Probably New York State, ca. 1840. Watercolor and ink on paper; frame of bold polychrome paint on pine. A most beautiful and well-executed portrait of a parrot by a capable watercolor artist, enhanced with delicate ink texturing. The frame is the finest I have owned, decorated in four colors of green, red, white, and gold, with strong patina most visible on the white and gold. The frame is skillfully made of mortice/tenon and pegged joinery, and delicate columns are attached via tiny cut nails. The watercolor is likely not the first artwork elevated by this frame, yet they are of the same period and work beautifully together. Outer frame dimensions of 18 inches x 14 5/8. .
Possibly by Harris and Company of Boston, ca. 19th century. Strong, detailed form, with bulbous copper body and orb; zinc head and talons, the cast zinc providing more detail than copper. Particularly bold talons and spurs. "Open" tail consistent with the earlier period. Retaining superb weathered mustard-yellow sizing in dry, finely crackled surface, and traces of gilding and verdigris. Terrific condition with no apparent breaks. Several original bullet hole repairs while in use (so called "farmer repairs"). A pleasure to be able to offer a great weathervane with unquestionable age and integrity and character. Museum mounted for display. About 23 inches tall not including the base, and 20 inches from tip of beak to tip of tail x 4 wide. At home with a folk art and/or early paint collection. The first time this weathervane has been on the market in over 30 years.
Probably New England, ca. 1780 to 1825. Ash or chestnut. A large bowl with desirable blue paint and a wonderful feel from many years of use. A beaded decoration supports a faceted rim, chamfered on this inside and out. The underside shows chisel marks where the block was removed after turning. Terrific condition with exceptional character despite an early rim crack. About 18 1/2 to 18 3/4 inches diameter, and unusually deep at 7 1/2 inches. One of the most visually impactful early beehive bowls I have offered, particularly fitting a collection in which "surface" is important.
New England, ca. 1900. Sometimes known as a "Lumberyard Bird", this wonderful carving retains the original long, elegant bill and dry, beautifully patinated original paint, the paint with expected in-use wear, and several shallow holes from shot. Carved eye groove and split tail on a bulbous body. About 11 inches tall including stand x 2 3/8 wide x 11 3/8 long from tail to bill. .
American, ca. 1875. Two pine boards held by wooden dowels, with picture frame molding on the perimeter. Original joinery with cut nails, with later nails added for reinforcement. A "seafoam green" surround is centered by a circular-red band enclosing radiating numbered scoring lines. I loved this gameboard from the moment I saw it. It combines a contemporary feel and color impact with the real wear and patina that only antiques can have. Even the exposing knots add beautifully to the aesthetic. A sizeable board at about 24 1/2 inches wide x 24 1/4 tall x 7/8 thick.
Appears to be pine, ca. first half-20th century. Sizeable carving which likely originally saw outdoor use, perhaps in a garden, as there appears to be a second layer of white paint, and the copper beak has a buildup of verdigris, which likely would have occurred outdoors. Head has inset amber glass eyes with black pupils. Mounted in a wooden stand. In stand, about 21 3/4 inches tall; length from tip of the bill to tail is 18 1/4.
Northeast America or England, ca. 18th century. Painted softwood (pine?) backboard and handle, with woven paper, watercolor lettering, and horn, all held within by leather straps. Wood is in a dry, crusty, thin, dark paint exhibiting fine hand-planed tool marks. The horn covering is darkened to amber, is missing a triangular portion at its top, and is cracked vertically below that portion. The underlying paper and lettering is in terrific condition. Despite the damage to the horn, a rare and very desirable early piece. Note the 24 letter alphabet, a characteristic of early lettering where the capital "J" was often represented by the letter "I", and "U" by the letter "V". About 6 inches tall.
Probably New England, ca. 1830-1870. Thick-walled pine, swing-handle likely of ash. Staved construction including copper cut-nail joinery. "Copperas." free-hand painted (not stenciled) by an experienced hand within a decorative cartouche. The period at the end is significant, being a convention seen on trade signs, gameboards, fire buckets, and other paint-labeled pieces, generally prior to the mid-19th century. Terrific condition. Superb dry paint with complex surface. About 8 1/2 inches tall not including handle. Copperas was used as an iron supplement, and also a key ingredient in "iron gall" ink, the type of ink seen on many early documents.