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Auction Description for Willis Henry Auctions Inc.: Americana & Estates Auction
Viewing Notes:
Auction preview is Saturday, January 19, 2013 from 11am-4pm, and Sunday morning, January 20, 2013 from 9am-10:45am. The auction starts at 11am. The location is the Holiday Inn in Rockland, Massachusetts.
Sale Notes:
A wonderful auction of 18th & 19th c. American (original paint) & Continental furniture; many outstanding paintings (C.H. Gifford, R. Swain Gifford, Emille Gruppe, Wilbur Dean Hamilton, etc.); Collections of Sterling Silver, Grueby Pottery, Painted Woodenware (including signed Hingham); Decorated Stoneware; Textiles; Oriental Rugs; Audubon Prints; Firearms & Civil War Ephemera, etc.

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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WATERCOLOR BY HUGO A. FISHER

Lot 117: WATERCOLOR BY HUGO A. FISHER

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Description: Large watercolor coastal scene, rocky shore with sailing vessels at sea, sun coming through the clouds, signed l.l. "Hugo A. (Anton) Fisher", (1854-1916), matted and framed, 20 1/2" x 28 3/4" (sight).

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WATERCOLOR BY J.A. COOK

Lot 118: WATERCOLOR BY J.A. COOK

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Description: Watercolor on paper, Gloucester harbor scene, drying sails, signed l.l. "J.A. Cook.", matted and framed, 6 1/4" x 12 3/4" (sight), 12" x 18" (framed).

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WATERCOLOR BY JOHN C. COBB

Lot 119: WATERCOLOR BY JOHN C. COBB

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Description: Watercolor on paper, fishing boats at dock, signed l.r. "John C. Cobb", framed, glazed and matted, 11" x 15" (sight).

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ENGLISH TIP-TOP DINING TABLE

Lot 120: ENGLISH TIP-TOP DINING TABLE

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Description: Late 18th/early 19th c. English tip-top dining table, octagonal top veneered with band of bird's-eye maple, burled mahogany top, turned shaft terminating in four square saber legs on brass capped castors.

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ENGLISH DINING CHAIRS

Lot 121: ENGLISH DINING CHAIRS

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Description: Set of eight English mahogany and mahogany veneer dining chairs, upholstered seats, two arms, six sides (two side chairs show breaks in front legs), finely figured veneers.

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REVERSE GLASS PAINTED PORTRAITS

Lot 122: REVERSE GLASS PAINTED PORTRAITS

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Description: 19th c. pair of reverse painted portraits, oil on glass, of George and Martha Washington, attributed to William Mathew Prior (1806-1873), Boston, MA, c. 1860, (see Bishop, Folk Painters of America, 1979, Dutton), original carved and gilded frames.

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WALL MIRROR

Lot 123: WALL MIRROR

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Description: Decorative wall mirror, with top in 18th/19th c. blue hand-painted wallpaper in a classical design of an angelic scene with cherubs, harpist and a Grecian goddess in a billowing shawl, blue borders, gilded wood frame, rectangular mirror below, hung in the American Embassy in England in the early 20th c., 4' 4" h, 4' 1" w.

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WATERCOLOR BY THOMAS COATES

Lot 124: WATERCOLOR BY THOMAS COATES

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Description: 20th c. watercolor on paper "Outriders", monogrammed l.l. "TJC" (Thomas (Tom) Coates, P.R.B.A.), depicting three riders on horseback, labeled on reverse "Cross Gate Gallery, Lexington, Ky, 19th & 20th Century Fine Sporting Art #71", matted, framed and glazed, 10" x 14" (sight).

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MAHOGANY SETTEE

Lot 125: MAHOGANY SETTEE

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Description: Finely carved mahogany late Federal small settee, arms carved with melons and poppies, back with leafy scroll and reeded barrel, all on carved winged claw feet with reeded front, upholstered in a raised rich velour, light blue, red flowers, from a home in Kingston, Mass., 36" h, 5' 3" w, 24" d.

