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 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 nicely painted Ice Fishing Lure or Decoy with painted black and yellow spots and metal fins. The lure has a lush dark red and mustard paint job, and the metal fins have also been painted, as have the eyes. Carved mouth and a nice curvature to the body. A bit longer than many, it is 9” from nose to tail and about 1 ½” high. There is also an inletted lead weight.
This Ice Fishing Lure or Decoy has a nicely panted surface and tin fins. It has painted eyes and a carved tail. The lead weight is inletted into the body. The lure is 6 ½” from nose to tail and about 1 ½” high to the top of the fin. No signature or identifying markings. Very fine condition with no splits or cracks and except for some areas on the undersides of the fins, the paint is complete. There is even a little sparkle to the silver dots: the Elvis of fishing lures!
This pair of iron Mannequin Boots is much smaller than others I have had, leading me to think they may have been for a small woman or a child mannequin. They are the “High Button Shoes,”, fashionable in the late 19th century. Painted black, they are 7 ½” toe to heel, 2 3/8” wide and 6 ½” high. Each is marked with an impressed “8” and combined, the boots weigh just over 6 pounds. Nice detail and very fine condition: no dents, cracks, etc and only some very light oxidation visible only on the inside. And if you don’t have a “shoeless Mannequin,” they make great doorstops!
This 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.
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 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.
Here is a set of 3 graduate Conical Metal (tin and steel, probably) Ice Cream Scoops dating c. 1920. 2 of the scoops (the largest and the smallest) have loop handles and a finial on the turn-key that includes the letter “G”, probably for Gilchrist. The 3rd scoop has a different shaped handle and the turn-key finial that is simply an oval (it is marked “8” on the handle). Measurements on the scoops are 3” diameter, 4 1/4” high; 3” in diameter, 3 1/2” high; and 2 ½” diameter, 3 ½” high (make mine a double scoop with the larger scoop please!). All are in fine to very fine condition: the turn-keys all work and there are no splits, cracks, breaks in the scoops or handles. They probably could use a good cleaning if you plan to use them but would look great hanging individually or as a group on your kitchen wall. Show the kids was life was like BEFORE Ben & Jerry’s came along!
Price: SOLD -- Thank You!
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.
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 flock of 15 Miniature Flying Mallard flat-back duck carvings by John Lee Baldwin (1868-1938) of Babylon, NY (Long Island). These Mallards (all drakes) were made to mount on a plaque or a wall and they range in size from 5 ¾” x 2 ¾” to 7” x 3 ¼”. 8 are flying to the left, 7 to the right (I will refrain from political commentary here!) and they all date to the early 20th century (Baldwin died in 1938). All are in excellent, original condition: a very few have small spots of scuffed paint, but all are complete with no cracks, breaks or missing pieces. Some have little holes on the back for mounting, others do not. I’ve always thought these would make a spectacular display mounted on a wetlands mural but I never had the skill or ability to pull it off.
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.)
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 small, probably American, Schoolgirl Needlework Sampler by Esther Dexter. The sampler is dated 1825 (lower right) in the 11th year of Esther’s age. There is no indication of location. The sampler has 4 alphabets, the numbers 1-13, several stitched embellishments (3 hearts, a diamond) and the following text at the bottom (in black/dark brown and light blue): “Esther Dexter Sampler made in the 11th year of her age, 1825 Born September the 17th 1814.” All the stitching is surranded by a simple border. The sampler measures 12 ¼” x 9 ½” and is housed in a contemporary wooden frame (from a local-to-me quality frame shop). It is in very fine condition: stitch work is virtually complete (only the “Y” in the large script alphabet is missing) and there are no obvious pulls; and there are no holes, tears, etc. in the linen; the only staining is light and in one small area at the right-center. A nice example of a young girl’s first attempt at needlework.
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.
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 very colorful wooden fishing lure or fish decoy with molded metal fins and a tin tail. The lure is decorated with orange and blue (black?) circles on a cream-color body, and the metal fins are embossed and have a molded $1.75 price tag on the bottom (have never seen anything like that before!). It also has carved and painted eyes. The lure measures 9 ½” from nose to tail, 1 ½” high and the body is about ½” wide. Given the $1.75 price, if in fact it relates to the lure itself, I would date it to the 1950s. It is in very fine condition: no splits, cracks, etc and the paint shows only very minor wear.
Price: SOLD -- Thank You!
A printed handkerchief from the 1884 Presidential Election Campaign showing images of Republican Candidates James G. Blaine (of Maine) and John A. Logan of Illinois. Blaine was Speaker of the House of Representatives and Logan was a US Senator from Illinois. Blaine and Logan lost the election to Grover Cleveland. The election took place in the middle of what is called The Age of the Robber Barons and you might be amused to read some of the allegations made against all the candidates! The handkerchief measures 19” x 18 ½” and in addition to the images of Blaine and Logan, there is an Eagle. It is in fine condition: clean with no holes, tears, etc. The printed images are strong and there is only one noticeable stain, right at the Eagle’s mouth. Insured postage in the US will be free for this item.
