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.
Dating from the early to mid 19th century is this wonderful brown painted mirror with very wavy glass and having a number of bubbles, too. The frame is walnut veneer over pine and you can see that a piece approximately 1/2" square of veneer is missing but so long ago that the patina almost obliterates it. It still has its original wooden back. Measures 12 1/2" wide by 14 1/2" tall and 1 1/4" thick. Great mirror. Inv. 3020
This charming 19th c. sewing stand is in attic dry bittersweet and black paint, has two revolving shelves, one for pins, needles, etc. and one for spools of thread. Each shelf is a 4 point "star" shape, the finial on top of an octagonal shaft is a unique fun detail, and all supported by a serpentine crossed base, giving this piece a wonderful appeal. 31"t. x 11" at the widest point. More pictures available. Inv. 1406
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.
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.
Price: Sale pending
The hand carving on this wonderful bald eagle is excellent, his position being of taking flight with naturally graceful outstretched wings, which are so delicately carved. Note how thin the wood is at the tips, obviously done by a skilled carver. The wood appears to be basswood but his legs and talons are steel, welded together and with extensions which fit into holes for mounting. He sets on a beautiful piece of driftwood. Three tips have been very nicely replaced, noted for accuracy, but this eagle is a great example of folk art. It is hard to date these pieces but early 1900's is a good estimate. Measures 10 inches front to back, 10 1/2 inches wide and 11 1/2 inches tall, all measurements include the base. So it is a nice size for easy display. Inv. 3454
Price: Sale pending
We bought this great little mustard painted wall cupboard intending to keep it. It is perfect for displaying stoneware, firkins, pantry boxes and just about anything else. But we would have to rearrange things and it just hasn't worked. So we are letting it go...regrettably. The cupboard has a small footprint so it doesn't take up much floor space, measuring only 17 1/2" wide by 13" deep. The crown molding increases it to 20 1/2" wide by 14 1/2" deep. Height is 69 1/2". The shelf spacing is 13", 14", 14" and 16" at the bottom. It has never had a door, was originally built in and the paint is original. The lumber is full thickness one inch so it is stout. Circa 1890 - 1920. When installed originally a notch about 1" long was cut from the crown to make it fit but overall in very nice condition. Local pick up. Inv. 3464
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.
Just in is this wonderful brown painted dough bowl in excellent condition. No cracks or chips. It has the age shrinkage we look for in early bowls measuring 14" by 14 5/8" across and 4 1/2" tall. Has most of the original dark brown paint remaining and features a rim, incised lines from the rim to the raised foot, which shows beautiful wear. The inside of the bowl has incised lines at the top and the surface has all the evidence of loving use from the wear on the bottom to the stains. This is a great bowl. Inv. 3463
We have had this terrific game wheel in our collection for a long time. It is in beautiful condition, made by Evans & Co., Chicago, the premier maker of these types of gaming products. Hand painted black numbers set in a mustard and red design on wood. The hub is steel with a 6 pointed star spoke center. Ours even has the pointer which has a well worn feather at each end that rubbed against the steel pegs as it spun. These wheels are considered great folk art now. Measures 20 1/2" across and 2 1/2" deep. Inv. 1448
This two sided sign was probably used for directional purposes in case of fire in a business establishment. Hand painted white letters on a bright red background with a white pointed end. One side is in excellent condition while the other has some missing paint in a small area. Has 2 old hooks. Measures 35 1/2" long by 3 1/2" wide and 3/4" thick. Inv. 1755
We love this neat little bench because of its versatility. It can be used as a bench, of course, but also as a nice side table. It is really well made as seen by the joint between the ends and the stretchers. The maker cut 45 degree angles in the stretchers and the same size angle in the ends to make a solid connection (see the arrow in the picture). The bench has square nails and old red over black paint. Most of the red has been scrubbed from the top. It has beautiful arch cutouts in the legs which show wear at the ends. Measures 18" wide by 14" deep by 18 1/2" tall. Circa 1840. Inv. 3462
These soldier blue firkins don't surface very often and we have had this one for some time. It is a larger version at 11 1/2" across the lid, 12 1/2" across the bottom and 12 1/2" tall. The finger laps are secured by copper nails and it has buttons for the handle. Overall good condition for its age and use. It is missing some of the rim on the lid, has chips where some of the nails for the rim are, and some wear from ordinary use. The blue is darker the the pictures show. But there aren't many apologies for this terrific piece. Inv. 1939
The birds eye grain in the maple of this tray is so beautiful and colorful it makes this tray something special. The arched handle with its serpentine curves and "fan" notch, the canted sides, the ends being arched to match the handle, and the perfectly executed dovetails add an elegant look to a utilitarian piece. Obviously this was made for an upscale household. In an unexpected twist the maker, certainly a fine woodworker, used walnut for the bottom of the tray, and secured the ends to the bottom with screws, all of which are intact. Part of the beauty of this tray is the wear, evidenced inside the box, which is untouched, no messing with its history. In great condition, it does have a hairline crack at each end of the handle but they are tight and pose no threat. This is a wonderful tray. We found it in Maine several years ago. Circa 1840-60. Measures 15" long x 9 1/2" wide by 5 1/2" tall to top of handle. Inv. 3461
