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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Memorabilia : Black Americana : Pre 1900 item #1409007 (stock #HelRid17)
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$785.00
Copyrighted in 1874 by E. B. Foote, M.D., and published by Murray Hill Publishers, New York, this complete, Extra-Rare, 5 Volume Set and Educational Children's Series, is very, very rarely found! Swann Auction Galleries, which specializes in unique and rare Black Americana, recently sold a complete set for $1400!

Entitled "Science In Story", "Sammy Tubbs, The Boy Doctor and Sponsie, The Troublesome Monkey", this complete set was published in 1885.

The author, Dr. Edward Bliss Foote (1826-1906), a progressive, forward-thinking physician, was not only a steward of public hygiene and birth control, but was additionally an active abolitionist and civil rights advocate. Dr. Foote, in utilizing a story-telling, narrative format, hoped to promote children's education and understanding of anatomy and physiology as it was understood at that time. Each of the five volumes feature numerous, well-detailed, black and white illustrations. The volumes feature different body systems as follows:

Volume 1: The Bones, Cartilages, and Muscles, 230 pages
Volume 2: Circulation and Absorption, 232 pages
Volume 3: Digestive, Nutritive, Respiratory, and Vegetative Nervous Systems, 346 pages
Volume 4: Brain and Nerves: Cerebral Physiology, 256 pages
Volume 5: Elimination and Reproduction: (“A Book for Private Reading"), 252 pages

The stories feature an African-American boy, Sammy Tubbs, who, after being freed from slavery, travels North and finds employment at the home of a physician as a door-boy. Sammy soon begins an amazing educational journey learning about the body systems and organs of the human body as well as how to prevent and fight illness. An amusing pair of monkeys add comical interest to the stories. As Sammy grows up through the course of the five volumes, he aspires to follow the career path of his employer, attend medical school and become a doctor.

This series is quite remarkable for its era in that it features an accomplished, intellectually curious African American protagonist Additionally, it discusses and illustrates the taboo topic of female reproduction, and the socially radical topic of bi-racial romance, when a grown-up Sammy dates and is seen publicly kissing a Caucasian woman!

Condition: This clean, complete, and incredibly rare, 134 year old set is in very good condition, featuring tight bindings in all volumes. In Volumes 1, 2, 3 & 5, there additionally are no page rips, no missing pages, no pencil/pen markings or writings of any sort. All of the above conditions apply to Volume 4 with the exception of: page 62 has a 2 inch rip beginning at the top of the page with no missing paper and remaining perfectly readable, and page 149 features a publishers defect whereas the page size was over cut with the resulting page becoming crimped at the top portion of the page. Page 149 remains perfectly readable.

The set's condition suggests that these volumes were infrequently handled. Subtle, age-appropriate exterior wear is evident in various locations here and there: along book edges, along some bindings. Volume 5 shows slight cover scuffing. All five volumes have a very small area of superficial water staining at the top of the book near the binding, but the staining only extends onto the first four pages at the very, very top edge of those pages next to the binding, so this was not a significant water event. Each volume wears a bookplate on the inside cover; it appears that a previous bookplate in each book was carefully removed and replaced the current on which reads "Private Library, L. J. Bates, 18...., Not to be Loaned." Books measure 4" x 6".

All Items : Vintage Arts : Instruments and Implements : Medical : Apothecary : Pre 1900 item #1408557 (stock #M1390)
Stonegate Antiques
$100.00
This is an often overlooked and rarely found drug store tool-of-the-trade used by the early pharmacist called a POWDER FOLDER. This nice example is from the late 19th century and is made of all brass. The functional portion of the folder is on the top side which can be adjusted to expand or contract the working surface. I believe this to be of English origin by S.MAW & SONS though it is unmarked.

This diminutive beauty measures less than 4 inches when closed and just over 2 inches wide. It has a wonderful patina and is in fine condition and functional.

Compounded medicines were often bitter tasting and when in the powder form were enclosed in edible type paper. When swallowed the medicine would bypass the taste centers and dissolve in the stomach. Think of them as paper capsules.

All Items : Antiques : Instruments and Implements : Medical : Pre 1900 item #1407509 (stock #M1389)
Stonegate Antiques
$45.00
Offered is a lovely, antique, late 19th C, hand-held massaging tool. This skillfully turned hardwood handle and frame features four wood and rubber rollers which facilitate massaging technique. Many modern hand-held massaging tools mimic the design of this antique piece.

Research notes that this early medical instrument was made by the Health Culture Co.

