West Pelham Antiques
Update Profile 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 string of 3 carved and painted Wooden Fish (probably rainbow trout) dating from the mid-20th century. Realistic undulation to the bodies of the fish, carved eye holes and carved mouths. Original painted surface with only some minor scuffing. The larger fish is 12” long and about 3” wide at the center of the body; each of the smaller fish are about 8” long. The wider, flatter fish is about 1 ¾” wide at the center of the body and ½” thick with a wider tail; the plumper fish is about the same width but almost 2” thick. No splits or cracks or repairs.
A charming small watercolor Theorem on Paper showing a basket of flowers. The image is about 5 7/8” in diameter and it is framed in a period lemon-gold frame that measures7 1/8” square. Very strong pastel colors that have held up very well; there is intricate detail in the basket. No visible signature (it was framed when I got it). Very fine condition with no tears or creases to the image, only some light toning around the edge of the circular mat.
A very neat and tidy American Needlework Sampler, dated 1838, by Charity Jane Kyle, La Grange, New York. Charity Jane included a verse by Abolitionist and Scottish Poet James Montgomery and stitched a small sailing ship at the top of the verse. The sampler is stitched in dark green, tan and white (possibly silver). There are 5 motifs under the signature block including a flying bird (dove?) and there is a bold zig-zag border with baskets of flowers. Sight size is 17 ½” x 16 ½” and it is nicely frames in a contemporary but appropriate frame (frame size is 19 ¾” x 18 ¾”). Excellent overall condition: neat and tidy stitching, no stitch lost, clean linen backing without stains, holes, tears, etc.
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.
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 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 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!)
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.
A simple and honest 3-color American Game or Checkerboard with breadboard ends. The surface is original. The 8 x 8 squares are dark and lighter red and divided by yellow lines. The playing surface measures 9 ¼” x 9” and the individual squares are approximately 1” square (obviously, hand painted). Overall dimensions of the board are 21 ½” x 12” and it is ¾” thick. The board is in very fine condition: the painted surface is complete and free of all but very minor scraping (normal use) and the board itself only has a couple of short thin age splits. Some bumping and rubbing on the edges, again commensurate with normal use. The red colors are rich and warm.
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.
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.
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/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 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 crisply carved, expressive Carved Wooden (half) Horse Head in its original painted surface, dating c. 1900 or perhaps a bit earlier. This horse has character! Not sure if it was a wall mounting from a carousel or if it was meant to stand alone; there is a notch at the bottom of the neck leading me to suspect that it fit into something. The back side is flat and as weathered as the front side. Original painted surface (the green on the bridal is great!). The detail in the carving is amazing and. You can almost feel the fire in his/her eyes, not to mention the bite of the teeth. The horse head itself is 17” high and 12” wide; on the custom metal stand (included) it is 20 ½” tall. Very fine condition with only some minor bumping/rubbing on the deeply carved mane and face; the nostril/mouth is separate from the rest of the head and I do not know if it was carved that way or if it split and was re-attached.
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.
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.
This decorated dome topped toleware Document Box is decorated in 3 colors – Red, Green and Yellow, and measures 8 ¼” x 4 ½”; it is 5 ¼” high to the top of the dome. The box has a decorated panel around the front and 2 sides showing red flowers and green leaves, and the lid, in addition to double yellow lines, has yellow swags. As do the sides of the lid and under the side panels. The lid and the top edge of the box are rolled over wire. Condition is very good, with the expected wear to the paint decoration (the digital photographs probably enhance it a bit). There are no splits, cracks or breaks in the tin, surface oxidation is at a minimum and the lid closes securely, although the staple is missing (from the hasp).
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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 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 heavy sheet metal, mid-20th century cow weathervane. Mounting loops on one side (no stand or base), 20” from nose to tail and about 13 ½” to the top of the head. Wonderful, mellow surface with no cracks, breaks or rust, only some minor darkening of the surface, and a slight vertical curvature at the shoulder where the metal post was located. A great wall mounting.
