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Bird shooting gallery target
Bird shooting gallery target
Cast iron snowbird
Cast iron snow eagles
Folk art robot
Folk art robot
Found objects robot
Found objects robot
Key trivet
Four folky trivets
made from old keys
Industrial gear art
Large industrial gear
Shoe shine foot restCobbler's feet toolsCobbler's tool
A collection of cobbler's and shoe shine tools
Painting
Painting "A day at the Office"
Shrine
Folk art shrine
Primitive iron goat hobble
Primitive hand forged
iron goat tie stake
Metal sculpture
Metal sculpture: "Universe"
Metal rooster
Large metal
rooster weathervane
Metal parade torch
Metal parade torch
Hand wrought clamps
Hand wrought massive clamps
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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.

Here is a collection of cobbler's and shoe shine tools. They are priced individually, with a discount for the group.

Shoe shine foot restThis is an old cast iron shoe rest for a cobbler or shoe shiner. It has good form and a well oxidized dark surface with traces of white paint. The stand is likely from around 1900 and is in very good condition. It is about 14 3/4" high, with a base of about 4 1/2" in diameter. The shoe rest is around 6" long. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: TKTW.   See a slideshow of several views [343k] ... Shoe shine foot rest, with a soda can for scale ... The other side ... Front and back views ... From above ... Closeup of the base.
Some much larger photos:   Shoe shine foot rest, with a soda can for scale ... The other side ... Front and back views.

Cobbler's toolThis is an old hand forged cobbler's tool which was used by putting the end of the wood piece under the arm and then leaning down on it to put pressure on the object being worked. From the 1800's, this piece has a wonderful surface - worn, rich, and with a great feel. We are not sure specifically what use it had, but the "business end" is rather sharp, so likely for cutting of some sort. The entire tool is 18 1/2" long by about 8" wide. The handle is 1 1/2" thick at the widest part. It is in very good, old, used, condition. The price is $120.00. Inventory Code: TWHS-B.   Cobbler's tool ... Two more views.
Some much larger photos:   Cobbler's tool ... Two more views.

Cobbler's toolThis is a cast iron old, abstract looking foot form. It is actually the front and sole of two different size feet, and was possibly used as a mold for building part of a shoe. This piece is likely from the late 1800's. It has a nice dark rich surface from age and use. The entire form is about 11" long and 3 1/2" at the widest point. It is about also about 3 1/2" high. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: TWHS-C.   Cobbler's tool, two views ... With a soda can for scale.

Cobbler's lastsCobbler's feet toolsThis is a group of 11 cast iron foot forms. Some are painted and some have an oxidized surface. From the late 1800's or early 20th century, one is broken at the right heel and two are chipped at the front of the opening. All the rest are in good condition. The forms range in length from 5" to 9 1/2". The price is $175.00 for the group. Inventory Code: TCPO-BC.   See a slideshow of several views [380k] ... Six of the feet, with a soda can for scale ... From above ... The other five ... Side view ... Front view ... With a soda can for scale.

Primitive iron goat hobbleThis is a primitive hand forged iron object - likely a goat hobble. In other words, it would be pushed into the ground to the cross piece. Then a rope with a goat on one end would be tied through the ring. Now it is a very good looking decorative piece. Probably made in the 1800's, this is in very good used condition with a rich, dark, smooth surface and slight traces of dark rust. It is 16 1/2" long by 5 5/8" wide and 3/8" thick. The price is $145.00. Inventory Code: TWKT.   Primitive iron goat hobble ... The other side ... From above ... Side 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 snowbirdHere are two cast iron snow eagles. They came from Pennsylvania and were probably made in the early 1900's. Each of the eagles stand 5" high and has a wingspan of 6 1/4" inches. Their bodies are 1" deep and the base is 2 3/4" deep. They are all in excellent condition, with a nice surface from age and use. These were attached to the edge of a roof to catch snow and ice. They are priced $75.00 each. Inventory Code: ARHT.   One bird ... Both ... 3/4 view ... One side ... The other side ... Back.

