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RARE ARMADILLO BOOT SCRAPER

Graphic double sided silhouette, flattened full body form, on integral base. Great patina with lightly oxidized original dry red-brown paint. Cast iron, C 1940, John Wright Co, Wrightsville, PA, marked “JW”, side of base. Wright was the successor to Hubley Foundry, Lancaster, PA. Armadillo boot scrapers are seldom found. Excellent untouched original condition, fine casting detail.

Size: 7 1/8”H X 15 7/8”W X 2 1/4”D

SOLD

EXCEPTIONAL BLUE SWING HANDLED BASKET

Wonderful dry original Robin’s Egg Blue paint, recently picked from an early Maine homestead. Exceptional detail of handle wrapping; the ends “folded” into the handle (I’ve never seen this technique previously). Heavy weight black ash, mid 19th C. Interior of basket darker shade of blue. Excellent overall condition. A few minor old losses, underside of bottom, unseen from inside bottom, otherwise perfect.

Size: 11 1/4”H (handle up), 6 5/8”H (body) X 10 3/4”W X 10 1/4”D

$ 1250

SUPERB MINIATURE PAINTED QUEEN ANNE BLANKET CHEST

A TRUE miniature, with classic proportions, only a 9 7/16”W lap jointed case, in great original dry vibrantly decorated paint. Early – mid 18th C, basswood, found in VT. Exceptionally tall bootjack base, applied lower molding, overhung molded edge top. Two-tone green paint with chrome yellow pinstripe banding. Original brass escutcheon, interior fitted with small till. Original leather hinges replaced with brass, probably late 19th C. Lock plate & keeper professionally reset, expertly done. A LITTLE GEM.

Size: 6 7/8”H X 10 1/4”W (lid) X 5 1/4”D (case)

$ 1850

TEAL PAINTED MELON BASKET

Rare teal blue dry original paint, the ½ round body with oval opening & wide carrying handle. Black ash, late 19th C, fine patina. Excellent condition with very minor losses, the most significant shown in pic. Very nice color & construction.

Size: 10 3/4”H X 11 5/8”W X 13”D

$ 685

SETTLE CHAIR

Wonderful form, dry original red paint, pine, C 1800, found in VT. Sloped arms, bootjack ended base, hinged lid with central underside dovetailed spline reveals it’s “necessary chair” origins. Hinged rear door, ½ round barrel form turnbuckle held, for chamber pot removal. Note the original leather bumpers, inner rear of arms, for holding lid tightly open, when needed. Trapezoidal seat, shaped front apron. Excellent untouched original condition, with expected minor use abrasions.

Size: 29 1/4”H, 16 1/2”H (seat) X 20 1/2”W X 15”D

$ 850

CHEESE BASKET

Fine double wrapped rim cheese basket. Classic form with circular top & hexagonal bottom. Black ash, mid – late 19th C. Nice natural patina, the basket evidently little used. Excellent original condition.

Size: 4 1/4”H X 13 1/4” Diam (rim)

$ 385

RARE EARLY LIGHTING STAND

Original dry Windsor Green paint, rolled sheet iron, C 1720-50, found in PA. Great form, with tall sand filled conical form rolled edge base, forged iron tapered end standard, the rectangular folded edge drip pan fitted with wide rimmed candle cups. Serpentine form folded edge height adjuster. Nice grungy patina, expected minor old paint losses. No repairs, it’s in excellent untouched original condition.

Size: 40”H X 8 3/8”W (drip pan) X 5” Diam(base)

$ 1450

FABULOUS CHROME YELLOW MINIATURE “DONUT” BOX

Rare size, rare color, rare condition. Poplar, mid 19th C, PA or OH origin. Delicate red & brown decorated, against a chrome yellow ground, with grungy untouched patina. Overhung base & lid, the underside of lid with raised profile. No cracks, fissures or chips. Excellent original condition. Sweet little no apologies box.

Size: 2”H X 3 5/8” Diam (lid)

$ 1150

MINIATURE CARVED MALLARD DUCK

Nicely carved, beautifully painted, head in slightly turned pose. Dry original surfaces. Feet & legs metal, the carving hardwood (probably maple), C 1920. Contemporary base, appears old. Very minor imperfections, overall excellent untouched condition.

