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Coal cracker model by Jim PopsoClub house model by Jim Popso
Two 20th c. carved folk art assemblages by PA artist Jim Popso
depicting life and history in coal country
Starship in bottle whimsy
Spaceship in bottle whimsy
Tricycle in bottle whimsey
Tricycle in bottle whimsey
Metal fish
Metal fish downriggers
Bottle whimsey
French apple pickers
Bottle whimsey
Trench art jeepTrench art tank
Trench art jeep and tank from tin cans, found objects
Twig swing
Carved, painted twig swing
Stealth bomber model
Stealth bomber model
Model ship
Very detailed ship model
Croc O Mower
"Croc O Mower" mechanical toy
Folky model train
Folky carved three car model train, 3 feet long
Three miniature footballs
Three hand made miniature footballs
Miniature rocking chairMiniature chair
Two small matching rustic model chairs from twigs
Tank
Carved composition tank
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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..

Stealth bomber modelStealth bomber modelThis is a folky, Stealth Bomber model hand-made from thin tongue and groove wood, with an old varnish surface. It is decorated with stripes and stars cut from newspapers, and has further detailing done in marker. The plane has two sets of metal wheels screwed to the bottom. The third set has the bracket, but the wheels are missing. It was made by Oliver Rzick and is signed and dated 4-24-99. This plane is 16" long, about 3" high, has a wingspan of about 41". It is in very good condition. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: AWKO.   From above ... Overall ... Side view ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... From below ... Closeup of bottom.

Coal cracker model by Jim PopsoHere are two folk art assemblages by Pennsylvania artist James (Jim) Popso (1922 - 1998). The son of a coal miner, his wonderfully detailed work depicts life in the mines and mine towns with a real sense of history. You can read about Popso and his art here.

This piece is a model of a coal cracker that breaks up the larger chunks into more manageable sizes. There is a carved operator sitting on the front with his shovel, his mallet is behind him. When you turn the crank on the side you can see the crushing mechanism in the top move. There are two rubber flaps covering the chutes where the crushed coal would exit. Flat surfaces on the front and sides are covered with tiny, detailed scenes of the town of Eckley, PA. It is signed "By J. Popso, son of a coal miner, Hazleton, PA". One of the things Popso did in his work as a welder was to build these coal crackers.

The model is mostly wood, with pieces of coal, and some cardboard underneath. It measures 21 1/2" long by 7" wide by 13" high, and is in very good condition. It was featured in the article in the Spring, 1995 issue of Pennsylvania Folklife linked above. The price is $1150.00. Inventory Code: CAKO.   See a slideshow of several views [929k] ... Coal cracker model by Jim Popso ... One side ... The other side ... Another angle ... Front view ... Back view ... Another back view ... Closeup of man and painted dial ... Second closeup of dial, turned ... Small painting on side ... From above ... Closeup from above ... One rubber flap open ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Coal cracker model by Jim Popso ... One side ... The other side ... Another angle ... Front view ... Back view ... Another back view ... Closeup of man and painted dial ... Second closeup of dial, turned ... Small painting on side ... From above ... Closeup from above ... One rubber flap open ... With a soda can for scale.

Club house model by Jim PopsoThis carved assemblage by Jim Popso depicts the Eckley, PA Social Club. There are two men sitting out front, one reading, the other holding a case of beer. The door opens to reveal two more men sitting across from each other, with a large stove between them. Written inside the door is "Pres. Big Mike, Treas. Ohio Joe, Trusty Happy Louie, Guard Slappy Willy, Door Man Ikie, Dues 50¢ a Month, No Ladys". The back has painted flowers and shrubbery. The size is 13 1/4" high by 9 3/4" by 9 3/4". It is in very good condition, probably from the mid 1990's. The price is $875.00. Inventory Code: CAKR.   See a slideshow of several views [1 Mb] ... Club house model by Jim Popso ... Another angle ... A third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Door open ... Closeup inside ... Second closeup inside ... Third closeup inside ... Closeup from side, man visible through window ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Club house model by Jim Popso ... Another angle ... A third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Door open ... Closeup inside ... Second closeup inside ... Third closeup inside ... Closeup from side, man visible through window ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.

