We have been buying, selling and collecting Americana, folk art, furniture and early weaponry for 34 years. Our first venture was named Blue Rooster Antiques which was located on our farm in a restored German style barn in mid-Missouri. At one time we were dealers in the Antiques Associates at West Townsend in West Townsend, Massachusetts. Now we are excited to display our wares on our Dig Antiques web site. This is part of our new business model where we have worked to cut our overhead and selling costs, which better allows us to sell great antiques at a lower price point. We have noted that re-pricing on some of our listings as an example. RETURN POLICY: We firmly stand behind our representation of every item we sell to be authentic and accurate, for your protection. This includes a 2 day return policy. Simply notify us of your dissatisfaction, pay the return packing/shipping costs, and upon receipt and confirmation that it is in the condition we sold it, we will promptly refund your money. Further, in the unlikely event you provide proper evidence that the item was not as we said it was (misrepresented) then we will protect you, our customer, from harm, by paying all return costs. Again, upon receipt and confirming the item being in the condition as when we shipped it, we will immediately refund your money. We don't know of a more solid warranty than that. We love happy customers and return buyers!! We accept checks and Paypal. RECEIPTS: We provide a detailed receipt, with a description of all items purchased, on our letterhead. SHIPPING: We do not charge for packing materials or labor, providing those as a service to our customers. We ship using our FedEx account which gives great rates and delivery times. We provide shipping estimates for our antiques using the FedEx required full customer name, address, and phone number and by estimating the weight and size the carton will be after actual packing. This has proven to be very accurate method of determining costs. PLEASE NOTE! WE CONTINUALLY MONITOR THIS WEB SITE AND WE ANSWER INQUIRIES VERY QUICKLY. LATELY SOME INQUIRIES HAVE BEEN GOING INTO SPAM. IF YOU DO NOT RECEIVE A RESPONSE TO YOUR INQUIRY IN A SHORT AMOUNT OF TIME PLEASE INQUIRE AGAIN OR CALL.
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Dating to 1650-1720, this is a rare wrought iron grisset, used to catch grease drippings under meat roasting over fire at the hearth. The drippings were used in gravy and other dishes. See "Early American Antique Country Furnishings" by George Neumann p.192 item 840. The grisset was also used to soak rushes in melted tallow for rushlights. It has an oval pan with legs at the ends, a riveted handle and leg, and a"lollipop" hanger. Another example is in Wallace Nutting's "Furniture Treasury 3865-71". Inv. 3965
Dating to the 18th century, this wonderful oak and pine box was made to be very secure from anyone not authorized to be in it. The corners are reinforced with steel which is neatly folded over the top and the sides are secured by steel straps on all four corners. The forged iron handle on the lid is tethered by iron staples bent over inside the lid. The original lock has been replaced by a hasp but the eye for the padlock has been removed. However, the catch for the original lock is still in place. ALL pieces of steel and iron including the original strap hinges are secured with rosehead nails. The paint is red and black grain painting, most likely done in the mid 19th century. The condition is very good with only some expected minor chips and the top and bottom have age cracks, none of these distract from the beauty and functionality of this outstanding box. It measures 12 1/2" w. x 9 3/4" d. x 9" t. We have several pictures of it available if interested. Inv. 3805
We like the unusual look of this iron betty lamp with its extended "snout" and narrow body. And its long arched hanging arm. Has a chain and pick with a replaced hanging hook. Neat little lamp. 5" long by 2 5/8" wide. Inv. 191
Hand carved and painted red, this appears to be a handle for something and a piece of pipe was placed in the hole to hold a candle, similar to a chamber lamp. It is 15 1/2" long by 1 1/2" wide by 3/4" thick. The candle is pure bee's wax made by us. This really a good looking lighting device.
From our collection is this butter churn with original blue paint and red lettering. It was made by Kendall & Whitney Portland Maine as it says on one side. The opposite side says No. 2 Improved and has a cow at the bottom. Churns with all the original painted surface and details are not often found, in blue no less. The condition is good with some paint loss from much use and a minor repair on one band. But the staves are tight and stable. Inv. 1934
This wonderful piece of iron artistry almost defies description. How does one convey sheer and pure beauty in mere words? But long ago a superb master of hot iron formed this incredible rose vine with leaves and blossoms in perfect detail and mounted it on a gorgeous marble base. Its purpose was to hold a magnificently ornate betty lamp unlike any other, as shown best in the pictures. No surface was left untouched. We especially love the serpent's head at the tip of the hanger "hook". We have several pictures available as further testament to the beauty of this one of a kind lighting device. 19th c. Unsigned. Origin is unknown. Inv. 3890
It is said these little wooden warping paddles rarely survived as they were usually discarded. They were used for some form of tape weaving but differently than the tape looms we have had. This one is dated 1764 and has the initials or name CID ZE. It measures 9 3/4" long by 3" wide by 3/8" thick. It was used a lot as evidenced by the grooves cut into the wood by the 12 holes. This warping paddle is a nice addition to a textile collection. Inv. 3969
Thick walled and lapped using little irregular headed nails, this early blue painted measure is 9 1/2" round by 4 1/2" tall. It is in very nice condition, but a break and a mouse gnaw on the bottom edge, and some paint specs. Inv. 3938
This is an unusual fluted edge, tin, cookie cutter measuring 2 3/8" x 2 3/8". Perfect Valentine's Day, but any day is a good cookie day! Inv. 3936
These little high top shoes are so cute! And in excellent condition with the tan and black leather soft and pliable and all the little brown buttons are there. These are hard to find in this condition. Inv. 3946
This is a two part carved wooden mold, intended for sugar, cake or even clay, perhaps, to make a full bodied, well detailed woman. It is made of thick pine measuring 4 1/4" wide by 12" tall. The woman would measure 11 1/2" tall by 3" round. The mold displays very nicely standing up as shown in the pictures. 18th c. Inv. 3959
Offering today is this neat little wooden bird cage, often referred to as a "miner's canary cage" and two hand carved wooden, brightly painted birds. It is complete with glass feed and water bowls and is in excellent condition. The larger bird has a minor chip at the end of his wing. The door slides up and there is a hinged door to allow placing paper on the bottom of the cage. It measures 10" l. x 6" w. x 7" t. Inv. 3962
Measuring 75" long and having 18 graduated bronze bells, this is the largest and finest set of sleigh bells we have owned or encountered. Each bell is decorated and numbered, all even numbers from one end and odd from the other end. Smallest are 1 1/2" to the largest at 3 1/2". They are in great condition including the leather strap. The old adage "buy the best" surely applies here. Inv. 3966 Note: I could not get a good picture of the entire set and these pictures do not do them justice..
This is a carved walnut frame with double hearts and vines on all four sides. Ca. 1900. Measures 16" x 14" with a 12" x 10" picture inset. It would be great for a sampler, too. Inv. 3922
This horse and rider were part of a steeplechase gambling game made by the H.C. Evans Co. in the 1930's. It is hand carved and painted with the name "King" and "2" and was one of about 8 horses that raced around a track. Individual horses are scarce. 16" l. x 9 1/2" t. x 2" w., 12" tall on the wooden stand. Inv. 3927
This little red painted buttocks basket has been lined with quilted oil cloth, perhaps for sewing items or to cushion eggs or ???. But whatever the reason it adds to the character of the basket. 8" x 8" x 5" d., 7" to top of handle. It is in great condition with only minor breakage on one handle wrap. Inv. 3943
Here is a terrific round splint basket with a wood bottom in near mint condition. No breaks or damage and has a warm patina. Signed "C G McIntyre" on the handle and bottom. 13" round x 8" deep x 14" to top of handle. First half of the 20th century. Inv. 3920
From our collection, we are offering this wonderful tape loom on a stand. Originally a table top loom, at some long ago time, it was mated to a stand. Both have a great primitive look with dry surface, square nails and thread spools. It measures 20" long by 16" wide (including handle) by 29" tall. The box is 18" long by 12" wide by 6" deep. The loom is 9" x 14". The handle is made to firmly slip off and on. It will be shipped with the handle removed. Comes with a large amount of black fabric strips. This is an outstanding, unique addition to any collection. Inv. 1602 More pictures available.
This important cast iron porringer has two hearts in the handle, very unique. It is signed "J. SEVERY & CO." and has the gate mark. Circa 1800. Excellent condition. 8" l. x 5" w. x 2" t. Inv. 3925
Price: $165.00 + 10 sh
Here we offer a black painted tin adjustable candlestick with gorgeous hand painted leaves and berries in red, green, and yellow complete with a matching candle snuffer/trimmer. 19th c. Excellent condition. Six inches tall by seven inches round and snuffers are six inches long. Inv. 3926
Price: $165.00 + $10 sh
In excellent condition, this tidy was made to accept a betty lamp so it could be used in an elevated setting position. 19th c. 6" tall by 6" round and the well is 4" long by 2 3/4" wide. A nice addition to a lighting collection. Inv. 3920
Price: $195.00 + $9 sh.
No room for a full size weather vane? No problem! We have this really cute sheet iron version, hand made, in a small size ready for your table or counter top, in the form of a man with a top hat riding a prancing horse. The surface has honest rust and it is set into a weathered wooden stand. It has directionals which were cut from one piece of metal. They are attached with a modern weld but not sure if that is original or a repair. Probably dates to mid 20th century. Measures 15" tall by 12" wide. Inv. 3895
We just acquired this wonderful coach warmer, no doubt used by a well to do family. Finely made of walnut with a dovetailed case, brass bail with wood handle, brass hook, molded bottom edge and carved edge on the lid, which lifts up to expose the coal box. The interior is tin lined and the tin under the vents in the lid is hand punched. Two holes in the front provide a draft to accommodate the flow of air upward. The warmer is in excellent condition, no cracks or chips and has a rich, warm walnut color. One brass screw in the handle has been replaced. Measures 11" w. x 8" d. x 5" t., 9 1/2" to top of handle. These utility items don't come better than this one. Inv. 3905
Wig scratcher is really a misnomer because these bone, hand shaped devices do not scratch wigs but were used to slip under one's wig to relieve an itchy scalp, very discreetly, and, of course, it was always at the ready. This one has a walnut handle with a nice turned finial. It does have a little chip on the pinky finger, as seen in the picture, priced accordingly. Measures 15 1/4" long by 1 1/4" wide. Inv. 3904
This Wise Owl Shoes trade sign is painted dark chocolate brown with red accents on his wings and the top of his head. It is unusual to find one of these owls and we have never seen a painted one. The paint appears to be, if not original, very close in age, approximately 1890. Wise Owl Shoe co. was based in New York state. This owl is in excellent, well cared for condition with some minor paint loss around his talons. Measures 16" tall by 8" wide and 5" deep. Excellent piece of folk art.
Rare form iron wine cellar candle holder, having a 5 inch square pan with a slotted socket and a pronged socket to hold a spare candle. The handle has a bull's eye end with a bulbous center and terminating with two forked prongs for mounting in a beam or wall. The pan is riveted onto the handle. Remnants of old black paint. This is a substantial lighting device, Has some expected surface rust otherwise in excellent condition. Circa 1840. 14" l. x 5" w. x 3" t. Inv. 3888
In very good condition, we have this wrought iron miner's oil lamp with a wonderful full bodied rooster finial. These were used in mines and typically had a very long iron hanging hook on them. Ours has a nice brass hanger with a ring and which is much shorter than the original, probably because it was intended for home or shop use. Frankly, we like this version better from a decorative standpoint. These lamps were made to swivel and tilt as needed for the task at hand. The hoop above the font has some nice details and overall this is a beautiful lighting device. 19" t. x 5 1/2" wide and the font is 5" in diameter. Inv. 3891 Note: there is old oil residue in the font which leaks ever so slightly. Does not drip though.
