Tin Chandelier, Simple and Elegant Four-light with Crimped Reflectors, New Hampshire, 1820s
Mason, New Hampshire
The cone-shaped standard gently tapering to hanging ring; four reflectors on horizontal tubular rods above four wire arms fitted with crimped drip-pans, each with single candle socket having candle stub ejection slits. This chandelier is identical to a pair by the same maker that was used in the Mason, New Hampshire Baptist church built in 1827. Literature: Lighting in America by Lawrence S. Cooke, page 532, figure 8.
(Height: 14.25”, width: 22.25”.)
Lantern, Candle, Sheet Iron, Two-Tiered Chimney, Original Surface, Circa 1780 to 1800
A rare hanging lantern having single candle socket and two-tier graduated circular pierced chimney with carrying/hanging ring above tubular frame joining glazed panels; the whole resting on conical feet; the hinged door retaining original wire latch opening to the single nozzle with ejecting slit. (Height: 15.5"; width: 5.75"; depth: 5.75")
Wood Frame Candle Lantern, Original Green Paint, Glazed, 19th Century
A lovely barn/privy lantern remaining in splendid apple-green paint; the wire bail handle centering pierced chimney vent; chamfered top, bottom and corner posts; the corner posts mortised top and bottom are secured by small wood pegs. The door with canted edges hangs from original pintle type hinges and is of pegged construction. A single sheet iron candle socket is within. (One light cracked; height: 10"; width: 5.5"; depth: 5.75")
Watercolor, Family Record, Isaac Ridlon & Mercy (Hancock) Ridlon, Maine, Circa 1836
Isaac and Mercy Were Married July 3, 1828; they produced six children
Watercolor on paper
(Creases as depicted, some toning; frame: 19 by 14.75, view 16.75 by 12.5”)
Reward of Merit, Mrs. Bazeley’s Academy, Water Colored, Printed and Penmanship
Schenectady, New York; Conferred on Julia A. Jones, December 31, 1838
Designed and Painted by Mrs. Bazeley; Engraved by Kneass & Co. (Chief Engraver U.S. Mint)
This Premium conferred on Mifs. Julia A. Jones for punctual attendance, amiable behavior, application and improvement in the various branches of useful & polite Literature taught in the above Seminary
We found many web-posts listing Mrs. A. E. Bazeleya as principal of a female seminary, 31 Washington, Schenectady; also references Bazeley and the Galway Academy; the female department was under the control of Mrs. Bazeley formally of the Brooklyn Collegiate Institute. (The work is properly mounted within an appropriate painted frame that is not period; frame: 13.5 by 12.75”, view: 11.25 by 10.5”)
Raeren Peasant Dance Salt Glazed Jug, A.K.A. Krug Mit Bauerntanz, Dated 1597
Made in Raeren, Southern Netherlands (modern Belgium)
The dancing couples on this jug are after seven pairs depicted in Hans Sebald Beham’ s Peasants’ Feast print.
This brown salt glaze color was experimental; produced by Raeren potters attempting to produce wares that were sharp and crisp by adjusting kiln temperature and oxygen levels; Bellarmines were similarly produced this way for a period. (Sieberg potters were producing similar surfaces by 1550) This krug would have been called “fehlbrand”; failed brand. The attempt to maintain consistent temperature and oxygen not consistent, therefore producing differing results. Likely, they were sold at a discounted price, anyway, these jugs, this being a very nice example in dark color are desirable and scarcely encountered. See Steinzeug, Kunstgewerbe Museum der Stadt Koln, Koln, 1986; page 270, number 360 for similar decoration.
(Very good original condition; height: 8”)
Youths Wing Chair, Easy Chair, Cabriole Legs
New England, 19th Century
Curly maple and white pine, H: 33-inches
A wonderful piece with soul; and cute! (sorry)
With its perfect proportions it could easily be mistaken for a full-size chair.
Arched crest rail, curved wings, armrests on conical supports continuing to seat; cabriole front legs with double returns resting on large pad feet, rear legs are backswept and chamfered; legs are joined by block and turned stretcher system. We have pictures pre-upholstery showing the frame. Reasonable upholstery services available.
Large Cloth Doll with Oil Painted Face, Circa 1900
Flat facial feature including pretty blue eyes, a finely contoured mouth and appropriate nose, along with painted blonde hair with nicely painted and detailed curls. Minor paint cracking on the head here and there, but not affecting appearance or facial features.
