Visions of Sugarplums

Diana Peterson | 6556 Arlington Ave #8 D, Riverside, CA 92504 | 951-310-8353 |



Thank you for visiting Visions of Sugarplums. My passion is 18th to early 20th century Americana. I have been selling, showing, and collecting for over 25 years. However, this native born Californian is packing up her early painted treasures and 3 cats and moving in August to Missouri. Offers on pieces herein will be considered and in some instances, I will just have to close my eyes and concede. I will still ask for help in shipping costs and do not charge for materials. Looking for something in particular, ask me, I might have it. I still have my return policy and return shipping is still the responsibility of the shipper.


I believe this is a "Steiff Sitting Molly" puppy. She has an iron button in her ear that dates her to 1908-1927. She has a swivel head on her 3 3/4 inch high body. She has a hand stitched nose and glass eyes. If a hundred years ago she was beige, well, she is not now and as she got older, like some of us, she lost a little hair. She is looking for a new home, as I have cats, and some times they don't get along. She would make a nice accessory in the arms of your favorite vintage doll. I do not believe she has any restorations.

Price: $245.00

2017-Oct-22 08:43am EDT | Tags :


This piece is for you if your initials are "EB". Red stained piece with mustard decoration. Square, irregular nails and screws hold this piece together. There is a make-do repair to the corner with an iron staple. There is a coal pan inside that is very heavy so I know it is not tin. Probably iron. Yes there are signs of heat/fire inside. Except for the front with the initials, and the bottom, all the other sides have hole decorations including one heart, circles and diamonds.

Price: 285.00 + $15 towards shipping

2017-Oct-22 06:08am EDT | Tags :


If you are looking for a perfect redware piece...there are may excellent reproduction artists to assist you. This is a c 1840-ish piece. It is 17 1/2 across and very heavy..two hands please. There are no cracks , but on its coggled rim there are some chips. I hesitate to call them chips because they are bigger than that, and they have darken over its long history. It has knife or "cutting" type marks in the bowl from use. There if very little loss to the plentiful slip. This piece will have to ship insured.

Price: 1350.00 + shipping

2017-Oct-22 05:50am EDT | Tags :


All us collectors of stone fruit have stone grapes. In fact, I have a separate display of only grapes. Offering to add to your collection is a nice bunch of "concord" grapes. You know how concord grapes have that white-ish look, well so do these. Including the wooden stems, the bunch is 9" long. This large bunch will add texture and contrast to your collection.

Price: 89.00 plus $6 shipping

2017-Jul-30 01:45pm EDT | Tags :


This piece is an unfinished beaded bag. It is on finely woven brown fabric with beads of white, blue, mustard, sage green and lavender. Of course there are some loose beads, but in good condition for its 1821 age. The most exciting thing is the beads that, from its first glance, looks like random letters actually read as: N.T.C.OLAUS.S.C.H.NUR followed by 1821. I believe it is phonetic for "Nicolas Schneer". Research provided to me states census record puts the Schnerr family in Berks County, Pennsylvania. The bag is approx 7" tall, not including the beaded tassel and 7" across at the mouth.

Price: 225.00 shipping is free

2017-Jul-30 01:02pm EDT | Tags :


No I don't have the box, BUT, I have the lid. I have it is displayed above my stack of painted brides boxes as one would hang a fine painting. The box has newspaper inside dated around 1842 and has the Hannah Davis label C1855. The colors are very good. There is some paper missing on the rim in several areas and I have tried to show a section of that. The missing paper does not show when the wooden lid is displayed. The lid is large at approx 18" wide and 13.5" tall and 2" deep. The picture depicts a water (harbor) scene .

Price: 235.00 plus $15 towards shipping

2017-Jul-30 10:30am EDT | Tags :


This is fun any time of year, but especially during the patriotic holidays. This 3 gallon salt glazed stoneware jug is decorated with eight vibrant cobalt blue stars and a stylized number 3. This jug is heavy and is approx 13/1/2" by 10". There are some kiln burns as shown but no cracks or hairlines. Please note this piece is heavy at about 13-ish pounds. There is one perfect "drop" of cobalt on the handle that hangs down like an icesicle and if you ask, I will post or send you a picture....such a cool piece of true American folk art. I even have what appears to be the original cork. There is some kind of writing on it, but I don't know what it means....but needless to say, with the cork out, it looks great with the American flag.

