MLA Auction 50 – Fall 2020 – Antiques

Closed Sat Oct 31 at 6pm ET.

AN001 Large Ash Burl Bowl
Minimum Bid: $600
Range:$1000-1200
Sold: $750

We are pleased to offer a fine pair of early ash burl bowls in outstanding condition. This is the larger of the two, 15″ in diameter. Bone dry finish dark around the rim from handling. Amazing figuring to the grain of this one! Note this bowl has a flat base and a slightly heavier rim. Describing the condition of these bowls is a challenge owing to the nature of burl. This one has a 2″ crack on the rim and some fine cracking to the base with a 2″ line that comes through the bottom. Very hard to say if these are just imperfections in the burl or cracking after the fact. Regardless, this is real minor stuff.



AN002 Medium Ash Burl Bowl
Minimum Bid: $600
Range:$1000-1200
Sold: $600

A medium size ash burl bowl. 13 1/2″ in diameter. Fabulous dry finish. Note the foot on this one. The rim has a number of small cracks and breaks that to my eye appear to be simply the character of the burl. Let the photos be your guide and don’t hesitate to ask for more images. It is exceedingly difficult to find bowls of this age, in such fine condition, with a nice dry surface.


AN003 Trencher
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: $200

An early trencher in original brown paint. Found in the Shelburne area of Nova Scotia. Immaculate condition. Dry finish. 24″ long by 9″ deep. As good as they come!


AN004 Large Yellow Firkin
Minimum Bid: $300
Range:$400-600
Sold: $400

The following two lots feature the finest early firkins I have ever seen. Both found in the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. Outstanding construction, colour and condition! This yellow one was purchased in Port Williams NS. The yellow is an early second paint. It is quite large, 11 1/2″ tall and 11″ in diameter across the lid. Unbelievable colour and surface. Excellent condition.


AN005 Medium Red Firkin
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: $500

The mate to the previous lot. A bit smaller. 9 1/2″ tall and 11″ in diameter across the lid. Fabulous original red colour and dry finish. Square nails. Note the the way the bands taper and overlap. Excellent condition. Both these firkins are museum quality.


AN006 Early Pantry Box
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $150

An early pantry box found in Kentville NS. Original red paint and dry surface. Rose head nails. A heavy box with a solid bottom. 9 1/4″ tall by 12″ in diameter across the lid. Excellent condition.


AN007 Pair of Small Candle Boxes
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $100

This lot contains two small early candle boxes. The first one pictured came from the Kells family of Welland Ontario. Terrific reddish brown paint and a dry finish. Square head nails. Holes have been made in both the lid and the one end that appear to be original to the piece. A tiny box, 6 3/4″ x 3″ x 2 1/2″. Excellent condition.The second box was found in Shelburne NS. Mix of rose head and flat copper nails. Beautiful lid clearly showing the planning marks. Dry finish that is heavily oxidized. A little box, 8″ x 4″ x 4″. 3/4″ piece missing from the end. Otherwise excellent.


AN008 Folk Art Cane
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: Not

A whimsical cane with great carving and original paint. Picked in Ontario. A smiling man with top hat, coat and shoes. I love the way the pants were done with the shoes beneath! An early cane with good patina. 37″ tall. Some minor cracking at the rear. Overall excellent condition.


AN009 Napanee Glassworks Candlesticks
Minimum Bid: $200
Range:$300-400
Sold: $350

The Napanee Glassworks was a short-lived operation, lasting from 1881-83. The factory is known to have produced window glass as well as a variety of household glasswares. No doubt whimseys were also made there. Gerald Stevens attributes these beautiful candlesticks to Napanee, though on what basis he does not specify. The base and stem are freeblown with an inner coating of mercury. This makes the bases look remarkably like polished metal. The socket where the candle sits and the surrounding rim as clear glass. The pressed glass rim has an attractive Roman key pattern. 7 1/2″ tall. Both sticks are basically mint, as there is no damage to the glass. Both show a moderate amount of loss to the mercury coating, which is normal with this type. Only the second set we have sold in 25 years. The last ones went to a museum.


AN010 Edward Hanlan Pressed Glass Mug
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $110

In his time, Edward “Ned” Hanlan was one of Canada’s most celebrated athletes. He was the world champion sculler from 1880-1884. Wikipedia notes that on 15 November 1880 he raced Edward Trickett on the River Thames historic Putney to Mortlake course and, with 100,000 spectators lining the banks, won easily. In doing so he became Canada’s first world sporting champion in an individual or singles event. News of Hanlan’s success, spread by telegraph and newspaper, touched off a rare moment of communion among English-speaking Canadians. This is a rare English-made pressed-glass with diamond registry trademark on the base. Near mint condition with numerous lines in the crude glass which is normal for pieces of this period.


AN011 Small Primitive Wheel
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $150

A small primitive wheel found in the Canadian Maritimes. An early piece with rose head nails and heavy oxidization to the original dry finish. Likely a wheel from a barn windlass. 14″ in diameter to the tip of the spokes. Excellent condition. A small crude wheel that looks amazing mounted on a wall!


AN012 Butchers Cleaver
Minimum Bid: $150
Range:$200-300
Sold: $100

A double edged butcher’s cleaver. Stamped with the iniatials DM and a stylized star. 12″ across the blade and 10″ long. An early tool which retains its original and heavily worn handle.


AN013 Scandanavian Birchbark Boxes
Minimum Bid: $100
Range:$150-200
Sold: $75

This pair of early birchbark boxes came from the Bryerson family of Birks Falls Ontario. The family had Scandinavian heritage and these boxes are from there. The design is fascinating. The boxes are oval shaped and relatively thick in the middle where there are more layers of bark. The layers have been chip carved to create an attractive pattern. The larger box has an additional pattern of diamonds around its middle. Original green and black paint, which has worn beautifully. A small box: 6 1/2″ long, 4 1/4″ deep and 3 1/8″ tall. No lid for this one. The second box is tiny: 3 1/2″ long, 1 1/2″ deep and 1 1/2″ tall to the edge of the box. I don’t feel the lid on this one is original, but it is a nice lid that suits the box well. The tiny box is in excellent condition and has a wonderful bonelike surface.


AN014 Eastern Woodlands Basket
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: Not

A small Eastern Woodlands native basket that was deaccessioned from the Morrisburg Museum. I personally love this style of basket with its periwinkle weaving. 2 1/4″ tall x 4 1/2″. A bit of glue applied along the edge of the lid in a couple of spots, otherwise excellent.


AN015 Eastern Woodlands Basket
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: Not

An Eastern Woodlands native birch bark basket. 6 1/2″ tall by 6″ in diameter. Missing its lid, but otherwise excellent.


AN016 West Coast Basket
Minimum Bid: $75
Range:$100-150
Sold: Not

A small West Coast native basket, 3 1/4″ tall by 7″ in diameter across the base. Strong colour and fine condition.