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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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Captivating Folk Art Portrait of a Fashionable and Handsome Young Man

New England, ca. 1820-1840. Oil on canvas. A most handsome young man (that FACE!) with characteristics that we folk art collectors love. Portraits can be so naive that there is little artistic skill, or so academic that they require an equally academic, formal setting. Yet this portrait falls on the "sweet-spot" of that naive-to-academic continuum. His face is mostly without shadow leading to stylized-combed hair presenting like waves. His black coat and white shirt/collar, and simple background combined with his confident gaze give this painting a clean and uncomplicated aesthetic. It has survived in sensational untouched condition. About 26 inches tall x 24 wide. Gilded frame appears original. He's terrific. Provenance includes David Wheatcroft.

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Shaker Four Finger Box in Rare MEETINGHOUSE BLUE Paint.....SOLD

Maine (Sabbathday Lake or Alfred), ca. 1830. Original authentic and rare Meetinghouse Blue paint, making reference to the original blue paint on the interior woodwork of the Shaker meetinghouse at Sabbathday Lake, as illustrated in Amy Stechler Burns and Ken Burns, The Shakers, Hands to Work, Hearts to God (New York: Aperture Books, 1987), p. 109. Shaker religious laws stipulated that Meetinghouses "should be painted white without, and of a bluish shade within". About 11 3/4 inches long x 8 1/4 deep x 4 3/4 tall. Period wear as shown, including smooth burnishing (from frequent handling) about the edges; structurally excellent with just a minor ancient split underneath. Beautifully carved tapered and chamfered fingers.

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Remarkable, Singular Folk Art Pin Cushion.....SALE PENDING

Northeastern America, likely Pennsylvania, ca 1830. Pasteboard body, weighty and robust in hand, covered with painted cut-paper appliques. The dyed-green fabric domed top covering a padded needle/pin cushion, with intricate woven-looped border. Relating to theorems of the period. The pots with billowing flowers symbolizing optimism and growth. Shows beautifully, even in low light owing to the color-contrast of the appliques against the ground, punctuated by the bittersweet example on the front. About 6 inches wide x 6 1/2 tall x 3 3/4 deep. Terrific condition with minor imperfections. Provenance: 30+ years ago from Ted and Carole Hayward in Maryland (before moving to NH). Shows beautifully!

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Sensational Vibrant Folk Art Portrait of a Child Holding Her Doll

Likely New England, ca. 1830-1840. Unknown artist. Pastel on wove paper. The little girl, her hair in curls, is portrayed against dense foliage with background hill. The artist showed the affection of the little girl towards her doll, as she cradles it in her arms, while her red-purse with bird embroidery hangs from her shoulder. This portrait is about COLOR, with a seldom-found saturated and broad color palette highlighted by the blue dress that stands out from the dark greens and blues of the surround. Exceptional condition. Period gilt frame. Frame size about 18 inches x 15. From a private collection where it has been cherished for years.

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Exceptional Early Applique' Decorated Stool.....SALE PENDING

New England, ca. 1830. Appears to be mostly wools. Hand-cut then hand-stitched to the black ground. The overflowing basket symbolizing optimism for growth and plenty as one sees in theorems of the period. Pictured inside the back cover of the very important textile collection: LIGHT FROM THE PAST, Early American Rugs from the Collection of Ronnie Newman. About 11 ½ inches wide x 8 deep x 6 tall. A remarkable survivor of early American folk art. A copy of the booklet included with purchase.

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Masterful 18th Century Slipware Loaf Dish

England, ca. mid to late 18th century. Beautiful example of a most desirable early ceramic form. Trailed and combed decoration with brown slip on a cream ground, the combing having depth that can be felt as one touches across the lines. Coggled or "pie-crust" rim. Robust and heavy in hand. About 12 inches long x 10 ½ wide x 2 ¼ deep. Provenance: private collection; Sam Forsythe.

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Tiny (Miniature) Spill Holder.....SALE PENDING

New England, ca. 1780. Very petite delicate miniature wall box or spill box. White pine in rich natural patina with backboard paint decorated with a red, mustard, and blue radial. JUST 5 1/4 INCHES TALL. Cutout profile by the hanging hole matches pipe boxes of the same period. Joinery is by wooden pins and hide glue. Terrific condition with just a couple of later nails used in tightening. Back indistinctly signed. Wear indicates actual usage. Provenance: Private CT collection; Nathan Liverant and Son long ago.

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