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Americana & Estates Auction

by Willis Henry Auctions Inc.

Platinum House

297 lots with images

January 20, 2013

Live Auction

929 Hingham Street

Rockland, MA, 02370 USA

297 Lots
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STONEWARE JUG

Lot 159: STONEWARE JUG

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Description: 19th c. stoneware jug, 3-gal., cobalt blue swirled flowers (four roses), some browning, overall good condition, 17 1/2" h.

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GRAINED BLANKET BOX

Lot 160: GRAINED BLANKET BOX

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Description: 19th c. six-board blanket box, original sponge and grained finish, red and ochre, dovetailed case, till box, lock, molded base, some wear to top, 17" h, 38" w, 17 1/2" d.

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CIVIL WAR LETTERS AND DOCUMENTS

Lot 161: CIVIL WAR LETTERS AND DOCUMENTS

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Description: Instructions for Ordnance Officers from the War Department, Washington, May 23, 1864; Special Order No. 114 from Headquarters Department of Washington, 22d Army Corps., Washington, D.C., May 13, 1865 by command of Maj. Gen. Augur to E.W. Plaiston; Payment receipt for flour purchased by Mr. D. R. Spaulding from the Cheshire County Store, Keene, N.H., June 11th, 1864; Muster-Out Roll of 1st Lieutenant Patrick H. White in the 1st Regiment of Illinois Light Artillery...called into the Service of the United States by The President...on the 16th of June, 1861; Handwritten letter from the Treasury Department dated November 12th, 1844 in reply to a letter from Abe Knowlton about whether his son Samuel Knowlton (enlisted in the 6th Infantry of the Peace Establishment) is yet living. Letter was referred to the Adjutant Generals Office; Handwritten letter from the Adjutant General's Office, Washington, Nov. 12, 1844, in reply to the letter regarding Samuel Knowlton and whether he was living. Samuel was shot by the Indians on the 29th of July, 1841, while riding express between Fort Pleasant and R. Gamble, in Florida; Special Order No. 157 from Head Quarters, Army of the Potomac, Washington, Nov 26th, 1861 by command of Maj. Gen. McClellan to Capt. John F. Glenn, includes small carte-de-visite of Geo. B. McClellan; Handwritten letter from G.W. Hough to General M.D. Hardin at the Ordnance Office in Washington, dated June 24, 1865, asking if Lieutenant Barstow could come to his office to assist him on that day; Two handwritten letters: one is Special Order No. 326 from the War Department, Adjutant Generals Office, Washington, June 23, 1865, ordering Sergeant John Rapell, U.S. Army, to duty at Fort Washington, Maryland, as an Adjutant to Ordnance Sergeant Joseph Cameron, U.S. Army; the other is from the Ordnance Office, Washington, June 28th, 1865, to Maj. J.G. Benton, Comdg Washington Arsenal, from C.W. Barstow, 1st Lieut. & Act. Ord. Off., in regards to repairing a mortar wagon; Seven handwritten letters with dates of March 20, 1862, September 5, 1864, June 8, 1864 (mentions the capture of the Rebels), one dated December 12th referring to the speech by Henry Clay, another dated November 24th from Fairhaven, Massachusetts, and two dated April 22nd and September 15th from Burlington, Vermont.

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CIVIL WAR EPHEMERA

Lot 161A: CIVIL WAR EPHEMERA

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Description: Sheet music for "The Star Spangled Banner", by Francis Scott Key, arranged by Francis H. Brown, 1861, Published by J.G. Gregory, N.Y. (covers are missing), illustrated, darkened toning and foxing; The Civil War in Song & Story, by Frank Moore, P.F. Collier, Publisher, good condition, overall toning; Hand-colored war song on paper, "When this Cruel War is Over", with a battle scene at the top of Gettysburg, Penn., July 3, 1863, folded and separated at the bottom fold, on the reverse is a partial letter home dated 1864 "Annapolis, Der Wife, I received your kind letter..."; Two illustrated song sheets published by Charles Magnus, "The Captain of the Provost." (Parody), and "The Bill Posters Dream, or Cross Readings.", both with hand-colored top third depicting Queen Street Hospital, Alexandria, Va. and USA General Hospital, McKim's Mansion, Baltimore, Md, overall good condition; Three Confederate Bank Notes, "Twenty Dollars", Richmond, Va, July 25 1861, (split repaired with tape); "One Dollar", Bank of the State of Georgia, July 16, 1861, (shows slaves picking cotton and train in the background); "Ten Dollars", Richmond, February 17th 1864; Printed song sheet, "The Song of the Thirty Third!", for the thirty-third Regiment Mass. Vol., composed in June 1965 by George G.B. DeWolfe, fold lines, stained and a tear at the center fold; Miscellaneous cartes-de-visites (four) including Gen. Burnside and Cyrus E. Baker; and a photo of Hollis Civil War Veterans decorating soldiers graves for Memorial Day in the South Cemetery, Hollis, N.H.; and a collection of commemorative Civil War stamps.