A wonderful, small 19th century Paint Decorated Dometop Box with tumbling blocks in mustard yellow and brown decoration. Box is dovetailed (crisp dovetailing), with brass handle and escutcheon, strap hinges and little brass feet. It is lined in black velvet. 10 ½” x 6 ¼” x 5” high. Very graphic and in excellent condition with only widely scattered, minor paint bumping. Box is constructed out of a heavy, dense wood. What an elegant way to store your jewelry.
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 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.
A large and most unusual hinged butter mold with a flower carved interior. The mold creates an oval or football-shaped lump of butter that is 6 ¾" x 3 ½" and is 1 ¾" thick. There are iron hinges on the exterior and the mold is held together with an iron hook at one end. Fascinating construction that I have never seen with a butter mold before. Overall size is 10" x 5" x 2 ½", and it is in very fine condition: deep, rich natural color with only some minor rubbing on the top inside edge. Hinges function properly and the hook does hold the mold closed.
A very neat and tidy American Quaker Needlework Sampler by Eleanor Carson, dated 1830. Although I have not been able to find any hard proof, I believe this to be by Eleanor Carson of Carsonville, Grayson County, Virginia (South-Central VA, right on the North Carolina border). There was a large Quaker meeting in Carsonville in the 19th century. This sampler, which has the typical Quaker alphabet and numerous Quaker motifs. In addition to the main verse, title "An Extract", there is a fainter, more familiar phrase that schoolgirls frequently used in their samplers: "When you see this, remember me." The sampler measures 16" x 17" (sight) and is framed in a simple, contemporary wooden frame (17 ¾" x 18 ¾"). It is in very fine condition with no holes, tears or missing stitches. There is some light bleeding around the darker letters, but nothing distracting.
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 wonderful mid-20th Century rig of 5 Shorebirds (Yellowlegs? Plovers? Rails?? Sorry, I never learned to tell my shorebirds apart and any help lookers can provide would be greatly appreciated!) in original paint. The birds are mounted on sections of birch logs and display wonderfully together (birds are mounted on wooden rods which are inserted into the birch; both birds and rods are removeable). Paint is similar although 2 have lighter colored chests. Size is also about the same, with each bird measuring about 5 ½" from the tip of the beak to the tail and about 2" tall. (length of the rods and thickness of the birch logs varies) All are in very fine condition with virtually 100% paint and no splits, cracks, breaks, etc. Minor dinging on the tip of one bill and a minor professional repair to another bill, where it connects with the head (contact me if you would like to see a photo of the repair or of individual birds).
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.
2 small Wooden Sieves, 5 ¾” and 4 ½” in diameter. The 5 ¾” sieve retains its original horsehair strainer; the strainer on the smaller sieve is a very fine metal mesh. The horsehair sieve is 2 7/8” high and the other sieve is 2” high. Both are in fine condition: the horsehair strainer is tight, but there are several small holes; the metal mesh strainer is complete with only a very tiny hole. The frames on both are sound, with mellow natural wood color.
A single-tube tin candle mold dating to the late 19th century. The mold is 10 ½” tall (the tube itself is 9 ¼” long) and the crinkle-edge plates top and bottom are 3 ½” in diameter. The hollow tube is 1” in diameter at the open end, tapering down to a point. The handle is soldiered I place. Very fine condition with no dents or cracks. Surface oxidation, although enhanced by the digital photograph, is minimal. Single-tube candle molds are not common and this is an unusual form with the top and the bottom trays.
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.
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 very fine 3 ½” Oval Box with 2 fingers (pointing in opposite directions). Mellow natural wood surface with nice shadowing under the lid. 3 ½” x 2 ½” x 1 ¾” high. Excellent condition with no splits, cracks, breaks, etc. A top of the stack-er!
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.
