Welcome to Forget-Me-Not Antiques. I have been actively involved with antiques for more than 45 years and a licensed dealer since 1985. When I retired in 2008 my wife and I moved from VT to MI to be closer to family. We live in a Victorian home where I also have my antiques shop. We offer primarily Americana, in natural surface and original or early paint, from the late 17th to the late 19th century. Our items include treen, early lighting, hearth iron, pewter, small pieces of furniture, pottery, stoneware and folk art. I also have a Facebook page, Forget-Me-Not Antiques, where I feature selected items. I accept personal checks, money orders, major credit cards and PayPal (email@example.com). I offer layaway to help with your purchases. MI residents add 6% sales tax. All items are guaranteed as described. I will happily accept the return of any item within 3 days of receipt for a full refund less return shipping and insurance unless I have unintentionally misrepresented the item, in which case I will pay return shipping. Please notify me of your intention to return an item. USPS Priority mail postage and insurance will be added to the price of each item. I will update my offerings often so please check back frequently. LAYAWAY AVAILABLE, PLEASE INQUIRE. Thank you for shopping. Ron
Grissets were used in the 18th century and earlier to catch the grease drippings from meat roasting on a grill over a hearth fire. The grease then would be used to burn in various fat lamps. Grissets like this one were also used to melt tallow (fat) over a hearth fire. Peeled reeds would then be dipped into the melted tallow to make the rush that was burned in rush lighting devices.This wrought iron grisset has a diamond shaped grease pan with riveted and hammer welded handle. It is 17 1/4” long and the pan is 103/4 x 4 x 2” deep. This is only the 3rd grisset that I have owned, all of different forms. This grisset dates from early to mid-18th century and is in very good condition. More photos are available.
American cheesebox style Rev. War period canteen. Hard to find smaller size, only 5 1/2 x 1 7/8” wide and with original dark red paint. It is of New England origin and in very good condition with a minor 1/8” chip hole near edge and slight shrinkage separation around the edges. This early canteen has the original wire strap guides. 18th to early 19th century.
Price: SOLD Thank you!
This is a wonderful Pennsylvania tin spice box that is complete with the original round punched tin grater. The tin box has a punched design on top, typical of PA German/Dutch work, and measures 6 1/8 x 3 3/4 x 3 1/4’ tall. The box stands on 4 tin loop feet and it is divided inside into 4 compartments with center well for the grater. These spice boxes are not common and this one is in excellent used condition. Ex. Jerry Stone collection, Rochester, NY.
Wonderful wooden barn lantern of MA origin. The best untouched surface and with all original glass panes. One pane has a small corner crack as shown in the photo. It has snipe hinges on the door and wooden pegs through the posts (one was replaced with a square nail). This lantern dates to c.1760-1780. Size is a little larger than usually seen being 6” square (6 1/2” base board) x 14” hanging height and 11 1/2” to the top of the tin smoke bell. One of the best wooden barn lanterns I have owned.
Price: SOLD Thank you!
Trammel light with single candle cup and drip pan. The candle cup is tabbed through the wax drip pan. This wonderful lighting device is all original and is American. It is 30” long unextended and 61 1/2” fully extended. Great untouched surface and no issues. 18th century.
This is a wrought iron chandelier candle snuffer, American and of New England origin. It is 24” long. It resembles a loom candle light but is more delicately made. It has no issues and dates to the late 18th to early 19th century. Came out of an old collection in MA.
Treen plate, pine, stains from use, great lathe turning grooves, rimmed, and footed, great shrinkage, 7 1/2-7 3/4 x 1/2” tall, no issues, 18th c.
A wonderful slide lid seed box in original green paint, possibly Shaker made. The box has 6 compartments. It is larger than the typical table spice box, being 12 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 3” deep. It was constructed with beautiful dovetails. There are relatively minor sliver losses on both sides of the lid as shown in the last photo. This very scarce seed box dates to about 1850-1875. More photos are available.
Price: 425.00 SALE PRICE $325
Not too common to find is this redware porringer with wonderful manganese slip decoration. It is of MA origin and is 4 7/8” diameter x 3 7/8” tall. There are a few very tiny glaze flakes on rim plus a 1/4” shallow chip on rim, not at all uncommon to find on early redware. It is a unusual form. c.1780-1820.
Cutlery box or tote with very fine dovetailed construction. The box is in its original red paint on the inside inside with black paint on the outside. There is a red diamond design on all 4 sides. The dimensions are 14 1/2 x 11 x 6 1/4” tall at the handle. There is an early repair to a crack in bottom and a very tight crack on one side of the center divider. c.1780-1820.
