Gould Auction Company announces a MARKET FRESH Auction of Fine ANTIQUES to be held on SATURDAY DECEMBER 7, 2013 at the GARDINER, MAINE SPORTSMAN’S CLUB commencing at 12 O’CLOCK NOON. PREVIEW will be held on Friday December 6 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and also day of sale from 8 a.m. to Noon. Please visit our website at for color photographs and additional information.
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This auction will feature SEVERAL EXTRAORDINARY EXAMPLES of 18th Century CREWEL WORK from the COLLECTION of the noted American Crewel Work Scholar and Author MARTHA GENUNG STEARNS whose 1940hardcover book (reprinted 1963), titled "HOMESPUN and BLUE" was one of the earliest publications on the subject. Included in the MARTHA STEARNS collection are items pictured in her book, such as the REMARKABLE 18TH Century CREWEL DECORATED SEWALL FAMILY BLANKET which exhibits crewel embroidered vignettes that are symbolic of a burgeoning America! Also included is a most amazing 18th century Crewel Decorated and tufted Strawberry decorated reticule or ladies pocket that is of smashingly bold colors and exquisite composition; An extremely rare and Large 18th Century Crewel Decorated Gentleman's "Work Bag" with eye dazzling, brightly colored flora and vine decoration; A DATED Flame Stitch Gentleman's purse with "PHINEHAS CARLTON 1771" worked into its interior (Phineas Carlton was an 18th century Bradford, Mass. distiller and Town Constable of whom much is known); Also "DREAMY" 18th Century Crewel Decorated Canopy Bed Valence Panel which is stupendously decorated with boldly colored animals, birds, fish, geese, trees and flowers which play along beautifully composed and winding stream bed........and more!!!
Other HIGHLIGHTS in their categories include:PERIOD COUNTRY and FORMAL FURNITURE: Superb Delicately Turned Leg 18th Century MAINE Tavern Table with a Breadboard Ended Top and wonderful old surface; Fine Step Back Bucket Bench in Original Apple Green Paint having Picture Frame Molded Trim; An excellent Original Red Painted NEW HAMPSHIRE Dry Sink dated April 1st, 1845; An Outstanding and Original BREMEN, MAINE Single Door Hanging Cupboard in Original Red Paint; Fine NEW HAMPSHIRE 18th Century Splayed Leg Stretcher Base Tavern Table with circular top; Superb Folk Art Paint Decorated Light Stand with Multi Colored Geometric Patterns; Fine Early "Whale End" Shelf in Original Surface; Fine set of 6 Paint Decorated Thumb Back Chairs; Unsigned New England Cherry Wood Tall Case Clock; Large Maine Single Door Cupboard in Original Green Paint with Paint Decorated Door; Large Bannister Back Armchair in old surface; Excellent Paint Decorated PA style Deacon's Bench; Combed Arrowback Armchair; SUPERB Multi Drawer New England Cobbler's Bench in Outstanding Original Red Paint; Early 2 Door Blue Painted Corner Cupboard; Several Fine Tapered and Turned Leg One & Two Drawer Stands; Federal Period Boston Lift Top Curio Cabinet having Ball & Claw Feet and Original Wallpaper Interior; Mahogany Tall Case Clock; Elisha Hotchkiss Wooden Works Split Column Mantle Clock; Chippendale Governor Winthrop Desk; Matched Pair of VERY EARLY Italian Carved Columns; Outstanding Early Lacquered Sewing Cabinet with "Japanned" Surface; (2) Maine Queen Anne Snake Foot Candle Stands in Original Surface; Fine Paint Decorated PA Style Deacon's Bench; Signed Mt. Lebanon Shaker Stool in fine ORIGINAL SURFACE; Bootjack End Blanket Box in Old Paint; Marketry Inlaid Parlor Stand by A.E. Lothrop; Early Pine 4 Door Corner Cupboard; Set of 6 Paint Decorated Rush Seated Ladderback Chairs; Small Early Primitive Bucket Bench; Small Splayed Leg Country Tea Table; Mahogany Corner Wash Stand; Superb Early Maine Double Door Hanging Cupboard in Original Red Paint; Early Maine Hooded Cradle in Original Red Paint; Fine Victorian Cast Iron 3 Piece Garden Urn signed "Oakes"; Paint Decorated Advertising Porch Column "D.V. B.S. BLAST OFF JULY 6"; Country Pine Wash Stand in Original Paint with Sandwich Glass Drawer Pull; Set 4 Birdseye Maple American Empire Saber Leg Chairs; Windsor Armed Rocking Chair; Early Shoe Foot Drying Rack; Armed Ladderback Rocker in great Original Red; Early "Make Do" Open Hanging Cupboard; Unusual Palm Leaf Day Bed and more!
