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Federal Tiger Maple Stand with Strong Figure.....SOLD

Probably New England, possibly New York or Pennsylvania, ca. 1810. Figured maple with pine and poplar secondary woods. Exceptional figure, color, and form. Surface is old and likely original as is the brass pull. Legs are morticed and tenoned to the side rails, and wooden pinned. The bold tray molding is joined by cut-nail brads. About 29 ½ inches tall. Molded top about 17 inches square. This stand has it all. Structurally excellent and robust.

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Important Coffin Family of Nantucket Candle Lantern.....SALE PENDING

Nantucket, ca. 1750. Unusual construction likely influenced by needs aboard whaling vessels. Pine with natural surface and sensational occluded wavy glass. In addition to the rare "diamond" window form, this lantern is further elevated by BOLD DOVETAILS, and a door that opens from the back. Dovetails are tightened by reinforcing ROSE HEAD NAILS, while the glass is held by tiny forged brads. The door retains its original snipe hinges and tin latch. The top retains the original tinned-iron vent. Condition is very good with several character-adding period repairs including an early wire closure of a crack on the door, and a tin sheet across the inner top of the door held by early nails. The hanging hole in the backboard is more typical of that seen on wallboxes, not lanterns, indicating a wall mount. About 14 inches tall x 5 3/4 wide x 5 1/2 deep. Until recently, this lantern had not left the prominent Coffin family of Nantucket. The Coffins were a group of whalers operating out of Nantucket from the 17th to 19th centuries. Tristram Coffin (ca. 1609-1681) came to Massachusetts from England. In 1659 he led a group of investors that bought Nantucket from Thomas Mayhew for thirty pounds and two beaver hats. He became a prominent citizen of the settlement. A great number of his descendants also became prominent citizens, and many were involved in the later history of Nantucket during and after its heyday as a whaling center. Almost all notable Americans with roots in Nantucket are descended from Tristram Coffin.

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Scarce Pinballs, Dated 1799 and 1810.....SALE PENDING

Finely executed needlework in the manner of Samplers of the period. The larger, dated 1799, is wrapped by a green silk ribbon. The smaller is heart-shaped with facing birds in gold against a light-blue background, bordered by white, and wrapped by a brown silk ribbon which is looped for hanging. Both pinballs initialed on their backs. Each in exceptional condition, remarkable given that these two tiny textile objects are each over 200 years old. 1799 pinball has a maximum diameter of about 2 3/8 inches by 1 3/4 thick. The 1810 heart is about 1 ¾ inches long.

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WANTED: Early Painted and Paint Decorated Woodenware

Seeking special examples of 18th/19th century woodenware in original paint. Please email photos to earlypieces@aol.com, or call 585-385-9002.

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RARE TOMBSTONE-DOOR WALL CUPBOARD EX: LILLIAN BLANKLEY COGAN.....SOLD

New England, ca. mid 18th century. A witness to the early days of Colonial America, highlighted by ancient original paint and rare STRIKING tombstone shaped door. The turnbuckle knob (which any lover of treen will notice for its sensational surface) opens the door revealing three shelves, one defined by the shaped round of the tombstone. The door is scratch-carved with a small B and large N. (18th century scrafitto from a child?) High state of originality with all original moldings, H-hinges with rosehead nails, and knob/turnbuckle. Wear related to age and use. A later nail added at the closure to compensate for wear. About 30 1/8 inches tall x 26 1/4 wide and delightfully shallow at only 7 1/2 inches deep not including the molding. May be mounted to a wall or rest on a chest. THE WHOLE LEAVES AN INDELIBLE IMAGE. Provenance: Private collection of the best of 18th century country America; Lillian Blankley Cogan (decades ago), a doyenne of Americana dealers for nearly 70 years.

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Exceptional Sailor-Engraved Powder Horn.....SALE PENDING

Probably Coastal New England, ca. early 19th century (possibly late 18th). Carved and engraved horn with pine plug. Profusely decorated with vignettes of places the sailor had seen (real or imagined) during his journeys. The horn is centered with the patriotic American eagle and shield, with E PLURIBUS UNUM trumpeted from the eagle's mouth within ribbon. Pictorial engravings include: grand three masted ship (likely the ship the carver sailed on for months or years), mariner's compass, NAPTUN, a trumpeter riding a half horse/fish, conjoined hearts, a magnificent estate with fish weathervane and musketed guards, table fitted with food and wine, a hunter, and more. Overall length about 12 inches. Excellent condition.

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Soulful Untouched Little Painted Treasure of Rare Form.....SOLD

New England, likely New Hampshire, ca. late 18th century. Pine in thin, very dry, original red. Of a form I have never encountered that exhibits a lid DOVETAILED to its sides. Incorporates a pinned "pintle" hinge, with the pins standing proud. The box corners also crisply dovetailed. The base attached to the box sides via wooden pins. The lid stays open on its own, revealing a later partial paper label of "Madder dye", made from the madder root, of a red color that could be the source of the pigment for this box. The front rail of the lid smoothly burnished from frequent opening. Structurally excellent condition. About 4 ½ inches wide x 3 tall x 3 3/8 deep.

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Elegant Young Woman in Green Dress Signed by William Kennedy

Probably Maryland. Signed and dated in pencil, upper right back of frame "William W. Kennedy/1854". Oil on artist board. Exhibiting unusually fluid brushwork, this important signed and dated portrait is a superior example of Kennedy's artistry, illustrating an especially attractive young woman. It rises above his more formulaic, symbolic likenesses and is painterly and spontaneous while portraying a quiet confidence. Note the background flowers, a feature associated with Kennedy. In a superb state of preservation; mint condition. The original frame was expertly re-veneered. Painting size about 17 inches x 13 3/4. Frame 20 3/4 x 17 3/4. Kennedy (1818-after 1870) was a native of New Hampshire and itinerant member of the Prior-Hamblin school of painters. He painted in New Bedford, MA in 1845; Ledyard, CT in 1846; and Berwick, ME in 1847. By 1850 he had moved to Baltimore, MD where he lived just a few doors away from William Matthew Prior. Provenance: "Important Americana" Sotheby's, February 1, 1986, lot 434. Collection of folk art historians and authors' "Mr. and Mrs Howard Fertig", Livingston, NJ. Exhibited: "The Fertig Collection of Folk Art" The Morris Museum, Morristown, NJ, 1991.

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Large Early Painted Bowl with Pronounced Shrinkage

New England, ca. 1800, appears to be turned from ash or chestnut with orginal red paint. This bowl stands out given its impressive size and dramatic soaring lines created by strong shrinkage across the grain. Further enhanced by a swelled-body and molded rim with inward cant. Excellent structural condition without cracks. Diameter ranges from 21 to 19 ¾ inches, with height 5 to 6 1/4 inches.

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Vivid Wallpaper Box.....SOLD

Probably Pennsylvania, ca. 1840. Wallpaper on bentwood pine or poplar. One of the most colorful wallpaper boxes I have seen, with brilliant orange against a rich blue ground. The maker also placed the elements with a strong eye toward design, very effectively centering a front panel with a geometric flower. The interior is fully lined with period newsprint, always interesting to read, with one passage referring to “abolitionists”. Structurally excellent condition with period wear to the paper as pictured. This box demands attention, standing out even within a crowded space. About 6 ¾ inches long x 5 ¼ wide x 4 1/8 tall. .

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