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In the 18th-19th centuries, before oil lamps, everyday source of artificial light, were candles made from animal tallow or beeswax. All candles were handmade through a very time consuming process. Beeswax candles were more expensive than tallow because the household provided the tallow.

All candles were valuable and needed to be protected from bugs and rodents. Candle boxes were made to protect and store them. Candle boxes could be designed to hang or sit  on a table. They could be made of common wood, painted or made of more expensive wood and left unstained. Every household had them.

Offering a freestanding,3 finger sliding top candle box. It has side dovetails and a chamfered bottom. It is dated on the back "1888" and signed and dated "LL 1904" on inside lid.

The dimensions are :17"L,13.25"W,5.25"H.



Pie Safe was a normal household item before iceboxes came into regular use and was an important part of the American household starting in the 1700's through the 1800's. The pie safe was meant to store pies, meat, bread and other perishables from insects and vermin. The pie safe was kept far from the wood stove as possible. It was even put on the back porch to catch the cool air.

A common pie safe is made of local wood - pine shelves - more expensive wood for the outside frame. It is about the size of a large bureau. Shelves are perforated and 18" deep. Safes have two hinged,front doors ventilated with pierced tins plates or screens. The sides are also ventilated with tin plate or screens. The holes in the tin plate are punched to produce an image such as an eagle, star, stylized tulip or geometric design.

Safes are freestanding , made with long legs to keep them away from the floor. Some are wall mounted or suspended from the ceiling. Most have a drawer usually above the storage area, but some times below.

We are offering a 6 Tin pie safe with two storage areas divided by one drawer with iron pulls. Top storage area has tin plates punched with a geometric design of  stars, triangles with circles. All tins are tight and in excellent condition. Storage areas close with iron and porcelain latches. Top storage area has two shelves extending the width of the safe,while the bottom has one shelf. The frame of the safe is topped with a simple cornice of crown molding, the sides are straight extending down to a straight apron and legs. The simplicity of the design brings forth the beauty of the tins. It is in excellent condition - an wonderful addition with lots of storage.

The measurements are: 72.75"H, 38.25"w, 15"D



Horse Bells can be jingle bells denoting a jingler inside the cast bell or a clapper found in an open type of bell. Both types have been used for sleigh bells. All horse bells are of brass or bronze metal. While antique bells wear well, the original leather straps usually need replacing due to neglect. Bells look wonderful hanging by a fireplace, draped over an old horse collar or hanging on a wall.

Offering a set of 30 antique horse bells, acorn design, two piece stamped. These bells date from 1880 to 1920. They are machine stamped brass over nickle plated bells.. Originally the bottom half was riveted on to the strap with copper rivets. The jinglet was added and the top piece crimped on to complete the bell. The set is mounted on a new laced 72" leather strap with a brass ring for hanging.

This set was cleaned, polished and lacquered in 2004 by Deanna Weed of Classic Bells in Pottsville, Iowa. Ms Weed designed and constructed the laced strap using "Havana Brown" bridle leather keeping the original buckle. The strap insured value was $360.00 in 2004.



Horse Bells can be jingle bells denoting a jingler inside the cast bell or a clapper found in an open type of bell. Both types have been used for sleigh bells. All horse bells are of brass or bronze metal. While antique bells wear well, the original leather straps usually need replacing due to neglect. Bells look wonderful hanging by a fireplace, draped over an old horse collar or hanging on a wall.

Offering a set of 27 graduated,"horse shoe design"  horse bells, (the largest bell is 2"D), each marked Parsons & Smith,East Hampton, CT. The set is mounted on a new 75" leather strap with buckles, made in Chadds Ford, Pa.



Offering a red stained yarn winder circa 1800's. It is hand made of wood ,tight and strong. The bottom is a rectangular base with 4 legs to give support. All joints are tight and balanced.

This winder is in excellent condition  - lovely and practical.