Starship in bottle whimsyThis is a bottle whimsy with a spaceship built inside. The ship is made from cedar with wood burned decoration including the inscription "USA 17-A". It is built in a 1.5 liter liquor bottle with a screw top. The ship measures about 5" long by 2 1/4" wide by 2 1/2" high. The bottle is 12 1/4" long by 3 3/4" by 3 3/4". The condition is excellent. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: CTPW.   Starship in bottle whimsy ... The other side ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Starship in bottle whimsy ... The other side ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Tricycle in bottle whimseyThis is a large and fun bottle whimsey of a tricycle contained in a one gallon bottle. It is in very good condition and sturdy for shipping. The bottle is 12" by 6" in diameter. The tricycle is glued in place so the bottle can be upright. The construction does not seem too old, maybe done within the last 20 years or so. It certainly is unusual. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TTRA.   Tricycle in bottle whimsey ... The other side ... Bottle upright ... Another angle ... From above ... From below ... Top of bottle ... Bottom of bottle.

More bottle whimseys

Metal fishHere are two lead fish. These were figural downriggers from a Lake Michigan fishing boat. They each have a loop on the top, for a line to the boat, and a loop on the back, for the line to the hook. They were used to position the lure at the desired depth. They each have a simple, streamlined form and fine surface cracks. Each is 9 1/2" long by 3 1/2" by 3 1/2", in good, used condition. They are $125.00 each. Inventory Code: TAWS.   Metal fish ... Another view ... Closeup of one ... Closeup of the other, with a measure for scale ... Another view of both ... Side view ... Front view ... From above ... Back view ... From below.

Bottle whimseyThis is a French whimsey containing a miniature scene with two orchard workers picking apples built in a bottle. There is a tree with apples on it, and a basket of apples on the ground. It is built in a cut glass bottle that is filled with water. It stands 9 1/2" high by 3 7/8" in diameter, and is in excellent condition. The price is $195.00. Inventory Code: TTKC.   Bottle whimsey ... Side with labels ... Closeup ... Another overall view ... Side view ... Three more views ... Closeup of upper label ... From above.

Trench art jeepTrench art tankA very unusual "trench art" (actually attributed as P.O.W.) jeep and tank. These are models made from tin cans, and found objects. From W.W.II, they are intricate, detailed replicas with moving parts: wheels and steering wheel on the jeep, and the gun, treads, and pulleys on the tank. They are both in very good condition, with an old oxidized surface. The jeep is 5" long by 2 3/4" wide and high. The tank is 6" long, 3 3/4" wide and 4 1/2" high. The price is $200.00 each, or $375.00 for both. Inventory Code: AHSP.   The tank ... The other side ... Front ... From above ... From below.
The jeep ... Other side ... Front view ... From above ... From below.

Model shipThis is a very detailed ship model from the late 1800's or early 1900's. It is built from wood, with wire, cord, leather, and metal details. The painted surface has some fine crazing. The name "Levi Woodbury" is embossed into the end of the wooden base. It measures 17 3/4" long by 13 1/2" high by 4" wide. There is some minor loss to the rigging and some wear to the paint, especially on the surface of the waves, but the condition overall is very good, with a strong look. A card taped to the bottom reads: "U.S. Revenue Cutter Levi Woodbury Built 1864. Served on the Maine Coast 1864 - 1915. Ref: Steamboat Lore of the Penobscot, Richardson p.10." The price is $450.00. Inventory Code: CCKT.   Model ship "Levi Woodbury" ... The other side, with a soda can for scale ... Another angle ... A fourth view ... Front and back views ... From above ... From below ... Closeup of writing on bottom.
Some much larger photos:   Model ship "Levi Woodbury" ... The other side, with a soda can for scale ... Another angle ... A fourth view ... Front and back views ... From above ... From below ... Closeup of writing on bottom.