This is a really nice pine piggin, having iron bands, in very nice condition. It measures 9 1/2" round by 7 1/2" tall (14" tall to top of handle). Inv. 1542
We really like this early tin and pine grater box, the tin being hand punched and the box having white or light gray paint, now thin from much use. Made with a shaped top and bottom and the original hanging hole split out years ago. It now has an old wire on eye screws for hanging. We love old repairs and this box has a tin patch on one corner. Circa 1880-1920. Measures 12" tall by 6" wide by 4 1/2" deep and the sides are 1/2' thick. Inv. 3009
Price: Sale pending
We have this terrific hand carved wood bull frog decoy with exceptional paint and glass eyes. He is in the leaping position and stretches out to 9 1/2" and is 3 1/2" wide and 1 3/4" thick. Of course has a lead weight. Great and scarce example of folk art. Inv. 3448
Our hearth kettle stand features a polished steel plate and shaped, curved leg under the handle that terminates into a half dollar size foot. This sets on a wrought iron base having penny feet on two legs all tied together with a 'T' stretcher, the front stretcher being curved. Simple but effective design. The top plate has a cyma shape cutout and the handle has a nice urn shape topped by a lollipop hanging hole. Probably American 19th c. Measures 10" wide by 13" deep by 11 1/2" tall. Inv. 3439
Several years ago we bought 2 folk art items in an online auction by Skinners in Boston which were listed as "19th century fraternal lodge" and paid a hefty sum. They turned out to be modern reproductions! Buyer beware even with the big houses. But they are nice carvings anyway and fit in nicely with other folk art things. This heart in hand stands 14 1/2" tall by 5" wide by 3 1/2" thick. Obviously we are pricing it at a fraction of our cost. Inv. 1303
This carriage, or foot warmer, is ventilated by round holes drilled into the sides and top. The front access panel originally would have had a moulding on the top, matching the top of the box but now missing. The original handle has been replaced. But this is an 18th century warmer and similar examples have sold for several hundred dollars when fully intact. Allowing for the fact ours is in really good condition but not intact we have it priced more reasonably. It is a good and different warmer than we normally see. Measures 10" x 9 1/2" x 6 1/2" tall. Inv. 3432
Price: $98.00 Firm
We have this very unusual tin fluid lamp with an 8 inch font, painted green, a round base, oval handle and a socket on the base. The socket may have been for matches and possibly used for a spare candle in case of running out of fuel. Only the font was painted. If you collect early lighting this is a good addition, maybe one of a kind. Stands 9 1/2" tall by 5" in diameter. Inv. 3458
These are so hard to find and the form is beautiful on this round saffron box on pedestal. At one time it had a wonderful coat of black paint with hand painted flowers for decoration. Unfortunately, over time, heat, humidity or maybe the sun has caused much of the paint to peel. But the skilled turning is the key to this piece, the way the base is dramatically stepped up and the pumpkin shaped box is topped by a dome lid with an integral knob. So it has some issues but this saffron pot will still be a great addition to a primitive collection and we have factored them into the price. Measures 6 1/2" tall by 3 1/4" round. Inv. 3457
In original green paint, this cutlery tray is in very nice condition. It has canted sides and an unusual one hole "handle", whoever used it must have a strong finger! Measures 15" x 9" x 7" tall. Inv. 3456
We are excited to offer this wonderful mid 19th century wooden candle lantern in its original forest green and red paint. Hand made by a country craftsman, it has a lift off door with a handle and two vent notches which is secured by two little turn buttons. But the really interesting and unique feature is the round carved wooden carrying ring which swivels on a dowel with tiny pegs. Such a great detail. All glass is wavy and has bubbles, it has a tin socket and a tin smoke shield at the top, possibly added later. The base is attached with square and round nails. Pine. Measures an impressive 15 3/4" tall to top of standing ring by 6 3/4" square. 13 1/2" tall with the ring down. There are lots of wooden lanterns out there some older than this one and most were barn lanterns we often see but it is rare to find a painted lantern this special. Hard to let it go. Said to be from Connecticut. Inv. 3421
This small sliding lid box has old red paint and finger jointed corners. Good condition with expected wear from use. Surface is better than pictures show because of the lighting. Circa 1900-1950. Measures 9 1/2" long by 4 1/4" wide by 3" deep. Inv. 3428
We recently sold some wonderful oak bed steps and now have another fine example to offer, this set being walnut. Very well made, the steps are attached using square cut nails and the two board sides are joined together by a woodworking technique still used today because of its strength. A groove is hand chiseled at an angle so a screw can be driven into the opposing board. These measure 14 1/2" tall by 18" wide by 13" deep. The first riser is at 7 3/4" and the tread is 6 1/2". The next riser is at 6 3/4" and the tread is 6". These steps have never had a finish applied but a have very warm patina and a dry surface. Inv. 3500
This is the second terrific make-do wooden candlestick created from a bed post. Both have wonderful thick grungy red paint and tin pans with an old nail as a pricket. We don't know when these were crafted but they just have a dynamite look, very primitive, and the beds must have been very early 19th century. This one is smaller at 9 3/4" tall by 3 1/2" round. The tin candle pan is 3 1/2" diameter. Inv. 3452.
Price: Now $49.00
We have two terrific make-do wooden candlesticks created from bed posts. Both have wonderful thick grungy red paint and tin pans with an old nail as a pricket. We don't know when these were crafted but they just have a dynamite look, very primitive, and the beds must have been very early 19th century. This one is 15 1/2" tall by 45 1/2" round at the base. The tin candle pan is 3 1/2" diameter. Inv. 3451.
