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Rare MINIATURE POLYCHROME Writing Slate.....SALE PENDING

American, ca. 1850-1880. Note the tiny size at just 3 1/2 inches tall x 2 1/2 wide. Appears to be maple with original beautiful polychrome paint, one side in red, white, and black, the other with green clovers or trees (not stenciled). While most slates are 12+ inches tall for use by children in the classroom and written on with a slate “pencil”, given the very small size and attractive decoration I suspect this one may have been used for an application like pricing in a country store. Excellent condition. Paint is dry with strong patina. Demands attention despite its small size.

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Remarkable Carved and Painted Early Frame.....SOLD

Centre County, Pennsylvania, ca. 1840. Likely poplar, with original dry red paint. Remarkable carving! The corner pinwheels stand so tall from the surface that they remind one of frosting on a cupcake. Each individual "herring-bone-like" channel is skillfully and carefully carved. Lapped-corner joints secured from behind by wooden pins. The painted surface is red, tending towards salmon. The thin over-varnish is crackled; a sensational surface. Outside dimensions about 18 inches x 14 1/2. The view dimensions about 13 1/8 x 9 3/4. The inside rabbet (the maximum piece of art that it could take) is about 14 inches x 10 5/8. About 5/8 inches thick, and a full 1 1/2 inches thick at the corners including the pinwheel carvings. Superior condition, tight and robust in hand. Stand-alone as a work of art, or to present a top-shelf painting about the size of a Prior-Hamblin School portrait.

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MINIATURE Paint Decorated Lift-Top Blanket Chest.....SALE PENDING

New England. ca. 1820-1840. Pine, with waist molding above a beautifully shaped carved-apron on all four sides supported by tall feet. (Having the waist molding on such a diminutive piece is an unexpected detail and speaks to the eye and skill of the maker). Molded lid resting flush on the side walls. A most appealing color combination of warm green-ground paint highlighted with yellow lining. Retains tightly crackled thin over-varnish, and original brass hinges. Inscription under the lid reads, in part: “Made by uncle Raynor ________ when I was _____ old”. Excellent condition for such a delicate little box with just minor glued cracks on the front left foot. Note the TINY SIZE OF JUST 5 3/8 inches wide x 3 3/4 tall x 2 3/4 deep. May fit on a candlestand or shelf or mantel, or could also top a stack of graduated painted boxes.

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Beautiful Large Shaker Box in Early Yellow Paint.....SOLD

Northeast America, ca. mid-19th century. Four bevel-carved fingers on the box, and another on the lid. Sensational deep rich yellow color with a leaning toward mustard. Very thin dry crackled over-varnish. Thick walled and in excellent structural condition with very clean interior. The lid still fits tightly with no compromise. Large size at about 12 ¾ inches long x 10 1/8 wide x 5 1/4 high. The color, the scale, and the condition of this box elevate it to a standout. Provenance ownership includes Olde Hope, private Texas collection, private New England collection.

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Watercolor Memorial with Angel and Meeting House

Probably New England, ca. 1810. Watercolor, ink, and graphite on paper. The delicate, curly-haired young woman in high-wasted dress contemplates the memory of Edwin and William Jones while leaning on their large memorial, flanked by a winged angel wrapped in blue, and an elegant white Federal church/meeting house with spire pointing to heaven. The traditional symbolic weeping-willow branches frame the the girl and angel. Very pleasing bright palette of blues and greens, anchored by white and splashed with color from the flowers. The painting naïve yet sophisticated.....Memorials were typically created by young ladies while attending a seminary, where the well-educated girl was expected to master the basics of drawing, painting, embroidery, and penmanship. They were often created years after the events they depicted as gifts for family or close friends.....Period frame that is likely original, with eglomise mat and gold lining. Condition excellent save for the deterioration of black paint behind the eglomise mat, and toning at the very top of the image, above the tree line, likely due to contact with wood backing shortly after original framing. Overall frame size about 20 1/2 inches wide x 17 1/2 tall. HAPPY TO EMAIL HIGH RESOLUTION PHOTOS..

