J and R Ferris Antiques
J & R Ferris Antiques, of Boonville, NY, has been in business since the early 1970s. Janette (Jan) and Richard (Dick) set out as purveyors of 18th and 19th century militaria and Americana from a little shop in Madison, NY. In 1984 Dick's son, Scott, became a full time member of the business. Following the passing of both Dick and Jan, Scott now wears all hats. He brings with him his knowledge of the fine arts–he is a specialist in the art of Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) (see also http://www.scottrferris.com and http://www.rockwellkentpaintings.com). Policies: Scott Ferris (J & R Ferris Antiques) will be happy to discuss my merchandise in as complete detail, including condition, as possible. Where I lack information I will try to fill the gap by suggesting reference material. I am happy to send additional images upon request. If I have missed a significant issue with an item, especially if it effects its monetary value, I will accept a return for credit toward another item (see Return Policy). Return Policy: –Upon receipt of shipped merchandise, please inspect it immediately. If, for any reason, the merchandise is not satisfactory to the purchaser, be sure to notify me within 48 hours, via telephone (315-542-1643). –In the case of returned merchandise, the purchaser is responsible for credit card processing fees, and shipping/insurance fees. Handling and Shipping: All shipping and insurance is to be paid by the purchaser. If I am going to be in your community I will be happy to deliver your purchase (with prior arrangements) without charge. Terms of Payment: –J & R Ferris Antiques accepts, as forms of payment, personal checks, cashier’s checks, Visa, Mastercard and PayPal. Payment by charge cards or PayPal must include these companies fees–approximately 2.5-3.75 percent. Payment must be made within three (3) days of your commitment to purchase unless other arrangements have been made. –Merchandise will be shipped once your charge has been accepted or your personal checked has cleared the bank. –Any New York State based sales require 8.75% sales tax.
Pewter cup and saucer, with an engraved presentation on the cup that reads: “From comrades of Chaplain Brown’s Post Oct. 23, 66-91.” Brown’s Post, #106, located in Valparaiso, IN, was named after Chaplain James Caldwell Brown, of the 48th Regiment, Indiana Infantry. The cup and saucer were made by, and thus marked: “James W. Tufts. Boston. Warranted. Quadruple Plate. 1371.” Some bends in the pewter, with patina, otherwise in good condition. Standard cup and saucer size. (09-TEZ)
This 19th century, tin, rummer sized canteen has a screw top spout. It measures approximately 5 inches in diameter and 1 3/4 inches deep. The edge of the top right belt loop is loose.
This smooth sided canteen has all three sling supports, brown wool cover, and spout. Tattered, it obviously has suffered war fatigue.
Price: $150, plus shipping
Model 1864 cartridge box with tins and strap. Well used–most of the surface leather has peeled away, though most of the parts are intact.
Price: $225, plus shipping
"One of the ups and downs of everyday Life. May 4, 1882. Mattis(?)" Ink drawing on two sheets–mounted on a double page, notebook spread. Some foxing. Drawing: Approximately 4 inches x 9 7/8 inches; sheet: ~6 3/8 inches x 10 inches. $85.
Price: $75, including shipping
Collapsible cups. –Collapsible cup with tin case. $125; –Civil War officer's cup in pewter, from the "Will Plank museum"–author of "Banner & Bugles." Bannerman. $125.
Price: $125 each; $200 for both
“Pluribus.” (White cross with gold eagle and flag motif, on black ribbon.) $20. Woman Relief Corp. 1883 on red, white and blue ribbon. $15. For Department Commander. William H. Daniels (with flag). $20. Los Angeles, Cal. 1912. GAR 46th National Encampment. $30. GAR Medal of Honor style. (Detached from flag ribbon.) $35. S of V [Sons of Veterans] Auxiliary. 1883. $20. Tintype of two women wearing kepis with GAR insignia; with Womans Relief Corp pin; and a note that reads: “This is the medal worn by the Woman’s Auxiliary of the GAR organized in 1883.” $30.
Price: Individually priced or $140 for all, plus shipping
150th Anniversary Fort Dayton (Herkimer) August 4th, 1777 - August 4th, 1927. “I will face the enemy.” $12. Saratoga Springs. June 1902. Convention Hall. Department Commander Charles A. Orr. 36th Annual Encampment. (Detached) $30. Souvenir canteen. $30. 1897 Buffalo Encampment (without flag). (This piece also appears in another image. It is not a duplicate.). $30. 31st Encampment. August 1897. Buffalo. Stick pin. $20.
Price: Individually priced or $100 for all, plus shipping
This set was probably referred to as "German tarots," from what I gather in Catherine Perry Hargrave's "A History of Playing Cards." The note on page 157 is her only mention of Ferd. (Ferdinand) Piatnik and Söhne, Wien (thus dated 1890): otherwise she just lists Piatnik. The Vienna based company has been in business since 1824, according to Wikipedia. Per Hargrave a set was made up of 53 cards; this set appears to have been mixed, over the years, as it has 61 cards, a few of which were probably made later–they're sharper, cleaner. There are 32 numbered cards and 29 face cards–6 each of hearts and clubs, 11 diamonds, 4 spades, 2 minstrels. Beautiful compositions! $95 including shipping/handling (7-789). (Another set is available on eBay. The seller is asking $250.)
White Squadron cards: The United States Navy. Made by The Fireside Game Co., Cincinnati, © 1896-97. Each card depicts a noted Navy vessel, with a brief description.
A covered stein, in pewter. Hallmarked on the handle: “G K,” with an image of a standing figure in between the letters. Approximately 3 1/4 inches high (not counting the height of the handle) by approximately 4 inches wide, including the handle. The diameter is approximately 3 inches. (19-11UZX)
Price: $120, plus shipping
A silver snuff box with the initials “R L," surrounded by a floral motif, engraved on top. What makes this snuff different is the barrel-vaulted bottom. Approximately 2 3/4 inches wide by 1 5/8 inches deep, by 3/4 inches high. (19-1LE)
Price: $110, including shipping
Falconer vase or wine chill. Possibly Bohemian. 19th century. Probably Grisaille-painted over blown glass. The solid glass base is applied to the vase. The scene depicts two falconers, one on horseback, the other, on foot, in a mountainous landscape. Three castles and a lone, tall tree complete the highlights of this fully round panorama. Approximately 9 1/8 inches high; diameter of the vase at opening, also approximately 9 1/8 inches; diameter at base, approximately 5 3/4 inches.
