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tin fish

Full-Bodied Fish Trade Sign
This tin fish is sculpturally 3-dimensional, with a rounded belly and dramatic sawtooth applied fins. It has warm coloration and an untouched surface (with some paint flakes and minor dents).
Provenance: From the Paul & Margaret Weld Americana Collection which sold at Skinner Auction on August 13, 2000. Receipt and auction review are available.
Circa 1900
26" w, 12" h

What's to love: This is a fine example of one-of-a-kind American figural folk art.


birch bark box

Decorated Birch Bark Mocuck

Etched geometric designs adorn the front, back and top of this early covered birch bark box in motifs of hearts, diamonds, and traditional double fiddlehead scrolls. It has an old tanned deer hide strap and spruce root lashing (with some losses to a top corner). Faint writing that says 'Lac des Commissaires" indicates that this was sold as a souvenir in Quebec by an Eastern Cree artisan.
Circa 1875
7" w, 6" d, 5.5" h

What's to love: The etching that transforms this piece from utilitarian object to art is illustrative of the bilateral symmetry characteristic of Eastern Cree designs.



wood duck painting

Wood Duck Painting
This watercolor portrait features a male Wood Duck standing on a tree branch overhanging a cattail marsh on the edge of a pond. This accurate rendition of a Wood Duck in colorful breeding plumage is signed by the artist V.P. Riordan in the lower right. It has a few areas of light foxing, and is housed in its original gilt-lined oak frame.
Circa 1890
18" w, 23.75" h

What's to love: A Wood Duck on a tree branch is not as incongruous as it might seem, because wood ducks traditionally nest in tree cavities.


hickory table

Old Hickory Side Table
This small side table has a round oak top and a hickory pole base with four spoked base stretchers and four top stretchers. It is stamped on the underside of the top Old Hickory Martinsville, Indiana.
Circa 1940
24" diameter top, 18" high

What's to love: It is a super convenient size to move beside or in front of a chair as needed to hold a drink, book, or snack tray.


red creel

Ash Splint Creel
The flared body of this small handmade creel is woven of wide ash splints. It has a hinged wooden top, and leather and canvas carrying straps. The original maroonish red paint surface has excellent patination showing years of use. Maine origin.
Circa 1920
10" w, 7" d, 7" h

What's to love: Creels with an appealing old paint surface are a rarity.


table mat

Circles Table Runner
This long table runner features a hexagonal design created from carefully stitched, appliquéed wool felt disks offset in between with four pyramids of velvet discs. The center disk of each hexagon is also velvet, while the black felt tongues around the perimeter have alternating rose and lilac cotton edging. The back is gray and cream striped cotton ticking. There is a small water mark on one edge, but all of the fabrics' condition and color retention are fantastic.
Circa 1915
67.5" w, 15.5" h

What's to love: Despite being over 100 years old, the graphic dots design of this handmade textile is thoroughly modern.


antler mounts

Collection of Antler Mounts
These Black Forest stag antlers vary in shape and size, as do their shield-shaped backboards. They are trophies of hunts for small European ungulates such as roe deer.
Circa 1950
(approximately) 5" w, 12" high

What's to love: They have natural variation, yet in multiples they form a striking, unified design.

Top row of three: $225
Second row of five: $375
Third row of three: $225
Fourth row of three: $225

lead fish

Shadow Boxed Fish
This painted metal brook trout is mounted in a handmade shadow box that is painted in streaks of deep-water green. The bottom of the box is initialed F W H and dated 1974.
7" w, 2.75" d, 2" h

What's to love: The unusual mounting angle makes the fish look like it's swimming out of an underwater cave right towards the viewer.


fish carving

Carved Fish Plaque
Three carved and painted fish are applied to a rounded-corner wooden board that is comb painted with a wavy blue background. Water plants and rocks dot the foreground.
Circa 1940
11.5" w, 5" h

What's to love: Pardon the anthropomorphizing, but these seem like happy fish enjoying swimming around in a cheerful setting.


old hickory desk

Old Hickory Desk + Chair
This sturdy desk is an attractive and functional Old Hickory design that does not often appear on the market. It has a hickory pole frame, oak top, two lower oak shelves with arched stretchers and spindled sides, and an arched and spindled gallery that incorporates two accessory holders. The desk chair has a hickory pole frame and woven hickory bark back and seat. Both pieces are stamped Old Hickory Martinsville, Indiana.
Circa 1930
Desk: 36" w, 22.5" d, 36" h
16" w, 17" d, 35" h

What's to love: It has graceful styling with plenty of workspace for a laptop computer plus storage for stationery and postcards.


