I've been an active collector of Americana for 30 years, concentrating on New England and mid-Atlantic furniture, chalk ware, wallpaper boxes, and velvet fruit. Currently I accept personal checks and money orders. Returns in as-received condition accepted within three days of receipt. Virginia residents pay 6% No. Va. sales tax. Feel free to ask for additional photos and/or a condition report. Refund will be minus shipping and insurance unless I have significantly misrepresented an item. I am a collector, not a professional antiques dealer, and describe each item to the best of my ability. USPS Priority Mail postage and insurance will be added to the price of each item. I HAVE AN OPTION FOR GROUND SHIPPING FOR LARGE ITEMS EASTERN HALF OF U.S. EMAIL FOR DETAILS.
If you collect early chalk ware, you know the vast majority of these pieces are paint decorated on a white ground; here is a great contrast piece for your collection---brown, red, and black decoration/ 5 1/4" tall. Hollow bottom, light in weight. PM for price.
Large well-loved early rag doll with remnants of pencil/ink face. 16" tall. Comes dressed in early clothing---white linen full-length under slip; linen shirt; calico skirt; sun bonnet; and black, mismatched stockings. Provenance on request.
Small pine foot stool. Round nails. 9 1/2" x 9 1/2" x 6 1/2" --- sturdy and useful, with a very slightly canted top board.
Versatile little country pine side table with scroll arms, scalloped skirt, and center stretcher. Light-weight enough for use as a TV table or bedside stand or in a sun room/on backyard deck. 21" x 21" x 15." x M.R. Peele (Virginia).
29" x 36" hand-stitched, some age staining/discoloring on front and back. Half-square triangle pattern.
Hand-colored 19th-century daguerreotype of a smiling infant set in a modern shell mat and distressed pine frame. 5' x 7." Daguerreotypes were typically set in small gutta percha hinged boxes that eventually deteriorated or were lost. A modern artist has set the charming photo of a small girl in a period-correct shell-art mat and distressed-painted frame in sky-blue paint. (Third photo has been enhanced to show daguerreotype detail.) Shell art was created by sailors at sea during the 19-th C. x The Two Sisters Collection, Washington, D.C.
Small coil basket chock full of early/vintage sewing items. 5 1/2" diameter. Includes basket, fabric heart pin cushion, spool of brown thread, silver plate thimble, two glass charms, papers of needles, pink silk pin cushion, quilt/darning hook, china frozen charlotte doll, needlepoint pincushion, horse hat pin.
Early wallpaper pocket of paste board, 7" long; pencil figures on reverse. Provenance upon request.
Here's a one-of-a-kind little storage box, 17.5" long; 12" wide; 8 " tall. Wear, as expected, since a worn carpet was repurposed as a cheerful flowered cover. Clean interior. Lid reinforced, as seen in the second photo. x the private folk art collection of the Two Sisters of Washington, D.C. (First photo is truest to actual color.)
Large, early excelsior-packed velvet carrot; no pin holes. 10" long. One repair along a long seam.
Price: $365.00 *SALE* $295.00
Country pine grain scoop in lipstick red paint, with honest wear. 13” long, 4” tall, 7” wide. Butt-end construction. Right out of my barn. Sturdy, primitive, and useful as a scoop in the feed bin, as a nice punch of color indoors, or fill it with greens at the holidays.
Two lively chalkware dogs; larger spaniel is 4 1/4" length (at base); smaller pricked-ear dog is 3 1/4" long. X Two Sisters collection (Washington, D.C.).
Price: $75.00 (Lot of 2)
(Left) Make-do pin cushion on a wooden candlestick base wrapped with satin ribbon; brown cotton embroidered cushion. 6" tall; $115.00. (Right) Make-do pin cushion on a vaseline-glass base; green velvet embroidered pin cushion. 5" tall. $115.00.
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A nice early rag doll wearing a white cotton apron, white pantelettes, and a brown and white striped dress with front buttons. 11 1/4" tall. She has a beautiful big head, embroidered face, but, alas, a missing leg. She still displays very well and (could always accommodate another rag leg if you had one). Provenance on request.
Right out of a backyard---black and white Boston Terrier two-sided yard dog with red collar; 12" long, 8 1/2" wide. As found, but could use a mild soap-and-water cleaning. Two wire wraps on the front leg anchored Doggie to a yard display of some kind, but he could be an indoor guy very easily!
Sweet little redware jar, with scribed rule decoration and old red-brown glaze, 4" tall x 2" high: 42 clay marbles ARE SOLD.Looks to have been used as a flower pot at some point -- perfect for a mini-orchid!
