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Burr Wendell. Thoughts of a Young Boy, Four Essays - Summer, Honest, Perseverance and Work. ..c1860s
Burr Wendell. Thoughts of a Young Boy, Four Essays - Summer, Honest, Perseverance and Work. ..c1860s
Price: $100.00

A young boy during the civil war writes his thoughts on "Summer", "Honest", "Perseverance" and "Work". "Summer" is a simple recounting of what the season of summer is like, from children at play to the slow ripening of apples on the trees. In "Honest" the boy comes to the conclusion that if one starts to lie about the 'little stuff', that leads to lying about the 'big stuff'. "Perseverance" emphasis the importance of never giving up. Perhaps the most interesting of the four pieces, is the boy's thoughts on "Work". He starts off the missive by emphasis the value of hard work, but then continues on to describe the types of work the men around him are doing. Such as an unnamed fort that they are building to protect them from the rebels and their "bullets and cannon balls". Along with others making, rifles, pistols, cannons, drums and shoes. He continues on to mention that some of the men have fought in previous Civil War battles, including Battle of Roanoke Island, Battle of Fort Donelson, and Battle of Fort Sumter (the note actually mentions Fort Johnson which was involved in that battle). The front of each letter is named "Burr Wendell" # 1, 2, 3, or 4.. All but #4 (Honest) have little drawings on the front. Largest Measures:12 3/4" x 8".. The letters have some stains on them, due to the writer trying to correct some spelling and grammar mistakes.
Naive Child's Art - Dog or Sheep or Sheep Dog. ..
Naive Child's Art - Dog or Sheep or Sheep Dog. ..
Price: $110.00

A 7" x 9"  naive crayon and pencil  drawing presumably by a child with a unique perspective.   A first glance it appears to be a dog, however... the face looks somewhat like a lamb, the front feet cat's paws, the hind legs dogs and the body...  Dear.  Anonymous..
Child's drawing book with forty-four (44) graphite drawings. C1880
Child's drawing book with forty-four (44) graphite drawings. C1880
Price: $450.00

Thirty-one (31) school girl drawings of girls and women in Grecian bend bustle style costumes. Many of the images have been named by the artist. Thirteen (13) additional drawing by a different hand, most likely a boy, Native Americans, Soldiers. All naive. Three (3) finished in watercolor. Delightful. Measures 7" x 4". Fragile.
A River Story -  To Ada Hudson on her 16th Birthday from Agnes Hornung 1892
A River Story - To Ada Hudson on her 16th Birthday from Agnes Hornung 1892
Price: $450.00

A handmade book constructed with plain paper and stock covers and a ribbon binding to hold the pages in place. "A River Story" is penned on the cover and title page.  The story of the life of a river from its infancy as a tiny stream and how it grows to meet life's challenges including waterfalls and  powering a waterwheel and growing weary from toiling long and hard.  It concludes with "My life has been long and happy and many wonderful and beautiful scenes awit me in the other higher broader life (which in this instance is flowing into the ocean to be free from worry and overwork)...And last farewell to you, my dear readers. Every page of text is accompanied by a relevant pen and ink drawing. Measures 7 1/2" x 8 1/2".. Cover wear with chip from top margin and corner chips. Light toning. Accompanied by a note from Agnes Hornung giving this book to Ada Hudson on her 16th birthday, March 11, 1892, as a token of love and remembrance from her friend.
 5  Naive 20"  Folk Art Paper Dolls - Buster Brown, Robert, Bertha, Nan & Lenora . .Nebraska.1910s
5 Naive 20" Folk Art Paper Dolls - Buster Brown, Robert, Bertha, Nan & Lenora . .Nebraska.1910s
Price: $450.00

Five (5) crayon drawn and decorated paper dolls created from 'make-do' materials-- the back of pressed board advertising signed. The first is 21 1/2" older girl in a blue dress with large white colors. Her face is drawn as profile with an exaggerated nose and chin. Her hair is curled in tendrils. Created in two pieces. Her feet and legs are applied and watercolor decorated. The second is a 19 3/4" younger fuller girl done in crayon. This doll is actually dressed with a silk bow in her hair, an islet lace neck choker and a handmade chiffon dress, banded at top with the same ribbon as used on her hair. Here gray and orange boots are crayon.   The remaining three each measures about 18 1/2". A boy and girl in sailor influenced attire. The third is a Buster Brown look-alike, wearing the familiar red suit with black neck bow and big round eyes. This dolls appear to be created by the same individual. .
A grouping of Three (3) Drawing Books by Ethel Pratt c1910. 1910
A grouping of Three (3) Drawing Books by Ethel Pratt c1910. 1910
Price: $500.00

Three (3) carefully constructed homemade books with pencil drawn sketches of the day to day life of one young girl, Ethel Pratt. The books appear to span a period of time beginning when a young talented girl created simple naive sketches, some embellished with crayon. A loose page depicts a young girl reading a book to a bunny with other rabbits looking on. Others depict her friends, often with dolls. One scene shows a horrified young girl watching a dog carrying her dolly away. As she matures the drawing become more complex and boys begin to appeal..
A Young Lad's  200" long Scroll  Picture Story. .Chelsea (Boston) .
A Young Lad's 200" long Scroll Picture Story. .Chelsea (Boston) .
Price: $750.00

A 2 3/4" x 200" scroll picture story created by a young boy.  Created in a naive hand black crayon.  References to Chelsea (MA). The events of a young boy's real or imaginary daily life.   It begins with scenes of perhaps a school or common building, a pound with geese and swans and a home, followed by a bull in a field, a paddle boat and sailboat in water nearby.  This is followed by a scene of the horse drawn Chelsea laundry wagon and a battalion of firefighters pulling pump No. 1 to a burning house.   This is followed by a column or section marker and random animals and people.  The boy's next experience is a train with an arch reading "Look Out for Engine", another scene of the Chelsea Laundry wagon, this time on a bridge and going in the opposite direction with an approaching rider, perhaps a soldier  on a horse and a drawbridge in the background ending with a parade of soldiers followed by a cannon; Another section break.  A military vessel, sailboat and a lighthouse a ship and a vessel..
Lucius Tuttle & Helen H. Morris 2 hand made Card Games Created by Children - The Game of Birds & The Game of Animals. .New Haven, CT area..1888
Lucius Tuttle & Helen H. Morris 2 hand made Card Games Created by Children - The Game of Birds & The Game of Animals. .New Haven, CT area..1888
Price: $950.00

Two (2) small handmade card games with  paper slip cases.Created in pencil.  Both sets are complete. The message on the first set reads Helen from Ray Xmas 1888 Game of Animals Played Like Authors.  It includes 46 cards each ordered  A-N, each card has a number at top and lists different animals and the number of cards in that letters group or set.  The animals are grouped by family or region. The top animal on the card is underlined.  The letters identifying the cards do not relate to the animal names. Letter L- Baboon, Monkey,  Gorilla; Letter B - Polar Bear, Walrus, Seal.  Cards measure 2 1/2" x 2". The message on the second set reads The Game of Birds invented by Lucius Tuttle on the front  and Helen H. Morris from Lucius Tuttle, Xmas 1888.  Dec. 25, 1888 on the reverse of the slip cover. This set includes a single fold instruction booklet.  Played like Great Battle Fields; Artists, Politics, etc. It lists the rules for play. Decorated covers.  t includes 40 cards organized in 10 groups of 4 ordered A-J.  Each card with a primary and 3 secondary birds.  Cards measure 2 1/2" x 2". Charming and dear..