred to as spice grinders. Wallace Nutting in Furniture Treasury called it "a remarkable cast chopping bowl" and George Neumann in Antique Country Furnishings call them "food choppers". All names apply to these scarce and highly sought after kitchen tools and ours is an excellent example. The trough is open on one end for pouring. It measures 15 1/2" long by 4" wide and 4" tall, with the grinding wheel being 7" in diameter. There is an ancient paper remnant on one side with handwriting on it, which is indiscernible. Inv. 3072.
See "Antique Country Furnishings" by George Neumann, page 216, item 941,"Light "beaters" (e.g. cream, eggs)were often cut branches with twigs positioned as arms", ca.1750. Ours has one absent arm. Dry surface, 14 inches long. Inv. 3184
Sometimes called bed smoothers because that is their purpose and ours is a decorated one, with a carving of a pot holding a tall plant having flowers or berries, embellished by curved lines following the stem. There is a circle where someone scratched out a divot, perhaps covering a blossom, shown in the 3rd picture. Price reflects that possibility. A carved border frames the plant on three sides. An arrow forms the tip of the handle. There is some wear at the end of the board. 24" long by 5" wide. A modern eye screw has been used to hang it for display. Great folk art. Possibly Pennsylvania. Inv. 3198.
We have this 18th or early 19th century scrub board with a rare relief carved eagle at the top. At about the ten o'clock position of the eagle is an indentation looking like an area worn into a cup where the board was held using the thumb.The back side also has a scrubbing surface. The board was cut at the edge of the limb as can be seen where the bark was. Thrifty! Neat piece! 19 1/4" l. x 5" w. x 3/4". Inv. 3204
We think this is the best decorated tin flour sifter and it has been in our collection for a long time. Certainly unique with its punched design centered on what appears to be an embellished hex symbol within a circle and bordered with two rings on either side of a ribbon. The punching is masterful and delicate with each hole ever so small, numbering in the hundreds. Very special and artistic. Excellent condition, having the surface one expects in old tin. 5 1/2 inches in diameter by 3 inches deep. 19th c., New England, possibly Pennsylvania. Inv. 1292.
We have this really nice and unique example of an early 20th century barber pole, found in Kansas City, MO. Overall in good condition, showing some chips in its multiple layers of paint, the last coat being painted 30 or more years ago, but nothing unexpected or distracting, it's shape and style being the real eye candy here. Nice and small for easy display, the pole itself measuring 19" tall by 5 1/2" wide by 6 1/2" deep including the mounting board which is 29" long. Great folk art piece. Inv. 2005.
Beautifully decorated with flowers and symbols in yellow, white and black paint on a natural ground, this little dresser or trinket box is 6 inches by 5 inches by 2 inches. Inv. 3165.
The quality of the carving and the details show the carver of this magnificent eagle plaque possessed great skill. The eagle's wings are wide spread and he is perched on a wonderful scrolled banner with "WELCOME" carved into it. This is a dense hardwood, not pine, has weight and is hard to carve. The plaque measures 26 inches wide by 12 inches tall and 3 1/2 inches thick. He is just a terrific piece. As is customary with large carvings the work was done on an assembled block of wood parts and a couple of the joints are visible particularly on the eagle's breast which shows minor age shrinkage in a seam. There are a few scuffs in the varnish but nothing serious or unexpected for a carving that is 70 or more years old. It has mounting brackets on the back but there are 2 holes where he was mounted with screws at some time in his life. All are noted for accuracy but none detract from his true beauty. Great folk art eagle. Inv. 3196
This hand wrought iron pie crimper, sometimes also called a jagging wheel, is 8 1/2" long with a heavy 2" diameter wheel which measures a full 1/4" thick. The shaft is split on the end and widened to accept the wheel, transitions from square to round, is bulbous in the center and terminates into a ball at the opposite end. Unique. Inv. 1652.
This is an outstanding little chair made of walnut with string inlay on the back, arms and frame. The scrolled splat includes a heart cutout. Cabriole legs end with carved ball and claw feet and the inset seat is recently upholstered using the original horse hair filling. Inside the frame is a painted and stamped "1944". I am always hesitant to call small items "Salesman's Samples" because most are not, but the 1944 is possibly a model number or the date it was made. Either way it shows expert construction technique and is a super piece! 25"t. x 15 1/2"w. x 14 1/2"d. Conservatively priced. More pictures available. Inv. 1325
Great wood staved kerosene barrel with a copper spigot, brass cap, and wire bale handle, and having green paint over what appears to be a red wash, with iron bands. Measures 13" tall (add 8" for the handle when up) 13 1/2" diameter base (add 2" for spigot). Has some expected paint loss but in overall very good condition. Looks better than the pictures show. Inv. 3194.
This is a true survivor! The heaviest and largest cast iron betty lamp which must have been buried or rescued from a shipwreck. The font is 4 inches in diameter and 1 1/2" tall so it was made to store a lot of fuel. The reflector is 2 inches wide. The wick is obviously not original to the lamp. What it lacks in beauty it makes up in character. Just what every serious lighting collection needs! Inv. 3195.
We just acquired this unique tin lamp which can either be placed on a table or hung as a sconce. The fuel is camphene, thus the slightly longer wick tubes (elongated to extend the flame away from the highly volatile camphene in the tank). It has a removable reflector, which is brass. The lid is also brass. It is a very nice size at 10 5/8" tall by 5 5/8" wide and 5" deep. See a similar example in Wallace Nuttings Furniture Treasury 4343-49. This rare tin lighting device will enhance any collection. Inv. 3133.
Very early 18th century forged rush light on a wood crossed base, having a later lead counterweight. The lead probably was added to the remains of a candle socket which, for some reason, could no longer hold a candle. Gray paint. There is some old, inactive wood bore damage to the base and one of the cross pieces appears to have been replaced long ago. A minor repair has been done to the shaft where it fits into the base. See a similar example in Wallace Nuttings Furniture Treasury 4200-04. Also, The Rushlight Club Bulletin 141 pl. 6. 26 inches tall. From our personal collection. Inv. 1955
Price: $350.00 was $495.00
One of the best little fat lamps we have had is this example with its petite 2" reservoir, two forged iron chain links which were twisted for decoration, and suspended from a spike for attaching to a mantel beam or the wall. An unidentified little bracket on one side of the reservoir may have been for a wick pin. There is even some ancient fat left in it. As found in great surface and condition. Inv. 3190
Maybe this sweet little slipper shoe is an anniversary piece, made to celebrate a 10th wedding celebration. It is early and it measures 6 1/2" long by 2 1/2" wide by 1 1/2" deep. Inv. 3192
The 9 inch skillet is on 3 legs and was placed over coals in the kitchen fireplace. The lid is "dished' with a high lip so when it was put onto the skillet, coals were stacked on the lid for even cooking. We haven't found one of these Dutch Ovens in a long time. It measures 9 1/2" round by 4 1/2" tall and the handle is 7 1/2" long. It shows two centuries or more of use but is still in very nice condition. Inv. 3188.
