West Pelham Antiques
WEST PELHAM ANTIQUES, specializing in Needlework Samplers, both American and English, Early English Ceramics and American Country Accessories in paint. All prices are PLUS POSTAGE. We generally use USPS Priority Mail and do not charge a handling fee.
Margaret Gregory’s needlework sampler, dated 1850, with a strawberry border. Margaret lived in Portsmouth, NH and was born c. 1834 (sampler states that she was 16 when she stitched it). In addition to a nice script alphabet, Margaret included a short verse and a wonderful riverfront view of the Strawbery Banke section of Portsmouth (hence the strawberry border!). The sampler measures 15 ¾” x 16 ½” (sight) and is framed in a nice contemporary frame (19” x 19 ¾”). The colors on Margaret's sampler are very vibrant, especially the reds! The linen backing is clean and free of holes, tears and stains. There is some very minor stitch loss, in single letters in the verse, and the capital "A" at the top, left. The river scene and the strawberry border are complete.
Probably the nicest miniature paint decorated blanket box I have ever handled, this dovetailed example retains its original salmon sponge swirl decoration, initials hand-done in the lid, a till, original hinges and lock (no key). The box measures 11 ¼” x 7 ¾” x 6” high. Dating c. 1840-1860, the box was found in New England, but its origin is unknown, possibly Pennsylvania. All 4 sides and the lid have frame lines in the paint decoration and the initials on the lid (“H M”) appear to have been done with a finger – like a child would do finger painting. The dovetailing is tidy and precise, and the box is in excellent condition. Paint is virtually complete with only some minor edge rubbing, and there are no cracks, breaks, rot, etc. One thin sliver of wood on the back side of the lid (near one of the hinges) has been replaced, leading me to suspect that there was an “oops” with the top at some point, and one screw from one of the hinges is missing. Additional photos available.
A group of 5 carved and painted miniature ducks dating to the mid-20th century. Talk about the ultimate in miniature decoys! Ranging in length from 3 1/8” to 4”, they are all about 1 ¾” high. All have their original paint (some of it quite intricate!). Species identified in handwriting on the bottom and some with names, which may refer to the maker, but most are illegible (to me, at least): left front -- wood duck; left back – green wing teal; back center – pintail (but I’m not sure I agree); right front – green???; right rear – mallard (if it is, it’s a hen). 4 of the five are in excellent, original condition. The 5th, the mallard, has had its head glued back on but is otherwise original. Photos of individual birds can be supplied upon request. A nice little collection!
This small, tin prancing horse weathervane has wonderful form and its original surface. It is 16 ½” from extended front leg to tail and the height, excluding the shaft is about 11 ¾”; in the stand, which is included, it is 21 ½” high. The horse has seen its share of service: the surface is crusty and somewhat pitted, and there appear to be 2 bullet holes, one at the withers, and the other at the belly just below the withers. There is some light and widely scattered surface oxidation, and the leading rear leg has separated from the banner; possibly, it was made that way. One of the spikes in the mane is missing its tip, but there is no structural damage. A great looking vane! (custom stand included)
A tall, push-up Hog Scraper Candlestick in what appears to be original black paint. The piece is 7 ¾” tall and the base is 4”in diameter. Push-up works smoothly and the ‘Stick is in fine to very fine condition: no splits or cracks; the little hook on the top drip plate is broken off, but this is a great looking primitive for your collection. (candle stump is not old, but adds to the “look”!)
One of the nicest Southern Egg Baskets I. have ever handled: extremely tight, great color and no flaws. Classic shape with a rounded bottom and single-wrapped rim. The basket 5 ½” x 5 ¾” (handle side) and is about 4 ¼” to the rim of the basket, 7” to the top of the arched handle. Not a splint out of place. About as good as it gets!
One of the most graceful wood carvings of a running horse I have ever encountered: a mid-20th century Running Horse Weathervane fragment, painted black and exhibiting incredible form. The fragment is 22 ½” x 9”x ¾”. There are minor imperfections: 2 small chips on the ears, and some repairs to where the hooves, but nothing detracts from the incredible form. The painted surface is probably mid-20th century also. This one is special!
A round, splint handled basket, 9 ½” in diameter and about 10” to the top of the handle (the sides of the basket are 2 ½” high). Solid double-wrapped construction with a push-up bottom. Thick, original red paint with appropriate wear. Very fine condition: the basket is solid; the handle complete and securely attached, although it does have a slight cant to it. There is one break in the double rim-wrapping, but no other damage to the splints on the side or bottom. This basket probably dates to the early 20th century, perhaps a bit earlier. It was probably a market basket, or used to gather vegetables in the garden.
Price: Sale Pending
A wooden Running Horse Weather Vane in its crusty original white painted surface. Much of the paint has flaked off but enough remains to let you call it a white/gray horse. 29 ½” long x 11 ½” high and ½” thick. The attached iron post is about 7 ¾” long. The extended front leg has a lead attachment for stability/balance when the vane was in use. The piece shows nice even wear with some rubbing to the spiked mane and edge bumping througout. No major issues: there is about a 1 ¼” age split in the head. The post shows oxidation but it is straight and solid. Probably dates to the mid 20th century or earlier. Additional photos available upon request. Buyer pays actual shipping costs via USPS or UPS (buyer’s choice).
A very elegant, full-bodied painted tin Horse and detachable Rider.I am told that this horse/rider was originally attached to a wheeled base and was a pull toy! It sure has a “presence” about it. The horse is trotting and the rider dressed like a jockey. The piece probably dates to the early to mid-20th century. The horse measures approximately 13 ½” x 10” tall and the rider is about 6 ½” high. The piece is in very fine condition: no major damage, no splits or breaks and only light denting (no paint damage) on the right side of the horse’s head. There is some paint rubbing on the rider and saddle (both sides) and the only paint rubbing on the horse is under the saddle on both sides and a few small spots, mostly on the right side of the horse. I have been told that this was actually a pull-toy and was mounted on a platform with wheels, which would explain the small flat piece attached to the bottom of the left front leg.
A small, turned green bowl (not sure of the wood: it could be elm?) in original, crusty green paint with red and yellow decoration around the outside rim. The decoration is red swags and yellow circles (flowers?). The bowl has a small foot rim and because of shrinkage, is wonderfully out of round: it measures 8 ¼” in one direction and 7 ½” in the other. Paint is strong and the only flaws are 2 thin age cracks directly across from each other on the “long” side of the bowl (probably related to the shrinkage).
A silhouette of a young woman holding a parasol (closed) and standing in a garden by Auguste Edouart, dated 1844 and carrying a Broadway, New York address in the signature. This cut silhouette is overlaid on a formal garden and is framed in a period grain painted frame. Sight size is 6 ¾” x 10 ½” and the overall frame size is 9” x 12 ½”. Condition of the piece is very good or better: the silhouette itself if very fine, but there is some damp staining around the edges of the background paper, especially at the upper and lower left, and, to a lesser degree, at the upper right. There is a stain spot, also, to the right of the woman. The background is printed. Edouart was an itinerant French artist who traveled around the United States in the early 1840s. He did silhouettes for many of the wealthy families in the major US cities. There is a paper label on the back of this piece reading: “Sarah Lippincott Wood (mother) and Sarah Louise Wood van Hoevenberg (child)”
A small and charming 19th century Trinket Box with a hand-painted lid of a cottage with a figure standing in front of it. This little box, which is canted, measures 3 ½” x 3” x 1 ¾” (at the top; the bottom is 3” square). The lid lifts up to expose a papered interior (soft pink paper). There are 2 faux turned knobs on the sides. This little box is in excellent condition with only a couple of minor bumps/nicks/rubs on the top and side.
An early and very sculptural primitive horse pull toy dates to the mid-19th century. Probably carved by a very talented amateur (father for child, possibly), it is mounted on a green painted platform with iron wheels. The horse is 10 ¼” tall (overall height with platform is 11 7/8” and from nose to rump, the horse is about 10 ½”; his bristle tail adds another 2”. Original surface, including the painted platform. The mane is gone (remnants of how it was mounted and a few tiny nails that held it in place), as are most of his ears, but otherwise it is in very fine condition with no splits or cracks, etc. This one just oozes body motion!
A small and very tidy needlework sampler by Frances M. Woodward, Whitefield, Maine. Although the sampler is undated, it was stitched c. 1850: Frances was born in August, 1839 to Alfred Woodward and Caroline M. Wright Woodward. The sampler is 9” x 7 ¼” (Sight) and is framed in a period, if not original wooden frame. Frances has stitched 3 alphabets, the numbers 1-9, and several initials. She also decorated the signature block with 2 very small pine trees. The sampler is in very fine condition: the stitching is neat and tidy and complete, the colors, especially the dark red and the green, are very strong, and the foundation high-quality linen. There are no rips, tears or holes, only a couple of faint spots (right above “Woodward” and in the “J” of the script alphabet just below the green, zig-zag line. The sampler will include a sheet of genealogical information about Frances. I could find no record of her having married, but she did have an older sister and an older brother (a second brother died as a toddler). Both of her parents lived into their 80s and Frances died in 1902 (age 62) in Norfolk County, Massachusetts.
This very nice crewel work basket of flowers is done on silk and framed in an elaborate period embossed and painted frame. The basket, stitched in shades of green, gold, white and grey, includes what looks like a tulip (in the middle) and daisies, along with smaller flowers. It measures 9 ¼” x 8 ½” (sight) and the frame is 12 ½” x 11 5/8”. The piece is in excellent condition with no rips, tears or missing stitches. Unusual to find stitched theorems on silk. The frame has some minor corner chipping. Piece not examined out of the frame.
A patent model for a teapot with a swivel lid, along with a Xerox copy of the Patent from 1871. It is Letters Patent 112,581, dated March 14, 1871. It was awarded to Peter V.B. Gantz of Albany, NY. The teapot is about 5 ½” wide at the spout and 6” high with the swing handle up straight. A fragment of the original patent tag is attached. Unfortunately, this model is “As Is”: part of the swivel lid (the handle) appears to be missing and the teapot shows minor denting in places, including a small (1”) split at the base of the spout (not that you would put water in it anyway. Patent models don’t come along very often. Additional photos available upon request.
