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Carlisle, Lilian Baker. Hat Boxes and Bandboxes at Shelburne Museum. Shelburne Museum: 1960. An early and mid-19th century utilitarian folk art form, these fascinating objects often also ended up preserving period wallpapers, newspapers and other decorative papers. The Shelburne Museum collection is mind-bogglingly extensive, and is shown to its best advantage in this well-illustrated, informative catalog. Softcover. 6"x9", 196+ pages, b/w illustrations. Some wear.

Inventory #: 35144
Price: $ 50.00       

Carpenter, Charles & Mary Grace. The Decorative Arts and Crafts of Nantucket. New York Dodd, Mead & Co.: 1987. A beautifully produced study of the arts and crafts of this legendary whaling and seaport community. Scrimshaw, basketry, glass, silver, ceramics, furniture, textiles, weathervanes and mariners' tools are all illustrated and described here. The Carpenters also discuss the exotic objects brought back to Nantucket by her world-traveling mariners, from intricately-carved Chinese boxes to dramatic Samoan war clubs. A delightful book, well illustrated and enthusiastically written. Hardcover. 8.5"x10", 257 pages, color and b/w illustrations, dj a near fine copy.

Inventory #: 95010
Price: $ 50.00       

Carrick, Alice van Leer. Shades of our Ancestors. American Profiles and Profilists. Boston Little, Brown, and Co.: 1928. An important early study of American silhouettes. Carrick discusses the various methods used by American silhouettists, where they worked, and their silhouettes. Hardcover. 7"x10", 205 pages, profusely illustrated in b/w color frontispiece. Covers with soil and some spots and rubbing. Some minor internal browning. Not a pretty copy, but solid and functional.

Inventory #: 31748
Price: $ 30.00       

Chitwood, Henry C. Connecticut Decoys. Carvers and Gunners. Schiffer Publishing: 1987. "Unquestionably, this is the most comprehensive study ever written on the subject of Connecticut working decoys. The author has documented and shown examples of decoys from eighty-odd carvers throughout the state. Henry C. Chitwood begins his book with a table of carvers listing them by name, date, location, carving period, number of decoys made, and a description of the types of decoys they carved. This is followed by a detailed text covering the various geographic areas in Connecticut and the decoys produced there, along with biographical notes on the gunners as well as the carvers. Finally on factory decoys, shore birds and descriptive decoy features. The hunting as well as decoy enthusiast could not ask for a more informative source on Connecticut working decoys." Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 192 pages, color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. New.

Inventory #: 90380
Price: $ 45.00       

Colio, Quintana. Americana. Wood Carving - Needlework. Ephrata Science Press: 1974. The Christmas Keepsake issued by the Science Press for 1974. This book features wood carvings by Pennsylvania carver Lewis Bieber De Turk [1862-1933], and Victorian needlework mottoes from several private collections. The text was written by Quintana Colio of Sotheby's. Hardcover. 10.5"x9", 112 pages, color and b/w illustrations. Publisher's blue cloth with gilt lettering. Light water wave affecting some of the pages along the lower gutter, and a very, very light stain on the title page.

Inventory #: 31075
Price: $ 100.00       

Cullity, Brian, et al. Slipped and Glazed: Regional American Redware. Sandwich Heritage Plantation: 1991. The fine catalog which accompanied a loan exhibition. Well written and well illustrated. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 81 pages, some color and many b/w illustrations light soil.

Inventory #: 34359
Price: $ 200.00       

Cummins, Genevieve. Antique Boxes -Inside and Out. For Eating, Drinking and Being Merry, Work, Play and the Boudoir. Woodbridge Antique Collectors' Club: 2006. All right boxing fans, have we got a book for you! You really have to see this book to believe it. It's big, it's beautiful, and it's packed with fantastic antique boxes- boxes for eating, drinking, "being merry" (oh my), work boxes, alms boxes, boxes for play, hobbies, sewing, gaming, knives, tea, salt, betel boxes, cricket boxes, hat boxes, writing boxes, perfume boxes -if somebody put it in a box, the box is here. And Cummins is not only concerned with outward appearances- one of the most valuable aspects of this book is that most of the boxes are also shown opened- with their original, or nearly original, contents. "Boxes are beguiling," the jacket says, "because they can have the double delight of an enticing exterior and the anticipation and satisfaction of a fully fitted interior." There's a lot of satisfaction to be had from this book. Hardcover. 9.5"x12", 439 pages, packed with color and b/w illustrations, dj bibliography. New.

