Likely Hudson River Valley, ca. 18th century. Pine. Slightly canted case in original red paint, this box has an unusual double demi-lune hanger and a rarely seen reeded front board and iron-strap blacksmith-made exposed hinges. The reeding is formed by hand planning. Chisel marks are readily apparent on the chamfered hanger edges. The interior has a thin vertical divider on the left, perhaps used to hold candles on the longer side, tinder and lighting material on the shorter. The strap hinges are attached to the top of the lid via wrought nails which are clenched to the under-side. The rear of the hinges are joined by heavy wrought iron staples which penetrate the backboard, then clenched over from behind. Condition is very good, with normal wear as expected. Clearly heavily used given the encrustation visible on the lid and two ancient splits that are held by early cut nails. A museum accession number (292) is labeled on the back. This special wall box is for the collector who wants early, color, rarity, and great character. About 16 inches long x 9 tall x 5 1/2 deep. .
New England, found in Westport, CT, and likely made near there. Ca. 1840. Maple walls, pine lid and base. Opposing fingers, held by cut nails. Exeptional painted decoration with minor period wear as shown. Structurally strong condition. 5 1/8 inches long x 1 5/8 tall x 3 3/4 wide. .
Probably Maine. Oil on canvas. This portrait of a handsome young gentleman is attributed to Royall Brewster Smith who was active in Maine from about 1830 to 1837. Superb use of strong hues and tonal range; bright and crisp. Highlighted by the wonderful colors in the swags and exquisite chair. Note the manner in which the young gentleman's arm "drapes" over the chair as if cloth, a distinctive characteristic of Smith's work and a most charming element. The "glittered" column to the right adds more visual interest. Excellent rendering of the "sheen" in his coat and vest. Old relining. Excellent condition with minor retouch. Later 19th century frame which is about 29 inches wide x 33 inches tall. This portrait has been in a superior Maine folk art collection for 30 to 40 years.
England, with applied seal [WP 1732]. Beautiful color that is black in ambient light, and a deep green when backlit. Classic English V-shaped applied string lip. The bottle and seal are mint with expected rim imperfections. Stands about 7 1/2 inches tall. A sketch of a bottle with an identical WP 1732 seal is shown on page 83, Understanding Antique Wine Bottles, Dumbrell, amonst a grouping of sealed bottles from 1729-1733. Mantel quality!
Probably New England, ca. 1820 to 1840. Ash or chestnut. Retains what appears to be all original panels glass. First white paint has patinated to a softer "oyster". Joinery of the frame by wooden pegs through extending stiles. Snipe (drawn wire) hinges secure the swinging door (and iron handle), the wire being an early connector when cast iron hinges were expensive or not available. Cut and wrought nails hold the tin dome. The stiles are decorated with carved notches and "lambs tongue", and all edges, inside and out, are molded, not simply squared, an indication of superior craftsmanship and time invested/costliness. Condition: Solid/robust in hand. Lots of patina. Split at the top board. The lower rail on the right side (as one is looking at the door front) is dirtier than others. Tin candle socket is secured by putty, done long ago. Dimensions: 10 7/8 inches tall to the top of the stiles; 11 3/4 to the top of the tin dome; 15 to the top of the bale handle. .
Ca. 1775-1810. Horn. Carving of General Joseph Warren, one of America's greatest heroes who was killed at the Battle of Bunker Hill on June 17, 1775. Reverse carving depicts the patriotic shield and U.S. AMERICA. Cross hatching and swags decorate the rim.....Warren, a physician, was a leader in organizing Patriots in Boston, serving as president of the revolutionary Massachusetts Provincial Congress. Dr. Warren enlisted Paul Revere and William Dawes on April 18, 1775, to spread the alarm that British troops were marching to raid Concord and to arrest rebel leaders John Hancock and Samuel Adams. Warren also participated in the Battles of Lexington and Concord. Commissioned a Major General in the colonial militia shortly before Bunker Hill, yet rather than exercising his rank, Warren served in the battle as a private soldier under Israel Putnam, and was killed when British troops stormed the redoubt atop Breed's Hill. His death was immortalized in John Trumbull's famous painting (see photo). This piece has been in private collections, the most recent public showing being at The Museum of Fine Arts, Springfield, Mass, 1976, "Bicentennial Exhibit of Furniture, Paintings and Decorative Arts 1700-1876", and is pictured in the exhibition catalogue which is included with its sale. Carved Horn cups are done in a similar technique and manner as powder horns, yet POLITICALLY INSPIRED CARVED HORN CUPS ARE EXTREMELY RARE IN COMPARISON TO EVEN THE BEST POWDER HORNS. 3 7/8 inches tall. Excellent condition.
Woodland's Indian, probably Great Lakes, ca. 18th to mid 19th century. Maple, in fine orginal dry, nut brown patina. Elegant, graceful sculptural bird, with very unusual carved crest in high relief, so skillfully executed that it underscores the importance of this object to its original carver and owner. Effigy ladles were carried by the Indian to bring to a supper or feast to serve out from a large common bowl or pot. The effigy had personal meaning to its owner, often carved in response to dreams or illnesses after consultation with a medicine man. Wonderful condition, with museum mount. About 10 3/4 inches tall in the stand; bowl about 5 1/8 inches across.
Northeast America, ca. mid 19th century. Stoutly made from thick maple, with original bittersweet paint on both the mortar and pestle. Strong color, desirable complex surface. Early unobtrusive stable hairline on the mortar, and another on the pestle. Stands about 13 inches tall (to the top of the pestle).