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Antique Civil War GAR Canteen with Patriotic Flags and Original Paint Decoration

Civil War Canteen w/ Patriotic Flags and Folk Art Paint Decoration »

Circa 1876: This Civil War canteen belonged to Charles H. Davis, who served in Company G. of the 12th Massachusetts Volunteers. Obviously, Mr. Davis had his battle canteen painted for GAR reunion encampments, and we believe that this canteen was made for the centennial encampment because of the red, white, and blue American flag and shield and the additions of the words "Union" and "In God We Trust." This five color painted canteen would have made quite an impression on its viewers and would have showcased Mr. Davis's love of God and country, values which have become woven into the American fabric.

For Sale: $7250

Humpty Dumpty Antique 19th Century Original Cast Iron Painted Mechanical Bank For Sale

Humpty Dumpty Cast Iron Mechanical Bank »

Circa 1882: Designed by Charles Shepard and Peter Adams Jr. and manufactured by Buffalo, New York's Shepard Hardware Company, the Humpty Dumpty Clown bank was, in order to save on cost, never primed at the factory before it was painted. This example has retained 85% of its original paint, has never been touched up or repainted, and has no chips, cracks, or repairs.

For Sale: $1950

Dark Town Battery Mechanical Bank For Sale

Rare Cast Iron Kenton Sight-Seeing Auto »

Circa 1905: What a pleasure it is to offer this extremely scarce Kenton Sight-Seeing Auto to the antique toy collecting community! Comic character automotive toys are far and few between, but the hefty 10" Sight-Seeing Auto is in a class of its own. This spectacular example is completely original, including its paint, steering wheel, and its five characters, which include Gloomy Gus, The Sailor, Mama Katzenjammer, Papa Katzenjammer and Happy Hooligan.

For Sale: $5,500

1950s Folk Art Carnival Shooting Gallery Sign For Sale From Z and K Antiques

Paint Decorated Traveling Carnival Shooting Gallery Countertop Sign »

Circa Mid 20th Century: Carnival shooting gallery signs are hard to find, and this 1950s six-color cutout painted wooden folk art countertop shooting gallery sign in original paint decoration is a real eye catcher that takes one back to childhood summer evenings at the local fair. This graphically pleasing sign measures 21" long, 10.5" tall, and 8" deep when its folding arm is extended.

For Sale: $950

1920s Antique Wooden Gameboard Checkers Black Yellow Border Octagonal Cutout For Sale

Vibrant Parcheesi Game Board on White Ground »

Circa 1930s1940s: Measuring 16" square, this homemade folk art Parcheesi board with a beautifully crazed surface has an eye catching white ground that accentuates the other bright colors, especially the barn red, of the second quarter 20th century oil based enamel paint. One can tell this board is a genuine example of naive folk art rather than a professionaly made piece because of the bleeding and inexact points and thicknesses of the stripes, which add charm to this lovely gameboard.

For Sale: $895

Antique American Hand Carved Folk Art New England Soldier Whirligig in Original Paint Decoration For Sale

Painted Wooden Hand Carved Folk Art New England Soldier Whirligig »

Circa 1890-1910: This handsome and expertly carved blue-eyed soldier whirligig stands just under 9" tall with its propellers at 19" end to end and comes to you in its striking original four color paint decoration of red, blue, beige, and black. Note that this is one of two museum quality whirligigs we are offering by the same as yet unkown carver. Both of these whirligigs are so skillfully wrought that surely there must be others out there. Perhaps a folk art scholar will one day identify this superb folk artist's work and pull their name from the long annals of American history.

For Sale: $2450

Original Museum Quality Sage Green Paint Decorated Antique Hand Carved Folk Art New England Soldier Whirligig For Sale

Antique Sage Green Painted Folk Art Whirligig of Carved Wooden Soldier »

Circa 1880-1910: The incredible detail on this petite New England folk art soldier whirligig in unusual original sage green and black paint points to the masterful skill level of its anonymous carver. Notice, for instance, that the carver has hand cut six tiny tin washers and applied them with hand cut brads to serve as buttons on the soldier's coat. This is one of two whirligigs made by the same anonymous carver that we are offering on the open market.