A mid-19th century Schoolgirl or Dresser box decorated with decoupage images and retaining its original velvet lining. The box has a wonderful yellow surface with green and red lines and there are red-painted highlight around the image on the front. The top picture is of a grand salon, the image on the front is the façade of a large cathedral and the 2 sides both show a battle scene. I believe this box to be continental, most likely French or German. It measures 12” x 9” x 5” and although the lock is there, I do not have a key. Fine condition: mellow paint with some edge bumping, interesting decoupage images with some soiling and a velvet interior (red and purple) that is in good condition. If anyone recognizes the cathedral, let me know and I’ll post an addendum. Happy to send you additional photos upon request.
A 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 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.
A miniature splint basket shaped like a feather basket. No lid, but a high waste and round top. Basket measures 3 ½” in diameter at the top, stands about 6” tall and the bottom is 3 ¼” x 2 ½”. Very fine condition: reach nut-brown color, solid and no breaks, losses, etc. If it is not a mini feather basket and someone knows the form, I’d love for you to share it.
An unusual, small Hanging Spoon Rack and Shelf in old black paint. The piece is 14” wide, 7” high and the shelf on top is almost 3” wide. Rounded corners and shaped braces. The back shows a varied paint history and “Ralph Kerr South St” is stamped into the back of the shelf board (not the easiest thing to photograph!). Solid, and no splits or cracks. Paint shows some wear and edge bumping. Baskets not included, but if you have some old pewter spoons, they would display wonderfull.
This Needlework Famly Register of the Heywood Family from Winchendon, MA was stitched c. 1833 by 15 year old Sophia E. Heywood. Silk thread on a very fine linen cloth, the Register includes the birth and marriage dates of Rial Heywood and Betsy Palmer, and chronicles the births of 7 Heywood children. There is a very elaborate floral and vine border, similar in style to other samplers/registers from the region. Sophia has included aa green saw-tooth frame around the genealogical information. The piece measures 17 ½” x 14 ¾” and is framed in a simple contemporary narrow black frame (20” x 17”) with a narrow green mat. The Register is in very fine condition with rich color and shiny silk thread. The linen backing is very fine: it has some very scattered light foxing and some light bleeding in the center and a tiny hole over Sophia's name. Some genealogy available. There may be some connection to the Heywood-Wakefield Furniture factory of Gardner, MA, a neighboring town.
A fascinating American Needlework Sampler by Hannah Potts, aged 10, and dated 1833. The sampler includes 2 buildings, one appears to be a church (the red building) and the other a school house or town hall with a flag pole, flying the American Flag. Hannah stitched “Executed by Hannah Potts of Peru in the 10th year of her sage October 3th 1833. Unfortunately, I haven’t been able to determine is WHICH “Peru” she meant: there are Perus in Massachusetts, Vermont, New York, Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana (along with a number of others in states that were still frontier in 1833). In addition to the 2 buildings, the flag pole with the flag (the red and the blue on the flag are hand-colored in), her signature block, and several alphabets, the sampler has an inter The sampler is in very fine condition: there are no rips, tears or holes and the stitching is completel. A couple of minor, faint stains, but nothing that detracts from this piece. A very charming, naïve American needlework sampler.
A folksy pictorial hooked rug showing 2 gray cats sitting on a roof, surrounded by pastel-colored flowers. The rug measures 34" x 27" and is hooked in gray, purple, rose, blue, dark green and pink. It has a black cloth binding and there is a dark blue sleeve across the top of the back side for a hanging rod. Hand-hooked, probably from the mid-20th century, the rug is in very fine condition with no holes, tears, staining, etc.
A 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 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 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!
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 late 19th century Skate Maker’s Trade Sign, found in Michigan. Iron (blade including the curl in the front) and tin, the “foot” of the skate retains its original light-blue surface, both top and bottom. It sits on a custom table-top stand. The sign measures 21 ½” x 5” (at the widest point); with the stand, it is 17 ½” high and the base measures 15 ¾” x 3”. The “Curl” is about 5 ¼” high and 3 ¾” wide; the iron is 3/16” thick. Excellent weathered condition throughout; the surface is dry and crusty just like you want to find it. No splits, cracks, etc. and the only “alteration” is that the prong that fits into the base seems to have been welded onto the skate to keep it stable. (I also can include a custom hanging bracket that allows you to hang the Skate on the wall.) Price includes $50 toward insured shipping (USPS or FedEx), with a partial refund provided if the actual shipping is less. A most attractive and unique trade sign.
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.
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 very unusual glass-door carved wall box (from Pennsylvania, I was told) with its original blue painted surface, paint-embellished carvings and 2 crests. The glass door swings open (to the right) and the glass insert is surrounded by crisp saw-tooth and zig-zag carvings. The crest above the door is carved with a multi-colored flower or sunburst, and both sides have multi-colored pinwheel carvings (2 on each side). The second crest is an extension of the back board and is used for hanging the box. The box is 6 ¾” wide and 8 ¾” high; height to the top of the hanging crest is 11 ¾”. The box is 3 ½” deep and with the door, overall depth is 4” Rich, mellow color on the sides and in the carvings and traces of the blue on the top and bottom. The box is in wonderful condition: there are signs of use, but no cracks, breaks, splits, etc. Some wear to the paint on the sides. The glass has probably been replaced. I am not sure what would have been kept in the box.
