Ruckersville Gallery Owner’s Items Featured in UVa History

Owner of Ruckersville Gallery, Paul Mott has 6 of 50 items featured as most significant in history of the University of Virginia, in a recent article in the U.Va. Magazine. A long-time collector, one of Paul’s specialties is U.Va. and

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Unrecorded Wallace Nutting Photograph

UNRECORDED WALLACE NUTTING PHOTOGRAPH

This is one of those remarkable moments to own a local yet unrecorded collectible of Charlottesville, Virginia! Wallace Nutting was a well-known photographer and author. When writing his book, Virginia Beautiful, he visited Charlottesville and its environs, taking many images.

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Pair of Attributed Robert Walker Side Chairs

Robert Walker Chippendale side chairs

These appear to be rare and early variants of Walker’s Chippendale side chairs or certainly Rappahannock River area. As with other Walker chairs, these have the unique “triple valley” crest rail.” They also have a rarely found C-scroll ribbon back

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Cast Iron Book Press

Cast Iron Book Press

All original, this book press is made of iron. There are some old timers who say this was used in securing the newly glued binding, and others who say this was used to flatten warped books. Both explanations seem reasonable.

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Southern Manny’s Rocking Bench

Southern Manny’s Rocking Bench

Mammy rockers have long been a well-known furniture form in the South. Iconic in design and use, these uniquely-sized, small, two seaters were used in southern homes throughout the 19th century. Given its deep crest rail and faux-bamboo spindles, this

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Petersburg Writing Arm Chair

Petersburg Writing Arm Chair

The paint has been restored professionally on this writing arm chair. It was carefully analyzed in the crevices and especially underneath as being red over black, butter milk paint, re-painted, and then worn off appropriately at the major and natural

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Important Southern Pembroke Table

Important Southern Pembroke Table

This is an exquisite and beautiful Southern Pembroke table. The overall condition is remarkably fine and as found. The primary woods are black walnut and the secondary woods are southern yellow pine. The drawer face has inlaid banding, the apron

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Poplar Forest Picket Post and Monticello Plank

Poplar Forest Picket Post

These are both from an old collection of wood relics from historic homes. Both are unique and no others have been seen in over seven decades of my collecting. $750.00 Dealer 326

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Schoolmaster’s Desk

Schoolmaster’s Desk

These are most often called a schoolmaster’s desk, but the whole truth would include that they were also used by clerks, pastors, and overseers. This one in particular has great statuesque lines in the Country Hepplewhite form, with what certainly

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Pilgrim Era Coffer

Pilgrim Era Coffer

Once in a great while is a rived, hand-carved coffer from the Pilgrim century era ever seen. This one was made about 1580 to about 1640, in the Mannerist style, with hard yellow pine and wrought iron. It is a

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Pair of Chinese Map or Scroll Weights

Pair of Chinese Map or Scroll Weights

These are mid-20th century, Chinese, carved elm, map or scroll weights. Each is mostly a mirror image of the other, with subtle differences. These are especially useful when unfolding maps for display, holding down the curled edges, but are intended

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Chinese Tree Root Carving

Chinese Tree Root Carving

There are a number of fine art traditions found in China, one of which is tree root carving. This carving shows, apparently, a teak tree root or trunk, with enhanced carving of the root interior and the placement of a

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Newspaper Story on Miller School

Newspaper Story on Miller School

This is a complete original newspaper of the Scientific American, Volume 55, Number 24, published in New York on December 14, 1886. The front page is completely devoted to eight wood block prints of various views of the Miller School

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English Pembroke Table

English Pembroke Table

This is a beautiful, high-style Pembroke Table, made during the Georgian era in the Chippendale taste. Your eye can plainly see the hand-dressed surfaces, the dovetailed drawer, and the lustrous French polished top leaves. The X-stretcher retains its original, underside

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Miniature Country Sheraton Drop Leaf Table

Miniature Country Sheraton Drop Leaf Table

This is an American, miniature, double-drop-leaf table. It is likely rural made, having only straight, instead of rule, joints for both drop leaves. As with most furniture, the turned round legs announce the period and design, namely 19th century Sheraton.

