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This ever changing gallery features material currently available for purchase as well as a look at booths from past shows.  Click on any image for a closer look.  Once you find just what you’re looking for email us at moplainfolk@gmail.com for more information and extra pictures if you like.  We’ll do our best to make it happen!

 

GREEN FIRKIN
GREEN FIRKIN

Nice early firkin in original green paint. This 19th century bucket is 9" tall and 9" in diameter across the lid. It remains in excellent original as found condition right down its acorn finial. It is constructed with copper nails and features a tapered handle. This firkin is both sturdy and clean inside and out. The vivid original color makes it a great addition to a stack or all by itself.

A Gathering on the Prairie March 2020
A Gathering on the Prairie March 2020
SINGLE POLYCHROME INDIAN CLUB
SINGLE POLYCHROME INDIAN CLUB

Large single Indian Club in original paint decoration. Standing just over 22" tall, this colorful Victorian exercise club from the late 19th century was found in Iowa. A lipstick red background was accented with multiple stripes on the neck and a single mustard stripe near the base. Completing the decoration is a group of hand painted paisley designs in multiple colors. Its form suggests sculpture while color and pattern give it whimsical appeal.

EARLY SHUTTER IN BLUE PAINT
EARLY SHUTTER IN BLUE PAINT

One can only imagine the mid 19th century homeowner who had the vision to choose a color that would be cherished almost 200 years later! Yet here it is in perfect original working condition right down to the hardware. This New England piece is well made with mortise and tenon joints fixed with square pegs. At a size of only 14 1/2" by 20 1/2", its small size makes it is easy to work with. Decorative use is only limited by the imagination. It will bring quiet country beauty anywhere it hangs.

SMALL ROOSTER WEATHERVANE
SMALL ROOSTER WEATHERVANE

Small rooster weathervane from the top of a hen house. The rooster measures approximately 15” by 16” as shown roosting on its iron stand. This sweet handmade sheet iron vane likely dates to the early 20th century, if not before. A wonderful rooster sitting atop a graphic 3-dimensional arrow makes for a great farmhouse statement in any interior. The weathervane is offered in original as found condition with some traces of the original paint remaining.

COUNTRY CHECKERBOARD
COUNTRY CHECKERBOARD

When it comes to a pure country checkerboard, look no further! This 19th century game board was recently picked in New England. A simple two color game of checkers in black and mustard is painted on a single thin pine board. Over the years the bare pine has achieved a soft attic surface in contrast to the dry paint. Simplicity combined with color make this a great example of an American country game board. It is guaranteed to be original in every way.

GOOD GIRL BUCKET
GOOD GIRL BUCKET

Child's Victorian era stenciled wooden bucket. 4 1/2" tall and 5 1/2" in diameter at the mouth. It is offered in original as found paint and condition including its wire bail handle. Although there is obvious wear to the paint, this 'GOOD GIRL' bucket is in sturdy condition with no other losses or damages.

The New Hampshire Antiques Show 2019
The New Hampshire Antiques Show 2019
RED HORSE WEATHERVANE
RED HORSE WEATHERVANE

Large horse weathervane in paint. Pictured on its iron stand, the vane measures 37” nose to tail and 24” to the top of the ears. This was recently discovered lying face down on a dirt floor in an Ohio barn. Handmade of sheet iron, the piece likely dates to the late 19th century. No doubt painted numerous times, it appears it has always been red. It is offered in original as found condition with old losses here and there, none of which take away from the presence of this vibrant red horse!

LARGE PENNSYLVANIA BOWL
LARGE PENNSYLVANIA BOWL

Large turned bowl in great original nut brown surface. The bowl is wonderfully warped as any 19th century piece should be. It measures 18” in diameter with the grain and only 16 1/2” against giving it a great form. It is 5 1/2” deep overall. Adding to the appeal of this piece is a well developed lip. Measuring a full 1” wide across the chamfered edge, the lip protrudes creating a grip all around. The bowl is in very good overall condition with a few tight age cracks as seen in the pictures

GREEN PAINTED BASKET
GREEN PAINTED BASKET

19th century farm basket in original paint. 15" by 14" by 12" high overall. This is a well made basket with an intricate woven rim and well developed 'god's eye'. This was a work basket and as such shows wear and minor losses on the bottom from use over the past 150 years. It is in otherwise great original condition. However, it is the dry original green paint that makes this basket a real winner. This piece will be a nice to addition to any collection of painted baskets!