Really a nice grater with a walnut back board having a round "bull's eye" handle and an oval slot to let gratings through and a cut out foot.. The half round hand punched grater is in great condition with some expected minor surface rust. Well made grater. Measures 14" tall x 3 1/2" wide x 3" deep. Circa 1920's. Inv. 3896
Just in is this fabulous double swing handle rectangular basket in near mint condition. Superbly constructed with a double rim, ribs in the corners and sides and three spines on the bottom, making this a very strong basket. Very pretty color and the weaving of the splint is very tight. Only a slight piece of wrap is missing and there is a small break on one piece in the bottom. But no apologies, this is an awesome basket. Measures 17" l. x 8 1/2" w. x 7 1/2" t. And 16" to the top of the bent wood handles. Inv. 3899
This stoneware table top churn is in excellent condition with no cracks or chips. The wooden dasher and lid are dry surface and wonderfully worn. It measures 15 1/2" tall by 7 1/2" in diameter. Ca. 1900. Inv. 2027
We have had this wonderful bulbous globe w.o. tin lantern in our collection for several years. It is all original with no faults. The blown glass has bubbles, the tin top and base are punched with stars, it has a 4 1/4" ring handle and most of its original black paint. The font holds a two wick burner. This is a large lantern at 13" tall , 17" with handle, and 5 1/2" in diameter and it is one of the best examples likely to be found. Inv. 1266
Two tin candle holders usually used on window sills. These are 2 1/2" round, one is missing its tab. Sockets are riveted through. Candles included. Inv. 3854 and 3855
Price: $50.00 for the pair.
Wooden travelers are scarce items, most having been made of wrought iron, which are fairly common. These most likely would have been used indoors for use in measuring fabrics, wallpapers, etc. One of these is more of a "country" made traveler, being a little more primitive while the other is more finely made. It has a very nice turned handle and crisply cut wheel on a wooden axle and has a brass hanging ring. It measures 12" long with a 6" wheel. The other version is 13" long with a 7" wheel. Both are very desirable antique collectibles. Inv. 3820 & 3821
Price: Country $45.00 Fine $50.00
This is an early 19th c. food chopper in the unusual shape of a bell with a turned walnut handle. it is a nice large size at 8" t. x 5" w. Looks great hanging. Inv. 3833
The handle on this very heavy, hand thrown pitcher gives a lot of character to it that elevates it way above the ordinary. And the handle has a whimsical curl at the bottom. Brown glaze with what are often called "tobacco spit" spots but are actually elements of slag caused by the firing process. Really in excellent condition with no cracks or chips, the exception being a rub on one side. Measures 12 1/2" tall by 6 1/2" at the widest point. Beautiful and unique piece. Inv. 3881
A finely rendered tombstone design encircles the entire sides of this wonderful tin lantern. The "puncher' was patient and skilled as seen by the uniformity of his work. And it is punched to the top, just under the smoke bell and ring handle. We assume it originally had a candle socket as evidenced by the solder on the bottom but it, for some reason, is absent. In its place is a half round window sill candle holder with a mound of wax on it keeping it stationary. A make do! In great condition, all seams intact, no rust and minimal denting. Well cared for. It is fairly large at 16" to the top of the handle and 5" in diameter. Inv. 3880.
Rarely do we encounter a finely executed mortar and pestle as this one. It is beautifully turned on both pieces in an elegant manner as seen in the pictures. The turnings on the pestle really elevate this utilitarian item well above the ordinary. Maple. In excellent condition with only age caused minor cracks in the wall, actually accentuated by the camera, not that obvious to the eye. The little crack on the edge of the base is surface only. Measures 7 1/2" tall by 6" in diameter. The pestle is 10" long by 2 1/2" . Inv. 3882
Looky what we have now, an authentic set of brass reindeer bells! We have and have had many sleigh bells and they are great. But we were very happy to find this set, worn not on a sleigh or harness, but around the reindeers neck. The leather strap is in excellent condition, shows really nice decorative, scalloped edge, double layer leather work and the wear from use on the inside of the belt. It has 11 bells and measures 16" long as shown and about 36" long unhooked by 2" wide. Inv. 3877
We are offering this wooden staved and wood banded table top churn having rosehead nails securing the bands. Very well made with five bands. The staves are tight and the churn is solid. In great condition although there is a repair to one of the lower bands, otherwise fine. It measures 17" tall (25" to top of handle), the base is 8" tapering up to 6 1/2" at the top. Probably 18th c. Hard to find this type of churn in this condition. Inv. 3865
We refer to this full length portrait of a beautiful girl as "doe eyed" because she reminds us of a sweet faced doe, with her large eyes. Signed Jas. Gibezzi at the edge under the frame. 19th c. She has a pensive expression, is holding a bouquet and is resplendent in her fine blue dress with lace and pantaloons. She has blue and brown shoes and is standing on a fancy loomed carpet in a room with wainscoting. Oil on artist board. Sight size is 4 3/4" x 9 3/4" and the frame is 7 1/2" x 12 1/2" . The painting is in excellent condition. Inv. 3672
So called a courting candlestick because the story goes that parents would turn up the candle to a certain height and when the candle had burned down to the top of the holder it was time for the visitor to skedaddle! Ours has a very nice scrolled lever with which to raise or lower the candle, a feature not often seen. It has a chair hook and a turned wooden base. The iron holder is clinched through the base. Protective felt pads have been left on. It is 8 1/2" tall with a 4" base. Bees wax candle not included.
These are 44 pieces of wooden dominoes in their original slide lid box. The dominoes are 2 pieces pegged together. The surface appears to be cellulose which is laminated to the wood. Good "played with" condition having been used many, many times as seen by the wear on the edges caused by moving the pieces so much. Inv. 3867
Said to be from Pennsylvania, one of these skimmers is copper and one is brass. They each have their own character with the decorative iron handles and the nice patterns in the bowls. The copper one is 16" long and the brass skimmer is 17" long. Very nice condition.
Price: $55.00 each
This is an old gourd that an artist has modified into a container. It is decorated with pine needles formed into a wreath and sewn with a natural material to the rim of the opening, giving it a Native American feel. It is named "OLLA" on the bottom and signed by the artist, illegibly. Appears to be #30 of 96 created. 8 1/2" round by 8" tall.
The tin on this comb box is highly embossed with a nice design. Most of the original plating on the tin is worn off giving it more of a primitive look. Measures 9 1/2" w. x 12" t. x 3" d. The mirror is a replacement. Inv. 3852
"Primitive" describes this rush light perfectly due to the heavy construction of it and the old surface along with the rugged base created from a tree limb. It obviously has been well used and was an important tool to the maker/owner in the 18th century. It stands 9 1/2" tall and the base is about 4" round (irregular). It is a wonderful survivor and great addition to a lighting collection. Inv. 3848
Price: $289.00 reduced from $335.00
Larger than most cutting boards at 22" long and 9" wide this one is shaped like an apple and has a large, long lollipop handle. Maple. Inv. 3851
Hand made of pine with a tin grater, this is a good example of ingenuity. 21" long by 5 1/2" wide by 1" thick, a square hole was cut into the plank and a piece of tin with some savage teeth in it was nailed on and then secured with two strips of trim on the sides. Note the oxidation of the nails in the wood that only comes from old nails. Smartly, a handle was cut into the working end and it has a hanging hole. The surface is raw with a nice patina. Circa early 20th c. Inv. 3857
Our new offering is a beautifully executed pine wall box featuring two identical spread wing eagles with arrows in one talon and a laurel branch in the other talon done fret work style which is difficult to do. The eagle on the front of the box is flanked by laurel as well. the ends are fret work done in a very decorative design. Interestingly, there are no nails or screws in the construction as it was all glued together, but the maker added copper wires that loop from the front through the back, which appear to be original, presumably for added strength. To top it off the back and front panel of the box are scalloped. The box is in excellent condition with only a small piece of wood missing from a chain link at the top. Made by a very talented craftsman, representing folk art at its best. Circa early 20th c. Inv. 3850
Price: $175.00 On Hold
The look of a spider leg pan is a good reason to own one. Probably the best look of all hearth cooking items. Ours is a bowl shape 8" round by 2 1/2" deep. It stands 6" tall and is 19" long overall. Has a nice well used surface in good condition especially considering its use over hot coals. And the 12" handle has a curl for hanging. Inv. 3831
Just in is a favorite of ours in the form of an wrought iron betty lamp/ candle holder . Made to set on a table top and has spring clips that allow the light to be adjusted up or down as needed. Circa 1820 and has the appropriate surface we expect to see in early iron lighting devices. The shaft has a decorative ring, the round tripod base is embellished with a reversed punched escutcheon and a hammered ball finial tops it off. The betty lamp is small at only 3 inches wide and long. The device measures 17" tall by 8" wide at the arm and the feet are 6" apart. Beautiful. Inv. 3841
Offered is a very unusual apple basket from circa 1870. I has a double board bottom sandwiched together with a combination of round and square nails with the splint in between. The basket is oval from age measuring 17 1/2" x 15" 11" tall. Very good condition with some minor breakages of the splint on the sides and some breakage in the splint where it meets the base. But it is well made and still strong and the color of the patina is really nice better than the pictures. Inv. 3844
Dating to early 19th century, this candle box is painted with an old pale yellow paint over the original green. The box is built with large cut nails and has a nice decorative scalloped back and sides. Pine. Measures 12 3/4" l. x 6 3/4" t. x 5" d. Inv. 3838
This outstanding folk art whirligig was found in New Hampshire and was obviously made to celebrate America's 1976 Bi-centennial. The characters are made of aluminum and represent a drummer, piccolo player, and a man holding a flag saying "Spirit of '76". The bell is aluminum and the propeller is plastic, all on a wood base. The mechanical action works just fine and it is in good but weathered condition from actually being used, with some expected paint losses as seen in the pictures. It is a large piece at 36" long by 18" tall by 6" wide with propeller being 24 inches. Can set or attach to a stand as desired. Inv. 1308
Offering a really nice red painted pine chest that was probably used for personal effects and clothing. It never had a till. The construction is very good with full dovetails and the hinges are original forged iron with original cleats holding them with the exception of one which now has a screw in its place. The paint is strong and vivid and on all sides except the back, typical. The lock was removed long ago and the cavity filled in with wood. Now it has no lock or latch. On the bottom is a strip of wood covering a crack which is attached with old square nails so it wouldn't set flat. We added a pair of wood cleats so it would. It measures 28 1/2" l. x 15 1/2" w. x 15 1/2" t. Sometimes this size chest is good for stacking other boxes on top of like a pyramid. Very good condition but shows the expected wear from 200 years and there is a small amount of wood rot at one end which doesn't show that much, has no physical affect but mentioned for clarity. Inv. 3815
Price: $175.00 plus $50.00 shipping
Have you been looking for a peg rack for your candles, herbs, hats and coats, tools, overalls, etc. as well as a shelf for baskets, treen, candle molds and other great stuff? Well, you get a "twofer" with this terrific rack. It is 56 1/2 inches long, the pegs ends are 9 inches out from the wall, plenty to hold those shelf items, and the frame is 1 3/4" thick. A stout, useful piece. All original dry surface. Inv. 3824
Two arms are made to swing this cranberry scoop, just two unique features of its fine design. The arms are made so they fold together for hanging storage. The hopper is tin but the really neat detail is the half round tin teeth, five centered and a half attached to each side. The green paint is original but, of course, shows wear from use. Condition is excellent overall with no breaks, cracks or chips. This is a wonderful decorating item and a conversation piece. Inv. 3816
A sinkbox is a specialized hunting blind, resembling a raft, used by waterfowl hunters. It consists of a weighted, partially submerged enclosure large enough to hold one or more hunters and suspended from a floating platform. It is placed in calm water so the hunter may wait with the waterline at approximately shoulder height. Sinkbox decoys were set all around the sinkbox to weight it down in the water (see photo #3). Wood carved decoys were floated around the sinkbox to further disguise the hunters. This method of hunting was outlawed in 1918 by the Migratory Bird Act. Our cast iron decoy is painted black and has a flaky surface beneath the paint. In very good condition. It weighs 23 pounds and measures 13" long by 5" wide by 6" tall. Flat bottomed. This rare sink box decoy is a must for any serious decoy collector. Inv. 3408
Here is a great piece of folk art in the form of a large man's head, a quite good looking fellow with nuances of Abe Lincoln, though we are not suggesting that he is supposed to be Abe. Bearded, long sideburns, large ears, glass eyes and a rather protruding proboscis add up to some nice carving technique. The head is mounted on a long shaft all carved from one piece. The head measures 6" wide by 7 1/2" tall by 7 1/2" from tip of nose to back of head. Overall it is 26" tall and is mounted on a custom iron stand for display. He is a fun, appealing piece of true folk art. Price: $325.00 plus $25.00 shipping
Carved owls are one of our favorite folk art things and we just got this wonderful example. Very creatively displayed in a very old chunk of tree, this sleepy eyed little fellow is beautifully carved. He/she stands 9" t. x 4" w. x 3" d. and the whole display is 27" t. x 13" w. x 10" d. It weighs about 12 pounds. It has a piece of plywood for a base. The owl is removable so he could be mounted on a smaller base if desired. Too cute! Inv. 3591
Our wonderful walnut marble game board has the unusual feature of a storage tray that swivels out from beneath the board for the marbles. The starting player's position is painted red (Note: we do not know how this game is played). The board is beautifully lathe turned with a trough to keep extra marbles while playing. It sets on three feet. We are including 30 clay marbles with the board. 19th c. Measures 9 inches in diameter and 2 inches tall. Inv. 1801
Price: $195.00 Best price
The weaving of the husks on this shaved handle broom is amazing and gives it a lot of character. The broom measures 51 inches tall and the head is 13 inches tall by 8 inches across and it has substantial weight. Made for active use it seems. Note: this is not a shaved birch broom where the head is made of strips of shaved bark folded over and tied to make the head. This one is much later in age and priced accordingly. The handle is a shaved branch and the corn husk head is attached in an invisible way. This broom will look great next to the hearth in a primitive setting. Inv. 3811
Price: $200.00 Best price
Now offering this fancy pre Civil War infantry officer's gold bullion shoulder epaulet mounted in a period walnut oval frame for display. It has an early eagle cuff size button which is attached to a black velvet back . It features a multitude of gold bullion tassels in three separate tiers and the underside has velvet, brass and leather. It was definitely used in the field and has wear and a small dent. It measures 7 3/4" at its longest and 5 3/8" at its widest. The frame is 12" w. x 14" t. It is ready for hanging on the wall. Inv. 3253
This candlestick is heavyweight being made of sheet iron versus tin as we often see. It has a brass "wedding ring" which is nicely faceted, is a push up which works smoothly, has a chair hook and the base is connected with a hand cut nut. In other words it has all the features we love in this type of candlestick. Unmarked. The surface has a nice patina and doesn't appear to have been painted. An excellent piece. Inv. 3806
We have two of these knock down dolls. They were used in carnival games where the player threw a ball at them in an attempt to win a prize. This one would be difficult to knock down because he is quite heavy, having something inside him to increase his weight. He is circa 1930's, hand painted on one side only. Made of canvas. He has seen a lot of play and the wear shows but overall he is in good condition. He is 11" tall by 7" wide by 3" deep at the wooden base. Inv. 3809
The second knock down doll is made of a printed canvas so the image is on both sides. Hand and machine sewn and stuffed with excelsior. Light weight and has a wooden base. Good condition but one side has a tear as shown in the photo. 11" tall by 6" wide by 2 1/2" thick at the base. Great folk art items. Inv. 3810.
