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Authentic Shaker Beans Pail.....SOLD

Most likely Canterbury, NH, ca. mid 19th century. These are RARE. Just a few sets of Beans, Rice, and Oatmeal are known. Each in dark mustard-yellow paint with freehand black-paint lettering, the lettering with a delightful reverse slant. As with other authentic examples, this Beans bucket is made by the Shaker cooper with interlocking V-shaped tongue and groove joinery to the pine staves. The concave birch handle has a central scribe line, and another 1/8 inch from each end. The bail plate is an inverted tear drop. Condition is solid with honest wear as it was really used. About 9 inches tall not including handle; 12 1/2 diameter at the top. See the Shaker Museum, Mt. Lebanon, for a group of one Beans, Rice, and Oatmeal. Also see Shaker Woodenware, Sprigg and Johnson, Volume I, for an Oatmeal example. .

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Exceptional Polychrome Hollowcut Silhouette Pair with Stylized Bust-Lines

Probably New York State or New Hampshire, ca. 1830-1835. PRE-PHOTOGRAPHY MEMORIES. Watercolor, graphite, and ink on wove paper. Based on the distinctive bust-lines, the artist is attributed to the deaf-mute artist JAMES HOSLEY WHITCOMB, based on research published in the New Hampshire Historical Society magazine (1977) by Donna-Belle Gavin. James Holsey Whitcomb (1806-1849) born in Hancock, New Hampshire. This pair of silhouettes has it all! Note they are each "twice" hollow-cut, with the heads and bust-line areas cut and backed with black-silk, while the clothing is watercolor painted on the wove paper. The gentleman, identified as CHARLES BUROUGHS, is particularly beautifully decorated with a blue-gray coat (with buttons that stand proud), yellow vest, and blue-patterned cravat, with high white collar. The lady, LUCINDA BURROUGHS, also shows blue-gray with a splash of yellow. Based on a granny-note accompanying the piece, Charles was born in New York State in 1790, and Lucinda also in New York (Hoosick) in 1796. They were married and had 11 children. Subtle graphite embellishments are seen about their heads. Presented in a beautiful one-piece period frame, that may be original, with molded edges and central divider. Fine condition with minor toning. Frame size about 10 1/4 inches wide x 6 1/2 tall x 5/8 thick. See Skinner, the Lewis Scranton collection, 2016, for another pair by Whitcomb. Also see Silhouettes in America, 1790-1840, Blume Rifken, pp. 74-75. From a private Pennsylvania collection.

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Paint Decorated Oval Fingered Theorem Box.....SOLD

Northeast, likely New York State, ca. 1830-1840. Appears to be poplar top and bottom, with ash sidewall, and original paint featuring a gold bronze-powder stencil on black ground, often associated with New York State. The top decorated with a basket overflowing with flowers and foliage, a popular theme of the period that represented optimism and plenty. The bottom perimeter very successfully stenciled with what at first appears to be flame, yet is more likely leaves. Fingered joinery held by cut nails and wooden pegs. Superb structural and paint condition. Given the likely NY origin, accomplished stenciling, and color palette, it is likely that this box was decorated by Ransom Cook or someone in his circle in or near Saratoga Springs/Albany. Stencils at that time were a rather sophisticated art form requiring the artist to design and cut the stencils by hand. About 5 ½ inches long x 4 wide x 2 1/4 tall. A special box.

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Deeply Carved Double-Sided Cookie Board

Dutch, ca. early 19th century. Wood appears to be beach. Crisply and deeply carved of a man and woman, most likely husband and wife at the time of their wedding. Rich color. A substantial piece, heavy in hand, about 19 inches tall x 6 ¾ wide x 1/1/8 thick. A very decorative example of early treen work. From a long time Connecticut collection..

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3 Wallpaper Boxes.....SALE PENDING ON PIN CUSHION; OTHER TWO AVAILABLE

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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Bold, Bright, and Beautiful American Theorem

Probably New England, ca. 1830. Paint (oil) on cotton-velvet. Unusally impressive and dramatic, with rich, saturated colors featuring a woven basket on a green table, the basket overflowing with flowers and leaves. Note especially the stylized sun flower upper left, and the little blue bird at the top. The details keep coming, from the fine weave of the basket to the leaf tendrils to the shaded flower petals; and even an unopened rose bud. The art fills the space with a feeling of abundance and optimism. Fine molded mahogany period frame, which may be original, works perfectly to help the colors pop. Signed near the bottom "MEW". Frame size about 25 inches wide x 23 tall. Excellent condition with expected toning and a minor imperfection upper right. One of the finer examples of this early art form that one will find. HAPPY TO SHARE HIGH RES IMAGES.

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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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