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Muffler man
Two Muffler men over 4 feet tall, by same maker
Decorative telephones
Three decorative Spacemaker telephones
Haitian painting
A Caribbean folk art painting
Primitive tool carrier
Primitive tool carrier
1800's Painted iron firemark19th c. Fire markCast iron fire mark
Three 19th c. cast iron fire mark insurance plaques
Ray gun cap pistol
Ray gun cap pistol
Extra large film reel
One of two extra large 3 foot film reels
Religious stereo nightlight construction
Religious stereo nightlight construction
Inlaid box
Very decorative marquetry box
Carving of woman in moonlight
Carving of woman in moonlight
Huge Iron Hooks
Huge Iron Hooks
Large metal valve
Very large industrial valve
Cast iron table supports
Pair of cast iron table supports
Funky what-not shelf
Funky what-not shelf
Cherokee dulcimer
Cherokee design carved
and decorated dulcimer
Ranch style birdhouse
Ranch style birdhouse
Giant hand made trophy
Giant hand made football
trophy 3 1/2 feet high
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Funky what-not shelfThis is a very odd, funky, one of a kind what-not shelf. It has two propellers that can turn at the top, a stairway from one shelf to the other, copper wire fence around the edges, and colorful labels from the fruit crates used to build it. It was probably made around the 1940's, and stands 18" high by 11 3/4" wide by 8 1/4" deep. Two of the scallops on the bottom right corner were broken off a long time ago, possibly when it was made. Otherwise it is in excellent condition. The price is $195.00. Inventory Code: CSPA.   See a slideshow of several views [814k] ... Funky what-not shelf ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of some crate labels ... Closeup from side ... From above ... A face visible from below ... A crate label, from below ... The bottom ... Video of the action [7.9Mb] ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Funky what-not shelf ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of some crate labels ... Closeup from side ... From above.

Religious stereo nightlight costructionThis is a really unusual construction that includes a light, car stereo, and compartments for placing items. All of this is set with a religious theme, having a large lighted cross dominating the look. The stereo includes AM/FM radio, cassette player, and speakers. The story behind this piece is that a preacher's son got caught stealing radios. As punishment, the preacher made his son turn his sin into repentance. The son made this religious item out of the stolen car radio. This piece is made from a mix of woods, with plexiglass and some kind of braid around the cross. It is in excellent working condition - even the cassette player. The radio would benefit with an antenna added to the socket on top, but gets some reception even without one. The knobs on the back are decorative only, the piece does not open. There are two small cracks in the plexiglass as seen in the closeups: one above the radio, the other by the light switch. It was likely made around the 1970's, and is 23" high by 13" wide by 11 1/2" deep to the front of the knobs. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: TRRW.   See a slideshow of several views [734k] ... Religious stereo nightlight construction ... Another angle ... A third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... Above, from rear ... Closeup of front ... Closeup of side ... Closeup of the back ... From below ... Lit up ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Religious stereo nightlight construction ... Another angle ... A third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Above, from rear ... Closeup of front.

Inlaid boxThis is a wonderfully made and very decorative marquetry box with three drawers. Constructed from softwoods and finished with a clear varnish, it is a striking piece. The surface has taken on an excellent rich patina and light crazing. The drawers are made from cheese boxes, one of which has some of the labeling printed inside. There are four glass pulls for the drawers as well as two on the sides for decorative purposes. The box was probably made in the early 20th century and is in extremely good condition with some very slight wear and the replacement of one small trim piece on the left of the large drawer. It is about 15" wide by 10" deep and 10" high. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: CSPR.   See a slideshow of several views [985k] ... Inlaid box ... Another angle ... Side view ... Back view ... The other side ... Another overall view ... From above ... Another view from above ... Another overall view ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... With the drawers open ... Cheese box label inside a drawer ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Inlaid box ... Side view ... The other side ... Another overall view ... From above ... Another view from above ... Closeup.

