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Universe sign
3-D Op art "Universe" sign
19th c. blacksmith's trade sign
19th c. blacksmith's trade sign
made from iron and horse shoes
Chocolate mold
Large metal chocolate mold
Folky butcher's trade sign
Folky metal trade sign
with rooster, found objects
Velvet African-American quilt
Velvet African-American quilt

Large African-American
Carved hand and egg
Cast iron star tie-ins
Pair of cast iron architectural tie-ins
Hand made double washtub bass
Hand made double
washtub stand up bass
Folky hand made tin can banjo One man band
Folky tin can banjo     The "BoomBass"
                                   one man band
Three folky frames
Three folky frames by Ray Fisher, "The Rush Creek Bum"
Carnival knockdowns
Carnival knockdowns
Decorative cut steel panelDecorative industrial metal panel
Three decorative industrial steel panels
Golfer whirligig
Copper golfer weather vane
Hand wrought clamps
Hand wrought massive clamps
Cast iron Hay trolley
Cast iron hay trolley
Milk signCountry store sign
Two sided metal country store sign
Cast iron figure
19th c. Cast iron figures
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Cast iron Hay trolleyThis is a decorative cast iron hay trolley, used in a barn to move bales of hay around and rolled on a track. It has good form and presence, with a very dark oxidized surface. It may have traces of clear varnish. From the late 1800's or early 1900's, this fancy primitive measures 10 1/2" high by 13 1/2" wide by 6 7/8" deep. The mechanism has rusted solid, but it is in very good, sturdy, display condition. The price is $165.00. Inventory Code: TTTS.   See a slideshow of several views [462k] ... Cast iron Hay trolley ... The other side ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Side views ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... Another view from below ... Another overall view ... With a soda can for scale.

Hand wrought clampsHere are two massive, hand wrought iron "C" clamps. Each measures about 11" wide by 10" high, 1 1/2" thick, and weighs about 7 1/2 pounds. The handles and the main body of the clamps were hand formed. The surface is a very dark, old iron. These are old, in good, used condition. One has a small crack in the body of the "C". They have a really nice look and strong presence. The price for the pair is $175.00. Inventory Code: THRK.   Hand wrought clamps ... The other side ... From above ... From below ... Side view ... Another angle ... Closeup of one ... The other side ... From below ... Closeup of second clamp ... Second, other side ... Second, from below.

Cast iron star tie-insHere are two cast iron architectural star tie-ins. They are six pointed stars, which is more unusual. Each is in excellent condition with a very nice dark oxidized surface and minor casting flaws. They measure 11 1/4" across from point to point and about 3/4" thick at the center. They are probably from the late 1800's. They are priced at $125.00 each. Inventory Code: CCHK.   Cast iron star tie-ins ... Closeup of one ... Closeup of the other ... Side view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Cast iron star tie-ins ... Closeup of one ... Closeup of the other ... Side view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Hand made double washtub bassThis is a beautiful home made stand up bass and an amusing take on the old "washtub bass". It was built from wood and two metal washtubs, in the form of a classical acoustic bass. Both tubs have a rusty surface with remnants of silver paint. The bottom of the smaller tub was perforated with small holes like a colander. The bottom of the larger tub is somewhat dented. The bass has three strings, with hand made wooden pegs. It stands 54" high by 18" wide by about 10" deep. It was probably made in the 1930's or 40's, but could be a bit more recent. The price is $625.00. Inventory Code: CTWT.   Hand made double washtub bass ... Back views ... Side views ... Closeup ... Closeup, lower ... Closeup from side ... Closeup from back ... Other side ... Lower, from back ... Lower, other side ... Back, from above ... Head and neck ... Head and neck, one side ... Head and neck, back ... Head and neck, other side ... From above ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Hand made double washtub bass ... Back views ... Side views ... Closeup ... Closeup, lower ... Closeup from side ... Closeup from back ... Other side ... Lower, from back ... Lower, other side ... Back, from above ... Head and neck ... Head and neck, one side ... Head and neck, back ... Head and neck, other side ... From above ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Folky hand made tin can banjoThis is a folky banjo hand made from a large can, wood neck, sheet metal, and hand carved pegs. The strap is a pair of shoelaces. The frets were made from heavy copper wire set into grooves in the neck, but most of the wires are missing or were never there. It is 33" long by 7" wide by 4" deep, from the second half of the 20th century. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: CTTA.   Folky hand made tin can banjo ... Side and back views ... More views from sides and back ... Closeups of top ... Closeup of neck ... Closeup of body ... Second closeup of body ... Third closeup of body ... Closeup from back ... From above ... Closeup from above ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Folky hand made tin can banjo ... Side and back views ... More views from sides and back ... Closeups of top ... Closeup of neck ... Closeup of body ... Second closeup of body ... Third closeup of body ... Closeup from back ... Closeup from above ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

