carved singing bird 2

carved signing bird

carved singing bird 4

Early carving of a singing bird mounted on a branch. Found in central NY State. carved from hardwood, possibly walnut, with incised detail.  Note the bird’s tongue is carved. Tail section had old separation which was securely reset, almost invisibly. Stands approximately 8″ tall. Circa early 20th century, (CE -1)


Patriotic indian clubs 2

Patriotic Indian clubs

Pair of patriotically decorated Indian clubs in original paint with expected wear (as with any painted clubs used for exercise), especially to white and blue areas. Circa early 20th century. 18 1/2″ long with incised rings. (CG-5)


skirt raiser 5 (2)

skirt raiser (2)

Rare brass “skirt lifter”, used to lift a lady’s long dress while dancing, playing games or just to avoid wet, muddy conditions. These would be attached by a ribbon or chain running from the ring to loops in the lady’s dress. or to a sash around her waist. The weight of the device would then hold the pads at the bottom closed on the fabric of the dress.this one has a decorative shield featuring a bust of a Roman soldier. Circa 1880′s,. Probably English, although some were made in other European countries and also in America.  5 1/2″ long. (CE-30)


grouse carving 4

grouse carving 2

grouse carving 3

Nice folky carving of a ruffed grouse in original paint with minor wear on one side and on the head near the beak. Carver unknown. Circa mid-2oth century. Carved from hardwood. Found in Adirondacks (CE-28)


dove carving in old paint 3

dove carving in old paint

Dove carving in old crusty, alligatored paint. This is a rare old survivor and may have been a field decoy. It has a flat body with wire legs and may never have been on a stand until we put it on one to better display it. 7″ L x 5 1/2″ H (including stand) and approximately 3/4″ thick. In very good original condition save for wear from use. One side is slightly more faded than the other, but the difference is not as great as appears in the photos. Circa late 19th – very early 20th century. (CE-23)



penguin bookends 2

pengin bookends

Unusual cast iron penguin bookends. 3 1/2″ tall and wide. Penguins are 3″ tall. Minor paint loss on chest and beak of each bird. The tip of both beaks were painted white originally and some of the paint remains. One of the bookends is slightly loose at the 45 junction, but functions well. They probably date to the 1930′s. (CE-18)

SALE $225 (was $260)


smal carved songbird on mount

Fine early carving of a songbird on a wall mount. In good original condition with no restoration. 4 1/4″ long  and 4 1/2″ high, including base. Circa  1900, Found in Pennsylvania. (CC-36)


shell purse 3

shell purse 2

shell purse

Small change purse fashioned from a Tellin shell. There is a small oval mage on the front of the shell which probably is a painting of a settlement on a promontory.  The hinge and clasp are very skillfully fitted and, when opened, the interior reveals 3 compartments made of what appears to be heavy paper in very good condition. 3 7/8″ long by 1 7/8″ wide. We believe this piece to date to the early part of the 20th century, but it doesn’t appear to have ever been used. It came from a private collection of antique shell art. Possibly British or British colonial origin. (CC-27)

$50 (was $95)


relaoding tools 2 reloading tools 3 reloading tools 4 Group of early shotgun shell reloading tools and a small old leather shot or powder pouch. Sold as a group. The two tools on the right were used to remove and insert primers. The two in the center are adjustable powder and shot measures manufactured in Connecticut.  The pouch has a hole in it and the plug is not original, but it is quite early. (LTS)

SALE $15 apiece

clown ring toss clown ring toss 3 Pair of ring toss clowns in fine original paint.  May have been used in a carnival or fair. Circa 1920 – 1930′s. 12 1/2″ tall. Ring is not original to game but is similar to rings that would have been used. (BZ-23)

SALE $225 (was 295)

female cardinal female cardinal 2 female cardinal 3 Folky carving of a female cardinal in fine original condition. Approximately 8″ long. Carver unknown. Maine origin. Has good age and probably dates to the first part of the 20th century. (BZ-34)

SALE $165 (was $215)

__________________________________________________sled sled4 sled 2 sled3 Miniature sled believed to be a salesman’s sample. Wonderfully decorated in original paint. Approximately 7″ long. Circa late 19th century. No damage or repairs. (BY-40)

SALE $325 (was $395)

IMG_1013 IMG_1015 IMG_1017 Black Forest watch holder in fine original condition. Carved Ibex and floral border decoration. Approximately 3 1/2″ long (closed) by 2 1/2″ wide. Swiss, circa early 1900′s. Not a particularly common Black Forest item.(BY-38)

SALE $135 (was $195 )

dscn6103   Black Forest carving of a red stag. Swiss origin. Stands approximately 7″ tall x 9″ long. Has detachable antlers. There were old break lines to all legs at the ankles. They have been professionally restored and are no longer apparent, There also was an old break in one ear, which too was restored and is only noticeable upon very close examination. It displays beautifully and is a great example of the best of Brienzerware carving, circa 1890-1910. Possibly the work of Peter Huggler. (BW-39)

SALE $525 (was $660) 

___________________________________________DSCN5690 Pair of Apache leather boots decorated with paint and applied leather patches. 16″ in length. Wear to soles from use. Ex-museum. Circa 1920s. (BW-5)

SALE $120 (was $160) 

DSCN5313 DSCN5310 Hand painted limited resin copy of an original carving of a blue jay by Lancy Smith, noted woman golfer from Western New York, who carved birds for sale between the late 1970′s and early 2000′s. Signed and dated 1999. 7″ long by 5″ high including mount.