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A. LINCOLN POLITICAL PAPER LANTERN

Lot 162: A. LINCOLN POLITICAL PAPER LANTERN

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Description: Rare 19th c. political paper lantern, with crossed 36-star American flags, thin white wood slats, original flat tin hanger, ex. "George Lincoln collection, Hingham, Mass...used for the celebration of Abraham Lincoln's inauguration in 1865." (JPR), (Note: Nevada admitted to Union as 36th State, Oct 31, 1864), (JPR collection).

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CANDLESTAND WITH CHECKERBOARD

Lot 163: CANDLESTAND WITH CHECKERBOARD

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Description: Late 18th/early 19th c. maple candlestand, in early yellow painted finish, with a red and yellow checkerboard top outlined in orange, missing feet, good color, turned shaft, found in Hingham, MA, 24" h, 15 1/2" dia, (JPR collection).

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ROCKING CHAIR

Lot 164: ROCKING CHAIR

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Description: 19th c. maple and pine rocking chair, original yellow painted finish, freehand decorated top with shells and leaves, brown, green and red, outlined in dark brown on spindle top, legs and seat, with history from Buckfield, Maine family of Governor Long of Hingham, Mass., 39 1/2" h, (JPR collection).

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TAVERN TABLE

Lot 165: TAVERN TABLE

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Description: Late 18th c. country Hepplewhite tavern table, pine, oval top, molded skirt, square tapered legs, pegged on top, black over old green, 25" h, 27 1/2" w, 24" d.

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CLOCK REEL YARN WINDER

Lot 166: CLOCK REEL YARN WINDER

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Description: Exceptional 18th/early 19th c. clock reel yarn winder, maple and oak, original dark patinated finish with tripod turned base, found in Hingham, Mass., 42" h, (JPR collection).

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PERSIAN BOKHARA

Lot 167: PERSIAN BOKHARA

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Description: Oriental rug, Persian Bokhara, burgundy and cobalt, with eight central tiles, fringed ends, 9' 2" x 7' 5".

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STONEWARE PITCHERS

Lot 168: STONEWARE PITCHERS

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Description: Two 19th c. stoneware pitchers, one with blue floral decoration, the other with scenes depicting a tavern with young boy drinking and on opposite side a Pilgrim lady, bands of blue floral decoration on top and bottom, both good condition, 8 3/4" and 9 3/4" h.

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Lot 169: "MICROBE KILLER" JUGS

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Description: Two interesting stoneware jugs: "William Radam's Microbe Killer, No. 1", 11" h; and "Keep jug tightly closed, William Radam's Microbe Killer, No. 2", 11 1/2" h.

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BLANKET BOX

Lot 170: BLANKET BOX

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Description: 19th c. New England blanket box, pine, original green painted finish, applied molded top, six-board construction, till box intact, bootjack ends, 23" h, 42" w.

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OILS OF BIRDS

Lot 171: OILS OF BIRDS

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Description: Two 19th c. oils on board of birds on branches, a cardinal with white flowers, and a mockingbird with yellow flowers, gilded original frames, some imperfections, both 13" x 7 1/2", (from the James Baird collection).

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BAMBOO SKI POLES - HENRY BESTON'S

Lot 172: BAMBOO SKI POLES - HENRY BESTON'S

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Description: Henry Beston's early 20th c. bamboo ski poles, leather strap and black grips, oval red and gold decal "Lund", (C.A. Lund Co., Hastings, Minn. USA), "acquired from Hingham Author Elizabeth Coatsworth Beston...", 58 1/2" l, (JPR collection).