Price: $650, plus shipping
This low pile, 20th century rug measures 2 feet 10 1/2 inches by 4 feet 8 inches. Of uncertain Eastern origins. (11-106TEX)
Price: $465, plus shipping
This 20th century, high pile rug, measures 4 feet 1 1/2 inches by 5 feet 11 1/2 inches. Aside from being Eastern, its exact origins are unknown. (8-338TEL)
Price: $635, plus shipping
This 20th century, low pile, Iranian rug measures 6 feet 6 inches by 3 feet. It is hand woven out of wool. (11-107EXZ)
Price: $635, plus shipping
This 45 star flag measures 6 by 10 feet (as stamped), and was in service from 1896-1908, when Utah became a state. The presidents to serve under this flag are Grover Cleveland, William McKinley, and Teddy Roosevelt. The flag is also stamped by its maker, Horstmann, of Philadelphia; and bears a difficult to decipher inscription of "W E Co 4" [so it appears]–perhaps a post's company number. The cloth is a wool/cotton mix. It is machine and hand sewn. A number of holes can be seen in the accompanying images; some patches were sewn on, years ago. I photographed the flag in quarters, due to its size: three of which are included here. The forth image can be provided.
This card, with a Kent design used by Schering Corporation in their advertising, was reused by the artist as a holiday card produced by the American Artists Group (this one being #25287). The image is separately printed and tipped onto the cover. Internally, the text reads: "A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year."
On the centennial of Rahr Malting Company's founding they commissioned Rockwell Kent to write and design a book as well as some ephemeral material, such as this card, to commemorate the event. The card is single fold, with the only illustration and text being on the cover.
"The Home Decorator and Color Guide," by Rockwell Kent, was commissioned by Sherwin-Williams in 1939 as an advertising campaign for their paint products, and for the purpose of helping their clientele select paint colors–two sheets of color selections line the inside covers of the 24 page brochure. Their are numerous vignettes, created by Kent, throughout the brochure, some depicting adaptations of his own home and earlier artwork. With a single fold on the back cover, the full cover folds out like a triptych. This brochure was distributed by W. H. Glover Co., Rockland, Maine (as noted on the back). The original envelop accompanies this piece.
A pair of Native American moccasins, probably made for the tourist trade around the turn of the 20th century. Made of deer or calf skin, and beaded.
Price: $375, including shipping
Handmade model made of miscellaneous materials, depicting a three stack steamship, similar to the four stack Titanic. The ship is made, primarily, of wood; with wire and nails to suggest guardrails and lines; miniature, metal window frames; a propeller, and possibly carved (flat) lights. Some of the white, black and green paint has flaked off; a small chip is out of the stern wall; and the front mast is broken off at the top. Other small fixtures are missing, though they do not detract from the overall folky character of the piece. The ship measures approximately 36 3/4 inches long by 7 inches high, by 4 inches wide. (19-34URP)
Price: $390, plus shipping
Oil on canvas of a rural landscape with homes, by Francisco Cordero. Little is known about Cordero, though it is believed that he was born in 1851: his death date is, apparently, unknown. It has also been suggested that he painted in Spain as well as Mexico. This painting was probably rendered in the late 1800s. Signed lower right: “F. Cordero.” Measuring at 31 1/2 inches by 16 inches; framed: 37 1/2 inches by 21 3/4 inches. Works of this size, that have sold at auction, have brought up to the $3000s (three-thousands).
Price: $1100, plus shipping
“Flag” is an acrylic on canvas by Ellen Pearce, measuring 14 inches by 18 inches; and framed: 17 inches by 21 inches. Ellen monogrammed her painting lower right and titled and signed in full on verso. Ellen Pearce is a contemporary artist living and working in Missouri and New Mexico. She has exhibited solo and in group shows throughout the country, including in both of the “Generations: The Artistic Heritage of Rockwell Kent” exhibitions (Frye Art Museum, Seattle, WA, and Plattsburgh State Art Museum, Plattsburgh, NY). Ellen is a granddaughter of Rockwell Kent. She is a poet, with publications including “Life in (very) Minor Works,” “Here’s Looking at You” and “Off the Calendar.” Ellen is a co-author (with Scott R Ferris) of “Rockwell Kent’s Forgotten Landscapes.” (EP-WXP) For more information on Ellen's artwork and her relationship to her fellow Kent family artists (and for an addendum to this essay) open the following links. https://scottrferris.com/Essays/genheritage.html and https://scottrferris.com/Essays/geninfluence.html
Price: $650, plus shipping
“Fast Water and Pool (Moose River Series),” is a watercolor of 1974 by Edward Christiana (1912-1992). This watercolor on paper measures 18 x 24 inches and is signed and dated lower right as well as on the verso. Unframed.
Price: $850, plus shipping
Edward Christiana (1912-1992). “Emerald Lake (British Columbia),” (1974). Watercolor on paper, 22 by 30 inches. Signed and dated on recto (lower right) and verso. The watercolor is in good condition overall, with some foxing. Though Christiana was known as the Painter Laureate of the Mohawk Valley (in central New York State) he painted throughout the US and Canada. This composition was conceived during one of the artist’s trips to British Columbia, and completed in his home studio. On the verso he wrote: “Emerald Lake (British Columbia). watercolor, from drawing. [signed and dated 1974.]” Christiana graduated from Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 1933; was inducted into the American Watercolor Society in 1949; and taught at the Munson-Williams-Proctor School of Art from the 1940s until his death in 1992. His inspirations included J. C. Leyendecker, N. C. Wyeth, and John Marin. His oil paintings and watercolors are represented in the Currier Gallery of Art (NH), Worcester Art Museum (MA), and Columbus Museum of Art (OH), among other institutions. (5-20-20)
Price: $900, plus shipping
J & R Ferris Antiques, open online this holiday season to help you complete your gift shopping. You can reach me via this site, email@example.com, or via 315 542-1643. Also visit my related sites, for shopping or for general information on my personal speciality, Rockwell Kent (1882-1971): https://jandrferrisantiques.com. https://scottrferris.com. https://rockwellkentpaintings.com.
