Buttonwillow Country Antiques

Michelle Gardner and Judy Lamprinos | Lewisburg, PA or Nassawadox, VA | *Michelle (570) 523-8363 or *Judy (714) 914-3337 | folkartcountry@windstream.net

Dig Antiques is such a wonderful website with great dealers and the owner Tom is just a pleasure! We are honored and thrilled to be a part of the fun and hope you will be able to find a special antique that delights you! Judy and I (Michelle) are joining forces by listing interesting and unique antique offerings from Pennsylvania and Virginia’s Eastern Shore. We are both originally from California and decided to follow our dream of purchasing an old farmhouse where our antique collections would feel right at home.

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Early Redware Decorated Lamp Tidy Rare

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This unusual piece actually started life as a stove foot rest that served another purpose later on functioning as a lamp tidy referenced on page 139, of "Thrown, Fired and Glazed: the Redware Tradition From Pennsylvania and Beyond" by Jennifer Royer, of the "Landis Valley Village and Farm Museum" 2020 book. The middle area exhibits sgraffito decoration along with bold manganese splotches. The taller size is not as common compared to the 3 ½” variety. There is one large chip located at the bottom but is not totally visible from the front. Other chips are present near the top edge but there are no visible cracks to report. This piece should entice both redware and early lighting collectors because you have the best of both worlds found in this great piece! Tidy measures 5” tall, 3 ½” across the top and measures 4 ¼” across the bottom.

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Price: $195.50

2021-Jun-05 10:00am EDT | Tags : Lamp Tidy Redware Early Lighting

Early Portsmouth Betty Whale Oil Lamp

This exciting early lighting vessel dates around the 1840’s to the 1850’s period and has pleasing form given that it possesses its own “tidy”. The lamp is not removable and is part of the stand. Upon opening the lid a woven fabric wick is revealed that helped assist in keeping the flame alive. It rests near the font area and absorbed the whale oil in the reservoir. The hinged lid does not completely close near the front opening but rather raises up about ¼” on the right compared to about 1/8” on the left hand side.

The finial is comprised of three concentric rolled circles joined together that closely mimic finials often found on tin sugar bowls. This piece was fashioned using sheet iron and has a delicious dark surface. There is just a smidge of light surface rust on the top (lid area) and behind it along with several holes located on the bottom. This lamp is in good overall condition and would be a nice compliment to your collection! More pictures just ask!

Lamp stands approximately 7 ½” tall and base measures 6” across and has a 1” secure sidewall.

Price: $249.50

2021-Jun-05 10:00am EDT | Tags : Early Lighting Betty Lamp

Dog Pull Toy Red Platform Sweet

This 1920 to 1930’s adorable dog pull toy is just as sweet as they come and is looking for a loving home! He is stuffed with excelsior and I believe his eyes are plastic but do have a glass appearance. His mouth and nose sport hand stitched features and his studded leather collar (a couple studs went missing) makes him look handsome indeed! He does have some stains located on his left ear and leg as well as sprinkled throughout 10% his body. Tufts of fur are still present on his left ear and on the inside of his paws.

There is an open area located on the left hand side of his tail that reveals exposed excelsior but the rest of his body was not affected. The metal wheels move freely and have vestiges of red paint still present and the same holds true for the platform base and axles. He stands firm on the metal platform and secured by way of a single nail through each paw. There are no holes or ripped areas to report other than on his tail. He would grace any blanket chest in style!

He stands 8 ½” tall and measures 10” from nose to tail. Platform base measures 7 ½” long, measures 4 ¾” (side to side) and wheels stand 2" tall. More pictures available.


2021-Jun-05 10:00am EDT | Tags : Stuffed Dog Pull Toy

Early Mortar and Pestle Oyster Paint

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This piece of treen, c.1820 to 1840 exhibits recessed bands done in triplicate that surround the circumference of the body with double bands that appear on the footed base. The impressive full bodied form denotes a substantial piece that is of the larger variety and quite heavy.