This very small or miniature copper tea kettle has dovetailed construction and is in original condition with the best untouched natural patina. It is only 6 1/4” to the top of the handle. There are no issues. Early 19th century.
I love the look of this late 18th or early 19th century small mirror. It has original paint in a black and red design. The frame is chamfered and is 5 7/8 x 8 3/8 x 3/4” thick. The mirror is original or a 19th century replacement. The eye hook is original. The mirror has a very folky look to it. Late 18th or early 19th century and in very good condition.
Price: SOLD Thank you!
This is a wonderful child’s double sided slate in original gray paint. The slate is 7 3/4 x 5 3/4 outside dimensions. There are no issues and the slate dates to the 19th century. Hard to find smaller size.
Very hard to find pair of hog scraper candlesticks with original or early red paint. Both tabs are marked Shaw. They are 7 1/4” tall. There is a slight variation in the shaft collar but are identical in other respects and are a pair. Hard to find and early 19th century.
Price: SOLD Thank you!
This early pantry box has thick walls and is in its original green paint. It has a very dry surface and the paint is worn as it should be. Someone put a small hole in lid, likely for a specific purpose, perhaps to make it a string container. The box dates from the early 19th century and is 5 3/4 x 3 3/8” tall. Smaller size but tall gives it a great presence.
Wonderful early pantry box with its original blue milk paint. The paint has good oxidation. Blue paint was a hard color to develop and wasn't used until early in the 19th century. The blue color would oxidize over time to a more black color as the paint on this pantry box has. The box was constructed using copper nails in the band laps and 4 square iron nails in lid band plus wooden pegs in the lid and base. The box is 6 1/2 x 2 3/4” tall. No issues, Early 19th century.
Very good early pantry box with original red paint that shows great wear from use. The box is 7 1/2 x 3 1/2”, thick walled with square nails and pegs. Early to mid-19th century.
I believe this early beehive form bowl was used as an eating bowl. The wood is southern hard pine. It originally has a red wash on the outside but most of the paint has worn away leaving a nearly natural look. The bowl is only 7 1/4 - 7 1/2 x 2 1/4 - 2 1/2” tall, a typical size for 18th c. eating bowls. There are no issues and it has good wear with a wonderful patina. This bowl dates to late 17th to early 18th c.1680-1740.
Wonderful smaller size bowl with original plum color paint. This is the only bowl I have owned with this color paint and it is wonderful. In addition to the rare color, this bowl is only 8 1/4-8 7/8 x 2 1/4, a hard to find small size. It is a hard wood, possibly maple, and here are no issues with it save for a small area where something took some paint off (see 3rd photo). 19th century.
I love the shape of this wall box with its tall lollipop shaped back board. The wood is pine and the box was constructed using square nails. It is 12 1/4" wide x 7 1/2" wide x 5” deep. American white pine in a dry natural surface and in ex. condition. Mid-19th c.
18th century iron wedding band hog scraper candlesticks are quite rare compared to ones with a brass wedding band. The candlestick is 7 3/4” tall and has a signed tab and its original chair hook. Wonderful original naturally oxidized surface.There are no restorations and no issues. 18th c., American.
Offered is a very rare brass Dutch or English mid-drip candlestick. This form of candlestick was used in the 17th and up to the mid-18th century. It is 7 1/2” tall. Excellent all original condition. I love the form of this candlestick, a little less formal than most, it would fit nicely into a country primitive setting. C. 1680 - 1750.
Offered are three different style tin cheese drainers, all of PA origin. All three have feet and handles. No. 1 is 5 3/8” diameter x 4 1/2” tall; No. 2 is 5 3/8 x 4 1/2" tall; No. 3 is 4 1/2 x 4 1/4" tall. All are in very good condition with minor scrapes or dents from use. 19th century and PA origin. Priced individually or as a group below.
Price: No. 1 $150; No. 2 $150; No. 3 $125. All 3 $350 with free shipping.
This is a very folky Maine document box with original very dry black paint on a salmon base. It is typical of Maine painted items. The box is 16 3/4 x 11 1/2 x 7 1/2" deep. It has dovetails and square nail construction. It looks like a small 1” strip across the back broke off in the 19th century and was re-attached by gluing. It is barely noticeable on the outside. The carrying or lifting handles are original. There is a slot for a divider (long missing) inside. This great Maine document box dates from early to mid-19th century.
