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Fine Pair Early Watercolor Portrait Miniatures.....SOLD

New England, ca. 1810-1815, watercolor on paper, from the early days of the Federal Period. Sensitively and delicately rendered. The lovely lady in blue is identified on the reverse as Al__sra Preston. Both the lady and gentleman styled in the latest fashions of the day, the lady's hair in tendrils and tortoise shell comb, and necklace of triple-strand of red beads above a lace collar and high-waisted dress, the gentleman with cock's-comb hair, and high collared coat and cravat and Mason's pin. The lady centers wisps of green foliage. Mounted in gilt frames and eglomise panels. Frames measuring 4 7/8 x 5 7/8 inches. Superb. .

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Beautiful Silver-Engraved Burl Flask.....SALE PENDING

Denmark, dated 1645. Richly figured burl fitted with silver medallions, one repousse decorated with a winged angel above a hunched-over man with a shepherd's crook and shoe, the reverse inscription translated to "11 November 1645-My Hope to God Alone". Research suggests the whole may convey MAN KNEELING BEFORE TIME. It is likely not coincident that 1645 ended a short conflict between Sweden and Denmark-Norway that concluded with Denmark making huge territorial concessions to Sweden at the Second Treaty of Bromsebro. Height including spout and pouring cap about 5 3/4 inches, diameter 4 1/4. Stands easily upright on the lower silver filling plug. Although not Americana, this piece is so special I had to have it. It is for the collector who seeks very early antique accessories showing great skill and craftsmanship, like certain candlesticks of the period..

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3 Wallpaper Boxes

CLASSIC WALLPAPER BOX: Probably Pennsylvania, ca. mid-19th century. Wallpaper on wood top and bottom with pasteboard sides, the paste board cut-nailed joined to the wood. Strong colors of gold/yellow and lavender on an orange ground. Oblong shaped at about 10 inches long x 7 wide x 5 tall. Condition is good for its age and make and size with expected losses and imperfections.....MAN STANDING BEFORE LIGHTHOUSE: Likely New England, ca. mid-19th century. Wallpaper on paste board, featuring blue and yellow panels, the front with a transfer printing of a man, perhaps in a sailor uniform with mountains and a lighthouse in the background. Good condition. About 4 ¾ inches tall x 5 diameter.....DECORATED PIN CUSHION: Likley Pennsylvania, ca. mid-19th century. Wallpaper and cushioned fabric on pasteboard, the base hand-stitched to the side wall. Strong colors of blue base with sage, black, gray, and red fabric. Very good condition. About 2 ½ inches tall x 2 ¾ diameter. EMAIL FOR MORE PHOTOS OF EACH.

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Tiny Fabric Bird.....SALE PENDING

Northeast, ca. mid-19th century. Stuffed with wire legs. Red and blue calioc and cotton fabric with sewn on spots decorating the breast. A perfect complement to a wallpaper box collection. Very good condition. Just 3 1/2 inches long x 2 3/4 tall. Pictured in "THE AMERICAN FOLK ART COLLECTION OF DON AND FAYE WALTERS", Sotheby's, 1986. Also see the Barry Cohen Collection, American Hurrah and David Schorsch, for other tiny fabric birds that he paired with his wallpaper boxes..

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MINIATURE Cradle Attributed to JONAS WEBER

Leacock Township, Lancaster County, PA, ca. 1840. Pine in original red paint, decorated with polychrome tulips and foliage with very thin crystallized over-varnish. Weber's paint decorated boxes are highly sought by collectors yet are actually more plentiful than his cradles. TINY AT JUST 8 1/2 inches long (MUCH SMALLER than cradles made for dolls). Paint and structurally in superb condition despite an old glued-crack to footboard. Similar examples of Weber toy cradles pictured in "Mennonite Arts" by Clarke Hess, page 66. Provenance: Private Connecticut collection; Sam Herrup, Don Walters, Arthur Liverant.

