There is nothing that exemplifies functional American folk art like the hooked rug. Each one, regardless of the design, is the unique creation of the maker. By re-using materials at hand, each scrap could be said to represent the history of the family member who once wore the whole cloth.
This rug is a graphic statement of the genteel formality of the 19th century, however, the maker elevates the orderly design by interspersing various background hues and randomly changing the colors of the floral sprays encircling the central pairing of roses.
The composition has been sewn to a cotton backing and attached to a hardwood stretcher. There is an old repair visible in the detail image and wear to the edges. The condition is good with uniform diminution of color.
Found in Maine. ca. 1890
Looped cotton on a burlap ground 68.5 inches wide, 33.5 inches tall
Antique Tallow Candles
Inscrutable indeed... for it is not easily understood how these survived.
Rendered Animal Fat and Rag 8 to 9 inches long
18th Century Sewing Clamp
As ubiquitous in the 18th century as the television today... although I doubt there was one in every room! I suspect that it is 17th century~ which is why it falls into the "inscrutable" category. Stipple decoration on the arm with zig-zag incised lines; "MP" is punched into one side of the heart-shaped turnbuckle. The cushion is fashioned from 150 year old needlework and
there are three 18th century brass headed straight pins. ( pins were a big deal in colonial times; Abigail Adams supplemented her income by selling pins sent home from abroad by her husband )
Excellent antique condition. And it works.
Immanent, ca. 1700
Wrought Iron with Wool 5 inches tall, 2 1/2 inches deep
Sword Point Dagger with Sheath
This small weapon/utensil appears to have been made from the tip of a sword. The blade is affixed to a hardwood handle with an iron guard, two bands of copper set with a copper butt. The sheath is sewn leather. Both pieces have great character and patina. A very useful item for dining or defense.
Very good antique condition.
American ca. 1780
Iron, copper and leather 8 in. long, 14/16 in. wide
Four Cant-Back 18th c. Bannister Back Side Chairs
The design vocabulary of the American 18th century turner-joiner was passed on from master to apprentice; which naturally complicates the issue of origin or regional attribution. However, one can make the assertion that almost identical stylistic attributes helps support the conclusion that one shop made four objects... even if the objects descended individually and not as a group. Which means I think all four of these chairs were made by the same craftsman. The inverted bell form of the finial and the nearly uniform crest design, among other things, supports this conclusion. I don't know specifically where in New England they were made- but many collectors will recognize the shape of the rail supporting the split bannisters as seen on Connecticut chairs...
First quarter of the 18th century. Each of the chairs has a different paint history, wear, angle of repose and minor non-professional repairs.
Various hardwoods with rush seats 44.5 in. tall, 18.5 in wide, 17.5 in. seat ht.
An Accurate Map of the English Colonies... 1749
This map was printed for the London Magazine of 1749. Massachusetts Bay to the East, Lake Michigan to the West and Cape Hatteras to the South. 12 Colonies are shown- although Massachusetts is not noted.
Good antique condition; it has been folded in two places vertically.
Engraving on laid paper 10 1/2 inches wide, 8 inches tall
18th Century Crested Queen Anne Mirror
An 18th century looking glass which you can actually see yourself in! Carved crest above a molded frame backed by a pine structural frame and backboard. The crest has two panels of veneer over pine and the frame has shaped and molded veneer sections surrounding an original plate of silvered glass. Between the original backboard and the glass is a section of 18th century newspaper.
Very good antique condition; all veneer elements have shrinkage; the crest has veneer cracks. Original, as descended condition.
Hardwood veneer over pine, glass & paper 22 inches tall, 10 1/2 inches wide
18th Century Dutch Dish
Luck, love, chance... I don't know how this delicately potted 18th century plate survived in such good condition! Yes, it has the usual rim chips... but when you consider the brittle result of low fired tin-glazed earthenware... this dish is quite the survivor!
The so-called "fish bone pattern"; beautiful, vibrant coloring. Marks on the back seen in image #2.
Dutch, ca. 1730-60
Tin Glazed Eartenware 8 3/4 inches diameter
Large 16/17th Century Bronze Mortar and Pestle
Large European bronze apothecary mortar and pestle. Two bands of raised decorative motifs encircle the vessel.