For Sale: $1950

Folk Art Antique American Hooked Rug of Dogs Named Bob and Rose

Folk Art Hooked Rug "Bob & Rose" with Stars & Hearts »

Circa Early 20th Century: Measuring a robust 64" by 27", this charming and colorful folk art hooked rug depicts a love story between two fine dogs, Bob and Rose. Note that our canine friends are looking into one another's eyes and are wagging their tails.

For Sale: $3750

Fok Art Schoolgirl Drawing Pen and Ink 1911

"Going to School" Pen and Ink Drawing »

Signed O.W. Clark 1911 on back: A charming red cloaked girl ties her boots and says, "Wait for me." Her lunch pail at her feet and a little petticoat showing. Sweet, naive watercolor, ink and graphite.

For Sale: $295

Folk Art George Washington Patriotic Americana Drawing mid 19th century. Pen and Ink Drawing Antique

Antique American Patriotic Folk Art Pen and Ink Drawing
of George Washington on Horseback  »

Circa 1850s: This charming folk art pen and ink drawing of General George Washington on horseback is surely modeled after the 1850 Currier and Ives print of the father of our country. Although the artist's attention to detail is commendable, it is through the naive yet pleasant depiction of our first President's face that the viewer can tell this is the work of a skilled but untrained artist. Note the two guache highlights, one on the boot and the other on Washington's eye, This is a fabulous and whimsical example of 19th century patriotic American folk art in which General Washington, atop his trusted steed, forever tips his hat to those who look his way.

For Sale: $650

Stump Speaker Antique 19th Century Original Cast Iron Painted Mechanical Bank For Sale Black Americana

High Grade Stump Speaker Mechanical Bank »

Circa 1886: Designed by Charles Shepard and Peter Adams Jr., the Stump Speaker is perhaps the greatest Black Americana mechanical bank ever produced. The Stump Speaker, adorned with his tiny and comical tophat and bright green suit, stands on a four by five inch grey, red and gold base.

For Sale: $4500

Antique Mechanical Cast Iron Bank I Always Did Spise a Mule

Little Joe Mechanical Bank »

Circa 1915: The Little Joe mechanical bank is the slightly smaller English cousin of the famous Jolly Bank, which was wildly popular and made in more variations for a longer period of time by more companies than any other original cast iron mechanical bank. .

For Sale: $450

19th Century Antique American Diminutive Eagle Weathervane For Sale

Antique American Diminutive Eagle Weathervane »

Circa Late 19th Century: We love the honest weathered surface on this diminutive eagle weathervane that measures only 14.25" high including museum stand and has a petite 16" wingspan. Possibly Harris and Company, Boston Mass.

For Sale: $3950

Early 19th Century Watercolor Portrait Woman in Blue Dress Man with Top Hat and Watch Fob

Early 19th Century Full length Double Watercolor Portrait »

Circa 1830: Here, an unknown itinerant artist makes use of his talent in this interesting tale of a tall, portly gentleman holding his hat and making eye contact with a petite, educated, slightly older lady, book in hand, in an amazingly vivid blue dress as they stand on a boldly decorated carpet. Each gazing forward with their own purpose and past, this unlikely duo is captured in this charming early watercolor.

For Sale: $2350

Patriotoic Americana Watercolor Folk Art Painting Racing Schooner Joseph Pulitizer New York 1896 American Flag Race Boat

Patriotic Painting of Racing Schooner Ship Joseph Pulitzer »

Circa 1896: Measuring a compact and desirable 11 1/2" x 14" in its original 14 3/8" x 16 5/8" frame and housed under good, old wavy glass, this superbly rendered folk art guache or heavy watercolor painting of the racing schooner Joseph Pulitzer retains its vibrant colors, is labeled with Mr. Pulitzer's name three times, and is pictured with its American flag waving in the Atalantic Ocean's summer breeze.