SALED $55 (was$85)

DSCN5174 DSCN5177 Small Zebra carving with paint decorated hide or paper covering. Leather ears and glass eyes. 6″ long x 5″ high. Some wear to hide and one eye slightly loose but could easily be glued in place if desired. Probably German made, circa late 19th – early 20th century. (BV-37)

SALE $65 (was $95)

_______________________________________________DSCN5062 Original Hambone Sweets Cigar advertisement on plaque. “Hambone” was the nickname of a former slave popularized by cartoonist J.P. Alley in the early 1900′s. In the 1920s William C. Frutiger and Co. of Pennsylvania obtained permission to use Alley’s illustrations to market its cigars. This illustration, based upon Lindberg’s solo transatlantic flight in 1927, came into being near the end of that decade and was used into the 1930s. (BV-7)

SALE $120 (was $190)

DSCN4914 DSCN4921 Native American ceremonial drum with carved and painted decoration. Both skins tight. 8 1/2″tall and 5 1/2″ in diameter. Rawhide handle has separated but can be restored. (BR-37)

SALE $160 (was $225)

DSCN4922 DSCN4927 Pueblo ceremonial drum with colorful hand painted decoration. New Mexico origin circa late 19th century. Skins of drum original and tight. Small rawhide handle has been reattached at one end. Otherwise all original. More photos available on request.(BR-36)

 SALE $290 (was $395)

DSCN4742 Very colorful carving of a pair of songbirds on twigs. Species unknown, but birds of this type were often painted whimsically by Pennsylvania German carvers carrying on the European tradition. All original with only very minor paint wear. Made to hang on wall. Probably early-mid 20th century. (BU-38)

SALE $250 (was $325) 

___________________________________________________  ??????????????????????????????? hawk and antiques 015 Wrought iron candleholder. 19th century. Reputedly a Civil War camp candleholder although we cannot verify this. Can hang or sit on table. 13″ high and 4 1/2″ wide. (BQ-8)

SALE $60 (was $125)

antiques 7-16-14 037 Large  cranberry glass coin spot water pitcher with ruffled top. In fine condition. 8 1/2″ tall. Probably early 20th century. (Inv. BO-40)

SALE $65 (was $95)

antiques 7-16-14 031 antiques 7-16-14 032 Small hand decorated coin spot cranberry glass cup, 2 3/4″ tall. In excellent condition. Finely painted with two types of flowers. (Inv. BO-39)

SALE $58 (was $85 )

antiques 7-16-14 035 antiques 7-16-14 023 Hand decorated cranberry glass salt and pepper set in ornate quadruple silver plate holder. Holder is 7″ tall and each of the bulbous shakers is 3 1/2″ tall. Holder is marked “quadruple plate” and appears to read “Rochester NY”, although the first three letters are obscured, so it could be “Manchester”. All pieces are in fine condition and it displays beautifully. Holder could be cleaned. (BP-2)

SALE $90 (was $145)

antiques 7-16-14 029 Two small cranberry glass salt shakers with hand painted floral decoration. The one with the domed top is 3″ tall and has erosion of the metal around the top, as shown. The smaller, squattier one is 2 1/2″ tall, in very good condition and has a more vibrant decoration. Sold together. (Inv. BO-38)

SALE- $45  (was $95)

mud figures 007 mud figures 003 Chinese “mud figures”. These five figures were all likely made between 1900 and the early 1950′s. Unlike modern figures which are mold made, these were all hand made. Almost all hand made figures were of men. Female figures are scarce. The female figure stands 10 3/4″ tall, which is a rare size and is in very good condition save for a firing flaw in the hair or possibly a small missing piece there. The large seated fisherman has a small chip on the rim of his hat. He is 8″ tall, also an uncommon size. The two water carriers are 5 3/4″ and 5 1/2″ tall and in excellent condition. The small standing man holding a pot is 4 3/4″ tall and in very good condition. He bears an old paper “Made in China” label. the previous four all have impressed “CHINA” marks. Lady with scroll – $120 Large seated fisherman – $115 Water carriers – $85 ea. Standing man with pot ( SOLD)

antiques 6-19-14 090 antiques 6-19-14 092 Thermoplastic (sometimes referred to erroneously as “gutta percha”) game box with inlaid wood cribbage board. Very rare. 8″ long by 4″ wide. Slight wear; tiny hairlines at hinges and one small hairline on corner which doesn’t affect the adjacent cover. Circa 1870s.

SALE – $225 (was $295)

Hatchet and fish decoys 4-2014 026 Hatchet and fish decoys 4-2014 022 Hatchet and fish decoys 4-2014 024 Hatchet and fish decoys 4-2014 030 Hand forged hatchet with handle fashioned from a branch. All original. A small part of the end of the handle is missing, but the remaining portion continued in use. Probably 18th or early 19th century.(BN-3)

SALE $250 (was $295) _____________________________________________________________ 


Finely crafted birch bark miniature canoe with pine pitch seams and rawhide wrappings. Native American made. 26” long x 7” wide. Very small old hole in one side, probably original to bark section. This is an early model.

SALE $250 (was $295)


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    PO Box 361
    Port Leyden, NY 13433

    Email: shop@bluelineantiques.com
    Phone: (315) 348-8145