Price: Now $49.00
This is a uniquely and creatively designed hand wrought iron trivet, made to hang from a trammel or hook, to cook or keep warm. It has a "Dutch girl cap" handle and rams horns on the grate. The iron shows an uneven surface such as would have been achieved with heat and age. Measures 18 1/2" tall by 12" wide by 9" deep. Inv. 3447
The first item is an elongated horsehair brush possibly a hearth brush. Has remnants of red paint and '130' stamped on top and retains an old wire hanger. Great look and patina. Inv. 3433. Next is a short, fat horse hair stencil brush with an iron, not tin, collar, heavy duty for serious work. The hair is very fine, the patina beautiful and it retains an eye screw hanger. Inv. 3437
Price: $30.00 each or both for $54.00
The stand is small, only 25 1/2" tall by 10" top and 9 1/2" wide at the legs and the paint is early with a dry grungy surface. The top is missing some paint possibly from a plant being on it. This stand is so versatile and can be used as an accent piece in any room. Inv. 3434
From Pennsylvania, this unique butter print is carved from walnut in the form of a pinwheel. It is a large size at 4 7/8" round and measures 6 3/4" long including the unusual handle. The carving is very precise and deep. Condition is very good although it does have an old repair. Apparently a small piece broke off one side, running with the grain of the wood, a long time ago and was re-attached very nicely. Only a slight area on the edge shows on the front side, having little impact on the print. Great addition to a collection of butter prints and molds. Inv. 3389.
Price: $150.00 reduced from$195.00!!
A real survivor is this terrific two carrying strap and draw string purse with black silk lining. The leather is soft and pliable and all seams are strong. Measures 9 x 9 inches. Scarce to find item. Inv. 3438
We have nine of these old clothes pins made from splitting pegs and then nicely trimmed for hanging clothes on the line. They have strips of tin on one end to prevent further splitting from age. Some of the strips appear to have been cut from old tins. We don't find these much anymore and they are becoming scarce. They are about 6 inches long each (varies). Inv. 3449
Price: $112.00 for all nine pins
Lookie what we have here! An early 18th century turned, bee hive, bowl with fabulous turnings and then the woodworker added tiny lines inside the raised turnings and even on the lip and inside the bowl. Very skilled lathe work even by modern standards. Apparently he used as large of a tree as he had access to and still produce a good sized dough bowl, but he had to leave some bark on it to do it. The more you look at it the more you appreciate how settlers had to make do with what they had available, and with that reality comes the notion that the bark actually contributes huge character to the piece. It is that unique character we all long for while on the "hunt" and we found it this morning! The bowl has wonderful shrinkage giving it that warped, out of round look, has no cracks, and has some divots inside caused by a much use. We love the wear on the foot. It measures a full 1 inch out of round at 12" x 13" x 4" deep. Probably maple. Great early piece. Inv. 3450
This carrier has a little trough on either side of the handle to hold small items and can be used for a variety of needs, sewing fabric and tools, yarn balls, etc. Measures 14" long by 8" wide x 7" tall. Inv. 3443
Made of fiber board with a beautiful floral covering, this sewing box probably dates to the 1930-40's and is in very nice condition. The wear on the edges is mainly from rolling the securing cords on and off to open the box. Measures 13 1/2" long by 9" wide by 6 1/2" tall. Inv. 3442
We just got this nice scalloped towel bar with two different types of carved pinwheels. It is an 19th c. piece, walnut, and has an age split on the back. Good for kitchen or bath. Measures 20" long by 7 1/2" tall and 3/4" thick. Inv, 3436
Here is a nice homemade 8 drawer cabinet, probably made for parts of some kind. But it has not been roughly used, in fact, it has felt protective pads on the bottom when it was used for display. The drawers have tin bottoms and back and are clean. Pine. Probably dated to first half of the 1900's. Has a nice crested back and can be hung or set for display. Measures 19 1/2" tall by 7" wide by 5" deep. Inv. 3440.
This is an late 17th or early 18th century bucket which was hollowed out of a log and the bail handle supports are carved into the sides. Each one has twists still there but the wire handle broke off long ago. The iron straps, loose, of course, are very thick and are secured by peened rivets. It is a full one inch out of round and has an age shrinkage crack. The bottom is chamfered. Not sure of the origin or the wood. Does have some inactive bore holes. What a wonderful very early bucket and perfect for any primitive collection. Measures 8" x 9" oval at the top and 9" by 10" oval at the bottom and 8 1/2" tall. Inv. 3422
This box was probably made for a specific purpose such as a step stool while serving as a place to store supplies of some sort. Hard to know but for antiquers with an imagination it can be used in many ways, such as on a kitchen counter to store bread in while displaying some prized collectibles on the steps. But no matter it is a great piece. Measures 18 1/2" l. x 7 3/4" w. x 12" t. Inv. 3424
This early hand made, mainly of oak, terrific little wheelbarrow has earned its keep by hauling lots of dirt and, maybe, a little manure, too, for a future gardener in training. Wonder what he/she's growing now! Never had any finish, the surface is very dry and its wheel is wood spoke. Very good condition. Measures 38" long by 13 1/2" wide at the handle tips by 9 1/2" tall. So much character in this one! Inv. 3431
In original soldier blue paint, this carrier has six compartments and was painted all over including the inside and bottom. It was well used so there is wear on it, as expected, but good condition. The blue is better than the pictures show. 17" l. x 14" w. x 5" tall. Inv. 3430
Our first beeskep acquisition is from a lady who is selling her collection and it is a really nice one, made of skillfully woven rye straw. Age is unknown but this bee hive is in excellent condition. It has a slight lean to it possibly from its own weight. Measures 16 inches tall by 17 inches round and has a 3 1/2 inch loop handle at the top. The entrance slot for the bees entering and exiting shows in the first picture. Inv. 3423
Made of thin leather this little 18th c. box has a beautiful, naturally acquired, dark brown color but has its original lighter color on the bottom and the top edge under the lip of the top, just what we look for when evaluating age. Skin was prepared and then stretched over a wooden post to form the box and lid shapes and then left to dry in the sun. Obviously this type of box would be fragile from 200 years of use but the condition is excellent, although there is a small piece missing from the edge of the lid and a surface defect on the box which does not penetrate through. Possibly Native American or could have been made by a settler but, no matter, it is rare to find one. 4" x 4 1/4" x 3"tall. Inv. 3426
This early pastry 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
Price: $145.00 reduced from$195.00
The size of this unique little lantern along with its terrific condition are very appealing to any early lighting collector. Measuring just 6 1/2" to the top of its chimney and the body is only 3" by 3". Appears to be all original but the black paint, which is old, may not be. It can also double as a candle lantern if one runs out of fluid because the oil burner sets in a socket. Just a super and unusual lantern, maybe an early skater's lantern? Inv. 3410
Now we are offering this clay pipe, having a super golden patina and blackened bowl from many smokes over a long time. It is a rare large size as I have shown in the 1st picture when compared to a typical clay pipe and is very impressive when displayed with books, glasses, etc. Extra nice pipe! Measures 10" long by 3 1/2" tall and the bowl is 2" diameter. Inv. 3078
I have seen a lot of old building materials but have never seen this particular detail of a bird with a laurel branch in its mouth, the symbol of peace. The bird is beautifully hand carved. This piece would have been used as a corner block of window or door casing. We love the symbolism of peace which would be wonderful mounted above a doorway as a house blessing to all who entered. Very unique. 11" t. x 5 1/2" w. x 1" thick. Inv. 3418
We have this beautiful blue wood coat and hat rack with great blue original paint, better than I could capture in pictures. It has nine, three prong, iron hooks. is 69 inches long, 3 1/2" wide and a full 1 inch thick. Those brown spots you see are large square nails! This rack dates to 1860 or earlier and you can see the circular saw blade marks on the back, too. One hook has a tip broken off, long ago. Due to its length I am only showing two thirds of it in the pictures. Inv. 3416.