A most unusual dovetailed wooden carrier with a divided interior that has the look and feel of a Shaker piece. Turned carrying handle, inletted dividers, a dark, rich colors and incredible curved dovetailed corners. It was found in Western Massachusetts near the Hancock Village and not far from the villages in Eastern New York State (Mt. Lebanon in particular). The tray is 12” x 9 ¼” with 1 ½” high sides and tray dividers; overall height is 6” and the space between the dividers is 2 ½”. (From what I’ve found on-line, Shaker Berry Boxes were 2 ½” square.). It is in excellent condition: the surface has been varnished and other than some minor edge/corner scuffing, there are no marks, etc. The handle and support dowels are sturdy and the bottom only shows some shallow age cracks. I have not seen another like it, either in person or in June Spriggs’ 2 volume “Shaker Woodenware” books. Additional photos available upon request.
A good-sized applique picture of a bouncy cat (thick felt or felt-like fabric on paper) dating to the late 19th/early 20th century. The cat is made up of 3 pieces of cut felt: body legs and tail, head with button eyes and nose and string whiskers, and a tongue. It is framed in its original period frame. Sight size of the cat is 13 ½” x 9 ¾” and the overall frame size is 17 ½” x 13 ½”. Very fine condition with no tears to the felt or the paper; there is a spot on the hind end of the cat and a tiny hole in the fabric on the rear leg (the one furthest back). Somebody had fun making this one. The frame is solid with original finish.
A cloth pattern depicting “Puffy” the Quaker Oats symbol dated 1930. People could cut out the 2 patterns, stuff them with cotton or straw, and give it to the kids to play with: a nice, inexpensive toy during the Great Depression. This pattern is a complete, uncut sheet, framed and ready to hang on the wall. “Puffy” is standing at attention like a good soldier (he looks like he is straight out of a performance of the ballet “The Nutcracker!”), holding a rifle. Tucked into a pouch or backpack are 2 boxes of Quaker Oats. There are instructions for assembly, some promotional information about Quaker Oats, and the date (1930) printed at the very bottom. “Puffy” is a big guy, measruring 16 ¼” x about 8”; the pattern measures 16 ¼” x 17” and the overall frame size is 17 ¾” x 18 ½”. The pattern is in excellent condition: clean and unsoiled. No rips, tears, etc. The colors are strong and it makes a wonderful wall hanging for a play room or a child’s room. And it’s a great piece of 1930s advertising. Price does not include postage.
A most unusual 19th Century Walnut Tape Loom with a drawer. Probably from Pennsylvania, the tabletop piece has a carved crank (with small tacks, some missing) and turned handle (turns freely and easily) and a divided drawer to hold accoutrements. 12” x 15 ½” high (at the tall end; the shorter end is 12” high) and 5 7/8” wide, the case is. Nailed construction but the drawer is dovetailed. Carved crests at both ends. Very fine condition with no major issues: there is a very thin crack in the tall end that only extends down from the shoulder to one of the slits, one drawer divider is missing and another is broken in half. More photos available upon request (I only get 3 with my Dig listing). Please note that his tape loom is coming from Massachusetts, so depending on where you live, Priority Mail postage may be a bit expensive because of the size of the box needed and the lack of weight.
A most unusual treatment of 2 samplers by young girls named Park. When I got them, I was told they were sisters, but I could find not familial connection between the 2. The samplers are mounted together in one frame, with the miniature marking sampler by Elizabeth Park superimposed over a portion of the larger sampler by Priscilla Park. I believe the Elizabeth Park sampler is American and the Priscilla Park sampler is most likely English. Priscilla,was born in 1817, and also lists her parents, Abraham and Martha Park. Elizabeth’s sampler is on much coarser linen and is undated, but was probably stitched c. 1825. Elizabeth’s piece measures 8 ¼” x 7 ½”. It consists only of letters and probably was her first attempt at needlework. Priscilla’s work is much larger and more sophisticated, measuring 15 ¼” x 17 ¼” (overall frame size is 18 ¼” x 19 ½”). It includes a nicely stitched border of flowers and vines, there are 2 larger flower urns at the bottom (1 partially covered) and birds and 2 little dogs along the bottom edge. Both samplers are in fine condition: Priscilla’s is clean with no damage. Elizabeth's work w/2 light stains and no missing stitches. A very unusual mounting.
A small Schoolgirl Watercolor Theorem on silk, dating to the 1840s. The theorem depicts a small basket of fruit on a textured white silk background. It was painted by Olive Hall of Gorham, Maine (according to a paper label on the back), and there is a small paper insert at the lower right of the theorem that reads "A Present." The theorem is 7 ½" x 5 ¾" and is framed in an old, perhaps original frame; frame size is 9 ¼" x 7 ¼". It is in excellent, original condition: very clean with no rips, tears or stains to the silk. The painting, in blues, greens, and yellow is nicely done. Clearly, Olive took a great deal of pride in her work.
A small needlework picture of a man (boy?) and his dog hunting a rabbit. The piece is wool yarn on mesh backing and dates to the mid-19th century. It is probably English. The needlework measures 10 ¼” x 8 ½” and is framed in an old (probably not original) gold painted frame (flaking of the gold paint). It is nicely stitched and the colors are mellow. Hunter is climbing over a fence, rifle in hand, and the faithful hunting dog staring down a rabbit who seems to be saying “Catch me if you can!” And you’ve got to love the crow in the tree above the dog. The needlework is in fine condition with no holes in the mesh, rips or tears. Some minor stitch loss (mostly in the sky on the left, on the hunter’s right leg and the white spot on the back of the rabbit – and these may have been left unstitced on purpose!) but it blends in well and is very hard to see. The needlework is a bit wobbly in the frame, the masking tape holding it in being dry and brittle.
A clean and complete marking sampler by Elisa I Strong of Bridport, Vermont, c. 1825. Probably her first attempt at needlework, this silk on linen sampler Elisa’s name and town, 3 complete alphabets (note the backwards “z” in the lower case alphabet), and the numbers 1-10. It measures 10 ¾” x 9 ¾” and is archivally framed in a contemporary frame that measures 14 ¼” x 13 ¼”. Very fine condition: clean with no stains, rips, tears, etc. Despite trying, I could not locate an Elisa Strong in Bridport, a small town in Western Vermont, about ½ way between Burlington and Rutland.
Price: Sale PENDING
John Webster’s stitched needlework wallet dated 1868. (Note the backward “s” in Webster!) Deep red background with white and black decorations. John’s name and the date are stitched in white. Silk edging and silk interior. Probably stitched by John’s wife or daughter, the purse/wallet is in remarkably fine condition, especially for something that was meant to be handled every day. There are no missing stitches, holes, tears, etc in the needlework, and the silk edging only shows very minor wear. There is expected wear/thinning on the silk liner, but when the purse is closed, the defects are not noticeable. 4 ½” x 3 ½”. Not an item you run across very often!
Harriot Herrick stitched her sampler on green linen when she was 9 years old. This “Linsey-Woolsey” (so-called because of the green linen used) includes 3 alphabets, the numbers 1-10, Harriot’s name and age, a most elaborate border and a religious verse: “Give me thy hear the Saviour cries, Justly he doth it claim. O do not then the call despise, but give it to the Lamb.” (This verse comes from “The Gospel Treasury,” a compilation of works by William Collier, Pastor of the Baptist Church in Charlestown, MA, 1811.). Harriot’s sampler is stitched (very neatly and very finely) in white and pink silk thread. It measures 9 ½” x 13 ½” (sight) and is framed in an old (and refinished) but probably not original empire frame (frame size is 12 ¼” x 16 ¼”). Harriet most likely lived in Northeastern Massachusetts or Southern New Hampshire, and made the sampler c. 1820. The sampler is in excellent original condition! Clean and very tidy, there are no stains, tears, holes, etc. The stitchwork is complete and precise. Not examined out of the frame.
2 small Carved Mallards on a driftwood base c. 1960. These birds (both males) are attributed to Wallie Ross of Chebeague Island, Maine (in Casco Bay). Nicely carved and painted, each duck is about 3 ½” long and 2 ½” tall. The figural driftwood piece is about 11 ½” x 7 ¼” (high); the irregular base is about 4” x 3 ¼”. There is a paper label on the bottom attributing the birds to Ross. Overall condition is good: the Mallard on the right has a paint scuff on its left wing and a tiny chip on the right wing tip; the head of the Mallard on the left has been reattached, (I know: other than that, Mrs. Lincoln, how was the show…). A nice decorative shelf-piece.
A heavy iron or steel figural food chopper or cleaver. I was told that it was a rooster when I got it, but it looks more like a fox to me. It measures 11 ½” x 5” and weighs slightly less than 1 ¾ pounds. Fine condition with a nice patina. The blade is nicely honed with no nicks, etc. A collection of these figural choppers look great hanging on a country kitchen wall!
A expertly carved wooden cat, sitting upright with its tail wrapped around its side. The carving, especially in the face, shows great detail; the mostly closed eyes give it a very sleepy look. I think the cat and the base it is sitting on are carved from a single piece of wood, but it is very difficult to tell. 6” tall including the base, which measures 4 ½” x 2 1/8”. Excellent condition with a nice, mellow patina and only a tiny chip on tip of the right ear. Dense and heavy wood.
Price: Sold -- THANK YOU!
A cast iron Sink Box Duck Decoy dating to the very early 20th century, or a bit older. These iron decoys were used as ballast on sink boxes or punt boats that were used for hunting waterfowl. The boats would allow hunters to hide in the marshes and the attached decoys were meant to attract the waterfowl. Sink Boxes were outlawed for hunting by the Migratory Bird Act of 1918, and many of them wound up at the bottom of rivers/marshes. This example is the first I’ve seen in a number of years. The bird is 13 ½” from head to tail, about 5” wide and 6 ¾” high. From the shape, it appears to be a mallard or bluebill. Hollow, the decoy retains an early if not original painted surface with only minor oxidation and no damage. Molded eyes give it character. It weighs about 11 pounds, so don’t drop it on your foot. And if your sinkbox is in the shop for maintenance, you can always use the decoy as a door stop!