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ROCKING CHAIR

Lot 173: ROCKING CHAIR

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Description: 19th c. New England, maple and pine, spindleback rocking chair, original brown painted finish with decoration, labeled on bottom "Katherine Babbitt".

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HENRY BESTON'S OIL LAMP, CAMERA, COMPASS, ETC.

Lot 174: HENRY BESTON'S OIL LAMP, CAMERA, COMPASS, ETC.

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Description: Oil lamp; ink bottle with ink, pen and two mechanical pencils; lighter; camera and photographs; glass plate; lamp inscribed "H.B., Fo'castle" on side; cylindrical ink bottle with wood stopper, 3 1/4" h; cigarette lighter marked "HB" in black; and "VP Autographic Kodak Special, patd. 1913", with three photos of beach of the Outermost House, and negatives and a glass plate (8" x 4 3/4") of a shipwreck; Lufkin measure in a yellow case, "Henry Beston kept it in a drawer at the Outermost House..."; small brass cased compass; paper calendar, "Wm. Leavens & Co Inc., 1927", stamped at top "The Fo'castle, H Beston"; metal perpetual calendar with Indian Chief, "Mohawk Trail"; standard barometer, Charles & Large, Brooklyn, NY, marked "The Fo'castle, H Beston"; metal paperweight in the shape of a steamer longneck clam, marked "Nora June 2 1916"; (JPR collection).

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HENRY BESTON'S FOUND OBJECTS

Lot 174A: HENRY BESTON'S FOUND OBJECTS

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Description: Two items found "from the Marconi Station Site in 1937 from a box of found objects at Outermost House": a washed up bottle from Belfast, Ireland, Grattan & Co Ltd, Ginger Ale, and a small piece of shale with embedded fossil material; Photograph and negative of the Marconi Wireless Telegraph Station; and a Taxidermy (Dovekie) bird found on the beach near Outermost House, (JPR collection).

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BLANKET BOX

Lot 175: BLANKET BOX

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Description: Small 19th c. six-board storage chest, with hand-forged nails, original putty blue/gray painted finish, molded top board, bootjack ends, 22" h, 32 1/2" w, 14 1/2" w.

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H. BESTON'S COLLECTION OF BOOKS

Lot 176: H. BESTON'S COLLECTION OF BOOKS

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Description: Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Twain, Mark, New York, Charles L. Webster & Co., 1885; King Longbeard, Macgregor, Barrington, London, John Lane, 1898; Uncle Tom's Cabin, Stowe, Harriet Beacher, Boston, Houghton Mifflin & Co., 1897; The Gold Bug, Poe, Edgar, London, George Routledge & Sons, 1894; Lullaby-Land, Field, Eugene, New York, Charles Scribner's Sons, 1897; 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea/Around the World in 80 Days, Verne, Jules, Chicago, Donnelley, Loyd and Company, 1876; A Day at the Sea-Side, Barnard, Mrs., Edinburgh, Gall & Inglis; Through the Looking Glass, Carroll, Lewis, New York, Harper & Brothers, 1902, 1st Edition, half dust jacket; (JPR collection).

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HENRY BESTON'S BOOKS FROM

Lot 176A: HENRY BESTON'S BOOKS FROM "FO'CASTLE - THE OUTERMOST HOUSE"

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Description: Nine books: The Moose Book, Merrill, Samuel, New York, E.P. Dutton & Co., 1916; Wild Animal Ways, Thompson, Ernest, New York, Doubleday, Page & Co., 1926; A History of Land Mammals, Scott, William, New York, MacMillan Co., 1913; Tracks & Tracking, Brunner, Joseph, New York, Outing Publishing Co., 1909; Field Book of North American Mammals, Anthony, H.E., New York-London, G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1921, inscribed "For Morton...Henry and Bessie, 1931" (Henry and Elizabeth Beston); The Common Land Birds of New England, Willcox, M.A., Lee and Shepard Publishers, Boston, 1895; Fieldbook of Insects, Lutz, Frank E., 2nd Ed., (color illus.), inscribed "For Morton with a Merry Christmas...Henry (Beston) and Betty (Coatsworth Beston), 1921"; Thrills of a Naturalist's Quest, Ditmar, Raymond, New York, The MacMillan Co., 1945, (with dust cover); Audubon, Rourke, Constance, New York, Harcourt Brace & Co., 1936, (with dust cover); (Note: Many of the volumes are stamped "The Fo'Castle, H. Beston"); (JPR collection).

