Measuring 8.5" wide x 6.6" long, the original frame is unusually embellished in the lower left hand corner with a very detailed, three-dimensional image of a wicker baby carriage fashioned from an unidentifiable medium. The carriage is missing part of the handle, part of one carriage wheel, and a teeny bit has also been lost on the upper part of that same wheel, but these missing pieces do little to take away from this embellishment's unique character.
The lithograph measures 5.5" wide x 3.5" long and is signed "Wall" in the grass under the toddler's left foot. The copyright date, 1906, and the publisher, The Ullman Mfg. Co. of New York, appear in the lower right corner. The original backside paper liner is missing.
Measuring 3 3/8" tall x 3.75" wide, this highly collectible, 1 pound size, Black Americana tin scores an 8 out of 10 condition rating. The tin features two very strong images on front and back and retains both its original cover and bail handle. The tin evidences various areas of slight paint loss and surface wear. There are no dents or cracks, the cover has a few subtle dings (indentations) on its top, and light tarnishing is evident on the tin base and interior along with faint superficial rust. Overall great condition with wear to this tin quite commensurate with its 100+ years of age.
This tin also was produced in a 3 pound size intended for commercial use. Both sizes are equally scarce and sought after! A wonderful addition to an advanced Black Memorabilia collection!
An interesting historical side-note: a member of this same Hoyt family, John, was among the first eighteen settlers of the area which came to be known as Amesbury, Massachusetts back in 1654!
Constructed with hardwood and featuring brass hardware, this delightful piece retains its original box labeled "Made In Korea", with design copyrighted by B. Shackman & Co, 85 Fifth Avenue, New York, New York.
The wood-turned legs, wood-carved detailing and overall meticulous attention to design detail is just superb! The desk features a total of 3 drawers which open and close smoothly and easily and which are finished with brass handles or knobs. Desk swinging doors open easily, have brass knobs, and reveal six desk cubby holes and a small drawer hidden inside, just as one would have found in an original 19thC school master's desk!
Condition is all-original and superb without injury! The desk even retains its original foil sticker on the underside. The original cardboard box features a well-designed cover that offers all essential details to the prospective buyer. The front label is in perfect condition, but the cover's four corner joints have all separated, albeit due to handling over the years. All parts are present, however.
This piece is a deaccession from my personal school teacher collection, with regrets, due to lack of display space. A unique addition to one's vintage school collection!
This solid, 1/8" thick bell gives its ring the classic resonance one would expect to hear in a 19th century bell - a sound that would carry a good distance announcing the start of the school day!
The top of the bell features a decorative 3 rimmed edging. The bell retains its original black-painted wooden handle, and iron clacker and loop. A very tiny 1/16th" superficial edge chip exists - the bell must have hit a very hard surface to create that! (see close-up photo)
A lovely 19th century example of a teacher's school bell, sadly being de-accessioned from my own collection due to lack of display space!
Offered are two school slates, both designed to support children's learning, either while in school or at home.
The C1870 school slate was commonly known as a book slate as it is constructed of two separate slates that are bound together on one side allowing the slates to open and close like a book. This construction also allows the bound slates to stand freely on a flat surface. Each slate measures 7" wide x 9' long, and are framed in wood with a decorative, thread bound leather edging that has been tacked into place around the perimeter. The two slates are joined together by a cloth binding. The condition of the slates are quite fine with no cracks, fractures or missing elements either to the slates' surfaces or to the framing. Traces of ancient writings and numerals are subtly visible. Double slates are much less common versus the single slate as doubles were not only more expensive to produce but also were more expensive to purchase!
The companion slate offered was produced by the well-known US child toy and game manufacturer, Transogram, circa early 1960s. This slate retains its original and quite visually-appealing box and is constructed of a masonite-type board-- with a smooth surface on the backside and a textured gray-colored surface on the front side. The slate is in very good condition and is imprinted with the alphabet and numerals 0-9 as well as a pair of stars and school bells on either side of its name: TRANSO-SLATE. The slate is advertised on the box cover as washable, and the set originally came with a little eraser and colored chalk. The eraser is no longer present and only remnants of colored and white chalk remain. The condition of the box is quite fine with only superficial wear to some of the cover edges. No rips or repairs. Imaging and printing on the box cover remain bright and intact. The box measures 8.25" wide x 6.25" long. The slate measures just a fraction smaller, fitting snugly inside of the box.