A novelty tea pot by Lingard Pottery of England in the form of a shoe house with the Old Lady’s head serving as the teapot lid. Lingard is known for its whimsical (novelty) teapots, and this one certainly is near the top of the list! The teapot is green glazed with silver highlights. It measures 6 ½” high and 9” from handle to spout and marked with and impressed “England.” A printed cartouche ( “Lingard Made in England” from others I have seen) has rubbed off or been severely smudged. The teapot dates to the early 20th century, probably 1920-1930. This teapot is clean and free of flaws. You’ve got to love the old lady’s face and the oversized buckle on the teapot.
This pair of iron Mannequin Boots is much smaller than others I have had, leading me to think they may have been for a small woman or a child mannequin. They are the “High Button Shoes,”, fashionable in the late 19th century. Painted black, they are 7 ½” toe to heel, 2 3/8” wide and 6 ½” high. Each is marked with an impressed “8” and combined, the boots weigh just over 6 pounds. Nice detail and very fine condition: no dents, cracks, etc and only some very light oxidation visible only on the inside. And if you don’t have a “shoeless Mannequin,” they make great doorstops!
This porcelain advertising statue was for Murdock’s Liquid Food (a concoction of beef, mutton, fruit and who knows what else that was purported to be good for infants and invalids). It dates to the 1880s and includes a large standing cow or steer and 2 reclining sheep. Molded out of porcelain (I am told: it feels like stoneware), it is quite detailed, especially the sheep. The steer/cow is 7 ½” from nose to tail and about 6” to the top of the horns; the oval base is 7 ¾” x 5 ¼”. The piece is marked on the bottom: “Copyright W.H.Goss, Stoke on Trent, September 1881. It is in very fine condition: the printing on the sides remains strong and legibles, and except for the fact that the steer/cow is missing its right ear, there are no other blemishes, cracks, repairs, etc. Murdocks was a Boston-based company that sold this liquid food, among other items, as nourishment for growing children and for pre and post medical procedure nourishment. Their medicine bottles and trade cards are readily available; these counter-top advertising figures are quite rare.
Want to start a new career? Here's just what you need: an early 20th century Shoeshine Box in original blue paint. Foot rest on the top and open end for storage. Nailed construction and thick walls, sturdy enough for someone to stand on the top (to get their shoe shined, of course!). 10" x 7 1/2" x 8" (high); the shoe rest on the top is 9" x 2 1/2" x 1 1/2" high. wonderfully warn paint and no damage, etc. A conversation piece with great color and the things you can store in it area almost limitless!
A very small and charming schoolgirl (most likely) watercolor drawing of an elephant under a palm tree. Done on old paper, the piece measures 4 5/8” x 3 ½” and is framed in an appropriate, but not old, wood frame (frame size 5 ½” x 4 ¼”). The drawing probably dates to the early 20th century, perhaps a bit earlier and is in very fine condition with no tears, holes, or soiling. The elephant may have been traced from a picture book, and you’ve got to love the little jig the elephant is doing by lifting the left-front leg off to the side! Not examined out of the frame.
A molded, composition material Carry-Lite Mallard decoy, c. 1950. When I first listed this mallard, I thought it was a salesman’s sampler because of its size and weight (and because that is what the ticket said when I bought it!). A very knowlegable Dig Antiques user corrected me and said that it was an actual decoy. Small and light-weight for convenience, this bird is 5 ¼” from beak to tail, about 2 ¾” high and about 2 ¾” wide. The painted surface has molded tail and wing feathers, and molded eyes and there is a “Carry-Lite Decoys, Milwaukee, Wis.” paper label on the bottom. Overall fine condition with only some light scuffing on the tail and a small, shallow chip out of the back of the bird’s head. Great for a collection of miniatures.
A small, probably English, cross stitch sampler with a great verse: “How blest the maid whom circling years it wove Her God the object of her warmest love Whose youthful hours successive as they glide The book, the needle and the pen divide” This verse was very popular in the early 19th century and often included in a young lady’s early attempts at needlework. Whoever did this piece (unfortunately, she did not sign it!) did a wonderful job, including the verse, 2 alphabets and the numbers 1-10. There is a versy decorative band of flowers across the middle of the piece and a flowering vine swag border. The sampler measures 12 ¼” x 12” (sight) and is framed in an early painted wooden frame that measures 13 ½” x 13”. It is in excellent condition, with no holes or stains or missing stitches.The color remains strong and there is no staining.
A cut silhouette of an attractive young woman, identified as Mrs. R. D. Derby of Washington (DC). Mrs. Derby is standing and holding a closed parasol. Evidence suggests that this silhouete was done by August Edouart, the famous traveling French silhouette artists in 1841. It appears in the catalog of Edouart’s silhouettes done by Arthur Vernay in 1913. There is a Vernay label on the back, and a hand-written note in the front identifying Mrs. Derby. The silhouette measures 4 5/8”x 11 ¾” and is framed in a wood frame (5 ¾” x 12 ¾”). It is in very fine condition with no tears or staining. The frame has a glass back, showing some hand-written script. Edouart was an itinerant French artist who traveled around the United States in the early 1840s.
A very nice Cutlery Tray in original dark blue paint. The tray has a shaped and turned handle, and square nail construction. 13 ¼” x 9 ½” x approx.. 4 3/4” high (top of handle). The color is rich and it has a nice, dry surface, the way you like to find it. No cracks or break, etc, only some minor scuffing/rubbing from use, mostly on the top of the handle, the edges and inside of the bottom.
A c. 1840 Miniature Grain Painted Blanket Chest with turned feet, probably from Pennsylvania. 19” x 9 ½” x 10 ¼” (high), the box retains its original grained surface. It is dovetailed, with square nails (on the bottom mostly), molded top and bottom and original hinges. The hardware also appears to be original (but I’m not sure). There is no till, but it has 4 turned legs. Box is clean and ready to use. It is in very fine condition with no splits or cracks and other than some bumping on the surface, there are no major scars. Postage will be $50 (or less, depending on where the buyer lives).
A small, 19th century Diptych Pocket Sundial Compass without its gnomon. Folding wooden case that houses the compass and the gnomon (IF it were present), there are paper labels on each inner surface, showing time and other details that are well above my paygrade. The cover has a partial label on one side listing cities in the US, England (mostly gone) and France. (The US cities listed are NY, Philadelphia, Boston, Baltimore Washington< Charleston (SC), New Orleans, Cincinnati, St. Louis and San Francisco. Given this cities list, I would date the piece to c. 1840). The label on the bottom piece of wood is completely gone, as is the gnomon (fragments of string left), and the interior labels are heavily stained. But the compass does work. Original red painted surface (visible on the sides), and original clasp. Free shipping.
A small, nicely carved and painted standing Canada Goose Decoy attributed to John Dilley, Quogue, NY (South Shore of Long Island). The goose is in a standing (watch) position with carved details (facial features, tail, wing feathers, etc). Dilley, who worked in the early 20th century, is known primarily for his carvings of shore birds. This piece has a hand-written paper label on the bottom with Dilley’s name. The goose measures about 5” from beak to tail and is about 4 ½” tall. It is standing on a wooden stump that measures about 4 3/8” x 3 1/8” x 1” (approx. height). Wonderful original surface. A very nice shelf piece
Price: Sold -- THANK YOU!
Between 1879 and 1929, Wedgwood produced a series of ceramic calendar tiles for distribution by Jones, McDuffee & Stratton Co. of Boston. In addition to scenes in and around Boston, these tiles had a 12 month calendar printed on one side, and they were used as advertising much as paper calendars have come to be used. They have one or 2 holes for hanging and measure about 4 5/8”. X 3 ¼” (thickness – about ¼+”). The 1902 Tile pictures Old North Church, Boston, from whose steeple Paul Revere (and others) got the signal that the "British were coming!" The image is done in a sepia and shows the Church framed by neighborhood buildings. It is in very fine condition with no chips, cracks or even edge nicks. This tile has 2 holes for hanging. It is fun trying to put together a complete set.
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3 early gilt letters: D A. D. The Ds measure 9 ¾” high x about 8 ½” wide; the A is 10 ¾” high and 9 7/8” across at the bottom. Gold painted surface with rounded edges. Reverse side is painted white (almost like a whitewash), and the edges are dark blue. The Ds are in very fine condition; the A is solid but there is a split/crack in the cross-bar and 2 in the right side (but the letter holds together and is not wobbly. The letters have been mounted on something, as there are nail holes in the back but these hole are not visible on the front. A great gift for the “Dad” in your life.
A 19th century, grain-painted, decorated, dovetailed Dresser Box. The free-hand decoration includes 2 green hearts on the lid and gold swirls, etc. There is gold wavy line decoration on the front and red edging throughout. The dovetails are small and precise. Interior is clean and unpainted and while there is a receptical for a lock on the bottom of the box, there is nothing in the top to fit into it. The box also has 4 little metal feet. The box measures 12” x 6 ¾” x 4” (high). It is in good condition with some small bumps and bruises on the top and some pint rubbing on all sides. Shipping weight will be about 3 ½ pounds.
A mid-19th century Schoolgirl or Dresser box decorated with decoupage images and retaining its original velvet lining. The box has a wonderful yellow surface with green and red lines and there are red-painted highlight around the image on the front. The top picture is of a grand salon, the image on the front is the façade of a large cathedral and the 2 sides both show a battle scene. I believe this box to be continental, most likely French or German. It measures 12” x 9” x 5” and although the lock is there, I do not have a key. Fine condition: mellow paint with some edge bumping, interesting decoupage images with some soiling and a velvet interior (red and purple) that is in good condition. If anyone recognizes the cathedral, let me know and I’ll post an addendum. Happy to send you additional photos upon request.
