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.
Be the first on your block to have one: a U.S. Patent Model for a Window Guard to prevent children from falling out of windows. The device is U.S. Patent No.153,260 dated 7/21/1874 (thanks to my daughter Abbie's great research skills!). There is an old label (dated 1874) attached: “G. Konigsberg, Device for preventing children from falling out of windows. May 9”. G Konigsberg is listed as the "Inventor." There is also a second partial label with a date of July 21 attached. All of this info matches the data on the Patent Document. The device measures 12” x 6 ½” x 3 ½” and the window frames move slightly up and down (there is an old nail that keeps them from moving more than an inch or so). Probably the original finish and no cracks, breaks, etc. There is also an old auction label from O. Rundle Gilbert, Garrison on the Hudson, NY; this piece was in a 1978 auction Gilbert held featuring 1000 “Authentic US Patent Models.” Definitely for someone who like Quirky things!
Something very different: a 19th century Scratch Grain Painted Gameboard in mustard and reddish-brown. Painted on a single board, 22 ¾” x 13 ¾” (and about ¼” thick), this piece retains its original scratch grain painted surface. The checker board is 8 squares x 8 squares, all separated by mustard lines. Nice mellow color with minimal bumps and bruises. One corner has been slightly clipped and the supports on the back show some wear, as is to be expected. There is an old surface split (through the second row up from the bottom in the first photo) that does not go all the way through the wood. I can’t say that I have ever seen another game board in original scratch grain paint.
Price: SALE pending
A small hollow cut silhouette of a man with ink highlights (hair, collar bow). Very nicely cut and framed in a period, if not original, grain painted frame (frame is actually quite nice). It measures 2 ¾” x 3 3/8” and the frame measures 4 5/8” x 5 3/8”. Very fine condition with norips, teas or creases, and no staining, only a couple of very light smudges on the paper, away from the image.
A signed and dated (9 November, 1829) full length Silhouette of a gentleman standing with his cane. The hollow cut silhouette is signed with the initials E.A.H.D. and dated 9th November, 1829 (both in the lower right corner) and the main is rater formally dressed, with a top hat. The area immediately around his feet has an ink wash on it. The silhouette measures 6 5/8” x 8 7/8” (sight) and is framed in a 20th century frame (overall frame size i7 3/8” x 9 ¼”. Very fine condition: no splits, tears, creases or stains in the paper and the cut-work is skillfully done. The man is quite elegant!
A most unusual hollow cut silhouette of a gentleman and his horse. The man is dressed in formal attire with a top hat and tails and the horse is standing at attention. They are facing each other. Notice that the horse only seems to have 3 legs! The silhouette dates to the 1830-1840 period. Sight size is 9 ¼” x 7 ½” and it is framed in a gold and black enamel frame. Overall frame size is 11 ¼” x 9 ½”. Very fine condition. There are no rips, tears or creases in the paper, nor ay staining and the cut-work is crisp. I don’t think I have seen another period silhouette with a horse before.
This box is very definitely a "Wow"! A 19th Century (c. 1840 or so) Wallpaper Trinket Box decorated with its original pincushion theorem (flower decoration). This all-cardboard box would most likely have been use for sewing notions. It measures 4 ¾" x 3 ¼" x 2 ½" (height to top of pincushion). It retains its original ribbon hinges and bright pink interior paper. Excellent condition: solid with no splits, tears, etc. Wallpaper (inside and out) is complete with only slight lifting at the top-edge in the front. Pincushion bordered by original cotton yarn. This one looks like it spent the last 150+ years buried in a trunk and was hardly used when it was new.
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.
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 most unusual, small New England Hanging Pipe Box with shaped top and a drawer, c. 1820. The box retains its original red painted surface. It is only 11 ½" tall, and 5" x 2 ¾". It has a small drawer at the bottom and a lollipop finial at the top; the front and sides of the opening at the top are shaped. Although the box is not dovetailed, it is held together by early, tiny nails. Very good condition, with no splits or cracks; there is a small piece out of the base in the lower left back corner which is not noticeable when the box is hanging. Some use-appropriate wear to the painted edges, and the paint is tight and mellow. I have not seem this form pipe box in this small size previously. Out of a house in Northern Vermont.
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.
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.
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 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 large Yellow Ware Rolling Pin with the original wooden handles. The pottery roller is 8” x 3” (diameter) and each handle is approximately 4” (total width is about 16”). Excellent condition: no chips, cracks, etc. Clean and usable (if so desired) and the handles have a smooth, mellow patina (gotta love the burn-marks on the ends of both handles: a bit too close to the heat source, I would say!)
