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Jointed carvings
Early pair of jointed
limberjack carvings
Carved dresser box
Elegant carved dresser box with
Bible, mirrors, dated 1913
Folky Plant Stand With a Relief Carved Face
Folky Plant Stand
With a Relief Carved Face
Whimsey carving
An elegant and unusual carved whimsy

Three carved workmen from a group of carvings from the Northeast, c. 1910
Carved band
Carved band of musicians
Whimsy carved smoking stand
Whimsy carved stand
Shadowbox with carvings
Shadowbox with detailed
carved living room scene
Carved toy
Carved toy
Carved husky dog
Carved husky dog
Carved eagle
Carved eagle
Set of Five Whimsical Cedar Carvings
Set of 5 Whimsical Cedar Carvings
Jackstraws
Hand carved jackstraws
Jointed carving
Jointed carving
Bottle whimsey of men playing checkers
Exceptionally detailed bottle whimsy
from Cuba: men playing checkers
Chinese puppets
Several hand made Chinese
puppets, 1930's - 1960's
Jointed man
1930's Jointed man
Whimsey carving
Carving with faces, animal
Carved Man with overalls
Carved Man with overalls
Carved face
Carved face plaque
Carved Man
19th century Carved man
Carved squirrel
Primitive carved squirrel
Carved lion
Carved lion c. 1900,
walnut with glass eyes
Wizard carving
Wizard carved from a twisted branch
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Whimsey carvingThis is an elegant carved whimsy with very fine detail, some chip carving, and a wonderful dark, alligatored surface. The ball in cage with its intricate crest was carved from a single piece of wood. It was then mounted on the base with carved steps, and the two balls on spiral pedestals added separately. The condition is excellent, with no visible loss or wear. It is 10 1/2" high by 7 1/4" by 5". The finish is a dark lacquer that has taken on a beautiful patina. It was made in the late 1800's to early 1900's. The price is $825.00. Inventory Code: CSTH.   See a slideshow of several views [690k] ... Intricately carved whimsey ... Another angle ... Closeup of the top ... Closeup of the bottom ... Side views ... Back view ... A different angle ... Closer view of the top, showing surface ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Intricately carved whimsey ... Another angle ... Closeup of the top ... Closeup of the bottom ... Side views ... Back view ... A different angle ... Closer view of the top, showing surface ... With a soda can for scale.

Folky Plant Stand With a Relief Carved FaceThis is a fun, funky, and folky plant stand made from a log with a relief carved face. This wild piece is about 35 1/2" high by 9" in diameter. It was painted in red, brown, green, and yellow which, while still nice and colorful has some obvious wear from being outside. All of the facial features are carved, while the top of the head is wrapped with bentwood, which also goes down the length and around the chin, framing the face. The top of the log has been scooped out, leaving a place for a plant pot - or something else to be inserted and displayed. This stand was probably made around the 1970's or 80's. There are little old wormholes over quite a lot of the piece, much more toward the back, but we see absolutely nothing visibly active now. Overall, it is in good condition with a little loss to the eyebrows and a little softness to the wood, but is generally sturdy and in good shape. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: TRKK.   See a slideshow of several views [1.2Mbk] ... Folky plant stand ... Two more views ... With a plant for "hair" ... Side and back views ... Closeup, upper face ... Lower face ... Closeup of base ... Closeups from sides ... Closeup, upper back ... Closeup, middle back ... From above ... Another view of top ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Folky plant stand ... Two more views ... Side and back views ... Closeup, upper face ... Lower face.

Bottle whimsey of men playing checkersThis is an extremely intricate, well done, and folky bottle whimsy. It is a scene of two men playing checkers. Each of the people was carved in detail down to the smallest features. Included in the construction are the chairs they are sitting on, the checkerboard which has individually inlaid squares of different colors, and individual checkers. This sits on top of a barrel. There are two stools, each with bottles and glasses. The entire scene is placed on a wood floor, which has been scored and colored, and is in front of a full back wall on which have been applied various designs enclosed in a wooden frame. The construction just about fills the main part of the bottle, which is about 11 1/4" long, including the carved stopper, by 3 1/2" in diameter. The bottle sits on a handmade base, so it is about 4 1/2" high in total. It is signed by the maker on the bottom with his name and place of residence in Cuba. (You can see more bottles by the same maker here). This piece is in excellent condition and was made in the last few years. The price is $1200.00. Inventory Code: CSRA.   See a slideshow of several views [826k] ... Bottle whimsey of men playing checkers ... Closeup ... Second closeup ... Third closeup ... Fourth closeup ... Another overall view ... From above ... One end, from above ... End view ... Two back views ... From below ... Closeup of signature ... Another closeup from below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Bottle whimsey of men playing checkers ... Closeup ... Second closeup ... Third closeup ... From above ... One end, from above ... Two back views.

