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Sculpture, Carved Wood, Bathing Beauty, Painted Bathing Suit, Hair & Facial Features
Anonymous, Likely circa 1925-1940ish SOLD

The black painted base is recent; height: 17.75", fine condition.


Royal Brewster Smith, Portraits of Unidentified Husband and Wife, Circa 1830
Royal Brewster Smith (1801 – 1855) Maine

The artist, born in Buxton, Maine; he lived in Limington, Maine between 1821 and 1825. As an itinerant portrait painter, he traveled from town to town producing inexpensive portraits; a noteworthy figure in the history of American folk art. Arthur and Sybil Kern identified thirty-six portraits painted between 1830 and 1837 (as of 1988). Of these, 23 of the sitters were known, interestingly all were residents of a small area in Maine, none were more than 25-miles apart from another. Twenty-three of the sitters were related by marriage or were members of Smith’s family. Only eight of Smith’s paintings are signed. All characteristics of these portraits are definitively assigned to the artists formula which he used consistently. His earlier works are flatter and feature a prominent shadow along the line of the nose as seen here. The portraits remain on original stretchers and survived in a high state of originality except the frames. (Frame: 30.5 x 35.5"; view: 24.5 x 29.5") See the Clarion, America’s Folk Art Magazine, The Museum of American Folk Art, Painted By Royal Brewster Smith, pp. 48 – 55, by Arthur and Sybil Kern.



Early Empire Mirror, Paint Decorated Ogee Molded Frame, Reverse Painted Tablet
American, Possibly Baltimore or Philadelphia, circa 1825-1845
Poplar and white pine

At four-feet tall, this architecturally significant mirror retaining original fancy paint is worthy of attention. (Original thin plate and eglomise panel; as depicted and expected; scattered minor paint losses; 49" x 27.25" x 4")



Early Nineteenth Century Thimble, Piercy’ s Patent, Tortoiseshell, Pinchbeck
John Piercy, England
Circa 1825

Unique pierced outer cast with lattice and foliage design, vacant oval cartouche. “ Piercy’ s Patent” in raised lettering around middle band. (Tortoiseshell liner in good condition; approximately 1” )



Antique Redware Jug, Very Bulbous,
Tan Glazes, Sprinkling of Manganese Brown
Southern Maine, circa 1800-1825
A lovely form in fine original condition

A lovely form remaining in fine original condition (Height: 8.5")



Redware Storage Jar, Ovoid
Bristol County, Massachusetts, circa 1790-1830

Successful form with flared rim and slightly projecting foot; decorated with streaky Manganese.
(Very good original condition, minor ware constant with age and use; height: 9.5")



Wallpaper Covered Miniature Dome Top Trunk, Rare Colors & Overlaid Papers
American, 19th Century

A rare sweet and tiny example retaining original leather hinges affixed with clinched nails; retains wire hasp. The entire box is covered in salmon paper then overlaid with panels of blue paper featuring brick red and creamy oyster white leafy decoration. (Excellent original condition with as-expected wear to edges; 1.5" x 3" x 1.75" )



Canteen, Cheese Box, War of 1812 Period, Original Paint & Leather Sling Straps
Original Green Paint, Oxidized, Almost Black, New England, Circa 1810

In excellent as-found condition featuring oxidized surface, tack and peg construction, intact sling strap that has a break needing stitching. One side displaying “U.S.” in salmon paint, the other side with impressed “JR” maker’s mark; also carved initials “LVB” [about .75”] within scrolled banner. (diameter: 7.25"; depth: 2.75")



Tape Loom, Carved from the Solid, Great Patina
New England, circa 1800
Maple; art and utility combined

Pierced demi lune crest above frame; the crest and rails, featuring molded shoulders, and heddles are fabricated from a single solid piece of maple.
(Fine original condition; 8.5" x 9.5")



Carousel Figure, Herschell-Spillman Jumping Dog, Country Fair Style, Early Park Paint
North Tonawanda, New York, Circa 1912 (Allan Herschell and Edward Spillman)

A popular and sensitively rendered figure displaying a signature saddle-blanket resembling a draped curtain; the pooch displays very good old paint; original surface history; likely very early second coat working period surface and original paint. Pretty much full coverage paint with scattered losses mostly limited to saddle seat; overall condition is very good to excellent. (Dimensions: L: 54”, H: 31.5”, W: 10”; stand H: 48”, stand base: 19.75 by 19.75”)



Shooting Gallery Target, Mule, H.C. Evans & Co., Chicago, 1920s, Good Surface - SOLD

See Step Right Up – Classic American Target and Arcade Forms by Richard and Valerie Tucker, page 66, 5.8 Mule. (18" x 21.5")

928-94 - SOLD

U.S. Mint Medal, 1869 Pacific Railway Completion, Bronze, By William Barber
NGC Certified, Graded MS66bn, Highest Graded by Numismatic Guaranty Corp.

Obverse shows President Grant; reverse shows the Pacific Railway Completion, legend reads “Every Mountain Shal Be made Low”. This piece is also a So-Called-Dollar, Hibler and Kappen: HK12SC$1. Mounted within custom large size holder by NGC.



Pembroke Tables, Matched Pair with Original Brasses, Rarely Seen Pair
Lower Connecticut River Valley, Perhaps Hartford – Middletown Area
Circa 1790-1800
Mahogany, curly maple, poplar and pine, original surface

The drop leaves open to rest on short shaped fly-rails; top rests on plain apron containing single drawer; tapered legs; both tables retaining original brass hardware.
(No restoration; 28.75"; top closed: 29.5" x 19.25"; top open: 29.5" x 38.25")

$2,950 for the pair


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