Very fine antique condition
European, ca. 1580-1650
Cast Bronze 11 inches tall, 7 inches diameter
Brass Wax Jack Lighting Device
Innovation eighteenth style. A chamber-stick of sorts with a circular scissor form pan and cup mounted to a turned shaft with an urn-shaped finial raised on a circular base with heart shaped piercing and a mounted curved thumb piece. The original conical snuffer and chain.
Very fine antique condition, no repair.
English, ca 1795
Brass 5 1/2 inches tall, 3 3/4 inches wide
18th Century AmericanTreen Plate
Serving, chopping, eating or tossing... Treen plates did it all in the domestic settings of the olden days. This one has great surface and color and is in excellent condition. American, ca. 1790-1800
Turned Maple 8 3/4 inches diameter, 14/16ths thick
18th Century Lignum Vitae Vessel
A magnificent vessel made of lignum vitae, the wood of life- if you want to get literal. I would love to know it's specific purpose or probable use. I have had two objects from the 18th century with very similar turnings, both were wassail bowls. This object is turned in three parts with a very broad foot and an elaborate finial.
Very good antique condition; one tiny hole in bowl which is visible in image #3.
English, ca. 1750-70
Lignum Vitae 14 inches tall, 5 inches wide
Plaster Portrait placque of George III
Molded plaster relief profile portrait of King George III of England. Crafted by Henry Christian Geyer of Boston, Massachusetts. Ca 1760
This small eating bowl has a deep rich patina and a very tactile surface. Turned ash burl with a slight foot with a champher above. Worn and stained in all the right places; two tiny holes that go nowhere and knife marks along the edge.
American. ca. 1800
Ash Burl. 6 1/2 inches wide, 2 1/2 inches tall
William & Mary Shagreen Casket.
This William and Mary casket could hold more than a few valuables... encased in the skin of a shark or ray with a very dark gray coloring; fitted with elaborate brass hinges, escutcheon and handle with mounting plate; lined in burgundy colored velvet and patterned paper. The brass feet are period but not original and the lock and key work! Dark, rich untouched patina.
Wear to bottom and loss to skin evident in the photographs.
English or Dutch. ca. 1690-1710.
Shark skin, wood, velvet, colored paper and brass. 8 3/4 inches wide, 5 3/4 inches tall, 5 inches deep.
Brass 17th Century "Heemskerk" Candle Holder
Admiral Jacob van Heemskerk is best known as the man who, along with most of his crew, survived an attempt to discover a Northern Asian trading route by building shelters on the Arctic ice out of their ice-bound sailing vessels which allowed them to survive the winter and escape to Lapland the following Spring, 1597. The site was discovered in 1870 -along with artifacts... mid drip pewter candlesticks being among them.... and heir the candlesticks were so named!
Probably Dutch. This one dates from 1590 to 1640. It has one of the most refined sculptural configurations I have seen.
Excellent antique condition; the base and mid drip both have compression marks and the shaft tenon has been re-hammered to keep things level.
Brass 7.5 inches tall, 3.75 inches wide
19th Century Valuables Box
This little 19th century box has many decorative details; exterior is covered with polychromatic sponge and spatter decorated paper; interior is covered with geometric block printed blue and ivory paper; original ion lock, hasp and key. The dome top has a single gilt metal repousse boss and is held open with the original pink silk ribbon.
American or European, ca. 1820
painted/wood block decorated paper, wood, brass and iron. 5 5/8 inches wide, 2.5 inches tall 3.5 inches deep
18th c. English Slip Decorated Combware Cup
Footed, tulip shaped, earthenware vessel with cream and brown slip decoration- feathered (combed) horizontally and vertically. Potted in Northern Staffordshire, England ca. 1730-1750. As descended condition; chips to rim and foot, glaze loss to interior of vessel, one hairline near handle.
Magnificent footed bell-metal candlestick. Molded square base with circular ribbing raised on compressed ball feet with bulbous shaft affixed to base with a hand threaded post. Excellent antique condition. Swedish, ca. 1650
Bell Metal or Brass 8 inches high, 5.25 inches at width
Rare Print. Benjamin Franklin- The "fur cap" print.