Tin items of all types were made in the 19th century to honor 10 year wedding anniversaries. This American tin candlestick, with its sand weighted conical base, twisted shaft and drip pan, is a typical example. The candlestick is 9 1/2” tall and is in very good condition. It dates from the mid-19th century.
One of the best early to mid-19th century footed bowls in original dry mustard paint. It is a larger size, 16"-17” in diameter, and deeper than most at 5 1/2”. There are no issues with the bowl which is unusual for a bowl of this size. The wood is southern yellow pine making it heavy for its size. The surface is dry but there is a very slight sheen due to the nature of the thicker milk paint and from years of handling. I tried to photograph it as close as possible to true. The first photo is very close to how it looks in person. Early to mid-19th century.
Very scarce PA walnut 18th century divided salt box. Constructed with early square nails and wonderful dovetails. It has a great untouched natural surface. The box is 12 1/2” wide x 10” back height and 8” box height x 7 1/4 deep. Condition is good for an early salt box but there is a small 1 1/4 x 1/4” piece missing from lower left front corner and some minor losses to bottom back board from salt. The damage from salt on this box is minor compared to most I have owned. A very good survivor. Smitty Axtel collection, NY.
This early New England picture frame has bands of light and dark reddish paint with black lines. The inside measurements are 10" x 14" (9 3/8" x 13 1/2" sight). The condition is good and it dates to early 19th century. Obtained from the Gellette family auction, Utica, NY.
Early Paul Revere form tin barn lantern. The lantern has a 16” hanging height x 5 1/2” diameter base. Wonderful untouched surface with a few minor dents from use. It has a cleated through candle cup which is indicative of 18th to early 19th c. lanterns. The lantern is complete with no broken solder joints. 18th to early 19th century.
Very good tin Ipswich Betty lamp stand and Betty lamp. The stand is 6 12” tall and the lamp is 6 1/2” tall. It doesn't have a wick pick but may not have had one originally since there is no hanger for one to hang from. The top of the stand is oval shaped the same as the Betty lamp indicating they were made to go together. Early to mid-19th century. The condition of both pieces is very good with no issues. These stands are unique to Ipswich, MA. These early stands are not too common.
Wonderful American New England folk art sailor carved from walnut wood with great detail and painted in red, blue, white, and black. The figure is 5 1/2” tall. The front half of both feet have been glued to the back part and may be the way they were originally made or they may have broken and is an early repair. There is a tiny bit missing from his nose but has since worn smooth giving him a pug-nosed appearance. 19th century. More photos are available.
I love the shape of this pine wood wall box with its tall tombstone back and canted compartment. The box is a generous 14 3/4" tall x 11 1/4" wide x 7" top and 5 1/2" bottom depth (from wall) of box. It has original light mustard/tan colored paint and was constructed with early square nails. Mid-19th century.
A wonderful matched pair of 19th century apothecary jars with tin lids. The jars were blown molded into a mold with a flat bottom. The glass is wavy with the expected distortions and wriggles. The mouths are ground slightly to flatten and have tiny nicks on the inside edges from use but nothing sharp that would cut. The jars are 7 1/2" tall with a 4" top diameter and a 5 1/2" bottom diameter. The tin lids look like they were japanned originally but it has largely worn away. Sold by the pair or individually.
Price: $125 each or both for $225 plus shipping
Very hard to find small punched tin double bullseye lantern with a rare attached chimney. The larger bullseye is is etched. The etching appears to have been intentionally done when it was made as there are no indications that the glass has been removed and the nature of the etching indicates that it was done chemically. The smaller bullseye is clear. The lantern is all original and there is no candle socket as it used a sit-in candle holder. The lantern is American and has its original black paint. The lantern is 12” tall x 5 1/4” diameter and is in excellent condition and the door works as it should. Early 19th century. More photos are available that show interior and base. A rare find in early lighting.
This early 4 finger pantry box has a Shaker style but it is made of oak or ash for the sides and pine for the top and bottom. While the fingers resemble those on Shaker pantry boxes, Shaker boxes typically have maple for the sides and pine for the top and bottom boards. The pantry box is 8 1/2” diameter x 4” tall. The tips of fingers are fastened with copper nails and hand forged wide iron staple-like fasteners to prevent splitting. This is the first example I have found with this type of fastener for the finger tips. 18th century.
Half-round butter prints are very hard to find. This one, a Pennsylvania half-round wheat design butter print, is 7” wide x 4 1/2” tall. It has very deep carving and there are square nails holding handle. The wood I believe is walnut. The patina is great, the brown is from use I believe rather than a stain. 18th or very early 19th century.
