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Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Americana and Folk Art (UNITED STATES, CA. 18th C.–20th C.)
Americana and Folk Art (UNITED STATES, CA. 18th C.–20th C.)

Though the pieces are timeless, folk art emerged as a collecting genre only in the 1920s. Then as now, collectors focused on American artifacts. The earliest were prompted in part by the awareness of a nation changed: in that decade, for the first time the majority of U.S. citizens lived in cities, rather than on farms and in small towns. At the same time, the ascendance of modernism in art and design was countered by promoters of the Colonial Revival style. That movement drew from attics and barns old hand-carved furniture, stilted 19th-century family portraits, weathervanes and butter churns.

The best folk art items were purchased by an odd mix that included bohemians and intellectuals, along with J.P. Morgan and members of the Chrysler and Rockefeller families (who began funding, for instance, the restoration of Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia in the 1920s). If nostalgia played a role, the primary motivation for folk art collectors was — as it is today — a recognition of the artistic merit and cultural significance of pure, honest expressions of the human impulse toward beauty.

Simplicity is its hallmark, yet folk art defies a simple definition — and covers a vast amount of ground. Folk art has been called "the art of the everyday": objects created by people, with no formal training in the arts, for use in their daily lives. These include everything from tools and toys to quilts, baskets, jugs, dowry chests and duck decoys. Folk art is generally made by hand; works might be carved, sewn, chiseled, knitted, hammered, woven or embroidered and more. Such techniques were passed down through the generations — one reason folk-art collecting has been described as "a kind of archaeology." Folk art reveals the inherent values and traditions of a community, through time-honored crafts, decorative motifs and pictorial subject matter.

All folk art intrinsically reflects a sense of pride. "Americana" is folk art that does so overtly:  through work that honors civic ideals and celebrates national and local achievements. Americana includes flags, bunting, carved bald eagles, and needlework with allegorical figures representing Liberty and Democracy; or helmets and buckets used by a volunteer fire brigade; or the trappings of fraternal organizations such as the Oddfellows. Collectors of Americana typically also collect American antique furniture that, while made in the workshops of a master cabinetmaker or joiner, reflects regional stylistic traits, tastes and quirks.

Almost all folk art is anonymous — and the prominent exception being signed work by early 19th-century itinerant portrait artists like the New Englander Ammi Phillips, whose 1835 portrait of a young girl and her pets was the first piece of folk art to sell for $1 million at auction. Until relatively recently, work by Phillips and his ilk was the prime focus of folk art collectors: the folk art of the Northeast defined the category. But recently, more attention and more scholarship have been devoted to the folk art of other regions: to the South, and the artwork of enslaved African Americans and their descendants; and to the Southwestern and early Latino folk art. Born in a time of change, folk art collecting is changing along with the nation.

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Rare Patriotic Presidential Applique Quilt from 1925
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is such a fine example of Americana at its best. This fantastic applique quilt has the profile of George Washington and Abe Lincoln along with the Uncle Sam hat and the Patrioti...
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Early 20th Century American Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Cotton

Pair of Robin's Egg Blue-Painted Benches
Located in York County, PA
PAIR OF ROBIN'S EGG BLUE-PAINTED BENCHES FROM A PORTICO ON AN 1890'S HOME IN CANAAN, NEW YORK: Rare pair of matching high-back settle benches, made circa 1890, found on the front po...
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19th Century American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Wood

American Federal Period Cast Iron Eagle
Located in York County, PA
This cast iron eagle is one of the earliest sculptural forms that one will encounter in the marketplace. It is also one of the most attractive and iconic depictions of what some Amer...
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1810s American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Iron

American Carnival Wagon or Band Organ Carved Female Head
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Late 19th century American carnival wagon or band organ female head carving. Very detailed wood carving with great old white painted surface. Presented on a custom marble museum stand.
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19th Century American Folk Art Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Wood

Pennsylvania Backgammon Board, Signed "Wise"
Located in York County, PA
PENNSYLVANIA BACKGAMMON BOARD, SIGNED "WISE" WITH IMAGES OF A WAGON WHEEL AND A STAR OF DAVID, 1850-1880 Found near the town of Milford, in the northeast corner of Pennsylvania, is...
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19th Century American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Wood