For Sale: $1,850

19th Century Antique Oil Paiting on Canvas Portraits from Monmouth Illinois Rare Pair 1830s Midwestern Portraits Americana

Boy with Hoop Toy Early American Folk Art Oil on Canvas Portrait »

Circa 1840s: Fine early American folk art paintings of children with their toys are especially desirable, and this spectacular oil portrait of a young man with hoop toy from Androscoggin County, Maine, measures 30" tall by 25" wide and is housed in a 38 1/2" x 33 1/2" frame. When this portrait was sold in 1963, the dealer noted in a letter to his client that the sitter is P. Record of Turner Center, Maine and that the painting was purchased from the sitter's father, who himself was 91 years of age at the time of the sale. The anonymous artist who brought this likeness to life has depicted his sitter with a pleasingly calm and knowing expression while the twilight's last remaining embers glow orange above Maine's silhouetted, tree-lined mountains and the sky spreads its nightly blanket upon the countryside.

For Sale: $5,500

Odd Fellows Twelve Piece Folk Art Collection of Fraternal Symbols

Twelve Piece Folk Art Set of Odd Fellows Fraternal Symbols »

Circa 1930-1950: This set of twelve Odd Fellows fraternal symbols recently came out of the lodge in Kewanee Illinois. This is a very special and unique opportunity to acquire a whole set of carved American folk art in one collection. The symbols are fantastic, inclucing the most seen I.O.O.F. gravemaker symbol or emblem, The Chain With Three Links, meaning Friendship, Love, and Truth. Odd Fellows are also known as “The Three Link Fraternity.” Selling as a complete set.

For Sale: $2,400


Antique Uncle Sam Patriotic Nodder Large German Americana Toy

Antique Uncle Sam Patriotic Americana Nodder»

Late Nineteenth Century: This large antique German Uncle Sam nodder is a fantastic find. The great long legs harken to the Palmer Cox Brownie figures of the era. Wonderful Red and White striped pants and a bright yellow vest with little black buttons, a fancy blue tail coat, white gloves and a tall top hat dress up this wonderful antique Americana toy.

For Sale: $1650

Antique Drug Store Paint Decorated 19th Century American Countertop Apothecary Cabinet with Original Surface

Antique American Paint Decorated Apothecary Cabinet »

Circa 1880s: This highly unusual Victorian era countertop apothecary retaining its superb original red and black paint decoration was most probably perched in an old Midwestern pharmacy. The lead weightsthat help the tambour door work properly are signed "Raymond Lead Co. Chicago Ill." and point to the petitie cupboard's Midwestern origins. In 1880, the Raymond Lead Company opened its doors in the windy city a scant eight years after the great Chicago fire, and the dark red and black paint scheme is consistent with furniture made in Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania during that time frame. The cabinet also utilizes both square and round nail construction, which also points to its fourth quarter 19th century origin. A mortar and pestle, the traditional pharmacy trade sign morif, adorns the cabinet's crown and is flanked by a pair of cut out four leaf clovers, a symbol of good luck for whoever might purchase the pharmacy's tinctures. This lovely paint decorated cupboard would make a perfect spice cabinet and would be at home in any fine collection of early American advertising, trade signs, or country store merchandise.

For Sale: $2950

Early 20th Century Antique American Folk Art Whirligig in original paint decoration

Antique American Naive Folk Art Painting Signed W. F. Warren »

Circa 1900-1920: This charmingly naive Massachusetts shoreline landscape depicts an idyllic summer day on the coast with horses, a fisherman, sailboats, houses, barns, trees, and a quaint country lane and showcases prominent and progressive 19th century theologian, philiospher, and university president W. F. Warren's artistic capabilitie, leaving no doubt that Warren was himself a true renaissance man. This wonderful and important piece of Boston University history would fit well in any collection of American folk art or items pertaining to Massachusetts, Boston, or Boston University itself.

For Sale: $1250

Hudson River Valley Historical Staffordshire

Park Theatre, New York | Historical Staffordshire »

Circa 1825-1832: Dark blue Historical Staffordshire ten inch dinner plate with acorn border from Stevenson and Williams.