Size 4 3/8”H (on base) X 4”W X 1 5/8”D (bird)

$ 325

AMUSING “EGGS” TRADE SIGN

Undoubtedly originally a “stick-up” confidence decoy, this Canada Goose was soon retired from hunting use, and reassigned duty, selling eggs. Black light exam shows age of “EGGS” to be same vintage of goose, C 1920’s. Nice dry paint, good both sides, retaining it’s original iron flat bar mount. Hard pressed fiber, with brass eyes. Minor use imperfections, overall excellent untouched condition.

Size: 29 1/2”H X 24 3/8”W X 1/4”D

$ 650

OUTSTANDING GRATER WITH DRAWER

Terrific form, double lobed crest, with modified pierced lollipop hanger, domed grater surface, with full length drawer beneath, retaining original brass “mushroom cap” knob. Pine, late 19th C, from an old CT collection. Great dark patina, vestiges of original use worn red & black freehand grained paint. The rectangular case with domed ends, grater inset within. Minor ancient chip losses at handle, early brass hanging wire added. Overall excellent untouched original condition.

Size: 16 1/2”H X 7 1/4”W X 4 3/4”D

$ 485

RARE FIGURED MAPLE ADJUSTABLE HEIGHT KETTLE STAND

Wonderful, rare, great form. C 1720-50, birdseye maple top, all else lightly figured maple, New England origin. Original Spanish Brown varnish stained surfaces. Small dished top, ribbed detailed, chamfered edge underside, with circular reel form cleat, adjoining center post, allowing for height adjustment, secured by threaded flattened rectangular knob, the stand column center drilled to accommodate. Tripod horizontal lozenge shaped leg stands, with vase, ring & reel turned legs, terminating in platformed feet. Ancient split to top glue repaired, stable, with no filler added. Adjustment height post, unseen with stand as pictured, is likely an old replacement. Overall excellent condition for a stand of such great rarity.

Size: 27 1/8”H X 9 5/8” – 10” Diam (top)

SOLD

EXCELLENT BLUE MORTAR & PESTLE

Vibrant early Soldier Blue over original Robin’s Egg Blue painted surfaces, maple, early 19th C. No cracks, chips or losses. Great patina. Swelled body footed mortar, with pronounced outset rim. The pestle with swelled lozenge handle terminating in flattened ball end. Excellent untouched original condition, no apologies.

Size: mortar 6 1/2”H X 5” Diam (rim), pestle 10 1/8”H

$ 1250

RARE, RARE, RARE RING TOSS GAME

Unbelievable survivor !!! Great form, dry original salmon pink & Windsor Green paint, original hemp wrapped iron rings. Poplar, C 1820, found in NYS. Big, gutsy fancy turned base, conforming mortise joined tapered post, brass finial capped. Expected paint wear to base, two short, minor age fissures, edge of base. Rings with some hemp losses, as show. A couple of nails absent, underside of base, a couple in-use added. Fabulous !!!!

Size: 19”H X 11 9/16 – 12 3/16” Diam (base)

$ 1350

DOUBLE TOMBSTONE PAINT DECORATED WALL BOX

Rare splotch decorated, dry red & black original paint. Fine, thin stock construction, shaped, pierced double tombstone back, shaped sides, deep well form. Pine, 18th C, New England. Expected age appropriate minor wear. Very good untouched original condition.

Size: 8 1/2”H X 8 1/2”W X 3 1/2”D

$ 1400

EXCEPTIONAL MINIATURE CARVED SONGBIRD

Entirely carved from a single piece of stock, probably maple, late 19th – early 20th C, American. Fine, well detailed dry original paint, the bird with carved wings, finely executed head & beak, his feet gripping a realistically carved stump, on integral rectangular base, with chamfered corners. Old paint loss, proper left cheek (shown), otherwise in pristine condition. Unsigned master carver’s workmanship.

