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Exciting Discovery. The "HEART AND HAND ARTIST" Antique Remembrance Drawing. SIGNED by SAMUEL LAWHEAD--backwards!.....SALE PENDING

Watercolor on paper. Probably for the marriage of Isaac and Lydia Bigelow (or Bieglow), ca. 1830-1855. New England, likely Maine. The previous collector saw some strange scribbling below the artwork. At first he didn't think much of it, but then wondered if it actually formed words. He viewed the piece in a mirror and sure enough, the scribbling formed "Samuel Lawhead". (I have shown it flipped in one photo). Attribution to Samuel Lawhead as the Heart and Hand Artist was first made based on a painted card in the collection of Nina Fletcher Little. (The Lawhead signature also appears on a Hodgdon family record from New Hampshire). This may be the first known instance of a Lawhead signature directly on a remembrance drawing. It reinforces the understanding that Samuel Lawhead was indeed the celebrated Heart and Hand Artist. Rendered with skill and precision in superb and colorful detail. Note how Lawhead forgot the 'e' in the second name, so just superscripted it. Terrific condition, with colors still bright. Housed in a matted period gilt frame, frame size 8 1/4 inches x 7 inches. May be hung or rests fine on a surface. See another example (unsigned) in Expresssions of Innocence and Eloquence, Selections from the Jane Katcher Collection of Americana, page 90. .

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IMPORTANT HISTORIC ANTIQUE SIGNBOARD. PATRIOTIC EAGLE AND SHIELD. SYMBOLS OF AMERICA

AMONG THE FINEST OF PATRIOTIC IMAGES KNOWN. Masterpiece folk art interpretation of the Great Seal of the United States of America centering rare signage for a US Marshal. Powerful. Dramatic. Confident. Inspiring. Brilliantly composed, rich with the visual vocabulary of America, like an illustrated time-capsule, revealing the deep pride and gratitude of early American's in their young country. Lansingburgh, New York, ca. 1853. Signed by the artist J. Follett. Painted on wood panel, for the appointment of John Mott as United States Marshall for the Northern District of NY State by U.S. President Franklin Pierce. The visual is glorious. The majestic eagle's talons firmly hold the bold red, white, and blue shield against his breast. E PLURIBUS UNUM is affirmed by his intense gaze as he supports the blue ribbon in his powerful beak. The roiling sun-filled clouds are a perfect backdrop to make the arrows (birth in warfare) and olive branches (hope for a prosperous, peaceful nation) stand out. Likewise, the gray-blue clouds, and dark wings contrast and frame the eagle's white head. The artist effectively rendered the US Marshal message, in gilt lettering against a sage ground, subordinate to and without competing with the eagle and shield. A thrilling signboard at the pinnacle of early American folk art. About 34 inches tall x 22 wide x 1/2 thick, with beveled edge. Condition: Unweathered as always presented indoors. Touch-up to scratches and lightly cleaned. Provenance upon request. .

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Antique Busk Dated 1764. Ex-Nina Fletcher Little. Published.....SALE PENDING

Carved at Grand Bank, Nova Scotia, ca. 1764. Birchwood with naturally oxidized patina. A SENSATIONAL VIEW INTO PERIOD LETTERING, as it is inscribed on the reverse: "July Ye 17, 1764, A Busk, Made At Ye Grand Bank". Note the use of the early 24-letter alphabet that uses I for J, and V for U. The front skillfully carved including a stylized heart. Likely sailor-made as a gift to a back-home sweetheart as only a handful of residents made Grand Bank their home in 1764 (famous explorer Captain James Cook mapped the area in 1765). And given the proximity to New England, very likely that sailor was from a colonial American port. Superb condition. About 13 inches long x 3 wide....................Provenance: NINA FLETCHER LITTLE collection, sold at the Little auction January 29, 1994, lot 151, and in a private collection until recently. Published/PICTURED in Nina Fletcher Little, "Country Arts in Early American Homes," p. 56, fig. 53.

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One of the Finest Surviving Early American Volunteer Militia Knapsacks. Published. Best Provenance.....SOLD

Massachusetts, ca. 1800-1825. Original paint on hand-stitched canvas, with what appears to be linen backcloth. The brick-red painted canvas flap inscribed LIBERTY against a blue ground bordered in mustard, surmounted by 13 white stars representing the original colonies. The lower body with the script initials "MM" (likely for the Massachusetts Militia) within a vibrant mustard oval. The entire with black border. Remarkably the original leather straps and canvas shoulder straps are intact and without compromise! About 13 1/4 inches square. Having great pride in their units, militias invested considerable attention on their appearance. Although typically wearing personal clothing (not uniforms) every accoutrement surface was carefully considered and put to a vote, as these objects and their decorations were a common identity. This knapsack with the notable LIBERTY and 13 stars speaks to the freshness of the memory Americans had with British rule such that liberty and patriotism were treasured and honored. Provenance: Roland B. Hammond (North Andover, MA), William H. Guthman (prominent scholar and dealer in historical and military Americana-Westport, CT). Literature: Illustrated and Discussed, The Magazine Antiques, July 1984, page 124, plate I; Decorated American Militia Equipment by William H. Guthman.

