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.
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.
This double sided game board (Checkers on one side and Parcheesi on the other), retans its original 3 color (Red, Green and Black) surface. With breadboard ends (nailed), the Board measures 23 ½” x 15 ¾” and is about ¾” thick. The checkerboard itself is 12” square. Expected bumps and bruises and edge scuffs from use but no splits, cracks or other damage. Nice rich and mellow colors!
A very early 19th century (possibly late 18th century) Pewter Inkwell, 3” in diameter and 2 ¼” high. Lift-lid and 5 holes to rest pens or quills. Unfortunately, NO insert but the hole in which the insert fits is 1 ½” in diameter. No marks and in very fine condition, with only a couple of small dents on the bottom and a very minor dent on the rim. There are also some black marks along the lower band, which may be impurities in the pewter coming through. The incised bands along the side are crisp and the hinged lid closes properly. American or English in origin.
A folksy pictorial hooked rug showing 2 gray cats sitting on a roof, surrounded by pastel-colored flowers. The rug measures 34" x 27" and is hooked in gray, purple, rose, blue, dark green and pink. It has a black cloth binding and there is a dark blue sleeve across the top of the back side for a hanging rod. Hand-hooked, probably from the mid-20th century, the rug is in very fine condition with no holes, tears, staining, etc.
Elisabeth Denlinger’s Linen Show Towel dated 1831. Cross stich (pink and blue colors) on good quality linen, the towel measures 56 ½” x 17 ½”. There are 2 sections of cross stitch: the one at the top includes Elisabeth’s name, the date 1831 and small stitched vignettes (stars, basket of flowers, bird on a flowering tree); the bottom section of stitching has 3 baskets or pots of flowers. The towel is clean and generally in very fine condition: stitching is complete and the colors are pleasing; there are some scattered, small round stain spots (almost like drops of something) and also a few, very small and scattered, holes (smaller than the stain spots). Show towels were used in Amish Kitchens as decoration and to hide the every-day towels. Additional photos available.
This red and white fishing lure or decoy has a nicely carved body with a curve to the tail. Original working waint with some m inor chipping on the head and rubbing on the body. All fins are present and the lead weight still in place. 6” long and about an inch high, with painted eyes. A nice honest worker!
Price: SOLD -- Thank You!
A working fishing lure or decoy, shaped like a Sunfish. It is 5” from nose to tail and about 1 ¾” high. Painted eyes and a slight curve to the tail. The gills and mouth are carved, and there are slits for the fins on the sides and top, but the fins are not there. Original lead weight is present. Rubbing of the paint on the tips of the tail and around the mouth and the bottom edge of the right side of the head back to the weight.
Price: SOLD -- THANK YOU!
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 mid-19th century Schoolgirl or Dresser box decorated with decoupage images and retaining its original velvet lining. The box has a wonderful yellow surface with green and red lines and there are red-painted highlight around the image on the front. The top picture is of a grand salon, the image on the front is the façade of a large cathedral and the 2 sides both show a battle scene. I believe this box to be continental, most likely French or German. It measures 12” x 9” x 5” and although the lock is there, I do not have a key. Fine condition: mellow paint with some edge bumping, interesting decoupage images with some soiling and a velvet interior (red and purple) that is in good condition. If anyone recognizes the cathedral, let me know and I’ll post an addendum. Happy to send you additional photos upon request.
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 c. 1840 Miniature Grain Painted Blanket Chest with turned feet, probably from Pennsylvania. 19” x 9 ½” x 10 ¼” (high), the box retains its original grained surface. It is dovetailed, with square nails (on the bottom mostly), molded top and bottom and original hinges. The hardware also appears to be original (but I’m not sure). There is no till, but it has 4 turned legs. Box is clean and ready to use. It is in very fine condition with no splits or cracks and other than some bumping on the surface, there are no major scars. Postage will be $50 (or less, depending on where the buyer lives).
The color on this 5” oval 2 finger box is outstanding: dark and mellow. 5” x 3 ¾” x 1 5/8” high. Dark, mellow patina on both the lid and the base and nice shadowing under the lid. There is some writing (appears to be a signature) on the underside of the lid (but I cannot make it out). Very fine condition with only 2 very small splits (at tack joints) along the bottom edge. Lid closes tightly and the bottom and the top are both solid.
A wooden, single-piece Shaker Beard Comb from the late 19th century. This delicately carved device sometimes is found in pairs (one for each hand) and it was used by Shaker elders to spiffy-up their beards. They were probably also sold to the world from the stores in the various villages. The comb is a little over 2” in diameter at the top and 1 1/4” high. Very fine condition in original surface. There is a tiny chip on the tip of tooth, but otherwise the piece is in excellent condition. Price includes Postage.
This signed and dated (1980) Red Breasted Nuthatch was carved by Jerry Barkley, West Babylon, Long Island, New York in 1980. The delicately carved bird is perching on a driftwood branch and mounted on a molded wooden base with the signature hand-written on the bottom. The features are softly carved into the body of the bird, and expertly painted. The bird measures 4 ½” x 2 ½” and the overall height of the carving is about 8 ½”. Subtly but expertly carved features on the nuthatch (feathers, tail, eyes, etc) T and very strong paint. Very fine condition except for a small chip on the tip of the bird’s beak. No other blemishes. Barkley is a well-known, award-winning Long Island carver who did both duck decoys and songbirds.
A cloth pattern depicting “Puffy” the Quaker Oats symbol dated 1930. People could cut out the 2 patterns, stuff them with cotton or straw, and give it to the kids to play with: a nice, inexpensive toy during the Great Depression. This pattern is a complete, uncut sheet, framed and ready to hang on the wall. “Puffy” is standing at attention like a good soldier (he looks like he is straight out of a performance of the ballet “The Nutcracker!”), holding a rifle. Tucked into a pouch or backpack are 2 boxes of Quaker Oats. There are instructions for assembly, some promotional information about Quaker Oats, and the date (1930) printed at the very bottom. “Puffy” is a big guy, measruring 16 ¼” x about 8”; the pattern measures 16 ¼” x 17” and the overall frame size is 17 ¾” x 18 ½”. The pattern is in excellent condition: clean and unsoiled. No rips, tears, etc. The colors are strong and it makes a wonderful wall hanging for a play room or a child’s room. And it’s a great piece of 1930s advertising. Price does not include postage.
