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Tramp art frame with moons
Tramp art frame with moons
Folky cupboard
Folky African-
American cupboard
Whimsey carving
Two whimsey carvings
Iron valve wheels
Iron valve wheels
Factory model
Model factory from found objects
Metal found object chair
Metal found object
farm chair and stool
Keystone paint sign
Several different old
"Wet Paint" signs
Tricycle in bottle whimsey
Tricycle in bottle whimsey
Planetscape
Planetscape and spaceship,
by Robert E. Gilbert
Sports card bottle whimseys
Sports card bottle
whimseys with display
Carved toy
Carved toy
Huge Iron Hooks
Huge Iron Hooks
Coal cracker model by Jim PopsoClub house model by Jim Popso
Two carved folk art assemblages by PA artist Jim Popso depicting life in coal country
Envelope art
Envelope art
Chinese puppet
Chinese stick puppet
Mechanical boot jack
Mechanical boot jack
Crown of thorns tramp art frame
Crown of thorns tramp art frame
in two shades of natural wood
Painted shelf
Hand Made Painted shelf
Golfer whirligig
Copper golfer weather vane

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Mechanical boot jackThis is a mechanical boot jack from the late 1800's or early 1900's. It is made from cast iron with a hand carved wood handle. The handle tightens the clamp on to the heel of the boot, so it could be pulled off. The iron mechanism has a good dark oxidized surface and measures 15" long by 5" wide. When the handle is straight up, it is 34 3/4" high. The handle has a dark patina from years of use. The condition is very good, with some wear on the handle. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: TOCA.   Mechanical boot jack ... Closeup, with a soda can for scale ... One side ... The other side ... From above ... Closeups of the handle ... Another view from above ... With a yardstick for scale ... Video of the action [4.8 Mb].
Some much larger photos:   Mechanical boot jack ... Closeup, with a soda can for scale ... One side ... The other side ... From above ... Closeups of the handle ... Another view from above ... With a yardstick for scale ... Video of the action [4.8 Mb].

Crown of thorns tramp art frameOrdered. (What this means.)
This is a crown of thorns tramp art frame with very fine workmanship. It has a crest on top, and patterns of darker and lighter wood worked into the side and bottom edges. The surface is unfinished and oxidized with age. The tramp art was built up around a narrow white wooden frame, so it would be easy to mount glass and a picture. It measures 16 1/2" wide by 15 1/2" high by about 2 1/4" deep. The opening is 9 1/2" by 7 3/4". It is in very good condition, missing two small pieces, visible in the closeups. The breaks are old and oxidized with the rest of the surface. Age is from the first half of the 1900's. Inventory Code: CAWK.   Crown of thorns tramp art frame ... From above and below ... Side view ... Closeup of lower edge ... Closeup of one side ... Back view ... Back, from an angle ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Crown of thorns tramp art frame ... From above and below ... Side view ... Back view ... Back, from an angle ... With a soda can for scale.

Painted shelfThis is a folky hand made small shelf. It has good form and design, and was very nicely constructed from pine and crate wood. This was originally painted white which has taken on a wonderful alligatored and knobbled surface over the years. The shelf is sturdy and has more detailed elements (like mortised supports) than found in many home-constructed pieces. The size is about 20 1/2" high by 10" wide by 5 1/4" deep. Each of the shelves has a little lip on the front to contain objects. This can also be turned over to sit on a table or shelf. It was probably made in the early 1900's and is in very good condition. The price is $185.00. Inventory Code: TWKC.   Painted shelves ... Closeup of surface ... The other side ... Front view ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of middle ... Closeup of bottom ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... Back view ... Inverted, standing on a shelf ... With a soda can for scale.

Golfer whirligigThis is a golfer weather vane made of copper. It has good form and surface with mottled verdigris and has been mounted on a metal display base. The vane is 26" high by 21 1/2" long by about 3/4" thick; the base is 22" by 5". It is in excellent condition, probably from the 1930's or 40's. The price is $1175.00. Inventory Code: CTRA.   See a slideshow of several views [627k] ... Golfer whirligig ... The other side ... Front views ... Back views ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Closeup of feet ... Closeup of bag ... Bag, other side ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Golfer whirligig ... The other side ... Front views ... Back views ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Closeup of feet ... Closeup of bag ... Bag, other side ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.