Price: 35.00 POT ONLY, MARBLES SOLD
(Right)Oval wallpaper box with original pin cushion lid. Early paper over a previous layer of red and cream. Original cotton over cotton batting cushion. 5" long; 3 1/2" inches tall. Some damage to the cushion, typical of a well-used pin box of this age. The paper used to line the box seems to be fragments of a New York paper, with accounts of a terrible gale off the coast of England (Bristol, Beachy Head, etc.) and of a frigate captained by "Mr. Pitt," the "Avenger," which might be researched for a date. $245.00. (Left) Early wallpaper-covered paste-board box with pin cushion lid of red cotton. 4" wide and 3 1/4" tall. Flowered paper front and back, some separation of fabric from lid, and small amount of additional separation. Inside lid has a number of pencil words that may be either a poem or a remembrance. (Only "marriage" and "90" decipherable. ) x the Two Sisters (Washington, D.C.) $125.00. (Center) Small lift-top pin box with foil paper pin cushion lid. $85.00
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Wonderful early, one-of-a-kind box. 9” long, 5 1/2” wide, 3 1/2” tall. Green paper-covered, with two lithographs of ships under sail on the lid. Inside, a separate business card reads “Richard Pearse, (From Messr. Knapp & Co.) Ship Broker & Commission Agent. Marine Surveyors, Etc., 22 (?) Queen Square, Bristol.” Reverse has very faint inscription in pen, “Capt. W. [name], Boston, Mass.” Perhaps used as a calling card or reference. Provenance on request.
Beautifully made splint-oak footed basket in a later first-coat butter yellow paint. Rare form, lovely condition, kicked-up bottom. 8" diameter at lip, 5" tall. (Provenance by request.)
Brown and cream checked cotton doll dress, 7" long. Hand- and treadle-stitched; pink trim on collar, sleeves, and hem (no fasteners).
Stuffed brown-eared spaniel with treadle and hand stitching. Length 8 1/2" from nose to tail; 6" tall. Felt is "well loved" and cotton-filled, without staining or tears. Button eyes, hand-sewn brown felt ears and sweet stitched expression. Stands on its own.
Nice early jar; 8" tall, 5 1/2" diameter. Smooth edge, with small, tight crack. Flat bottom. Included are three tomato pin cushions (one w/emery) and a beaded heart pin cushion.
I was originally told this piece was a "Confederate bit" (for horses) but now believe it to be part of a hearth hook hanger missing its fireplace chain/trammel. 11" long, each ring is 3" in diameter. The hand-forged chains are much easier to find than is this component of the hearth device---if you have a chain and are missing this piece, this is your lucky day! (It is also just a wonderful piece to hang on a wall/mantelpiece.)
Small tin nicho with gilt-paper, paper flowers, devotional lithograph under glass. 6" x 8"
Small table-size nicho with a figure of saint inside. 12" tall x 6 1/2" x 3". Weathered wood exterior with red paint, decorated interior (wall paper, metallic paper, stickers, etc.). Surface has been gently wiped down with a soft cloth, otherwise just as is. Such nichos were often homemade, as indoor or roadside devotionals. South/Central American in origin. Figure has been reglued in place at some point.
Charming coffee bin with folk art painting of a packet ship, "Baltimore Mail Packet 'United'," probably c.1960s. 8 1/2" x 14" tall. Painted inside and out.
21” x 16 1/2” Possibly later frame. “Washington.” “Engraved and published by Shugg Bros 24 Cortlandt St, New York” on lower edge. Small tear at lower edge, another in upper quarter of image. According to Princeton University Library “Graphic Arts” blog: “[The Shugg] family’s printing business was begun in the early 1850s by the New York City chromolithographers at Richard Shugg & Company. ‘...Their cousins were Proctor and James Shugg, of Shugg Brothers Engravers and Lithographers in New York City....’” Found at Brimfield 20 years ago.
Price: 195.00 *SALE* $165.00
Clearance prices on three items---from left, standing chalk ware poodle, 7 1/2" tall, in red, gold, black decoration, with a great early look, but it has a stamp on the underside, which makes me offer it at a decorative price---$85.00. Handsome chalk ware spaniel in "Bennington/Rockingham glaze" paint. 8 1/2" tall, 6" diameter at base. Very lightweight--- $125.00. Small 4'x 7" framed 50-star American flag matted on cardboard; nice little country accent on a shelf or wall; no age, so it's $25.00 thrown in with one or both of the chalk ware dogs.
Price: See Listing
From my family's New England estate. (Front, left) milk glass maple syrup pitcher with original tin lid, hand-painted flowers, 5" tall, $100.00; blue glass syrup with original pewter lid, 5" tall. Painted flower decoration on front. $100.00. (Rear, left) thumb-print pattern white pitcher with tin lid, 5" tall; $100.00; cranberry-to-clear thumb print pitcher with white decoration, pewter lid--top piece replaced, 5" tall. $100.00.
