John Philbrick Antiques
Box 174, Edwardsville, IL 62025    603.498.5009


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Although bigger than others I have seen ~ I think this lamp was used by skaters. Octagonal candle lantern made of filed sheet metal and teal colored inset glass panes held in place by undulating tin edges. Bale handle can lower bottom for access to candle socket. Marked "Depose" top and bottom. 19th century European. Glass coloring beautifully mottled by the heat of the flame... in very good condition with excellent patina.

Sheet iron, colored glass   8.24 tall, 3.5 wide : inches, including handle....   $395        More info >>


Mirror. Looking Glass. Reflecting Glass. It will hang very nicely on the wall and fits well in the hand. And best of can barely see yourself in the glass! The carving mimics the engraving on the brass fitting and it would appear the terminus had three round inset pieces at one time. The back shows signs of more carving -begun- but never completed. The mirror glass is held in with some kind of resin. I don't know where it was made... no doubt some place where craftspeople excelled at creating useful beauty. 17/18th century. Condition: Very good. Silvering is much debased and the handle very worn.

Carved Mulberry and engraved brass   14 by 5 inches   $595        More info >>


Late 18th, early 19th century splint basket.

Birch or Ash   7 1/4 inches tall 5 1/2 inches square   $950        More info >>


Waste not, want not... as the saying goes. Among the many interesting aspects of this punch ladle is the use of the shell- which mimics the silver form ladles that were often given bowls shaped like a nautilus. I submit the possibility that the wood, silver and shell have been together well over a century given the amount of degradation to the surface of the shell. After all- punch contained citric acid and alcohol.
From the excellent patina of the beautifully turned handle to the well balanced two prong attachment- this is an exceptional "make-do".
Good antique condition with overall wear.
Anglo-American ca. 1810-

Turned Hardwood, Silver and Shell   14 3/4 in. long, 3 1/2 in. wide   $595        More info >>


Short on nutrition, long on shelf-life... and no flies! Stone fruit is the sort of decorative element that is truly elemental... it goes with anything-anywhere! This assortment was crafted in Italy in the 19th century and consists of 3 bananas, 1 orange, 2 persimmons, 2 grapes, 5 apricots, 1 plum, 1 walnut, 1 lemon, 1 apple, 1 peach, 2 figs, 1 pomegranate, a half apple and a half peach. 23 pieces in all. All posing in a lovely 19th century glass compote with an engraved "W".

Polychromatic painted marble, glass   14 inches tall, 10 inches wide   $2295        More info >>


The jewel tones of this pillow are quite similar to those used on wallets embroidered in the 18th century. Thick colored wool threads stitched on a canvas backing with a border of green wool fringe. The back is
red toile de jouy and the scene depicts the famous first flight of Joseph-Michel and Jacques-Etienne Montgolfier in a hot air balloon. Watching man make his first assent into the heavens (1783) was none other than Benjamin Franklin himself. The fabrics are 19th century and the pillow was probably crafted later.
Condition: Vibrant colors. Loss to wool threads

Polychrome wool stitched on Canvas   14 by 22 1/2 inches   $750        More info >>


Linsey-woolsey pieced coverlid in a variety of colors with cut corners and overall quilting. Tan backing. Some damage, but excellent vibrant colors. New England. ca. 1790-1810.

Wool   87 inches long, 99 inches wide   $1950        More info >>


Box 174, Edwardsville, IL 62025    603.498.5009