Offering this nice pine peg rack with six whittled pegs (1 missing) and 2 square cut nails. Measures 23" l. x 2 1/2" w. x 3/4" t. Pegs measure 4 inches. Early 19th c. Inv. 3799
Flowers always have a way of making you feel better somehow. This tin mold has one we don't recognize but we love it anyway, sitting all perky on its stem with leaves and buds. It is all tin, has a decorative base and has a hanging hook. Nice condition. Measures 7 1/2" l. x 5" w. x 3 1/4" t. Inv. 3774
This mold has a nice look, the image is so realistic. The corn is copper on a tin decorative base measuring 7" l. x 5" w. x 5" t. Good condition with some minor surface rust. Inv. 3775
This mold is of a recumbent male lion which are not seen that much. Unusual. The mold body is tin and the lion is copper. Measures 7" at the base by 6" tall and the lion is 6 inches. Tin has surface rust but all else is good. Inv. 3776
We love this wooden box with a drawer and a hand punched tin grater on top. Very well made of pine. The drawer is nailed and has its original porcelain knob. It also has a handle. But the neat feature is the grater being so well made, being rounded, having tightly spaced and precise punching, and the sides bent over the box in an expert manner. The box is made with wire nails and the grater is attached with screws. The fastidious maker intended this utilitarian object to last a long time and his skills are evident. Measures 8" l. (10 1/4" with handle) x 6" w. x 4" t. Inv. 3781
The wall box has a thick coat of black paint over a coat of red and another of white. The box has a serpentine edge and there is a divider in the middle. The back is crested with a tear drop shape hanging hole. The sides are scalloped and taper from 3 1/2" down to 2 1/4". It is 11" tall by 7" wide. Made with a combination of square and wire nails. Neat little wall box. Inv. 3787
Fun is a good word to describe this very well built home made child's hobby horse on a platform with wooden wheels. The legs and neck are mortised into the body, it has hand holds, the painting is hand done and the tail is real horse hair. This toy horse would have been made for a toddler to ride with Mom, Dad and/or adoring grandparents pushing the child along. Circa 1920's. 23" l. x 24" t. x 8" w. Inv. 3780
We made a nice acquisition here with this very large wood staved and lap banded cheese drainer in great condition. In the early 19th century cheese would be put into these tubs and weights were laid on the cheese, the weight causing liquid to be pressed out it. The liquid would drain through the holes in the sides and bottom. This is a sizable example at 18 inches by 10 inches tall and it has a dry surface and nice patina. There are some inactive bore holes present. It will be an interesting addition to any collection, having potential for many ways of decorative display. Inv. 3789.
Different than most is this small coffee/spice roaster, used over coals in a cooking fireplace or campfire. Circa 1840. The hopper measures a small 5" x 3 1/2" and has a sliding cover that works well and a nicely turned wooden handle with hanging ring. Overall it measures 28 1/2". Condition is very good. Inv. 3761
Made of maple and measuring 7 inches tall and 6 inches in diameter, this peaseware bowl has a very nice patina. It is in great condition. It does have a tight hairline crack on one side of the knob on the lid which does not penetrate through and is stable. Otherwise an excellent bowl with a beautiful bulbous shape and decorative turnings. Inv. 3778
This small oval rye basket is tightly woven and in really good condition, just a few minor wrap losses. Great patina. 11" l. x 6" w. x 3 1/2" t. Inv. 3773
This early 19th c. oil on board painting portrays a handsome young man. It is done in the simple technique we typically see in many portraits which is the attraction for us folk art enthusiasts. He is a excellent condition save the age crack in the board he is painted on. On the back are two wonderful little wooden ties across the crack for reinforcement secured by small screws done a little later in the 19th c. . The painting is enhanced by its frame which has much of its gold and gilt missing and with a neat beaded border, all of it giving it a folk art appearance. On the backside the corners have inset wooden strips across the joinery and the hanger is a unique forged iron eye. All of this makes this an important work of art in any collection. Measures 13 1/2" x 16 1/2" x 1". Inv. 12
There are no nails in the construction of this all oak press except for in the paddle. The press could be for cheese, fruit or most any food product needing compressing or liquid removal. The engineering and construction are great. In the bottom is a drain at each end. Liquid runs into the drain and out a hole in the side where each drain terminates. Note the attention to detail of the drain with the shoulders carved above it. Also, there is a carved louver at each end to allow air escapement. The push rod is mortised through the oval handle and a piece of leather reduces friction and wear on the rod, which shows wear anyway. Did I say it is also dovetailed? The thick, heavy base was carved out for the sides to set into and the edge is nicely molded. Interestingly, the paddle is multiple pieces nailed together. The press measures 23" l. by 8" w. by 10" t. There is no indication it ever had a lid. The new owner will have a one of a kind wonderful primitive no one else has. Inv. 3759
Another unique find is this great pastry roller with 4 hand carved hearts between straight line borders. The handle is nicely turned and painted red. Good size, too, at 9 inches long and 2 3/4" wide. The wheel is 1 1/2" wide and 2 3/4" in diameter. Has an old twine hanging loop. No cracks or chips. A great piece! Inv. 3756
A talented craftsman made this terrific game board where a marble is shot from a spring loaded plunger and scores are made by which hole the marble ultimately lands in. Made from a 14" wide by 24" long pine board, a bent wood rim in red, dozens of little finish nails and hand painted black numbers it resembles present day pin ball machines. Very well hand made down to the chamfered bottom edge, the marble return channel and the thread spool which is used as a board tilter. Circa 1900. In great, well used condition. The wear around the holes shows that many, many games were played on this board. Inv. 3747
Here we have two scarce cake cutters, one is a heart and the other a hatchet. Of course, they can cut cookies, too, but they are made with deep blades so they can cut figures from a sheet cake. Both are hand made by a tinsmith and only the heart has a handle. The heart cutting blade measures 3 1/4" x 3 1/4" x 2" deep. Overall it is 4" x 4" x 3". The hatchet blade measures 5 3/4" x 2 3/4" x 1 1/2" deep. Circa 1900. Inv. 3741 & 3742
Price: Heart $45.00 Hatchet $38.00
We are offering two blown glass storage jars with their original tin lids. The glass is in mint condition. The lids are raw tin in great condition. One jar measures 10" tall by 5" diameter and the other is 8" tall by 6 1/2". Both have broken pontils. Inv. 3743 & 3744
Price: $110.00 each
This scoop was hewn from a 6 inch tree limb, a handle was carved, inserted through the back and pinned with a wooden peg. Wonderful down home craftsmanship. Scoop is 8" long and its 13" long overall. Inv. 3719
Offering a beautiful painted on velvet theorem of a fruit basket. The work is set in an early 19th c. gilded frame with original glass. It was painted and signed "Jean B." by artist Jean Bauman who lived in Plantsville Conn. in 1965. It is wonderfully rendered in period fashion and could easily be passed off as 19th c. art. However, she was careful to provide her name, town and date on the back of the work to prevent that happening. We have priced the theorem reasonably as a special vintage work of art presented in an authentic period frame, that has significant value itself, which will enhance any collection of fine antiques. Inv. 3716
This is a fun piece what with its inlaid heart and knife and fork on the front, along with the inverted heart for a hanging hole. Perhaps it was a wedding present to an 18th century bride. It is oak. The lid does fit flush but the photographer (me) did not notice that it wasn't closed tightly. Brass hinges. The box has a corner knocked off at the left top and the lid has a small chip. Probably was dropped a very long time ago. It was well used and is in nice condition considering it is 200 plus years old. Surface is attic dry and even with a couple of bruises it adds a lot of character to any collection. Inv. 560.
Shown in George Neumann's book American Country Furnishings on p. 223 #979, he describes the yoke "carved to fit across the shoulders was a practical method for carrying two heavy buckets." Ours is 36" long x 8" wide x 3 1/2" deep. Pine,it shows the great carving marks and wear and has two ropes with iron hooks. As a precaution an iron strap was placed on the narrow area of wood behind the neck to prevent breakage. There is no damage there. The strap is secured with rosehead rivets or nails peened over on the underside. This is a wonderful example of the form. Circa 1800. Inv. 3715
There is a near identical picture and description of this bowl in American Country Antiques by George Neumann, page 225 #988. It is pine, circa 1750-1800, with an incredible rich yellow (and mellow) smooth surface. It is rustic with bark still on the bottom which is also very smooth from use. It has a handle at one end and a pouring spout at the other which Neumann says is probably to drain buttermilk from butter. It measures 28" long by 9" wide by 4" deep. The mellow surface just makes you want to touch and feel the smooth wood. Visually very appealing. Inv. 3636 We are happy to send more pictures including the Neumann example.