Lady Nellie, as I call her, is a doll made out of what appears to be a grain sack, with painted eyes, a black shoe polish body, and a sewn on, burgundy nose and mouth. She stands a regal 49 inches tall. (TEM)
Price: $320, plus shipping
Brass anvil snuff box. Hollow body is made of one piece of brass. Approximately 4 1/4 inches long by 1 1/4 inches wide, by 2 inches high. The hinge is delicate. (16-31ULX)
A jockey, in racing costume, and horse, running a steeplechase. Probably early to mid 20th century. The construction of the brass tray is relatively simple, simple in that its sides are bent up and folded at the corners. The image itself is created by the punching technique. Obviously this is not a tray for carrying drinks as the low relief of the composition does not provide for balancing a cup. The tray is in good condition overall, with some spots of oxidation. And it measures 16 by 20 1/2 inches. (19-25UTX)
Price: $220, plus shipping
“J. R. Page 1892” is inscribed on the verso of this oil on board of a landscape. The scene depicts a 2 1/2 story home, with a central chimney, fronted by a lengthy bridge crossing a stream, and backed by a rocky mountain range that is similar to what one would see in New Hampshire, Vermont or New York. Who the artist, J. R. Page, was is unknown. The academy board on which this painting is rendered is stamped “Devoe & Company,” a prominent 19th century art supplier. 9 1/4 x 12 inches. (11-150UWE)
Miniature landscape painting on a box top depicts a lakeside building surrounded by fence and trees: framed with a period photograph mat which reads: “J. Gurney. 707 Broadway N.Y.” The oval painting measures approximately 2 5/8 by 3 1/4 inches; the mat: approximately 3 1/4 by 4 1/4 inches. Some damage to the bottom of the painting, just below the gold painted “ribbon”; and some crackling; and minor bends to the brass matting. $135. (8-02UZX)
A lady’s fan depicting a gathering in a garden, perhaps a chaperoned courtship. The main composition appears to be painted in watercolor. The staves, also painted, are delicately carved with figures and flowers. There is some slight separation in between a few of the folds. The fan is tacked onto the back of a shadow box, from which it can be removed. (17-34HZX)
Price: $260, plus shipping
This hog scraper probably dates to the earlier 19th century. It measures approximately 7 inches high, with a diameter of 4 1/4 inches; and appears to have maintained most of its original coat of black paint.
This tin Betty lamp is replete with its miners' hook and wick-pick. The age of the piece is uncertain, though tin Bettys, like those made of iron, easily date to the 18th century. This one measures 4 1/2 inches high by 2 1/2 inches at its widest, by 4 inches front-to-back. It is missing its cover (over the fuel pan).
This iron Betty lamp, with its miners' hook and wick-pick, dates to the 18th century. It has remnants of a braided grass wick: when this was introduced to the piece I do not know. The lamp measures approximately 4 inches high by 2 3/4 inches wide, by 3 1/8 inches front-to-back. (15-63UEX)
Hog-scraper, patent dated 1853 on the lifting tag. Approximately 4 inches high with a base diameter of approximately 3 3/4 inches. (19-5WP)
Price: Sold, thank you!
This late 18th-early 19th century hog scraper measures approximately 7 1/2 inches tall with a 4 inch diameter. There is a slight crack in the drip bowl, and the lift may have been replaced early in its history.
This Cornelius & Baker spring loaded candlestick dates to the 1850s. Robert Cornelius and Isaac F. Baker were active, in Philadelphia, about 1851–1870. The piece measures approximately 13 1/2 inches high with a base diameter of about 5 1/2 inches. A repair, or reinforcement, is visible on the underside of the base.
Double crusie with its miners' hook. 18th century. The lower pan serves to catch drip from the lamp. The hook allows the user to plant the lamp wherever needed. It measures approximately 6 1/4 inches high by 5 inches front-to-back, and 2 1/2 inches at its widest. (15-64UTE)
This "Bobby Shafto" case (Krainik #135) houses two tintypes depicting a husband and wife with their baby. The case itself is somewhat rare. (16-17/80)
Price: $180, including shipping
This daguerreotype of a young gentleman is set in a geometric-motif case (Krainik #321). There are some obvious scratches to the image, thus the reduced price. (28-17/60)
Apparently this dapper gentleman was a man of means, with his silk tie, and the ability to purchase a half plate image of himself. This daguerreotype was probably taken during the late 1840s or 1850s. The photo is mounted in a leatherette case.
Price: $192, shipping included
This agrarian photograph case is listed as #375 in Krainik, Krainik and Walvoord's book, "Union Cases." The case is made for a 1/9th plate image. The enclosed image is not of great quality and therefore is not considered in the price of this item. (13-171LX)
This half plate tintype depicts a horse with a driver in his cart. (The proper name for this type of vehicle escapes me as I write.) In the background you can see a billboard that appears to advertise the sale of steers. (12-19UEX)
This tintype depicts a musician playing what appears to be a viola–the instrument seems larger than a violin: He is wearing his musician's hat, with the letter "G" insignia.
A folk art whimsy, in the form of a clothes iron, made of interwoven wire. This piece measures 7 3/4 inches long (tip to base) by 4 3/4 inches at its widest, and 4 5/8 inches from the flat to the top of the handle. Made for those who do not like to iron! (20-UE)
Price: $98, shipping included
What is more accommodating than a two-doors-in-one bird cage? Small birds enter (without fleeing) through the smaller door, while big birds enter through the larger door (without being crushed)! Voila! The cage, which was painted brown (remnants remain), measures approximately 16 inches tall (not counting the hook), with a diameter of 10 1/2 inches.
