Folk Art

Heart-in-Hand Cookie Cutter

19th century tin cookie cutter in iconic Pennsylvania shape

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Double Watercolor Portraits

Charming pair of ladies' portraits (mother and daughter? sisters?), matched in size and clearly by the same artist's hand.  One woman wears an intricately detailed lace cap and holds a small leather-bound book.  The other holds a letter bearing a red seal. Both are clad in blue and are wearing white shawls, rendered with remarkable detail (e.g., fringe).Although the artist was clearly not academically trained, the facial features are sensitively rendered, no doubt affording pleasing likenesses as well as testament to each lady's' comeliness. Apparel and accessories date the portraits to around 1840.  Housed in matching period molded gilt wood frames  5 1/2" X 4 1/4" overall.

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Small Blue Painted Mirror

Charming small-sized blue-painted mirror measures 7 X 10 1/2 on the outside, 5 X 8 1/2" on the inside with ~ 1/2" rabbet.  

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19th Century Bücherzeichen and Trauschein

Hand-drawn; hand-colored; hand-lettered ink and watercolor fraktur Bucherzeichen (Bookplate). The main text in fraktur and calligraphy script is centered within a pink and green wreath of flowers and buds. An arching arrangement of pink stemmed roses sits below, and a vine of thistle above.   A decorative floral vine border is double framed by black ink and pink watercolor edging.

The text reads: “The Property of Lizzie C. Stauffer, Manor Lancaster County Penna, Holy Bible Book Divine precious tresure thou art mine.”

A pencil notation “1865” was added later beneath the main text, as was an “A” inserted to correct spelling of the word “treasure.”

Wove paper; watercolor; ink.

Sight size 7 ½” x 9 ½”; matted and in period grain-painted frame: 12” x 16”.

Conservation mounted with view-through back displaying Trauschein (marriage certificate) of Lizzie’s marriage to Christian W. Stehman.

“Christian W. Stehman and Lizzie Stauffer were lawfully married January the 25th 1863. By the Rev. C. S. Forney minister of the Gospel.”

The Trauschein is hand-lettered on a printed certificate by W. S. Barnard, which features black and white rose-vine-on-trellis decorated border with wedding scene in oval at the top and pastoral scene with cupid at bottom.

Lizzie died on April 30, 1891 and is buried (Elizabeth Stehman) at Habecker Mennonite Cemetery, Manor Ridge, Lancaster County, PA. Christian followed on December 19, 1905 and is buried together with Lizzie.

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Watercolor Portrait Attributed to J. A. Davis

Watercolor and pencil on paper, c. 1835, depicting a seated young woman wearing a black dress with lace trimmed collar and cuffs and wearing a coral cameo on black ribbon. Unsigned, but very likely by Jane Anthony Davis (1821-1855).  The sitter is exceptionally pretty and is delicately rendered.  Like most of Davis' subjects she is costumed in black with only spare use of color to highlight the penciled facial features, such as the bluish coloring of the eyelids and pink lips; as well as other objects in the composition, such as her necklace, the chair visible behind her, and the small table with tall blue flower beside her. Also typical of Davis’ portraits is the exaggerated negative space between arms and body. Almost all of Davis’ subjects were residents of the Norwich or Providence-Warwick areas, so the origin of this small portrait is likely Rhode Island.

Sight-size: 5” by 7”. (6" x 8" including period frame).

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Heart in Hand Cookie Cutter

Two endearing 19th centurydomestic tin pieces:  a hanging match holder and a cookie cutter in the shape of a hand with a heart center.

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Carved and Painted Goldfinch

Charming carved  and faithfully painted goldfinch.

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PA Watercolor with Robin

Vivid Pennsylvania watercolor features thistle blossoms and robin.

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Lehnware Cup and Saucer

Lehnware - paint decorated cup and saucer, Pennsylvania.  

Lehn was a prolific Nineteenth Century Pennsylvania German turner, cooper, cabinetmaker and decorator who worked near the town of Clay in northern Lancaster County. 

Lehnware is paint-decorated woodenware made and decorated by Lehn in northeastern Lancaster County in the second half of the Nineteenth Century. This distinctive group of woodenware is characterized by a repetition of the position of decorative colors, background, style of decoration and designs.

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19th Century "Squeak" Toy

Charming plaything depicts cat reaching into the circus-tent-topped cage of what appears to be a red-winged black bird.  Red, yellow, green and black paint.  Squeezing the trifle produces a bird-like squeak.  Origin:  Lancaster, PA.   5" X 3" X 2 1/2".

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Lancaster County Pin/Sewing Balls

Circa 1870, Amish ball is intricately covered completely in layers of deep red linen thread, then fabulously embroidered in linen, silk and wool thread in “God’s Eye” and sunburst patterns. Solidly stuffed with what feels like straw. No evidence of use (i.e., pin holes). Although these Amish wool fabric balls are often called pin cushions many show little use or wear. They were often given as gifts to special friends and family members and hung in a cupboard or on a shelf for display. Outstanding condition. 3 ½” diameter

Also late 19th century, this second ball is ball made of boldly multicolored wool yarn bands with eight piping delineated segments. One early pin is still in this ball. Very minor wear manifested as spots of fuzzing in the yarn. 5” diameter.

Both from collection of the late Joyce Leiby.

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19th Century Pennsylvania Scherenschnitte

Masterpiece quality Pennsylvania  Scherenschnitte*.   Intricately cut, pin pricked and painted paper valentine depicts a blindfolded, winged cherub being led by two doves trailing red ribbons to a red and white gazebo, all surrounded by flowers inside an elaborately cut and pricked circle.  Beneath this is a white, yellow and red parrot on a vine of thistle flowers. A truly exceptional work.  12" X 14" (framed).

*Art tradition of cutting continuous paper, founded in Switzerland and Germany in the 16th century and brought to colonial America in the 1700s by immigrants who settled primarily in Pennsylvania.

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