Caught Our Eye: Rugs, Unique Items

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WINDMILL WEIGHT- ELGIN WIND POWER AND PUMP ca:1890

The windmill weight has been recognized by the Museum of American Folk Art as a major art form since the second half of the 20th century. The windmill was an indispensable part of American rural life from the1850's to the 1930's. A wonderful reference book is Windmill Weights by Milt Simpson where he discusses this windmill weight as well as many others. This particular windmill weight, weighs 43 lbs. and measures 15 1/4"H x 16 1/2"L x 3 1/2"D. It is in outstanding original condition and has never been painted. As with all our pieces, a lay-away plan is available. (DOETE)
List Price: $1400

*TIN PAINTED BOOT TRADE SIGN- 19th CENTURY

An early tin three dimensional boot trade sign. Painted red over black with additional  small areas of "touch-up". The boot is probably American, third quarter of 19th century and in wonderful condition. This is a rare piece in really good condition, comes with a strong wall bracket and measures 33" high with an 8"x 7" elliptical top and a 13" long boot. (BCETE) 
List Price:$2000



ETCHED (SCRIMSHAW) OSTRICH EGG

When one looks at this etched and inked (scrimshaw) ostrich egg, you not only see an extensive amount of work but you also see a story. At the very top is a beautifully designed and etched vintage vector nautical compass. Just below the nautical compass is a banner with hearts and birds. Below the banner, there are four etchings of woman looking forlorn and either writing a note or carrying a note. Note the victorian dress. At the base are the ships, whales and men who perhaps are connected in some way to the women. This is all hand done and beautifully illustrated. As a note the egg itself is very strong and in great condition. The decorated egg comes with stand. Approximately 7" high.(BLDETE)
List Price:$1550

RARE & EARLY WOODEN BARBERS (BLEEDERS) POLE

This is a rare and early wooden Barbers (Bleeders) pole. Note the traditional red and white stripes which dates back to the time when the barber was the local surgeon due to the fact that he had the sharp instruments. The red represents the blood and the white represents the bandages and the pole advertised that the proprietor was a barber and a surgeon! The sign can be hung on a wall using the wrought iron hand forged bracket. The paint is all original and maintains much of its original color. This unusual and rare barber’s pole is in excellent condition. (KETE)Dimensions: 40”L, 5 1/4”W (At widest point)
List Price: $750

FIVE COMPARTMENT STORE DISPLAY BOX - 19th CENTURY

This is a very unusual dovetailed, square nailed  well made box. First of all, all the compartments are the same size. All of the compartments have sliding lids with finger pulls. The inside is very clean. In addition, there appears to be blotches of red wax on the front and sides. After some thought we think it was used in a store and the wax was used  to display what was inside each compartment! The box is in excellent condition with only some minor loss on the base(ALDK)
Dimensions: 25 3/4"L x 11 1/4"D x 6 1/2"H. 
List Price: $495

CHILD'S PUSH SLED - CA:1900

A ca: 1900 child's push sled in excellent condition. The sled is all original with no repairs or breaks. The sled body is wood and features the original red paint. The wooden push bar and the steel (including the runners) are also original and in outstanding condition. The sled can still be used to push a child or can be used to display Santa  Clauses, dolls, toys, teddy bears, etc.(BETE)   
Dimensions: SLED -  31 1/2"L x 16"W x 11 3/8"H, SLED+IRON -  51"L x 16"W x 16 1/2"H
 Price: $225   (Was $450)

EARLY SCHOOL SLATE

REMEMBER THOSE DAYS WHEN YOU DID ALL YOUR WORK ON A PIECE OF SLATE. THIS IS A WELL MADE SCHOOL SLATE WITH BRASS CORNER SUPPORTS IN EXCELLENT CONDITION. (BETE)
DIMENSIONS: 12 5/8" x 8 5/8"
List Price: $175

MULTIPLE (7) SINGLE TIN CANDLE MOLD HOLDER ca:1800

In this unique and rare single candle mold holder, you can fill 7 different single tin candle molds and   place each one in a separate holder. However, what is so intriguing is how well the holder is made. It is made with full mortised feet and two full mortised shelves. Over the years a few nails have been added as well as a great repair. Note the attractive finials and the different sized holes for a variety of single candle molds. It is in good condition despite its age and use. (DSTK))
Dimensions: 21"L x 20"H x 7 1/2"D (feet)
List Price: $875 (includes 2 single candle molds)

SNOWBIRDS 1800s

Cast iron plates of many designs on iron straps are SNOWBIRDS FROM THE 1800s. Anchored by the holes to roof edges under materials such as slate or tile they were meant to retain snow for insulation. Others believed they could prevent any layer of snow from plunging down on the heads of pedestrians. The name occurred because platforms were often shaped like birds or eagles and looking up people mistook them for feathered perchers. Two shapes are available: 
List Price: Bird $250 (10)
List Price: Tree $120 (6)

HAND CARVED SHAVING KIT WITH BRUSH,SOAP and RAZOR

An early 19th century hand carved and dug out shaving box with a brush,soap and razor. The nicely designed handle was also carved from the same piece of wood. The carved lid, with the finger pulls slides easily into the cut out groves of the box. Note the strap on the side of the box which is attached using wooden pegs. (OTLK)
List Price: $795

EARLY SPAULDING BROS. CLUB and BALL MAKERS SIGN

This is an early golf sign advertising Spaulding golf clubs and balls. The golf club attached to the sign has a wooden shaft and a very primitive  (hand made?)  head on the club. The club came out of a private home and the owner was told it came from a golf club in Massachusetts. The sign is 45 3/4"L and 13 1/2"W and is in excellent condition. (ADKE)
List Price: $300

CARVED MARRIAGE SPOON

One of the common bridal gifts was a carved wooden cooking spoon.This a particularly nice one with the two hearts, the appealing and amusing manner in which the balls are caged;  as well as the entwined twist. Absolutely delightful. (TAE)
Length 14"
List Price: $150

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