A late 19th century/early 20th century figural nutcracker in the form a large dog. It is mounted on a wooden base for stability and ease of use. When the dog's tail is lifted, the mouth opens. Unshelled nuts can be inserted into the mouth and "Crunch" - shelled nuts. Heavy and smoothly operating but not harmful to anything unless you are an almond shell, etc. 6" high including the base, 12" from nose to the tip of the tail. The wooden base is approximately 7" x 4" x 1". Heavy, cast iron construction. Excellent, operating condition: no cracks, breaks, rust, etc. Only a couple of very small areas of paint rubbing. Shipping weight will be approximately 8 pounds.
A very early 19th century (possibly late 18th century) Pewter Inkwell, 3” in diameter and 2 ¼” high. Lift-lid and 5 holes to rest pens or quills. Unfortunately, NO insert but the hole in which the insert fits is 1 ½” in diameter. No marks and in very fine condition, with only a couple of small dents on the bottom and a very minor dent on the rim. There are also some black marks along the lower band, which may be impurities in the pewter coming through. The incised bands along the side are crisp and the hinged lid closes properly. American or English in origin.
A dated 1840 hand-drawn Watercolor Fraktur on paper from Lebanon County, Pennsylvania with 2 Angels and 2 birds. Hand-written lettering is all in German but Lebanon and Pennsylvania are easily identified. The Angels, with blue wings, bibs and long flowing dresses are facing each other, one is holding a wreath and the other a dove perched on her hand. The blue and orange birds toward the bottom are face a very large tulip. The 1840 date is in the upper right and there is also an 1838 date just above it. It measures 9 ¼” x 11 ½” and is framed in a nice, old wooden frame 13 ¼” x 15”, quite possibly original. The Fraktur is in very fine condition. I believe it to be laid down on another piece of paper and there is some light, overall toning, but there are no stains. There are a couple of very tiny edge splits, less than ¼” and only impacting undecorated areas; there appears to be a thin sliver off the top left edge, again not affecting the lettering or the decoration, and a faint crease.
A tiny or miniature tin washboard, either a toy or something to use when you hand wash those really small unmentionables! The wooden frame is 3” x 5 ½” x 7/8” and the tin scrubbing surface is 2 ¼” x 3”. Original surface on the the frame and traces of original blue on the front of the scrubbing surface. Solid and smooth wood and undamaged tin. And I’m open to suggestions on how it could be used. Free Shipping.
A late 19th century helmeted butter mold in an unusual 2 pound size (most that you find are either ½ pound or 1 pound). The plunger on this mold is decorated with a carved strawberry and 2 leaves. The helmet w/ plunger down is about 6 ½" tall and 3 ½" in diameter; the decorated pusher/plunger is slightly less. Wonderful mellow patina with no chips, cracks or breaks in the helmet; the plunger has some staining and a small edge chip that is worn smooth with age and use. Very hard wood, probably maple.
A c. 1970 small carved and painted wooden Pelican on a stump. The bird has a nicely painted surface, small metal feet and incised and painted eyes. The Pelican itself is about 4” tall and the base adds another 1” to the overall height. I desperately tried to find a signature on the base but could not. It came from a collection of miniature birds that included several Jesse Blackstone examples.
Originally thought to have been made and sold by the Shakers, these finely Woven Splint Double Lidded Baskets range in size from 4-5” miniatures to picnic hamper sizes. Subsequent research has found that the Shakers actually imported these baskets from someplace in Eastern Europe and sold them “to the World” from their village shops. This 8” example was probably a small sewing basket or perhaps made for a child. It measures 8” x 4 ¾” x 8” (top of handle; the basket itself is 4 ½” high). It is in very fine condition: the weave is tight; the lid opens and closes properly and the handle is solid. There are no breaks in either the lid or the body of the basket, only about a ¾” gap in the rim-wrap at one end (see third photo), and the fasteners that would fit into the loops to hold the 2 sections of the lid closed are gone (not unusual for baskets like this!). More photos are available if you would like to see them.
A pair (male/female) of half-sized Mallard Decoys, signed on the bottom “S Pierce, HDG, MD” (Steiner Pierce, Havre de Grace, Maryland). (Frederick) Steiner Pierce is the brother of the more famous Maryland carver Jim Pierce and his birds very much resemble those carved by his brother. Each bird is 10 ¼” from bill to tail and about 4 ¼” to the top of the head. Both retain their original, detailed paint, including painted eyes. Both are in very fine, original condition with no chips, cracks, splits, paint loss, etc. Steiner Pierce began carving when he was in his 70s and I would date these decoys c. 1990.
A large, solid wooden band or hat box covered in hand-painted wallpaper (flowers and leaves). Nice mellow colors of white, rust and black on a light olive background. The oval box measures 16” x 11 ¾” x 9 ½”. Newspaper-covered interior that includes a hand-written 1840 date (ironically, the newspaper is the “Democratic Republican” published in Haverhill, NH – Northwestern NH along the Connecticut River – from 1838 until sometime in the 1860s). Relatively thick, wooden construction, similar to the type of boxes Hannah Davis manufactured, but there is no label on this one. Box is in very good condition: structurally sound, with some light staining on the outside (both on the sides and the lid) and heavier staining on the inside. Some minor paper fraying along the edges and some paper scuffing on the inside. Great support for your stack of bandboxes!
A small (desk or dresser top size) 19th century Comb or grain painted Document Box with wonderful swirl paint decoration. The box measures 11 7/8" x 6 7/8" x5 1/8" (H). It retains its original dry painted surface and hinges. The front escutcheon is present, but the latch that fits on the underside of the lid is gone (box still closes tightly, you just can't lock it if you had a key). New England, origin, most likely, probably Maine. Nailed construction. Minor staining inside and some light rubbing along the edges and some minor bumps that do not detract. Great color and great combed paint pattern. A very classy place to keep your papers or personal items.
Perfect if you have to Home-School the kids in these difficult times: a hand-held bronze school bell, 9” high and 4 ¾” in diameter at the base. Nice heavy clapper and the bell rings clear – reminds me of the ice cream truck that used to come down the street in the summer when I was a kid! No markings on the bell that I could find, but a richly-colored wooden handle that is smooth from use. Ex. Richard Withington Collection (no label or markings. Withington was a storied New Hampshire auctioneer.)
A c. 1840 or earlier tin, single candle Wall Sconce with crimped crest and traces of the original decoration. The sconce is 9 ¼” tall and about 3 7/8” wide at the tray. The edges are folded overIt is all original, without any repairs, but the paint is well-worn and the decoration mostly gone. There are 2 small (less than ½”) splits where the crimped crest curves up from the sides, and the candle holder is slightly separated at the joint, but as you can see from the photo, it still holds a candle. Finally, there is a small punched hole about 2 ¼” up from the bottom (looks like a nail hole). A straight and honest tole candle sconce.
A very nice Medical Doctor’s Office Sign with gilt letters and sanded surface: “M. Hirshler, M.D. Office Hours by Appointment.” (An early practitioner of Social Distancing!). The sign measures 19 ¾” x 12” x ¾” (thick). Beveled gold border. Fine to very fine condition with some light rubbing to the sanded surface (most prominent rub is in the lower right corner). This sign dates probably to the mid-20th century. All the lettering is complete, and the back seems to have been whitewashed. Nice piece, especially if your name is “Hirshler!”
A most unusual flat chocolate mold with 8 pocket knives with attached corkscrews. The mold is marked “35 Reiche Dresden” on one edge and “Etna 7997” on another. It dates to the period between WWI and WWII. Reiche molds were made from c. 1870 through WWII and were among the premier chocolate molds available. Not sure why anyone would want a chocolate pocket knife, but this heavy metal mold is 10” x 4 ½” and ½” thick. Each knife is about 4 1/8” long and 1” wide (at the widest point), and about ¼” deep. Very fine condition with no cracks, breaks, etc. Clean and useable, if you are so inclined; and if you do use it, please make it dark chocolate and save me one!
This small turned wooden bowl retains its original red surface. It measures 5 ¾” x 5 ½” (nice honest shrinkage) and is in very fine condition with only some minor edge wear which has smoothed out nicely with age. There is a small foot rim and wear from. Use on the inside. Also some white paint spatters from being in the wrong place at the wrong time! Great for a next of painted bowls if you are trying to put one together.
This double sided game board (Checkers on one side and Parcheesi on the other), retans its original 3 color (Red, Green and Black) surface. With breadboard ends (nailed), the Board measures 23 ½” x 15 ¾” and is about ¾” thick. The checkerboard itself is 12” square. Expected bumps and bruises and edge scuffs from use but no splits, cracks or other damage. Nice rich and mellow colors!
A fascinating American Needlework Sampler by Hannah Potts, aged 10, and dated 1833. The sampler includes 2 buildings, one appears to be a church (the red building) and the other a school house or town hall with a flag pole, flying the American Flag. Hannah stitched “Executed by Hannah Potts of Peru in the 10th year of her sage October 3th 1833. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to determine is WHICH “Peru” she meant: there are Perus in Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana (along with a number of others in states that were still frontier in 1833). In addition to the 2 buildings, the flag pole with the flag (the red and the blue on the flag are hand-colored in), her signature block, and several alphabets, the sampler has an inter The sampler is in very fine condition: there are no rips, tears or holes and the stitching is completel. A couple of minor, faint stains, but nothing that detracts from this piece. A very charming, naïve American needlework sampler.
This pair (male and female) of carved wooden mallards is nice done. The painted surface is original and they both have glass eyes and carved details. The heads and bodies were carved separately and, I believe, joined with pins. Excellent condition with no chips or cracks and only very slight wear to the paint. The male measures 4 ¼” from beak to tail, the female about 4” and both are about 2” high. No signatures on the bottoms, unfortunately, but from a large group of small and miniature carved ducks and geese dating from the mid 20th century. The ducks’ heads do swivel.