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Robert Walker Hepplewhite Side Chair (Mount Vernon?)

Robert Walker Fredericksburg Virginia Hepplewhite Side Chair

This chair is attributed to being made by Robert Walker in his cabinet shop in Fredericksburg, Virginia in the late 18th century in the Hepplewhite design. The primary wood is mahogany and the secondary wood is yellow pine. This high-style

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Early Virginia Candlestand

Early Virginia Candlestand

This is a yellow tulip poplar candlestand, with later soldier-blue, buttermilk-based paint. It is light in weight, short in height, and very delicately turned and carved, suggesting that it is likely very early 1700s. It was formerly in the collection

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Country Primitive Tool Box

Country Primitive Tool Box

This is a great magazine rack. Or, for newspaper storage. Or, a place to put pine cones, sea shells, boughs of bittersweet, yarn balls, you name it. $100.00 Dealer 326

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King and Queen County Country Empire Candlestand

King and Queen County Country Empire Candlestand

A number of other similar candlestands have appeared in the market and in dealer collections, all having the same “feel” of design. For each, the standard is heavy and the legs are high arched. They all are reported as made

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Bird-Cage Windsor Arm Chair

Bird-Cage Windsor Arm Chair

This is an American, probably Mid-Atlantic, Bird-Cage Arm Chair, made about 1800. The faux-bamboo turnings of the stiles, arm rails, and legs became the rage in Windsor chairs by 1800. It certainly seems that all known Windsors were painted, having

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Country Empire Writing Arm Windsor Chair

This is a New York chair that was once owned by the former 1821-1823 U. S. Congressman and then the former 1828-1848 Chancellor of New York, Reuben Hyde Walworth, as engraved on the plaque behind the crest rail and seen

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Queen Anne Candlestand

Queen Anne Candlestand

This is an American Queen Anne candlestand. Its specific origin is arguable, but the consensus is American. Because it has a compressed ball column or standard, some have considered that it would appear to be Philadelphia. Its history of ownership,

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Robert Walker Fredericksburg Chippendale Chair

Robert Walker Fredericksburg Virginia Chippendale Side Chair

This Chippendale side chair is attributed to Robert Walker (1710-1777) at his cabinet shop in Fredericksburg, Virginia. The primary wood is black walnut, and the secondary wood is yellow pine. The needlepoint seat, which is unlikely original, is nonetheless very

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Rock Maple Country Stool

Rock Maple Country Stool

This is a twentieth-century, bench-made stool. It has turned rock maple and a woven rope seat. It is at the right height to elevate your feet and legs, especially after you place a folded quilt on top, and place near

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Set of Six Country Empire Dining Chairs

Set of Six Country Empire Dining Chairs

This set of six dining chairs was found in the Shenandoah Valley at a sale out in a sunny farm field hosted by hundreds of dealers several decades ago. They are just the way you want to find them, retaining

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Southern Wash Stand

Southern Wash Stand

This is a galleried country wash stand made of Southern yellow pine. It was from the former collection of Paige McGee, or “Penny” as most of us knew her. She had one of the finest Southern collections ever! It will

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King Warehouse Dolly

King Warehouse Dolly

  This is an early turn-of-the-century dolly used at the Charles King and Sons, Grocers store at 416 East Water Street in Charlottesville, Virginia. The building was constructed in 1897, and the business continued until about 1980, when it was

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Fine Dressing Mirror

Fine Dressing Mirror

This dressing mirror was made by Meier and Hagen Furniture Makers in New York City between 1858 and 1888. Ernest Hagen (1830-1913) opened a cabinetmaking shop after working for years with others. He had an old shop mate, J. Matthew

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American Fancy Chest of Drawers

American Fancy Chest of Drawers

At first glance, this looks like a mahogany case with tiger maple drawer fronts, which speaks well of the maker! This is actually a pine chest with a faux painted case and with faux painted drawer fronts, a rare survivor from

