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Exceptional Oval Wallpaper Box.....SOLD

Northeast America, 19th century. Attached label reads: 6 oz TACKS Made for Lloyd, Supple, and Walton, Philadelphia, PA, a hardware store active from 1867 to 1889. Given the early form of the wallpaper box (ca 1825-1850), it is likely that the label was almost certainly affixed to an earlier-made box as an available container. The wallpaper box is exceptional, with beautiful polychrome paint decoration against blue ground, with stitched joinery at the interfaces. Newspaper lining references 'Maine' and the 'British', and the bottom is inscribed in ink with a reference that I can not decipher. The underside of the lid labeled in pencil: “Israel B Shreiner”. Very good condition. Just 2 3/8 inches long x 1 7/8 wide x 1 1/2 tall. .

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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 ¼ 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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Early Painted Wallbox with Pierced Lollipop......SOLD

Probably New England, ca. early 19th century. Pine with cut nail joinery. Retains early slate-blue paint. Given its wear from frequent use, likely held everyday items such as candles or spills. Appealing design with pierced loop topping the backboard for hanging.. The front rail has unusual corner notches which may have functioned to hold back long items such as candles or clay pipes. May rest on a flat surface or hang. Dimensions about 11 ¼ inches wide x 9 tall.

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Good Early Basket in Original Dry Paint.....SOLD

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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