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At times a single wall sconce is sufficient.  Especially if the surface is outstanding and the form is unusual.  This brass double socket sconce has an age darkened surface that is virtually black and the stamped brass back plate is in the form of a double fleur de lis with a faux screw head.  This sconce was found in the midwest and dates to the turn of the 20th century. 10 1/8" W x 9 1/4" H.







Sometimes you buy a piece because of its appeal.  This hand thrown redware jug has a fluted strap handle, a dark orange body with a heavy lead glaze and manganese "freckles".  This jug has a great presence and appeal, unfortunately it has a couple of chips and an "in-firing" crack that has opened.  As such it can make a great shelf piece and is priced accordingly.  The jug is American and dates to c. 1870-1880.  9 1/8" H x 6 1/4".




At 6 5/8" high this New Geneva pitcher is a very desirable size.  It has an overall brushed design including tulips, vines, a band of arches and dots, an inverted pine tree and deep swags around the rim.  The pitcher is in overall excellent condition with one minor rim repair.  Found in Southern Ohio, this Pennsylvania pitcher dates to the last quarter of the 19th century.  6 5/8" High.


Fabulous storage basket in very old and heavy mustard and robin's egg blue paint over the original dark blue paint.  The form has a round top which tapers down to and is reshaped to a square base.   There is a small section, about 2" long, where the rim wrap is missing otherwise the basket is in an excellent state of preservation.  We found this Passamaquoddy basket in Maine and date it to c. 1920.  13 3/4" x 5 1/2".


When we found this remarkably nice gathering basket, my thoughts, during this wicked cold snap of sub zero temperatures, immediately jumped to picking fresh strawberries in the late of Spring and the first crop of tomatoes in the Summer.  Anyways, this basket retains its original dark red paint, does not have any breaks or separations and shows appropriate wear and oxidation where expected.  We date this remarkable survivor to c. 1900-1920.  15 4/4" x 10"x 10 1/8".



Early miniature pewter platter with a scalloped  and reeded edge. There is a worn touch mark on the back which is European.  The platter is in great condition and has a very desirable surface. Everything about this unusual survivor indicates that it dates to c. 1800.  4 1/2" long x 2 7/8" wide.



Unusual Taconic swing handle square basket.  Great condition and natural surface.  Found in an established Maine collection dating to the early 20th century.  One very minor separation in the narrow splint, mentioned only for accuracy and which does not detract from the aesthetics.  This is a very desirable basket and would be an excellent addition to any level of collection. We date this basket to c. 1890-1910.  13 1/2" x 12 1/2" x 7 1/8"



Traveling compass/sundial in a turned maple lidded box.  The patina on the case is precisely as you would expect on a piece that dates to the early to mid 1800's.  The base has a split and the top has a tight hairline, however the case is still intact.  This piece was made in England or the U.S.  and was found in Kentucky approximately 50 years ago.  2" Deep x 1 1/2" High.


Unusual pair of salt glaze stoneware vases.  Hand thrown with a sharply delineated shoulder and neck.  Found in Ohio.  c. 1870.  8 1/4" high.  3 1/8" top, 3 1/4" bottom.



We found this small footed storeage basket in an old collection in Maine.  Reportedly, this basket was acquired directly from a native American family.  It is typical of baskets woven in Maine. The apple green paint is very old or original.  We date this 5 inch square basket to c. 1920.




This unique spill holder features a shaped brass back plate to which  a Copper Star of David is attached over the spill receptacle.  The Spill receptacle is in the shape of a copper bucket with scalloped and pierced rim, 3 applied riveted brass bands and a bold, brass applied heart.  This is truly the best formal spill holder that we have seen and we believe that it would make a great addition to your hearth.  This piece may have been a wedding gift to a lucky European  Couple who married in the mid to late 18th century.  8 " high x 4 1/2 wide.




Here is a very unusual sheet iron, wedding band push-up, chamber stick with a saucer base and a great finger loop that is hand hammered and attached with rivets.  The "wedding ring" is molded iron that has a single seam.  The push-up tab is marked " Horobin".  this maker worked in Birmingham, England c. 1830-1860.  This chamber stick is in excellent condition and retains a great natural patina.  6 1/2" diameter x 4 1/4" high.






