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Choice and Rare PILGRIM CENTURY Carved Weaver's Tape Loom.....SALE PENDING

Massachusetts, North Shore Boston, Essex-area, ca. 1680-1720. There are many tape looms that we see, but few have survived like this one. The rare opportunity to acquire a three-centuries old artifact from early Colonial America. WHITE OAK with rich chocolate-brown natural patina. Carved SUNBURST CREAST 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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Fine Wallpaper Objects-Available Separately or Together.....Box still available!

HEART DECORATED WALLPAPER BOX. American, ca. 19th century. Small round box with white wallpaper ground, brown-striped rim, and applied cut-out hearts on the top, no doubt given as a gift on a special occasion. The interior and underside lined with newsprint. The box joinery by hand-stitching. Dimensions about 3 inches diameter x 1 5/8 tall. APPLIED CUTWORK AND WALLPAPER FRAME. (SALE PENDING) American, ca. 19th century. Beautiful object, meant to hold a very special portrait. The front entirely of cutwork, with black stripes against a rust-color ground, profusely decorated with mustard geometrics. The back in wallpaper. The bottom of the back has a "slit" into which a portrait could be slid into to fit behind the original glass. Original wire hanger. Not including hanger about 6 1/8 inches tall x 4 1/4 wide..

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Child's Country Ladderback High Chair

New England, ca 1800. Appears to be original natural surface on maple, with splint-ash seat. Turned finials with three arched slats; double box stretcher on base. The form and posture is enhanced by canting inward bottom to top and front to back. The frame is excellent condition, the seat with losses as shown. About 37 inches tall. Provenance: Peter Eaton; New England collection.

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Diminutive Paint Decorated Lidded Box

Northeast America, ca. 1820-1840. Original ochre paint over mustard ground, with the ochre moved into attractive patterns while still wet by a rag or other device. Taller-than-wide slightly bulbous body with turned lid, surmounted by an integral turned finial. Minor paint losses and stain (shown). Dry surface. Structurally excellent with no cracks. Pleasing small size of about 4 1/4 inches to the top of the finial x 3 3/8 diameter. Likely to hold spices or sugar. Nice...

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MINIATURE Tin Chambersticks.....SALE PENDING

Probably Northeast, ca. 19th century. Fashioned from tin, these rare miniature chambersticks were likely either made as tapers (to provide wax for ceiling envelopes) or for doll houses that were so popular then. Nice dark dry patina. The round about 1 inch tall x 2 diameter; the scalloped square about ½ inch tall x 1 5/8 square (plus a 3/8 inch handle). From a private New England collection..

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Innovative, Intriguing Folk Art Rug. Design Before its Time.

American, ca. late 19th century. Wool on burlap. Pre-dating, yet in a manner relating to that of Joseph Albers, the design features decreasing-sized and color-contrasting squares that immersively draw the observer in. Also pre-dates and relates to the minimalistic designs of Donald Judd. The design further enhanced by the "organicness", or non-linearity of the soft square sides. Mounted for easy hanging. Attention grabbing size of about 38 ½ inches square. A scarce content departure from most 19th century rugs that depict flowers or buildings or animals. Art that would thrive in a historic or contemporary settting. Provenance: Northeast private collection.

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WANTED! EXCEPTIONAL examples of early American painted woodenware, folk art, and artworks.

EXCEPTIONAL EXAMPLES of early American painted woodenware, folk art, and artworks.

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