Muffler manThis smiling muffler man is a wonderful piece of found object art. He is fully three-dimensional, wearing a metal cap and belt, with lug nut buttons. He is one of two made by the owner of a muffler shop in northwestern Georgia in the late 20th century, and mounted out front. (The second one is below.) The clever use of materials, his happy expression, and sense of movement make us smile. He is a nice size, standing 51 1/4" tall by 27 1/2" wide by 11" deep. This can be shipped by FedEx. The condition is sturdy and excellent, with minor weathering from outdoor use. There is a rough, bright spot on the back of the left foot, where he was cut loose from the post he was welded to at the shop. The price is $825.00. Inventory Code: TRAW.   See a slideshow of several views [535k] ... Muffler man ... Closeup of head ... Another closeup ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup ... Closer view of head ... Side view of head ... Back of head ... From above ... Back of head, from above ... Closeup of body ... Another closeup of the body ... Back view of the body ... One hand ... The other hand ... Closeup of feet ... Feet, from front ... Back of feet ... On site at the muffler shop ... Cutting him loose ... With a yardstick for scale ... With the other muffler man ... Another view of both ... Third view of both ... Closeup of the feet ... Both, with a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   With the other muffler man ... Another view of both ... Third view of both ... Closeup of the feet ... Both, with a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Muffler manThis muffler man is the friend of the one above, and made by the same man. He also is a wonderful work of found objects: a muffler, exhaust pipes, cut out metal for a cap, lug nuts for eyes, nuts for buttons, and various car or truck parts for ears and nose, and fingers. He is waving, and although smiling, seems somewhat serious. The man is about 52" high by 28" wide by 12" deep at the feet. The condition is excellent, although some of the parts he was made of were dented or rusty to begin with. The back of one heel is rough where he was welded to the front of the shop. The price is $825.00. Inventory Code: CPCO.   See a slideshow of several views [380k] ... Found object muffler man ... Closeup of head ... Side and back views ... Closeup of the body ... From above ... Another view from above ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale ... With the other muffler man ... Another view of both ... Third view of both ... Closeup of the feet ... Both, with a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Found object muffler man ... Closeup of head ... Side and back views ... Closeup of the body ... From above ... Another view from above ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale ... With the other muffler man ... Another view of both ... Third view of both ... Closeup of the feet ... Both, with a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Decorative telephonesHere is a set of three fantastic Automatic Electric Type 183 Spacemaker telephones in classic 1950's-60's design. They are exceptionally decorative as sculptural objects, or could be wired to be used as phones - even today. This model is sometimes referred to as a "bar phone". It's very compact, the dial swivels, and the switchhook can be positioned left right or center, so it can be mounted almost anywhere. Each one measures about 11 1/2" high by 5 1/2" wide by 3 1/4" deep (plus the cord hangs down a bit more). There's no internal ringer on these, so they need a ringer box or to serve as an extension phone. These can added externally if desired and are available through many sources online. The price for the set is $595.00. Inventory Code: CTCT.   Three decorative telephones ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Green phone, from above ... From below ... Back ... With a soda can for scale ... Black phone, from above ... From below ... Back ... Yellow phone, from above ... From below ... Back ... All three, with a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Three decorative telephones ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Green phone, from above ... From below ... Back ... With a soda can for scale ... Black phone, from above ... From below ... Back ... Yellow phone, from above ... From below ... Back ... All three, with a soda can for scale.

Haitian paintingHere is a folk painting from either Haiti or the Dominican Republic. It was done in water color on artists board and is in a metal frame under glass. Signed "Jack '88", it is of a local store with the name Col. Miguel over one door. The image size of the painting is 9 3/4" high by 13 1/2" wide. The frame is 16 1/4" by 20 1/4". The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: KPPC-8.   Watercolor street scene ... Closeup ... Side view ... Back.

Primitive tool carrierThis is a hand made primitive tool carrier, very weathered and worn. It has a really good look and feel. It is built from pine boards with an unfinished surface, divided into two compartments inside. There is a handle for carrying, and feet to stand on. From the early 1900's, it is 21 3/4" wide by 9 3/4" deep, and stands 21" high. The condition is sturdy, very worn from use, with an old break at the top on one end. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: TARA.   Primitive tool carrier ...   Another angle ...   One side ...   The other side ...   End views ...   Closeup ...   Another overall view ...   From above ...   From below.

19th c. Fire markHere are three cast iron Fire Marks from the 1800's. According to Wikipedia, Fire insurance marks were "placed on the front of the insured building as a guide to the insurance company's fire brigade." This one was issued in the third quarter of the 1800's by the United Firemen's Insurance Company of Philadelphia, PA. It has a steam fire engine and the letters "U" "F". It is painted black, an older repaint, with several older layers of paint visible on the back. It measures 9 1/4" high by 12" wide by 1 1/2" deep and is in excellent condition. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CTOR.   See a slideshow of several views [361k] ... 19th c. Fire mark ... From above and below ... Side views ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   19th c. Fire mark ... From above and below ... Side views ... Back view.

