Probably Pennsylvania, ca. 1830-1840. Naively drawn folk art watercolor on paper, with the young girl holding what appears to be a pair of "distelfink", stylized goldfinches that often appear in Pennsylvania decorative arts. Watercolor highlites in shades of blue, gold, and black. The texture enhanced by pin pricking, a popular rendering technique of the period. Unframed. About 6 1/2 x 4 1/4 inches.
Probably New England. ca. 1800. Pine. At just 3.25 inches long, this tiny Queen Anne looking glass is the smallest I have seen, most likely having been used when traveling. Joined by cut nails, and retaining early, well worn, pale-blue paint. The thin glass is largely desilvered except for a quarter size portion in the middle. Silver about the edges has deteriorated away owing to air and mosture infiltration under the glass edges. The back is unpainted, exhibiting a deep patina.
Northeast America, ca. late 18th century. Ash burl. At just 3 7/8 inches diameter, this is a scarce-sized bowl made before stoneware and ceramic alternatives obsoleted tiny wooden bowls. Figured with a mix of wavy ash and the tiny eyes of burl. Desirable very dry surface. Pronounced foot with terrific burnished-wear to the underside. Beaded rim made from a single incised line. Just 1 5/8 inches tall. Pictured with a miniature carved hand (described elsewhere).
Likely New England, ca. early to mid 19th century. Paint on wood with cut nail joinery. By a skilled artist who likely rendered signs, carriages, gameboards, and perhaps houses and portraits. Through weathering and age, the black and white paint has mellowed to softened black lettering over splendid patinated tones of warm white and cream, with a most desirable dry and crusty surface of considerable character. Imagine the many conversations that occurred under this sign as horse-drawn wagons and carriages were pulled beneath it to be filled with supplies. At eight feet long, and with deep, chamfered picture-frame molding, this sizable work would become a key element of design and central to a home's personality, providing the opportunity to transform a space into a special and historic aesthetic. About 100 1/2 inches long x 11 1/2 tall x 2 5/8 deep.
Massachusetts in the area from Worcester to Sturbridge, ca. 1825. Pine. Boxes of this form and decoration were virtually always made with a black-painted ground; with RED ground a great rarity! Decorated with green and mustard arched feathering, drapery swags with tassels, and a trailing mustard line enhanced with yellow and green flowers. Mustard lining with invected corners frame the lid, front, and sides. The interior is finished with bold, hand-blocked decoration on laid paper. Most Worcester boxes have no pull on the lid, or a simple brass bale, yet this box is fitted with an original eagle brass, a symbol of patriotism. Cut nail joinery, inner dust barrier, and retaining original hinges. Painted surface is dry and shows craquelure, with minor losses. About 15 7/8 inches long x 8 deep x 6 1/2 tall.
Probably New England. Pine. 19th century. For removing baked items from the hearth, this peel exhibits early carving and saw tool marks. Good patinated blue paint with appropriate wear and feathering. Handle is worn smooth from burnishing from countless hands. About 30 3/4 inches tall x 16 wide.
American, ca 2nd half, 19th century, having square nailed picture-frame molding enclosing a Mill Game on one side, and American checkers (8 x 8) on the reverse. The mill side of wonderful color contrast having a bright red outer band with inner green, all around a central mustard square with free-hand black painted game lining. The checkers side having alternating black and gold squares with red lining, enclosed in outer layers of dark green, yellow, black, dark green, and olive. Appealing period surface with just the right amount of craquelure and patina. Period smoothed losses to edge molding, fitting the character of the piece. Period and probably original brass ring for hanging (not shown). About 14 3/8 inches x 14 inches (the difference being shrinkage across the grain). Ex-collection Selby Shaver (The Art of the Game).
Probably Northeast America, ca. late 18th to early 19th century. Appears to be riven white oak, retaining heads of three large cut nails. Likely originally a stave from a barrel. The stave may have been salvaged and used as a trade sign for a business by Daniel Alben. Super patina. Look and feel and color of an early beam. About 26 inches x 3 5/8. Great character.