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|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
|PAINTED MORTAR & PESTLE
Wonderful grungy original pewter gray paint, early – mid 19th C, maple, probably New England origin. Simple slightly vase tapered mortar, inside of rim with incised band, & with footed base. The matching pestle of long, tapered form, rounded bottom, shouldered handle with mushroom cap. No cracks, chips, fissures or losses. Excellent untouched original condition. Very nice set, wonderful color & surfaces.
Size: Mortar – 6 3/4”H X 5 5/8” Diam (rim), Pestle – 10”H X 1 3/8” Diam (cap)
|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
|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
|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
|EARLY RED TRENCHER
Strong original dark red paint, deeply sloped form, an excellent early 19th C birch New England trencher. Boldly chisel cut marked exterior, great patina, the interior with scrub surface & typical light in-use chop marks & staining. Very nice large trencher, in excellent untouched original condition, no splits, chips or losses.
Size: 5 14”H X 21 1/2”W X 14 3/8”D
|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
|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
|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)
|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
| 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)
|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)
|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)
|FABULOUS “BUTTON HOLE” BANDED RUNDLET
Wonderful form & surfaces, retaining worn thin dark red wash, superb patina throughout. Late 18th – early 19th C, oak staved body & ends, eight woven ash bands, the construction still tight, throughout. A very fine example, recently discovered in VT. Excellent untouched original condition.
Size: 9”H X 6 1/2” Diam
|ROBIN’S EGG BLUE SEED BOX
The best dry, grungy paint, wonderful patina & superb construction set this box in a class unto itself…a craftsman built utilitarian object. Poplar wood, C 1820-40, finely dovetailed case, mortised dividers, overhung molded base, rabbeted sliding lid. Likely Shaker made, probably NYS….it’s a little gem. Excellent untouched original condition.
Size: 2 3/4”H X 11 13/16”W (case) X 6 5/16”D
|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)
|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
|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
|TEN COLORS CHINESE CHECKERS GAMEBOARD
The hexagonal star shaped playing field within a conforming hexagonal “frame”, with black background. Laminated wood, applied robin’s egg blue painted frame, C 1900-20. Minor use abrasions. Excellent untouched original condition.
Size: 15 5/8” X 15 3/4” X 7/8”D
|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
|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
|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
|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
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
|VERY FINE ASH BURL BOWL
Strongly figured throughout, with the best untouched dry surfaces & rich patina. Ash wood, New England, early 19th C. Lightly beehive turned form, with pronounced outset lip rim, & footed base. Typical very light interior chop marks, in perfect condition throughout.
Size: 3 1/4”H X 9 3/16” – 9 5/16” W
|MINIATURE CANADA GOOSE CARVING
Fine, well proportioned carving, retaining dry original painted surfaces, tiny glass bead eyes, & good painted feather detailing. Wire legs, driftwood base, underside signed “Hooper, Canadian Goose”. Pine, C 1920-40, New England. Very small old underside end of beak chip loss, otherwise perfect untouched original condition. From my personal collection, purchased decades ago, in the Boston, MA area.
Size: 3 1/2”H (overall) X 4 1/2”W X 1 3/4”D (base)
|EXCELLENT RUNNING HORSE WEATHERVANE
Classic flattened full body form, with applied ears & embossed sheet tail. Copper, with beautifully oxidized cast zinc head, by A.L. Jewell & Co, Waltham, MA, C 1850-67. Wonderful surfaces, the horse with verdigris & strong old yellow painted primer, & traces of darkened gold/gilt. The mounting rods in original black paint with traces of yellow. Very minor small seam separations to front & trailing rear legs. Excellent untouched original condition, no bullet holes, dents or repairs….. a very fine example. Mounted on museum stand.
Size: 18 1/4”H X 31”W X 2 3/4”D (proper vane, without stand)
|LARGE EARLY TAPE LOOM
Lollipop top single piece tape loom, with applied mortise & tenon joined pegged base. Cherry, mid-late 18th C, American. Rich, dark natural patina surfaces, pierced hanging hole. Slightly warped, in excellent untouched original condition.
Size: 23 5/8”H X 9 1/2”W X 1/2”D
|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)
|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
|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
|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
|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
|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
|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)
|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)
|LARGE DOUBLE SOCKET WALL SCONCE
Tombstone crested backplate with fluted edge, pierced hanging hole & punched semicircular design. The sides & bottom edges folded, adjoining ribbed downswept candle arms, fluted & dished drip pans, with slotted, folded edge candle cups. Superb dark, grungy surfaces, remnants of wax residue. Thick stock rolled sheet iron, late 18th-early 19th C. Excellent untouched condition.
Size: 15 1/4”H X 9 1/8”W X 3 3/4”D
|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
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
|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
|RARE REFLECTOR SCONCE
Rolled sheet iron, late 18th-early 19th C. Round, crimped edge backplate with eight concave, tab mounted reflectors. Folded edge, fluted candle arm, dished piecrust crimped drip pan & folded edge, slotted candle cup. Original hanger, backside. Crusty dark pewter patina, with remnants of original tinned surfaces, backside. Excellent untouched condition.
Size: 9 3/4” Diam X 4 1/2”D
|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
|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
|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
|EXCELLENT SWING HANDLED NANTUCKET BASKET
Superb form & condition. Rattan & ash, mid-late 19th C, Nantucket Island, MA. Original dry crusty varnish finish, rich patina, the basket flawless in condition. Excellent carved ash swing handle, two piece classic scribed ash bottom, the willow weaving fine & tight. Brass tacked handle & rim. No breaks or losses, no apologies.
Size: 9 1/2”H (handle up), 5 3/16”H (body) X 8 1/2” Diam Rim
|VERY RARE MINIATURE PAINTED BUCKET BENCH
Exceptional miniature with great original red paint & perfect proportions. Pine, early-mid 19th C, pine, PA origin. Wonderful form, the shelves tenon joined to bootjack ended sides with scrolled tombstone crests. Dry original thin varnish overcoat, the red with fine dark patina. Superb untouched original condition. Never seen another.
Size: 17 3/8”W X 3 7/8”D X 9 3/4”H
|SITTING CAT DOORSTOP
Whimsical cast iron Sitting Cat doorstop, pristine original paint, Greenblatt Studio, Boston, MA, C 1927. Flattened ½ round hollow casting, on integral wedge base. Embossed “COPYRIGHT 1927 A. M. GREENBLATT STUDIO 20”, back side. Mint original condition.
Size; 9”H X 7 1/2”W X 2 3/4”D
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
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
|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