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Cast iron horse head hitching post
19th c. Cast iron horse head hitching post
Folk art applique
Large, very folky wool applique from the early 20th c.
Bottle cap rabbits jazz band
Bottle cap rabbits jazz band
African-American carving
Exceptional, large,
African-American carving
Carving of man with cow by Mr. Benjamin
Carving of man with cow by Mr. Benjamin
Carved dog
Large carved dog with strong presence
Carved lion
Carved lion c. 1900,
walnut with glass eyes
Redware toad
Redware toad
Dunn's Toyland model band wagon
Large, detailed folk art model of a brass band in a horse drawn circus wagon
made from wood, bottle caps, and found objects. Over 4 feet long.
Carved bear
Carved bear by Art Gallant
Fireman quilt
Fire truck quilt with dogs, hydrants
Carved fretwork comb case
Carved fretwork comb case with
hunters and dog, dated 1927
Carved lion's head
Large, strong carved lion's head
Painting
Ink and watercolor drawing
of people with sea animals
Big Jack, by Alva Gene Dexhimer
"Big Jack", painting on cardboard
by Alva Gene Dexhimer
Carved stand
Carved stand with
snakes, salamanders
Horse weathervane
Wooden horse weathervane
Fish decoy
Carved fish decoy
Folk art porcupine
Folk art porcupine carving
by David Alvarez
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Dunn's Toyland model band wagonThis is a wonderful, intricate folk art model of a brass band in a horse drawn circus wagon, over 4 feet long. Each figure was separately made from wood and found objects, with sheet metal arms and legs, bottle caps on the horns and wheel hubs, and screw caps with sheet metal brims for hats. The figures were then mounted into the brightly painted wagon labeled "Dunn's Toyland". The horses were cut from plywood, mounted in pairs, with wood, metal and string for harness and red yarn tassels between them. They can be detached from the wagon.

We were told this was made by a Frank Dunn of Pontiac, MI. It is from the first half of the 20th c., with paint that is nicely crazed on parts of the wagon. It is 53" long by 10 1/4" wide by 15" high. The overall condition is very good, with weathered paint and some age cracks. There is some loss to the plywood bases and feet of the horses, as seen in the photos. The price is $1500.00. Inventory Code: CHSS.   "Dunn's Toyland" model band wagon ... Another view ... One side ... The other side ... Front view ... Closeup from front ... Front, from above ... Back view ... Another overall view ... With a soda can for scale.
Closeups of the band: From front ... One side ... The other side ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... From above ... Another view from above ... Closeup from above ... Another closeup from above ... Back view ... Back, from above.
Closeups of the horses: The front horses ... Other side ... Front view ... From above ... Another view from above ... The rear horses ... Other side ... From front ... From above.

Some much larger photos:   "Dunn's Toyland" model band wagon ... Another view ... One side ... The other side ... Front view ... Closeup from front ... Front, from above ... Back view ... Another overall view ... With a soda can for scale.
Closeups of the band: From front ... One side ... The other side ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... From above ... Another view from above ... Closeup from above ... Another closeup from above ... Back view ... Back, from above.
Closeups of the horses: The front horses ... Other side ... Front view ... From above ... Another view from above ... The rear horses ... Other side ... From front ... From above.

Carved bearThis is a painted wooden bear by New Brunswick folk carver Art Gallant. It is standing, mounted on the original wood base. The base is labeled with rubber stamps: "The Grisly Bear", and "The Home of Wood Carving, Hand Carved By Art Gallant, Dieppe, N.B. Canada". It stands 8" tall by 6" long by 3 1/2" wide. It is in very good condition - the bear has pulled slightly loose from the base. It was probably made in the 1950's or 60's. The price is $145.00. Inventory Code: TSHH.   Image ... Closeup ... Front view ... One side ... The other side ... Back view ... Another view ... Closeup of base ... Another overall ... From above ... From below.

This reptile and amphibian-covered stand is carved from diamond willow, with a soapstone base. The natural contours and ridges of the diamond willow have been carved into snakes, frogs, and salamanders, all very finely detailed with set in eyes and lines, spots, etc. The match holder (?) on top is incised with the words "F. Reichter, square bow, flat bottom, 1859 Minnesota River" and is supported by a brass hose nozzle. The silver paint looks fairly recent, but the snakes, etc. all have a very good, old, dark, patinated surface. The stand is 44" tall, the base is 9 1/2" in diameter, and the condition is excellent, with one old, probably original break near the base. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: PHTS.   Carved diamond willow stand ... Closeup ... Top half ... Base and lower half ... Another overall view ... A third overall view.

