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Bird shooting gallery target
Bird shooting gallery target
Wooden dumbbell
Primitive handmade
wooden dumbbell
Zipin
Painting by Martin Zipin
Clown shoesClown shoes
Two pairs of oversized clown shoes
Carnival knockdowns
Carnival knockdowns
Carnival slap stick
Circus clown's slap
stick/noise maker

Bird shooting gallery targetThis is a cast iron bird shooting gallery target. It is 3 3/4" long by 2 1/2" high by 1" deep, with a dark oxidized surface and faint traces of paint. From the early 1900's, it is in very good, used condition. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: CTRT.   Bird shooting gallery target, with a soda can for scale ... Back view ... End views ... From above and below.

Wooden dumbbellThis is a heavy, hand carved wood dumbbell. Obviously a homemade piece, it could have been for exercise or used in a carnival. In any case, it was used often and has the patina and smoothness on the handle to show. The dumbbell is old, likely from the early 1900's. It has age cracks, but is still strong and in very good condition. It is about 17" long by 5" in diameter on the larger side. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: CSAT.   See a slideshow of several views [430k] ... Wooden dumbbell ... Another angle ... Two more views ... End view ... The other end ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Wooden dumbbell ... Two more views.

This is a oil painting on canvas by the late Martin Zipin. The subject is a carnival barker or ticket taker. It was done in the early 1960's and is in excellent condition. The overall size including the frame is 32" by 18 5/8". The size of the image is 26 1/2 by 13". The price is $3500.00. Inventory Code: KPPC.   Image.

Clown shoesHere are two pairs of oversized clown shoes. They are made from leather and are old, scuffed, very worn and well used. The soles are very worn, and there are other cracks and holes. They date from the latter half of the 20th century. The first pair is yellow, 14" long by 6 1/2" wide by 5" high. One shoe has a hand stitched repair where it cracked across the top. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: CCOT.   Clown shoes ... From above ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From below ... Both pairs, with a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Clown shoes ... From above ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From below ... Both pairs, with a soda can for scale.

Clown shoesThe second pair is a darker, more faded yellow. They are also very worn, and are patched with duct tape wrapped around the front. The leather is hard and dry, and the tongue of one shoe is partly missing. They are 14" long by 6 1/4" wide by about 4 1/2" high. The price is $200.00. Inventory Code: CCOC.   Clown shoes ... From above ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From below ... Both pairs, with a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Clown shoes ... From above ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From below ... Both pairs, with a soda can for scale.

Carnival knockdownsHere are two carnival knockdowns in the form of clowns. They are made from painted canvas, with wool hair. Both are old and used, in good condition with normal wear and slight fading. They are mounted on hinged bases; one hinge has been replaced. The one on the right in the photos is 16 1/2" high by 11" wide by 3 1/2" thick. The one on the left is 15 1/2" high by 11" wide by 3 1/2" thick. They are priced at $175.00 each, with a discount for the pair. Inventory Code: TPCK.   Carnival knockdown targets ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carnival knockdown targets ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Carnival slap stickThis is a slap stick, a noise clapper used by a circus clown. It is made from two tapered boards, joined together at the handle, with a small wedge between them to make them spread slightly apart at the ends. One board is padded at the end and covered with canvas (of the kind used to make carnival knockdowns). This padded end is used to strike another clown. Two metal pieces between the boards strike to make a very loud noise with just a slight blow. This is a well-used example with a great look. The wood is painted a deep orange with a rich, slightly crazed surface. The handle is wrapped in electrical tape, with the end of the handle uncovered and unpainted, showing a rich patina and smoothness from wear. The canvas is darkened with age, sturdy and intact, with some very slight fraying on one edge. It is 25" long by 2 3/4" wide by 2 1/4" high at the larger end, probably from the 1940's or 50's. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: CSAC.   See a slideshow of several views [303k] ... Several angles of the carnival slap stick ... More views ... Closeup of the padded end ... Closeup of the handle ... End views ... With a soda can for scale ... See and hear a video of it in action [4.1Mb].
Some much larger photos:   Several angles of the carnival slap stick ... More views ... Closeup of the padded end ... Closeup of the handle ... End views ... With a soda can for scale.

 

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