This is a late 18th or early 19th century American tin Lantern with 3 glass panes (one cracked) and a tin sliding door. It has tin cross pieces to protect glass. One of the soldered ends of the cross pieces has come loose from the lantern but is still very solid. The carrying handle is soldered to top of the lantern. It is 17” to the top of the handle x 6" x 5 1/2" wide. A most unusual feature is the wooden base that the candle socket is fastened to and that sits on tin base. C.1780-1820.
A very stunning piece of New England, Massachusetts, redware. This handled jug has the best reddish brown glaze decorated with splotches of manganese. It has 2 quite small base chips and a small glaze hole from the making. The color is just great on this jug. I took these photos outside in the sun to better show the colors. More photos are available. The jug is 8 1/2” tall with a 6 1/4” diameter base, c.1830. Redware pieces like this jug just don't come around very often. This one came out of a very good Utica, NY collection.
This PA tin cheese drainer is in the shape of a cup, a shape that I have not seen before. It is 4 1/2” in diameter x 3” tall. The condition is very good with a great untouched surface. Mid-19th century.
A great example of a PA redware plate with yellow slip designs and a coggled edge. The slip is in very good condition with little wear. There are 2 small 1/2” chips on rim that for some unknown reason someone had repaired. The bottom side is blackened from hearth oven use. It is 9 7/8” in diameter x 1 1/2” high and dates to the mid-19th century.
This is a wonderful early tin sconce with tole painted designs on it. The designs are hand painted in red and yellow floral designs. It has a cleated through candle cup and a great round top with a pie crust crimped edge. The sconce is in very good condition with just expected wear and slight burning of the lower design from lite candles. It is 13 1/2” tall x 3 3/8” wide and dates to early 19th century, c. 1800-1840.
Very good example of a miner's lamp, also known as a lenticular lamp, with a circular 4 3/4" font supported by a heavy trunnion mount attached to a 13 3/4” wrought iron hanging hook by means of a swivel joint. The overall height is 22 3/4”. It is embellished with an iron rooster. The lighting device is not signed and is American or French, early to mid-19th century. Not too common today.
Spices were commonly used at mealtime to add flavor to cooked foods. This small maple wood lidded spice box was lathe turned and has the best patina and natural surface and there are no condition issues. It is 2 3/4” in diameter x 2 1/4” tall. This piece may possibly be Peaseware made in Ohio in the mid-19th century although the finials on Peaseware covered containers were typically acorn shaped rather than button shaped as this one is. Early to mid-18th century.
A not too common triangular folding tin lantern with mica windows. The lantern is 7 1/2” tall x 3 3/4” sides. The mica is in good condition which in itself is unusual. It has its original hanging chain and the original looped wire for a candle holder. The looped wire has tabs that pinch together to open loop for candle placement. This early lighting device dates from the mid-19th century.
This small tin candle lantern dates from the late 19th to early 20th century. It has its original red paint and the 3 glass panes are original. It has a tin door and a flattened loop handle. The lantern is 9” tall x 4 ¼” wide. Quality made by a skilled tinsmith.
An unusual and wonderful form, this early nutmeg grater is maple with a tin grater. The side edge pieces are attached with tiny early nails. The grater is 10” x 3” wide and dates from the 18th to early 19th century. The is an old split at the top of the handle. Rare form.
This is a large juggling pin with original patriotic paint colors. It has a great folky look to it with its red, blue, and white paint with natural wood between bands. The center has been hollowed out to lighten it but it is still pretty hefty. It is a great height, 23 1/2”, for use as in a patriotic display or as an accent piece. It dates to the late 19th or early 20th century.
Very rare tin bird roaster or reflector oven for use on the fireplace hearth. It was made in New England, possibly PA, by a skilled tinsmith in the 18th or early 19th century, c. 1750-1830. The roaster is made to sit on the hearth near a pile of hot coals to roast the birds. It has 6 hooks on which to hang birds, e.g., Quails or Bob Whites, with a drip pan below. There is a large curved handle on back. It is in excellent condition. The size 11” wide x 9” tall x 4” deep. Nearly identical roasters can be seen in Gould's "Early American Wooden Ware, p.46 and in Neumann's "Early American Antique Country Furnishings" p. 188.
Eastern Great Lakes or Iroquois effigy ladle, bird on end carved out from side, original red paint, 10 1/4 x 4 3/4” wide bowl, excellent condition, more photos available, 18th/19th century. This is a very good, authentic Native American effigy ladle.
