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I suppose it doesn't have to be sugar that's being chopped up on this block, but sugar is certainly a prime candidate ... the other being tobacco. In any event, she all hand wrought iron except for the wood of course (the identity of which I'm uncertain about). The iron cutter with handle measures 13 1/2" while the wood block measures 9" x 8 1/4" x 2" thick
if you don't have the space for a full sized one, here's a mahogany 19th century cabinet of more modest dimensions ... 3 dovetailed drawers and measuring overall 20 1/2" x (at the base) 10" x 10". And aside from the chip off the lower glass label, she's in excellent condition
Here is this fantastic example of depression-era folk art ... a hand carved walnut salt box dated 1835. Measuring 11 3/4" x 6 1/2" x 6 1/4" deep, she's in excellent all original condition, with great incised carving on both sides and front
Here is an American folk art classic ... a 19th century 36 3/4" cane / walking stick with a hand carved waist high figure of a man bearing its original paint throughout ... in addition to the paint on the man, the shaft of the cane itself bears its original flame grain red wash.
Here's a rare silk on silk memorial for the HMS Duke of Edinburgh portraying the flags of the four principal allies in WWI -- The United States, Belgium, England and France. The colors have obviously faded a bit, but are in otherwise remarkably good condition. Measurements framed are appx 25" x 20". And I also note that the picture of the sailor appears to be floating free and could be removed if one were of a mind to examine this rare silk memorial out of the frame.
here is a late 18th or early 19th century hand wrought iron and copper strainer that measures appx 16" long with a copper bowl that's 5" in diameter.
here is a early 19th century blanket chest with fabulous early floral paint decoration. My best guess is that it's Scandinavian judging by the pine, but perfect as a coffee table since she's not overly large (40" x 22 1/2" x 19 1/4" high) and painted on all 4 sides. I suspect the floral decoration is a tad later than the chest itself but still early 19th century. There a small patched repair to the lid molding and a small patch to the base molding, all relatively inconsequential. Beyond that there's simply the usual age crack to the lid. One end has a bit of painted in writing on it ... possibly an address when being shipped by whoever emigrated to the US at the time.
This is a beauty ... an undated and unsigned wool on linen mid 19th century alphabet and pictorial sampler portraying deer, birds, a dog, a cat, a ship's anchor, all with good color. There's a few scattered inconsequential (trust me) imperfections at the edges of the background linen but otherwise she's in superb condition. Framed she measures 25" x 23", with sight dimensions of 23" x 21" -- this is not a small sampler.
Not sure if these are sailor made but they are definitiely an uncommon item. A perfect pair, each spoon measures 5 1/8" in length.
here is this 19th century walnut and tin carriage warmer, and while not uncommon in design, it is uncommon in size .. larger that the one's you normally find ... in this instance, measuring 11" x 10 1/2" x 6 5/8" high. Some wood has chipped off the corers of the framing in various points, but otherwise in excellent condition with no rust and bearing its original wire handle.
Here's a pair of 1760s Queen Anne maple side chairs with Spanish feet. Both are in excellent condition though its clear the rush seats have been replaced. Overall height is 40 1/2" with seat heights of 17 1/2".
The seat may need to be redone if you want perfection, but otherwise this wonderful chair, most likely from Conn. or Mass. is in perfect condition. Overall height is 41" with a seat height of 17".
Here we have a ca 1750 Bannister Back side chair with a fish tail crest and its original or early surface. Total height is 43 1/2", with a seat height of 17".
Made in the form of a multi-blade jack knife, its actually a watch fob (note the pierced part at the left end in my 3rd picture). Folded up it measures but 2 7/8" long.
a mid 19th century felt on wool table runner or mat that measures appx. 44 3/4" x 19 1/2". Aside from a few scattered and unobtrusive tiny month holes to the background wool, she's in overall great condition with no need for repair or restoration (i.e., no missing felt).
A large (18" high appx 11" max diameter) alkaline glaze stoneware jug that I was told by its previous owner came from Tennessee (though I have no way of confirming that assertion). I am not sure, moreover, as to whether the incise mark shown in my 2nd picture is the letter J or a badly made 5. She is, however, without flaw (the appearance of a chip on the lip appears to have glaze over it so not sure it is in fact a post-manufacture flaw).
here we have a vintage (I'd guess 1930s or 40s) Coast Guard "trade" sign made of a single board (not plywood) measuring 48" x 9" and 100% original with its original painted surface
here is this absolutely impressive and monumental (32 1/2" long x 10 1/4" wide x 12" high) hand made locomotive made entirely of wood and tin and retaining its original paint throughout. The detail is incredible and I have no doubt conforms to the real thing. Its "signed" on the front with the date 1991 which is when I assume it was made. I have no idea, though, what the Kumquat Lumber Co. is. Insofar as I can tell, there are no apologies whatsoever ... this incredible piece of folk art is 100% right.
I say "semi-full bodied" simply to differentiate this piece from a sheet metal vane. The rooster here is upwards of 1 1/4" thick and made of 2 sheets of copper. He stands 26" tall (not counting the stand), 22" wide. The construction is a bit unusual, and while it might appear to be missing the point of the arrow below, it was made as shown ... any arrow would have been a separate piece. As for age, a 19th C attribution is but a guess ... it has obvious age and is not some contemporary reproduction, but its also obviously been polished so as to make any definitive attribution of age impossible. At least there's no phony chemically induced "patina". I have no idea as to its origin, but it nevertheless commands a presence in any early American country setting.
Herbert Mills (b. 1878, d. 1948) is buried in the military cemetery in San Antonio Texas and served as a 1st Lt in WWI. These five folk art carvings are all, with the exception of the WWI doughboy, signed "Herbert Mills San Antonio Texas ca 1928". One can presume that the doughboy (9 1/4" h) is Mills himself whereas the largest carving (10 7/8") is Punch from Punch & Judy. The man (10" h) reminds me of those cartoon-like drawings hanging on the walls of various restaurants corresponding to the celebrities who frequented that establishment from time to time. In any event, offered as a set ...
Although identical in height (87 1/2") and style, and although both take an approximate 30" corner (actually one takes a 28" corner and the other a 29" corner, counting the crown molding), they aren't a perfect match ... but they are darned close. Unfortunately, stored here in my laundry room, I can't set them up to be photographed side by side. But I think you get the idea here. The sole apology (they retain their original glass panes) that applies to both cupboards is that at one time someone removed the interior shelves of the upper sections and replaced them with professionally cut glass shelving (an easy restoration if you have some old wood, but not truly necessary). In any event, they are being offered here as a pair, so for the pair .....
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