The rich surface has vestiges of oyster paint that may have been removed at one point in comparison to the top edge where the paint is much stronger. Several light scratches appear on the body at random but the good news is this piece is free of any cracks which is a rarity! There are no chips to report and the overall condition is very good considering this piece dates to the first quarter of the 19th century.

The pestle sports a mushroom knob that acts as a double duty feature used for crushing. There are minimal age cracks located on the bottom as well as on the shoulder when the handle terminates.

What a wonderful addition to your collection that will certainly make a grand statement in your home!

Overall height is 11 ½” (including the “resting” pestle), mortar stands just under 8” tall & measures 6” across the top opening. Pestle is 11" tall.


2021-May-29 10:00am EDT | Tags : Mortar Pestle Treenware

Early Sampler dated 1803 Elizabeth Pumfrett

This beautiful English sampler framed under glass is signed and dated with a lot going on! Several of the letters in the alphabet rows are done in triplicate and excite us with various colored silk thread used worked on a linen ground. Elizabeth also decided to honor us with a poem entitled "The Desire", from Thomas Dilworth's schoolbook, “A New Guide to the English Tongue”, first published in 1740. Two folk art opposing dogs seem to draw attention to the title of the poem while double horizontal lines done in a soft buttercup yellow highlight the top and bottom areas. Strawberries nestled amongst leaves connected by vines grace the side borders of the center field area. The bottom of this sampler gives us insight that this is Elizabeth’s first sampler as marked…(the second word at the bottom near the far right is “sampler”. There are some areas with minimal thread loss such as the basket and a couple letters. Light staining in the middle is also present but hard to detect. This unique textile displays well and would grace any wall lending charming results! Sampler is 20 3/4" tall, 14" across and is 1/2" deep. More pictures available!

Price: $265.50

2021-May-29 10:00am EDT | Tags : Sampler Textile

Pennsylvania Dust Pan with Folk Art Flavor Rare

This unique dust pan dates to the last quarter of the 19th century and is in good condition. A classic raised pinwheel design located on the front along with a raised flower motif boldly graces the top front edge. The pinwheel is encapsulated by a raised circle with further diagonal accents located on opposing sides that terminate in the middle location of the pan. Both of the floral and pinwheel design elements sport a different color that suggests a red hue lending importance to these focal points.

Minor surface rust can be found sprinkled at random near the bottom left corner and also near the top underneath the triangle hanger. There are also a couple creases near the bottom edge located directly in the middle.

The wooden handle sports a painted red appearance and was reinforced by way of a nail. The dark patina has aged to perfection lending inconsistencies of lighter silver highlights throughout that appear at random. Pieces such as this one are not commonly found. Perfect set next to an early broom! Dust Pan measures 14” across, measures 15” deep and stands 2 ½” tall.


2021-May-29 10:00am EDT | Tags : Early Tinware Folk Art Pennsylvania tin

Early Scrub Box Hinged Lid Unusual

This very unusual example of a scrub box sporting a hinged lid feature is quite amazing and dates to the1840 to1860 period. The warm patina along with appropriate nail bleed lends early attributes to a rare survivor.

Hand forged nails were used to construct this piece and the form includes a gentle graduation starting from the back and extends to the front by way of a piece of wood that elevates the back. There are some slivers of missing wood, minor chips along with a tight crack on the lid near the front edge (left hand side), that is about 1” in length.

A convenient deep pocket feature inside would have held either pumice or a soap bar. Unique piece that makes for a terrific display! Measures 12” across the front, 7” front to back and is 4” tall (elevated left hand side), 3” tall (right hand side). More pictures available.

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2021-Apr-10 10:00am EDT | Tags : Scrub Box Primitive Kitchen

Gonic Bean Pot with Lid

This glorious redware gonic NH origin bean pot dates from 1850 to 1880 and exhibits orange halo attributes sporting an olive green glaze. There are no cracks to report. However the lid has several chips present.

