Made by Hand
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Original art, Made by Hand, Paper Dolls, Social History
9.29. Four (4) original watercolor designs are attributed to Jane Langton while a graduate student at Radcliffe. Although not signed they were given to the previous owner by Ms. Langton as her work. Finely detailed well executed art. Created on art board, each measures 12" x 8 1/2" Jane Gillson.....
Watercolor, Brothel, Social History
1930s-1940s. A 12 1/2" x 19" watercolor that at first appearance gives the impression of an elegant rooming house for young women. Well appointed with refined furnishing of the day, various wall papers and decorative area rugs. But wait, do salacious women lounge on the carpet in slinky streamline revealing.....
Morocco, Gold Tooling, Ladies' Fashion
Heidelberg, Germany: 1853. Fine gilt morocco glove box made for Louise Sommer by Joseph Sommer of Heidelberg. A beautiful example with cream silk and crushed red silk interior. Measures 9.5" by 6.25" by 2"; ticket of Joseph Sommer to interior.
hand colored, Pompeii, fresco, artwork, pochoir
1891. A souvenir album of Pompeii, featuring 15 hand finished Pochoir illustrations and one water color paintings of the frescos or tiling found in the ruins of Pompeii. The illustrations feature a variety of Roman and Greek Mythology and culture, such as Poseidon riding in his chariot, peacocks and sea.....
art, drawing, education
Chicago, IL & New York, NY: Sandford Ink Company, 1938. A short book that describes the art of Splatter Ink, and the various techniques that can be used to accomplish different looks and designs. The book contains several examples of the types of stencils that can be used in the.....
Woven Silk, Textile, Advertising
Huddersfield, England. A 14.25" by x 11.75" easel back heavy stock show card with diecut and woven silk inset of the companies factory in Huddersfield, England, known as Trafalgar Mills. The fine silk weaving measures 3" by 6" and is referred to in the advertisement as "A Woven Masterpiece". Learoyd.....
Early Learning, Folk Art, Love and Friendship
Concord, [NH]: Hill and Moore, 1819. 106 pp. paper on board. Abridgment of Murray's English Grammar, with An Appendix, containing exercises in orthography, in parsing, in syntax, and in punctuation. Designed for the Younger Classes of Learners. The reverse of the title page has a 3" pen and ink and.....
Love and Friendship, Made by Hand, Hair Friendship Tokens
. A 5 1/2" x 6 1/2" folded paper with two rings of hair held in place with a textured paper diamond. The hand penned sentiment reads "When this you see please dear cousin think of me - Lucinda M. Titus" Most likely Lucinda M. Titus, born 1836, Groton MA.....
Reward of Merit, Made by Hand, Approbation, Early Learning
c1850s. A 2" x 2 1/4" record of merit that reads "Nethaniel Kimball by excelling those of his class in spelling merits the approbation of his Instructor - M. P. Stickney. Delicate watercolor border decoration with eternal vine and purple and pink flowers.
Original Art, Children's Illustrated Literature
c1950s. An 11" x 8 3/4" watercolor on illustrating board depicts Louis Xiv and Maria Theresa of Spain with a young boy servant. It is captioned "Costumes of the time of Louis XIV - Wax figures in Musee Carnavalet". Pinks, reds and black. Presumably done after wax figures at a......
Cinderella, Fairy Tales, Fairy God Mothers, picture book
Sandusky: John Sherman Bagg, 1943. Sandusky: John Sherman Bagg, 1943. Good. Fern Bisel Peat. 14 pp.. with full page color illustrations and in-text black elegant whimsically designed silhouettesy . The classic story of Cinderella retold to help children learn to read. The cover shows general wear, and fading. The backstrip.....
Works by Children, Gender Roles
Dedham, MA: 1887. A collection of 46 drawings, two (2) 3" sketch books and a movable paper slide card that adds or removes people from the scene. Based on the artwork Max is a bit older than Mary and their works pretty well conform to traditional gender roles. Max has.....
Remembrance, Friendship, Watercolor, Razor Cut, Made by Hand
1835. A 6" x 5 1/2" heavy card applied to the front a larger blue lettersheet. The finely decorated card depicts two detailed vignettes - One with a harp, violets, forget-me-nots and fern, the other an array of roses, pansies, forget-me-nots and more. The rose array is at the center.....
Dressmaking, Sewing Lessons, DIY, Women's Work
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: Scott, Printer, 12 Hudson's Alley, 1851. Printed handbill advertising a "Novel and Curious Invention for Cutting Ladies' Dresses" by Mrs. R. Githens, who hopes "every lady will have the curiosity to call and see how easy they can be taught to measure and cut their own dresses--in learning.....
Tailoring, Clothing Design, Home Economics, Learn to Sew, Stitching , ABAA-RBMS-2023
United States: c.1930. A composition notebook filled with approx. fifty-five (55) hand-sewn samples of stitches, hemming, and embroidery, captioned in ink manuscript by "Mrs. Robert D. Patterson", a student of either sewing or home economics. She received a "B+" grade, marked in pencil on the first leaf. The samples show.....
Broadside, Cider Mill
Cheshire CT: 1837. A 15 1/2" x 11 1/2" broadside promoting a Patent Cider Mill, a new invention by Nathan Both, 1837. A 4" x 5 1/4" woodcut of the horse powered device and the horse. Designed after the Box Coffee Mill for the purpose of grinding Apples into Pumice.....
scrapbook, works by children, education, teacher, principle, copper
New York: 1949. Anna Louisee Nufer retired as Principle of New York PS 86 on September 19, 1949. On that day she was presented with a scrap book made by the teachers and students of PS 86. The covers are green leather with a tooled copper illustration of the story.....
childhood, family, family relations, hand drawn, illustrations, summer, riding, horseback ridding, summer vacation
Boston MA: Aug-29. Two whimsical letters from a mother to one of her two daughters, Elizabeth Simon (nicknamed Betty). The first letter mentions a visit to their cousin Ruth, who has two cats on her roof. The missive continues on asking her how here hay fever is doing and if.....