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EXTRAORDINARY ILLUMINATED MANUSCRIPT OF HOW TO NAVIGATE THE WORLD

Albany (London), England, dated 1805. Over 260 pages beautifully hand written/precisely hand drawn by John Taylor, Jr. Ink and watercolors on woven paper. This not a journal, rather a sophisticated, comprehensive treatise to inform how to sail the world, including sample problems in geometry, trigonometry, geography, sailing (including plain, traverse, compound, oblique, windward, current, parallel, mid-latitude, mercations, circle), finding the latitude of a ship, rules for keeping a journal at sea, how to measure distances and heights from objects on land from sea, the latitude/longitude of every seaport in the world, and too much more to list. Throughout, Mr. Taylor has included sketches and colorful illustrations to help communicate concepts, highlighted by a striking watercolor of the Mariner's Compafs (note long S in compass). Clearly he was an exceptionally educated man and experienced sailor. Excellent condition including original worn, marbled-board covers. The binding has failed vertically in its middle yet most pages continue to hold. Interior pages are in superb condition without water damage. Measures about 15 inches tall x 11 wide by 1 1/4 thick. An opportunity to enter a time-machine and understand from a first-hand account how the English sailed the world. More images, and high resolution, available.

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Folk Art Face-Rug.....SALE PENDING

Northeast America, ca. late 19th century. This brilliant, singular, unconventional, diminutive hooked rug, likely a table rug, really caught my eye. Perhaps symbolizing the sun, or more likely a nonrepresentational portrait, this evocative image captures attention. It is centered by a bespectacled simple face with red-lines radiating outward, the same red adding seemingly “random” interest throughout. The rug has a fun personality. About the size of a medium game board at 17 1/2 inches wide x 15 tall. Mounted for hanging. From a prominent mid-west antique and folk art collection.

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Exceedingly Rare Early Tin 24-Light Tray.....SALE PENDING

Northeast, ca. early 19th century. An extremely rare form of early lighting of which very few have been noted. Think of it as the reverse of a chandelier, i.e., light available from many candles yet with much easier access than overhead, and movable from table to chest. Twenty-four individual candle holders, each with tabs peened and soldered underneath, the tray carry able by a sturdy strap tin strap handle. Note how the tray and the handle are constructed from two sheets of seamed-tin, known as “double-sheet”, owing to the small size of raw tin sheets in this period. The candles are not period but appear to be hand-made. Excellent condition and robust in hand. Measures about 18 1/2 inches long x 13 wide x 10 inches to the top of the handle.

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Fine Folding Diminutive Strawberry Embroidered Purse.....SOLD

Probably Northeast America, ca. 1760-1790. Primarily wool embroidery with original silk lining (typically the silk lining was replaced in the 19th century, yet this example retains its original), and elegant silver hasp and plate (unhallmarked), with wrigglework decoration and engraved with the initials “ML”, for “Mary L Morris, for which the purse is signed under the flap. Mary was likely a schoolgirl who created this purse at a girl’s academy. The rich colors on the purse are grounded with a dark green, with pink and green strawberries presented within a matrix of black diamonds, the colors remaining deep and saturated. The interior separated into two compartments, begging the question of what they held given the flat/thin design. Paper money? More? The condition of this purse is exceptional, with minor wear to the edges and silk lining due to handling. Very small size at just 4 ½ inches wide a 4 tall x 1 thick (at the hasp), 3/4 inch at the body). Provenance: Delaware family (not collected).

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Early Paint Decorated Frame

Northeast America, ca. 1830-1840. Original PAINT simulating crotch mahogany on pine. Excellent for housing a fine period folk art painting, or as art by itself. Excellent structural condition; minor abrasions as shown. Outside dimensions about 16 1/4 inches x 14 1/2; sight size 11 3/8 x 9 1/2; rabbet (max dimensions of artwork that it will hold) about 12 1/8 x 10 1/8. Retains original brass hanging hook. A hard to find frame to elevate a Prior-Hamblen or similar folk art painting.

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