FOLK ART and COUNTRY ACCESSORIES: An Outstanding Red Painted Single Drawer New England Wall Box in IMMACULATE SURFACE and CONDITION; Excellent Small Carved Wooden Rooster Weather Vane in Original Paint; SUPERB geometrically wooden mullioned window in mustard yellow paint; Fine Early Maine Turned BURL BOWL; Tiny Maine Oval Shaker Box in Outstanding Original Lipstick Red Paint (found alongside the wonderful Mt. Lebanon box that we sold in our July auction); Miniature Tiger Maple Blanket Box with Chippendale Bracket Base; Several EXCELLENT painted wooden CHECKERBOARDS; Large carved and painted "POINTING FINGER" Trade Sign; Superb vertically splayed lidded Wooden Bucket having lapped bands and ORIGINAL POWDER BLUE PAINT; Fine Crooked Knife with Relief Carved Beaver atop handle; A fine selection of OLD wooden ADVERTISING SIGNS in original paint to include: Lg. Wooden Arrow Sign "PILOT'S GRILLE"; "W.A. NAMEY" Portland, Maine Tailors "Corner" Sign; "R.W. MESSER" (19TH century Country Store in Rockland, Maine); "H. G. STRATTON WATCHMAKER"; "COAL"; "KALUNIANS"; "DELLDANA"; "SPAULDING & SPAULDING PALMER GRADUATE CHIROPRACTORS"; "BUNGALOWS FOR RENT" and "HOME SWEET HOME"; "NONESUCH RIVER SCARBORO"; Small Early White Painted Wall Hanging Carved American Eagle in outstanding original surface; "HORSES AT WALK" (early covered bridge entrance sign); "BEER and ALE"; Several Early Child's Sleds in Original Paint Decoration; Superb Early Decoupage Schoolgirl's Pencil Box; Fine Oblong Wooden Chopping Tray in Original BLUE PAINT; Several Painted and PAINT DECORATED Document and Storage Boxes; Outstanding selection of PANTRY BOXES in ORIGINAL paint;Large Oval Fingered Shaker Box; Wonderful 19th century folding workman's ladder and portable work table in original blue paint; Small Pig Weathervane;Large selection of figural ice cream/candy molds; Fine Paint Decorated Maine Indian Basket; Pr. Small Maine Red & Black painted Indian Clubs; Carved and painted Wooden Eagle by Boston Artistic Carving Company; Small Primitive Watercolor Portrait in Original Lemon Gold Frame; Pr. Folk Art carved & painted Pheasants; Small painted wooden keg; (2) Early Decorated Tin Coffee Pots (one in red paint); Fine Paint Decorated Tin Tray; Early Bronze Spoon Mold; Small Folk Art carving of Dog; Walnut Spool Cabinet "GOFF'S BEST BRAID MADE"; Nice selection of early baskets to include Maine, Indian and painted examples; Toy Pond Model of an ICE BOAT; Fraternal Staff in Red, White & Blue; Paint Decorated Sled Top; Cast Iron "Top Hat" Spittoon; Carved Walnut Cookie Mold; Large Cast Bronze Wall Hanging Eagle; Early Cast Iron Fountain Finial; Small Table Top Paint Decorated Barber's Cabinet; (2) Folk Art Songbird Carvings by MYLES S. WESTON (Thomaston, ME 1898-1989); Large EARLY Garden Watering Can; Large Patent Dated 1879 Brass Squirrel Cage: (2) Early Metal "HEART" Door Mats; Early Red Painted Doll's Cradle; Small Early Framed Phillips, Maine Charcoal Drawing on Sandpaper; Colorful Moosehead Lake, Maine Lithograph in Original Frame; (2) Painted Maine Apple Baskets; Rocking Horse in Glider Frame; Early Dutch Brass Tobacco Box; Unusual Early Oval Pantry Box with elongated sculptural fingers; Matched Pair 18th Century Sculptural Wrought Iron Cupboard Door Hinges; Tramp Art Wall Box and more!