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Prior-Hamblin School Portrait of a Blue-Eyed Little Boy in Butterscotch Dress with Riding Crop.....SOLD

Attributed to STURTEVANT J. HAMBLIN (active 1837 to 1856) Portland, Maine or Boston, Massachusetts. Oil on board. Classic coveted folk art portrait with flat rendering employing minimal modeling or shadowing, elevated considerably in rarity and desirability by the subject being a young child. Detailed patterned dress with lace collar. Basis for the attribution to Hamblin includes his characteristic long tapered fingers, the pattern of the collar, and lip shape which closes matches that of another Hamblin portrait in the National Gallery of Art. Well presented in a period red-grain painted frame. Frame size about 16 1/2 inches x 12 3/4. Condition is superb. See Sotheby's, January 21, 2007 and Skinners, June 11, 2000 for a remarkably similar portrait by Hamblin, probably this sitter's brother, in the same dress. Provenance: Private Northeast collection. VERY FAVORABLE PRICE ON REQUEST.

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Antique Scarce Authentic Pig Weathervane

Attributed to L. W. Cushing & Sons, Waltham, Massachusetts, authentic circa 1872-1900 (illustrated in Cushing catalogue 1883). Copper body and ears with verdigris surface. Cast zinc head with turned up nose, and curly tail. Diminutive size at just 17 inches length, height 11 inches. Superb surface. Far fewer pig weathervanes were made in the 19th century than eagles, horses, and cows, so relatively few authentic period examples survive today. The little size is especially desirable as it can be place anywhere. Excellent genuine period condition. Custom-made stand. References: ART OF THE WEATHERVANE, Steve Miller, pages 42-43 for a Cushing example of the same form; INCOLLECT/ANTIQUES AND FINE ART--American Furniture And Americana Shine at The 2015 Winter Antiques Show, David Schorsch and Eileen M. Smiles; FOLK ART MAGAZINE, Fall, 1998, page 12, ad for Christies, NY, January 1999 sale with a pig weathervane by the same maker as the lead item.....Provenance: Private New England collection..

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The ART and DESIGN of the Historic Wood Carver. Antique Masterwork Nautical Love Token Box.

Northeast America, ca. 1840. Displaying the PRECISION, PASSION, AND VISION OF A MASTER CARVER. Designed as a useful love token for a sweetheart or close friend. Hand-carved in high-relief from a single block of choice, richly-figured ash burl, featuring anthropomorphic anchors and touching hearts that wrap around the covex lid. Note the sensitive subtle tapering of the anchor "arms". A foundation of American design not obtainable in any modern "decor store", destined to be gifted again by one also of strong eye and appreciation for the exceptional. The anchors suggest this box may have been made aboard a ship (sailor made), or for one with ties to boating and water. Of superior color and appealing soft original surface. Remarkable condition. Robust in hand. About 9 1/2 inches long x 4 1/2 high x 5 3/4 deep. Provenance upon request.

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Portrait of Daniel Yanior, Member of the Philadelphia Butcher's Guild, by James Herring

Pennsylvania, ca. 1824. Oil on wooden panel. Wonderful deep, rich, warm colors, executed in a manner similar to ship captain portraits. The sitter is Daniel Yanior, one of the five member "Butcher's Guild of Philadelphia", hence the cattle in the background. The Guild hired Herring in 1824 to paint portraits of each of its members. Confident attribution to James Herring (1794-1867) based on a very similar example, nearly identical for pose and background, signed by Herring and selling at Sotheby's, October 1991, lot 93. Herring is perhaps best known for creating the periodical "The National Portrait Gallery of Distinguished Americans" and "The Apollo Art Gallery". His painting style favored crisp lines and a bold color palette. Paintings by Herring are displayed in a number of museums, including the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center, NY State Historical Society, National Portrait Gallery, etc. Research on Herring was published in the Magazine Antiques, January, 1978. Condition: A thin restored crack runs vertically from top to bottom of the board; barely discernable. The frame is contemporary. Frame size 27 inches wide x 32 3/4 tall; sight size 20 3/8 x 26 1/8. Provenance: Private collections; David Wheatcroft

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Rare Antique Little Paint Decorated Looking Glass.....SALE PENDING

New England, 18th century. Unquestionably original glass, and probably pine, maple, and mahogany. Made from pieces of "what he had" (fragments from earlier objects, like the glass is a fragment too), the paint decorated facing is joined to the frame via rose-head and T-head nails. The chamfered backboard is original, having the same thin putty-colored paint as the sides. About 5 1/2 inches wide x 5 5/8 tall. Super piece of painted treen Americana. Provenance: Texas collection acquired 4-decades ago from legendary dealer Florene Gibson Maine of Norwalk, Connecticut.

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Three Hogscraper Candlesticks in Early Red Paint.....SOLD

All 19th century. These are cool! Assembled group of three iron push-up candlesticks, noteworthy because of early dry red paint (one a bit more bittersweet) with strong surfaces, and graduated sizes. All retain chair hooks and "travelers". Heights range from 5 3/8 to 6 inches tall. Painted hogscrapers are not often seen. They look great together and provide a very pleasing, and functional, design accent.

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