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Folk art robotFound objects robot
Two robots made from found objects
Cast iron churn
Large sculptural
industrial cast iron churn
Big Jack, by Alva Gene Dexhimer
"Big Jack", painting on cardboard
by Alva Gene Dexhimer
Primitive hand made rake
Very folky early hand made rake
Decorative iron fire truck hose reels
Three decorative cast iron fire truck hose reels
Four whimsy carvingsCarving with cowboy boots
Four elegant whimsy carvings and a cowboy desk set, all by the same maker
SombreroSombrero
Several Mariachi sombreros
Stamp picture
Postage stamps and watercolor
Found object sculpture
Found object sculpture
Collection of large ceremonial keys
A collection of oversize keys, including trade signs,
ceremonial "keys to the city", and souvenirs, 1800's - 1940's
Blue wheel
Blue Wheelbarrow wheel
Foundry mold
Industrial foundry mold
Plant stand
Metal plant stand
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Folk art robotThis is an old, large, one-of-a-kind robot made from various cans, cut sheet metal, coffee pot, bottle caps, a funnel, and other objects. It is painted red, black, and blue which have oxidized and taken on a rich dark surface over the years. It has a coffee pot for the head, and the feet are from sardine cans. The robot has a heavy metal wire coming out of the head for hanging. It is in very good, typically used condition. While the age is unknown it certainly is not recent, and looks like it was probably made in the 1950's or 60's. It is about 30" high by 15" wide by 8" deep. This piece is similar to the slightly larger gold robot below, likely made by the same person. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: TOSP.   See a slideshow of several views [342k] ... Folk art robot ... Side views ... Closeup of head ... Back view ... Another closeup of the head ... Back of the head ... Closeup of body ... Closeup of the feet ... The feet, from the side ... Both robots, with a soda can for scale.

Found objects robotThis second folk art robot is somewhat larger than the one above, and was probably made by the same person. It was also made from found objects, including cans, spoons, a bucket, bottle caps, a funnel, and other objects. It is painted gold which has oxidized and taken on a rich dark surface over the years. The hands are made from large metal spoons or ladles, and the feet are from sardine cans. The robot has a bolt and heavy metal wire coming out of the head for hanging. It is in very good, typically used condition. While the age is unknown it certainly is not recent, and looks like it was probably made in the 1950's or 60's. It is about 38" high by 17" wide by 10" deep. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: TOSA.   See a slideshow of several views [297k] ... Robot made from found objects ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of the head ... Closeup from the side ... Closeup of the body ... Closeup of the feet ... Both robots, with a soda can for scale.

Collection of large ceremonial keysHere is a collection of oversize keys. There are trade signs, ceremonial "keys to the city", and souvenirs. They range in age from the late 1800's through about the 1940's, and in size from 8" to almost 5 feet long. They are described and priced separately below, with a discount for buying several - they look great together.   See a slideshow of several views [987k] ... The largest key, with a yardstick ... Seven wood and metal keys ... Two wood keys ... Three large metal and wood keys.
The largest key, with a yardstick ... Seven wood and metal keys ... Two wood keys ... Three large metal and wood keys.

Large ceremonial keyThis is the largest and most intricate of the keys at almost 5 feet long. It has the delightful inscription "The Key to Nollidge" "With all best wishes for many Happy Days (and Nights) RDL" "21 today (and tomorrow)". It is pieced from plywood, and measures 57 1/2" long by 14" high by 1 1/2" at the thickest. The paint is silver and gold, with red and black lettering. Two newer metal hangers have been attached to the back. There is some wear and paint loss, especially around the edges, and some of the red paint has smeared. The age appears to be from about the 1920's to 40's. The price is $850.00. Inventory Code: CTPC.   The largest key, with a yardstick ... Closeup ... Closeup, other end ... From above and below ... End view ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... Second closeup of back.
Some much larger photos:   The largest key, with a yardstick ... Closeup ... Closeup, other end ... From above and below ... End view ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... Second closeup of back.

Two sided metal key signTwo sided metal "Welcome" sign from the early 1900's is 31" long by 7" high excluding the metal chain hangers. It has finely crazed yellow and black paint. The condition is very good with some paint loss and oxidation from weathering. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: CTST.   Two sided metal key "Welcome" sign, with a yardstick ... The other side ... End view.
Some much larger photos:   Two sided metal key "Welcome" sign, with a yardstick ... The other side ... End view.

