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16.32  EAGLE CARVING.   Authentic 19th century wood sculpture of a fiercely patriotic American eagle carved in high relief.  This imposing antique carving depicts the iconic spread-winged symbol perched on a flowing banner with foliate ends.  The representation of the eagle’s plumage is beautifully expressed and his talons show realistic detail.  This period carving retains its original gilded finish (not paint) in beautiful original condition showing its age.  The back of the carving retains its original paint.  Bare wood scarcely shows, but it appears to be two thick pine panels laminated together.  A later metal brace assures stability, but there is no evidence of cracking or separation.  Interestingly, both sides of the eagle’s wings are notched out on the back, presumably to fit within a larger presentation, possibly a sailing ship’s sternboard.  The carving measures a manageable 26 inches wide and 15 inches high.  It has a depth o f 10 ½ inches.  Outstanding, original, untouched condition.  This would make a splendid focal piece on a back bar, over door, or above fireplace statement!  1985  Special Packaging


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16.35  DOMINOE SET.  Authentic 19th century gaming device in the form of 28 dominoes contained in their original box.  This particularly handsome full set is comprised of 28 pieces of whalebone and ebony tablets laminated together with brass rivets.  It contains unusually large domino pieces, each measuring 2 ¼ inches long by 1 1/8 inches wide and an amazing ½ inch thick!   The gaming pieces are contained in their original dove-tailed hardwood box with machine dove-tailing.  The sliding lid cover operates properly.  The box measures 9 inches long by 3 inches wide and is 2 ½ inches thick.  These measurements indicate British or Western world origins of the era.  Absolutely outstanding condition in all respects.  This is the largest, and nicest such set we have encountered in our 40+ years. SOLD


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16.34   ELEPHANT WALL DECORATIONS.  Scarce, mid-century or earlier matched pair of genuine African wall hangings made from authentic materials.  This set is uniquely carved from dense, solid African ebony with the elephants’ features carved from real ivory.  These charming effigies portray a sense of admiration, kinship and respect that could only have been produced by the native artisans intimately familiar with their subjects. Very sturdy, solid construction measuring 5 inches tall exclusive of the hanging rings and 5 3/8 inches wide inclusive of the tusks. Dense, very heavy. Excellent original condition. Guaranteed to be of the period.  349/pr

This pair was undoubtedly carved by forward looking African tribes who experienced an ever increasing tourist trade from the Western world in the early 1900’s.  The materials used were indigenous and the workmanship was native.  The manufacture of this rare pair far predates worldwide concerns of both the African elephant species and the equally scarce rich tropical hardwoods from the region.  Thankfully, efforts and laws are now in place to protect both.  As such, this is a rare opportunity to acquire authentic antique tribal artworks made long before the modern ban.

Not available or for sale in California.  Shipped from Massachusetts.


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16.31  VERY EARLY MAP.  Early 18th century depiction of the Western hemisphere showing California soon after it was determined NOT to be an island!  This colorful and exceptionally detailed rendering was done by the famous French cartographer “Guillaume Delisle premier Geographe de SA MAJESTETE de I’Académie Royals des Sciences A PARIS” as indicated in the elaborate cartouche in the lower left.  This original engraving depicts the North and South American hemisphere along with a portion of Europe and northwestern Africa in amazing detail.  Printed long before the emergence of color lithography, the presentation is beautifully hand-colored.to accentuate borders and territories of the age.  The identifying inscriptions are in French, but the map names are very recognizable.  Drawn from the works of earlier cartographers, this rendition still depicts some of the fanciful, non-existent islands in the North Atlantic dating back to the 1500’s!  The representations of North America are obviously flawed, and charmingly incorrect – an obvious indicator of the lack of exploration up to the mid-1700’s and later.  This original map with indicative engraving plate impressions on its borders measures 27 ½ inches wide by 21 ½ inches high sight.  It is housed under special non-reflective UV glass in a high quality custom wooden frame with gold highlights measuring 31 ½ inches wide by 24 ¼ inches high.  The reverse bears the modern framer’s label of “Strawberry Hill Antiques, Alexandria, Virginia.”  2195 Special Packaging

