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COLORFUL J.E. STEVENS BANK

Vibrant chrome yellow, red & blue Bank building coin bank, embossed “BANK” over door. J.E. Stevens Co, Cromwell, CT, C 1870’s. Excellent untouched original condition, including the screw. Minor expected use abrasions. Rare color.

Size: 3 5/8”H X 2 1/2”W X 2 1/4”D

$ 500

LARGE HEART PIERCED FOOD CHOPPER

Forged iron bell shaped blade, with inverted pierced heart & flared collar, adjoining lozenge shaped brass disc capped hardwood handle, with compressed ball terminus & iron collar. Ancient stable shrinkage crack, where blade end is mortised into handle. Early 19th C, found in PA. Fine dark patina. Excellent untouched original condition.

Size: 12”H X 5 5/8”W X 1 5/16”D

$ 450

FINE COCONUT SHELL DIPPER

Butter smooth coconut shell bowl, with incised carved rim, adjoining finely turned maple handle, affixed by equally well developed riveted pewter or silver ferrule plate. Early-mid 19th C, New England origin. Wonderful patina & condition, a very fine example.

Size: 4 1/2”H X 15 1/2”W X 3 3/4”D

$ 285

EARLY PAINTED FIRE MARK

Fire Association of Philadelphia polychrome decorated cast iron fire mark, in rarely surviving original paint. The convex relief cast oval plate depicting a fire hydrant with hose, dispensing water, against a landscape surround, flanked by the initials “F A”. C 1860, fire marks were issued by insurance companies to signify insured properties, & the priority they received, in the event of fire. The Fire Association of Philadelphia was founded in 1817. Excellent untouched original condition, with expected minor oxidation & paint wear.

Size: 11 1/4”H X 7 1/16”W X 1 1/2”D

$ 500

SMALL PAINTED LOOKING GLASS

Crusty dry original red paint, original silvered mirrorplate, backboard & iron ring hanger, the looking glass has survived in excellent untouched original condition. Even the tiny square nails holding the backboard are original, although two have long been absent. Pine, late 18th-early 19th C, American. The mitered frame is bevel carved, front & back. Minor imperfections, expected losses & foxing to mirrorplate, which retains a grungy uncleaned surface. Very nice.

Size: 9 1/2”H X 6 1/2”W X 1 1/8”D (overall) X 7 5/8” X 4 1/2” (image)

$ 285

EARLY PAINTED SCHOONER WEATHERVANE

Nicely detailed example, depicted at full sail, on a stormy sea. Dry, crusty original polychrome paint, C 1900, rolled sheet iron, American. All iron rod rigging intact, the vane chisel cut from a single piece of stock, with rivet attached post brackets. Mounted on museum stand. Excellent untouched original condition.

Size: 17 1/2”H (22”H on stand) X 25 1/2”W

$ 1050

TWO RARE WEDDING BAND CANDLESTICKS

Very rare miniature rolled sheet iron example, mid – late 18th C, dry original black paint, gold “wedding band”. Flared rim with integral chair hook, the stepped pushup mechanism in good working order, expected minor paint wear & light surface oxidation. Excellent untouched original condition. The larger example, equally rare, is copper, lightly silver or nickle coated, now significantly worn to a rich mottled patina. Flared rim with integral chair hook, pushup mechanism in good working order, the “wedding band” slightly askew. Excellent untouched original condition.

Sizes: Smaller – 5 7/16”H X 1/2” Diam (shaft) X 2 9/16” Diam (base)

Larger – 6 5/8”H X 1” Diam (shaft) X 4” Diam (base)

$ 850 – Smaller

$ 385 – Larger

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

PATRIOTIC BARBER POLE

Dry original painted surfaces, the pole retaining it’s original iron bracket for graphic angled mounting. Pine, late 19th C, the swelled body with bulbous finials at each end. Free of any splits or cracks, typical

outdoor exposure wear & abrasions. Good untouched condition.

Size: 34 3/4”H X 4 3/4” Diam, projects 13” off wall, @ top

$ 1050

PRISTINE CHROME YELLOW SHAKER BOX

The best of form, color & condition. Tiger maple with pine lid & bottom, C 1820-40, probably New Lebanon, NY origin. Copper tacked swallowtail fingers, the lid & bottom wood pegged. Vibrant dry original paint, with fine patina. Excellent untouched condition…..A rare find of the highest quality.

Size: 4 3/16”H X 10 1/4”W (lid) X 7 1/16”D

$ 3650

GRAPHIC EARLY LOLLIPOP HANDLED PIGGIN

Unusually refined example. Pine, with ash “buttonhole” bands, late 18th – early 19th C, New England. Dry use-scrubbed surfaces, with remnants of original black painted exterior, red painted interior. Thin stock splayed stave body, integral chamfered edge flared lollipop handle. The lollipop with nailed domed caps, both side. Inset chamfered bottom. Very fine construction, great patina, excellent untouched original condition.

Size: 4”H (body), 7 3/8”H (top of handle) X 6 3/8” Diam rim

$ 950

YELLOW PAINTED HOGSCRAPER CANDLESTICK

Rare color, seldom found, early – mid 19th C, rolled sheet iron. Flared rim with integral chair hook, the pushup mechanism in good working order. Fine grungy patina with expected use wear & light oxidation, minor rim edge distortion. Excellent untouched original condition.

Size: 6 3/8”H X 7/8” Diam (shaft) X 3 13/16” Diam (base)

$ 385

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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