Huge Iron HookIron ship hooksThis is a movable metal sculpture made of two huge old iron hooks connected through a link. They came from Maine and were likely used on a large ship, possibly for holding anchor chain. One side is painted red and the other green, indicating port and starboard. This is an old, working repaint. Each hook is about 12" long by 7" wide and 1 1/2" at the thickest. They are mounted on a black, custom iron base and can be arranged in several different configurations. Age is unknown, but they are old, in excellent, used condition. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: TTPH.   Iron ship hooks ... Another view ... Third angle ... Fourth view ... From above ... Front view ... Off the base ... Mounted another way ... Another angle ... Another front view ... The base only.

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.

Factory modelHere is a very funky hand made model of the "Woods Furnitue Co.", complete with misspelling. It is made from cardboard, with wood, metal and plastic found objects, wire, spools, a film canister, and a puff of white cotton smoke from the stack. It is very detailed, with vents, loading docks, boards on the porch, lots of windows lined with plastic mesh, etc. This is a larger, very folky home made copy of a commercially available N-scale train model building! It measures 15 1/2" high by about 25" wide by 11 1/2" deep. The condition is very good, and age is probably within the last 20 years or so. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TSSH.   Factory model ... From above ... Back ... One side ... The other side ... Closeup of front ... Closeup of some of the equipment ... Closeup of the porch ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of the loading docks ... Another view from back ... Another side view ... Another closeup from above.

Metal found object chairThis is a metal chair made from objects found around the farm. The seat is a large pitchfork, the back is a disk from a cultivator. There are three horseshoes worked in, along with chain and other machine or wagon parts. While it has rockers and does rock, the tendency is to sit still on the rear stops. It has very nice old black and yellow paint. The chair measures 29" high by 21" wide by 28" deep. It is in very good, useable condition with minor paint wear, from the 1930's or 40's. There is a stool below by the same maker. The price is $675.00. Inventory Code: TPHH.   Metal found object chair ... Front view ... One side ... The other side ... Closeup of back and seat ... Closeup of lower front ... Closeup, one side ... Closeup, other side ... Another overall view ... Back view ... From above.

Metal found object stoolThis metal stool made from found objects came from the same maker as the chair above. The seat is a disk from a cultivator, similar to the back of the chair. It stands 18 1/4" high by 17 1/2" wide by 14 3/4" deep. The surface is a worn old green and white paint. It is in very good, useable condition, from the 1930's or 40's. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: TPHW.   Metal found object stool ... Back view ... Side view ... The other side ... Another overall view ... Closeup of legs ... From above ... From below.

Here is a space ship drawing by Robert E. Gilbert. From the 1950's through the '70's Robert E. Gilbert (or REG, as he often signed himself) was a prolific contributor of art to science fiction fan magazines, and an occasional author. In addition, from the 1940's through the 80's he did a lot of non-science fiction art, experimenting with traditional and non-traditional styles. Gilbert lived in Tennessee, and died in 1993.

One of the most striking things about Gilbert's work is the strong sense of the alien. Landscapes are strange and unexpected. Even when humans are depicted, they look eerie somehow, as if they were just one more bizarre species in a weird galaxy. His experimentation with technique is also very interesting, and the detailing, especially of the black and white ink drawings, is fascinating. For more of the art of Robert E. Gilbert, please visit the pages we have set up, beginning at His home page.

This scene is a planetscape, with red spaceship, mountains and strange clouds. It measures 9" by 11 3/4", and is drawn in pastels on light textured paper, dated 1980. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code REG78.   Image.

Here is an extraordinary collection, assemblage, and display of eight bottle whimseys. Each of the one pint whisky bottles contains a large hand made wooden frame containing a sports trading card. All of the bottles are set on a raised shelf in a hand made, semi-circular, lighted, metal display - like a hall of fame. There is a light in front of each bottle whimsey. The base is covered in red and green felt, trimmed with black braid and brass knobs. This assemblage is 26" across, 13 1/2" deep, and 13" high. The cards include Arnold Palmer, George Foreman, Wayne Gretzky, Wilma Rudolph, Jesse Owen, Joe Montana, Pete Rose, and Michael Jordan. It is signed by the maker, Richard Kopp, on the bottom, is in excellent condition, and was constructed in 1994. The price is $1600.00. Inventory Code: AORH.   Image ... Closeup ... From above ... Lit up, in a dark room ... Bottom.

