Bridlehurst Farm

D.J. Harvey | Northern Virginia | 540-882-3445 |

I've been an active collector of Americana for 25 years, concentrating on New England and mid-Atlantic furniture, chalk ware, wallpaper boxes, and velvet fruit. Currently I accept personal checks and money orders. Returns in as-received condition accepted within three days of receipt. Virginia residents pay 6% No. Va. sales tax. Feel free to ask for additional photos and/or a condition report. Refund will be minus shipping and insurance unless I have significantly misrepresented an item. I am a collector, not a professional antiques dealer, and describe each item to the best of my ability. USPS Priority Mail postage and insurance will be added to the price of each item. I HAVE AN OPTION FOR GROUND SHIPPING FOR LARGE ITEMS EASTERN HALF OF U.S. EMAIL FOR DETAILS. I update my shop most weekends, rotating my offerings, so inquire about the availability of items previously featured.

African-American Rag Doll/Calico Romper

Sweet African-American rag doll in lovely condition, 10" tall. Embroidered face, white button eyes, black yarn hair, wearing what looks to be her original cherry red sprigged cotton dress and original pantaloons, with an added vintage cotton apron (note discoloration). She stands but does not bend at the waist. c. 1930-1950. x Adrian's 1800 Antiques. $110.00. Also early red-and-white calico vintage doll romper, lace collar trim, front breast pocket, three back buttons. 14" x 13" sleeve-to-sleeve (other dimensions available). X author, designer, collector Jimmie Cramer. $100.00.

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2018-May-15 08:21pm EDT | Tags :

Tropical Candlesticks in Green and Gold Paint

Just in time for tropical weather! Wooden candlesticks in gold and green paint decoration. Metal palm "fronds" in gold paint, with gold accents on the "trunks." 6" tall, 3 1/4" diameter at base. Great condition. Bought as old, but age???

Price: $195.00

2018-May-02 02:26am EDT | Tags :

Medium-Size Rag Doll

Well-loved early rag doll, 16" tall, with black stockings, red calico bonnet, handmade brown print/calico skirt, cotton underskirt, undershirt, and buttoned overshirt. Jointed legs at hip; will sit nicely.

Price: $295.00

2018-Apr-24 01:55pm EDT | Tags :

African-American Toaster Doll

This upper half of a rag doll (wearing a long dress meant to drape over a toaster) is from artist, designer, and author James Cramer's collection. 7" long (18," including original brown and blue calico dress); button eyes, embroidered red mouth. (Separated stitches along one side seam of bodice and small tear in upper arm on the back of the doll.) Includes an early embroidered cream doll bonnet. $165.00. Wood architectural "pedestal," in peeling white paint. $75.00.

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2018-Apr-24 01:43pm EDT | Tags :

Dealer's Lot: Sewing

A nice dealer's sewing lot: 10 1/2" diameter, 3 1/2" tall straw sewing basket with rose satin ribbon detail. Art Nouveau pin box; three pin cushions (strawberry; heart; pear) in silk and velvet; pine darning egg; small sewing clamp; crochet hook. Eight items in all.

Price: $120.00 (Lot)

2018-Apr-15 08:35pm EDT | Tags :

Hanging Shelf in Paint, Crafted by James Cramer

Pine shelf hand-crafted by antiques dealer, designer, and author James Cramer and his late partner, Dean Johnson. (Jimmie is a contributor to A Simple Life magazine, former contributor to Country Living, Country Home, etc.) Original distressed paint, wire hanger, and decorative metal leaf decoration; "James Cramer Dean Johnson 99" signed on the back. 11 1/2" x 21" tall, including metal leaf decoration on the top. This piece has been in the family of Cramer/Johnson's personal friends since its creation in 1999.

Price: $125.00

2018-Mar-30 11:36pm EDT | Tags :

African-American Rag Doll by James Cramer

This one-of-a-kind creation is hand-made by antiques dealer, designer, and craftsman James Cramer, author of SEASONS AT SEVEN GATES FARM and signed by him (see second photo). She has a painted oil cloth face, arms, and red feet and wears a plaid dress and kerchief, with cotton apron, cotton pantalettes, and a painted oil cloth chicken under one arm. Her dress is torn, revealing her cotton batting stuffing, but given her purposely distressed appearance, I don't find it distracting (although it could be easily mended). She is 25" long. I've never seen a doll of this kind made by James Cramer, who is well known for the angels made from architectural elements/christening dresses crafted with his late partner, Dean Johnson. Cramer and Johnson collected early rag dolls/fabrics, and I suspect this piece is a homage to those early dolls. She has been in a private collection since obtained directly from Mr. Cramer by a mutual friend. Ask for other photos.

