As boys growing up in New York’s Mohawk Valley, the twins hacked, gouged scraped without much success. “Dad sawed a burl off the side of a tree we hollowed it out with a chisel hammer,” recalls Leslie, who, together with brother Leigh, filled the cavity with charcoal briquettes fired it up. To keep the coals red hot, “We fanned them with a hair dryer,” he recalls, while cradling the creation scarred by fire, rugged chain-saw marks an old bullet hole. The Keno Twins
Sold $4,000 Centre County, Pennsylvania painted pine dower chest, dated 1814, the front with a large panel of a spread winged eagle and tulips surrounded by an ochre sponge ground with pinwheels, 27 1/4'' h., 50'' w. A chest painted by the same hand is illustrated in Fabian, The Pennsylvania German Decorated Chest, plate 163.
Pair of miniature paint-decorated lift-top chests Pennsylvania, Possibly Lebanon County, circa 1840 Pine and cherry, inlaid bone escutcheons, original painted decoration, 5 x 8 ¼ x 4 ¾ and 5 ¼ x 8 ½ x 5 inches. Each chest bears a paper label inscribed "Samuel Ruth." PROVENANCE: Steven F. Still. Est. $3,000-$5,000
At ANTIQUES ROADSHOW in Atlantic City, New Jersey, appraiser Debra Force spots a circa 1913 oil painting by George Bellows - one of America's most important artists - gifted to the owner's father, a relative of Bellows' wife, Emma. Not the artist's most coveted work, Force still assigns the piece an impressive value of $150,000.