It's hard to find a matched set of these nice size cups but we are offering six. They are old but not period, probably first half 20th century. Good condition with minimum dents and they have some minor bends on the lips, see pictures. Measure 3" t. by 2". These look great on a shelf with books, treen, etc. Inv. 3711
Muddlers were used to mix drinks in early taverns usually in a glass mixing vessel and they are scarce. Ours is black walnut and more nicely decorative than most we have seen probably for a higher class establishment or wealthy household. Lathe turnings of several rings are terminated into a ball top with a tip. Not sure why the hole but given that it is nicely worn on both sides we assume it was for hanging. 10 1/2" long by 1 1/2" round at the working end. Great condition. Inv. 3694
A first for us, having never seen one like it, is this round, deep bowl. It has no foot, has a carved "nub" for holding the bowl while stirring, a ring around the edge and, in spite of not having a foot, will set upright. It has wonderful patina and carving marks all over the exterior. The interior of the bowl is smooth from much use. It has a 3 inch and 1 inch age crack on the edge but stable. It also has some tight age cracks in the bottom but no light can be seen through. It measures 10 1/2" by 10 1/4" round and 6" deep. This bowl is a unique find and a great piece of treen. Inv. 3701
This is a terrific find, a well used pine scrub box with an unusual form and an long lollipop handle. The floor of the box is very worn down into a semi bowl shape, has age shrinkage and the sides have angles. It is missing a small piece from the bottom of one of the angles and has some inactive bore holes but overall in nice condition and ready for display. Measures 20 1/2" long by 11 3/4" wide by 3 1/2" deep. Inv. 3689
Presenting a beautiful and beautifully maintained walnut Seth Thomas clock. This clock was owned by a Lawrence, Kansas family for several generations and they took very good care of it as the condition shows, having it serviced by a local clock repair person whose label is on the back. It is a wooden works clock and the works are immaculate. However, these wooden works clocks are notorious for not running for any length of time, as with this one. It has an eagle crest, half columns over paw feet, and a tablet of Mount Vernon. Has newer putty so not sure if it's a replacement or old putty re-done. The face is very pretty, too., and it has a crank key, original lock and key. Measures 30" tall by 17" wide by 6" deep. Circa 1820-50. Fabulous clock! Inv. 1231
These are the largest 19th c.brass push-up candlesticks we have ever encountered and we have had them many years. They are in near mint condition and measure 18 inches tall by 6 inches across their octagonal base. They look fabulous on a harvest table or mantel as a pair and can be used separately, of course. Inv. 502 Sold only as a pair.
This beautifully carved maple noggin (pitcher) is a large one at 11" tall by 5" round by 7" wide at the handle. The nice, smooth surface shows the patina of much, gentle use. Many treen items did not survive after they were replaced with more sturdy metal items as they were just discarded or thrown into the fireplace to be burned. This one is in very good condition with the exception of a tight age crack on the side which does not extend to the top. It does run down to the edge but does not penetrate the bottom. And a tiny chip on the lip, noted for accuracy.. Neither detracts from the overall appeal of a terrific noggin. Inv. 3661
Made from one piece of maple, this flour scoop has a sculptural quality about it that crosses over from utility object to an art form. The shape of the gracefully hooked handle flows into the canted and curved recess of the scoop tapering down to the rounded edge. Beautiful. It is in very good condition with expected wear from respectful use and does have a couple of tight age cracks but nothing detracts from the appeal of this wonderful piece of early treen. 12 inches long by 10 inches wide by 6 inches high. Inv. 3201
For our primitive lovers is this really neat little louvered barn window. What makes this one special is the hardware. 'L' bracket hinges and corner brackets, an opening/closing mechanism to allow for opening all four louvers at once and a 10" long hook. The corners are pegged and the louvers are thick wood. The paint on the exterior is faded barn red and inside is painted gray. The surface is grungy. A fabulous architectural piece! Measures 16 1/2" wide by 14 1/2" tall and 1 1/2" thick. Inv. 3624
The shades of mustard color glaze is gorgeous on this unmarked one gallon stoneware jug and it is in excellent condition with no cracks but does have a chip on the spout. The glaze most likely puts the origin of it in the south. Its handle is very thick and strong and has what appears to be a signature finger notch. Measures 11 inches tall by 9 1/2" in diameter. Inv. 3629
This is just an incredible piece of folk art, so whimsical. And good storage, too, for jewelry, candy, etc. Beautifully carved and proportioned and you just have to love the strings and sock. Lots of details with the sewing work on the top and around the sole. It has three compartments, two of which are hinged, the sock and toe lift up as lids. In the sole is another compartment but the cover is missing but notice the detail in the sole. No detail left out. Nice size, too, at 10" long by 6" tall by 3 1/2" wide. Dates to the late 1800's to early 1900"s. Inv. 3641
We are offering this romantically inspired clothes iron trivet with a wonderful design of an arrow piercing a heart. Perhaps a husband reminding his wife that he loves her even as she is slaving over an ironing board??? No matter the purpose this is an excellent wrought iron piece which also features curled feet and a beautifully turned walnut handle having a loop for hanging which really shows off the heart. The handle is showing some fatigue from a lot of heat but is still solid. 11" long by 4 1/2" wide by 2" tall. Inv. 3632
Another unusual item is this beautifully inlaid octagonal paper weight. 19th c. , walnut and maple. It measures only 3 1/2" by 1 1/2" tall. This is all the more important when considering the extreme difficulty of doing intricate inlay work, especially in an 8 sided configuration. Very precise tiny cuts must be made so that each section is a perfect match to the others. It has a checker design in the center, each side segment has a framed diamond and the mastery even extends to the bottom where pieces are cut to form an 8 pointed star, every piece precisely matched. Truly this is a work of art and the more you study it the more you appreciate the delicacy and wonderful execution of the work. Excellent condition with minimal age shrinkage in a few pieces, really only mentioned for accuracy. Pictures don't do it justice. Inv. 3596
We sure found a sweet (pun intended) sugar bowl recently. The warm color,(see picture #2) the 3 incised rings on the bowl. the nice foot are terrific but the highlight of this bowl is the acorn knob on the lid. The lid itself is beautifully turned with a rolled edge where it snuggles down into the notch of the bowl. The turning also rises to a shoulder upon which is the acorn, all turned together as one piece. Such an incredible form for an everyday object. The surface is original with great patina and the condition is excellent. 19th c. No cracks, just a tiny "flea bite" on the edge, possibly caused by a spoon and a nub on the tip of the acorn. Treen collectors will love this sugar bowl. 5 1/2" tall by 4" diameter. Inv. 3607
Our Shaker hearth brush (broom), said to be from the Enfield, Connecticut community, has wonderful original black paint on its beautifully turned handle and a dark brown paint on the brush head. But the really cool thing about it are the blue dyed horse hair bristles. The blue makes it special and unique from any other type that we have seen. It is in very good condition with some minor chips the handle, worn edges on the wood head and some wear on the brush. But overall excellent in form, condition and desirability. Circa 1850. 21 inches long by 6 inches wide and 2 inches thick. Inv. 3588
Offering now this beautiful pair of hand made, authentic, bear skin gloves. They are in excellent condition, showing that they have been well worn but with no tears, cracks or damage. They are pliable and soft and the fur is in very good shape with just a few scuffs on the underside of one cuff. They fit a large man's hand perfectly. These look so good in a primitive setting. They measure 13 inches long, the cuffs are 9 inches wide and the palms are 5 inches wide. Inv. 3508
The patina is beautiful on this very unusual powder flask with initials CS embossed on the front panel. It is hand made with rectangular sling hoops and a trumpet shaped spout. 6 1/2" l. x 3" w. x 1". Inv. 3476
We have a nice green painted slide lid box with a finger notch and bread board end on the champhered lid. Rabbeted and nailed corner construction and has an angled divider inside. Paint is vibrant and condition is good. It shows the signs of wear from loyal service for many decades just as we expect. 11" long by 9" wide by 4" deep. Inv. 3293
The pine wood and the 4 pegs on this coat rack is naturally oxidized from exposure to air and humidity over many years. Has never been painted although it does have some old wall paint is streaked along the edges. The pegs show some affect of use by being a little rough, as expected. One of the pegs was loose and it was evident that the hole was drilled with a brace and bit. 24" long x 2 1/2" wide x 3/4" thick. Inv. 3580
Loving all things hand forged by a blacksmith, we were glad to find this rare little clothes iron. Great forging with the square handle being pounded flat and then curled to make the grip and then curved and forge welded to the foot, which is nicely shaped. Measures 6" long by 3" wide and 4 1/2" tall. Circa 1800. The surface is in good condition with some light rust. Inv. 3578
This is a different version of a foot or carriage warmer, being individually hand crafted. The pine frame features penciled posts and mortised corners. The tin box is hand punched with circles on all sides and three rows of punched slots in 'V' shapes in the top. Wire handle. The surface condition is excellent with the tin showing scarce rust and the wood dry. 9 1/2" wide by 8 1/2" deep and 6" tall. Inv. 3579
There are six bone dice measuring 1/2" x 1/2" (irregular) on a twisted brass chain measuring 9" long on this very early pocket watch chain. All original and the dice have a wonderful patina. Owned by a gambler perhaps? Inv. 3140
We have had this pocket watch holder in our collection for quite awhile. It is unusual because it has a mirror. The holder has an ornate little brass hook. Original black paint which is in great shape but it does have a blemish at the base of one turned post. hardly visible from the front. This listing does not include the watch or bone dice watch chain. The chain is listed separately. Circa 1860. 5 1/2" tall and 4" in diameter. Inv. 1179
Not sure the purpose of this great little walnut tray is but likely for sewing notions or something similar. Divided into 4 compartments. Very well made with large dovetails and a shaped handle. Measures 8" l. x 4" w. x 1 /12" d. x 2 1/2" t. Inv. 3521
This is a nice hollow cut silhouette of a gentleman in what appears to be his original frame. Good condition with some foxing . 5" x 7" Inv. 1404
The carving chisel marks are all over this wonderful ladle as well as a terrific patina. It is a large one at 21 inches long and the bowl being 5 inches by 5 1/2 inches and 2 inches deep. Really nice treen piece. Inv. 3085
Two of these early 19th century rolling pins have turned knobs and are 15 inches long. One is 1 1/4" in diameter and the other is 2 1/4". The third pin is 22" long by 1 1/4" diameter and has elongated handles. All are solid maple, one piece and in great condition with the patina of an active kitchen. Inv. 3530, 3531, 3532
Price: $49.00 each
The turnings on this walnut mortar and pestle are beautiful and it is unusually tall measuring 10 inches and it is 5 inches in diameter. But the crushing bowl is only 3 inches deep with the very bottom being concave and sharp edged. Unique design and probably explains the reason the pestle has been hand carved around the bottom so as to more effectively crush the spices, etc. The mortar is in great condition with only a very small but stable age crack on the lip and in the bottom of the bowl. A stand out m & p. Inv. 3537
A new pick is our salt glazed stoneware inkwell in excellent condition. It measures 3" by 1 1/8". Unsigned. The dark area on the top was done during firing and is original to the piece. Very scarce item.