Horse weathervaneA nice wooden horse weathervane in weathered gray and black paint on both sides. An old spark plug was added to the front of the arrow to make it balance. It is 44 1/2" long by 16" high. The horse is cut from 1/2" plywood; the arrow is solid wood 1 1/2" thick. There is a metal plate with a hole for the pivot underneath. From Indiana, c. 1940's, it is in very good condition with a few very minor chips. The price is $295.00. Inventory Code: ASHS.   Horse weathervane ... The other side ... Closeup of the horse ... Closeup of the horse, other side ... Closeup of the arrow and sparkplug ... Closeup of the arrow, other side ... From above ... From below.

Fish decoyHere is a very nice, used, fish decoy from the mid-20th c. or a bit earlier. It is wood, painted green and yellow with black details. It has metal fins and lead weights in the bottom, with a metal tail that is slightly crumpled. It is in good, used and weathered condition. The size is 6 3/4" long by 2 1/4" wide by 1 1/4" high. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: TOHS.   Fish decoy ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Fish decoy ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.

Folk art porcupineThis is a folk art porcupine. The body is carved from wood and painted, with long stiff nylon or synthetic quills each individually glued into small holes in the back and sides. There is a faint, illegible signature underneath: "David" something. This is likely by David Alvarez, who learned and worked with the famous wood carver, Felipe Archuleta. Alvarez has a similar porcupine in the American Folk Art Museum. This piece is 17 1/2" long by 13" wide by 10" high, in excellent condition. Age is late 20th or early 21st c. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: CHCR.   Folk art porcupine ... Side view ... Front view ... Another angle ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Folk art porcupine ... Side view ... Front view ... Another angle ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Large African-American carvingThis is a very large, powerful African-American carving of a man and lion. The mane of the lion makes up the man's hair. It stands almost 3 feet high - 33" by 13" by 22", and is hand carved from ancient swamp-submerged cypress with a varnish finish. This is one of three known carvings by the same anonymous artist found in Florida. We are told that one of them was found in a black neighborhood in Jacksonville, FL. This one has been in a private collection for about the last 30 years, and was probably made around the 1940's. We have a second one available here. Overall the condition is very good, and it is very sturdy. There is an old crack on one of the lion's teeth, a very old drying crack around and underneath the lion's chin (which is still very strong), and a few scuffs in the finish. The price is $3400.00. Inventory Code: AAHW.   Overall image ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... Another overall view ... Side view ... Back view ... The lion side ... Another view of the lion ... The lion, from above ... From above ... Another view from above ... A different angle from above ... With a yardstick for scale.
With the other carving by the same maker:   Both carvings together ... Another angle ... A third view ... From above.

Some much larger photos:   Overall image ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... Another overall view ... With a yardstick for scale.
With the other carving by the same maker:   Both carvings together ... Another angle ... A third view ... From above.

Fireman quiltThis is a folky fire truck quilt. It has machine appliqued fire trucks and Dalmatian dogs in fire hats. In each corner is a fire hydrant spraying water. The borders are pieced, and the quilt is hand quilted in a cross-hatch pattern. The back is the same light blue fabric as the background of the front. It is 83" long by 67" wide, from the second half of the 20th century. The condition is good, somewhat soft from washing, with light surface soiling and slight wear along the top edge. There are four small, faint spots, the largest about 1/2" long. The price is $595.00. Inventory Code: CTRK.   Fireman quilt ... Closeup, upper left fire truck ... Second fire truck ... One dog ... Third fire truck ... Fourth truck ... Second dog ... Fifth truck ... Lower right truck ... One corner, with fire hydrant ... Second corner ... Third corner ... Fourth corner, with spots ... Closeup of wear on edge ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... Second closeup back ... Third closeup back ... Fourth closeup back.
Some much larger photos:   Fireman quilt ... Closeup, upper left fire truck ... Second fire truck ... One dog ... Third fire truck ... Fourth truck ... Second dog ... Fifth truck ... Lower right truck ... One corner, with fire hydrant ... Second corner ... Third corner ... Fourth corner, with spots ... Closeup of wear on edge ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... Second closeup back ... Third closeup back ... Fourth closeup back.

