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Boss bull windmill weight
Boss bull windmill weight
Bottle cap rabbits jazz band
Bottle cap rabbits jazz band
African-American carving
Exceptional, large,
African-American carving
Whimsey carving
Whimsy carving with faces, animal
Carving of man with cow by Mr. Benjamin
Carving of man with cow by Mr. Benjamin
Dempster horse
Rare form cast iron Dempster windmill horse
Carved lion
Carved lion c. 1900,
walnut with glass eyes
Redware toad
Redware toad
Carved bear
Carved bear by Art Gallant
Carved husky dog
Carved husky dog
Fireman quilt
Fire truck quilt with dogs, hydrants
Carved toy
Carved bear and Indian toy
Rabbit drawing
Rabbit drawing
Carved lion's head
Large, strong carved lion's head
Cane carved with snake, hearts, hand, more
19th c. cane with snake, hearts,
hand, secret compartment
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 decoys
Two carved fish decoys
Jointed fish decoy
Jointed fish decoy
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Rabbit drawingA pen and ink ad for Selman Rabbits, by Virginia Love. She was a girl who lived in St.Louis, MO. in the 1940's. Most of her work was done in watercolor. Some was cutout paper collage, and some pen and ink sketches. Her work reflects her time (wartime rationing, period advertising), her surroundings (watercolor landscapes and still lifes), and her studies (Latin, geometry). You can see much more on her page. This drawing measures 9" by 12", in a frame 11 1/4" x 14 1/4". It is in excellent condition. The price is $160.00. Inventory Code: POSA. Image.

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 decoysHere are two very nice, used, fish decoys from the mid-20th c. or a bit earlier. They are wood, with metal fins and lead weights in the bottom. Both are in good, used and weathered condition. The first fish is painted green and yellow with black details. It has a metal tail that is slightly crumpled. It 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 ... Both decoys together.
Some much larger photos:   Fish decoy ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale ... Both decoys together.

The second fish has a natural-looking curve carved into its body, as if it is swimming. It has a clear varnish surface with black and gray paint details. It is 7 1/4" long by 2" wide by 1 1/4" high. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: TOCK.   Fish decoy ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale ... Both decoys together.
Some much larger photos:   Fish decoy ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale ... Both decoys together.

Jointed fish decoyThis is an unusual fish decoy with a jointed wood body and metal fins. It is painted dark red with cream and black. The paint appears to have been sanded down to give it a more mottled, lifelike appearance. It measures 14 1/2" long by 4" wide by 4" high, in very good condition with minor rusting of the fins. The age is unknown, probably late 20th c. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: TOCW.   Jointed fish decoy ... The other side ... Another angle ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Jointed fish decoy ... The other side ... Another angle ... From above and 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.   See a slideshow of several views [1.1 Mb] ... 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.

This is a very interesting whimsey carving. It has a head, with faces on all four sides, inside a chip carved enclosure, topped by an animal. It is carved from walnut, with a natural surface, and is fairly old - probably 1920's or 30's. It was found in New York state, stands 7" high by 1 3/4" by 1 3/4", and is in good condition with an age split. The price is $200.00. Inventory Code: ATHS.   One side ... Another view ... Front ... The other side ... Back.

A very sweet little husky dog, minimally carved. 2 1/4" long by 2 1/8" high by 3/4" wide. The price is $55.00. Inventory Code: PCKR.   Image.

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.   See a slideshow of several views [1 Mb] ... 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.

Carved toyThis is a very folky and decorative, carved, primitive push-pull toy. It came from the upper Midwest, and was probably made in the mid 1900's. There is a detailed and wonderfully expressive painted Indian which goes back and forth with a folksy and funky carved bear. The carving is about 9" long, 8 1/4" high, and 3" wide. It is mounted on the original base, which is 12" by 3 1/2". This fun piece is in excellent condition. The price is $245.00. Inventory Code: AKOH.   Carved toy ... Another view ... Closeup of the Indian ... Closeup of the bear ... Action one way ... Action the other way ... From above ... A short video of the action [2Mb].

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.   See a slideshow of several views [633k] ... 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.

Dempster horseThis is a cast iron horse made by Dempster, the manufacturer of windmills and windmill weights. We have never seen one exactly like it before. It is likely rare, and may have been made as a store display or salesman's sample. Both sides are marked with the Dempster logo and "Beatrice NEBR". It has worn cream colored paint with some old dark rust. The horse itself is 10" high by 12" long. It comes with a custom made wood display base. The size on the base is 12" high by 16" long by 6 1/2" wide. Age is from the early 1900's. The price is $395.00. Inventory Code: CCOK.   Dempster horse ... The other side ... Off the base ... Other side, off base ... Another angle ... Front and back views ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Dempster horse ... The other side ... Off the base ... Other side, off base ... Another angle ... Front and back views ... From above and 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.

Cane carved with snake, hearts, hand, more This is an exceptional folk art walking stick, carved in detail all over with unique decoration. It even has a secret compartment. The cane was likely made in the late 1800's and is in excellent condition with a very good original dark surface. It measures 35 1/4" long by about 2" by 1 3/4". Take a look at the photos to see how well it was done.

Following is a list of some of the decorative carving. A knob handle with a spiral shaft below; a horseshoe with triangle set in; the secret compartment with sliding closure; a hand with fingers; a half moon and flower; a flower plant with leaves; deep oblong pyramids; a long snake; two hearts with leaves; conical pyramids with old round tacks on the peaks; other round tacks as decoration, a pocket knife (probably representing the one used); and even other elements not noted. It has a brass tip. Overall this is a rare and wonderful folk art piece. The price is $875.00. Inventory Code: CCSA.   See a slideshow of several views [540 k] ... Walking stick carved with snake, hearts, hand, more ... Closeups of the upper half ... More closeups of the upper half ... Closeups of the middle ... Closeups of the bottom ... Closeups of the knife ... Closeups of the hearts ... Closeup of the hand, snake's head ... The compartment open ... From above and below ... Closeups from above ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Walking stick carved with snake, hearts, hand, more ... Closeups of the upper half ... More closeups of the upper half ... Closeups of the middle ... Closeups of the bottom ... Closeups of the knife ... Closeups of the hearts ... Closeup of the hand, snake's head ... The compartment open ... From above and below ... Closeups from above ... With a yardstick and 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.

Boss bull windmill weightThis is a cast iron Boss bull windmill weight in excellent condition. It has a weathered, partly oxidized surface with worn black paint. It is 13 1/2" long by 3 1/2" wide by 12" high, from the early 1900's. The price is $1500.00. Inventory Code: CCOR.   Boss bull windmill weight ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Boss bull windmill weight ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a 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 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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