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Paint Decorated Bentwood Box.....SALE PENDING

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.

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Opposing Finger Box Initialed PC.....SALE PENDING

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.

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A BEST Labeled Canteen of Considerable Rarity.....SALE PENDING

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.

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Diminutive Paint Decorated Lidded Box.....SOLD

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.

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Very Small Polychrome Wallpaper Box

Probably Pennsylvania, ca. 1825-1850. Blue, orange, and yellow paper on a press-board body. Hand-stitched construction as often seen on early wallpaper boxes. Oval. Very small size of just 2 3/4 inches long x 1 3/4 wide x 1 1/2 tall. Good condition with typical wear.

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Proud Folk Art Farmscape

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.

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Oval Opposing Finger Box with Scarce Decoration.....SALE PENDING

New England, ca. 1820-1840. Original paint; pine or basswood top and bottom; maple side band. Most boxes of this form are found unpainted or with a single solid color. This scarce paint decoration successfully pairs whimsical free-hand black "tears" and wisps with stenciled overlapping leaves (the stencils likely hand-cut) on a brilliant yellow foundation. Paint is dry yet appears to have been protected by a very thin over-varnish. Paint is in excellent condition, with minor wear. Box is structurally excellent with no cracks. Dimensions are about 5 inches long x 3 3/4 wide x 1 5/8 tall. See American Fancy, Exuberance in the Arts, 1790-1840 for reference. I've had less than a handful of paint-decorated opposing finger boxes ever.

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Rare Colonial Wall Box with Twin-Lollipop Hangers.....SOLD

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.

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Large Bowl in Yellow Paint.....SALE PENDING

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).

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Rare Baltimore Cobalt-Decorated Stoneware Flask

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!

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