Price: $285, plus shipping
Wooden clogs carved from one block. Geometric motif carved into the top. A "string" or "ribbon" would be used to attach your feet–wrapped around–to the clogs. Approximately 10 inches long by 4 1/2 inches (at the widest), by 3 1/2 inches high.
19th century candle box in blue paint. Approximately 17 1/4 inches long by 5 3/4 inches wide, by 3 1/4 inches high. Cover slides off one narrow end.
Price: $145, plus shipping
Burl veneer laptop desk with grain painted interior and a blue velvet writing surface. 14 inches wide by 9 1/4 inches deep by 4 1/4 inches high. Wild grain painted interior. Apothecary label on the bottom reads: “Jadwin & Aiken, Apothecaries, Carbondale, Penn.” For additional images see https://jandrferrisantiques.com. (USEC)
Price: Sold, thank you!
A document box in the form of a book, made of Coramandel (a type of ebony). European, possibly American made, during the latter half of the 19th century. Approximately 9 1/4 inches wide by 6 1/4 inches deep, by 3 inches at its highest. The cover (top) of the box angles, by about 1 inch–going from 3 inches in the area of the escutcheon to 2 inches in the area of the spine. The escutcheon, filigree-like, and surrounded by “buttons,” appears to be made of cut steel. The male element of the locking system is gone. There is a crack in the cover, near the area of the hinges, which is hidden by the grain of the wood. For additional images visit https://jandrferrisantiques.com. (13-27UER)
Price: $155, plus shipping
This snuff box is decorated on the cover with eagles facing each other: in-between which is an urn with flowers: the floral motif continues on the bottom. Internally, inside the cover, it is inscribed: "Buffalo, NY 1859/Thomas Swartout/Spencer Shrang."
Price: $84, shipping included
This mahogany traveling ink has an inlaid cross on top. It measures approximately 2 1/8 inches high, with a diameter of 1 1/4 inches. The cover, which opens with a slightly turn, has the primary purpose of closing the ink bottle itself–a spring, in the inside bottom of the container, applies pressure to the top which creates the seal. There is one crack down the side of the container.
Price: $45, shipping included
Papier mâché cigarette or card case depicting one group of fencers in the background: while the two gents in the foreground pause long enough for the man on the left to examine an apparently harmed man on the right. The leather, accordion sides, that attach the front and back and provide depth to the case, have dried, leaving the left leather strap detached. And a surface scratch can be seen cutting across the wounded man's face.
Price: $45, shipping included
A small stamp or personals box with a romantic theme. The cover, a reverse painting on glass, depicts young lovers, courting; while inside the cover there is a watercolor of a heart and flowers with an inscription written in French. The box is made of a light board like material, with the glass cover mounted onto the box with copper or brass molding. It measures approximately 3 1/4 inches in diameter and 7/8 inches deep. The bubble effect, as seen in some areas of the glass, has little effect on the depicted scene.
Price: $60, shipping included
Miniature treenware bowl measuring approximately 3 inches in diameter by 1 5/8 inches high (not counting the handle). Nice patina... one crack on one side.
Price: $86, shipping included
A doctor’s pocket or field surgical set. A couple of the instruments are stamped “John Birk”, –1876-1900 are the dates pertaining to these instruments–another maker’s stamp is indiscernible,and a third is stamped with a crown and a dollar-sign-like symbol. The druggist’s envelope that is within reads: “Waizenegger & Smith Druggists/321 Jefferson St. Burlington, Iowa.”
Price: $180, including shipping
“Theo. Tafel/Mfr. of Surgical Instruments/Louisville-Nashville,” reads the stamped label on the wrapping. A few of the silk, surgical thread cards were “prepared for” Theo. Tafel, but there is one other that is marked “Yale Surgeon’s Silk.” Theodore Tafel was active on his own–apparently independent of his brothers–1890-1900. One of the folding side covers is detached. (15-46SX/TSE)
Price: $195, including shipping
Barber’s or “bleeding” bowl. 18th-early 19th century. This bowl is much larger than the commonly seen bowls. Presumably the two rings at the outer edge of the bowl, combined with a strap, lifted that side of the bowl, while the curved side rested underneath the neck of the sitter. Approximately 18 inches long by 10 1/2 inches wide. There is one area (depicted) that has worn through. (19-30ULE)
Price: $225, plus shipping
“In the Senate of the United States,” 45th Congress, Senate and House of Representatives reports for the Committees on Pensions, Invalid Pensions, Claims, Public Lands, Military Affairs, Naval Affairs… 96 pieces, in all: apparently extracted from a bound publication, otherwise in good condition. These documents relate to the 40th US Colored Troops; Company B, 1st Regiment, Michigan Sharpshooters; Company I, 105th Regiment, Indiana, with Rebel General Morgan; Quarter Master, Kentucky; etc. (3-295UTE/207)
Price: $160, plus shipping
This is a group of approximately 43, multi-generational, hand written letters and envelops, printed documents, and ephemera, from the Manning family, dating from 1862 to 1913. The condition of the papers vary from good to damaged (as illustrated). The key authors in these letters include Harry (Henry, aka Hen), his sister Lizzie, their mother, Henrietta, Ned Lewis (E. D.) Examples of the content include: Henrietta to Harry, September 11, 1862 (?): “I received your letter saying you were drafted…” “David Haring (?) with two others got the bounty and went to Canada and they have got them and they are to be shot at two o’clock today. Think what the feelings of those poor mothers must be…” E. D. Lewis to Harry, May 15, 1864: “… you wanted your mother to come to Washington to see Lee drive Mead back. I think that if she should come it would be to see Mead drive Lee back. The south is don [done] fore [for] this time.” E. D. Lewis to Harry, June 12, 1865: “… you spoke of Grant not taking Richmond. I think that it looks cind [kind] of dought full [doubtful] myself all that I have to gou [go] by is the newspapers and we know that they will make our side look favorable..." (4-690HER)
“Atlas to Accompany the Official Records of the Union and Confederate Armies.” Washington Government Printing Office, printed by Julius Bien & Company, New York, in 1895. The atlas illustrates the uniforms, flags, transportation, and ordnance of the Northern and Southern Armies. (HPI)
An engraving of Benjamin Franklin with Facsimile of Signature, with the text: “Engraved from an old print by J. A. O’Neill. New York: Elias Dexter 562 Broadway.” Circa 1860s engraving from a late 1700s print. The beveled, printer’s plate, measures approximately 8 3/4 inches by 6 inches; the image of Franklin, approximately 4 inches high. Loosely framed so that the owner can re-frame according to their desires. (19-42TEP)
Price: $290, plus shipping
The New York Illustrated News–May 24th, 1961. No. 83. Vol. IV. pp. 66-80–covering the assassination of Colonel Elmer E. Ellsworth by James W. Jackson.