Mariner's Compass Quilt with Swag and Bow Border
Located in Darnestown, MD
Elegant version of the always desirable Mariner's Compass quilt pattern. It is an extremely difficult pattern to execute with the numerous fine points and this is particularly well d...
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19th Century American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Cotton

Patriotic Crib Quilt
Located in Darnestown, MD
The construction of this Patriotic Crib Quilt is as unusual as the combination of motifs. Each of the black background areas is actually made of thin strips of satin (about 1/4" wid...
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19th Century American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Velvet, Satin

American Fancy Painted Grape Vine Spindle Bench . Baltimore , Circa 1820
Located in Charleston, SC
American carved wood and painted bench with grape vine motif, one board seat, scrolled arms, spindle carvings, and ending on turned painted legs. Fancy Furniture, Baltimore. Early 1...
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1820s American American Colonial Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Paint, Wood

60" 19th Century American Hooked Rug Framed
Located in Water Mill, NY
Monumental 19th American hooked rug mounted as a wall hanging.
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19th Century American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Recumbent Dog Hooked Rug
Located in Darnestown, MD
A vibrant kaleidoscopic background sets off this charming reclining dog hooked rug. The dog has whimsical yellow paws; ears and nose adding to his unique charm. The initials EG are...
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19th Century American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Wool

Caesar's Crown Quilt
Located in Darnestown, MD
Beautifully quilted version of a Caesar's Crown quilt. The diamond shapes of the border are repeated in each crown block, making for a nice interplay between the two. It is also inte...
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19th Century American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Cotton

Portrait of Elizabeth Van Dyck Vosburg by Pieter Vanderlyn (The Gansevoort Limne
By Gansevoort Limner
Located in West Chester, PA
Portrait of Elizabeth "Betje" Van Dyck Vosburg., c. 1725. Unsigned, in original frame; accompanied by a Van Dyke family bible printed in Amsterdam in 1702. Condition: Minor repairs, ...
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18th Century and Earlier American Folk Art Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Canvas

Rufus Porter Mural from New Hampshire Tavern
By Rufus Porter
Located in Milford, NH
Mural by Rufus Porter from Prescott Tavern in East Jaffrey, New Hampshire, circa 1824. This panel was removed from the tavern prior to its being torn down in 1950. This mural hung in...
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19th Century American Folk Art Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

19-Drawer Hand Stenciled Apothecary
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Functional general store herb and spice apothecary drawers found in New Hampshire. All dovetailed and hand stenciled drawers with handwritten notes on the inside for measurements and...
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19th Century American Folk Art Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Wood

19th Century Painted Ship Weathervane on Iron Stand
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This wonderful painted sailing ship weathervane has a great worn patina on the painted cream surface. It is on a custom-made black iron stand. The condition is very good.
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19th Century American Folk Art Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Iron

Economy Patch Quilt
Located in Darnestown, MD
Squares within squares such as this are called an Economy Patch quilt pattern. It is made of a terrific combination of late 19th century printed fabrics. Consistent use of yellow squ...
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19th Century American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Cotton

LeMoyne Stars and Maple Leaves Quilt
Located in Darnestown, MD
This is an early and unusual quilt combining LeMoyne Stars and Tulip patterns. It is made with a wonderful array of early 19th century fabrics. The tan sashing was the perfect color...
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19th Century American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Cotton

String Stars Quilt
Located in Darnestown, MD
Bold String Stars (aka Spider Stars) quilt done in the fabrics typical of southeastern Pennsylvania in the late 19th century. The blue calico ground and double pink sashing and borde...
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19th Century American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Cotton

Pots of Flowers Quilt
Located in Darnestown, MD
This Pots of Flowers Quilt is unusual in that it is simultaneously fanciful and elegant. The blossoms are far larger than their container giving this otherwise elegant quilt a touch ...
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Early 20th Century American Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

Important Folk Art Trade Sign
Located in New York, NY
A mid 19th Century folk art trade sign of demilune form, depicting a Native American chief holding a peace pipe and tomahawk wearing a headdress of white and red feathers, wearing a ...
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19th Century American Folk Art Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Wood