An unusual redware jar with a cobalt blue brushed tulip over 2 wavy cobalt lines on Albany slip.  While that may seem a bit unusual, the jar was never glazed on the outside, leaving an almost biscuit type of body.  We believe that this jar originated in PA and that it dates to approximately 1870.        7 3/4" high.





This is a most interesting piece of early American cast iron.  It has an integral round decorated tab handle and a distinctive spout opposite the handle.  This uncommon American grease lamp dates to the early to mid 18th century.  It would make an excellent addition to any primitive interior or early lighting or iron collection.  5 1/8" wide x 1 3/8" high.



This is a great set of matched pair of single socket brass candle wall-sconces.  Each has a semicircular drip pan with a riveted candle socket, that is riveted to the arched top and 1/2 canopied back plate. The back plate and drip pan are wire wrapped for strength.  Each sconce is hand punch decorated with fanciful vining flowers.  The backs retain their original oxidized brown surfaces.  The sconces were found in Maine and date to the 19th century.  11 1/2" high x 5 3/4" wide.





Here's another find from Pennsylvania.  We found this very fine hand wrought spatula with a great heart-shaped tip in Lancaster County.  The overall condition of this piece is excellent and would make an excellent addition to any collection of early iron, hearts or Pennsylvania antiques.  We believe this spatula dates to c. 1800. 11 1/2" long.



Another great Pennsylvania find.  This is a rather plain and simple hand-forged iron spatula with a simple hanging hook at the tip.  It does have a well executed rat-tail at the end of the hook.  this spatula is in great condition and dates to approximately 1850.  15 3/4" long.




This is a hard-to-find solid tiger maple Federal era picture frame in its original or old varnish finish, original glass and brass ring hanger.  The surface is a warm, deep amber and the striping in the maple is distinct.  This frame would definitely enhance any type appropriate folk art that requires framing.  The frame probably originated in New England around 1830.  16 1/4" x 12 3/8" overall.  13 3/8" x 9 1/2" sight.




"Frame made by Isaiah Moody brother of Dwight L. Moody and framed for Mrs. Wood."  This notation is listed on the frame's original back paper.  The frame appears to be made of cherry with an applied edge of what we believe to be Pecan and an inlaid band of what we believe to be pecan and burl cherry.  The frame retains its original, mellow varnish surface and its original back board.  We found this frame in the /south and believe it to be of Southern origin.  We date it to 1880.  10 1/8" x 11 1/4".




This is a fabulous small frame with deeply carved and gessoed curling leaf decoration and a gilt/gold surface.  The frame and the R.S. Forks still life print are untouched since they were made.  We date this piece to 1890 and we think that the frame would compliment any small, appropriate work of art housed with the frame.  9 1/8" x 7 1/2".




This early Portland, Maine ovoid stoneware jug with the impressed mark of Orcutt & Crafts, was found in a very old Maine collection.  These two potters learned their trade in Massachusetts and joined in a partnership in 1835.  This nicely shaped jug has a tight hair line around approximately 1/2 the base.  Orcutt & Crafts were the first potters in Portland and probably in the State of Maine.  Even though this jug is not perfect, it would make a very nice addition to any collection of early stoneware.  12" high.



We are pleased to offer this early State of Maine ovoid stoneware jug by Lyman & Clark of Gardiner, Maine.  This piece has a strong impressed makers mark, an early style of mouth, bold ovoid shape and a very nicely shaped applied handle.  There is a tight hairline extending from the rear of the mouth down the back approximately 4 inches.  This jug would be a welcome addition to any collection of early New England stoneware.  It dates to the mid to late 1830's.  12" high.



This swing handle basket has a double band rim which wrapped with two criss-crossing strands of splint.  This basket is in its original worn white painted surface.  There is one section of the rim wrap that is missing, otherwise it is in very good, well used condition.  the basket was found in Maine and dates to the early 20th century.  12 1/2" wide x 7" high.




Wood Oval mirror in original apple green paint with gold decorative details and ball feet with felt covered back board and easel back. This wonderful decorative piece dates to approximately 1930-1940 and could be used as a table top piece or as a wall hanger. 17 3/4" high x 14 5/8" wide.