A rare metal Dolbey’s Ice Cream Tray with an image of an ice cream sundae and a brick of ice cream. Above the image it reads “Dobley’s The Cream of All Ice Creams.” Dolbey’s ice cream was a local, Rhode Island favorite and operated in the 1920s, before merging with another company in 1928. The metal tray is relatively heavy, has a gold painted back and good color on the front. There is some wear from use (imagine all thos hot fudge sundaes sliding across the tray as the waitress carried it to your table!) but there are no splits, cracks, rust, etc. It is 13” square and the sides are about ¾” high. I doubt if very many of these have survived.
A very colorful wooden fishing lure or fish decoy with molded metal fins and a tin tail. The lure is decorated with orange and blue (black?) circles on a cream-color body, and the metal fins are embossed and have a molded $1.75 price tag on the bottom (have never seen anything like that before!). It also has carved and painted eyes. The lure measures 9 ½” from nose to tail, 1 ½” high and the body is about ½” wide. Given the $1.75 price, if in fact it relates to the lure itself, I would date it to the 1950s. It is in very fine condition: no splits, cracks, etc and the paint shows only very minor wear.
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 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.
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.
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 framed miniature American needlework sampler, dated 1834, by Eliza Ann Eames. The sampler sight size 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, but tears or major holes. The stitch-work looks complete. Conservation-framed very recently in an olive wood frame. The price includes free shipping.
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 late 19th century Skate Maker’s Trade Sign, found in Michigan. Iron (blade including the curl in the front) and tin, the “foot” of the skate retains its original light-blue surface, both top and bottom. It sits on a custom table-top stand. The sign measures 21 ½” x 5” (at the widest point); with the stand, it is 17 ½” high and the base measures 15 ¾” x 3”. The “Curl” is about 5 ¼” high and 3 ¾” wide; the iron is 3/16” thick. Excellent weathered condition throughout; the surface is dry and crusty just like you want to find it. No splits, cracks, etc. and the only “alteration” is that the prong that fits into the base seems to have been welded onto the skate to keep it stable. (I also can include a custom hanging bracket that allows you to hang the Skate on the wall.) Price includes $50 toward insured shipping (USPS or FedEx), with a partial refund provided if the actual shipping is less. A most attractive and unique trade sign.
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 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.
An early 20th century splint fishing creel, in original red paint and decorated with a black fish (either free-hand or stenciled) on the front. It has a shaped body, including curvature on the back to allow it to fit against the fisherman's hip. There is no lid (it probably had a solid wooden lid), and although the original leather hinges are still there, there is no strap or way to attach it to the belt (note that the bailing twine was added so the basket could be displayed). Overall measurements are 11 ½" wide x 5" deep x 6 ½" high. The basket is in used, but not abused condition. The paint shows evidence of wear with the sides and back either never having been painted or having most of the paint worn away. The basket is solid, but there are scatted broken splints and some breaks to the top edge wraps. And as mentioned, the lid is gone. The leaping fish decoration is quite funky. This basket was found in Western Michigan over 30 years ago and has been hanging in our collection.
A late 19th century Oil on Artist Board painting of 4 Kittens. 18” x 14” (sight) and framed in a period, if not original, Gold Frame (22 ¼” x 18”). The painting is probably American: the artist board has an old label from a Buffalo, NY art supply company. The painting is in very good condition: clean and free of holes, lost paint or other damage. There is a small bit of craquelure at the top, above the image of the cat on the left: does not affect that cat, only the background. A very folksy and charming image.
Wilson’s Improved Coffee Mill or Grinder to mount on the wall in your kitchen. The grinder dates to c. 1895 (when grinding coffee at home became popular) and includes a tin label that reads “Wilson’s Improved Coffee Mill – Patented.” The grinder is mounted on a wooden block (6 ½” x 5 ¾”) that could be mounted on a wall. The crank turns smoothly and the cast iron mill is in very fine condition but I have not tried to grind coffee in it. There is an age split on the wooden handle knob, but it is not in danger of falling off and has no splinters. A nice decorative accessory for your country kitchen.
Price: sale pending
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 late 20th century fishing lure or decoy with red & white painted surface, bright blue tack eyes and tin fins and tail. It is 8” long and 1 3/8” high; the body is just under ¾” thick and it has an inletted weight under the front fins. The pointed nose and the blue eyes give it a very “friendly” appearance. Very fine condition with little wear to the paint and only some slight soiling on the white-painted head.
A small, undated and unsigned needlework marking sampler, highlighted with a row of trees and birds along the bottom. English or American, the sampler dates c. 1825 and measures 7 ¾” x 8 ½” (framed in an embossed contemporary frame that measures 11” square (note: a previous owner took great care in framing this piece—acid free mounting and conservation glass. Someone spent a fair amount of money framing this sampler!). There are 2 complete alphabets and the extra letters A-E (right side of the 3rd row). It is stitched in brown, tan and green silk threads, and there are 3 letters stitched in black (middle row). The bottom row includes 4 trees (green) and 3 birds (light brown). There are no holes or areas of staining. The stitch work is virtually complete with only a very few, scattered missing stitches, probably the work of a young child.