Offering four unusual cookie cutters> (1). Penguin 3" by 2 3/4" (2). Quarter moon 3 1/2" by 2 1/4" (3). fish 4 1/4" by 1 1/2" (4). Rabbit "DAVIS BAKING POWDER" 4" by 3". All in nice condition. Inv. 3557
Price: $80.00 for all four
This nice pantry box has its original green paint and measures 9 1/2" round by 5" tall. In good condition with expected scuffs, minor chips and wear. Inv. 3527
We have had numerous onion lanterns over the years and still have 2 in our collection but the onion shape and red color of the globe on our newest tin lantern make it very unique and possibly scarce. It is painted a mustard color that has faded from exposure and has a grungy look to the surface and it is showing some minor paint losses. It has character galore! Kerosene fired. The globe is absolutely gorgeous! It is a large lantern at 16 inches tall, the globe is 8 1/2 inches and the protective cage is 10 inches. Interestingly, the name "Susan B. Anthony" is nicely written in pencil on the bottom. This women's suffrage pioneer was also a moving force in the Temperance movement leading to Prohibition. We wonder if this is a lantern belonging to her and used at Temperance meetings, the ominous red light representing where drunkards would meet their final spiritual resting places if they didn't give up the booze. Pure speculation, of course , but the name is there for a reason. Inv. 3524
Lignum Vitae is commonly considered the hardest and most dense wood and its name in Latin can be translated as Tree of Life. So it is a difficult wood to work with and antique items made of it are very desirable. Here we have a terrific mortar in great condition and color, showing wonderful turnings. It measures 5 1/2" tall by 5" round. It is paired with a walnut pestle, again displaying the same beautiful turnings. The pestle does have an old repair which appears to be a filled chip. They are a very nice pair. Inv. 3507
This is the neatest little tin lamp, typically called a petticoat lamp, but with important features not normally found on these lighting pieces. It has an applied brass tag with the name J. MARTIN, probably the owner. It also has a triple burner and a filler port. These are usually filled with oil by unscrewing the burner. And it has a handle. But really interesting is when you turn it over and find a candle socket inside the skirt, apparently in case of running out of fuel. It is short and squatty and we left it as found with dust and dirt and its wonderful 200 year old naturally acquired patina. It has a very old dent in the font. 4 3/3" t. x 3 1/2" round. We love this little lamp. Inv. 3501
In the mid 1800's goffering irons were also called tally irons and were used by heating the slug on the end of a poker like rod to red hot and inserting it into the iron cylinder, heating it to a controllable temperature. Then ruffles, collars, ribbons, etc. were drawn across the cylinder ironing out wrinkles. Ours is of a petite size we have not seen, standing only 5 1/2" tall and the cylinder is 3 1/2" long by 5/8" in diameter. The poker is 9" long. It has a decorative base so was used in an upscale home. Possibly custom made for a specific task. All iron with a turned wooden handle. Circa 1840-60. Excellent piece. Inv. 3503
Hand made in figured maple wood we offer this round board with a handle. It may be for cutting or used as a bread board and we love the old repair. It has 3 old staples securing what is probably an age crack. Note the oxidation in the wood from the metal, typical of the iron used in the 19th c. Measures 11 5/8" by 11 7/8" round and the handle is 5" long by 1 1/2" wide. The board is 1/2" thick. Inv. 3502
Very possibly Native American is this super maple or birch wood ladle in an unusual shape with its square bowl and 10" long, hooked handle. The bowl measures 3 1/4" w. by 4 1/2" l. The pictures don't do justice to the nice patina and character of this great ladle. Inv. 3506
This 19th c. pine cutlery tray has all the features we want including the heart shaped handle, dovetailed canted corners, square cut nails and a red finish, turning brown with age. It has been well used but cared for and is in good condition. We will note the age crack in the bottom that doesn't seem to be an issue. 13" long by 9 1/2" wide by 4 1/2" tall. A great little primitive. Inv.3504
We love hand forged utility items and were pleased to find 2 unique form food choppers. One is larger than typical at 10 1/2" long including the handle, the blade being 8" long, and 6" tall, the blade being 4 1/2". Inv. 3500 The second chopper is made like a knife and, in fact, could be used as one so it is a dual purpose tool. The blade has a nice design, the wooden handle is nicely lathe turned and secured with a brass ferrule. Measures 12 1/2" long, the blade at 7", and 4 1/2" tall. Inv. 3499 This knife chopper is SOLD. Both of them are very well forged and of desirable forms for collectors seeking the unique.
Price: $74.00 each, one left
This stool must have been made by a cabinet maker judging by the mortised and tenon construction. Both the legs and the stretcher, which is an unusual feature, are done in this manner. Originally painted blue all over, someone at a later time painted the legs mustard color, much of which has flaked off, revealing the original blue. Perhaps the mustard could be scraped off, if desired. Solid condition overall, does have a small repair to the corner of one leg. 19th c. 17" l. by 8" w. by 12" t. Inv. 3477
This listing is for two early wrought iron itemss, one a boot scraper and the other is a sod cutter. It likely would have had a wooden handle, now absent. Both in nice early 19th century condition and surface though the boot scraper has a small piece missing from one foot. Inv. 3470 and Inv. 3472
Price: $65.00 for both
We love the big round shape if these 19th c. gray sunglasses. And the wire stems with remnants of a wool sleeve on them to either prevent their sliding down or irritating one's ears. Unusual pair of glasses.
From our collection is this rare form of sugar nippers, with its jaws uniquely shaped as a heart, and having penny feet mounted to a maple base. The base is carved with the date 1846, the numbers 8 and 4 separated by a heart. On the opposite side the initials A. I. and S.N., again are separated, this time with a symbol in between which indicates a coming together, a union, a wedding. So these nippers were a special present to the newly weds. All of this is surrounded by a decorative saw tooth border. A gift with such significance was most likely used in the main living quarters, maybe on the top of an important sugar chest, to be admired daily by the happy couple. The nicely turned wood handle has small age cracks and a few bore holes. This incredible piece of early folk art will enhance any collection. 13" long overall with the base being 10"l. x 5" w. x 1" thick. Inv. 2074.
This red painted mortar has initials carved into the bottom "N M" and "I D". The mortar is 6" tall by 5" in diameter and has no cracks or chips, just good honest wear where you would expect it. Great piece from our personal collection. Inv. 2051.
Known as herb grinders, they are also referred to as spice grinders. Wallace Nutting in Furniture Treasury called it "a remarkable cast chopping bowl" and George Neumann in Antique Country Furnishings call them "food choppers". All names apply to these scarce and highly sought after kitchen tools and ours is an excellent example. The trough is open on one end for pouring. It measures 15 1/2" long by 4" wide and 4" tall, with the grinding wheel being 7" in diameter. There is an ancient paper remnant on one side with handwriting on it, which is indiscernible. Inv. 3072.
The birds eye grain in the maple of this tray is so beautiful and colorful it makes this tray something special. The arched handle with its serpentine curves and "fan" notch, the canted sides, the ends being arched to match the handle, and the perfectly executed dovetails add an elegant look to a utilitarian piece. Obviously this was made for an upscale household. In an unexpected twist the maker, certainly a fine woodworker, used walnut for the bottom of the tray, and secured the ends to the bottom with screws, all of which are intact. Part of the beauty of this tray is the wear, evidenced inside the box, which is untouched, no messing with its history. In great condition, it does have a hairline crack at each end of the handle but they are tight and pose no threat. This is a wonderful tray. We found it in Maine several years ago. Circa 1840-60. Measures 15" long x 9 1/2" wide by 5 1/2" tall to top of handle. Inv. 3461
Price: $375.00 reduced from $425.00
This is a really nice pine piggin, having iron bands, in very nice condition. It measures 9 1/2" round by 7 1/2" tall (14" tall to top of handle). Inv. 1542
Our hearth kettle stand features a polished steel plate and shaped, curved leg under the handle that terminates into a half dollar size foot. This sets on a wrought iron base having penny feet on two legs all tied together with a 'T' stretcher, the front stretcher being curved. Simple but effective design. The top plate has a cyma shape cutout and the handle has a nice urn shape topped by a lollipop hanging hole. Probably American 19th c. Measures 10" wide by 13" deep by 11 1/2" tall. Inv. 3439
We have this very unusual tin fluid lamp with an 8 inch font, painted green, a round base, oval handle and a socket on the base. The socket may have been for matches and possibly used for a spare candle in case of running out of fuel. Only the font was painted. If you collect early lighting this is a good addition, maybe one of a kind. Stands 9 1/2" tall by 5" in diameter. Inv. 3458
In original green paint, this cutlery tray is in very nice condition. It has canted sides and an unusual one hole "handle", whoever used it must have a strong finger! Measures 15" x 9" x 7" tall. Inv. 3456
This is a uniquely and creatively designed hand wrought iron trivet, made to hang from a trammel or hook, to cook or keep warm. It has a "Dutch girl cap" handle and rams horns on the grate. The iron shows an uneven surface such as would have been achieved with heat and age. Measures 18 1/2" tall by 12" wide by 9" deep. Inv. 3447
We have nine of these old clothes pins made from splitting pegs and then nicely trimmed for hanging clothes on the line. They have strips of tin on one end to prevent further splitting from age. Some of the strips appear to have been cut from old tins. We don't find these much anymore and they are becoming scarce. They are about 6 inches long each (varies). Inv. 3449
Price: $95.00 for all nine pins
Here is a nice homemade 8 drawer cabinet, probably made for parts of some kind. But it has not been roughly used, in fact, it has felt protective pads on the bottom when it was used for display. The drawers have tin bottoms and back and are clean. Pine. Probably dated to first half of the 1900's. Has a nice crested back and can be hung or set for display. Measures 19 1/2" tall by 7" wide by 5" deep. Inv. 3440.
In original soldier blue paint, this carrier has six compartments and was painted all over including the inside and bottom. It was well used so there is wear on it, as expected, but good condition. The blue is better than the pictures show. 17" l. x 14" w. x 5" tall. Inv. 3430
Made of thin leather this little 18th c. box has a beautiful, naturally acquired, dark brown color but has its original lighter color on the bottom and the top edge under the lip of the top, just what we look for when evaluating age. Skin was prepared and then stretched over a wooden post to form the box and lid shapes and then left to dry in the sun. Obviously this type of box would be fragile from 200 years of use but the condition is excellent, although there is a small piece missing from the edge of the lid and a surface defect on the box which does not penetrate through. Possibly Native American or could have been made by a settler but, no matter, it is rare to find one. 4" x 4 1/4" x 3"tall. Inv. 3426
The size of this unique little lantern along with its terrific condition are very appealing to any early lighting collector. Measuring just 6 1/2" to the top of its chimney and the body is only 3" by 3". Appears to be all original but the black paint, which is old, may not be. It can also double as a candle lantern if one runs out of fluid because the oil burner sets in a socket. Just a super and unusual lantern, maybe an early skater's lantern? Inv. 3410
All original and complete is our kerosene lantern, marked "White Star". In good condition, measuring 12" tall (16 1/2" to top of handle) by 6" outside of protective cage.
This pipe box we are offering is walnut and dates to the last part of the 19th c.. Hand made canted box with a tombstone back, having a worn tear drop shaped hanging hole. It must have hung on a wall in the same place for decades in the sun because the varnish finish has turned dark while the side away from the sun exposure is closer to the original walnut color. Made with early, tiny nails. These were also used to hold candles. Measures 13 1/2" t. x 7" w. x 3 3/4" d. This neat box is better than my pictures show. Inv. 3414
There are so many great features about this unusual, small tin lantern, such as the exaggerated protective cage to protect the original glass panes, the crown frame topped by a witches or dunce cap and ring handle. Then there are the scalloped edge around the vent and the removable tin burner which sets in a socket that could be used for a candle, thus providing an option if one were to run out of whale oil. The diminutive size is a bonus, measuring only 11 inches tall and 6 inches wide and deep including the cage. The glass enclosure is 4" tall and 3" square. This is a terrific 19th c. lighting device, better than the pictures show. Inv. 3411
Another really neat antique we are offering is this unusual fruit rake. This would have been used to comb berries from the stalks or reaching apples, pears, etc. at levels just out of arms reach for picking from the tree. Each of the 25 tines is blacksmith forged, ranging in length from 4 inches to 6 inches and arranged in horseshoe fashion, forming a basket. The wooden base is sandwiched by iron plates which secure the tines tightly. Pine. Length is 32 inches, width is 8 inches and it is 7 inches "tall" overall. This rake has a terrific, almost sculptural look, hanging on the wall and would be perfect in a buttery. Inv.
A friend of ours had this super butter print in his kitchen drawer for years and we are pleased to present it now. Scarce because of its half round form, Rare because of its subject, an eagle with 2 stars and a leaf, vibrant figured tiger maple wood including the nicely turned handle, and its patina. Measures 7 inches wide by 3 1/2 inches tall and 4 1/2 inches deep. There are two very old cracks only about 1/8 inches deep, no structural threat whatsoever, mentioned for accuracy. This is a wonderful 19th century addition to any folk art treen collection. Inv. 3399.
Price: $575.00 Best Price
We think this is the best decorated tin flour sifter and it has been in our collection for a long time. Certainly unique with its punched design centered on what appears to be an embellished hex symbol within a circle and bordered with two rings on either side of a ribbon. The punching is masterful and delicate with each hole ever so small, numbering in the hundreds. Very special and artistic. Excellent condition, having the surface one expects in old tin. 5 1/2 inches in diameter by 3 inches deep. 19th c., New England, possibly Pennsylvania. Inv. 1292.