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Shenandoah Valley Corner Cupboard

Shenandoah Valley Corner Cupboard

This is a plain and neat Country Federal corner cupboard from the Valley. It was found, of all places, at the major auction house in the Washington area, C. G. Sloan and Company in Bethesda, Maryland! It had been consigned by

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Piedmont Virginia Yellow Pine Clothes Press

Piedmont Virginia Yellow Pine Clothes Press

This clothes press was acquired at a Sheriff’s Sale at a Keswick farm house in Albemarle County in 1986. Then, it had a fresh coat of regular white house paint, some of which can be seen on the back side.

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Shenandoah Valley Flat Wall Cupboard

Shenandoah Valley Flat Wall Cupboard

This is a very practical and useful cupboard, taking a small footprint in anyone’s home. It is also very Southern, made of yellow pine. It was found in the Valley and it was sold in the Valley. Over the years,

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Twentieth Century Queen Anne Style Chair

Twentieth Century Queen Anne Style Chair

For decades, this side chair was used in my classes through the adult education programs, Open Doors, offered by the Albemarle Public Schools, and the Continuing Studies programs at the University of Virginia. Its use was to show how a

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Country Primitive Long Bench

Country Primitive Long Bench

Decades ago, a good honest country primitive bench seemed easily found. Now not so much. Most seem to be early to mid-20th century. This is a righteous, 19th century bench. Honest wear and use. Actually came off the porch of

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Ship Captain’s Desk

Ship Captain’s Desk

This is a ship captain’s desk, probably coastal New England. As is typical, it is made of New England white pine, with orange varnish over the primary surfaces. From the wear seen, and from the construction noted, it is likely mid to

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Frances Scott Key Chest of Drawers

Frances Scott Key Chest of Drawers

This chest of drawers is a classic example of American Empire case pieces made about 1825. Note the top drawer is very deep for storing bonnets. Unique to this chest is the penciled description on the underside of the second

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Southern Ohio Diminutive Flat Wall Cupboard

Southern Ohio Diminutive Flat Wall Cupboard

This wall cupboard was literally pulled off the wall of the back porch of an old abandoned farm house in Southern Ohio. For collectors of primitive pieces this is just how you want to find them! Old and worn green

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Southern Attributed Candle Stand

Southern Attributed Candle Stand

This Southern-attributed, Hepplewhite stand was found at an estate sale in the Shenandoah Valley and then marketed by Irongate Antiques of Occoquan, Virginia in 1981. It is made of mostly cherrywood with some mahogany, hand dressed and hand turned, in

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Southern Yellow Pine Bench

Southern Yellow Pine Wooden Bench

This is a Southern bench, made of Southern Yellow Pine, and found in the Shenandoah Valley. From construction, age, and use, it appears late 19th century to early 20th century. Probably farm made and used. Great for the mud room

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Norman Rockwell 1943 Poster

Norman Rockwell 1943 Poster for Sale

This is an original, 1943, large (56” high by 40” wide) lithograph of the “Freedom From Want” Poster by Norman Rockwell printed by the U. S. Government during World War II. This was acquired in 1980 from a retired Charlottesville

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Donnie Mays

Donnie Mays

Ask the folks who know him, and they’ll tell you that Donnie Mays is an expert in clocks. Ask Donnie, though, and you’ll get a glimpse of his characteristic modesty:

“I don’t like being called an expert. I know something about clocks… I don’t put any out that don’t run but I can usually get them to run. Clocks would be a specialty. Rather than be an expert on any one thing, I know a little bit about a lot of things.”

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Paul Mott

Owner of Ruckersville Gallery, Paul Mott has 6 of 50 items featured as most significant in history of the University of Virginia, in a recent article in the U.Va. Magazine.

A long-time collector, one of Paul’s specialties is U.Va. and local Virginia ephemera. In fact, “His assortment of U.Va. items is considered by some collectors to be perhaps the finest that exists outside the University.”

