Buttonwillow Country Antiques

Michelle Gardner and Judy Lamprinos | Lewisburg, PA or Nassawadox, VA | *Michelle (570) 523-8363 or *Judy (714) 914-3337 | folkartcountry@windstream.net

Dig Antiques is such a wonderful website with great dealers and the owner Tom is just a pleasure! We are honored and thrilled to be a part of the fun and hope you will be able to find a special antique that delights you! Judy and I (Michelle) are joining forces by listing interesting and unique antique offerings from Pennsylvania and Virginia’s Eastern Shore. We are both originally from California and decided to follow our dream of purchasing an old farmhouse where our antique collections would feel right at home.

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Early Firkin Rosehead Nails

This wonderful firkin sporting rosehead nails lending an early date of around 1750 to 1800 indeed separates it from other firkins made later. Double metal banding insures this piece is tight without any play in the staved construction. Vestiges of green paint appear on the bottom. Note the unusual hexagon mushroom handle fasteners displaying pegged construction. The wooden band on the lid may indicate the choice of hickory and do possess tight age cracks. The inside exhibits an array of dark speckles that could possibly be related to a Spalted maple appearance. Minor chips located on the bottom edge. Overall condition is very good!

Stands 9 ¼, 10 ¾” top diameter, 11” bottom diameter. More pictures available!


2021-Sep-15 09:00am EDT | Tags : Firkin Early Rosehead Nails

Pennsylvania Rye Basket with Glorious Sunflowers

Splendid Pennsylvania coiled rye straw basket with three locally grown dried sunflowers will certainly add autumn magic into your home. These baskets were fashioned from rye as they resisted rot and repelled unwelcome visitors. Women also used these baskets in the kitchen for bread dough rising. Warm nutmeg tones in the straw create an earthy patina. Some areas on the rim were effected by straw loss along with breaks in the weave. Minor dark appearance in a couple places sprinkled at random. This basket also exhibits an out of round shape. Overall condition is very good. Great for holiday decorating too as greens, gingerbread's and old cookie cutters can be added that will create a festive centerpiece for your holiday table!

Basket measures a generous 13 ½” across the top opening, measures 3 3/4” tall and is 7” across the bottom. More pictures available!

Price: $85.00 ~SOLD~ Thank You!

2021-Sep-15 09:00am EDT | Tags : Antique Basket Rye Straw Basket Pennsylvania Basket

Early Spice Box Slide Cover Table Version

This interesting spice box fashioned from cut nails dates from the early 19th century and has great form sporting a raised center on the slide lid cover along with trim details that finish off this piece quite nicely. The six divided compartments are intact and boast honest patina preserved by the protection of the lid. There is a piece of wood missing from the top upper corner. It does not appear to be a clean break and my guess is this corner may have been affected by a hungry visitor who tried to gain entrance for the delectable goodies housed inside. The left bottom corner has slight damage. It is structurally sound and sports a dry attic appearance. Very unusual spice box that is not commonly found.

Box measures almost 9” across, stands 3 ¼”tall and measures 5 ¾” front to back (deep). Compartments measure about 2 ½” by 2 ½”. More pictures available!

Price: $225.50

2021-Sep-15 09:00am EDT | Tags : Spice Box

19th Century Italian Religious Sampler with Hearts

This sampler delights us with a plethora of religious symbolism starting with the first alphabet rows that begin with a cross that is sometimes referred to as “criss-cross row” or “God’s cross”. The cross on the hill executed in turkey red and alternating ecru thread located on the right hand side may indicate the symbol for the “Carmelite Sisters”. A crown and the two hearts symbolize God as well as the rooster and lion that indicate a key to God’s love. The thread used seems to blend in with the linen ground but then the maker surprises us with turkey red stitches that make up a portion of the alphabet along with the cross, dog, tree and her initials of “R.C.”

The cotton thread used gives us a clue that this textile dates after the1840 period. The red thread has some minor fading present and possesses mellow undertones of soft hues. This piece is in good overall condition without any holes present. The edge has minor separation near the bottom portion. A couple areas near the top present pale, age related dark areas that are not prominent and therefore hard to detect.

Would make a beautiful runner! Measures 25 3/4" long and measures 9" tall.