A small standing mallard (male) duck carving in original paint, dating to the mid-20th century. Nice detailing in the paint (eyes, feather markings, etc.) and standing on 2 wire legs, the mallard is about 4” from bill to tail and stands 5” tall including the round wooden base (no signatures or marks that I can find that might identify the carver). The duck is carved from a single piece of soft wood and attached to the base. It is in very fine condition and dates to the middle of the 20th century. From a collection that included numerous small and miniature carved ducks and geese.
A mid-20th Century Sign "Studio of the Dance, Mrs. C. B. Worthen" in original surface. Saw-tooth ends with mustard yellow background and black and white shadow letters. 20" x 9 ½" x ¾" thick. Single board. Very fine condition with no splits, cracks or significant losses. Some very minor edge bumping (top-left being the most noticeable) and a little rubbing on the left side of the sign on the letter "D" of Dance. Nice, mellow patina. Will fit in one of the new "Large Flat-Rate Priority Mail" boxes.
A framed and matted full-length cut silhouette of 4 women standing and facing each other. One of the women is holding a book (far left), one is holding some papers with writing (far right) and 3 are wearing bonnets. The woman on the left has her hair in a bun. Excellent detail with ribbons and soes, etc. The Silhouette’s Sight Size is 15” x 11 ¼” and the frame size is 17 ¼”x 13 ½”. Each figure is about 7 ½” tall (slight variations) and 2 – 2 ½” wide at the bustle. Overall condition is very fine with no major flaws. There are a couple of stains on the backing paper that look like glue smudges (second from the left bottom of dress and far right at her feet) and there are a couple of edge nibbles toward the bottom of the dress on the woman second from left. Finally, some minor staining in the back of the head and shoulders of the woman second from left. There are also a couple of minor imperfections (bubbles)in the glass that do not show up on the photos. Not examined out of the frame, but it appears to have acid free backing.
An early Squeak Toy in the form of a Cow (perhaps a steer), dating c. 1900. The creature measures 3 ½” x 1 ½” x 4 ½” (top of the head) and has great original paint. Although the squeaker does not work anymore, it is otherwise in very fine condition with no cracks or breaks and only a couple of tiny scratches in the brown surface. No marks, but most of these squeak toys were made in Germany. You see ducks and chickens, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen a cow/steer.
A large, molded papier mache Goose Squeak Toy that dates to the end of the 19th century. Probably made in Germany (although no markings), the toy is about 7” high and the baffle-base is 5 1/8” x 2 7/8”. It does not squeak (there is a slight tear in the cloth baffle), but is otherwise in very fine condition with only some minor paint bumps and a small chip of paint out of the base by the right leg.
Between 1879 and 1929, Wedgwood produced a series of ceramic calendar tiles for distribution by Jones, McDuffee & Stratton Co. of Boston. In addition to scenes in and around Boston, these tiles had a 12 month calendar printed on one side, and they were used as advertising much as paper calendars have come to be used. They have a hole for hanging and measure about 4 5/8”. X 3 ¼” (thickness – about ¼+”). The 1899 Tile shows the Washington Elm in Cambridge, Massachusetts, the stately elm tree under which George Washington first took command of the Continental Army on July 3, 1775. The tree had a long and storied life-span, finally succumbing in 1923. Condition of this tile is fine to very fine with only some minute edge flicks and a small shallow chip on the back side just above the “a” in Caldndare. Tiles dated before 1900 and after 1920 are the hardest to find, if you are trying to put together a complete set.
A single pan iron betty lamp dating from the early 19th century or perhaps a bit earlier. The pan is a bit deeper than most that I have seen and measures 2 ¼” in diameter x 3 ¾” from spout to handle; the handle is 4 ½” high and made with 2 pieces of iron, held together with rivets. No cracks or breaks and minor surface oxidation which is highlighted by the digital photographs. One of the earlier examples of a betty lamp that I have seen.
For the country kitchen, a tin cheese tester or apple corer. These could be inserted into rounds or balls of cheese to see if it was ready, or to core an apple: multi-tasking at its finest. This one, which dates pre-1900, is in very fine, useable condition. It measures 6 ¼” x 3 ½”. No damage and clean.
A pair of wooden “Scotch Hands” or Butter Workers for your country kitchen. Scotch Hands were used to press the liquid (buttermilk) out of churned butter and then to shape the butter for storage. One side is grooved (so the liquid can flow away) and the other side is smooth for shaping the butter. This pair is 9” long and 2 5/8” wide. Very fine condition with no splits or cracks, nice color and a nice soft surface. Hard to know how old they are, but most likely before 1900.
I’m not sure what to call this pair of cast iron Heart Decorated Gear Cogs from, I am told, a large piece of Farm Equipment (I grew up in a city, so don’t ask me!): Industrial or Mechanical Folk Art? Country Primitives?? Whatever you call them, they are wonderful: each gracefully shaped cog is adorned with a large heart-shaped cutout. I don’t know that the heart had any function, other than being purely decorative. And they are mounted on Custom metal stands, and they display very nicely. Each gear cog 7 ¼” x 4 ¾” with a 3 ½” shaft. With the stands, they are 9” tall (and heavy – 8+ pounds shipping weight). The pieces are in very fine condition: no splits, cracks, breaks, etc. They are clean (not greasy), with only some very light and minor surface oxidation, which is enhanced by the digital photographs.
A great “What’sit”? A painted tin dancing couple (the woman’s hips swivel) that probably was meant to be mounted on or in something. It was sold to me as a shooting gallery target, but WHY would anyone shoot at a dancing couple? It is 9” high and 5” wide at the arms. The man’s head and face are visible with facial features delineated; the woman is wearing a long skirt and white blouse. There is a long rod/bolt attached to the back with a nut in place at the end, and a small hole (for a purpose) at the bottom right of the woman’s skirt. Painted surface has faded, and the overall surface is very crusty and oxidized, but without splits or cracks. You’ve got to love his full head of hair. There are faint details on the back side. A mechanical decoration of some kind. An interesting whimsy: Be the first in your neighborhood to have one.
An early 19th Century - perhaps a bit earlier - dovetailed wall box in the original dry red painted surface. The box has a lift-lid, divided interior and shaped back panel. Untouched, and all original. Beautifully crafted dovetails and only minor edge wear and corner bumps in a couple of places. The box itself is 12" x 7" x 9 ¼"; the lift-lid, which has a slight overhang, is 13" wide. There is a small area of loss on the back side, lower right and that may have happened in the making. And there is minor shrinkage around some of the dovetails. As nice a wall box as I have ever handled. Shipping weight will be 6.5 pounds.
This fascinating carving has 2 carved wooden birds mounted on an old finial. The birds are similar but not identical and there is nice, subtle wing and head carving. The lower bird has raised wing tips and the upper bird appears to have been carved in 2 halves, which were then fastened together. Both are in their original surface, as is the finial, which shows good age. The birds probably date to the late 19th or early 20th century. The birds come off the metal rods easily and the rods themselves come out of the finial, making the package easy to ship. Both birds are about 6 ¼” from beak to tail, the finial is 6” high and the overall height is about 14”. Very fine condition: no damage to the birds and the finial only shows some very thing and non-threatening age splits. The neat part about these birds is that you can swivel them on their rods to change position.
A mid-19th century decorated tin tole ware apple or break tray. Square base with canted sides and wrapped rim. The tray seems to be made out of a single piece of tin. The sides are decorated with floral wreaths, there is a flower and vine border around the inside bottom of the tray and there is also decoration on the outside. While the c. 1840 tray itself is in good condition with no cracks, splits, holes, etc, the yellow decoration has faded, significantly, especially so on the exterior and the bottom. The overall surface is dry. A very desirable form and a perfect candidate for surface restoration, if you are looking for such a piece.
A late 19th century document or storage box with its original milk chocolate brown painted surface. The color and the surface on this box are superb! Nailed construction. Originally, it had 2 handles (probably leather straps) on the sides; there are only remnants of the fasteners now. No latch, etc. and the inside is clean and useable. 13 ½” x 7 ¼” x 7 ½” (h). No splits, cracks, etc.
This signed and dated (1980) Red Breasted Nuthatch was carved by Jerry Barkley, West Babylon, Long Island, New York in 1980. The delicately carved bird is perching on a driftwood branch and mounted on a molded wooden base with the signature hand-written on the bottom. The features are softly carved into the body of the bird, and expertly painted. The bird measures 4 ½” x 2 ½” and the overall height of the carving is about 8 ½”. Subtly but expertly carved features on the nuthatch (feathers, tail, eyes, etc) T and very strong paint. Very fine condition except for a small chip on the tip of the bird’s beak. No other blemishes. Barkley is a well-known, award-winning Long Island carver who did both duck decoys and songbirds.
This 4 ¾” Oval Box with 3 fingers is in natural color. It measures 4 ¾” x 3” x 1 ¾” (high). Nicely stripe-grained (probably Maple) lid and base. Solid construction with no splits, cracks or breaks. Old nails (some square) throughout and square tacks around the top and the base. I would date it to the mid-20th century. A nice addition to the top-half of your stack.
If you are looking for a great grain painted frame, here is one to consider. Red/Black painted mid-19th century frame in original surface. Frame is 16” x 12 ¼” and the sight size is 13 ¼” x 9 ¼”. Solid and well-put together, the frame has some edge bumps and some scattered scuffing, but the paint is strong. The glass is probably a replacement, but the 3 part backboard is probably original. You are buying the frame here; the Currier print, “Reading the Scriptures”, is just coming along for the ride. (The print is an “N Currier, 2 Spruce St. New York”).
An extremely competent mid-19th century Watercolor and Gouache drawing of a woman holding a small book (in her right hand). She is wearing a long, black dress and a cap. Her head and hands are done with watercolor; the dress in gouache. The piece is framed in a wonderful period, if not original, grain painted frame with lemon gold liner and old glass. Although too faint to read, at least for my eyes, there appears to be something written in the lower right corner (it would not photograph). Sight size is 6 ½” x 10 ½” and the frame size is 12” x 15 ½”. Very fine condition with no tears or crease. Strong color with only some minor rubbing in her hair, and a wonderful frame. The glass has a small bubble just to the left of her right elbow.