The following patent date is stamped on the interior portion of the wheel (PAT'D APR 12, 02), however, the date of 1892 is also referenced for this particular piece in several sources, so this device appears to have been marketed prior to the granting of a patent for the design.

Measures approximately 5 1/2" x 7 1/2.

Condition is very good! This visually interesting piece retains its original finish which is a warm, honey-colored woodtone with minor stains and wear commensurate with an antique instrument. No damage. It works!!!

All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Advertising : Pre 1960 item #1407263 (stock #M1389)
Stonegate Antiques
$45.00
Offered is a very nice 1950 - 1960s era painted wood sign found in a Myrtle Beach antiques shop. This double sided sign has the same word "WATERFRONT" painted on each side. The white background and bold black stenciled lettering are identical.

This handsome sign measures 24 inches long x 6 inches high and 3/8 inches thick. There are 2 unobtrusive small holes on either side which were used when hanging the sign. Other than the expected scuff marks, surface mars, and minor stains, this sign is well preserved.

Would complement any decor or collection. PERFECT for the BEACH!

All Items : Vintage Arts : Instruments and Implements : Medical : Apothecary : Pre 1900 item #1407190 (stock #M1388)
Stonegate Antiques
$95.00
Offered is an elusive early pharmacy "tool-of-the-trade" called a pill rounder. The early apothecary required multiple devices during the compounding of medicines into pills. This essential tool was designed to form the dough like medicine into uniform circular pills prior to using a pill silverer. The pill silverer coated the nostrum and thus finished off the process of pill making.

This handsome, lathe-turned, two-sided, wooden, pill rounder sports different depths to create two size pills. It measures about 2.75 inches in diameter.

The rounder sports a wonderful honey-colored patina on the original surface. The condition is very good with honorable wear and staining commensurate with an antique pharmacy tool. The rounder is not quite perfectly round, and it has a faint hairline split on the edge. It is, however, a wonderful example of the early pharmacy trade that is seldom found.

A must for your collection!

All Items : Antiques : Instruments and Implements : Sports : Pre 1900 item #1406070 (stock #G656)
Stonegate Antiques
SOLD
Offered is a very scarce, 1870s, Scotland Maker, Long Nose, Mid Spoon, Wood Golf Club with original finish!

This rare, antique, hand-wrought golf club was recently acquired from the estate of a gentleman who had restored and collected golf clubs for 7 decades! His family, while settling his estate, remarked that he had "paid crazy prices for some of his collection!". This prized, rare club is certain to have been included in that category!

This amazing club sports its original varnish surface and is offered in "as found" condition. The top of the club shows some loss of finish that is commensurate with an antique golf club. The darkening of the finish results a wonderful patina. The club displays a lovely elegance owing to the gently-sculpted angling of the face. The sole of the club shows signs of mild use with linear scuff marks beginning at the front portion of the inlaid horn. It measures a formidable 41 inches from the heel.

The skills of the craftsman are most apparent when the club is viewed from the top. While unmarked, this club displays the form of the exceptional, highly-skilled, Scottish club makers of the 19th century. The lead has been expertly applied to the back of the club, and the original twine adds to the club's character. The hickory shaft is undamaged and sports a warm, honey-colored surface. The leather grip was expertly replaced many years ago and has signs of gentle use.

A phenomenal, rarely-found example of 19th century craftsmanship! A tangible example of exemplary golfing history!

All Items : Antiques : Instruments and Implements : Sports : Pre 1920 item #1406018 (stock #G653)
Stonegate Antiques
SOLD
Offered is a nice duo of vintage hand forged Hickory shaft golf irons from Scotland(NICOLLS) and England (HOYLAKE). Hoylake is where the historic Royal Liverpool Golf Club resides and where the 2019 WALKER CUP is being played.

Iron #1 is stamped in back with the following: "HOYLAKE SPECIAL" MID-IRON. The hickory shaft is in good shape with signs of honorable wear to the finish and wood. There is no grip on this club. This English made club sports a face with the line style construction and dates to the 1920s.

Iron #2 is marked "Hand forged in Scotland" , "NICOLLS INDICATOR. 140 YDS , "4" and more. The shaft is intact and has a break at the hosel and the finish is worn. The face sports round stamping and the club exhibits modest wear commensurate with an antique club. The grip is long gone on this handsome scarce 4 iron. Research notes that this club dates to the 1925 era based upon the "HAND" shaped mark imprinted on the back of the club.

Both clubs are worth restoring!

