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Spitler Chest
(Johannes Spitler, 1774-1837)

Size: 50" W x 24" H (top of corn) x 21.5" D
Origin: Shenandoah Valley, Virginia
Condition: Remarkably intact and original
Description: This extraordinary and newly discovered paint-decorated chest is one of the most fully developed and well-preserved examples of an iconic group of furniture attributed to Johannes Spitler, a Germanic craftsman working in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. Of the twenty-one chests known to date that are attributed to Spitler, this chest is distinguished by its remarkably untouched original condition, the detail of the painted decoration, and the fact that it has come directly out of the family in which it descended and was heretofore unknown. Nearly half of the known Spitler objects are now in museum collections as unique examples of American folk art.*
Provenance: complete prevenance is known dating back to original owners at the beginning of the 19th century.
Circa: c. 1800
Price: SOLD
*To download the book produced to describe this chest, please click here. File will automatically download. Note that it is quite large and will take several minutes.

 

Yellow Windsor Chair

Size: 39 inches H x 17 inches seat height x 23 inches W x 20 inches D
Origin: Philadelphia
Condition: Excellent
Description: A rare chair with four blunt arrow feet, the turnings bold and gives the chair a muscular look. The chair retains its original paint history of green first coat and top coat of yellow circa 1900.
Provenance: Ex. Collection: Dr. Donald Shelley
Circa: 1770-1790
Price: 21,000

    

    

Stamp Table

Size: 29 1/2 inch square top, 28 inch H
Origin: Seattle, Washington
Condition: Excellent
Description: THE ORDER OF THE EASTERN STAR STAMP CARD TABLE This intricately patterned folding card table with applied canceled stamps dating 1934 to 1935 in complex designs, is all over lacquered. In each corner are the backs of stamps to create playing cards and the center star design also exhibits cutouts from stamps and the word FATAL. The abbreviation FATAL stands for Fairest Among Thousands, Altogether Lovely. The Order of the Eastern Star is the largest Masonic organization in the world to which both men and women may belong. The abbreviation FATAL is said to remind the initiate that it would be fatal to the character of any lady to disclose the secrets of the Order. Cedar wood. Labeled on verso J.M. Shaw maker Seattle, Washington.
Provenance:
Circa: Dated 1940
Price: upon request

    

Boothbay Welcome Sign

Size: 37 inches OW x 18 1/2 inches OH
Origin: Maine
Condition:
Description: Carved and painted wood, initialed and inscribed Welcome Boothbay Harbor
Provenance:
Circa: 1890-1910
Price: upon request

Fraktur Cutwork Valentine

Size: 12 inch diameter
Origin: Pennsylvania
Condition: Excellent, minor stain
Description: FRAKTUR CUTWORK VALENTINE FOR ELIZABETH YOUS MAY 29 DAY OF 1818 MADE BY JYCAB GUYET 12 inch diameter Done in a circular manner written in English. Probably Quaker.
Provenance: Henry Pennypacker, Reddy, Pennsylvania and Bill Koch, Milton, Pennsylvania
Circa: Dated May 29, 1818
Price: Price upon request

Cover Page of Watercolor Book

Size: 6 1/2 inches x 7 1/2 inches
Origin: Pennsylvania
Condition: Excellent
Description: FRAKTUR LOVERS KNOT HANNAH HAWS CHESTER COUNTY,PENNSYLVANIA The watercolor is the cover page to a copybook. It is similar to one in the Chester County Historical Society.
Provenance: Henry Pennypacker, Reddy, Pennsylvania and Bill Koch, Milton, Pennsylvania
Circa: 1780-1790
Price: Price upon request
 

FIRE SCENE
OIL ON CANVAS
INSCRIBED VERSO BY HENRY SYNDER UNION VOL.,
CIRCA 1850-1860
ORIGIN: PROBABLY WINCHESTER, VIRGINIA
MEDIA: OIL PAINTING ON CANVAS
DIMENSIONS: IMAGE SIZE 12” X 36”, FRAMED: 16" H X 39 3/4" L
CONDITION: A LATER VARNISH WAS APPLIED BY FORMER OWNER
COMMENTS: THIS DRAMATIC OIL ON CANVAS DEPICTING A HOSE CART AND STEAM PUMPER RACING DOWN A STREET WAS MADE BY HENRY SYNDER, A UNION VOLUNTEER FIREMAN IN WINCHESTER, VIRGINIA.
THE UNION FIRE COMPANY WAS CELEBRATED FOR HAVING A LIFE SIZE FIREMAN WEATHER VANE KNOWN AS “OLD JAKE” ATOP THEIR FIREHOUSE.
PROVENANCE: EX COLL. RICHARD AND JOAN SMITH, MILLBACH, PA

 

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