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BAIL HANDLE PANTRY BOX
BAIL HANDLE PANTRY BOX

(Sold) Bail handle pantry box in original blue paint. This 19th century piece was recently acquired from a New England collection. The box measures 9 3/8" in diameter and is 5 5/8" tall. This is a heavier box remaining in excellent original condition including the wire bail with blue painted handle. There are no losses or cracks in either the top or bottom. This is a great piece of early American woodenware and will be a nice addition to any collection.

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IRON PLANTER
IRON PLANTER

(Sold) Sculptural footed iron planter found in a Connecticut estate. The piece measures 26 1/2" by 15" square overall. It is 10" high to the scrolled lip. The planter easily dates c.1900 if not slightly earlier. Its size is suitable for indoor use whether sitting on a table or atop a cupboard. The form is ideal for decorating with the flowers of the season from spring bulbs to Christmas poinsettias. It remains in excellent condition with a dry white oxidized surface.

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WOOD HANDLE PANTRY BOX
WOOD HANDLE PANTRY BOX

(Sold) Heavy pantry box with high wooden handle. This early box from the 19th century measures 11 1/4" in diameter and 7" high to the lid. Its bentwood handle stands another 6" in the upright position. The box is made with copper brad nails and remains in original dry red paint. It is offered in as found condition, which includes the loss of a few wood pegs. On close inspection a single stable age crack can be found in the curve of the handle. Simply put, this is an honest early box.

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NEW YORK SPICE CUPBOARD
NEW YORK SPICE CUPBOARD

(Sold) Early 19th century table top spice cupboard. 16 1/2" by 9 1/2" by 21" tall. This small country piece in original red paint was found in the Rochester, New York area. It remains in original as found condition including hardware. Square and hand wrought nails suggest this cupboard was made in the earlier 19th century. The cupboard features a shaped back splash as well as cutouts at the apron and on each side. This wonderful piece of Americana has color, condition, and form.

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PIG CUTTING BOARD
PIG CUTTING BOARD

Prize winning pig! Great old cutting board made from a thick piece of hardwood lumber. Measuring 15 1/2" from snout to tail and 8 1/2" from back to foot, this vintage piece shows plenty of wear as well as a scorch or two. Setting this pig apart from the litter is the original. mustard paint on the near 1" thick sides. A detailed silhouette gives this swine its fine overall appeal.

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BLACK and WHITE CHECKERBOARD
BLACK and WHITE CHECKERBOARD

(Sold) Simple New England checkerboard in original black on white paint. Graphic in its simplicity, this homemade game board is made of a single thick pine board measuring just over 15" wide and 29" long. This piece from the late 19th or early 20th century is in original paint and condition. There is expected wear to the paint along the edges and some minor cupping to the board. The piece displays beautifully and brings simple country sophistication wherever its hung.

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DORIS STAUBLE ARRANGEMENT
DORIS STAUBLE ARRANGEMENT

This is one of our favorite finds from our last trip to Maine. As 'newbies' in the antiques business in the 80's we used to pull our trailer to Wiscasset and park at the corner of Summer and Main Street to visit Doris Stauble. We still remember sitting in her kitchen and visiting to this day. Besides her eye for antiques there were her arrangements, which are legendary. This example in a green splint basket is offered as found. Although it shows its age it remains as wonderful now as then!

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MORTAR and PESTLE
MORTAR and PESTLE

(Sold) Mortar and pestle from New England. This beautiful piece of Americana in original blue paint is offered in the best original surface and condition. There are no cracks or losses to the mortar and the pestle is guaranteed to be original to the piece. The mortar stands 7 3/4" to the lip. The pestle measures 10" long. With the pestle in place the overall height is 14". This will be a great addition to any collection of early painted woodenware.

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GREY DRAWERS
GREY DRAWERS

(Sold) Nice set of wooden drawers in original dry grey paint. Drawers such as these were common in the kitchens of the late19th century. Often referred to as a spice cabinet, this example is in the best clean original surface and condition inside and out. It is a pleasing size measuring 10" wide, 16 1/2" high overall, and just 5" deep making it suitable for hanging or for sitting on a countertop. This simple piece will add a bit of country charm wherever it's placed.

