Halsey Munson Americana
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Decatur, Illinois 62522
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Although superb furniture has been created in every age—including the 20th C.—we specialize in 17th, 18th and 19th C. American country. Our emphasis is on period examples whose form and proportion is enhanced by original or early surface, such as antique painted chests, apothecaries and Windsor chairs, tavern and hutch tables with honest scrub tops, Queen Anne seating from New York, Pennsylvania and New England and early mirrors with original glass.
18th C. Octagonal Hutch Table
Ca. 1780-1800 Connecticut River Valley shoe foot hutch table with octagonal thumb molded top. The base is maple, the quadruple pinned stepped shoe feet are oak with chip carving, the three-board top is pine. The finger-notched hutch compartment lid slides in tracks cut into the table sides. The top is 45” x 37” and the table height is 27 ½”. Found in Massachusetts.
Painted Connecticut Fanback Windsor
Fine 18th C. 7-spindle Connecticut fanback Windsor with shaped ears, very good splay above and below the strongly saddled pine seat, in gorgeous crusty 19th C. red over the original leaf green paint. This sort of beautiful honest paint surface is becoming quite scarce. Although the seat height is a typical Connecticut 16½” and the stretchers are high, the overall height of 34” suggests that this fanback may have been intended for use in a tavern or inn. No breaks, repairs or replacements. Ca. 1790-1800 and probably New London County, CT.
18th C. Painted Sackback
Fine eastern Connecticut sackback Windsor with unusually good proportions and turnings in crusty 19th C. black paint over the original green. The seven back spindles are spoke-shaved, fan almost perfectly to fill the bow and balance smoothly with the weight of the finely drawn turnings. All three stretchers terminate in arrow turnings. All roundwork penetrates the seat. 37½” tall with an 18” seat height. However, in addition to condition, form and surface, this Windsor has something no other published 18th C. sackback Windsor has: an incredibly rare, original two-board chestnut seat! I’ve never owned one. Never seen one. And of all the standard references only one even mentions the existence of two-board seats. This one is composed of two highly figured chestnut boards carefully chosen for their graining. Fanny wear has turned their grain pattern into something approaching art. A beautiful and extremely rare Windsor.
Pristine High Country
Pembroke Table in Red Paint
Excellent early 19th C. high country Pembroke table in original red paint. And a true Pembroke in that each drop leaf is half the width of the top. Gracefully turned legs, leaves with radiused corners and a nearly immaculate surface set this table apart. Entirely original. No breaks, no repairs, no apologies. Yellow birch throughout. 29½”H x 35½”L x 39”D with both leaves raised. Massachusetts North Shore, New Hampshire or Southern Maine. Ca. 1815-1820.
New York Candlestand
Ca. 1770-1800 snake leg maple candlestand with an octagonal tiger maple scrubbed top. Both the pillar, with deep ball and reel turnings, and the legs in a thin red wash. The edges of the one-board tiger top are chamfered to reduce apparent thickness while retaining full strength. The top of the pillar tenons through the chamfered oak cleat and the cleat is secured to the top with roseheads. Seven rosehead nails also fix the iron spider to the underside of the pillar and legs. At some point in the mid-1800s a stress crack developed at the base of the pillar and was tightened with square nails. Top 17½”; height 25”. Probably New York State or Western Massachusetts.
Early 19th C. Nantucket
Charles Carpenter in The Decorative Arts and Crafts of Nantucket catalogued a small group of candlestands in a form he identified as having been made on Nantucket in the first decade of the 1800s: A shaped square top with bowed edges and outset, pointed corners, an urn-turned standard above a bulging, donut-shaped ring supported by high lift legs….But where most Nantucket candlestands are yellow birch with two-board tops, this stand is maple with a one-board top, and the latching mechanism for the tilt top is a simple wooden rotating catch. Perhaps the most interesting distinction is that this stand is in early, perhaps original, grain paint instead of the typical finished surface. 18¾” x 19” x 28” high. A unique and elegant Massachusetts candlestand.