Two sided metal trade signA two sided "KEYS MADE" metal trade sign in heavily alligatored black and red paint. It is 24 3/4" long by 10 3/4" high, from the late 1800's or early 1900's. There is some paint loss and weathering, with one letter lost on one side. Otherwise the condition is good and sturdy. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CTSC.   Two sided metal trade sign, with a 12" ruler ... The other side ... From above ... End view ... The other end.
Some much larger photos:   Two sided metal trade sign, with a 12" ruler ... The other side ... From above ... End view.

Large Ceremonial KeyThis is a long wooden key inscribed on one side "C.O.F. Convention Racine - June 8th-9th-1903", and on the other side "Presented by the Mayor", with some fancy painted flourishes. There is a metal emblem attached from the Catholic Order of Foresters which also has the date and city, as well as a leaping deer in front of a red cross. The key is 30" long by 7 1/4" high by 1" thick. It has some paint loss and a few small nicks as seen in the photos. The head of the key has cracked through but is still intact. There is also a row of small pinholes along the bottom edge on the front, and a few on the back, as if something might have been tacked to the key? There are two cup hooks added to the top edge for hanging. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: CTPA.   "Catholic Order of Foresters" key, with a yardstick ... The other side ... Closeup of the emblem ... Closeup, other end ... Closeup, reverse.
Some much larger photos:   "Catholic Order of Foresters" key, with a yardstick ... The other side ... Closeup of the emblem ... Closeup, other end ... Closeup, reverse.

1897 Christmas souvenir metal keysThis is a cast iron depiction of crossed keys reading "Merry Xmas 1897, Happy New Year 1898". It is in excellent condition, with a very dark oxidized surface and faint traces of green and red paint. It measures about 7" by 6" by 1/4" thick. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: CTSW.   1897 Christmas souvenir metal keys ... From above ... From below ... Back view ... With a 12" ruler for scale.
Some much larger photos:   1897 Christmas souvenir metal keys ... From above ... From below ... With a 12" ruler for scale.

City of Kokomo ceremonial keyThis wooden key has "City of Kokomo 1930" painted in black over dark gold. It is 19 1/2" long by 6" high by 3/4" thick. The condition is very good, with slight paint wear and a few nicks. There are several tack holes on the back. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: CTPS.   City of Kokomo ceremonial key, with a 12" ruler ... Back view ... End view ... The other end.
Some much larger photos:   City of Kokomo ceremonial key, with a 12" ruler ... Back view ... End view.

This wooden ceremonial key is painted an oxidized, crazed silver, with lots of fine, elegant script in gold on both sides. Some of the words are hard to make out. One side says "Department Council of" ??? "Patriarchs Militant I.O.O.F. LaFayette June 18, 19 and 20 1933". The other side says "Association Ladies Auxiliaries, Department of Indiana". The Patriarchs Militant is the highest order within the Odd Fellows organization. The key measures 17" long by about 7" high by 3/4" thick. The condition is excellent with very minor paint wear. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: CTPP.   Lafayette, IN Ceremonial key with 12" ruler ... The other side ... End view ... The other end.
Some much larger photos:   Lafayette, IN Ceremonial key with 12" ruler ... The other side ... End view ... The other end.

Logansport ceremonial keyA wooden key, painted dark gold, with "Logansport '32" in black. It is 17 1/4" long by 4 1/4" high by 1/2" thick, in excellent condition with very slight paint wear. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: CTSK.   Logansport ceremonial key, with a 12" ruler ... Back view ... End views.
Some much larger photos:   Logansport ceremonial key, with a 12" ruler ... Back view ... End views.

1928 Louisville keyThis metal ceremonial key is marked "June 1928 To Louisville". It is 10" long by 4 3/4" high by about 1/2" thick, with worn black paint. There is a chip or casting flaw on one side of the handle, done before the key was painted. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: CTSH.   1928 Louisville key, with a 12" ruler ... Closeup ... The other side ... Closeup ... End view ... The other end.
Some much larger photos:   1928 Louisville key, with a 12" ruler ... Closeup ... The other side ... Closeup ... End view.

