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.
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 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.
This red and white fishing lure or decoy has a nicely carved body with a curve to the tail. Original working waint with some m inor chipping on the head and rubbing on the body. All fins are present and the lead weight still in place. 6” long and about an inch high, with painted eyes. A nice honest worker!
A working fishing lure or decoy, shaped like a Sunfish. It is 5” from nose to tail and about 1 ¾” high. Painted eyes and a slight curve to the tail. The gills and mouth are carved, and there are slits for the fins on the sides and top, but the fins are not there. Original lead weight is present. Rubbing of the paint on the tips of the tail and around the mouth and the bottom edge of the right side of the head back to the weight.
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.
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!
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!
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 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 very small (Miniature?) Splint Basket with handle. 6 5/8” x 6 ¼” at the top and about 6 1/2:” to the top of the handle. Nice nut-brown color, even throughout. Very tight and firm with no broken splints, holes, etc. Carved wooden handle and slightly arched bottom edge.
A small (4 ¾”) 2 finger oval box with original putty and black grain painting. The box. Has the fingers pointing in opposite directions, and they ae secured with tiny tacks. It is 3 ¼” across and 1 ½” high, great for near the top of your stack. The box and the paint are in excellent condition: no splits, cracks, breaks in the box and no wear to the paint. Box is tight and the lid fits snugly. An excellent example.
A very graphic 19th century Inlaid Mahogany 1-Drawer Sewing Box. There is a round spool holder incorporated into the top and curved legs Overall height is 8 ½” and the box (including the splayed legs) is 7 ¼” square. Nice mellow surface with a great patina. Nailed construction on the drawer and the legs are screwed in place. It has been gently used: there Is some edge bumping and minor chipping, one leg shows an old and barely noticeable repair and of the rods that holds the spools may have been replaced. Purportedly to have been sailor-made, but I have no way of verifying that.
A very early (c. 1910, perhaps a bit earlier) printed cloth “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” game (kind of looks like a mule to me, but I grew up in New Jersey!). Gotta love the title: “Your Donkey Party!” The fine linen cloth measures 27” x 25” and is in fine condition, given the kind of use it must have received. There is some minor creasing (probably fixable with a proper ironing), scatter, light staining/soiling and some edge tears. But no major rips or hole. The printing is strong, the “instructions” are very legible and in general, a wonderful piece of nostalgia. The cloth is lacking the “tails” that probably came with the game, but I’m sure people can improvise. Do kids play this game at birthday parties any more? Postage in the US is free on this piece.
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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.
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.
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 folksy pictorial hooked rug showing 2 gray cats sitting on a roof, surrounded by pastel-colored flowers. The rug measures 34" x 27" and is hooked in gray, purple, rose, blue, dark green and pink. It has a black cloth binding and there is a dark blue sleeve across the top of the back side for a hanging rod. Hand-hooked, probably from the mid-20th century, the rug is in very fine condition with no holes, tears, staining, etc.
A signature or presentation quilt with signatures (on the back of the quilt) from both New York and Boston. It was probably made as a wedding gift and signed by family and friends on the back side c. 1875. Simple red and white pattern that is nicely quilted. The signatures appear in “clumps” on the back. From Boston, the names include Blanchard, Wegg, Adams, Thomas, Porter, Rowe and others that are illegible to me. The New York names include Blanchard, Murrell, Richard, Brackett, Thayer, Pinkham and again, others that I cannot decipher. The quilt measures 86” x 80” and is in fine condition: there are some scatter spots, some minor seam splits (mostly on the back side) and 1 very small hole on an edge. The binding is worn a bit in spots, but not fraying or coming loose, and there are no large holes or tears. And no unpleasant odor.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 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.
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!
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
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.
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.
A small (7 ½” diameter) Swing Handle Nantucket Basket with wooden bottom. The basket has a wonderful, nut-brown color, shaped handle, and it is very tight. Slightly out of round, it is 7 ½” x 7 ¼” in diameter and 3 ¾” high (8” to the top of the handle). One side of the basket has sunk slightly (no breaks, probably happened when it was first made and not dry yet) and is only 3 ¼” high. Very fine, original condition with only one rim-wrap missing.
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).
This large bird (probably a Dove, but possibly a pigeon) Squeak Toy dates to the late 19th or early 20th centuries. It stands 9” tall and is 9 ¾” from beak to tail (the base – the squeaker – measures 4” x 2” x 1 ½”). Original painted com position surface (probably papier mache) with only a few scatter spots of paint rubbing. Fine to very fine condition and the squeaker even works, faintly, sometimes! A nice, oversized addition to your collection!