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A RARE GEM: CHILD'S CHIPPENDALE CHEST.....SOLD

An eye-witness to American Revolution history. In a size AND condition that we will probably not find again! New England, likely Connecticut area, ca. 1780. Cherry primary wood with white pine secondary. Original batwing brasses, and red-pigmented original dry varnish surface. HIGH RES PHOTOS AVAILABLE. Not a miniature, rather made for a child standing about the same height as a candle stand. In period a luxury. Molded top above four thumbnail-molded graduated drawers supported by a notched, square-bracket base. Fully dovetailed case and drawers; deeply chamfered and hand-planed drawer bottoms. Each drawer retains original lock, the presence indicating that the clothing or textiles enclosed within were valuable. Very clean condition inside and out. Back has beautiful dark patina. One very minor repair to one drawer-lip corner. Case width just 24 inches (25 ½ at the base). 27 3/8 inches tall. 11 ½ deep (at the base). Given the small size this chest has the flexibility to be placed almost anywhere, and can function as a lighting stand or side-table. Provenance: Fine private Southern Collection.

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Unique Gameboard from the Early Years of American Baseball

Northeast America, possibly Point Pleasant, New Jersey, circa 1900, perhaps back into the 19th century as there is a cut nail or two visible in the back. Original paint on wooden board. Played with dice, this one of a kind game board was made about the time of Honus Wagner, Rube Waddel, Christy Mathewson, and Cy Young. Clearly played countless times, with much wear that creates a most wonderful historic character, enhanced by a dry, finely-crazed painted surface. The reverse in checkers. Good condition (missing the top segment of molding on the back that does not detract). About 19 inches high x 18 5/8 wide x 1 1/4 thick. What a complement to other baseball memorabila. ASK FOR HIGH RES PHOTOS.

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PILGRIM CENTURY Carved Weaver's Tape Loom

Massachusetts, North Shore Boston, Essex-area, ca. 1680-1710. The rare opportunity to acquire a three-centuries old artifact from early Colonial America made generations prior to the Revolution. WHITE OAK with rich original patina. Carved sunburst crest joined by tiny wooden pegs to the working slats; the base of the slats chip-carved. Pilgrim century furniture and utilitarian objects were typically rectilinear and made of American white oak, emulating the then preferred wood in colonists' English homeland. In the late 17th century, designs began to evolve to more fluid lines while abandoning white oak (which was in great demand for ship building) in favor of walnut, birch, maple, and other local woods that gave a lighter appearance. Tape looms were used by weavers who held the looms between their knees as they worked, producing thin strips of woven fabric called "tapes", plain or patterned, that had a multitude of uses from binding clothing to sacks. Given the time frame and location, this tape loom could have had association with the near at hand Salem Witch Trials in 1692-1693. About 25 inches tall x 11 wide x 1/2 thick. Remarkable original condition with just minor loss on the back. References: Historic New England, The Nina Fletcher Little Collection at Cogswell's Grant, Essex, Mass, accession # 1991.435; The Putnam Family (John Putnam being a witness to the Salem Witch Trials), Northeast Auctions, The Monahan Collection, August 2001 to Bill Samaha; and the Museum of Fine Arts (MFA), Boston, accession # 1977.636.

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Unique and SPECIAL. Early Lighting. Branch Candlestick.....SOLD

Probably New England, ca. early 19th century, perhaps back into the 18th. Ingeniously carved from a root or branch-crotch. Retains a dry, unpainted well-patinated surface with nutty brown color and what appears to be a bit of fire scorching on two legs. The four legs radiate broadly to give it perfect balance and stability, with smooth wear underneath from decades of use. It has an aesthetic that impresses from across a room. The shaft is fitted with a wooden push-up fixture with period candle stub. Not including candle rises an impactful 9 inches tall; legs spread to just under 7 inches. Remarkable condition.

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Early Heart Shaped Patriotic Bandbox. Roger Bacon.....SOLD

Probably New England, ca. 1820-1830. Pasteboard, hand-stitched, covered with cut-out paper scenes (decoupage) and gold-foil, the interior decorated with hand-marbled paper. The scenes include the Symbol of America (Eagle), Lady Liberty, and interestingly a crown, which would seem at odds with the patriotic elements. Perhaps the crown possibly symbolizes the "British Crown of Tyranny" as that being trampled by Lady Liberty as depicted in a Neoclassical painting in the NYS Historical Museum at Cooperstown. The underside has a brightly colored paper heart that displays beautifully. See the "Barry Cohen Collection" pages 88-89 for two similar boxes. About 5 ½ inches long x 4 ¾ wide x 2 ¾ tall. Interior bears the label from Roger Bacon, a collector/dealer who preferred objects in original unrestored condition, and was one of the first to collect and deal in objects that had old surface patina..

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