framed herbarium

Set of 12 Framed Herbarium Mounts
These botanical specimens were collected by R. Blaugh in Sullivan County, NY in 1938. Each plant is mounted on white mat board and framed in a quality cherry-stained wooden frame. The 12 species included are: ground cedar, field daisy, knapweed, fleabane, celadine, rattle vetch, bergamot, bedstraw, deptford pink, red clover, blacked-eyed susan, and black medick. (Note: These were a challenge to photograph with sufficient light due to reflections off the glass; in person they are very crisp.)
Dated 1938
Each: 9.75" w, 11.75" h

What's to love: Although originally collected for scientific or natural history purposes, when nicely framed and presented as a group these botanicals become appealingly decorative.


framed herbarium

Set of 12 Framed Herbarium Mounts
These botanical specimens were collected by R. Blaugh in Sullivan County, NY in 1938. Each plant is mounted on white mat board and framed in a quality cherry-stained wooden frame. The 12 species included are: spotted wintergreen, spotted knapweed, bladder campion, St. John's-wort, sulphur cinquefoil, Virginia creeper, roughleaf dogwood, field bindweed, wild rose, motherwort, curly dock, and cypress spurge. (Note: These were a challenge to photograph with sufficient light due to reflections off the glass; in person they are very crisp.)
Dated 1938
Each: 9.75" w, 11.75" h

What's to love: It is rare to find such well-preserved, 80-year old herbarium collections that feature plant species that are ubiquitous throughout the United States.


moose home sign

"Moose Home" Sign
We are not sure what the Moose Home was, but surmise that it was a fraternal lodge, club or boarding house. In any case, this is a seriously fun, authentic, early sign with gilt hand lettering on a solid wood board surrounded by a simple wooden frame. It is double-sided, with the back showing more weathering.
Circa 1910
49.75" w, 15.5" h

What's to love: The slightly left-leaning tilt of each letter "O" adds a bit of whimsy to the already whimsical word combo (one can't help but imagine several humungous ungulates lined up at the side door of a big old house).


owl lamp

Carved Floor Lamp
A lumberjack, holding a pipe in one hand and an axe in the other, looks up with an amused smile at an owl looking down on him from a tree branch. The carved butternut tree trunk is the central shaft of the lamp which is topped with a handmade wood-slat shade. The lamp has been newly rewired.
Circa 1940
15" w, 13.5" d, 63" h

What's to love: The lamp suggests the kernel of a story or myth titled "The Owl and the Lumberjack."


bog shoes

Early Handmade Bog Shoes
A cousin of snow shoes, bog shoes were worn in summer by trappers traversing marshy terrain to set and check beaver and muskrat traps. This early pair is hand-pegged and square-nailed, with remnants of leather straps on the swiveling foot holders.
Circa 1880
Each 12" w, 41" h

What's to love: Displaying these on the wall celebrates their functional simplicity as akin to modernist art.


cabin plaques

Collection of Cabin Plaques
These wooden plaques are relief carved and painted to feature a cabin nestled into a surrounding landscape. Although all have the same theme, each one is unique. They were made by different artisans for sale as souvenirs. Some are signed; for instance, one says on the back: "Hand carved by Curtis McCulloch Beauharnois, Quebec."
Circa 1930-40

What's to love: In multiples, they make a fun and interesting wall display for a hallway, bath, or other small room.

Group of three very small plaques (top left) - each 4.75 w, 3.25" h: SOLD
Group of eight small plaques (bottom left) - each 6.75" w, 4.5" h: SOLD
Group of four medium plaques (middle) - each 8"-10" w, 7" h: SOLD
Group of three large plaques (right) - each 13"-16" w, 9" h:

hickory hoop arm chair

Old Hickory Hoop Arm Chair
This classic rustic chair has a hickory pole frame with 3-hoop arms, double stretchers, and an open-weave rattan cane seat and back, all in great condition. Stamped "Old Hickory Martinsville, Indiana."
Circa 1945
27" w, 26" d, 34" h

What's to love: While some Old Hickory hoop arm chairs can be small and too upright on the back, this one is very commodious and has a comfortable back angle.


fishing weight

Fishing Weight
This 10-pound ovoid lead down rigger "cannonball" would have been used while trolling to sink a lure to a desired depth. It is shaped and painted as a brown fish (or maybe a beaver?) with black accents - two eyes, a mouth, and a scaled tail.
Circa 1940
12" w, 2" d, 4" h

What's to love: How a fisherman made this utilitarian object into an animal by adding an unnecessary-for-function metal tail and paint decoration.

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