This Needlework Famly Register of the Heywood Family from Winchendon, MA was stitched c. 1833 by 15 year old Sophia E. Heywood. Silk thread on a very fine linen cloth, the Register includes the birth and marriage dates of Rial Heywood and Betsy Palmer, and chronicles the births of 7 Heywood children. There is a very elaborate floral and vine border, similar in style to other samplers/registers from the region. Sophia has included aa green saw-tooth frame around the genealogical information. The piece measures 17 ½” x 14 ¾” and is framed in a simple contemporary narrow black frame (20” x 17”) with a narrow green mat. The Register is in very fine condition with rich color and shiny silk thread. The linen backing is very fine: it has some very scattered light foxing and some light bleeding in the center and a tiny hole over Sophia's name. Some genealogy available. There may be some connection to the Heywood-Wakefield Furniture factory of Gardner, MA, a neighboring town.
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.
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 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.
A large, hollow and very unusual Chalkware figure of General George Washington astride a white horse. Washington has his sabre drawn. He is wearing a blue waistcoat with gold trim and a blue hat. They sit on an elaborate base decorated with 5-pointed stars. The figure is 12 ½” tall and the oval base is 8 ½” x 3 ¼”. Very fine condition: no cracks breaks or obvious repairs. The paint is worn (typical of these painted pieces), but the wear just adds a mellowness to the figure. I date this to the late 19th century, possibly as early as the Centennial in 1876. It is a most unusual Chalkware form and the size makes it special.
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.
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.
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 miniature American needlework sampler, dated 1834, by Eliza Ann Eames. The sampler measures 8” x 7”. Eliza stitched this piece when she was 12 and it includes 2 complete alphabets, a partial (a-s) and the numbers 1-8. In addition, there are the numbers “1 2 8 7” (above her name, to the left of the 1834 date); I have no idea what they are supposed to mean. It is in good condition: there are a couple of minor thin spots in the linen backing on the upper right and some areas of light staining (somewhat amplified by the digital photos), but no major tears or holes (a small hole or pull in the linen foundation in the upper right, not effecting any of the lettering). The stitch-work is complete, save perhaps for breaks in the stitched lines separating the various alphabets, and the “l” in Eliza has been re-done (in black!). Framed in a contemporary olive wood frame.
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.
A small, signed decorative Loon Decoy signed by Maryland carver (Frederick) Steiner Pierce of Havre de Grace, MD (upper end of the Cheasapeake Bay). S. Pierce is the brother of the more famous Maryland carver Jim Pierce, but his work is quite accomplished. This carving measures about 10” from the beak to the tail and is 4” to the top of his head. Incised and painted eyes and a partially open bill. Pierce worked in the 1970s, after learning carving from his more famous brother. This loon is in very fine condition: there is a slight white paint smudge on the right side of the bird’s head, but beyond that, no blemishes or faults. Nice original paint and a strong signature on the bottom.
A flock of 15 Miniature Flying Mallard flat-back duck carvings by John Lee Baldwin (1868-1938) of Babylon, NY (Long Island). These Mallards (all drakes) were made to mount on a plaque or a wall and they range in size from 5 ¾” x 2 ¾” to 7” x 3 ¼”. 8 are flying to the left, 7 to the right (I will refrain from political commentary here!) and they all date to the early 20th century (Baldwin died in 1938). All are in excellent, original condition: a very few have small spots of scuffed paint, but all are complete with no cracks, breaks or missing pieces. Some have little holes on the back for mounting, others do not. I’ve always thought these would make a spectacular display mounted on a wetlands mural but I never had the skill or ability to pull it off.
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.
An usual Double Rooster Squeak Toy dating to c. 1900 or perhaps a bit earlier. The toy features to virtually identical molded papier mache roosters facing each other. Each bird is about 2 ¾” from beak to tail and about 2” high and they are sitting on a wood and cloth baffle that measures 4 7/8” x 1 ¼”. The toy, which is not marked but probably of German origina, is in good condition: it does not squeak (the baffle is torn in several places), but the paint on the roosters and the top of the base is strong. There appears to be some touch-up on the cloth baffle.
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.
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 very unusual glass-door carved wall box (from Pennsylvania, I was told) with its original blue painted surface, paint-embellished carvings and 2 crests. The glass door swings open (to the right) and the glass insert is surrounded by crisp saw-tooth and zig-zag carvings. The crest above the door is carved with a multi-colored flower or sunburst, and both sides have multi-colored pinwheel carvings (2 on each side). The second crest is an extension of the back board and is used for hanging the box. The box is 6 ¾” wide and 8 ¾” high; height to the top of the hanging crest is 11 ¾”. The box is 3 ½” deep and with the door, overall depth is 4” Rich, mellow color on the sides and in the carvings and traces of the blue on the top and bottom. The box is in wonderful condition: there are signs of use, but no cracks, breaks, splits, etc. Some wear to the paint on the sides. The glass has probably been replaced. I am not sure what would have been kept in the box.
A hump-back Redhead Duck Decoy from Harsen's Island, Michigan in working repaint. The bird has glass eyes and a heavy lead keel. Note the 'squared-off" chest. It measures 14 ½" x 7 ½" x 8" high; the hump-back is about 6" high. A nice worker with a solid paint and a couple of thin, shallow age cracks. "Harsen's Is" written on the bottom in pencil; Harsen's Island is at the mouth of Lake St. Clair. There also a label taped to the bottom that reads "Michigan Lake Erie.
