Nautical Folk Art Shadowbox of Carved Miniature Ship Figureheads, 19th century, English, a most unusual and unique piece of folk art. Containing six primitive representations of ship figureheads, labelled in what appears to be the original wood box. Facing the piece, the information in left hand corner of the piece reads: "FIGUREHEADS AND WOODEN FIGURES CARVED WITH SIMPLE JACKNIFE BY EX. BOSUN FRANK SIMS WHO WAS A RESIDENT OF MISS WESTONS HOME FOR SEAMEN, WHERE HE DIED IN 1901." The label in the right hand corner continues: "THESE FIGURES WERE CARVED FROM MEMORY AND BELIEVED TO BE SHIPS IN WHICH THE MAN HAD SERVED DURING HIS LIFETIME" The back of the box is covered with an English newspaper from around 1923 and includes many advertisements for such products as handkerchiefs, tools, books on beekeeping, and cauliflower. The box measure 21 1/2 in (54.5 cm) x 15 3/4 in (40 cm) and has a depth of 3 in (7.6 cm). Each carved figure is 4 -6 inches (10-15 cm) tall. This is a one of a kind folk art treasure.
Carved and Painted Wood Figures of Doctors, c.1950, European, an allergist, a consultant, and two otolaryngologists. These whimsical statuettes stand 5 1/2 inches (14 cm) tall. Price: $95/each
Miniature Painting in clam shell, c. late 19th century, a charming miniature painting done in a genuine clam or quahog shell. Price: $95
Carpenter's Dividers, 18th century, French, wonderful iron dividers with fleur-de-lis designs at the hinges, measuring 19 5/8 inches (50 cm) to the tapered ends. Price: $295
Henry Doherty Silk Co. Baseball Team 1920 Paterson Industrial League Silver Gelatin Print Photograph, framed 18 1/2 in. (47 cm) x 15 1/2 in (39 cm), sight size 11 in (28 cm) x 9 1/2 in (24 cm), in good condition. This industrial league photo was taken at the Kemp Studio, 274 Kemp Street, Paterson, New Jersey. The Paterson Silk Socks or Doherty Silk Socks/Sox were a semi-pro team that played from 1916-1927. The team played at the famous Doherty Oval Stadium, hosting such Hall of Famers as Honus Wagner and Babe Ruth. Milton Gaston played with the Silk Socks before he was signed by the Yankees in 1923. Abbott and Costello performed their famous "Who's on First?" routine in front of a Paterson Silk Socks banner. In good shape noting some wear as noted in pictures below. This photo is a wonderful addition to a baseball lover's collection. Price: $425
World War II Era Photograph of Servicemen at a Coca-Cola Soda Fountain, framed measuring 12 3/8 in x 15 3/8 in., the photo is in good condition. Sight size 7 x 9 inches. A fun piece of history and advertising memorabilia. Price: $95
Binoculars, German, 2nd quarter 20th century, German, marked GOERZ, BERLIN, high quality, prismatic, in good condition. Price: $250
World War II Wood Mold for a Battleship Piston Valve, daed Sept. 1941, painted red and black, 14 inches (35.4 cm) high with a maximum diameter of 7 3/8 inches (18.75 cm). An historical artifact with great architectural/sculptural quality.Price: $125
Buddha Head, Very Large, Wood and Polychrome Paint, 19th century, it may have come from the countryside of Vietnam/Cambodia/Laos, as indicated by its somewhat more primitive carving. The head is actually quite smooth with wonderful natural wood rings. It measures 18 inches tall, more than 40 inches in circumference and weighs about 35 pounds
Early Folk Art Cribbage Board, most likely 19th century. It measures 21 1/2 inches tall, 5 inches wide and about 1 inch thick. It has wear customary for its age and the paint appears to be original.
American Globe on Sculptural Stand, c.1930. Signed "Hammond's 9 inch Terrestrial Globe." The base is signed underneath "C.S. Hammond & Co., Brooklyn, N.Y." The ring and base are made of cast iron with an attractive finish simulating the green of ancient bronze. The globe stands 16 in. (40.5 cm) tall and is in good condition noting some wear to the paper on the globe as seen in the photos.
