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LARGE OVAL PANTRY BOX
LARGE OVAL PANTRY BOX

Large oval pantry box in original blue paint. Made of maple and pine, the lid to this beautiful box measures 15 1/4” by 11 3/4”. The box stands 7” high. Details include a single tapered finger on the lid and appealing scallop detail to the seam. This wonderful oval box easily dates to the mid 19th century. It is offered in excellent original condition with expected wear to the surface and a single minor chip in the lid. This pantry box will be an asset to any collection.

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CHROME YELLOW WALL BOX
CHROME YELLOW WALL BOX

Color and form! This beautiful 19th century country piece has it all. The dovetailed box measures 10 5/8” x 5 3/8” square. It is 4 1/2” deep and stands 7” high overall to its elegantly shaped back. Putting it over the top is the original chrome yellow paint! This well constructed pine box was made all that more special when the maker chose to complete the work with vivid color. The wall box remains in the best original surface and condition.

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TURNED GREEN BOWL
TURNED GREEN BOWL

Turned maple chopping bowl. Found in a midwestern collection, this 19th century bowl measures 16 1/4” across the grain and 16 3/4” with the grain. It is near 5 1/2” deep. The piece is in excellent original condition with no issues. However, it is the wonderful painted surface that give this early wooden bowl great appeal. It is offered in original rich blue/green paint. Condition and color makes this piece worthy of any collection.

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CHEESE BASKET
CHEESE BASKET

Prized for their visually appealing weave, cheese baskets are one of the more graphic forms of basketry. This example was found in New Hampshire and remains in the best original condition being both sturdy and supple. Used in the 19th century, cheesecloth was draped over the basket creating a strainer for separating the cream. As is the case with this basket, milk residue remains giving it a wonderful surface. 18 1/2” x 19 1/2” x 6” overall.

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EARLY NEW ENGLAND WALL BOX
EARLY NEW ENGLAND WALL BOX

New England wall box in crusty original red paint. This dovetailed box likely dates as early the 18th century and is no later than the early 19th century. Cut nails are used to attach the base. The most unusual aspect of this box are the markings on the front. ‘JH NM02’ is carved above a line reading ‘JH NH ills(?)’. ‘JH’ may be the maker’s initials and NM02 may suggest this was his second box? ‘NH’ may refer to the origin of the box? All this gives this early piece additional character.

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HEART IN HAND COOKIE CUTTER
HEART IN HAND COOKIE CUTTER

Small heart in hand cookie cutter dating to the 19th century. This sculptural piece of tinware was found in western New York state and may have originated there or nearby Pennsylvania. This is a smaller piece measuring 4 3/4” by 2 3/4” overall. It is sturdy and remains completely intact. Being tin the cutter oxidized over the years, which is evident by its surface and a few minor losses along the top edge of the fingers.

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BLUE WOODEN TRAY
BLUE WOODEN TRAY

Carved wooden tray from New England. No doubt handmade, this piece features a 2” deep tray carved from a single piece of wood measuring 18 1/2” by 10” overall. Notches carved in each end create handles by which the tray can be picked up. Draw marks from the knife used to make the tray are readily felt. They can actually be seen on the bottom in the wear to the original blue paint. The tray is in excellent condition with no cracks for damages.

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SMALL CHROME YELLOW BOWL
SMALL CHROME YELLOW BOWL

Small maple chopping bowl in original chrome yellow paint. It is diminutive in size with a diameter of 8 7/8” with the grain and 8 3/8” against. The bowl is 2 3/4” deep and is deceivingly heavy with thick sides and bottom. Wear inside the bowl indicates it was used extensively over the years. Regardless of how much it was used, this sweet yellow bowl is in the most desirable original surface and condition.

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KEROSENE OIL BUCKET
KEROSENE OIL BUCKET

Keep the home lights burning! Beginning with the advent of kerosene lighting in late 1850’s, kerosene lamps became a fixture in the American home by the 1860’s. Of course these lamps required fuel to be on hand. As the lids states, this 19th century bucket was made specifically for the family. It is in the best original paint and condition. Note there is a lot of great color here, but there is NO kerosene smell. 13” by 12” overall.

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MORTAR AND PESTLE DATED 1841
MORTAR AND PESTLE DATED 1841

Larger mortar and pestle from New England. Recently purchased out of a Connecticut collection, it is signed and dated January 1, 1841 on the bottom. The bulbous mortar features numerous turnings. It stands near 8” high and is 7” in overall diameter. The pestle is 9” in length. Both are in excellent as found condition. The paint is undisturbed and has achieved a most desirable surface over its 180 year lifetime.

