Likely J. W. Fiske
New York City, ca. 1870.
Form. Surface. Size. 

Copper, with a complex weathered surface that has taken on a beautiful verdigris color while retaining a good amount of gilding and sizing. As weathervanes were of critical importance for centuries to foretell changes in weather, they also become an important American sculptural art form. The best examples, like this scarce full-bodied fish, have appealing sculptural design AND retain an authentic surface that reflects the environmental conditions that led to the aesthetic.

Note the balance of top and bottom fins, the graceful flowing lines of the body into the flared and corrugated tail, the repousse eyes, and that dramatic mouth.....

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Dated 1776 Revolutionary War Soldier’s Pocketbook pending

Wool needlework, stitched with the name I(J)AMES BOYSE LONDONDERRY. (NH) (17)76. Research shows that James Boyse of Londonderry enlisted to serve in the American Revolution on November 14, 1776. It is unknown if Boyse carried this pocketbook with him in battle, regardless it is a rarely found object created in that historic year that we can link definitively to a Revolutionary War soldier.

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Beebox in Crackly Bittersweet Paint. pending

Northeast, ca. 1820-1840. Original very dry, highly patinated and crackled bittersweet paint on softwood, retaining glass window. While this form is typically called a queen bee carrier, its more likely use would have been a bee hunting box. Pollen and honey were placed in the box as bait to attract and capture feral bees. Once released, the beekeeper would watch which way the bees flew as they always flew in a straight line back to their hive. (That's where the saying "make a beeline" came from.) .....

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Profile Portrait Miniature of a Portsmouth
Young Man

New Hampshire, taken ca. 1825. Identified on the back “Daniel Ham”, born 1801, Portsmouth (New Hampshire). Watercolor and ink on paper. The profile very well developed by a capable artist, with fine detail within his fashionable high-collared coat, vest, and cravat. Period gilt frame of about 5 ½ inches x 4 7/8. Fine condition with minor toning. Private New Hampshire collection.

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CHOICE Paint Decorated Valuables Box

Northeast, Probably New England, ca. 1810-1840.  Original paint decoration of oyster white and black lining on a rich green ground, with confident and skillfully rendered tendril brushstrokes on the top. Pine, poplar, or basswood dovetailed case. In a very high state of originality, remarkably retaining its first undisturbed leather hinges, and scalloped leather border held by brass tacks. Also original brass lock plate and bale handle. Soft, dry surface. Subtly domed with no cracks. Small size that would bring stand-out historic craftsmanship to your mantel, candlestand, chest, or shelf. Just 11 ½ inches long x 5 ½ tall x 5 7/8 deep. Provenance: Olde Hope, Private NH collection

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EXCEPTIONAL Anniversary Tin Fan

American, ca. 1860. During the second half of the 19th century, the tenth, or "tin" anniversary was one of great celebration. Whimsical gifts fashioned from tin were often presented to the married couple, made by professional tin smiths. This lady’s fan is beautifully smithed with folds that alternate in and out. In exceptional condition with perfect dry surface.....custom-fitted stand. Including stand about 21 inches tall.

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