This elephant is a large and totally charming Mennonite homemade toy. It is gray cotton flannel with each eye made of two buttons. It is flexible enough to be positioned in any number of adorable poses. Measurements are 12"
from trunk to tail and 11" from top of head to feet. Made circa 1930; Lancaster County, Pennsylvania origin.
This spool doll bed is charming in itself but even more so with the inclusion of its original linens. It has a mattress; quilt and pillow all done in beautiful 1870's fabrics.
The bed measures 11 1/4" long; 7" wide and 9" to the top of the headboard.
On the bottom is written that it was made in 1905.
This extraordinary pictorial quilt depicts images that are both fierce and friendly. On the bottom are hounds chasing stags while on the top is a tree of life surrounded by birds, one of which may be a dove. It's a shame not to be able to speak with the quiltmaker to learn more of her intent but perhaps it is a metaphor for both the danger and kindness of life. Or am I reading too much into it?
The quilt is from Pennsylvania; circa 1870's. Measurements are 77" x 78". It is in ...click for details
Three jaspe pitchers typical of the collectible designs of this rustic terra cotta French pottery. The pitcher on the left with orange dots on brown measures 3 3/4" tall.There is very slight predictable age related wear around the rim. The middle with brown dots on orange is 4" tall with very little wear and no chips. The right is 4 5/8" tall and has a small, unobtrusive chip on the rim. The glaze is very close to the color of the clay so it barely shows. All date to about 1900. ...click for details
This unique piece combines braided hair mementos; fabric and paper labels from spools of thread.
Each of the braided hair pieces is labeled in ink but the only one I can decipher is Julia Jung. The thread labels say "Victoria Thread; Phila.76N.Y.76 and Royal Persian Thread". The work is all applied to paper with two cloth borders. It is in the original decorated frame that measures 15 7/8" x 14". It does not appear to be a memorial for the deceased. Rather, it may be a schoo ...click for details
It is difficult to explain the very different sentiments on this painted sign. Certainly the New York Central side is clear but The Bridge What Not is more ambiguous. Regardless of the meaning, both sides make strong graphic statements. The sign measures 32" x 48". It is painted on metal with nice patina.
Homemade steamroller toy made of heavy metals. The roof is corrugated metal and the steering wheel turns. Measures 12" tall and 16" long. Barn red paint; circa 1920. While mothers were making doll quilts for their children, a loving father may have created this miniature piece of farm equipment.
Handcarved walking stick with the head of a man. He has a prominent nose and a chine much like Jay Leno. Eyes are nailheads. Well worn green paint to the head; the body of the cane natural color. The cane measures 33" tall. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1920.
Unique carved cane that chronicles the life and achievements of Thomas Jefferson. Among the carved words are "Thos. Jefferson of Va Born Apr 2,1743 Was President USA 1801 to 1809" and ""Wrote Declaration of Independence 1776 Founder of University Va 1819". Closest to the tip is written"Jeffersons Dying Words I resign my spirit to God My Daughter to my country". The carver also wrote "This cane was cut near Jeffersons' tomb Monticello Va."
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Handmade cane with the handle of a dog's face utilizing the natural contours of the wood. The face is painted dark green with metal eyes. The stick measures 36" tall. The widest part of the ears are 6 1/2".
Found in Virginia; circa 1920.
It is safe to say that this amazing quilt filled with animals is a one of a kind. It is a glorious combination of barnyard animals as well as whales; giraffes and fish. In addition, it has a variety of fruits and vegetables. It is a summer spread professionally mounted on a stretcher that is hinged for easier transport. Measurements are 80" square. Connecticut origin with family history available to purchaser.
One of a kind iron gate in the shape of an elongated face. It would be functional as a gate but would also be terrific hung indoors as a piece of outsider art.
The movable earrings are an especially whimsical touch. One spike is missing from the hairdo but all else is intact. Measurements are 62" tall and 24" at the widest point. Found in Virginia.; circa 1920.
Two delightfully homemade Amish animals - the white cotton horse measures 12" long and 9 1/2" tall. He (or she) has wonderfully detailed tack; embroidered facial features and a braided tail. Dates to about 1950.
Elephant - made of dark brown velvet with glass (?) bead eyes. The rubber ears are mostly broken off. Measurements are a11 1/4" from head to tail and 7 1/4" tall. Made circa 1930.
Large, homemade black doll that is well dressed and bejeweled. She has a "Diamond" ring and bracelets (that are old but added later).
She measures 24" tall; wears her original clothing including lace up boots. Over her petticoat are a wool skirt; vest and cape. Nicely stitched face and hands. Minor, expected wear. Clothes indicate third quarter of 19th century.