Fine Brass Tankard
Probably Birmingham, England, ca. late 18th century. Of beautiful form with broad molded base supporting a seamed-body topped with domed lid. Brass finial peened to the lid, and attached C-scroll handle. The lid is not hinged, rather lifts off. Substantial quart-size of about 6 ¾ inches tall, diameter of base about 5 inches. Robust in hand. Excellent condition. Identical example, and perhaps the same one, pictured on page 246, Gentle and Field, Domestic Metalwork.
Scarce Miniature Stoneware Crock.....sale pending
Likely Hudson River Valley, ca. early 19th century. Turned body with broad incised lines, cobalt blue decoration. Applied handles. Very light glazing so the surface is quite dry. Solid and robust. Just 2 1/16 inches tall! Provenance private New England collection.
Rare Large Early Velvet Corn
American, ca. 1840-1870. Painted velvet and felt, firmly stuffed with what appears to be sawdust. Velvet fruits and other vegetables (like carrots) are readily found, yet early corn examples are seldom encountered. Surprisingly weighty and a full 8 inches long. Private collection, acquired long ago at the Wilton Antique Show from Don Walters.
Probably New England, possibly Connecticut, ca. late 18th/early 19th century. Concave elliptical back-plates in rolled sheet iron dipped in molten tin originally to create highly reflective surfaces. Edges crimped for strengthening and decoration, the candlearms also reinforced with fluting and braces. Exceptionally fine dry surfaces. Substantial size at about 14 inches overall height by 8 ¾ wide. Provenance: Private Northeast collection. See The Collection of Susan and Raymond Egan, Northeast Auctions, August, 2006 for a similar grouping of ballroom sconces with known Connecticut origin.
Black Hawk Weathervane. SENSATIONAL Historic Verdigris Surface
Northeast, likely made by Cushing & White or Jewell, ca. Civil War period to 1875. The visual appeal of the best authentic early weathervanes often relate to the aesthetics of their surface. This Black Hawk has a beautiful blue-green verdigris on copper that developed over many years of outside exposure, and does not appear to ever having had a second gilding. The rich color and sculptural form elevate it to art that would stand out in a historic or contemporary setting.
Ash Burl Bowl
Northeast, ca. 1780-1800. Ash/ash burl in original surface (never over-varnished), with soft sheen from many years of burnishing in hand. A very successful form with sweeping side-walls flowing up to pierced handles, in essence a Native American work of art. Note that this bowl is entirely worked by hand using scraping tools possibly including iron from early explorers, or natural tools such as beaver’s teeth. The underside with deeply carved foot. Superb hefty solid condition with a couple trivial edge checks. Versatile size of about 17 ½ inches long x 14 ¾ wide x 7 ½ deep. See North American Burl Treen, Steve Powers, for reference. I haven’t had this form in years.