1934 World's Fair souvenir keyA heavy metal souvenir key from the 1934 Chicago World's Fair. It has details of the Travel & Transport Bldg., the Federal Bldg., and the Hall of Science. At one time there was a thermometer set into the shaft that is now gone. Otherwise, the condition is excellent, size is 7 3/4" long by 2" wide. The price is $65.00. Inventory Code: CTSO.   1934 World's Fair souvenir key ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of lower ... The other side ... Other side, closeup of top ... Closeup of lower ... This key and the next one, with a 12" ruler for scale.
Some much larger photos:   1934 World's Fair souvenir key ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of lower ... The other side ... Other side, closeup of top ... Closeup of lower ... This key and the next one, with a 12" ruler for scale.

Hot Springs souvenir keyA souvenir thermometer in the form of a key. The front is inscribed "Hot Springs, Ark. Entrance to Government Reservation". The back has a patent date of Aug. 25, 1925 and a U.S. seal with an eagle. It is 8 1/2" long by 2 3/4" wide, in very good condition with a slightly oxidized surface. The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: CTSR.   Hot Springs souvenir thermometer key ... Closeup of top ... Closeup, lower ... Other side ... Other side, closeup of top ... Closeup of lower ... This key and the one above, with a 12" ruler for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Hot Springs souvenir thermometer key ... Closeup of top ... Other side ... Other side, closeup of top ... Closeup of lower ... This key and the one above, with a 12" ruler for scale.

Blue wheelThis is an early, handmade, wheelbarrow wheel in great old blue paint. This was likely made in the 1800's. It has hand carved wood spokes mortised into a shaped hub and into a 4-sectioned wood outer rim which has a forged iron band around. The wheel is 15" in diameter and 12" deep, including the iron wheel supports. It is in good condition with a little flaking of the paint and a little loss in one outer area by a spoke. This piece has wonderful color and form. The price is $140.00. Inventory Code: TCCA.   Blue wheel ... The other side ... A different angle ... Side view ... Side view, the other side ... Edge on ... Another overall view.

Plant standThis is an exceptionally nice, old, metal plant stand, with a sort of deco look. It has an inner section with a flat metal spiral which both supports and creates a sense of motion. The stand is 39" high with the center tube 4" in diameter. The 5 arms which hold the plants can both swing and be moved to various levels. If fully extended, they could be as much as 2 feet apart. The base is a tripod, tipped with balls, and is 23" on each side. The stand was probably made about the 1920's or 30's and is in excellent condition. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: AHPH.   Metal plant stand ... From above ... A second overall view ... 3rd angle ... 4th view ... Without the planter loops.

Foundry moldThis is an industrial foundry mold with good color and a nice geometric presence. It has worn gray-blue paint with black margins and a few red markings. Some metal letters and numbers are attached to one section. It is in good used condition and measures 19 1/4" in diameter by 3 1/4" deep. It is old, probably from the first half of the 20th century. The price is $195.00. Inventory Code: CCHR.   Foundry mold ... Side views ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Foundry mold ... Side views ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Big Jack, by Alva Gene DexhimerThis is "Big Jack", by the late Alva Gene Dexhimer. Painted in acrylic on cardboard, the piece itself is 20 1/2" wide by 18" high. It is framed, under glass. The overall size of the frame is 22 3/4" by 20 1/2". This painting was purchased from artist. There are labels on the back relating to this and the original collectors. It was probably painted in the 1970's or early 80's, prior to his death in 1984. The artist used a piece of found cardboard, which has two very small nail holes, top and bottom. You can read a short biography of Dexhimer here. The price is $450.00. Inventory Code: TRSR.   "Big Jack", by Alva Gene Dexhimer ... Closeup of image ... Closer view, upper left ... Lower left ... Upper right ... Lower right ... Side view ... Back view of the painting ... Back of the frame ... Closeup of label on back ... Second label ... With a soda can for scale.