A rare and most unusual piece of blue transferware Staffordshire: a Bourdaloue decorated in the “2 Temples 2” pattern dating c. 1820. Bourdaloues were personal hygiene items for women in the 17th to 19th centuries. They were used on long carriage rides, during 5 and 6-hour sermons in drafty churches, and, I am told, even at dinner parties. “Bourdaloues” were named for a 17th century French priest, Louis Bourdaloue, who regularly preached 6 and 7 hour sermons in cold, drafty churches where it would have been impolite for a woman to leave the pew. More specifics can be provided, but I think your imagination can fill in the details. The transfer on this Bourdaloue shows a popular Chinoiserie pattern that was made by 5 or 6 Potteries in the early 19th century, including Spode, Wedgwood and Davenport: the 2Temples2 variety. It shows a pagoda landscape and an arched bridge with 2 figures. It measures 9” (from handle to the rounded tip) X 3” X 3 1/2” high at the handle. There are no marks, only collection stickers. Condition on this piece is excellent: it is clean (definitely a plus for something like this!) and free of chips, cracks or lines.
An early to mid 20th century Cork Bodied Sleeper or Preening Black Duck Decoy with original painted head. The decoy is about 14" long, 6 ½" wide and 6" to the top of the head. This bird was shot over, so it has the expected shot marks in the body and bumps on the head. There is some paint rubbing and one re-enforcing nail (small) in the head, but the paint is 95+% complete. The cork body retains a significant portion of its original paint as well. Found in the Hudson River Valley,
A very unusual Pratt Decorated Ceramic Pipe, coiled like a snake and having a duck head. The duck head has the bowl of the pipe coming out of its mouth and the tail is the lip. The coiled part has a mottled surface and the duck head has molded features (and if you look closely when the duck head is facing to the right, it appears that the duck has teeth!). Overall dimensions are 9” x 4 ½”. This pipe dates to c. 1800 when figural pipes were in fashion. It is in very fine, restored condition: I was told when I got it that the pipe had been restored, but I honestly cannot tell you where the restoration might be. Possibly the bowl and where it attached to the duck’s mouth and possibly the piece that you put in your mouth. Certainly, not your everyday piece of Prattware.
An 8” pantry box in original Gray-Green Paint. The box is 3 ¾” tall and is very solid. Except for the usual scuffing from use, the paint is complete. There is some minor splitting where the bottom of the box is nailed together but it does not threaten the integrity of the box. Nice paint shadow under the lid. I originally called this box “gray” but the more I look at it, the more I see traces of light green paint.
A very solid 6 ½” Pantry Box in old red paint. The box is 3 1/4” high and there is a nice shadow line under the lid. I find no evidence of another coat of paint, but I’m not sure if the red was applied when the box was made. As indicated, the box is solid. There is a small sliver out at the bottom where the box is nailed together, a slightly larger sliver at the top and a filled split on the bottom. None of these threaten the integrity of the box. A nice size for your stack.
This framed sampler measures 5” x 5 ½”. There is no named stitched on it, and no date, but it is probably c. 1825. The sampler includes 3 complete alphabets, including a double one (2 of each letter). They are stitched on linen and have different colored lettering. It is framed in a contemporary wooden frame (with rubbed paint). The sampler itself is in good condition: some missing stitches, mostly in the upper left corner, and some minor staining, mostly staining (at the lower left). This is a true marking sampler: a young girl’s first attempt at needlework and a way for her to learn the alphabet. I have not examined it out of the frame, but it seems to be floating on acid-free backing.
Wonderful form and wonderful color/surface on this Art Deco Elephant Nutcracker, dating from the 1920s. Heavy (almost 4 pounds) and solid, if you don’t want to crack nuts with it, the elephant would make a classy doorstop. 9 ¾” from tip of the trunk to the back leg and 4 ½” high (1 ¾” thick at the head), the elephant has a nice gently warn surface, big metal button eyes and a bit of its tail remaining. There are no cracks or breaks or rust and the trunk opens and closes smoothly. Shipping weight will be about 6 pounds
A sold wood maple sugar candy or possibly a marzipan candy mold. The piece of wood, which measures 11 ½”, has 4 hollowed out “squares (about 3/8” deep”) which are embellished with carved flowers and leaves (each square is about1 ½” square). There are 4 different flowers. The molten sugar would be poured into the opening, scraped smooth and removed when set. (And if you have ever worked with molten maple sugar – and I assume marzipan is the same way, you know that is not an easy task!) The mold is ¾” thick and retains a dark, rich patina. Very fine condition with no cracks, breaks, splits, etc. The wood is very hard and I do not know what kind it is. A nice shelf piece.
A pair of unusual Squeak Toys each with a tiny bird sitting on a square box (the “squeaker”). Birds are fastened with thin wire and bounce. Neither box “squeaks” any more and one is marked “Germany.” They date c. 1900. The birds are 1 ¾” x 1” and the boxes are 1 ¾” x 1 ¾” x 2 ¼” (tall). Boxes are heavy cardboard held together with cloth tape. One of the boxes has a split in the tape on one side, but the birds only show minor bumping. A very different pair of squeak toys.
A pair of wooden ice skates, c. 1900 or so. Wooden tops on steel blades, the skates are 12 ¾” long (wood part) and about 2 ½” wide at their widest point. The blades are about 13” long. The wooden parts are marked “L” and “R” with the number “30” (the size??) and the blades carry what I assume is a maker’s mark: J.N00ITGEDAGT&ZN.IJLST (If anyone can translate, I’ll post an addendum). They are in fine condition (blades probably need sharpening) if you can figure out how to wear them (ice skating has always been way above my pay-grade), but they make great decorative items for the coming winter season.
A very bold green Shell Edge Plate (probably Leeds; “Shell Edge” is the new term for what used to be called “Feather Edge”) with underglaze flower decoration. The plate dates c. 1810. Everything about this plate is strong: the green shell edge is crisp and the hand painted flowers and foliage are well done. No markings, but evidence of a thick pearlware glaze. Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, lines, etc. There are 2 small spots on the rim that look like kiln schmootz or stilt marks from being stacked in the kiln. This plate would make a great wall hanging!
A wonderful wooden elephant pull toy with applied ears and a scowl. Not sure of the exact age, but it most likely dates to the early 1950s, perhaps 1940s; and I don't know if it is a home-made piece or was available commercially. In either case, the elephant is wonderful, and so is its scowl. Original red and black painted surface, the elephant and platform are about 12" long, 11 ¾" high and ¾" thick; wheels are 2 ½" in diameter. Excellent condition with original rope tail and painted surface. The rear leg may have been either pieced-in, or it has an old repair, probably dating to when the toy was made. A great example of a toy from the days when life was much simpler!
A small red and black painted 19th century box with a divided tray interior and stars on the lid. The box retains its original painted surface (sides are covered in a light varnish), it is dovetailed and very solidly built. It measures It measures 11 ¾” x 7” x 6 ½”. The top is decorated with 5 stars: one large one in the middle and a smaller one in each corner. There is good storage space under the divided interior tray. A great box for jewelry or other keepsakes. The box is in very fine condition. There is a split on the bottom but the sides and top are solid. The painted surface, especially the top and the molding, show nice age crackle. The stars have faded a bit, and there is some splotching on the top, but no crakcs or breaks and the lid closes snugly (no key for the lock). The bottom and tray have square nails throughout. Shipping weight will be 6-7 pounds.
An unusual single tube candle mold with a crimped saucer-like top and base and loop handle. The candle tube itself if about 9” long and the overall height is 10 ½”; the “saucer-shaped” pieces are 3 ½” in diameter and the tube itself is 7/8” in diameter. The mold is in fine condition with no splits, cracks or holes. Handle is firmly soldiered in place, and the surface oxidation is light and visible primarily on the underside of the top and bottom (may be enhanced by the photo).
A small collection (3) of maple butter scoops. All are carved from a single pice of wood and show appropriate age and wear. None have any major cracks or missing chunks (some minor age splits), and all are a nice mellow color. They measure (from left to right in the photos), 10” x 5”, 9 ¼” x 4 ¾” and 9” x 5 ½”. The example on the left has a chamfered handle. A fun starter collection, or add to an existing one. All 3 for one money, plus postage.
This pair of Mercury Glass Curtain Tie-Backs has pewter ends. They are about 3 ¾” in diameter and 6” long; one has its original pewter-colored screw and the other has a slightly long metal screw that appears to be a replacement. Neither tie-back has any damage but both have some light surface scratching. Great detail items if you are restoring an old house!
Unusual and deeply carved double-sided butter print. The top is carved with initials (“O W” or “M O”) and the bottom side includes geometric designs, etc. The flat surface has several different free-carved birds and 2 large hearts. These were clearly done for decorative purposes. The print measures 4 ¼” x 4 1/2” on the round side and 2 ½” x 1 3/8” at the top; it is just over 3” high. Hard wood, probably maple, it probably dates to the last quarter of the 19th/first quarter of the 20th centuries.
A wonderfully detained Pen and Ink drawing b y John Graham, reportedly of Ludlow, Vermont, c. 1835. "Pen Drawings and Writing by John Graham" the piece reads, along with an excellent sketch of a man and woman, on horseback, the man holding a falcon; there is a small dog running alongside of them. The whole piece has a very neat and tidy double line border. Sight size (without the mat) is 6 3/8" x 6 ¾" and it is framed in a molded contemporary frame (10" x 12"). I believe this piece to be an advertising piece or broadside (the equivalent of a business card) for a John Graham, who may have been a school teacher, artist or perhaps a sign maker offering his services as someone who could write or draw for people who could not. The piece is in excellent condition: nicely framed, with no rips, tears, creases or wrinkles. There is a short, faint vertical stain between "Writing" and "John" but it does not detract.