Cast iron fire markThis cast iron fire mark was issued in the second half of the 1800's by the Associated Firemen's Insurance Company of Baltimore, MD. It shows a man blowing an alarm on a bugle. It has a dark oxidized surface with small traces of green and gold paint. The back has layers of older paint. It is 11 1/2" high by 9" wide by about 3/4" thick, in excellent condition. The lower mounting hole is plugged with cement or mortar. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CTOK.   See a slideshow of several views [244k] ... Cast iron fire mark ... Side views ... From above and below ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Cast iron fire mark ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

1800's Painted iron firemarkThis cast iron fire mark was issued in the 1800's by the Fire Association of Philadelphia. It features a fire hydrant, hose, and the initials "F A". It has an older repaint of black, gold, and green, with slight paint wear. It measures 11 1/2" high by 7 3/8" wide by about 1" deep. The condition is excellent. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CTRS.   See a slideshow of several views [341k] ... Painted iron firemark ... Closeup ... Side views ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Painted iron firemark ... Closeup ... Side views ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Ray gun cap pistolThis is a metal ray gun cap pistol, probably from the 1950's. It has a wonderful look and is in fairly good condition, with normal wear from use, and a little bit of old surface rust reflecting the age. The gun is about 6 1/2" long by 5" high by 1" thick. When you pull on the handle the top silver portion slides back, and a cap would be struck. The mechanism works however is a little stiff now, but if you had a roll of caps and were inclined, you likely could make some noise. Otherwise, this can be displayed as an interesting and decorative piece. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: TOKC.   Ray gun cap pistol ... The other side ... From above ... Front views ... Back views ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Carving of woman in moonlightThis is a relief carved and painted scene of a nude woman sitting on rocks in front of the full moon over a lake. It was framed in a shallow wooden box. The back is covered with brown paper, with two screw eyes and a newer wire hanger. The size is 9 1/4" high by 5 1/2" wide by 1 3/4" deep. The condition is good, with some cracks in the frame. It appears to be from the 1940's or 50's, but could be somewhat more recent. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CCCC.   Carving of woman in moonlight, with a soda can for scale ... From above and below ... Side views ... Back view.
Some much larger photos:   Carving of woman in moonlight, with a soda can for scale ... From above and below ... Side views ... Back view.

Iron ship hooksThis is a movable metal sculpture made of two huge old iron hooks connected through a link. They came from Maine and were likely used on a large ship, possibly for holding anchor chain. One side is painted red and the other green, indicating port and starboard. This is an old, working repaint. Each hook is about 12" long by 7" wide and 1 1/2" at the thickest. They are mounted on a black, custom iron base and can be arranged in several different configurations. Age is unknown, but they are old, in excellent, used condition. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: TTPH.   Iron ship hooks ... Another view ... Third angle ... Fourth view ... From above ... Front view ... Off the base ... Mounted another way ... Another angle ... Another front view ... The base only.

Large metal valveThis is a massive industrial brass valve. It has a wonderful decorative and sculptural look and feel. This piece was likely made in the early 1900's. It has a great oxidized surface and color, and still retains some of the original paint, which may have been yellow but now is much darker. The valve handle is a dark rust. This piece was connected to a very large pipe. The opening of the threaded areas is over 2" in diameter. The valve itself stands about 9 1/2" high. It is 3 1/2" wide and deep. On the new base and support it is about 12" high by 6 1/2" wide by 6" deep. The handle and shaft still turns a little, but the valve does not open. Otherwise it is in very good, old, used condition. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: THSR.   Large metal valve ... The other side ... Two more angles ... Two end views ... From above ... Two closeups ... Two more closeups ... Another view from above ... Another overall view ... With a soda can for scale ... Larger overall photo.

