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

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. .

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Rare Vinegar-Paint Decorated Antique Stand.....SALE PENDING

New England, likely Massachusetts, ca. 1820. Original paint on what appears to be maple, pine, and poplar. Paint decoration that is typically seen just on boxes,rare on a stand. Elegant successful proportions, with long, delicate, slender legs ending in tiny button feet. Well cared for in a very high state of originality. Brass pull is not the first yet is period and appropriate. About 30 1/2 inches tall. Top is about 22 x 19 inches. As described in Fales AMERICAN PAINTED FURNITURE, vinegar painting was accomplished by "walking" the second coat of paint over the ground color with a soft material like leather or sponge. Vinegar was used in the overcoat, as it dried the linseed oil in the putty caused a separation in the darker glaze producing unusual patterns. A very sweet and appealing folk art rarity. It looks special in our living room, really elevates the area! .

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Blue Firkin Paint-Labeled "SAGE.".....SALE PENDING

New England, ca. mid 19th, perhaps earlier. A larger firkin in original very dry blue paint, labeled in black paint 'SAGE' in a distinctive early font. Staved pine construction joined by cut nails with ash handle. The ". (period)" at the end of SAGE is important to dating as that convention began to disappear about the mid-19th century. It is seen on earlier trade signs, broadsides, etc. In-use period wear and imperfections and blemishes, couple of minor losses on the lid, but nothing major. Very clean interior. About 11 1/2 inches tall to the top of the lid. Earlier examples of firkins paint-labeled with their contents are uncommon. Also, pencil inscription under the lid appears to read: "15 Doz Eggs".

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Elegant Hanging Candlebox with Heart.....SOLD

Likely New England, ca. 1800. Soft wood (maybe basswood) in original black paint. The long slender case joined by dovetails, fronted by a chamfered sliding lid. The form elevated considerably by the beautifully carved-heart hanger. Although intended to be hung, may also be placed on a flat surface. Excellent condition with minor hairlines. Little brass pull appears original. About 15 3/4 inches tall x 5 wide x 3 1/4 deep. Distinctive, direct, elegant.

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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....SOLD.

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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Nice Shaker Box in Scarce WHITE Paint

Northeast America, ca. mid-19th century. Oval, three-fingered Shaker box with copper-tack joinery. Retaining its original very dry white paint. Pine top and bottom; maple side-walled. Paint coverage remains excellent, as is its structural condition. Interior pitted from early contents, which may have been salt. About 7 7/8 inches long x 5 3/8 wide x 2 11/16 tall. Nice box to contrast against other colors.

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