A large Bluebill Decoy (reportedly from the Wisconsin area) with original surface, heavily carved wing tips and tack eyes. There is nice detail carved into this bird, not only on the wind tips and tail, but also around the chest, the wings on the side of the body and the bill. Unknown (to me, at least) carver. There is a tapered wooden keel on the bottom with attached weight, and a leather rig hook. 16" (bill to tail) x 6 ¾" (wide) x about 7" high at the head. Very fine condition with only minor paint loss and some slight nicking on the tail-tips. The bottom (only) may have been repainted.
A small, or child’s size, wooden cutlery tray with 9 pieces of (mostly) bone handle flatware (5 forks, 4 knives). The forks range in size from 5 ½” to 2 ½” (the largest fork has a wooden handle, the other 4 have bone handles; all are 3 prong). The knives, all with bone handles, range in size from 7 ¼” (too long to fit completely in the tray) to 4 ½”; the largest knife has “for a good boy” inscribed on it. The tray, with its sloping sides, is 7 ¼” x 6” and about 4” to the top of the shaped handle. All pieces are in fine to very fine condition: the utensils show use but the handles are not loose. The tray of the tray has been glued together at the finger grip, a long time ago, and remains solid.
In the late 1940s to early 1960s, Punchboards were popular in rural areas, at roadside restaurants and cafes, and in general stores in areas where other forms of organized gambling were not prevalent. They were, essentially, the pre-cursor to modern day Scratch Tickets or Instant Lottery games. Sometimes they were used to benefit a specific charity; other times they were trade stimulators. This small Beer Punch Board fits into the latter category. For 5 cents a punch, the customer had the opportunity to “win” a bottle of beer, maybe up to 3! There are 120 punches on this board, which measures 2 7/8” x 5” and is 3/8” thick. It is in very fine condition: unpunched and clean. Some very minor scuffing on the front. Note that the bottle pictured says “pint” at the neck.
A neat and tidy dovetailed Document or Dresser Box in mustard and brown grain painting. The box measures 12 ½” x 10” x 4 ¾” and is nicely dovetailed. The surface is original, and the box is clean and very useable inside. There are no splits, cracks or areas of paint loss, only a scratch or 2 from use. This box probably dates from the mid-late 19th century.
A medium-sized (7” high) American Tin Coffee Pot from the late 19th century, perhaps a bit earlier. The pot is 3 ¼” in diameter at the top and 4 ¾” in diameter at the base and the spout is 4 ½” long. Rolled edges and an interesting inverted “V” seam under the handle (which someone told me was possibly an indication that the coffee pot may have been made by the Shakers – sadly, I cannot prove that). The pot is in good to very good condition: there are no splits, cracks or holes and the lid closes properly. The surface is dry and there is some light surface oxidation on the back, near the handle (heightened by the digital photo). Can’t you see Gabby Hayes offering Hopalong Cassidy coffee from the chuckwagon when he came in from a night of chasing banditos?
A late 19th century Victorian Inkwell in the shape of a shoe. The wooden shoe is covered in leather and includes a well under a cap for the glass insert for the ink and a groove at the top of the shoe for the straight-pen. Pen that is included may or may not be original to the shoe! The shoe is 7 ½” from toe to back, 3” high at the back and 2 ¼” wide at the bottom. Fine condition: there is no tears/splits in the leather, but there is rubbing on the surface of the shoe, on the top edges and on the inkwell cover. The wooden bottom shows wear. A rare survivor and a wonderful addition to any collection of early writing paraphernalia.
A rarity among rarities: a 19th century Miniature 6-Tube Tin Candle Mold with an arched base and applied handle. Each of the 6 tubes is 5 ¼" long and 7/8" in diameter. Overall height of the piece, including the arched base, is 7" and the mold is 5 ¾" x 3 3/8" at the base. Soldered construction and the edges of the base are rolled around a wire. Excellent condition with no splits, cracks, separations, etc. Surface oxidation is at a minimum, and the piece has a wonderful feel to it, with a dark and mellow patina. This example is one of the more unusual miniature candle molds that I have handled.
A very nice carved wooden decorative Peel, probably from the mid-1950s and most likely meant to hand on the wall. There is a beveled edge, meaning you could pick up a loaf of bread, etc., out of an oven and the piece does feel like it has been used, but I am not sure about age. It measures about 12 ¼” x 4 ¾” and has nice color and feel. The carvings appear to be hand-done and there is a hole at the top of the handle for hanging. Fine to very fine condition: there is an age/shrinkage line down the center, but the integrity of the piece is not threatened. Not edge splits, etc. A nice decoration for a country kitchen.
Two 10” tin candle molds, one with 3 tubes and the other with 4 tubes. The 4 tube example has a loop handle and tin base and crown; the 3 tube example has a tin crown, but no base and no handle (although it probably had one at some point!). The top and base on the 4 tube example measures 2 ¾” x 2 ½” and the 3 tube variety has a 3 ¼” x 1 ½” cap. Other than some dents on the tops and base and some light surface oxidation, the molds are in very good condition: no splits or holes in the tubes and a nice even surface that has never been painted. Both molds for one money.
Here is a hanging Match Box or Holder in original crusty Red Paint. The box, which dates to the middle of the 19th century has an arched back and small area of ribbing on the front panel (I assume where the matches would have been struck). It is 8 ¼” high to the top of the arch, 3 ¾” wide and 3 ½” deep. The red surface is dry and crusty; and the piece has some age and use appropriate wear, but no cracks, breaks, etc.
A very chunky working Bluebill Decoy, most likely from the 1950s. Found in upstate New York, he has what appears to be his original paint with some with some areas of overpaint. Flat bottom (weight has been removed) and tack eyes, he measures 12” from beak to tail, 6 ½” to the top of the head and his body is about 4 ½” wide. No splits or cracks but some paint rubbing on his head, the tip of his beak and on his tail. A very honest worker.
An 1825 marking sampler from Hanover, New Hampshire by Sally Parker Merrill. Sally dated this piece August 25, 1825, when she was 9 years old. It includes 4 alphabets, a separate vowel section (AEIOUY) and the numbers 1-10. At the very bottom are 2sprigs of flowers and a stylized “W”. It measures 11 5/8” x 10 ¾” and is housed in a wooden frame (12 ¾” x 12”)with an open back that shows how the sampler is stitched to the backboard. The stitch-work is neat and tidy and there are no tears, holes or missing stitches. Some white splotches or stains that only effect the first 3 numbers and the word “Aged”. Sally’s name and Hanover NH are not affected.
A small wooden Church made out of thin pieces of wood, probably cigar or shipping boxes. Late 19th/early 20th century most likely. Beautifully painted and a front door that is open (both panels of the door are present, one is pushed back and my fingers are too fat to bring it forward!). The steeple either never had or lost its spire; the chimney is complete. The detailed brickwork is wonderfully done. 4 7/8” x 7 ¼” x 6 ¼” (top of the steeple). The painted surface is original. A labor or love for someone and it would work extremely well with electric trains or a miniature village setting.
This yellow-painted Sewing Box is decorated on 4 sides and the lid with wonderful flower sprays. The decoration is hand-done in greens, blues, reds and pinks and there is a blue line border with “fleur de lis” in the corners of the lid. The box measures slightly over 7” square and is 3 ½” high. The interior is covered with red “Fleur de lis” on a gold cloth (or paper that very much feels like cloth) background. Nailed construction, the box probably dates to the early 20th century. It has been used but definitely not abused: the painting is complete with some bumping on the top and front side (showing up, probably, as white spots in the photos) and there is some soiling on the lid. The paper lining on the interior is very fine and complete! No splits or cracks.
An American Pewter Teapot, marked Danforth & Boardman (TD & SB – Thomas Danforth & Sherman Boardman of Hartford, CT). Dating to c. 1840, the teapot has 4 legs (as part of a base), an acorn and oak leaf finial on the lit, scrolled handle and molded goose-neck spout. The teapot is 9 1/2” to the top of the finial and 8 ½” from handle to spout. It retains the dull, natural finish and is in very fine condition with no splits, holes or breaks and only 1 minor dent on one side. There is a nice, impressed mark ((TD & SB in a rectangle) with some number (9 4 7). Looks great on the shelf!
Found in a barn, these are 3 early (dating from the 1940s to early 1950s) take-home Ice Cream Containers. 2 are cardboard (but not waxed) and one is a metal tin. All 3 have locations identified: square box from Norman’s Kill Farm Dairy, Albany, NY, “Velvet Ice Cream” 3 ½” x 3 ½” x 2 7/8” (in that part of the world, “Kill” refers to a stream or small river), c. 1950; Fairmont Imperial Bulk Ice Cream, “Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream,”, round, metal 32 oz. tin, Fairmont Foods, Parkersburg, W. VA., early 1950s – no zip code in the address; 3) Hancock County Creamery Ice Cream, Ellsworth, Maine, Sample Package, 2 ¾” (tapering to 2 ½” at the bottom) x 1 ½” x 3”, c. late 1940s (note the 3 digit phone number!). As noted, the containers were found in a barn and while they are sound without any major structural issues, I would not suggest you put ice cream that you plan to eat in them! They are soiled, there is some edge bumping, the tin has some rust on the bottom (I can’t get the lid off so I don’t’ know what the inside looks like), and the Albany box has a corner tear in the label (LL). Interesting shelf pieces if you have an ice cream collection!
A miniature carved Flying Canada Goose on a stand. Wonderful original paint and great form. The bird is about 7 ½” from beak to tail and the wing span is also 7 ½”; on the stand, it sits about 6” high. The paint is not blemished, but the left wing has been re-glued. The rest of the goose’s body is all one piece of wood. The carving was probably done in the 1960s or 1970s, but there is no signature or identifying mark.
This 10 ½” blown glass Apothecary Jar is labeled Erythrox: Coca. Erythrox: Coca is short for Erythroxylum Coca, a stimulant that was used to overcome fatigue and an anesthetic and analgesic to alleviate pain from headaches, wounds, sores, etc. all popular medications in the 19th century, which is when this jar probably dates to. The jar retains its original painted tin lid and original paper label, fastened to the inside; there is also a soiled, illegible partial paper label on the back side. 4 ½” diameter. Very fine condition with no cracks, lines or edge chips. Some minor paint wear and scratching on the lid. This ain’t for a cup of hot chocolate, but if you plan to use it for consumables, I’d suggest cleaning it thoroughly.
