Two "GR" Jugs and a Friend

L to R:

A large German stoneware "GR" jug in fine condition, made for the English market. Westerwald, c. 1720-30. 10" h. 
$ 1750.

Small German stoneware "GR" mug in fine condition, made for the English market. Westerwald, c. 1760.
$ 875.

Diminutive German stoneware jug, c. 1550. 3 1/4" h. 
$ 475.

Outstanding Steel

Best pair of double wedding ring hog scrapers we've seen.
Signed "Hidson" on tabs.
Birmingham, England, c. 1790.
10 1/4" h.
$ 2400. 

Beautiful 18th c. steel snuffer stand signed "Dowler."
Birmingham, England, c. 1760.

The Chase

Rare 17th c. Westerwald jug with the most unusual decoration of a dog chasing a boar chasing a deer.
Original pewter lid.
7 ½” h. (finial); 6 ½” h. (body).

$ 2500. 

"Liberty" Needlework Picture

An unusually large and beautifully wrought silk needlework picture, based on the 1796 Philadelphia engraving by Edward Savage. “Liberty. In the form of the Goddess of Youth; giving Support to the Bald Eagle." Transcribed on back of frame: “Done by Harriet Merriam (born Dec. 5, 1797) in her sixteenth year." Hannah later married Joseph Fisher, master mate on the USS Constitution during the war of 1812.
American, c. 1813.
24 1/2” x 21 1/2” framed.

Descended in the original family.


Very Fine and Rare Courting Mirror

America, prob. CT,  and northern Europe, 2nd half 18th c.
An unusually sophisticated courting mirror with carved broken-arch pediment and scalloped bottom surrounding reverse-painted glass. The elaborate cherry carved frame appears to have been made here to encase a simple European courting mirror.
In excellent condition, missing two tiny pieces of glass from interior eglomise frame.
19 ½” h. x 13” w.

Provenance: Israel Sack, Inc., New York, Sotheby’s, Sale 6483, Oct 24, 1993, Lot 283.

Exhibited: Museum of American Folk Art, 1983, ”The Keene Eye,” fig. 69.


Rare Andirons

American, 2nd half 18th c. 
Extremely rare 18th c. American cast-iron andirons depicting men in 18th c. dress with tricorn hats,  smoking long pipes.
In fine condition.
12 1/2” h., 15” d.


A related pair is illustrated in Kauffman, The American Fireplace, wherein he notes their rarity and similarity to a pair illustrated on the trade card of Joseph Webb, Boston.