All Items : Antiques : Instruments and Implements : Sports : Pre 1920 item #1405988 (stock #G650)
Stonegate Antiques
$40.00
Offered is an Antique Scarce Antique Belfast THE VICTORY hickory wood shaft Ladies golf club .

This 35.5 inch club has its original smooth, mildly worn leather grip and hickory wood shaft. The shaft is solid, undamaged with an early finish that has unobtrusive wear and a warm, aged patina. The club face shows honorable wear commensurate with an antique club and a square dot manufacture pattern.

The back of the club sports various stamp marks including in script "THE VICTORY". Also noted is the following stamping: Special, Warranted, HAND FORGED, and the word "IRON". Plus, in a circular stamp is the following - "THE ATHLETIC STORES LTD BELFAST". The letter "L" is stamped to indicate it is a ladies club. THE ATHLETIC STORES building was built in 1896 in BELFAST and was used as a sports store in Northern Ireland and years later converted into a warehouse.

The club dates to the 1905 - 1925 era based on the crimped hosel design, stamped square dot pattern and similar style clubs of the era.

All Items : Antiques : Instruments and Implements : Sports : Pre 1920 item #1405986 (stock #G657)
Stonegate Antiques
SOLD
Scarce Antique Macgregor DURALITE Mashie Niblick Wood Shaft Ladies Golf Club.

This 35 inch club has its original smooth, mildly worn leather grip and hickory wood shaft. The shaft is solid, undamaged with an early finish that has unobtrusive wear and a warm, aged patina. The club face shows honorable wear commensurate with an antique club. A not often seen feature is the dual square dot and line groove pattern on the clubs face.

The back of the club sports various stamp marks including "DURALITE" plus much more. Details can be best viewed in photo #1. A seldom found feature is a stamp on the shaft noting its maker: "MADE BY THE CRAWFORD McGREGOR & CANBY CO., DAYTON, OHIO. Wooden clubs were manufactured by this company starting in 1897.

This club dates to the early 1920s based upon the above information and similar styled clubs of the period.

All Items : Popular Collectibles : Memorabilia : Sports : Pre 1940 item #1405979 (stock #G652)
Stonegate Antiques
$45.00
Offered is an elusive E. GLOVER adjustable face vintage golf club.

This is an interesting 38 inch club that sports an ingenious yet quite functional mechanism that adjusts the face into 9 separate clubs. The club sports an old style, original leather grip wrapped around a steel shaft that terminates at the club head. The back of the chrome plated club face is stamped "GLOVER'S - 1993928". This reflects a patent date of March 12, 1935 submitted by Edmund Glover.

To operate, a golfer would loosen the cylindrical nut located on the shaft, then rotate the club face to the desired loft and re-tighten.

The shaft is sturdy and has modest chrome loss and old rust pitting. The leather grip is complete showing mild wear. Modest chrome loss and tarnish is noted on the face. The adjusting mechanism works freely.

A great example of American ingenuity!

All Items : Antiques : Instruments and Implements : Sports : Pre 1920 item #1405973 (stock #g654)
Stonegate Antiques
SOLD
Offered is a nice group of 3 Antique Wood Shaft Golf Club Irons from the 1920 era.

Club #1 is a 38 inch mid iron with its original brushed, mildly worn leather grip (see small 1 inch missing piece in photo) and hickory wood shaft. The shaft is solid, undamaged with an early finish that has unobtrusive wear and a warm, aged patina. The square dot imprinted club face shows wear commensurate with an antique club. The club is marked inside an oval "G S Sprague & Co. - Boston Mass. - STANDARD".

Club #2 is a 36 inch mashie with an early repaired smooth leather grip and original hickory wood shaft the is marked "L SKIPPER". The marking on the back of club notes the following: "SPECIAL" "BTN" (which is the maker) etc. The front sports square dot imprinting.

Club #3 is a 35.5 inch very handsome mashie that sports its original leather grip and hickory shaft and round dot face imprinting . The back of the club has the following info: :A. MERCER SPECIAL CHARLOTTE", "MASHIE and :ACCURATE". In faint stamping are 3 letters "WMP" which were probably the clubs owner initials.

All clubs show honorable wear with commensurate tarnish on the club head. A very nice trio!