A nice, honest working Bluebill Duck Decoy with an unusual dangling weight arrangement. The decoy must have been made or modified for choppy water. It has a working repainted surface, carved bill, glass eyes and a very nice look. About 13 ½” from beak to tail, 6 ½” high and the body is about 5 3/8” wide. Good condition with a couple of thin age checks on its back, a shallow gouge to the left wing area, paint wear to the head and along the side of the bird toward the bottom, but nothing major. The cork-shaped weight is 1 1/8” long and fastened to the bottom with an eye hook and heavy copper wire.
This decorated tin baby rattle dates to the mid-late 19th century and is decorated in red. Although most of the decoration is worn away, you can make out stars and swags and what looks like a child sitting. The thing still rattles and the handle is hollow (not sure I want to know why!). Overall length is 6 ¼” and the diameter of the drum is 2 ¾”. The edges of the drum are rolled and the handle was soldiered in place. No splits, cracks or dents, but as noted, much if not most of the painted decoration is worn away.
Another necessity if you wind up having to Home School the kids this fall: a c. 1900 Slate Chalk Board, small enough to move around easily but large enough to display numerous multiplication tables (Ooops, do they still teach multiplication with tables in elementary schools these days?) The Slate is framed in a period, molded wood frame, which retains its original surface and color, and it measures 15 ½” x 11 ¾”. Generally very good condition: there are some small corner chips (probably from mounting in the frame) in 2 corners and a significantly larger surface break in a 3rd corner. Otherwise the Board is in good condition. You’ll have to supply your own chalk, but a great accessory for reminder notes like “Classes Start 8 a.m.” or “Quiz
A small, 19th century tin dust or crumb pan. Not sure how or if you can distinguish “Shaker Tin” from normal tin of the period, but this one sure has a Shaker look and feel to it. 7” wide at the bottom, 7 ½” to the top of the handle and about 1 ¼” thick at the top; the hollow handle is 2 ½” long. Soldiered edges and joints, it is in very fine condition with no splits, cracks or breaks and only minimal surface oxidation (which is heightened by the digital photo.
A miniature (1 ¾” in diameter, 2 ½” high) Helmet Butter Mold with star decoration. Probably used for individual pats of butter (for a really elegant table setting!) the wooden mold has a dark, mellow original surface. The 6-pointed star carving is crisp. No cracks or splits, only some minor edge and surface bumping.
A miniature splint basket shaped like a feather basket. No lid, but a high waste and round top. Basket measures 3 ½” in diameter at the top, stands about 6” tall and the bottom is 3 ¼” x 2 ½”. Very fine condition: reach nut-brown color, solid and no breaks, losses, etc. If it is not a mini feather basket and someone knows the form, I’d love for you to share it.
A nicely shaped Hand-Held Yarn Winder. Old refinish and measuring 14” x 9 ¾”, this was probably used to wind small hanks of yarn for personal or retail consumption. It is pegged with only tiny nails holding it together at the joints. Looks great hanging on the wall: it has been hanging in our house for years!
This Staffordshire child’s alphabet plate with a Civil War theme shows the arrival of General McClellan. McClellan is riding his prancing horse wit cheering soldiers all around. The plate, which dates c. 1865, is black transfer with underglaze polychrome highlights: red and blue for the flag that is being waved, green for the grass. The alphabet is crisply embossed in the rim and there is a red border line around the perimeter of the plate. It is 6” in diameter. McClellan, who was primarily a railroad man, helped to organize the Army of the Potomac and served briefly at the start of the Was as General-in-Chief. The plate is in very fine condition. The transfer is crisp and the molded alphabet strong. There are no chips, cracks or repairs. There is a scratch running from McClellan’s visible stirrup to the right edge of the transfer. This plate has a strong pearlware glaze, unusual for these kinds of kid’s dishes. No makers marks.
This Native American splint Picnic or Sewing Basket was found in Wisconsin many years ago. It retains its original lid, woven handle and has red and green weavers around the body of the basket. It measures approximately 12” x 6” and the basket itself is 8” high; add another 4” to the top of the handle. Very fine condition: nice, mellow color and no holes, splits or breaks, etc. Handle wraps are complete.
A carved maple Helmet Butter Mold w/ Carved Acorn & Leaf Decoration. The helmet is 3 5/8” in diameter and 2 ¼” deep. The plunger about 5” to the top of the knob. Very fine condition with crisp carving. 2 minor shallow age splits, one the top of the helmet and the other on the top edge of the mold.
2 (not a pair) of tiny, carved Balsa Wood ducks, dating c. 1890-1900. (One appears to be signed and dated 1890 and the other has what could be a signature but to my eyes it is illegible.). Both retain their original and well-worn, painted surface. They are extremely light-weight: their combined weight is less than ½ ounce (.44 ounces to be precise). They are approximately the same size: the larger of the 2 is about 4 ¼” from tail to beak and is 2” high to the top of the head; the other one is 4” from beak to tail and 2 ¼” high. The smaller one, with the painted ring around its neck has chunk missing off its beak, the head on the other has been reattached and both have normal bumps and scratches, but no splits or cracks. Fascinating little whimsies. Price includes shipping in the US.
A mid-20th Century Bluebill (Drake) Decoy in working repaint. 11 ¾” from bill today, 6 ¾” high and a chunky body about 4 ½” wide. Tack eyes; this bluebill is sitting very up-right. Fine used condition. Some minor paint scraping, mostly on the head, a shallow nick off the bill and minor paint rubbing on the tail. The weights on the bottom have been removed, although the holes remain. A nice worker for your flock.
A small tole Syrup Pitcher or Creamer decorated with traces of red fruit (?) green leaves and yellow swirls (colors are definitely enhanced in the photos). 4 ¼” tall, 4 ½” from handle to spout and 3” in diameter at the base. The lid fits (very!) snuggly and there are no holes, cracks or breaks. Crusty, dry surface with minimal surface oxidation (which may be enhanced by the photos).
A black transfer, American Historical Staffordshire Cup Plate showing a view of University Hall, Harvard, c. 1835. From the American Scenery Series by Job & John Jackson, the plate is 4 1/8” in diameter, and the transfer shows a horse and rider in the foreground with the Harvard building in the distance. It is in excellent condition with crisp transfer and no chips, cracks, lines, restorations, etc. No marks (except and impressed “star”). It is from an important California collection of Cup Plates.
A 4” BLUE transfer American Historical Staffordshire Cup Plate in the “American Marine” pattern by Francis Morley, c. 1850. This BLUE transfer is an unlisted form of an American Marine Cup Plate, which David Arman, in his book “Anglo-American Ceramic Cup Plates – Part I” lists ONLY in brown transfer! The scene on this cup plate shows a large sailing ship with a smaller ship in the foreground. The full border includes 4 cartouches of various sailing vessels. From an important California Cup Plate collection, the plate is in excellent condition with no flaws, nice color and a shiny glaze.
This Civil War era (c. 1863 or so) Staffordshire Child’s plate with underglaze polychrome highlights shows 2 foot soldiers in hand-to-hand combat. It is hard to tell if they are training or actually fighting (since they appear to be both wearing the same uniform). The actual transfer image itself is dark green and there is an embossed flower and vine border (kind of an odd combination for a war plate!). 7 3/8” in diameter, the plate is in very fine condition with no chips, cracks, lines, or restorations. There are no maker’s markings.
From a series of Staffordshire children’s plates showing famous Northern Civil War Generals, this lot shows Major General George G. Meade and General Halleck. Both plates have black transfer printed images of the men and both have borders embossed with the letters of the alphabet. Both are 5” in diameter. General Meade led Union troops to victory at the Battle of Gettysburg. General Henry Wager Halleck was the General-in-Chief of the Union Armies during the Civil War and prior to the conflict had been involved in paving the way for California to be admitted to the Union. Both plates are in excellent condition with clear, complete transfer images and no chips, cracks, lines or restorations.
A red (or Historical pink, as some call it) American Historical Stafforeshire Cup Plate: “View Near Sandy Hill” from the Scenic Views of the Hudson River Series by William Adams, c. 1830. The plate is 4” in diameter and shows a bucolic view of the Hudson Valley with a road and a lone figure walking. The floral border includes several different kinds of flowers. Clearly imprinted "Adams" on the back. From an important California Cup Plate collection, the little plate is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, lines or restorations. The transfer is crisp and the color strong.
A light blue American Historical Staffordshire Cup Plate from the “Scenic Views: Arms of the States” Series: New York from Weehakwen by Mellor, Venerables & Co., c. 1840. This little plate is 4” in diameter and shows a small view of New York from the New Jersey side of the Hudson (the western end of the Lincoln Tunnel: I guarantee you it does not look like that now!). The 12-sided plate has 4 small cartouches in the border showing coats of arms from 4 states, and there is a very faint impressed mark on the back that probably says “Ironstone.” The plate is from an important California Cup Plate Collection and is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, lines, restorations, etc.
A 4” brown transfer American Historical Staffordshire Cup Plate in the “American Marine” pattern by Francis Morley, c. 1850. The main transfer shows several relatively small sailing ships and a rowboat in the foreground. The full border includes 3 cartouches with a variety of ships surrounded by a “rope” border. This plate is carries and impressed mark. From an important California Cup Plate collection, the plate is in excellent condition with no flaws, a crisp transfer and a shiny glaze.
This mid-19th century New England Redware Mug or Porringer has splotches of manganese decoration. It is 4 ¾” in diameter at the top, 3” in diameter at the bottom and just over 4” tall. The piece is in fine condition: nice shiny glaze and attractive blue splotching. There are 2 small, shallow edge chips on the top edge (both about ¼”) and there is a very thin hairline associated with one (more obvious in the photos than in person). There is also some glaze wear at the bottom of the handle, but it is not a crack or a hairline; the handle is solid. Additional photos available.
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