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Will Paulsen

Will Paulsen

I have been an independent appraiser since 1980, providing full-time, full-service appraisals to private, public, and corporate clients nationwide. I also have been providing consultation services to private retail galleries, auctions, dealers, and consignment businesses, as well as curatorial services to private and public museums. I have additionally acted as a commissioned agent for private and corporate clients, including movie stars, elected congressmen and appointed White House cabinet officers, and nationally ranked Fortune 500 corporate leaders. At the local level, I have taught courses that I designed through community education programs on Finding American Antiques, and I have also designed classes that I have taught at the University of Virginia on Southern Material Culture, Construction Techniques of the First Five Periods of American Furniture, Finding Treasures at Auctions, Living with Antiques and Art, and Collecting American Art. In 2014, I was appointed by Governor Terry McAuliffe to a five year term on the Citizen’s Advisory Council on Furnishing and Interpreting the Executive Mansion in Richmond, Virginia. I am completing the first ever documenting and appraisal of all the furniture and furnishings at the Mansion.

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John Hayes

It all started innocently enough. John Hayes grew up in Michigan and moved to Virginia in the early 80s, marrying his wife, Jan. In 2009, he retired early with the plan to do a little woodworking and play golf four or five times per week.

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American Painted Blanket Chest

Will Paulsen

This American blanket chest appears to retain its original buttermilk paint. Based on the turned feet and the inset panel, it appears consistent with the Country Sheraton era of 1825 and later. Other than normal wear, this chest has no

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Tall Post Bed Quilt

Will Paulsen

First, this quilt is in wonderful condition. Lacking any puckering or wrinkling, it may never have been laundered. The present consensus of dating is mid to late 19th century. Uniquely, the bottom edge has two cut-out corners, allowing it to

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Winchester Virginia Sheraton Revival Sewing Work Drop-Leaf Table

Will Paulsen

Though feint, there are stenciled markings on the undersides of the drop leaves, indicating this was made in Winchester, Virginia and “all kinds of furniture.” The stenciling is consistent with a mid-to late 19th century manufacture, part of the well-known

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Ocean Waves Wash Stand

Will Paulsen

This is an architectural beauty, given the curved gallery and the scrolled ocean waves sides and the serpentine back! This Country Sheraton wash stand is most likely coastal New England, made of white pine about 1825. $1375.00 Offers Considered, Terms

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Greene County Virginia Wash Stand

Will Paulsen

Found in and attributed to Greene County, Virginia, this Country Federal wash stand dates to the early to mid-19th century. It is made of Southern yellow pine, and the brass bowl is included with it (although a glazed porcelain bowl

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Benjamin Morris of Hilltown, Pennsylvania Tall Case Clock

Will Paulsen

This is an exquisite clock by a very well-known clockmaker, Benjamin Morris. He was born in Hilltown, Pennsylvania in 1748. He served as a private during the American Revolutionary War. It is reported that during his lifetime, he produced over

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English Chippendale Dining Chair

Will Paulsen

This lavishly carved and well-developed side chair is made from very dense mahogany from the Caribbean rim, probably San Domingo. $2250.00 Offers Considered, Terms Available, Trades Evaluated Dealer 318

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Edenton (Attributed) Dining Table

Will Paulsen

This is attributed as an early Queen Anne diminutive dining table or tea table from Edenton, North Carolina. It is made of black walnut and has yellow pine as secondary wood on the underside. The underside angle support is a

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Southern Dining Chair

Will Paulsen

This Southern Chippendale dining chair is very comfortable with its saddled seat. The unique straight crest rail of this side chair is often seen on chairs from eastern Virginia and from northeastern North Carolina during the colonial era. Colonial Williamsburg

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Southern Gaming Table

Will Paulsen

This is a fine, high style Southern gaming table, made of mahogany with inlay. The underside secondary wood is yellow pine. Gaming tables were used by the very wealthy who could afford not only fine furniture made just for gaming