Table-top or Miniature Candle Reflectors, usually in the form of tilt-top tables, were used to increase candle light for reading, sewing, etc. This polished brass example is in the form of a square tilt-top table with pierced decorations on the stop. It has a turned base and round pedestal. It dates to the 19th century with the word “Patent ???” stamped in the center. The pierced decoration in the recessed area in the center of the table top is in the form of a star burst and it is surrounded by punched out diamonds. The top is 3 ¼” square and 4 ¼” high with the top down; tilted, the top is 5 ¼” high. The top also has a scalloped skirt. Very fine condition with no breaks, splits or cracks. A very interesting piece of 1th century lighting.
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.
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.
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.
2 similar but not identical steel Candle Snuffers or Wick Trimmers. On has a tag on the underside reading “1819 Cott”. Bot are about 6 ¾” long, 2 ¼” wide and 1 ¾” tall. Both have 3 little feet and both operate smoothly. One is a bit shinier than the other but there are no breaks or missing parts on either of them. Minor surface oxidation on one. Great if you have a couple of snuffer trays that are in need of a tool. Additional pictures available.
This early 19th century iron Betty Lamp is complete with hanger and pick. The spout retains its wick rest and the has 4 sections. It measures 3 ¾” x 2 ¾” and is 4 ½” high; the twisted iron hanging hook measure 5”. Very fine used condition with no breaks, splits or even much surface oxidation. It has been in my collection for about 35 years.
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 9 ½” Gray-painted Pantry Box with initials (LBW) on the lid. The gray painted surface is original and shows nice shadowing under the lid. The box is 4 ½” high and is in very fine condition. It is solid and there are no major splits or breaks. There are a couple of small rough spots along the bottom edge, a ½” split, also on the bottom edge, and split (about 3”) where the side is tacked together and some roughness along the joint. The inside is clean and the box can be used for storage as the lid fits snugly. A great size and color for your stack.
Probably the nicest miniature paint decorated blanket box I have ever handled, this dovetailed example retains its original salmon sponge swirl decoration, initials hand-done in the lid, a till, original hinges and lock (no key). The box measures 11 ¼” x 7 ¾” x 6” high. Dating c. 1840-1860, the box was found in New England, but its origin is unknown, possibly Pennsylvania. All 4 sides and the lid have frame lines in the paint decoration and the initials on the lid (“H M”) appear to have been done with a finger – like a child would do finger painting. The dovetailing is tidy and precise, and the box is in excellent condition. Paint is virtually complete with only some minor edge rubbing, and there are no cracks, breaks, rot, etc. One thin sliver of wood on the back side of the lid (near one of the hinges) has been replaced, leading me to suspect that there was an “oops” with the top at some point, and one screw from one of the hinges is missing. Additional photos available.
This yellow-painted Sewing Box is decorated on 4 sides and the lid with wonderful flower sprays. The decoration is hand-done in greens, blues, reds and pinks and there is a blue line border with “fleur de lis” in the corners of the lid. The box measures slightly over 7” square and is 3 ½” high. The interior is covered with red “Fleur de lis” on a gold cloth (or paper that very much feels like cloth) background. Nailed construction, the box probably dates to the early 20th century. It has been used but definitely not abused: the painting is complete with some bumping on the top and front side (showing up, probably, as white spots in the photos) and there is some soiling on the lid. The paper lining on the interior is very fine and complete! No splits or cracks.
Probably the largest Pipe Box I have ever seen: a hanging Pipe Box with shaped edges, dovetailed drawer and built-in rack, this box dates to the early/middle of the 19th century. There were mumbles, when I got it, that it was Shaker made; I can’t prove or refute that, except to say that the dovetailing on the drawer is the finest I have ever seen. And it is also only the second one I have seen with a built-in pipe rack to keep the pipes upright (and the other one was in a photo on-line). The box is 21 ½” high, 7 ½” wide and 6” deep. The drawer is about 4” high. Original painted surface and no breaks, cracks, etc, only a very thin, short split on the front (UR — see photo). Some minor wear, from use, Good color and what appears to be the original brass knob. I didn’t know they made Pipe Boxes double-wide!
Originally thought to have been made and sold by the Shakers, these finely Woven Splint Double Lidded Baskets range in size from 4-5” miniatures to picnic hamper sizes. Subsequent research has found that the Shakers actually imported these baskets from someplace in Eastern Europe and sold them “to the World” from their village shops. This 8” example was probably a small sewing basket or perhaps made for a child. It measures 8” x 4 ¾” x 8” (top of handle; the basket itself is 4 ½” high). It is in very fine condition: the weave is tight; the lid opens and closes properly and the handle is solid. There are no breaks in either the lid or the body of the basket, only about a ¾” gap in the rim-wrap at one end (see third photo), and the fasteners that would fit into the loops to hold the 2 sections of the lid closed are gone (not unusual for baskets like this!). More photos are available if you would like to see them.
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 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.