New England Textiles Chest
in Vibrant Paint
Top-grade ca. 1800-1825 New England dome top textiles chest in untouched, unenhanced, unmonkeyed-with condition. The paint decoration is all original, as are the lock, latch, hinges and heart-shaped carrying handles. The paint decoration, and the fact that it’s made of basswood, strongly suggest Vermont or New Hampshire roots. 29”W x 14½”H x 15”D. The kind of chest that might have been used beneath or on top of a highboy.
Ca. 1790-1805 Child's
Upholstered Easy Chair
Probably one of the rarest forms in American Federal furniture—a period, fully upholstered wing chair made for a child. Maple frame, serpentine crest rail, tapered and fluted legs in original surface, swept rear legs, T-form loose cushion seat. There seems to be no record of these being made except as special orders from wealthy customers. The construction details are virtually identical to those of a full-sized easy chair, right down to the frame corner blocks in classic Massachusetts/Rhode Island style.
1790 New England Falling Leaf Table
Connecticut River Valley single drop leaf table with rare blocked corner serpentine top, tapered legs, pinned construction, in worn Spanish brown surface. Pine top and falling leaf are each single boards. Warm patina. 28”H x 35 ¼”W x 34 ½”D with the leaf raised. Particularly nice form in an
18th C. country table. Ex-Susan Parrish collection.
The Best 1-Drawer Stand in
Exceptional 1790-1815 one-drawer maple light table in first red paint. Drawer with period pull, dovetailed front and rear. Atlantic white pine top with major overhang on all four sides, and a 3½” chamfer on the underside that decreases the thickness of the top to ½” at the edge. Delicate legs with a four-way splay, that taper to ¾” at the floor and blind tenon into the underside of the top—a highly unusual construction detail and one that suggests the work of very skilled cabinetmaker. The top is secured to the base with both multiple glue blocks and pocketed screws from the inside of the case. 28 ½”H; the top is 20” x 19¾”. Probably Maine or
New Hampshire. $2,450
Superb Sackback Windsor High Chair
Remarkable 1795-1805 sackback Windsor highchair with outrageous leg splay. Remains of black paint that may have been original. Hickory bow and arm rail, ash spindles and arm posts, carved chestnut seat (rare in children’s seating) and maple legs. Pinned joints at the bow ends, arm posts and both ends of the medial stretcher. 32” tall and the 18” splay at both front and rear legs makes it seem almost weightless. Soft amber surface. Possibly Connecticut, probably Rhode Island.
Rare Rhode Island Draw Bar Tea Table
The Queen Anne drawbar tea table seems to have been made only in Rhode Island between 1725 and 1750. Instead of a tripod base supporting a tilting top, this is a falling leaf table of small size, with a pair of bars beneath the top that slide out to support small rectangular leaves. The box housing them serves the same function as the batten dovetailed into the lower edges of the aprons in drop leaf tables made in Newport, RI by the Goddards and Townsends. Maple, worn black paint, 26½”H x 33”L, 31”D with leaves raised. Cabriole legs with pad feet, and a 19” frame that allows a huge 7” overhang at each End. Ca. 1740-1760.
Matched New Hampshire Banisterback Side Chairs
A pair of 1740-1760 banisterbacks in 19th C. grain paint over the original green. Old yellow-painted splint seats. Highly developed finials and distinctive turnings on the back post and banisters. Few Mid-18th C. banisterbacks survive in structurally original condition. This pair has and retain their original feet. 17" seat height.
Unique Connecticut Windsor
A pair of ca. 1798-1804 Windsor chairs in 19th C. sage green over the first sage paint, and the seats are in original Windsor green. The decorative motifs on the crest rails and legs are identical to those on a 18th C. rodback Windsor (fig. 440, American Windsor Chairs) made by Ebenezer Williams who worked with Eliphalet Chapin in East Windsor, CT about 1790 and may have apprenticed to his cousin Ebenezer Tracy Sr. The sharply flaring back was a CT characteristic and the underside of one seat appears to be signed in chalk "A Williams," perhaps a relative. However, the form of the signature matches the "E Williams" chalk signature on a chest belonging to the Connecticut Historical Society. 17½" seat height. $1,950