Price: $265.00

2018-Mar-28 11:06pm EDT | Tags :

Bowls in Blue/Yellow Paint

(Left) Inky blue wooden bowl, unpainted interior, SOLD--THANK YOU. (Right) Buttercup yellow wooden bowl, 8 1/2" diameter, small wear hole in base, $115.00. Walnut candy-box mold of fallow deer. Covered with papier-mâché, which is cut off the mold when cured, these molds are part of a pre-WWII artisan culture, possible Philippines origin. 12" long x 7 1/2" tall. From a Williamsburg, Va., collection. $120.00. (Tin candy eggs nfs.)

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2018-Mar-16 03:48pm EDT | Tags :

German-made Gilt-Paper Pin Cushion Box

Sweet Mother's Day gift! Pre-WWI pasteboard pin cushion box. Lift top, gilt paper on lid and all four sides. Even the little lift ribbon is intact. 4" x 5" x 1 1/2." Velvet pin cushion is clean, the nap almost as new, as is the blue-paper-lined interior compartment for pins, buttons, etc.

Price: $90.00

2018-Mar-11 04:25pm EDT | Tags :

Nineteenth-Century Oil Landscape

Early landscape in oil of a vernacular farm house with an old tin roof, set on a country road, with a stone wall and fencing, surrounded by fall foliage. Unsigned. 20" x 25." Very old re-tacking on stretchers. (see second photo).

Price: $145.00

2018-Mar-10 02:05pm EST | Tags :

Pine Shelf in Barn Red and Apple Green Paint

Folky sun-and-moon cut outs. 36” x 22” x 6 1/8.” Shelves are 6 3/4” tall each, internal recessed height, and 4 3/4” deep. Purchased at a top York, Pa., antiques show. Grooved back boards. Butt-end construction. A substantial (30 lbs.) shelf that can stand on the floor, stack on a cupboard, or hang on the wall. UPS/Parcel Post, or can be picked up in Northern Virginia (Maryland/Virginia state line).

Price: $600.00

2018-Feb-10 09:01pm EST | Tags :

Calico Chicken/Tulip Folk Art

(Left) Whimsical cotton calico chicken, stuffed with cotton batting. A bit of lost fabric on the tail/nose. 5" tall; 5" long. Pot lid? Jar lid? $110.00. (Right) Tired of winter? How about a tulip? Hand-carved wooden flowerpot in oyster white and bittersweet paint. The top of a children's ring toy seems to have been re-purposed as the tulip. Age (?). 5" tall. Purchased at York, Pa. $205.00. (Cricket stool nfs.)

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2018-Feb-01 10:39pm EST | Tags :

Small Berry Basket, Staff Cat, Daguerrotype, Duck

Small is beautiful! (Left to right) Brown and white Staffordshire cat, 3 1/4" tall, flake off ear, $95.00. Miniature splint oak berry basket in dark barn red paint, inside and out. 2 1/4" tall, 4" diameter (wooden apple nfs), $125.00. Lemon gilt frame with daguerrotype of a stern nineteenth century lady, 3" x 3," $55.00. Red pine hand-carved Asian duck/swan w/tin medallion, nail eyes, 5" long x 3 3/4" tall, $60.00.

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2018-Jan-27 10:01pm EST | Tags :

White Splint-Oak Basket; Striped Egg Basket

(1) White splint basket, oyster-white painted interior/exterior. 11" diameter (out of round; 10 1/2"); 5" tall. No breaks/damage. Holds mail, sewing items, rag balls, velvet fruit. $185.00. (2) A nut-brown, beautifully woven egg basket with kicked in bottom and decorative blue weavers. Tight handle, dang close to perfect condition (a few broken weavers on the bottom but completely useful), probably from Maryland. 9 1/4 " diameter, 8 1/4" tall including handle, beautifully out of round, just the way an old, farm-used basket should be, but sits perfectly flat. x top mid-Atlantic dealer. $165.00.