Arguably the most internationally famous Founding Father. This print of Benjamin Franklin, the "fur cap" print, engraved by Augustin de Saint-Aubin, after a drawing by Charles Nicolas Cochin the younger. The first notice of this print appeared in the Mercure de France of July, 1777.
Ne a Boston, dans la nouvelle Angleterre le 17. Janvier 1706.
I have owned several later copies in a smaller size. This print is in excellent condition. Framed in a reproduction cushion frame, painted black, with a gold carved and sanded inner liner made by Perry Hopf.
Engraving on laid paper 9.25 inches by 7 inches, size of sheet.
18th century Scandinavian Drinking Vessel
A very dramatic Viking form which is sometimes referred to as a Norse Cup. Carved from a single piece of wood with stylized horse head handles and dark salmon and black painted detailing. Added in the late 19th century is a hammered copper liner with two bow shaped attachments and a folded rim for reinforcement. Interior bottom is very worn and has one spit; one horse snout has a hairline. ca. 1780 Scandinavian
Very finely worked 17th century iron ember tongs with multiple decorative details: thistle form tamper with diagonal file-work decoration, 14 punch-work sun bursts, heart shaped thumbpiece, overall mannerist form detail decoration. Soft worn surface with natural patination. Very fine antique condition; elongated tong arms have a very minor curve. European. ca. 1690
Wrought Iron 20 inches long, handle is 2.25 inches wide
18th century Portrait of a Lady
Portrait of a woman in a green gown wearing a diaphanous veil posed within four greenish-brown spandrels. Portrait is as descended and appears to have been cleaned, having two old repairs evident on the back. This mid eighteenth century image is framed in a hand carved custom made reproduction frame by Perry Hopf. English. ca. 1750
I have never seen this rare large scale engraving of Geo. II before... After cleaning and de-acidification it has been put back into the 18th century red painted frame it came with. Below the image is printed: The High & Mighty Monarch George the II by the grace of God, King of Great Britain France & Ireland Defender of the Faith & c. Born the 30th of October 1683 Began his reign the 11th of June 1727 and was crowned the 11th of October following
Printed and sold by John Bowles at the Black Horse in Cornhill
Well struck. Folded into four sections previous to framing.
Line engraving on laid paper 21 inches by 16 inches; frame size
I thought the metal rods were reinforcements, but I have been informed by several British dealers that this is how they are always found. This one has the remnants of the original paper label. Made in England in the 19th century. Have not timed it yet... the colorful sand still measures the minutes for the most part.
blown glass and wood 6 3/4 inches tall
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Given its ability to enhance flavor ...it is no wonder that salt, until recent times, was given a prominent spot at the table. Martha Stewart seems to be the only who still offers her guests pepper's partner.
I was at an antiques show recently and Alan Clark had the most elegant silver salt in the form of a dolphin spouting amid rocks... a popular design motif for tin-glazed earthenware... which brings me back to this item for sale. Shaped like a silver salt of the same period with gadrooned edges and a shallow well (salt was expensive... you didn't want to waste it!) decorated in blue and white with shapely leaves and scrolls. Marked on the bottom with a variant of De Metale Pot. Holland. Delft, active 1670-1775.
Dutch. 18th century.
Condition: Excellent antique condition, some wear and a few minor nicks in the glaze. The yellow marks on the bottom are from cellophane tape.
Ex. Shelly Collection
Slipware dish. This is a timeless abstract design executed in cream slip over a dark brown slip ground. Even Picasso tried his hand at slip decorated pottery... but I think the anonymous potter who crafted this dish was the better. It has a coggle edge ( " pie crust" if you are hungry ) and was made in the Midlands or northern England in the late 18th century.
Condition: Excellent antique condition. Some lines and small flakes in the glaze only.
Buff clay with slip decoration 11 1/4 inches diameter
Two Handle Cup
Sometimes called a Caudle Cup... however by the time this was made "caudle" ( a mixture of wine, wheat starch, raisons and sugar..etc. ) had been replaced by "posset" ( a mixture of lemon juice, cream, sugar and eggs ) ... so maybe a small posset pot?