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Thomas Miller of Fredericksburg Side Chair

Will Paulsen

This chair is attributed to the workshop of Thomas Miller. Born in 1748 in Stirling, Scotland, he migrated to America and was working in Fredericksburg, Virginia by 1765. Unique to his 1770s chair design is the lobed ending at the

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Thomas Day (Attributed) Bed

Will Paulsen

Thomas Day was a free man of color, born 1801 in Dinwiddie County, Virginia. He learned cabinetmaking from his father, John Day. By 1824, Thomas Day had moved to Milton, North Carolina, where he opened his own cabinet shop, working

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Diminutive Paneled Chest

Will Paulsen

At first glance, this small chest looks much older, like Pilgrim period. It also looks like the paneled furniture of Eastern Virginia. The nails and wear, however, suggest an early 19th century origin. Since the panels are flat, not raised,

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Southern Tavern Table

Will Paulsen

Strtetcher-based tavern tables remain among the most favored pieces of collectors of colonial furniture. This rare surviving Southern table is all made of yellow pine, with a bread-board top over a plain apron supported by Mannerist turned legs in the

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Shaker Sugar Table

Will Paulsen

This may be one of a kind. It is attributed as being from the Shake community of South Union, Kentucky. Research at this time reveals that only one kitchen served this small community in the early to mid-19th century. What

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Shenandoah Valley Sewing Work Table

Will Paulsen

This is a Sheraton sewing work table, made about 1825, with walnut primary and Southern yellow pine secondary. It appears to be entirely in “as found” condition. In its day, it was used primarily as a sewing work table, with

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Virginia Chest of Drawers

Will Paulsen

This handsome walnut chest of drawers was made during the early Federal era from about 1785 to about 1810, in the Hepplewhite taste. Other than the pulls being replaced, the overall condition is as found and pleasingly original. The primary

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Southern Sewing Work Table

Will Paulsen

This walnut work table came from a sale that had a lot of Kentucky furniture, and this piece too may well be from Kentucky. It is certainly Southern, with Southern yellow pine secondary. Similar tables are reported throughout the country

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Virginia Chest Of Drawers

Will Paulsen

This Federal chest of drawers in the Hepplewhite taste has four distinctively graduated drawers, and a paneled back that is typical of those seen in Virginia, especially the Valley. The primary wood is a favorite of Virginia cabinetmakers, walnut, with

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Baltimore Butler’s Desk and Linen Press

Will Paulsen

Some of the most beautiful high style Southern furniture is found in Baltimore, such as this unique piece. It is a desk and it is a linen press. The desk is in the top drawer, which pulls out and then

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Pie Safe

Will Paulsen

This all original pie safe appears to be in “as found” condition. While there are no markings found, it appears similar to the “mail order” varieties once so popular in the late 19th and early 20th century sales catalogs of

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Magnificent Model Boat

Will Paulsen

This may well be one of the finest model boats ever built. The attention to detail, the exquisite craftmanship, and the precise scale all combine to a magnificent final model. This is a 1930s model boat, handmade from abutted wood

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Vintage Model Boat

Will Paulsen

This 1950s model boat on stand shows lapped wood siding constrruction, brass brads, brass screws, and naugahide. The stand was also custom build for this boat too. You have to wonder what the number of hours this hobbyist project took?

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English Queen Anne Drop-Leaf Dining Table

Will Paulsen

While Queen Anne herself had a relatively short reign, the furniture named for her had a much longer time, lasting from a little before her reign and then well into the rign of George II. Thus, the era of Baroque

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Windsor Birdcage Side Chair

Will Paulsen

As Windsors go, this one is rather unique. Note the pinched, less than 90°, top corners, where the crest rail joins the side stiles. This is an almost insignificant, but well known, design feature that was used by John Letchworth,

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Southern Chest Of Drawers

Will Paulsen

This is a most desirable, folky chest of drawers. It is likely from Southwestern Virginia, but there also are examples from Eastern Tennessee and Eastern Kentucky. The inset side panels and the round turned legs are all suggestive of an