This good looking 19th c. tin candle lantern has three glass panes, not original, and a back tin panel that lifts for access to the inside. It has a ring handle and wire rods across the panes, more for decoration than protection. This lantern sets a little uneven and I suspect it has been dropped, putting a slight tweak in the frame and also explaining the glass replacement. But we bought it anyway because none of that detracts much from its great looks and, besides, these things are part of its history. We factored those minor things in the price. Measures 14 inches tall by 4 1/4 inches square. Inv. 3401
All original and complete is our kerosene lantern, marked "White Star". In good condition, measuring 12" tall (16 1/2" to top of handle) by 6" outside of protective cage.
This pipe box we are offering is walnut and dates to the last part of the 19th c.. Hand made canted box with a tombstone back, having a worn tear drop shaped hanging hole. It must have hung on a wall in the same place for decades in the sun because the varnish finish has turned dark while the side away from the sun exposure is closer to the original walnut color. Made with early, tiny nails. These were also used to hold candles. Measures 13 1/2" t. x 7" w. x 3 3/4" d. This neat box is better than my pictures show. Inv. 3414
There are so many great features about this unusual, small tin lantern, such as the exaggerated protective cage to protect the original glass panes, the crown frame topped by a witches or dunce cap and ring handle. Then there are the scalloped edge around the vent and the removable tin burner which sets in a socket that could be used for a candle, thus providing an option if one were to run out of whale oil. The diminutive size is a bonus, measuring only 11 inches tall and 6 inches wide and deep including the cage. The glass enclosure is 4" tall and 3" square. This is a terrific 19th c. lighting device, better than the pictures show. Inv. 3411
This circa 1800 mirror (looking glass) came from the same collection as the wall mirror that we recently sold. The mirror has some silvering losses and the glass is wavy. It is secured to the back with molding but has no visible attachment method, i.e. nails, pegs or putty, so it is glued. Pine with Spanish brown paint. Untouched, all original, with the type of wear one would associate with a hand held mirror of this vintage. Measures 10 3/4" long by 4 3/4" wide and 3/8" thick. The glass is 4" w. x 5" t. This is a very nice piece. Inv. 3412
When lightning rod systems were popular they often had a decorative object perched on an arrow, on a tall copper rod, thus serving as a weather monitor by indicating wind direction. The object might be an automobile, for example, but most common were farm animals such as our rooster. Most were factory made of zinc and were "swell bodied", molded from two pieces and soldered together, not flat stock. Our rooster is larger than the average vane at 12" long by 13 1/2" tall (15" overall) and 1 1/2" thick. If he had feet they are gone and he is displayed on an old wood block. The condition is very good and the surface is naturally weathered with traces of silver or aluminum paint. Not many have survived in this nice condition. Inv. 1207.
Another really neat antique we are offering is this unusual fruit rake. This would have been used to comb berries from the stalks or reaching apples, pears, etc. at levels just out of arms reach for picking from the tree. Each of the 25 tines is blacksmith forged, ranging in length from 4 inches to 6 inches and arranged in horseshoe fashion, forming a basket. The wooden base is sandwiched by iron plates which secure the tines tightly. Pine. Length is 32 inches, width is 8 inches and it is 7 inches "tall" overall. This rake has a terrific, almost sculptural look, hanging on the wall and would be perfect in a buttery. Inv.