Size: 5 15/16”H X 3”W X 2”D

$ 750

EARLY SPLINT/CANDLE LIGHT

Superb craftsmanship, classic form early 18th C combination splint & candle light stand. Forged iron, retaining early, possibly original black paint, lightly oxidized. Tripod arched downswept tapered legs, terminating in large penny feet, the entire base forged from a single piece. Squared shaft with central chisel cut line decoration, adjoining rivet hinged candle/rush arm, dished drip pan & cleated rolled edge candle cup with cleanout hole. Inside faces of splint holder with chisel cut “X’s”, entire length, a clever feature no doubt intended to enhance splint grip. Excellent untouched original condition.

Size: 9 13/16”H X 5 15/16”W X 5 3/8”D

SOLD

RARE SCONCE HOLDER

Wonderful & rare punch decorated rolled sheet iron hanging sconce holder. Early – mid 19th C, original dry black paint, PA origin. Rectangular folded edge backplate, with pierced hanging hole & profuse punch decorations. Three delicate angular folded edge soldered arms support the circular sconce holder, with punch decorated folded edge drip pan. Hogscraper candlestick, illustrated, not included, but available separately. Excellent untouched original condition, one tiny oxidation hole, front area of sconce holder pan.

Size: 9 3/16”H X 4 1/2”W X 4 1/4”D

$ 600

EXCEPTIONAL TOLEWARE DECORATED TEAPOT

Colorful, crisply painted, graphic form, great condition….this little guy has it all. Rolled sheet iron with wooden handle, early 19th C, American or English. The oval pot with double stepped top, domed cover & fancy solder finial. Tapered cylindrical spout, sweeping lobed triangular carved handle with rounded outer edge. “Chinese Red” painted body, with very fine gilt & bronze gilt leafage, black sprigs, black & gilt banding. Old minor expected paint losses, finial slightly askew, all solder seams intact. Very fine untouched original condition, the paint with fine alligatored surfaces.

Size: 7 1/2”H X 11 1/2”W X 4 1/8”D

$ 850

FRUIT DECORATED VALUABLES BOX

Folk art painted large valuables box, C 1800-20, pine, New England. Dry, crusty original painted surfaces, the red pinstripe & mustard banded lid with central fruit filled vase, on slab. Box sides & front with conforming banding & central white pinstripe lozenge, keyhole with diamond shaped whalebone escutcheon. Four compartment interior of box, & underside of lid decorated with hand painted blue & yellow marbleized paper, with striped mustard & ochre background. Central underside of lid paper label remnant removed since being photographed. Original brass hinges & iron lock. Scattered age appropriate minor abrasions throughout. Overall, very good untouched original condition.

Size: 5 3/4”H X 15 1/16”W X 10 5/8”D

$ 1250

EARLY SWING HANDLED BASKET

Wonderful early black ash basket, with fabulous patina & condition. C 1840, New England, double wrapped rim, single piece square nailed bentwood handle, adjoining carved & notched ears. The spiral wrapped base “foot” with minor old losses (unseen in situ), otherwise perfect condition. Superb basket.

Size: 10 3/4”H (to top of ears), 17”H (handle up) X 14 1/4” – 14 1/2” Diam

$ 750

DECORATED COFFEE POT

Classic “lighthouse” form rolled sheet iron goose neck coffee pot. C 1830, New England, dry original painted surfaces. Lobed handle, flared rolled edge base, domed lid with original brass knob. Decorated both sides, with central red flower, green & yellow leafage sprigs. All solder seams intact, very light age appropriate scattered paint loss & oxidation. Excellent untouched original condition.

Size: 10”H X 5 3/4” Diam (base)

$ 900

COLORFUL POLYCHROME DECORATED CHECKERBOARD

Vibrant original alligatored surfaces paint, pine, late 19th C, American. Thin stock single plank construction, with applied breadboard ends & pierced hanging hole. Excellent untouched original condition with minor age appropriate usage wear.

Size: 24 3/8”H X 15 3/8”W X 7/16”D

$ 650

GRAPHIC MINIATURE SWAN CARVINGS

Stylish pair of hissing swans, C 1920’s, pine, found in PA. Single piece carvings, applied iron tack eyes (one absent on smaller swan). Worn, crusty alligatored paint, the larger swan nearly absent of paint, with fine weathered gray patina. Flattened full body form, carved bills, retaining original iron mounting rods, now affixed to molded pine base. Excellent untouched condition, no breaks or cracks.

