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)


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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)


Patriotis shield 20th cent.

Wooden patriotic shield found in Vermont. 17″ high by 16 1/2″ wide at top. Original paint with wear and minor losses, as  shown. It bears several screw holes from mounting and an outline of what we believe was probably  a medallion and label commemorating a battle or military regiment in the Spanish American War, WWI or WWII. Circa early to mid-20th century. It displays beautifully as is. Several board construction. One joint had become slightly separated at one point and was glued to secure it. (CC- 25)



horn powder flask 2 horn powder flask 3 horn powder flask Very finely made small black powder musket flask fashioned from antler. The spout is threaded and screws into the base. The base has a piece of horn carved to fit and screwed and pegged in place. Two small pegs are missing. A cork or carved wooden plug would have been fitted in the spout. Circa mid-19th century. (CA-19)


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) $90 (for all)

stone fruit stone fruit 4 stone fruit 3 stone fruit 2 Rare half watermelon stone fruit. Nice color and detail on both sides. Some minor stains. No chips or cracks. Watermelon is one of the hardest stone fruit pieces to find and a half watermelon is even more scarce than the wedges. 4 1/2″ H x 4 3/4″ W x 3 ” deep. Found in Vermont. (CC-14) $595

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) $295

calling b jay 2 calling blue jay blue jay label Superb carving of a calling blue jay by the late noted Maine carver Del Higgins and bearing his label on the underside of the base. Circa 1940′s. Approximately 7″ long, perhaps 2/3 the size of a real blue jay.  There has been a small restoration to the very tip of the upper beak which is virtually invisible. One of the nicest bird carvings we have owned. You can almost hear the bird’s screech. (BZ-6) $385

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) $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) $395 _______________________________________________________________________________ A&F bear 6A&F bear 10 A&F bear 8 A&E bear 9 Very rare Abercrombie and Fitch bear footstool by Dimitri Omersa. Abercrombie and Fitch footstools and other items made by Omersa in the form of various animals are extremely popular and rare figures like seals and kangaroos (magazine holder) command big prices. The bear footstool is perhaps the rarest of all. We have never seen another. This bear has been in our personal collection for a number of years. As can be seen in the photos, it has some wear on the ears and there is a small scuff under the left ear. Otherwise, it is in exceptionally good condition. It is a large footstool – approximately 29″ long, 12″ wide and 19″ high. Circa 1960′s. (BW-31) $ 1125

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) $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) $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) $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. $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) $110 ___________________________________________________________ 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) $155

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) $290

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) $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) $325 (now $295) ______________________________________________________________ DSCN4313 DSCN4323 DSCN4315 Excellent and rare 1/6 plate ruby ambrotype of Civil War soldier posing with 3 revolvers and a knife! It was not uncommon for soldiers to pose with a weapon or two. but 4 weapons is extraordinary (one revolver is under his belt along with the knife). The image case is also rare according to Nineteenth Century Photographic Cases and Wall Frames by Paul Berg, second edition, @ pg. 338. (B-297) SOLD __________________________________________________________________________________   ??????????????????????????????? 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) $90

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) $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) $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) $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) $68

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. $330

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) $320 (Now $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. $295


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