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Exceptional Sailor-Engraved Powder Horn

Probably Coastal New England, ca. early 19th century (possibly late 18th). Carved and engraved horn with pine plug. Profusely decorated with vignettes of places the sailor had seen (real or imagined) during his journeys. The horn is centered with the patriotic American eagle and shield, with E PLURIBUS UNUM trumpeted from the eagle's mouth within ribbon. Pictorial engravings include: grand three masted ship (likely the ship the carver sailed on for months or years), mariner's compass, NAPTUN, a trumpeter riding a half horse/fish, conjoined hearts, a magnificent estate with fish weathervane and musketed guards, table fitted with food and wine, a hunter, and more. Overall length about 12 inches. Excellent condition.

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AWAY FOR FOR MEDICAL REASONS!

I will be away from email and phone for a week or so. When I come back I have some new acquisitions to post!

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Extraordinary Fanciful Folk Art Mirror.....SALE PENDING

Likely Pennsylvania, ca. 1840-1870. A remarkable folk art expression with dramatic silhouette in an OUTSTANDING state of originality including the dry, finely crazed original red (paint or thin pigmented varnish) and mirror-glass. Made by an inventive and skilled craftsman/artist who wanted the mirror to stand out from the others, to be its own little work of art. Ornamentation includes incised and split columns, exceptional scrolls in the crest, applied, deeply carved stars, cross-hatched stylized diamond-shaped ears in the corners, and signed in the central bottom rail "W. HOWER", flanked by punch decorated tulips and birds. Exceptional condition! Only minor cracks limited to the narrow neck of the scrolls mended in period by glue-blocks on the reverse. About 22 1/4 inches wide x 19 3/4 tall. Easily the most exceptional mirror I have ever owned, and also one of the finest pieces of folk art. For the collector was wants a unique, whimsical, folky, colorful piece that is also useful.

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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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Early Labeled BUCK WHEAT. Painted Firkin.....SOLD

American, 19th century, having rich, dry, apple-green paint with a complex surface on staved construction, held in place by bands secured by a mixture of copper and iron tacks and nails. Swing handle. One side centered by the very desirable and authentic original white-painted "BUCK WHEAT." Note the period after wheat, a puncutation device often seen on early to mid-19th century trade signs. As expected wear. About 10 inches tall not including handle. Base diameter 9 3/4 inches. Lid diameter 9 1/4 inches. Boxes and firkins, with period labeling of contents, are scarce compared to their plain counterparts.

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Grouping of MINIATURE Carved and Painted Shorebirds

Probably east coast, ca. late 19th to early 20th century. Three carved shorebirds in dry, polychrome paint, including one preening, resting on wire legs set within a perfect portion of driftwood. The birds are tiny, ranging from 2 5/8 inches to 3 3/8. The entire piece is about 7 inches long x 2 3/8 wide. A sweet piece that can rest on a shelf, chest, or candle stand.

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Recently Discovered Portrait by Joseph Goodhue Chandler.....SOLD

Hubbardston, MA. Signed by Jospeph Goodhue Chandler and dated 1850. Oil on canvas. Having never been out of the family of descendent's of the sitter until recently found in Western New York State. A BEAUTIFUL COMBINATION OF A MOST DESIRABLE SUBJECT BY A NOTED CHILD ARTIST IN A HIGH STATE OF ORIGINALITY......An itinerant painter who was born in Massachusetts, Joseph Chandler was a typical folk artist who traveled painting portraits, but unlike many, he signed and dated his paintings on the backs of the canvases. He was especially skilled with children. He favored a deep blue dress behind one hand that held flowers, the other hand often holding a pet or object, in this case the ribbon of the child's hat. As with many folk art paintings, the image would seem to depict Miss Mary older than her three years of age. Children's portraits by Chandler are in fine museum and private collections. In ink, on back of canvas: Painted for Mifs Mary S. Gardner aged 3 years.....By J G Chandler , May, 1850.....On the stretcher: Hubbardston, Mafs Minor restoration, original frame and stretcher. Note the use of the "long S" in Miss and Mass, an early writing convention that slowly fell out of use after 1800.

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Rare Early Engraved Dated Letter Box.....SOLD

New England, ca. 1814. In original deep blue paint, with a touch of green in the hue. Pine top and bottom with ash or chestnut side wall, joined by early nails. What makes this box special is the crisp, precise engraving "LETTER BOX 1814" clearly carved by a skilled engraver, perhaps the maker of the box. This box was made in the period prior to commercial envelopes in which letters were typically tightly folded paper seal by wax. The box measures about 7 1/2 inches diameter x 3 3/8 tall. Good condition with wear consistent with period usage.

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WANTED: Folk art townscapes/landscapes

Seeking special examples of early American folk art townscapes or landscapes, particularly those that include people in the composition. Please email photos to earlypieces@aol.com, or call 585-385-9002.

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Early Large Pennsylvania Wallpaper Box and Scarce Needlecase

Pennsylvania, both ca. 1840. The wallpaper box is of unusually large size (7 5/8 inches diameter x 5 3/4 tall). Stiched seams and structurally excellent......The needlecase is a scarce item, featuring floral blue decoration on off white/gold, and retains early long needles. The needlecase is 9 inches long x 1 1/4 diameter.

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