For Sale: $550

Sleepy Eye Blue and White Decorated Pitcher: Signed and Dated 1910 by Frank Haw

Important Frank Haws Western Stoneware Old Sleepy Eye
Blue & White Folk Art Lunch Hour Pitcher Signed FH 1910 »

Circa 1910: Here is the finest Western Stoneware lunch hour piece we have ever seen. Frank Haws, one of the most prolific, highly skilled, and important of Western's potters, crafted this exuberantly cobalt decorated Old Sleepy Pitcher in 1910. Lunch hour pitchers from Western Stoneware are highly prized, and pieces signed by known potters are extremely rare and desirable. This stunning one of a kind Illinois folk art stoneware pitcher is a fabulopus example of American folk art and could be the centerpiece in any advanced collection of Illinois stoneware or blue and white potttery.

For Sale: $2250

Rare Berlinware Early American Paint Decorated Document Box in Rare Blue Ground, Group Four Berlin Conneticut 19th Century Toleware Tinware for Sale

Rare Berlinware Early American Document Box »

Circa 1810: Paint decorated tinware box with rare blue ground from Berlin Conneticut, attributed to the group IV makers in Berlin, CT.

For Sale: $2795

Antique American Advertising Store Display Tin with Eagle in Red, Gold, Black and White from Denver Colorados 1920s Eagle Mills

Antique Eagle Mills General Store Countertop Spice Tin »

Circa 1920s: This neat 9 ¾” tall by 6 ¾” wide by 5” deep Denver, Colorado, Eagle Mills Pure Ground Country Store Spice Tin is a colorful example of roaring twenties advertising from the Mile High City’s burgeoning Platte River Valley mill industry in the post World War I American West. The bright gold, red, black, and white four-color paint scheme features an aggressive bald eagle standing proudly atop an American stars and bars shield. This tin beckons back to the high running patriotism in the booming economy between the first world war and the stock market crash of 1929. This wonderfully colorful reminder of the early 20th century west will fit perfectly into a country kitchen or country store collection.

For Sale: $225

Folk Art Hooked Rug Horse Antique For Sale

Folk Art Horse Hooked Rug »

Circa 1890-1910: This fabulously folky and naive hooked rug depicts one full-bodied horse and one horse's head. The rug measures 25" by 17 1/2" including its unusual hand woven burlap fringe.

For Sale: $895

Folk Art, Americana, Red White Blue Antique Hooked Rug, early 20th century

1938 Red, White and Blue Folk Art Hooked Rug »

Signed and Dated: EF '38, one of three by the same maker

Circa 1938: Strong and bold graphic content, great clor and whimsical theme, signed by EF '38, one of a trio of folk art hooked rugs by the same artist. Vibrant colors and superb graphic appeal.

For Sale: $550


Folk Art, Americana, Red White Blue Antique Hooked Rug, early 20th century

Folky, Whimsical Vintage Hooked Rug »

Signed: EF, one of three by the same maker

Circa 1930s: Charming and vibrant, signed EF , one of a trio of folk art hooked rugs by the same artist.

For Sale: $450

Rare Antique Sampler from Kokomo Indiana 1854 Woolwork

Historically Important 1819 New York Female Association School Sampler »

Circa 1819: Susan Anderson's rare and important antique American Quaker sampler has distinctive motifs that make it part of the important group of samplers described in Betty Ring's book (Vol ll,page 318) as The New York Female Association School group .What makes this so significant is the naming of the instructress Rebecca Leggett, the needlerwork teacher responsible for creating these highly identifiable motifs documented on the other  known examples.

For Sale: $2750

Antique Mechanical Cast Iron Bank I Always Did Spise a Mule

I Always Did 'Spise a Mule Mechanical Bank »

Circa 1897: Patented to James Bowen on April 72, 1897 and manufactured by Cromwell, Connecticut's J & E Stevens Company , the iconic boy on bench variation of the I Always Did 'Spise a Mule cast iron mechanical bank stands as one of the most recognizable pieces of 19th century Black Americana and is a must have for all collectors of antique mechanical banks and Black Americana.