The small size of this sliding lid box is very appealing at 10 1/2" long by 2 1/2" wide and 2 1/4" tall. Also with its warm patina of the oak wood, the oxidation around its wire nails and the very good condition. Perhaps this was made for pencils or maybe small candles but, whatever, this box is great for any early collection. Inv. 3404
A cut above are these sugar nippers in the decorative design and the spring leaf assist, engineered to automatically open which would allow for one handed operation more easily. Larger at 11 inches long and 3 1/2" wide and much heavier they also feature some nice decorative elements as well. Sugar nippers for the "upstairs"! Inv. 1022
In very nice condition is this brown leather wallet with notes in it dated "October the 3rd-1819. Samuel Kelsey his note book Prise 75 cents. Borrowed of Willam Hogg 11 3/4 pound of flower (flour)" and other miscellaneous entries. Wonderful example of an early notebook and billfold. Inv. 1912
From our black powder gun collection is this gorgeous English brass barrel percussion pistol with an underhung spring loaded bayonet. Stamped for Victoria, it has a plain silver square shield inset into the checkered black walnut butt. The belt hook, trigger guard and lock are nickel plated and the cannon form barrel transitions from round to octagon to flared round. The side chamber block is engraved. 3 5/8" barrel, 8 1/2" overall. Stand included. Polished, in excellent condition, possibly a presentation piece and a beautiful example of superb craftsmanship. Inv. 510.
Often wooden wall boxes are referred to as salt boxes and that description seems to fit this rare pewter box, too. It must have belonged to an affluent family. It is beautifully made with a scalloped crest, having a worn hanging hole, molded decorative rings around the box and a thumb lift on the cover. It has two hallmarks on the bottom which are hard to read. It is large, measuring 10 1/4" tall, 7" wide and 6" deep. May be hung or sets on a shelf nicely. 19th c. Inv. 3311.
This is the middle size keg, or "blind pig". Used for hard cider or beer. It has a random cobalt decoration on its nose, various lines, flowers, leaves and feathers on its body and a beautiful flower on its rump. Also decorated with incised lines and a 3 / 2(?) on its nose. It rests on four legs one of which has been repaired and it does have a small chip on the side of the nose and one on the rim of the filler hole on top. There are two glaze pops done when it was fired on one side. Has part of a cork in the spigot hole. Late 19th century. Measures 11 1/2" long by 7 1/2" wide by 9" tall. Inv. 3376. More pictures available.
Price: $215.00 reduced from $295.00
Just in is this great little Windsor stool. The 2" thick slab is oval and the legs have wonderful turnings all combined with a dry attic finish making this a super find. 15" long by 9" wide x 6 1/2" tall. Inv. 3359.
This 19th century pewter inkwell is hallmarked with a crown and initialed S O and has its original porcelain insert. The insert has an ink stain from use. Condition is excellent. It measures 3 1/2" round and 2 1/4" tall. Inv. 944.
We think this little triple banded tin pitcher was used for milk or cream on the table. It is so cute! 6 1/2" tall by 3" diameter by 4" wide handle to spout. Inv.3355.
Featuring twin wheat shocks this unusual and scarce butter stamp is complete with its original wooden box butter mold. The mold is made with brass screws and the stamp has a very nice turned handle. Measures 6 1/4" x 4" x 5 1/4" tall. Inv. 3358.
Signed and dated copper kettles are rare but here is one with the maker's initials KD and, on the handle is punched in script P J 1863, probably the owner. Superb construction with dovetailed tank, domed top with brass knob, goose neck spout with hinged cover, and a gracefully arched handle. Appears to be a very old repair to the spout union with the tank. Fairly large with a 9" diameter tank (13" to tip of spout wide) by 8" tall to knob (10 1/2" top of handle). Inv. 1289
Another recent find is this tin chamberstick with a ring handle and a push up. Nice patina and condition. May have had an early repair. 6 1/2" tall by 7" round. Inv. 3344.
This unique jug was made by Robert and Thomas Swaine, England, in the early 19th century. It is 13" tall by 8" in diameter for a slim look, has an unusual tapered spout, decorative rings on the top and a high arched handle, all of which make for a very appealing piece of stoneware. Has no cracks but has some minor chips on the edge of the handle and the back of the spout along with some scuffs on the bottom. Inv. 3122.
We have two really sweet early tops available, each a little different. The first is a large top from the early to mid 1800's that has seen a lot of use. So much so that it appears to have been re-painted more than once, the last time it was done in light blue and adorned with white hearts and dots. The paint is crusty and has some flaking paint (see picture). Beautifully lathe turned shape and heavy. Measures 11" tall and 6" round. Inv. 1696 Price $85.00 From circa 1920 is a pretty top with the body painted mustard, encircled with red stripes and a green tip. The top is green with mustard stripes. Very good condition. Measures 6 1/2" tall and 3 1/2" round. Inv. 1752. Price $32.00
Price: $85/$32 see above
We just got this rare round 7 tube candle mold. Scarce because it is round with a handle and no base but what really makes it rare is the odd number of tubes. We see one and three tube versions occasionally but 5, 7, 9, and 11 tube are almost never seen and there are fanatical collectors looking for just these molds. Condition is as found, I haven't and won't clean it, and two tubes are slightly askew due to a bend in the handle, and it has a couple minor tweaks at the edge of the top. The top is a "pie crust" design and there are some wick remnants in the holes. The surface is grungy. There is a small hole in the center possibly for a support to hold it upright while cooling or maybe for a hanger. This mold was not a shelf queen, it has been well used and the character of that use is evident. Measures 9" tall and 6 1/2" round. Inv.3333.
Price: $375.00 was $450.00
The history of this little chair would be interesting. We know a child would learn to walk by using this ladder back type of chair as a support by holding onto the legs or back and scooting it across the floor. This scooting would wear down the legs to a flat spot, very charming. But this 19th century oak chair must have had several children using it as seen by the extreme wear especially on the back legs which are worn off nearly half of the depth of the leg. The ends of the arms and stretchers show through. How many baby steps did it take to do that? And it has substantial wear on the front legs, too. The solid wood seat probably replaced the original splint one and it is covered with a faded cotton material over padding. The covering is attached with a mixture of square and round nails. Lots of primitive children's things appeal in this little chair which measures only 19" tall by 13 1/2" wide by 10" deep. Inv. 3324
19th century brass push up candlestick with a finger ring handle and a gadrooned edge pan complete with a brass witch's hat snuffer and a brass scissors snuffer. It has a "wedding ring" and incised decorations on the shaft. The base is heavy for good balance, having an iron secured solid brass mounting post. The candle cup matches the rectangular pan. This is a wonderful early lighting device in great condition. 6 1/2" w. x 5 1/2"d. x 5" t. Inv. 1432.
Price: $107.00 reduced 20%!!
This mirror is from a farm near Plainfield, NH where it is said it hung for 40 years. Wood frame has original gold paint showing chips and old patina. The mirror is heavyweight and the wood back showing circular saw cuts is original and it has an old hanging eye. It is very hard to get good pictures of mirrors but this is a very good primitive example. Measures 9 1/2"t. x 7"w. Inv. 1341.
Presented is a painting of an unidentified clipper ship in storm tossed seas under dark clouds by Davenport listed artist Alfred Gabali, 1886-1963. The following information was with the painting. He was born in Germany, left home at 16 to become a seaman aboard the 4 masted ship "Pamier", eventually enrolled in maritime school where he qualified as a ship's officer. Later he was introduced to Scharns Alquis, an artist who became Gabali's teacher. He fled Germany at the start of WWII to Holland and in 1949 came to America to begin a new life, settling finally in Cape Cod and became a United States citizen in 1955. He was a multiple award winner at Cape Cod Art Association's Galleries show in Hyannis. The painting is from our personal collection, is signed, no date, and in immaculate condition. It measures 35 1/2"w. x 24"t. (sight) and 41 1/2" x 30" overall. This is a strong seascape painting that will enhance any antique collection at a very reasonable price. Inv. 979
Beautifully colored lithograph depicting a lady being doted upon by her handmaidens. It is in a gold painted frame with a reverse painted gold and black glass. 17"w. x 15"t. x 2"d. Inv. 1150.
Expertly turned wooden bottle in excellent condition, having decorative rings, a dry natural surface and a cork bottom. Also has a cork in the top. 19th c. and shows it with its oval shape from age. 13 inches tall and 4 inches in diameter. Inv. 3306.
The glaze on this large redware bowl is outstanding, said to be Tennessee, it has a beautiful coggled edge and two applied handles mounted on a wide rim. It measures a generous 14 inches round by 5 inches deep. Excellent condition overall but does have a hairline crack in the bottom, barely visible in the glaze so doesn't hurt it visually. The bottom of the bowl has mars typical of spoon use and the underside shows smoke residue. One of our favorite redware pieces. Inv. 3304
Expertly carved from a tree branch is this hand with a strap around its thumb from which a soldier or perhaps a Bobbie hangs with his hand up as if signaling. That gesture matches the hand with the same position. Fully detailed in the round. This is a very interesting piece of folk art with a patina that could only have accumulated from decades of exposure. Probably circa 1900 or so. Never had paint and is in very good condition with a couple of slivers missing from his hand and leg but does have a broken foot. 17 inches tall by 3 inches wide and 4 inches deep. Unique piece of folk art. Inv. 3300.
Quill pen weather vanes are not that plentiful anyway and we believe this is a scarce, if not rare, example because it is made of steel rather than gilded copper. This vane was painted, probably upon order by the customer. The incredible surface has a patina only decades of weathering can honestly produce, showing a uniform rust on the metal and remnants of white paint. The feather itself is "swelled", the point is the proper quill tip and it is topped by a pointed finial and mounted on a heavy custom, decoratively hammered, steel stand. The vane measures 36 inches long, 13 inches tall, 2 inches thick and 19 inches tall on the stand. Circa 1880-1910. The A. B. & W. T. Westervelt catalog says these quill vanes were used on newspapers, libraries, banks, schools, colleges, academies, public institutions and they are known to have been used as trade signs on stationery stores. This is an outstanding addition to any serious weather vane collection. Inv. 3296. Plenty of pictures available.
We are offering a large size brass iron with its original trivet and slug making this a rare example of a complete working tool in exceptional condition. The iron has the number 9 on its gate, a wood handle and knob. The trivet is tin with a wood handle. The iron is 7 1/2" l. x 4" w. x 6" t. Overall it is 13 1/2" long. Inv. 3279.
From the same collection as the ladle listed today is this wonderful one piece paddle, again possibly Native American. Beautifully carved, this one is a little larger than other paddles we have had, measuring 5 3/4" wide by 5" d. by 1 1/4" tall at the back. The handle is 5 inches long. It shows an uneven wear to the edge from continued use as can be seen in the pictures. Nice character. Inv. 3272
This ladle is carved from one piece of wood and is possibly Native American. The bowl is thin wall, measures 4 5/8" x 4 7/8" out of round and the handle is 4 1/2" long. Old dry patina and it has 2 small age cracks which were filled a very long time ago and do not distract from the piece at all. The bottom of the bowl has 3 surface cracks which are stable. Wonderful little ladle. Inv. 3271.
Beautiful brass, iron and tin balance beam scale, 18th or early 19th century. Nice small size for display, measuring 25" tall, the beam is 20" long and the pan is 12" in diameter. This scale is made so well that it will hang perfectly balanced, as shown in the pictures, unlike most, which collapse at the slightest breeze. Nice condition although the tin pan has a couple of very small holes and a link on one chain shows deterioration from some rust. None of it detracts from the function or beauty of this great early scale. Inv. 1666. More pictures available.
This unique box has a wonderful image of a fish on one side and the top and a grained paint over the remainder. It appears to be a mustard vinegar application. The interior has a divider with a round hole, for some unknown purpose, the lid slides both ways and the porcelein knob appears to be original. There is wear to the paint in some areas from handling as expected. We love boxes and have a number of them in our collection. It is hard to let any of them go but we only have so much room so this little gem is available. It measures 15 1/2" long by 7 inches wide by 5 inches tall. More pictures are available. Inv. 1538.
I have had several suggestions as to what these eagles purpose was including snow birds, industrial machinery ornaments and architectural elements. Whatever the use they are fabulous bald eagles standing on an orb with a breast shield having an 'N'. They are very heavy castings and have what appears to be original brown paint with white heads. They would be wonderful with museum mounts just for display or even as book-ends, whatever you can imagine. Very reasonably priced. Inv. 3236 and 3237. Measure 9" t. x 8" w. x 5" d.