Carte d'Amerique, 1745. Guillaume Del'isle (1675-1726)
Carte d'Amerique, dressee pour l'usage du Roy. Par Guillaume Del'isle, premier Geographe de Sa Majeste de l'Academie Royale des Sciences. A Paris, chez l'Auteur sur le Quay de l'Horloge, avec Privilege (1722). This later state was published in Paris in 1745 by Philippe Buache de la Neuville (1700-1773).


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16.30  ORNATE CONVEX MIRROR.   Classic mid-19th century gilded Federal-style foliate wall mirror.  Sometime referred to as “girandole,” this handsome hand-carved wall hanger retains its beautiful original gilt surfaces.  The large convex mirror is free from damage but does show minor irregularities evidencing its early manufacture over 160 years ago.  It is encircled by a total of 16 golden orbs which encompass the scalloped ebonized frame.  Of particular note are the exceptional carved decorations top and bottom.  The piece-de-resistance is of course its handsome, realistically-carved American eagle perched at the apex.  36 ½ inches high by 23 ¾ inches wide.  The eagle protrudes 5 ½ inches.  Condition is excellent and original.  1695

Special Packaging Due to its large size and potential fragility, custom packaging is required.

Currently, an on-line retailer is selling a contemporarily-made mirror described as a “Regency Girandole Convex Mirror” for $4,656!

https://thefederalistonline.com/products/regency-girandole-convex-mirrors-with-eagle-and-decorations-mc-9


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16.28  SNUFF BOX.   Exquisite early 1800's personal box carved from horn with an unusual hinged lid.  The unique hinge is actually carved top and bottom out of contiguous material.  There is no metal.  The hinge is part of the box!  The body of the lid is also carved from horn with a layer of decorative tortoise shell laminated on top.   Crowning the presentation is a very delicate and elaborate inlay of silver wire with an oval cartouche.   The workmanship lavished on this piece is of exceptional quality.   We have never seen better! 349


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16.25  EARLY "BLACK GLASS" BOTTLE.   Genuine "black glass" wine bottle from the 1700's.  This hand-blown vessel is surprisingly heavy with telltale swirling surfaces and indented blown "pontil" on the bottom.   The glass is nearly opaque but bright light as from the sun can be seen passing through it.   8 ¼ inches tall by 2 ¾ inches in diameter.  Excellent condition with no flaws.  Our research indicates this type of bottle was made from 1770 to 1800.  69


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16.26  MINIATURE ANTIQUE BOTTLE.  Charming brown glass bottle standing a mere 4 ¾ inches tall by 1 ¼ inches in diameter.  This molded bottle is made of very thick irregular glass and dates from the Civil War era or earlier.  29


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16.24  19th CENTURY GLOBE.  Authentic second half of the 1800's terrestrial globe of French manufacture.  The globe is signed in the South Pacific "G. THOMAS Éditeur =PARIS= 44, Rue N.-D.  (Fabrication Francaise)."  This 5 inch variety world globe was made in the traditional way with a plaster core overlaid by 12 chromolithographed paper gores.  The quality and detail for a globe of this size is really amazing.  The globe is supported on its original ebonized turned wooden stand with brass fittings.  11 ¾ inches tall by 6 inches in diameter on the base.  Outstanding original condition.  An absolute "gem" for desk, library or display shelf!  895

In the offerings of noted scientific instrument dealer "Tesseract," a similar 6 inch terrestrial globe, item 1, sold for $950 a quarter of a century ago from catalog 52, Spring of 1996.  (A dollar in 1996 was worth $1.78 today, or $1,691.00.  The price was about double back then what it is now, and this is 25 years older!).