Inventory #: 90166
Price: $ 69.50       

DeKorne, James. Aspen Art in the New Mexico Highlands. Santa Fe Museum of New Mexico Press: 1970. The New Mexican highlands is sheep country, and is also dotted with aspen, a tree whose distinctive bark invites "doodling" with a knife or pointed object. New Mexican sheep herders, with little else to do, as well as other passersby and travelers, have all left their names, drawings and slogans on the aspen trees. James DeKorne was the first one to come along and photograph them. Rural graffiti. Hardcover. 10"x10.5", 12 pages of text plus 71 b/w illustrations.

Inventory #: 7256
Price: $ 25.00       

Dorge, Valerie & F. Carey Howlett, eds. Painted Wood: History and Conservation. Los Angeles Getty Conservation Institute: 1998. "Proceedings of a symposium organized by the Wooden Artifacts Group of the American Institute for Conservation of Historic and Artistic Works, and the Foundation of the AIC, held at Colonial Williamsburg" in 1994. Softcover. 8.5"x11.5", 539 pages, color and black & white illustrations. Water has left light staining and a moderate wrinkle along the bottom quarter of the second half of the book, but there is no paper adhesion. A scarce and desirable title in any condition.

Inventory #: 33206
Price: $ 200.00       

Dreppard, Carl W. Joseph Kehn, The Wood Turner. [contained in] Papers Read Before the Lancaster County Historical Society, Vol.LVIII, No.7. 1954. The text of an address about Lancaster-County wood turner Joseph Lehn [1798-1892]. Anecdotal, and folksy, with some smacks at antique collectors and "a post Civil War hobo named Schimmel" who carved eagles, thrown in for good measure. Softcover. 6"x9", article- 9 pages, 4 black & white illustrations. Entire issue- 30 pages, black & white illustrations. Some soil, slight stain and 'warble' to the upper corner, top edge of cover slightly torn.

Inventory #: 32992
Price: $ 45.00       

Earnest, Corinne Patty & Beverly Repass Hoch. German-American Family Records in the Fraktur Tradition. Birth & Baptismal Certificates and Bible Records. Albuquerque Russell D. Earnest Associates/Beverly Repass Hoch: 1991. "The first major publication devoted solely to genealogical information on fraktur". A valuable resource, with a full index of names. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 254 pages, some line illustrations. Minor wear.

Inventory #: 35985
Price: $ 65.00       

Earnest, Russell and Corinne. Flying Leaves and One-Sheets. Pennsylvania German Broadsides, Fraktur, and Their Printers. New Castle Oak Knoll Books: 2005. A very well-illustrated study of 18th and 19th century Pennsylvania German broadsides and frakturs in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Ohio, and the Shenandoah Valley. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 337 pages, color illustrations, dust jacket. Fine. Inscribed.

Inventory #: 35983
Price: $ 50.00       

[Egan, Folk Art] The Folk Art Collection of Susan and Raymond Egan. Northeast Auctions: August 5, 2006. An extraordinary and finely-wrought collection. The Egans collected American folk art for 40 years, and focused on obtaining the finest examples available, in original condition. Softcover. 8.5"x11", 159 pages, 358 lots, color illustrations. Some wear, some pen notes.

Inventory #: 35723
Price: $ 45.00       

Emmerling, Mary Ellisor. Collecting American Country. How to Select, Maintain and Display Country Pieces. New York Clarkson Potter: 1983. The sequel to the frighteningly popular "American Country" and spawner of millions of pieces of painted country knick-knacks and strawberry quilts. Mary Emmerling never did quite become Martha Stewart, but she can take comfort that at least she isn't being indicted... Hardcover. 10"x10", 276 pages, packed with color and b/w illustrations, dj light "wave" and a little soil.

Inventory #: 3324
Price: $ 20.00       

Fabian, Monroe H. The Pennsylvania-German Decorated Chest. Atglen Schiffer Publishing: 2004. A new edition of this classic and standard reference, with some new photographs and a new Foreword. Ames & Ward notes- "Thoroughly examines the European background, construction, hardware, surface decoration, use and makers of this regional form... Much nonsense has been published about these objects, but Fabian's judicious handling of evidence, his reliable dating, and large number of illustrations make a valuable contribution". Semowich says "the most complete study of this form". Semowich 1096. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 246 pages, many black & white and some color illustrations, dust jacket. New condition.

Inventory #: 90307
Price: $ 49.95       

Fendelman, Helaine. Tramp Art. An Itinerant's Folk Art. New York E.P. Dutton: 1975. The very first book on tramp art, by a leading authority on American folk art. A small classic. Softcover. 5.5"x8", 127 pages, b/w and color illustrations. Tips thumbed, light wear. Inscribed by the author to noted antique & folk art dealer Wayne Pratt.

Inventory #: 31566
Price: $ 85.00       

[Fine] Americana from the Collection of M. Austin and Jill R. Fine. New York Sotheby's: January 30, 1987. Sale 5552. The auction sale of a fine collection of American folk art and related furniture and accessories. Softcover. 8"x10.5", 337 lots, color and b/w illustrations. Prices realised sheet stapled to first page. Light wear, a nice copy.