A most unusual 19th Century Walnut Tape Loom with a drawer. Probably from Pennsylvania, the tabletop piece has a carved crank (with small tacks, some missing) and turned handle (turns freely and easily) and a divided drawer to hold accoutrements. 12” x 15 ½” high (at the tall end; the shorter end is 12” high) and 5 7/8” wide, the case is. Nailed construction but the drawer is dovetailed. Carved crests at both ends. Very fine condition with no major issues: there is a very thin crack in the tall end that only extends down from the shoulder to one of the slits, one drawer divider is missing and another is broken in half. More photos available upon request (I only get 3 with my Dig listing). Please note that his tape loom is coming from Massachusetts, so depending on where you live, Priority Mail postage may be a bit expensive because of the size of the box needed and the lack of weight.
Sally Nuttings charming, small silk on linen American Needlework Sampler, dated 1807. Combination cross, running and long stitchwork, the sampler has a colorful wreath of flowers around the signature block. There are 3 complete alphabets, and the numbers 1-6 in the upper portion of the piece, and it is a very compact 8 ½” x 9 ¼” (sight; frame size is 9 ½” x 10 ¼”. The sampler is in very fine condition: Sally’s colors have held remarkably well and there are no rips/tears aor even missing stitches. There are some short stain streaks (all less than 1” long) at the bottom, under the floral wreath and a tiny spot at the tip of the white rose bud at the top of the wreath. No other areas of staining, etc. The sampler is quite neat and tidy! Without any other data points, I can only say that this sampler is American.
A small, or child’s size, wooden cutlery tray with 9 pieces of (mostly) bone handle flatware (5 forks, 4 knives). The forks range in size from 5 ½” to 2 ½” (the largest fork has a wooden handle, the other 4 have bone handles; all are 3 prong). The knives, all with bone handles, range in size from 7 ¼” (too long to fit completely in the tray) to 4 ½”; the largest knife has “for a good boy” inscribed on it. The tray, with its sloping sides, is 7 ¼” x 6” and about 4” to the top of the shaped handle. All pieces are in fine to very fine condition: the utensils show use but the handles are not loose. The tray of the tray has been glued together at the finger grip, a long time ago, and remains solid.
In the late 1940s to early 1960s, Punchboards were popular in rural areas, at roadside restaurants and cafes, and in general stores in areas where other forms of organized gambling were not prevalent. They were, essentially, the pre-cursor to modern day Scratch Tickets or Instant Lottery games. Sometimes they were used to benefit a specific charity; other times they were trade stimulators. This small Beer Punch Board fits into the latter category. For 5 cents a punch, the customer had the opportunity to “win” a bottle of beer, maybe up to 3! There are 120 punches on this board, which measures 2 7/8” x 5” and is 3/8” thick. It is in very fine condition: unpunched and clean. Some very minor scuffing on the front. Note that the bottle pictured says “pint” at the neck.
A small (7 ½” diameter) Swing Handle Nantucket Basket with wooden bottom. The basket has a wonderful, nut-brown color, shaped handle, and it is very tight. Slightly out of round, it is 7 ½” x 7 ¼” in diameter and 3 ¾” high (8” to the top of the handle). One side of the basket has sunk slightly (no breaks, probably happened when it was first made and not dry yet) and is only 3 ¼” high. Very fine, original condition with only one rim-wrap missing.
A very bold green Shell Edge Plate (probably Leeds; “Shell Edge” is the new term for what used to be called “Feather Edge”) with underglaze flower decoration. The plate dates c. 1810. Everything about this plate is strong: the green shell edge is crisp and the hand painted flowers and foliage are well done. No markings, but evidence of a thick pearlware glaze. Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, lines, etc. There are 2 small spots on the rim that look like kiln schmootz or stilt marks from being stacked in the kiln. This plate would make a great wall hanging!
A most unusual treatment of 2 samplers by young girls named Park. When I got them, I was told they were sisters, but I could find not familial connection between the 2. The samplers are mounted together in one frame, with the miniature marking sampler by Elizabeth Park superimposed over a portion of the larger sampler by Priscilla Park. I believe the Elizabeth Park sampler is American and the Priscilla Park sampler is most likely English. Priscilla,was born in 1817, and also lists her parents, Abraham and Martha Park. Elizabeth’s sampler is on much coarser linen and is undated, but was probably stitched c. 1825. Elizabeth’s piece measures 8 ¼” x 7 ½”. It consists only of letters and probably was her first attempt at needlework. Priscilla’s work is much larger and more sophisticated, measuring 15 ¼” x 17 ¼” (overall frame size is 18 ¼” x 19 ½”). It includes a nicely stitched border of flowers and vines, there are 2 larger flower urns at the bottom (1 partially covered) and birds and 2 little dogs along the bottom edge. Both samplers are in fine condition: Priscilla’s is clean with no damage. Elizabeth's work w/2 light stains and no missing stitches. A very unusual mounting.
A small (some might call it miniature) marking sampler by Charlotte Hatch, Sherman, Connecticut, dated June 29, 1838 (when Charlotte was about 12 years old). The sampler measures 8” x 4 ¼” and is framed in an appropriate, but not original, wooden frame; frame size is 9 ¾” x 6”. There are 2 complete alphabets, along with Charlotte’s name, Sherman (CT) and the date. At the end, Charlotte embellished with a small heart. Silk on linen, the sampler is nicely stitched: small, tidy stitches. Overall all condition is very fine or better: no holes or tears and no missing stitches. The lighter colors have faded and there are 2 what appear to be rust spots on the left-side, middle of the sampler, each less than ½” in length (through the small “h” and the “1” right below it). Some limited genealogical information about Charlotte is included: she was born about 1826 and died young, in April of 1847.
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.
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 very nice Cutlery Tray in original dark blue paint. The tray has a shaped and turned handle, and square nail construction. 13 ¼” x 9 ½” x approx.. 4 3/4” high (top of handle). The color is rich and it has a nice, dry surface, the way you like to find it. No cracks or break, etc, only some minor scuffing/rubbing from use, mostly on the top of the handle, the edges and inside of the bottom.
