The trademark for Sharpoint is a cleverly-designed, eye-catching, broadly smiling image of an African American gent. If one looks closely, one can clearly see the words "Sharpoint Cobblers Nails" printed within the black space of the gent's mouth! A very "sharp" advertising strategy!
Sharpoint Wire Cobbler's Nails were manufactured by the Charles F. Baker Co, Boston, Massachusetts. The smaller box retains its end flap which features both the manufacturing and patent information, with the patent number corresponding to a 1933 USA Patent date. Each box amazingly still retains the original cobbler's nails!
The boxes are in very good condition considering their age and the fact that they held tiny, sharp nails for over 80 years! As stated earlier, the smaller box does retain the end flap which features manufacturing info. The larger box is missing this flap. The cover litho on each box remains very crisp and clear. Typical, age-related edge wear is noted. Please peruse all photos for condition details. The boxes have been shrink-wrapped to protect the integrity of the cardboard, and they do contain the nails.
These VERY, VERY RARELY FOUND SALESMAN SAMPLE size boxes WITH ORIGINAL NAILS are offered at $125 each, or the two boxes can be purchased as a pair for $198.00 firm.
1) PLANTATION PAGEANTS by Joel Chandler Harris, author of UNCLE REMUS. Copyright 1900 by Houghton, Mifflin and Company, Boston, Massachusetts. Black and white illustrations by E. Boyd Smith. Cloth Hardcover, 247 pages.
Summary: Very interesting stories of the South that span the period of 1865, the end of the Civil War, to 1900.
Condition: Wear and staining to covers, some cloth missing from back cover, some cover separation from binding although pages remain bound tightly with all present.
2) LITTLE BROWN KOKO’S PETS AND PLAYMATES BOOK by Blanche Seale Hunt and illustrated by Sybil Fudge and Jody Hawkins. Published in 1959 by The C.E.I. Publishing Company out of Athens, Alabama. Hard cover, approximately 8" x 10" inches, 96 pages. Brilliantly colored illustrations.
Summary: Contains 19 short stories about a cute little black boy, his traditional friends (both boys and girls) and animals.
Condition: This is new old stock- never used or circulated; however, when opened to review condition for this listing, the front cover, unfortunately cracked at the seam, likely due to dryness. Otherwise perfect.
3) UNCLE TOM'S CABIN, Young Folks' Edition. y Harriet Beecher Stowe. Published 1913 by M. A. Donohue & Company, Chicago and New York. Soft Cardboard Cover, Black Line Illustrations throughout. 34 pages.
Summary: Abridged, children's version of the original classic.
Condition: Fragile. Significant overall wear to cover, especially at edges and at binding, creasing of covers. Pages are partially separating from the cover. Pages have tanned with age; some pages have small tears, all pages are present. One illustration was colored in with crayons.
4) LITTLE BLACK SAMBO TELL-A-TALE Book with illustrations by Violet LaMont. Copyright 1959 by Western Publishing, Racine, Wisconsin. Hardcover, 28 pages.
Summary:The classic tale of Little Black Sambo and his tiger encounter!
Condition: A 9.5 out of 10! This books has seen very little use with just a teeny bit of wear to book edge points. Otherwise, perfect!
She has a muslin, machine-stitched body which is stuffed with sawdust. Her feet are black cotton. Upper arms are also stuffed muslin with composition forearms.
Her curly-haired head is molded composition; eyes, nostrils, and lips are handpainted-- note the BLUE EYES!!
She wears a muslin slip under a Victorian styled, machine-stitched, tiered ruffled dress. Her clothing has been professionally laundered but does remain darkened with age in some areas- the photos make these dark areas appear more prominent than they are when viewed by the naked eye.
Condition: Difficult to photograph due to camera glare off the composition, her head remains in pristine, all original condition- no repaint- with just a couple of very teeny white flecks here and there! The breastplate has an old glue repair which appears to be quite solid. The repair is not visible unless the doll is undressed. Superficial wear to each thumb is evident as is seen in photos. No cracking or peeling to composition. She was very well cared for over the years!