Very unusual top hat form whale oil lamp made from copper.  The "hat' has an almost spool shaped crown and a shaped and rolled "brim".  The burner collar and burner base are brass and the wick tubes are steel.  There is no maker's mark and no obvious purpose for this top hat form other than lighting.  It is possible that it is a commenorative or political piece of lighting.  We believe this piece is definitely American and dates to the mid nineteenth century.  3 1/2" high x 3 3/4" wide at base.




Bell shaped pewter whale oil lamp with a two tube burner.  This lamp is in very good condition, is not marked but it is marked with a "5" on the base.  The maker is unknown, it is American and it dates to approximately 1840.  The burner is an old replacement. Approximately 3" high.




Militiaman's Pocket Companion by Joseph Lord published by W. F. Norman, Hudson, NY, 1822.  Overall the book is in very good used condition.  The marbled boards are worn but intact and  the paper has light to moderate overall staining.  However,  the illustrations are all present.  This little manual gives great insight into the training of our early military.                               c. 1822.



We have two bunches of vintage stone grapes which are being offered separately.  Both are connected to actual wooden grape stems and both bunches are in very good original condition and  evidence their age and use.  Either bunch would make excellent addition to any stone fruit collection or early American decor.

Green Bunch   $165.                 


If you have been looking for a great basket to add to your collection, this is the one.  This late 19th century basket retains its original, dry light sage green paint.  It has a single swing handle with a great shape attached to the basket with woven on and shaped loops.  The basket has a round top over a single wide band of splint over narrow splint.  The body of the basket gradually transitions from a square bottom to the round top.      11" wide, 6 1/2" square bottom, 6 1/2" high.




This is a redware lamb food mold with a glazed interior.  Both halves are in very good condition with no significant chips, hairlines or checks.  The mold, which retains its original steel clip, has an exterior surface that evidences plenty of use and still produces a crisp casting as demonstrated by the plaster lamb in the picture.  The mold was found in the midwest and dates to approximately 1870.          9 3/4" L x 6 1/2" H.



PA salt glazed stoneware pitcher with a single cobalt tulip on the front and Albany slip interior.  There is a single incised horizontal line at the waist.  This piece is in excellent condition with no flakes, chips, hairlines or cracks.  c. 1860-1870.  8 1/2" high.



Great cast iron boot scraper with reeded columns, ball finials and multiple horizontal bands.  This scraper retains most of its old and original salmon paint.  Currently displayed in a painted wooden block.  The piece is unmarked and dates to approximately 1860.   12" wide x 9" high.



Great rectangular gathering basket with hand carved, extra long hoop handle, wrapped and decoratively painted cobalt blue bands.  This piece would make an excellent addition to any basket or country collection.  There is one minor break in the weave at a bottom corner otherwise the basket is in very good condition.  Found in Maine. c. 1910.  17 1/4" x 10 1/2" x 9".



Hand forged iron hanging grease lamp with its original hanging hook.  This piece is wrought from a single heavy piece of iron that necessitated the shaping of the bowl with  spout and the formation of the vertical, arrow-shaped hanger. This early grease lamp was found in MA and dates to the early to mid 18th century. 11" high, 4 1/4" wide bowl. 



Philadelphia style knife tray with deeply scalloped and canted sides and divider.  This unusual piece retains the original mahoganized finish with green and mustard striping and yellow hand painted flourishes on all sides.  The tray is complete with minor repairs to some spurs.  The centennial Philadelphia style tray features nailed construction and dates to 1870-1880.  15 3/8" w x 9 1/4" d x 5" h. 



Perfect 2 handle storage basket made from natural splint with mustard painted mirror-image triangles on each long side.  The handles are hand carved and 1/2 mortised to the band.  Found in Kentucky. c. 1900-1920.  11 3/8" wide x 8 5/8" deep x 5 1/2" high.


 6" Redware Jar

Very nice and unusual redware jar or vase in a rich dark glaze.  The unnamed potter created a very crisp rim, an incised band of a wavy line bordered by horizontal lines and a well formed base.  Glaze flaking around the rim and an unglazed spot. No cracks or major chips. Possibly PA. c. 1830.  6" high.