Jenny Lind–”The Swedish Nightingale”–dressing mirror. Jenny Lind was a popular singer-performer during the mid to later 19th century. As a result of her popularity manufacturers were quick to apply her likeness to objects such as historic flasks and this mirror.
Price: $300, plus shipping
During the 1950s Rockwell Kent (1882-1971) designed a number of unit-repeat designs for Bloomcraft, Inc. of New York, of which this fabric sample, "Deer Season," is one. Most of the original designs rest in the collections at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. This piece measures approximately 18 by 19 inches, and is mounted on a sheet of fabric, over stretcher bars–making it easy to remount and frame, as you desire. There is some slight wear to the fabric.
A beaded wallet, probably made during the later 19th century. The glass beads are sewn onto a piece of red cloth (showing some wear), with blue ribbon trim. Internally, the material appears to be a polished cloth, from which two pockets are made. The piece measures approximately 2 1/4 inches high by 4 inches with, which when opened, measure ~5 7/8 inches.
This necklace, made with turquoise and glass beads, highlights a 1721 Danish XII Shilling coin. 20th century, handmade.
A necklace highlighting a cross made of iron (?), with bone and beads. The cross measures approximately 2 7/8 inches high. 20th century, handmade.
Shaman necklace made of blue stone beads and iron (?) figure, on string. 20th century, handmade. The shaman measures approximately 2 3/4 inches high.
Washboard with parallel grooves, measuring approximately 23 1/4 inches by 8 3/4 inches (16-34UXP)
Price: $110, plus shipping
Wash board. Diamond shaped pattern, with area for storing a bar of soap, measuring approximately 28 3/4 inches by 7 3/8 inches (16-33UZZ).
Price: Sold, thank you!
A tea caddy, made of brass bell metal, "disguised" as an apple. When one clashes the top and bottom elements together a pleasant ringing occurs. One side of the leaves is patterned like the veins in a leaf; the other side is plain. Approximately 5 3/4 by 4 inches (at the widest). (18-04UMN)
Dutch tobacco box. Possibly silver plate over brass. High relief floral motif with geometric framing. Early 19th century. Approximately 6 3/4 x 4 3/4 x 1 inches. Overall condition good, with tiny to small “slices” of separation on one side; patina, externally; and tobacco stains within. (18-13UEP)
Price: $162, including shipping
English standish or inkstand with two glass inkwells. Approximately 5 inches wide by 2 inches deep, by 2 3/4 inches high. (19-10TPZ)
Price: $244, plus shipping
Brass embers carrier with punched floral design. 18th to early 19th century. Probably American. Top door lifts in order to place the embers in the carrier. Long hollow handle. (15-22TXZ)
Price: $260. plus shipping/handling
Gilt buttons–5 frontal, 3 cuff. Probably 18th century. Possibly cut steel (common for the time period) with gilt. Standard button sizes (approximately 3/4″ on frontal buttons, 1/2″ on cuff buttons). Overall condition is fine, though some oxidation is visible in two of the cuff buttons. (19-50ED)
Price: $115, including shipping
Filigree buttons made of silver (no markings whatsoever). Possibly European, of the late 18th through early 19th century. Excellent workmanship with no apparent damage. Used, not abused. Loops on back for fastening (intact). Approximately 1 1/16 inches in diameter. Selling as a group of three. (12-100UXP)
Price: $115 all 3, including shipping
19th century military and civilian clothing. The military “Great Coat” (more like a cape, with arm slats at the sides), with a bright red interior liner, circa dates to the 1870s-1880s; and the two shirts depicted date to the earlier 19th century. Be sure to visit https://jandrferrisantiques.com.
Price: $395, Great Coat, plus shipping; $100 each for the shirts
19th century quilted baby’s bonnet with ribbon tie. Suitable for framing from right side; left side is stained as a result of “baby activity.”
Price: $125, including shipping
Gentleman’s smoking cap, probably mid 19th century. Fine, multi-colored threads stitched into the cap. Minor loosening of threads in a couple of areas, barely visible due to the complexity of the designs. (19-46HZP)
Price: Sold, thank you!
Hand knit, knee length, gentleman’s socks, probably dating to the early 19th century. (19-44EZ)
Price: $65 pair, including shipping
“Modes de Paris,” is the inscription on this silk apron–possibly used by a clothier. 19th century, and delicate, it serves well as a display piece. $190.
Price: $130 shipping included
“Charm bracelet” with lock and key. The lock is in working condition. Silver or silver plated. The bracelet measures approximately 2 3/8 by 2 inches; the lock: ~ 3/4 inches high. Large enough diameter to fit an adult. Be sure to visit https://jandrferrisantiques.com. (18-03LE)
Price: Sold, thank you!
Brass trivet with double heart motifs at the apex, and the initials, “A T,” in the center. (19-8UPX)
Brass trivet with heart motif handle, probably late 18th-early 19th century. The piece measures 10 1/8 inches by 5 inches at its widest. (20-HP)
This 19th century porcelain toothpaste jar, titled on the cover “The Battle of the Nile,” depicts two soldiers (one with a tri-corner hat, the other, with two peg legs) reviewing a map; a gent with arms crossed immediately behind; a man on the left holding an eel spear; a couple seen in the window of the building; a cat and crowing rooster in the foreground; and a man sauntering near the river with a view of London (possibly: see “St. Peter’s” in the distance). Although no maker’s mark or stamp can be seen on the jar the piece is probably English made, possibly Prattware. The top of the jar measures approximately 4 inches in diameter with the bottom diameter, approximately 3 7/8 inches, and 2 inches deep. The condition is good: some wear to the inside top of the jar, though clean everywhere else. The two photographs of the top show a moveable white blotch which is actually the reflection of light. (17-60TWX)
A small wood tankard carved out of a single piece of wood. Considering the material and the way the form is made it may very well have been placed into service in the late 18th through the early 19th centuries. The tankard shows its use and therefore is in permanent retirement (unless you insert a liner). The piece measures approximately 6 3/4 inches high with a diameter of 4 1/4 inches. (UPZ-7)
Price: Sold, thank you!