"Thomas, G., Paris," is listed as a late 19th century publisher in Elly Dekker and Peter van Der Krogt's reference book "Globes From The Western World," 1991 Zwemmer, Philip Wilson Publishers, Ltd., London."  A nearly identical globe is featured on the cover of that book.


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16.23  FERRY BOAT TOKEN.  Genuine early 1900's token for transportation in the San Francisco Bay Area.  This solid brass coin-like token is about the size of a dime (10 cent piece).  It is nicely minted with the obverse reading "MUNICIPAL RAILWAY" on a "spider web" background with the center prominently cut-out "SF."  The reverse, in the same, format reads "ONE FARE  • SAN FRANCISCO."  Excellent original condition.  8.50

Price includes First Class mail service in U.S.


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16.17 NUT CRACKER. Charming late 19th C. hand-carved German nutcracker of Black Forest origin. This cleverly contrived and beautifully executed device is in the form of a realistic bear with inset "bean" eyes. The bear's mouth effectively cracks smaller nuts whereas a carved recess at the rear, under the lever, accommodates larger nuts such as walnuts. This intricate, two piece carving is made from a dense dark hardwood, probably walnut. Detailing is very realistic. Excellent original condition with no chips or cracks and a lovely age patina.  7 inches long.  250


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16.16  AMERICAN TELLURIUM.   Extremely rare 4th quarter of the 19th century American planetary model by “A.H. ANDREWS & CO. CHICAGO” as signed in relief on the ornately decorated cast support arm.  It is additionally signed in the maker’s cartouche located in the northwestern Pacific, “A. ANDREWS 8 Inch TERRESTRIAL GLOBE with the latest discoveries and ocean currents A. H. Andrews & Co. Chicago.”  This amazing apparatus depicts the earth revolving about the sun in the center of the weighted stand with a proportional radial sector of the sun in brass indicating serrated “flames.”  Between the sun and the earth is a moveable rod on which a wooden orb representing the moon is attached.  These ride on a pedestal atop a very heavy cast iron base which is encircled with the 12 signs of the Zodiac.  Each of the 12 quadrants is charmingly decorated with an image of the mythological sign, the month, the degrees from North and the points of the compass.  These lithographed images are somewhat faded with time, but still very colorful and legible.  Attached to the swinging support arm opposite the earth is an arrow which indicates the earth’s position on the Zodiac as it orbits the sun.  The earth is represented by a globe made in the traditional manner with a plaster sphere overlaid by 12 lithographed gores.  The detail of the geography is of a very high standard with multi-color countries and major cities shown.  As the name implies, ocean and atmospheric currents are notable as is the declination line of the sun between the 2 solstices.  The condition of the globe is excellent and original with no damage of repairs, noting good age toning to its protective varnish.  The North Pole is fitted with a moveable brass arrow to highlight a specific Meridian or geographical feature.  Surround the globe is a heavy brass cage mounted to the support arm.  It has two Meridian Circles and one Equatorial circle connected to a removable swan’s neck support on the arm   Construction and materials throughout are of the highest order!  21 ½ inches wide and 16 ½ inches tall overall.  The base measures 12 inches in diameter.  The entire apparatus weighs 13 pounds.  Price Request Special Packaging

The firm of Andrews & Co. was begun by A.H. Andrews in 1866 and continued to flourish into the 1890’s.  At the end of the Civil War this pioneer maker established Chicago as the center for globe manufacturing in America, leading the way for other globe makers to practice their trade.  Names like Rand McNally and Weber Costello continued their production into the end of the 20th century.  (Elly Dekker and Peter van der Krogt, “Globes From the Western World,” 1993, Philip Wilson Publishers Ltd., London).