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SCHNITZ DRYER

Lot 177: SCHNITZ DRYER

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Description: Eight-drawer Schnitz Dryer, for drying fruit and beans, Pennsylvania German style, wood with screen and galvanized sheet metal, late 19th and early 20th c., 26 1/2" h, 15" w, 19" d.

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PAMPHLETS AND MAGAZINES, H. BESTON

Lot 178: PAMPHLETS AND MAGAZINES, H. BESTON

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Description: Collection of pamphlets and magazines from Henry Beston including "A Glimpse of the Indian Past" by Henry Beston, South Shore Nature Club, 1946; "Oyster River" by Morton Smith, Hingham, Mass., Dec., 1934; "The Bird's Eye View of Boston Harbor, Along the South Shore...Showing all Steamboat Routes", published by Wm. J. Flynn, Boston, Mass., inside opens to a colored 17" x 25" map route; "New Zealand Mosquito Tent", Mosquito-proof Tent Co., NYC, The Lehmaier Press, N.Y., opens to 12" x 17 1/2", in plastic sleeve; "Two Christmas Stories" by Morton Smith, Hingham, Mass., December, 1932, "written in the Barnabus Lincoln House, Hingham"; "More Game Birds..." manual, NYC, revised edition 1935; "Birds of the Massachusetts South Shore" by Laurence Brown Fletcher and Charles Benton Floyd", published by the South Shore Nature Club, 1932; article pulled out of Harper's New Monthly Magazine on "Cape Cod, Nantucket, and the Vineyard", pgs. 52-56; article pulled from The Century Magazine, Vol. XXVI, September, 1883, No. 5, on "Cape Cod", pgs. 643-658; "The New England Quarterly", published by The Colonial Society of Mass. and the New England Quarterly, Brunswick, Maine, September 1946; "Sierra Club Bulletin", Vol. IX, No. 3, San Francisco, California, January 1914; "Arizona Magazine", published by Arizona Magazine Co., Tucson, Vol. 1, March 1893, No. 3; (all stamped "The Fo'Castle H Beston"); and a miscellaneous inside title page "Richard Starr, Real Estate Agent, and Abstractor of Titles, Tucson, Arizona"; (JPR collection).

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SIX BOOKS FROM H BESTON LIBRARY

Lot 179: SIX BOOKS FROM H BESTON LIBRARY

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Description: Collection of books (two by Beston) including: Beston, Henry B, Full Speed Ahead; Doubleday, Page & Company, Garden City, New York, 1919, hard-cover, photo illustrated, signed on flyleaf "To Mrs. Thomas Lacey with all the best wishes of her wandering friend, "Henry B". Monday 21st April 1919"; Beston, Henry, The Tree That Ran Away, illustrated by Fritz Eichenberg, The MacMillan Company, New York, 1941, hard-cover, signed on flyleaf "For Misti with love from Catherine Beston & her daddy"; Coatsworth, Elizabeth, Especially Maine, The natural world of Henry Beston..., The Stephen Greene Press, Brattleboro, Vermont, 1970, with dust cover; McCann, E. Armitage, Ship Model Making, The Norman W. Henley Publishing Co., New York, 1927, hard-cover, "The Fo'Castle H Beston"; Richards, J.M., High Street, illustrated by Eric Ravilious, The Curwen Press, London, England, 1938, hard-cover, signed on flyleaf "For Mrs. Smigt's stocking with love from Ship St. Christmas 1941; Barrus Clara, Whitman and Burroughs, Comrades, Houghton Mifflin Co., Boston and New York, 1931, hard-cover, signed on flyleaf "Margaret Coatsworth Smith for SS Paris...Sept 18, 1931...Hingham Mass.", hard-cover, with dust cover; (JPR collection).

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SIDEBOARD

Lot 180: SIDEBOARD

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Description: 18th c. English Hepplewhite sideboard, figured mahogany with pine secondary wood, bowfront molded top, three-drawer construction, lion's head round brass pulls, thumbnail molded and dovetailed drawer, square tapered legs extending to spade feet, bottle drawer on left side, 34" h, 5' 2" l, 27" d.