This early noodle board is a single piece measuring 21 1/2" wide by 27 1/2" long and a full 1" thick. The edge molding is beveled around the inside. The surface is dry and the condition is excellent. Overall the board measures 28 3/4" wide by 23"deep by 1 5/8". It is the best noodle board we have seen. Inv. 3193
The turned, angled handle is a wonderful feature of this walnut hand mirror. The 5 inch round mirror has lost some silvering and the rim has two small age cracks but the patina is terrific. The handle and frame are each 6 inches. Very unique mirror. Inv. 3189
Price: $95.00 was $130.00
We have had several hitching posts over the years and now we have this terrific matched pair, probably have always been together on either side of a gate. Large and heavy cast iron, measuring 13 inches tall by 9 inches deep and 5 inches in diameter at the base. The hitching ring is 4 1/2" and they require a 3 inch post. Designed with fancy trappings and cropped manes, they are an impressive pair. 19th century and the wonderful surface reflects that, even with a couple coats of paint, the last coat done many years ago. One horse has been weld repaired at the vertical seam at some point in its life but no apologies needed. Otherwise they are in great condition. Very desirable. Inv. 3185 and 3186.
Price: $250.00 were $395.00 Pair
For our fellow musicians we are offering these sheet music printing plates for the song "MABA WALTZ" composed by Mrs. Laura H. Robinson. They are for the same song. The second plate is labeled with the title. Not dated but probably 19th century. We don't find many music related antiques that are not instruments so these are rare in our experience. They will make a terrific, unique display. Measures 8" x 11". Inv. 3179.
One piece hand carved wooden scoop with a hooked handle resembling an effigy. Not sure of that was the intent but it looks good. Great patina with some expected wear and chips from years of use. 13" long by 5" wide by 2" deep. Inv. 3182
Wagner brand Model -O- cast iron kettle. These were made for children's use but were used in the kitchen when just enough hot water was needed to make a cup of tea or coffee. This one looks like it was actually used. In very good original condition and surface. These are reproduced but this has the authentic Wagner logo and information. Originals are highly sought after by Wagner collectors and scarce to find. We have seen these priced as high as $295.00 but ours is more affordable. Inv. 3146.
19th century blacksmith made toaster. Made to hold bread slices for toasting in front of a cooking fireplace. It rotates so both sides get done. Has a nice "lollipop" style handle and curled feet. Inv. 3183
This is a large pair of hollow cut silhouettes of the Washingtons in beautiful walnut frames. The frames are one piece, 8 1/2" x 10 1/4", with an oval center having a raised, accent border. There is a gold painted liner and the sight size of the silhouettes is 3 3/4" x 5 1/2". They each have a seal which appears to be an eagle or gull over a signature which I cannot make out, perhaps Peale Museum. Covering the back is what looks to be fragments of an early newspaper. These may be Centennial items. Many furniture and decorative items were made in the 1870's as part of the nation's 100 year celebration. Or they may be early silhouettes set into these later frames, which have significant value unto themselves. Wonderful condition. Inv. 3171. More pictures available.
Price: $400.00 for the pair
Super hand carved wooden grain scoop with a unique form handle. Impressive size at 17 1/2" long by 8 1/2" wide and 3 inches deep. Great carving marks and the shape of the handle makes it special. Inv. 3173.
Two sided, hand painted oak wood trade sign saying LOCKED. Has what appears to be its original hanging chain. Good condition with expected wear from use. 16" long by 3" wide by 3/4". Inv. 3178
Cool your fresh pies and then display them on this wonderful wall mounted oak rack. It would also work very well for stacking plates on. It measures 24 inches long and 3 1/2 inches wide, it has six 7 1/2" round wire racks and one 5" wire rack, possibly for a tart. Very unique piece. Inv. 3177. Note: The pie is not included. Display only.
Price: $125.00 was $195.00
Beautifully detailed carved swordfish, full bodied, walnut. Hefty weight and measures 34 inches long, 9 inches wide and 3 inches thick. Inv. 3174
From our collection we are offering for the first time a great 18th century tin candle sconce with its original silvered mirror. American circa 1790-1830. Untouched old and grungy surface and beautiful condition. Has a cut and crimped "sunburst" shape decorative top, a half round shelf with a rolled and seamed candle socket. The wonderul mirrored back behind the candle provides a magnified light. The mirror appears to be original, never disturbed or changed. It is slightly foggy and it has some silvering loss due to use and age. Construction is typical 18th century, peened over candle sockets, rolled seams and the solder seams are intact. Said to be from a Connecticut collection. Measures 14 1/2" tall and 4 1/2" wide. Inv. 1006. More pictures available.
This hat stretcher is one we have not seen and it is unique piece. It is a brass band in an oval shape and has an "arm" which allows the band to expand and contract to different hat or head sizes from a 6 1/2 to an 8. Unmarked. A must have for hat collectors. Inv. 3163.
We have had several iron trammels but most have been very heavy and large so we were happy to find this nice medium size one. The function was to suspend pots of food over hot coals in a cooking fireplace. The sawtooth design allows the cook to vary the height of the pot above the heat. This one would have been used for smaller pots. The size makes it easier to display with modern fireplaces. It extends from 48 inches to 57 inches. Inv. 3166.
This is a very heavy turned mortar with terrific red, black and yellow striped paint. The interior has been carved out. The pestle is not original to it but is a great proportional fit and they work well together. It is large at 8" in diameter and 9" tall. The mortar has a tight crack and chips on the base. Inv. 3160.
This is one of the best pairs of hand made snow shoes in wonderful condition. They have an oval 23 inch long by 13 inch wide shape. The date 1875 is stamped on the front bridge of each shoe. The rawhide lacing is intact and in excellent condition and most of the leather boot harness is there. These are a very nice size for display on a wall. Inv. 768.
Figural lawn sprinkler in the form of a squirrel eating a nut, 1950s. Gold paint has some expected mineral deposits and a few chips but overall the sprinkler is in great shape. We have seen some animal figure sprinklers but have not seen the squirrel. About 7 inches tall to tip of tail. Inv. 593. More photos available.
Really nice and early little box having black paint on its sides and dark green painted top. It has a bail handle and locking hooks, all appearing to be brass and the original hinges. Very good condition showing appropriate wear. 12 1/4"l. x 6 1/2"t. x 7"d. Inv. 1929
Price: $85.00 was $110.00
This gray painted box has a unique deep lid and the box itself is narrow and tall. It also has a lock, all of which suggests that this wonderful piece may have been used as a liquor bottle box, though it does lack dividers inside. Whatever it was made for it has much appeal and the paint is always popular. 19th century, with square cut nails, rabbited construction, and original hinges. 19" long by 15" tall by 9 1/2" deep. The height of the lid is 5 inches. Inv. 2078
Price: $120.00 Reg. $185.00!
Offering this red ware flower pot. Very nice green color with yellow floral decoration centered between wide stripes. Thick walls and hand formed in an urn shape. Six inches tall and seven inches in diameter. Has a chip on the bottom edge. Inv. 3007.
Here we have a cast iron boot scraper in the form of a boy Scottie dog looking for a hydrant but, alas, not finding one handy, does what a boy has to do. Lots of character and a fun, different collectible. Very heavy so it can take a lot of hard scraping. Excellent detail but modestly not anatomically correct. Measures 15" long by 13" tall by 10" wide. Inv. 1104
We have this very cute cast iron cat doorstop shown lying in her decorative bed, tail wrapped comfortably around and ready for a nap. About 90% of the original paint remains. Nice size at 9" w. x 7" t. x 4" d. Inv. 1390
Possibly used for small candles or spills, this beautiful brass wall box is early Dutch, probably 18th century. It has figural decoration including a pair of lions on either side of a shield and a grazing cow in front of a house and barn. Also present are fruit and flowers. Measures 5 1/2" tall by 7" wide by 3 1/2" deep. Inv. 1506.