For Sale: $2,850

Antique Cast Iron Mechanical Bank Rare Yellow Base Variation Spise a Mule 19th Century Stevens Company for Sale

Yellow Base Variation of I Always Did 'Spise a Mule Mechanical Bank »

Circa 1897:This bank retains a high percentage of its original paint and has the highly desirable and eye poppingly graphic yellow base, a feature Dan Morphy notes in his Official Price Guide to Mechanical Banks that makes this classic antique cast iron mechanical bank worth double the value of the standard red base variation in equal condition.

For Sale: $2,950

Previously Sold Pieces:
Antique Paint Decorated Miniature Wooden Firkin in Black and White Marblized Painted Country Primitive Decoration for Sale

Antique Canadian Folk Art Carved Wooden Glaucous-winged Gull »

Circa 1950s: This life-sized glaucoused-winged gull, a bird native of the northwest Pacific coast, is, on one side of its wooden base, signed "Made by Harry Otto / Merchant Marine Transports Boer-War 1898-1902 / Royal Enginners World-War-I / To Mum and Dad from "Bill" Canadian Leagion No. 191 Chemainus. B.C."


1920s Antique Wooden Gameboard Checkers Black Yellow Border Octagonal Cutout For Sale

Deep River, Indiana, Dated Double Sided Paint Decorated Wooden Gameboard »

Circa 1858:This double sided checkerboard and Nine Men's Morris gameboard retains it original mustard and black paint decoration and is inscribed "1858 Deep River, Ind." Hung diagonally, as was its original intention, this wonderfully crazed and aged painted gameboard forms a visually dynamic 23 1/2" x 23 1/2" diamond.


Antique American Felt Needlework Greyhound Whippet Worcester Mass Phillipps

Antique All Original Buddy L 1920s 23" Fire Pumper »

Circa 1925-1929: This handsome 23" 205-A Buddy L Pumper Fire Engine is one of the wildly popular and highly desirable large pressed steel toy vehicles manufactured by Fred Ludahl's Moline Pressed Steel Company in Moline, Illinois, home of the famous John Deere tractor! This example of the fire pumper is the earliest model and is in completely original condition with no missing parts, paint touch-ups, or repairs.


Antique American Five Color Painted Game Board Red Black Gold Green Brown

Antique 4 Color Paint Decorated Patriotic Parcheesi Game Board »

Circa 19th Century: Because of the red, white, and blue color scheme, this double sided Parcheesi and checkers gameboard was most probably made by a professional carriage painter around the time of the 1876 US Centennial. The black dots, lines, and painted edges help make the other colors pop and show off the maker's skill. Measuring a hefty 18" x 17.75", this nearly square antique gameboard has a desirable crazed surface and an eye catching visual appeal that will make it stand out in any setting.


Antique American Folk Art Painting on Board of Eagle on Perch Pennsylvania Origin

Antique American Folk Art Portrait of Palla’s Fish Eagle »

Circa 1900-1925: Measuring 28 ¼” x 17 ¼” including its original frame, this folksy rendition of Haliaeetus Leucoryphus, commonly known as Palla’s fish eagle and native to Asia, is the second example of this anonymous American folk artist’s bird portraits to pass through our hands.


Antique 10th Wedding Anniversary Tin Top Hat Early American 19th Century

Antique Tenth Wedding Anniversary Tin Top Hat »

Circa Second Half 19th Century: In the post Civil War era, it was fashionable for couples to go to the local tinsmith and buy tin objects to present to their spouses for their 10th wedding anniversary, the tin anniversary. A variety of whimsical forms were made: top hats, bonnets, shoes, baskets, musical instruments, and more. These items were meant as keepsakes for this marriage landmark.


Antique Game: Early American Chiromagica: Hand of Fate: McLoughlin Bros. New York: Vintage Game for Sale

Chiromagica or the Hand of Fate: 1903, McLoughlin Bros. NY »

Circa 1903: McLoughlin Brothers second version of the popular question and answer game with moving pointing finger under glass. Striking wizard and eagle atop a globe by the premier chromolithographers at McLoughlin Bros.


Tammany Antique Mechanical Bank For Sale

Eagle and Eaglets Mechanical Bank with Working Bellows»

Circa 1883: Originally marketed as the American Eagle Bank and the Eagle Bank, the Eagle and Eaglets portrays our national symbol feeding her young and serves as a metaphor for our government continually nourishing its nest of citizens with the opportunity for financial growth through saving money a penny at a time.