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 primitive oil on canvaslandscape painting of a Mountain and a Lake is unsigned and was probably done by a talented amateur. Most likely late 19th century American, it shows an autumn scene of what might well be Mt. Monadnock in Southern New Hampshire. There is a man fishing and 2 people on the bank at the lower right. It is housed in a period and probably original frame. The painting is 12 ½” x 8 ½” (sight) and the frame measures 17 ¾” x 13 ¼”. Condition is very fine. I had it professionally cleaned when I got it about 15 years ago and there are no holes, tears, etc. in the canvas. Minor losses to the frame.
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.
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 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 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.
This miniature splint handled basket is about 5” in diameter at the top and the bottom is 3 ¾” square; to the top of the handle, it measures bout 6 ½”. Very fine condition: uniform color, tight weave and no breaks, holes, etc. Just simply a nice basket.
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
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.
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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.
An unusual, small Hanging Spoon Rack and Shelf in old black paint. The piece is 14” wide, 7” high and the shelf on top is almost 3” wide. Rounded corners and shaped braces. The back shows a varied paint history and “Ralph Kerr South St” is stamped into the back of the shelf board (not the easiest thing to photograph!). Solid, and no splits or cracks. Paint shows some wear and edge bumping. Baskets not included, but if you have some old pewter spoons, they would display wonderfull.
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.
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!”
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 large 19th century Cutlery Tray or Knife Box with scalloped edges in its original red surface. The form is very sculptural and the piece is nicely dovetailed. It measures about 15” x 10 ½” and it is about 7 ½” to the top of the handle. The center divider is inset into the ends and the sides are nailed to the one-piece bottom. The color is rich and mellow. There are some bumps and bruises but nothing structural and the bottom is separating slightly from the sides in places (drainage!). It weighs 3 pounds, before packing.
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.
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 nicely carved and painted miniature Snow Goose, signed “S. Pierce HDG MD” (Frederick Steiner Pierce, Havre de Grace, Maryland). Steiner pierce is the brother of the more famous Maryland carver Jim Pierce. This bird dates c. 1990 (Steiner Pierce did not start carving until he was in his 70s). The bird is about 6” from breast to tail and about 3 ¼” high. The head is nicely turned to the right, and Pierce signed it in pencil (lightly) on the bottom. Excellent original condition: no splits, cracks, etc. and the paint is untouched. You don’t find many snow goose decoys.
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.
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.
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 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, 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 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 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 clean and visually striking miniature canvasback duck (male) decoy with crisp paint and carved bill. The little duck dates to the late 20th century. It is 6” from beak to tail, about 2 ¾” high and 2 ¼” wide at the body. No signature or maker’s marking. Nice strong pain with some detailing on the rear of the bird. Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, missing paint, etc.
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 is a brightly colored, paper-covered cardboard Pincushion Theorem Box with a mirror inside the lid. The pincushion is decorated with a Token of Affection (“To the Loveliest”), red flowers and green leaves; the lid has an embossed paper boarder and the sides have multi-colored stripes; inside the paper is bright pink! It is 5” wide, 3 ½” deep and about 2” high. The box is complete, but with some condition issues: there are edge bumps and rubs, and the right front corner is split; the lid lifts off completely (others I have seen have the lid and base attached with ribbon); and the inside mirror is cracked. The decorated pincushion is, by itself, in fine condition with only some age darkening. The overall colors remain strong, for the most part. These boxes date to the last ¼ of the 19th century and were love tokens, perhaps souvenirs sold at county fairs, etc.
A very dark blue American Historical Staffordshire Cup Plate “Holliday Street Theatre, Baltimore” by Henshall & Co., Longport, Burslem, c. 1825. A rare view (Baltimore views are extremely rare on American Historical Staffordshire), the plate shows the theatre wihin a Fruit and Flower Border. It measures 3 ½” in diameter and except for a very fine hairline in from the right edge at about 3 o’clock (more noticeable from the back side than on the face of the plate), the plate is in fine condition with rich color and crisp transfer. The plate is from an important California Collection of American Historical Cup Plates; check my other DigAntiques listings or contact me if you are looking for anything specific.
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 small ram shaped Shooting Gallery Target has a couple of coats of newer white paint. It is 6 ½” x 5 ½” (high) and fastened to 2 small iron plates at the feet. ¼” thick iron in very fine condition: some minor paint flaking and 1 small oxidation spot on the right rump, there are no dents or evidence that anybody actually hit it with a shot. Nice form.
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.
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 small hanging Wall Box, scraped down to the original green painted surface. It has a boldly arched backboard. It probably was used for matches or perhaps keys and dates to the second half of the 19th century. The green surface, which looks blue in certain light, is dry and crusty; it was covered with shiny black paint when I got it, and traces of that black paint remain. It measures 7” to the top of the arch, 4 ½” wide and 3” deep. Very fine condition with age and use appropriate light wear: no cracks, chips or breaks.
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!
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