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16.15  WORLD WAR I GOGGLES.  Very rare surviving pilot’s or motorcyclist’s goggles dating to or before World War I.  This cloth and leather pair consists of 4 glass panels held in metal frames.  Indicative of their early manufacture the glass is not curved, but has wrap around sides.  The top and bottom have small breather holes within metal grommets.  The goggles themselves are 9 inches wide with the cloth straps extending to 36 inches in width overall.  These goggles are in frail condition evidencing some hand-stitched repairs.  That noted, the glass panels are in excellent original condition.  These very scarce early goggles make a great statement as a genuine testament to a bygone age over 100 years ago!  59


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16.14  ANCIENT JAPANESE HAND MIRROR.  Mid-19th century nickeled bronze dressing mirror of Japanese origin.  The “working side” of this early-form mirror is in a high polish which remarkably still provides a highly reflective image.  The reverse is richly decorated in incredibly detailed relief depicting a turtle at the center facing two kissing cranes.  Below is their brood of 3 chicks.  The background is made up of pine bows and bamboo, set within 2 concentric circles.  On the outer edge are more decorative floral designs.  This unique piece is signed with a 4 character mark beginning with “da” meaning large or grand.  Interestingly the turtle’s shell is rove through with a hole for attaching a thong.  5 inches in diameter, ¾ of and inch think and weighing 2 pounds.  289


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16.13  CANNON CIGARETTE LIGHTER.  Very early 1900’s American cigarette/cigar lighter in the form of a pre-World War I artillery cannon.  Made in U.S.A. by "Negbaur, NY." as signed on the bottom of the lighter.  It measures 8 inches long and is 3 inches wide.  The spoked carriage wheels actually turn.  It is made of a heavy non-ferrous metal, either pewter or brass.  The lighter is completely functional.  The finish details are superb. 295


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16.12  RARE GERMAN TERRESTRIAL GLOBE.  An exceptional world globe by Germany’s preeminent 19th century cartographer Ludwig Heymann as indicated (in part) on the maker’s cartouche in the Pacific Ocean just above the Sandwich Islands,

“ERD-GLOBUS.
36 cent.
Durehgesehen von Dr Henry Lange.
BERLIN.
Ludwig. Jul. Heymann
Oceanographisch Artisctecehe Austalt”


This is a much larger than average library table globe with a circumference of 45 inches and a diameter of 14 ½ inches, made during the reign of the German Kaisers.  It stands an impressive 25 3/4 inches high overall with a base 10 3/4 inches in diameter having cleverly-inlaid brass tripodal inserts on the bottom to assure leveling.  By its geographical features this globe can be dated 1891 - 1893.   In the United States, the Dakotas were divided into North and South (1889), but the Matabele Empire, which existed until 1893, is still shown.  The identifying names of towns, cities, territories, rivers, mountains, countries and other geographical features are extremely detailed and much more finely depicted than virtually all other makers of the period.  Also included are many ocean trade routes with record passages.  In fact Heymann was noted for his superior attention to detail and was awarded many prizes at exhibitions in which he displayed his output.  This early globe is in original, unrestored condition.  It is mounted on its original large, decoratively-turned, very lovely hardwood stand, complete with functional compass.  It is mounted in a brass Meridian ring engraved in single degrees 0 – 90, marked by 10's.  At aged 125 years this globe is in a remarkable state of original preservation.  Colors are clear and bright and all of the literally thousands of the identifying inscriptions are very legible.  Nice expected age toning of the surfaces, but no damage.  This is really an outstanding bargain.  Research the Internet. Price Request Special Packaging  

Ludwig Julius Heymann (1836-1899) began the production of globes in 1883.

Ref.  “Globes From The Western World,” 1993, Elly Dekker and Peter van  der Kroght, Trevor Philips & Sons, London.