One man bandThis is the "BoomBass" one man band percussion instrument. It has an upright shaft mounted with two cymbals at the top, a wood block, bell, and tambourine with spring striker. At the bottom is a spring-loaded peg that lets you bounce the instrument up and down as well as striking it. A metal plate on the shaft says it was built by The BoomBass Co. of Cleveland, OH. It came with a wire brush that apparently was used to play it. From the 1950's or early 60's, it is in fairly good, but well-used and worn condition. The cymbals are a little bent, and there is a split in the skin of the tambourine that was repaired from the back with tape long ago. The handle of the wire brush is very battered and cracked through, but it still holds together fine. It is 60" tall by 11" wide by about 8" deep. The price is $195.00. Inventory Code: TOOW.   One man band ... Two more angles ... Side and back views ... Closeup, top half ... Lower half ... The cymbals ... The tambourine ... Side view of the tambourine ... Back of the tambourine, and the spring mechanism ... Closer view of tambourine from back ... The label ... Closer view of the middle and the brush ... Side view of the top half ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   One man band ... Two more angles ... Side and back views ... Closeup, top half ... Lower half ... The cymbals ... The tambourine ... Side view of the tambourine ... Back of the tambourine, and the spring mechanism ... Closer view of tambourine from back ... The label ... Closer view of the middle and the brush ... Side view of the top half ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Three folky framesThis is a set of three frames, graduated in size, made and carved by Ray Fisher of Glen Springs, VA; known as the "Rush Creek Bum". Fisher is featured in Betty Carol Sellen's book "Outsider, Self Taught, and Folk Art (2nd edition).

All the frames are made from pine with thin plywood backs and bases. They are trimmed around the edges with what looks like commercial molding. On the largest frame, Fisher has carved a pair of boots, while on the other two he has carved two upright pieces for each, decorated with chip carving. These have slots in the back in which pictures can be slipped for display. On the one with boots, there are two tacks on the top and knobs on the boots to hold a picture. The sizes of the frames, from small to large are 6 1/8" high by 6 1/4" wide, 6 3/8" high by 6 1/2" wide, and 6 3/4" high by 7" wide. All of the bases are the same depth, just over 2 1/4" deep. They were probably done in the 1950's or '60's and are in excellent condition. The price is $135.00. Inventory Code: TKAS.   See a slideshow of several views [513k] ... Three folky frames ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... Closer view of one, from above ... Back view ... Label on bottom of one ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Three folky frames ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... Closer view of one, from above ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Velvet African-American quiltThis is an African-American quilt with great graphics. It is made from plain and patterned velvets and fake fur, hand pieced and appliqued onto a muslin backing to give a quilted effect without an extra layer of quilting stitches. There is no batting. The back was made in four large blocks, and unfinished edges show where these come together. This quilt measures 72" by 77" and is in excellent, unused condition. There is one discolored spot on the back that does not show through on the front. This was purchased from an African-American church sale in Savannah, GA in the 1970's. A wonderful look for hanging or on a bed. The price is $1200.00. Inventory Code: TPAK.   See a slideshow of several views [359k] ... Velvet African-American quilt ... Closeup ... Closeup 2 ... Closeup 3 ... Closeup 4 ... Closeup 5 ... Closeup 6 ... Closeup 7 ... Back ... Closeup of back ... Second closeup of back ... Third closeup of back ... Closeup of spot on back ... Closeup of back corner.