A 10 1/8" oval Shaker Box with 4 fingers in the original red surface, probably from the late 19th century. Box measure 10 1/8" x 7" x 4 ¼" (high). There is appropriate shadowing on the sides under the lid and the surface color has mellowed to a dark red. Slight wear on the top and a couple of very small, thin splits where some of the tacks have been nailed in. The top finger on the box has a small nibble at the end. The box is very solid and in fine (or better) condition. A great opportunity to own a nice Shaker oval box for reasonable money.
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,
To commemorate General Lafayette’s return to the United States in 1824, several Staffordshire Potteries created dinner and tea sets showing aspects of the visit and aimed for the American market. One of the most popular of these various patterns was “Lafayette at Franklin’s Tomb.” It shows a seated Lafayette next to a monument with an urn on the top; the monument reads “Franklin.” There is a temple-like structure in the distance in front of the rising sun and a ship (supposedly the Cadmus). The jug is deep cobalt blue in color with a floral border. It measures about 6” high and the handle to spout distance is 7 ½”. There are no maker’s marks but it is well documented that Enoch Wood & Sons made this pattern for export. The jug is in very fine restored condition. The glaze is shiny and the color an incredibly deep cobalt blue. This piece has had relatively minor restoration: there were some chips/nibbles on the spout and a small chip on the foot rim. Restoration is excellent.
A small American Patriotic Calligraphy Pen & Ink Drawing of Lady Liberty, riding on an Eagle and holding an American Flag. Liberty is dressed in a classical robe. There is a signature card on the front of the eagle which I believe reads A. E. Piper (but can't be sure because even under magnification, it is hard to make out. The piece measures 4 ¾" x 2 ¾" and is framed in a period lemon gold frame (overall frame size 6 ¾" x 4 ¾"). The drawing is in very fine condition: Lady Liberty and the Eagle are strong; the flag has faded a bit, but the flag pole, with a pointed top, remains well-defined. I have not had it out of the frame to determine if there is anything written on the back. No rips, creases or tears. The dark spots along the side and top margins appears to be tape residue. The frame has several small dings, but it otherwise in very good condition also.
Price: Sold -- Thank You!
An early Maple Scoop with a nicely shaped handle in original, worn surface. The scoop is about 8" high and 4 ¼" across at the bowl. The handle section is 6 ¼" high. Edges of the handle are beveled, and the bowl portion is about 7/8" deep at the handle. Very fine condition with no crack, breaks, splits, etc. Just a well-used surface and some very slight rubbing on the front edge of the bowl.
A small red painted (original red surface) Storage Box with a most unusual iron latch. Possibly from the side of a wagon (evidence of mounting holes on the back board), the box measures 11 ¾" x 5" x6" high. Nailed construction and ½" thick sides and lid. Very fine condition with no splits or cracks; original surface with only some minor bumping and scratching, mostly on the front near the latch and on the sides. Lid has rounded edges. Very strong red painted surface. More photos available upon request.
Price: SOLD -- Thank You!
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.
An early 19th century (perhaps a bit earlier) Flame Stitch Purse or Pocket Book with very unusual colors: blue and salmon. I believe this to be a woman's purse - because of the holes for draw strings, rather than the pocket books that were popular with men in the last half of the 18th Century. (But I am ready to be corrected if a Ruby Lane user has more information.) This purse measures 6" x 5 ½" and retains its original silk liner (torn at the top but complete. Condition is very fine: there is some stitch loss along the edge and a couple of very small areas elsewhere, but not holes and no large gaps. One of the seams across the top is split, exposing one of the baleen stays, but the side and bottom seams are solid. As note previously, there are 2 holes that I believe would have held a draw-string, which is missing, but something that could be easily added (by someone who knows what they are doing!). The shading of the colors on this purse are most subtle and attractive.
