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Tramp art and bottle whimsy
Extraordinary tramp art and bottle whimsy
with a detailed model house inside
Pinewood Derby Trophy
Pinewood Derby Trophy car
Exceptional house in a bottle whimsy
Exceptionally detailed house in a
bottle whimsy from Cuba
Chair in a bottle whimsyWhimsy bottle carving chair
Pair of chairs in bottles by the same maker
Birdhouse
Very detailed birdhouse
Tramp art church
Large, intricate tramp art church
Twig swing
Carved, painted twig swing
Ranch style birdhouse
Ranch style birdhouse
Folk art robotFound objects robot
Two robots made from found objects
Shadowbox with carvings
Shadowbox with detailed
carved living room scene
Folk art truck
Folk art truck: one of
three metal found object cars
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
Carved farm scene
Carved farm scene
Ship in bottle whimsey
Complex Ship in bottle whimsey
Model cabin with carved couple
Model cabin with carved couple
Tropical village in bottle whimsy
Tropical village in
a bottle whimsy
Twig swing
Rustic miniature
twig swing
African-American doll bed
One of two strong, primitive,
African-American doll beds
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Exceptional house in a bottle whimsyThis is an extraordinary bottle whimsey of a house. The main portion of the house is a single story, with the addition of 2 two-story sections, connected by a bridge. The entire piece is done in great detail. The house rests on an open courtyard enclosed by a fence. Thread is strung through the fence posts as rails. There is an external staircase, shrubbery, and windows all around the four sides of the main house. All of the light and dark checkerboard wood which makes up the floor is actually inlaid in separate small pieces. The different colors of the squares are different kinds of wood. This is also true of the other shades of wood throughout this piece. On the bottom is inscribed information about the maker. It reads "Puky Omaja" and the town name he lived in in Cuba. The bottle is mounted on the base and is 13 3/4" long by 3" in diameter. With the base it is about 4" high. This piece was made within the last few years. While it is not that old, it certainly is exceptional. The entire structure is in excellent condition and can be shipped. The price is $850.00. Inventory Code: CSRC.   See a slideshow of several views [1.1 Mb] ... Exceptional house in a bottle whimsy ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Another angle ... Closer view ... A different angle ... Closer view ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... From above ... Another view from above ... End view ... From below ... Closeup of signature ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Closeup ... Another angle ... A different angle ... Closer view ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below.

Ranch style birdhouseThis is a nice small birdhouse made in the style of a 1950's ranch house. It is in excellent, old condition, with good color, detail, and form. The walls are made from 3/4" pine, while the roof and bottom are 1/4" plywood. The decorative doors and window are from veneer, with small cut pieces and layering of the windows on the garage doors. They have all been painted in great detail. The bottom of the house is held by screws so it can be removed for cleaning. The birdhouse is 11" long by 7" deep, and 5 3/4" to the top of the hanging screw eye. It is likely from the 1970's or so. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: TOWW.   See a slideshow of several views [401k] ... Ranch style birdhouse ... Another view ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Closeup of detail ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

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.

Shadowbox with carvingsThis is an intricate and detailed scene set in a living room, displayed in a shadow box. All of the items are hand made, carved, and painted. Included are a man in a rocking chair, dog, grandfather clock, fireplace and chimney, mounted cook pot, wall hanging, and corner cupboard. The man is reading a book, cupboard contains additional items, and the dog is lying on a rug atop a wood floor. The box is made from plywood, with a glass front, and a glossy finish to the surface. Inside, the wall and ceiling are lined with burlap. All the pieces making up the scene are very realistic and well done. Adding to the intricacy is the small size. The entire shadow box is only 7 3/4" wide by 5 1/4" high. It is 3" deep. The scene is in very good, sturdy condition, with nothing loose. The condition of the wood box is good, with some slight chipping of the surface. The age is unknown, but it was probably made about the mid 1900's. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: TWCA.   Shadowbox with carvings ... From an angle ... From another angle ... From above ... Closeup of the pet ... Side views ... From above ... From below ... 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.

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.

Carved farm sceneThis is a folky carved farming scene. It includes two horses attached to a doubletree rig, pulling what seems to be a primitive wheeled cutter on which a man is standing and working the team. The horses have hames and harnesses and the driver is holding thin twine for reins. The man's face is partially carved with painted features. The scene is mounted on a 5/8" plywood base. It is 13" long by 11 1/4" wide by 7" high. It was probably made in the 1950's or 60's and is in good condition. Some of the twine has been replaced. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: TKTR.   See a slideshow of several views [773k] ... Carved farm scene ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Closeup of the farmer ... Front view ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved farm scene ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Front view ... Closeup of back ... From above.

