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

 
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.
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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)

 

INDIAN MOCCASINS WITH BEADWORK  
Wonderful condition in a small size (about 9-1/2" long) possibly Blackfoot or Sioux.
Made circa 1870 - 1925 for the tourist trade.

$ 450.00    (34-17)

 

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


$ 100.00
    (cat14)

 

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

Perfect condition


$ 150.00     (cat9)

 

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

Perfect condition


$ 110.00     (ps9)   

 

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

$ 115.00   (cat6)

 

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

$ 115.00   (cat7)

 

 

19TH CLAY BLACK HEAD PIPE BOWL
This is a
19th century pipe bowl with an African head portrait design. made of fired clay, measuring about 1-3/4" high and 2-3/4"long.
It was formed in a mold, joining the two halves with a fine seam. This is an above average example having nicely formed hair and facial details
with ears intact as part of his profile.
  A reed stem is included for display purposes
SOLD!!!

 

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 

 

DENTAL KEY, OR TOOTH KEY
Beautiful condition. The dental key was used by first inserting the instrument horizontally into the mouth,
then its "claw" would be tightened over a 
tooth. The instrument was rotated to loosen the tooth.
This often resulted in the 
tooth breaking, causing jaw fractures and soft tissue damage.

SOLD!!  (6-9)

 

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STORAGE CROCK "E J Miller & Son / Alexandria, VA"
1/2 gallon capacity with no cracks, chips or repairs. 
Good blue decoration. Approximately 8-1/2" tall.
SOLD!!

 

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StonewareHickersonJug2.JPG (82284 bytes) STONEWARE JUG "J.M. Hickerson / Strasburg, VA"
1/2 gallon capacity with no cracks, chips or repairs. 
Approximately 10" tall. The mark is a little weak.
$ 275.00

 

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STORAGE CROCK "J.M. Hickerson / Strasburg, VA"
Blue decorated, 1-1/2 gallon capacity with no cracks, chips or repairs. 
Approximately 10" tall.
SOLD!!

 

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STORAGE CROCK "W.H. Lehew / Strasburg, VA"
No cracks or repairs, but there is one chip to the underside of the rim.  
Approximately 8" tall. 1/2 Gallon capacity.
SOLD!!

 

SilverTylerSet1.JPG (142726 bytes) SilverTylerDetail.JPG (79442 bytes) FOUR COIN SILVER SPOONS
By John Henry Tyler & Co of Richmond, Virginia 1866 - 1883
Set of four matching teaspoons in nice condition.
$ 145.00 RICHMOND, VIRGINIA COIN SILVER TEA SPOONS
3 nice 5-8/8" coin silver spoons by Gennet & James of Richmond Virginia. 
Initials "AMW" engraved on handles. In nice condition, with some bowl wear,
SOLD!!

 

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19th CENTURY TRADE SIGN
This dentist sign dates from the late 19th century and retains its original black paint with
gold leaf lettering. The tin sign measures 45" x 20" with most of the original wood frame
and molding still intact. We purchased this in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
SOLD!!!  
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SlideTopBox2.JPG (156781 bytes) CHESTNUT OR OAK SLIDE-TOP BOX circa 1840 - 1860
Dovetailed construction with interesting inside configuration of compartments, some with lids.  Square nails
hold the base in place,  Overall excellent condition with nice patina.   Approximately 12" long x 8" wide x 4" deep.
SOLD!!

 

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

 

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Hair Braid.JPG (218048 bytes) BRAIDED HAIR MEMENTO
A framed piece (3" X 3-1/2") braid of blonde hair with a  notation in German  "February 2, 1857" and "died16 May 1863". This is part of a grouping of possessions from an elderly lady from a Mennonite home outside of Harrisonburg, VA.  The second piece from the same grouping has a braid of light colored hair with the notation "Samuel Lamb's".
$ 195.00  SOLD!!

 

StonewareSmith.JPG (95175 bytes) MANUFACTURER MARKED BLUE DECORATED STORAGE CROCK
One gallon ovoid, wide mouth crock with blue decoration around the lifting lugs, and the stamped maker's mark.  Mar reads, "Smith & Day / Manufacturers / Norwalk Con" in a nice blue oval.  Crock is 9" tall and about 6" at the opening.  Condition is near perfect with only a few very minor base chips.
$ 395.00