All Items : Antiques : Instruments and Implements : Sports : Pre 1920 item #1405972 (stock #G651)
Stonegate Antiques
$45.00
Offered are 2 early Ladies Antique Hickory Wood Shaft Golf Club irons ATCO and Meadowlark Putter. First there is the forged ATCO (Alex Taylor & Co. New York City) 37 inch club that has its original brushed, mildly worn leather grip and hickory wood shaft. The shaft is solid, undamaged with an early finish that has unobtrusive wear and a warm, aged patina. The tarnished club face shows honorable wear commensurate with an antique club and a square dot manufacture pattern. The second club is a 33.5 inch putter marked "MEADOWLARK " that sports its original shaft and smooth leather grip that are in good condition. The thick shaft is solid and has mild finish loss and imperfections commensurate with age and use. The clubs face has the broken line design pattern and a small, ancient rust imperfection and age appropriate tarnished surface patina. The clubs date to the 1910 - 1925 era based on the ATCO crimped hosel design, stamped square dot pattern and similar style clubs of the era. Both clubs have an (L) stamped on the back of each club indicating that they are ladies clubs.
All Items : Antiques : Instruments and Implements : Sports : Pre 1920 item #1405970 (stock #G649)
Stonegate Antiques
$40.00
Offered is an Antique Spalding hickory wood shaft Mashie Niblick Ladies 6 iron golf club .

This 36 inch club has its original smooth mildly worn leather grip and hickory wood shaft. The shaft is solid, undamaged with an early finish that has unobtrusive wear and a warm, aged patina. The club face shows honorable wear commensurate with an antique club.

The iron head face exhibits a scored line manufacture which exists in todays clubs.

The back of the club sports various stamp marks including the "HAMMER BRAND", 2 shamrocks, the #6, an imprinted "W" which may indicate a "WOMANS" club and "SPALDING - GOLD MEDAL" inside an oval ring. The shaft has an imprint with "AC SPAULDING - GOLD MEDAL" written. The club dates to the 1915 - 1925 era.

All Items : Antiques : Instruments and Implements : Sports : Pre 1920 item #1405960 (stock #G648)
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$50.00
Offered is an Unusual Antique hickory wood shaft DUAL FACE BRASS golf club. This two faced iron can be used as both a right and left handed club. When used as a right hand club the face appears to mimic a putter and when used left handed the club face appears to be about a 4 iron or as a chipping iron since it has a low profile face.

There are traces of chrome plating on the faces of this handsome 36 inch club. The hickory shaft sports a light toned color and the long ago replaced brushed leather grip give this club a regal feel and appearance.

The undamaged shaft has some mild bending and club faces show honorable wear with a warm, aged patina. There is a tiny wiggle at the club hosel that is unobtrusive in nature.

Deep grooved clubs such as this gem first appeared in 1914 and later outlawed in 1925. They were designed to promote more backspin to control distance and they apparently worked so well that in 1921 Jock Hutchinson won the British Open. <

I was unable to find any information on the manufacturer of this club as the only identifying mark is the letter (F) in a diamond shaped stamp.

All Items : Popular Collectibles : Memorabilia : Black Americana : Pre 1940 item #1405035 (stock #16HelRid)
Stonegate Antiques
$395.00
Offered is an extraordinarily rare, 1930's, Googly-Eyed Tea Pot made in Japan. A Google search on this item yields NO other vintage, 1930s Japan, Mammy, Googly-eyed Teapots available, further attesting to this piece's rarity!

This particular piece is in very fine condition, with cold-paint flaking on the spout and lid edge decoration noted as this piece's only readily-visualized flaws. (Cold paint refers to paint applied AFTER a piece has been painted, glazed, and fired in a kiln. Because this after-paint is not glazed and fired, it is easily subjected to flaking and disintegration.)

The teapot remains in fabulous, all-original condition with its twisted-wire, original, bail handle intact and in fine condition. The tea pot measures 5.5 inches wide from the edge of its spout and across the body to the opposite side. With its handle upright, the pot measures 7.75 inches tall. The teapot with lid, absent the handle, measures 5.25 inches tall. It is 5.75 inches wide.

As noted previously, the teapot spout presents flaking of its green paint, with two tiny flea bites present on the tip of the spout detected only via touch versus the eye. The pot has no chips, cracks, repairs or repaint. There are very teeny surface rubs on the left cheek, but these are paint flaws which occurred prior to glaze application and firing. There are also two teeny "dots"-- one on the forehead and one just to the inside corner of the right eye that are also flaws created either right before or during firing.

This fabulously RARE piece displays just wonderfully and would be a prized asset in the collection of any advanced collector! And its diminutive size makes it easy for one to display in one's collection!

