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EARLY COUNTRY GAME BOARD
EARLY COUNTRY GAME BOARD

Although game boards have been around for centuries, their homemade country 'cousins' seem to have had their start in the U.S. in the early Victorian period. By the Civil War such game boards were found in the humblest of circumstances. Such is this simple checkerboard measuring 12" square. Found in Illinois, it easily dates to the 3rd quarter of the 19th century. The board has somewhat 'cupped' over the years, but it remains in wonderful condition with original dry black and salmon paint.

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BROOME COUNTY PANTRY BOX
BROOME COUNTY PANTRY BOX

"Della's Great Grandfather Alden's 'Thomas G. Stockwell' Box, Langdon, Broome County, NY". This early 19th century piece of Americana has survived well over 150 years along with its provenance, which is penciled on the box's bottom side. It seems the maker of this oval pantry box, one Thomas G. Stockwell, was significant as his name is recorded along with the owner's. Measuring 9 1/2" x 7 1/2" x 3 1/2", it is in the best possible condition.

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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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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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EARLY IRON 'S' HOOKS
EARLY IRON 'S' HOOKS

(Sold) Collection of 4 early hand forged iron hooks. Easily dating as early as the 18th century, this group of 'S' hooks were found in western New York state. The hooks measure from smallest to largest 7 1/4", 8 3/4", 9 3/4", and 11 1/4". These sculptural early piece of iron have a variety of uses in decorating a country home.

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CARVED PINE GAME BOARD
CARVED PINE GAME BOARD

3-dimensional game board from the 19th century. 22" by 15". Sometimes referred to as a 'blindman's' board, this tactile game board has achieved the warmest patina over the years. Although it is only natural pine, 'color' comes from light and shadow along with the grain of the wood. This piece is in original as found condition with wear and minor losses only adding to its primitive yet sophisticated appeal.

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BITTERSWEET 'BOOK' BOARD
BITTERSWEET 'BOOK' BOARD

(Sold) This double sided game board was found in New England. It easily dates to the 3rd quarter of the 19th century. Although only 2 colors, the vivid bittersweet background adds to the graphic appeal of this combination chess/backgammon game board. Often referred to as 'book boards' this folding game board features a curved spine much like a book hence the name. Made with square nails, the piece measures 14" by 15" opened. Condition is clean and crisp.

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TIN SCOOP in GREEN PAINT
TIN SCOOP in GREEN PAINT

They say 'necessity is the mother of invention'. Obviously in need of a scoop an enterprising person set about making one. Not only was the mission accomplished, but it was made with an eye toward creativity! What appears to be a tin can and funnel were joined together with a handle creating this functional scoop. Making it special is its original dry green paint. Likely made for measuring out provisions in a country store, it measures 10 1/2" long and 4" in diameter.

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BLUE AND BLACK FIRKIN
BLUE AND BLACK FIRKIN

This recently discovered firkin stands somewhere between country and art. The 19th staved bucket is country all the way. However, the original blue and black paint combined with dry attic surface serve to create a work of art. Although the lid is long gone, the bucket itself is in solid condition. It is a larger piece standing 11" tall. This appealing early firkin is a statement on its own and will look great wherever it sits.

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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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EARLY MAINE FIRKIN
EARLY MAINE FIRKIN

From early Maine homes come early Maine things. This early 19th century green firkin was found along Maine's midcoast. Narrow tapered fingers and slender form suggest the piece is earlier than most. It is offered in as found condition, which includes wonderful original green paint but no lid. This is a larger bucket standing 10 1/2" and a full 10" in diameter at the mouth.

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NEW ENGLAND CRICKET BENCH
NEW ENGLAND CRICKET BENCH

19th century cricket bench from New England. This small stick-leg piece measures 11 1/2" by 6 3/4" by 6" tall. It is sturdily constructed of a 1 3/4" thick piece of pine. Of course it is the original gold stencil decoration featuring a center star that gives this early piece of Americana its decorative appeal. Its sweet small size makes it perfect to place by the fireplace or chair.

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EARLY BLUE STORAGE BOX
EARLY BLUE STORAGE BOX

19th century pine storage box found in Pennsylvania. This simple utilitarian piece of small country furniture stands out as a result of its original blue paint. Hand planed and square nailed throughout, the box measures 17" by 13" by 11" overall. It's in excellent original condition with remnants of the original leather hinges. Size makes it practical. Color makes it wonderful!

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BARN RED HORSE WEATHERVANE
BARN RED HORSE WEATHERVANE

Large horse weathervane in old paint. As pictured the vane measures 37” nose to tail and 24” to the top of the ears. This is a recent discovery found lying on a dirt floor in an Ohio barn. Handmade of sheet iron, the weathervane likely dates to the late 19th century. No doubt painted numerous times, it appears it has always been barn red. The piece has sustained losses over the years none of which take away from the presence of this oversized folky weathervane.

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PAINTED COUNTRY BASKET
PAINTED COUNTRY BASKET

(Sold) Sturdy 19th century farm basket found in Virginia. This basket measures 11" in diameter and stands near 12" high to the handle. It is offered in great as found condition with a single minor split in the double wrapped rim as shown in the closeup image. Of course the original green paint gives this simple country basket its charm and appeal. Whether hanging from a peg or sitting all alone, this is a great basket that brings color to any country interior.