Small Patchwork and Applique Folk Art Textile
Located in New York, NY
A crazy quilt variation, this unusual quilt top contains "crazy" piecework blocks, with applique details including a heart, fish, and two figures, a black male and a Caucasian female...
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19th Century American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Cotton

Barnraising Log Cabin Quilt
Located in Darnestown, MD
This is a classic Log Cabin Barnraising quilt in traditionally Pennsylvania colors. The use of lights and darks gives tremendous depth to the pattern. A note attached to the back re...
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19th Century American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Cotton

Carved American Carnival Head, circa 1890s
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Finely featured carved man's head found in the southern United States. Most likely a late 19th century carnival head featured in a ball or ring toss game.
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19th Century American Folk Art Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Wood

LeMoyne Stars Crib Quilt
Located in Darnestown, MD
Red and blue LeMoyne Stars crib quilt made even more charming by the quilted inscription "Grandma's Darling". Finely quilted with patterns of small squares. Measures 36" x 43". Three...
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Early 20th Century American Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Cotton

Early American Hooked Floral Rug, 1880's
Located in Milan, IT
Decorated by a floral pattern inspired by French Aubussons and Savonneries, this rare American hooked carpet is very finely woven using coloured wools. One of the finest pieces of th...
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19th Century American Colonial Revival Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Wool

Nine Patch Quilt
Located in Darnestown, MD
Nine Patch Quilt made of fine, printed wool challis fabrics on both front and back. It has a wonderfully rich color palette. Measurements are 72" x 88". Very good condition. There is...
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19th Century American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Wool

Paint-Decorated American Pedestal Table with Toleware Style Decoration
Located in York County, PA
Paint-decorated American pedestal table with toleware style decoration and gameboard-like graphics, 1830-1840, northern new England origin: Small-scale American card table with a...
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19th Century Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Wood

Fantastic 19thc Original Paint Decorated Chairs From Pennsylvania
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Early and all original colorful 19thc decorated plank bottom chairs from Lancaster County ,Pennsylvania .The untouched remarkable painted surface and form is the very best.These lire...
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19th Century American Country Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Wood

Evening Stars Quilt
Located in Darnestown, MD
This Evening Stars Quilt is a lovely variation of a traditional pattern. Placing one star within another and placing the red stars abutting one another creates a variety of optical i...
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19th Century American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Cotton

Hand-Painted Patriotic Banner with the Seal of the State of Virginia
Located in York County, PA
HAND-PAINTED PATRIOTIC BANNER WITH THE SEAL OF THE STATE OF VIRGINIA AND GREAT FOLK QUALITIES: Swallowtail format, patriotic vertical banner bearing the name and the seal of the S...
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19th Century Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Canvas

18th Century Handmade Doubled Handled Bucket from New England
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This fine Primitive handmade double handled bucket was originally from New England, and probably used on a farm or 18th century log cabin. This rustic wooden bucket has the original ...
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18th Century and Earlier American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Pine

Mennonite Touching Stars Quilt
Located in Darnestown, MD
This Mennonite Touching Stars quilt clearly reflects the Victorian era in which it was made. The stars are made of totally irregular pieces similar to those used in Victorian Crazy q...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Wool

Antique Revenue Cutter Service Flag w/ a Blue Eagle and 17 Stripes, 1880-1895
Located in York County, PA
RARE REVENUE CUTTER SERVICE FLAG WITH A BLUE EAGLE AMID AN ARCH OF 13 BLUE STARS, ON A WHITE FIELD, AND AN UNUSUAL COUNT OF 17 VERTICAL RED AND WHITE STRIPES, CA 1880-1895: United S...
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19th Century Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Wool

Homemade 34 Star Flag, Cornflower Blue, Interesting Configuration, 1861-1863
Located in York County, PA
Homemade 34-star civil war flag with its stars arranged on a cornflower blue canton in a very interesting configuration that incorporates the crosses of St. Andrew and St. George, po...
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1860s American Other Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Cotton