A very lovely and rare Black doll!
Painted in 1934, the framed piece measures 20" x 26.5"; the watercolor, 13” x 19.5 “. Completed in various subtle tones of blue, gray, green, and brown. The watercolor was reframed in 1987 by the previous owner.
Constructed of cardboard with black printing, this circa 1930-40's sign reads: " Coleman's Hotel Colored. Special Attention to Tourists. Ashland Virginia".
The sign remains in all-original condition inclusive of minor discoloration as noted in photos and small chips to the upper right and lower left corners. Print source is noted: "Herald-Progress Print, Ashland, VA".
This is NOT a reproduction, but rather a fortunate preservation. It is quite amazing that this sign has survived the many years being constructed out of cardboard. It was clearly stored away in such a manner that preserved its original condition.
Travel for African Americans during the Jim Crow period was difficult and complicated, with limited options for eating, sleeping, even procuring gasoline for the car. As a result, black-owned hotels and motels placed signs such as this one prominently in their windows. There were even special travel-guides to help African Americans plan their trips, hopefully, without incident. Victor Green's "Green Guide" provided state by state lists of colored hotels, motels and other travel-related businesses that catered to African-Americans.
Quite possibly the ONLY sign remaining extant from this particular, racially segregated establishment. An historically significant piece!
1) C1945-9, Darling Bisque Little girl Native with pigtails, wearing feather skirt and 2 beaded necklaces; marked on back "Made in Occupied Japan". Approx 3.25 inches tall, some wear to paint as noted in photos. (Little Boy Native that is pictured fell and broke into pieces during listing)
2) C1960s, Souvenir Mammy Bell, approx 6.25 inches tall, functional aluminum bell with wooded handle. Cotton clothes and headscarf with skirt stamped "New Orlean, La." Yarn arms, yarn head with cardboard eyes and nose.
3) C1940s, Very nicely appointed, Souvenir Mammy, Nut Head & Wooden Clothespin Doll, approx 6.25 inches tall,. Well-detailed, hand-painted face on a head made from a walnut, yarn hair, cotton clothing with pretty scalloped-edge skirt stamped, "I comes from N'Awlins". Fabric-coated wire feet and arms; body is a clothespin. Doll is holding a paper duster in her right hand and a rectangular woven straw basket with netted liner on her left arm. Very sweet!
4) C1950s, Male Carnival Dice Skaker, approx 4.5 inches tall. Pipe cleaner body, cotton clothing, with nicely painted plastic face, applied eyes and applied plastic hat. Holding a disc containing 2 tiny plastic dice. Unmarked.
5) C1940s, Rubber Nipple Mammy Doll, approx 3.25 inches tall. Cotton clothing and head scarf with hand stitched needlepoint-threaded, sewn-on eyes and mouth on the nipple head. Unmarked.
6) C1950s Bisque, unmarked female black doll with red bow atop head, swathed in unmanufactured cotton--likely a souvenir piece from one of the southern cotton growing states. Approx 3 inches tall, wired onto circular wood stand.
7) C1950s, Bisque ashtray with ashes and cigarette depositories. Marked "Made in Japan" in two places, and also "Ashes" and "Cigarettes". Ashtray depicts a small black boy hiding between the drying laundry. Nicely painted, excellent condition- no chips, cracks etc. Approx 2.5 inches wide and high, and approx 3 inches long.
8) C1940-50s, Bisque Novelty Outhouse piece with 2 black figures, stamped "Japan" on base, "NEXT" on front, approx 2.25 inches high, 1.50 inches deep and 1 inch wide. Some tiny wear to black paint, no chips, cracks, etc.
9) C1940-50s, Bisque Novelty Black Figure Holding onto a Toilet, approx 1.25 inches high x 1.75 inches long, marked "JAPAN" on base. Wear to black paint and gold leaf paint around toilet rim. No cracks, chips, etc.
