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Sculptural apple peeler
Sculptural mechanical apple peeler w/hearts
Slow/Stop highway worker's sign
Two sided hand made construction
workers' sign, 4 1/2 feet long
Memory ware shard pedestal stand
Memory ware shard
pedestal stand
LS116
Drawing by Lewis Smith
Folky butcher's trade sign
Folky metal trade sign
with rooster, found objects
Cast iron Hummer rooster windmill weight
Hummer rooster windmill weight
Bottle whimsey of men playing checkers
Exceptionally detailed bottle whimsy
from Cuba: men playing checkers
Chocolate moldCloseup of chocolate mold
Geometric metal chocolate mold
Ham Heart farm sign
"Ham Heart Hog Farm" sign
Primitive jointed carving
Very primitive jointed man with felt hat
Cast iron star tie-ins
Pair of cast iron architectural tie-ins
Pair of pedestal stands
Pair of pedestal stands
Wrought iron
Wrought iron
Haitian painting
A Caribbean folk art painting
Concrete yard art star
Concrete, tile, & mirror yard art star
Wooden carrier
Wooden tote with
tree branch handle
Collection of small ship in bottle whimsies
Collection of miniature ship in bottle whimsies
Barrel birdhouse
Barrel birdhouse
Apple head dolls
3 Apple head dolls

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Slow/Stop highway worker's signThis is an old slow/stop sign of the type used by signal persons on roads. It has a wood handle, metal sign, and cloth flag; and was probably made about the 1940's or a bit earlier. The entire piece is 55" long. The metal sign is 14" by 8" and reads "Slow" on one side and "Stop" on the other. Both it and the end of the handle are painted orange, with the words on the metal in white. The red cotton flag is about 12" by 13", and is somewhat tattered through use. The handle was cut into an octagon along its length. The overall condition is good with normal wear, scratches, and scrapes from years of use. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: CAPO.   See a slideshow of several views [372 k] ... Slow/Stop highway worker's sign ... The other side, with a yardstick for scale ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Side view ... From below ... From above ... Side view, closeup ... The other side.
Some much larger photos:   Slow/Stop highway worker's sign ... The other side, with a yardstick for scale ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Side view ... From below ... From above ... Side view, closeup ... The other side.

sculptural apple peelerThis is a wonderful looking, old metal apple peeler. Mounted on a new base and stand its decorative form shows very well. This former household tool really is an object of art. Hearts are cast in two of the large gears and the surface is an old rust with character. It looks good from all sides. The peeler still turns and is in very good condition, with no apparent loss. On the base it is about 12" high. The object itself is about 8" wide by 6 1/2" deep. The price is $235.00. Inventory Code: TWWO.   See a slideshow of several views [260k] ... Metal apple peeler ... From Above ... Top view ... Another overall ... Scale with soda can ... Close-up #1 ... Close-up #2 ... Close-up #3 ... Close-up #4 ... Close-up #5 ... See a video of the motion (2.4Mb).

Wrought ironThis is an old, wrought iron utilitarian item from about 1900. We are not sure if it was used as a boot scraper or in a fireplace as a spoon rest. Either way, it is a very decorative, folky, and interesting piece. This was constructed of several pieces which were cut, bent, and welded together. It is 8" by 8" by 8" and in sturdy, oxidized condition. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: TAHW.   Wrought iron ... Another view ... One end ... The other end ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... From below ... Another overall view.

Memory ware shard pedestal standThis is a really beautiful and detailed memory ware pedestal. It is covered with a particularly rich variety of shards from very fine china, as well as doll heads, baby figurines, patterned glass, a china frog and rooster's head, a lady's watch, and a doll's cup and pitcher. The spaces between the shards are painted in an old, dark, oxidized gold. In the center top is a heavy hammered copper ashtray that is not attached. It lifts off to reveal a round open space. While probably not original to the stand, this is how we found it, so we are offering it as is.

