West Pelham Antiques
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A scratch-grain painted 2 fingered oval box with original dark red (or Spanish Brown) and black paint. The red is the under-paint, with the black paint having been applied in a wavy (or scratch) pattern. 2 opposing fingers and pegged, the box is 6 1/8” x 4 ½” x 2 ½” high. Excellent, original condition: no cracks, splits or holes. All the pegs are in place and the painted surface is untouched. Tight and a lid the fits snugly. A most attractive box for any stack.
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.
This miniature splint basket is and about 5” to the top of the handle. It dates to the very early part of the 20th century, perhaps a bit earlier. The basket has a rich, nut-brown color and there is a band of 7 “weavers” around the middle of the basket in original blue paint. There is pencil-writing on the bottom, most likely a signature and possibly a “presentation” note, but I cannot make them out. The basket is in very fine condition: tight and no major damage, only a couple of very minor weaver-breaks. The rim-wrap is complete and the handle is without breaks, although there is a “rub” that shows up as the light patch visible in the photos.
A small (6” high) Chalkware Cat, c. 1890-1900. Probably a carnival or county fair prize, the black and white striped kitty is wearing a collar and sitting on an octagonal base (3” x 2”). Great eyes and whiskers and a curled tail. Hollow. Minor paint wear and some slight in-filling, but no cracks or breaks. A very uncommon chalkware form from the period.
A very small (tiny, in fact) American Ash Burl Bowl, 4” in diameter and 1 ½” tall. It dates to the second half to he 19th century. There is a rim around the top and a foot rim. Also, there is a small "hump" in the interior center of the bowl: I believe this originally was a "weaver's bowl," kept on the loom with water in it because weavers need to keep their fingers moist. The "hump" comes from the constant rubbing action of the fingers on the bottom of the bowl. Excellent condition with rich color and strong graining. There is one small edge nick and an associated ¾” line. Will let the pictures do the talking on this one: they don’t come much better!
A round, Banded Piggin, c. 1840. Fingered Stave construction (2) with square nails (you could convince me it is Shaker, given how nicely it is made: but that is only a hunch). The “hook” for hanging is carved from one of the piggin’s slats. Original red-painted surface. Long, straight grained wood (ash?). 7 ½” in diameter, 4 ¾” high to the top of the bucket, 6 ¼” to the top of the hanging hook. Excellent original condition: no splits, cracks, etc. Some minor edge nibbling in 2 places in the front and in the back, under the hook. Tight and solid. A wonderful example of a good country form.
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 neat and tidy American Quaker Needlework Sampler by Eleanor Carson, dated 1830. Although I have not been able to find any hard proof, I believe this to be by Eleanor Carson of Carsonville, Grayson County, Virginia (South-Central VA, right on the North Carolina border). There was a large Quaker meeting in Carsonville in the 19th century. This sampler, which has the typical Quaker alphabet and numerous Quaker motifs. In addition to the main verse, title "An Extract", there is a fainter, more familiar phrase that schoolgirls frequently used in their samplers: "When you see this, remember me." The sampler measures 16" x 17" (sight) and is framed in a simple, contemporary wooden frame (17 ¾" x 18 ¾"). It is in very fine condition with no holes, tears or missing stitches. There is some light bleeding around the darker letters, but nothing distracting.
A rare and all original oval Shaker Pincushion Box, dating to the early to mid 19th century. The box has 3 fingers, its original natural wood surface and the original red cloth covering the pincushion. It measures 5" x 3" x 3 1/8" (high). Nice shadowing under the lid and the original banding at the base of the pincushion. Very fine condition: mellow color and no cracks, splits or breaks in the box, only a tiny finger-nail gouge along the bottom edge (under the fingers). There are some scattered, small losses in the red cloth covering, the largest being about ½" (all visible in the photo). A rare Shaker find in original condition like this one. Additional photos available upon request.
A 10 1/8" oval Shaker Box with 4 fingers in the original red surface, probably from the late 19th century. Box measure 10 1/8" x 7" x 4 ¼" (high). There is appropriate shadowing on the sides under the lid and the surface color has mellowed to a dark red. Slight wear on the top and a couple of very small, thin splits where some of the tacks have been nailed in. The top finger on the box has a small nibble at the end. The box is very solid and in fine (or better) condition. A great opportunity to own a nice Shaker oval box for reasonable money.
An early (late 19th-early 20th century) Sheet Metal Running Horse Silhouette in original dry crusted painted surface. The horse has great form, with a lot of "movement" and very well proportioned legs. Surface on one side is a pale green, or at least that what it has become with years of exposure and oxidation; the other side is very oxidized. There is a little "bump" in the rear end where the horses tail would be but there is no evidence that this critter ever had a tail! It has not broken off, etc. Overall width at the widest point is about 20 ½" x 16" (height). Expected wear but not damage, holes, thin spots, breaks, etc. Probably from somewhere in New England because it sure has what looks to me to be the head and body of a Morgan!
A very nice #5 (with inside label) Shaker Bonnet, late 19th century. Black and beige woven straw with cloth hem around the bottom toward the back of the bonnet. Very similar to one in the Collection at the MFA in Boston. Excellent condition with no breaks, holes, etc.
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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 c. 1850 Miniature Red Painted Document Box with black trim and yellow pin striping. The box is hand dovetailed and retains its original surface, both outside and inside. It measures 9 ¼" x 4 ½" x 4" (high). The latch is present, but there is no key. The box retains its original hinges, but one looks like it split off, breaking a small piece of the back right edge. This break was repaired with the original piece. Some minor edge rubbing, but the only split is on the bottom. The dry, painted surface is exactly what you like to find. Writing on the interior, under the lid, but I cannot make it out, and there appears to be some numbers written on the bottom. A wonderful piece in a wonderful size.
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