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7 Vintage Americana Games to Make You Feel Like a Kid Again

Remember when there was nothing more exciting than a new board game? Gathering friends and family with a deck of cards or around game boards to play a strategic game is quite different than gathering around a computer screen and playing against a virtual opponent. These Americana finds will certainly bring you back to a simpler time.

Whether it’s ring toss, or a simple game of checkers, some of the best childhood memories are during game night. See below for some of our favorites:

19th Century Handmade Painted Checkerboard

Handmade Painted Checkerboard, Mid-late 19th century. Estimate: $250-$500

Handmade Painted Checkerboard, Mid-late 19th century. Estimate: $250-$500

 

Parcheesi Game Board, 1900

Parcheesi Game Board, 1900, made of Wood. Sold for $1,200

Parcheesi Game Board, 1900, made of Wood. Sold for $1,200

 

How to Fly Training Cockpit Pre-Flight Course Game

How to Fly Cockpit Pre-Flight Training Course Game, by maker: Einson-Freeman Co., Inc., 1942. Sold for $120

How to Fly Cockpit Pre-Flight Training Course Game, by maker: Einson-Freeman Co., Inc., 1942. Sold for $120

 

Spirit of St. Louis Transcontinental Spinner Game

Spirit of St. Louis Transcontinental Spinner Game, 1925. Estimate: $150 - $300

Spirit of St. Louis Transcontinental Spinner Game, 1925. Estimate: $150 – $300

 

Beanbag Toss Wood Game Board

Wood beanbag game, 1930-1940's, original paint. Sold for $80

Wood beanbag game, 1930-1940’s, original paint. Sold for $80

 

Peg Game Board from 1930

Homemade Peg Game Board, 1930. Sold for $160

Homemade Peg Game Board, 1930. Sold for $160

 

Ring Toss Board

Homemade Ring Toss Game Board, early 20th century. Sold for $65

Homemade Ring Toss Game Board, early 20th century. Sold for $65

 

Are these bringing back fond memories? Find more Americana gems in this week’s specially curated Americana sale on Jasper52.

 

6 Christmas Ornaments to Delight Your Christmas Tree

Your Christmas tree is the center of your home for a few weeks out of the year. Whether decorated with simple lights, popcorn strings, or family heirloom ornaments, the tree sparkles with tradition. German-American families enjoy the tradition of the Christmas pickle. On Christmas Eve, after the children have gone to bed, parents hide a pickle ornament deep in the branches of their decorated tree. On Christmas morning, the first child to locate the pickle receives an extra gift from Santa.

This season is an opportunity to add some extra charm and delight to your tree. Below are 6 Americana ornaments to dazzle your trimmings:

Man in the Moon

When this moon hits your eye, there will definitely be amoré. Enjoy this hand-blown sparkler from the 1940s.

Man in the Moon Hand Blown Christmas Ornament, 1940, 3.5 x 2 inches. Estimate: $75-$120

Man in the Moon Hand Blown Christmas Ornament, 1940, 3.5 x 2 inches. Estimate: $75-$120

 

Christmas Tea Pot

So adorable you almost want to drink tea out of it.

An adorable tea pot Christmas ornament, circa 1940, 3 x 2 inches. Sold: $20

An adorable tea pot Christmas ornament, circa 1940, 3 x 2 inches. Sold: $20

 

Two Fish Ornaments

One fish, two fish. Yellow Fish, gold fish.

2 Fish Hand Blown Christmas Ornament, 1940s, 3.5 x 2 inches each. Estimate: $75-$95

2 Fish Hand Blown Christmas Ornament, 1940s, 3.5 x 2 inches each. Estimate: $75-$95

 

Green Pickle

This is probably the ornament you’ve always wished you had.

Hand Blown Pickle Christmas Ornament, circa 1940, 3.75 x 1.5 inches. Sold: $25

Hand Blown Pickle Christmas Ornament, circa 1940, 3.75 x 1.5 inches. Sold: $25

 

Three Clown Ornaments

These vintage buddies add sparkle and a certain unique charm to your tree.

