The child’s head nods back and forth by pivoting on a tiny metal bar inserted through her neck .
Condition is mint, and the piece is signed on the bottom of her right foot: “Hand Painted Lenwile China Ardalt Japan 6529”.
Black nodders are quite difficult to come by and have become an interesting sub-collecting category in the field of Black Americana! Not to be missed!
Please see the companion matching Ardalt Black Nodder pieces also available (pictured here as well) - the Black Girl Child Nodder and the Black Boy Clown Nodder!!
GOLD DUST Trolley Signs are a very rare find in today’s market as they were made of cardboard, a material much less likely to withstand the test of time as opposed to tin advertising signs which were much sturdier!
This Gold Dust trolley sign features the Gold Dust Twins dressed in ruffled, red skirts emblazoned with the words “GOLD DUST”, busily scrubbing the front porch and the kitchen in a vigorous attempt at “Spring Cleaning”. The colors featured in this trolley sign are just stunning—greens, pale peachy-colored orange, pale blue, and yellows with white apple blossoms and red tulips flowering in profusion!! To the left of the Gold Dust Twin scrubbing the front porch, sits a large box of Gold Dust Washing Powder. The advertisement proclaims in black-outlined, peachy-orange lettering: “For Spring House Cleaning”.
The condition of this trolley sign is truly quite fine. Colors are very strong and consistent throughout; please ignore the various glass reflections seen in some of the photos- they were unavoidable and do appear to make the colors appear a bit faded—which is inaccurate! The sign is free of rips or tears although it does have two, early, fold-creases – one running from top to bottom of the sign along the left side of the pail and between the “O” and “L” in “GOLD” and the other vertical crease on the very right edge of the sign, running through the stove in the kitchen to the “T” in “DUST”. The creases are very unobtrusive and do not detract from the wonderful, colorful imagery this sign conveys.
An unusual opportunity to acquire a very RARE piece of Black Americana!!
The condition is excellent with minor edge wear to the leather case. One vial is missing. Also contained within the interior of the case are a few prescription forms marked "MEDICAL DEPARTMENT U.S. NAVY". Measures 10.5L x 2.5W x 4H.
Both dolls are in near perfect condition with the exception of a tiny teardrop mark under brother's left eye and a tiny hole next to sister's left side of face on her hairline. Detailing is very sweet with nicely embroidered facial features and color-coordinated, machine-stitched clothing. Hair is authentic looking made of fuzzy wool yarn-- brother's hair is curly and nubby--- sister's is done in a head full of bow-tied pigtails! Bodies are machine-stitched, brown cotton that are each stuffed with cotton batting.
A pair of cuties!!!
Lettering is original and in very good condition except for some unobtrusive scuffing and loss. Please note that the lettering is bordered with black enhancement. There are 2 holes, one on each side which were originally used for mounting on the building exterior.
Will make a great addition to your collection.
The fisherman, measuring 9.75 inches tall, retains an old tag-label announcing the fisherman’s name, “Toby”. In excellent condition, he wears a wide smile, short pants, mustard-colored felt hat and blue shirt with flowered tie, and proudly displays the two celluloid fish he has caught which hang from his wooden pole.
The cotton picker measuring 11 inches tall, wears a somber face while plodding along with his walking stick and burlap bag which overflows with freshly picked cotton. Tagged “Old Black Joe”, he sports a fuzzy gray beard. In excellent condition, he wears long pants, a red, white and blue shirt with red and white checked tie, and black felt hat.
The banjo player measures 9.25 inches tall with mouth painted in full song as he sings along to his banjo-playing! He wears tweed pants, and a red and blue checked shirt with brown felt hat. An older gent, he wears a gray fuzzy beard and is tagged “Uncle Ned”. He shows some wear of his 90+ years: his left foot remains attached by the skeletal wire of his base structure but the brown cloth tape that attaches foot with leg has separated (see photo), creating a wiggly foot. His head is also loose but is supported by a piece of scotch tape put in place by the previous owner. While also wiggly, it also remains attached by the skeletal wire. Any further restoration of "Uncle Ned" will be left to the new owner. If he is going to be placed for display in a protective environment (as all collectible dolls should be), he will be fine left just as he is.
As cited in the "Encyclopedia of American Folk Art By Gerard C. Wertkin, Lee Kogan, American Folk Art Museum", page 135, the authors note the following: "Most nut head dolls were small, 3-10 inches tall...American in origin...with the character and personality determined by the type of nut used...they fit into the rich, craft heritage of the Southern United States highlands. In the Deep South, nut head dolls often portrayed African Americans in stereotypical roles."
A trio of very special dolls who look just fabulous displayed together! These seldom-found dolls are priced separately at $295.00 each.
The condition of the cabinet is very good with some exterior damage to the top back portion. The finish appears original and the interior is good. The door opens and closes easily. The tin is good with wear commensurate with its age. The printing is clearly visible on the medicines noted on the tin.
The cabinet measures 26.5 inches high x 21 inches wide x 7 inches deep.
A fabulous find!
Please note: 1st photo is representative of actual color; remaining photos suffer from "sunlight washout".
The bowl has glaze crazing typical of an 85+ year old piece of pottery with no cracks or hairlines. Three imperfections are noted and are in close proximity to one another (see photo): a manufacturer’s abrasion that is coated in original glazing and two small, superficial (1/8” and ¼”) flakes.
An lovely piece of American Spongeware! Becoming much more difficult to find- particularly in this condition!