10 & 11) Two C1940s, Metal Minstrel noisemakers with wood handles, working. One marked "Mae in USA"; the other marked "US Metal Toy Mfg Co". Approx 5.50 inches long. Minor wear and scuffing to paint.
12 & 13) Two, C1950's, Decks of OLD MAID Playing Cards, both complete, both containing black Sambo, Black Seedy, and Black Honey Pie cards. One box has very minor edge wear' the other has more significant loss to the top layer of the cardboard only.
14 & 15) Two, C1950s, Mint-In-The-Envelopes, Joe Stuthard, Jointed-Cardboard, Black Sambo Dancing Figures MAGIC TRICK, The Sambo figures are appox. 11 inches long, colored in bright crisp, red, black and white. Instructions are printed on the back of each envelope. Neither figure ever used. One envelope still remains sealed, the other is unsealed. Figure displays very nicely.
16) C1930s,The Star Series "Funny Jokes and Funny Stories" Book with illustrations. Paperback, 5.25 inches long x 4 inches wide. Western Printing & Litho Company, Racine, Wisconsin. No date. Binding tight, no missing or ripped pages, front cover has 1 inch tear. GREAT litho on front cover.
17-23) C1960's: one Black Man Head Cracker Jack toy, 2 Plastic Black Man Head buttons, 2 Pairs of Black Boy & Girl Metal, Painted Pins and/or Charms. Lengths of this grouping measure from 1/2 inch to 7/8 inches.
24-26) One C1960, Costume, Female Blackamoor Head, Gold-wash, Metal Pin with 7 red, aquamarine and clear crystals imbedded; No markings, some loss to the gold wash, but the black painted face remains perfect. One Pair, wooden ball, clip-on earrings painted to look like Mammies; no markings, excellent condition.
27) C 1960s, Fabric Black-Face mask. Eyebrows, Eyes and Lips are hand-painted. Measures approx 7 inches long x 6.5 inches wide. No Markings.
The label is unused and is in excellent condition with wonderful, even coloring (any appearance of fading is due to light reflection only).
Approximate measurements: the oval label measures 4.50 x 3.50 inches.
Would look wonderful framed!!
Please take a moment to view my other grouping of vintage French rum labels!
The overall condition of the doll is quite good. It remains in all original condition. The papier mache head is solid with no chips, cracks, or broken areas, and the hand-painted details are strong with little to no loss. The torso is solid and the arms are attached with no breaks. The legs have some damage to the wood. They have split near the top and have some small wood loss, thus, are held securely in place with a string that has been tied to them. The wooden center dowels are still present, however, and they can be repaired if so desired. The clothing is all original and is still in nice condition with no tears or holes, only some light fading and discoloration from age.
Measuring 5 1/8 inches tall with soap dish attached, Mammy's colors- her deep red dress, mustard yellow shawl, and yellow and red polka dot head scarf- remain vibrant and brilliant with a wonderful old patina! Her face features large, dark eyes and a smiling, red mouth.
The soap dish is designed to be removed, and its anchoring cast iron peg fits into a hole atop Mammy's head. The exterior of the soap dish is cast to resemble a wicker laundry basket and is painted a slightly lighter-toned, mustard yellow.
A delightful, vintage piece of early Black Americana in premium condition!
The statuette is constructed of lucite and is placed on a painted wood base. The piece is very nicely hand-painted and detailed. It depicts Ms. Baker in her famous banana skin skirt, wearing large loop earrings and holding her long, slender, silver cigarette holder. Her anatomical assets are duly accented in aluminum. The base is constructed utilizing the Art Deco design styling of the 1930's--the decade in which Ms. Baker first acquired her fame. The card holder, itself, is also aluminum.
Condition is mint with just the teeniest of surface scratches here and there apparent only when the piece is held to the light. Some slight pitting to the aluminum card holder edges.