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TRAVEL PAMPHLETS, BOOKS AND ALBUMS

Lot 181: TRAVEL PAMPHLETS, BOOKS AND ALBUMS

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Description: Collection of travel pamphlets, books, and photograph albums including: "The Adirondacks"; "Gaspe Peninsula"; "Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park Maine"; "La Province De Quebec"; Photograph albums - Mergantic Club, Agnes, P.Q.; Lake George; small maps of Hanson, Scituate, Marshfield, etc.; handwritten document "The Legend of Chocorua F.M.B."; smaller handwritten document with photos; "The Old Farmer's Almanac, 1927"; "Forest Stream and Seashore", issued by The Intercolonial Railway and Prince Edward Island Railway of Canada, June 1908; "St. Nicholas", stories and poems; advertising booklet; many stamped "The Fo'Castle H. Beston"; (JPR collection).

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STILL LIFE OF ROSES IN VASE

Lot 182: STILL LIFE OF ROSES IN VASE

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Description: 19th c. round Victorian oil on artist's board, still life of red and white roses along with white lilies in a silver handled vase, with a jewelry box opened with pearls on a blue table, a bee coming towards the flowers, round oak frame with gilt liner, 15" dia (sight).

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PART OF LIBERTY POLE, BOSTON

Lot 182A: PART OF LIBERTY POLE, BOSTON

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Description: 18th c. iron rod centered on a round pine stand, with tacked on bunting in red, white and blue, tag reads "This iron rod was a part of the Liberty Pole that stood at Essex St. Boston during the revolution after the Liberty Tree was cut down by the British. Acquired from Randall Lincoln, descendant of Patriot Paul Revere...had come to him through the Revere Family, " John P. Richardson 1956., 8 1/2" h (rod), 6" dia (wood post); (JPR collection).

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AUDUBON LITHOGRAPHS

Lot 183: AUDUBON LITHOGRAPHS

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Description: Two large folio Audubon colored lithographs, "Little American Weasel", "Mustela Fusca, Aud. & Boch, J.T. Bowen, Phild. 1845", No. 13, Plate LXIV, light toning on right side, framed and glazed, 20 1/2" x 26 1/2" (sight); Male and female "Leopard Spermophile, Spermaphilus Tridecemlineatus, Mitchell., Printed by J.T. Bowen, Phild, 1884", No. 8, Plate XXXIX, overall light toning, framed and glazed, 20 1/2" x 26 1/2" (sight).

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COLLECTION OF AUDUBON PRINTS (RESTRIKES)

Lot 184: COLLECTION OF AUDUBON PRINTS (RESTRIKES)

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Description: Seven framed and colored Audubon restrike prints from "Birds of America": "Barred Owl, Male"; "Broad-Winged Hawk"; "Red-Shouldered Hawk"; "Carolina Pigeon or Turtle Dove"; "Iceland Falcon"; "Snowy Owl"; "Great Blue Heron", 32 1/2" x 21 1/2".

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ROPE BED

Lot 185: ROPE BED

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Description: 19th c. New England (Maine?) turned post rope bed, original grained painted finish (black over red), carved headboard with yellow and green oval with gilt stencil leaf decoration, coach style outlined in yellow and green, original side rails in original painted finish, 51" h, 6' l, 50" w.

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MISCELLANEOUS TOY ITEMS

Lot 186: MISCELLANEOUS TOY ITEMS

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Description: Miniature toy chest, cottonwood, original ochre grain painted finish, drawer with pulls, carved backsplash, carved footed base, signed in pencil on back "Made in 1873 by H.A. Williams from cottonwood on the Desmoine River near Jackson, Minn."; Child's doll cradle, pine, original yellow paint, with cloth doll, 11" l; Salesman sample, of an old hickory armchair, with original splint seat, 8 1/2" h.

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MASON DECOY

Lot 187: MASON DECOY

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Description: Carved decoy, glass eye, mallard hen, Mason Decoy Factory, c. 1910, neck filler is missing, appears to be original painted finish with in-use wear, rectangular lead weight, 15" l.

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EARLY HIGH CHAIR

Lot 188: EARLY HIGH CHAIR

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Description: Two-slat high chair, walnut, pegged top, paper rush seat in a double diamond pattern, boxed stretchers, turned finials, 40" h, 12 1/2" seat width.

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DECORATED LOOKING GLASS

Lot 189: DECORATED LOOKING GLASS

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Description: 19th c. American Federal looking glass, split balustrade form with carved rosettes on the corners, a deep carved and raised rose on the top panel, 33" x 16 1/2".