There is a fair amount of loss around the lower edges of the top, with a lesser amount on the edges of the base. This is not at all obvious or intrusive to us, we had to look closely to see some of it. Take a look at the many closeup images to see the great detail for yourself, and if you have any questions, give us a call. This wonderful stand was made in the early 1900's. Some of the decoration appears to be much older. It measures 28" high by about 9" by 9". The price is $775.00. Inventory Code: THHA.   See a slideshow of several views [832k] ... Memory ware pedestal stand ... The other sides ... Closeup of the top ... Closeup of the base ... Closeup of the middle ... From above ... From above, ashtray removed ... Another overall view from above ... Closeup of top, 2nd side ... Closeup of top, 3rd side ... Closeup of top, 4th side ... Closeup of base, 2nd side ... Closeup of base, 3rd side ... Closeup of base, 4th side ... Top, from below ... Another closeup of top, ashtray removed ... Final closeup of top ... Another closeup of base, from above ... Extreme closeup of base.

"Pumpkin Vine Hill", by Lewis Smith. Crayon, ballpoint, marker, and pencil on white paper, 11" by 17". The price is $875.00. Inventory Code: LS116. Image ... Closeup.

You can see more of his art, or find out about the life of the late Lewis Smith.

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.

Cast iron Hummer rooster windmill weightThis is a cast iron windmill weight in the form of a rooster. It is a short stem Hummer, made in the early 1900's by the Elgin Wind Power and Pump Company, in Elgin, IL. It has an old repaint of black, red, and white and is in excellent condition. It comes with a custom made wooden display base. The size is 9 3/4" long by 8 3/4" high by about 1 3/4" thick. As mounted on the base, it is 11" high by 13" by 6 1/2". The price is $650.00. Inventory Code: CTRP.   See a slideshow of several views [424k] ... Cast iron Hummer rooster windmill weight ... The other side ... Another angle ... Front view ... From above ... Removed from the base ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Cast iron Hummer rooster windmill weight ... The other side ... Another angle ... Front view ... Removed from the base ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Ham Heart farm signThis is a wonderful farm sign: "Ham Heart Hog Farm". It is 24" by 24", painted on 3/8" plywood in red, white, gray, and black. The paint is weathered, and there is some splintering around the mounting holes and along the bottom edge. The back is painted a very weathered, faded pink. It is from the last quarter of the 20th century. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: CPRT.   See a slideshow of several views [552k] ... "Ham Heart" farm sign ... Side view ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of lower corner ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   "Ham Heart" farm sign ... Side view ... Back view

Primitive jointed carvingNext is a jointed carving of a very primitive man wearing a felt hat, with tacks for eyes. He has no arms, and apparently never did as there is nowhere they could have been attached. There are small pieces of cloth attached which seem to be remnants of clothing. He is mounted on a custom made metal base. The carving itself is about 14" high by 2 1/4" by 2". As mounted, he is 16 1/2" by 3 1/4" by 3". It was probably made about the 1920's or 30's. The price is $450.00. Inventory Code: CTHK.   See a slideshow of several views [428k] ... Three views of the carving ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... From above ... Legs and feet, from above ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Three views of the carving ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... From above ... Legs and feet, from above ... With a soda can for scale.

Cast iron star tie-insHere are two cast iron architectural star tie-ins. They are six pointed stars, which is more unusual. Each is in excellent condition with a very nice dark oxidized surface and minor casting flaws. They measure 11 1/4" across from point to point and about 3/4" thick at the center. They are probably from the late 1800's. They are priced at $125.00 each. Inventory Code: CCHK.   Cast iron star tie-ins ... Closeup of one ... Closeup of the other ... Side view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Cast iron star tie-ins ... Closeup of one ... Closeup of the other ... Side view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Haitian paintingHere is a folk painting from either Haiti or the Dominican Republic. It was done in water color on artists board and is in a metal frame under glass. Signed "Jack '88", it is of a local store with the name Col. Miguel over one door. The image size of the painting is 9 3/4" high by 13 1/2" wide. The frame is 16 1/4" by 20 1/4". The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: KPPC-8.   Watercolor street scene ... Closeup ... Side view ... Back.

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.

Wooden carrierThis is an interesting old wood "tote". It was primarily made out of crate wood, with a round handle fashioned from a tree branch. The carrier is divided into four sections, each about 4 1/2" square. The entire piece is about 11 1/2" wide by 10 1/2" deep by 20" tall. It was painted an old silver radiator paint, which has weathered over the years. This piece is probably made around the 1930's or 40's, and is in excellent sturdy condition with one long sliver missing from the lower edge. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: CPTO.   See a slideshow of several views [539k] ... Wooden carrier tote ... One side ... Two more sides ... The fourth side ... From above ... Closeup of one side ... Closeup, opposite side ... Closeup from above ... Closeup of the handle ... Another closeup of the handle and construction ... Top view ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Wooden carrier tote ... One side ... Two more sides ... From above ... Closeup of one side ... Closeup from above.