Size: Overall – 12 3/8”H X 7” X 5” (base)

$ 1250

EXCEPTIONAL OVERSIZED BURL MORTAR

Late 18th – early 19th C, superb patina & condition, very highly figured ash wood. Pronounced rim lip, heavy cylindrical body, finely turned footed base. Original surfaces, now butter smooth. Underside ancient base fissure, otherwise no cracks or breaks. Excellent original condition.

Size: 8 1/4”H X 6 5/8” Diam (base)

$ 800

BOLD YELLOW PAINTED PANTRY BOX

Strong original dry alligatored paint, nice grungy patina. Ash & pine, New England, C 1840-60. Iron tack & wood pinned, lap seam construction. Interior in early dry black over original green. Minor old sliver loss, top of body, unseen with lid on, otherwise excellent untouched original condition.

Size: 4 1/2”H X 7 1/4” – 7 3/8” Diam (lid)

$ 525

FINE PAIR OF WEDDING BAND HOGSCRAPER CANDLESTICKS

Rolled sheet iron, late 18th – early 19th C, old well patinated polished surfaces. Flared drip pans, rarely seen iron triple wedding banded, fluted & dished bases, the working pushup mechanisms illegibly signed. Minor drip pan denting, one wedding band with oxidation losses, both with minor denting. Very good untouched original condition.

Size: 9 1/2”H X 4 15/16” Diam (bases)

$ 750

RARE KOALA BEAR DOORSTOP

Fine example of this rare cast iron doorstop, retaining vibrant original paint. Embossed, backside, “No 5. TAYLOR COOK 1930 c “(opyright). Hollow ½ round casting on integral log base. Fine untouched original condition, with expected minor paint chip losses. Ref: The Doorstop Book, Smith, p 173,

Size: 5 5/8”H X 8”W X 2”D

$ 1200

NATIVE AMERICAN FOLK ART BELLOWS

Colorfully painted & relief carved oversized bellows, depicting a Native American. C 1880-1920, pine, retaining it’s original brass tacked leather (minor tears), still in working order. Fine original condition.

Size: 20 3/4”H X 11”W X 3 1/8”D

$ 650

TABLETOP CANDLE STAND

Rare forged iron double socket adjustable candle stand. Mid-late 18th C, retaining worn original dry black painted surfaces, lightly oxidized. Excellent form, the arched tripod tapering leg base terminating in flattened penny feet. Collar & reel decorated square standard, with central double reel & lozenge, continuing to tapered round upper shaft. Shaped double candle arms, triangular decorated tooling, convex penny ended, adjoining dished drip pans & rolled edge, slotted candlecups. Candle arms affixed to rectangular cage with spring loaded height adjustment arms, & very fine pigtail ended snuffer hooks. An exceptional example, by a master craftsman, in superb untouched original condition. Ref: Furniture Treasury, Nutting, pl 4115 for similar.

Size: 22 7/16”H X 12”W X 7 1/2”D

$ 2600

BURL MAPLE CROOKED KNIFE

Rare burl maple woodsman’s crooked knife. Late 19th C, New England. Wonderful sculptural form, the finely carved handle with scrolled end, adjoining iron blade with original fine flat string wrapping. Excellent dark patina & condition throughout.

Size: 2 9/16”H X 9 1/4”W X 1 1/4”D

$ 425

SALESMAN’S SAMPLE MINIATURE SHOVEL

Rare survivor, in pristine original condition. Beautifully carved, curved blade with finely tapered ends. Pine, late 19th C, found in Maine. Never painted dry surfaces, fine patina. Never seen another.

Size: 7 3/8”H X 1 3/8’W X 7/8”D

$ 250

EARLY SPLINT/CANDLE LIGHT STAND

Forged iron, early-mid 18th C, crusty early surfaces, minor oxidation. Triangulated dished drip tray, three legged flattened foot base, adjoining twisted shaft ending in chair hook. Rivet attached slotted candle cup & circular splint keeper. Sweeping spring loaded splint holder arm, with attached delicate pigtail ended finger grip. Excellent untouched original condition.

