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Raven’s Way is pleased to offer a Wonderful 16” x 13” 1834 Pennsylvania German Fraktur which is presented in a Very Early Script incorporated into a Fully Designed “pinpricking” and line Pattern enhanced by coloration. While we assume the Fraktur originated in Pennsylvania, it is clearly the work of an Early German immigrant to the Eastern United States. In fact, we asked our friends in Germany to aid in the Translation. It appears that this Fraktur is a “Thank You” letter from a Godchild to her Godparents. This “memorial of gratitude” relates to their presence at her Baptism. The Main Text expresses her deepest gratitude in a variety of ways and further expresses her hope that God takes away all the daily sorrows until their death. According to our friends in Germany, this is a Very Early German Script; such script was developed initially in the 16th Century and was called “fraktur.” According to one web site, a form of this writing “called vorschrift” was used as a teaching method to aid the reading and writing of German immigrant children.The Presentation is framed in a “pinprick” border with internal chain patterns, two major heart designs, small flocks of sheep on each side at the bottom; these patterns are further enhanced by print floral pattern and coloration. The Script is then all hand done and dated 1834. The Condition of this Wonderful Folk Art Fraktur is Quite Good. The high rag content has maintained the paper, though there is Very Minor Foxing, and at some point the piece was folded and stored. Minor Age Wrinkling to the Paper. The frame, apparently done at “The Old Print Shop”, is rather old and has been repaired more than once. Framed Size is 19 ½” x 17”. Otherwise, the Fraktur is Extremely Appealing in Form and Content.

(MX127)  Price $1850 plus shipping Click on Photo for larger images. Contact us for additional information.


Lovely Little Slide Top Spice Box, New England, circa Early – Mid 1800s. This Little Spice Box is divided into 4 Compartments with a Slide Top Cover, similar to the design of early Candle Boxes. It is in its Original Condition with Lapped Joint Construction held in place with Early Cut Nails. Especially appealing are the Marking Gauge Lines the Maker Created for the Corners to determine the Placement of the Nails and the Layout of the Two Finger Grips for the Slide Top. The Patina of this piece is Outstanding and the Character of its Age is Impeccable. The only Minor Age Flaw is a Slight Sliver of Wood off one end of the Slide Top which is unseen when the top is closed. Measurements: 7” in length, 5”+ in width, and 2 ¼” in height. A Wonderful Addition to Any Country Collection.

(MX132)  Click on Photo for larger images. Contact us for additional information.

Price $395 plus shipping


“Pheasants” is an Original Watercolor by Connecticut Wildlife Artist Susan Peifer, Well Known to Collectors Visiting Major Art Shows and Waterfowl Shows on the East Coast. Originally from Long Island, New York, Sue now has the perfect studio on a Farm in Connecticut. Some of Sue’s Earliest Work involved Pen & Ink Wildlife Studies; in Recent Years she has created a Plethora of Watercolors offering a Wealth of Perspectives on Farm Life and Wildlife. This piece incorporates an Original Watercolor of Ring-necked Pheasants and an Actual Tail Feather. The Image measures 15 ½” x 4 ¾”; the tail is set into a space 14 ¾” x 1 7/8”; the presentation is doubled matted and “antique gold” framed to 21 ¼” x 13 ¼”. A Terrific Presentation for a Wildlife Admirer.

(MX116)  Click on Photo for larger images. Contact us for additional information.

Price $175 plus shipping


Classic Chopping Bowl or Trencher from New England, circa Mid-1800s. Wonderful External Draw Knife Marks on the Ends from Construction and Plenty of Internal Chopping Marks from Age and Use. The Patina also Enhances Look of the Trencher for Display Purposes. The Bowl is in Very Nice Condition with One Tight Age Line at One End (See Photographs). Measurements: 21” in length, 11 ½” in width, and 4” in height. A Traditional Country Kitchen Item.

(MX133)   Click on Photo for larger images. Contact us for additional information.



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