Liverpool Puzzle Jug

Drinking games such as the ones that used puzzle jugs were very popular in the 17th, 18th and 19th century. The standard rhyme tells it all: Here Gentlemen Come Try Your Skill I'll Lay a Wager if You Will That You Don't Drink This Liquor All Without You Spill or Let Some Fall Of course, the puzzle is how to drink from this cup without spilling it on yourself. The neck of the jug is perforated which, definitely, adds a challenge. Especially if one is already ineberiated. This particular puzzle jug is done in blue and white with well articulated flowers by the handle, and dashes along the rim, handle and neck.

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Glazed Door Cupboard

A probably unique Lancaster County painted poplar cupboard, which retains its original bold four-color painted decoration. This piece has a very unusual form built to fit into a corner. It has a six light upper door with very wavy glass, over two drawers. The lower door has a single boldly raised panel over a wonderfully scalloped skirt. The hardware and paint is all original and intact.

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Painted Tall Case Clock

A fine late 18th century Swedish tall case clock with original painted decoration in red, white and blue. The painted decoration is quite similar to that found in the Shenendoah Valley. The case has elaborate carved and molded detail.

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Glass Roemer

This wonderful Dutch (or north German) glass Roemer could have come straight out of a Dutch master painting. It is amazingly excellent condition, particularly as it was delicately made in about 1665. This particular glass has an ovoid bowl on a hollow stem decorated with two rows of raspberries and a milled trail on coiled foot. They were made in a variety of sizes.

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Rare Carved Ebony Hand Mirror

A rare superb mid-17th century carved ebony hand mirror inlaid with ivory and mother of pearl. All surfaces are also elaborately engraved. The back is decorated with an exceptional Biblical scene. Although not signed, this mirror is typical of the work of Gerardus Bellekin. Pieces of this quality are rarely found outside of museum collections.

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Victor de Grailly Oil Painting

A fine oil painting on canvas of the oxbow on the Connecticut River from Mount Holyoke by Victor de Grailly. A nearly identical painting is illustrated and discussed in William Banks article on Victor De Grailly on pages 93 to 95, in the July, 1974 issue of the magazine Antiques.

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English Walnut Dressing Mirror

A fine English walnut tilting dressing mirror over a bank of three molded drawers on OG bracket feet. This example has all its original brass, gilding, key and glass. The detail on the cabinet is also quite fine.

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Dutch Delft Tobacco Jar

The tobacconist's shop would have contained a series of jars such as this in the 18h century, many labeled for the origin or blend of tobacco it contained. This example is a good mid-18th century Dutch delft tobacco jar with an unusual smoking Indian cartouche labeled for the tips of Cuban tobacco.

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