A sinkbox is a specialized hunting blind, resembling a raft, used by waterfowl hunters. It consists of a weighted, partially submerged enclosure large enough to hold one or more hunters and suspended from a floating platform. It is placed in calm water so the hunter may wait with the waterline at approximately shoulder height. Sinkbox decoys were set all around the sinkbox to weight it down in the water (see photo #2). Wood carved decoys were floated around the sinkbox to further disguise the hunters. This method of hunting was outlawed in 1918 by the Migratory Bird Act. Our cast iron decoy is painted black and has a flaky surface beneath the paint. In very good condition. It weighs 23 pounds and measures 13" long by 5" wide by 6" tall. Flat bottomed. This rare sinkbox decoy is a must for any serious decoy collector. Inv. 3408
This cute little lighting device is much smaller than most we see measuring only 3 inches front to back and 2 inches wide, and 4 1/4 inches tall (10 inches including the hook). Compare that to another typical betty lamp we have listed which is 4 1/2 inches front to back and 3 1/4 inches wide. The round shape and elegant hanging hook are nice as are other decorative details making this a great and unique addition to an early lighting collection. Inv. 3400
Recently acquired from an old Connecticut collection is this rare iron salamander. These items were used for searing and browning the tops of meat, meringues and vegetable dishes by heating the blade and holding it closely over the surface of the food. This one is an excellent example in great shape, its blade measuring 5 1/4" round and it is 20" long overall. It is signed 'HD'. The construction is very well done with the handle rod being flattened and split at the attachment point, slid onto the blade and riveted tight. It has a hanging ring. Inv. 3397
A friend of ours had this super butter print in his kitchen drawer for years and we are pleased to present it now. Scarce because of its half round form, Rare because of its subject, an eagle with 2 stars and a leaf, vibrant figured tiger maple wood including the nicely turned handle, and its patina. Measures 7 inches wide by 3 1/2 inches tall and 4 1/2 inches deep. There are two very old cracks only about 1/8 inches deep, no structural threat whatsoever, mentioned for accuracy. This is a wonderful 19th century addition to any folk art treen collection. Inv. 3399.
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.
A new acquisition is this early beehive, footed wood bowl with mustard paint. It has a well done heavy wrought iron staple repair holding a crack at the top, a feature some collectors value just for the notion of some former owner making a favorite bowl useful again. It looks like it was dropped, causing the crack. The paint is old, not sure if original, likely done in the 19th century. Maple. Measures 16" by 15 1/2", oval from age shrinkage, and 5 1/2" deep, resulting in a terrific warp, just what we want in an early piece of treen. Inv. 3406
We love these heavy iron betty lamps, many of which are similar in design yet possess certain unique, subtle details which give each one its own character. This one has such details starting with the quarter moon latch for the reservoir cover which, itself, has nice design with its envelope shape hinge, attached with round head screws. The curved arm terminates into a shield shape reflector and the hanging hook has a decorative element to it. The lamp is complete with its original pick on chain. This is a terrific example for a serious lighting collector. 4 3/4" long by 3 1/4" wide by 4 1/2" tall. Inv. 3403
The small size of this sliding lid box is very appealing at 10 1/2" long by 2 1/2" wide and 2 1/4" tall. Also with its warm patina of the oak wood, the oxidation around its wire nails and the very good condition. Perhaps this was made for pencils or maybe small candles but, whatever, this box is great for any early collection. Inv. 3404
Such an unusual broom is this one. We think the brush is hemp, not sure, which has been glued and secured to the handle with wire. The wood handle is painted a light grey (has a long drip of red paint on it from long ago) and has a hanging hook. 16 inches long overall and the brush is 8 inches wide and 4 inches thick. May be 19th c. but certainly very early 1900's. Great handmade primitive! Inv. 3402
Price: $145.00 reduced from $175.00!!
The paint on this bail handled pantry box is Robin's Egg blue, except the lid which has no paint, probably an old replacement. 9" round by 6 1/2" tall. Inv. 3128
Very nice thick wall sage green pantry box. Paint is old and shows wear but not original. In good condition with a small split in the lid from a nail and a couple of small holes in the bottom, one possibly a mouse hole. !0" round by 5 1/2" tall. Inv. 3017
A cut above are these sugar nippers in the decorative design and the spring leaf assist, engineered to automatically open which would allow for one handed operation more easily. Larger at 11 inches long and 3 1/2" wide and much heavier they also feature some nice decorative elements as well. Sugar nippers for the "upstairs"! Inv. 1022
Sugar nippers are pretty common but occasionally we find a unique pair such as this set. Smaller, too, at only 6" long. Nippers like these and the decorative nippers we are also listing are the finds collectors look for to upgrade and refine the ordinary. Inv. 1569
In very nice condition is this brown leather wallet with notes in it dated "October the 3rd-1819. Samuel Kelsey his note book Prise 75 cents. Borrowed of Willam Hogg 11 3/4 pound of flower (flour)" and other miscellaneous entries. Wonderful example of an early notebook and billfold. Inv. 1912
Creatively made from the fork in a tree branch is this smoking pipe. 7 1/2" long by 4" tall and 2" round bowl. 19th c. Inv. 1867
This is an excellent working Mallard drake decoy in a sleeping or preening position, hand carved and painted by Rick W. Craft. Signed R.W.Craft on the bottom. Glass eyes. He has the expected minor wear associated with use and an age split on the bottom. But overall color and condition is good. Inv. 746
This salt glazed stoneware bottle is labeled W.P. Sharps and has a nice cobalt decoration. It is a nice creamy color and in wonderful condition with no chips or cracks. Stands 10" tall and is 4 1/2" round. Inv. 3390
This salt glazed stoneware bottle's labeling with J. WALKER'S over the word POP possibly refers to a soft drink in the 19th century. It is in great condition with only some minor chips around edge of lip. No cracks. 10" tall by 4 1/2" round. Inv. 3391
Our Civil War carved wood candy/cookie mold features a Union Army soldier on one side and Lady Liberty on the other side. The detail in the carvings is exquisite, so well done. The soldier is 4" tall by 2" wide, is wearing epaulets with his dress uniform and is holding his sword. The Lady Liberty is taken from the image of her used on Union currency only during the years 1861 and 1862. She is 2 3/8" wide by 4 1/4" tall, is wearing a wreath on her head, a cape and is holding a sword and shield. Again fantastic, intricate carving and detail. There is a small age crack at the top of the mold which extends down about 1/8th of an inch to just the tip of a leaf and a slight crack at the bottom left corner, not in the image itself. But other than that the mold is excellent condition. The mold is maple, 2 5/8" wide by 4 3/4" tall by 1 1/16" thick and has a brass ring attached. This is a fine example of these types of food molds and a very significant piece of Civil War memorabilia. Inv. 2080.