Price: $226.50

2021-Jun-19 10:00am EDT | Tags : Sampler Early Textile

Paymasters Desk Mid19th Century Original Red Paint

This mid-19th century, slant top desk boasts an original surface that lends inconsistent areas of “alligator crazing”, light and dark hues along with highlights of red paint that determine whispers of a washed look. The front of this piece does show areas of an off white surface.

This desk was constructed using tiny nails and was fashioned from pine. A hairline crack is located next to the mitered area. A thin piece of wood that runs the length of the desk in the front has experienced slight wood loss while ending its journey near the corner. There are a couple circles present; one located on the top lid as well as on the top ledge near the scalloped back. Some scuff marks and minor wood loss have occurred. The “lift up” lid does not sit perfectly flush near the front but rather tends to lean slightly upward toward the left as a small gap is present.

The inside reveals a small piece of wood laying against the side of the desk and when pulled forward was used to hold up the top. A pigeonhole feature makes for a great display. Desk measures 30 ½” across, measures 28” front to back, measures 14 ¼” tall (back) and has a graduated slope measuring 8 1/2" tall (front).

Price: $350.50

2021-Jun-19 10:00am EDT | Tags : Antique Desk Slant Top Desk

Early Portsmouth Betty Whale Oil Lamp

This exciting early lighting vessel dates around the 1840’s to the 1850’s period and has pleasing form given that it possesses its own “tidy”. The lamp is not removable and is part of the stand. Upon opening the lid a woven fabric wick is revealed that helped assist in keeping the flame alive. It rests near the font area and absorbed the whale oil in the reservoir. The hinged lid does not completely close near the front opening but rather raises up about ¼” on the right compared to about 1/8” on the left hand side.

The finial is comprised of three concentric rolled circles joined together that closely mimic finials often found on tin sugar bowls. This piece was fashioned using sheet iron and has a delicious dark surface. There is just a smidge of light surface rust on the top (lid area) and behind it along with several holes located on the bottom. This lamp is in good overall condition and would be a nice compliment to your collection! More pictures just ask!

Lamp stands approximately 7 ½” tall and base measures 6” across and has a 1” secure sidewall.

Price: $249.50

2021-Jun-05 10:00am EDT | Tags : Early Lighting Betty Lamp

Gonic Bean Pot with Lid

This glorious redware gonic NH origin bean pot dates from 1850 to 1880 and exhibits orange halo attributes sporting an olive green glaze. There are no cracks to report. However the lid has several chips present.

The applied handle has been professionally restored at one point. Another interesting feature worth mentioning is the introduction of manganese decoration located just under the pronounced molded rim. The inside has “hit and miss” areas where some of the glaze did not adhere. This piece displays well, has a great overall appearance and would be a nice addition to your existing redware collection.

Overall height is 8 ¾” tall including the knob on the lid, measures 4 ¾” across the top and measures a little over 4 ¾” across the bottom.

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Price: $195.50

2021-Apr-10 10:00am EDT | Tags : Redware

Bottle Doll

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This sweet old bottle doll was found in Virginia and measures just about 15" tall and stands on a 3 1/2" bottle base which is covered in black fabric and has a plaid petticoat ruffle along the bottom. Her dress is a brown silk and she has a white pinafore/apron pinned to her front. The head and arms are made of a dark brown stocking type fabric. Arms move up and down slightly. She has a little pinched nose, button eyes, a stitched mouth, and what looks like yarn or thread hair. She is further embellished with little drop earrings. There is a 3 1/2" seam separation to the bottom of her dress as seen in our photo. What a charming girl she is and definitely an old one!

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Price: $165.00

2021-Mar-04 10:00am EST | Tags : Bottle Doll

Antique Swedish Cheese Mold With Heart Design

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Hand-carved cheese mold purchased in Sweden in the early l980's. Often made for a future bride by her intended husband. All original dry finish measuring 10" long x 4 1/2" wide x 3 1/4" deep. Sturdy condition with some age and usage wear to end pieces and a small piece of missing wood from the back as seen in photos.

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Price: $125.00

2021-Feb-25 10:00am EST | Tags :

Early Pennsylvania Salamander/Spatula Pair

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These early white-smith fashioned salamanders, (sold as a pair) offer instant late 18th to early 19th century charm to any hearth. Both of these hard to find Pennsylvania origin pieces would have been used as a turner and can also be called spatulas. These whitesmith fashioned spatula’s exhibit a primitive and crudely fashioned look but yet the scalloped edges on the second piece do convey decorative form. Well defined loops are located in the back that act as hangers.