Strong feather decoration below a circle of trailed dots.
Potted in North Staffordshire, England... ca. 1720-1730.
Condition: Excellent antique condition. Four small hairlines on rim edge and glaze chips on same and one handle.
A rare matched set of six spoons in their original tooled leather case. The spoons were made by Robert Wilson (1766-1824) in New York City, ca. 1803-10. Each is marked "RW" and have crests decorated with a vertical elliptical design surrounding the initials " JVB" above a cascade of bell flowers. I guess it is an Old English Pattern- so-called... the shape is pure American Federal.
Condition: Very fine antique condition. Light dinging on the bowls.
From the collection of William Guthman.
Silver and leather Spoons: 5 1/4 inches long. Case: 6 1/4 inches long
Hogscraper candlestick with a brass wedding band. The cleat bottom and the small lip and nozzle hook indicate an 18th century date. The slide ejector lifting piece is marked... but the marking is intelligible. This form of lighting was certainly very common in Early America.
English, 18th century.
Condition: Very good. Excellent original patina. The base is a bit loose.
Sheet iron and brass
Small size andirons like these were use to keep large burning logs from creeping forward... hence the name. The shape of the legs and the quillions on the shaft give these a human stance... which seems appropriate given that the finials contain four human faces each. Both the iron and the brass are skillfully worked. Late 17th century. Continental.
Condition: Excellent overall patina. Some pitting of the iron and the faces are very worn...
Iron and brass 12 1/4 in. tall ..6 1/4 in wide..7 1/4 in. deep
Portrait of the Lord Mayor
Portrait of a Gentleman. Identified on the stretcher as " William Benn born 1702 died Aug 1755 Lord Mayor of London 1746" . The Lord Mayor is wearing a reddish brown jacket... has rather mischievous blue eyes and he is framed by brown corner spandrels. Elegant reproduction frame, carved gilt and grained molding.. hand crafted by Perry Hopf. The portrait is as descended and has some old minor repairs and appears to have retained the original pine stretcher. Ca. 1746 English
oil on canvas 34 1/2 in. tall, 29 in. wide, framed
John Milton gets credit for making up the most words... the Colonial Revival period in America gets credit for creating the most inexplicable phrases. I don't know why these looking glasses are called courting mirrors - but I do think it is a charming term. This one is an ancient crusty relic dating from the 18th century. The crosseted design, reminiscent of the format used on many an early 18th century American fireplace surround, is embellished with a composite molded decorative detail in each corner; which may have been more colorful 250 years ago. All the mirror glass is original. These mirrors were used by the growing middle class in an attempt to emulate the style of the more fashionable, not to mention wealthy, nobility. etc. etc..
Condition: The mirror exhibits considerable character of age. Original mirror glass and glass insets. Dark overall patina. Wear to molding on the outermost edges. The backboard appears to be original, reset with newer nails. Continental, early 18th century.
This is the most exceptional oil lamp I have ever seen... and I mean it!
Beginning at the top... a twisted halberd hook connected by two pierced openwork knots to an elongated swivel shaft with a turned drop pendant piercing the lamp arm... which is topped by a pierced heart and crown. The edge of the font is tooled and pierced in an egg and dart pattern and hangs on a decorative applied hook below a drooping acanthus leaf and a chain affixed pick shaped in a similar fashion to the top of the swivel shaft.
Condition: Excellent. It is worn where it should be and the bottom of the font is flattened where it touches the drip pan.
17th c. The quality of the metalwork could indicate a German or Austrian origin.
Burnished Iron 17 1/2 in. tall, 3 1/2 in. wide
A token of affection. A man today might give his girl flowers, jewelry or stock in IBM... but the romantic
whittler who crafted this corset device was getting very personal indeed. Carved from a piece of birch, paint decorated with promise... a house, trees, joined hearts and even a couple diamonds... not to mention two pinwheels. The initials "DT" and "1782" painted at the bottom. For those of you who don't know what a busk is... ask your grandmother.