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ENGLISH CHEST ON CHEST

Lot 190: ENGLISH CHEST ON CHEST

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Description: Late 18th c. English Chippendale chest on chest, hardwood interior, figured walnut veneers secondary wood, three over three drawers on top, over three drawers on bottom, cove crown with mitered and reeded corners on top, banded drawer fronts, original brass bail handles, needs some restoration, 6' h, 3' 3" w, 21" d.

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CHIPPENDALE LOOKING GLASS

Lot 191: CHIPPENDALE LOOKING GLASS

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Description: Late 18th c. mahogany Chippendale looking glass, scrolled crest and bottom, two ears show repairs, original backboards and silvered glass, 31" x 16 1/2".

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WASH STAND

Lot 192: WASH STAND

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Description: 19th c. mahogany wash stand, finely carved and dovetailed backsplash, two small drawers on top sides, long drawer on bottom, turned legs, original brasses, 37 1/2" h, 20" w, 17" d.

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MAHOGANY SIDE CHAIR

Lot 193: MAHOGANY SIDE CHAIR

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Description: 18th c. mahogany side chair, figure "8" openwork back, floral carved and molded crest, shaped seat, square tapered and reeded legs, repair at upper right molding, 17 1/2" seat h, 36" overall h.

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18TH C. FOLIO PRINT

Lot 194: 18TH C. FOLIO PRINT

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Description: Hand-colored, "Helena, in the Dress of a Pilgrim", from Shakespeares' "Alls Well that Ends Well", Act 3, Scene 5, "From the Original Drawing in the Collection of Her Royal Highness the Dutchess of York...Thos' Mackley.", "London Published Dec. 30, 1792...", "H. Bunbury Esq. del." and "I. Chapman, sculpt.", matted, framed and glazed, 17" x 19 1/2" (sight).

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HEPPLEWHITE STAND

Lot 195: HEPPLEWHITE STAND

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Description: 19th c. country Hepplewhite stand, serpentine front, scrubbed top, original green painted base, square tapered legs, top pegged, 29" h, 34" w, 20" d.

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CHECKERBOARD

Lot 196: CHECKERBOARD

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Description: Early pine checkerboard, red stain with gilded squares outlined in black, molded edge, game on reverse, imperfections, 17 1/2" sq.

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SCANDINAVIAN BOX

Lot 197: SCANDINAVIAN BOX

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Description: Early 19th c. Scandinavian pine oval box, with grain painted finish, wood pegged construction, splint sewn fingers, initialed on lid in yellow "MFD", 11" l.

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KNIFE BOX

Lot 198: KNIFE BOX

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Description: 19th c. New England pine knife box, with dovetailed and canted sides, hand cutout in divider board, original yellow/red finish, 15" l.

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DOME TOP MONEY BOX

Lot 199: DOME TOP MONEY BOX

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Description: 19th c. poplar wood dome top money box, with cut hole in top for coins, original blue hand-decorated wallpaper, tin hinges and hand-cut tin closure on front, 9" l.

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HUDSON RIVER LANDSCAPE OIL

Lot 200: HUDSON RIVER LANDSCAPE OIL

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Description: 19th c. oil on academy board, primitive Hudson River landscape, with sailboat and steamer on river, framed Artist's Material label on back "A.H. Abbott, Chicago", 18 1/2" x 24".

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CANDLE BOX

Lot 201: CANDLE BOX

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Description: 18th c. slide lid candle box, dovetailed construction, English pine in original dark brown finish, 13" l.

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COVERLET

Lot 202: COVERLET

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Description: 19th c. hand-woven coverlet, cobalt blue, brick red, cream, pine tree pattern border, fringed, minor wear, summer/winter, 7' 2" x 6' 4".

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CANDLE BOXES

Lot 203: CANDLE BOXES

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Description: Two hanging wall candle boxes: one in original yellow painted finish, 14" w; and one in old white painted finish, with hinged lid, 13 1/2" w.

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FOOTSTOOL AND BASKET

Lot 204: FOOTSTOOL AND BASKET

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Description: Early footstool, beveled top in hardwood with carved splayed legs, in old red painted finish, 12" l; Small hoop handle gathering basket, in old red, 9" l.

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