From a collection of miniature baskets, this tiny covered basket with handle measure 3 ½” in diameter and is about 4 ¼” to the top of the handle, 2 ½” to the top of the basket. Very fine weaves on both the base and the lid, and there is one dark blue weaver on each section, giving the little basket a very elegant appearance. Very fine overall condition: clean and very tight, with no breaks on the bottom and only a few minor breaks in the rim-wrap on the lid which do not impact the integrity of the basket.
A framed and matted full-length cut silhouette of 4 women standing and facing each other. One of the women is holding a book (far left), one is holding some papers with writing (far right) and 3 are wearing bonnets. The woman on the left has her hair in a bun. Excellent detail with ribbons and soes, etc. The Silhouette’s Sight Size is 15” x 11 ¼” and the frame size is 17 ¼”x 13 ½”. Each figure is about 7 ½” tall (slight variations) and 2 – 2 ½” wide at the bustle. Overall condition is very fine with no major flaws. There are a couple of stains on the backing paper that look like glue smudges (second from the left bottom of dress and far right at her feet) and there are a couple of edge nibbles toward the bottom of the dress on the woman second from left. Finally, some minor staining in the back of the head and shoulders of the woman second from left. There are also a couple of minor imperfections (bubbles)in the glass that do not show up on the photos. Not examined out of the frame, but it appears to have acid free backing.
A dated 1840 hand-drawn Watercolor Fraktur on paper from Lebanon County, Pennsylvania with 2 Angels and 2 birds. Hand-written lettering is all in German but Lebanon and Pennsylvania are easily identified. The Angels, with blue wings, bibs and long flowing dresses are facing each other, one is holding a wreath and the other a dove perched on her hand. The blue and orange birds toward the bottom are face a very large tulip. The 1840 date is in the upper right and there is also an 1838 date just above it. It measures 9 ¼” x 11 ½” and is framed in a nice, old wooden frame 13 ¼” x 15”, quite possibly original. The Fraktur is in very fine condition. I believe it to be laid down on another piece of paper and there is some light, overall toning, but there are no stains. There are a couple of very tiny edge splits, less than ¼” and only impacting undecorated areas; there appears to be a thin sliver off the top left edge, again not affecting the lettering or the decoration, and a faint crease.
A neat and tidy dovetailed Document or Dresser Box in mustard and brown grain painting. The box measures 12 ½” x 10” x 4 ¾” and is nicely dovetailed. The surface is original, and the box is clean and very useable inside. There are no splits, cracks or areas of paint loss, only a scratch or 2 from use. This box probably dates from the mid-late 19th century.
A tiny, 2 ¼” diameter, 1 ¾” high, round Taconic (or Taghkanic) Basket dating to the early 20th century. Very tightly woven with a mellow nut-brown patina, the basket has the characteristic push-up bottom and the signature splint tie-off, also on the bottom. Excellent condition with only 1 tiny break in one of the rim wraps. Taconic baskets were made in the Taconic Hills between the Hudson River and Connecticut in Eastern New York. They have become quite collectible and miniatures like this one are extremely hard to find. This basket will be shipped USPS Postage Paid.
Price: SOLD -- Thank You!
A miniature splint Buttocks Bottom Basket that measures 3 ¾” x 4” and is about 4” to the top of the handle. Exceptionally tight construction with no breaks or splits. Nice mellow nut-brown color. From a collection of miniature baskets put together 30+ years ago.
A large 19th century Cutlery Tray or Knife Box with scalloped edges in its original red surface. The form is very sculptural and the piece is nicely dovetailed. It measures about 15” x 10 ½” and it is about 7 ½” to the top of the handle. The center divider is inset into the ends and the sides are nailed to the one-piece bottom. The color is rich and mellow. There are some bumps and bruises but nothing structural and the bottom is separating slightly from the sides in places (drainage!). It weighs 3 pounds, before packing.
A medium-sized (7” high) American Tin Coffee Pot from the late 19th century, perhaps a bit earlier. The pot is 3 ¼” in diameter at the top and 4 ¾” in diameter at the base and the spout is 4 ½” long. Rolled edges and an interesting inverted “V” seam under the handle (which someone told me was possibly an indication that the coffee pot may have been made by the Shakers – sadly, I cannot prove that). The pot is in good to very good condition: there are no splits, cracks or holes and the lid closes properly. The surface is dry and there is some light surface oxidation on the back, near the handle (heightened by the digital photo). Can’t you see Gabby Hayes offering Hopalong Cassidy coffee from the chuckwagon when he came in from a night of chasing banditos?
A 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 late 19th century Victorian Inkwell in the shape of a shoe. The wooden shoe is covered in leather and includes a well under a cap for the glass insert for the ink and a groove at the top of the shoe for the straight-pen. Pen that is included may or may not be original to the shoe! The shoe is 7 ½” from toe to back, 3” high at the back and 2 ¼” wide at the bottom. Fine condition: there is no tears/splits in the leather, but there is rubbing on the surface of the shoe, on the top edges and on the inkwell cover. The wooden bottom shows wear. A rare survivor and a wonderful addition to any collection of early writing paraphernalia.
A very unusual Pratt Decorated Ceramic Pipe, coiled like a snake and having a duck head. The duck head has the bowl of the pipe coming out of its mouth and the tail is the lip. The coiled part has a mottled surface and the duck head has molded features (and if you look closely when the duck head is facing to the right, it appears that the duck has teeth!). Overall dimensions are 9” x 4 ½”. This pipe dates to c. 1800 when figural pipes were in fashion. It is in very fine, restored condition: I was told when I got it that the pipe had been restored, but I honestly cannot tell you where the restoration might be. Possibly the bowl and where it attached to the duck’s mouth and possibly the piece that you put in your mouth. Certainly, not your everyday piece of Prattware.
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.
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 very nice Medical Doctor’s Office Sign with gilt letters and sanded surface: “M. Hirshler, M.D. Office Hours by Appointment.” (An early practitioner of Social Distancing!). The sign measures 19 ¾” x 12” x ¾” (thick). Beveled gold border. Fine to very fine condition with some light rubbing to the sanded surface (most prominent rub is in the lower right corner). This sign dates probably to the mid-20th century. All the lettering is complete, and the back seems to have been whitewashed. Nice piece, especially if your name is “Hirshler!”