Primitive hand made rakeThis is a primitive home made rake with a great funky look. The handle and cross piece for the tines are are hand fashioned from hardwood. The tines are heavy metal spikes which were tapered toward the ends. These were driven into the wood crosspiece, which also has bolts put through it at the ends to prevent splitting and a wire support for strength and stability attached to the handle. The rake is strong and was used. The handle is smooth from use; the iron well oxidized; and the cross piece obviously worn from work. It was probably made in the early 1900's or late 1800's, has a great surface, and is 43" long by 14 1/2" wide by 6" deep. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: CSKA.   See a slideshow of several views [540k] ... Primitive hand made rake ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... More overall views ... Closeup from side ... Closeup from back ... Closeup, other side ... Sixth closeup ... Seventh closeup.
Some much larger photos:   Primitive hand made rake ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... More overall views ... Closeup from side ... Sixth closeup ... Seventh closeup.

Cast iron churnThis is the cast iron mechanism from an industrial butter or ice cream churn with a wonderful, sculptural look. The large size gives it an impressive presence. It has a dark, rich, oxidized surface with small traces of green. It is formed in two pieces that fit firmly together as a free-standing object. The pieces also look good individually, hung on a wall or displayed on a shelf. The base has gear teeth and two glass windows, and is embossed "Made In USA". Assembled, it stands 28" high by 11 1/2" in diameter. It is probably from the early 1900's, and is in excellent display condition. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CSSC.   See a slideshow of several views [470k] ... Cast iron churn ... Another view ... Two more angles ... 3 views of the other side ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... From above ... The two sections separated ... The upper half ... The base ... The base, from below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Cast iron churn ... Another view ... Two more angles ... 3 views of the other side ... Closeup.

Decorative iron fire truck hose reelsThis is a set of 3 decorative cast iron wheels that originally were the sides of fire truck hose reels. The have a wonderful old surface with slight remnants of real "fire engine" red paint. The wheels are in two sizes: the pair is 27" in diameter while the single is 23 1/2". They are about 1" thick in the center. The condition is very good with a dark oxidized surface. These pieces were probably all from the early 1900's and are now mounted on new bases that add slightly to the height. This first of the larger wheels is on the left in the group photos. These are priced at $295.00 each, or $825.00 for the set of three. Inventory Code: CTCW.   See a slideshow of several views [1 Mb] ... All three wheels ... One wheel ... The other side ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... The two larger wheels ... The other side ... Side view ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   All three wheels ... One wheel ... The other side ... Side view.

The second of the larger wheels, on the right in the group photos, is also 27" in diameter, in very good condition, with a dark oxidized surface. The price is $295.00 alone, or $825.00 for all three. Inventory Code: CTCO.   See a slideshow of several views [1 Mb] ... All three wheels ... The second wheel ... The other side ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... The two larger wheels ... The other side ... Side view ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   All three wheels ... The second wheel ... The other side ... Side view.

The smaller wheel has a more open design in the center. It is 23 1/2" in diameter, in very good condition, with a dark oxidized surface. The price is $295.00 alone, or $825.00 for all three. Inventory Code: CTCR.   See a slideshow of several views [1 Mb] ... All three wheels ... The third wheel ... The other side ... Closeup ... Side views ... Two wheels, with a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   All three wheels ... Third wheel ... The other side ... Closeup ... Side views ... Two wheels, with a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Carving of man carving a whimsyThis is a wonderful carving of a man who is carving a whimsy chain. The man has a beard, and is wearing painted overalls with a red shirt and cap. He is holding a knife in one hand. The whimsy in progress is a real one: the lower links are free to move, and the last, unfinished links in his hand have been partially worked in a genuine manner. The piece is 6" high by 2 1/8" wide by about 4" deep. It is signed on the bottom "Floyd Hicks 2-91". The condition is excellent. The price is $395.00. Inventory Code: CTTW.   See a slideshow of several views [557k] ... Carving of man carving a whimsy ... Other side, with a soda can for scale ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side ... Two views from back ... Two views from above ... Top view ... From below ... Another overall view.

Four whimsy carvingsHere is a set of four elegantly carved whimsies by the same anonymous maker. They all have very smooth surfaces, good form, and are finished in a somewhat glossy clear lacquer or varnish. They appear to be from the mid-20th century and are priced individually below, with a discounted price of $1200.00 for all four. From left to right in the group photos:

The first whimsy is large, with two caged balls. It is carved from a single piece of heavy, light colored wood. It is 20 1/2" tall by 2 1/2" by 2 1/2". It is in excellent condition. The price for this one is $450.00, or $1200.00 for all four. Inventory Code: CTHA.