Bottle whimsey of men playing checkersThis is an extremely intricate, well done, and folky bottle whimsy. It is a scene of two men playing checkers. Each of the people was carved in detail down to the smallest features. Included in the construction are the chairs they are sitting on, the checkerboard which has individually inlaid squares of different colors, and individual checkers. This sits on top of a barrel. There are two stools, each with bottles and glasses. The entire scene is placed on a wood floor, which has been scored and colored, and is in front of a full back wall on which have been applied various designs enclosed in a wooden frame. The construction just about fills the main part of the bottle, which is about 11 1/4" long, including the carved stopper, by 3 1/2" in diameter. The bottle sits on a handmade base, so it is about 4 1/2" high in total. It is signed by the maker on the bottom with his name and place of residence in Cuba. (You can see more bottles by the same maker here). This piece is in excellent condition and was made in the last few years. The price is $1200.00. Inventory Code: CSRA.   See a slideshow of several views [826k] ... Bottle whimsey of men playing checkers ... Closeup ... Second closeup ... Third closeup ... Fourth closeup ... Another overall view ... From above ... One end, from above ... End view ... Two back views ... From below ... Closeup of signature ... Another closeup from below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Bottle whimsey of men playing checkers ... Closeup ... Second closeup ... Third closeup ... From above ... One end, from above ... Two back views.

Collection of small ship in bottle whimsies
Here is a collection of nine small ship in bottle whimsies. They are all in excellent condition, and appear to be made from the middle to latter 1900's. Some are not very elaborate and were probably made as souvenir pieces. Others are more detailed and individual. They are described and priced separately below, with a discount for the whole collection.   Collection of small ship in bottle whimsies.

Ship in bottleThis bottle whimsy has the most detailed scene of the group. A two masted ship with eight sails and a pennant is sailing in front of a shore with a house, lighthouse, and bushes. The ship is black and white outside, green with hatches and detail inside. The thread rigging is woven through small holes in the masts and ship. The water is dark blue with white foam. The bottle is triangular, with concave sides, glued to a wood base, and is closed with coiled cord. It is 5" long by 3 1/4" high by 2" wide. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: TCSO.   Ship and lighthouse in bottle ... The other side ... From above, and rope end ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Ship and lighthouse in bottle ... The other side ... From above, and rope end ... With a soda can for scale.

Thread-rigged ship in bottle with beads and sequinsThis is a more fanciful ship in bottle. The wooden hull is wrapped in colored paper and decorated with large red sequins. The sails appear to be either stiff card or thin metal. The elaborate rigging is red thread, strung with pearl colored beads. The bottle is capped, glued to a wooden base. The bottle itself is 5 1/4" long by 2 1/4" in diameter. Including the base, the overall size is 5 1/2" long by 3" high. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TCSW.   Thread-rigged ship in bottle with beads and sequins ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Thread-rigged ship in bottle with beads and sequins ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.

Ship in bottleThis is the most intricate ship, and probably the oldest of the group. It has 18 sails and several flags and pennants, all cut from very thin wood. It has thread rigging, hatches are inlaid into the deck, and portholes. There is a black and white lighthouse in the back corner of the bottle. The back and neck of the bottle were painted dark blue from the inside, and a wooden base is glued to the bottom. The bottle is 3 3/8" long by 7/8" wide by 1 7/8" high including the base. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: TCSH.   Three masted ship in bottle, with a soda can for scale ... Back view ... End view.
Some much larger photos:   Three masted ship in bottle, with a soda can for scale ... Back view ... End view.

Two masted ship in bottleThis ship has two masts and four sails, with thread for rigging. The hull is painted red and white, and the putty "sea" has been formed into waves. It is in a heavy glass bottle marked "Ball" with a red metal screw top, 6 3/4" long by 2 1/4" in diameter. The price is $55.00. Inventory Code: TTKA.   Two masted ship in bottle ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Two masted ship in bottle ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.