Cast iron horse head hitching postThis is a cast iron horse head hitching post, larger and more impressive than most. It is from the late 1800's, and has old black paint with traces of white around the bottom edge. The size is 13 1/4" high by 5 1/2" wide by about 10" deep, and the condition is excellent. The price is $450.00. Inventory Code: CCKO.   Cast iron horse head hitching post ... Side view ... The other side ... Front and back views ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Cast iron horse head hitching post ... Side view ... The other side ... Front and back views ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Carving of man with cow by Mr. BenjaminThis is a wonderful, strange, and old carved assemblage of a man leading a cow, by an African-American named Mr. Benjamin, who lived in South Georgia. Here is a photo of him. There is little more information on this apparently untrained artist. It has an odd sensibility combining out of perspective elements with a quirky sense of humor. The man's face is very expressive, which does not show well in the photos. The cow is sticking out its tongue. It is carved from softwoods and walnut. It is about 13" long by 8" high by 3 1/2" deep. The surface is finished with several color of paint and varnish. It is from the 1920's or 30's, in very good condition. The price is $675.00. Inventory Code: CAWW.   Carving of man with cow ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carving of man with cow ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... From below.

Carved dogThis is a large carved dog with strong presence. It is painted black, which looks like an old overpaint over a reddish-brown. There are also some gold paint highlights, especially around the mouth and under the chin. It is 14" high by 20 1/4" long by about 7 1/2" wide. We don't know anything about the history of this, other than the fact that it had a note taped to the bottom saying it was Alaskan. There is some paint wear, a few gouges on the back, a couple of age cracks on the bottom, and a crack that runs most of the way around the neck. We're not sure if that last is damage or if the head was carved from a separate piece of wood. In either case it is very solid, without any movement. The age is unknown, but it is old. It's a striking piece. The price is $475.00. Inventory Code: CHOA.   Carved dog ... Side view ... Front view ... Another front view ... Third angle from front ... The other side ... Closeup of the head ... Another closeup of the head ... Closeup of the back feet ... Back view ... Closeup from back ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... Another view from below ... Closeup from below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved dog ... Side view ... Front view ... Another front view ... Third angle from front ... The other side ... Closeup of the head ... Another closeup of the head ... Closeup of the back feet ... Back view ... Closeup from back ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... Another view from below ... Closeup from below ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved lionThis is a strong and "active" carved prowling lion. It is carved from walnut with glass eyes, and mounted on a separately carved base. There is a varnish finish. It measures 16 1/2" long by 4 1/4" wide by 8" high. There are small holes in the tips of the front paws, as if separate claws were intended, but never added. The two rear feet are cracked through, but are both very solidly in place. Otherwise the condition is very good, with slight finish wear. The age is probably c. 1900. The price is $475.00. Inventory Code: TCKH.   Carved lion ... Another view ... Closeup of head ... The other side ... Another overall view ... Another closeup of head ... Front view ... Back view ... Closeup of the back feet ... From somewhat above ... Top view ... From below.

Redware toadHere is an animated redware toad, unglazed, with an orange painted mouth and a strong folky look and "personality". It is anonymous and of unknown age, though it was in the Howard Smith collection for some time. It is 5 1/2" long by 4" wide by 2 1/2" high. The right front foot is broken off. The price is $45.00. Inventory Code: PCOW.   Redware toad ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

PaintingThis is a drawing in ink and watercolor, with a series of images of people with sea animals. There are whales, seals, and a large beast that looks like a combination of a lion and a seal (a sea lion?). All the images have a dreamlike quality. We cannot see a signature. It has been framed in a reddish-brown frame with a soft yellow matt. The back of the frame has the notation "14-2003". The frame measures 16 1/2" wide by 19 1/2" high by 1/2" deep. The condition is very good. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: CHPO.   Painting ... Closeup ... Side view ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Painting ... Closeup ... Side view ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.

