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Antique Victorian Bristol Glass Vases 

A pair of 4.5" wide x 12" tall  hand painted Bristol Glass Vases, hand blown with a frosted surface finish. The painting on each vase shows a humming bird getting nectar from a flower. Each bird painting is in strong condition. Circa late 1800's.

Price for pair $225 Now $175

Victorian Era Antique Heavy Brass Three Compartment Stamp Box with Lid - Stamped on Back - "PAT. Nov. 11 1873"  
 

Antique baroque decoration style, solid brass stamp box with age patina. Measures  4 1/4" long  x 2 5/8" wide by 1 3/8" height.  Price  $195  

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Circa 1880's James C. Fargo Signed Proof for an American Express Logo Using a Complimentary Free Shipping Pass Card   Price $850 or Make Offer

A unique artist proof or sketch of a new American Express logo showing a red, white and blue shield in the center of a pass that allowed its holders complimentary shipping for one year over the lines (probably between states in the US) for their personal packages. American Express Archives has an extensive collections of similar items but not this one. The card proof is 2.5 x 4 inches in size.

 

Signed in ink by James C Fargo when he was President of American Express. Presumable Fargo was approving the design as it appeared on the artist proof.  This is a unique and very scarce charge free pass card proof that is may be the only one that exists. The card was taken from a scrap book of some sort as there are paper adhesions on the backside that could be removed professionally if desired. James Fargo and his brother William were the originators of Wells Fargo & Co. express transport and banking company in the early 1850's due to the California gold rush. It was also part of the western portion of the Pony Express. Wells Fargo Bank was intended to provide a way for customers to make payments to the American Express company. They became independent in 1905. Signed Fargo documents range in price from about $800 to over $1000 - most examples are Fargo’s signature on American Express stock certificates as President of American Express. This spectacular item has lots of graphic appeal.  A unique opportunity for the collector of American Express paper items. 

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Left Photo - The American Express card is not attached to the black background - it only to show contrast.

Solid Brass Early Victorian French Made Ornamental Arabian Horses 

A grand pair of solid brass beautifully cast horses with screwed on cast tails, weighing 12.2 pounds each and measure 10 3/4" long x 4 1/8" wide x 10 1/8" tall. No hallmarks shown. No conditions issues, nice aged patina.

 

These French made pieces are attached to a base using square nuts and were made circa 1830-1870. They show nice details. An very fine pair of Victorian decorative horses for mantels, fireplace hearths or other locations in the home.   Price $850

Beautiful E. Challinor Deep Color Flow Blue Tureen & Cover Circa 1845 Calcutta Pattern From England 

 

A heavy weight (4.5 lbs), eight (8) sided white ironstone tureen with deep, dark rich cobalt transfer colors made by Edward Challinor in his Calcutta pattern circa 1840's. 

 

The rich blue color is shown in floral and India temple designs on the outer 8 sides, the base, the tureen lips as well as lid with its finial handle. The tureen interior shows a beautiful scene with palm trees and India style temple buildings.

 

There are two exquisite handles that have a goddess head on the lower part.

This is a truly exceptional antique in excellent condition for its age  - no cracks, repairs or crazing. The tureen is glossy and clean. A very fine flow blue piece that is all original with a great maker's mark.

The tureen measures 8 3/4" tall with the lid to the top of the finial, 4" tall without lid, ~9 3/4" bowl opening, 6 7/8" base. The tureen weighs about 4.5 lbs.

A great flow blue piece for any collection. Price $850 Now $750

Pair of Art Deco Pierre Sega Marked                          Dancing Young Girls Statues Circa 1925

Dancing Painted Female Figurine Sculpture Statues   on a Marble Base 

 

A beautiful pair of detailed French Art Deco Female Dancers signed Pierre Sega - France.
The ~16 1/2" high statues are bolted to black and white veined marble bases. 

The heavy white metal is painted with a art deco green and gold finish on each figurine who is dancing to a Isadora Duncan modern dance style.

 

P. Sega was a  famous French sculptor from late 19th to early 20th century and is also famous for his clocks and lamps. Each figure is marked at the bottom "P. SEGA" and "FRANCE"
 

The marble bases and metal figurines are extremely fine condition with minimal wear. There are no chips or cracks on the marble bases. Strong paint on each figure. Each statue weighs about 3lbs 7 oz. 

 

A great addition to any fine home. Price $1350          Now $1000   

Very Fine Antique Cobalt Blue Porcelain and Ormolu Lyre Clock with Mystery Pendulum and Matching Candelabras

Antique Louis XVI Design French clock set with Two (2) five arm matching candelabras circa 1870-1895 - sold by the famous Black Starr & Frost of New York who began in 1810.  The set is all original. The clock is an elegant lyre shape style in cobalt blue Sevres porcelain mounted with exquisite ormolu (finely gilded bronze doré) floral decorations. A paste jewel set bezel surrounding the clock forms the mystery pendulum, as the clock ticks the jeweled bezel moves from side to side catching the light. The clock face is marked Black Starr & Frost with brass hands and delicate hand painted numbers and floral trim. The bronze trim on the clock has a nice aged patina.

 

The French brass clock works are marked "Black Starr & Frost / New York / Made in France". The clock was service maintained in 2018 and is in working condition with its original key. The clock is 24.5" tall and 10.5" wide. The clock weighs 20.2 lbs. The four round clock feet are screw adjustable in height - this type clock requires a fine balance to operate properly. The clock has a soft bell ring and it rings on the hour and half hour, the clock runs for 8 days.

Each candelabra weighs 11.5 lbs and is 25" tall and about 13" wide based on the extended candle arms. The candelabras are made as classical urns with horned ram heads and floral swags applied to the porcelain bodies. The candle arms are foliated with leaves and rose buds that hold five candles. The original age patina on the candelabras is excellent and contrasts beautifully with the blue porcelain. One inner bronze candle cup is missing on one candelabra. 

These 19th century clock sets by a noted firm can run from $6000 - 9000 or more - asking $4800

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Rare Circa 1834 Women Workers Broadside To Organize Textile Workers for Higher Wages at Lowell Mass. 

Price $8650 or Make Offer  SOLD

A very rare broadside titled Union is Power that was created by a newspaper in Boston Mass (perhaps 200 copies) sympathetic to the cause of Lowell Mass textile workers strike in 1834.  This action is considered the earliest organized strike for higher wages. There has been seen only one other example of this broadside that is housed in the Antiquarian Society Archives - very few have survived to this day. The broadside measures about 10 x 16 inches and is in very fine condition for its age.  See link below for more information.  See link: https://americanantiquarian.org/millgirls/items/show/48

In the 1830s, half a century before the better-known mass movements for workers' rights in the United States, the Lowell mill women organized and went on strike at a time in politics when women could not even vote - this was the first union of working women in American history.

The Lowell Mass. textile mills where they worked were widely admired. In 1834 when the mill bosses decided to cut their wages, the mill girls had enough - they organized and fought back. The mill girls "turned out" and went on strike to protest the situation.

They marched to several mills to encourage others to join them, gathered at an outdoor rally and signed a petition saying, "We will not go back into the mills to work unless our wages are continued."

This broadside is a rare piece of American Workers attempting to form a union and going out on strike through the use of a public broadside. 

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