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Leather Purse with Brass Lock & Key

Antique Purse, Leather, with Brass Lock and Key, lock side view

Leather purse with a heavy hinged brass top that locks and unlocks with a brass skeleton key attached to the purse by a brass chain. The iron lock is in working condition. There is punched decoration on the brass, and short fringe on the corners of the purse. Remains in very good condition.
Dimensions: 5.5-inches long.



Antique Purse, Leather, with Brass Lock and Key, back side view
Antique Purse, Leather, with Brass Lock and Key, with ruler for scale

Wallet, Embossed Leather Gentleman's Wallet
Recumbent Lion surmounted by American Eagle
18th Century

Antique Wallet, Gentleman's Wallet, Embossed Leather, angle view

Each panel decorated with recumbent lion surmounted by aggressive American eagle within lozenge centered by embossed borders. This wallet was obviously carried and therefore the outside shows wear; when opened, we find two coin pockets with scalloped flaps over a larger compartment for bills; only traces of the original linen lining remain.
(Closed: 3.75 x 2.25 inches; open: 3.75 x 4.875 inches)



Antique Wallet, Gentleman's Wallet, Embossed Leather, outside open view
Antique Wallet, Gentleman's Wallet, Embossed Leather, inside open view
Antique Wallet, Gentleman's Wallet, Embossed Leather, embossed detail

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Antique Folk Art Appliqued Wool Valance, Early Cotton Prints on Blue Ground
Nineteenth Century, Unknown MakerSOLD

Antique Folk Art Appliqued Wool Valance, Early Cotton Prints on Blue Ground 
Nineteenth Century, Unknown Maker, entire view

A balanced floral motif featuring a pair of frolicking dogs; zigzag frieze, wool fringe border; likely
a section of bed furnishing. Could be used as a window treatment or wall art; professionally
mounted for display. Fine condition; dimensions: 70.5 by 19.5”.



Theorem Decorated Bed Furnishing or Curtin Sash, Watercolor on Brushed Cotton New England, Early 19th Century
A delicate and colorful floral composition, all sides turned under [hemmed]SOLD

Theorem Decorated Bed Furnishing or Curtin Sash, Watercolor on Brushed Cotton



Wallet, Gentleman’s Embroidered Purse, and Portrait of Owners Home Second Half of the 18th Century Probably Townsend, Massachusetts Outstanding and Fine Original Condition, Great Composition and ColorSOLD

Wallet, Gentleman’s Embroidered Purse, and Portrait of Owners Homeheorem Decorated Bed Furnishing or Curtin Sash, Watercolor on Brushed Cotton

Wallet, Gentleman’s Embroidered Purse, and Portrait of Owners Homeheorem Decorated Bed Furnishing or Curtin Sash, Watercolor on Brushed Cotton

The purse:
Worked in wool yarns, a fine canvas-work of a very sophisticated floral design…cream, mustard, red and rose-colored wool used in creating the embroidered wild roses and tulips. The wild roses are wrought with a French knot in the center…pedals with running stitch. The decoration is against a variegated field of shades of green, all edges bound with original gold wool hand-woven tape and tied closed with the same tape. The interior fitted with three compartments is lined in soft green glazed wool calamanco. (Approximately 8.5 X 5”)

The house portrait:
The accompanying watercolor depicts the homestead of the proposed owner of the purse…that stands today’s and is quite wonderful in itself…white center chimney dwelling with green door and shutters; dooryard with blue and white fence. The right-side yard has a brown picket fence; also depicted is a gray carriage house with brick red door. (3 X 5 inches)

The lore and condition:
We state with confidence that both the purse and watercolor are without compromise. Accompanying the lot is a report related to the homestead, its history and current standing; genealogy and supposition as compiled by a local historian. We also have the last will and testament found with the purse belonging to Jonathan Richardson, the Townsend gentleman…

191-457 - SOLD

Needlework, Boston Fishing Lady School, Couple in Elaborate Landscape
Fine and Rare Canvaswork Picture, Shepherd and Shepherdess
Boston, Massachusetts
Circa 1740 to 1770
Finely wrought, silk and wool embroidery on linen ground - SOLD

Antique Beadwork, Boy with Dog, Glass Beads, entire view

A Boston School, "Fishing Lady" needlework displaying a upright couple within an elaborate landscape featuring animals and flowers; depicted is a man in red coat with horn and a lady in pink stripes carrying floral basket on her head and staff in her hand. The work includes flanking trees, birds and butterflies; a black and white spotted dog, lambs, and flowering plants, all before a large house on hillock issuing smoke from chimney. LITERATURE: A closely related needlework picture dated 1746, (Winterthur collection), is illustrated in Betty Ring's Girlhood Embroidery, volume I, page 46, figure 43. Betty mentions another in Historical Society of Old Newbury. (The work remains on original stretcher and is mounted within a period frame that may also be original; some thread thinning and fading, else fine and original; frame: 23 by 17.25”; view: 19.75 by 14”)
Please call for full description, and/or enthusiastic discussion.