CAMP, CABIN & RUSTIC FURNITURE & ACCESSORIES: Several OLD HICKORY pieces to include a breakfast table, (2) rocking chairs and (2) straight chairs; Fine "Adirondack" Twig Style Settee; Matched Pair of "Adirondack" Plant Stands in Original Paint; Superb Indian made Center Hole Fishing Creel in Original Green Paint;Wall hanging Fish Carving signed I. Wagner Norwalk, Conn. 1937; Early Framed OOC of Striped Bass and Atlantic Salmon; Mounted, Carved and Painted Brook Trout and more! NATIVE AMERICAN INDIAN ITEMS: A fine Penobscot Indian Club with likeness of Moose Head and Bird Head;Superb Canvas Covered Paint Decorated Maine Indian Pack Basket;SeveralIndian made pack baskets in Original Paint; Snowshoes in Original Paint; Several Pieces of Early Maine Indian Birch Bark to include Boxes, Baskets & Picture Frames; Eye Dazzler Navajo Rug and more! DECOYS, BIRD CARVINGS & SPORTING ITEMS: RARE Premier Grade MASON REDHEAD HEN Decoy; Fine Matched Pair of Bluebill Decoys in Original Paint (signed illegibly); Nicely Painted Pigeon Decoys; Miniature Songbird Carvings; Pr. Carved & Painted Pheasants; Outstanding Early Maine Indian Made Center Hole Trout Creel in Windsor Green Paint; Several Fine Painted Pack Baskets and more!PAINTINGS, PRINTS and other ARTWORK:A framed SUPERB & Large unsigned Oval Still Life OOC attributed to SEVERIN ROESEN (Am. 1815-1872); Ink & Wash "Black & White Jungle" by DAHLOV IPCAR (Am. 1917-); Pastel Landscape by EDMUND DARCH LEWIS (Am. 1835-1910); OOC Gloucester Harbor Scene by PAUL GOODRIDGE (Am. 1912-1991); Outstanding OOB European Farmyard Scene; Large Farmed Print "1878 Birdseye View of GARDINER and PITTSTON, MAINE"; Small Impressionist framed Italian Street Scene by BIANCA CIAPPA (Italy 20th century)Very EARLY OOC of a mounted Continental Military Officer; Small Early Hudson River Valley OOC in Original Lemon Gold Frame; Small framed OOC of Sitting Cat signed "L.B. 1904"; Pair of Early Unsigned Framed Oval OOC Landscapes; Large Farmed Print "1890 Birdseye View of WALDOBORO, MAINE"; Large Watercolor Caribbean Port Scene signed E.B. (Elizabeth Boardman) WARREN (Am. 1886-1980) and more. CIVIL WAR, ANTIQUE FIREARMS and MILITARIA:A RECENTLY DISCOVERED, RARE & IMPORTANT SOUTH CAROLINA CIVIL WAR SECESSION BANNER with important SC provenance; An IMMACULATE CIVIL WAR U.S. MODEL 1863 COLT TYPE II RIFLE MUSKET w BAYONET (lock plate date 1864); Superb Model 1884 U.S. SPRINGFIELD TRAPDOOR MUSKET; 1862 CIVIL WAR PRESENTATION SWORD to LIEUT. ISAAC M. POTTER (Veteran of 1st Bull Run with 1st RI Inf.) of the 3rd RHODE ISLAND HEAVY ARTILLERY; Civil War Model 1860 Light Cavalry Officer's Sword and Scabbard; Nice Scrimshaw Powder Horn dated 1795; Early U.S. Eagle Head Militia Sword with Ivory Grip; Excellent Model 1901 WINCHESTER 10 GAUGE SIGNAL CANNON & CARRIAGE; (2) Old WINCHESTER ADVERTISING POSTERS; Civil War Soldier Tintype Photos; Early Home Crafted Civil War Drummer Boy Uniform; RARE Immaculate SEALED BOX .45 - 70 WINCHESTER AMMUNITION; Early Brass Military Canteens; U.S. Leather "McKeever" .45-70 Ammo Case; Gun Powder and Percussion Cap Tinsand more! EARLY NAUTICAL Items:Several Fine Early Sea Chests; RARE Large Framed Advertising Broadside BOSTON & BANGOR STEAMSHIP COMPANY and the SIDE WHEEL STEAMSHIP PENOBSCOT; Early Sea Chest Lid w Painted Clipper Ship on underside; Old OIL PAINTING on Sailor Knotted Sail Cloth of CAMDEN, MAINE SCHOONER LAURA A. BARNES; RARE Nautical Chart Box with Becket Handles; Several Nautical Dioramas; Paint Decorated Nautical Compass Box; SUPERB Large Wooden Ocean liner Model of the QUEEN MARY; Folk Art carved and painted 19th c. Ship Model of the HAMILTON FISH of WALDOBORO, MAINE; Several FINE & EARLY Painted Sea Chests; Small Relief Carved Nautical Diorama of the ship RED JACKET signed L.H. Thomas 1934 (Rockland, Maine); Unusual Revolving Table Top Walnut Cased Nautical "Station Masters Guide" with Maine Destinations; BEST Early Ship Captains Slate Tablet in raised