This Staffordshire child’s alphabet plate with a Civil War theme shows the arrival of General McClellan. McClellan is riding his prancing horse wit cheering soldiers all around. The plate, which dates c. 1865, is black transfer with underglaze polychrome highlights: red and blue for the flag that is being waved, green for the grass. The alphabet is crisply embossed in the rim and there is a red border line around the perimeter of the plate. It is 6” in diameter. McClellan, who was primarily a railroad man, helped to organize the Army of the Potomac and served briefly at the start of the Was as General-in-Chief. The plate is in very fine condition. The transfer is crisp and the molded alphabet strong. There are no chips, cracks or repairs. There is a scratch running from McClellan’s visible stirrup to the right edge of the transfer. This plate has a strong pearlware glaze, unusual for these kinds of kid’s dishes. No makers marks.
A very nice Medical Doctor’s Office Sign with gilt letters and sanded surface: “M. Hirshler, M.D. Office Hours by Appointment.” (An early practitioner of Social Distancing!). The sign measures 19 ¾” x 12” x ¾” (thick). Beveled gold border. Fine to very fine condition with some light rubbing to the sanded surface (most prominent rub is in the lower right corner). This sign dates probably to the mid-20th century. All the lettering is complete, and the back seems to have been whitewashed. Nice piece, especially if your name is “Hirshler!”
This Native American splint Picnic or Sewing Basket was found in Wisconsin many years ago. It retains its original lid, woven handle and has red and green weavers around the body of the basket. It measures approximately 12” x 6” and the basket itself is 8” high; add another 4” to the top of the handle. Very fine condition: nice, mellow color and no holes, splits or breaks, etc. Handle wraps are complete.
A large 19th century Cutlery Tray or Knife Box with scalloped edges in its original red surface. The form is very sculptural and the piece is nicely dovetailed. It measures about 15” x 10 ½” and it is about 7 ½” to the top of the handle. The center divider is inset into the ends and the sides are nailed to the one-piece bottom. The color is rich and mellow. There are some bumps and bruises but nothing structural and the bottom is separating slightly from the sides in places (drainage!). It weighs 3 pounds, before packing.
A great piece of late 19th century Schoolgirl Whimsy: a small, frame paper, signed Amanda Ett(a?) Owen, featuring 13 animals and birds, a nut, a kite and a rake and an axe (interesting collection of creatures and things, you must admit). These are neat and tidy individual sketches and I wouldn’t be surprised if she traced some of them from a book. She – or someone -- helpfully labeled them (never would have figured out the nut or the kite!). The little piece is framed and measures 4 ½” x 7 ½” (sight; frame size is 5 ½” x 8 ½”). Fine condition with only what looks like a water (or coffee!) stain in the lower right corner that does not affect any of the drawing and some light, scattered soiling.
A small, signed decorative Loon Decoy signed by Maryland carver (Frederick) Steiner Pierce of Havre de Grace, MD (upper end of the Cheasapeake Bay). S. Pierce is the brother of the more famous Maryland carver Jim Pierce, but his work is quite accomplished. This carving measures about 10” from the beak to the tail and is 4” to the top of his head. Incised and painted eyes and a partially open bill. Pierce worked in the 1970s, after learning carving from his more famous brother. This loon is in very fine condition: there is a slight white paint smudge on the right side of the bird’s head, but beyond that, no blemishes or faults. Nice original paint and a strong signature on the bottom.
A carved maple Helmet Butter Mold w/ Carved Acorn & Leaf Decoration. The helmet is 3 5/8” in diameter and 2 ¼” deep. The plunger about 5” to the top of the knob. Very fine condition with crisp carving. 2 minor shallow age splits, one the top of the helmet and the other on the top edge of the mold.
A small (4 ¾”) 2 finger oval box with original putty and black grain painting. The box. Has the fingers pointing in opposite directions, and they ae secured with tiny tacks. It is 3 ¼” across and 1 ½” high, great for near the top of your stack. The box and the paint are in excellent condition: no splits, cracks, breaks in the box and no wear to the paint. Box is tight and the lid fits snugly. An excellent example.
Here is a hanging Match Box or Holder in original crusty Red Paint. The box, which dates to the middle of the 19th century has an arched back and small area of ribbing on the front panel (I assume where the matches would have been struck). It is 8 ¼” high to the top of the arch, 3 ¾” wide and 3 ½” deep. The red surface is dry and crusty; and the piece has some age and use appropriate wear, but no cracks, breaks, etc.
A very 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.
Wonderful form and wonderful color/surface on this Art Deco Elephant Nutcracker, dating from the 1920s. Heavy (almost 4 pounds) and solid, if you don’t want to crack nuts with it, the elephant would make a classy doorstop. 9 ¾” from tip of the trunk to the back leg and 4 ½” high (1 ¾” thick at the head), the elephant has a nice gently warn surface, big metal button eyes and a bit of its tail remaining. There are no cracks or breaks or rust and the trunk opens and closes smoothly. Shipping weight will be about 6 pounds
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 very early (c. 1910, perhaps a bit earlier) printed cloth “Pin the Tail on the Donkey” game (kind of looks like a mule to me, but I grew up in New Jersey!). Gotta love the title: “Your Donkey Party!” The fine linen cloth measures 27” x 25” and is in fine condition, given the kind of use it must have received. There is some minor creasing (probably fixable with a proper ironing), scatter, light staining/soiling and some edge tears. But no major rips or hole. The printing is strong, the “instructions” are very legible and in general, a wonderful piece of nostalgia. The cloth is lacking the “tails” that probably came with the game, but I’m sure people can improvise. Do kids play this game at birthday parties any more? Postage in the US is free on this piece.