An exceptionally large wood tankard, or lidded pitcher, the body of which is carved out of a single piece of wood: the carved lid is also made of one piece of wood, and is hinged with a peg (as illustrated). Apparently this tankard would have served a group of people. It appears to date as early as the 18th century, and as late as early 19th. The vessel measures 15 inches high with a diameter of 8 inches. The condition is “well used”: no one will be drinking out of this tankard again. (20-UXP)
Price: Sold, thank you!
18th or early 19th century tazza–a shallow cup or plate mounted on a stem and a weighted foot. Brass, approximately 9 inches high, with a 5 1/2 inches diameter base, and a 8 1/2 inches plate. Decoratively cut, this tazza was probably used for decorative purposes of for holding cards.
Holmes, Booth & Haydens, Waterbury, Connecticut, tri-corner/tri-panel lantern: labeled on dial. Circa 1860s. A fuel lantern, which is filled when the container is unscrewed from the lamp. The panels lift up (as illustrated) to expose the wick. Open the following link to read about the history of the company: http://www.thelampworks.com/lw_companies_hb&h.htm. (16-18TTE)
This boxed compass is unmarked. It was probably made during the latter half of the 19th century. It measures approximately 2 7/8 inches wide by 2 3/4 inches deep, by 7/8 inches high; with a compass diameter of 2 1/4 inches. (15-9UXP)
William and Lewis E. Gurley, brothers, and makers of precision instruments, in Troy, New York: they were established in 1852. This boxed compass measures approximately 3 3/8 inches wide by 3 1/8 inches deep, by 1 1/8 inches high; with compass measuring 2 1/2 inches in diameter. Marked on the face of the compass: "W. & L.E. Gurley, Troy, N.Y."
Eugene Dietzgen, Co. (1862-1929), surveyor's compass or circumferentor. Made in France and distributed in New York, San Francisco, Chicago, New Orleans, according to the mark on the face of the compass, and the label inside the top cover. Collapsible sights; sighting line intact. Hand-held–no attachment for tripod or stick. Approximately 3 3/16 inches in diameter. In shagreen case. (13-118ULE)
Balance toy depicting a whaler holding open the mouth of a whale. Painted, cut iron. ~21 inches overall; approximately 10 1/2 inches, the whaler alone. (8-200URR)
A circa 1867 United States Navy marked chamberstick: etched in the wax pan, "USN" with an anchor. Stamped on the bottom: "Wilcox Silver Plate Co. Meriden, Conn. Quadruple Plate, 3. The base is approximately 5 3/4 inches in diameter by 2 5/8 inches high. Unpolished, original patina.
18th century brass chamberstick with a long handle. Approximately 4 3/8 inches in diameter, 9 inches overall length, and 4 1/8 inches high. Unpolished, original patina.
18th-early 19th century brass chamberstick of heavy construction, with adjustable candle holder. Unpolished, original patina. Unmarked. Approximately 5 1/2 inches in diameter, and ~4 5/8 inches high.
Wall mounted lighting (lamps) with an elk motif. Cut glass beads and crystals (suspended from the mouth of an elk) tempers the light illumination, while a circular mirror, behind the teardrop shaped lamp, projects it. Contemporary, yet made to look like a late 19th or early 20th century lamp. Made by Meyda Tiffany Lighting. Functional, as lighting. The antler on one of the elk heads has been re-soldered. Being sold as a pair.
The G. H. G. Manufacturing Company lantern, made by Dietz. Manufacturing company’s initials etched into the glass globe. The Dietz signature, at the top of the lantern reads: “Dietz. No. 39. Standard. New York, U.S.A.” ~9 1/2 inches high with a 6 1/2 inches diameter cage. To extract the fuel container one needs to open the top of the lantern–there's a spring loaded latch that needs to be released–and lift out the globe. The wick remains intact. For upkeep purposes, it appears as though the "company fireman" repainted the lantern. (8-225HEZ)
“Flashlight” lantern with collapsible handle and closable side doors–panels on three sides slide up and down. Approximately 6 inches tall by 2 1/2 inches wide by 3 inches deep. A fuel lamp, it is missing its wick holder. The fuel container slides out the backdoor for refueling and cleaning purposes. For additional images see https://jandrferrisantiques.com.
Telescoping candlesticks. English. Ca. 1800-1810. Brass. A "push-up" mechanism, accessed through the bottom of the candlestick, lifts the candle upward as it melts down (see images). For additional images see https://jandrferrisantiques.com. Approximately 9 3/4 inches extended, and 7 inches collapsed. (10-84UBE)
Price: $165 pair
Minor’s Patent Folding Lanterns. Stenciled on the side of each (within floral decorations) is: “Minor’s Patent, Jan. 24th 1865.” Everything is made to collapse, for ease of carrying. Inside, the sliding candlestick folds under a storage compartment (at the back) for matches and extra candles. The original mica glass is intact. Measuring just the lanterns themselves and not the facades: the largest measures 6 high by 3 3/4 wide by 4 1/2 deep, and the smallest, 4 1/4 by 3 1/8 by 3 9/16 inches. 13-95SX (large lantern) 14-79UZZ (small lantern)
Price: $165 (large), $150 (small)
St. Lawrence River (NY) decoy. Solid body. Original paint. In the style of a fence post decoy. Tethers remain. Approximately 16 1/4 inches long by 8 inches high, by 6 1/2 inches wide. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for additional information. https://jandrferrisantiques.com (7-320HEP)
Decoy attributed to Mark Whipple, of Bourg, LA. Solid wood body. Original paint. Weight and tether intact. Approximately 10 1/2 inches long by 7 1/2 inches high, by 4 1/2 inches wide. (HZR)
Solid body. Original paint. Weight missing. "Crossman" penned on bottom (reference to Gary Crossman, Chincoteague Island). Approximately 13 1/2" long by 6 1/4" high, by 5" wide. (7-386WEZ)
Solid bodied decoy carved and painted by William M. Boyd, Havre de Grace. Signed on the bottom of the decoy. For additional information email email@example.com and visit https://jandrferrisantiques.com $295.