Following are photos of the individual bottles. Wilma Rudolph ... Rudolph - Back ... George Foreman ... Foreman - Back ... Wayne Gretzky ... Gretzky - Back ... Michael Jordan ... Jordan - Back ... Joe Montana ... Montana - Back ... Jesse Owens ... Owens - Back ... Arnold Palmer ... Palmer - Back ... Pete Rose ... Rose - Back.

Carved toyThis is a very folky and decorative, carved, primitive push-pull toy. It came from the upper Midwest, and was probably made in the mid 1900's. There is a detailed and wonderfully expressive painted Indian which goes back and forth with a folksy and funky carved bear. The carving is about 9" long, 8 1/4" high, and 3" wide. It is mounted on the original base, which is 12" by 3 1/2". This fun piece is in excellent condition. The price is $245.00. Inventory Code: AKOH.   Carved toy ... Another view ... Closeup of the Indian ... Closeup of the bear ... Action one way ... Action the other way ... From above ... A short video of the action [2Mb].

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. You can read about Popso and his art here and here, and his obituary is 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. 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.

Envelope artNext is a drawing done in markers on the envelope of collector's issues of stamps. It is on a 6 3/4 envelope, unused except for the cancellation mark and in excellent condition. It is 6 1/2" by 3 5/8". We have several more envelopes decorated by the same hand with various motifs, ranging from the 1940's to the 80's. The drawings on each have some relation to either the subjects of the stamps or the dates of issue. This envelope has an intensely colored sketch of Richard Nixon and the words "Richard M. Nixon Jan. 09, 1913" stamped where the address would go. It was selected because the postmark date was Nixon's birthday. The stamps honor NATO, SEATO, literacy, and voter registration. The cancellation date is Jan 09, 1982. It is in excellent condition. The price is $85.00. Inventory code: ACHS.   Richard Nixon drawing.

Chinese puppetThis is an old hand carved and painted Chinese stick puppet once used in street theater. The head, neck and hands are carved, they are manipulated with sticks from below. The figure is 15" high from the top of his head to the bottom of his robe. The head is fully 3 dimensional, measuring 2 1/4" wide by 2 3/4" deep. An opening on the top back of the head provided a place where hair or a headdress could be attached. The costume is from about the 1960's or 70's, but the wooden head and hands are quite a bit older. It is in very good, used, old condition, and has lots of personality. The price is $225.00. Inventory code: AOAR.   Image. We have several more of these puppets.

Tramp art frame with moonsThis is a nice, good sized tramp art frame made from cigar boxes over a crate wood base. The exterior is about 23 1/4" by 18 1/2", while the opening is around 14 1/2" by 9 3/4". It is built in up to 5 layers, and is about 1 1/2" deep including the base. The chip carved corners each have crescent moons applied. The outside of the frame is decorated with many carved pieces that were set in under the long pyramids. The inside of the frame is also decorated with some nice larger notching. There are a variety of shades of woods making up this piece. These all seem to be original, their differences coming from using a variety of cigar boxes. Some of the labels are visible on the back, including a NJ tax stamp. The entire frame has a lacquer surface. This piece is in extremely good condition with a few small chips and perhaps the loss of a tiny bit of the tip of one moon. It was likely made in the early 1900's. The price is $475.00. Inventory Code: TWHR.   See a slideshow of several views [408k] ...Tramp art frame with moons ... Closeup, upper right ... Closeup, upper left ... Closeup, lower left ... Closeup, lower right ... Side view ... Closeup from side ... Back view ... Back, closeup lower right ... Back, closeup upper right ... Back, closeup upper left ... Back, closeup lower left ... Closeup from back, side view ... With a soda can for scale.