This beautifully repousse'd brass spill box shows the image of Charles le Hardy, 1680-1744. His name is shown under the frame. Dutch, probably 18th century. He was born in Guernsey, later becoming a Naval Vice Admiral, a Knight and a Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty, though he never saw a gun fired in action (per internet research). The box shows some very interesting details such as his coat of arms and a small animal suspended on a chain, for some reason, probably a badge of some sort. 7 1/2" tall by 5" wide and 2" deep. Inv. 1593.
19th c. round brass coal bucket with paw feet, lion's head handles and a flame torch finial. Excellent condition with a expected wear from decades of use. The lid has a slight bend. 21 " to the top of the finial, 14" in diameter. Beautiful piece. Inv. 3159
Men's tall leather riding boots. Early 20th century, possibly earlier. Really nice worn and well used condition. Resoled leather soles and heels. The age of the boots has caused the leather to be pliable but stiff, as expected and preferred for antique footwear. 18 inches tall and appear to be about a size 10. They make a great display. Inv. 3154.
19th c. black walnut table top dough box in excellent condition. Lid is champhered on the bottom to allow it to sit tightly on the box and it has breadboard ends. Made with square nails and some dowels. Nice small size at 25" long x 13" wide x 8"tall. Beautifull patina. Possibly a Missouri piece. Inv. 3158.
Price: $145.00 was $185.00
Another terrific primitive item is this flax breaker. Hand hewn wood has a nice decorative touch with the carved design on the handle, which has a hand forged iron blade. Included is one of the carved wooden pegs which would have held the breaker in place while in use. 22"l. x 3"w. x 4"t. Inv. 3087.
This is a great primitive flax winder, all pegged together, no nails. !3 1/2" l.x 12" t.x 6"w. Inv. 1999
Very early hammered and punched copper pitcher with dovetailed seam and riveted handle. Excellent construction and design. 6 1/2" tall and 3" diameter. Inv. 133
Signed "Albert Pick Co. Inc." this cast iron porringer has a nickel surface and a beautiful pierced handle. Has been used for cooking and is 4 1/2" in diameter. Nice piece. Inv. 2062
These are three early chalk doves on iron mounts from a garden setting. Each one has a different position. One has landed and is perched, another is about to set down and the third is in an approach posture with it's wings spread. They are fully intact with the surfaces showing weathering effects but are very charming. They can be used in a number of artistic designs. Each is life size, about 8 1/2" tall and the widths vary up to 6 inches. The pictures are not the best. I can a difficult time getting nice images but can provide others. Inv. 1747
Price: $120.00 each, firm
This bent wood, leather and tin goat yoke has some folk art qualities to it with the carving of the "pins" holding the leather thong to the yoke. Note the shape of each pin, one like a key with the letter 'E' relief carved into it and the other resembling an arrow head incised with an 'X'. On both sides of the yoke are the initials 'E J'. The bell is hand formed from tin. Someone must have had a prized animal to merit the time and effort required to create this great bell. Inv. 3148. More pictures available.
We have had this wonderful milking stool as a sculptural display for a long time. It is a broken wooden dough bowl that someone envisioned as a comfortable milking stool seat. So he/she fashioned a 4 sided, pointed base, painted it a combination of red, green and black and mated the two together for a great piece of original folk art! I still remember milking cows using two pieces of a 2x4 board nailed together into a 'T' and balancing on that while milking. This version had to be a Cadillac compared to that old flivver I had! We had a metal museum type base made for it so it would display as it would have been used. Inv. 1605
Small firkin, 6 1/4"t x 6" diameter, no lid, great condition. $64.00 Inv. 3037. Hand forged meat cleaver, signed "JACOBS". $39.00. Inv. 2084. Hand made chopper, signed "B.DENTON" . $34.00. Inv. 315
Price: See listing
This is a beautiful egret confidence decoy, standing 28 1/2" tall and 16" wide and the body is 3 " thick. Signed "SWAN QUARTER" but this must be a maker's logo because he is obviously an egret. We have had him in our collection since 1982 and would date him about the 1960-70's. The stand is removable for easy shipping. Inv. 3141.
Price: $185.00 was $235.00
Original red painted foot stool on penciled legs, which protrude through the top and are secured with wedges, just the way we like them. We referred to it as a riser (or pedestal) also because it would work beautifully in the center of a table. Cleats are fastened with rose head nails. Super piece! Pictures don't do it justice. !7"w. x 13" d. x 6 1/2" t. Inv. 3139
This Adams style tin, tole painted coffee urn has a logo from a school and the date, we assume, of 1897. The name of the school is mostly missing possibly from cleaning over the years. The urn is said to have been part of a room scene from the very popular 1957 MGM movie "Raintree County" starring Elizabeth Taylor and was a story from the Civil War era. It has a beautiful patina and has some expected wear areas and a ding or two, shown in the pictures, but no real issue to the great character of the piece. Measures 19" tall and 11" wide at the handles. Inv. 681
We are listing this wonderful prim step today not sure what to call it. Some have said it is a very early railroad conductor's step, one in which he would place it for passengers to step on when boarding or getting off the train. Makes sense. But it would be perfect for a bed step and very stable because of the canted sides, the weight of it and the rubber feet it has. Either way suits us. It has old carpet on it (a conductor probably would not have done that), easily removed, and measures 17 inches long, 13 inches wide at the base, and 10 inches tall. Walnut. Inv. 3012
New item is this hand made checkerboard with a drawer and hand made checkers. Probably made during the Depression years, maybe for a Christmas gift(?), it is wood with brass cabinet knobs used as feet and one on the drawer. The board squares appear to be linoleum in turquoise and white and it appears that the turquoise was painted on, judging by a little run of paint on one edge of the box. In good condition but the drawer guides have been partially broken which causes the drawer to fall out when opened out all the way. But it fits fine when closed. Really nice little gameboard. 13" x 13" x 3". Inv. 3130
This wonderful hand made rolling pin barrel is 20 1/2" long and 5 1/2" in diameter. It weighs 12 pounds. Walnut. Though perfectly adequate for any baker's use, perhaps it served as a trade sign. Whatever its history it makes a terrific, unusual collectible and would look fabulous hanging from a kitchen ceiling. This is certainly the largest rolling pin we've seen. It measures 28 1/2" long overall. Pictures don't quite do it justice. Inv. 1704
This is a well done pine pipe box with a drawer. A hand written note on the back explains the purpose of a pipe box, is signed and dated 1979. It is a very good example of a period box but without the period price and will look great with clay pipes in it. 18" tall by 5 1/4" wide by 4 1/4" deep. Inv. 1535.
Pine drying rack, dovetailed construction, measuring 31 inches long, 15 inches wide and 1 1/4" thick. Can be used standing or could be hung for candles or herbs. Inv. 3123.
This is an outstanding decoy with exceptional carving detail and paint and the condition is excellent. Not sure of the particular type of duck but would guess it is a Pintail. It is 15 inches long. The keel has been removed for display. Inv. 3043.