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Scissors and Shears Display Case

Will Paulsen

This is a Victorian era, advertizing display case for scissors and shears. As you can see from the stencil-painted lettering, this one was made by the Cattaraugus Cutlery Company, so named in 1886 in Little Valley, New York. Admiral Byrd

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Southern Wall Candle Box

Will Paulsen

Based on family history, this candle box is attributed to Winchester, Virginia. As would be expected, it is made of Southern Yellow Pine. T-nails have been used for joinery, suggesting a ca. 1800 time period. Notice the heart cut-out in

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Virginia Sugar Chest

Will Paulsen

There are various and unique pieces of Southern furniture found virtually no where else. The sugar chest is one of the more iconic pieces first developed in the South. The first one I ever bought was sold to me as

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Georgian Tea Table

Will Paulsen

Your eyes are not deceiving you, that really is a one board top of figured, San Domingo mahogany! The rest of the cleats, block, column, and tripod legs are also solid mahogany. Because everything is mahogany, there are no secondary

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Rappahannock River Basin Queen Anne Table

Will Paulsen

It is unlikely that you will ever again see another early, formal, high style Virginia table like this one. Early country furniture can still be found with some frequency, but certainly not early formal furniture. The simplest explanation is back

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Country Queen Anne Candlestand

Will Paulsen

We never met anyone who did not fall in love with this candlestand! It is early, about 1720, delicate, has low height, is deep and mellow in color, shows hand carving and turning, and lightly refinished. There are few people

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Southern Hunt Board

Will Paulsen

Probably the most iconic form of Southern furniture is the hunt board. These do not show up north of the Mason-Dixon Line. They tend to be taller than sideboards, are often made of Southern Yellow Pine, like this one, and,

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American Corner Cupboard

Will Paulsen

This is an American, probably Mid-Atlantic, corner cupboard in the Chippendale taste, having a well-developed cornice, glass doors in the top, raised panel doors in the bottom, all on bracket feet. Having center area drawers suggests an early 19th century

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Historic Print Of The Drafting Of The Declaration Of Independence

Will Paulsen

Peter Frederick Rothermel Large period engravings of Thomas Jefferson are rarely seen in the general market, yet the market seems to have an endless array of small engravings, almost all of which were cannibalized from books. In over forty years

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Portrait Print of Thomas Jefferson as Author of Declaration of Independence

Will Paulsen

M. H. Traubel Large period engravings of Thomas Jefferson are rarely seen in the general market, yet the market seems to have an endless array of small engravings, almost all of which were cannibalized from books. In over forty years

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Portrait Print of Thomas Jefferson as President

Will Paulsen

Large period engravings of Thomas Jefferson are rarely seen in the general market, yet the market seems to have an endless array of small engravings, almost all of which were cannibalized from books. In over forty years of collecting I

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Portrait Print of Thomas Jefferson as Author of Declaration of Independence

Will Paulsen

Kurz and Allison Large period engravings of Thomas Jefferson are rarely seen in the general market, yet the market seems to have an endless array of small engravings, almost all of which were cannibalized from books. In over forty years

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Portrait Print of Thomas Jefferson as President

Will Paulsen

William Smith Large period engravings of Thomas Jefferson are rarely seen in the general market, yet the market seems to have an endless array of small engravings, almost all of which were cannibalized from books. In over forty years of

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Three Matched Virginia Chippendale Chairs

Will Paulsen

These three matched Chippendale side chairs are attributed to the workshop of Robert Walker, based on the “triple valley” crest rail design. These three matched chairs have primary wood of black walnut and the secondary wood of yellow pine. The

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American Sheraton Butler’s Chest

Will Paulsen

This is an exceptionally well-designed piece! Compact overall. Graduated drawers. Figured paterae. Delicately turned legs. It is also a piece made for the very wealthy in its day. The household that owned this desk had at least one main servant

