Queen Anne Candlestand with Drawer in Original Red Paint, Tray Top
New England, Likely Connecticut, Circa 1785
Tray top candlestand with one drawer, square top with applied molding, baluster turned standard with wafer, tripod base; cabriole legs ending in slipper feet. (Two-board top with thinning paint, all else fine and original. Height: 28"; top: 20 x 18.25")
Paint Decorated Trunk, Dome Top Box, Original Bright Paint
Worcester County, Massachusetts
Circa 1820 to 1830
This paint decorated neoclassical rarity ornamented with arched feathers, drapery swags with tassels, and a meandering vine highlighted with stylized flowers in shades of yellow and green remains in fine condition.
Dimensions: 12 by 24 by 9.5"
Miniature Portrait Profile, Mourning, Hair Memento
Massachusetts, Circa 1825
Watercolor and pencil, likely original gilt frame
A card on the reverse states: The Prince family of Boston
(4 3/8 by 5 5/8” overall, excellent condition)
Heart-in-Hand, Odd Fellows, Broad Axe, Carved & Painted, Best Dry Surface
Unknown Maker and Lodge, Circa 1880 (Possibly Pennsylvania)
Independent Order of Odd Fellows, hand painted wooden folk art fraternal axe [carved broad axe lodge artifact] having a long curved handle, handle and head are painted black, edge of blade with a band of cream paint accented with red, one side of head has a large yellow hand with a black heart in the center, the opposite side of the head has a gold painted triple link chain, referring to the order's "Triple Links" symbol, alluding to its motto "Friendship, Love and Truth". Minor dings [edge losses] to cutting edge of blade; a 0.25 by 0.75-inch edge loss has been expertly filled and displays an undetectable surface; amazing. (Length: 28.5"; blade width: 9.5": depth: 1" tapering to cutting edge)
Golden Plover Shorebird Decoy in Spring Plumage, Great Original Paint
Nantucket or Possibly Hingham, Massachusetts, Circa 1890
Fat bodied carving with detailed paint patterns, original baleen bill; strong resemblance to Joe Lincoln’s work. (Tiny chip to end of upper-tail, great surface; height on stand: 13.5"; height: 4.25"; length: 10"; width: 3".)
Fire Bucket, Painted Leather, Concord Bank, Concord, New Hampshire, Early 19th Century
Yellow- Painted Bucket with "Concord Bank" Painted on a Red and Black Scroll
Original paint and handle - SOLD
Painting and lettering may have been done by the famous Abbot-Dowling Coach Co., Concord, NH, whose decorator was John Burgum one of the company’s chief ornamental painters.
The accompanying literature prepared by Janet and Dana Ball, Canterbury, NH , states: "This is a Concord, NH fire bucket and came out a home in West Concord. The scrolls are identical to those of other Concord, NH fire buckets held by the New Hampshire Historical Society and may be a distinctive Concord, NH feature. This bucket is identical to two owned by Mr. Lee Ryan of Firehouse Relics, Belmar, NJ, marked "H. Farley, Concord," and "N. Harley, Concord". Henry and Nathan Farley lived in Concord, NH. Both their houses are shown on Main Street on the Concord map of 1827. Henry was a house painter and chairmaker; Nathan was a stonecutter and gravestone maker. Henry died in 1828. Nathan's dates are 1815-1887. Ex Backofen Collection, NH. (Painted on blue sizing, scatted and very minor losses mentioned for accuracy. Height: 13"; diameter: 7.5") References compiled by the Balls’ included)
285-104 - SOLD
Tole Waiter, Large Octagonal Tray, Sheet Iron, Painted, Bronze Powder Stenciling
American, Circa 1835
Single sheet iron tray chamfered rectangular form with raised flaring rolled wire rim; cutout handles. Confidently decorated in bronze powders, browns and gold; floral and leaf motif featuring Finley scratched tendrils; outside of rim features red pinstripe. (30 by 20.5”, very good condition)
Tole Tea Canister, American Painted Tin, Red, Yellow & Green on White Banding
Attributed to the Harvey Filley Tinshop, Philadelphia (active 1818 to 1853)
An oval half-pound canister with scattered losses as shown.
(Height: 4.25"; width: 3.5"; depth: 2.5")
Tole Bread Pan, Apple Dish, American Painted Tinware, Scalloped Sides, Square Bottom
First half of the 19th century
A 19th century American painted tinware bread tray with scalloped sides tapering to square bottom, painted with a wide white band decorated in green, yellow and red with black flourishes; this is against a dark brown ground. (Height: 2.5"; width: 10.5"; depth: 10.65")
Tole Trunk, American Painted Tin Document Box, Hinged Lid, Wire Handle
Likely Connecticut, 19th Century
(Original condition, scattered losses and thinning; height: 6"; width: 9.5"; depth: 5.75")
Tole Syrup Pitcher, American Painted Tin, Red, Yellow & Green Floral Decoration
A good mid-19th century covered cream jug or syrup pitcher having a conical splayed body with hinged lid and applied handle. Expected wear and losses mostly to handle and lid from use. (Height: 4" )
Antique Scarecrow Man’s Head, Felt Hat, Blue Glass Marbles for Eyes, Best Weathered Surface
Found in the Midwest, Ex-Ted and Carol Hayward, Personal Collection, Circa 1900
(Sold with custom fabricated wall-mount bracket; 12.5" x 9" x 4.5")
Needlework, House Sampler, Mary Brown, Pennsylvania, Dated 1812
Silk on linen; 19.75” x 20” framed
Mary was a 10-year-old schoolgirl when she worked this impressive house sampler. She included a large brick center-hall house flanked with paired birds, trees, and various flowering motifs and a verse of encouragement for progressive young ladies that still rings true today. “ Virtue and wit with science join-d/ Refine the manners form the mind/ And when with industry they meet/ The female character’ s complete.”
Unique Needlework Sampler, Mourning, Lucy Maria French, Portsmouth, New Hampshire 1807
A fine and rare silk on linen; 21” x 17” sight
Lucy stitched this unusual stylized sampler while attending Miss Word’ s School in Portsmouth, NH. She included a large urn in the center memorizing Miss Sarah Ann French. She also included two verses and vertical alphabets and angled lettering in her inscription. Also, a basket containing a rose centered by a festoon vine, berries and flowers above a cenotaph memorializing Sarah and Ann French; [d. 1795 and 1802]; the monument flanked by willow trees, all within a neatly wrought border.
Rare Large Indiana Sampler, Jane Mercer, Switzerland County Indiana 1840
Silk on linen; 22” x 19 ½” framed
This very graphic work features a dominate center-chimney house, birds and a beautifully composed poignant verse by a Jefferson City, Virginia poet published in The Knickerbocker/ New York Monthly Magazine Volume 9 in 1837.
Jane at age 25 (b. c1815) worked this sampler under the instruction of Caroline Henderson age 33 (b. 1807). In 1846 Jane married Joseph Rutherford (b. c1815), they had two sons. The 1850 census finds Jane and Caroline living just three houses apart in Jefferson Township. From census information it appears that the two women lived their lives near each other. In the 1860 census Ca roline was a widow with four children working as a school teacher and the 1880 census finds Jane Mercer Rutherford as head of household with two children, one a student, the other a farmer.