Shadowbox with carvingsThis is an intricate and detailed scene set in a living room, displayed in a shadow box. All of the items are hand made, carved, and painted. Included are a man in a rocking chair, dog, grandfather clock, fireplace and chimney, mounted cook pot, wall hanging, and corner cupboard. The man is reading a book, cupboard contains additional items, and the dog is lying on a rug atop a wood floor. The box is made from plywood, with a glass front, and a glossy finish to the surface. Inside, the wall and ceiling are lined with burlap. All the pieces making up the scene are very realistic and well done. Adding to the intricacy is the small size. The entire shadow box is only 7 3/4" wide by 5 1/4" high. It is 3" deep. The scene is in very good, sturdy condition, with nothing loose. The condition of the wood box is good, with some slight chipping of the surface. The age is unknown, but it was probably made about the mid 1900's. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: TWCA.   Shadowbox with carvings ... From an angle ... From another angle ... From above ... Closeup of the pet ... Side views ... From above ... From below ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved dresser boxThis is an exceptionally nice and unusual handmade, one-of-a-kind dresser piece, with two sections that open for storage. While it has a fraternal look, it may very well have been made for personal use. This piece is made from various woods, two old mirrors, came from Pennsylvania and is dated 1913. The base is plywood while the rest seems to be two or more softwoods. Overall, this construction is about 10 1/4" high. The base is about 5 1/2" by 8" and the legs extend out to 9 1/2" wide by 7" deep. One of the legs has a barely visible crack underneath that was reglued years ago. The very top of the box is decorated with a carved and open book. This has the words Holy Bible spelled with individually carved and applied letters, 3 of which are long gone. The lid opens to reveal a storage area lined with black velvet and a mirror, which has lost much of the silvering. The front of this section has a mirror inserted in a framed portion, the corners of which are carved like supports similar to those which are below. The bottom box also has a hinged top, which opens to reveal a second and smaller storage area. The very top of this box is also relief carved into a decorative form and has the letters "E" and "H" applied - although the "H" is also long gone. The wood seems to have been finished with some stain and a very light varnish or lacquer, and the surface has taken on a very nice and rich patina with fine crazing. While there is a little wear from use and some surface cracks in the plywood this is in overall very good condition and has a wonderful look. The price is $575.00. Inventory Code: CSPO.   See a slideshow of several views [1.1Mb] ... Carved dresser box ... Another angle ... A third view ... Side views ... Back view ... Another back view ... Closeup of the top ... Closeup of the lower compartment ... A third closeup ... With lids open ... The mirror inside the lid ... The lower compartment, open ... Inside the upper compartment ... Closeup from back ... Another closeup, back ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved dresser box ... A different view ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of the top ... Closeup of the lower compartment ... Closeup from back ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved Man with overallsThis is a folky and amusing carved man. He is wearing overalls and has his hands in the pockets. This piece was done with good detail including a fair amount of relief carving such as the eyes, straps of the overalls and eyebrows. The man stands about 9 1/2" high, is 3" wide and 2 1/4" deep. He is in excellent condition with good paint and surface and was probably carved about the 1970's. The price is $145.00. Inventory Code: TWPT.   See a slideshow of several views [178k] ... Carved man with overalls ... Another view ... Front ... Back ... Both Sides ... From above and below ... Scale with soda can.

AllThis is a selection of 13 old and authentic hand carved and painted Chinese puppets and heads. These are stick puppets: the head, body and arms manipulated with sticks under the costumes from below. There are twelve complete with sticks, carved hands, and handmade costumes; plus four heads without the bodies. Some of the puppets have eyes that move; and some have natural hair. For those with moving eyes, there is a carved rectangular inset in the back of the head which, when pressed opens or closes the eyes.

The puppets range in size from 18" high for the smallest to about 21" for the largest. The heads are about 6 1/2" to 7" high. These puppets were actually used in street theater; unlike newer ones that are reproduced for current sale. They came from Northern China, and seem to range in age from about the 1930's to the 1950's or 60's. They are in very good, used, old condition, and are striking in their individuality. The price of the full puppets range from $175.00 to $325.00. The heads alone are $125.00 each. Inventory Code: AOAW is $325.00; Inventory Code: AOAO is $275.00. There is a discount for multiple purchases.   All ... Eight of the puppets ... The rest of the puppets.
Some much larger photos:   Eight of the puppets ... The rest of the puppets.