We found another early blacksmith forged branding iron, this time with initials "SM". This could also be displayed as "WS". The letters are mounted on flat bars, attached to a cage which was formed from heavy flat iron stock, forge welded to another piece of stock which terminates into a flared round receptacle for a wooden handle. Much skill went into the design and making of this iron. Note how the "M" is mounted on the bar. The smith made 2 little platforms for the letter to set on and pegs on the top of the letter. The pegs and the platforms are set into the bars for mounting. The "S" was originally done this way, too, but somehow became detached and was remounted by modern welds at the top and bottom. This was done a long time ago. This branding iron is a good example of blacksmithing in the 19th century for identifying livestock for farmers and ranchers but these irons were also used by coopers to brand barrels and other wood products. It measures 7" w.x 4" t. x 15" l. Inv. 3392
From our black powder gun collection is this gorgeous English brass barrel percussion pistol with an underhung spring loaded bayonet. Stamped for Victoria, it has a plain silver square shield inset into the checkered black walnut butt. The belt hook, trigger guard and lock are nickel plated and the cannon form barrel transitions from round to octagon to flared round. The side chamber block is engraved. 3 5/8" barrel, 8 1/2" overall. Stand included. Polished, in excellent condition, possibly a presentation piece and a beautiful example of superb craftsmanship. Inv. 510.
Somewhat larger than the usual butter mold is our swan, being 5" by 5". It has a very nice carving of a swan on water and a tree branch. The mold has a stable hairline crack, priced accordingly. Inv. 3388
Made for making different size bullets, .25-.35 caliber. Circa 1890. Good condition, most of the nickel plating on the surface is worn off. Inv. 1633
Often wooden wall boxes are referred to as salt boxes and that description seems to fit this rare pewter box, too. It must have belonged to an affluent family. It is beautifully made with a scalloped crest, having a worn hanging hole, molded decorative rings around the box and a thumb lift on the cover. It has two hallmarks on the bottom which are hard to read. It is large, measuring 10 1/4" tall, 7" wide and 6" deep. May be hung or sets on a shelf nicely. 19th c. Inv. 3311.
From our collection we are offering this wonderful, well used, wooden hour glass, small in size at only 6 1/2" tall and 3 3/4" round. The sand is beige color. It has repairs to the top or bottom (?) with brass strips secured with brass tacks and the other end is cracked. The glass has a wire cage woven around it, we assume to hold it together, as the spindles are loose, and which allows the device to lean, but we have seen other examples with wire cages and the assertion that these caged hour glasses were used on sailing vessels to protect the glass. The brass used for repair supports that idea but we don't know for sure. What we are sure of is the terrific character of this little guy is very charming and one of those antiques that always brings a smile to your face. We have thoroughly enjoyed owning it but time to let another passionate collector care for it now. Would that be you? Inv. 2099
This is a multi use piece, a blacksmith forged iron with a scissor handle actuating a 3 groove clamp. Some call it a fluter, used for pleating clothing items like cuffs and collars by heating the iron and using it as a press. We have seen these, and have used this one in our wig making display, as wig curlers by also heating the iron. The choice is that of the collector and either would be correct. 11 inches long. Inv. 3106.
We recently were fortunate to acquire three scarce stoneware kegs, often referred to as "blind pigs", in graduated sizes from a collector. These were used for hard cider or beer and date to the late 19th century. This listing is for the smaller one and the other two follow. Having cobalt decoration in a cross hatch pattern on the nose, hash lines and squiggly lines on the body and what appears to be circles representing a tail on the rump, this pig also has 10 incised lines and an incised '3' on its nose. Perched on three molded feet. In overall good condition, it does have what looks like a glaze pop on the rump when it was fired and a hairline on the under belly. There is a hole in the top for filling and one in the nose for a spigot (absent). Measures 8 3/4" long by 6 1/2" wide by 6 1/2" tall. Inv. 3377. More pictures available.
This is the middle size keg, or "blind pig". Used for hard cider or beer. It has a random cobalt decoration on its nose, various lines, flowers, leaves and feathers on its body and a beautiful flower on its rump. Also decorated with incised lines and a 3 / 2(?) on its nose. It rests on four legs. In very good condition, it does have a small chip on the side of the nose and one on the rim of the filler hole on top. There are two glaze pops done when it was fired on one side. Has part of a cork in the spigot hole. Late 19th century. Measures 11 1/2" long by 7 1/2" wide by 9" tall. Inv. 3376. More pictures available.
The largest keg, or blind pig, used for hard cider or beer, has incredible cobalt decoration! The nose sports a flower on a vine, but the body literally shouts "look at me"! It has tulips, vines with "feather" leaves and two rows of chain links. The rump looks pretty, too, with more "feather leaves" and a daisy within a circle. Very nice art work. It has four molded legs, incised rings and an incised 'I' and 'H' on the nose. In overall very good condition, it has a small hairline on the nose, a small glaze pop on the rump, side and nose, done when it was fired. Also the ring around the spigot hole is chipped. It measures an impressive 13" long by 9" wide and 10" tall. This pig is a great piece. Inv. 3375. More pictures available.
