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Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Hurricane Irene Folk Art


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Original Suffragette Protest Sign







From the seller's description:
This is about as good as it gets for original period suffragette material. Included in this lot are two items. 1. Original diploma of Margaret Garrigues Leyden ( spelled Garrigus - before she was married - she was known as Maggie), from the East Avenue Collegiate Institute in Rochester, NY. In walnut frame - undisturbed. With frame, measures 21 x 16 1/2 inches. In very good condition. The diploma itself is a rare piece of Rochester history in itself. Add the suffrage connection, and it is much better. It is also signed by the principal, Peck, a known Rochesterian from the period. 2. Original picket sign with "Equal Rights" written on one side, and "Womans Rights" on the other. Made of cloth nailed to boards. Just as it was found. Found under the floor boards in a house. Measures 24 x 19 inches, not including the handle. Looks to be ca. late 1800s, early 1900s. In good condition for its age. Cloth is ripped and faded in spots. The writing is somewhat faded. Some cleaning and conservation would help. It is untouched.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Magnolia



Vintage photo of a hand holding a magnolia flower. Inscribed "Mobile, Ala., 1936" on the back.

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Portrait of "Petty"




Something about this cat portrait just makes me smile! Dated 1945 portrait of a cat named "Petty", painted by Ronald L. Hirst.

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Monday, August 15, 2011

"In Union is Power"


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Some Americana results from Skinner...

Cast iron sun face gate weight. Sold for $7,000.00 (w/o premium).

Jonathan Orne Johnson Frost painting. Sold for $32,500.00 (w/o premium).

Carved woman's leg tobacco tamper and fish splitter. Sold for $1,100.00 (w/o premium).

Andrew Clemens sand picture bottle. Sold for $14,000.00 (w/o premium).

Painted carved wooden ship's figurehead. Made in 19th century Japan. Passed.

Early sheet iron rooster weathervane. Sold for $800.00 (w/o premium).

Seven carved and painted wooden figures. Sold for $2,000.00 (w/o premium).

Thursday, August 11, 2011

The Odd Couple



Vintage photo of an odd couple. Let's assume it was Halloween.

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