panel frame and more! EARLY LIGHTING, WROUGHT IRON, PEWTER & HEARTH ITEMS: HUGE Early "Onion" Style Lantern in Original Worn Mustard Yellow Paint;Fine Pair of Early Whale Oil Lamps with Green Glass Fonts; Wooden Handled Wrought Iron Toaster, "Cut to Clear" Cobalt Blue Whale Oil Lamp;Several nice EARLY wrought iron Toasters & Broilers; Pair 18th Century Brass Candlesticks; Fine Bold Boston Brass Andirons; 18th Century Wrought Iron Pipe Tongs; Peels and Dippers, Pierced Tin Foot Warmer, (2) Early Pewter Porringers; Brass Bed Warmer (with decorated handle) all found in an early home near Readfield, Maine; Cobalt Blue Coolidge Drape Pattern Kerosene Table Lamp and more!GLASS & CHINA:Ten Pieces Early Mocha; Early Soft Paste Transferware Serving Pieces to include an IMMACULATE T. MAYER Large Brown on White Platter in the ORIENTAL SCENERY pattern; an IMMACULATE R. HALL Large Brown on White COVERED VEBETABLE in the PARISIAN CHATEAU pattern; FLOW BLUE Wash Bowl & Pitcher; Flow Blue Covered Vegetable; (2) Salopian Cups & Saucers; A fine Soft Paste Sunderland Jug; Chinese Export Coffee Pot; BOTTLES:(2) Figural "Brown's Indian Herb Bitters" Bottles; Minty Bangor, Maine Open Pontil "Dr. Manley Hardy Jaundice Bitters" bottle; Fine "Harden Hand Grenade" Fire Extinguisher in SKY BLUE; Several Early Gin Bottles; Warner's Safe Cure w Label and more! AMERICAN STONEWARE, POTTERY and REDWARE:A RARE & OUTSTANDING Bristol County, Massachusetts Redware Bank in a REMARKABLE Kelly Green Glaze; NICE Selection of Early MOCHA to include Earthworm Mug and Pitcher along with Seaweed Decorated and Fine Banded Examples; (2) Outstanding Large Blue Spongeware Milk Pitchers; H. Thompson - Gardiner, Maine 1 Gallon Ovoid Jug with Cobalt Decoration (damage); Lyman & Clark Gardiner, Maine Ovoid Crock w Umber Decoration (damage); Nested Set 3 Blue Spongeware Bowls; Unusual small flat sided Redware Jug and more! RUGS, QUILTS and TEXTILES: Several EXTRAORDINARY EXAMPLES of 18th Century CREWEL WORKandFLAME STITCH from the COLLECTION of the noted American Needlework Scholar and Author MARTHA GENUNG STEARNS as mentioned above. Exquisite 19th Century Maine Hooked Rug with BOLD Strawberry Pattern; Fine MAINE LINSY WOOLSY with rare pieced border; Several Early Oriental Rugs including an EARLY Oriental SARAB Runner (damaged); 1840 GEORGETOWN, MAINE Schoolgirl SAMPLER; Large colorful Hooked Rug of Prancing Horse; Large Early Geometric Hooked Rug; Old "Tied" Quilt in folky SCHOOLHOUSE pattern; Fine 19th Century Crib Quilt; Framed Silk Needlework of American Eagle and more!EARLY TOYS and CAST IRON BANKS: A fine selection of Cast Iron Mechanical & Still Banks in Original Paint to include Kicking Donkey, Eagle & Eaglets, Owl; Indian & Tee Pee; Sitting Indian Chief; A Fine Small Architectural Bank in the BEST original Red, White & Blue Paint; WW1 Army Tank Still Bank; (2) EARLY Horseless Carriage "Hill Climber" Toys with Riders; Painted & Stenciled Doll's Size Wooden Runner Push Sled; Doll's Cradle in Red Paint and more! ANTIQUE TOOLS:Superb LABELED FABIAN LOG CALIPER with GROVER wheel;19th Century Tool Chest with "Carriage Paint" decoration "H.L. LOWEL CHESTERVILLE, MAINE"; 18th Century "Bird Cage" Bit Brace with Boylston, MA provenance;19th Century Wrought Iron Bit Brace with many drills; Wooden Molding Planes;Large early signed wooden compass scribe; Long Handled Cranberry Rake in Original Blue Paint and more! ITEMS of SPECIAL INTEREST: A recent discovery of several DEATH MASK sculptures of noted ATLANTA, GEORGIA STATESMEN by the pioneering death mask sculptorORION FRAZEE (Am. died 1915). Among the identified masks are such Atlanta and other Georgia notables as HENRY W. GRADY, ROBERT TOOMBS, LEMUEL GRANT and RICHARD PETERS; Framed ca. 1860 MAP of MAINE by A.J. COOLODGE; Cold Painted Figural Lawn Sprinkler in the form of a Duck; Centennial "Thirteen Ball" Federal Mirror in Fine Gilded Surface; E. Ingraham Calendar Dial Regulator Clock and more!