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.
Northeast America, ca. 18th century. Iron, with wooden handle that appears to be oak or chestnut. A flintlock tinder lighter, or tinder pistol, typically made by gunsmiths, was a device that saw use in wealthy households from the 18th century until the invention of reliable matches. It somewhat resembled a small flintlock pistol, but without a barrel and with a candle holder and with legs so it could be stood upright. When the trigger was pulled, the sparks from the frizzen lit dry tinder in the pan, from which the candle would be quickly lit. The device provided a quick and reliable source of light, and flame for the lighting of fires. Acanthus-leaf engraving to the top. Side storage door intaglio stamped with the maker's name "WOOD(s)". The database of American gun makers shows Wood and Woods that worked in Massachusetts, New York, and Pennsylvania in the period of this tinder lighter's making. Excellent untouched condition. About 6 5/8 inches long. The candle cup retains an early tallow candle. Provenance: Private collection; Hollis Brodrick.
New England, likely Hingham, Massachusetts, ca. 1820-1840. In early dry crackled dark green paint. The lid with carved pinwheels and stamped stars, the underside with beautiful engraving of the three trees, a prominent theme throughout history. The box has lost about 1/4 inch of height around about 2/3 of its uper perimeter (under the lid) such that the lid can only rest on the base, not fit snugly about it. About 5 1/4 inches long x 3 3/4 wide x 2 tall.
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.
Probably New England, ca. 1840. Beautiful polychrome frame with round-over rails and stiles featuring black ground with bronze-paint decoration, and red corner blocks also with bronze paint decoration. Original crackled over-varnish. Excellent condition. Stand along art or to present an exceptional painting. Outer dimensions about 17 x 15 inches, inner dimensions (maximum piece of artwork) 14 1/8 x 12 1/8. View size about 13 1/8 x 11 1/8.
New England, likely Maine, ca. 1830. Pine with original red/salmon paint. Made with skill with strong form and balance, including the original compressed ball feet, the canted top, bull-nose rail, and pronounced verticality. Note grooves on shelves to hold plates. NOTE SIZE: Not full, not a miniature, made for a child....Stands JUST 45 inches tall x 20 wide x only 9 (at the deepest). Excellent condition in a very high state of originality. Light weight and easily moved.
New England, ca. 18th/early 19th century. Pine, with original red wash on the front and sides, the back left unpainted. A true fragment mirror in the sense that the silvered glass is the broken remnant of a larger piece, not simply a small piece of glass. Mirror glass was so scarce and expensive that even tiny fragments were often saved and repurposed. The very thin early glass is set-into the pine board and held via tiny tin tabs. The pine board is itself remarkably thin at only 3/16 inch thick. Board dimensions roughly 12 inches long x 4 1/2 wide. The glass about 2 1/2 x 3 1/2 inches. Provenance: Private collection of Mrs. Robert Skinner, founder of Skinner's Auctions.
New England, ca 1807. Also known as "rum keg". Staved construction with beautiful button-hole joinery, the straps appearing to be ash while the staves are likely oak or chestnut. Never painted which has led to a rich, deep, most-desirable color. The straps have a smooth burnishing that developed over countless handlings. Deeply engraved underneath "EG 1807". The top retains a collection number of 1971.13. About 6 inches tall with diamter at the top and bottom of about 4 5/8 inches with a full 5/8 inch of shrinkage across the grain. Robust, solid, and uncompromised. The finest example of this form I have seen.
Northeast America, ca. mid-late, 18th century. Original patinated sage-green painted body, with unexpected rare polychrome pinwheel lollipop hanger of vermilion and cream, the sections separated by light scribe lines. Untouched dry crackled surface with exceptional character on a slender body rising to an elegantly incurved neck which sweeps upward to support the lollipop. The paint decoration, combined with the sophisticated design, raise this object to the pinnacle of the form. Joinery by early nails. About 12 inches tall x 3 wide x 1 1/4 deep. Unobtrusive loss of a portion of molding at the front bottom. If the form were silhouetted, that marvelous lollipop-big circle atop the slender neck would be good enough, but shine some light on it and not only is the form desirable, the vermilion and cream pin-wheel paint is delightfully surprising and fun, like a beacon from the 18th century. Provenance: Distinguished private collection; Don Walters.
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.