COUNTRY CHESS SET
COUNTRY CHESS SET

Unusual homemade game board. c.1900. 14 1/2" square. There's little doubt this piece was made for playing chess. Measuring 2 1/2" deep, two sides feature a drawer for storing a complete set of wooden chess pieces found with the board. Furthermore the entire game rests on a near 1" thick wooden platform allowing the entire board to be turned for viewing at different angles while playing. It is offered in great original surface and condition.

SMALL TREEN BOWL
SMALL TREEN BOWL

Small 19th century bowl from New York.  This sweet wooden bowl measures only 9 1/2" in diameter against the grain and a full 10" with the grain.  Deep for its size, it stands slightly over 3" to the lip.  The bowl was skillfully turned with a footed bottom surrounded with rings as well as two additional decorative rings below the lip.  This early piece of treen has a dry surface with remnants of the original whitewash.  It is offered in excellent original condition with no cracks or losses.

The New Hampshire Antiques Show 2018
The New Hampshire Antiques Show 2018
PAINTED OGEE MIRROR
PAINTED OGEE MIRROR

This colorful country mirror in ogee frame measures 19” by 27”. Dating to the 19th century, it is complete with early if not original mirror in place. Ogee frames were made of wood veneer and typically finished with a stain or varnish. No doubt such was the case with this piece. However, for reasons unknown, this frame was painted a vibrant green and given a deep red border many years ago as is evidenced by the surface. The end result is a great mirror for use in a colorful country room.

PATRIOTIC FIRKIN
PATRIOTIC FIRKIN

This firkin in old dry paint was just found in Iowa. A larger 19th century bucket was transformed into a piece with a patriotic feel by being painted red, white, and blue many years ago. Standfing 12 1/4" tall, the firkin is in original as found condition including an old age crack in the shaped handle as well as one in the bucket itself. Both are shown. This folky bucket is a great piece of colorful Americana and will bring a touch of the old red, white, and blue anywhere it sits.

LARGE RED BASKET
LARGE RED BASKET

Large splint basket in original paint. c.1900. This beautifully made basket measures 15” side to side and 17” end to end. The handle stands 15” high overall. Wide splint combined with a pleasing melon form gives this basket great presence. Adding to the overall appeal is its wonderfully worn surface. Painted only once and that a very long time ago, the original red paint has oxidized and softened to a color achieved only by time. This heavy basket is in great as found condition.

MINIATURE PAINTED BUCKET
MINIATURE PAINTED BUCKET

Early 19th century staved bucket in old paint. This delightful piece is only 4" high to the lip and 6 1/2" in diameter. Found in western New York, it is in tight original condition including the carved handle and the wooden buttons securing it. The interior indicates the buckets original color. At some point many years ago the exterior was painted a sage grey while the bands with tapered fingers were painted black. This is a worthy addition to any collection of early American woodenware.

SMALL BROOMS SIGN
SMALL BROOMS SIGN

Great old homemade sign pointing to the proper location for hanging the 'brooms and shovel'. 17" by 9". This heavy wooden sign from the late 19th century may have had something to do with the keeping of coal? Why else would there be multiple brooms and ONLY one shovel? Whatever its intended use, the real mystery is just where to hang these tools? 6 pointing fingers seem to indicate any number of locations to the left or right, up or down??? The sign is offered as found.