Very hard to find, possibly rare, is this wonderful all metal barber pole made by Koken Mfg. Co., St. Louis, MO., the premier maker of barber shop equipment, which is still operating today. A brass tag shows the maker information including the patent date of 1909. It is all metal, sheet iron and cast iron, the paint is bright and in good condition. Unsure if the paint is original, probably an old overcoat. Absent are the top and bottom caps but when the pole is mounted at normal height that is not noticeable. Measures 46 inches tall and tapers from 8 inches at the top down to 9 inches at the bottom. The mounting brackets add another 3 inches to the width. Weighs approximately 25 pounds.This is an excellent find and must have for collectors of folk art or barber shop items. Inv. 2083.
Price: $365.00 was $450.00
Yellow pine document box with beautiful dovetailed corners, 'T' nails, original brass lock and hinges in great original condition. Never been painted but surface has an old wax finish. Shows typical wear for a 19th century box. 16" wide by 8 1/4" deep by 7 1/2" tall. Inv. 3046.
Price: $45.00 was $65.00
This is a great example of a make do, which are items put together from other things which have been broken or damaged. This was a thrifty way of salvaging the good working parts to make a something good from, basically, nothing, in this case a chamber lamp. A tin candlestick base was matched up with a glass font for whale oil to create a small, simple, finger lamp to provide light when moving from one area to another, such as the bed chambers, thus the name. It even has the wick. Inv. 3113.
Offering this terrific crib quilt from our personal collection. This Double Wedding Ring crib quilt is in mint condition and measures 55" long by 39" wide. With 8-9 stitches per inch it was lovingly, superbly and intricately sewn into a beautiful, vibrant work of art, a real find. 19th century. Inv. 1073.
Handmade wooden toy dancing minstrel man is operated by holding the long wire handle to move the figure around and up and down to simulate dancing on a wooden paddle platform. Probably early 1900's. Man is 11 inches tall and the platform is 24 inches long. Inv. 3034.
Factory made shoe lasts are everywhere but it is rare to find an early 19th century one that is hand forged by a blacksmith. Used by cobblers to make leather shoes. Measures 8" long by 2 1/2" wide and 15" tall. We don't know when it was paired with the log base. This is a really cool and unique primitive. Inv. 3098
Price: $49.00 was $69.00
This early mustard color painted egg crate has labels on three sides. Two say the same thing, which identifies the retailer as "Schuette Bros. Co. Gen'l Mdse. Manitowoc Wis." and the crate maker "Reliable Egg Carrier Mfd. By The Reliable Incubator & Brooder Co. Quincy Ill." Originally it had a bale handle and lid along with the fiber board egg dividers. All are gone now except one tray. Two applied boards act as handles. The pictures show the color more yellow than it actually is. Measures 13 1/2" x 14" x 10 1/2" tall. This is a great primitive piece. Inv. 2012
Price: $65.00 was $95.00!
Again we have found an antique of a different form, this one a small measure with a unique wooden lap band, secured with nails, at the bottom, and a metal band around the top edge, probably to protect against wear and breakage during lots of use. It is signed on the bottom but I can't make it out, and says LITRE on the side. Great addition to a treen collection. Inv. 3056
This is the kind of super piece that we all look for when refining our collection. Replacing the ordinary with an extraordinary example. Here we have a larger than normal coffee grinder, of a different design, in terrific condition. Dovetailed hand made case, decorative drawer front with a brass knob and the operating handle in the back. The grinder was probably mounted on a counter top in a country store setting. The grinding mechanism is very heavy duty and durable. It would probably grind beans today as fine as our Cuisinart does, and more fun, too!. Shows the expected wear and has inactive wood bore holes. No worries! Measures 10" x 11" x 10 1/2" tall and the width including the handle is 15 inches. Inv. 3057.
The ever popular George Washington as a cast iron bank. 6 1/4" tall, unmarked but probably Hubley, with paint losses and a desirable addition to a bank collection. Inv. 3039
Unique little wood box bank, black with hand painted gold floral decoration on all sides and top. 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" x 4" tall. Inv. 3030
We are finding these great quilts lately and this is the latest, a hand sewn crib quilt in orange and white. Although this one is smaller the quilting is just as good as the full size quilts and the graphics are great. I have not been able to pin down the pattern name in the Knopf's quilt book but the pattern reminds me of nautical flags. That book says that crib quilts were often made by children, an interesting fact, and this is very nice work. It measures 32" x 42". It is very clean and the only stain on the front is a very small light brown one, probably from the oil of a flax seed within the batting. You can see an occasional seed in it when held up to the light. On the back is a small light blue stain which does not show through the front. The quilt has been washed and the orange has a slight fade as a result but no harm really. Trying to be accurate. Inv. 3053
Price: $125.00 was $175.00
Very graphic quilt with the basket design and red and gold colors, in very good, clean condition with no stains and minimal wear (3 tiny holes and a little edge wear on a 3 or 4 inch area) mentioned for accuracy, not detracting from the desirability of the quilt at all. The border on each side is a lighter gold color, original, not faded. Machine stitched, 1930's or so. 64" x 80". Note: in my pictures the red looks slightly purple but this is not the case, the red is red! The backing is all white. Inv. 3027.
Price: $135.00 was $195.00
What a bright, happy and vibrant quilt this is! Beautiful yellow blossoms on green stalks, centered on a white background within yellow bordered blocks and having both a brown border and a white border. Very good clean condition with one flower and stalk being very slightly faded, probably from having been folded with that area exposed to the environment. Mentioned for accuracy. No apologies for this quilt. Hand quilted, 8-10 stitches per inch, and thin with a white backing. Wonderful graphics and a generous 76" x 85". Inv. 3052.
A skilled carver created this wonderful folk art walking stick, showing a long, winding snake having a large head and a very long body. Great condition. Does have a small, typical, age crack along the lower part of the tail. 34 1/2" long. Inv. 3013
Hard to find wooden wash tub on it's original wooden stand. Traces of original red paint (the paint on the bottom is intact) and both the tub and the stand show the affects of years of lye soap and hot water, the perfect primitive. Pick up only. Inv. 3028
Price: Sale $150.00 was $235.00
There are tons of western, welder made, branding irons out there but finding early blacksmith forged branding irons doesn't happen very often. This one is great and can be displayed as a W or, if you choose, an M. The workmanship is excellent with the letter being cursive and the large ring handle with the rattail curl is a bonus. These probably were not used much for animal branding, although obviously they could have been, but they were also used by crate, box and barrel makers to identify their products and sign makers,too. One tip is broken off, but no apologies for it. It was done over 100 years ago, I'm sure. Looking at that area, the patina on the break is exactly like that of the surrounding surface. It is amazing that a hand forged piece of steel could break and it would have taken an extraordinary action to do it, but that is another facet of this 150-200 year old antique. 21 1/2" long and the letter is a generous 6 1/2" wide by 4 1/2" tall. Inv. 3011,
Bale handled pantry box with a desirable paper label "SWEET ORANGE SLICES", laps secured with copper nails and it is 9 inches in diameter by 5 inches tall. Very nice condition overall with the lid having lost about half of its lip. but the lid looks and fits well on the box so it is not a major distraction. Inv. 2097
These little candlesticks look so good when used in groupings of small antiques. Inv. 2040. Note: They set perfectly straight. The camera makes them look like they are leaning.