The facial features remind us of the early commercial cloth dolls, with the painter/maker likely influenced by "Miss Columbia" or the early painted Babyland Rags. While not an exact copy, a charming "cousin" of the country ilk. Cotton body (machine stitched) with sturdy oil painted head, face and hands with articulated fingers and thumb. Feet are not painted, nor do they have stitched or articulated toes. Wearing a nicely fitted undershirt, chemise with trim, and slip with fine trim. Needing just the right dress, shoes and hat to give her right finishing touches. Accompanied by a note " Doll was given to Eleanor Smith by Great Aung Florence Flanders when Eleanor was under 10 years old. It was 40 years old then". (Height: 29”)
Large Faceless Cloth Doll, Appropriate Clothes and Shoes
This charmer wears a wonderful 1880's Plaid Wood Dress with polished cotton lining and velvet trim, and of course a pair of 1880s black leather high ankle baby shoes with eyelets and later shoe laces. Nice example of American ingenuity utilizing an old doll as the body and head recovered nicely in a woven cotton cloth. Under the later cotton face, there appears to be an original face, but even blacklight will not bring out the details. Under the full baby body cover (machine stitching), it is apparent that the body had a "speaker" or "crier" in the back, appearing to be a tin cylinder 2 or 3" across, which may or may not be original to the doll. Without destructive examination, the date of the speaker is unknown, although the doll is apparently old. Stitched fingers complete this lovely doll. A bit of a puzzler, but a charming doll and a "Returned to Glory" value, quite ready to fit into a nice country home. (Height: 25”)
Joseph Whiting Stock (1815-1855), Folk Art Portrait, Young Girl in Blue Dress Against Landscape
A scarcely encountered small format, oil on canvas, likely Massachusetts
The artist's 1838 journal records only one canvas measuring 19 by 16-inches; "Jane Livsey, her daughter from corpse do 16 - 19. See page 17, The Paintings and Journal of Joseph Whiting Stock by Juliette Tomlinson.
(Original stretcher, unlined, extremely minor old restoration; Mounted within an appropriate antiques modern frame; Frame: 20 by 23"; view: 19 by 16")
Paint Decorated Work Box, Outstanding Folk Art, Likely; Maine, Circa 1820
Displaying a Primitive New England Aesthetic
The composition against a white ground likely inspired by wall painting and painted furniture of the period.
From an old Maine collection to Walters and Benisek to AAAWT; we then placed the box within a private collection nearly 20-years ago.
(Fine original condition; lock hasp missing for a very long time; 16.25 by 6 by 9.5")
Please call for full description, and/or an enthusiastic discussion.
Pieter Holm Brass Tobacco Box, Zee-Meeter, Perpetual Calendar and Speed Chart
Dutch Seaman’ s Tobacco Box, Sailor’s Aide; Speedometer, Dated 1796
Although this tobacco box was a practical storage container designed especially for navigators, it served the more serious purposes of calculating the speed of the ship and determining the day of the week. The lid displays a perpetual calendar; the table on the base calculates a vessel’s speed. To calculate speed, two simple steps were followed. First, measure the time interval needed for a floating object thrown overboard to pass between two exact points marked on deck. Second, find the time value on the left column and read the estimated speed from the related speed cell. The perpetual calendar table is cleverly designed to indicate the days in the month that fall on the same weekdays.
The box displays three head and shoulder portraits; Julius Caesar and Pope Gregory XIII, above dates 45 BC and 1582 AD representing the introduction of the Julian and Gregorian Calendars. On the top end of the underside is displayed the bust of Amerigo Vespucci with a globe with the date 1497 AD. The side inscribed: 'Die deese doos /draagt in den sak, /Hoeft nooyt geen ander /almanak’ [meaning: He who carries this box in his pocket, will never need another almanac].
Dutch seaman’ s tobacco boxes are associated with Pieter Holm (1685/86 - 1776), he was a Swedish sailor who operated 'Regt door Zee’, a nautical school in Amsterdam where he settled in the late 1720s after retiring from the navy. Holm also sold maritime equipment and instruments. Holm’s experience and knowledge allowed him to simplify the calculation of a ship's speed at sea, he formulated a table/chart “Zee-Meeter” [meaning: Sea Measurer] which instantly shows the estimated speed. For the convenience of navigators, he engraved his table on the lids of tobacco boxes that easily fit into their pockets; smart marketing!
These boxes lack a signature; however, it is likely that they were made in Iserlohn, Germany, then shipped to Amsterdam where they were sold at Holm’s nautical school.
Please see, Pieter Holm and His Tobacco Box, The Marine Historical Association, Mystic, Connecticut, No. 24, April 1953. (1.25" by 6.5" by 2")