A large, solid wooden band or hat box covered in hand-painted wallpaper (flowers and leaves). Nice mellow colors of white, rust and black on a light olive background. The oval box measures 16” x 11 ¾” x 9 ½”. Newspaper-covered interior that includes a hand-written 1840 date (ironically, the newspaper is the “Democratic Republican” published in Haverhill, NH – Northwestern NH along the Connecticut River – from 1838 until sometime in the 1860s). Relatively thick, wooden construction, similar to the type of boxes Hannah Davis manufactured, but there is no label on this one. Box is in very good condition: structurally sound, with some light staining on the outside (both on the sides and the lid) and heavier staining on the inside. Some minor paper fraying along the edges and some paper scuffing on the inside. Great support for your stack of bandboxes!
A signature or presentation quilt with signatures (on the back of the quilt) from both New York and Boston. It was probably made as a wedding gift and signed by family and friends on the back side c. 1875. Simple red and white pattern that is nicely quilted. The signatures appear in “clumps” on the back. From Boston, the names include Blanchard, Wegg, Adams, Thomas, Porter, Rowe and others that are illegible to me. The New York names include Blanchard, Murrell, Richard, Brackett, Thayer, Pinkham and again, others that I cannot decipher. The quilt measures 86” x 80” and is in fine condition: there are some scatter spots, some minor seam splits (mostly on the back side) and 1 very small hole on an edge. The binding is worn a bit in spots, but not fraying or coming loose, and there are no large holes or tears. And no unpleasant odor.
A large, dapple gray horse pull toy with iron wheels on a painted platform. The horse, which probably dates to the late 19th century (c. 1870 or so) measures 17” from nose to tail, 18” high (20” high with the platform), and 7” wide at the base. It has its original dapple gray painted surface, original thin leather saddle and remnants of the original tack. The tail is probably straw and the mane a fuzzy cloth material. There are pegs at the bottom of the hooves that fit into holes in the platform. The wheels, while a bit wobbly, turn freely and it is an “easy pull” if you attach a string. Overall fine to very fine condition with some relatively minor paint bumps and surface chips to the paint, one at the bottom of the right side of the saddle and another on the right front leg. The platform has a wonderful, crusty painted surface with mellow color! This horse has, as they say, “presence!” More photos available if interested, and because of the size, it will be a fairly expensive shipper to certain parts of the US.
A very nice carved wooden decorative Peel, probably from the mid-1950s and most likely meant to hand on the wall. There is a beveled edge, meaning you could pick up a loaf of bread, etc., out of an oven and the piece does feel like it has been used, but I am not sure about age. It measures about 12 ¼” x 4 ¾” and has nice color and feel. The carvings appear to be hand-done and there is a hole at the top of the handle for hanging. Fine to very fine condition: there is an age/shrinkage line down the center, but the integrity of the piece is not threatened. Not edge splits, etc. A nice decoration for a country kitchen.
Two 10” tin candle molds, one with 3 tubes and the other with 4 tubes. The 4 tube example has a loop handle and tin base and crown; the 3 tube example has a tin crown, but no base and no handle (although it probably had one at some point!). The top and base on the 4 tube example measures 2 ¾” x 2 ½” and the 3 tube variety has a 3 ¼” x 1 ½” cap. Other than some dents on the tops and base and some light surface oxidation, the molds are in very good condition: no splits or holes in the tubes and a nice even surface that has never been painted. Both molds for one money.
Here is a hanging Match Box or Holder in original crusty Red Paint. The box, which dates to the middle of the 19th century has an arched back and small area of ribbing on the front panel (I assume where the matches would have been struck). It is 8 ¼” high to the top of the arch, 3 ¾” wide and 3 ½” deep. The red surface is dry and crusty; and the piece has some age and use appropriate wear, but no cracks, breaks, etc.
3 Salesman’s Sample Duck Decoys made by Sport Plastic, c. 1960s. These miniature ducks (Pintail drake and 2 hens) were used as display pieces so salesmen would not have to carry full sized decoys around to show potential buyers. They are very light, made from molded plastic, and hollow. The male is 7 ½” from beak to tail and the females are about 6 ¼” long; both are about 2 ½” to the tops of their heads. All are marked with an impressed oval brand (“Sport Plastic Made in Italy”), which except for one female, are hard to read because they have been covered with felt. All retain their original paint (some wear, especially on the male’s neck. Other than the paint wear, condition is very fine with no cracks or breaks, etc. The felt covering the bottoms is complete except on one of the females, which is how you can make out the impressed mark.
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 4 ¾” Oval Box with 3 fingers is in natural color. It measures 4 ¾” x 3” x 1 ¾” (high). Nicely stripe-grained (probably Maple) lid and base. Solid construction with no splits, cracks or breaks. Old nails (some square) throughout and square tacks around the top and the base. I would date it to the mid-20th century. A nice addition to the top-half of your stack.
A very chunky working Bluebill Decoy, most likely from the 1950s. Found in upstate New York, he has what appears to be his original paint with some with some areas of overpaint. Flat bottom (weight has been removed) and tack eyes, he measures 12” from beak to tail, 6 ½” to the top of the head and his body is about 4 ½” wide. No splits or cracks but some paint rubbing on his head, the tip of his beak and on his tail. A very honest worker.
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 mid-20th Century Sign "Studio of the Dance, Mrs. C. B. Worthen" in original surface. Saw-tooth ends with mustard yellow background and black and white shadow letters. 20" x 9 ½" x ¾" thick. Single board. Very fine condition with no splits, cracks or significant losses. Some very minor edge bumping (top-left being the most noticeable) and a little rubbing on the left side of the sign on the letter "D" of Dance. Nice, mellow patina. Will fit in one of the new "Large Flat-Rate Priority Mail" boxes.
A 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 heavy iron or steel figural food chopper or cleaver. I was told that it was a rooster when I got it, but it looks more like a fox to me. It measures 11 ½” x 5” and weighs slightly less than 1 ¾ pounds. Fine condition with a nice patina. The blade is nicely honed with no nicks, etc. A collection of these figural choppers look great hanging on a country kitchen wall!
