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Odd Fellows ceremonial apron
19th c. African-American
fraternal ceremonial costume panel
Muffler man
Muffler man, over 4 feet tall
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 mark
Two 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
Intricate veneer decorated table top
Intricate veneer decorated table top
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
Paper mache style figure
Large papier mache display figure
Folk art applique
Large, very folky wool applique from the early 20th c.
Burl club
Club made from a natural burl
Spike shoes
Home made spike aerator shoes: planks, nails, metal, and leather
Wire covered bottles
Two bottles covered with
intricately woven telephone wire
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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.

Intricate veneer decorated table topThis incredible piece of folk art is a table top decorated with layers upon layers of finely cut and appliqued veneer woods. The effect is something like inlay, but the individual pieces are glued over each other instead of being set in. All the colors are from the various shades of wood used. The design includes the words "Bless This House O Lord We Pray Amen". The surface has a clear, glossy finish with slight texture from the layers of veneer. It is 36" in diameter by 1" thick, with screw eyes on the back for hanging.

The table top itself is probably from the early 1900's, with a partial label on the back from a New York City shop. The age of the decoration is unknown, but looks to be approximately mid-20th c. There is a signature that appears to have been applied with a rubber stamp. There are a few very small places where bits of veneer are loose or chipped, and one piece where the finish is lost, as seen in the closeup photos. Overall, the condition is excellent and it is a striking and unique piece. The price is $1800.00. Inventory Code: CCOA.   Intricate veneer decorated table top ... Closeup of the center ... "Bless This House" ... "O Lord We Pray" ... Closeup with signature ... Closeup of loss ... Side views ... Back view ... Label on back ... With a yardstick for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Intricate veneer decorated table top ... Closeup of the center ... "Bless This House" ... "O Lord We Pray" ... Closeup with signature ... Closeup of loss ... Side views ... Back view ... Label on back ... With a yardstick for scale.

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.

Odd Fellows ceremonial apronThis is a beautiful and rare ceremonial costume panel from the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows, an early African-American fraternal group. Called an apron, it was worn by some of the men of the lodge. It dates from the middle to late 1800s, and has been mounted on red fabric, in an oak frame under glass. The image was printed on silk, with satin ribbon borders and part of the cotton cord waistband. Some of the many symbols include the All-Seeing Eye, sun, moon, and stars, Noah's Ark, dove of peace, skull and cross bones, heart in hand, and much more. The piece itself measures 15" by 15", the frame is 20 1/2" by 20 1/2". It is in very good condition with minor foxing and staining, slight separation of one corner of the border, and what looks like a bit of paint on the lower left of the border. There is also some slight wear and scuffing to the frame, and damage to the paper backing of the frame.

There is some interesting history of the G. U. O. of O. F. here and here. Yale University Library has a video here that shows a lodge parade, with many of the men wearing similar aprons (about 4:10 into the video). The price is $975.00. Inventory Code: CCRP.   Odd Fellows ceremonial apron ... Closeup ... Side views ... Back of frame ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Odd Fellows ceremonial apron ... Closeup ... Side views ... Back of frame ... With a soda can for scale.

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 was made by the owner of a muffler shop in northwestern Georgia in the late 20th century, and mounted out front. 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. 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.   Muffler man ... Two more views ... 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 ... Legs and feet ... Closeup of feet ... Back of feet ... On site at the muffler shop ... Cutting him loose ... With a yardstick for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Muffler man ... Two more views ... Legs and feet ... With a yardstick 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 two 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.

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.

Paper mache style figureThis is a large papier mache figure of a stylish man, said to be a store display from Detroit. He stands 42 1/2" tall by about 18" wide by 13" deep, painted in shades of peach, gray, red, and white. His cap and coat are made from a textured paper. The base is plywood, covered with crumpled layers of papier mache. Age is unknown, it looks to be from the 1970's or 80's. There is a fair amount of damage, including paint loss on the face, cracks under the chin, loss to one finger, and damage and loss on the base. While the weathered appearance adds to the appeal of this piece for us, the condition can best be described as fair. Having said that, we feel it is a striking and impressive piece. The price is $475.00. Inventory Code: CCWT.   Papier mache figure ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup ... Closeup of the hands ... Closeup of the feet ... Another closeup of the base ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Papier mache figure ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup ... Closeup of the hands ... Closeup of the feet ... Another closeup of the base ... With a yardstick and 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.

Burl clubThis is a club made from a very gnarly burl with a great look. The branch provides the handle. It is finished in a clear lacquer or varnish, and is 9" long by about 3" by 4". There is an age split in the handle, and a small old break in the burl. The age is unknown, but it is old. The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: TKWC.   Burl club, with a soda can for scale ... The other side ... From above ... From below.
Some much larger photos:   Burl club, with a soda can for scale ... The other side ... From above ... From below.

Spike shoesThis outrageous pair of spiked shoes may be the most striking gardening tools we've ever seen. They were made to aerate a lawn: by walking around in them, air and water flow to the grass roots is improved. These were made of 1 1/4" thick planks with 6" nails driven through. The heels are metal, and the straps are leather. Each shoe measures 12" long by 4 3/4" wide by 9" high. They are in excellent condition with some wear to the leather straps. The price is $675.00. Inventory Code: CCRO.   Spike shoes ... Another view ... From above ... Back view ... One, from below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Spike shoes ... Another view ... From above ... Back view ... One, from below ... With a soda can for scale.

Wire covered bottlesHere are two glass bottles that have been wrapped in intricately woven patterns of colored telephone wire including woven handles. They appear to be from the second half of the 20th c, and are offered separately, with a discount for the pair. The larger bottle has a rim around the base, and a removable cap that is tethered to the handle. It is worked over a green glass bottle, and stands 12 1/4" high by 3 3/4" in diameter; about 4 3/4" wide at the handle. It is in excellent condition. The price is $195.00. Inventory Code: CCRR.

The smaller bottle is worked over clear glass, and stands 7 3/4" high by 2 1/4" in diameter; about 3 1/2" wide at the handle. The top rim of the glass is chipped, otherwise the condition is excellent. The price is $145.00. Inventory Code: CCKS.   Telephone wire covered bottles ... Both, from above ... Another view from above ... From below ... Another view from below ... Larger bottle, two views ... Closeup of the open lid ... Smaller bottle ... Closeup of the chip ... Both, with a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Telephone wire covered bottles ... Both, from above ... Another view from above ... From below ... Another view from below ... Larger bottle, two views ... Closeup of the open lid ... Smaller bottle ... Closeup of the chip ... Both, with a soda can 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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