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IRON CLOCK FACE
IRON CLOCK FACE

Dating to the late 18th or early 19th century, this American clock face was found in Massachusetts. It measures 20” tall and 14” wide. The face was beautifully decorated by hand. The still life in the arch is no doubt the focal point. Painted on heavy sheet iron, the surface has achieved a fine craquelure throughout. No doubt separated long ago from its original case, the face stands alone as a wonderful piece of early American folk art.

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OVERSIZED WOODEN BOWL
OVERSIZED WOODEN BOWL

This sculptural wooden bowl is a full 22” in diameter and near 7” deep. One can only imagine the size of the tree from which this bowl was turned! Easily dating to the mid 19th century, this extraordinary piece remains in mint condition with no cracks or losses. Although not uncommon, bowls of this size are not easily found and even fewer are found in such condition. This bowl was recently purchased out of a midwestern collection.

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SMALL OVAL BOX IN BLUE PAINT
SMALL OVAL BOX IN BLUE PAINT

Oval pantry box fresh to the market. This 19th century piece is smaller in size. The oval lid measures 5 1/4” by 4”. It is 2” tall. The box is in as found condition with no damages or losses. Of course it is the original blue paint that makes the box desirable. The surface is dry and shows appropriate wear for its age. This is a sweet little pantry box that will add color wherever it’s placed.

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BICYCLE TRADE SIGN
BICYCLE TRADE SIGN

Sculptural kinetic trade sign from outside a bicycle shop in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Handmade, the sign easily dates to the early 20th century. It is sizable measuring 38” wide from wheel to wheel and near 20” high to the rider’s cap. The free turning turbine like wheels add energy to the sign. Spinning in the wind, the bike has the appearance of motion as the wheels go round. Concept and color make this a truly great sign!

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BAIL HANDLE PANTRY BOX
BAIL HANDLE PANTRY BOX

19th century pantry box with wire bail handle. This heavy oak box measures 11 3/8” across the lid and stands 6 1/2” tall. The original blue paint gives this common everyday storage box appeal. It has remained in outstanding condition over the past century and a half with only expected wear to the surface and the box itself. Whether added to a stack of boxes or displayed on its own, this is a nice example of 19th century painted country woodenware.

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HOMEMADE MODEL T
HOMEMADE MODEL T

Move over Mr. Ford. There’s a new car maker in town! The original ‘tin lizzy’ was made between 1908 and 1927. This homemade Model T could easily date somewhere in that period. It has a wheelbase of 11” and a 5” track. Doubtful this was done on an assembly line, but it is ingeniously assembled of wood, tin, glass, and canvas. It features front suspension as well! This was likely made out of love by a Model T owner and we say what’s not to love?

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NEW YORK STATE GAME BOARD
NEW YORK STATE GAME BOARD

Wonderful 19th century game board from western New York state. This sophisticated checkerboard measures 31 1/2” by 21 1/2” overall. The paint decoration reminiscent of art nouveau likely dates the piece to the period between 1890 to 1910. The game began life as a table top as is evidenced by the underside, which is also initialed and numbered. The piece is offered as found with some minor paint loss and expected overall wear.

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'SIGNS & GRAINING'
'SIGNS & GRAINING'

Delightful hand painted sign from New York. This ‘reverse glass’ sign measures 17 1/2” X 13 1/2” and is in great condition with some minor stains and a small loss to the paper background. Who knew sign painters also did graining? Not only is this a terrific sign it's also a look into America’s past. It remains in its original paint decorated frame. What a great sign for those who collect ‘All Kinds of SIGNS’!

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SMALL WOODEN DRY SINK
SMALL WOODEN DRY SINK

Small table top dry sink from Illinois. This 19th century pine sink is square nailed throughout. Both ends are chamfered as is the bottom board. This small detail gives the sink a pleasing form. But it is the original blue paint that makes this country sink stand out. The dry blue surface is enhanced by warm worn edges and an interior still smooth from soap. The sink measures 18” x 14” and is 6” deep. This is a great piece for displaying wooden bowls on countertop or table.

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EARLY FARRIER TRADE SIGN
EARLY FARRIER TRADE SIGN

Great figural trade sign from a 19th century farrier’s shop. This fully dimensional carved sign was found in New York state. A skilled carver created the lower portion of a horse’s leg from a single piece of pine measuring 23” overall. The horseshoe is separate and attached with early t-head nails. Nails were added over the years to keep the shoe in place. Apart from a loss to the shoe, the sign is in excellent condition with original surface and hardware.

