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The Old Curiosity Shop
A Christmas day PRESENTATION

DICKENS, CHARLES. (1812-1870). His book: The Old Curiosity Shop. London. Bradbury and Evans, for Chapman and Hall. 1841. First edition thus. Boldly signed and inscribed on the front title page: “Daniel Maclise / from his friend / Charles Dickens / CHRISTMAS day 1841” Quired in 6s (251 x 167 mm.) Dedication leaf to Samuel Rogers (not called for by Smith, but in vol 1 of Master Humphrey’ s Clock from which this is separately issued). Illustrations in text by George Cattermole and Hablot K. Brown [Phiz]. (An exceptionally bright and fresh copy, with some occasional pale spotting) PRESENTATION binding in full red morocco, gilt-ruled on covers, gilt- lettered and decorated on spine, all edges gilt.

John Forster first introduced Daniel Maclise and Charles Dickens in December of 1836. Forster and Maclise were already great friends and they now introduced the twenty-four-year-old Dickens to an important segment of literary London. Although the young author had produced Sketches by Boz, the first installation of Pickwick Papers was yet to be published. Maclise, who had become an Associate of the Royal Academy in 1835, was the better-known figure. With Dickens' help, he was soon to become notorious. During the forties, Maclise and Dickens were extremely close. [] Dickens' daughter described this friendship at its height: “Maclise, moreover, was very handsome in person, and had a singular fascination and charm of manner, little personal attractions for which my father had invariably an almost boyish enthusiasm, and the charming warmth and geniality of his nature completely won my father's heart.” [K. Perugini, "Charles Dickens as a Lover of Art and Artists," The Magazine of Art, 1903, 127.]

This remarkable book would certainly be a highlight of any serious Dickens collection, and the uniqueness of the association between Dickens and Maclise cannot be over stated.

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Smalls, Sconces, Boxes, Painting, Lighting, 19th Century

Left to right:
Candle Sconces, Pair, Crimped Circular Tops and Pans, Punched Star Decoration
American, Likely New England, Circa 1800-1830

A pair of [rectangular] tin candle sconces, America, early-19th century, tall pierced punch-decorated panels with crimped (folded) edges, crimped crests, and demilune dished pans, each with single candleholder. (Height: 11.25”; width: 4"; depth: 3.5")

Canteen, Cheese Box, Original Blue & Salmon Paint, Initialed W.H., Leather Sling Straps
New England, Circa 1810

In excellent condition featuring oxidized surface, tack and peg construction, intact sling straps. The blue paint complimented by concentric outside rigs of salmon and salmon-red paint. (Diameter: 6.5"; depth: 2.5")

Betty lamp, Ipswich Type, Tin Lamp and Tidy with Wick Pick, Pan Base
Likely Eastern United States, Circa 1800-1830

The tin grease lamp retains wick pick, hanger and wick tube; the sheet iron hinged access lid was cut to create aperture facilitating wick tube; maker created a rolled ornament as seen behind the tube. Lamp rests on crimped shelf raised on tubular post and is received by flared cone within base; tapered carrying handle. Good surface and patina, excellent original condition. The Rushlight Club attributes the origin of a combination tin Betty lamp with matching or fitted tin tidy to the Ipswich area of Massachusetts. See Early Lighting, A Pictorial Guide, The Rushlight Club, 1979, page 43. Figure 4-31. (Stand diameter: 6"; height: 8"; Betty Light: 6.5" x 5" x 3")


Antique Oil Painting, Basket of Strawberries, Original Frame, Signed on Frame (verso)
Painted by Jennie Williamson at the Wilbraham School
Wilbraham, Massachusetts, Late 19th Century
Painted on Windsor and newton artist board

A bright work mounted in original gilt frame. (Frame; 15.5" x 13.5"; view: 9.5" x 7.5")

Lantern, Tin Candle Lantern, Dome Top, Glazed, Ribbed, Pierced & Chisel Cut
New England, Early 19th Century

Demilune back with finely made door surmounted by a tapered and ribbed carrying handle with reinforced rolled edges; above the chimney/vent is a hanging ring with folded edges. The glazed panel lifts to access single candle socket having clinched tabs. (A very small dimple to base under door mentioned for accuracy, truly moot, all else fine; Height: 13.25"; width: 7.25"; depth: 6.5")

Wardrobe Cupboard, Dolls, Original Surface & Brass Pull, Carved Peg Rack
New England, Early 19th Century
White Pine

The slightly projecting chamfered top over a conforming case resting on arched cutout feet; single plank door with carved locking device opens to reveal pegs on rail for hanging clothes. The cupboard likely made for a special girl retains original brass hardware. (Height: 11"; width: 9"; depth: 4")

Trivet, Wrought Iron, Heart Shape, Arched Feet
American or England, Circa 1800
Finely handwrought, rare shoe feet, pierced oval handle terminus, nice patina

(11.25" x 4.75" x 2")

Trivet, Wrought Iron, Triangular, Pad Feet, Arched Handle, Scrolled Terminus
American or English, Circa 1775-1825
Displaying the artistic blacksmiths craft and ability and a great patina

The triangular frame featuring flaring and scrolled finials atop straight legs resting on tiny pad feet; beautifully arched flaring-and-tapering handle with tight tapering scrolled terminus. (12.25" x 6.25" x 3.25")

Washstand, Classical Basin Stand, Original Snappy Paint Decoration, Scrolling New England, Possibly Maine, Circa 1815-1830 Great paint and decoration…height of the fancy period, a tour de force White pine, birch and basswood - SOLD

A Classical Sheraton paint-decorated chamber stand painted yellow and featuring bronze powder stenciled leafage with hand painted veining; other decoration painted by hand including eight-point stars, tendrils, baskets; undulating vines, arrows and fanciful flourishes. The scrolled splashboards above a top with basin cutout, lower shelf above single drawer. The whole raised on lovely turned feet displaying fancy decoration. (Excellent condition; height: 37.25"; bowl height: 30.75"; width: 17.5"; depth: 15.5")


259-43 - SOLD

Kentucky Style Pistol, Silver Mounted Curly maple
Pennsylvania, 19th Century

.36-caliber, 4.875” octagonal barrel pinned to stock; silver ramrod pipe receives wood ramrod with bone tip and silver cap. German silver trigger guard with long tangs; the flat butt inlayed with silver, stock features six pieces of inlayed silver; single lock screw within silver escutcheon. Silver blade front site; “V” notched rear site integral to breech tang. Action is sooth, overall condition is very good.



Weathervane, Fiske, Horse, Sulky & Driver, C. 1865-1870, Untouched Original Condition
Outstanding Surface, 45-Inches, J.W. Fiske, New York, late 19th century
Displaying encyclopedic surface, verdigris and mustard sizing, beautiful patina

Rare large size molded full body featuring copper figures, with cast zinc horse and driver's heads, mounted on a copper rod, with stand.
(Width: 45”, height: 23.75”, depth: 3”)



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