The New Hampshire Antiques Show 2017
The New Hampshire Antiques Show 2017
PARKING SIGN
PARKING SIGN

Great Mid Century sign advertising 'PARKING'. 22" by 14". The quality of this piece indicates it was done by a professional sign painter. It must have been made expressly for use indoors as the sign is actually painted on heavy paper laminated to a thin plywood back. The condition is near perfect with only some minor fading. But the sign is really all about the pointing finger! It is by far one of the best such hands we have seen on any sign. Period.

3-Legged Stool
3-Legged Stool

Wonderful homemade stool found in the Mid Atlantic area of the east coast. This 19th century stool is ingeniously made using a natural section of tree root as a base. The root base is mortised into the shaped and chamfered seat making the piece quite sturdy. Adding to its appeal is old dry white paint over the original blue. Measuring 15" x 9" x 11" overall, this small bench is huge in character. The stool is offered in original as found condition.

INDIANA HEART FRAMES
INDIANA HEART FRAMES

This pair of homemade frames was found in Shelbyville, Indiana and date to the 4th quarter of the 19th century. Wonderfully hand carved in the form of hearts, these walnut frames are in the best original surface and condition. Each frame measures near 9" at the widest and 10 1/2" tall. Close examination reveals the frames are also 'punch' decorated around the chamfered edge and inside the oval. Note one frame has developed a stable age crack at the top center.

RED BUCKET with LID
RED BUCKET with LID

This old wooden bucket has survived for well over 125 years. Found on our recent trip to the Berkshires of Massachusetts, this stave lidded firkin has achieved an amazing surface. Wear indicates great use, which only served to give the original paint the look so hard to find. The piece stands about 12" high overall and is 11" in diameter across the lid. Two iron bands remain intact. Two other appear to have been gone for many years. This 19th century bucket is both sturdy and tight.

MISSOURI BARBER POLE
MISSOURI BARBER POLE

Divine neglect. This great old barber pole still exists today as a result of someone not pitching it into the burn pile over 100 years ago. Found in Hermann, Missouri, the pole likely came from Hermann or one of the surrounding German communities. Removed long ago from its original base, this 19th century piece remains complete with the original paint worn to a red, white, and blue perfection. The barber pole stands 45" tall as shown on an applied wooden base.

The New Hampshire Antiques Show 2016
The New Hampshire Antiques Show 2016
SHOVEL in BLUE PAINT
SHOVEL in BLUE PAINT

Carved wooden shovel found in New York state. 31" handle to tip. The blade measures 9 1/2" wide overall. Likely dating to the 19th century, what makes this utilitarian piece appealing is color. This humble wooden tool takes on great presence given its original blue painted surface. It is apparent from the wear to the paint the shovel was used over the years, however, it remains in excellent original condition with no cracks or damages of any kind.

LARGE TIN TANKARD
LARGE TIN TANKARD

Tin tankard. This larger tin vessel was handmade in the 19th century. The cup stands a full 7” tall and measures 5” in diameter. The top band the of the tankard is stamped ‘J ROBERGE POT’, which could be the name of the tinsmith who made it? This was recently purchased out of a collection and remains in the very best original surface and condition. Size and form combined with condition makes this a great piece of early American tinware.

SPLINT GATHERING BASKET
SPLINT GATHERING BASKET

Nice old gathering basket in original deep red paint. Found in the midwest, this likely dates to the late 19th or early 20th century. It is well made with an appealing double wrapped rim. It was a work basket and shows signs of use. There are minimal losses primarily limited to those shown in the bottom right image. The bottom also shows wear to the paint. The basket measures a full 18" end to end, 12" across, and 12" high overall to the top of the carved bentwood handle.

RR HIGGENS & CO BUCKET
RR HIGGENS & CO BUCKET

Wonderful 19th century oyster bucket. The 'RR HIGGENS' company was founded in 1828 in Boston, Massachusetts and was one of the largest purveyors of oysters to the Chesapeake and beyond. This bucket likely dates to the 1860's give or take. It is in original salmon paint with green stenciling and stands 12" tall. The condition is both sturdy and complete including all hardware, wire bail handle, and diamond escutcheons. This is a wonderful piece of historical New England Americana.