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On this page we feature mostly non-military items of the Civil War era and earlier.

 
NEAR MINT PRE-WAR EMBOSSED LEATHER WALLET
Approximately 3-3/8" x 7-1/4" when folded, this is in near perfect condition
with embossed eagles and anchors and only very minor signs of wear
! 
Reduced Price!  $ 140.00  On Hold! 

 

FOLK ART "SEWING BIRD"
This hand made "sewing bird" has a mahogany body with bone implements for holding thread and a pin cushion, and two mother of pearl plaques, one of which bears the inscription "For Nellie" and the other says "Think of me".  There are also two photos attached... one young man (presumably the maker) and one young lady (presumably Nellie!).   About 7-1/2" tall x 5-1/2" wide. This piece has super eye appeal!
$ 495.00 
   (38-27)

 

SMALL 18th CENTURY CREAMWARE PLATE
This is a tiny little platter, about  5-1/2" x 4-1/4"and this is a case where small is good!
A little bit of green decoration on the edge detail too!
No cracks or repairs!

$ 125.00 

18th CENTURY FIREBACK or STOVE PLATE, circa 1790
About 18" x 25", this is an 18th century, puddle cast stove plate with a raised depiction of a crane. Made at the Pine Grove Furnace in Pennsylvania,
which is now a state park. Stove plates were often used as firebacks, placed against the rear wall of a fireplace
to protect the wall at the back of the
fireplace with a secondary function is as a radiator of stored heat
.
No cracks or repairs!

$ 795.00 

FANCY PEWTER SPOON  
It's hard to determine age on this, but it's definitely cast from a spoon mold. It has a dog nose handle
with a rat tail bowl and has a Monarch's Head on the handle and cool designs on the back of the bowl.

$ 45.00    (37-54)

 

BRONZE BELL Dated 1811  
About 9" tall and 9" in diameter bronze bell with elaborate detail cast throughout the body.
Details include a cross, a Madonna type figure and lots of floral type motifs.
The date of 1811 is cast into the top on two sides.  The clapper is intact and
it still works very well!

$ 395.00     (31-34)

 

BRISTOL GLASS PAINTED DECANTER, Circa 1830

Beautiful, cobalt blue decanter, about 11" tall with a ground pontil.
Nicely decorated with gold and white floral and bead swags.
No chips, cracks or damage.

 

$ 185.00  

 

MINIATURE PAINTING ON IVORY
Well executed painting of a young gentleman.  The painting itself, circa 1800,  is about 2" wide x 2-1/2" tall
and is mounted in a wood panel that measures about 3-3/4" wide x 4-1/2" tall, not counting the brass loop hanger.
It is marked R Brian" on the back in ink.
 
$ 495.00  
(32-18)

 

BELLARMINE or BARTMANN JUG FROM THE 16th / 17th CENTURY
Stoneware was a key export product of Germany in the late Middle Ages and the early modern period and was marketed in Europe, the British Isles and later to colonies in North America. One of the largest centers of stoneware production was located around the city of Cologne. It was characterized by relief decoration and one of the most distinct and well-known was the bearded facemask (Bartmann) used most frequently by Cologne and especially Frechen potters in the 16th and 17th centuries to decorate the necks of stoneware bottles, jugs. The image of the bearded face is believed to have originated in the mythical wild man creature, popular in northern European folklore.  The popular alternative name "Bellarmine" is recorded earliest in 1634, and is in popular tradition associated with the cardinal Robert Bellarmine (1542-1621), a fierce opponent of Protestantism in northern Germany.
This one is about 8" tall and 5" wide and is in nice condition with a few chips and dings, which are to be expected of something this old!

$ 750.00
  

 

19TH CENTURY CASED SET OF THUMB LANCETS, OR FLEAMS, Dated 1837 and ID'd to "J. D. Ward"

Small (about
2-1/2" tall) flip-top container made of paper mache' with a cool built up hard painted surface.  The interior is divided to hold four folding lancets (knives) with tortise shell handles that when unfolded are about 2-1/2" long. While many of the larger fleams that we see were sometimes used for veterinary work, the "thumb lancet" as seen here was definitely intended for the purpose of medical bloodletting on humans! This was done when your doctor determined that your illness resulted from an imbalance of the fluids in your body, and the remedy was to reduce the amount of your blood! Lancets like these were also used by some doctors for vaccinations.  The blades here are marked "W&H / Hutchinson / Sheffield" who was a Surgical Instrument Maker to the Royal Navy based in Sheffield, England, and also sold surgical instruments to the Union and Confederate Armies during the US Civil WarA silver plaque on the top is engraved with the owners name: "J.D. Ward" and dated "1837".

This is a cool medical artifact in pretty much mint condition!

$ 495.00     (35-32) 

 

19TH CENTURY MONAURAL STETHOSCOPE
Dr. Rene Laennec invented this type of stethoscope in 1816 and it was the state of the art until the invention of the binaural stethoscope (the two earpiece type that we still use today) in 1852. 
This one is about 7" long with a 2-1/2" ear piece and a 1" chest bell.  The wood is beautiful (it is a bit darker in person than it appears in the photo) and has no cracks or chips.
A nice addition to any medical display!

$ 325.00
     (10-10) 

 

 

 

 

 

7-1/4" tall four sided cathedral pickle bottle in a nice aqua/green color with a partial label.

Perfect condition


$ 75.00
    (cat14)

 

7-3/4" tall four sided cathedral pickle bottle in a beautiful aqua/green color, embossed "SJG" .

Perfect condition


SOLD!!!      (cat9)

 

9-1/2" tall six sided pepper sauce bottle in a nice aqua color.

Perfect condition


$ 65.00     (ps9)   

 

9" tall in perfect condition
nice aqua color with no damage!

$ 85.00   (cat6)

 

8-1/2" tall in perfect condition
nice aqua color with ivy drape design.  A slight haze, but no
real
damage!

$ 85.00   (cat7)

 

 

18TH CENTURY PETAL BASE CANDLESTICK

About
7-1/2" tall, seamed , cast brass candlestick, circa 1770. 

Has a solder repair near the base that could be cleaned to look better, but doesn't look bad as is.

Very attractive addition to any display of early artifacts!
 

$ 195.00 

 

Bookplate.JPG (148753 bytes) 1852 WATERCOLOR BOOKPLATE
"Maria Horner" with flowers in a vase and dated 1852.
Nice colors, probably Pennsylvania.  Approximately 4-1/4" x 7".
$ 195.00