Price: $22.00 each
Here you have a twofer! Two birds on one snow guard. Unusual form which we have not seen before. As found on a wooden stand. Inv. 2048
We consider this fabulous pewter inkwell to be the best we have seen in all our years of selling antiques. The surface is absolutely beautiful, apparently never having been polished, leaving the patina pristine. Obviously the pewter has a low lead content as shown by the sheen. The size is an impressive 9 inches in diameter with the well itself measuring 5 inches round by 3 inches tall. The insert is pewter as well, not the usual ceramic, so that is an additional feature. Continental. If you want the best, this is it. Inv. 2050.
A folk art masterpiece. Inlays are applied to the surface in a pattern that includes Germanic symbols similar to pinwheels or hexes. The name "Johnathon.Schutt." and date 1878 are inlaid in German silver. The lock esctucheon is German silver and engraved, including the initials JS in script, the latches and bail handle are brass and the wood inlay covers every inch of the top and sides. Really interesting are the two brass framed pictures of young girls. Possibly Johnathon's daughters? Probably lithograph The wood surface has never had any kind of finish applied. Attic dry. The condition is excellent. It has had minor professional reinforcement done to the hinges. At that time it looks like a chain was added to keep the lid from flopping back and damaging the hinges. Probably why the reinforcements.The violin case is a great example of folk art, probably Pennsylvania, and no doubt is one of a kind. More photos available. Inv. 1942
Glazed with an unusual and gorgeous mustard and brown color and in near mint condition, this bottle is marked "xxRYL&RICHMOND" and stands 9 1/2" tall by 4" diameter. Inv. 2057
This serrated blade bread knife would look great with our treen bread plate listed below. Wood handle has the letter V carved on it. Inv. 2054
A great find is this pair of little tin tole painted spice boxes with hinged lids and cone shaped knobs. Early and hand painted, with the paint being in really nice condition, and measuring 3" by 3" by 3 3/8" to top of the knob. Wonderful and cute so we are pricing them as a pair to keep them together. Inv. 2058 &2059.
Price: $45.00 for the pair.
Acquired from a lady who has owned it for some time is this terrific two sided wooden sign with hand made lettering saying "PATTERNS", the letters being silver, the wood backboard is blue and the wooden frame is black. Said to be from the Kansas City garment district circa 1920-30's. Each letter is 6 inches tall and 1 1/4" deep, for a very dramatic effect. The sign is 74 inches long, 14 inches wide and the frame is 3 inches wide. All original, as found and untouched. There is a metal plate on each end where hanging chains were hooked. Condition is very good, with some paint loss on the frame and backboard (the 3rd picture shows the other side. Blue paint loss on half of this side) and some minor chips to a few letters, all visible in the pictures. More pictures are available. This is a wonderful sign from one of the departments within a garment factory and a great addition to any sign collection. Inv. 2046.
Round hooked mat with a rooster and flowers in vibrant colors. Great condition.15 1/2" diameter. Inv. 2043
This little churn has faint cobalt blue lettering saying "JAS. BENJAMIN. STONEWARE DEPOT CINCINNATI O.". While it is hard to see most of it we can see enough to know that is what it says when comparing the churn to another stoneware piece we have which says the same thing. Near mint condition and measuring 10 1/2" tall and 6" in diameter. Inv. 2027
"Too cute" is a good way to describe this little chalk ware candlestick, with the two geese dancing around a column. Someone said this was meant as a wedding gift suggesting a union and togetherness. Has some expected small chips and blemishes. 7"t. x 5" x 3". Candle included. Inv. 2026
This hand hewn wood trencher is wonderful by itself but the old tin patches nailed on to cover the age crack really makes this one terrific. Even the repairs have been repaired. The shorter piece has two solder repairs. The long piece of tin has been on there so long it, too, is in need of replacement or repair. Pine. Measures 19 3/4" long by 10 3/4" wide and 2 1/2" deep. Inv.2025
We love boxes and a great find is this 19th century black painted, dovetailed tool box. Wrought iron hasp and brass handle are nice features and inside are leather straps to hold tools in place. The hinges are intact and original and the lid is pitched with a neat mortised spine. The hasp and latch have been lowered about 1/2 inch a long time ago. Measures 19 1/2" wide by 10" deep by 11 inches tall. Inv. 2021
We are offering this wonderful Kentucky cherry sugar chest. Standing on 9 1/2" tall turned legs, ending in ball feet, and it is a nice small size at 37" wide by 19 1/2" deep by 28 3/4" tall. The interior is divided, having one well at 15 1/2" wide with a sliding cutting board and the other well is 18 1/2" wide with a hand soldered zinc liner, probably to prevent critters and reduce moisture. The top has the back 6 inches fixed with the lid being hinged at that point. This allows the lid to be laid back while open and preventing damage to the hinges, a common occurrence. The lid has breadboard ends and the original, intact hinges. The lock has been removed and a cherry block now nicely fills the mortise and the catch has been removed. The cutting board slides neatly back and tucks away, allowing access to the well below. Great condition, with an old refinish, and minor age cracks. Blemishes on top were prior to refinish. Pick up only, may deliver within 150 miles. Inv. 2019
Price: $995.00 Originally $2295.00
Slightly larger than most we've seen is this wonderful balsa wood hat form. Probably was a store display piece mounted on a stand and having a great patina and wear. Measures 9 inches by 8 1/2 inches by 7 inches tall. Inv. 2016
This is an early large tankard at 7 inches tall by 4 inches in diameter. It has a number of touch marks, a beautiful patina and the condition is excellent, with just a small ding on the very edge of the rim. Inv. 1950.
This primitive mortar and pestle has a great look, perfect for any prim. collector. It has some minor age cracks and a few chunks off of the bottom rim, expected. They came together and are possibly a marriage but a good one! Mortar is 10 1/2" tall by 6" in diameter. The pestle is 12 1/2" long. Inv. 1951.
Price: $145.00 was $175.00
There is a name at the top of the handle of these bellows, hard to make out entirely due to the wear from use but important nonetheless. The blue paint is original and shows the nice wear pattern we love in our 19th century antiques, as does the hanging hole. Non-working because the leather is dry and cracked, expected, but still a wonderful addition to any collection of early hearth tools. Measures 19" long by 9" wide and 4" thick. From a wonderful local collection. Inv. 1969
We have this beautiful Federal two drawer stand of cherry with mahogany drawer fronts and gorgeous turned legs ending on ball feet. The top has what are commonly known as "cookie cutter" corners. Excellent condition and it is a nice size at 24 inches square by 29 inches tall. Inv. 1284.
This small table butter churn is in all original and ready to use condition. It even has most of its blue paint intact, allowing for a lot of use. Most of these churns are re-painted and so big that they can be hard to display, which makes this one even better. Patent date is 1907. Measures 23 inches tall by 9 inches square. Total width including handle is 14 inches. Inv. 1946.
Hand made copper pots with copper handles showing dovetailed and brass soldered joints, indicating the best type of construction. The large one is 11 inches in diameter and 7 inches deep. The handle measures 13 inches long. Inv. 1612 $98.00 The medium size pot is 9 1/2" in diameter, 5 1/2" deep and the handle is 11 1/2" long. Inv. 1611 $89.00 Actually cooking in old pots is not recommended and done at your own risk.
Price: See listing
This beautiful green glass wine jug is wrapped in rye straw and measures 18 inches tall and 13 inches in diameter. From our personal collection. Inv. 611.