American Nautical Gilt Wood and Painted Scrolled Eagle Figure Head, Circa 1830
Located in Charleston, SC
American Nautical gilt wood and painted scrolled eagle figure head with decorative star motif. Early 19th Century
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1830s American American Empire Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Wood, Giltwood, Paint

American 19th Century Still Life Painting
Located in Southampton, NY
American 19th century still life painting of a compote of fruit on a table arranged with more fruit in a custom 20th century painted frame.
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19th Century American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

19th Century Tobacconist’s Trade Sign
Located in New York, NY
English carved and polychrome decorated wood tobacconist’s trade sign in the form of a “Turk” wearing a distinctive headdress and dressed in a long robe, this advertising figure rela...
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19th Century British Folk Art Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Wood

Collection of 19th Century American Eel Fishing Gigs
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Collection of nine early blacksmith-made iron eel fishing gigs. Collected in the Northeast. Majority are hand-forged. Heights range from 10" - 18.". Stands range...
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19th Century American Folk Art Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Iron

American Folk Art Limestone Carving Snake, Shield and Stump
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Detailed American Folk Art limestone carving of a rattle snake wrapped around a tree stump and shield or coat of arms, circa 1870. Found in Tennessee. A very nice heavy and solid piece.
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19th Century American Folk Art Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Limestone

19th Century Iron Indian Weathervane with Stand
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Fantastic and rare original painted surface iron Indian weather vane, worn painted surface. Great original Directional's in iron and attached. This Indian weather vane was found in t...
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19th Century American Folk Art Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Iron

Extremely Rare Weftwork Bedspread, Mid-19th Century
Located in York County, PA
This highly unusual textile is executed in a style called weftwork. Made of cotton and wool, it dates to the mid-19th century. While there is at least one known maker of weftwork bed...
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19th Century Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Wool

Paint-Decorated New England Dressing Table in Chrome Yellow, 1820-1830
Located in York County, PA
NEW ENGLAND DRESSING TABLE IN ORIGINAL PAINT WITH A CHROME YELLOW GROUND & VINEGAR DECORATION: This beautiful, Northern New England, paint-decorated dressing table has a chrome ...
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19th Century American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

19th Century Weathervane Horse and Gentleman
Located in Los Angeles, CA
A very nice late 19 TH Century weathervane, the patina is so much nicer in person, it is made with a very old stand ALL SALES ARE FINAL, STORE CREDIT OR EXCHANGE ONLY
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19th Century American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Copper

Early & Rare N.E. 18thc Original Blue Painted Queen Anne Foot Stool
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Amazing untouched robin egg blue painted 18thc handmade foot stool with the original hand made rush seat .This stool was found in the state of Maine .It is constructed of hand cut na...
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19th Century American Adirondack Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Rush

Important & Rare Pennsylvania 18thc Paint Decorated Cradle
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Fantastic early 18thc Pennsylvania painted and decorated baby cradle with strong German Dutch influence . This early cradle has come out of a fifty year collection and was found in ...
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18th Century and Earlier American Folk Art Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Wood

19thc Original Salmon & Decorated Pennsylvania Blanket Chest
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This is a amazing untouched 19thc original paint decorated blanket chest is a small scale size.Wonderful as a coffee table or end of a bed for quilts & blankets.The condition is very...
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19th Century American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Pine

Fence Rail Log Cabin Quilt
Located in Darnestown, MD
This Fence Rail Log Cabin Quilt combines solid and printed fabrics so as to create an additional Streak of Lightning pattern. It is elaborately pieced with small logs that are just ...
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1930s American Vintage Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Cotton

19th Century Woven Jacquard Coverlet from Lancaster Co., Pennsylvania
Located in Los Angeles, CA
This handwoven 19th century four color coverlet is in fantastic condition. This pattern is so detailed with birds and tulips with most unusual patterns. This is the early patterns of...
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19th Century American Folk Art Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Wool

Primitive American Side Chair and Rocking Chair
Located in Buchanan, MI
Charming 19th century primative rocking chair and side chair with green painted finish. Priced per each chair.
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19th Century American Antique Americana and Folk Art Antiques and Collectibles

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Wood