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HAVILAND & CO. FISH SERVING SET

Lot 126: HAVILAND & CO. FISH SERVING SET

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Description: Ceramic porcelain, marked "Haviland & Co., Limoges", fish serving set, oval platter hand decorated with fish shells, seaweed in greens and reds, with a silver and brown sea leaf and vine border, fine condition, 23 1/2" l, 9 1/2" d; nine plates, each with individual decoration of sea life, (three have minor chips and age line); and an oval waste bowl with underliner (chipped on rim).

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PEARL HANDLED KNIFE SETS

Lot 127: PEARL HANDLED KNIFE SETS

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Description: Sets of mother-of-pearl handled knives, 11 marked "Gorham", salad/luncheon knives, 12 salad luncheon knives, hallmarked on the blades; and 10 dinner knives, marked "Landers, Frary, and Clark, Aetna Workson" on each blade.

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BRONZE SHIP'S BELL

Lot 128: BRONZE SHIP'S BELL

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Description: Rare 19th c. bronze ship's bell, with finely turned rosewood handle, 15" h, "This Bell recovered from the wreck of the bark Kadosh lost off Point Allerton bar Dec. 26, 1872, Property of the Hingham Cordage Co.", (JPR collection).

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PERCUSSION PISTOL

Lot 129: PERCUSSION PISTOL

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Description: 19th c. double barrel percussion pistol, decorated and marked with an oval with "I E G", and a star at the bottom, some imperfections, carved handle with patina, 8 1/4" l.

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FLINTLOCK PISTOL, TOWER, ENGLAND

Lot 129A: FLINTLOCK PISTOL, TOWER, ENGLAND

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Description: 18th c. British Sea Service, Flintlock pistol, marked "Tower" and "GR" with Royal cypher and Birmingham Proofs, brass trigger guard and butt cap, 9" barrel, brass capped ram rod stock shows possible early repair to front half, old patina, (possibly used during the Revolutionary War).

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NAVAL COLT PISTOL

Lot 129B: NAVAL COLT PISTOL

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Description: 19th c. Naval Colt percussion revolver, model 1857, .36 caliber, octagonal 7 1/2" barrel, walnut stock, brass grip straps and guard, matching S/N's "177189", minor loss of wood at left toe.

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PERCUSSION LONG RIFLE

Lot 129C: PERCUSSION LONG RIFLE

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Description: 19th c. long rifle, percussion, marked on top of barrel with engravings "J Barnes, Maker, Orange", brass butt plate and fancy patch box, wood ram rod is a replacement, double trigger, 32" barrel, walnut stock, old patina.

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ALBANIAN MIQUELET PISTOL

Lot 129D: ALBANIAN MIQUELET PISTOL

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Description: Early 19th c. Albanian flintlock "rat tail" pistol, good patina on the brass, entire stock covered with engraved brass plates, half-octagonal, half-round barrel, complete with iron ramrod, mild pitting, missing trigger, barrel length 13", overall length 20".

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BLANKET CHEST

Lot 130: BLANKET CHEST

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Description: 18th c. New England pine (chestnut drawer bottoms), six-drawer blanket chest, three top drawers are simulated with carved fronts, oval brasses (possibly original), tall carved base, traces of original red paint (white paint removed), 53" h, 36" w, 17" d.

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19TH C. JAPANESE CERAMIC VASE

Lot 131: 19TH C. JAPANESE CERAMIC VASE

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Description: Flared lip, cylindrical form, dark and light blue floral designs outlined in gold, signed on bottom, 13 1/2" h.

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JAPANESE CERAMIC VASE

Lot 131A: JAPANESE CERAMIC VASE

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Description: Cylindrical form, blue background with florals, and gilt decoration, 12" h.

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PAIR OF CHINESE ARMCHAIRS

Lot 132: PAIR OF CHINESE ARMCHAIRS

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Description: 19th c. pair of carved rosewood Chinese armchairs, top section canted backwards, raised panel back, squared arms with decorative scroll, stretcher base with tenon construction, wood plank seat with through tenons, old dark red stained finish, 18" seat h, 38" overall h.

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LIBRARY STEP

Lot 133: LIBRARY STEP

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Description: 19th c. library step, (hardwood with pine), stained mahogany, hand-hold in top, three-step folding style, through mortise construction, 29 1/2" h, 15" w, 22 1/2" d (extended).

