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.
Carte de Visite of Leander Bauder, and inscribed on verso: "Yours truly L. Bauder 1st Lieut. Co. 'G' 45th Ill. V.V.I" Back marked: "Geo. W. Barnes, Photographer, Rockford, Ill."
Price: 190 including shipping
Carte de Visite with the verso inscription: "Mrs. G. (?) R. Arnold 10 Court Street Cortland N.Y." Possibly, the soldier is "G." R. Arnold. Possibly a New York regiment. Back marked: "From C.H. Whitney's Gallery Baldwinsville N.Y." And, "The negative from which this picture was made is preserved for further orders." With a Washington, 2 cents, U.S. Internal Revenue (Inter. Rev.) stamp.
Price: 190 including shipping
Business card for Wilcox & Oatleys/Mens, Boys and Youths Clothing, No. 90 Genesee Street, Utica, NY. Listing as proprietors: H.S. Wilcox, J.M. Oatley, and P.R. Oatley.
Price: 30 including shipping
Available! 3 party or (boat) signal horns. The tallest 2 measure 28 1/4" and 13", and are made of brass; and they have rope and string slings. The smallest is tin, measures 10 3/4" and has what may have been a straw sling. They are all playable.
Price: 265 all three, plus shipping
Available! Solid wood, oval shaped bowl. Carved from one piece of wood. 21" by 12 3/8" by 3 3/4". Finish on bottom.
A pipe and match cup in the form of a Colonial figure. The open top (head) served to hold the pipe, and the pack-basket, the matches. The back of the chair on which the figure sits is a scratch board for the matches. This painted metal – pot metal, brass? – container measures 5" high by 3 1/2" deep and 3 3/8" wide. (20-HE)
This articulated dancer appears to have been cut from copper. He measures 14 1/2 inches tall. The rod on which he is suspended is 18th inches long. (He reminds me of a Bill Trayor composition – his sharp definition.) (20-8UNJ)
This 5 inch (by 1 1/8 diameter) depiction of a 19th century Bobby, or police officer, is carved (probably) in maple. (4-21T0)
A desk or paper weight using a Civil War era, eagle cartridge box plate for its decoration. The weight base measures 3 5/8 inches square.
Early American boxed "coin" scale. "Weights of the old Eagle," is the wording on one of two slips of paper that denote measurements or ways of measuring. The date of "1843" is penned on the inside of the cover. 8 weights. The box measures 6 1/8 by 3 1/4 by 1 inches.
Early 19th century boxed scale with weights. The box is gold stamped on a leather cover, with the American eagle. The box itself measures 6 by 2 7/8 by 1 1/2 inches.
Chinese dotchin scale, or otherwise referred to as an "opium scale": used to measure a variety of items during the era of the "Gold Rush." For details on this devise and its use visit this website: https://americanhistory.si.edu/blog/dotchin-opium-scale
This papier mâché snuff box is decorated on its cover with a painting of a lovely young lady adorned with roses. The box measures approximately 3 1/2 long by 1 1/2 deep by 1 inches high. (LE-7)
This ladle is carved into a shovel form, perhaps to be used as a scoop for dry goods. (16-41-LE)
This tin or white metal snuff box is painted white (overall) with a multi-colored and engraved crest on its top. (7-LE)
This ladle has a deep half-circle form. It measures approximately 8 1/4 at its longest and 4 1/2 inches at its widest. (16-40LE)
This silver snuff box is engraved with a floral motif, top to bottom. It measures 2 3/8 inches wide, and has the hallmark, "W," within the cover.
This hand carved wood draft horse was probably cut off of a pull-toy-base (which would explain the hole through the snout–to attach a string), or possibly from a child's chair. The horse measures about 4 inches high by 5 1/2 inches wide. There is a crack in the base, by the second hoof from the back. Therefore, I would accept $63, including shipping
Five bookplates designed by Rockwell Kent and published by Greenland Press. Greenland Press began publishing Kent's designs in the 1940s. The bookplates were sold in boxed sets, and distributed through Tiffany & Company, as well as booksellers such as Dutton's and Brentano's.
This 19th century (or earlier) belt clip depicts a central bouquet surrounded by clef-like framing, topped with a crown. Silver hallmarks on the verso have faded enough that they are difficult to identify. The overall piece measures 3 1/4 inches; with the actual emblem measuring 2 7/8 by 1 3/4 inches.