A wonderful pairing of 19th and mid-20th century educational tools!
Measuring 22" long x 28" wide, this artwork was purchased directly from artist, Kelvin W. Henderson, and it was signed by him at the time of my purchase. I was immediately attracted to the palette of colors used as well as the congenial depiction of students LEARNING. Well, all except for the young man on the left who is standing with his hands in his pockets under the "Read to Achieve" poster. Looks like he's spending a bit of class in time-out!
This beautiful artwork hung in my classroom until my retirement from teaching, and it is now time to pass it on to another teacher.
The print is actually brighter in color than my camera was able to capture. Condition in quite fine with the exception of some very pale and subtle foxing along the top of the white border extending a bit into the upper section of the print. It is very, very difficult to see unless the light shines on it in just a certain way. Matting and framing this piece would eliminate any notice of this.
A wonderful gift for a Reading, English or elementary classroom teacher!
The plate depicts Uncle Tom seated in a horse-drawn wagon while heavy iron shackles are being clamped around each of his ankles. The text on the plate reads: "Uncle Tom packed up for the 'Down South' Market. Haley made fast a heavy pair of shackles to Tom's ankles".
Plates such as this were produced for use by children as subtle educational tools. England was well ahead of the United States in recognizing the moral evils of slavery, abolishing it in 1833.
The plate measures 8 1/2 inches in diameter and the interior is decorated with the black transfer-printed, Uncle Tom vignette. The rim is quite beautifully embossed with highly decorative swirls which encase two different flying birds- one clutching an olive branch in its beak and the other chasing after a butterfly.
The plate is of great interest due to its slavery-related subject matter and its high degree of rim decoration. Condition of the plate is fair to good due to the numerous edge flakes present along the rim and the two tiny ones within the transfer. The plate has a use-related age crack that is clearly visible on the backside of the plate and which is also partially visible on the front side. This crack is quite tight and does not pose any concern to the structural integrity of the plate.
Despite its age-related imperfections, this plate displays absolutely beautifully, and for those collectors who are interested in slavery-related artifacts, this would be a noteworthy and visually-appealing addition to one's collection.
This lovely and historic plate has been priced to reflect its blemishes.
Each of these rag books were published as alphabet and numerical teaching tools for the very young children of the wealthier class who could afford to purchase books to furnish their children's home library as well as to support their early home-tutorial education.
While clearly overtly racist in title (pickaninny) and conceptualization ("A" stands for Alabama Coon, "P" stands for Pickaninnies), the book also promotes age-old stereotypes as well ("W" stands for Watermelon, "U" stands for Uncle Tom, "H" stands for Hen-Roost, "C" stands for Cake Walk, etc) that were, unfortunately, acceptable societal references at the turn of the twentieth century.
This 116 year old book remains in all-original, very good condition with no alterations or repairs. While the front and back covers exhibit significant age-related staining, the interior pages are significantly "cleaner" and the illustrations remain very brightly colored. Interior pages present varying degrees of very light soiling, light foxing, and yellowing of linen, commensurate with age. The exterior binding has teeny spots of wear to the first layer of binding fabric which do not impact binding integrity. Top and bottom edges are subtly frayed.
This book is in truly remarkable condition for its age and in consideration of its all-cloth construction. This title is very RARELY found in today's market and is the first I have ever had the pleasure of offering for sale in my nearly 40 years dealing in this field! This is an absolute cornerstone piece to any serious Black Memorabilia collection!
There are 248 pages in this 1974 1st Edition folio. The book is in very good condition with some very minor wear to the hardbound covers. The spine is strong and pages lightly used with crisp corners. The dust jack is fair, mostly complete with some tears, crimps and minimal loss. Faint foxing to the back interior of dust cover.
Overall a great volume packed with interesting imagery and information on the early formative and often reckless period of the American Patent Medicine Era.
This club is a hard to find smooth faced example faintly stamped "WRIGHT & DITSON" on the back (otherwise unmarked) and on the shaft as noted in the photos. Smooth faced clubs fell out of favor around circa 1900 when clubs sporting grooves became more popular and by 1910 were only offered in a few catalogues.