3 Clowns Hand Blown Christmas Ornaments, circa 1940s, 4.75 x 2 inches. Estimate: $85-$150

3 Clowns Hand Blown Christmas Ornaments, circa 1940s, 4.75 x 2 inches. Estimate: $85-$150

 

Cast Iron Santa Claus 

Ok, this is a doorstop and not an ornament. While you cannot hang it on your tree, adding this to your home holiday decor adds extra flair. Ho ho ho!

Santa Claus Door Stop, Cast iron with original paint, circa 1920, 6.75 x 4.5 x 2.75 inches. Estimate: $100-$150

Santa Claus Door Stop, Cast iron with original paint, circa 1920, 6.75 x 4.5 x 2.75 inches. Estimate: $100-$150

 

Find unique Americana treasures in Jasper52’s weekly auctions. There’s always a delightful find.

6 Hand-Crafted Artisan Works to Make You Feel At Home

We’re going home for the holidays this week and the Americana auction is getting us ready. Hand-crafted works by artisans as well as self-taught artists comprise this delightful sale featuring more than 60 household artworks describe the everyday American experience during the 19th and 20th centuries. Hand-sculpted jugs, well-loved game boards, and vintage advertising all bring back memories of a simpler time.

These six hand-crafted works create a sense of welcome in any home:

19th Century Barber Shop Sign

‘Barber Shop’ sign, Pennsylvania, 1880s, tin and wood. Estimate: $1,100-$1,300

‘Barber Shop’ sign, Pennsylvania, 1880s, tin and wood. Estimate: $1,100-$1,300

A barbershop trade sign from the days when a shave and a haircut cost “two bits” (25 cents) is just one of several pieces of vintage advertising in the auction.

Lanier Meaders’ Face Jug

One of the most famous names in North Carolina folk art pottery is Lanier Meaders, and the auction features a fine example of the face jugs that earned him and his family national recognition in the latter half of the 20th century.

Lanier Meaders (1917-1998), North Carolina, face jug. Estimate: $900-$1,200

Lanier Meaders (1917-1998), North Carolina, face jug. Estimate: $900-$1,200

 

Horse and Rider Whirligig

Folk art carvings are often fun and whimsical. A fine example is a horse and rider whirligig made by an unknown artisan from Ohio in the late 19th century.

Horse and rider whirligig, Ohio, painted wood and metal, late 19th century, included in ‘American Folk Sculpture’ by Robert Bishop. Estimate; $2,800-$4,000

Horse and rider whirligig, Ohio, painted wood and metal, late 19th century, included in ‘American Folk Sculpture’ by Robert Bishop. Estimate; $2,800-$4,000

 

Hand-Carved J.W. Walker Figure

One of our favorites from the sale is a J.W. Walker 2-foot-tall folk art figure of a well-dressed gentleman, which was carved by in early 20th century.

Hand-carved folk art figure, J.W. Walker, early 20th century, original paint, 24 x 4 x 7 inches. Estimate: $650-$1,400. Jasper52 image

Hand-carved folk art figure, J.W. Walker, early 20th century, original paint, 24 x 4 x 7 inches. Estimate: $650-$1,400. Jasper52 image

Brass Honesty Box

An unusual brass tobacco box is noteworthy. It is sometimes called an “honesty box” because customers would insert a coin and fill their pipes with tobacco. These boxes were found in 19th century pubs.

Pub tobacco box, 19th century, brass, 9 1/2 x 7 x 4 3/4 inches. Estimate: $600-$700

Pub tobacco box, 19th century, brass, 9 1/2 x 7 x 4 3/4 inches. Estimate: $600-$700

 

Frog Bank

Although cast-iron mechanical banks were mass-produced, these ingeniously designed toys have earned their place in American folk art. A nice example is original paint is this Frog Bank.

Mechanical Frog Bank, cast iron with original paint, late 1880s, 8 x 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches. Estimate: $600-$900

Mechanical Frog Bank, cast iron with original paint, late 1880s, 8 x 3 1/4 x 4 1/4 inches. Estimate: $600-$900

 

As in all Jasper52 auctions bidding starts at just $1. Take a look at this comforting collection and place your bids.

11 Decorative Antiques Perfect for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is fast approaching. This quintessential American holiday commemorates a harvest festival celebrated by the Pilgrims in 1621. It’s a time for reuniting with friends and family and sharing a beautiful feast. Everyone has their unique Thanksgiving traditions – whether sitting around a set table, or making due with fold out stools and eating buffet-style.