Carved puppetLarge person with hair, approximately 17" high to bottom of costume, 21" high with sticks. Inventory Code: AOAW. The price is $325.00.   Image ... Close-up.

Chinese puppetAnother person, 15" high from the top of his head to the bottom of his robe. The head is fully 3 dimensional, measuring 2 1/4" wide by 2 3/4" deep. An opening on the top back of the head provided a place where hair or a headdress could be attached. The costume is from about the 1960's or 70's, but the wooden head and hands are quite a bit older. It is in very good, used, old condition, and has lots of personality. The price is $225.00. Inventory code: AOAR.   Image.

Carved puppet headsTwo heads only: (AOCP is on the left and AOCS is on the right, $125.00 each).   Image ... Side view.

Jointed manHere is a stylized carved man with jointed arms. He resembles a so-called "Dancing Dan" with a sort of "Art Deco" look but without the jointed legs. He is painted black, with silver, white and red detail. His bow tie is carved in, and his feet are painted on the base. He stands 29 1/4" high by 8 1/4" wide by 1 1/2" deep; the base is 11" wide by 6 1/2" deep. From about the 1930's, he is in excellent condition with very minor paint wear. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: ATOT.   Image ... Closeup of head ... Side view ... Back view.

This is a very interesting 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.

Here are three carved figures. They are wearing hand sewn clothing, knit caps, and leather boots. The arms and legs were made out of copper tubing which was then flattened and formed with great detail, including fingers. The bodies and heads are wood. This is part of an extraordinary collection of carvings that made up a motorized logging camp scene. They came from Northern New Hampshire or Maine, and were probably made around 1910. The mechanism was removed at some time, and the individual figures were later mounted on contemporary wood bases. You can see more figures from the group here. While there is some wear, and loss to the clothing, they are in generally very good condition. This first man with an oil can stands 6" by 2 1/2" by 3 1/2". The base measures 5 3/4" by 6". The price is $400.00. Inventory Code: ATTR-E.   Image ... Front view ... One side ... The other side ... Back.

This man with a hammer is 5" by 4" by 2 1/2". The base is 6 1/4" by 6 3/4" The price is $400.00. Inventory Code: ATTR-G.   Image ... From above ... One side ... The other side.

This man with axe measures 5 3/4" by 3 3/4" by 4". The base is 6 1/2" by 7 1/4" The price is $400.00. Inventory Code: ATTR-H.   Closeup ... Overall ... One side ... The other side ... Back.

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Carved bandThis is an assemblage of four carved, painted musicians. They are playing guitar, fiddle, banjo and bass, and are all singing. It is signed "By Tim Ratliff 3-94" and also signed again underneath. It is 11 1/2" high by 12 1/2" wide by 9 1/2" deep, in excellent condition. The price is $300.00. Inventory Code: CCAH.   Carved band ... Another view ... Third view ... Closeup ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved band ... Another view ... Third view ... Closeup ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Whimsy carved smoking standThis is a whimsy carved stand with a great look. There are three very round, smooth balls in cages in the pedestal. The top and base are carved into strong geometric forms, and a glass ashtray is set into the top. The stand was carved from light colored wood with a varnish finish. It is 25 1/4" tall by 10" by 10" at the base. Age appears to be from about the 1920's or 30's. There is some surface wear as visible in the photos, and several old repaired breaks on the handle at the top and to the top of the lowest ball cage, where a large chip is also missing. The repairs are solid, and the stand is sturdy and functional. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CCHA.   Whimsy carved stand, two sides ... Two more sides ... Three more views ... Closeup of base ... Other side of base ... Closeup of top ... Other side of top ... From above ... From below ... Another view from below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Whimsy carved stand, two sides ... Two more sides ... Three more views ... Closeup of base ... Other side of base ... Closeup of top ... Other side of top ... From above ... From below ... Another view from below ... With a soda can for scale.

This is a set of approximately 70 hand carved jackstraws. There is a variety of different shapes: no two are quite alike. Two have bent metal pins in the end as hooks for pulling out the selected straw. They are old and well used, with a good patina on their unfinished surfaces, and in a worn, old cardboard box, with the words "Jack's Straws" pencilled in. They range from 1" to about 3 1/4" long, with most 2 3/4" to 3"; probably from the early 1900's, in very good condition. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: PWSW. Image.

Carved faceHere is a plaque carved from a single piece of wood, with a smiling face and colored in eyes. It looks like a theater comedy mask, and has lots of personality. The surface is unfinished, natural wood, and it appears to have been made in the mid to late 20th c. It measures 6 1/2" high by 3 3/4" wide by 2" deep. There is a metal hanger on the back. It is in very good condition with slight surface wear. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: CART.   Carved plaque ... With a soda can for scale ... Larger photos ... Larger, with a soda can for scale.