The Aero-Car, German, early 20th century, signed "E. Leybold's Nachfolger A.G.," 8" (20 cm) long overall, the metal car with turned wood handle. In use, one would wrap the main shaft with string, pull hard, and hopefully watch the car advance by propeller drive. Good noting old repair at the shaft. This piece is a nice addition to the collection of those interested in physics, demonstration models or old toys. Price: $290
Antique Chinese Tea Pot, 19th century (or earlier), pewter with inlaid brass details. This lovely little piece, which many have been used for tea or alcohol, measures 7 inches (17.75 cm) from the base to the handle top. The inlay detailing is charming depicting birds, trees and flowers. The pot is in good condition noting one foot is bent although it stands well. It is not known if the stones on the cover are the original ones. Price: $200 (stand not included)
Chocolate or Candy Spreaders
These two chocolate or candy spreaders date to the 19th century and descended through the confection-making family. They are made of heavy metal (iron) with brass handles/detailing. The larger one, with the lion head handle, measures 13 inches long (33 cm) and the smaller one is 12 inches long (30.5 cm). Price: - lion head handle - SOLD - handle with loop - $150
Early American Sterilizer Bottle
This is a great piece of medical americana. Standing 6 1/2 inches tall (16.5 cm), it boasts a painted red star below the word "STERILIZER" in white. Its metal cover comes off. The milky glass is in fine condition with no noted chips or scratches. The dark marks next to the word sterilizer is glare. The glass color is uniform throughout. Price: $205
Magic Lantern Slides:
The Magic Lantern was developed in the 17th century and used into the early 20th century. A concave lens with a light behind it would be used to project images from slides that had painted or transferred images on glass. The projectionist might make sounds to accompany this otherwise "silent film." Offered here are various slides, some hand-painted, others with transferred images, some mechanical, others static. Prices are as noted individually.
Antique Apothecary Bottles marked W.N. Walton. Pat. Sept. 28, 1862 and May 28th, 1867. Lovely gold painted labels under glass. The bottles measure approximately 9" inches tall with the stoppers. 10 bottles available.
Price: $120 each
Japanese Tea Ceremony The Japanese idea of life and art converging are seen in the tea ceremony. Each utensil and person involved in the ceremony becomes part of living art. The ceremony dates back hundreds of years when green tea (matcha) gained importance for its medicinal use and its role in Zen meditation. The Chawan, or tea bowl, plays an important role in the tea ceremony and the attributes of the bowl are considered by the participants. The Chawan's weight, feel, and look are all assessed and admired. The importance of the Chawan is evident when a bowl breaks; it is not thrown away but most often repaired with beautiful gold and laquer.
This Karatsu tea bowl, or chawan is signed and comes with its original silk and box. It is a piece of Hakeme work (roughly brushed white slip over a darker body) called "mei" or cloud, as noted on the box. It is about 50 years old and is in perfect condition. It stands approximately 3.5 inches (9 cm) tall and the diameter is approximately 3 3/4 inches (9.5 cm). It is a gorgeous piece to look at and to hold in the hands.
This Raku chawan has a lovely cream glaze and image of Mt. Fuji. The piece is about 65-75 years old and is signed on the bottom. The box is not original to the bowl. This chawan measures 3 1/4 (about 8 cm) tall and the diameter is 4.5 inches (11.5 cm). The inside of the bowl has wonderful crazing.
19th century French transfer ware plates
Offered for sale are a number of French transfer ware plates, all 8 in (20.3 cm) in diameter and with the makers' marks on the back. They are all in good condition noting discoloration and some hairline cracks as evident in the photos and some minor flea bites. Stand not included. PRICE: SOLD
Early Carved Wood Mangles:
Mangles were an early form of irons. They were used in conjunction with a roller, and combined heavy pressing and a smoothing action. Mangles are known to have been used before the 16th century and were traditional courtship gifts in Scandinavia. One writer explained the story foes that a young man would create a mangle and propose by hanging it on the door of the house of the woman whom he wished to marry. If she accepted his offer, she would take down the mangle; if she refused, she would leave it hanging on the door. The writer went on to explain that the best mangle carvers were perpetual bachelors.
Mangle with horse handle and bird motif:
This mangle is most likely of Scandinavian origin. It measures 22 in long (55.88 cm) and 5 in wide (12.7 cm) at the wider end. The polychrome painting is in fine condition as is the wood noting some old worm holes which are evident in the photos and on the back of the piece. The piece is dated illegibly Anno 17--.
Mangle dated 1762 with tulips, fruit and hearts:
This mangle is dated Ano 1762 with the initials R.B.L. It measures 27 inches long to the end of the handle (68.58 cm) and 5.5 inches wide (13.97 cm). It has a lovely, warm patina and wonderful primitive carvings of tulips, hearts and fruit (apples?) on a vine. These images suggest a German or Dutch origin.