From elegant tableware to heirloom-worthy serving pieces, these Decorative Arts and Americana pieces are the perfect pieces to get us in the Thanksgiving mindset.

Vintage Soup Tureen

Get the party started with a soup course served in this vintage French soup tureen. Butternut squash soup or a creamy mushroom?

Henriot Quimper French Vintage Faience Soup Tureen, 1950. Sold for $260

Henriot Quimper French Vintage Faience Soup Tureen, 1950. Sold for $260

 

French Faience Cheese Board

For everyone who enjoys a cheese course at their Thanksgiving meal, this is perfection.

French Faience Cheese Board made by Henriot Quimper. Sold by $20

French Faience Cheese Board made by Henriot Quimper. Sold by $20

 

French Antique Meat Platter

Serve your delicious slices of turkey on this stunning French antique meat platter with  a blue rouen pattern.

French Antique Blue Rouen Pattern Faience Meat Platter, circa 1900. Estimate: $100-$150

French Antique Blue Rouen Pattern Faience Meat Platter, circa 1900. Estimate: $100-$150

 

French Vallauris Majolica Tomato Condiment Set

Because your condiments deserve to be presented beautifully as well.

3 Piece Set Mid Century French Vallauris Pottery Majolica Tomatoes Ceramic Condiment Set, 1950. Estimate: $100-$150

3 Piece Set Mid Century French Vallauris Pottery Majolica Tomatoes Ceramic Condiment Set, 1950. Estimate: $100-$150

 

Art Deco Glass Water Pitcher

It’s likely your guests will be thirsty, and pouring water out of something so elegant is a true delight.

French Art Deco Pressed Glass Water Pitcher. Estimate: $100-$150

French Art Deco Pressed Glass Water Pitcher. Estimate: $100-$150

 

Glass Dessert Mold

A full dessert table, with pies and jell-o molds, is something we’re all looking forward to.

Pressed Glass Dessert and Gelatin Mold. Estimate: $100-$150

Pressed Glass Dessert and Gelatin Mold. Estimate: $100-$150

 

Porcelain Gilded Swan Cups with Saucers

These will surely add a level of elegance to your coffee and dessert course.

Set of seven porcelain gilded cups shaped as swans with matching saucers, circa 1810. Sold for $1,600

Set of seven porcelain gilded cups shaped as swans with matching saucers, circa 1810. Sold for $1,600

 

Art Deco Liquor Glasses

Because it is likely you’re going to need a stronger beverage after your family time. It’s inevitable.

Set of 9 French Art Deco Etched Liquor Glasses, circa 1930. Sold for $120

Set of 9 French Art Deco Etched Liquor Glasses, circa 1930. Sold for $120

 

Pewter Floral Vase

For some additional decor, freshen up the table with flowers in this gorgeous pewter vase.

French Jean Goardere Art Pewter Stylized Floral Vase, circa 1950. Estimate: $100-$150

French Jean Goardere Art Pewter Stylized Floral Vase, circa 1950. Estimate: $100-$150

 

Tramp Art Frame

And what’s a Thanksgiving without a family portrait? Display your family pictures in this 1930s tramp art frame.

Tramp Art Frame, circa 1930s. Sold for $70

Tramp Art Frame, circa 1930s. Sold for $70

 

American Flag Quilt

A comfortable and stunning way to celebrate America on Thanksgiving day.

20th Century Quilt with graphic rows of American flags. Sold for $200

20th Century Quilt with graphic rows of American flags. Sold for $200

 

Looking for more decorative arts and Americana antiques for Thanksgiving and the holidays? Be sure to check Jasper52’s weekly sales.

Unique Americana Pieces To Transport You Back In Time

“Made in the USA” was once a familiar phrase, most often referring to factory-made goods produced by American labor. In an age in which so many products are imported, antique Americana – whether handmade or manufactured – is noteworthy and no longer taken for granted. There is no doubt that you will be obsessing over the more than 72 vintage items have been curated in this week’s Americana auction.

Few forms exemplify Americana more than a figural weather vane. While weather vanes were often produced in factories in the 19th century, many others were the work of local metalsmiths. All are now considered folk art. Several examples have been curated in this sale, including one that depicts a locomotive and caboose marked “St. J & LC” (St. Johnsbury and Lamoille County Railroad), which operated in Vermont and Maine. This unusual weather vane was handmade circa 1920.