The measurements are : 42"H,13.5"W,9"D



A dry sink is a functional piece of furniture used up to the 19th century. They were the equivalent of modern day sinks without the convenience of indoor plumbing. It was essentially a wooden cabinet on which rested a water pitcher and basin. The top of the cabinet was recessed to prevent spillage and water damage to surrounding areas while washing or shaving. Dry sinks are usually made of pine but in wealthier homes they may be constructed from other woods. Pricier sinks had the recessed area on top lined with zinc or copper. Generally there is a storage area underneath. They were considered to be an indispensable kitchen accessory.

We are offering a pine dry sink . This sink has two doors opening to one shelf the width of the sink, each door has brass latches.  The lines are clean extending down to the straight apron and feet. This piece shows honest,minor wear and is in overall excellent condition.

The dimension are 32" T,49.5"W,17"D.



Offering a round New Hampshire Tea Table/Candle Stand with tiger maple pedestal, AND three spider legs ending in pad feet.



A warming pan or bed warmer was a valuable family possession handed down from generation to generation. Most people had warming pans but the wealthy had ornate silver,brass or copper pans. Some pans were richly decorated with an elaborate pattern of perforations incorporated into the design. English warming pans were fully enclosed. Warming pans were put on wooden handles for moving up and down the bed. Handles also enabled it to be hung by the hearth.

Offering a 19th Century pierced warming pan of brass with a turned wooden handle. The top of the pan has a stylized engraving of a bird with flowers. Pierced holes surround the top of the pan. The pan is attached to the turned wooden handle. Top of pan in hinged to bottom with a loop to open the top.

It is in good condition with honest wear.



Offering a green painted wooden bucket with a bale handle . The slats of the bucket are supported by two iron bands. The color is bright and all pieces are whole.

It is in good condition with minor wear.The dimensions are 7.5'T, 12"D.



Pipe boxes were found in most Colonial American Taverns and Inns. Pipes were placed in top compartment and tobacco stored in bottom drawer.

dove tail,chamfered drawer,rose head nails,square nails



Tea was introduced to England by Queen Catherine wife of Charles II in 1662. Tea was and remained extremely expensive for the next 100 years. Wooden Tea Caddies were made early in the 19th Century  and introduced as a home style accessory in the second half on the 18th Century. The word caddy derives from the Malay "kati",a measure of weight about 3/5 of a kilo. The first caddies were in box form, shaped like small chests, and contained two - three metal canisters. They were mostly mahogany but some were walnut. These caddies were designed to house loose tea and locked to keep it safe.

They were of two types: the austere or rococo. Both styles have handles on top and mounted escutcheons. They differ in the more elaborate being the rococo. The austere had bracket feet or a plinth support base. The lids are stepped, the step often concave. The edges are molded and sides mostly straight. 

Offering a Regency Rosewood Tea Caddy, early 19th Century. This is a austere triple caddy with two lidded rectangular canisters flanking a space in the center for a glass bowl.  The side canisters were for storing loose tea and the glass bowl  was either to mix different teas or for sugar. A Regency Caddy dates 1811-1820 when GeorgeIV of England became Regent. The lines are straight and clean with straight molding. It stands on bun feet and has button handles on either side. The center portion can be removed revealing a "secret space" for silver spoons. It has a keyhole and lock but no key. 

It is in excellent condition with honest wear. The dimensions are : 7.5"T, 14"w, 8"D.



Rag rugs have always been the specialty of women living in the country or on the frontier. Rag rug methods were brought to America by immigrants and were made from worn clothing or other textiles. From 1890-1910, this Folk Art experienced a period of "popularity" due to the "Arts and Crafts" movement. Materials were plentiful with the growth of the American Textile Industry. 

This handwoven rug with handwoven binding and handknotted fringe is made from re-cycled and re-purposed textiles. It is made of cotton/poly and measures 26.5 x 35"(plus fringe). The fabric and colors have been chosen by the Artist to ensure beauty and quality adhering to the guidelines of traditional rug weaving. Made in Pennsylvania, it will provide your home with a useful and wonderful ambiance experienced by early Americans.

Machine Wash-Gentle cool - Line/Flat dry


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