Condition: Very good, interior partitions are missing, thinning original red paint
Additional Information: Side-by-side chamfered slide lids, each pierced with three
slots for voting chips. The case is joined with finely cut dovetails, full case bottom above
full-length drawer. Retains three original locks. Inscribed on side of drawer in pencil:
“W.H. Brown / Feb. 18, 90” …likely an election monitor as the box style, toolmarks,
construction and tiny finish nails seem earlier.
Material: Mahogany and brass, superb wood, original brass hardware
Condition: Very good
Additional Information: A lovely hexagonal form…hinged lid with molded edges and
brass banding above similarly banded tapered case; plain interior with pierced drain.
The case is fitted to conforming stand raised on flaring tapered legs resting on casters.
Material: Eastern White Pine [pinus strobus] by analysis: Alden Identification Service
Linen, rosehead nails and brass tacks.
Condition: Fine original condition; short shrinkage crack, one wire hinge needs to
be closed which we will do. Wonderful original surface, great patina.
Additional Information: The box is likely cooper made…staves joined to full coverage
carved end panels by beautiful rosehead nails. The half round door is initialed “CC” and
dated “1728”, underside of door initialed “BG” …likely a second owner. Both the
turnbuckle latch and door pull are carved. The drum is upholstered in homespun linen
with edges strengthened and decorated with green twill binding tape secured with brass
tacks. Within the interior was stored the workers various instruments and supplies: pins,
scissors, thread, and bobbins. The pillow was set upon the knees allowing the
lacemaker to work her craft on the padded cylinder. A rare survivor…
The making of bobbin lace required a means of attaching multiple threads; bobbin lace
is made from a number of threads attached by pins to a cushion/pillow, each thread
being wound on a small bobbin. The design is drawn on stiff paper or parchment, which
is carefully stretched over the pillow and pricked out along the main lines. Small pins are
inserted at close intervals, around which the threads turn to form the various meshes
A good image depicting the use of a lace pillow is published within Genevieve Cummins
book, Antique Boxes Inside and Out, Page 304, plate 564. Also, A Diderot Pictorial
Encyclopedia of Trades and Industry, plate 445.
Condition: Excellent, tiny chip to mother-of-pearl
Additional Information: Carved of single piece of wood…the lid inlaid with hearts,
diamonds and mother-of pearl within incised border featuring scratch-carved fan-like
spandrels slides within a half dovetail joint. The sides display sailing ships, one beneath
a moon and stars.
A superbly decorated pine box with hide covering, original lock, and brass hardware.
The interior papered in blue; rosehead nails. Penned within the lid interior: “Grandfather
Louis Noe’s Chest [B.F.U.] Please see bottom”. Written on the base is found: “This
chest I feel certain come along with the Noe’s from France when they accom. [sic]
(Gen.) Marquis de Lafayette to the U.S. of America”.
(Height: 6.5"; width: 14.25"; depth: 7.5")
The interior retains original robins’ egg blue paint; exterior varnish has yellowed,
oxidized to soft apple green, great patina, competent construction…excellent condition.
(Height: 4"; width: 9"; depth: 5")
This casket is mounted with a pair of cast brass crowns which center the wrought iron bail handle. Other
ornament includes oval brass bosses, and hand planished domed tacks. On the front are a pair of brass
fleur-de-lis centering the lock hasp and heart shape escutcheon. All sides are covered in leather; bottom
appears to be covered with ostrich hide affixed with 27 domed brass tacks [may be over original hide];
some of the smallest domed tacks are embossed on edges. The interior is marble papered. Leather hinge
runs the width of trunk; metallic bound wove thread tape binding prevents the lid from falling backward
which partially protected the integrity of hinge. About half of the leather hinge is split, other minor
imperfections are consistent with age and use. When we acquired the box, the lock escutcheon plate was
missing some nails. We have since added period nails. Displays well.
(Height: 5"; width: 10.75"; depth: 7")
Rectangular lid over a conforming case; original brass hardware. Black and red graining
within green borders; bronze powder leaf and floral decoration…the ends display small
shields centered by fanciful flourished. The interior was “tortoise shell” sponged. The
box is clean and displays well; original key; height: 5.75"; width: 12.75"; depth: 8")
The domed pin cushion retains original fabric and linen under upholstery; its edges
secured by conforming bulleted molding. The canted top is banded in cherry; birds eye
maple panels all within cherry banding; edge molding to all corners. Slightly projecting
base: the ring pull is a working period replacement…original piercing is vacant. The
finely wrought clamp with hand cut threads is stored within the fitted base.
(Very good original condition; height: 4.75"; width: 6"; depth: 4.25")
The lift lid inlayed with initials “ED” opens to reveal a quilted silk lining; removeable fitted
tray also with silk lining contains buttons, a slide lid box containing spangles; buttons
and more…of special interest are four wooden spools of Clark threads. (The Clark
Thread Company (thread manufacturers: 1866: Newark, New Jersey, George A. Clark
& Bros. Inc. selling agents: 1897-1917: Newark, New Jersey, USA) Centering eight
molded compartments is a similarly sized domed pincushion covered in velvet. The
removable tray rests on corner blocks atop the deep well.
(Fine condition; 13.75 X 9 5/8 X 7.75”)
Brushed cotton cushion rests with the bolection and ogee shaped rectangular canted
tray and is raised on turned posts atop a similarly shaped box containing a spring-
loaded pin tray. The drawer opens by depressing a tiny spring tab on the reverse.
Threaded clamp bolt features a pierced thumbpiece displaying initials “KC”. Perusing
many sewing/needlework tools books we were unable to locate a similar device.
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