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PAINTED TRENCHER
PAINTED TRENCHER

This beautiful wooden trencher was found in Ohio although it is very likely New England in origin. It is a nice smaller piece measuring slightly over 19” in length and 9”1 /2” wide. It is 3 1/2” deep. The trencher remains in the best original condition, but again, it is the original robin’s egg blue paint that get ones attention. With no damages or losses and a most desirable color, this is a great piece for any collector of painted bowls.

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CLAM CHOWDER
CLAM CHOWDER

“I’ll have 2 bowls, please!” Great old sign advertising ‘CLAM CHOWDER 15¢’. This double-sided wooden sign measures 30” in length and is 7 1/2” wide. It is painted on a 3/4” thick pine board. 'Chowda’ has been being served since the 1830’s. This likely dates to the 1940’s or 50’s. It was no doubt made by a sign maker and features 4 colors including the green painted edge. It remains as found with a minor chip out of one side as shown in the picture.

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BIRDHOUSE
BIRDHOUSE

This great old birdhouse has survived many years and many birds. Originally found in Nebraska, it was bought from an Iowa collector. The house is made of wood and tin and sits on a thick platform measuring 14” by 11 1/2”. It stands 17” to the roof finial. The only losses are to the roof, which suggests the house may have been hit by a ‘twister’ many years ago? It has a terrific alligatored surface combined with interesting architecture. Size allows it to be placed just about anywhere.

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THREE COLOR CHECKERBOARD
THREE COLOR CHECKERBOARD

Country checkerboard found in Indiana. This 3-color game board is painted on a single 1” thick board measuring 15” wide and 21 3/4” tall. The background is a yellow ochre with alternating olive and black squares. The alternating colors in the playing field is reminiscent of a patched quilt . Not only does it have appealing design, add to that a wonderful alligatored surface and you have a true example of the art of the game!

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BLUE PANTRY BOX WITH FINGERS
BLUE PANTRY BOX WITH FINGERS

Very early 19th century pantry box. This piece measures 8 1/4” in diameter at the lid and stands 3 1/4” tall. This nice early pantry box features a large finger on both the lid and the box. The fingers appear to be attached with handmade nails. It is unlikely the box is 18th century, but it would date to the earliest part of the 19th century. It is a heavier box and in sturdy condition. A small gap in the lid has occurred over the years due to shrinkage.

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SWORDFISH WEATHERVANE
SWORDFISH WEATHERVANE

Swordfish weathervane found on a structure along the Connecticut coastline. This great handmade weathervane likely dates to the 19th century. Wear to the wood shows extensive exposure to the elements. The old repair done with tar was accomplished much the way a seamen would patch a boat. The weathervane is 41 1/2” long and 12”high as displayed. The body was reinforced with iron straps top and bottom while the delicate sword was sheathed in copper for protection.

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ARCHITECTURAL MARBLE GAME
ARCHITECTURAL MARBLE GAME

Hooray for the red, white, and blue marble game! This structural game from the early 20th century was found in New York state where it has been in a collection for many years. It is skillfully made entirely of tin. Marbles were dropped into the chute in the house on top and wound their way down to the tray at the base. It is in original sturdy condition with great paint. The base measures 16 1/2” by 9 1/2” and it stands 21” tall. Manageable size makes it easy to display.

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OCHRE AND SALMON GAME BOARD
OCHRE AND SALMON GAME BOARD

This simple country checkerboard gets its appeal from an unusual color combination. An ochre background is embellished with salmon squares, which are all outlined in dove grey. Close examination shows the surface to have a fine craquelure. The result is a subtle yet sophisticated game board. It measures near 15 3/4” square including the attached molding. This game board was found in Pennsylvania and easily dates to the mid 19th century.

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LARGE WHITE FIRKIN
LARGE WHITE FIRKIN

Firkins come in many sizes. Standing over 14” tall, this example is among the largest. The diameter across the lid is 14 3/4”. This sturdy 19th century bucket is constructed with copper nails and a single copper staple at the end of each finger. The firkin is signed multiple times by the maker one ‘H.S. DIBBER.”. This piece has a nicely crazed surface in chalky white. It is very tight and remains in the best original condition.

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MINIATURE RED CHEST
MINIATURE RED CHEST

This miniature chest in original red paint has achieved a fine alligatored surface. Caused by heat, this results in the pigment and medium separating. The chest dates to the 19th century. It is made of pine and constructed with early nails. Measuring 7 3/4” tall, 7 3/8” wide, and 4 3/4” deep it is diminutive in size but not design. Three graduated drawers with original brass pulls fit into a case finished with a delightful ‘cupid’s bow’ cutout. It is in overall excellent condition.

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