Pintail drake. Early-Mid 20th century. Solid bodied, simply painted, elegantly carved. (7-386HXR)
Horse head, possibly from a 19th century rocking horse. Carved from wood, with subtle low relief forms depicting eyes, nostrils and other facial features. Remnants of the original white, black and red paint. Horse hair, inserted into the back of the head, serves as the mane. Holes in the top of the head once held (probably) leather ears. From the mane to the mouth measures approximately 6 inches; and from the top of the head to the base measures approximately 4 3/4 inches. (12-82TTE)
This 19th century ladle, or paddle, is deep scooped, and measures 8 1/4 inches by 4 1/2 inches at its widest. (16-40LE)
This early 19th century ladle, in the form of a paddle, measures 9 3/4 inches by 3 5/8 inches at its widest. (16-42LE)
This rolling pin was possibly made for a child (due to its size–8 1/2 inches, with a diameter of ~1 1/2 inches) during the early 19th century. It may be made of walnut. (16-36LE)
This “long blade" ladle may have been Native American made. It’s 19th century; and measures 13 1/4 inches by 2 7/8 inches at its widest. (8-315UTX).
Miniature stone carving of what appears to be a Colonial figure–Washington, Revere… It measures approximately 2 inches high by 1 inch width and depth. (18-44BE)
Price: Sold, thank you!
17th-18th century period fireback depicting tavern goers socializing outside of a tavern while the proprietor watches from the window. The initials, “AA,” –presumably the maker’s stamp–appear in the upper right of the composition. The piece measures 23 inches high by 17 1/2 inches wide. Though obviously well employed, over the years, the low relief imagery remains distinct. Additional photos can be seen in the Gallery on https://jandrferrisantiques.com. (20-UEQ) Shipping and handling is the responsibility of the buyer, therefore, be sure to exhaust your questions before finalizing a purchase. Being solid iron, this piece is heavy and yet fragile, therefore, shipping options need to be discussed. (20-UEZ)
Cast iron door for a postbox, depicting a bugler on horseback announcing mail delivery. The opening to the left probably provided access for the courier’s box key. (The pictured example can be seen in the film “A Beautiful Mind.”) (18-40UXQ)
17th-18th century document or personals box, veneered with burl wood, and clasped with decoratively cut brass straps. An excellent example of early craftmanship. 12 inches wide by 6 1/4 inches deep, by 7 inches high. Some burl repair and loss on the back side of the cover, otherwise, good condition. (16-25HPX)
J & R Ferris Antiques has showcased 18th-20th century Americana and related works through two generations of antique dealers. My website provides examples from my current inventory, and represents objects that I have carried throughout the past (see Item Archive). Once you have perused the site feel free to contact me with specific requests. https://jandrferrisantiques.com. firstname.lastname@example.org
Mid-later 19th century Shepard & Dudley surgical set. The 5 major instruments are original S & D; added to that are 2 Tiemann, one C. Neuhaus, and one unmarked instrument. The trephine is also unmarked. And there are needles in the enclosed compartment. Used in the field or the office. Case measures 15 1/8 inches wide by 5 3/8 inches deep, 2 7/8 inches high. Good condition overall.
“L’Allegro” (c. 1860), by J. Bouvier (1839-1888). Oil on board. The inscription on the verso provides the title and artist name. What the title “L’Allegro” meant to the artist is unknown. The painting measures approximately 7 1/2 inches diameter; and the frame: 9 1/2 inches square. The condition is good, with some wear on the frame. (18-45TTE)
“May Morning”: sculptor’s maquette or small preliminary model, cast in bronze. Inscribed in the maquette: at top, “1 August 1862,” “Art Union of London”; to the left, “Designed & Executed by”; to the right, “Edward W. Wyon, Sculptor”; and at the bottom, “May Morning. Miltons (?) Song.” Below the two female nudes, in low relief, is another nude, with two horses, in the foreground of a blazing sun. The disc measures 7 5/8 inches in diameter. (12-68UE)
Zoe Zolena (a “Circassian Beauty”), the Shields brothers (the “Texan Giants”), Madam Milo (“Queen of Hair”), the Atom and Thumb families, C. A. Bormey (?)… performers for P. T. Barnum and the like. Sold as a group of seven images–cabinet cards and carte de visites. For more images see https://jandrferrisantiques.com. (10-5TLE)
1939 Christmas Seals poster by Rockwell Kent (1882-1971). Signed lower right in the plate. 15 by 11 inches on heavy weight poster paper. Kent was commissioned to design all of the paraphernalia for the National Tuberculosis Association, including the seals, posters, and a billboard. Kent met with President Roosevelt to show him one of his designs (see supporting illustration). The caption for the New York Times image refers to the original painting for the poster, which is incorrect, it is an example of the seal design. The poster shows slight fading, otherwise, in good condition.
