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Painted tramp art box
Painted tramp art box
made from wood and cardboard
Folk art robotFound objects robot
Two robots made from found objects
Bottle cap rabbits jazz band
Bottle cap rabbits jazz band
Religious stereo nightlight construction
Religious stereo nightlight construction
Home made grain scoop
Home made grain scoop
Folk art truck
Folk art truck: one of
three metal found object cars
Folk art car
Folk art touring car
Metal found object chair
Metal found object
farm chair and stool
Iron valve wheels
Iron valve wheels
Home made scooter
Home made scooter
Hand made double washtub bass
Hand made double
washtub stand up bass
Folky hand made tin can banjo
Folky tin can banjo
Popsicle stick lamp
Popsicle stick lamp
Bottle cap pitcher
Bottle cap pitcher
Folky butcher's trade sign
Folky metal trade sign
with rooster, found objects
Political memory bottle
Political memory bottle
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Home made grain scoopThis is a primitive, make-do scoop for grain, animal feed, etc. It was hand made from part of a metal sign, with a wooden back and hand carved wood handle. The metal has worn yellow, gold, red, and black paint. The handle has a nice smooth patina from use. It is 15" long by 7 1/4" wide by 2 1/2" deep, in good, sturdy, used condition with appropriate paint wear and light rust. It was made in the first half of the 20th century. The price is $135.00. Inventory Code: CSST.   See a slideshow of several views [535k] ... Home made grain scoop ... Back views ... Another view ... Side views ... Sides, from back ... Closeup of handle ... Closeup inside ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Home made grain scoop ... Back views ... Another view ... Side views ... Sides, from back ... With a soda can for scale.

Here are three folky and whimsical metal cars. The first two are large and impressive, and appear to be by the same maker. The third came from the same collection but is much smaller, and may have been made by someone else.

Folk art truckFirst is this very detailed, yet folky and primitive pickup truck. It is welded from wire and sheet metal, painted maroon and tan, with a seat upholstered in green velvet. The wheels turn. It measures 21" long by 8 1/2" wide by 9 1/2" high. The condition is good, with very minor paint loss and surface rusting. It was probably made about the 1940s. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: TOTS.   See a slideshow of several views [450k] ... Folk art truck ... One side ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... Closeup ... Top view ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... With the matching car ... All three cars.

Folk art carNext is this fancy touring car. It is also welded from sheet metal and wire, painted gray and black, with some added found objects. The wheels turn. This car is 24 1/2" long by 9 1/4" wide, by 8 1/2" high. It is in very good condition with minor surface rusting. This was also probably made about the 1940s, in the style of an older car. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: TOAK.   See a slideshow of several views [402k] ... Folk art car ... Another view ... Front view ... One side ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... With the matching truck ... All three cars.

Found object carThis smaller car makes wonderful use of found objects. It was made from hinges, nuts, sheet metal, and other metal parts. It is painted with an older, oxidized bronze radiator paint. The wheels of this car do not turn. It is 4 1/4" long, by 2 3/4" wide, by 3 1/4" high. The condition is very good with some slight paint loss. The age is unknown, but it appears to have been made around the 1950s (give or take). The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: TOTS-B.   See a slideshow of several views [361k] ... Found object car ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... All three cars.

Metal found object chairThis is a metal chair made from objects found around the farm. The seat is a large pitchfork, the back is a disk from a cultivator. There are three horseshoes worked in, along with chain and other machine or wagon parts. While it has rockers and does rock, the tendency is to sit still on the rear stops. It has very nice old black and yellow paint. The chair measures 29" high by 21" wide by 28" deep. It is in very good, useable condition with minor paint wear, from the 1930's or 40's. There is a stool below by the same maker. The price is $675.00. Inventory Code: TPHH.   Metal found object chair ... Front view ... One side ... The other side ... Closeup of back and seat ... Closeup of lower front ... Closeup, one side ... Closeup, other side ... Another overall view ... Back view ... From above.

Metal found object stoolThis metal stool made from found objects came from the same maker as the chair above. The seat is a disk from a cultivator, similar to the back of the chair. It stands 18 1/4" high by 17 1/2" wide by 14 3/4" deep. The surface is a worn old green and white paint. It is in very good, useable condition, from the 1930's or 40's. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: TPHW.   Metal found object stool ... Back view ... Side view ... The other side ... Another overall view ... Closeup of legs ... From above ... From below.

Iron valve wheelsHere is a group of seven old iron industrial valves. We have not seen them before other than in use. They probably are from the 1940's or earlier, and are in four sizes. The diameters are 7 1/2 inches, 8 inches, 9 inches, 14 inches. They range from 1 inch to 1 3/4 inches thick. Prices for them are $75.00 each for the smaller ones, $95.00 each for the 9" ones, and $110.00 for the largest. Price for the group is $575.00 Inventory Code: TCWK.   Iron valve wheels ... Another view, with a ruler for scale ... The other side of all ... Side view ... The largest valve ... Closeup of one medium and one smaller valve ... The smallest valve.