An unusual single tube candle mold with a crimped saucer-like top and base and loop handle. The candle tube itself if about 9” long and the overall height is 10 ½”; the “saucer-shaped” pieces are 3 ½” in diameter and the tube itself is 7/8” in diameter. The mold is in fine condition with no splits, cracks or holes. Handle is firmly soldiered in place, and the surface oxidation is light and visible primarily on the underside of the top and bottom (may be enhanced by the photo).
This box is very definitely a "Wow"! A 19th Century (c. 1840 or so) Wallpaper Trinket Box decorated with its original pincushion theorem (flower decoration). This all-cardboard box would most likely have been use for sewing notions. It measures 4 ¾" x 3 ¼" x 2 ½" (height to top of pincushion). It retains its original ribbon hinges and bright pink interior paper. Excellent condition: solid with no splits, tears, etc. Wallpaper (inside and out) is complete with only slight lifting at the top-edge in the front. Pincushion bordered by original cotton yarn. This one looks like it spent the last 150+ years buried in a trunk and was hardly used when it was new.
A small (desk or dresser top size) 19th century Comb or grain painted Document Box with wonderful swirl paint decoration. The box measures 11 7/8" x 6 7/8" x5 1/8" (H). It retains its original dry painted surface and hinges. The front escutcheon is present, but the latch that fits on the underside of the lid is gone (box still closes tightly, you just can't lock it if you had a key). New England, origin, most likely, probably Maine. Nailed construction. Minor staining inside and some light rubbing along the edges and some minor bumps that do not detract. Great color and great combed paint pattern. A very classy place to keep your papers or personal items.
A late 19th century/early 20th century figural nutcracker in the form a large dog. It is mounted on a wooden base for stability and ease of use. When the dog's tail is lifted, the mouth opens. Unshelled nuts can be inserted into the mouth and "Crunch" - shelled nuts. Heavy and smoothly operating but not harmful to anything unless you are an almond shell, etc. 6" high including the base, 12" from nose to the tip of the tail. The wooden base is approximately 7" x 4" x 1". Heavy, cast iron construction. Excellent, operating condition: no cracks, breaks, rust, etc. Only a couple of very small areas of paint rubbing. Shipping weight will be approximately 8 pounds.
I’m not sure what to call this pair of cast iron Heart Decorated Gear Cogs from, I am told, a large piece of Farm Equipment (I grew up in a city, so don’t ask me!): Industrial or Mechanical Folk Art? Country Primitives?? Whatever you call them, they are wonderful: each gracefully shaped cog is adorned with a large heart-shaped cutout. I don’t know that the heart had any function, other than being purely decorative. And they are mounted on Custom metal stands, and they display very nicely. Each gear cog 7 ¼” x 4 ¾” with a 3 ½” shaft. With the stands, they are 9” tall (and heavy – 8+ pounds shipping weight). The pieces are in very fine condition: no splits, cracks, breaks, etc. They are clean (not greasy), with only some very light and minor surface oxidation, which is enhanced by the digital photographs.
A nicely carved and painted miniature Snow Goose, signed “S. Pierce HDG MD” (Frederick Steiner Pierce, Havre de Grace, Maryland). Steiner pierce is the brother of the more famous Maryland carver Jim Pierce. This bird dates c. 1990 (Steiner Pierce did not start carving until he was in his 70s). The bird is about 6” from breast to tail and about 3 ¼” high. The head is nicely turned to the right, and Pierce signed it in pencil (lightly) on the bottom. Excellent original condition: no splits, cracks, etc. and the paint is untouched. You don’t find many snow goose decoys.
2 (not a pair) of tiny, carved Balsa Wood ducks, dating c. 1890-1900. (One appears to be signed and dated 1890 and the other has what could be a signature but to my eyes it is illegible.). Both retain their original and well-worn, painted surface. They are extremely light-weight: their combined weight is less than ½ ounce (.44 ounces to be precise). They are approximately the same size: the larger of the 2 is about 4 ¼” from tail to beak and is 2” high to the top of the head; the other one is 4” from beak to tail and 2 ¼” high. The smaller one, with the painted ring around its neck has chunk missing off its beak, the head on the other has been reattached and both have normal bumps and scratches, but no splits or cracks. Fascinating little whimsies. Price includes shipping in the US.
A late 19th century Oil on Artist Board painting of 4 Kittens. 18” x 14” (sight) and framed in a period, if not original, Gold Frame (22 ¼” x 18”). The painting is probably American: the artist board has an old label from a Buffalo, NY art supply company. The painting is in very good condition: clean and free of holes, lost paint or other damage. There is a small bit of craquelure at the top, above the image of the cat on the left: does not affect that cat, only the background. A very folksy and charming image.
