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Rare ELL RULE
Dated 1738
   

Wrought in iron, inlaid in brass with the initials ‘ST’ and the date ‘1738’England.

In England at this time, the “ELL RULE” was a standard measure of length by which all cloth was sold, based loosely on the length of an arm. Ell translates to "arm", and now in modern English "elbow" (arm-bend). There are several scribed lines on this ell suggesting shorter lengths were also measured.

In perfect condition with rich surface, this wrought ell is flattened and tapers from the dated area to the bottom end. Above the date is fully rounded, with pierced finial for hanging and flatten knop. Total length about 36 inches. .

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Scarce Treen
Tinder Box
....SOLD

Likely New England, ca. 18th century.

Hardwood, likely maple, in original surface. Like a little time capsule, this box retains a flint, forged iron “steel” which was struck against the flint to create a spark, and a cool twist of tinder material (flax?).

This box was meant for home use, not travel, as the two lids rest loosely on top of open wells, the longer piece not tightly fitting. Although fairly common in tin boxes, few treen examples have survived. About nine inches long.

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Small Bible or Valuables Box in Original Red Paint
.....sale pending 

New England, ca. late 18th. Pine and basswood, with original dark very dry crusty red paint. Also retains original iron hinges, lock, key, and side batons. (lock and key still function). The brass escutcheon shows no signs of being replaced. Nicely molded front of lid. Joinery by early cut nails.

The box in excellent condition with just minor period wear. Interior crisp and clean and has a pencil inscription under the lid as shown. Just 19 ½ inches wide x 8 tall x 10 deep, a desirable smaller example of this form.  

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REMARKABLE
FOLK ART
. HISTORICALLY IMPORTANT.

Jackson Morton (1794-1874) Soldier, US Senator. Secessionist
Ca. 1815.
 

 HAS NOT BEEN OFFERED
SINCE THE 1960'S
.

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Heart and Hand
with Love Birds

Skillfully Cut
Love Token 

Probably New England, ca. mid-19th century.

Tiny, fine paper cuttings of a pair of love birds resting on a heart-in-hand, the heart woven, surrounded by an oval of plaited hair, all set upon a blue-silk backing. Presented in a deeply carved hardwood frame which is likely the original.

The frame about 4 5/8 inches x 3 ½. Over 20 years in a private Northeast collection, previously from Madeline Killeen, Ithaca, NY. 

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Miniature Country Blanket Chest
.....sale pending

Dated 1806. 
First Surface
Original White Paint

New England. The back inscribed “ML” 1806 in flowing script within the then wet paint.

Retains first surface dry patinated white paint on pine, the top unpainted in natural patina, appearing to have been covered in fabric based on tiny nail witness holes about the rim. Applied bracket base. About 12 1/4 inches wide x 8 5/8 tall x 6 deep. Retains original hinges.

Provenance: Private Northeast collection, years ago from Nancy Prince (oldtime Maine antiques dealer). A high character little survivor.

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The Lew Scranton Paint Decorated Box
....SOLD 

Likely Guilford, CT., ca. late 18th/early 19th century. Dark red ground on pine with tulip and dot decoration on the sliding lid. Cabinet-maker made with thin stock, dovetailed corners, extending base, and a delicately molded rim.

Excellent condition.  Dry surface and strong patina. Paint decoration of this manner is associated with Guilford, CT. See THISTLES AND CROWNS, The Painted Chests of the Connecticut Shore. Likely used in period for candles. SMALL size of just 9 inches long x 4 ½ wide x 3 ½ tall.

Provenance: The Personal Collection of Lew Scranton, Skinner, 2016, lot 192; private New England collection.

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Fine Burl Bowl with Especially Good Surface

Northeast, ca. 1800. Ash burl, lightweight, thinly and expertly turned on a slow lathe, in the classic rimmed and footed form of this period.
With an especially desirable very dry surface, never varnished, nutty brown color, showing darkening at the rim, graduating to less away from the rim, reflecting how is was handled.
Fine condition; internal checks; hairline at rim. About 7 7/8 inches diameter x 3 1/8 tall.

Provenance includes a Midwest collection; Bob Jessen and Jim Hohnwald (NH).  .

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Exquisite and Exceedingly Rare Broad-Rimmed Burl
Deep Serving Dish
.....SOLD


New England
ca. 1720-1740.
 
 

Ash burl. Of impressive size, masterfully lathe-turned with a dramatic broad-rim, relating to pewter examples of the period.

While most burl bowls were utilitarian in nature, this serving dish stands out with its refined form, meant not only to be functional but to be prominently displayed and admired, and served from at the table.

Excellent condition with delightful undulation to the bowl and rim. High polish/burnish to the shellac surface. The interior bears intriguing stains, including what appear to be traces of ink, and a small split (or cut) to the rim’s edge, all bearing witness to its usage. About 16 ½ inch diameter x 3 ½ deep.

Provenance: From the 1950s to the 1970s.....
 

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