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.
This pair of iron Mannequin Boots is much smaller than others I have had, leading me to think they may have been for a small woman or a child mannequin. They are the “High Button Shoes,”, fashionable in the late 19th century. Painted black, they are 7 ½” toe to heel, 2 3/8” wide and 6 ½” high. Each is marked with an impressed “8” and combined, the boots weigh just over 6 pounds. Nice detail and very fine condition: no dents, cracks, etc and only some very light oxidation visible only on the inside. And if you don’t have a “shoeless Mannequin,” they make great doorstops!
A most unusual flat chocolate mold with 8 pocket knives with attached corkscrews. The mold is marked “35 Reiche Dresden” on one edge and “Etna 7997” on another. It dates to the period between WWI and WWII. Reiche molds were made from c. 1870 through WWII and were among the premier chocolate molds available. Not sure why anyone would want a chocolate pocket knife, but this heavy metal mold is 10” x 4 ½” and ½” thick. Each knife is about 4 1/8” long and 1” wide (at the widest point), and about ¼” deep. Very fine condition with no cracks, breaks, etc. Clean and useable, if you are so inclined; and if you do use it, please make it dark chocolate and save me one!
An 1825 marking sampler from Hanover, New Hampshire by Sally Parker Merrill. Sally dated this piece August 25, 1825, when she was 9 years old. It includes 4 alphabets, a separate vowel section (AEIOUY) and the numbers 1-10. At the very bottom are 2sprigs of flowers and a stylized “W”. It measures 11 5/8” x 10 ¾” and is housed in a wooden frame (12 ¾” x 12”)with an open back that shows how the sampler is stitched to the backboard. The stitch-work is neat and tidy and there are no tears, holes or missing stitches. Some white splotches or stains that only effect the first 3 numbers and the word “Aged”. Sally’s name and Hanover NH are not affected.
A very small (Miniature?) Splint Basket with handle. 6 5/8” x 6 ¼” at the top and about 6 1/2:” to the top of the handle. Nice nut-brown color, even throughout. Very tight and firm with no broken splints, holes, etc. Carved wooden handle and slightly arched bottom edge.
A late 19th century helmeted butter mold in an unusual 2 pound size (most that you find are either ½ pound or 1 pound). The plunger on this mold is decorated with a carved strawberry and 2 leaves. The helmet w/ plunger down is about 6 ½" tall and 3 ½" in diameter; the decorated pusher/plunger is slightly less. Wonderful mellow patina with no chips, cracks or breaks in the helmet; the plunger has some staining and a small edge chip that is worn smooth with age and use. Very hard wood, probably maple.
I’m not sure what to call this pair of cast iron Heart Decorated Gear Cogs from, I am told, a large piece of Farm Equipment (I grew up in a city, so don’t ask me!): Industrial or Mechanical Folk Art? Country Primitives?? Whatever you call them, they are wonderful: each gracefully shaped cog is adorned with a large heart-shaped cutout. I don’t know that the heart had any function, other than being purely decorative. And they are mounted on Custom metal stands, and they display very nicely. Each gear cog 7 ¼” x 4 ¾” with a 3 ½” shaft. With the stands, they are 9” tall (and heavy – 8+ pounds shipping weight). The pieces are in very fine condition: no splits, cracks, breaks, etc. They are clean (not greasy), with only some very light and minor surface oxidation, which is enhanced by the digital photographs.
A small wooden Church made out of thin pieces of wood, probably cigar or shipping boxes. Late 19th/early 20th century most likely. Beautifully painted and a front door that is open (both panels of the door are present, one is pushed back and my fingers are too fat to bring it forward!). The steeple either never had or lost its spire; the chimney is complete. The detailed brickwork is wonderfully done. 4 7/8” x 7 ¼” x 6 ¼” (top of the steeple). The painted surface is original. A labor or love for someone and it would work extremely well with electric trains or a miniature village setting.
3 early gilt letters: D A. D. The Ds measure 9 ¾” high x about 8 ½” wide; the A is 10 ¾” high and 9 7/8” across at the bottom. Gold painted surface with rounded edges. Reverse side is painted white (almost like a whitewash), and the edges are dark blue. The Ds are in very fine condition; the A is solid but there is a split/crack in the cross-bar and 2 in the right side (but the letter holds together and is not wobbly. The letters have been mounted on something, as there are nail holes in the back but these hole are not visible on the front. A great gift for the “Dad” in your life.
A small red and black painted 19th century box with a divided tray interior and stars on the lid. The box retains its original painted surface (sides are covered in a light varnish), it is dovetailed and very solidly built. It measures It measures 11 ¾” x 7” x 6 ½”. The top is decorated with 5 stars: one large one in the middle and a smaller one in each corner. There is good storage space under the divided interior tray. A great box for jewelry or other keepsakes. The box is in very fine condition. There is a split on the bottom but the sides and top are solid. The painted surface, especially the top and the molding, show nice age crackle. The stars have faded a bit, and there is some splotching on the top, but no crakcs or breaks and the lid closes snugly (no key for the lock). The bottom and tray have square nails throughout. Shipping weight will be 6-7 pounds.
This yellow-painted Sewing Box is decorated on 4 sides and the lid with wonderful flower sprays. The decoration is hand-done in greens, blues, reds and pinks and there is a blue line border with “fleur de lis” in the corners of the lid. The box measures slightly over 7” square and is 3 ½” high. The interior is covered with red “Fleur de lis” on a gold cloth (or paper that very much feels like cloth) background. Nailed construction, the box probably dates to the early 20th century. It has been used but definitely not abused: the painting is complete with some bumping on the top and front side (showing up, probably, as white spots in the photos) and there is some soiling on the lid. The paper lining on the interior is very fine and complete! No splits or cracks.