There are areas of surface rust in reference to the spatula with the rectangular bottom located on the edge of the handle (near the top) as well as on the front. The first spatula that sports the scalloped edges does have a slight bend at the bottom that curves toward the back. The surface has dulled to a desirable pewter color over time. However the front of the rectangular shaped turner is a tad more shiny than the other piece.

Both measure 12 1/4" tall.

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Price: $125.50

2021-Jan-29 07:00pm EST | Tags : Hearthware Whitesmith Spatula

Hooked Rug Depicting a Cat

What a wonderful hooked rug dating from the end of the 19th century to around 1920 that depicts a darling white kitty that has anticipated intentions of pouncing on her ball very soon! It seems as though she is looking directly at you with those amazing emerald green eyes and what a cute face she has highlighted with pink ears and nose not to mention her defined black whiskers! The red ball exhibiting black accents sports a soft red hue surrounding this area which is an unusual feature that gains exciting results. The shape of this rug is also unique because it is non conforming.

This hand hooked rug is in good overall condition as the front does not exhibit any holes, rips, stains or odors. The back is finished with a cotton backing that was hand stitched on the ends to secure it to the rug counterpart. This fabric has darkened through time and lends a natural aged appearance. There are a couple of holes near the edges that are limited to this area only. Some of the white thread used for the stitching is visible on the front. This sweet kitty is awaiting your acquaintance!

Rug measures 14 ½” across @ the widest point (bottom).

Price: 110.50 ~Sale Price $98.50~

2021-Jan-29 07:00pm EST | Tags : Hooked Rug Textile Cat

Early Pantry Box Marked Peas

This antique pantry box was found in Virginia and was evidently used to store dried peas as the word "peas" is stenciled on the side. All tack construction (no staples) and showing a nice dark, rich patina. The lid had a crack which we have repaired and there is a wedge of missing wood about 1 1/2" long to the right of the repair (see photo #1). These old pantry boxes are getting harder to find at a reasonable price and we are pleased to be able to offer this l9th century piece at an affordable price. Height is about 4 1/2" and diameter is 8 3/4".


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Price: $75.00

2021-Jan-29 07:00pm EST | Tags :

Antique Chocolate Heart Mold

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This antique/primitive flat heart mold is very heavy and in excellent condition. It was purchased several years ago from a large collection of antique heart-related items that were assembled over a period of 20 to 30 years.

As seen in our photos, there are three horizontal rows each containing four separate molds, for a total of twelve individual hearts. The hearts are concave to accommodate the melted chocolate. Each heart has a cross-hatch design which would have added a charming decorative touch to the finished product.

The frame is quite heavy; the back shows the soldering around the individual hearts and the horizontal band reinforcement bars. A sturdy wire is attached across the back for hanging. A small amount of rust due to usage can be seen on the outside rims but is not visible from the front.

The mold is not marked but is quite similar in construction to an early Eppelsheimer soldered and framed flat Indian Head mold as seen in "Chocolate Moulds -- A History & Encyclopedia" by Judene Divonne -- page 48. This beautiful piece measures 14 1/2" wide x 12 1/2" long x 1 1/2" deep.

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Price: 175.00 ~Sale Price $149.00~

2021-Jan-29 07:00pm EST | Tags : Chocolate Mold Heart

Single Valve Four Point Cruise Lamp

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This single valve four point cruise dates from 1770 to 1820 and precedes the invention of the Betty Lamp. The four corner wick channels would accommodate a piece of twisted cotton that would absorb the fuel from the reservoir in order for it to burn. These lighting pieces always came with a wick pick that dangles from a chain to push the wick forward and keep the flame alive.

This simple lamp was hand forged. The top edge has whispers of decoration that simulate a sawtooth pattern which also presents two raised areas defining a reversed “V” design located on all four sides. There is another area near the pin that exhibits a soft design element of diagonal notches implemented by a blacksmith and is limited to the right side only. The opposing left side area may have had this same simple design but factoring in the age and wear, it is no longer visible.

Each of the forged pins were peened to secure the handle to the base. Design features on this type of cruise are not commonly found and may indicate Pennsylvania Dutch flavor. Great condition!

Lamp is 4 1/4" tall, 3 1/4" across middle area, chain & pick 11 1/4" long

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2021-Jan-29 07:00pm EST | Tags : Early Lighting Cruise Lamp

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