Size: 9 1/4”H X 5 5/8”W X 6”D

$ 825

FRUIT THEOREM

Delicately rendered watercolor on paper, matted, within period beveled mahogany veneered pine frame. Depicting a cluster of several fruits, C 1830, American. Perimeter toning, old veneer chip loss, upper right frame corner. Barely visible small triangular image paper loss, upper right corner. Very good untouched condition.

Size: 12 3/8”H X 15 1/2”W X 1”D

$ 385

EXCEPTIONAL FIGURED CHERRY CUTLERY BOX 

Dramatic Chippendale lidded cutlery box, late 18th C, probably NYS origin. Refined in every detail, a master cabinetmaker’s work. High, tombstone crested scrolled handle, with pierced heart, rabbet joined to the short ends of the four way splayed & dovetailed box, forming a central divider to the two interior cutlery bins, finely glue block joined to the overhung box top, with molded edges. Original brass hinges hold the conforming thin stock overhung & molded edge sloping lids. The overhung base rests on shoe feet. Dry original thin varnish type surfaces, mostly worn off on lids & handle. Two unobtrusive age fissures to bottom board, & a narrow, triangulated old “sliver” loss to one corner of bottom board (minor). Overall excellent condition with no repairs. A very fine large size example, the best I’ve seen.

Size: 14 7/8”H X 16”W X 9 7/8”D tapering to 7 1/2”D (base)

$ 1350

PAINT DECORATED CHECKERBOARD

Striking black walnut gameboard, early-mid 19th C, American. Hand planed single plank construction, pale celery green painted & dark brown stained surfaces. Playing field perimeter framed with wide undulating band & double row polka dot detailing. A home-made board, the backside with a few prior use small holes, one of which penetrates a dark brown playing field square. Excellent untouched surfaces & condition.

Size: 18 3/4”H X 12 5/8”W X 5/8”D

$ 875

SUPERB POLYCHROME DECORATED BOOT SCRAPER

Great form & great paint, a rare find. Cast iron, C 1900, American. Rarely found, I’ve owned a few of these in the last 45 years, although none with such colorful surfaces. Evidently used very little, and protected from the elements, this double sided example retains nearly all of it’s dry original paint, very lightly oxidized. The figures, although of flattened form, exhibit relief cast details. Excellent untouched condition.

Size: 6 1/8”H X 16 5/16”W X 2 1/16”D

$ 975

RARE OLIVE PICKER DOORSTOP

Pristine condition, retaining 99% of it’s original polychrome paint, evidently never used as a doorstop. Cast iron, C 1920, Hubley Foundry, Lancaster, PA, cat # 507. Hollow ½ round casting on integral plinth base, impressed, backside center “507”. A few very small high spot abrasions. Excellent untouched original condition. Ref: The Doorstop Book, Smith, p 214.

Size: 7 9/16”H X 7 3/8”W X 2 1/8”D

$ 900

GREAT LARGE SIZE HEART SHAPED & PIERCED CHEESE STRAINER 

Rolled sheet iron, C 1820-40, PA. Small examples are quite common, the larger ones rarely found. The overhung heart shaped base with elaborate snowflake punched, dished circular drains, above three V-shaped feet. Canted sides with rolled edge rims. Retains original rivet joined oval hanging ring. Fine, lightly oxidized, nearly black patina, all solder seams intact. Minor in-use imperfections. Excellent untouched original condition.

Size: 2 3/4”H X 13 5/8”W X 14 1/2”D

$ 1450

CHARMING EARLY PAINTED WHIRLIGIG

Pine, early-mid 19th C, American. Simple full bodied relief carved, the bearded gent sports a red cap, white shirt, carved red vest with black buttons, carved long blue coat, white pants & black shoes, all in dry original paint. Backside with paint worn central back area, surrounded by an old thin blue over-coating, quite worn & non-offensive, thanks to Mother Nature. Front of right foot restored, paddles long absent. Mounted on wooden base, when found, now properly set on museum stand. Expected in-use paint abrasions, overall quite good condition.

Size: 12”H (on stand) X 10”W X 1 1/2”D

$ 1275

RARE MINIATURE ANVIL WITH TOOLS

Great scale, surface and form. The black painted iron anvil mounted on bark covered log stand (appears to be oak or ash). Four realistically cast tools, iron, mounted with tiny tacked iron brackets. The tongs are operable. Likely early 19th C, just a wonderful little “must have”.

