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New Hampshire Antiques Dealers Assn. offers Americana selection, Jan. 6

1805 needlework sampler by 10-year-old Eliza Green of Stoneham, Massachusetts, est. $5,000-$6,000
1805 needlework sampler by 10-year-old Eliza Green of Stoneham, Massachusetts, est. $5,000-$6,000

NEW YORK – On Thursday, January 6, starting at 6 pm Eastern time, Jasper52 will hold a sale dubbed New Hampshire Antiques Dealers: Americana. It will feature more than 5oo lots exclusively from members of the venerable organization. Among the treasures included in the lineup are an early 18th-century Hudson Valley William & Mary gate leg dining table; a yellow pine mid-18th-century coastal Virginia corner cupboard; a circa-1880 boat store sign from Maine; a centennial miniature portrait of Abraham Lincoln on stone; a 1940s cast iron boot jack in the form of a lobster; a mid-18th-century Connecticut barrel back architectural corner cupboard; a circa-1790 Lancaster County tall chest of drawers; a mid-20th-century bar sign from Ellicot City, Maryland, listing the nationalities of the beers on offer; a matching pair of penguin sculptures carved from soapstone; a circa-1720 steep-sided Bristol delft punch bowl; an 1805 needlework sampler from Massachusetts; and a large circa-1930 pearlware plate featuring an image of Napoleon Bonaparte. Absentee and Internet live bidding will be available through LiveAuctioneers.

Several needlework samplers are featured in the January 6 auctions, but the best might be a silk on green linsey woolsey work stitched in 1805 by 10-year-old Eliza Green, a resident of Stoneham, Massachusetts. The young artisan festooned it with multiple alphabets, a large three-story house bordered by triangular trees, dogs, a three-sided floral border, and a verse about the invention of letters to make words, which reads: The noble art to Cadmus owes its rise / Of painting words and speaking to the eyes / He first in wondrous magick fetters boud / The airy voice and stopp’d the flying sound / The various figures by his pencil wrought/ Gave colour form and body to the thought. Green’s sampler is estimated at $5,000-$6,000.

Circa-1880 boat store sign from Maine, est. $1,000-$1,250
Circa-1880 boat store sign from Maine, est. $1,000-$1,250

Another head-turner is a circa-1880 canvas trade sign touting the Eagle Boat Store, a Maine establishment. The lot notes explain it “would have hung on the door or in the window of a shop selling nautical items for a ship’s store – the inventory carried on board to meet the daily needs of the vessel and crew.” It is estimated at $1,000-$1,250.

Circa-1790 Lancaster County tall chest of drawers, est. $20,000-$24,000
Circa-1790 Lancaster County tall chest of drawers, est. $20,000-$24,000

The final highlight is a circa-1790 Lancaster County tall chest of drawers, estimated at $20,000-$24,000. It boasts dentil and drill molding under the cornice, fluted quarter columns and original oval pineapple brasses and locks on tall OG bracket feet.

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