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IRON DOOR STOP - MONKEY

Doorstops or Door Porters are simply heavy objects used to hold a door open. By the late 1700's, many homes utilized round decorative examples made of sand-cast brass, or other types of metal with flat, hollow backs. Decorative door stops were not used in American Homes until after the Civil War. Decorative iron doorstops came into their own in the United States in the 1920's and remained popular through the early 1940's when heavy metal rationing began during World War II. They are very collectible and cover a range of subjects.

We are offering a spider monkey door stop that is 8.5" tall. The monkey strikes a pensive pose with one hand on his cheek. He has a  very expressive face and a long curly tail wrapped in front of his feet. His other hand is placed on his knee. He is painted with various shades of brown.

This piece is in excellent condition with minor paint loss resulting from honest wear. He is a great decorative piece that would enhance any decor.

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IRON DOOR STOP -WOODPECKER

Doorstops or Door Porters are simply heavy objects used to hold a door open. By the late 1700's, many homes utilized round decorative examples made of sand-cast brass, or other types of metal with flat, hollow backs. Decorative door stops were not used in American Homes until after the Civil War. Decorative iron doorstops came into their own in the United States in the 1920's and remained popular through the early 1940's when heavy metal rationing began during World War II. They are very collectible and cover a range of subjects.

Offering a woodpecker door stop that measures 9.5"tall and 7.5" wide. The bird is clinging to a tree trunk eating insects from the bark. He is red,black and white with black tail feathers. The tree has white blossom at the bottom trunk surrounded by green leaves.

This piece is painted with crisp bright colors. It is in excellent condition with very minor paint loss due to honest wear. It has many uses and would be a great addition to any decor.

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WALNUT JAM CUPBOARD

A jelly Cupboard is an enclosed shelving unit traditionally used to store jams & jellies. They were also called jam cupboards and jelly cabinets. Constructed of solid woods like walnut or cherry, a jelly cupboard sports a door or set of doors on the front of the cabinet. Typical cabinets contain two or three shelves and sometimes a drawer at the top. They have their historical roots in 19th-century America. Pioneers preserved fruit for the long winter months By 1830, jelly was common in America and appropriate storage was needed. As time passed, the cupboard was used for decoration and storage. Since many cupboards are in kitchens or dining areas,they were used to store china,silver wear and linens.

We are offering a walnut jam cupboard (circa 1860) with three deep shelves. This cupboard has its original finish. It has clean straight lines down the front ending in an elaborate , scrolled apron and bracket feet. It has two mortised doors with metal latches, original strike plate behind one door. 

The measurements are 49"W, 52"T 21.5"D. The top shows moderate honest wear with minor wood loss. There is a knot hole in the top left side but otherwise all surfaces are strong and sturdy. The back is solid and complete with no breaks. It is in excellent condition and can be used to store anything. This piece would be a wonderful addition to any room.

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SMOKED GRAINED BLANKET CHEST

BLANKET CHEST
Blanket Chests were very popular during the 17th - 19th Centuries. In its simplest form, the blanket chest was a large wooden box with a hinged lid. Chests were used for storage of linens, clothes and valuables. They were also used as additional seating for chairs were a luxury in most homes.
Closets were not typical, attics were not accessible and cellars were damp. Over the years, drawers were added to the basic form, increasing the height and evolving into a "mule chest". The drawers were used to by the Colonist to store "Mules" or slippers. In colonial America, chests were constructed of various species of lumber from pine to walnut, cherry and mahogany.
Construction was English. Most chests have a candle drawer or document compartment. Many have bracketed feet and dovetail construction. The hinged lid have mortised chest locks, strike plate and key holes. This was to protect valuables, ammunition, money and documents.

We are offering a smoked,grain painted blanket chest, circa 1820-1840. This chest offers powerful patterns on the front and sides, turned onion feet, mortised chest locks, key, strike plate with keyhole, iron hinges, interior secret drawers located below the interior document box . There are brass knobs  mounted to a single board that has a secret lock. Behind the false face are two dovetail drawers. Key is at front desk.

The measurements are 54"W, 23"d, 28"T. The chest shows minor honest wear and is in excellent condition.

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MULE CHEST- PAINTED ROSEWOOD GRAIN

MULE CHEST

In the early days, closets were not typical, attics were not accessible and cellars were damp. Chests were a pieces of furniture designed to store linens, clothing and blankets.  A  Mule Chest is a wooden chest with a lift top lid over one or two drawers below.  With a chest, if you wanted something at the bottom, you had to remove all the contents. With the drawers underneath, you avoided this problem.
Furniture makers in the early days did not produce a complete set of drawers in one piece. Some craftsmen figured out how to combine a chest with two drawers, making it more practical to store clothing. This hybrid was called a "Mule Chest" because a mule is a hybrid breed of horse and mule .
Itinerant traders used "Mule Chests" in their travels to have easy access to goods for customers. These chests were loaded on mules so that could be another origin of the name.

We are offering a untouched, painted rosewood grain mule chest from New York State, circa 1820-1830. This is a  lidded chest over two drawers. Chest and drawers have original escutcheons, square nails, mortised chest locks, strike plate with keyhole, iron hinges and wooden turned drawer pulls. The chest has an interior document box with lid. The front has an exceptionally high cut out base with a straight apron that curves to bracket feet. The side aprons are curved angel wings. Two nailed on cleats under top of chest were added later to keep the top from warping. All original paint and parts.

The measurements are 43 "W, 19.5'D, 42"T. It is in excellent condition with tight seams and minor honest wear.

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PIE SAFE

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

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HORSE BELLS - ACORN DESIGN

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.

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HORSE BELLS - HORSESHOE DESIGN

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.

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YARN WINDER

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

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DRY SINK

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.

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TEA TABLE/CANDLE STAND

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

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FEDERAL BRASS BEDWARMER

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.

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