The second is a darker brown. It has a turned top that tapers down, then flares back out to a single caged ball. There is a metal hook at the top for hanging. This one has a couple of age cracks, and has been broken and reglued on one corner. It is 8 1/4" tall, excluding the hook, by 2 1/4" square. The price for this one is $250.00, or $1200.00 for all four. Inventory Code: CTHC.

The third and smallest is the most detailed. It is an assemblage of three pieces in a warm, medium golden color. One is a tiny ball in cage with a carved crest on top. This is mounted inside a separate, larger cage with a carved crest and shaft with a very round ball on top. Finally, that cage was mounted on a three-tier base. The steps of the base were carved out of a single piece, with tiny dowels set in the corners like fence posts. It is 7 1/2" high by 4 3/8" wide by 3 3/8" deep, in excellent condition. The price for this one is $375.00, or $1200.00 for all four. Inventory Code: CTHH.

The fourth whimsy has a long cage with three large, very round balls, topped by a finial turned from a second piece of wood. It is 13 3/4" tall by 2 1/8" square. One corner of the cage has been broken and reglued. The price for this one is $375.00, or $1200.00 for all four. Inventory Code: CTHT.   See a slideshow of several views [632k] ... Four whimsy carvings by the same maker ... The two taller whimsies ... The other side ... The two shorter ones ... Another angle ... Third view ... One side ... The other side ... Back view ... All four, from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Four whimsy carvings by the same maker ... The two taller whimsies ... The other side ... All four, with a soda can for scale.

Carving with cowboy bootsThis is a hand made and carved cowboy desk set assemblage. It was apparently made by the same person who did the set of four whimseys above; they all are in the same wood, finish, and feel.

This desk set has a three step base carved from a single piece of wood. It is topped by a pair of carved and decorated boots and a rectangular section with a deeply carved round area. The boots are carved out to hold pens or pencils. The center area could contain paper clips, rubber bands, or odds and ends. All the pieces are pine. The boots also have been decorated with fine inked and pencilled vines and flowers. The soles are painted or inked black. All this has then been finished in fine lacquer or varnish. The piece was likely made about the 1940's or '50's. The base is 8" wide by 6" deep. The boots are each about 4" high by 3 1/2" deep by 1 1/2" wide. The overall height is about 5 1/2". It is in excellent condition with one small chip in the finish on the base. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: CTHO.   See a slideshow of several views [661k] ... Carving with cowboy boots ... Another angle ... Front view ... Side view ... Closeup ... The other side ... Another view ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Here are three of several original Mexican Sombreros. They are all in excellent condition, and are not new. They appear to be 20 to 30 years old, or possibly older and are wonderful, decorative objects - in addition to being just the right headwear for that "special" occasion. You can see the rest on our Sombreros page.

SombreroThis first sombrero is straw, painted cream, with elaborate embroidered and applied decoration, including leather and sequins. There is a braided chin strap. It is 24" across, in excellent condition with two tiny holes where it was tacked to a wall. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: AHWT.   From above ... Closeup ... Side view ... Bottom.

SombreroThe second sombrero is a very splashy black velvet decorated top and bottom with applied, silver and white braid and multicolored sequins. It is in excellent condition, and measures 24" across. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: AHHW.   Top view ... Closeup of top ... Bottom view ... Side view.


Brown velvet with silver trim, 24" across. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: AHWA.   From above ... Closeup ... Side view ... Bottom.

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Stamp pictureHere is a very nice little framed postage stamp and watercolor painting. The scene is of the ocean with a large rock made out of stamps, while the rest - shoreline, birds, people, sea, and sky are painted. It is signed F. M. M. and dated 1938. On the back is written, in French, details of where it was made, in Quebec, and apparently at an abbey or monastery. This was probably sold to make some money for it. The condition of the frame and painting are excellent. There is a tear in the backing paper. The frame is 6 1/2" wide by 4 1/2" high. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: ATAP.   Front ... Back.

Found object sculptureThis is an interesting sculptural plaque made from found objects. The materials include wood, masonite, fiberboard, shell, and some unidentified pieces that might be bone. The colors are warm shades of tan, brown, and gray. It measures 14" square and is in excellent condition. The age is difficult to tell - possibly 1950's or earlier. The price is $140.00. Inventory code: PPTA.   Overall view ... Closeup.

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