Manufactured in the mid-1800s, blank chalkware animals were sold to the ladies of the house to hand decorate to fit their home furnishings. Inexpensive at the time, these chalk ware pieces were not made to last, so there aren’t many around today. Now, almost 200 years later, we have for sale a pair of doves who have survived, wars, drought, famine, and many economic downturns, and have made their way to an estate in Wichita Falls, TX. The doves, standing on a base, measure approximately 11” tall and 8” from their chest to the tip of their tails. They are simply decorated with only their eyes, beaks, and feet decorated along with a couple of cherry leaves, stem and cherries. True country Pennsylvania colors of soft brown green, mustard and rust, this pair would highlight any country kitchen, den or primitive sitting room. Since they have no glaze on them, there are darkened places from being handled for 200 years. The doves are not made in the same manner as the 1920s and 30s chalk ware pieces. They are hollow and relatively lightweight in comparison to the later carnival pieces, making them more fragile and lending to their rarity. The first dove pictured has had the bottom part of its tail broken off, but it was repaired very well and is hard to detect. The second dove featured in the latter part of our photos is in excellent condition with only age appropriate darkening and loss of paint.
This is a rare find and the doves will be sold as a pair.
This would be a fabulous addition to your primitive or bird collection or as display pieces. Please contact us if you have any questions. Please look at the photos closely, they are part of the description of the item. We will always consider any reasonable offer for our pieces.
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Rare Pair Mid-19th Century Pennsylvania Chalkware Hand Decorated Doves