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Right out of the barn! Great country gate, hinges still attached, in apple green over white paint. Perfect for a fireplace hearth opening, in summer or winter, or primitive decor. 37" x 39." Pick up in No. Virginia or can discuss shipping options.
Mid-nineteenth century black and white covered Staffordshire transferware sugar bowl. Charming classical scenes on both sides. 6 1/2" tall; 7 1/2" wide, from handle to handle. Two small black squares on bottom; no other identifying markings.
Nineteenth-century Plains Tribe deerskin gloves, beaded on backs in flower motif. Lined in clean blue calico cotton. Fringe l00% intact. No beads missing. 10 1/4" long. Lovely condition, out of a Midwest collection.
Early twentieth century. Victorian era. Palme Koenig? Moser? 6 1/4” to top of the lid finial. Perfect condition. Family estate piece.
Shaker chocolate brown iridescent quilted silk hood, 1850-60. 11" x 14" long, including the bonnet's fall at the neck. Lovely, unstained condition, inside and out, expected fading. Missing may be matching silk satin ties typically stitched on the front. (Similar seen in Nina Little's NEAT AND TIDY.)
Flocked red velvet lined; lovely condition. Cigar box base. Exotic paper motifs on each end; metal ring and escutcheon on lid, round nail/tack construction throughout. No missing wooden pieces anywhere. 11' x 6" x 7". Metal lock plate (no key).
Price: $95.00 *SALE* $75.00
Just in time for tropical weather! Wooden candlesticks in gold and green paint decoration. Metal palm "fronds" in gold paint, with gold accents on the "trunks." 6" tall, 3 1/4" diameter at base. Great condition. Bought as old, but age??? (Other items pictured nfs).
Unique shelf in barn red and apple green paint, with folky sun-and-moon cut outs. 36" long x 22" tall x 6 1/8" wide. Shelves are 6 3/4" tall each, internal recessed height, and 4 3/4" deep. Purchased at a top York, Pa., antiques show 20 years ago. Grooved back boards. Butt-end construction. A substantial piece that can stand on the floor, stack on a cupboard, or hang on the wall. I HAVE AN OPTION FOR GROUND SHIPPING EASTERN HALF OF USA. EMAIL ME FOR DETAILS.
French country jaspe pitchers, from two long-time mid-Atlantic collections (consecutively). Tall yellow lidded milk pitcher is 6 1/4" tall, 4 1/4" wide at lip.
This sturdy house is 15" tall (to the wooden chimney) and 11 1/4" wide. It sits on an apple green painted wooden base. Salvaged crate construction. 18" x 14 1/2". Recently added pine front door. Inside is empty/non-partitioned. Could ship USPS Parcel Post.
Doll quilt in pink/blue/cream cotton, w/ pale lavender edge binding, 14" x 20." 1930s/40s quilt, from the fabrics. Cream backing, with old, pale scorch mark (?) that doesn't show through to the front surface. $95.00. African-American rag doll in lovely condition, 10" tall. Embroidered face, white button eyes, black yarn hair, wearing what looks to be her original cherry red sprigged cotton dress and original pantaloons, with a vintage cotton apron (note discoloration). She stands but does not bend at the waist. c. 1930-1950. x Adrian's 1800 Antiques. $110.00. Folded: Colorful doll quilt in silk, satin, cotton calico and print fabrics c. 1930s/40s. 17" x 26." Primarily hand/treadle stitched throughout. Found in Frederick, Md., $110.00. Early doll bed in yellow paint. 21" long x 10" wide. Original mattress included. Polychrome paint decoration of a cardinal on back headboard. x Adrian's 1800 Primitives, $225.00* SALE PRICE: $180.00. Velvet pin cushion pillow, $55.00. Other photos.
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Oil Paintings: (Above) Landscape, oil on canvas, 14" x 21". Wispy clouds, stream, trees in foliage. Lots of visible brush strokes. Tiny, 1/4" tear in upper left; almost unnoticeable. (Below) Oil on canvas of landscape with country road, saltbox cottage, stone wall. 16" x 22". Blemish in the center is an old make-do repair. SALTBOX PAINTING: SOLD.
Price: *SALE*: $75.00 each (SALTBOX SOLD)
Original oil on canvas of wild flowers in a pottery vase by deceased Bucks County, Pa. artist Richard Schmueckle. 12” x 16”. Bought at the Oatlands, Va., show 20 years ago (provenance on request). Older than the relatively recent re-stretch; undamaged surface. (There are no specks on the painting---light is reflecting off the glossy brush strokes.)