An American Pewter Teapot, marked Danforth & Boardman (TD & SB – Thomas Danforth & Sherman Boardman of Hartford, CT). Dating to c. 1840, the teapot has 4 legs (as part of a base), an acorn and oak leaf finial on the lit, scrolled handle and molded goose-neck spout. The teapot is 9 1/2” to the top of the finial and 8 ½” from handle to spout. It retains the dull, natural finish and is in very fine condition with no splits, holes or breaks and only 1 minor dent on one side. There is a nice, impressed mark ((TD & SB in a rectangle) with some number (9 4 7). Looks great on the shelf!
A small and very tidy needlework sampler by Frances M. Woodward, Whitefield, Maine. Although the sampler is undated, it was stitched c. 1850: Frances was born in August, 1839 to Alfred Woodward and Caroline M. Wright Woodward. The sampler is 9” x 7 ¼” (Sight) and is framed in a period, if not original wooden frame. Frances has stitched 3 alphabets, the numbers 1-9, and several initials. She also decorated the signature block with 2 very small pine trees. The sampler is in very fine condition: the stitching is neat and tidy and complete, the colors, especially the dark red and the green, are very strong, and the foundation high-quality linen. There are no rips, tears or holes, only a couple of faint spots (right above “Woodward” and in the “J” of the script alphabet just below the green, zig-zag line. The sampler will include a sheet of genealogical information about Frances. I could find no record of her having married, but she did have an older sister and an older brother (a second brother died as a toddler). Both of her parents lived into their 80s and Frances died in 1902 (age 62) in Norfolk County, Massachusetts.
This 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.
Found in a barn, these are 3 early (dating from the 1940s to early 1950s) take-home Ice Cream Containers. 2 are cardboard (but not waxed) and one is a metal tin. All 3 have locations identified: square box from Norman’s Kill Farm Dairy, Albany, NY, “Velvet Ice Cream” 3 ½” x 3 ½” x 2 7/8” (in that part of the world, “Kill” refers to a stream or small river), c. 1950; Fairmont Imperial Bulk Ice Cream, “Old Fashioned Vanilla Ice Cream,”, round, metal 32 oz. tin, Fairmont Foods, Parkersburg, W. VA., early 1950s – no zip code in the address; 3) Hancock County Creamery Ice Cream, Ellsworth, Maine, Sample Package, 2 ¾” (tapering to 2 ½” at the bottom) x 1 ½” x 3”, c. late 1940s (note the 3 digit phone number!). As noted, the containers were found in a barn and while they are sound without any major structural issues, I would not suggest you put ice cream that you plan to eat in them! They are soiled, there is some edge bumping, the tin has some rust on the bottom (I can’t get the lid off so I don’t’ know what the inside looks like), and the Albany box has a corner tear in the label (LL). Interesting shelf pieces if you have an ice cream collection!
A late 19th century document or storage box with its original milk chocolate brown painted surface. The color and the surface on this box are superb! Nailed construction. Originally, it had 2 handles (probably leather straps) on the sides; there are only remnants of the fasteners now. No latch, etc. and the inside is clean and useable. 13 ½” x 7 ¼” x 7 ½” (h). No splits, cracks, etc.
Perfect if you have to Home-School the kids in these difficult times: a hand-held bronze school bell, 9” high and 4 ¾” in diameter at the base. Nice heavy clapper and the bell rings clear – reminds me of the ice cream truck that used to come down the street in the summer when I was a kid! No markings on the bell that I could find, but a richly-colored wooden handle that is smooth from use. Ex. Richard Withington Collection (no label or markings. Withington was a storied New Hampshire auctioneer.)
A miniature American needlework sampler, dated 1834, by Eliza Ann Eames. The sampler measures 8” x 7”. Eliza stitched this piece when she was 12 and it includes 2 complete alphabets, a partial (a-s) and the numbers 1-8. In addition, there are the numbers “1 2 8 7” (above her name, to the left of the 1834 date); I have no idea what they are supposed to mean. It is in good condition: there are a couple of minor thin spots in the linen backing on the upper right and some areas of light staining (somewhat amplified by the digital photos), but no major tears or holes (a small hole or pull in the linen foundation in the upper right, not effecting any of the lettering). The stitch-work is complete, save perhaps for breaks in the stitched lines separating the various alphabets, and the “l” in Eliza has been re-done (in black!). Framed in a contemporary olive wood frame.
A c. 1970 small carved and painted wooden Pelican on a stump. The bird has a nicely painted surface, small metal feet and incised and painted eyes. The Pelican itself is about 4” tall and the base adds another 1” to the overall height. I desperately tried to find a signature on the base but could not. It came from a collection of miniature birds that included several Jesse Blackstone examples.
A miniature carved Flying Canada Goose on a stand. Wonderful original paint and great form. The bird is about 7 ½” from beak to tail and the wing span is also 7 ½”; on the stand, it sits about 6” high. The paint is not blemished, but the left wing has been re-glued. The rest of the goose’s body is all one piece of wood. The carving was probably done in the 1960s or 1970s, but there is no signature or identifying mark.
This 10 ½” blown glass Apothecary Jar is labeled Erythrox: Coca. Erythrox: Coca is short for Erythroxylum Coca, a stimulant that was used to overcome fatigue and an anesthetic and analgesic to alleviate pain from headaches, wounds, sores, etc. all popular medications in the 19th century, which is when this jar probably dates to. The jar retains its original painted tin lid and original paper label, fastened to the inside; there is also a soiled, illegible partial paper label on the back side. 4 ½” diameter. Very fine condition with no cracks, lines or edge chips. Some minor paint wear and scratching on the lid. This ain’t for a cup of hot chocolate, but if you plan to use it for consumables, I’d suggest cleaning it thoroughly.
A nice, honest working Bluebill Duck Decoy with an unusual dangling weight arrangement. The decoy must have been made or modified for choppy water. It has a working repainted surface, carved bill, glass eyes and a very nice look. About 13 ½” from beak to tail, 6 ½” high and the body is about 5 3/8” wide. Good condition with a couple of thin age checks on its back, a shallow gouge to the left wing area, paint wear to the head and along the side of the bird toward the bottom, but nothing major. The cork-shaped weight is 1 1/8” long and fastened to the bottom with an eye hook and heavy copper wire.