This desirable club has a period leather grip, a straight shaft and a forged head with various leading edge small dings commensurate with a honorably but not abused club. The Boston, MA made club measures 36 inches from the heel to the end of the grip and is probably considered a mashie niblick by the angle of the face.
The first club is an early wood head putter with a brass face and sole plate and would make a nice player club. It measures 33.5 inches from the heel to the end of the shaft and has "MADE IN ENGLAND" marked on the sole near the heel.
The second vintage club is stamped "SPALDING MEDAL 58" on the crown and has a brass sole plate and ? black horn on the leading edge. The club measures 42.5 inches from the heel to end of shaft. This BRASSIE has a fine lined face and a period lambskin grip. Looks handsome and would make a nice player club.
The third club is faintly stamped ? "THD" on the crown. The club measures 42 inches and is in nice condition. This BRASSIE may be the earliest of this group as evidenced by the following characteristics: The shaft passes through the hosel to the sole. The front sole plate appears to be horn and is attached via a middle screw and 2 wooden dowels.
This C1900 club has a faint separation of the sole plate and a very faint hairline split near the front portion of the sole.
Club 4 club is stamped "ALEC. GERARD HMC" on the crown and sports a brass sole plate and ? black horn plate on the leading edge. The club measures 41 inches from the heel to end of shaft. The club has two toned wood coloring on the crown and face once sported front decoration. The face shows moderate damage and a split to the hosel on the heel side (probably from pounding more than just the ball!). This club dates to the 1920-1930 era and has been officially retired.
The first putter is made of brass and sports a nice flanged back edge. The club measures 33.75 inches long from the heel to end of shaft. The leather grip is complete and in good condition. The straight shaft has a lovely patina and is solid. The back of the putter is stamped: "F. EASTMAN" perhaps an obscure UK club maker. Not sure of the origin.
The face of the club has crude circular 'dot' stampings. The rear flange gives the putter a sleek appearance. Various unobtrusive minor blemishes are noted throughout but there are no mentionable dings apparent.
The second club has a complete sheepskin grip, solid hickory shaft and a face sporting square/rectangular stamping. The back of putter is stamped "FORGED - PUTTER - 'COUNTRY CLUB' and sports 2 English hallmarks - a 'CROWN' and a 'LION'." The club measures 35 inches from the end of the shaft to the heel. Ready to use.
A nice pair!
The first example is from the desirable UK maker Tom Stewart. The back of this lovely club has the following stamping on the back: "2 IRON" - SPECIAL HAND FORGED IN SCOTLAND, the trademark image of a 'PIPE'. Also 'T. STEWART MAKER ST ANDREWS'" (is stamped within an oval ring). The club head has minimal though appropriate small, scattered dings noted. Measures 38 inches from end of grip to heel. For reference, the 'pipe' trademark image began in 1905.
Club #2 is a handsome example of hand forged craftsmanship. The back sports the following stamping: "ED. WILLIAMS SPECIAL" inside an oval ring that is flanked by 2 'DAISIES'. The word 'ACCURATE' with an image of an 'ARROW' below it plus a trademark 'HAMMER' image near the toe." The sole is stamped "APPCH. IRON". The face has circular dot stamping in the sweet spot. The iron has a wonderful aged patina and shows age appropriate minor dings to the leading edge.
The third club exhibits the following stamping on the back of the club: "HAND FORGED - MID MASHIE - "THE LUCKY DOG KIND" and sports the image of a 'RETRIEVER DOG'. The letters 'DGM' reside inside a small angled box". The club measures about 38 inches from tip of the grip to the heel. There is minimal wear with only some very minor nicks on the leading edge.
A choice grouping.
The first club is from George Nicolls and is stamped on back as follows: "HAND FORGED IN SCOTLAND" - '2 IRON' - 'CARRYING POWER 150/70Yds - and in a circular stamp 'NICOLLS INDICATOR'". The stamp of a hand palm also embellishes this nice Scotland created club. The INDICATOR model was introduced in 1926 and became very popular. The face is DOT stamped and there is a small ding on the leading edge close to the heel. Measures 36.5 inches from then end of shaft to the heel. There is slight gap between the hosel and shaft connection and ancient crimp marks on the hosel are noted. This may indicate that the shaft, while appearing period, may be an early replacement. The leather grip is in very good condition and overall the club sports a nice patina.