This small turned wooden bowl retains its original red surface. It measures 5 ¾” x 5 ½” (nice honest shrinkage) and is in very fine condition with only some minor edge wear which has smoothed out nicely with age. There is a small foot rim and wear from. Use on the inside. Also some white paint spatters from being in the wrong place at the wrong time! Great for a next of painted bowls if you are trying to put one together.
A 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 most unusual flat chocolate mold with 8 pocket knives with attached corkscrews. The mold is marked “35 Reiche Dresden” on one edge and “Etna 7997” on another. It dates to the period between WWI and WWII. Reiche molds were made from c. 1870 through WWII and were among the premier chocolate molds available. Not sure why anyone would want a chocolate pocket knife, but this heavy metal mold is 10” x 4 ½” and ½” thick. Each knife is about 4 1/8” long and 1” wide (at the widest point), and about ¼” deep. Very fine condition with no cracks, breaks, etc. Clean and useable, if you are so inclined; and if you do use it, please make it dark chocolate and save me one!
A mid-20th Century Bluebill (Drake) Decoy in working repaint. 11 ¾” from bill today, 6 ¾” high and a chunky body about 4 ½” wide. Tack eyes; this bluebill is sitting very up-right. Fine used condition. Some minor paint scraping, mostly on the head, a shallow nick off the bill and minor paint rubbing on the tail. The weights on the bottom have been removed, although the holes remain. A nice worker for your flock.
A large Bluebill Decoy (reportedly from the Wisconsin area) with original surface, heavily carved wing tips and tack eyes. There is nice detail carved into this bird, not only on the wind tips and tail, but also around the chest, the wings on the side of the body and the bill. Unknown (to me, at least) carver. There is a tapered wooden keel on the bottom with attached weight, and a leather rig hook. 16" (bill to tail) x 6 ¾" (wide) x about 7" high at the head. Very fine condition with only minor paint loss and some slight nicking on the tail-tips. The bottom (only) may have been repainted.
An early to mid 20th century Cork Bodied Sleeper or Preening Black Duck Decoy with original painted head. The decoy is about 14" long, 6 ½" wide and 6" to the top of the head. This bird was shot over, so it has the expected shot marks in the body and bumps on the head. There is some paint rubbing and one re-enforcing nail (small) in the head, but the paint is 95+% complete. The cork body retains a significant portion of its original paint as well. Found in the Hudson River Valley,
A small, turned green bowl (not sure of the wood: it could be elm?) in original, crusty green paint with red and yellow decoration around the outside rim. The decoration is red swags and yellow circles (flowers?). The bowl has a small foot rim and because of shrinkage, is wonderfully out of round: it measures 8 ¼” in one direction and 7 ½” in the other. Paint is strong and the only flaws are 2 thin age cracks directly across from each other on the “long” side of the bowl (probably related to the shrinkage).
A small tole Syrup Pitcher or Creamer decorated with traces of red fruit (?) green leaves and yellow swirls (colors are definitely enhanced in the photos). 4 ¼” tall, 4 ½” from handle to spout and 3” in diameter at the base. The lid fits (very!) snuggly and there are no holes, cracks or breaks. Crusty, dry surface with minimal surface oxidation (which may be enhanced by the photos).
A sold wood maple sugar candy or possibly a marzipan candy mold. The piece of wood, which measures 11 ½”, has 4 hollowed out “squares (about 3/8” deep”) which are embellished with carved flowers and leaves (each square is about1 ½” square). There are 4 different flowers. The molten sugar would be poured into the opening, scraped smooth and removed when set. (And if you have ever worked with molten maple sugar – and I assume marzipan is the same way, you know that is not an easy task!) The mold is ¾” thick and retains a dark, rich patina. Very fine condition with no cracks, breaks, splits, etc. The wood is very hard and I do not know what kind it is. A nice shelf piece.
A clean and visually striking miniature canvasback duck (male) decoy with crisp paint and carved bill. The little duck dates to the late 20th century. It is 6” from beak to tail, about 2 ¾” high and 2 ¼” wide at the body. No signature or maker’s marking. Nice strong pain with some detailing on the rear of the bird. Excellent condition with no cracks, chips, missing paint, etc.
A black transfer, American Historical Staffordshire Cup Plate showing a view of University Hall, Harvard, c. 1835. From the American Scenery Series by Job & John Jackson, the plate is 4 1/8” in diameter, and the transfer shows a horse and rider in the foreground with the Harvard building in the distance. It is in excellent condition with crisp transfer and no chips, cracks, lines, restorations, etc. No marks (except and impressed “star”). It is from an important California collection of Cup Plates.
A 4” BLUE transfer American Historical Staffordshire Cup Plate in the “American Marine” pattern by Francis Morley, c. 1850. This BLUE transfer is an unlisted form of an American Marine Cup Plate, which David Arman, in his book “Anglo-American Ceramic Cup Plates – Part I” lists ONLY in brown transfer! The scene on this cup plate shows a large sailing ship with a smaller ship in the foreground. The full border includes 4 cartouches of various sailing vessels. From an important California Cup Plate collection, the plate is in excellent condition with no flaws, nice color and a shiny glaze.