Croc O MowerThis is a wonderful, hand made folk art mechanical toy. The "Croc o Mower" is built from wood, with intricate burned decoration. The steering wheel turns the front headlight and wheels from side to side. Rolling the mower causes the crocodile head to snap its jaws - watch the video to see. Inscriptions include "1.3 Dino-Power", "Watch Out For Flower Beds", "Use Only Hi-Test BugOSaur Juice", and much more. The seat is covered with leather, and the croc has reflective red plastic eyes. The size is 7 1/4" long by about 6 1/4" wide by 3 1/2" high. It is in excellent condition, not signed or dated, but probably from the last quarter of the 20th c. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: CHSC.   "Croc o Mower" ... Front view, mouth open ... Front, mouth closed ... Another angle ... From above ... Other side from above ... Side view ... Back view ... Back, from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.
Some much larger photos:   "Croc o Mower" ... Front view, mouth open ... Front, mouth closed ... Another angle ... From above ... Other side from above ... Side view ... Back view ... Back, from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.

Folky model trainFolky model trainThis is a folky hand made model train. It is made from wood, painted green and gold, with wire and a metal bell. The three cars can be separated and lifted off the wooden track. As assembled it is just over 36" long by 5" wide by 7" high. It was likely made in the middle 20th c. The condition is very good, missing one of the applied lamps on the top back corner. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CHWS.   Folky model train ... Closeup ... Side view ... The other side ... Closeup of locomotive ... Other side of locomotive ... Middle car ... Other side of middle car ... Back car ... Other side of back car ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Folky model train ... Closeup ... Side view ... The other side ... Closeup of locomotive ... Other side of locomotive ... Middle car ... Other side of middle car ... Back car ... Other side of back car ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Three miniature footballsThis is a collection of three old, hand made, miniature leather footballs. The largest one is all hand stitched, with leather lacings. It is about 4" long by 2" by 2". The two smaller ones are machine stitched, with cords for lacing. One is 3 1/4" long, the other is 2 1/2" long. They sit on a custom made wood and metal display rack. All together the overall size is 6 1/4" high by 4 1/2" wide by 2 1/4" deep. The balls are from the first half of the 1900's. The surfaces are worn and scuffed. The one in the middle has a couple of tiny holes in one side. The one on the right has some sort of old glued repair, visible in the photo from below. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: CWTT.   Three hand made miniature footballs ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... Off the stand ... From below, off the stand ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Three hand made miniature footballs ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... Off the stand ... From below, off the stand ... With a soda can for scale.

Miniature rocking chairMiniature chairNext are two matching miniature rustic chairs. They are made from twigs with the bark partly removed and scrap wood, probably from the 1950's or 60's. They are in very good condition with minor wear. The straight chair stands 3 3/4" high by 2" wide by 2 3/4" deep. There seems to be a number or word carved very faintly into the seat, but we can't make it out. The rocking chair measures 3 3/4" high by 2" wide by 4 1/4" deep. The price for the pair is $95.00 Inventory Code: TKHC.   Straight chair:   Miniature straight chair ... Side and back views ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.
Rocking chair:   Miniature rocking chair ... Side and back views ... From above and below ... Both chairs together ... With a soda can for scale.

Some much larger photos:   Straight chair:   Miniature rustic chair ... Side and back views ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.
Rocking chair:   Miniature rocking chair ... Side and back views ... From above and below ... Both chairs together ... With a soda can for scale.

TankThis model tank is hand made from a composition material, with a nail for a gun. It is 4" long by 2 1/4" wide by 2 1/4" high, painted brown. It is in fair condition with slight damage around the edges of the treads. The price is $25.00. Inventory Code: AAWT.   Model tank ...The other side ...From above.

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