This 18th-19th century silver belt clip depicts a burst of leaves, in fan form, which measures 2 1/2 inches overall, with the emblem measuring 1 3/4 by 1 5/8 inches. As the hallmarks have worn off it is difficult to determine where this clip was made.
Joseph Ward, 125 Washington Street, Boston, produced this carte de visite of General Ulysses S. Grant–stamped on the verso. "Gen. Grant" captions the image.
This tiny little purse is made of shells that are strung together with thread. It measures approximately 3 by 2 3/8 inches; 6 1/4 inches at its longest, when the handle is outstretched. (12/10-ER)
The Barr & Young, Ulysses S. Grant image. Labeled on verso: "Barr & Young/Army Photographers,/Vicksburg, Mississippi." I assume that the original owner of this carte de visite clipped the corners of the card, and penned Grant's name underneath the image. (12-107LE)
This carte de visite of General Ulysses S. Grant was created by "Cadwallader & Tappen's, Gallery of Art, Front St., over the Bank, Mariette, O" (as the label reads). "U. S. Grant" captions the image. It appears as though the card, on which the image lays, was trimmed to the image, some years ago (for unknown reasons). (13-161)
The carver of this Blue Bill decoy is unknown, though obviously someone well skilled at carving and painting birds. The subtle painted feathering on the sides is of special note.
This Golden Eye hen is attributed to Walt Avis, of Toronto, Canada. The decoy is numbered on the bottom, and was obviously placed in service (thus the paint loss). (7-388HXR)
Two 20th century reenactor's gun powder measures: One depicting a man's face, the other, two winding feathers ending (at the opening) at a hoof. The man' face measures approximately 5 1/4 inches; and the feathers/hoof, 6 1/4 inches. (2xEX-12-20)
Price: $55 each
Miniature tin coffee pot, measuring approximately 3 inches high with a base of 2 1/2 inches. (EN)
Finely turned chalice whimsy, measuring approximately 5 1/4 inches tall, with a 2 inch base. There is a slight crack in the bowl, and old repairs to the mid and lower stem (as depicted). (LE-12/10)
An old pawn bracelet made of four turquoise stones, mounted on what appears to be copper plating. The design is created by stamping, turned wire and “roping.” I am not sure what the stamp “H8” signifies. The bracelet could be worn by youth or adults, by females as well as males. The piece measures approximately 53mm internal diameter, 34mm high, and 40mm front-to-back.
1930s Navajo, pawn, turquoise stone mounted on a silver ring. Silver beads encircle the turquoise mount. The faint initials scratched on the backboard of the ring reads “DRU.” Whether these are the initials of the maker or owner is unknown. The ring could be worn by a female or male. The ring measures 53mm internal diameter by 34mm high, by 40mm front-to-back.
1920s Navajo turquoise ring, with three separate styles of “framing” around the stone–half moon, twist, diamond. Three prong support on the back. The ring shows patina, and is in good condition. Approximately 18mm diameter, 29mm high, and 27mm wide.
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.
"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: $110 each; $190 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 $130 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: $115, 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: $550, 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: $495, 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: $690, 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: $685, 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."
"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: $344, 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: $310, 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
“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: $950, 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: $985, plus shipping
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: $190, 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)
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 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: $140, 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)
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)
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: $70, plus shipping
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: $235, 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.
Price: $95 plus shipping
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
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: $135, 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."
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.
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: $40, 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: $76, 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: $160, 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: $170, 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: $210, 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
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–June 8th, 1961. No. 83. Vol. IV. pp. 66-80–covering the assassination of Colonel Elmer E. Ellsworth by James W. Jackson, at the Marshall House, Alexandria, Virginia, on May 24th, 1861.
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: $298, plus shipping
Shaman necklace made of blue stone beads and iron (?) figure, on string. 20th century, handmade. The shaman measures approximately 2 3/4 inches high.
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: $148, 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: $240. 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: $95, 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: $95 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 for shirt; other shirt sold
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: $132, including shipping
Hand knit, knee length, gentleman’s socks, probably dating to the early 19th century. (19-44EZ)
“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.
Price: $130 shipping included
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)
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)
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)
Price: $195, plus shipping
“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)
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 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)
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 “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).
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
“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)
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)
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)
“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)
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)
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: 350.00 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.
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