The applied handle has been professionally restored at one point. Another interesting feature worth mentioning is the introduction of manganese decoration located just under the pronounced molded rim. The inside has “hit and miss” areas where some of the glaze did not adhere. This piece displays well, has a great overall appearance and would be a nice addition to your existing redware collection.

Overall height is 8 ¾” tall including the knob on the lid, measures 4 ¾” across the top and measures a little over 4 ¾” across the bottom.

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Price: $195.50

2021-Apr-10 10:00am EDT | Tags : Redware

Early Paint Decorated Spoon Rack

This superlative spoon rack that dates from the late 18th to early 19th century boasting old triple layers of magnificent paint along with gentle decorative accents is quite unique! The present overall color dates to the mid-19th century and portrays a representation of a squash green with turquoise hues. The floral accents also date to this period.

New England pine may have been the wood of choice revealing T-head nail construction. The delightful curves indicate special form. There is a crack located on the left hand side near the bottom that seems to work its way up toward the top but terminates just below the edge. Some areas of wood loss as well.

At first glance you notice the double hand carved fan design located at the top that renders gorgeous detail. The recessed carved border located in the middle boasts crescent moon corners while the inner plaque holds one lone flower sporting ocher petals dotted with a red center.

The bottom of this piece exhibits a generous sized pocket feature. The wooden spoons we created are included but the mortar and pestles are not. Stunning piece!

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2021-Mar-27 08:00am EDT | Tags : Early Paint Decorated Spoon Holder

Bottle Doll

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This sweet old bottle doll was found in Virginia and measures just about 15" tall and stands on a 3 1/2" bottle base which is covered in black fabric and has a plaid petticoat ruffle along the bottom. Her dress is a brown silk and she has a white pinafore/apron pinned to her front. The head and arms are made of a dark brown stocking type fabric. Arms move up and down slightly. She has a little pinched nose, button eyes, a stitched mouth, and what looks like yarn or thread hair. She is further embellished with little drop earrings. There is a 3 1/2" seam separation to the bottom of her dress as seen in our photo. What a charming girl she is and definitely an old one!

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Price: $165.00

2021-Mar-04 10:00am EST | Tags : Bottle Doll

Strawberry Painting

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Charming old painting on board showing strawberries tumbling out of a box in what looks to be the original gold-colored frame. The painting measures 10 1/2" x 12 1/2" (sight size) and 13 3/4" x 15 3/4" including frame. Initials ISS or JSS are evident on lower left corner but no date is shown. Frame is in good condition with small losses to two of the corners and a bit on lower right side. Painting also in good condition.

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2021-Mar-04 10:00am EST | Tags : Painting

Antique Swedish Cheese Mold With Heart Design

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Hand-carved cheese mold purchased in Sweden in the early l980's. Often made for a future bride by her intended husband. All original dry finish measuring 10" long x 4 1/2" wide x 3 1/4" deep. Sturdy condition with some age and usage wear to end pieces and a small piece of missing wood from the back as seen in photos.

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Price: $125.00

2021-Feb-25 10:00am EST | Tags :

Early Pennsylvania Salamander/Spatula Pair

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These early white-smith fashioned salamanders, (sold as a pair) offer instant late 18th to early 19th century charm to any hearth. Both of these hard to find Pennsylvania origin pieces would have been used as a turner and can also be called spatulas. These whitesmith fashioned spatula’s exhibit a primitive and crudely fashioned look but yet the scalloped edges on the second piece do convey decorative form. Well defined loops are located in the back that act as hangers.

There are areas of surface rust in reference to the spatula with the rectangular bottom located on the edge of the handle (near the top) as well as on the front. The first spatula that sports the scalloped edges does have a slight bend at the bottom that curves toward the back. The surface has dulled to a desirable pewter color over time. However the front of the rectangular shaped turner is a tad more shiny than the other piece.

Both measure 12 1/4" tall.