Carved ManThis is a folky, old carving of a man. It has a strong feeling of being African American; however, there is no provenance to confirm that. The wood is heavy, probably walnut. While the surface is originally dark, it appears to also have been was finished with highlights of a dark stain. The surface is smooth and has developed a good patina. The carving is fairly detailed and has an unusual aspect with the eyes. The left one seems to have been carved and set in, while the right seem carved into the wood itself. The letters XBD are on the bottom of the foot.

The condition of this carving is generally very good, although there are some slight age cracks. It was probably done in the 1800's. The man stands 7 inches high and is approximately 1 1/2 inches both in depth and width. The price is $400.00. Inventory Code: AHAP.   Overall Front view ... Straight on ... The Back ... One Side ... The other Side ...The Bottom.

A roughly carved, fat little squirrel with penciled in eyes. 4" high by 3 1/2" long by 1 1/2" wide. The price is $40.00. Inventory Code: PHPS. Image.

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.

Wizard carvingThis is the carved face of a bearded man, like a wizard. He seems to emerge naturally from the form of the twisted branch, and his beard merges into the weathered end. It has a dark varnish finish with a smooth patina, worn at the ends. There is a hole on the back for hanging. It is about 13" long by 2 1/2" wide by 1 1/2" deep. Age is probably from the mid-20th century, or a bit older. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: TKWH.   Wizard carving, with a soda can for scale ... Closeup ... Side and back views.
Some much larger photos:   Wizard carving, with a soda can for scale ... Closeup ... Side and back views.

A push-me-pull-you toy with two carved bears. (The two sticks slide back and forth, tilting the bears one way and then the other.) 11 1/2" long, 5" high, 1 1/4" wide. The price is $65.00. Inventory Code: PHSW. Image.

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.

A bold, angular eagle, in a sitting position. It is carved from dark wood and mounted on top of a cork. 4 1/4" high, including the cork, by 1 1/4" wide by 1 3/4" deep, in excellent condition. The price is $85.00. Inventory Code: PCRO. Image.

This amusing jointed man has a detailed, primitively carved face. Real hair has been glued to each cheek to form a really unruly beard. His arms are oversized to the rest of him, and are held out from the body with large, hand-carved wooden washers. The metal hardware also appears to be handmade. He is in very good condition with one old, very small chip missing from his hat brim. 5 1/4" high by 1 1/4" wide by 1" deep. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: ASCS. Image

Set of Five Whimsical Cedar CarvingsHere is a set of five whimsical cedar carvings. These include two candlestick holders, one an elegant turned piece in the shape of a hurricane lamp, the other shaped like a tall vase with two handles. The other three are non-functional decorative pieces: an elongated egg on a pedestal, an interesting geometric form with four feet, and a very smooth, round ball. All have beautiful color and grain patterns. They are finished in varnish - ranging from a glossy surface on the ball to matte on the egg. The egg and the vase both had some splits (and branch holes in the egg) that were filled with wood filler before being varnished. The largest piece, the "hurricane lamp", is 13 1/2" tall by 5 3/4" in diameter. The ball is about 3 3/4" in diameter. They are in excellent condition, with an old, tight crack on the four-footed piece. Age is unknown, but they are probably mid-20th century. The price for the group is $250.00. Inventory Code: TKAH.   See a slideshow of several views [655k] ... Whimsical cedar carvings ... From above ... Another view from above ... Closer view of three pieces ... Side view ... The other side ... Closeup of the other two pieces ... Another angle ... All, from below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Whimsical cedar carvings ... From above ... Closer view of three pieces ... Side view ... The other side ... Closeup of the other two pieces ... Another angle.

Jointed carvingsHere is an exceptional pair of jointed limberjack carvings - a man and a woman. They have strong, primitive faces with carved ears and metal tacks for eyes. The hands are inset metal tabs which are free to turn around the iron mounting bar. These carvings are from the late 1800's or early 1900's, with well oxidized surfaces and good patina. They are in excellent condition. Each person measures approximately 10" high by 2" wide by 1 1/2" deep; total width including the bar is 19 3/4". The price for the pair is $675.00. Inventory Code: ARPP.   Pair of jointed carvings ... Another view ... Closeup of both ... Closeup of the woman ... Closeup of the man ... Sitting ... One side ... The other side ... With arms down ... Another view, arms down ... From above ... Side/back ... Back view ... From below.

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