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Iron Rush and Candle Pendant Ratcheting Holder, Gilmonton, NH.....SOLD

Acquired from the Gimonton, NH "Brick House" in the 1960's and said to have been made at the nearby Gilmonton Iron Works, ca. 18th to early 19th century. Blacksmith-worked from stout iron blanks, this remarkable example of lighting was made to hang from beam or hook with sawtooth-adjustable height to raise and lower illumination. The rush holder has hinged jaws to secure rush (or other dried plant material that would be dipped in animal fats and burned for lighting) the supporting arm connected to a candle-socket that not only held wax or animal-fat candles, but also served as a counter-weight to keep the rush from falling out from the other side. Rush gave very little light compared to that from the candle, yet was very inexpensive and quick to make and use. The candle-side reserved for more important neds. Exceptional structural condition, surface, color, and wear. The pivoting mechanism is delightful. Maximum length about 36 inches; ratchets down to about 25 by 9 wide.

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Extensively Chip Carved Love-Token Fingered Box

New England, probably Massachusetts, ca. 1840. Carved initials RB. Maple walled with pine top and bottom, with wooden pins and oxidized-copper square-nail joinery. Extensive fine chip carving decorating the fingers, ten intertwining hearts, and stylized vines. Each heart has a unique subtle carved decoration within its boundary, including a tiny sunburst. Small graffiti radial carved into bottom. I have had several boxes by the same hand, including one dated 1842 and indicating that the maker was born in 1761. 3 1/4 inch diameter x 2 inches tall. Superb condition with a couple of very minor splits. Rich dark patina which is particularly impressive given the hard, closed-pore maple. Crafted with much care as a token of affection. Provenance: Fine CT collection from Elliot & Grace Snyder long ago.

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Tilttop TABLETOP Lighting Stand.

Likely English, possible America, ca. 1790-1820. Brass, iron, and steel. Not to be confused with later smaller brass Victorian whimseys, this stand is very well made, hefty, and likely had the function of raising lighting to a more useful height when flat, and as a reflector when tilted. Round brass top riveted to steel edge and to tilt top block. Steel shaft with baluster turnings ending in tripod cabriole legs. One tiny iron toe of foot missing ( has been gone a long time). Otherwise excellent original condition with functioning tilt top mechanism and original knob and lock. About 7 3/4 inches tall when closed, diameter about 6 3/4. Provenance: Private Connecticut collection for almost 30 years.

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Unique Red White and Blue Carved Looking Glass.....SALE PENDING

Northeast, ca. last quarter, 19th century, likely inspired by the celebration of the first 100 years of America. Believed to have been made by a sailor, it is carved from one piece of wood in a voluptuous manner, with a marked three-dimensional presence representing a rope-twist. In a high state of originality with strong patina. Provenance: Purchased from Grace and Elliott Snyder by Dinah and Stephen Lefkowitz, of New York City and Old Saybrook, Connecticut. See the article about their remarkable collection in Spring, 2007 Magazine of Antiques and Fine Arts by Johanna McBrien, this looking glass being the lead pictured object and a favorite of Dinah (and now a favorite of mine). About 12 inches tall x 10 wide. .

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Brilliant American Flag Snuffbox.....SOLD

Northeast, ca. 1820. Paint on black-lacquered papier-mache. Reflecting the pride in early Americans in their young country. Possibly Hudson River school, perhaps representing an area near New York City. The patriotic meaning not in doubt, the flag boldly centering a harbor scene. Superb color and condition, the thin over-varnish finely crackled. About 2 7/8 inches diameter x ¾ thick. Special!

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Richly Patinated Little Hanging Wall Basket.....SALE PENDING

Likely Northeast Woodlands Indian, 19th century. Wood splint, with a deep dark natural dry patina. Wrapped at the rim and the top of the back wall. Just 5 1/2 inches tall x 5 wide x 3 deep. Excellent condition with an ancient minor loss. Probably intended to be hung but does sit on a surface with a backward lean. Private Northeast collection. Delightful.

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Delightful Rare Howard Zinc and Copper Rooster Weathervane.....SOLD

Jonathan Howard Company of West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, circa 1854-1867. One of the earliest weathervane manufacturers in the United States, Howard and Company made some of the most detailed and distinctive weathervanes of the day. The characteristic Howard pleated tail is fashioned from copper, as are the cast legs and spurred feet, while the head and bulbous body are heavily cast from zinc. The copper elements show a complex verdigris green surface with traces of gilt, the zinc body with weathered patina. For a nearly identical example see Steve Miller, The Art of the Weathervane, page 142. The small size of just 13.5 inches long gives one the flexibility to put it almost anywhere. Casts a clever shadow. A rare form in sensational condition.

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Superior Wallpaper Box. With a Patriotic Surprise.....SOLD

Pennsylvania, ca. 1847. Wallpaper on pasteboard. A brilliant combination of color and design. The colors remain rich and saturated, the clean and crisp design providing strong contrast between hues and shapes on all surfaces, even underneath. Sizeable, yet has survived with only minor edge wear, pristine amongst wallpaper boxes. Newsprint, in German, lines the interior, the lid featuring a calendar for the year 1847, while the base reveals a hidden treasure, an engraving of the Great Seal of America. The engraving was printed by Johann (John) Ritter (1779-1851), editor and publisher of the Adler, the oldest German newspaper published in the United States, in Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania. About 12 3/4 inches long x 6 1/2 wide x 3 3/4 tall. Provenance includes private collections and David Schorsch. High res images easily emailed. This is a statement piece for those seeking the EXCEPTIONAL.

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Antique Scarce Authentic Pig Weathervane.....SOLD

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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Striking Untouched Portrait of a Boy in Blue.....SOLD

Northeast America, probably New England, ca. 1820. Oil on wooden panel (poplar), very dry having never been over-varnished. The young boy, softly and sensitively portrayed by an unknown artist, is dressed in a blue "skeleton suit" which was fashionable for boys ages 3 to 7 from about 1780 to the 1820's. His jacket is buttoned to high-waisted trousers, appointed with rows of decorative brass buttons that rise over the shoulders, with a broad-collared white blouse. The background is painted sage-gray. The portrait stands out given its simple, uncomplicated aesthetic and blue-dominant presence, the blue standing out even in low light. Old scratches as shown, the poplar panel is bowed about one inch as is often seen on paintings on wood. About 20 inches tall x 16 3/4 wide. Exceptional provenance upon request.

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