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Southern Mammy Bench Rocker

Will Paulsen

There are a number of furniture designs that are unique to the South. A Mammy Bench is certainly one. It reflects a time now long ago when the South was a slave-based culture and a Mammy would sit in a

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Wytheville Pie Safe

Will Paulsen

This is the ultimate of pie safes, the most desired, the most sought after, the home run of Southern food safes. From the now classic article in the Magazine Antiques by Roddy Moore, to the acclaim online by Ken Farmer,

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Assembled Set of Six American Windsor Chairs

Will Paulsen

The differences are subtle, slight, and simple. A different curve to the back stiles, or a different profile of a seat, or one with arms are noticeable by staring. All may even have been made in the same shop. They

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King and Queen County Virginia Tilt-Top Table

Will Paulsen

Most Southern collectors recognize this table quickly. For a number of years now, there have been quite a few that have surfaced in the trade. The usual story is that they from King and Queen County, Virginia, from about the

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Pair of Southern Side Chairs

Will Paulsen

These matched side chairs have remnants of their original red paint. Their design and construction are similar to the chairs of Eastern North Carolina from the mid to late 18th century. At the 2011 exhibit, “Have a Seat,” at the

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Southern Great Chair

Will Paulsen

This is a Southern Great Chair, probably from the Dan River Basin and, based on the diameter of the legs being equal from the floor to the seat rails, made in the mid to late 18th century (1760 to 1780).

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Southern Plantation Desk

Will Paulsen

This black walnut desk is all original, with Country Sheraton turned feet. These more typically Southern desks were so designed that the top could easily be removed to a wagon and taken onto the plantation fields and to the outbuildings

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Southern Child’s Arm Chair

Will Paulsen

These are not rare, but they are certainly uncommon. They also are typically Southern. Southern collectors have long come to know the architecture of Southern chairs. The design clue that makes this chair especially Southern is the exaggerated overhang of

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American (Probably New York) Sheraton Pembroke Table

Will Paulsen

This is an elegantly designed Pembroke table, with delicately carved and fluted legs, rounded drop-leaf corners, and a slender apron. It is one of the few period pieces where the story of its naming has actual roots. Lady Elizabeth (1737-1831),

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Sandra Swinger

Sandra Swinger

Sandra’s focus is on vintage jewelry, Limoge, cut crystal,vintage jewelry unusual pictures, and vintage linens, but she also carries sterling silver, silverplate, pressed glass, jade, oriental items, mirrors, pictures, and “too many ‘uniques’ to mention.”

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Dutch dressing table, Lacquered screen and more!

Very Unusual – Delightful! Early 19th Century Dutch Dressing Table w Lift Top Storage and Wonderful Detail! (Marquetry) – Booth 314 – $2,475.00. Black Lacquered Screen, Six Sixteen Inch Panels – $875.00, Booth 22. Pair of Oak Desk Chairs –

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Rembrandt self portrait, mother of pearl jewelry cabinet and more!

Come join us on Saturday, July 30th for free Appraisals from Norman Dill and Peyton White from 11am until 2pm. Haunting Self Portrait of Rembrandt – Copy in Oil, Late 19th Century, $795.00, Booth 406. Fabulous 21″ Hand Painted Trace

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Casual Appraisals with Will Paulsen and Charlie Taylor this Saturday

  This weekend on Saturday July 16th from 11am until 2pm we will be having appraisals from one of the top antique appraisers in Virginia and our own Charlie Taylor, resident Crock expert.

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July Estate Sale featuring antique license plates, new estate jewelry and more

Come on down to the Ruckersville Gallery on Saturday, July 9th for this months Estate sale, featuring items such as a collection of 1920’s license plates including Virginia, a 1950’s working traffic light, wonderful new furniture both vintage and modern

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Appraisal event with Norman Dill and Peyton White Saturday July 2nd

We will be having a casual appraisal event this Saturday July 2nd with Norman Dill and Peyton White from 11am until 2pm, limit 3 items per person, not an appraisal for legal or insurance purposes.

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