ShrineThis is an old hand made painted metal shrine assemblage. It incorporates a person with carved wood head in the center, surrounded by several objects including a dog?, flag, cross, bird?, tree, and flowers. The circular base that supports all this has what looks like either fish with cross tails or bombs. Most of the objects and base are cut from heavy sheet metal and painted. The base is mounted to a heavy iron rod, connected to it by several other iron pieces. The end is tapered to be put in the ground. This looks like a piece which combines Christian symbols with a nature religion, like Santeria. It may have an origin like the Osanyin bird cult; or possibly a Yoruba god. It is perhaps more Haitian or Caribbean than African. Because of outdoor use it is difficult to be specific about the age. With some galvanized wire it likely was made within the last 50 years. The base is 12" in diameter; the objects on it are up to 7" high; the fish, about 3 1/2" long. The total height is 54". It is in good sturdy condition, with rust, but much of the paint remaining. The price is $295.00. Inventory Code: ARHP.   Metal shrine ... View 2 ... View 3 ... View 4 ... View 5 ... Close-up 1 ... Close-up 2 ...Close-up 3.

Metal sculpture"Universe". Metal sculpture made from roofing tin, acrylics, and automobile glass. 22" x 22" x 10" (with stand, 32" high). 1995. Note that the colors in this piece are very vibrant and strong. They are much more vivid than shown in the photos. The first closeup shows them the best, but even it is somewhat washed out. The price is $5000.00. Inventory Code: KPAA.   Image ... Closeup ... Another view ... A third overall view ... Second closeup ... Third closeup ... Fourth closeup ... One side ... The other side ... From an angle behind ... Back ... Closeup of back.

Industrial gear artThis is a large, thick, cast iron industrial gear with good form. It is mounted on a black metal base. The gear has an old, unpainted, dark oxidized surface and is in excellent condition. It is 9" in diameter by 5" thick; as mounted the overall height is 14 3/4". The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TCRR.   Industrial gear ... Two more views ... Overall, with the stand ... The other side ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... With a soda can for scale.

Metal roosterThis is a very folky one-of-a-kind rooster weathervane made from galvanized sheet metal. The rooster was hand cut from two pieces and put together. It then was bolted with supports to part of a ventilator from a silo or barn, which had a shaft with a hole put inside so the entire piece could rotate in the wind. The word "Rock" is painted on one side of the tail in subtle, silver-gray paint. This unusual piece came from the Midwest, likely Iowa, and was probably made in the 1940's or 50's. Being metal, there is some little rust, oxidation, and outside wear, but it is in generally very good condition. The body of the rooster is 23" long by 19" high. As mounted, it is 26 1/2" long by 28 1/4" high by 13 1/2" wide. We still have the ventilator, and it can be easily reassembled if you prefer it mounted that way. The price is $475.00. Inventory Code: AKOT.   See a slideshow of several views [518k] ... Metal rooster ... The other side ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Closeup of head ... Closeup of tail, with "Rock" ... Closeup of body ... Closeup of head, other side ... Tail, other side ... Body, other side ... Front and back views ... Closeup from the front ... Closeup of the base ... Mounted on the ventilator ... Front view, on ventilator ... With a soda can for scale.

FlambeauThis is a very strange metal and wood contraption. We believe it was used as a parade torch or flambeau. It looks like an old (possibly) oil can was attached to a metal holder with forked swing arms. A wood round "handle"? was inserted in the end. The metalwork is attractive, and it is unusual and decorative. (It was formerly displayed on a wall). This piece is old, probably early 1900's and in good shape. It is 33" long. From the collection of Herbert Hemphill. The price is $85.00. Inventory Code: ARPH.   Overall image ... Closeup ... Second closeup ... Third closeup ... Fourth closeup ... Fifth closeup ... From above ... Metalwork detail of handle ... From below.

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.

Painting"A day at the Office". Acrylics on metal roofing. The hands have been hammered to have depth. 26" by 40", initialed, msl, and dated 4/95. The price is $4000.00. Inventory Code: KPAP.   Image ... Closeup ... Second closeup ... Third closeup ... Fourth closeup ... Back ... Closeup of back.

Bird shooting gallery targetThis is a cast iron bird shooting gallery target. It is 3 3/4" long by 2 1/2" high by 1" deep, with a dark oxidized surface and faint traces of paint. From the early 1900's, it is in very good, used condition. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: CTRT.   Bird shooting gallery target, with a soda can for scale ... Back view ... End views ... From above and below.

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