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IMARI CHARGER

Lot 134: IMARI CHARGER

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Description: 19th c. Japanese Imari charger, Tokugawa Period, c. 1840, scenes with exotic birds and flowers, 13 1/2" dia.

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THREE JAPANESE CERAMIC IMARI PIECES

Lot 134A: THREE JAPANESE CERAMIC IMARI PIECES

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Description: Square plate with basket on table and moth, 8"; Footed bowl with floral decoration, 6 1/4" dia; Round footed plate with central blue medallion and six sections with birds and flowers, 8 1/4" dia.

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STEPBACK CUPBOARD

Lot 135: STEPBACK CUPBOARD

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Description: Early 19th c. two-piece stepback cupboard, hardwood (cherry) and pine, old varnish and red finish, two doors with interior shelving, dovetailed cases, 5' 4 1/2" h, 34" w, 25" d.

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OIL OF WINTER SCENE

Lot 136: OIL OF WINTER SCENE

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Description: 19th c. oil on canvas winter landscape, snowy field with fence, figure on left with donkey cart full of wood, farmhouse in background, heavy carved gold painted frame, signed upper right on back of canvas "F.L. Reed", 17" x 27".

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ENGLISH DUMBWAITER

Lot 137: ENGLISH DUMBWAITER

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Description: Early 19th c. English mahogany tripod base stand, with three graduated hexagonal shaped serving tiers, each with carved and turned galleries, intricately carved shaft with foliate decoration, carved claw and ball feet, 3' 7" h.

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TIP-TOP TEA TABLE

Lot 138: TIP-TOP TEA TABLE

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Description: 18th c. New England, Queen Anne, mahogany tip-top tea table, round, vase and ring turned shaft, carved tripod snake leg base, 28 1/2" h, 31" dia top.

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BANNISTER BACK SIDE CHAIR

Lot 139: BANNISTER BACK SIDE CHAIR

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Description: 18th c. bannister back side chair, older black painted finish, older rush seat, double turned front stretchers, tall well formed finials, 17" seat h, 44 1/2" overall h, (from the James Baird collection).

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SHERATON BOWFRONT CHEST

Lot 140: SHERATON BOWFRONT CHEST

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Description: 19th c. New England bowfront Sheraton bureau, mahogany and mahogany veneers, pine secondary, edge beaded door fronts, turned wood pulls, fluted pilaster, front corners with turned legs, 38 1/2" h, 19" d.

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STONEWARE JUG

Lot 141: STONEWARE JUG

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Description: 19th c. stoneware jug, with obese bluebird on a branch, "Dean, Foster & Co., 14 Blackstone St. Boston", 2-gal., with cork, 15" h.

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STONEWARE JUG

Lot 142: STONEWARE JUG

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Description: 19th c. stoneware jug, with stylized floral decoration, "Commonwealth Mineral Spring Water", 2-gal., with carved wood plug, 15" h.

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LARGE BASKET

Lot 143: LARGE BASKET

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Description: 19th c. large reeded gathering basket, boat shape, triple reed handle, overall good condition, 22" l, 13" w.

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HINGHAM FIRKIN

Lot 144: HINGHAM FIRKIN

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Description: 18th/early 19th c. pine Hingham firkin, with eight rosehead nails on four finger laps, medium size, mottled finish from an original old gray/green paint, initialed on bottom "L.C.J.", part of a stave is missing at the bottom, 7" h, 7 3/4" dia, 11 1/2" h (to top of handle), (ex. Polly Loring, Hingham, Mass.).

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BLANKET CHEST

Lot 145: BLANKET CHEST

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Description: Very early 18th c. (1700-1730) small New England two-drawer blanket chest, double arch molded front, sawtooth cut side profile, original hardwood turned pulls, thick dovetailed drawers, heavy snipe hinged top, (back left foot restored), old refinish, 32" h, 34" w, 15 1/2" d.

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FIRKIN

Lot 146: FIRKIN "WILDER & SON, HINGHAM, MASS."