Popsicle stick lampThis is a nice old popsicle stick lamp. It is well made with good form and decoration, including 8-pointed stars on the shade. The metal finial contains a blue and white swirled marble. The lamp is in very good condition although has a loss of part of one stick. It was probably made about the 1970's and is about 18" high including the finial. The shade is 10" across. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: TWHT.   Popsicle stick lamp ... Two more sides ... Another view ... From above ... Closeup of the shade ... Another closeup of the shade ... Closeup of the base ... The base, from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... Larger overall photo.

Bottle cap pitcherThis is a pitcher made from bottle caps, with a large can lid for the bottom. It has very good form, and is painted a dark, oxidized gold. This is an older piece, made from cork-lined caps. You can just make out that one or two of the caps are from Coca-Cola. The pitcher is in very good condition with minor paint wear. It stands 7 1/4" high by 11" long by 7" wide. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: TCHC.   Bottle cap pitcher ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... Two front views ... Back view ... From below ... Closeup from above ... Closeup from below.

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.

Remember the 70's? This political memory bottle is covered with Republican campaign buttons, flags, plastic marching band figures, bullets, a soldier, "Official U.S. Taxpayer G.O.P" buttons, and little plastic critters, some with wiggly eyes. From the late 70's, it is in excellent condition, 12" tall by 4 1/4" by 3". The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: POCT. Image.

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.

Painted tramp art boxThis is a colorfully painted tramp art box with a drawer and hinged lid. The construction is unusual. The upper, hinged portion is built around a cardboard cigar box. This was surrounded with 1/2" thick boards at the sides and back to make it taller, a drawer added underneath, then the whole box was decorated with chip-carved wood layers, some in free-form shapes. It was painted in two shades of rose, blue, black, and brown, with each notch highlighted in dull gold. Metal tacks and handles complete the decoration. There is a label inside from a Pennsylvania cigar factory.

The box stands 8 3/4" tall by 11" wide by 6" deep. The condition is fairly good. There is some wear to the edges of the cardboard part, mainly visible in the top corners and the edge just above the drawer. See the photos for details. Also, the hinges have pulled away from the cardboard, so that the lid is only held on by the metal slider inside. It is from the mid-1900's. The price is $395.00. Inventory Code: CATS.   See a slideshow of several views [1 Mb] ... Painted tramp art box ... Front view ... Another angle ... From above ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Lid open ... Open, from above ... With drawer removed ... The label inside ... Closeup of lid ... Another closeup ... Closeup of hinges ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Painted tramp art box ... Front view ... Another angle ... From above ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Another closeup ... Closeup of hinges.

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.

Bottle cap rabbits jazz bandThis is a wonderfully folky set of rabbit musicians made from bottle caps and found objects. There is a piano, drums, banjo, base, saxophone, and one rabbit who is singing and/or directing. The ears, tails, arms, and legs are bottle caps folded in half. Their whiskers are wire, the noses are tiny screws painted red at the tips. There are several larger plastic caps in the drum set, and the black keys on the piano are short lengths of heavy wire. Each figure is free standing, they can be rearranged on the wooden base. The individual rabbits range from about 5" to 6" tall. The wooden base is 11 1/2" wide by 9 1/4" deep, with the upper platform 4 3/4" high. The age appears to be c. 1970's. The condition is good. The platform the drummer sits on has lost some sequins, and a couple of the bottle cap feet appear to have been replaced. The price is $1300.00. Inventory Code: CCCP.   Bottle cap rabbits jazz band ... Another angle ... A third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... Another view from above ... The rabbits off of the base ... Closeup of 3 rabbits ... Closeup from back ... Closeup of the other three ... The other three from back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Bottle cap rabbits jazz band ... Another angle ... A third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... Another view from above ... The rabbits off of the base ... Closeup of 3 rabbits ... Closeup from back ... Closeup of the other three ... The other three from back ... With a soda can 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.

Home made scooterThis is a folky home made wooden scooter. It was constructed from 2 x 4's with triangular supports made from 3/4" plywood. The wheels are from an early skate board mechanism or roller skates. This was probably made in the early 1960's. It is sturdy, rolls well, and certainly can be used. The scooter was painted white, and the paint has a fair amount of wear from riding. It is 22 3/4" long by 33" high by 12 1/8" wide. The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: TOCS.   Home made scooter ... Closeup of handles ... One side view ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... Another view from above ... Closeup of seat ... Lower front ... Lower back ... From below ... Closeup of front wheels ... Closeup of rear wheels ... With a soda can for scale.

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