Fallows Antique Early American Tin Toy Painted Horse Bell Pull Articulated 1880s

James Fallows Horse on Elevated Platform  »

Circa 1880: This rare and exceptional antique early American painted tin horse articulated bell toy on an elevated platform in spectacular original paint with no touch-ups manufactured by the celebrated 19th century Philadelphia PA toy maker James Fellows measures a hefty 8" long, 6.5" tall, and 3.5" wide. The horse's large 2.25" diameter bell chimes loudly on its articulated base as it "gallops" across the terrain, and one can imagine the joy it brought to the child who first pulled it carefully along the floor behind him.


19th Century 5 Color Checkerboard with Slate Blue Gray Border Paint Decorated Antique Wooden Parcheesi Gameboard

19th Century 5 Color Checkerboard with Slate Blue Gray Border »

Circa 19th Century: Measuring just about 18" square, this checkerboardboard is an exceptional example of folk art paint decorated antique wooden gameboards. The appealing slate blue gray border with decorated white freehand border pattern graphically frames the graphic and unusual checkered central field. Chrome yellow, white, black, gold, and deep blue are used conservatively cover the surface to create a modern Escher-like feel with the gameboard's great positive and negative visual play.


Antique Horse Drawn Pull Toy Yellow Kid Mickey Dugan Drumming Clown on Wagon For Sale

Antique Yellow Kid Drummer on Horse Drawn Wagon Pull Toy»

Circa 1900: The toy features Yellow Kid dressed as a parade or circus clown in red and white face paint and a multi-colored gown (he was not always dressed in yellow as historic comic strips show) toting a bass drum, mallet, and cymbals atop a wooden platform pulled by a tin litho horse. As the toy moves, Yellow Kid strikes his drum and clashes his cymbals. Note, too, that this complex early American pull toy is constructed of wood, metal, compostion, and cloth with hand painted facial features, a painted platform, painted tin wheels, and a tin lithographed horse, making it a true mixed media wonder.


Antique Wooden Painted Trade Sign 1920s Gypsy Snake Oil Traveling Medicine Show Sign For Sale From Z and K Antiques

Original Arkansas Traveling Medicine Show Snake Oil Trade Sign »

Circa 1920s: Step right up! Here is an eye catching piece of antique advertising that hearkens us back to the days when traveling medicine shows creaked through the small towns of the rural American countryside and the barkers, perched atop their wagons, peddled their cure-alls to the gathering crowds. Our research indicates that there was one Chular family and one Anwor family residing in Arkansas in the 1920s.


Antique Uncle Sam Cast Iron Mechanical Bank

Antique Cast Iron
Uncle Sam Mechanical Bank »

Circa 1886: Shepard Hardware's Uncle Sam mechanical bank is the most widely recognized patriotic 19th century toy, which makes it highly prized among today's collectors of mechanical banks, cast iron toys, and patriotic Americana. This iconic mechanical bank is in completely original condition with no repairs and all original paint. This is a very fine bank in exellent condition.


Antique Patriotic Americana Old Glory Coffee MIll With 45 Star Flag Theodore Roosevelt Rough Riders on Horseback For Sale From Z and K Antiques

Patriotic Old Glory Coffee Grinder from the Bronson-Walton Company, Cleveland, Ohio »

Circa First Decade 20th Century: Theodore Roosevelt became an instant American hero in 1898 when he gave up his post as the U.S. Navy's Assistant Secretary in order to form the Rough Riders, the first volunteer cavalry of the brief Spanish-American War. While Roosevelt rose in popularity and rode the wave of nationalism that resulted from both our victory in the war with Spain and McKinley's untimely assassination, many companies promoted Rooselvelt's image and accomplishments to brand their products for the American market.


Wilkins Cast Iron Horse Drawn Broadway Lines Trolley Car  Circa 1890-1894

Wilkins Cast Iron Horse Drawn Broadway Trolley Car »

Circa 1890-1894 | Wilkins Cast Iron Horse Drawn Broadway Lines Trolley Car with white horse.