Primitive collectors, here's a perfect towel bar for displaying a doll quilt or other textile or using in a country bathroom. 18" long; 8" wide; 3 1/2" deep. Large oxidized round-head nails and original oyster-white paint. Easy to mount, with multiple nail holes. x midwest antiques dealer.
A great early Shenandoah Valley basket directly from the estate of Clarke and Palmer (Purcellville, Va.), whose collection sold at auction for more than $1million several years ago. Best known for painted furniture, stoneware, baskets, and meticulously researched folk art, John and Lil specialized in Valley material for more than 30 years. This splint-oak egg basket retains remnants of original black paint on handle and rim. It is a fine example of 19th c. basket making (see second photo). One or two splint weavers have small breaks, but the basket's handle is tightly wrapped and the basket is serviceable. It will be an asset to any early southern collection. 9" diameter, 9" tall, incl. handle.
(Left to right) Pine dome-top doll trunk, 12" long, 7" tall, 7" wide, decorated with black and brown figured wallpaper and inner tray. Interior is covered in early wallpaper, $75.00. Make-do pin cushion of blue velvet and cream satin cushion, scalloped glass base, 4" x 3 1/2" diameter. SOLD. (Painted candlestick not for sale). Chalk ware vase: 6" tall, 4 1/4" long at the base. Some paint chipping but plenty of black and red paint decoration remains. Flat base filled in to provide more weight to the piece as a whole. x a private mid-Atlantic collection. (Emeries not included/nfs.) $165.00. Elegant botanical print in an early lemon gilt, mahogany, and ebony frame. Paper backing seems to have been removed so the frame may not be original to the piece. The subject looks to be a fern variety with jaunty red flowers. 9 1/2" x 7 3/4"; sight dimensions are 7 1/2" x 6", including matte. $125.00. More photos of each piece available.
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Oval pasteboard wallpaper box in cream and pale blue print. 6” x 3 1/4” . Inside lined with a Saturday Evening Post dated October 28, 1876. Papered bottom. Light foxing/staining/discoloration but no paper loss. $145.00. German papered lift-top candy box with clam, mussel shell et. al, decoration, lovely condition (one tiny snail shell missing and easily replaced), probably pre-WWII. 3 1/2" wide at base; 2" tall. $65.00
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Six early rag balls, as found in an abandoned (for many decades) cabin in the Shenandoah Valley, Va. Each is 4” x 4” and solid (not wrapped around a core). x Clarke and Palmer Antiques. Lot of 6 rag balls. (Blue tray is SOLD.)
Price: $115.00 LOT OF RAG BALLS
White splint basket, oyster-white painted interior/exterior. 11" diameter (out of round; 10 1/2"); 5" tall. No breaks/damage. Holds mail, sewing items, rag balls, holiday greens/Christmas balls....versatile and practical!
All-wool hooked rug, professionally mounted and ready to hang. Found in Virginia. C. 1930s/40s. Red roses, with strong black, gray, green, natural, and brown colors. Impressive size to fill a bedroom wall. 27" x 44." Asking basically the price of mounting alone!
Price: 285.00 *SALE* $195.00
1. Chinese brass jar, part of an antique brass smoking set. Lid lost its red carnelian bead finial in the recent past, could be replaced. Marked “China” on the base. Horsemen (warriors/traders?) in enamel on all four sides. 3 1/2” tall. $35.00 2. Brass alligator nutcracker, marked CHINA; jaw hinge replaced with a modern metal clip at least 60 years ago. 8” long. $45.00. 3. Brass lobster paperweight, unmarked, heavy, with wonderful patina, 6” long, $75.00. 4. Brass tobacco box with anchor embossed on the lid, unmarked. 4 1/2” long. $70.00. Other photos available.
Price: SALE: $25.00 EACH
Instant collection/dealer's lot. (Top, left to right) Small dome-topped tin painted box with stenciled red and gold decoration, 4 1/4" x 3 1/2" without wire handle ring. In original Windsor green, with a yellow leaf stencil design on lid, red “pin-striping” on lid and three sides. Original hinges, clasp bent, some rust inside but otherwise very good condition. From an active southern Pa. dealer; unglazed terracotta clay apple bank, 1 3/4" diameter at base; English unmarked glazed mustard-and-red pottery bank, 2" diameter at base; glazed red and white unmarked pottery bank w/small chip at slot, 2 1/2" diameter at base, with "B--tter" in pencil on unglazed bottom.
Price: $210.00 Lot of 4
Walnut wood "turkey" mold for papier-mâché chocolate boxes. Large recumbant deer; two doves; one turkey; rabbit SOLD. More photos available. Probably Philippines origin, 1930s.
Price: $25 EACH: RABBIT SOLD
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