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Saturday, February 22nd

Lot 18
19TH C. PAIR OF MINIATURE WATERCOLORS

Very fine pair of miniatures, of a young gentleman in a black top hat, holding what appears to be a silver spoon, and his wife holding an infant, red curtain background (some color missing on corners of gentleman, as is the floral hanger), 2 3/4″ x 2 1/8″ (sight).

Lot 19
19TH C. MINIATURE WATERCOLOR

Framed watercolor on paper of a theatrically dramatic scene of a young gentleman and lady, in front of an arched window of a building covered in grapes and vines, signed on the back in pencil “Mary A. Ingersoll”, small tear across his coat from the left, and another small tear upper left, 4 1/2″ x 3 3/4″ (sight).

Lot 20
TWO FRAMED WATERCOLORS

19th c. watercolors on paper, song bird on a branch, and a rooster, both very colorful, both originally sold at the Hillary Underwood sale at Sotheby’s on October 9, 1983, and a later Skinners auction, bird – 4 1/2″ x 5 1/2″ (sight), rooster – 3 1/2″ x 3 3/8″ (sight).

Lot 22
FRAMED 19TH C. WATERCOLOR

“Hollis Institute”, shows two young ladies standing between two Grecian columns, and a church with a gilded weathervane, signed in ink on reverse “Miss Kittridge, New Hampshire”, small tear at top left, some toning, 8″ x 11″ (sight).

Lot 57
EXCEPTIONAL LIFT LID SEWING BOX

Pine, rectangular, completely painted in many colors, in geometric designs and florals on top, sides and inside, sectioned interior, edge of lid is raised so needles and pins will not roll off, found in coastal Maine, 2″ h, 11 3/4″ w, 8 3/4″ d.

Lot 37
19th CENTURY BLANKET CHEST

Pine, original grain painted in reds and black, two drawers, finely formed cutout bracket base, molded lift lid, dovetailed and lipped (on the sides), turned walnut pulls, 42″ h, 36″ w, 19″ d.

Lot 73
19TH C. OPTOMETRIST TRADE SIGN

Oval green glass, gilded cast iron with old original surface patina, from a New York State collection, 7 3/4″ h, 31″ l, 9″ dia (oval glass).

Lot 81
EXCEPTIONAL SCALE MODEL FARM IMPLEMENT

Hay cutter, brass and cast iron in original paint, yellow and red with black and yellow coach style painted lines, in workable condition (note: possibly salesman sample), 7 1/2″ h, 14 1/2″ w, 12″ (front to back).

Lot 106
RARE IMPORTANT HINGHAM SAMPLER

Large 19th c. Hingham, Mass. needlework sampler, “Executed by Priscilla Lane in Hingham 1816, Aged 11 yrs.”, silk leaf and floral border, with two alphabets, numbers and vowels, and birth records of Josiah and wife Priscilla, with a center entrance colonial home at bottom, with trees and flowering bushes at either side, black painted, groove molded frame, glazed, 27 1/2″ x 21″ (sight).

Lot 108B
NEEDLEWORK AND WATERCOLOR MEMORIAL

Exceptional picture memorial, oak and willow flanking a large urn on plinth, “Sacred to the Memory of Elizabeth Hicks”, with gentleman in long green coat, and lady in full gold dress, eglomise frame with carved wood, gilded ogee frame, small tear at top of willow tree, 18 3/4″ x 24″ (sight).

Lot 117A
SAILOR MADE ROLLING PINS

Two 19th c. rolling pins, each end with carved whale’s tooth attached to mahogany rollers, 15″ and 13 1/2″ l (ex. estate of Justin Cobb).

Lot 117B
SAILOR MADE COCONUT DIPPER

Very fine, early 19th c. (c. 1830-1840) long handled dipper, with inset decorative pewter and whalebone handle, with carved sailor’s knot at end, initialed “H A” in pewter on coconut, 13 1/2″ l (ex. estate of Justin Cobb).

Lot 130
SMALL 18TH CENTURY TAVERN TABLE

New England, maple, pegged on top, slightly splayed legs, pad feet (two show chips), cutout bowed skirt, 26″ h, 26 1/2″ l, 19 1/2″ w.

Lot 135
ANTIQUE BLACK FOREST BEAR BENCH

Walnut carved bear bench, purchased at the museum in Brienz, Switzerland in the 1960’s, two glass eyed bears supporting the bench, with a carved small bear in profile on back, good condition, 19 1/2″ seat h, 35 1/2″ overall h, 43″ w, 15″ d.

Lot 142
19TH CENTURY BRONZE OF STALLION

Horse with head turned, on an oval black marble base, signed on bronze base, “P.J. Mene” (Pierre-Jules Mene, French 1810-1879), very fine color, 14″ l (bronze base), 17″ l (marble base).

Lot 177
STACK OF OVAL PANTRY BOXES

Six graduated early 19th c. boxes, maple and pine, original red painted finishes, smallest (1″ h, 3″ l) to largest (2 1/2″ h, 7″ l), largest box has a list of spoons and sugar tongs under lid in pencil.

Lot 198
18TH/EARLY 19TH CENTURY TAVERN SIGN

American, pine and red cedar sign, original paint, “French’s Inn”, depicting a barefoot man, orange coat, brown pants, walking with a large bowl on his back on the front side, the back shows same gent drinking from the bowl (note: wonderful sign in as-found condition), 38″ x 22″ (sight), 48″ x 31 1/2″ (frame).

Lot 229
EXCEPTIONALLY LARGE ROOSTER WEATHERVANE

American, late 19th/early 20th c. rooster weathervane, standing on a large feathered arrow (36″), copper with rich gilded surface, originally found in southeastern Connecticut, excellent condition, mounted on a contemporary iron base for indoor display (note: very fine vane with exceptional detail), 36″ h, 25″ l (rooster).

Lot 230
AUDUBON PRINT

Large folio, Plate 288, “Fish Hawk or Osprey, falco Haliaetus, Male, Weak Fish”, “Drawn from Nature by JJ Audubon, FRS, ELS”, “Chromolith by J. Bien, New York 18..”, framed and glazed, 39 1/4″ x 26″ (sight).

Lot 255
CHROMOLITHOGRAPH OF STEAMSHIP COLUMBIA

Early chromolithograph of the “Columbia” paddlewheel steamship, “For Rockaway Beach”, flying American flag and “R.C.W.”, fine decorative gilded frame, very good condition, 19″ x 34″ (sight).

Lot 273
MAP OF THE UNITED STATES

“The United States of America”, “with the British Possessions…and the Spanish Territories of Louisiana and Florida…as of 1783, London, Laurie & Whittle, May 1794″ (note: said to be one of the earliest representations of the American flag ever shown on a map), bird’s-eye maple frame, matted, 17″ x 19 1/2” (sight).

Lot 290
19TH C. STONEWARE CROCK

Six-gallon, large impressive cobalt design of ribbed leaves and a flower, “N.A. White & Son, Utica, N.Y.”, 13 1/2″ h.

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