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Muffler man
Muffler man, over 4 feet tall
Concrete yard art star
Concrete, tile, & mirror yard art star
Home made one-string bass
Home made one-string bass
Stamp picture
Postage stamps and watercolor
Metal table made from industrial conveyor belt
Table made from stainless steel
industrial conveyor belt
Natural burl flowers
Flower sculpture made
from a natural burl
Driftwood bird
Driftwood bird
19th c. blacksmith's trade sign
19th c. blacksmith's trade sign
made from iron and horse shoes
Found object outsider art carTelephone wire car model
Part of a collection of very detailed telephone wire
model cars by Clifton Eugene Dale of Galax, VA
Key trivet
Four folky trivets
made from old keys
Doll eyes
"Sleepy" Doll eyes and mechanism
Metal drummer music box
"Age of Aquarius"
found object music box
Rustic vase
Rustic vase made from twigs, jar
Model cabin with carved couple
Model cabin with carved couple
Primitive hand made rake
Very folky early hand made rake
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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.

Concrete yard art starThis is a large concrete yard art star, decorated with embedded shards of tile and mirror. It is painted with red, gray, and silver paint that is weathered from outdoor exposure. The star is about 26" across, and 1 1/2" thick, flat on the back. It is in good, weathered condition. The age is unknown, but it appears to be from the last quarter of the 20th c. This piece is much more impressive than the photos show, and would go well either indoors or out. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: CTTH.   Concrete yard art star ... Side view ... Another side ... With a yardstick for scale.
Some much larger photos:   With a yardstick for scale ... Side view ... Another side.

A highly unusual home made one string electric bass, with amplifier and speaker. It has a carved wooden handle on top of which the string is attached. When pivoted it changes the tension on the string and therefore the note. The bass is 24" high, 12" wide and 5" deep. It is made of wood, covered by Naugahyde on the sides and part of a chenille spread on the front. The amp/speaker is in an old carrying case 14" wide, 13" high and 7" deep. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: PRKW. Image.

Here 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.

Metal table made from industrial conveyor beltThis is a folk art table hand made from stainless steel industrial conveyor belt. Each of the links was welded one by one so they would not move. The belts were found in a metal scrap yard and originally came from a candy manufacturing plant in Louisiana. On the bottom of the links is impressed the name Tabletop and the code SS815. It has been strengthened by the addition of four triangular stainless steel plates welded into the legs. The table is rigid and does not flex, but it will rock slightly from side to side under pressure. It is a sturdy and functional piece of art. The table was made within the last few years and is in very good condition. It is 29" high by 19 1/2" wide by 18" deep. Each link is approximately 4 1/2" wide by 1 1/2" high. The price is $575.00. Inventory Code: CPOS.   See a slideshow of several views [1.2 Mb] ... Metal table made from industrial conveyor belt ... Another angle ... Third view ... Fourth view ... Fifth view ... Sixth view ... One side ... Second side ... Third side ... Fourth side ... From above ... Closeup from above ... Second closeup from above ... The lower shelf, from above ... Top view ... From below ... Closeup from below ... Second closeup from below ... Closeup of feet ... One foot ... Another foot ... Closeup of inner belt ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Metal table made from industrial conveyor belt ... Another angle ... Third view ... Fourth view ... Fifth view ... Sixth view ... One side ... Second side ... Third side ... Fourth side ... Closeup from above ... Second closeup from above ... The lower shelf, from above ... Top view ... From below ... Second closeup from below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Driftwood birdThis is a bird made from driftwood and found objects. It has a nice form and weathered surface. It is 5 1/4" high by 8" by 4", in very good condition. The age is unknown, but it is old. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: TOWP.   Driftwood bird ... Another view ... Front view ... The other side ... Another angle ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... Closeup from below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Driftwood bird ... Another view ... Front view ... The other side ... Another angle ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... Closeup from below ... With a soda can for scale.

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.

Here are several folk art cars made from colored telephone wire and found objects by Clifton Eugene Dale of Galax, VA. He made these c. 1970 as payment for treatment by his local doctor, who was a car collector. Each car is hand made, very detailed, and in very good condition. These are part of a collection of 23 we have available. The cars are colorful, somewhat stylized and idiosyncratic. Mr. Dale's cars are in the collections of the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Center and Virginia Historical Society. These are priced individually, with a discount for the group.

Wire limousine by Clifton Eugene DaleThis is larger than many of the other vehicles and is more of a limousine than a car. It has 6 wheels, side doors, and is made from blue, black, and red wires. This piece is about 18" long by 5 1/2" wide by 7" high. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: CSHK.   See a slideshow of several views [887k] ... Telephone wire limousine by Clifton Eugene Dale ... Another angle ... The other side ... Fourth view ... Closeup of detail ... Front views ... Back view ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale ... The three cars together.
Some much larger photos:   Telephone wire limousine by Clifton Eugene Dale ... Another angle ... The other side ... Fourth view ... Closeup of detail ... Front views ... The three cars together ... 360° video [34 Mb: opens in a new window].

Found object outsider art carThis is a very detailed and colorful car with red, black, white, yellow, and blue wires. It is about 12" long by 5 3/4" wide by 7 3/4" high. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: CSWS.   See a slideshow of several views [722k] ... Found object outsider art car ... Another view ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... The three cars together ... With the car below ... With two of the other cars.
Some much larger photos:   Found object outsider art car ... The three cars together ... With the car below ... With two of the other cars ... 360° video [35 Mb: opens in a new window].