A large, hollow and very unusual Chalkware figure of General George Washington astride a white horse. Washington has his sabre drawn. He is wearing a blue waistcoat with gold trim and a blue hat. They sit on an elaborate base decorated with 5-pointed stars. The figure is 12 ½” tall and the oval base is 8 ½” x 3 ¼”. Very fine condition: no cracks breaks or obvious repairs. The paint is worn (typical of these painted pieces), but the wear just adds a mellowness to the figure. I date this to the late 19th century, possibly as early as the Centennial in 1876. It is a most unusual Chalkware form and the size makes it special.
This miniature Native American Covered Basket measues 3” x 2” x 1 ¾” (high) and wonderful colored “weavers” (warm rich shades of red, brown and green). With a wonderful, mellow patina, this basket was probably sold as a tourist souvenir in the early 20th century; there is a hand-written “5” on the bottom which probably means 5 cents (don’t worry, I’m asking for more…). The basket displays nicely, but it is not perfect: the lid is in good condition with only a minor break; the base has some significant breaks and a top corner blown-out. Even with these issues, when the lid is on the basket displays very nicely. Price includes free postage
An ornately molded tin Victorian Sewing Bird, patent dated (on the leading edge of the winds) 1853. Sewing birds were essentially clamps that attached to a table or other piece of furniture and held fabric (in the bird’s mouth) to make sewing easier. The usually had a pincushion (sometimes 2) attached; this one has the holder in place but the cushion is gone. Otherwise, fine condition with a mellow surface, crisply molded decorative details, a screw-clamp that works and the bird will hold fabric securely. And if you want, you can add your own small pincushion. Price includes free shipping.
This 4 5/8” 2-Finger Oval Box retains its natural color and has a nice, mellow patina. It measures 4 5/8” x 3 3/8” x 1 5/8” (high). Both old nails and small pegs are holding it together and the lid fits snuggly. There is a very thin gouge out of the top edge, a couple of thin splits on the bottom and a slight blemish in the edge of the lid, but otherwise the box is in good condition with nice shadowing under the lid. It probably dates c. 1880.
This 5 ¾” 2-Finger Oval Box has been scraped down to its old (original) red painted surface. It measures 5 ¾” x 4 ¼” x 2 ¾” (high) and its fingers go in opposite directions. Nailed construction. It shows signs of being well-used: there are bumps and bruises, including a small chip out of the lid, a 1” narrow chunk out of the bottom edge, a couple of chips on the underside and another 1” narrow chips out of the edge of the lid. Certainly not pristine, but sound enough to sit in the middle of your stack. The color is warm and mellow.
This is a brightly colored, paper-covered cardboard Pincushion Theorem Box with a mirror inside the lid. The pincushion is decorated with a Token of Affection (“To the Loveliest”), red flowers and green leaves; the lid has an embossed paper boarder and the sides have multi-colored stripes; inside the paper is bright pink! It is 5” wide, 3 ½” deep and about 2” high. The box is complete, but with some condition issues: there are edge bumps and rubs, and the right front corner is split; the lid lifts off completely (others I have seen have the lid and base attached with ribbon); and the inside mirror is cracked. The decorated pincushion is, by itself, in fine condition with only some age darkening. The overall colors remain strong, for the most part. These boxes date to the last ¼ of the 19th century and were love tokens, perhaps souvenirs sold at county fairs, etc.
A very dark blue American Historical Staffordshire Cup Plate “Holliday Street Theatre, Baltimore” by Henshall & Co., Longport, Burslem, c. 1825. A rare view (Baltimore views are extremely rare on American Historical Staffordshire), the plate shows the theatre wihin a Fruit and Flower Border. It measures 3 ½” in diameter and except for a very fine hairline in from the right edge at about 3 o’clock (more noticeable from the back side than on the face of the plate), the plate is in fine condition with rich color and crisp transfer. The plate is from an important California Collection of American Historical Cup Plates; check my other DigAntiques listings or contact me if you are looking for anything specific.
A rare and all original oval Shaker Pincushion Box, dating to the early to mid 19th century. The box has 3 fingers, its original natural wood surface and the original red cloth covering the pincushion. It measures 5" x 3" x 3 1/8" (high). Nice shadowing under the lid and the original banding at the base of the pincushion. Very fine condition: mellow color and no cracks, splits or breaks in the box, only a tiny finger-nail gouge along the bottom edge (under the fingers). There are some scattered, small losses in the red cloth covering, the largest being about ½" (all visible in the photo). A rare Shaker find in original condition like this one. Additional photos available upon request.
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.
The “Columbian Star” pattern by John Ridgway adorns this American Historical Staffordshire Cup or Children’s toy plate (both were probably the same) by John Ridgway, 1840. The pattern was made for the 1840 Presidential Campaign of William Henry Harrison, with the log cabin emphasizing Harrison’s connection to the “common man.” The plate is 3 ¾” in diameter, with a light blue transfer. There is a faint impressed mark on the underside but I cannot make it out. It is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, lines, or restorations. From an important California collection: please don’t hesitate to contact me if you are looking for anything specific.