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.
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 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 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 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!
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 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 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.
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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
A small, probably American, Schoolgirl Needlework Sampler by Esther Dexter. The sampler is dated 1825 (lower right) in the 11th year of Esther’s age. There is no indication of location. The sampler has 4 alphabets, the numbers 1-13, several stitched embellishments (3 hearts, a diamond) and the following text at the bottom (in black/dark brown and light blue): “Esther Dexter Sampler made in the 11th year of her age, 1825 Born September the 17th 1814.” All the stitching is surranded by a simple border. The sampler measures 12 ¼” x 9 ½” and is housed in a contemporary wooden frame (from a local-to-me quality frame shop). It is in very fine condition: stitch work is virtually complete (only the “Y” in the large script alphabet is missing) and there are no obvious pulls; and there are no holes, tears, etc. in the linen; the only staining is light and in one small area at the right-center. A nice example of a young girl’s first attempt at needlework.
This miniature Native American Covered Basket measues 3” x 2” x 1 ¾” (high) and wonderful colored “weavers” (warm rich shades of red, brown and green). With a wonderful, mellow patina, this basket was probably sold as a tourist souvenir in the early 20th century; there is a hand-written “5” on the bottom which probably means 5 cents (don’t worry, I’m asking for more…). The basket displays nicely, but it is not perfect: the lid is in good condition with only a minor break; the base has some significant breaks and a top corner blown-out. Even with these issues, when the lid is on the basket displays very nicely. Price includes free postage
An ornately molded tin Victorian Sewing Bird, patent dated (on the leading edge of the winds) 1853. Sewing birds were essentially clamps that attached to a table or other piece of furniture and held fabric (in the bird’s mouth) to make sewing easier. The usually had a pincushion (sometimes 2) attached; this one has the holder in place but the cushion is gone. Otherwise, fine condition with a mellow surface, crisply molded decorative details, a screw-clamp that works and the bird will hold fabric securely. And if you want, you can add your own small pincushion. Price includes free shipping.
This 4 5/8” 2-Finger Oval Box retains its natural color and has a nice, mellow patina. It measures 4 5/8” x 3 3/8” x 1 5/8” (high). Both old nails and small pegs are holding it together and the lid fits snuggly. There is a very thin gouge out of the top edge, a couple of thin splits on the bottom and a slight blemish in the edge of the lid, but otherwise the box is in good condition with nice shadowing under the lid. It probably dates c. 1880.
This 5 ¾” 2-Finger Oval Box has been scraped down to its old (original) red painted surface. It measures 5 ¾” x 4 ¼” x 2 ¾” (high) and its fingers go in opposite directions. Nailed construction. It shows signs of being well-used: there are bumps and bruises, including a small chip out of the lid, a 1” narrow chunk out of the bottom edge, a couple of chips on the underside and another 1” narrow chips out of the edge of the lid. Certainly not pristine, but sound enough to sit in the middle of your stack. The color is warm and mellow.
A small Shenandoah Valley of Virginia Egg basket, 6 ¾” x 7” and about 6 ¾” high. Extremely tight construction, with uniform, rich color. Solid and tight with only a very few some scattered breaks around the neck in the rim wraps. More photos available upon request.
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.
A rare and all original oval Shaker Pincushion Box, dating to the early to mid 19th century. The box has 3 fingers, its original natural wood surface and the original red cloth covering the pincushion. It measures 5" x 3" x 3 1/8" (high). Nice shadowing under the lid and the original banding at the base of the pincushion. Very fine condition: mellow color and no cracks, splits or breaks in the box, only a tiny finger-nail gouge along the bottom edge (under the fingers). There are some scattered, small losses in the red cloth covering, the largest being about ½" (all visible in the photo). A rare Shaker find in original condition like this one. Additional photos available upon request.
A very early, c. 1800, perhaps a bit earlier, 3-Finger Oval Box with iron tacks and natural wood stain. The box measures 4 ½” x 3 3/8” and is 2 ¼” high. Nut brown surface, nice shadowing under the lid and what may be the original cloth liner on the bottom. Very fine condition with no cracks or splits, only some very slight roughness along the bottom edge. Lid fits snugly. A great box for the top of your stack.
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.
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.
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.
