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Scarce Blacksmith and Carriage Maker Painting.....SOLD

Probably Connecticut, ca. 1870-1880. Oil on canvas. The proud owners/workers standing before the Shea and McCarthy Blacksmithing and Jobbing Shop joined with the C.S. Gamwell Carriage Shop. As with most folk art paintings of PRIDE in town or business, the artist has depicted an idealistic view, with no disrepair or debris, and has effectively used rich primary colors of blue in the sky with puffy white clouds contrasted against the reds of the clothing and carriages. The scene shows workers with tools; the blacksmith with leather apron. Of note is the ramp alongside the carriage shop which would allow carriages or wagons to be pulled to the second level for repair, perhaps providing access to the undersides. Excellent condition, cleaned with minor retouch. Original stretcher and likely original frame. Unlined except for tack-edges. Sight size about 30 inches x 22. Overall frame size about 34 x 27.

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Scarce and Exceptional Pictorial Trade Sign, Dealer in Cattle

American, Westminster, Maryland. 19th century. Double-sided, with original COMPLETELY UNTOUCHED dry, paint decorated surface on wooden board with sturdy, chamfered wooden molding. Iron hanging brackets. Signed "S.V. Bankert". This sign is a folk art treasure, exhibiting a vibrant image with appealing subtleties of color and detail, and elevated considerably in character by a marvelous surface that only generations of exposure can create. From a considerable distance it communicated the business it represented without the need of lettering. As with most double-sided signs, one side is more worn than the other, this with the back bearing marks from buckshot, the impact of which would have caused the sign to swing wildly from its brackets..... S.V. Bankert was not only the sign's artist, yet also likely a close relation to the cattle dealer's owner. It was originally discovered at the Bankert family sale in Carroll County, Westminster, MD. An 1880 census from Carroll County lists: Adam Bankert, age 34. Occupation: "Dealer in Cattle". And also Samuel V. Bankert, age 40 and his wife, age 29 who had occupation listed as "furniture store". Dimensions: 23 1/2 inches tall (29 inches with brackets) by 41 3/4 wide. Pictured under indoor halogen art light AND also outdoors in early morning natural light. EASY TO EMAIL HIGH RES IMAGES, JUST ASK.

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Wooden Hat-Maker's Molds

Stoutly made. The lighter appears to be all maple, the darker (with rich patina) pine and maple. Ca. 19th century. Referencing tiny tack holes around the perimeter, especially in the maple example, these forms were likely used by a hat maker to shape and cut his materials. They now serve as compelling decorative objects with a simple, reductive presence. The incut edges to the rims probably served to hold material tightly while being shaped and cut. Dimensions of the darker about 15 5/8 inches long x 14 ΒΌ wide x 9 1/4 tall; the lighter about 16 3/8 x 15 1/8 x 8 tall

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VIVID TWO-SIDED POLYCHROME AMERICAN GAMEBOARD.....SOLD

American, mid to 2nd half, 19th century, having square nailed grained picture-frame molding enclosing a Mill Game on one side, and American checkers (8 x 8) on the reverse. The mill side of strong color contrast having a bright bittersweet/red foundation with green and game-boundaries around a central green square. The checkers side having alternating black and gold squares with yellow lining. Very thin over-varnish with tight craquelure. About 12 7/8 inches x 12 1/2 inches (the difference being shrinkage across the grain). Its all about the color on this board, saturated and vibrant.

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Paint Decorated Militia Canteen.....SOLD

New England, likely New Hampshire, ca. 1800-1825. Appears to be pine with staved sidewalls held by thin iron bands. Original dry crackled paint with blue ground centered on one side by a gold star with black shadowing. The star may have been a symbol for the town in which the militia was mustered. The pride of being a member of the militia was so strong that these canteens were decoratively embellished to represent the militia in parades and to accessorize their clothing and hats. Retains what appears to be the original stopper. Good condition with expected period paint wear. About 7 inch diameter x 2 3/4 tall..

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Good Early Basket in Original Dry Paint.....SALE PENDING

Probably New England, 19th century, in original paint, the color that might best be described as a dark pewter in natural lighting, tending toward green under warm indoor lighting. Sturdy and in excellent condition with only a partial split on one band underneath. About 10 3/4 inches to the top of the handle, diameter about 9 inches. From a long-time New Hampshire collection.

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Deeply Carved Print with Heart and Tulip.....SOLD

Probably Pennsylvania, ca. 1840. Figured maple (tiger) with very dry surface (never varnished). Deeply carved from one piece of wood with stylized tulip over a heart-within-a-heart, the background field chip carved with canted border. Integral handle on reverse. Excellent condition. About 6 1/4 long x 4 1/8 wide. .

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Naive, Colorful, House Portrait with Animals

American, ca. 1870-1880. Oil on canvas. Probably New York State or Pennsylvania (given "Climax" on the windmill). Upliftingly rendered as a bright, sunny day with wispy clouds and stylized trees framing a large home, the path from which leading to a mustard-painted barn. A white painted fence separates the home from the fields in the background, helping to define this property as "our space" and the horse as a family member as he is inside the fencing. The artist pulls us in with large spaces of solid primary colors, and the "companionship" amongst the dog, horse, and bird. No in-painting save for a small (1 inch square) area in clouds. Never lined. Unframed. About 28 1/2 inches x 16 1/2. Provenance: Private collection; bought years ago from Don Walters.

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Collection of Labeled Spice Boxes

Northeast America, all 19th century. Paint labeled pantry boxes are much more sought after and relatively scarce compared to the vast quantity of unlabeled examples. The labels communicate how each was used generations ago, elevating the story that they tell. This group was carefully selected to work well together with contrasting colors and complementary sizes. All good condition with expected real 19th century usage. Grouping allows for many display options including a vertical stack.

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A Rare Early Busk with Notable Provenance.....SOLD

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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