Trade Sign, Bold Graphics, Flat Gold Lettering Against Black Smaltz, Wood & Tin
Purportedly SoHo, NYC, Circa 1880-1900
Inscribed on the back is, “Country Sign Co”., sheet iron within molded wood frame painted black and gold; excellent condition. (72 by 36”)
Folk Art Painting, Bucolic Scene, Family at Campfire, Castle in Landscape
Anonymous, 19th Century
Seen in the foreground of the mountainous vista is a water-view castle within landscape; a caldron boils over open-fire, mother is seated with baby on her knee, at the fire is another woman, dog and child; a gentleman tends the horse and wagon.
(Frame: 23" x 17.75"; view: 19" x 13.75")
Chair Table in Original Red Paint, Chippendale, Large Top
New England, 18th Century
The four-foot square tip-top with batten ends raised on square legs joined by apron armrest. Great and original red paint. Generous proportions affording comfortable seating. (Height: 28"; top: 48" x 47")”
Cupboard, Canted Step-back, Open Top, Original Surface History
New England, Circa 1800
White Pine; nice small size and great surface - SOLD
The molded open-top above molded-lower case with single plank door on cutout base.
The original salmon paint was long ago overpainted in light gray; now thinned exposing a wonderful surface and pigment. Ex Mason Stewart collection.
(Height: 71.5"; base height: 35.75"; width: 48"; base depth: 16"; shelve depths: 11.75"-10.25")
Cross-Base Candlestand, Circular Top, Turned Pedestal, Shoe Feet
Pennsylvania, Circa 1750
Outstanding proportions and form; the round top attached by rectangular tapered and molded cleat raised on beautiful baluster and ring turned standard resting on lap-joined cross-base featuring cove-molded terminus on pad-feet. Robust color and depth of patina. This fine table in excellent condition stands at 27.5” , diameter of top: 15.75” . Minor wear to feet mentioned for accuracy.
RARE CIVIL WAR COIN SILVER PRESENTATION PITCHER
By Gorham & Company
Presented to Stephen H. Burton from Miles Greenwood, largest producers of canons for warships who sent the two cannons that won the Battle of the Alamo called the twin sisters; Burton would later introduce Abraham Lincoln to the state of Ohio as President and pull him on a carriage with six white horses; nearly four pounds of coin silver featuring an eagle perched on a cannon displaying guns, swords and militaria; also features Tiffany & Company motifs; an important historic rarity of great aesthetic success.
Stephen Burton and Miles Greenwood were long-time business partners; the pitcher was presented December 10, 1864. The specific celebrated occasion is unknown. The jugs patriotic ornamentation hints at honoring Burton's military service or his role in the company's success during the Civil War. It was also in 1864 that Burton became the first mayor of the newly-incorporated Village of Avondale.
A silver presentation piece, circa 1864 in the form of a water pitcher with attached ornaments in the form of an eagle with a shield and American flag over rifles and swords, a shield with a helmet and various weapons including a bow and arrow and swords, and a standing figure of Liberty with the American flag, inscribed Presented to / Stephen H Burton / by / Miles Greenwood / December 10, 1864, marked for Gorham and 490; height 11.5” .
Stephen Henry Burton (1816-1885) was an ironworks owner who settled in Avondale, a prestigious nineteenth century Cincinnati neighborhood. Burton eventually became the first mayor of Avondale and an Ohio state senator; a street and a school were named in his honor. Burton's wife Martha suggested the name Avondale for the village, because a stream behind the Burton home reminded her of the Avon River in England. Prior to coming to Cincinnati, Burton, a native of New York, found himself in Texas during the Texas Revolution in 1835. He and his fellow troops were captured and at first were ordered to death by General Santa Anna. However, a work plan was devised to replace the execution order, and Burton escaped in disguise, returning to his native New York before relocating to Cincinnati in 1844.
In the Queen City he entered an ironworks partnership, first with a Mr. Lockwood, and then with Miles Greenwood (1807-1885), the presenter of this pitcher. Greenwood founded Eagle Ironworks in 1832, which was eventually the largest ironworks in the Midwest. During the Civil War the Ironworks was an important producer of munitions for Union trips, including iron anchors for pontoon bridges, gun-carriages, caissons, cannons, and even turrets for ironclad ships. Southern sympathizers, known as Copperheads, tried to burn down the Eagle Ironworks multiple times during the Civil War.
Miles Greenwood is also known for being a co-inventor of the first practical steam fire engines in the United States during the 1850s. Cincinnati became the first American city to form a professional fire brigade on April 1, 1853, and Greenwood was named the first Fire Chief. Greenwood's Eagle Ironworks manufactured the steam-powered engines which could pump water in just ten minutes, which was much faster than previous engines. Greenwood was motivated to improve firefighting after losing his factory to a fire.
Greenwood presented his long-time business partner with this pitcher on December 10, 1864. Although we do not know the specific occasion for such a gift, its patriotic embellishments hint at honoring Burton's military service or his role in the company's success during the Civil War. It was also in 1864 that Burton became the first mayor of the newly-incorporated Village of Avondale.
Extremely Rare Boys Musket with ORIGINAL BAYONET, Fine Example and Condition
French Model 1777 Style, Could be late as 1800
Unknown Maker, 11-inch pull, made for boy 7 to 11 years old!
These Boys Muskets Are Rare, 99% Are Without Bayonet
Walnut stock, brass trigger guard, pan, barrel bands, buttplate and sideplate; Barrel is bright with dark speckling, lock is tight and smooth.
(Overall L: 43.75”, barrel L: 30.75”)