The Mark of Taxco 925, and the weight denotes a handmade object, but no makers mark is visible. The Pepper shape is well defined and looks almost like a mirror. This form of ornate pot was made by several skilled American craftsmen who went to Mexico in the 1940s and 50s. They made some of the highest quality sterling silver pieces and started an industry that exists today.
Westclox is the maker of this round faced Art Deco style electric alarm clock. The brass base and circle around the off white enameled face are in great condition. There is an age crack to the white enamel face between the 1 and 2 of the face, otherwise, it seems to be intact. The second hand sweeps around in an almost hypnotizing motion and the hands of the face have an unusual circle in the smaller portion of the hour section. The clock seems to be in good working order and for a retro or vintage buyer would offer a useful timepiece for a room or office.
A lane winds down to the side of water between trees and 2 Mallards are swimming in the lake. The setting is peaceful, serene, and very impressionistic. The wispy branches on the trees show spring or summer time, and the scene is probably in the South. The oil on canvas is in an original pine frame and good condition. Some collectors might want to clean the canvas but most would leave it as it is. The view is one that most people would find very appealing.
The brass medallion figure of the helmeted idealized soldier has a white metal background and is probably half of a belt buckle, a hook is here and could easily be adapted for use with a belt with a small loupe on the end. The effect is almost one of a cameo and is in excellent shape, no signature, and probably from the 1950s.
Many artists traveled throughout the US during the early part of the 20th century and recorded their impressions. This painting has a simply wonderful feel about it of going into the mountains for a walk, surrounded by flowers and trees. The clearing is a road leading to any place the viewer would like to go. This is one of the prettiest landscapes you could hope to find, oil on canvas, framed in a modern lemon gold frame with glass on top to preserve the surface. The scene is timeless, no phone wires, satellite dishes, or modern intrusions. The basic colors are lush green of the trees, blues of the skies and ground coverings. Age of this painting is close to 100 years. Found in Asheville, North Carolina and it is not far from where it was probably painted.
A highly desirable pair of 19th century American Pigeon Blood colored glass salt and pepper shakers these are one of the ultimate for collectors of Victorian glassware. Pigeon Blood is a much darker color than Cranberry and very little was made in factories in the Northeastern US. The depth of this color is unbelievable and the richness is not shown in the picture.
There is a really well done raised or possibly molded floral decoration of 2 blossoms on the front with leaves in the background. The top has a slightly flared surface and the base is impressed with the word Pioneer USA. The surface is a very slick hard fired and glazed surface. There is no damage whatsoever, no chips, cracks or crazing.
This cream and sugar set is made of clear glass that has 8 panels of very rich wet appearing surface.. The cream pitcher has 1 handle & the sugar bowl has 2 handles.
From literature and photos, when one thinks of New England, one of the first images that comes to mind is the church in the village, clean, crisp, and making a great presence. This either print or photo shows a well built 2 story church with a great steeple and weathervane. The winter skies are made even more somber with the black and white format and the stark tree in the foreground. This is one very interesting image and would be considered classic New England. The frame is a black molded type that would be expected on this era. Ready to hang and use today.
1854 Gotha: Justus Perthes Map of Der Nord-Westliche Theil von Frankreich in addition to La Manch oder Der Brittische Canal- $225
The noted map maker Gotha: Justus Perthes did engravings of the world and Stielers hand atlas. Many countries borders have changed since the mid-19th century. Interesting historical document and for family genealogy and travelers. Interesting view of changes in the last 150 years. These were also created by S. con Stulpnagel.