Price: $325.00 + $20 towards shipping

2017-Jun-10 06:57am EDT | Tags :


Offered are two pieces of early redware lighting. One a Pennsy. grease/fat lamp, approx 4"high and 3" at base. Burn residue atop as to be expected. Pleased to say there are no rim chips and the glaze is vibrant. Circa 1800's. The second piece is an early hand thrown redware candle holder in blue milk paint. Probably was one of a pair, and the paint appears to be original to the piece. Both pieces have good weight. Particularly fun on the blue candle holder is the ruffle rim. Will sell together for $525.00 plus shipping or the grease/fat lamp $350 and the blue holder $275 PLUS SHIPPING


2017-May-29 12:40pm EDT | Tags :


This rare early tape loom is a treasure for collectors of Early Americana or Textiles. It is approx 16" by 7" by 12" tall. On one side of the loom's back board there are 9 slits with no damage and the initials "J H L" and the other side is dated "1847" with the "8" being represented as two circles. I believe the loom is older than this date and the date and the initials were added in the early 19th century. One leg is a tad bit shorter than the other 3 but not damaged. The carved cogged original wheel has a good amount of early homespun linen thread still attached. There are a couple of holes indicating a missing part. The loom has several rose head iron nails and T-Head nails. which to me is a better indicator of this rare piece's true age. I am told most of the wood appears to be quarter-sawn oak and that a characteristic of quarter sawn wood is the specific way it is cut that gives a log an especially nice grain structure. A technique used both in America and Europe.

Price: SOLD

2017-May-06 11:38am EDT | Tags :


Offering a diminutive pair of 7 3/4" candle sconces. The blue paint is in remnants on these 19th c scones. NOW LET ME VERY CLEAR...the paint is in remnants in the candle cup, socket and on the back too and does not appear to be scraped down but I don't know how long it has been there. The punched holes at the top are "off center". The patina is good and the sconces are heavy. Each has rolled rims. No dents. They can sit on a table to compliment your favorite blue vignette or hang on a wall. The blue is most notable in a bright light.

Price: $295.00 + shipping $10

2017-Apr-16 04:47am EDT | Tags :


Offering today is a VERY RARE redware butter stamp with a stylized American Eagle holding an olive branch. The Eagle wears a crown and below the olive branch is what appears to be a hex sign. This rare piece measures approx 3 1/2 in diameter. The tip of the handle has an old chip and there are a few chips along the cogged rim. The only "glaze" on the piece is the patina feel on the handle from years of handling.

Price: $795.00

2017-Mar-04 06:50pm EST | Tags :


Offering for your consideration is this unique PA footstool. It has its original blue paint and it is STUNNING. I don't know from what kind of tree this root comes. It is being shown with a turquoise bracelet to show the deep color of the piece. The turquoise bracelet is not included in this sale. The stool is very sturdy and does not wobble and can be used to display or enhance any collection. Probable to be from first quarter of 20th c, It measures approx 11 across by 8 tall by 5 across.

Price: 325.00 + shipping

2017-Jan-07 10:30am EST | Tags :

Original Doris Stauble

Vibrant blues, , creams & soft reds. Arranged in a grey pedestal compote type basket. Approximately 13 high by 11 inches wide. Various apples, grapes and silk type millinery pieces

Price: 495.00 +shipping

2016-Dec-28 12:41pm EST | Tags :

Pennsylvania child's chair

Offered is a 14' high child's chair. This chair belonged to Susanna C, Ranck 1877-1889 Lancaster Township, PA. When I purchased this little chair, there was a label attached to the bottom stating the provenance of the piece as belonging to Susanna. It will be included though no longer attached to the chair. There are three Hex pinwheels on the crest of the chair and one on the seat. Each pinwheel is painted a soft yellow & green on a reddish chair body. The paint is original to what I suspect was a lovingly home made chair. Second photo shows possible repair to leg. Still sturdy and quite unique though one leg is a little shorter that the rest.

Price: 425.00+ shipping

2016-Dec-28 10:42am EST | Tags :


For your consideration an 11" long by 7"tall wood skate with an iron blade. The shoe part is a carved tree stump with an early ice skate attached as shown. Ex Jean Warden piece from the east coast. The skate has age and weather wear. Beautiful original first coat bittersweet paint. NO PAINT IN THE AGE CRACKS indicating original paint (best part). Comes with a stand that I had made for display. Heavy and solid.

Price: 425.00 + shipping

2016-Dec-28 04:30am EST | Tags :

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