Carved hand and eggThis is a great African-American carving, very large and striking, of a hand holding up an egg. It was carved from a section of a large log. This piece has an enormous "look" and presence. It stands 31" high, and the irregularly shaped base is approximately 16" in diameter - about 19" across at its widest. The carving was found in southern Somerset Co, PA or northern Garret Co, MD in the early 1970's, although it is much older than that. It has remained in a private collection for the last 30 years or so. The age splits, visible in the photo, do not affect the stability or solidity. The condition is very good. The price is $3500.00. Inventory Code: TASP.   Carved hand and egg ... Three more views ... Different angles ... Closeup of the hand and egg ... Second closeup ... Third closeup ... Fourth closeup ... Fifth closeup ... Closeup from above ... Very close of the fingers ... Another very close shot ... Closeup of base ... Another closeup of base ... Third closeup of base.

Milk signCountry store signThis is a two-sided country store sign, painted on a metal Pepsi advertising sign. The blank side was lettered "Jug Milk 36¢ 1/2 Gal." in cream paint. The other side reads "Have a Pepsi", with a blank space in the middle filled in with "Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix 10¢" in whitish paint that is very crazed and crackled. The sign is 30" high by 19 1/2" wide, from about the 1950's. It has normal wear, with some rust and nail holes, overall in strong condition good for display. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: TPKC.   Hand painted country store sign ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of bottom ... The other side, with Pepsi and Jiffy Mix ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of bottom ... Side view.

Cast iron figureCast iron figureHere are three extraordinary cast iron figures. Each conveys a strong sense of personality and movement. The faces were hand formed and vary from one to another. These figures date from the 19th century, were found in Tennessee, and have dark, oxidized, weathered surfaces. The backs are open and partly filled with concrete. They may have originally been architectural pieces or supports for a garden urn. They have been mounted on metal bases. Each stands about 12" high by 4 3/4" wide by 4" deep. The bases are each about 7" square. They are priced individually below. Inventory Code: TKRR.   See a slideshow of several views [714k] ... Three cast iron figures ... Another angle ... A third view ... From above ... Another view from above ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Three cast iron figures ... Another angle ... A third view ... From above ... Another view from above ... With a soda can for scale.

The first figure is in excellent condition. The price is $850.00. Inventory Code: TKKS.   Closeup ... With a soda can for scale ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of the back.
Some much larger photos:   Closeup ... With a soda can for scale ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of the back.

The second figure has an old break on the left arm. The price is $800.00. Inventory Code: TKRR.   Closeup ... With a soda can for scale ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... From below.
Some much larger photos:   Closeup ... With a soda can for scale ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of back.

The third figure has an old break across the top of the head and one arm. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: TKRK.   Closeup ... With a soda can for scale ... Another angle ... Side views ... Back views ... From above ... Another closeup.
Some much larger photos:   Closeup ... With a soda can for scale ... Another angle ... Side views ... Back views ... From above ... Another closeup.

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.

Decorative industrial metal panelHere is a pair of decorative industrial metal panels with strong graphic look and good size. These are the sheet steel that was left over after a series of parts were cut out. Each is 48 1/4" by 24" by 1/8" thick. They are in very good, as found condition, with slight surface irregularities, very slight surface rust, and somewhat sharp edges. One is just a little warped, the other is flat. They are ready to hang on a wall, or would would look great as a room divider or over a window. They are priced at $175.00 each. Inventory Code: CPHR.   See a slideshow of several views [370k] ... Decorative industrial metal panel ... The other side ... Closeup ... The second panel ... The other side ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Side view of both ... Both, with a yardstick for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Decorative industrial metal panel ... Closeup ... The second panel ... The other side ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Side view of both.