Tammany Antique Mechanical Bank For Sale

Original Paint Decorated Cast Iron Tammany Mechanical Bank »

Circa 1873: One of the most popular mechanical banks ever produced, the J. & E. Stevens Company Tammany mechanical bank portrays crooked New York politician William M. "Boss" Tweed and retains over 90% of its original paint, an unusually high amount for this particular bank.


Original Blue Paint 18th Century New England Firkin For Sale

18th Century New England Sugar Bucket in Original Blue Paint »

Circa Late 18th Century: It is truly rare to find an 18th century firkin in its first paint, and this superbly constructed early American blue sugar bucket fits the bill. Measuring 10.25" tall and having a bottom diameter of 12.25" and a top diameter of 11.5", this country primitive firkin with interlocking lap joint construction retains its first painted surface and, amazingly, has not been scraped down or overpainted.


Jack of Hearts Folk Art Paint Decorated Playing Cards Box For Sale From Z and K Antiques

19th Century Folk Art Hand Painted Jack of Clubs Playing Cards Box »

Circa 1880s: Parlor games were at the height of popularity in the late nineteenth century, and this terrific 5.25" wide x 8.75 long x 1.5" deep folk art painted and marbleized paper covered wooden box was meant to hold a deck of oversized playing cards. The highlight of this 19th century pine box is, of course, the hand painted foppish blonde-haired and blue-eyed jack of clubs box top in its highly whimsical and extremely complex seven-color paint scheme.


Stump Speaker Antique 19th Century Original Cast Iron Painted Mechanical Bank For Sale Black Americana

Antique Cast Iron "Stump Speaker" Mechanical Bank »

Circa 1886: Designed by Charles Shepard and Peter Adams Jr., the Stump Speaker is perhaps the greatest Black Americana mechanical bank ever produced. The Stump Speaker, adorned with his tiny and comical tophat and bright green suit, stands on a four by five inch grey, red and gold base.


Rare Midwestern Antique American Tin Litho Advertising: 1920s Sweet Girl Brand Peanut Butter Tin

Scarce Sweet Girl Brand Peanut Butter One Pound Tin »

Circa 1920s: Distributed in the Midwestern United States by the Geo. Rasmussen Co. of Chicago IL, Minneapolis MN, Milwaukee WI, and Des Moines IA, this eye catching one pound bail handled Sweet Girl Peanut Butter tin is a fabulous and hard to find example of early 20th century American tin lithograph advertising with its patriotic red, white, and blue color scheme on a soft baby blue ground.


Antique 1920s Four Color Wooden Trade Sign with Wrought Iron Frame

1920s Wooden River Room Trade Sign »

Circa 1920s: Measuring a substantive 60" wide by 15 1/2" tall, this beautiful four-color cut out River Room trade sign in its original custom made metal frame almost certainly hung in the River Room, a cafe in St. Paul, Minnesota's famous Dayton's department store.


Buster Brown R Bliss School's Out Paper Litho Target Game For Sale from Z and K Antiques

Buster Brown School's Out Dart Board Target Game »

Circa 1902-1914: This Bliss paper litho on wood target game portrays Buster Brown in a messenger outfit, Mary Jane in a dress with a comical oversized bow, and Tige squeezing a pair of schoolbooks and sporting a party hat, the three of them caught forever winking at each other and ready to begin one of their famous pranks.


Dark Town Battery Mechanical Bank For Sale

Dark Town Battery Mechanical Bank »

Circa 1888: Originally advertised as the Base Ball Bank, James H. Bowen’s superbly designed Dark Town Battery was manufactured and distributed by Cromwell, Connecticut’s J. & E. Stevens Company and stands as a lasting celebration of America’s first professional Negro Baseball League in 1887. This immensely popular and highly desirable mechanical bank is the finest piece of 19th century sporting Black Americana ever produced, and this example features and incredibly vibrant and nearly complete untouched paint decorated surface.



