Ruth Webb Lee was the premier author, collector and authority on American 19th century glass. She wrote books on the subject, did an amazing amount of primary research and showed many examples of glass in her books. The owner of this duck purchased it directly from Ruth Webb Lee and this specific duck is shown in Mrs. Lees book and noted as being from the collector for whose estate is now selling the piece. The duck has formed glassto resemble different growth patterns of feathers, has ruby colored eyes and the date on the glass is marked as being Patented March 15, 1887. This is a wonderful piece of glass, minor nicks to the edges, and the fire to the edge of the old milk glass is very visible.
Quaint, is the word that comes to mind in seeing this pencil drawing of a house that is probably stone in rural England. There is a large hill in the background with diamond shaped windows in the house and a square tower of some sort to the back left of the house. The trees and house are finely detailed and this is a good drawing in pencil that is easily 100 years of age. The former owners of this purchased it in England in this frame in the 1950s, it is now in an acid free environment.
This retro pin features a flower in bloom with petals coming out trimmed in green. The white background almost makes one think of a lily but I am not sure as the type of flower. 3 recessed rhinestones are in the surface with a very strong clip on the back for attaching to either a collar or scarf. A truly interesting piece of retro.
An impressionistic painting of and orchard in full bloom the new leaves are about to push off the blossoms. The knotty trunks and long hanging limbs accent this old style orchard. Very complicated and detailed work in the blossoms and limbs show the artists mastery of light and color. Signed lower right Clara Lois McQuaid. Image size 12in by 9in Framed size 15in by 12in . Clara Louis McQuaid was a landscape painter, and commercial artist, born in 1875 in California and died in 1958. She lived and worked around San Francisco. This scene likely dates from the 1920s and is in a period frame that has a few and nicks and scratches but certainly useable. Some collectors would clean the surface of the painting but most would leave it as it is and keep the original surface.
The Augustus Mitchell series of maps shows detailed descriptions of each region showing railroads, lakes, and the borders were engraved as a flowering vine. The maps show a lack of modern growth.
The iron pot boiling water for washing and the Palmetto tree make this work by a German artist working in the United States an interesting subject since William A. Walker made so many of these type of genre scenes. Original frame and interesting subject composition. During the early 20th century this artist worked in Florida in the style of Walker as did many other artists. Today, these images evolk an appeal of Florida scenes that today only exist in books. The figures shown are almost minature compared to the scale of the larger shacks and the changes made in living are well reflected.
The origin of this piece is uncertain, but the pitcher has at least 50 good years of age. The glaze on the piece could best be described as Tobacco Spit color and there is no marking whatsoever. There is minor crazing on the surface with one firing crack on the top edge close to the handle, and one pea size blow out blister on the base that does not show unless turned over. Otherwise, it is mint. The face only shows the nose and mouth with no eyes, brows or other features. The sides under the hat has curly hair. The piece may be older than the 40s but is hard to say.
This Composition Doll has no identifying marks or names. The little girl is wearing a light blue robe. The doll has molded hands and hair but the arms have the only joints. The lips are painted red so it is probably a girl.
Sterling spoon rests were very popular in the late 19th century to keep tablecloths from getting soiled. Victorians had every imaginable piece for use at the dining table both for use and show. This would be a piece seldom seen today in serving that would both be impressive and unique.
This Shaeffer pen has a No. 3 nib and is in as found condition. The pen is in good condition with only minor wear showing on the black surface.