Decorative cut steel panelThis is a decorative industrial steel panel. It is what was left over after parts (key blanks?) were laser-cut from a plain sheet. It measures 48" high by 13 3/4" wide, and is very thin, about 1/32" thick. There are some numbers written in marker on one side. It is in very good, "as found" condition, with a shiny surface and does not quite lie flat. The age is unknown, but it is probably contemporary. The price is $135.00. Inventory Code: CPRW.   See a slideshow of several views [534k] ... Decorative cut steel panel, with a yardstick for scale ... The other side ... Side view ... Closeup ... Second closeup ... Third closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Second closeup, other side.
Some much larger photos:   Decorative cut steel panel, with a yardstick for scale ... The other side ... Side view ... Closeup ... Second closeup ... Third closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Second closeup, other side.

Golfer whirligigThis is a golfer weather vane made of copper. It has good form and surface with mottled verdigris and has been mounted on a metal display base. The vane is 26" high by 21 1/2" long by about 3/4" thick; the base is 22" by 5". It is in excellent condition, probably from the 1930's or 40's. The price is $1175.00. Inventory Code: CTRA.   See a slideshow of several views [627k] ... Golfer whirligig ... The other side ... Front views ... Back views ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Closeup of feet ... Closeup of bag ... Bag, other side ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Golfer whirligig ... The other side ... Front views ... Back views ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Closeup of feet ... Closeup of bag ... Bag, other side ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.

Universe signThis is a large, 3-dimensional, Op Art "Universe" sign. It is made of fiberglass and various sized wooden dowels, with vibrant paint. The word arches over the central half-globe, while the graduated dowels also project out from the background. The sign is 33" square by about 5 1/2" deep; the mounting brackets on top add another 1 1/2" to the height. The overall condition is good, with some paint loss, stains, chips around the edges, a gouge in the lower part of the globe, and two broken dowels in the lower right. It is from the late 20th or early 21st century. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: TRCP.   See a slideshow of several views [1.1 Mb] ... Universe sign ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... Another view from above ... Closeup, upper left ... Upper right ... Lower left ... Lower right ... Closeup center ... From below ... Closeup from side ... Closeup, other side ... Back view ... Another view from back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Universe sign ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... Another view from above ... Closeup, upper left ... Upper right ... Lower left ... Lower right ... Closeup center ... From below ... Closeup from side ... Closeup, other side ... Back view.

19th c. blacksmith's trade signThis is an old iron trade sign for a blacksmith shop. It was made and forged, using a variety of horse shoes, welded around a much larger stylized horse shoe. This encloses a cut and hammered anvil and blacksmith's hammer. The piece is about 28 1/2" high by 25 1/2" wide. It is in excellent condition, and has developed an old dark rich surface, which is highly desirable and reflects many years of outdoor use. There are a few small old paint drips, mostly on the back. It was probably made in the mid to late 1800's. The price is $2500.00. Inventory Code: TROC.   See a slideshow of several views [482k] ... 19th c. blacksmith's trade sign ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of anvil and hammer ... Closeup of bottom ... Closer view of top ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Closeup of the back.
Some much larger photos:   19th c. blacksmith's trade sign ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of anvil and hammer ... Closeup of bottom ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Closeup of the back.

Chocolate moldThis is a metal chocolate mold for 3 large eggs. It has wonderful sculptural qualities and is visually striking. This piece was probably from the early 1900's. It was found in Pennsylvania. The size of the rectangular cage is 18 5/16" by 9 1/8". The eggs are each about 9" by 6" by 2 7/8" deep. The surface of this piece is well oxidized and has taken on a nice rich patina. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: CSPP.   See a slideshow of several views [522k] ... Chocolate mold ... Another angle ... Back view ... End view ... Side view ... Side view, from back ... Closeup of mark ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Chocolate mold ... Another angle ... Back view.

Folky butcher's trade signThis is a folky butcher's trade sign. It is hand made from metal tools and found objects, with a sheet metal rooster on top. Ice tongs form part of the frame. It has worn silver paint with areas of surface rust. Red and black decoration was added on one side. From the first half of the 1900's, it measures 30" high by 22" wide by about 5" deep at the tong handles, in very good, weathered condition. The price is $1500.00. Inventory Code: CCRS.   Folky butcher's trade sign ... Closeup ... The other side ... Side views ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Folky butcher's trade sign ... Closeup ... The other side ... Side views ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.

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