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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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SIGNED. Outstanding Flame Stitch Embroidered Pocketbook.....SOLD

Found in an early estate in Hingham, Massachusetts, ca. 1750-1790. Careful and lengthy wool-embroidery with an exuberant array of vibrant, impactful colors including dark and light blue, red, orange, olive and sage green, gray, white, black and brown (all of which required to have the wool threads dyed beforehand). "MARY SMITH" is signed inside in pink thread against the original silk or cotton green lining. Mary likely made this gem for herself, perhaps in academy, and possibly as an accessory for her debutante appearance. Excellent condition retaining saturated colors and only minor thread loss. About 7 1/2 inches wide x 4 ½ tall inches long (when closed). Reference: "Worldly Goods", Philadelphia Museum of Art: "What Clothes Reveal", Baumgarten, Colonial Williamsburg; and "Little by Little", Nina Fletcher Little. A delightful example of 18th century decorative arts with marvelous presence and condition..

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Small Rare Early Embroidered Needlework Picture.....SOLD

New England, 18th century. New info: Made by Sarah Pomeroy (daughter of General Seth Pomeroy, who was was an American gunsmith and soldier from Northampton, Massachusetts. His military service included the French and Indian War and the early stages of the American Revolution. He fought as a private soldier in the Battle of Bunker Hill, but was later appointed a major general in the Massachusetts militia). One of probably four known by Sarah (one once in the collection of Nina Fletcher Little). They were made while at Sarah's academy in Northhampton, MA, then proudly displayed by her parents. Probably wool stitching on a linen ground, featuring light blue, dark blue, white, brown, pink, and red. The picture showcases an over-sized white bird perched on a tree bearing apples or berries, with one also grasped in the bird's beak. The bottom center features flowers with perhaps blue berries upper center and left. The back has a cutout of the Bertram and Nina Fletcher Little auction catalogue from Sotheby's in 1994, showing a related embroidery, circa 1756, presented in the same frame-type as this example. Another with similar size, color palette and frame sold at Skinners, 2014, October 26, lot 127, also of Northhampton, MA origin. This needlework has expected toning yet colors remain strong. The carved black frame with gilded liner is without glass, about 11 1/2 inches wide x 9 5/8 tall, sight size about 8 3/8 x 6 3/4. Provenance: New England collection from noted Americana dealer Robert Thayer.

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Early Skewer Holder with Important Provenance.....SOLD

New England, ca. 1780-1800. Wrought from iron by a skilled blacksmith. Lollipop hanger with diamond shaped body and arching holders. Attached label, now nearly a century old itself, reads: "Christmas Greeting 1927 H W Erving From W.N." This skewer was given as a gift from one legendary pioneer collector, author and researcher to another: WALLACE NUTTING to HENRY WOOD ERVING. The holder and skewers are exceptional in surface and condition, and show a museum or collection number in several places. Long time private Massachusetts collection. Overall length including holder and skewers about 13 3/4 inches. The attached label elevates it considerably.

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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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Fine Tulip Butter Print with 5 Stars.....SALE PENDING

Pennsylvania. ca. 2nd quarter, 19th century. Lathe-turned and deeply hand-carved maple. It was common in this period to decorated foods to make them more attractive. Central stylized classic tulip, a frequently used symbol in Pennsyvlania-German decorative arts, flanked by 5 stars. About 4 1/2 inch diameter, and also about 4 1/2 inches tall. Excellent condition. Private Connecticut collection.

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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.....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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Elegant Roasting or Toasting Fork.....SALE PENDING

Probably New England, ca, 1750-1800. Wrought from iron by a skilled blacksmith. Graceful two tine fork with elongated diamond shaped and tapered handle, with subtle arch along its length, ending in a heart or ram's horn design. Delicate fine scroll at midpoint of shaft. Excellent original condition with rich oxidized patina. About 25 1/2 inches long. Provenance: Years ago Nathan Liverant & Son..

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