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MINIATURE Cradle Attributed to JONAS WEBER

Leacock Township, Lancaster County, PA, ca. 1840. Pine in original red paint, decorated with polychrome tulips and foliage with very thin crystallized over-varnish. Weber's paint decorated boxes are highly sought by collectors yet are actually more plentiful than his cradles. TINY AT JUST 8 1/2 inches long (MUCH SMALLER than cradles made for dolls). Paint and structurally in superb condition despite an old glued-crack to footboard. Similar examples of Weber toy cradles pictured in "Mennonite Arts" by Clarke Hess, page 66. Provenance: Private Connecticut collection; Sam Herrup, Don Walters, Arthur Liverant.

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Splint Basket in Yellow Paint.....SALE PENDING

New England, ca. 19th century to 1900. Ash-splint with original yellow paint with slight green cast. Fixed bale handle. Excellent condition. Just 5 ¾ inches long x 5 wide x 5 to the top of the handle.

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Scarce Treen Americana-- BURL PLATE (not a bowl)

Northeast America, ca. 18th century. Appears to be ELM burl. No traces of lathe marks, so likely hewn in the form of a turned plate. Perhaps Woodlands-Indian made. Remarkable survivor. Very organic with ancient dry surface, the inside recesses showing traces of white, probably indicating a dairy use. About 9 1/2 x 9 inches diameter x 1 1/2 tall. For the collector who loves early Americana in surface.

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Miniature Melon Shaped Painted Basket

Northeast America, 19th century. Woodsplint with original white paint. Although having received much use, as evidenced by the worn white paint, the condition is superb. Tightly woven, with beautiful wrapping where the handle is joined to the sides, known as "God's Eyes". Just 5 inches wide at the rim, 6 at the widest of the base, and 5 to the top of the handle. See Schorsch "American Baskets, A Folk Art Tradition", figure 21 for a similar example.

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A RARE GEM: CHILD'S CHIPPENDALE CHEST.....SALE PENDING

An eye-witness to American Revolution history. In a size AND condition that we will probably not find again! New England, likely Connecticut area, ca. 1780. Cherry primary wood with white pine secondary. Original batwing brasses, and red-pigmented original dry varnish surface. HIGH RES PHOTOS AVAILABLE. Not a miniature, rather made for a child standing about the same height as a candle stand. In period a luxury. Molded top above four thumbnail-molded graduated drawers supported by a notched, square-bracket base. Fully dovetailed case and drawers; deeply chamfered and hand-planed drawer bottoms. Each drawer retains original lock, the presence indicating that the clothing or textiles enclosed within were valuable. Very clean condition inside and out. Back has beautiful dark patina. One very minor repair to one drawer-lip corner. Case width just 24 inches (25 ½ at the base). 27 3/8 inches tall. 11 ½ deep (at the base). Given the small size this chest has the flexibility to be placed almost anywhere, and can function as a lighting stand or side-table. Provenance: Fine private Southern Collection.

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Unique Gameboard from the Early Years of American Baseball

Northeast America, possibly Point Pleasant, New Jersey, circa 1900, perhaps back into the 19th century as there is a cut nail or two visible in the back. Original paint on wooden board. Played with dice, this one of a kind game board was made about the time of Honus Wagner, Rube Waddel, Christy Mathewson, and Cy Young. Clearly played countless times, with much wear that creates a most wonderful historic character, enhanced by a dry, finely-crazed painted surface. The reverse in checkers. Good condition (missing the top segment of molding on the back that does not detract). About 19 inches high x 18 5/8 wide x 1 1/4 thick. What a complement to other baseball memorabila. ASK FOR HIGH RES PHOTOS.

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Sliding Lid Box with Unusual "Checkerboard" Design.....SALE PENDING

Northeast America, ca. 1840. Appears to be pine and poplar. Cut nail joinery, robustly made. Excellent dry paint. Original red and black painted squares and rectangles, the red paint, depending on lighting, tending toward bittersweet. Well used as evidenced by the period wear around the thumb hold, indicating frequent usage, perhaps for candles or spices. About 10 3/4 inches long x 3 1/2 wide x 3 1/8 tall.

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Early American Lighting----Smoke and Paint Decorated Three-Light Sconce.....SALE PENDING

New England, ca. 1800-1840. Tinned sheet iron (tin) with original dry paint of a buff ground with smoke decoration. Crimped edge, rolled tin (rolling marks clearly seen on photo of the back) as was typical of early tinned sheet-iron manufacturer. Very unusual in that it is fitted with three crimped sconces, each holding a PERIOD hand made candle. Excellent original condition. Measures about 15 1/2 inches long x 10 tall. Given the size and triple lights, perhaps used in a ballroom or meeting house. High res photos easily emailed.

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Folk Art Paint Decorated Document Box.....SALE PENDING

New England, ca, early 19th century. Probably pine, with cut-nail joinery. The lid decorated with grand homes and a steepled church on hillsides within a bordered panel, the front and sides also paneled enclosing trees, all set within a dark russet-brown ground with black border. With a terrific very dry surface owing to a crackled original over-varnish. Retains the lock (no key) evidence of use for important documents or money. May be second-hinges (leather hinges-inside) or perhaps hinges added for strength. Interior with later newspaper cuttings on original hand-decorated marbled wallpaper. About 13 inches wide x 8 1/2 deep x 5 tall. .

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Intricately Carved Busk Dated 1785. A Very Fine Example

Likely coastal Massachusetts. Appears to be mahogany. Carved by a patient, skilled artisan, likely a sailor for his sweetheart. She must have been thrilled to receive it. Descended in the family of Carole Hayward of East Bridgewater, MA, not having left the family until recently. Beautifully carved with DEEP crisp detail including a central heart, herring bone, two fans, and a pinwheel. Initialed "HC", probably the maker, yet possibly the lady for whom it was made. The back is engraved with the date 1785. Dry, nutty-brown patina. About 12 inches long x 2 1/4 wide x 3/16 thick. Superb condition.

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