The second club is stamped on back with the following information: "Hillerick and Bradbys Co. Louisville, KY 'GRAND SLAM' and a stamp of a hand hold playing cards with an 'A' on the front. It is stamped with the number '5' on the sole. The 36.5 inch shaft is stamped "Made by Hillerick and Bradbys Co. Louisville, KY". A small gap is noted between the shaft and hosel. The club has a wonderful surface patina throughout and the grip is solid. The face sports a square stamped pattern.
Club number 3 is stamped on the back with the following: "G. Schmidt - NIBLICK - FORGED and the letter 'W'". The 'W' may be the owners mark. This 36.5 inch club sports a nice patina, and a good complete grip. The shaft has a barely noticeable split by the hosel. The large face has 'line' pattern stamping and the leading edge shows two honorable dings. A neat club to display!
The Brassie has modest finish loss, a full brass sole plate and a lead weight in the back. Measures 42.5 inches from tip of grip to heel. A modest bend is noted from front to back of the shaft. Marked "PICCADILLY" faintly on the top. The face has ancient residue as evidence of its honorable use. The shaft is solid, has an early finish and has its old underlisting as a grip.
The first forged iron is stamped "Mid Iron", and "PICCADILLY" on the back. There are a few minor small leading edge dings on the front most prominent towards the heel. Measures 37.5 inches from the heel to end of grip and sports an almost straight shaft and is missing the grip (has underlisting).
Finally, the putter, which measures 33.5 inches and has a nice patina and a small area of pitting on the face towards the heel. The markings on the back are stamped "PUTTER" and "PICCADILLY". The shaft has an old finish and complete leather grip.
The clubs date to the 1930 era.
The club has plenty of information stamped on back as follows: "R. FORGAN" in script - "R. FORGAN & SON (then a CROWN image below) and ST ANDREWS" - 'WARRANTED HAND FORGED' "MASHIE", plus 'M.G.' (? owners initials) and finally 'VL & D N.Y.' (? US store that sold this club).
The hickory shaft retains an old darkened finish and sports the following stamp marks just below the grip: "ST ANDREWS" - "SELECTED" & "R FORGAN & SON". The shaft has a slight to mild warping and is solid. The club head has a wonderful darkened, untouched patina with some old remnants of debris within its punched holes. The leading edge of the sole and toe have evidence of honorable play sporting unobtrusive dings.
This desirable beauty measures 36 inches from heel to end of the grip. While quite playable, I would proudly display this club as a collector's item made by one of the best Scottish club makers of his time. Would date to circa 1900.
The first club sports a handsome low profile design with the back marked "HOLLYWOOD" - HANDFORGED - SPECIAL and HAND FORGED. There are a few dings noted on the leading edge of the front otherwise the club is in good condition. Measures 37.5 inches from the heel to end of club.
The second vintage club is stamped "L" (denoting a ladies club) "Kroydon J7" and "FORGED" on the back and "25 Degree MidIron" on the base. The club measures 37 inches from the heel to end of shaft.
The third club is stamped "THOS. E. WILSON & SON" and "GENE SARAZEN" on the back and "MID IRON" on the base. There also is a colorful decal on the shaft just below the grip. The decal is complete and notes the "WILSON" etc., trademark. The club measures 38.5 inches and is in nice usable condition.
The two hickory smooth face clubs are each stamped "ST ANDREWS", "Wright Ditson & Makers". Each shaft is stamped "Wright & Ditson" just below the grip and sport a nice aged patina.
The first hickory club appears to be an unmarked putter, and the iron club head portion is in very nice condition. Measures 33.5 inches from heel to top of shaft.
The second hickory club is essentially a 5 iron (MASHIE) although it is not marked as such. There are two small leading edge dings and is otherwise a nice example.
The third club, is a steel club, is marked "5 and MASHIE" on the base and dates to the 1930 era. The painted metal shaft sports a nice dark brown leather grip. The head of the iron is stamped "PARAMOUNT REG.U.S. PAT. OFF. - GRADUATED IRONS 'WRIGHT & DITSON' U.S.A. MILD STEEL". The club head is in good condition with various mild leading edge dings.
All clubs ready to play!