Handmade locomotive and caboose weather vane, circa 1920, 14 inches high by 24 inches long. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500

Handmade locomotive and caboose weather vane, circa 1920, 14 inches high by 24 inches long. Estimate: $1,000-$1,500

No toy of the 19th century represents the American spirit better than the cast-iron mechanical bank, which demonstrates ingenuity and Yankee thrift. A J. & E. Stevens William Tell bank, which depicts the famous marksman, is featured here.

Rifleman, or William Tell, cast-iron mechanical bank, patented in 1896, 6 3/4 inches high x 10 1/2 inches wide x 4 inches deep. Estimate: $450-$600

Rifleman, or William Tell, cast-iron mechanical bank, patented in 1896, 6 3/4 inches high x 10 1/2 inches wide x 4 inches deep. Estimate: $450-$600

Decorated stoneware has not lost its luster among collectors, especially when the hand-decorated design is unusual and nicely executed. A 2-gallon ovoid crock decorated with a large and bold floral design is a fine example. It is marked “William H.E. Warner/West Troy, N.Y.”

Two-gallon decorated stoneware crock, William H.E. Warner, West Troy, N.Y., mid-19th century. Estimate: $300-$400

Two-gallon decorated stoneware crock, William H.E. Warner, West Troy, N.Y., mid-19th century. Estimate: $300-$400

Collectors of firefighting memorabilia will be interested in an early 20th century fireman’s retirement plaque. The large plywood shield was presented to O.E. Berkan, who served on the Newman (Calif.) Fire Department from 1909 to 1939.

Twentieth century fireman's commemorative retirement plaque, circa 1940, shaped plywood, 23 x 23 inches. Estimate: $800-$1,500

Twentieth century fireman’s commemorative retirement plaque, circa 1940,
shaped plywood, 23 x 23 inches. Estimate: $800-$1,500

Another unique item curated in the sale is an oil on board painting titled “Fish Houses” by Long Island, artist Whitney Hubbard.

Whitney Hubbard, “Fish Houses,” oil on board, carved gilt frame, 14 1/4 x 16 inches framed, 8 inches x 10 inches board. Estimate: $500-$800

Whitney Hubbard, “Fish Houses,” oil on board, carved gilt frame, 14 1/4 x 16 inches framed, 8 inches x 10 inches board. Estimate: $500-$800

Additional handcrafted items in the auction include tramp art boxes, patchwork quilts, hooked rugs, trade signs and whirligigs. Click here to view the full Americana sale and be prepared to be taken on a trip back in time.

Why This Americana Auction Charms Bidders

“They don’t make them like that any more.” The remark commenting favorably on handcrafted made-in-America over the past two centuries certainly applies to more than 50 items in this weekend’s Americana auction. Below you’ll find a few standouts from the eclectic collection.
Highlights range from a hand-painted tin sign pointing the way to an office

Tin trade sign, circa 1880, New England. Estimate: $700-$800

Tin trade sign, circa 1880, New England. Estimate: $700-$800

…to a hand-carved pine watch hutch large enough to hold a Big Ben alarm clock.

Carved pine watch hutch, 1880-1900. Estimate: $825-$1,100

Carved pine watch hutch, 1880-1900. Estimate: $825-$1,100

Textiles include an unusual kaleidoscope circular rug and a patchwork quilt depicting row after row of American flags.

Handmade kaleidoscope rug. Estimate: $150-$250

Handmade kaleidoscope rug. Estimate: $150-$250

Twentieth-century quilt with graphic rows of American flags. Estimate: $200-$300

Twentieth-century quilt with graphic rows of American flags. Estimate: $200-$300

Collectors of mechanical cast-iron toys will be entertained by the Punch and Judy bank in the auction.

Punch and Judy mechanical bank, cast iron, late 19th century. Estimate; $500-$700

Punch and Judy mechanical bank, cast iron, late 19th century. Estimate; $500-$700

From a music box playing Christmas carols, to a woodpecker whirligig, these collectibles describe everyday American experiences. They bring a sense of welcome to any home and weave together the threads of rural life.