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EARLY WOOD MEASURE
EARLY WOOD MEASURE

(Sold) 19th century wood measure with the best sculptural handles. Found in Pennsylvania, this larger piece is 14 3/4" in diameter and stands 7 1/2" high. It is in excellent as found condition. The original dry olive paint shows normal wear. Setting this early piece apart are the bentwood handles on each side. These gracefully arched handles are attached with square nails. Utilitarian in purpose, appealing in color and form, this is great piece of early country woodenware.

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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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SUGAR BUCKET in SAGE GREEN PAINT
SUGAR BUCKET in SAGE GREEN PAINT

(Sold) 19th century firkin from Vermont or New Hampshire. 7 3/4" tall, 8" in diameter at the lid, and 8 1/4" at the base. This wooden bucket is offered in terrific original condition with no damages or losses. Giving it character is the original dry crusty sage green paint. The firkin is constructed with copper hardware and a single tin band around the bottom. Remnants of sugar inside leave no doubt as to the purpose of this great old bucket.

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EXTRA LARGE SPLINT BASKET
EXTRA LARGE SPLINT BASKET

(Sold) Wonderful heavy splint basket from the midwest. This large round piece measures a full 20" in diameter at its widest and stands 17" to the top of the carved bentwood handle. The basket is well made featuring a footed bottom and double wrapped rim both of which are completely intact. This late 19th century piece is in the best possible condition and is sturdy enough for any number of uses around the house.

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MORTAR & PESTLE
MORTAR & PESTLE

Early 19th century mortar and pestle in original blue paint. Recently purchased from an old New England collection, this wonderful example of country kitchenware is in the best original condition right down to its surface. The bulbous mortar has sophisticated turnings with a chamfered lip. It stands 7" tall. The original pestle measures 10 1/4". The nuances to the original blue paint are hard to see in a picture, but undeniable in reality. This is truly a special example.

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PENNSYLVANIA CANDLE BOX
PENNSYLVANIA CANDLE BOX

19th century candle box in excellent original surface and condition. This pine box measures 11 1/2" by 8" and is 6 1/2" deep. It is well made with square nails throughout and is complete with its original chamfered sliding lid. The first surface of red paint features subtle 'birdseye' decoration. This Pennsylvania candle box is a great piece of early Americana and will be a nice addition to any country interior.

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PIG CUTTING BOARD
PIG CUTTING BOARD

(Sold) This delightful vintage cutting board was recently found in a Missouri estate. Made of 1/2" thick pine, the swine silhouette stands 15 1/2" tall and is a full 7 1/2" in girth. Wear to both sides indicates this was used for its intended purpose. However, the addition of a hanger suggests this happy pig cutting board spent latter years being enjoyed for its whimsical appearance. Whether in a herd of pig cutting boards or standing on its own, this is truly 'a pig among pigs'!

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BAIL HANDLE PANTRY BOX
BAIL HANDLE PANTRY BOX

19th century bail handle pantry box in original dry oyster white paint. This heavy box measures 11 1/2" in diameter and stands 6 5/8" high. This is a sturdy box in as found condition. An old chip to the lid appears to be the only loss. This was a box with a purpose and not unlike a basket, some wear from use can be expected. Of course, it is the unusual color and dry paint that makes this pantry box special. This will make a nice addition to any pantry box collection.

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SCHOOLBOY SILHOUETTE
SCHOOLBOY SILHOUETTE

Delightful homemade wooden schoolboy cutout. This double sided figure was found in the midwest and easily dates to the early 20th century. It stands 18 1/2" tall as shown. Original in every way, the figure has a wonderful surface. Details include his newsboy cap and a slate tucked under the arm. This small piece of folk art is large in charm!

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FOLDING NEW YORK GAME BOARD
FOLDING NEW YORK GAME BOARD

Classic folding chess / backgammon game board. 4th quarter of the 19th century. Found in New York state, the board measures 14 1/2" by 17" when opened. It is constructed with small 't' head nails. Likely made in a shop, such games were made to fold thus allowing the chess men and backgammon checkers to be stored inside when not in play. The piece shows expected wear for its age. The board is in great original paint and condition right down to its hook and eye closure.

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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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WE BAKE BUY HERE
WE BAKE BUY HERE

Vintage bakery sign from western New York state. 15" by 13". This watercolor on paper dating to the late 19th century was no doubt painted by a professional. Its clever message guarantees patrons of the freshest possible baked goods. Placed under glass in a nice old frame, it remains vibrant in color and is in overall great condition with a single stain along the top edge. It is the perfect kitchen sign for any baker!

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MINIATURE AMISH CHEST
MINIATURE AMISH CHEST

Wonderful miniature flour chest made by an Amish craftsman in Indiana. This delightful 19th century piece is made from poplar with square nails throughout. It is a true miniature measuring 12 1/2" x 6 1/2" x 7 3/4" overall. It is original in every way including the ochre and bittersweet paint and porcelain casters. The interior is divided and contains the original miniature breadboard. The note found inside refers to this piece as a 'flower chest comb box'.

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PRINTER'S BLOCK
PRINTER'S BLOCK

Baseball, hotdogs, and apple pie! Great figural printer's block from the late 19th century. An early baseball player in full 'regalia' complete with a bat on his shoulder was carved in relief on a single pine board measuring 18" by 6". It could be this was used for printing posters, which advertised upcoming baseball games? Details include boots and stockings as well as neckerchief and hat. This terrific piece of baseball memorabilia / folk art is in excellent original as found condition.

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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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