New England- possibly New Hampshire. 1782
Carved birch with polychrome paint decoration. 12.5 in. long, 3 in. wide
Queen Anne Candlestand
Elegant Candlestand with with a square top indented at each corner above a turned shaft and carved legs terminating in flared notched feet. New England. 18th c.
Original Red paint under a coat of dark red varnish.
Various Hardwoods with painted surface.. 27in. Tall , Top 13in. square, Splay 20in.
Slipware Deep Dish
Press molded buff clay with coggle edge and trailed combed slip decoration. I suppose these seem ubiquitous due to the fact that this form was made by many English potters for over a hundred years and examples have been found in an 18th century context throughout Colonial America. I have found shards on my own property during excavation in North Berwick, Maine. In recent times the dating of these deep dishes have been expanded. I think this example was made somewhere in England, possibly Staffordshire, in the late 18th century.
Condition: Excellent antique condition. Two small hairlines and a crease in the glaze made during the firing... which can be seen in the photo.
Ex. Wanetta Bartholomew Collection; Hollis Brodrick, Antiquarian.
Eartenware body with slip glaze 9 in. by 13 1/2 in. approximate
Paint Decorated Box
Decorated storage box painted to resemble veneer in red, yellow and black. Original Raised brass escutcheon and iron
hinges. May have had a leather strap handle, now missing.
19th century. American. Some wear to paint. Nice patination
and strong colors.
Painted Pine 7 1/2 in. wide, 4 1/4 in. tall, 4 1/2 in. deep
Brass and iron
18th century New England Sawbuck table. One board top joined to cleats with rosehead nails. Through tenon stretchers fixed with pegs. Remnants of blue paint on base. Great surface quality with seven inch overhang on the ends.
Pine... 40 1/2 X 11 in. top, 28 in. tall
Ale jug with blue and white decoration depicting trees and rocks...etc
18th c. Dutch
Tin-glazed earthenware 9 in. tall
Hourglass. Late 18th c., early 19th c. Octagonal with twisted supports, green threaded joint holding two blown glass sections. European. Ca. 1790- 1810
Hardwood and blown glass 8 3/4 inches tall
Sheet brass with shaped backplate in the form of opposing bird heads supporting a curved font. Meant to be hung on the wall and hold wood shavings; in a sense matches, to bring a light to a candlestick ...etc. Excellent condition. English. Late 18th, early 19th c.
Brass 9 1/4 inches wide. 6 inches tall
German stoneware jug with raised decoration and blue maganese coloring. Shards of this pottery have been found in every American archeological site. Exellent condition. Westerwald, Germany, ca. 1690
Salt-glazed Stoneware 7 1/2 inches tall
This vibrant polychrome decorated dish was made in Holland in the mid 18th century. Sometimes this type of decoration is referred to as the fish bone pattern for the design elements at the four points of the compass. I like the soft mint green color of the leaves... which I don't often see in Dutch earthenware. 18th century. Marked De Paauw / Holland (see detail photo)
Condition: Very good. The normal glaze loss along the rim.
So called fishbone pattern.
Tin-glazed earthenware 8 3/4" diameter
Candlestand with drawer
One drawer stand with carved and turned legs. Shaped top, banded inlay and brass pull. Old refinish. Connecticut River Valley, 19th c.
Cherry and hardwoods 27 in. tall, 17 3/4 in. wide, 18 in. deep
Various hardwoods 42 in. tall, 19 in. wide
Hogscraper Candlestick with iron wedding band. The shaft is attached to the base with a threaded bolt set with a hand cut nut. The shape, especially the bottom, resemble a device use to scrape off the scorched bristles of a hog... less said about that, the better. Excellent patina and condition. Somewhat larger than most you see... and you see them quite a bit in this country... English, 19th c.
Sheet Iron 8 3/4 inches tall
Pair of turned treen candlesticks made of lignum vitae. Dark varnish surface. 19th century. English
Lignum Vitae 11.5 inches tall
Pair of brass candlesticks with traces of original silvering left on the underside and in a few nicks and crannies. This pair of elegant candle holders has a lot of detail...including an faceted socket and an octagonal stepped base...
French. 18th century.
Condition: Excellent antique condition.