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Description: Hingham pine firkin, in original red painted finish, swing handle, faintly stamped "Wilder & Son, Hingham, Mass.", bottom inscribed "C. Ellie Morrill", overall good condition, 12 1/2" h, 11 1/2" dia (at top).

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TEKKE BOKHARA RUG

Lot 147: TEKKE BOKHARA RUG

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Description: Oriental rug, Tekke Bokhara tent flap, red, blue and cream, 4' l.

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TWO CAUCASIAN RUGS

Lot 148: TWO CAUCASIAN RUGS

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Description: Oriental rugs: Caucasian scatter rug, shows moderate wear in central red field, 5' 3" x 4'; and larger Caucasian scatter, red field with 72 guls in light blue, cream and gold, cup and step border, 6' 4" x 3'.

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PERSIAN RUG

Lot 149: PERSIAN RUG

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Description: Oriental rug, Persian scatter, red field with central cream diamond and triangular corners, three borders, 4' 2" x 6' 8".

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CHIPPENDALE SIDE CHAIR

Lot 150: CHIPPENDALE SIDE CHAIR

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Description: 18th c. Chippendale side chair, carved crest, crosshatched in a diamond pattern, owl's head splat with chip carving, slip seat, turned "H" stretcher, cabriole legs in front with pad feet, shows repairs at right side, 17 1/2" seat h, 39" overall h, 23" w.

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HOOKED RUGS

Lot 150A: HOOKED RUGS

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Description: Two hooked scatter rugs, floral designs, 2' 11" x 4' 11" and 2' 5" x 4' 3".

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PERSIAN RUGS

Lot 151: PERSIAN RUGS

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Description: Two Persian Oriental rugs: Bokhara scatter rug, 4' 7" x 5' 7"; and a smaller scatter rug.

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PERSIAN SAROUK RUG

Lot 152: PERSIAN SAROUK RUG

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Description: Oriental rug, Persian Sarouk scatter, central medallion on a blue field, 6' 8" x 4' 2".

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Lot 153: "FLYING CLOUD" PRINT BY N. CURRIER

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Description: N. Currier, large folio, clipper ship "Flying Cloud", 1852, artist E. Brown, Jr., label on back "Holman's Print Shop, Inc., Boston, Massachusetts", 21" x 27 1/2".

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Lot 154: THE "AMERICA" SHIP PRINT

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Description: Large folio print, the "America" winning the match at Cowes for the Club Cup, from the original sketch taken on the spot by Oswald W. Brierly, labeled on back "From the Old Picture Store, 16 Brattle Street, Boston, Mass.", 21" x 28 1/2".

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FOUR-DRAWER BUREAU

Lot 155: FOUR-DRAWER BUREAU

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Description: 19th c. cherry and poplar, four-drawer bureau, on turned legs, paneled ends, turned wood pulls on raised, carved drawer fronts, minor imperfections, 4' h, 40" w, 19" d.

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STONEWARE PIECES

Lot 156: STONEWARE PIECES

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Description: Three early stoneware pieces: Large (15 1/2" h) "Charlestown" ovoid crock, offset handles and three incised hearts, crack at top; Ovoid 1-gal. jug, marked "Burlington, VT.", good condition, 11 3/4" h; Ovoid 1-gal. crock with cobalt handles and a lid, chip on rim, 10 1/2" h.

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CHARLESTOWN CROCKS

Lot 157: CHARLESTOWN CROCKS

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Description: Two early stoneware pieces, both marked "Charlestown": ovoid crock with offset handles and cobalt decoration, incised swag and tassels on both sides, shows pitting and cracks, 14" h; and a 1-gal. jug with brown lip and base, imperfections, 12" h.

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RARE STONEWARE JUG

Lot 157A: RARE STONEWARE JUG

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Description: Rare early 19th c. stoneware salt glazed jug, with cobalt blue incised fish, cracked (but stable), crack on back, incised rings (on bottom of neck), 15" h.

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STONEWARE CROCK

Lot 158: STONEWARE CROCK

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Description: 19th c. stoneware crock, 2-gal., cobalt blue bird with upturned bill on a leafy branch, light glaze, incised ring around circumference under handle, 9" h, 8" dia.

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