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Delightful Rare Howard Zinc and Copper Rooster Weathervane.....SOLD

Jonathan Howard Company of West Bridgewater, Massachusetts, circa 1854-1867. One of the earliest weathervane manufacturers in the United States, Howard and Company made some of the most detailed and distinctive weathervanes of the day. The characteristic Howard pleated tail is fashioned from copper, as are the cast legs and spurred feet, while the head and bulbous body are heavily cast from zinc. The copper elements show a complex verdigris green surface with traces of gilt, the zinc body with weathered patina. For a nearly identical example see Steve Miller, The Art of the Weathervane, page 142. The small size of just 13.5 inches long gives one the flexibility to put it almost anywhere. Casts a clever shadow. A rare form in sensational condition.

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Superior Wallpaper Box. With a Patriotic Surprise.....SOLD

Pennsylvania, ca. 1847. Wallpaper on pasteboard. A brilliant combination of color and design. The colors remain rich and saturated, the clean and crisp design providing strong contrast between hues and shapes on all surfaces, even underneath. Sizeable, yet has survived with only minor edge wear, pristine amongst wallpaper boxes. Newsprint, in German, lines the interior, the lid featuring a calendar for the year 1847, while the base reveals a hidden treasure, an engraving of the Great Seal of America. The engraving was printed by Johann (John) Ritter (1779-1851), editor and publisher of the Adler, the oldest German newspaper published in the United States, in Reading, Berks County, Pennsylvania. About 12 3/4 inches long x 6 1/2 wide x 3 3/4 tall. Provenance includes private collections and David Schorsch. High res images easily emailed. This is a statement piece for those seeking the EXCEPTIONAL.

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Very Nice Medium Size Boldly Paint Decorated Dome Top Box

New England, probably Vermont/New Hampshire/Maine, ca. 1820-1840. Original ochre paint decoration on basswood and pine. One of the nicer examples one will find, very clean interior, terrific structural condition, original hinges, hasp, lock, and keeper, dust liner, dovetailed case. Superb paint coverage with very fine craquelure. About 18 inches long x 10 deep x 8 3/4 high. Attractive and very functional for storage. Private New England collection.

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CHOICE Scarce Miniature Wallpaper Box.....SOLD

Pennsylvania, ca. 1840. Block-printed wallpaper on pasteboard, hand-stitched seams. Rare design of black and white vine-foliate and flower patterns against a rich green ground. Owing to its early Pennsylvania origin, it has English-language newspaper lining the base, with German-language lining the lid, the former which appears to be from Montgomery County, Pa, just north of Philadelphia (Valley Forge area). Very small size of just 2 ¾ inches wide x 2 tall. Excellent condition. Early wallpaper boxes of this size, color, and condition are very hard to find.

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Shaker Four Finger Box in Rare MEETINGHOUSE BLUE Paint.....SOLD

Maine (Sabbathday Lake or Alfred), ca. 1830. Original authentic and rare Meetinghouse Blue paint, making reference to the original blue paint on the interior woodwork of the Shaker meetinghouse at Sabbathday Lake, as illustrated in Amy Stechler Burns and Ken Burns, The Shakers, Hands to Work, Hearts to God (New York: Aperture Books, 1987), p. 109. Shaker religious laws stipulated that Meetinghouses "should be painted white without, and of a bluish shade within". About 11 3/4 inches long x 8 1/4 deep x 4 3/4 tall. Period wear as shown, including smooth burnishing (from frequent handling) about the edges; structurally excellent with just a minor ancient split underneath. Beautifully carved tapered and chamfered fingers.

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Watercolor Portrait Miniature by JH Davis. Published. Exceptional Paint Decorated Frame. Distinguished Provenance

New England, likely from the area of Dover, NH to Newfield, Maine, ca. 1833-1837, watercolor, ink, and pencil on paper. The subject, Eliza Adams, portrayed by portrait-artist Joseph H. Davis half-length and in profile, is seated on a floral decorated fancy-painted chair, in black dress with lace trim at bodice, collar, and cuff. She wears a fashionable tortoise-shell comb in her hair, and bold earrings. Note the subtle blue, white, and red highlights. Presented in a beautiful fiery paint-decorated fancy frame with finely crazed original over-varnish. Overall frame size about 6 ¼ inches x 5 3/8. A distinguished provenance includes Horton Foote (Pulitzer Prize and Academy Award winning American playwright, whose screenplays included "To Kill a Mockingbird"), Pam Boynton, Ross Levett, and most recently a fine private New England collection. Pictured and discussed in THREE NEW ENGLAND WATERCOLOR PAINTERS, exhibition catalogue from 1974-1975..

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Scarce Tallow Skimmer

New England, ca. early 19th century. Finely made from worked tin with turned wood handle. The working end made by a tinsmith, featuring a pan to scoop in melted animal fat, the joining side with holes to filter tallow from the fat, the tallow then used to create candles. The tallow candle making process was very labor intensive, with tools like this tallow skimmer illustrating a bit the work. Overall length about 22 inches, the width at the filtering pan about 6 inches.

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Paint Decorated Swing Handle Box.....SALE PENDING

Probably Northeast, possibly Hingham, ca. 1840. Original yellow paint with black foliate and stripe decoration on what appears to be maple sidewall with pine top and bottom. The top further decorated with the signature "J.H. Wigg". The form is very unusual, I don't recall having had or seen another like it. The handle joined to the box via wooden pegs, the pegs secured inside with cut nails. Very finely made, excellent structural condition. Diameter about 7 1/4 inches, height 4 3/4 not including handle. Provenance: Private NH collection from Olde Hope; pictured on page 37, The Olde Hope Collection, A Catalogue of American Antiques, Summer, 2008.

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Bold Schoolgirl Theorem with Rich Colors

New England, ca. 1830-1840. Probably crushed cotton (velvet), the preferred medium (and expensive) of that period for this type of artwork. The subject of an overflowing basket in that period communicated plenty and optimism. Enhanced by a bird and butterfly. Retains original wavy-glass eglomise panel centered with the name of the schoolgirl artist "EMMALINE SILL.", and presented in a fine gilt frame. The artwork in unusually superb condition save for a stable little crack in the extreme upper left of the glass, outside the image area. Gilt frame size of about 23 inches wide x 19 tall. Provenance: John Sideli, private New England collection.

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Small Paint Decorated Document Box

Probably New England, possibly Pennsylvania. ca. 1820. Appears to be basswood. Original paint decoration of ochre/bittersweet and mustard/yellow. Strong surface with much craquelure. The case is dovetailed, the hand-planed domed lid joined with cut nails. Very good condition with just a bit of roughness by an added nail on the lid; original hinges, lock, and internal nailed-on dust barrier. Appealing small size of just 12 inches long x 6 deep by 5 tall so that it can easily be placed on a fireplace mantel, candlestand, or shelf.

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