Other Antiques

 

Powder Horn 

Germanic, 1550-1625

A very early horn with exquisite craftsmanship. One one side is a stag hunt, on the other a bear hunt. The scenes are in low relief, achieved by pressing boiled horn into molds. They were then carved and engraved to achieve the crisp details. A masterpiece. The end has a silver cap, with unidentified touch marks. The tip is made from a separate piece of horn, and the wooden plug is appropriate.

$1,500

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xj158

 

Three Medieval Portraits on Bone 

English, 15th c.

A remarkable group of three profile portraits carved on marrow bones. Probably mounted on a table cabinet for valuables. They are so lifelike they might almost be portraits of the family. One of the most exceptional examples of medieval art that we've been able to offer. From an English collection formed in the 1970s.

$595

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xb683

 

Spoon Rack 

Welsh, mid-18th c.

It's the exceptional pierced crest that makes this one stand out! Other good things are the racks that take 12 wide handled spoons; the candlebox with its original, locally-made wire hinges, and the good medium-dark honey color. A nice country piece.

$995

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wl116

 

Scythe Sharpener 

English, 17th/18th c.

The sort of unregarded tool that never survives. But this one did. Mowers using scythes to cut hay carried the horn sheath on their belt, and used the iron to keep the scythe razor sharp. Age has given the horn a wonderfully tactile texture. The iron is smooth on one side from use, and rough cast on the other. The form is unchanged since the Middle Ages, as the illumination shows.

$355

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we572

 

Sconce 

Dutch (or English), 1700-1720

An unusual find. Top of the line Dutch baroque castings mounted on a simple oak board. Removable candleholder with acorn drop.

$550

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vh944


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