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2018-Jan-21 05:02pm EST | Tags :

Early Wallpaper Boxes, Band Box

Bottom, back: large oval band box, 10 1/2" tall, 14" diameter. Very nice condition. Cream, blue, brown, yellow grecian-inspired paper. $125.00. Top: Salmon, gold, gray, and white wallpaper box. Sewn and glued construction. 9 1/4” x 7” wide x 3 1/4”. Flower detail on lid. Pencil and ink math sums and small paper losses on two corners on inner lid, otherwise clean, dry interior. $175.00. (Front) Green paper wallpaper box w/2 lithographs of ships under full sail on the lid. 9” long, 5 1/2” wide, 3 1/2” tall. Inside, separate card reading “Richard Pearse, (From Messr. Knapp & Co.) Ship Broker & Commission Agent. Marine Surveyors, Etc., 22 (?) Queen Square, Bristol.” Reverse has very faint inscription in pen, “Capt. W. [?], Boston, Mass.” A calling/business card (?). Mid-19th C. box and card (Knapp & Co. referenced in British documents of 1858-59). No damage, minimal staining on lid, no paper loss, only paper color change commensurate with age. x Spirit of America. A real treasure! $395.00.

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2017-Dec-07 02:30am EST | Tags :

Hubley Wire-Haired Airdale Terrier Doorstop

Beautiful indoor patina, just the way you want a doorstop of this age (1930s). Very little outdoor oxidation, original brown and cream paint, lovely expression on the terrier. A rare doorstop (Hubley stamp painted white on the side). 8" tall; 7" wide. You'll find examples in much poorer condition online at $400.00+. (Other items pictured nfs.) Ships USPS Parcel Post.

Price: $375.00 SALE PRICE $275.00

2017-Nov-20 10:49pm EST | Tags :

Early French Milliner's Head & Shaker Silk Bonnet

Nineteenth-century French papier mache milliner's head, x Pontius. Wear/damage as is often found on these early window-display pieces. 14" tall/ 5 1/2" diameter at base. (The back of the head has been cut out.) SALE PRICE $700.00. Also Shaker chocolate brown iridescent silk bonnet, 1850-60. 11" x 14" long, including the bonnet's fall at the neck. Lovely, unstained condition, inside and out. Missing may be matching silk satin ties typically stitched on the front. $245.00. More photos of both items.

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2017-Nov-19 04:39pm EST | Tags :

SALE: Lot of 19th Century Landscapes

Dealer's lot: two unframed 19th century oil landscapes. (Above) Landscape, oil on canvas, 14" x 21". Wispy clouds, stream, trees in foliage. Lots of visible brush strokes. Tiny, 1/4" tear in upper left; almost unnoticeable. (Below) Oil on canvas of landscape with country road, saltbox cottage, stone wall. 16" x 22". Blemish in the center is an old make-do repair.

Price: $145.00 SALE, Formerly $225.00

2017-Sep-03 11:09pm EDT | Tags :

Early Chalkware Dogs

(Left) Standing poodle in red, ink blue, black decoration, $295.00. Lighter in weight than the poodle at far right, thus earlier in age. (Center) Handsome spaniel in "Bennington/Rockingham glaze" paint. 8 1/2" tall, 6" diameter at base. Early chalk ware was cold painted, so wear to the paint is expected; lightest in weight of the three chalk pieces. $125.00. (Right) Standing poodle in red, gold, black decoration, 7 1/2" tall. $200.00.

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2017-Aug-19 01:40am EDT | Tags :

Early Hand-sewn Make-do Pincushions

(Left to right) Small make-do pin cushion on pressed-glass lamp base, with sapphire-blue velvet rosette. 4" tall. $79.00. Make-do pin cushion on a light-weight wooden candlestick base, 6" tall, wrapped in rose satin ribbon, charming cotton flower pin cushion packed with cotton batting. $110.00. Green homespun make-do pin cushion on a square glass lamp base, Black silk fringe. 4" tall. from a private mid-Atlantic (Clarke) collection. $90.00

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2017-Jul-30 11:20pm EDT | Tags :

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