Josephine Baker (June 3, 1906 – April 12, 1975) was an American-born French entertainer, most noted for her celebrated Folies Bergère singing career. In her early career, she was a feted dancer and is often credited as a movie star, although she only starred in 3 films in her early career. She was given the nicknames "Black Venus" or "Black Pearl" and "Créole Goddess", while in France she was known in the old theatrical tradition as "La Baker". She became a citizen of France in 1937. She is also credited for her contributions to the Civil Rights Movement in North America and for being an inspiration to generations of African-American female entertainers.
The toy is in very fine, working condition. When wound, the black dancers bob up and down, moving their hinged legs about and swinging their arms. The dancer's heads, bodies, and arms are constructed of flat tin, while their legs and feet are three dimensional. Other than a few light scratches here and there, the surface lithography and paint is in fabulous condition.
The toy measures 8” tall and 5 ½” wide. Marked with “MADE IN U.S.A.” on the back of the dancer's jackets as well as "MADE IN USA" and "PAT 2072308" (Patent Year 1937) on the bottom of the toy base.
Remaining in its original frame, this watercolor retains its vibrant color. A lovely piece of Black Americana executed with some naivete!
Please ignore any white streaks seen in photos; these are the result of light reflection off of the glass.
Demonstrating some degree of age-related paint loss as seen in photos, Shufflin' Sam remains fully functional, shuffling his feet and twirling his blue umbrella when he is gently pulled along a flat surface. His manufacturer is unknown. On his base is written in ink, a very OLD price of $22.00!
The paint loss imperfections do not interfere with the toy's overall charming visual appeal! This exceptional toy has never been repaired or repainted; it remains in all-original condition!
Wooden toys were produced with less frequency than their tin counterparts and also tended to be less hardy, and thus, a far fewer number of them survive today as compared to the more frequently discovered tin and metal toys of the same era.
"Shufflin' Sam" is very RARELY found (The FIRST time I have ever been able to offer him!!!), and the opportunity to acquire him should not be overlooked!
The 3 dolls were grouped together in a creative display that supported the sale of Aunt Jemima Pancake products! Their costumes are all identical and were hand-stitched and made especially for the planned Aunt Jemima display.
Each of the dolls remain intact inside an encasement of glue and paper wrapping and are attached to home-made, plaster-of-Paris-based, rectangular platforms. The platforms were created in 1958 as is written on the bottom of each base, and the dolls remained in place until the store closed in the early 1980s.
The large doll is 11 inches tall and evidences age-crackling to her composition face and hands; her right hand is actually missing a small piece of composition (see photo). Black hair peeks out from inside her checkered head scarf framing her sweet face!
The doll on the left side is the shortest, measuring 5 3/4 inches high. She is in fine condition and her eyes are placed in an interesting sideward glance.
The doll on the right measures 6 1/4 inches tall. Her composition is in fine condition with the exception to some small loss at the very top of her head (see photo).
Certainly a very visually appealing trio, sold all together as a group of three!
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!
Mammy's paper memo pad is original to the piece; however, she is missing her original pencil which would slip into the hole in her right hand and down into the broom top to form the broom handle! A present day pencil may be used as a replacement.
Condition is quite good with some tiny, age-related, surface and edge flecks as seen in photos. No repaint, cracks, repairs, no breaks! No maker's mark.
Marked "Copyright 1924", in the lower left hand corner, this extremely hard-to-find advertising piece measures 10.5 inches wide x 13.5 inches high. Colorful and visually interesting, the heavy cardboard diecut depicts an engaging Uncle Wabash serenely strumming his banjo on his front porch! Guess the message to the consumer was, "Eat one of Uncle Wabash's cupcakes to experience your own little slice of heaven and serenity!"
Condition of this charming piece of Black Historical ephemera is quite good given its 80+ years of age!! Old water staining to bottom of the diecut does little to detract from the piece. Crease line to one cupcake edge. Appropriate age foxing to back.
In very nice condition with minor scratches to paint here and there as seen in photos, this wind-up toy works, but the mechanism does have the tendency to stick a little. Marked J. Chein.
A must-have for the avid Black Memorabilia Toy collector!