144-38 - SOLD

Spun Cotton Fruits, Christmas Ornaments, Set of Eight for Feather Tree
Circa 1890 to 1920ish - SOLD

Antique Spun Cotton Crhistmas Ornament Fruits, Set of Eight, Circa 1890 to 1920, group view

606-117 - SOLD

18th Century Embroidered Kerchief or Embroidery Sample
Obviously period, well executed and aesthetically charming
A fine example of embroidery, nicely framed for display - SOLD

Antique 18th Century Embroidered Kerchief Framed for Display, entire view

Mss. label on reverse reads "Worked by Miss Ann Hewitt 1760"
(Textile remains in fine condition and is separated from framed mounting; 18 by 9”)

879-66 - SOLD

Embroidered Silk
Drawstring Purse
17th Century
England - SOLD

Antique Purse, Embroidered Silk, Bellows Form, 17th Century, side one entire

This small English 3.25" embroidered silk on silk satin purse, made in the 17th century, was most likely done by a young girl as an exercise to improve her needlework skills. There is a similar bag in the collection of the Victoria and Albert Museum that was found in a young girl's embroidered casket (box for special items) to hold personal possessions, possibly coins. Another theory is that bags such as this were made to be given as gifts to someone special. At 3.25" and of such fragile materials it was obviously not meant to be used for practical purposes. The decoration embroidered upon it was either copied from a pattern book or the individual pattern might have been purchased. Early embroidered motifs generally tell us something about the maker. In this case the acorn could represent the patience the young embroiderer was to learn or it might be representative of how her savings would grow from its start as a seedling. The condition of this bag is very good to excellent with minor wear to the silk satin. The bag is bound with a combination of braided silk and metallic threads.

621-3 - SOLD

Work Pocket, Cream
19th Century - SOLD

Antique Work Pocket, Cream Color, 19th Century, entire view

Authentic piece of Woman's Everyday Utilities.
Dimensions: 16.25 by 10.25".

1032-47 - SOLD

Hat, Velvet Ribbon
19th Century - SOLD

Antique Hat, Velvet Ribbon, 19th Century, angle view

Dimensions: 17.5" L to ribbons.

1032-67 - SOLD

Theorem Purse, Wedding Purse
Early 19th Century - SOLD

Antique Theorem Purse, Wedding Purse, Early 19th Century, with ruler for scale

Paint on cotton, painted both sides, top section is silk
Not examined out of frame; mounted with silk handkerchief.
Dimensions: 16.25 by 17" frame, 9.5 by 10.5" purse (approximately).

497-78 - SOLD

Slippers, Children's, Embroidered Green Leather
19th Century - SOLD

Antique Slippers, Children's, Green Leather, pair view

Imported from the Mid East for the American market.
Dimensions: 8" L.

912-179 - SOLD

Outstanding Hairwork Brooch
Flowers and sprigs centered by heart
Circa 1843 - SOLD

Antique Brooch, Hairwork, Flower and Heart Design, entire view

Engraved on the back of the rolled gold pin-back oval brooch with beveled glass is the name "Ann M. Chenault." This piece is remarkable for its thick weave hairwork...a hair wreath manipulated, knotted and coiled to resemble a variety of lush three-dimensional flowers, leaves and sprays centered by a small hair heart. The hair, mostly in shades of brown and blonde remains in fine condition. (1 7/8 by 2 3/8-inches.)


17th Century
Embroidered Dos-a-Dos
Psalms Book - SOLD

Antique Pslams Book, Embroidered Cover, 17th Century, angle view

17th Century embroidered Dos - a - Dos Psalms Book, two books bound together, embroidered with silk and metallic thread on satin. Bookbinding embroidered with silk and metallic threads on satin were worked in England for religious books during the 16th century through the first half of the 17th century. The spines are divided into four compartments incorporating silk flowers and silvered wire. The two bindings are embroidered with four flowers each. One book is titled, "THE WHOLE / BOOKE OF / PSALMES. / Collected into English meter / by Thomas Sternhold, John / Hopkins, and others. / LONDON / Printed for the Companie of / Stationers. / Cum Privilegio Regis Regali. / 1607." The second book is, "THE / PSALTER OR PSALMES / of David, after the translation of / the great Bible..." The gilded edges are also embossed with a geometric design. There is some loose wire and wear along the edges of the covers. The psalm book measures 3.25-inches by 2.5-inches by 1.5-inches.

621-4 - SOLD

Shoes, Children's
Circa 1900
Brown leather - SOLD

Antique Shoes, Children's, Brown leather, pair view

Good condition.
Dimensions: 7" L.

912-180 - SOLD

Shoes, Woman's
Early 19th Century - SOLD

Antique Shoes, Woman's, Slippers, 19th Century, pair view

Black leather, good condition.
Dimensions: 9.75" L.

912-181 - SOLD

Reticule, Silk Bag, Embroidered Floral Motifs
19th Century - SOLD

Antique Reticule, Silk Bag, Floral Embroidery, entire view

Silk embroidered on both sides. Minor breaks to silk.
Dimensions: 9.5 by 8".

266-11 - SOLD

Reticule, Silk Embroidered Bag
Early to Mid 19th Century - SOLD

Antique Reticule, Silk Embroidered Bag, Sequins and spangles, entire view

This bag is silk on silk with sequins, spangles and pearls decorating one side, second side with acorns and oak leaves.
Minor breaks to silk on one side only. All original.
Dimensions: 7.5 by 8".

266-12 - SOLD

Needlework Wallet, Crewel Embroidery, Vibrant Colors, 18th Century - SOLD

Antique Wallet, Needlework Wallet, Crewel Embroidery, entire view

Canvaswork pocketbook in floral pattern with urn, American 18th century, lined in blue wool with green wool tape and ties. One of the best!
Dimensions: 7.75 x 4.5 inches.

274-98 - SOLD

Petticoat Border
Crewel Embroidery
18th Century - SOLD

Antique Petticoat Border, Crewel Embroidery, 18th Century, folded view

Dimensions: 92.5-inches long, 6.75-inches wide.

912-53 - SOLD

If you are interested in buying any of these items, please call (978) 597-8084 or email David Hillier at

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