This small basket is in near mint condition. It has the type of weaving used in buttocks baskets with a triangular weaving where the rim attaches to the handle. Beautiful basket. 9" long by 7" wide by 7" tall. Inv. 3368
Our yarn winder is sometimes referred to as a squirrel cage winder and they are not often found especially in this great condition. All pegged construction with a crossed base, the lower spool is fixed while the upper spool is mounted on an adjustable arm which is locked into position with a fabulous forged iron bolt and wing nut. The spokes of the spools are iron and the wood is pine. 32 1/4" tall by 13" wide at the spools. Inv. 3382
"Make do" items are always popular and we are listing two make do lighting devices. The first is a pewter whale oil lamp mounted on a round wooden base. The lamp has a double wick burner, a handle and is attached to the base by a wood peg. 10" tall by 2 1/2" wide. Inv. 3385 $175.00 Second is a forged iron spike candlestick mounted to a mallet head. 9" tall by 4 3/4" round. Inv. 3360. SOLD
Price: $175.00/candlestick sold
Here is a terrific 19th c. original black painted ladder back youth chair with a later Shaker tape seat. Shows great wear on the arms and finials as well as the two front stretchers from children climbing up to the seat using the rungs as a ladder. Front legs are canted four inches forward for stability and the back has three splats. Stands 34" tall by 15" deep at the floor and 14" wide. Inv. 3378.
I had to look up the word for "6 sided" and it is sextuple so we are now offering this terrific tin sextuple, whale oil, parade lantern. Great patina, original glass (one pane cracked) and a very attractive design. Note the detail around the peg on the bottom. This lantern also looks very good when used as a peg lamp in an appropriately sized candlestick. 19th c. Measures 9" tall by 7" wide. Inv. 3381.
This is a uniquely made iron peel which, instead of an iron handle, has a wooden one. The design the blacksmith created for attaching the wooden handle is interesting, with the wood being shaped to the the form of a "clamp" which is then riveted, creating a solid connection. The peel has two holes, very old paint surface, and is larger at 8" x 8" by 34" long. Inv. 3352
Offering a great general store barrel having brown stain, metal bands, tight wood staves, feet, and original brown painted lid. The lid has a shaped handle and chamfered edge. This barrel is in excellent condition. Circa 1890-1920. measures 32 inches tall and 22 inches round. Inv. 3379
We don't usually buy candle boxes because we don't find many as good as this one. It is very early, possibly 18th century, has small dovetails and wonderful grungy, worn red paint, displaying the honest wear and patina from a lot of careful use. This is the purest candle box we have seen in a very long time. 12" long by 6" wide and 5" tall. Inv. 3357
This is a very unusual rack and we debated its intended use between a coat and hat rack, which it could easily be, but finally decided it is a game rack because of its dry weathered surface. It appears to have been painted white at some point but most of the paint is gone from being used outside. The hand forged iron hooks are cleated in the back, just the way we like, measure 2 1/4" deep and have these super rosehead tips. The hooks are centered on carved flowers resembling zinnias and the edge has a beautiful hand carved, stepped, molded design. The carvers tool marks are subtle but easily seen, a nice feature. This 19th c. rack is 29 1/2" long, 7 1/2" tall and a full 1 3/8" thick. So use it however you want and it will be a terrific piece for your collection. Inv . 3367
A very skilled carver created this wonderful large great horned owl with superb detail and a lot of character. "Who" doesn't love owls? We especially love the eyes and the feather features around the eyes. Carved fully in the round, not sure of the wood species. It does have an age crack, fortunately on the back but not an issue. Measures 24" tall by 8" wide and 6" in depth. He has a nice mellow weathered patina. Inv. 3370.
We are not touching this great find preferring to let its new owner decide what to do with it. A 19th c. round tin wall hanging candle box, covered in surface rust inside and out. Everything is solid, no damage, just an early piece that probably never had any type of finish and simply and honestly acquired a rusty patina from wherever it was stored away. Nice folded edge hanging straps but never had a lid latch. Measures 10 1/2" long by 4" round. This is as pure as it gets! Inv. 3362
Price: $85.00 firm was $125.00
Found in Vermont this hand carved wooden berry bucket is probably Native American, having details often associated with Indian items. We recently acquired two items from a long time collector's estate in Leavenworth, Kansas including this bucket. The gentleman was said to have been an eclectic collector and Native American items were part of his interests. This bucket appears to be maple and would have had a leather thong for a handle. Measures 9 1/2" tall and 4 3/8" to 4 1/8" oval at the top tapering to 4 3/4" by 5 1/4" round at the bottom, a full 1/2" difference due to age shrinkage. Has some wood bore holes. There is a misconception out there that wood bores are only found in European wood items. Wood bores are very much an American pest as well. Pull the bark off a dead tree and see for yourself. Inv. 3356.
Shopkeepers used to place bells like this on their doors so they would ring when customers came in and went out. This one is a very nice example with an iron strap and a good quality cast brass bell, having a beautiful full tone after being struck with the cast iron clapper. 9 1/2" tall and the bell is 3 1/2" round. Inv. 3364.
From the estate of a long time Leavenworth, Kansas collector is this terrific drum with painted decorations including two beavers or otters. Leather and sinew over a lapped band, it has three feathers attached with metal clasps. The animals are green and a red tooth border decorates one side and the other side has various round white and yellow symbols which are not decipherable to us. There is also a green symbol on the side perhaps the owner's mark. 10" round by 2 1/2" deep. A piece of sinew makes a handle. Inv. 3363. More pictures available.
This little chair is really cute with its small size (note the comparison to my hand in the picture) and wonderful wear on the seat, foot rest and front stretcher. It is only 32" to the top rail, 24" to the seat which is 12" square. It has a circular back with a bent rail and turned spindles. Front legs and stretcher have turnings. Just right for display with a bear or doll. The paint is vibrant with a floral vine on the crest, "swirled" seat, and yellow striping on a deep brown frame. Neat piece. Inv. 1240. More photos available.
Just in is this great little Windsor stool. The 2" thick slab is oval and the legs have wonderful turnings all combined with a dry attic finish making this a super find. 15" long by 9" wide x 6 1/2" tall. Inv. 3359.