This terrific sage green painted apothecary was originally used as a small parts chest. It has eight drawers with dividers of various sizes, which could be easily removed if desired, and the drawers also have brass knobs and label pockets. It is a nice usable size at 27"l. x 12"t. x 12"d. which would fit nicely on a counter top. Inv. 1940
This is an unusual form of butter churn in all original condition including its mustard paint. Complete and ready to use including the drain plug. Measures 18"l. x 18" t. x 12"w. Inv. 1935
We have had this fabulous scale in our personal collection for years. Rarely do you find these early scales in all original paint and decals but also in great working order. Made by Dayton Scale Co., Dayton Oh. Patented in years 1900, 1903, and 1906. It also has the original brass hopper. The scale was placed so the calculated weight and price per pound faced the merchant while the customer was able to see the weight of the candy. The scale looks wonderful displayed on the kitchen counter. 16"w. x 14 1/2"t. The hopper is 11 inches long. Inv. 1921.
A neat little brazier or copper sauce pan with a turned wood handle on tripod legs. Wonderful early hand crafted technique displaying dovetailed pot with a rolled edge and solid copper legs riveted to the pot. It measures 4 3/4" round, 3 3/4" tall and 7 1/2" wide including the handle. This pan could be used on the hearth or stove. Scarce item. Inv. 1900.
Beautiful maiden and recumbent lamb figurine in excellent condition. Unmarked. About 6" tall and 4" wide. Inv. 1564.
This copper pan is tin lined and has a decorative shape like a mold, unlike any we have seen. Apparently the food to be molded was first cooked, allowed to cool in the pan and then turned out as a beautiful pudding, dressing or other delicacy. The pan is oval, setting on copper front legs attached with rivets. It measures 12" long by 9" wide by 4" deep. The third leg is hand wrought iron from one piece also making up the handle. The leg is attached to the pan with copper rivets and has a curled foot. The shaped handle is 10" long, having a rat tail hook for hanging. Excellent condition. This is a great find from the estate of long time antiques dealers and is a unique hearth ware piece. Inv. 1739.
These are two Staffordshire dogs with birds in their mouths, only about 4 inches wide and tall. Marked 'English'. Excellent condition (one may have had a bird glued back on). Inv. 1384.
Price: $125.00 for the pair.
19th century brass eagle door knocker complete with its original mounting screws. The beautiful design even incorporates a banner for name engraving if desired. Excellent condition and a very nice size at 9" tall by 5" wide. Inv. 1278
This is a beautiful oil on canvas portrait of a barrister. It is all original with no apparent damage and in excellent condition, although there is crackle on the surface, typical of old oil paintings. It can be seen in the pictures. It has the unusual feature of his family crest being applied to the painting, having been hand painted on what appears to be deerskin. It is shown in photo #3. These pictures were taken in natural daylight to get the best images possible. Unsigned. Sight measurement is 24 1/2" w. x 29 1/2"t. and frame measures 30 1/2" w. x 35 1/2"t. The frame is vintage and is not original. We have more photos available. Inv. 515
Probably custom made for his own use is this device for ice fishing made by Earl H. Austin, Kanona N.Y. It is set up by sticking the sharp spike in the base and sharp steel legs into the ice. The spool holds old fishing line with a small treble hook which is run over the wire hook in the arm and down into the water. The "arm" is slotted which allows it to flip up when a fish is on the line, signaling the fisherman that he has a bite. All hand made, it is true folk art. Hard to date, probably 1930-50. Inv. 1864.
Price: $69.00 Reduced from $79.00!
This is an outstanding example of a mid 1800's tin parade torch. These were used for political rallies, holiday parades and even for military purposes. This one is attached to the wood handle with a large square cut nail, a method we have not seen before. It is a larger tank, too, measuring 4 1/2" in diameter by 3 1/2" tall and it swivels on a wire yoke. Overall length including the wood handle is 51 inches. Excellent untouched condition. Inv. 1853
This is a very early hand made yarn winder. The shaft is carved and mortised through the ends which are secured by square cut nails. Walnut. 18 inches long by 16 inches wide. Inv. 1837
A recent find, this painting of a stone, thatch roof house, people and a dog in a beautiful pastoral setting, just pops with wonderful vibrant colors. Unsigned, the artist displays excellent technique with composition, depth and details, especially in the blending of the sunrise with the blue sky. And he/she skillfully executed the intricate lines of the stone and the individual leaves and created a tranquil, pleasant scene. The stretchers indicate it to be 19th century, though the frame is a little later. It has had cleaning and conservation. Measures 18 1/2"t. x 22 1/2"w., the sight size is 16"t. x 20"w. Inv. 1598.
Early tin match box with old white paint. Wall hanger, the lid is hinged with wire and the back corners are secured with wire. Both are old repairs. It has a punched striker on the front. 4" x 2 1/2" x 3" to top of the scrolled hanger. Neat little box. Inv. 1839
This ten inch long early powder horn has a wooden plug with the initials NAV written on it and a brass measuring filler. Minor insect damage. Great display piece. Inv. 1834.
Hand carved and hand painted wood shore bird decoy, mounted on a cut limb base. The wood bill is removable to protect against breakage in transport. Glass eyes. 12"t. x 10"w. x 3" thick body. Inv. 1848
Here are three forged iron keys, each about six inches long. Original surface. Inv. 1845, 1846, 1847.
Price: $18.00 each or $50.00 for the set of three
Attributed to Frank Strey, (1890-1966), Oshkosh, WI. This decoy has all of the details Strey was noted for in his carvings.Long graceful necks and pronounced chests and cheeks. This duck has the entire surface rasped to eliminate glare, paint patterns and give the impression of feathers. His head is rounded, has recessed eyes and the bill detailing is exquisite. The body is oversized with a flat bottom, not often seen on Strey decoys. This was a working decoy and shows the affects of use with nicks and dings as well as six shot marks and there is some filler loss where the plank bottom attaches to the body. But the paint is in nice shape, is vibrant and the glass eyes are fine. This is a very nice example of Frank Strey's work, which can easily achieve four figures at auction. There are 3 pictures shown and more available. Measurements are about 16"l. x 7 1/2"w. x 9 1/2"t. Inv. 1810.
Price: $450.00 Free shipping!
Here is a blue painted cabinet, probably intended for use in a bathroom, and has a towel bar. Drawer has a lock. As found.Measures 24"t. x 13 1/2"w. x 4 1/2"d. Inv. 1557
The robin's egg blue paint on this cherry stoner makes this a really desirable country antique. Table top clamp. Marked "Home Cherry Stoner Patented Aug 7 1917 St. Louis USA". Inv. 1788
Price: $48.00 reduced from $68.00!
Someone had some tough nuts to crack, apparently, judging by the sophisticated design of this nutcracker, requiring two hands to accomplish the feat. Hand forged, brown paint and mounted on a walnut base. ""NUT CRACKER" painted on the frame (easily removed), probably by a museum. Very unique piece. 25'l. x 8"w. x 10"t. Inv. 1716.
Price: $77.00 was $110.00
New find! We just got this awesome Fire Department sign with the hand forged bracket. Reportedly came off a fire house in the West Bottoms area of Kansas City, Mo. which is where the huge cattle stockyards were and the site of the American Royal BBQ competition is held now. Measures 43" long by 39" tall. The wood sign is 24 3/4" square. Authentic fire station signs are hard to find and highly sought after Inv. 1684.
Price: Reduced to $825.00
18th century forged iron scythe is signed "McPherson" and has a whittled wood handle. It has an exaggerated 22" long blade and measures 17" blade to the hanging ring. Great look. Inv. 1682.