Big Jack, by Alva Gene DexhimerThis is "Big Jack", by the late Alva Gene Dexhimer. Painted in acrylic on cardboard, the piece itself is 20 1/2" wide by 18" high. It is framed, under glass. The overall size of the frame is 22 3/4" by 20 1/2". This painting was purchased from artist. There are labels on the back relating to this and the original collectors. It was probably painted in the 1970's or early 80's, prior to his death in 1984. The artist used a piece of found cardboard, which has two very small nail holes, top and bottom. You can read a short biography of Dexhimer here. The price is $450.00. Inventory Code: TRSR.   "Big Jack", by Alva Gene Dexhimer ... Closeup of image ... Closer view, upper left ... Lower left ... Upper right ... Lower right ... Side view ... Back view of the painting ... Back of the frame ... Closeup of label on back ... Second label ... With a soda can for scale.

Folk art appliqueThis is a wonderfully quirky and folky wool applique. It is strikingly large, measuring 51 1/4" wide by 34 1/2" high. Figures include a woman in bonnet, animals, ducks, a book, teapot, sewing basket, home scenes, flowers, a basket of vegetables, and a mailbox. Look at the details in the closeups. Perhaps originally meant for a rug or table mat, it has been mounted on wood stretchers as a hanging. Each design was made from felt and wool machine appliqued onto a wool block. The blocks were then assembled like a quilt, and the vine border added. There is a fair amount of loss and moth damage, but it is stable and good for display. The blue spots in the background are where the backing of the frame shows through. It was made in the early to mid 1900's, most likely around the 1910's or 20's. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: CCKP.   Folk art applique ... Closeup, upper left ... Upper right ... Lower left ... Lower right ... Closeup of corner, from an angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Folk art applique ... Closeup, upper left ... Upper right ... Lower left ... Lower right ... Closeup of corner, from an angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Bottle cap rabbits jazz bandThis is a wonderfully folky set of rabbit musicians made from bottle caps and found objects. There is a piano, drums, banjo, base, saxophone, and one rabbit who is singing and/or directing. The ears, tails, arms, and legs are bottle caps folded in half. Their whiskers are wire, the noses are tiny screws painted red at the tips. There are several larger plastic caps in the drum set, and the black keys on the piano are short lengths of heavy wire. Each figure is free standing, they can be rearranged on the wooden base. The individual rabbits range from about 5" to 6" tall. The wooden base is 11 1/2" wide by 9 1/4" deep, with the upper platform 4 3/4" high. The age appears to be c. 1970's. The condition is good. The platform the drummer sits on has lost some sequins, and a couple of the bottle cap feet appear to have been replaced. The price is $1300.00. Inventory Code: CCCP.   Bottle cap rabbits jazz band ... Another angle ... A third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... Another view from above ... The rabbits off of the base ... Closeup of 3 rabbits ... Closeup from back ... Closeup of the other three ... The other three from back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Bottle cap rabbits jazz band ... Another angle ... A third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... Another view from above ... The rabbits off of the base ... Closeup of 3 rabbits ... Closeup from back ... Closeup of the other three ... The other three from back ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved fretwork comb caseThis is a hand cut fretwork wall box or comb case with carved decoration, dated 1927. The front has two hunters on the right and a floral design on the left, with a mirror set in between the two. Above the floral design are faint incised carvings of a dog chasing a rabbit. Under the mirror is carved "MCMXXVII". The back has a hand carved inscription "Made by the Wilton Novelty Co Wilton 10". The wood is probably walnut, with a machine cut molding strip of different wood across the bottom. It has an unfinished surface, although there are faint traces of green paint in the crevices. The mirror appears to have been replaced. The size is 11 3/4" wide by 7" high by 3 3/4" deep, and the condition is excellent. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: CHTR.   Carved fretwork comb case ... Another angle ... Two views from above ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved fretwork comb case ... Another angle ... Two views from above ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved lion's headThis is a very striking and strong wood carving of a lion's head. It was probably made from walnut, and is finished in a glossy varnish. The carving is quite detailed and extremely impressive. It is approximately 21" high by 12 1/2" wide by 11" deep. It is in excellent condition, and was likely done about the 1950's give or take. The price is $475.00. Inventory Code: CCCH.   Carved lion's head ... Another angle ... Third angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved lion's head ... Another angle ... Third angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

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