The “Columbian Star” pattern by John Ridgway adorns this American Historical Staffordshire Cup or Children’s toy plate (both were probably the same) by John Ridgway, 1840. The pattern was made for the 1840 Presidential Campaign of William Henry Harrison, with the log cabin emphasizing Harrison’s connection to the “common man.” The plate is 3 ¾” in diameter, with a light blue transfer. There is a faint impressed mark on the underside but I cannot make it out. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, lines, or restorations. From an important California collection: please don’t hesitate to contact me if you are looking for anything specific.
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.
A printed handkerchief from the 1884 Presidential Election Campaign showing images of Republican Candidates James G. Blaine (of Maine) and John A. Logan of Illinois. Blaine was Speaker of the House of Representatives and Logan was a US Senator from Illinois. Blaine and Logan lost the election to Grover Cleveland. The election took place in the middle of what is called The Age of the Robber Barons and you might be amused to read some of the allegations made against all the candidates! The handkerchief measures 19” x 18 ½” and in addition to the images of Blaine and Logan, there is an Eagle. It is in fine condition: clean with no holes, tears, etc. The printed images are strong and there is only one noticeable stain, right at the Eagle’s mouth. Insured postage in the US will be free for this item.
A very large, 17 ½” diameter wooden bowl (probably maple) with original gray-blue paint on the exterior. The bowl is 5” deep and the wood about ½” thick. It has a small foot rim and is “gently” out of round. Very fine condition with some paint wear on the exterior and a tight line that probably happened in the making. Great as a centerpiece or hang it on your wall. Better yet, use it as a community hot fudge sundae bowl!
Price: Sale pending
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.
A pristine miniature splint Buttocks Bottom Basket (probably ash splint) with a ½” wide bentwood handle. Single-wrapped rim. Nice nut-brown color and no splits, breaks or missing pieces. Tight and well made. 5” x 4” (at the top) and about 5 ½” high at the handle. A great addition to your miniature basket collection!
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 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.
2 similar Duck Silhouette Carnival Knock-Down Figures, probably from the mid-20th century. Not a pair (they are slightly different shape and size and one is thicker than the other), these black and white birds have red bills, red button eyes (one eye on each is a button, 1 has a painted red eye and the other only has an visible eye on one side). Note the tails are different, also. I’m not sure exactly how they were mounted, but there are drilled holes (2) along the bottom edge of each. As noted, one is about ¾” thick and the other about ½” thick: I am assuming the extra thickness was a trick to make them more difficult to knock down and therefore prevent the Carnival Game operator from having to give away more than a minimum number of prizes. The ducks are approximately 14 ½” x 11” with the thickness as noted above. A really funky example of Carnival memorabilia.
This 8 ½” Oak Splint Handled Basket is about a tight and pristine as you will find. About 9 ½” high to the handle, the basket is slightly out of round, measuring 8 ½” x 8 ¾” (at the handle), Double-wrapped rim and solid bent-wood handle. Push-up bottom. The rim has early green paint and the side is decorated with what appear to be human figures (I’ve had this basket for over 25 years and I always thought the decoration on the side was just splotches of color; after looking at the photos, I have decided that they are people, don’t by a very unsophisticated hand!) The basket has a rich nut-brown color and probably dates to the early 20th century.
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 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 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 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.
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 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 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 9 ½” Gray-painted Pantry Box with initials (LBW) on the lid. The gray painted surface is original and shows nice shadowing under the lid. The box is 4 ½” high and is in very fine condition. It is solid and there are no major splits or breaks. There are a couple of small rough spots along the bottom edge, a ½” split, also on the bottom edge, and split (about 3”) where the side is tacked together and some roughness along the joint. The inside is clean and the box can be used for storage as the lid fits snugly. A great size and color for your stack.
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 very unusual pewter ice cream mold from the early 20th century: a Bicycle and Rider. The mold, especially on the inside, has nice detail and although I cannot find a name, the numbers 431 are visible on the rider's right hip. The mold stands 4" tall and about 4 ½" from front to read (including the hinge). It is clean and free of rusts, etc., but the hinge is slightly bent, meaning it does not close tightly. But since I doubt if anyone will use it for ice cream, that should not be much of an issue. There are no cracks or breaks.
Price: SaLE pending
A late 19th century Chalkware Dog (a spaniel) in a sitting position in original painted surface. The dog is about 8 ½” tall and the octagonal base measures 5 ½” x 3 ¾”. Nicely molded detail on the face and the dog’s fur. Hollow and the sides are about ¼” thick. The dog is in fine condition: there are no chips, cracks or breaks and except for some minor and scattered areas where the painted surface has worn down to the white chalk, the surface is original and not re-painted. I don’t know if the dog was originally this color or if it has soiled from being handled, etc. (well-loved). Note the collar with a locket. Strong resemblance to the Staffordshire Dogs of the period.
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, 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 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.
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