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.

Tropical village in bottle whimsyThis is a bottle whimsey made with a village scene inside. It contains two houses, three people, a cart, palm trees, and much more. It came from the Philippines and is intricately constructed, completely filling the inside of a liquor bottle. The cap is wrapped with multicolored braid in a spiral pattern. It is mounted on a wood base. The overall size of the bottle is about 10 2/3" by 2 1/2" by 3 1/4" high. With the base it is 4 1/2" high. It was probably made in the 1960's or 70's as a tourist piece. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TCSP.   Tropical village in bottle whimsy ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... From above ... Back view ... Another view from back ... End view ... The other end ... Top view ... Two views from below.

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African-American doll bedHere are two African-American doll's beds, found in Tennessee. They have a strong, primitive look with differences in detail from one to the other. Each is built of pine with a plywood bottom, and painted red with silver decoration. The age appears to be approximately from the 1940's. The construction is somewhat crude. This bed has winged figures on the head and foot boards. It stands 18" high by 25 1/2" long by 17 1/2" wide. The paint is slightly weathered. It is in very good condition. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: TKRH.   See a slideshow of several views [720k] ... African-American doll bed ... End view ... The other end ... Side view ... The other side ... Closeup ... From above ... From below ... With the other bed (below) ... Both beds, with a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   African-American doll bed ... End view ... The other end ... Closeup.

African-American doll bedThis second doll bed is decorated with crosses on the head and foot boards. It shows traces of green paint beneath the red. The paint is somewhat more weathered than on the other bed, with some nice alligatored texture. It also has older drawings on the bottom of the plywood, including a multicolored flower. A strip of the bottom plywood is missing. It is 18" high by 25 1/2" long by 18" wide. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: TKRW.   See a slideshow of several views [852k] ... African-American doll bed ... Another view ... Front view ... Back view ... Side view ... The other side ... Closeup of surface ... Another closeup ... From below ... From above ... With the other bed (above) ... Both beds, with a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   African-American doll bed ... Another view ... Front view ... Back view ... Side view ... Closeup of surface ... From below.

Tramp art churchThis is an extremely large and finely detailed tramp art church. The pictures will have to tell the story of how intricate and beautiful the workmanship is. The glass windows are backed with hand-drawn paper to simulate leaded glass. One end has a very elaborate carved door, with a fretwork "stained glass" window above and three crosses on the roof. A watch was set into the tower as the church clock. Presumably this was intended to be decorative rather than functional, as there is no way to open the church to wind the clock. It is mounted on a base that forms the churchyard, with a tramp art fence and carved gate. The finish is a warm, rich, medium-dark lacquer with a good surface. This church measures 29 1/4" long by 12 1/2" deep by 20" high. There is one small strip missing from the tower, and a stain on the clock face, both visible in the photos. There is also a small gap in the fence that may be a missing piece. Otherwise, the condition and surface are excellent. It was made in the early 1900's, or possibly late 1800's. The price is $2200.00. Inventory Code: TRWP.   See a slideshow of several views [1.2Mb] ... Tramp art church ... Another angle ... A third view ... One end ... The other end ... Back view ... Another angle, back ... A third angle, back ... Closeup, tower ... Closeup, one end, upper ... Lower closeup of end ... Closeup of side ... Closer view of gate, doorway ... Another view of doorway ... Side windows ... Top of tower ... Roof, crosses ... From above ... Another view from above ... Clock, doorway, from above ... Foot of tower, from above ... Another view of tower ... Rear door, from above ... Side, from above ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Tramp art church ... Another angle ... A third view ... Closeup of the tower ... One end ... Closeup, top of one end ... Lower closeup of end ... Closer view of gate, doorway.

Tramp art and bottle whimsyThis is an elaborate tramp art enclosure holding a bottle whimsy mounted for display. It is the only one we have ever seen - either in person or books. The bottle is a gallon jug with the handle and part of the spout cut off. Inside it is a detailed two story house with chip, notch, and incised carving surrounded by a "garden" of dried flowers, with a fence around it. The house has windows of glass or plastic set in.

The tramp art enclosure includes flat work tramp art, incised carving, and fretwork, with clover shaped and more abstract cutouts. It is built from crate and cigar box wood, with a lacquer or varnish finish that is lightly crazed. One end slides out like a drawer and the bottle can then be removed. On the bottom and inside are printed crate labels for American Flag Candied Peels from New York. The condition is exceptional - near mint. We can see one small age split by a nail on top and a tiny loss to a bit of the end of a diamond decoration on the right end; but can't find anything else missing. The overall size is 13 3/4" long by 8" deep by 8 3/4" high, from the early 1900's. The price is $2400.00. Inventory Code: CCCW.   Tramp art enclosure with bottle whimsy ... The other side ... Another view ... Fourth view ... End view ... The other end ... End slid open ... Another view open ... Inside of enclosure ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Tramp art enclosure with bottle whimsy ... The other side ... Another view ... Fourth view ... End view ... The other end ... End slid open ... Another view open ... Inside of enclosure ... From above ... From below.