A graduated set of 5 conical shaped tin ice cream scoops, all with heart-shaped key mechanisms on the top (the key that you turn to scrape the ice cream out of the scoop. Although the handles are different on 4 of the 5, the heart-shaped key is the same, and I am assuming they were by the same maker. The largest one is marked "Royal" in the handle and the smallest has a "1 G" also in the handle. The others are not marked. The scoops measure 3 ½" in diameter (4 ½" to the top of the key), 3 ¼" (3 ½"), 2 ¾" (3 ½"), 2 ¾" (3 3/8"), and 2 ¼" (2 ¾") for the kiddie scoop. Handles are all in the 4 ¾" to 5" range and the largest and smallest are pinned to the scoop while the others are soldiered. All 5 scoops are in working condition (I'd clean them up good if you planned to use them!). There are only very minimal dents from use, no splits ore cracks and surface oxidation is minimal and confined to where the scraper key meets the peak of the scoop.
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.
A carved miniature flying Mallard "Flatty" in original paint. Detailed wing and foot carvings and a nice, mellow patina. The bird is 6" long and about 4" from the body to the top of the wing. Excellent condition with no cracks, breaks, etc. Hook for hanging on the back. No carver's signature, unfortunately
About a straight and right a piece of early 19th century (perhaps late 18th century) woodenware as you will find: a small piggin in original brown painted surface and original banding. Piggins were small barrel-like containers where one stave was left long to serve as a handle. They had a variety of uses, from scooping grain to slopping the pigs and have become very hard to find in their original condition. This example measures about 5 ¼" in diameter and 6 ¾" to the top of the handle (4 ¼" to the top of the container). The steel bands holding the piece together, and the rivets, appear to be hand-forged. The piggin is in very fine condition: tight with only minor bumps and paint rubbing.
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 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 wonderfully detained Pen and Ink drawing b y John Graham, reportedly of Ludlow, Vermont, c. 1835. "Pen Drawings and Writing by John Graham" the piece reads, along with an excellent sketch of a man and woman, on horseback, the man holding a falcon; there is a small dog running alongside of them. The whole piece has a very neat and tidy double line border. Sight size (without the mat) is 6 3/8" x 6 ¾" and it is framed in a molded contemporary frame (10" x 12"). I believe this piece to be an advertising piece or broadside (the equivalent of a business card) for a John Graham, who may have been a school teacher, artist or perhaps a sign maker offering his services as someone who could write or draw for people who could not. The piece is in excellent condition: nicely framed, with no rips, tears, creases or wrinkles. There is a short, faint vertical stain between "Writing" and "John" but it does not detract.
A 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
A very light, hollow-carved Merganser Decoy with original paint. The bird has a carved crest (notches on the back of his head) and glass eyes. The body is very light, almost like balsa wood. The decoy was obviously meant for relatively still water, which leads me to suspect Upstate New York or Canada as its origin, but there are no indications as to who the carver might have been. The bird is also long: about 15 ½” from tip of the beak to tail and about 5 ½” high. The head is slightly tilted to the right. No bottom weight, although you can see the shadow of where a round weight had been. The merganser is in very fine condition with no splits or cracks in the head or body. The paint is virtually complete, although there is some light rubbing on the sides and a couple of areas, mostly across the breast, where the thick paint has flaked off. The back shows a show marks. A nice, folksy example of a desirable decoy species.395
A large and fascinating Wooden Scoop, noteworthy for its rectangular shape and unusual canted bottom. Instead of coming straight down to meet the bottom, the sides slant-in about 7/8”. The scoop is constructed out of 3 pieces of wood: the bowl with the open ends, the back section and the handle. The construction is almost seamless, although there are a couple of nails holding the back-board to the bowl. Overall length is 15” including the handle; the bowl is 10 ½” x 6 ½” x 2 ¾” high. Overall condition is very fine. The wood (not sure what type – very little graining) is smooth and mellow and at some point it may have had paint on it (wouldn’t that be nice!). The bowl itself is free of chips, cracks, etc; there is a thin line in the back board that extends about ¾” on both sides, but does not reach the bottom and does not threaten the integrity of the piece. One assumes this comes from a General Store.
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 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.
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