This wonderful wrought iron trivet is 8" in diameter, with a 6" lathe turned wood handle, and stands on 4" legs with curled feet. Inv. 1607.
Exceptional walnut mortar, with its original lid, each shrinking into a matching oval shape, due to the aging process. As a result, the lid fits perfectly but must be placed just right to the shape, providing a nice tight seal for the storage and preservation of the pulverized herbs, grains, spices, sugar, etc. already built in! This feature is not often seen with mortars. The pestle has been precisely turned to fit the bowl of the mortar, even to the point of standing erect in the bowl. This increases efficiency and speeds up the grinding process. Excellent condition with some minor checking in the lower area of the outside of the mortar. Stated for accuracy, no apologies needed for this fine piece. More pictures available. Inv. 1668.
This is the best creel we have seen. It is a large 16 inch width size, with lots of leather trim and the original shoulder strap. The wicker is in near mint condition. This creel came from Wisconsin and belonged to Dave Anderson, owner of the Famous Dave's BBQ restaurant chain. The lid is slightly eschew from use, noted for accuracy. Inv. 1647.
This is a Windsor style, original red painted rocker with a yellow painted design on the seat, Inv. 1387, $69.00.
Pewter salt box engraved with initials CJC and 1839. Very small, measuring only 4 1/4"t. x 3"w. x 2 1/2"d. Nice patina and condition, has a small scratch and a pin is missing from one side of the hinge. Unique and decorative piece. Inv. 1643.
Tiger maple wood makes this butter paddle very special. The stripes are vibrant and the color is rich. It does have a burn mark on the bottom but not a detriment to its beauty. Inv. 1610.
These six early hand cut letters are in original red paint on the front and mustard on the edges and back side. They measure 12 inches tall, the width varies up to 10 inches and they are 1 inch thick. L-I-P-S-U-ampersand. Very hard to find these great early letters. Sure wish we had more. Inv. 1613 thru 1618.
Price: $15.00 each REDUCED!
A super little brass sewing bird on a brass clamp featuring a heart in the center of the set screw. Bird measures 3 1/2" long by 1 1/2" wide. Inv. 1232.
Dovetailed sides and bottom define this terrific sauce pan as early 19th century and it is enhanced with a forged iron 10" long handle terminating in a heart shaped end and fastened with rivets. It is 8 inches in diameter and 3 1/2 Inches deep. Great early pan. Inv. 838.
Cast and spun brass jelly kettle with a forged iron handle attached with heart shaped ends using copper rivets. The strap handle tapers from a 1 1/8" width at the arch to 5/8" just above the heart for a decorative effect. This is a heavy duty hearth cooking kettle measuring 12" in diameter, 7" deep and 14 1/2" to the top of the handle and it weighs nearly 11 pounds. This is a great find and a wonderful addition to any collection. Inv. 1591.
There is so much to love about this little wall (or salt?) box starting with its red and black grain paint accented by a white scalloped border on three sides and the lid. Constructed using only pegs, no nails, and the chamfered lid hinges on pegs. Measures 6 1/2"w. x 5 3/4"d. x 7 1/2"t. It has a chip at the top of the back and a sliver has broken off the left edge of the back, exposing two pegs. Wish it weren't so but it does not take anything away from the great character of this wonderful box. Inv. 1582.
Rare glass cutting tool for cutting circles and scrolls. Wood knobs and base. Unmarked. 12 inches long. This is a really neat little tool. Inv. 95.
Price: 69.00 Free shipping!
Five tools consisting of two V groove chisels and three gouges. Made by S. J. Addis. Three marked London and two are marked Cast Steel, all with the square and compass logo. Wood handles and brass ferrules. Inv. 1563.
Price: 140.00 Free shipping!
Seven gouges with wood handles and brass ferrules. Four are marked S. J. Addis, London and three have marks of S. J. Addis, Cast Steel. All have the square and compass logo. Good condition. Inv. 1562.
Price: 195.00 Free shipping!
Five gouges and two V groove chisels. Six tools are marked DRBARTON and one is marked DRBARTON 1832. Barton was a mid 1800's New York NY tool maker. Inv. 1561.
Price: 195.00 Free shipping!
Eight (8) pieces of carving tools, assembled, with names of Peugeot, G. Hild Sheffield with a beaver logo, Bass, one from Germany (indistinguishable), and four are unmarked. Inv. 1560.
Price: 110.00 Free shipping!
Early brass sad iron with a wood handle. Heating slug is absent. Original patina. Inv. 1293.
In excellent condition, this early iron kettle is marked on the bottom "No. 4, 8 pints" and "Cannon, Deerfields". The number '4' is also on the lid, which appears to have its original brass knob. The loop handle is made in a fixed position. Goose neck spout. Original surface, inside has some minor rust. The tank is 8 inches around and it measures 13 inches including the spout and 12 inches tall. Inv. 1556.
Price: $125.00 reduced from $175.00
Having terrific engraving, this 18th or 19th century brass powder horn is probably Moroccan. It is a nice size at 11" long, 5" wide and 3" thick and the cap is a powder measure. An unusual piece and a good addition to any collection. Inv. 20.
Price: $82.00 Sale! Was $110.00
A bucolic scene of cows in a pasture adjacent to woods, a stream and a mountain looming in the background. A man sits upon a rock, watching over the cattle. Oil on artist's board, unsigned, late 1900's. The ornate frame measures 14 1/2" x 12 1/2". Sight is 9 1/2" x 7 1/2". This is one of a pair acquired from a wonderful estate. Inv. 190a.
Price: 145.00 Free shipping!
This painting seems to be of a chalet in the Alps, with a mountain in the background along with other buildings, perhaps a small village. A woman and a little girl in Swiss clothing walk the path. On the porch is clothing hung on a line to dry. Unsigned, painted on artist board in oil, it is late 19th century. The ornate oval frame measures 14 1/2" x 12 1/2". Sight is 9 1/2" x 7 1/2". This is one of a pair acquired from a wonderful estate. Inv. 190b.
Price: 145.00 Free shipping!
Beautiful colors, depth and light in this o/c painting by listed artist H. Gabriel, an early 20th century artist. There is a 1" patch on the back of the canvas but no indication of any penetration in the scene. One of our favorites. Frame is appropriate to the age and is gold painted. Measures 35" x 25" overall, sight 30" x 20". Inv. 271.
The scene is of a barn and outbuildings on a hill above a sea coast, with dark clouds and windblown grasses indicating a storm approaching, by W. Cooper. Probably late 1900's. Housed in a later contemporary frame (has a slight warp) but is a perfect scene for a home furnished with antiques. Repair to a small cut but overall in excellent condition. Measures 23 1/2" w. x 30" t. sight and 30" x 36" overall. Inv. 187.
Price: $ 125.00
This brown glazed 2 gallon crock water cooler has never been used. It has a rare ceramic spigot, rare because they are nearly always broken and replaced with metal. The tape on the spigot is original and was intact until someone messed with it and it tore. English, late 19th century. Mint. Inv. 639
Beautiful wall clock with a hand painted dial, brass hands, weight, chains and pendulum window. The pendulum is internal and accessed by removing the key which allows the panel to be removed. Oak, 18th or early 19th century, with brass works. Refer to Wallace Nutting's "Furniture Treasury item #3551" for a similar example. Original brass repousse finials are with it but we have it displayed with replacement urn shaped brass finials. We have had the clock running and it kept good time however we have not had it checked by a clock service person. It is offered without warranty but our return policy always applies. It is a very nice addition to early collections. We have a near identical clock in ours. Inv. 809.