Double Sided Parcheesi and Checkers Antique Game Board

Double Sided Parcheesi / Checkers Board in Original Paint »

Circa 1870s: Both sides of this striking 15 3/4" square nine-color antique game board are incredibly graphic with super visual pop, high contrast, and the best original painted surface. The wonderful star corner blocks on the Parcheesi board attract the eye, point the viewer to the game's central home square, and symbolize America's centennial anniversary and the coming together of a healing nation in the decade after the Civil War. The reverse is equally pleasing with its checkerboard and its spectacular dry and undisturbed first surface.


Full Bodied Harris and Company Dexter Running Horse Weathervane For Sale

Signed Harris and Co. Dexter Full-Bodied Running Horse Weathervane »

Circa Late 19th Century: This 27" Harris running horse weathervane is constructed of molded gilt copper, has zinc ears, and is stamped "HARRIS and Co." in tiny letters on one side of the horse. The vane is 18 1/2" tall mounted on its museum stand and has a superb original surface. A single bullet hole has been repaired on one side of the weathervane. The conditon, patina, and originality of this handsome 19th century Boston MA weathervane from one of the premier manufacturers of its day is absolutely superb.


Antique Mechanical Cast Iron Clown on Globe Bank in Original Paint

Antique Mechanical Painted Cast Iron Clown on Globe Bank »

Very nice, working, original condition on this Antique Mechanical Clown on Globe Bank. Yellow based version also sports a unique ruffle, hat and costume combination.



Antique Gameboard Double Sided Paint Decorated Patriotic American Flags 19th Century

Antique American Double Sided Gameboard with Hand Painted
Scenes and Patriotic Shields »

Last Quarter 19th Century: Double sided gameboard with checkers on one side, embellished with four different hand painted scenes and patriotic flag and stars shields with excessive flourishes. The reverse is equally stunning with graphic and bold backgammon in orange, green, yellow and black with exhuberant and highly skilled flourishes. This gameboard is a delight, and of a rare, high calibar that doesn't surface frequently. Just acquired. Measures roughly 17" square


Antique Folk Art Patriotic Americana Civil War Footstool Original Paint Surface Decoration Red Brown Gold

Folk Art Soldier's Home Paint Decorated Footstool »

Circa 1880s: This patriotic footstool was made in a Soldier's Home by a disabled Union veteran of the Civil War, retains its original polychromatic painted surface, and measures in the neighborhood of 12" wide and 10" tall.



Antique Abe Lincoln Carved Bust Patriotic Historical Americana Abe Abraham Memorialbila For Sale

Abe Lincoln Carved Bust »

Circa 1900-1920: Measuring 9 ½” tall and 5” wide, this exquisitely rendered and beautifully painted one piece wooden bust of President Abraham Lincoln is a prime example of the patriotic folk art created around the celebration of our 16th President’s 100th birthday in 1909 when sparks of nationalistic pride ignited across the country. Lincoln’s bust was even unveiled on the penny that year, and other images of our first assassinated leader appeared on prints, advertisements, bookends, pottery, and a wide assortment of mass-produced goods. It follows, of course, that anonymous untrained American folk artists also paid tribute to Honest Abe with their one of a kind handmade objects.


Patriotic GAR Oil on Canvas with Eagle, Flags, and Cannons: Antique American Folk Art Painting

Antique Folk Art Patriotic Americana Painting (GAR) »

Circa 1880s: Oil on canvas Americana painting with eagle on sheild, flags and cannons. Great whimsical and naive composition repeating cross shapes.


Americana Folk Art Antique American Trade Sign Barber Pole

Painted Wooden Barber Pole Antique Trade Sign »

Circa 1900-1925: This handsome red and white striped antique Barber Pole has great visual appeal and is small enough to fit just about anywhere. This fine early trade sign will compliment any collection of American folk art or Americana.


American Folk Art of Archie Zimmerman

Archie Zimmerman Folk Art Collection »

This sizable museum quality collection is truly a treasure trove of American polychromatic folk art, all hand made by Plumville, Pennsylvania born carver Archie Zimmerman (1861-1961).

Archie Zimmerman Folk Art Collection

Unusual Americana

Early Americana and Other Fine American Antiques