Please type the word "spongeware" into the Search box to find the other pieces of C1900-1920 Ohio Yellowware Spongeware currently being offered for sale. All pieces are prices separately.
These iron, hand-forged, 19th century slave ship shackles were purchased back in the early 1960’s out of a family estate in New Orleans, Louisiana, whose 18th and 19th century ancestors were involved in the slave trade. The shackles remain all-original and untouched with fifteen very heavy chain links that vary in size, measuring a total of 40 inches in length when positioned in a straight line. The cuff size is enormous with diameter measurements of 4.75 and 4.25 inches each; the heft and weight of each cuff is quite impressive. This very weighty set was designed to immobilize when the two circular links were attached to another locking shackle on the interior wall of the ship. An utterly horrible, tangible testament to the malevolence of slavery.
The anonymous museum benefactor from Georgia kept this particular set aside from those items he had planned to donate to the Middle Passage Museum due to the rarity in opportunity of acquiring slave ship shackles---the only set he acquired in his many years of collecting which began in the early 1950's before the collectible field of Black Americana was popular or even socially or politically acceptable.
Also currently offered for sale and priced separately are a set of 19th century, hand-made, Georgia, Jone's County plantation, adult slave shackles with KEY, a very diminutive set of 19thC, child shackles from a plantation in Americus, Georgia and a rarely found, 19thC Slave Rattle Shackle out of the Charleston, South Carolina area-- all very atypical finds! Please type the word "shackles" in the search box on our home page to find these sets of shackles.
The Middle Passage Museum was the dream of Jim and Mary Anne Petty of Mississippi as well as that of an anonymous Georgian benefactor who had together compiled a collection of slave artifacts numbering over 15,000 pieces and who had hoped to find a permanent site in Mobile, Alabama, for their museum. While they formed a non-profit organization to raise funds for their hoped-for museum, their dream was never realized.
In a 2003 statement, Jim Petty remarked, "The importance of the exhibit of these artifacts is to understand the harshness of what slavery and segregation was all about. The items in the exhibit remind us of the terrible heinousness of slavery. Viewing the collection can be very emotional, but it is a tool through which we can understand, honor and respect a great culture. We want to realize that out of slavery, a great culture emerged, and carried on, and continued to strive for a better life regardless of the adverse conditions that were placed upon them."
This incredible slave collar speaks for itself, opening yet another small window into the history of African-American slavery. The collar is labeled with the enterprise's business name, Ross and Drum, out of Florence, South Carolina (SC), and is dated 1846. This enterprise was likely involved in the trading and auctioning of African-American slaves given its pronouncement of the phrasing "Negroes &" on the metal plate of the collar. The "&" likely implied the service of selling all "other" manner of estate "property" from land to livestock. Slaves- or Negroes as they were commonly referred to in the "slave states"- were considered "property", not human beings.
Measuring approximately 33 inches in length, the collar band is constructed of thick, sturdy leather, upon which is fastened a brass-appearing, engraved plaque, with ten, hand-forged, iron links forming the chain. Two circular, iron loops appear at either end of the leather collar. The collar weighs a hefty 1.6 lbs.
The slave collar plaque, ironically, is decoratively etched and features two crosses and two Masonry symbols, along with other symbolic engravings.
A stunning and important museum-quality offering without question!
A wonderful and rarely found piece of Black Americana!
Given away as a premium for opening a bank account, this bank advertises the Mechanics Savings Bank of Hartford, Connecticut.
The bank is complete with the famous Liberty Bell crack down its front as well as this slogan etched around its top, "Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All The Inhabitants Thereof. LEV XXV 10".
Manufactured by the Bankers S & C System Company, Cleveland, Ohio, this bank bears a patent date of February 18, 1919, as inscribed on its base. Made of metal and wood. The whereabouts of the original key is unknown but it is likely that any flat metal key of the period of the appropriate size would open it.
A fine decorative piece for either the still bank collector or Revolutionary War buff!
The cup is embossed with swirls, dots and bows as well as decorated further with gold-drawn designs and 2 large, hand-painted pink roses with 1 smaller cream-colored rose. The cup base is scalloped and the fancy handle is gold-gilded.
A very pretty piece!
The label references the 1906 Food and Drug Act, and the bottle retains partial contents. The bottle is in fine condition and measures about 4 inches high, sporting a mildly worn label.
Female specific medicines remain elusive - don't miss out!
Made of a plastic, it retains its original clasp on back that is stamped in the teeniest of letters: “Made in Czechoslovakia”.
This circa 1920-30's Johnny Griffin tie rack is constructed in solid brass. It remains functional for such use today; however, only two of the five original tie hooks remain.
It is in all original condition with fabulous patina- not a reproduction- no replaced parts- and measures 13 inches long.
Johnny Griffin Black Americana collectibles should form the cornerstone of any serious Black Memorabilia collection!
To see all of the Johnny Griffin items currently available for sale, simply type “Johnny Griffin” into the search box on our web home page.
Illustrated by (simply) Suzanne in fabulous, eye-popping, bright colors, this version of Little Black Sambo shows little wear: minor edge and corner wear to front and back covers as well as to front side of binding area. This light wear is not atypical for a respectfully-used and read book. Binding is nice and tight, with an absence of rips and/or folds to pages. Age-related yellowing of pages throughout. Please note: lighting conditions caused the right-hand-side page in each photo to be be darker and in shadow. This is not the case--a photographic faux-pas!
A delightful edition of classic, Little Black Sambo!