Car made from telephone wireThis car is constructed of red, blue, and black wire. It is about 11 1/2" long by 5 1/2" wide by 8" high. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: CSWP.   See a slideshow of several views [683k] ... Car made from telephone wire ... Another angle ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... The three cars together ... With the car above ... With two of the other cars.
Some much larger photos:   Car made from telephone wire ... The three cars together ... With the car above ... With two of the other cars ... 360° video [31 Mb: opens in a new window].

Telephone wire car modelThis white touring car is large and very detailed. It is about 13" long by 7" high by 6 1/2" wide and has a vinyl top covering the rear seat, with a "spare tire" on one side. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: TWOS.   Telephone wire car ... Side view ... The other side ... Front view ... Another front view ... Back view ... Another back view ... From above ... Top view ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... Three cars together ... Front view of three ... 360º video (5.7Mb).

Model touring carThis green, blue, white, and black car has seats at both ends opening in to the center (a reversible tourer?). It is well built with lots of nice detail and is also in very good condition. This car is about 11" long by 5 1/2" wide by 5 1/2" high. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: TWOP.   Model touring car ... Side view ... The other side ... Another angle ... Front views ... Back views ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... Three cars together ... Front view of three.

Telephone wire carThis boxy green car seems to represent an early vehicle. It also is very detailed, including a lever for steering instead of a wheel, and is almost as tall as long. The car is 8 1/2" long by 8" high by 4 1/4" wide. It is in very good condition also. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: TWOA.   Model car ... Side view ... The other side ... Front views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... Three cars together ... Front view of three.

Key trivetHere are four very folky trivets made from felt which has been covered with old keys sewn on. The keys range in age from very old (1800's) to 1960's or 70's styles, which is probably when these were made. They are in good condition with no missing keys, although a bit grungy and with loose threads from the crude stitching. Two are 5" in diameter. The red one is 4 1/2" by 4 3/4", and the oval green one is 4 3/4" by 5 3/4". Three are priced at $45.00 each; the oval green one (bottom left in the group photo) is $55.00. Inventory Code: ATHR.   All four ... The backs ... One ... Second ... Third ... Fourth.

Burl flowersHere is an old sculpture of "flowers" is made from a single natural burl shape. It has wonderful form and detail, and has been mounted on a wooden base that may have been a box lid. The piece is finished with a light clear varnish. It is from western NC, and measures 12" high by approximately 7" wide and 5" deep. The base is about 6" by 7". This sculpture is in excellent condition, from around the 1930's or 40's. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: TKOT.   Burl flowers ... Another view ... Two more angles ... Closeup of one flower ... Closeups of top ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup from behind ... From above ... Another view from above ... Top view ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... 360º Video [6.2 Mb].

Doll eyesHere is a pair of "sleepy" doll eyes with the weighted mechanism to make them open and close. The blue eyes have been mounted on a black wooden base so that they are free to rotate. The mechanism gives a weird "face" to the eyes. The eyes appear to be plastic, with synthetic lashes. The mechanism is steel, with heavy copper wire and a lead weight. The eyes are 1 1/2" wide by 1 7/8" high by 1 1/4" deep. As mounted, they stand 4 1/2" high by 2 1/2" by 2 1/2". They are in excellent condition, with light oxidation on the metal parts, and date from the mid 20th century. The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: TWST.   Doll eyes ... Several more views ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.

Metal drummer music boxThis folky metal drummer assemblage is actually a wind up music box. The drummer is constructed of springs, heavy wires, and light metal. The drums and stage are also all metal. The music box mechanism is mounted on a piece of wood under the base. It is pretty intricate. The size is about 7 1/2" high by 6 1/2" wide by 6" deep. It was likely made in the 1960's or 1970's and is in fairly good used condition. There are normal scratches and oxidation to the metal. The pièce de résistance comes when you wind the key and then listen to an extremely "sick" rendition of the opening bars of "The Age of Aquarius". The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: TWKA.   Metal drummer music box ... Front view ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... Hear the music in this video (10.4Mb).

Rustic vaseThis is a rustic vase made from twigs with bark built up over a glass jar. The twigs are graduated in size from top to bottom. The jar is securely held in place and does not move. It stands 7 1/2" high by 4 1/4" by 4 1/4". The condition is very good, a few twigs have small splits where they were nailed together. Age is unknown, but appears to be about 1930's or 40's. The price is $65.00. Inventory Code: TKWT.   Rustic vase, two views ... With a soda can for scale ... From above and below.

Model cabin with carved coupleThis is a very folky model cabin with a carved man and woman on the porch. They are wearing clothes that appear to be made of fabric stiffened with paint. She has hair made from paintbrush bristles, and he has eyeglasses made from copper wire. The windows are plastic, with carved flowers in the windowsills. The cabin has bright red painted trim. The rest of the cabin is covered with glued-on colored aquarium gravel. It is from the collection of Howard Campbell. An inscription in his writing on the bottom reads "Made by Yvonne English, Madison Co., N.C., Purchased from her 7/24/93". It was probably made within a few years of that date. It is in very good condition with very slight loss of gravel on the edges, and measures 14 1/2" wide by 7 1/2" deep by 9" high. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: TKCT.   See a slideshow of several views [1 Mb] ... Folky model cabin with carved couple ... Closeup of couple ... Closer view ... From above ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... The roof ... From below ... Inscription on bottom ... With a soda can for scale.
A much larger photo.

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.

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