All Items : Popular Collectibles : Memorabilia : Black Americana : Pre 1940 item #1405033 (stock #HelRid16)
Stonegate Antiques
SOLD
Produced by the Clown Toy Manufacturing Company of Brooklyn, New York, this very seldom-found toy appears to be a mint-in-box example- never used!

This toy company exclusively produced toys in the clown image and were fairly quickly in and out of business during the depression era 1930s; thus, very few of this particular toy were produced!

Both Bojangle and his colorful, yellow and green, metal base both measure 7 7/8 inches in length. The base has a metal rod that can be pulled upright that Bojangle is then inserted into to facilitate dancing. When the red button on the base is pushed, Bojangle dances!

Bojangle is nearly constructed entirely of wood with only his yellow hat and arms constructed from metal. Bojangle's condition is perfect as is his metal stand. One very teeny scratch on the base is present that must have resulted from handling over the years. The cardboard box is in fairly good condition with just some surface and edge wear. It is missing one end closure tab as well as the "tuck-in' piece of the primary bottom closure tab. Two end tabs and the primary top closure tab are separated from the box.

A very rare Black Americana toy in quite fabulous condition given its nearly 90 years of age!

All Items : Antiques : Instruments and Implements : Sports : Pre 1920 item #1404793 (stock #G647)
Stonegate Antiques
$75.00
Offered is a very-hard-to-find, antique, Smooth-Face, Wood Shaft, Golf Club. This beauty is a forged iron that is circa 1919 and sports a hickory shaft and original smooth leather grip. The club exhibits a rarely found smooth faced surface.

The club is stamped on the back with "KROYDON U8 - FORGED HEAT TREATED", "ACME QUALITY" and is stamped "SPADE MASHIE" on the sole. The thick hickory shaft is secure and the iron sports a tarnished patina and smooth surface. The club measures 35.5 inches from the tip of the toe to the end of the handle and exhibits mild honorable wear.

Of interest is that the use of smooth faced clubs were a rarity especially after 1910. The Kroydon Co. that originated in 1919 apparently felt there was still interest in the smooth faced concept as evidenced by this club.

SOME HISTORY
Prior to 1900, the vast majority of irons were smooth-faced. During this period, it was common for caddies to use emery cloth to lightly clean off rust from the club heads. Prior to the use of grooves or hand-punched dots being applied to the club face (to enhance backspin), caddies would use the emery cloth to roughen the "sweet spot" on the club face to promote backspin.

Beginning in the 1890's, hand-punched dots on the club face appeared and by 1905; patterns such as scored lines, dots and lines, criss-cross lines with or without dots became the norm.

The end of the smooth-face era for irons occurred around 1910, though some were still offered in catalogues after that date for those who resisted change.

All Items : Popular Collectibles : Memorabilia : Sports : Pre 1900 item #1404523 (stock #G646)
Stonegate Antiques
$190.00
Offered are two, very-hard-to-find, antique, Smooth-Face, Wood Shaft, Golf Clubs. Both hand-forged irons are circa 1900 and sport hickory shafts and original leather grips. Each club exhibits a rarely found smooth-face surface.

The club on the left is stamped with the owner's initials "T.H" and "AC SPAULDING & BROS MAKERS", plus "MODEL D HAND FORGED". The shaft is secure and is modestly split above the hosel. The iron has a tarnished patina and smooth surface. The grip is constructed of brushed leather and is complete. The club measures 40.5 inches from the tip of the toe to the end of the handle.

The club on the right is stamped "ST. ANDREWS" and "MAKERS" with the letter "L" denoting that it is a lady's club. The club face exhibits minor, honorable wear as well as an age-appropriate patina with some rust and pitting on the hosel. The shaft shows appropriate wear, is almost straight, and is secure. The original, smooth leather grip has what appears to be an ancient piece of tape (which can be removed) on each end. The club measures 34.25 inches from the tip of toe to the end of the handle.

SOME HISTORY
Prior to 1900, the vast majority of irons were smooth-faced. During this period, it was common for caddies to use emery cloth to lightly clean off rust from the club heads. Prior to the use of grooves or hand-punched dots being applied to the club face (to enhance backspin), caddies would use the emery cloth to roughen the "sweet spot" on the club face to promote backspin.

Beginning in the 1890's, hand-punched dots on the club face appeared and by 1905; patterns such as scored lines, dots and lines, criss-cross lines with or without dots became the norm.

The end of the smooth-face era for irons occurred around 1910, though some were still offered in catalogues after that date for those who resisted change.