This primitive oil on canvaslandscape painting of a Mountain and a Lake is unsigned and was probably done by a talented amateur. Most likely late 19th century American, it shows an autumn scene of what might well be Mt. Monadnock in Southern New Hampshire. There is a man fishing and 2 people on the bank at the lower right. It is housed in a period and probably original frame. The painting is 12 ½” x 8 ½” (sight) and the frame measures 17 ¾” x 13 ¼”. Condition is very fine. I had it professionally cleaned when I got it about 15 years ago and there are no holes, tears, etc. in the canvas. Minor losses to the frame.
This decorated tin baby rattle dates to the mid-late 19th century and is decorated in red. Although most of the decoration is worn away, you can make out stars and swags and what looks like a child sitting. The thing still rattles and the handle is hollow (not sure I want to know why!). Overall length is 6 ¼” and the diameter of the drum is 2 ¾”. The edges of the drum are rolled and the handle was soldiered in place. No splits, cracks or dents, but as noted, much if not most of the painted decoration is worn away.
A pair (male/female) of half-sized Mallard Decoys, signed on the bottom “S Pierce, HDG, MD” (Steiner Pierce, Havre de Grace, Maryland). (Frederick) Steiner Pierce is the brother of the more famous Maryland carver Jim Pierce and his birds very much resemble those carved by his brother. Each bird is 10 ¼” from bill to tail and about 4 ¼” to the top of the head. Both retain their original, detailed paint, including painted eyes. Both are in very fine, original condition with no chips, cracks, splits, paint loss, etc. Steiner Pierce began carving when he was in his 70s and I would date these decoys c. 1990.
A 19th century, grain-painted, decorated, dovetailed Dresser Box. The free-hand decoration includes 2 green hearts on the lid and gold swirls, etc. There is gold wavy line decoration on the front and red edging throughout. The dovetails are small and precise. Interior is clean and unpainted and while there is a receptical for a lock on the bottom of the box, there is nothing in the top to fit into it. The box also has 4 little metal feet. The box measures 12” x 6 ¾” x 4” (high). It is in good condition with some small bumps and bruises on the top and some pint rubbing on all sides. Shipping weight will be about 3 ½ pounds.
A round, splint handled basket, 9 ½” in diameter and about 10” to the top of the handle (the sides of the basket are 2 ½” high). Solid double-wrapped construction with a push-up bottom. Thick, original red paint with appropriate wear. Very fine condition: the basket is solid; the handle complete and securely attached, although it does have a slight cant to it. There is one break in the double rim-wrapping, but no other damage to the splints on the side or bottom. This basket probably dates to the early 20th century, perhaps a bit earlier. It was probably a market basket, or used to gather vegetables in the garden.
This miniature splint handled basket is about 5” in diameter at the top and the bottom is 3 ¾” square; to the top of the handle, it measures bout 6 ½”. Very fine condition: uniform color, tight weave and no breaks, holes, etc. Just simply a nice basket.
Another necessity if you wind up having to Home School the kids this fall: a c. 1900 Slate Chalk Board, small enough to move around easily but large enough to display numerous multiplication tables (Ooops, do they still teach multiplication with tables in elementary schools these days?) The Slate is framed in a period, molded wood frame, which retains its original surface and color, and it measures 15 ½” x 11 ¾”. Generally very good condition: there are some small corner chips (probably from mounting in the frame) in 2 corners and a significantly larger surface break in a 3rd corner. Otherwise the Board is in good condition. You’ll have to supply your own chalk, but a great accessory for reminder notes like “Classes Start 8 a.m.” or “Quiz
A small, 19th century tin dust or crumb pan. Not sure how or if you can distinguish “Shaker Tin” from normal tin of the period, but this one sure has a Shaker look and feel to it. 7” wide at the bottom, 7 ½” to the top of the handle and about 1 ¼” thick at the top; the hollow handle is 2 ½” long. Soldiered edges and joints, it is in very fine condition with no splits, cracks or breaks and only minimal surface oxidation (which is heightened by the digital photo.
A miniature (1 ¾” in diameter, 2 ½” high) Helmet Butter Mold with star decoration. Probably used for individual pats of butter (for a really elegant table setting!) the wooden mold has a dark, mellow original surface. The 6-pointed star carving is crisp. No cracks or splits, only some minor edge and surface bumping.
A miniature splint basket shaped like a feather basket. No lid, but a high waste and round top. Basket measures 3 ½” in diameter at the top, stands about 6” tall and the bottom is 3 ¼” x 2 ½”. Very fine condition: reach nut-brown color, solid and no breaks, losses, etc. If it is not a mini feather basket and someone knows the form, I’d love for you to share it.
A nicely shaped Hand-Held Yarn Winder. Old refinish and measuring 14” x 9 ¾”, this was probably used to wind small hanks of yarn for personal or retail consumption. It is pegged with only tiny nails holding it together at the joints. Looks great hanging on the wall: it has been hanging in our house for years!
This Staffordshire child’s alphabet plate with a Civil War theme shows the arrival of General McClellan. McClellan is riding his prancing horse wit cheering soldiers all around. The plate, which dates c. 1865, is black transfer with underglaze polychrome highlights: red and blue for the flag that is being waved, green for the grass. The alphabet is crisply embossed in the rim and there is a red border line around the perimeter of the plate. It is 6” in diameter. McClellan, who was primarily a railroad man, helped to organize the Army of the Potomac and served briefly at the start of the Was as General-in-Chief. The plate is in very fine condition. The transfer is crisp and the molded alphabet strong. There are no chips, cracks or repairs. There is a scratch running from McClellan’s visible stirrup to the right edge of the transfer. This plate has a strong pearlware glaze, unusual for these kinds of kid’s dishes. No makers marks.
This Native American splint Picnic or Sewing Basket was found in Wisconsin many years ago. It retains its original lid, woven handle and has red and green weavers around the body of the basket. It measures approximately 12” x 6” and the basket itself is 8” high; add another 4” to the top of the handle. Very fine condition: nice, mellow color and no holes, splits or breaks, etc. Handle wraps are complete.
A carved maple Helmet Butter Mold w/ Carved Acorn & Leaf Decoration. The helmet is 3 5/8” in diameter and 2 ¼” deep. The plunger about 5” to the top of the knob. Very fine condition with crisp carving. 2 minor shallow age splits, one the top of the helmet and the other on the top edge of the mold.