This is a very folky cupboard that came out of an African-American church near Rutherfordton, NC. The front and sides are pine tongue and groove wood called bead. The front is decorated with carved pine trim. It is finished in a medium brown varnish which is somewhat crazed. There are three doors, each hinged at the bottom, opening into three compartments. It stands 68 1/2" high, 28" wide and 15" deep. This striking and unusual piece was made in the early 1900's. It is in very good condition, sturdy and useable. There is a small mousehole on one side, and the trim on the upper door has been replaced. The price is $4800.00. Inventory Code: AWKP.   African-American church cupboard ... 3/4 view ... 3/4 view, other side ... Closeup of the top ... Closeup of the upper door ... Closeup of the middle door ... Closeup of the lower door ... With Matt for size ... With the middle door open ... With the top two doors open ... With the bottom door open ... One side ... The other side ... Back.

Here are two funky whimsey carvings. They are somewhat crude - or perhaps were never finished as there are still a few pencil marks here and there. Both are carved from pine, and are probably only about 20 years old. They are in excellent condition.

The first is a rectangular cage with a knob on top. Inside the cage is a link fixed to the top, with a free-moving link attached. It is 3 5/8" high by 1 1/2" by 1 1/8". The price is $45.00. Inventory Code: AOKA. Image ... A second view ... A third view ... From above ... From below.

Next is a rounded cage with a free-moving square block inside and a square link through a loop on top. It is 3 3/4" long by about 1 1/8" in diameter. The price is $45.00. Inventory Code: AOKP. Image ... A second view ... A third view ... From above ... From below.

Keystone paint signThis is an old "Wet Paint" sign with great graphics. It probably is from the 1940's. This sign is printed on a heavy card stock in a black wood frame. The image is 8 5/8" by 12 1/4" while the overall size of the frame is 11" by 14 5/8". There are five available. They are $65.00 each. Inventory Code: TCAC.   Keystone paint sign ... Overall, with the frame ... Closeup ... A second closeup ... Side view.

Dutch Boy wet paint signThis is a very graphic old "Wet Paint" sign for Dutch Boy white lead paint. It is not dated but came with some others from 1934 and '36. This sign is printed on a heavy card stock, in a black wood frame. The condition is very good. The image is about 7 1/4" by 10 1/2" while the overall size of the frame is 9 3/4" by 12 3/4". There are three available, and they may be purchased with or without frames. The price is $45.00 as framed or $35.00 without the frame. Inventory Code: TCTR.   Dutch Boy wet paint sign ... With the frame ... Side view.

Dutch Boy wet paint signThis is an old "Wet Paint" sign for Dutch Boy white lead paint. It is dated 1936. This sign is printed on a heavy card stock, in a black wood frame. The condition is very good. The image is about 7 1/4" by 10 1/2" while the overall size of the frame is 9 3/4" by 12 3/4". There are seven available, and they may be purchased with or without frames while our supply of frames lasts. The price is $40.00 as framed or $30.00 without the frame. Inventory Code: TCTP.   Dutch Boy wet paint sign ... With the frame ... Side view.

Dutch Boy wet paint signThis is an old "Wet Paint" sign for Dutch Boy white lead paint. It is dated 1934. This sign is printed on a heavy card stock. The sign is about 7 1/4" by 10 1/2". It has a minor crease across one corner, and foxing along one side as visible in the photos. It is unframed, or may be ordered in a black frame similar to the other paint signs, while our supply of frames lasts. The size if framed would be 9 3/4" by 12 3/4". The price is $25.00 as is, or $35.00 framed. Inventory Code: TCTS.   Dutch Boy wet paint sign.

Iron valve wheelsHere is a group of seven old iron industrial valves. We have not seen them before other than in use. They probably are from the 1940's or earlier, and are in four sizes. The diameters are 7 1/2 inches, 8 inches, 9 inches, 14 inches. They range from 1 inch to 1 3/4 inches thick. Prices for them are $75.00 each for the smaller ones, $95.00 each for the 9" ones, and $110.00 for the largest. Price for the group is $575.00 Inventory Code: TCWK.   Iron valve wheels ... Another view, with a ruler for scale ... The other side of all ... Side view ... The largest valve ... Closeup of one medium and one smaller valve ... The smallest valve.

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