Inventory #: 31628
Price: $ 40.00       

[Floyd Chairs] Important American Furniture, Folk Art and Decorative Arts. New York Christie's: October 21, 1994. Sale 7980. Included a set of seven Federal side chairs that descended directly from William Floyd, a signer of the Declaration of Independence. Softcover. 8"x10.5", 120 pages, 202 lots, color and b/w illustrations, light wear.

Inventory #: 9021
Price: $ 35.00       

[Folk Art] Mid-European Folk Art and Utilitarian Articles, property of an Eastern Educational Institution. New York Parke-Bernet Galleries: December 16th, 1943. Sale 511. A fascinating sale for the period, when this type of material was not as well thought of as it is today. The auction included "peasant furniture & ceramics, Gothic and Renaissance sculptures, farm implements, household utensils, English lustre ware & pottery". There were some pieces of early American pottery included. Softcover. 6"x9.5", 39 pages, 235 lots, b/w illustrations, near fine.

Inventory #: 7257
Price: $ 45.00       

Freeston, Ewart C. Prisoner-of-War Ship Models, 1775-1825. Lymington Nautical Publishing Company: 1973. A well-illustrated, standard study of these unique and beautiful models, relics in bone, ivory, wood, straw and tortoiseshell of the French and English Napoleonic-era wars. Freeston dug back into period records and made many surprising discoveries about how these models were made and by whom, and for what reasons. The heart of such a book, of course, are the models themselves, which are nicely illustrated here with many close-ups showing their intricate and astonishing details. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 174 pages, 1 color and many b/w illustrations, dj. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35300
Price: $ 75.00       

Frost, Joseph W.P., et al. The Heritage of Woodcarving, An Exhibition of Decorative Arts by John Haley Bellamy, Master Ship Carver and Seven Rockland, Maine Carvers. Rockland William Farnsworth Museum: 1975. A loan exhibition of Bellamy wood carving which also features the work of six contemporary Maine carvers working in the same general style, which makes for a fascinating medley. The contemporary carvers are Donald H. Brackett, Lucien K. Green, Victor R. Malmstrom, Guy E, Nicholas, Joseph E. Verrill, and Edwin E. Witham. In addition, a 19th century carved eagle by Maine carver George S. Wasson is illustrated. An interesting catalog -not the only reference you will want to have on Bellamy, but worthwhile nonetheless. Softcover. 11"x8.5", 29 pages, 16 black & white illustrations of Bellamy's work, and 8 black & white illustrations of the work of other carvers. A little light soil, but overall in fine, clean condition.

Inventory #: 33262
Price: $ 45.00       

Gehret, Ellen J. This is the Way I Pass My Time. A Book About Pennsylvania German Decorated Hand Towels. The Pennsylvania German Society: 1985. A profusely-illustrated study of these distinctive folk textiles of the Pennsylvania Germans which reached the peak of their popularity in the mid-19th century. Hardcover. 9"x11.5", 292 pages, black & white and color illustrations, dust jacket. Light jacket soil.

Inventory #: 35512
Price: $ 60.00       

Goldberger, Russ J. & Alan G. Haid. Mason Decoys. A Complete Pictorial Guide. Burtonsville Decoy Magazine: 1993. A well-illustrated study of antique Mason decoys which drew on a number of collections from across America. Hardcover. 8.5"x11", 143 pages, color illustrations, dust jacket. Light wear, with rear endpaper wrinkled, last few pages with light partial ripple. Inscribed by Goldberger to Wayne Pratt.

Inventory #: 34387
Price: $ 175.00       

Gould, Mary Earle. Early American Wooden Ware & other Kitchen Utensils. Springfield Pond-Ekberg Company: 1942. Revised edition. Although first published in 1942, this remains a classic reference to American wooden wares. Gould wrote on a variety of antiquarian topics including tole ware, and assembled a collection of over 1,200 pieces of wooden ware. Hardcover. 6.5"x9.5", 243 pages, b/w illustrations. Ex-library, with several stamps and a pocket in the back. Light wear.

Inventory #: 35807
Price: $ 25.00       

Hansen, Hans Jurgen & Clas Broder Hansen. Ships' Figureheads. The Decorative Bow Figures of Ships. West Chester Schiffer Publishing: 1990. "Ships' Figureheads details the different types of figureheads as well as the sculptors who made them. Chapters include descriptions of figurehead lions, dragon heads, figureheads of the 19th century, court sculptors and their work on royal pleasure craft and independent figure carvers." Hardcover. 6"x9.5", 128 pages, color and black & white illustrations, dust jacket. Fine.

Inventory #: 90375
Price: $ 24.95       

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