Small ship in bottleThe next four ships are fairly simple, with painted wooden hulls and heavy paper sails, set into a "sea" of putty type material. This one is made inside a round bottle marked "Ball" with a red metal screw cap. It is 5" long by 1 3/4" in diameter. The price is $35.00. Inventory Code: TTKP.   Small ship in bottle ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Small ship in bottle ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.

Ship in three-sided bottleThis is a two masted ship in a triangular shaped bottle with concave sides and a red metal screw cap. The bottle is marked "2 OZ." It is 3 3/4" long by about 2" wide and 2" high. The price is $35.00. Inventory Code: TTRO.   Ship in three-sided bottle ... Views from above and ends ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Ship in three-sided bottle ... Views from above and ends ... With a soda can for scale.

This is a two masted ship in a triangular shaped bottle with concave sides and a dark red metal screw cap. It is 3 3/4" long by about 1 3/4" wide and 1 3/4" high. The price is $35.00. Inventory Code: TTRH.   Ship in three-sided bottle ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Ship in three-sided bottle ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.

This is a two masted ship in a triangular shaped bottle with concave sides and a black metal screw cap. It is 3 3/4" long by about 1 3/4" wide and 1 3/4" high. The price is $35.00. Inventory Code: TTRT.   Ship in three-sided bottle ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Ship in three-sided bottle ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.

Tiny bottle whimseyThis is the tiniest ship bottle whimsy we have ever seen. It is constructed in a bottle which is just over an inch high (1 3/8" with the stopper) and 11/16" in diameter: about the size of a dime. The opening through which the base was constructed and painted, and the boat made and rigged is about 3/16". All of the photos are bigger than the real bottle. It is in sturdy condition. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: TTOC.   Two views, one with a dime ... One side ... The other side ... Back ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... Larger scale photo.

Barrel birdhouseThis is a fun and funky apartment house for birds. It is made from an old oak barrel and is decorated with pine cross pieces on top and little pine porches. There are about 12 individual compartments and hand cut openings for the birds. It has been used. The barrel is 16" in diameter, and the height to the top of cross pieces 20 1/2". They are 18" long. This birdhouse was probably made about the 1930's or 40's, but it is very difficult to tell age because of weathering. There is a little loss to the porches and tips of some cross pieces; the overall condition is very good and sturdy. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: ARCW.   Barrel birdhouse ... Another view ... A third view ... From above ... Closeup.

Pair of pedestal standsHere is a pair of hand made pedestal stands. They are sturdily built and painted a dark rust color. Decorative molding was applied around the top, bottom, and middle of the shafts. Each stand sits on four wedge-shaped feet. The stands are in very good condition, strong and useable. Each one has an age split across the top, along with some minor scrapes and paint weathering. One stand has faded to a slightly lighter shade than the other. Each is 29" high by 12" by 12". They were made in the first half of the 20th c. They are priced at $375.00 for the pair. Inventory Code: TRKS.   See a slideshow of several views [643k] ... Pair of pedestal stands ... Larger photo.

One of the stands ... Two side views ... The other two sides ... Closeup of the top ... Closeup of the base ... Another view of the base ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   One of the stands ... Two side views ... The other two sides.

The second stand ... Two side views ... The other two sides ... Closeup of the top ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   The second stand ... Two side views ... The other two sides.

These are three handmade dolls with dried apple heads. Their bodies are made from wire, wood, and cloth, with hand made clothes, and decorated with beads, buttons, etc. There is a man standing; a man in a seated posture, wearing glasses and holding a piece of newspaper; and a woman sitting in a chair made from thin, curled strips of metal. One is labeled by the maker, from North Carolina. They were probably made around the 1970's. They range in size from 7" to 10" high and are in very good condition. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: PCWW. Image.

Chocolate moldCloseup of chocolate moldHere is a geometric metal chocolate mold - industrial art with a graphic pattern that is interesting on the wall or a shelf. It has rectangular openings with swirls in the bottom. The size is 10 7/8" high by 9 3/4" wide by 1/2" deep. It is in very good, older, used condition with some very light tarnishing. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TPRH.   Chocolate mold ... Closeup ... Side view ... Back view ... Side view, from back ... Back, from above.

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