Size: 5 1/2”H X 3” Diam (log)

$ 850

MINIATURE CARVED FOLK ART BUST

A compelling primitive carving, with great expression & detail. Single piece carving on separate base, both likely maple. Figure stained dark brown, eyebrows black, mouth, bow tie & coat buttons in worn gold, as is the fluted base. Glass bead eyes. Carver’s initials “R. J” red color filled, back side. Very minor ancient partial loss to lower lip, proper left ear. Great patina.

Size: 5 3/4”H X 2” Diam (base)

$ 875

HOUSE FORM HANGING CUPBOARD

Well detailed Tudor house cupboard, suitable either for wall hanging or table mounting. Late 19th C, oak, pine & basswood, American. Facade door reveals two shelved interior, with drawer beneath. Original surfaces, original brass hardware. Very minor losses, excellent untouched condition.

Size: 26 7/8”H X 17 3/4”W X 12 1/8”D

$ 1850

TABLETOP APOTHECARY

Pine & maple, C 1820, New England. Rich, never painted “attic” patina, original porcelain knobs. Applied bracket base & molded trim. Very minor use abrasions, excellent untouched condition.

Size: 18 1/4”H X 11 1/2”W X 5 3/4”D

$ 750

EXCEPTIONAL CHARCOAL RENDERING OF OLMUTZ PRISON

Charcoal on paper, early 19th C, American. Inscribed beneath image “Olmutz prison celebrated as the place of Lafayette’s imprisonment”. Housed in it’s original painted pine frame, with gilt liner. The detail throughout this drawing is highly refined. Excellent untouched condition.

Size: 13 1/4”H X 16”W X 3/4”D

$ 1750

SUPERB PAINTED BALLOT BOX

Exceptional form & paint, C 1800-20, pine, New England. Original vibrant “exotic wood” grained case, dovetailed drawer with brass pull. The most sophisticated ballot box I’ve ever seen. Condition is excellent throughout. Includes 15 original glazed earthenware ballot marbles. No repairs.

Size: 9 1/4”H X 9”W X 8”D

$ 1250

BOLD POINTING HAND TRADE SIGN

Relief carved graphic form, mid-late 19th C, pine, American. Great dark “attic” surfaces with terrific patina. Carved from a single piece. Excellent untouched original condition.

Size: 9 1/8”H X 23 1/4”W X 1 9/16”D

$ 1250

RARE CARVED & PAINTED LOOKING GLASS

Small 18th C example, pine, C 1720-1800, New England. Original Spanish Brown paint, original wavy glass silvered mirror plate, backside black wash painted. Single piece carving with “stem” handle, appears to retain it’s original string hanger. The frame with incised three line decoration, top & bottom. Three ancient small wood chip losses. Excellent untouched condition.

Size: 9”H X 5”W X 1/2”D

$ 1450

SHAKER OVAL PANTRY BOX

Fine painted long finger oval Shaker pantry box, C 1840, maple & pine, New England. Superb original dry Windsor Green paint, the box with exaggerated long finger joinery, iron nailed & wood pegged. Great proportions & mint original condition throughout. Pics show color poorly….it’s a true Windsor Green.

Size; 5 7/8”L X 4 3/8”W X 2 1/16”H

$ 1050

PACKET STEAM SIDEWHEELER PAINTING

“La Belle Riviere”, C 1900, oil on canvasboard, original gilded pine frame, American. A well detailed sunset painting of a Mississippi Paddlewheeler, signed “J CORBETT”, lower right. Signage reads “LOUISVILLE – NEW ORLEANS”, at bow. The lower level with African American minstrels, cotton bales, etc, upper level with Caucasian passengers. Fine untouched condition.

size: 17 1/2″ X 13 1/2″ framed

$1850

PORTRAIT DECORATED KEEPSAKE BOX

Rare form, with portrait decorated lid, pine, C 1820, found in CT. The detailed portrait faux framed, against a yellow and blue whimsically combed background decorated interior. Yellow and umber faux exotic wood grained exterior, with fine pinstripe and meandering vine details. Excellent untouched original condition.

size; 11 1/2″L X 7 3/4″D X 6″H

$1450