Price: $1195.00 Originally $2295.00
This guy is in first paint of brown and tan and measures 10 1/2 inches. He is in very good condition with some expected chips and minor imperfections. Inv. 1519.
Price: $99.00 was $145.00
Beautifully designed and repousse decorated little tea caddy. Oval shaped and only 4 1/2"t. x 3 1/2"w. x 2 1/4"d. Excellent condition. Circa 1850, Dutch. Inv. 1510.
Price: 165.00 FREE shipping!
This spill holder has beautiful repousse decoration featuring a six pointed star on an arched top. Made to set or hang. Circa 1850. 10"t. x 3 1/4"w. x 2 1/4"d. Inv. 1509.
Price: $95.00 FREE shipping!
This pair of 19th century capitals are from a pair of columns in a former Masonic Lodge Hall in Maine. Each has a paper covered globe, one a terrestrial and the other a celestial version, the first being in fair to good condition, the celestial is in fair condition. The capitals are hand carved and painted wood in green and gold. They measure 36 inches tall and 13 inches wide, with the globes being about 10 inches in diameter. The globes are removable. Inv. 571. More pictures available,
Price: $475.00 each
These are a fabulous pair of hand carved wood stirrups with forged iron brackets. The design is intricately and beautifully done on one piece of wood. Even the soles are carved and the iron is decorative. These were surely intended for parade or show performances. Great folk art and in wonderful condition with only a slight age crack in exactly the same place on each one. 9"l. x 7"w. x 6"t. Inv. 1427. Added note: we have been told these are Chilean, early 20th century, and were used by gauchos (cowboys) with parade or show dress.
Price: $85.00 pair reduced from$175.00! pair
We found this great painting in an old warehouse in St. Louis so we think it represents a riverboat wharf on the Mississippi River. It was covered up by a stack of wood but we saw a corner sticking out and we went to work digging it out (Dig, get it?) ! Wonderful and naive, it is 3'x5', bright colors, unframed, and the canvas is stretched on a very simple frame, not stretcher. Signed S. Schullz. It is oil on canvas. Inv. 194.
Price: $250.00 was $375.00
These two glass stands are hand blown, both have polished pontils and are in excellent condition. The exception is a very small chip in the larger one, a "flea bite" as auctioneers are prone to say. It measures 9"t. x 6" diameter while the other one is about 2 inches smaller all around. They make an unusual display with wigs, hats or bonnets. Inv. 965 (l) and 968 (s). More photos available.
Price: $110.00 each
We have never seen a boat pump such as this. In near mint condition, it is copper body and spout with the handle and flanges cast iron. The ferrule on the end of the 7 inch spout is brass and there is a 1 1/2" brass ball on the end of the handle. It measures 40" overall, the copper barrel is 3" diameter and the handle is 26" long. This pump would look great next to a dry sink or in the garden. Great find. Inv. 1318. More pictures available.
This huge strainer is a great addition to an early kitchen setting. Forged iron frame holds a hand punched brass bowl with a wood handle. It measures 21 inches long, 11 inch bowl diameter and 4 inches deep. The hanging eye is a later addition. Very nice patina. Maine, possibly 18th c. Inv. 575
A beautiful marquetry sewing box having a mother of pearl escutcheon and a MOP inlay on the top saying "J.L.T. Causewayside Public School 28th Febry 1879". The extensive inlay is exquisite and in wonderful condition. Inside is a compartmented tray covered in red or magenta silk and the underside of the lid is tufted upholstered in the same silk. The covering in the box is missing. English (but listed in Americana anyway). It is a beautiful decorative item, comfortable in any setting. Inv. 1178. More photos available.
Price: $225.00 Free shipping!
These are usually called tree climbing "hooks". They are really "gaffs" and are strapped to the legs and used to bite into tree bark when climbing. Utility linemen use the same type of tool to climb trees and poles today. Hand wrought iron. The leather straps are absent. Quite a rare item and very collectible. Inv. 1353. More photos available.
Thoroughbred Trotter & Sulky Hooked Rug. Circa 1880-1900, Sunbury, Ohio origin. The rug is wool, is hooked on Monk cloth and measures approximately 4 feet by 7 feet. Medium sage green/ light blue mottled background bordered by dark green and gray, which allows the bay brown horse, red sulky and the jockey in blue and gray silks to provide a stunning scene with their vibrant colors. It is even more striking as the rug artist designed the scene without further embellishments which often diminish the powerful effect of the presentation. The rug is spectacular when hung when it takes on even a stronger dimension and depth. This rug is an outstanding example of great style and quality of hooking, and is unique in its subject and size. We fabricated a 4 part frame and Velcro for easy mounting, hanging and moving. The rug is in very nice condition. It has a small hole and minor edge wear in a couple of places and slight surface wear in two small areas. Inv. 1119. More photos available
Created by J.W. Brungart (B. 1877, Glen Rock, PA.), a well known folk artist in Pennsylvania. Signed, circa 1910, carved wood and applied fur and they have a fun look on their faces. His work often featured movement, i.e., the cow is articulated by means of a wire which is attached to a metal mechanism. When the wire is pulled the cow moves her head and tail. They are mounted on a green painted platform. Very cute and endearing work. Inv. 1026 More photos available. Provenance: James and Susan Widder collection.
Price: $395.00 reduced from $450.00!
This is too cute! The "pilot" wearing his goggles, in a daredevil stance atop the Meow 1 flying fortress, with a "this is too easy" smirk on his face. All hand carved, all parts are solid pine including the 40 inch fuselage and the cat. Approximately 40 inch wing width and 19 inches tall, it is made so the wings, propeller and cat are removable for easy handling. The pussycat is about 13 inches tall and he is a little rotund at 6 inches. The propeller is carved and the painting is hand done including the MICE ACE name with mouse "kills" beneath it. Ca. 1950s-60s. From our personal collection. We smile every time we see him! Inv. 1164. More photos available. Reduced price! Was $495.00
These are models of a human eye and ear which were used to train medical students. German, circa 1860. The eye disassembles to show the internal workings and the ear has removable parts. They are hand made of papier mache, wood and glass and set on their original wood bases. Good condition, with expected minor imperfections. These are hard find and may be considered rare. Inv. 1100 Reduced from $1275.00. More photos available.
This kit consists of a brass microscope, a brass stand to hold an adjustable arm with a magnifying glass on it and a lens cover. All are housed in a slide lid box. These were used for work outside the lab in the field. Not originally a part of the kit but included is a brass microscope, missing its mirror, of about the same era, circa 1900. These are great little decorative items. Inv. 854.
Price: $225.00 reduced from $295.00!
Trade sign in the form of an artist's palette and two brushes advertising Hand Painted Gifts. Two sided, masonite, probably 1940's. Great vibrant colors, brushes appear to be hand carved. Has a small chip on edge and a very small hole in field. About 36 inches long and 30 inches tall. More pictures available. Inv. 1316
Price: $300.00 was $379.00
Artist's model, 16 inches tall, pine with cherry stain, hand carved. Probably French. Excellent carving detail and condition. More pictures available. Inv. 1412
Price: $650.00 reduced from $875.00!
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