Price: $85.00 each
From our collection we are offering for the first time this rare, incredible, hand carved eagle master mold, representing true folk art. The eagle form is an early type and the carving includes foliage, perhaps laurel branches. It is similar to a butter mold, and could be used for food impressions, but is much larger and carved in relief. Used as a master mold for making impressions that would then be filled with brass or bronze to produce medallions and plaques. These would have been items used architecturally on buildings, statues, etc. It is a hefty mold, probably 19th century, and measures 9 1/8" x 8 3/4" (irregular due to age shrinkage) x 2" thick, not counting the handle. There is some residue on the handle resembling cement, probably from the mold process. Chisel marks are obvious on the back and sides. Super decorative piece and it stands upright on a simple little stand I made for it. Inv. 1282 Pictures do not do it justice.
Price: $795.00 On Hold
Unusual subjects including fruit, a snake, flowers and two buildings make this a really nice decorative cookie or candy mold. 3 1/2" x 8 3/4" x 1/2". A couple of chips at the bottom. Inv. 3036
We recently found this excellent little walnut hand made mortar. Stands 5 inches tall and 3 inches in diameter. No cracks or chips and has great patina. Inv. 3210
This is a two piece silver plated tea strainer beautifully shaped as a porringer. Unmarked. Plating is a ittle thin on the sides of the bowl, otherwise very good condition. 3" round by 5" long by 1 1/4" tall. Inv. 3217.
19th century ceramic pineapple pudding mold, very heavy and large size. White glaze with a 'No 1' and an '8' mark on the bottom. Has some rim and foot chips but nothing unexpected considering the age and utilitarian use of it. The design is beautiful. The mold measures 8 3/4" l. x 7 1/2" w. x 4 3/4" d. Inv. 130.
Offering the first of two turned round wood boxes with lids from the same collection, both having thin walls. This one has traces of paint decoration, possibly flowers and a beautifully shaped lid. At some point long ago a hole was drilled into the top edge of the bowl and correspondingly into the inside lip of the top. It was said this was done so the box would function as a thread dispenser. 4" diameter x 4 1/2" tall. Inv. 3212
The second wooden box with lid has no decoration but the lid fits over the top of the bowl. Again, a hole was drilled into the lid, presumably to function as a thread dispenser. The hole does not prevent the box from being used for other purposes or just as a decorative item. Has a minor age crack in the lid. 4" diameter by 2 1/4" tall. Inv. 3213
A walnut mortar with great eye appeal, this one has been carved by hand, having a unique artistic and yet naive, primitive flair to it. Wonderful warm patina. Does have a couple of minor age cracks. Something different for a change. 8 1/4" tall by 5 1/2" in diameter. Inv. 3211
Turned from a large piece of walnut this cheese drainer measures 9 1/4" tall by 8 1/2" to 8 3/4" round, slightly oval from age. Has a metal band, a foot and 4 drain holes. Beautiful patina and in great condition, but does have one tight crack and a couple of chips on the foot. Really nice find and a neat addition to your treen collection. Inv. 3215
This hand wrought iron pie crimper, sometimes also called a jagging wheel, is 8 1/2" long with a heavy 2" diameter wheel which measures a full 1/4" thick. The shaft is split on the end and widened to accept the wheel, transitions from square to round, is bulbous in the center and terminates into a ball at the opposite end. Unique. Inv. 1652.
Great wood staved kerosene barrel with a copper spigot, brass cap, and wire bale handle, and having green paint over what appears to be a red wash, with iron bands. Measures 13" tall (add 8" for the handle when up) 13 1/2" diameter base (add 2" for spigot). Has some expected paint loss but in overall very good condition. Looks better than the pictures show. Inv. 3194.
We just acquired this unique tin lamp which can either be placed on a table or hung as a sconce. The fuel is camphene, thus the slightly longer wick tubes (elongated to extend the flame away from the highly volatile camphene in the tank). It has a removable reflector, which is brass. The lid is also brass. It is a very nice size at 10 5/8" tall by 5 5/8" wide and 5" deep. See a similar example in Wallace Nuttings Furniture Treasury 4343-49. This rare tin lighting device will enhance any collection. Inv. 3133.
One of the best little fat lamps we have had is this example with its petite 2" reservoir, two forged iron chain links which were twisted for decoration, and suspended from a spike for attaching to a mantel beam or the wall. An unidentified little bracket on one side of the reservoir may have been for a wick pin. There is even some ancient fat left in it. As found in great surface and condition. Inv. 3190
The turned, angled handle is a wonderful feature of this walnut hand mirror. The 5 inch round mirror has lost some silvering and the rim has two small age cracks but the patina is terrific. The handle and frame are each 6 inches. Very unique mirror. Inv. 3189
Price: $95.00 was $130.00
For our fellow musicians we are offering these sheet music printing plates for the song "MABA WALTZ" composed by Mrs. Laura H. Robinson. They are for the same song. The second plate is labeled with the title. Not dated but probably 19th century. We don't find many music related antiques that are not instruments so these are rare in our experience. They will make a terrific, unique display. Measures 8" x 11". Inv. 3179.
One piece hand carved wooden scoop with a hooked handle resembling an effigy. Not sure of that was the intent but it looks good. Great patina with some expected wear and chips from years of use. 13" long by 5" wide by 2" deep. Inv. 3182
19th century blacksmith made toaster. Made to hold bread slices for toasting in front of a cooking fireplace. It rotates so both sides get done. Has a nice "lollipop" style handle and curled feet. Inv. 3183
This is a large pair of hollow cut silhouettes of the Washingtons in beautiful walnut frames. The frames are one piece, 8 1/2" x 10 1/4", with an oval center having a raised, accent border. There is a gold painted liner and the sight size of the silhouettes is 3 3/4" x 5 1/2". They each have a seal which appears to be an eagle or gull over a signature Peale Museum. This is the seal which a couple of dealers acquired somehow and began creating silhouettes with the seal on them, no doubt to deceive. So these silhouettes are from the 1930's. They are set into these wonderful frames, which have significant value unto themselves. Wonderful condition. Inv. 3171. More pictures available. Many thanks to silhouettes expert and antiques dealer Peggy McClard for this information.
Price: $150.00 for the pair
Super hand carved wooden grain scoop with a unique form handle. Impressive size at 17 1/2" long by 8 1/2" wide and 3 inches deep. Great carving marks and the shape of the handle makes it special. Inv. 3173.
Two sided, hand painted oak wood trade sign saying LOCKED. Has what appears to be its original hanging chain. Good condition with expected wear from use. 16" long by 3" wide by 3/4". Inv. 3178
This hat stretcher is one we have not seen and it is unique piece. It is a brass band in an oval shape and has an "arm" which allows the band to expand and contract to different hat or head sizes from a 6 1/2 to an 8. Unmarked. A must have for hat collectors. Inv. 3163.
This is a very heavy turned mortar with terrific red, black and yellow striped paint. The interior has been carved out. The pestle is not original to it but is a great proportional fit and they work well together. It is large at 8" in diameter and 9" tall. The mortar has a tight crack and chips on the base. Inv. 3160.
This is one of the best pairs of hand made snow shoes in wonderful condition. They have an oval 23 inch long by 13 inch wide shape. The date 1875 is stamped on the front bridge of each shoe. The rawhide lacing is intact and in excellent condition and most of the leather boot harness is there. These are a very nice size for display on a wall. Inv. 768.
Price: $185.00 On Hold
Offering this red ware flower pot. Very nice green color with yellow floral decoration centered between wide stripes. Thick walls and hand formed in an urn shape. Six inches tall and seven inches in diameter. Has a chip on the bottom edge. Inv. 3007.
Possibly used for small candles or spills, this beautiful brass wall box is early Dutch, probably 18th century. It has figural decoration including a pair of lions on either side of a shield and a grazing cow in front of a house and barn. Also present are fruit and flowers. Measures 5 1/2" tall by 7" wide by 3 1/2" deep. Inv. 1506.
This beautifully repousse'd brass spill box shows the image of Charles le Hardy, 1680-1744. His name is shown under the frame. Dutch, probably 18th century. He was born in Guernsey, later becoming a Naval Vice Admiral, a Knight and a Lord Commissioner of the Admiralty, though he never saw a gun fired in action (per internet research). The box shows some very interesting details such as his coat of arms and a small animal suspended on a chain, for some reason, probably a badge of some sort. 7 1/2" tall by 5" wide and 2" deep. Inv. 1593.
19th c. round brass coal bucket with paw feet, lion's head handles and a flame torch finial. Excellent condition with a expected wear from decades of use. The lid has a slight bend. 21 " to the top of the finial, 14" in diameter. Beautiful piece. Inv. 3159
Very early hammered and punched copper pitcher with dovetailed seam and riveted handle. Excellent construction and design. 6 1/2" tall and 3" diameter. Inv. 133
Signed "Albert Pick Co. Inc." this cast iron porringer has a nickel surface and a beautiful pierced handle. Has been used for cooking and is 4 1/2" in diameter. Nice piece. Inv. 2062
These are three early chalk doves on iron mounts from a garden setting. Each one has a different position. One has landed and is perched, another is about to set down and the third is in an approach posture with it's wings spread. They are fully intact with the surfaces showing weathering effects but are very charming. They can be used in a number of artistic designs. Each is life size, about 8 1/2" tall and the widths vary up to 6 inches. The pictures are not the best. I can a difficult time getting nice images but can provide others. Inv. 1747
Price: $120.00 each, firm
This Adams style tin, tole painted coffee urn has a logo from a school and the date, we assume, of 1897. The name of the school is mostly missing possibly from cleaning over the years. The urn is said to have been part of a room scene from the very popular 1957 MGM movie "Raintree County" starring Elizabeth Taylor and was a story from the Civil War era. It has a beautiful patina and has some expected wear areas and a ding or two, shown in the pictures, but no real issue to the great character of the piece. Measures 19" tall and 11" wide at the handles. Inv. 681
Pine drying rack, dovetailed construction, measuring 31 inches long, 15 inches wide and 1 1/4" thick. Can be used standing or could be hung for candles or herbs. Inv. 3123.
This is an outstanding decoy with exceptional carving detail and paint and the condition is excellent. Not sure of the particular type of duck but would guess it is a Pintail. It is 15 inches long. The keel has been removed for display. Inv. 3043.
Offering this terrific crib quilt from our personal collection. This Double Wedding Ring crib quilt is in mint condition and measures 55" long by 39" wide. With 8-9 stitches per inch it was lovingly, superbly and intricately sewn into a beautiful, vibrant work of art, a real find. 19th century. Inv. 1073.
Factory made shoe lasts are everywhere but it is rare to find an early 19th century one that is hand forged by a blacksmith. Used by cobblers to make leather shoes. Measures 8" long by 2 1/2" wide and 15" tall. We don't know when it was paired with the log base. This is a really cool and unique primitive. Inv. 3098
Price: $49.00 was $69.00
Again we have found an antique of a different form, this one a small measure with a unique wooden lap band, secured with nails, at the bottom, and a metal band around the top edge, probably to protect against wear and breakage during lots of use. It is signed on the bottom but I can't make it out, and says LITRE on the side. Great addition to a treen collection. Inv. 3056
Bale handled pantry box with a desirable paper label "SWEET ORANGE SLICES", laps secured with copper nails and it is 9 inches in diameter by 5 inches tall. Very nice condition overall with the lid having lost about half of its lip. but the lid looks and fits well on the box so it is not a major distraction. Inv. 2097
These little candlesticks look so good when used in groupings of small antiques. Inv. 2040. Note: They set perfectly straight. The camera makes them look like they are leaning.
Price: $22.00 each
Here you have a twofer! Two birds on one snow guard. Unusual form which we have not seen before. As found on a wooden stand. Inv. 2048
A folk art masterpiece. Inlays are applied to the surface in a pattern that includes Germanic symbols similar to pinwheels or hexes. The name "Johnathon.Schutt." and date 1878 are inlaid in German silver. The lock esctucheon is German silver and engraved, including the initials JS in script, the latches and bail handle are brass and the wood inlay covers every inch of the top and sides. Really interesting are the two brass framed pictures of young girls. Possibly Johnathon's daughters? Probably lithograph The wood surface has never had any kind of finish applied. Attic dry. The condition is excellent. It has had minor professional reinforcement done to the hinges. At that time it looks like a chain was added to keep the lid from flopping back and damaging the hinges. Probably why the reinforcements.The violin case is a great example of folk art, probably Pennsylvania, and no doubt is one of a kind. More photos available. Inv. 1942
Price: $750.00 On Hold
This serrated blade bread knife would look great with our treen bread plate listed below. Wood handle has the letter V carved on it. Inv. 2054
A great find is this pair of little tin tole painted spice boxes with hinged lids and cone shaped knobs. Early and hand painted, with the paint being in really nice condition, and measuring 3" by 3" by 3 3/8" to top of the knob. Wonderful and cute so we are pricing them as a pair to keep them together. Inv. 2058 &2059.