This 19th century pewter inkwell is hallmarked with a crown and initialed S O and has its original porcelain insert. The insert has an ink stain from use. Condition is excellent. It measures 3 1/2" round and 2 1/4" tall. Inv. 944.
We think this little triple banded tin pitcher was used for milk or cream on the table. It is so cute! 6 1/2" tall by 3" diameter by 4" wide handle to spout. Inv.3355.
Featuring twin wheat shocks this unusual and scarce butter stamp is complete with its original wooden box butter mold. The mold is made with brass screws and the stamp has a very nice turned handle. Measures 6 1/4" x 4" x 5 1/4" tall. Inv. 3358.
19th c. tin candle sconce is all one piece except the applied hanger. The sides are nicely scalloped and the pan has sides to capture any wax drippings as needed. Never had a socket. Great patina and unique design make this is a wonderful addition to any lighting collection. Measures 10 1/2" tall x 4 1/4" wide x 3 1/2" deep. Inv. 3361.
From our Americana collection is this wonderful staved wood wine cask with iron bands and a forged iron handle. Made with a tapered shape, one of the staves incorporates a carved spigot for pouring and an oval hole in the top allows easy filling. Note the marks in the wood from the iron handle. Great condition, the staves are tight, the bands are stable but slightly loose from wood shrinkage. Typical. The bottom has a small hole probably from a small amount of liquid left in the cask. Measures 11" tall and spigot protrudes another 4", 11" wide tapering to 13" at the bottom. Circa 1800. Perfect for your bar or butt'try! Inv. 1594.
Price: $195.00 was $245.00
All hand crafted ladder back doll rocking chair, modeled perfectly after full sized chairs and perhaps made by a professional chair maker. The proportions are right and the design features are near exact to full size chairs, having excellent lathe turnings including the finials. All original and untouched with great patina. The splint seat has some minor damage but expected with most antique splint seat chairs of all stripes. The size is nice, being suitable for larger dolls or teddy bears at 14" tall by 8" wide by 11" deep and the seat is 7" wide by 5" deep. Circa 1840-60. Inv. 3349.
Signed and dated copper kettles are rare but here is one with the maker's initials KD and, on the handle is punched in script P J 1863, probably the owner. Superb construction with dovetailed tank, domed top with brass knob, goose neck spout with hinged cover, and a gracefully arched handle. Appears to be a very old repair to the spout union with the tank. Fairly large with a 9" diameter tank (13" to tip of spout wide) by 8" tall to knob (10 1/2" top of handle). Inv. 1289
We love tiger maple anything and have had this super box for several years. The tiger stripes are vibrant and the color superb. The box is pine with thick 1/4" veneer on 4 sides and the top, which is "picture framed", has a lock and original hinges and made with the expected square cut nails. Appears to have the original finish and in excellent condition with the exception of a minor 3" veneer crack at one corner of the top. Early document boxes don't get any better than this. 16" wide by 9" deep by 6" tall. Inv. 1141
Wooden dumbbells are fairly common which is why this beautifully painted pair caught our eye. First, they are larger than most we have seen being stamped "3 LBS." and measuring 13 1/2" long and 4 1/4" diameter. But the striking thing about them is the unique hand painting resembling tiger maple. They were turned on a lathe with decorative rings and brass discs attached with brass nails at the ends. Condition is excellent while allowing for minor scuffs from use and age but they are super decorative. Circa 1870 - 1900. Inv. 3348
Another recent find is this tin chamberstick with a ring handle and a push up. Nice patina and condition. May have had an early repair. 6 1/2" tall by 7" round. Inv. 3344.
We have only seen a couple of these small table top swifts over the years and were delighted to find this very nice example. Excellent condition. These were used as yarn winders with the arms expandable, in this case to 28 inches, and then fold for future use. Ours is made so the wheel will lift off the base for safe storage. Has the wooden clamp and pin cup on the top. Measures 14 1/2" long by only 3" wide when folded. Maple. 19th c. Inv 3346.
This type of candle holder is referred to as chamber stick, a phrase describing a lamp to light the path to the bed chambers. This one is painted black, has a deep pan with 2 decorative rings, ring handle and push up. It is of a larger size measuring 4 1/2" tall by 6" diameter by 7" wide to the ring. Just a great look. Inv. 3345
We were excited to find an all original one drawer work table in original red paint and totally untouched, which doesn't happen very often. The two board top is attached to the base by shaped cleats at each end and screwed from the inside. The skirt has a piece of trim on the bottom edge for a nice decoration and the legs are tapered. the drawer has its original wood knob, the face is beveled at the edges and the drawer box is nailed with a plank bottom, all secured with cut nails. The entire construction was done with square cut nails and screws. It measures 41 1/2" wide by 26" deep and 29 3/4" tall, a good seating height. The painted surface has great patina with the lower legs showing some grunge. Condition is good with 2 age cracks in one board, both boards have some slight curling, and it has some expected wear from use, noted for accuracy but this table has never seen abuse or neglect. Great piece! Pine, circa 1840. Pick up only. Inv. 3347
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.
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. Measures 13" long by 2 1/4" tall by 1 1/2" wide. Inv. 1526.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Price: $375.00 was $450.00
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 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%!!
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
Price: $200.00 reduced from $265.00!
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
Price: $69.00- reduced
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
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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: $200.00 Pair- reduced
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
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
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
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 lid has breadboard ends and the original, intact hinges. The lock has been removed and a cherry block fills the mortise and the catch has been removed to allow a modification to the front to allow the installation of a cutting board which slides neatly back and tucks away, allowing access to the well below. That would also create space for other kitchen work as needed. 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: Sold, going home to Kentucky!
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.
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
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 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.
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
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.
Price: $150.00 Sale
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.
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
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.
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: $1395.00 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!
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!
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
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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