Pinewood Derby TrophyThis model car was a prizewinner in the Cub Scouts' Pinewood Derby. It was proudly mounted to create its own trophy. The imaginatively painted car is 6 3/4" long. The wood base it is mounted on has a metal eagle applied above the car, and is marked "2nd Place" on the back, and signed on the bottom. The overall size is 10 1/2" wide by 5 1/4" high by 4 3/4" deep. It is in excellent condition with a few stray paint specks on the base. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: TTWC.   Pinewood Derby Trophy ... Another view ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... Back view ... From below.

Twig swingThis is a rustic, miniature twig double swing or glider. It has good form and surface, with bent twigs for the seats and arms, and the swing mechanism. It stands 12 1/4" high by 11 1/2" wide by 12" deep. It was probably made c. 1940's, and is in excellent condition. The price is $145.00. Inventory Code: TPTT.   Miniature twig swing ... Closeup of detail ... Another angle ... A third view ... From one end ... The other end ... End view from above ... Top view ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... One side ... The other side ... Side view, from above ... From below.

Chair in a bottle whimsyWhimsy bottle carving chairHere is a pair of bottle whimsies by the same maker. They are both chairs with woven seats built in gallon bottles. The bottles are about 12" high by 6" in diameter and have metal screw tops. They are sturdy and well done; and were probably made within the last 25 years.

This first chair has arms and is slightly larger than the other. This bottle also is clearer. The chair is about 6 1/2" high. The condition is excellent. While they could be separated, these chairs are offered as a pair. The price is $475.00 for both. Inventory Code: CAWA.   See a slideshow of several views [544k] ... Chair in a bottle whimsey ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... A different angle ... From above ... From below ... With the other bottle and a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Chair in a bottle whimsey ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... A different angle ... With the other bottle and a soda can for scale.

The second chair is somewhat smaller and does not have arms. The bottle is slightly cloudy inside, otherwise the condition is excellent. The chair is about 5 3/4" high. The price is $475.00 for the pair. Inventory Code: CAWT.   See a slideshow of several views [463k] ... Bottle whimsey with chair ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With the other bottle and a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Bottle whimsey with chair ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... With the other bottle and a soda can for scale.

BirdhouseThis is a very detailed model house with accurately carved construction details, a heavy wire fence, and yard. It is also a birdhouse. It includes a carved chair and sofa on the porch. All the downstairs windows have what seems to be pictures of windows taken from magazines. These are mounted behind thin clear plastic. The fence likely was cut from a larger piece of wire mesh. The gate swings open and closed. The base (yard) is pine and the rest is a combination of pine and crate wood. The overall condition is very good - especially for the age, likely about the 1940's, and the outdoor use. However there is some slight loss to the top of the chimney and a bit of the back right roof corner was split off years ago. The entire house, yard, and fence has been painted, with no sign of repaint or overpaint. There is some natural aging, crazing, and wear in the paint. The yard is 14 3/4" by 19 1/2"; the house 13 1/2" by 11" and 9 1/2" high to the ridge. The price is $475.00. Inventory Code: AKHO. Folk art birdhouse ... Front view ... One side ... The other side ... Closeup ... Another closeup of front ... Closeup from above, gate open ... Top view ... Back view.

This is a detailed and wonderfully painted model swing made out of twig. The twigs are incised and painted, and it does swing. From the NC/TN mountains, it was probably made around the 1920's or 30's, and is in excellent condition. 17" high by 8 1/2" by 8 1/2". The price is $295.00. Inventory Code: APHP.   Side view ... Front view ... A third angle ... With a carved man (not included) sitting in the swing..

Ship in bottle whimseyThis is a complex bottle whimsey which contains a large detailed ship in a port with several buildings and cranes. The bottle is about 12" long by 3 1/2" in diameter and is almost filled with this assemblage. It is on a base with the name "Bremerhafen." The ship has a German flag and the bottle is marked in German. This piece likely was made in the last 50 years, but is not new. It is in excellent sturdy condition. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: TTKH.   Ship in bottle whimsey ... Closeup of bow ... Closeup of middle ... Closeup of stern ... From above ... Back ... Another view from behind ... End view ... The other end ... From below.

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