New England, ca. 1840. Pine top and bottom with what appears to be ash sidewall. Joinery by iron tacks and wooden pegs. Charming paint decoration with wisps of bittersweet against mustard. Retains original thin over varnish. Excellent condition. About 6 inches diameter x 2 1/8 tall. Nice.
New England, ca. 1840. Pine top and bottom with what appears to be ash sidewall. Joinery by iron tacks. Labeled in bittersweet with the initials P.C. over mustard. Retains thin over varnish. Excellent condition missing just one peg in the base. About 5 5/8 inches long x 3 7/8 wide x 1 15/16 tall.
Northeast America, ca. 18th/early 19th century. Staved construction with beautifully done button-hole hooped joinery. Very dry original soft blue paint oxidized to green with blue highlights. Skillful black-paint labeled: THE 2nd CO. IN THE 16th REGIMENT. Later family label on the back "Canteen carried by Harvey H. Sargent in the Civil War 1861-1865". The form, the paint, and especially the style of the lettering strongly support a 18th to early 19th century making. Consensus is that this canteen was made and labeled in the 18th/early 19th century, then carried in the Civil War by Sargent as a keepsake or good luck piece, perhaps as a gift from an ancestor. Superb solid, uncompromised condition missing only the leather strap. About 6 3/8 inches diameter x 3 3/8 tall. This canteen is one of the finest to be found owing to its great form, condition, blue-green paint, and remarkable lettering.
Northeast America, ca. 1820-1840. Original ochre paint over mustard ground, with the ochre moved into attractive patterns while still wet by a rag or other device. Taller–than-wide slightly bulbous body with turned lid, surmounted by an integral turned finial. Minor paint losses and unobtrusive minor stain (shown). Structurally excellent with no cracks. Pleasing size of about 4 1/4 inches to the top of the finial x 3 3/8 diameter. Likely to hold spices or sugar. Nice.
Northeast America, ca. mid-19th century. White pine with very dry original black paint (never over-varnished) with metallic-gold (likely bronze powder) painted hearts and trim. Retains original leather hinges. Smooth burnishing and paint wear to the handle indicating frequent use, yet the interior is quite clean with few dents or scrapes, so unlikely this carrier was used for cutlery or tools. Probably made as a gift on an important occasion as it is decorated with 6 hearts, one on each side and one on each lid. The box about 12 3/4 inches wide x 12 deep, and 5 1/2 tall (not including the handle) and 7 3/4 (including the handle). Very good condition with expected minor wear; sturdy and robust in-hand.
American, late 19th century. Oil on canvas. Folk art townscapes, and house/farm portraits in the 19th century were painted to reflect pride in home, town, and accomplishments. This is a fine example, rendered in a quiet, soft color palette with horse and rider prancing down the path, with their dog in hot pursuit, while in the foreground a mother pig watches as her piglets drink. Several buildings, including a privy set into the trees, surround the elegant, green shuttered white-painted house with picket fence surrounding to keep out farm animals, and scattered flowers. The composition portrays an appealing simpler time. Excellent condition with minor area of toning. Appears to be original, and very pleasing, molded frame with dry, crackled surface. Overall frame size of about 33 inches x 23 inches. A note on the back indicates this painting was found on a long trip years ago.
Northeast America, ca. 18th century. Iron, with wooden handle that appears to be oak or chestnut. A flintlock tinder lighter, or tinder pistol, typically made by gunsmiths, was a device that saw use in wealthy households from the 18th century until the invention of reliable matches. It somewhat resembled a small flintlock pistol, but without a barrel and with a candle holder and with legs so it could be stood upright. When the trigger was pulled, the sparks from the frizzen lit dry tinder in the pan, from which the candle would be quickly lit. The device provided a quick and reliable source of light, and flame for the lighting of fires. Acanthus-leaf engraving to the top. Side storage door intaglio stamped with the maker's name "WOOD(s)". The database of American gun makers shows Wood and Woods that worked in Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania in the period of this tinder lighter's making. Excellent untouched condition. About 6 5/8 inches long. The candle cup retains an early tallow candle. Provenance: Private collection; Hollis Brodrick.
New Hampshire, ca. 1750-1765. Pine, with very dry original oxblood red paint. Descended in the "French" family of Portsmouth, NH. Oral family history has this box making the move to Portsmouth from what was then Rumford, NH (renamed Concord in 1765). The double-lollipop hangers, unique in my experience, are tall and stately, with notched necks flowing into incurved shoulders. Lollipops are carved, not sawn. Scholarship suggests the double-lollipops symbolize man and woman or husband and wife, yet perhaps they simply function to prevent the box from swinging. The box saw frequent use as evidenced by patterns of wear to paint and inner box. It survives as a stately, important view into pre-revolution rural colonial America. Joinery of the thick walls by rosehead nails with several nails having lost their heads or replaced by somewhat later nails. Condition is very good with expected irregularities at the locations of the nails. May hang or rest on a flat surface. About 14 1/4 inches tall x 12 wide x 6 deep.
Northeast America, ca. 1820-1850. Appears to be poplar. Slow-lathe turned and footed. Period 19th century very dry, soft mustard/yellow paint over what may be an earlier thin paint or primer. Inside does not have knife marks and is light in color, indicating that this bowl was likely used for dough or dairy, not for chopping or other food preparation. Large size at about 20 5/8 inches diameter with 5/8 inches of shrinkage across the grain. Quite deep at 6 11/2 inches. Excellent condition with no cracks. Outdoor photos shot in 6 degree windchill! (I wanted to show yellow in natural light).
Baltimore, Maryland, ca. 1825. Tall, stately, boldly tapering flask with flattened sides, decorated on both faces with a large brushed cobalt-blue flower with fan-shaped blossom and cobalt-highlighted spout. Approximately 20 examples from Baltimore are known, some being attributed to maker David Parr. Excellent structural condition with no cracks. Stands about 9 1/2 inches tall, broad shoulders of about 5 inches wide tapering down to a base of 2 1/4 inches; about 2 3/8 thick. From a long time private collection. A beautiful gem!