Pairs of candlesticks are quite rare to find especially wooden examples. This wonderful pair are made of Rosewood and date to c. 1760-1780. The tops of the candle cups have been burned from the candles burning down too low before being extinguished. The form is Queen Anne and they are most likely English. The sticks are 6" tall and have a 3 1/2" diameter base. The cup opening would take up to a 7/8" candle. They both sit very perpendicular. No condition issues other than the mentioned burned candle cups.
The surface of this treen sugar bowl has worn smooth as silk from use at the table. It was turned on an early lathe from a single piece of Walnut, forming a series of concentric rings. The sugar bowl is 5 x 3 1/4" tall. The condition is very good but there are 2 wood filed period crack repairs in the base. The lidded sugar has good shrinkage. The lid fits snuggly on the base. This sugar bowl dates c. 1750-1780.
A Cherry lathe turned and hand planed small bowl that was possibly used to chop herbs. The outside has the best hand planed surface. The bowl is 10 x 10 7/8 x 2 1/4” tall and has a 1" rim and dates to c. 1740-1760. It has a wonderful untouched dry surface and patina. There is no damage.
Price: SOLD Thank you!
Wonderful 18th century English pipe box with the best form, canted on sides and front. Made of mahogany or walnut with a pine back and veneered top front and secured with tiny cut nails. It has its original shellac or varnish finish. Size is 18 1/2” x 7 1/4” wide lid x 5” deep. There is a small splinter off the edge of base in back, and a very small chip repair to front edge near the base. This pipe box dates to c.1780.
A hard to find wooden swing handle bucket with its original red paint. The color is hard to capture in a photo. The first 2 photos are taken without flash and are pretty close to true red color. It never had a lid. The bucket is 11 1/2” in diameter x 7 1/2” tall and has single lapped band. Constructed with early square nails. Button pegs in the handle fastened inside with pegs. There is minor roughness around base from use and shrinkage of the bottom boards has created gaps around the edges. Nice early 19th century item.
Early brass wedding band hog scraper candlestick. The candlestick is 7 1/4” and is unsigned. The wedding band is brass and seamed. Original untouched surface with original bluing on underside of base from heat during forging. The candlestick is all original with no issues. It dates from 18th to early 19th century and most likely American. It never had a chair hook.
This is an early transitional form of Betty lamp from the earlier open pan lamp to an enclosed elongated pan without the metal channel to hold the wick as found in the later Betty lamps. This example has double hangars, 1 twisted and 1 “snake” shaped. This example has extended shape with a hinged lid but no metal wick holder. It is 3” wide x 5 ¼” long and the hanging height is about 12". Quite unusual and dates to the early to mid-18th century.
This tin chamber stick form candle holder is unusual in that it has a saves-all type candle socket. A saves-all is a type of candle socket used in the 18th and early 19th century to hold small candles that have been burned down too short for standard candle sockets. This lighting device has a 7” diameter dish. handled. Early to mid-19th century. No condition issues.
One of the nicest American rush lights I have found recently. It has its original walnut base with a hand wrought iron rush holder and a counterweight arm with a faceted ball that are found on early 18th century rushlights. The rush light is 9 1/2" tall with a 3 1/2 x 3 1/2" base. Wonderful condition.
Early New England lollipop back lidded wall box for storage of candles. Constructed of white pine with both square and T-head nails. The surface is very smooth from 200 years of use. The box measures 11 1/4” to top of lollipop x 5” wide x 4 3/4” deep at lid. It is canted on 3 sides and the lid is hinged with 2 square nails. The box has the best natural patina with no issues. It dates early to mid-19th century.
A rare survivor, this Dutch apothecary jar, dated 1726 or 1746 is 8” tall x 6” diameter opening. The paint colors are yellow, blue, mustard, and white. It is in very good condition with no repairs or restorations and a few very small chips on foot rim. Early Dutch pottery items are very hard to find, especially large pieces that are usually in collections. More photos available.
This small black ash burl bowl is a very rare form. It was hand carved I believe, there are no markings a lathe would leave, and very thin, only about 1/8" thick. It is light as a feather from being so thin and dry. It is a rare small size, only 5 1/4" diameter x 2 1/8" tall, and has the best untouched natural surface patina. The condition is excellent with lots of eyes and no damage. There is a natural hole from a knot in the burl. It is American and possibly Woodlands Native American made. 18th century. I have never owned a burl bowl this thin.
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