Price: $45.00 for the pair.
Acquired from a lady who has owned it for some time is this terrific two sided wooden sign with hand made lettering saying "PATTERNS", the letters being silver, the wood backboard is blue and the wooden frame is black. Said to be from the Kansas City garment district circa 1920-30's. Each letter is 6 inches tall and 1 1/4" deep, for a very dramatic effect. The sign is 74 inches long, 14 inches wide and the frame is 3 inches wide. All original, as found and untouched. There is a metal plate on each end where hanging chains were hooked. Condition is very good, with some paint loss on the frame and backboard (the 3rd picture shows the other side. Blue paint loss on half of this side) and some minor chips to a few letters, all visible in the pictures. More pictures are available. This is a wonderful sign from one of the departments within a garment factory and a great addition to any sign collection. Inv. 2046.
We love boxes and a great find is this 19th century black painted, dovetailed tool box. Wrought iron hasp and brass handle are nice features and inside are leather straps to hold tools in place. The hinges are intact and original and the lid is pitched with a neat mortised spine. The hasp and latch have been lowered about 1/2 inch a long time ago. Measures 19 1/2" wide by 10" deep by 11 inches tall. Inv. 2021
Slightly larger than most we've seen is this wonderful balsa wood hat form. Probably was a store display piece mounted on a stand and having a great patina and wear. Measures 9 inches by 8 1/2 inches by 7 inches tall. Inv. 2016
This is an early large tankard at 7 inches tall by 4 inches in diameter. It has a number of touch marks, a beautiful patina and the condition is excellent, with just a small ding on the very edge of the rim. Inv. 1950.
There is a name at the top of the handle of these bellows, hard to make out entirely due to the wear from use but important nonetheless. The blue paint is original and shows the nice wear pattern we love in our 19th century antiques, as does the hanging hole. Non-working because the leather is dry and cracked, expected, but still a wonderful addition to any collection of early hearth tools. Measures 19" long by 9" wide and 4" thick. From a wonderful local collection. Inv. 1969
Hand made copper pots with copper handles showing dovetailed and brass soldered joints, indicating the best type of construction. The large one is 11 inches in diameter and 7 inches deep. The handle measures 13 inches long. Inv. 1612 $98.00 The medium size pot is 9 1/2" in diameter, 5 1/2" deep and the handle is 11 1/2" long. Inv. 1611 $89.00 Actually cooking in old pots is not recommended and done at your own risk.
Price: See listing
This beautiful green glass wine jug is wrapped in rye straw and measures 18 inches tall and 13 inches in diameter. From our personal collection. Inv. 611.
This terrific sage green painted apothecary was originally used as a small parts chest. It has eight drawers with dividers of various sizes, which could be easily removed if desired, and the drawers also have brass knobs and label pockets. It is a nice usable size at 27"l. x 12"t. x 12"d. which would fit nicely on a counter top. Inv. 1940
These are two Staffordshire dogs with birds in their mouths, only about 4 inches wide and tall. Marked 'English'. Excellent condition (one may have had a bird glued back on). Inv. 1384.
Price: $125.00 for the pair.
19th century brass eagle door knocker complete with its original mounting screws. The beautiful design even incorporates a banner for name engraving if desired. Excellent condition and a very nice size at 9" tall by 5" wide. Inv. 1278
This is a beautiful oil on canvas portrait of a barrister. It is all original with no apparent damage and in excellent condition, although there is crackle on the surface, typical of old oil paintings. It can be seen in the pictures. It has the unusual feature of his family crest being applied to the painting, having been hand painted on what appears to be deerskin. It is shown in photo #3. These pictures were taken in natural daylight to get the best images possible. Unsigned. Sight measurement is 24 1/2" w. x 29 1/2"t. and frame measures 30 1/2" w. x 35 1/2"t. The frame is vintage and is not original. We have more photos available. Inv. 515
Probably custom made for his own use is this device for ice fishing made by Earl H. Austin, Kanona N.Y. It is set up by sticking the sharp spike in the base and sharp steel legs into the ice. The spool holds old fishing line with a small treble hook which is run over the wire hook in the arm and down into the water. The "arm" is slotted which allows it to flip up when a fish is on the line, signaling the fisherman that he has a bite. All hand made, it is true folk art. Hard to date, probably 1930-50. Inv. 1864.
Price: $69.00 Reduced from $79.00!
This is a very early hand made yarn winder. The shaft is carved and mortised through the ends which are secured by square cut nails. Walnut. 18 inches long by 16 inches wide. Inv. 1837
A recent find, this painting of a stone, thatch roof house, people and a dog in a beautiful pastoral setting, just pops with wonderful vibrant colors. Unsigned, the artist displays excellent technique with composition, depth and details, especially in the blending of the sunrise with the blue sky. And he/she skillfully executed the intricate lines of the stone and the individual leaves and created a tranquil, pleasant scene. The stretchers indicate it to be 19th century, though the frame is a little later. It has had cleaning and conservation. Measures 18 1/2"t. x 22 1/2"w., the sight size is 16"t. x 20"w. Inv. 1598.
Early tin match box with old white paint. Wall hanger, the lid is hinged with wire and the back corners are secured with wire. Both are old repairs. It has a punched striker on the front. 4" x 2 1/2" x 3" to top of the scrolled hanger. Neat little box. Inv. 1839
This ten inch long early powder horn has a wooden plug with the initials NAV written on it and a brass measuring filler. Minor insect damage. Great display piece. Inv. 1834.
Here are three forged iron keys, each about six inches long. Original surface. Inv. 1845, 1846, 1847.
Price: $18.00 each or $50.00 for the set of three
Here is a blue painted cabinet, probably intended for use in a bathroom, and has a towel bar. Drawer has a lock. As found.Measures 24"t. x 13 1/2"w. x 4 1/2"d. Inv. 1557
Someone had some tough nuts to crack, apparently, judging by the sophisticated design of this nutcracker, requiring two hands to accomplish the feat. Hand forged, brown paint and mounted on a walnut base. ""NUT CRACKER" painted on the frame (easily removed), probably by a museum. Very unique piece. 25'l. x 8"w. x 10"t. Inv. 1716.
Price: $77.00 was $110.00
This wonderful wrought iron trivet is 8" in diameter, with a 6" lathe turned wood handle, and stands on 4" legs with curled feet. Inv. 1607.
Pewter salt box engraved with initials CJC and 1839. Very small, measuring only 4 1/4"t. x 3"w. x 2 1/2"d. Nice patina and condition, has a small scratch and a pin is missing from one side of the hinge. Unique and decorative piece. Inv. 1643.
Tiger maple wood makes this butter paddle very special. The stripes are vibrant and the color is rich. It does have a burn mark on the bottom but not a detriment to its beauty. Inv. 1610.
A super little brass sewing bird on a brass clamp featuring a heart in the center of the set screw. Bird measures 3 1/2" long by 1 1/2" wide. Inv. 1232.
Dovetailed sides and bottom define this terrific sauce pan as early 19th century and it is enhanced with a forged iron 10" long handle terminating in a heart shaped end and fastened with rivets. It is 8 inches in diameter and 3 1/2 Inches deep. Great early pan. Inv. 838.
Cast and spun brass jelly kettle with a forged iron handle attached with heart shaped ends using copper rivets. The strap handle tapers from a 1 1/8" width at the arch to 5/8" just above the heart for a decorative effect. This is a heavy duty hearth cooking kettle measuring 12" in diameter, 7" deep and 14 1/2" to the top of the handle and it weighs nearly 11 pounds. This is a great find and a wonderful addition to any collection. Inv. 1591.
Rare glass cutting tool for cutting circles and scrolls. Wood knobs and base. Unmarked. 12 inches long. This is a really neat little tool. Inv. 95.
Price: 69.00 Free shipping!
Early brass sad iron with a wood handle. Heating slug is absent. Original patina. Inv. 1293.
This brown glazed 2 gallon crock water cooler has never been used. It has a rare ceramic spigot, rare because they are nearly always broken and replaced with metal. The tape on the spigot is original and was intact until someone messed with it and it tore. English, late 19th century. Mint. Inv. 639
Beautiful wall clock with a hand painted dial, brass hands, weight, chains and pendulum window. The pendulum is internal and accessed by removing the key which allows the panel to be removed. Oak, 18th or early 19th century, with brass works. Refer to Wallace Nutting's "Furniture Treasury item #3551" for a similar example. Original brass repousse finials are with it but we have it displayed with replacement urn shaped brass finials. We have had the clock running and it kept good time however we have not had it checked by a clock service person. It is offered without warranty but our return policy always applies. It is a very nice addition to early collections. We have a near identical clock in ours. Inv. 809.
Price: $1395.00 Originally $2295.00
This guy is in first paint of brown and tan and measures 10 1/2 inches. He is in very good condition with some expected chips and minor imperfections. Inv. 1519.
Price: $99.00 was $145.00
Beautifully designed and repousse decorated little tea caddy. Oval shaped and only 4 1/2"t. x 3 1/2"w. x 2 1/4"d. Excellent condition. Circa 1850, Dutch. Inv. 1510.
Price: 165.00 FREE shipping!
This spill holder has beautiful repousse decoration featuring a six pointed star on an arched top. Made to set or hang. Circa 1850. 10"t. x 3 1/4"w. x 2 1/4"d. Inv. 1509.
Price: $95.00 FREE shipping!
A beautiful marquetry sewing box having a mother of pearl escutcheon and a MOP inlay on the top saying "J.L.T. Causewayside Public School 28th Febry 1879". The extensive inlay is exquisite and in wonderful condition. Inside is a compartmented tray covered in red or magenta silk and the underside of the lid is tufted upholstered in the same silk. The covering in the box is missing. English (but listed in Americana anyway). It is a beautiful decorative item, comfortable in any setting. Inv. 1178. More photos available.
Price: $225.00 Free shipping!
Thoroughbred Trotter & Sulky Hooked Rug. Circa 1880-1900, Sunbury, Ohio origin. The rug is wool, is hooked on Monk cloth and measures approximately 4 feet by 7 feet. Medium sage green/ light blue mottled background bordered by dark green and gray, which allows the bay brown horse, red sulky and the jockey in blue and gray silks to provide a stunning scene with their vibrant colors. It is even more striking as the rug artist designed the scene without further embellishments which often diminish the powerful effect of the presentation. The rug is spectacular when hung when it takes on even a stronger dimension and depth. This rug is an outstanding example of great style and quality of hooking, and is unique in its subject and size. We fabricated a 4 part frame and Velcro for easy mounting, hanging and moving. The rug is in very nice condition. It has a small hole and minor edge wear in a couple of places and slight surface wear in two small areas. Inv. 1119. More photos available
These are models of a human eye and ear which were used to train medical students. German, circa 1860. The eye disassembles to show the internal workings and the ear has removable parts. They are hand made of papier mache, wood and glass and set on their original wood bases. Good condition, with expected minor imperfections. These are hard find and may be considered rare. Inv. 1100 Reduced from $635.00. More photos available. EYE MODEL SOLD.
This kit consists of a brass microscope, a brass stand to hold an adjustable arm with a magnifying glass on it and a lens cover. All are housed in a slide lid box. These were used for work outside the lab in the field. Not originally a part of the kit but included is a brass microscope, missing its mirror, of about the same era, circa 1900. These are great little decorative items. Inv. 854.
Price: $225.00 reduced from $295.00!
Artist's model, 16 inches tall, pine with cherry stain, hand carved. Probably French. Excellent carving detail and condition. More pictures available. Inv. 1412
Price: $650.00 reduced from $875.00!
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