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16.10  CARVED AMERICAN EAGLE.   Genuine late 19th century carving of a patriotic American eagle in the style of John Hayley Bellamy.  It is carved of pine using the sure, precise strokes of a professional wood carver.  It is of classic two-piece carved pine construction with the head and body screwed onto the backboard which also serves as the wings.  The eagle carries a flagpole which once waived a wooden banner, again in the Bellamy tradition.  The banner is missing.  This antique carving retains its old genuine gilded surfaces on the front with good telltale oxidation of the bare wood and old iron fasteners on the back.  The carving measures 24 inches wide by 5 inches high and is 2 7/8 inches deep.   If this carving could be attributed to Bellamy, we would conservatively adjudge its value to be $12,000.  We are not asserting it is Bellamy, but we definitely assure it is from the same late 19th century period.  It is certainly equal to Bellamy’s work at a fraction of the price his works demand for such a carving.  Was 1495 NOW 895!


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16.66  EARLY CORK SCREW.  Very old, wine cork screw of French manufacture.  This oenophilic tool has a sculpted bone handle with a tufted bristle brush on one side and a turned bone cap on the other.  The working end is a cast iron cork screw with radiating circular top, the entire assembly of which is rove through the bone, held by a very old style circular nut.  The width of the bone handle is 3 ¾ inches.  With brush is measures 4 ¾ inches wide and 4 inches to the tip of the corkscrew to the top of the handle.  Overall condition is excellent, however the tip of the screw was broken off by an enthusiastic wine bibber.  Priced accordingly.  149

ex. Paul Madden Antiques, Sandwich, Massachusetts. 


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16.91  TERRESTRIAL GLOBE for the ENGLISH MARKET.   Scarce 4th quarter 1800’s terrestrial globe of Belgium manufacture, with the important appeal of having been made for the English speaking market.  This classic old globe is signed in the maker’s cartouche located south of Australia, “GEOGRAPHICAL INSTITUTE OF BRUSSELS New Physical Political Globe Published by MERSBACH & FALK Brussels, 1881.”  The inscription is encircled by an iconic Victorian era “belt” as a border.  This finely manufactured representation of the earth was made in the traditional manner with lithographed gores overlaying a stiff globular core.  Details include major cities, territories and states, along with major geographical aspects such as mountain ranges and ocean currents. It measures 11 ½ inches in diameter and stands 2 feet tall.  The turned ebonized base with blue faux leather covering on the bottom measures 9 inches in diameter.  It mounts the sphere on a turned wooden column holding a thick brass support in crescent form which allows the globe to turn freely.  This antique globe is in amazing original preservation. It was obviously highly revered and carefully displayed.  It is in near mint condition.  Perhaps the only apology is that the varnish which covers and preserves the surfaces has discolored slightly with age.  Otherwise this rare, 135 year old world globe is perfect!  995 Special Packaging


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16.02  P.O.W SPINNING JENNY.  Authentic late 18th century or very early 19th century automaton known as a “spinning jenny,” made by the gifted French prisoners detained in British prisons during the Napoleonic War era, from 1775 through 1806.    Characteristic of these marvelous whimsies, this example is made entirely of beef bone.  It features a woman in a period bustle dress with huge bonnet sitting at her spinning wheel.  This elaborate presentation has 2 tiers connected by finely-turned bone columns.  The top tier shows the lady at her wheel sitting in a fancy chair with two decoratively-carved bone columns, a windmill and a rotating spool for taking up the yarn.  Below is the “engineroom” of this automaton with its two cogged wheels operated by a hand-crank and an ingenious mechanical movement which provides realistic movement to the figure above.  When rotating the hand crank the spinning wheel turns, the lady lifts her arm and turns her head.  At the same time the windmill revolves.  All of this is mounted to a single turned bone pedestal on a circular base.  This genuine old example is in an amazing state of original preservation, with no repairs and no damage, and is in working condition.  5 ½ inches high, 2 3/8 inches wide and 2 5/8 inches front to back inclusive of the crank.  1475

An elaborate P.O.W. spinning Jenny was sold by the Skinner Auctions on March 4, 2012.  While it was not functional, it contained many interesting elements which exceeded the complexity of this offering.  7 x 5 x 3 inches.  Nevertheless, it sold for $16,590.