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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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EARLY STILL LIFE
EARLY STILL LIFE

Fresh from a New England home, this 19th century still life is a recent discovery in absolute untouched as found condition. It has not been cleaned nor are there any restorations. The painting measures 23 1/2" by 19 1/2" overall in its original lemon gold frame. Some minor flaking has occurred, but this fails to deter from the appeal of this early oil on linen. The glass compote at the center anchors a variety of fruit giving this composition its pleasing appearance.

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BUTTER YELLOW PARCHEESI
BUTTER YELLOW PARCHEESI

Parcheesi game board with an unusual butter yellow background. This piece dates to the early 20th century. It is made of 3 thin pine boards set in a frame measuring 26" square overall. Exposure over the years has caused some discoloration to the surface giving the board's color subtle nuances. Fleur de lis in 4 warm colors fill each corner. A graphic curvilinear playing field brings all the elements of this artistic game board together.

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SLAW CUTTER with HEART HANDLE
SLAW CUTTER with HEART HANDLE

Walnut slaw cutter. Found in virtually every early German American kitchen from Pennsylvania to Missouri, slaw cutters were a part of daily life in the 19th century. This example in original condition has a wonderful patina from use over the years. Made of 3/4" thick walnut, it measures 20" by 8". The original hand forged blade remains in place. It is, of course, the lollipop top with the carved heart that makes this otherwise common object a wonderful piece of early American folk art.

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MORTAR and PESTLE
MORTAR and PESTLE

(Sold) Early mortar and pestle in original red paint. Apart from 2 older worn chips at the base, this heavy piece is offered in original as found condition with no age cracks. The mortar stands 7 3/8" tall and is 5 7/8" in diameter at the mouth. While the original pestle measures 10" in length. This is a wonderful example of 19th century woodenware and will be a colorful addition to any country interior.

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MAKE-DO CHECKERBOARD
MAKE-DO CHECKERBOARD

This is truly the 'bottom of the barrel'! Often the hardest to find country antique is an early 'make-do'. Such is this homemade checkerboard found in rural New York. A deep red and blue game of checkers was painted on what can only be a piece from the bottom of a barrel. It is likely this is a survivor from a 19th century country store. Apparently made by one 'JS', the game board measures 17" by 13" overall. Attic surface and color makes this the perfect piece for the primitive collector.

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LARGE MORTAR AND PESTLE
LARGE MORTAR AND PESTLE

Bold size mortar and pestle in original indigo blue paint. This larger mortar stands near 8" tall. The mouth is 6 1/2" in diameter while the base measures a full 6". With the original heavily carved pestle standing upright the piece stands 13 1/2" high overall. This early 19th century mortar and pestle is in great condition. It does show its age with a single age crack in the base. This is shown in the bottom left image. Size and color gives this early piece great presence.

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EARLY WOOD LANTERN
EARLY WOOD LANTERN

Over the years we have never owned a barn lantern...then the ONE came along! Found in western NY, this early piece of lighting is constructed of pine with wood pegs and snipe hinges. 10" by 7" overall. The glass remains intact although there are cracks in 2 sides. Adding to the lantern's appeal is its original red and green paint as well as the original tin lamp inside. Additional charm comes from 2 leather repairs to the top. This early lantern is a real survivor with personality plus!

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LARGE PAINTED TRENCHER
LARGE PAINTED TRENCHER

If bigger is better, this may be close to the best! This wonderful 19th century trencher measures 27" end to end and 17 1/2" across. It has survived the centuries in remarkable condition with only a single tight age crack in the lip. Besides its great size, the trencher also features nicely carved grips on either end. Of course the original dry red paint makes it undeniably appealing. This is certainly a trencher among trenchers!

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MINIATURE WOODEN BUCKET
MINIATURE WOODEN BUCKET

(Sold) Small staved pail in original chrome yellow paint. This little gem is a recent find. It is in sturdy condition and untouched surface. The color of this piece is so vibrant as to suggest it has been handled very little. The bucket itself measures 3 1/2" high and is 4 1/2" in diameter at the mouth. The original painted brass bands and wire bail handle remain intact. This piece is small in size but great in appeal! It will add color to any collection of early country woodenware.