Study in Pedantry from Rouault Acrylic on canvas board. 16 x 12 inches Arnold Wood studied at Central Technical Arts, in Toronto, from 1947-1951; at Rochdale College (1951-1952); and Ontario College of Art (1953-1958). During the height of the Cold War Wood was selected for the Junior Art for Peace Exchange Program, which was co-sponsored by Canada and the Soviet Union. Following Wood’s studies he traveled to England, France, Italy, Germany and the Soviet Union. Wood’s appreciation for the work of the masters, of many 19th-20th century movements, is reflected in his own artwork: this painting serving as an homage to Expressionism and Fauvism, as is evident in the artist’s title, “Study in Pedantry from Rouault.” Wood’s artwork has been exhibited, and collected, throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. (15-68TPP)
Charles Parmelee (C. P.) Rising (1859, Auburn, NY-1920, New York, NY) Landscape (New York State) 1890 Oil on canvas. Signed lower left: “C. P. Rising, ’90” Rising studied with the Hudson River school painter George Clough (1824-1901. Also an Auburn, NY based landscape artist). He worked in a variety of media including oil, watercolor and graphite. Though he worked primarily as a landscape painter of the Finger Lakes region of New York State, he traveled and painted throughout the state. The verbal history of this painting implies that it was created in the area of Amsterdam, NY. The painting is in good condition and measures approximately 15 by 22 inches (framed: 17 3/4 by 24 3/4 inches). See https://jandrferrisantiques.com for additional images. (14-60UXPZ)
Industrial Area (Little Falls Series),” by Edward Christiana (1912-1992), is an oil on canvas from 1962, measuring 30 by 38 inches. The painting is signed and dated on the recto as well as the verso. The scene depicts an industrial area near the village of Little Falls, NY. Christiana graduated from Pratt Institute in 1933, and studied further at School of Art, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute (Utica, NY). He served on the staff at MWPI from 1943 until the 1980s, after which time he and his wife traveled the US and Canada, painting. He exhibited at the Art Institute of Chicago, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, Syracuse Museum of Fine Arts, and elsewhere. His artwork can be found in the collections at Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute of Art, Currier Gallery of Art (Manchester, NH), International Business Machines, Albany Institute of History and Art, amongst other public and private collections. The painting is in good condition.
“Connie and Joanne” (1943) by Edward Christiana (1912-1992). Watercolor, 16 by 20 inches. Signed and dated on recto (lower left) and verso. Connie was the artist’s wife; and Joanne, a friend of Connie’s. Though Christiana was known as the Painter Laureate of the Mohawk Valley, in central New York State, he painted throughout the US and Canada. He graduated from the Pratt Institute in Brooklyn in 1933; was inducted into the American Watercolor Society in 1949; and taught at the Munson-Williams-Proctor School of Art (Utica, NY) from the 1940s until the 1980s. His inspirations included J. C. Leyendecker, N. C. Wyeth, and John Marin. His oil paintings and watercolors are represented in the Currier Gallery of Art (NH), Worcester Art Museum (MA), and Columbus Museum of Art (OH), among other institutions. The artwork was framed by the artist and has not been removed from said frame since. The watercolor is in good condition. The frame for the watercolor (illustrated here under glass) measures 18 by 22 inches.
Early 20th century American Indian rug with black, cream and deep red borders. Approximately 50 1/2 x 37 inches. Some soiling and a minimal amount of bleeding, otherwise in good condition.
American Indian rug, early to mid 20th century. Strong hourglass elements inset within a repeating jagged pattern. Approximately 32 inches wide by 62 inches long. Some soiling, otherwise in good condition.
Beaded vest (on velvet, with ribbon edging) depicting flowers on the front, with a star on the back, possibly made by an American Indian tribe for the tourist trade during the early 20th century. Minimal loss of beading. (19-45TEC)
Hooked rug depicting the sun shining on a homestead. Early to mid 20th century. Approximately 31 x 48 inches. Overall condition good. Unmounted. 9-61UEN. $150
A vibrant hooked rug created out of shimmering red diamonds, greens, sunflower and white. Probably made in the earlier 20th century, this rug measures approximately 36 by 51 inches. The condition is quite good: no noticeable defects (see detail and back corner images). Unmounted. (20-TEP)
19th century, three panel mirror with eagle and floral motif: carved, with veneer and gilt. Most elements, such as the eagle, floral, wreath, arrows, and scrolls, are independently carved and then fitted together; over which is applied gesso (presumably) and then gilt. Overall, the mirror measures approximately 5 feet 2 inches by 4 feet 9 inches; and the eagle, itself, measures, approximately, 30 inches (wingspan). Condition overall: very good: minor cracks are visible when examining closely–the result of its age and construction (see the top left scroll, for instance). The original peg system is now supported by contemporary bracing. See https://jandrferrisantiques.com for additional images. This piece is very large, heavy, and fragile, therefore, ALL SHIPPING ARRANGEMENTS MUST BE MADE BEFORE A PURCHASE. Delivery is possible, depending on the location of the buyer to the seller. (5-20TUXP-PD)
This early 19th century mirror is decorated with an eagle and laurel motif. The construction of the decorations is carved wood covered in gesso and then gilded. The overall measurements are approximately 32 by 22 inches. (Reflected in the mirror is the wood slat ceiling. The mirror is in good condition.) As this piece is fragile, handling and shipping arrangements need to be discussed prior to consummating a sale.
Price: 450.00 plus handling and shipping
A still-life of leaves, a pear and flower set in a compote, and framed by drapes, carved into a keystone shaped walnut chair slat. The top and bottom ends show that the 9 inch by 6 3/8 inch board was probably cut from a chair. (11-19OE) (11-19OE)
This toleware tray is decorated with an eagle atop a globe, surrounded by a cornucopia and floral elements. The trim around the tray also displays a floral motif. The piece measures approximately 20 inches wide by 28 1/4 inches long. $375 plus shipping/handling.
This iron, eagle snowbird has long since retired from its duty of holding back rooftop snow–for insulation purposes–from 19th century homes. Perhaps now it can be reemployed as a decorative element within one's home, or serve as a bookend.
This flagpole is topped with an eagle finial. The pole measures approximately 9 feet 9 inches total length. The pole itself unscrews midway for easier transportation.
This configuration of 3 flags is what remains of a larger, printed bolt of American flags. These last 3 were, as you can see, unused: which is not surprising due to the fact that the 49 star flag had a brief life span. Alaska came in as the 49 state on July 4th, 1959, and was no longer in use when Hawaii gained statehood on July 4th, 1960. The material appears to be cotton, or a "polished cotton," and measures approximately 35 1/2 inches square. (3-40HE)
Price: SOLD, Thank you!
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