2 (not a pair) of tiny, carved Balsa Wood ducks, dating c. 1890-1900. (One appears to be signed and dated 1890 and the other has what could be a signature but to my eyes it is illegible.). Both retain their original and well-worn, painted surface. They are extremely light-weight: their combined weight is less than ½ ounce (.44 ounces to be precise). They are approximately the same size: the larger of the 2 is about 4 ¼” from tail to beak and is 2” high to the top of the head; the other one is 4” from beak to tail and 2 ¼” high. The smaller one, with the painted ring around its neck has chunk missing off its beak, the head on the other has been reattached and both have normal bumps and scratches, but no splits or cracks. Fascinating little whimsies. Price includes shipping in the US.
A mid-20th Century Bluebill (Drake) Decoy in working repaint. 11 ¾” from bill today, 6 ¾” high and a chunky body about 4 ½” wide. Tack eyes; this bluebill is sitting very up-right. Fine used condition. Some minor paint scraping, mostly on the head, a shallow nick off the bill and minor paint rubbing on the tail. The weights on the bottom have been removed, although the holes remain. A nice worker for your flock.
A small tole Syrup Pitcher or Creamer decorated with traces of red fruit (?) green leaves and yellow swirls (colors are definitely enhanced in the photos). 4 ¼” tall, 4 ½” from handle to spout and 3” in diameter at the base. The lid fits (very!) snuggly and there are no holes, cracks or breaks. Crusty, dry surface with minimal surface oxidation (which may be enhanced by the photos).
A 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 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 very dark blue American Historical Staffordshire Cup Plate “Holliday Street Theatre, Baltimore” by Henshall & Co., Longport, Burslem, c. 1825. A rare view (Baltimore views are extremely rare on American Historical Staffordshire), the plate shows the theatre wihin a Fruit and Flower Border. It measures 3 ½” in diameter and except for a very fine hairline in from the right edge at about 3 o’clock (more noticeable from the back side than on the face of the plate), the plate is in fine condition with rich color and crisp transfer. The plate is from an important California Collection of American Historical Cup Plates; check my other DigAntiques listings or contact me if you are looking for anything specific.
This Civil War era (c. 1863 or so) Staffordshire Child’s plate with underglaze polychrome highlights shows 2 foot soldiers in hand-to-hand combat. It is hard to tell if they are training or actually fighting (since they appear to be both wearing the same uniform). The actual transfer image itself is dark green and there is an embossed flower and vine border (kind of an odd combination for a war plate!). 7 3/8” in diameter, the plate is in very fine condition with no chips, cracks, lines, or restorations. There are no maker’s markings.
From a series of Staffordshire children’s plates showing famous Northern Civil War Generals, this lot shows Major General George G. Meade and General Halleck. Both plates have black transfer printed images of the men and both have borders embossed with the letters of the alphabet. Both are 5” in diameter. General Meade led Union troops to victory at the Battle of Gettysburg. General Henry Wager Halleck was the General-in-Chief of the Union Armies during the Civil War and prior to the conflict had been involved in paving the way for California to be admitted to the Union. Both plates are in excellent condition with clear, complete transfer images and no chips, cracks, lines or restorations.
A red (or Historical pink, as some call it) American Historical Stafforeshire Cup Plate: “View Near Sandy Hill” from the Scenic Views of the Hudson River Series by William Adams, c. 1830. The plate is 4” in diameter and shows a bucolic view of the Hudson Valley with a road and a lone figure walking. The floral border includes several different kinds of flowers. Clearly imprinted "Adams" on the back. From an important California Cup Plate collection, the little plate is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, lines or restorations. The transfer is crisp and the color strong.
A light blue American Historical Staffordshire Cup Plate from the “Scenic Views: Arms of the States” Series: New York from Weehakwen by Mellor, Venerables & Co., c. 1840. This little plate is 4” in diameter and shows a small view of New York from the New Jersey side of the Hudson (the western end of the Lincoln Tunnel: I guarantee you it does not look like that now!). The 12-sided plate has 4 small cartouches in the border showing coats of arms from 4 states, and there is a very faint impressed mark on the back that probably says “Ironstone.” The plate is from an important California Cup Plate Collection and is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, lines, restorations, etc.
A 4” brown transfer American Historical Staffordshire Cup Plate in the “American Marine” pattern by Francis Morley, c. 1850. The main transfer shows several relatively small sailing ships and a rowboat in the foreground. The full border includes 3 cartouches with a variety of ships surrounded by a “rope” border. This plate is carries and impressed mark. From an important California Cup Plate collection, the plate is in excellent condition with no flaws, a crisp transfer and a shiny glaze.
This mid-19th century New England Redware Mug or Porringer has splotches of manganese decoration. It is 4 ¾” in diameter at the top, 3” in diameter at the bottom and just over 4” tall. The piece is in fine condition: nice shiny glaze and attractive blue splotching. There are 2 small, shallow edge chips on the top edge (both about ¼”) and there is a very thin hairline associated with one (more obvious in the photos than in person). There is also some glaze wear at the bottom of the handle, but it is not a crack or a hairline; the handle is solid. Additional photos available.
A c. 1840 or earlier tin, single candle Wall Sconce with crimped crest and traces of the original decoration. The sconce is 9 ¼” tall and about 3 7/8” wide at the tray. The edges are folded overIt is all original, without any repairs, but the paint is well-worn and the decoration mostly gone. There are 2 small (less than ½”) splits where the crimped crest curves up from the sides, and the candle holder is slightly separated at the joint, but as you can see from the photo, it still holds a candle. Finally, there is a small punched hole about 2 ¼” up from the bottom (looks like a nail hole). A straight and honest tole candle sconce.
A very small hanging Wall Box, scraped down to the original green painted surface. It has a boldly arched backboard. It probably was used for matches or perhaps keys and dates to the second half of the 19th century. The green surface, which looks blue in certain light, is dry and crusty; it was covered with shiny black paint when I got it, and traces of that black paint remain. It measures 7” to the top of the arch, 4 ½” wide and 3” deep. Very fine condition with age and use appropriate light wear: no cracks, chips or breaks.
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