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ROOSTER WEATHERVANE FRAGMENT
ROOSTER WEATHERVANE FRAGMENT

Early rooster weathervane found in New England. This handmade piece measures 17 3/4" from beak to tail and 13" from comb to legs. Construction and pitting to the surface suggests this rooster easily dates to the earlier 19th century. Alas, the feet have been lost over the centuries, but its wonderful form overcomes this minor loss with its graceful neck and proud tail. A 'whale tail' at the end of one feather adds a folky quality to this early American weathervane.

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DOUBLE HEART SLAW CUTTER
DOUBLE HEART SLAW CUTTER

19th century slaw board featuring a heart within a heart. Made of what appears to be hard pine, this utilitarian kitchen piece measures 21 1/2" by 6 3/4" overall. This slaw cutter was just acquired along with another from an old Illinois dealer. It is in original condition including a dry red wash. With a heart within a heart one wonders if this true piece of American country folk art was perhaps made as a wedding gift?

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LARGE PAINTED FIRKIN
LARGE PAINTED FIRKIN

Extra large 19th century firkin in original windsor green paint. Standing a full 13 3/4" tall, this sturdy bucket measures 14" in diameter across the lid and 15" at the base. This is the perfect size for the base of a stack or a wonderful piece on its own. The firkin was found in a midwestern collection and remains in the best original condition. It is constructed with copper nails throughout. The lid was mended at some time to keep it solid.

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\SMALL MIRROR in WHITE PAINT
\SMALL MIRROR in WHITE PAINT

(Sold) Sweet small mirror dating to the late 19th century. This was recently bought from a Connecticut estate. It is offered in original as found condition. An early gilt frame was repainted a dry white many years ago giving it a most appealing country look. Measuring a mere 4 5/8" by 3 7/8", what may be the original mirror only adds to its appeal by showing its age. Diminutive size and appealing color makes this mirror a little gem!

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CONNECTICUT GAME BOARD
CONNECTICUT GAME BOARD

Surface, surface, surface! Surface is one of the things that makes a game board great. And this mid 19th century backgammon has one of the best! The original paint in bittersweet, black, and creamy yellow has the best untouched attic surface. Found in a Connecticut estate, this double sided game board measures 17" by 16 1/2" square when opened. It is offered in the best original condition. This is great example of an early American game board.

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PAINTED OX YOKE
PAINTED OX YOKE

Beautiful 19th century ox yoke from Maine. Measuring approximately 45" end to end, this simple piece of early farm equipment is nothing less than sculpture. From the elegant curves to the chamfered edges this yoke is engaging no matter the angle. Heavy as it is the gull wing appearance gives this piece an undeniable grace. Whether mounted high on a wall or resting on a table top or cupboard, the color and form of this early homemade implement is compelling wherever its placed.

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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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EARLY CHURN in BLUE PAINT
EARLY CHURN in BLUE PAINT

(Sold) 19th century churn in wonderful and original blue paint. This piece was purchased out of a New England collection. It is offered in terrific as found condition. The metal bands have slipped over the years while the bottom band is a heavier old replacement. The churn itself stands over 20" tall. The original dasher stands another 25" above the original white lid. This piece speaks for itself! It will be a great addition to any country interior!

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SMALL PINE BENCH
SMALL PINE BENCH

(Sold) Small pine bench found in Ohio. This sturdy little piece was likely made to hold crocks or buckets. The scrubbed top measures 30 1/2" x 10". It stands just over 15" tall. Of course the original dry deep blue paint makes this piece special! It is constructed with screws throughout out and has the additional strength of a stretcher giving it stability for heavy objects.

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EARLY MAINE BASKET
EARLY MAINE BASKET

Great 19th century splint basket found in Maine. This is a chunky little basket with a beautifully constructed handle attached with wood pegs. One such peg is visible just under the rim in the bottom right image. Measuring 12" by 7" by 11" overall, the basket is offered in sturdy as found condition. Adding to the overall appeal of this old country basket are small string repairs found on the handle and rim. These hand done repairs saved the basket while giving it charm at the same time.

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3-COLOR CHECKERBOARD
3-COLOR CHECKERBOARD

(Sold) Condition and color makes this simple game board a real game board among game boards. Measuring only 15" square, colors of indigo, cheddar, and brick red set this 19th century piece apart from the average checkerboard. A single thick piece of pine chamfered along the edges is set in a shaped frame attached with square nails all around. The center playing field measuring just 10" square allows the deep blue border to electrify the cheddar and brick red squares. Art of the Game!

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