Cast iron table supportsCast iron table supportsHere are two fancy cast iron supports, probably originally intended as table legs. They are also attractive decorative pieces as is, freestanding or hanging on a wall. Each one measures 28" high by 26 1/4" wide by 3 1/2" deep. The surface is mostly dark oxidation, with faint traces of white or silver paint and a few areas where brighter metal shows through. From the late 1800's to early 1900's, they are in excellent condition. The price is $395.00 for the pair. Inventory Code: TTPS.   Cast iron table supports ... The other way up ... Another view ... Fourth view ... Fifth view ... Side views ... Closeup of one ... Other side ... Third closeup of one ... Closeup of other ... Other side ... Third closeup of other ... Both, with a yardstick for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Cast iron table supports ... The other way up ... Another view ... Fourth view ... Fifth view ... Side views ... Closeup of one ... Other side ... Third closeup of one ... Closeup of other ... Other side ... Third closeup of other ... Both, with a yardstick for scale.

Cherokee dulcimerThis is a hand made eight string dulcimer with Cherokee themed carved and painted decoration. The top is a carved Indian chief's head, the tuning pegs are carved into arrowheads, the sound holes are arrow shaped cutouts, and the top, sides, and back are painted with Indian motifs. The back is inscribed "Cherokee" in ballpoint ink. It is 40 1/2" long by 6 1/2" wide by 3" deep and appears to be from about the 1950's or 60's. The condition is very good with minor wear. One peg looks like an older replacement. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: CCHC.   Cherokee decorated dulcimer, two views ... Three more angles ... Two closeups of the head ... Side views ... End views ... Back views ... Two more views of the head ... The head, from above ... Two closeups of the lower half ... Two closeups of the middle ... Closeup of the bridge and tailpiece ... Closeup of the back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Cherokee decorated dulcimer, two views ... Three more angles ... Two closeups of the head ... Side views ... End views ... Back views ... Two more views of the head ... The head, from above ... Two closeups of the lower half ... Two closeups of the middle ... Closeup of the bridge and tailpiece ... Closeup of the back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Ranch style birdhouseThis is a nice small birdhouse made in the style of a 1950's ranch house. It is in excellent, old condition, with good color, detail, and form. The walls are made from 3/4" pine, while the roof and bottom are 1/4" plywood. The decorative doors and window are from veneer, with small cut pieces and layering of the windows on the garage doors. They have all been painted in great detail. The bottom of the house is held by screws so it can be removed for cleaning. The birdhouse is 11" long by 7" deep, and 5 3/4" to the top of the hanging screw eye. It is likely from the 1970's or so. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: TOWW.   See a slideshow of several views [401k] ... Ranch style birdhouse ... Another view ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Closeup of detail ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Giant hand made trophyOrdered. (What this means.)
This is a giant hand made metal presentation trophy from a Shriner's club benefit football bowl game, dated Dec. 6, 1969. This is the oldest high school all-star bowl game in the country, still played between North Carolina and South Carolina. It stands 41 1/2" high by 15" in diameter by 24" wide across the handles. The condition is very good with some surface wear as seen in the photos. Inventory Code: CCCK.   Giant hand made trophy ... Two more views ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Two closeups of the middle ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of workmanship on back ... Closeup of base ... From above ... From below ... Bottom of the base ... Another angle from below ... With a yardstick for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Giant hand made trophy ... Two more views ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Two closeups of the middle ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of workmanship on back ... Closeup of base ... From above ... From below ... Bottom of the base ... Another angle from below ... With a yardstick for scale.

Yard wide film reelExtra large film reelHere are two very decorative, large, vintage, film reels of the kind used in commercial movie theaters. Each one is made from aluminum. They are almost 36" in diameter and 1 3/4" deep. Each of the sides rotate around the center shaft, so they can be displayed with different looks. Each has some normal wear from use. One has some tape on it as well with "Pony Express" written in green. These are quite unusual to find. They are priced at $375.00 each. Inventory Code: CCSK.   See a slideshow of several views [810 k] ... Extra large film reel, yard wide ... The other side ... Closeup of tape, writing ... Closeup center ... Another closeup.
The second film reel ... The other side ... Closeup of center ... Another closeup.
Both reels ... Both reels, side view ... Another angle ... Both reels, with a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Some much larger photos:   Extra large film reel, yard wide ... The other side ... Closeup of tape, writing ... Closeup center ... Another closeup.
The second film reel ... The other side ... Closeup of center ... Another closeup.
Both reels ... Both reels, side view ... Another angle ... Both reels, with a yardstick and soda can for scale.

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