A red (or Historical pink, as some call it) American Historical Stafforeshire Cup Plate: “View Near Sandy Hill” from the Scenic Views of the Hudson River Series by William Adams, c. 1830. The plate is 4” in diameter and shows a bucolic view of the Hudson Valley with a road and a lone figure walking. The floral border includes several different kinds of flowers. Clearly imprinted "Adams" on the back. From an important California Cup Plate collection, the little plate is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, lines or restorations. The transfer is crisp and the color strong.
A light blue American Historical Staffordshire Cup Plate from the “Scenic Views: Arms of the States” Series: New York from Weehakwen by Mellor, Venerables & Co., c. 1840. This little plate is 4” in diameter and shows a small view of New York from the New Jersey side of the Hudson (the western end of the Lincoln Tunnel: I guarantee you it does not look like that now!). The 12-sided plate has 4 small cartouches in the border showing coats of arms from 4 states, and there is a very faint impressed mark on the back that probably says “Ironstone.” The plate is from an important California Cup Plate Collection and is in excellent condition with no chips, cracks, lines, restorations, etc.
A 4” brown transfer American Historical Staffordshire Cup Plate in the “American Marine” pattern by Francis Morley, c. 1850. The main transfer shows several relatively small sailing ships and a rowboat in the foreground. The full border includes 3 cartouches with a variety of ships surrounded by a “rope” border. This plate is carries and impressed mark. From an important California Cup Plate collection, the plate is in excellent condition with no flaws, a crisp transfer and a shiny glaze.
This small ram shaped Shooting Gallery Target has a couple of coats of newer white paint. It is 6 ½” x 5 ½” (high) and fastened to 2 small iron plates at the feet. ¼” thick iron in very fine condition: some minor paint flaking and 1 small oxidation spot on the right rump, there are no dents or evidence that anybody actually hit it with a shot. Nice form.
A pristine miniature splint Buttocks Bottom Basket (probably ash splint) with a ½” wide bentwood handle. Single-wrapped rim. Nice nut-brown color and no splits, breaks or missing pieces. Tight and well made. 5” x 4” (at the top) and about 5 ½” high at the handle. A great addition to your miniature basket collection!
This 8 ½” Oak Splint Handled Basket is about a tight and pristine as you will find. About 9 ½” high to the handle, the basket is slightly out of round, measuring 8 ½” x 8 ¾” (at the handle), Double-wrapped rim and solid bent-wood handle. Push-up bottom. The rim has early green paint and the side is decorated with what appear to be human figures (I’ve had this basket for over 25 years and I always thought the decoration on the side was just splotches of color; after looking at the photos, I have decided that they are people, don’t by a very unsophisticated hand!) The basket has a rich nut-brown color and probably dates to the early 20th century.
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.
Unusual and deeply carved double-sided butter print. The top is carved with initials (“O W” or “M O”) and the bottom side includes geometric designs, etc. The flat surface has several different free-carved birds and 2 large hearts. These were clearly done for decorative purposes. The print measures 4 ¼” x 4 1/2” on the round side and 2 ½” x 1 3/8” at the top; it is just over 3” high. Hard wood, probably maple, it probably dates to the last quarter of the 19th/first quarter of the 20th centuries.
A hump-back Redhead Duck Decoy from Harsen's Island, Michigan in working repaint. The bird has glass eyes and a heavy lead keel. Note the 'squared-off" chest. It measures 14 ½" x 7 ½" x 8" high; the hump-back is about 6" high. A nice worker with a solid paint and a couple of thin, shallow age cracks. "Harsen's Is" written on the bottom in pencil; Harsen's Island is at the mouth of Lake St. Clair. There also a label taped to the bottom that reads "Michigan Lake Erie.
A c. 1840 or earlier tin, single candle Wall Sconce with crimped crest and traces of the original decoration. The sconce is 9 ¼” tall and about 3 7/8” wide at the tray. The edges are folded overIt is all original, without any repairs, but the paint is well-worn and the decoration mostly gone. There are 2 small (less than ½”) splits where the crimped crest curves up from the sides, and the candle holder is slightly separated at the joint, but as you can see from the photo, it still holds a candle. Finally, there is a small punched hole about 2 ¼” up from the bottom (looks like a nail hole). A straight and honest tole candle sconce.
A very small hanging Wall Box, scraped down to the original green painted surface. It has a boldly arched backboard. It probably was used for matches or perhaps keys and dates to the second half of the 19th century. The green surface, which looks blue in certain light, is dry and crusty; it was covered with shiny black paint when I got it, and traces of that black paint remain. It measures 7” to the top of the arch, 4 ½” wide and 3” deep. Very fine condition with age and use appropriate light wear: no cracks, chips or breaks.
A wonderful wooden elephant pull toy with applied ears and a scowl. Not sure of the exact age, but it most likely dates to the early 1950s, perhaps 1940s; and I don't know if it is a home-made piece or was available commercially. In either case, the elephant is wonderful, and so is its scowl. Original red and black painted surface, the elephant and platform are about 12" long, 11 ¾" high and ¾" thick; wheels are 2 ½" in diameter. Excellent condition with original rope tail and painted surface. The rear leg may have been either pieced-in, or it has an old repair, probably dating to when the toy was made. A great example of a toy from the days when life was much simpler!
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