Disclaimer:  We certify this object is in original condition and functioning as it was originally constructed, as shipped by us.   However, being over 200 years old and obviously fragile, we cannot guarantee its sustained performance.  Our recommendation is that its use be kept to a minimum and enjoyed for the delight to the eye it is… much like collectors of fine antique watches and clocks keep their valued possessions in non-running status.


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16.94  BLACK FOREST CARVING.   Delightfully decorative, yet functional, wall carving consisting of a 19th century English aneroid barometer housed in an elaborate deep-carved wooden frame.  The brass-cased aneroid barometer is of standard form with a silvered brass dial reading in inches of barometric pressure from 26 to 31 calibrated in 2/100th increments.  At the bottom it is marked “ENGLISH MAKE.” It features a fine blued steel indicator needle overridden by a brass set needle attached to a knurled brass knob through the beveled glass crystal.  The incredible richly carved hardwood surround features two squirrels with rabbit-like ears flanking the barometer.  Both squirrels hold acorns and are perched on branches with abundantly-carved oak leaves in high relief.  Surrounding the barometer is a carved French horn with trumpet bell supporting a realistically-carved leather saddle bag!  This expertly-carved presentation stands 19 inches tall by 14 ½ inches wide.  Amazingly, it is in virtually perfect original condition, and the barometer is functional and accurate.  A most charming wall display at a very reasonable price!  895   Special Packaging


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16.56 EARLY LIVERPOOL JUG. Genuine late 18th century creamware "Herculaneum" pitcher. This lovely old example bears 3 distinctive transfers. The obverse is decorated with the delightfully endearing scene of a pub owner offering a mug to a willing recipient restrained by his wife. The comedic caption reads, "Come come my old buck here's the liquor of LIFE. Which drives away sorrow and reconciles strife. It cures scolding women. Your wrong reply'd Nell. Your wife as a drunken scold does most excel." The reverse shows a surprisingly detailed map of the earth surrounded by classical figures including Lady Britannia and a sunburst. It is entitled "The World in Planisphere." Under the spout is the poem, "Succefs To the Plough. The Fleece and the Pail. May the Landlord Ever Flourish. And the Tenant Never fail." It is surrounded by vignettes depicting farm implements. This wonderful example of early English pottery measures 10 inches high and 9 3/4 inches across from spout to handle. The graceful handle is noteworthy in that it is particularly stout and has contoured edges. There is a tiny professional repair to the very tip of the spout and as expected there are a couple of minor hairlines in the bottom. Overall this jug must be rated as being in outstanding original condition. Circa 1790. Price Request Special Packaging

Telling of the age of this jug, the spelling of the word "Succefs" is with the early form f as an "s." Further, the world map of North America shows a blank Pacific Northwest, indicating it was yet unexplored.


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16.88  IMPORTANT CANDLEABRAS.   Exquisite matched set of early 1800’s French ormolu and gilt bronze candelabras mountedatop heavy alabaster pedestals.  Each candleholder set is comprised of 5 radiating cups with another cup mounted higher in the center.  Each cup is ornately decorated with floral motifs and sprays.  The multifunctional center cup is designed to hold a sixth candle or serve as a crowning finial in the form of an ornate floral bouquet.  Each candelabrum is supported by a seated puti holding these large torches.  The gilded bronze pedestals on which they are seated are mounted atop solid alabaster columns bound in bronze set on heavy tripod floral bases with acanthus leaf embellishments.  The underside of each base contains a wooden insert secured with a square nut.  Evidencing their age the wood exhibits some old telltale worm holes – a good sign of 19th century French exposure.  Each presentation stands 22 inches tall overall and 10 ½ wide at the widest.   The bases measure 6 ½ inches wide.  Outstanding original condition with untouched surfaces.  A remarkable set worthy of the finest home or institution. Price Request  Special Packaging


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