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Price: $125.50

2021-Jan-29 07:00pm EST | Tags : Hearthware Whitesmith Spatula

Hooked Rug Depicting a Cat

What a wonderful hooked rug dating from the end of the 19th century to around 1920 that depicts a darling white kitty that has anticipated intentions of pouncing on her ball very soon! It seems as though she is looking directly at you with those amazing emerald green eyes and what a cute face she has highlighted with pink ears and nose not to mention her defined black whiskers! The red ball exhibiting black accents sports a soft red hue surrounding this area which is an unusual feature that gains exciting results. The shape of this rug is also unique because it is non conforming.

This hand hooked rug is in good overall condition as the front does not exhibit any holes, rips, stains or odors. The back is finished with a cotton backing that was hand stitched on the ends to secure it to the rug counterpart. This fabric has darkened through time and lends a natural aged appearance. There are a couple of holes near the edges that are limited to this area only. Some of the white thread used for the stitching is visible on the front. This sweet kitty is awaiting your acquaintance!

Rug measures 14 ½” across @ the widest point (bottom).

Price: $110.50

2021-Jan-29 07:00pm EST | Tags : Hooked Rug Textile Cat

Early Pantry Box Marked Peas

This antique pantry box was found in Virginia and was evidently used to store dried peas as the word "peas" is stenciled on the side. All tack construction (no staples) and showing a nice dark, rich patina. The lid had a crack which we have repaired and there is a wedge of missing wood about 1 1/2" long to the right of the repair (see photo #1). These old pantry boxes are getting harder to find at a reasonable price and we are pleased to be able to offer this l9th century piece at an affordable price. Height is about 4 1/2" and diameter is 8 3/4".


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Price: $75.00

2021-Jan-29 07:00pm EST | Tags :

Antique Chocolate Heart Mold

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This antique/primitive flat heart mold is very heavy and in excellent condition. It was purchased several years ago from a large collection of antique heart-related items that were assembled over a period of 20 to 30 years.

As seen in our photos, there are three horizontal rows each containing four separate molds, for a total of twelve individual hearts. The hearts are concave to accommodate the melted chocolate. Each heart has a cross-hatch design which would have added a charming decorative touch to the finished product.

The frame is quite heavy; the back shows the soldering around the individual hearts and the horizontal band reinforcement bars. A sturdy wire is attached across the back for hanging. A small amount of rust due to usage can be seen on the outside rims but is not visible from the front.

The mold is not marked but is quite similar in construction to an early Eppelsheimer soldered and framed flat Indian Head mold as seen in "Chocolate Moulds -- A History & Encyclopedia" by Judene Divonne -- page 48. This beautiful piece measures 14 1/2" wide x 12 1/2" long x 1 1/2" deep.

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Price: 175.00 ~Sale Price $149.00~

2021-Jan-29 07:00pm EST | Tags : Chocolate Mold Heart

Single Valve Four Point Cruise Lamp

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This single valve four point cruise dates from 1770 to 1820 and precedes the invention of the Betty Lamp. The four corner wick channels would accommodate a piece of twisted cotton that would absorb the fuel from the reservoir in order for it to burn. These lighting pieces always came with a wick pick that dangles from a chain to push the wick forward and keep the flame alive.

This simple lamp was hand forged. The top edge has whispers of decoration that simulate a sawtooth pattern which also presents two raised areas defining a reversed “V” design located on all four sides. There is another area near the pin that exhibits a soft design element of diagonal notches implemented by a blacksmith and is limited to the right side only. The opposing left side area may have had this same simple design but factoring in the age and wear, it is no longer visible.

Each of the forged pins were peened to secure the handle to the base. Design features on this type of cruise are not commonly found and may indicate Pennsylvania Dutch flavor. Great condition!

Lamp is 4 1/4" tall, 3 1/4" across middle area, chain & pick 11 1/4" long

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Price: $110.50

2021-Jan-29 07:00pm EST | Tags : Early Lighting Cruise Lamp

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