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Surfing
Several Art Deco
woodblock prints
Adam and Eve carving
19th c. Adam and Eve carving over 3 feet high
Jointed carving
Jointed carving
Birdhouse
Very detailed birdhouse
mailbox man
Colorful metal man from
chain, car parts, etc.
Inlaid fraternal whimsey
Inlaid fraternal whimsey
Tramp art wall pocket
Tramp art wall pocket
Folky chalk head
Folky chalk head
Psychedelic folk music carving1960's psychedelic carving
1960's Psychedelic folk music carving
Decorated cross panels
Decorated architectural
panels over 5' high
Home made score keeper
Home made score keeper
Finster clock case
Howard Finster clock case
Painted twig birdhouse
Painted twig birdhouse
Carving of man and dog
Carving of man and dog
Antique folk art bank
Antique folk art bank
Cast iron snowbird
Cast iron snowbirds
Popsicle stick bowl
Popsicle stick bowl
Folk art robot
Folk art robot
Found objects robot
Found objects robot
Fish decoys
Fish decoys
Fish decoys
Four primitive carved fish decoys

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Antique folk art bankThis is a wonderful "make do" bank, made from a heavy metal can. It is painted in a deep burnt orange, black, and white with a beautiful, crazed surface. It says "Our Kitty" and "R.S. & B.C. 11-1-37", with lovely decoration on the lid also. A small coin slot was cut in the top, only large enough for pennies or dimes. The bottom of the can was carefully cut open about halfway - enough that it could be pried open to remove the contents and then pressed closed again. Dated 1937, the bank is in good used condition. It has one small dent, and some tiny chips in the paint where the lighter orange can label shows through. At one time it was splattered with tiny specks of white paint, mainly on the bottom and back of the bank. It stands 6 1/4" high by 3 3/4" in diameter. The price is $160.00. Inventory Code: TOKK.   360º video (8.1Mb) ... See a slideshow of several views [316k] ... Antique folk art bank ... Two more views ... From above ... Side and back views ... Top view ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Fish decoysHere are two painted wooden fish decoys. They were cut from 3/4" boards and shaped with a router, then painted in greens, red, white, and black. Each is painted a little differently, and each has a hole through the front for a line to be attached. They range from 12" to 12 1/2" long, and from about 3 1/2" to 4" high. While not extremely old, they do show some oxidation and weathering from age and use. THOC is in very good, used condition. The other (THOT) was broken and reglued at the bottom of the fin and the bottom tip of the tail. They are priced at $75.00 each. Inventory Codes: TOHC and TOHT.   Fish decoys ... The other side ... From above ... Front view ... Back view ... From below.
Closeup, TOHC ... TOHC, other side ... Closeup TOHT ... TOHT, other side.

Fish decoysHere are four primitive carved fish decoys. They are painted white and green, with red mouths and black eyes. Each one has a metal clip through its bottom lip. The fish themselves range in size from 7 1/4" to 9 1/4" long by about 1" to 1 1/4" in diameter. The metal clip adds about 2 3/4" to the length. Three are in good, worn and weathered condition; the fourth has an age split, and the tail was broken and reglued. They appear to be from the mid-20th century. They are priced at $25.00 each or $90.00 for the group. Inventory Code: TOHH.   Fish decoys ... Another view ... The other side ... From front ... From back ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Fish decoys ... Another view ... The other side ... From front ... From back ... 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.

  SurfingHere are several wonderful, original Art Deco wood engraving prints done in the 1920's and 30's by John Farleigh. Farleigh was a noted English artist who died in 1965. His work is in several major museums and has been catalogued. Among many other achievements, Farleigh also did illustrations for books, including some of the work of George Bernard Shaw. The pieces we have are all printed on cream colored paper, signed and dated in pencil by the artist, professionally matted, and in stainless steel finished wood frames. The frames were hard to photograph due to reflections but look very nice. These are in excellent condition and are striking visual images. They are priced at $500.00 each.

"Surfing" is signed and dated 1937. The image size is approximately 7 1/2" by 5 3/4". The frame is 17" by 14" overall. The price is $500.00. Inventory Code: TCAS.   "Surfing" by John Farleigh ... Overall, with frame ... Closeup.

Diamond Head"Diamond Head", a wood engraving print. Signed and dated 1933. The image size is approximately 6 3/4"by 5 1/4". The frame is 16 1/2" by 12 3/4" overall. The price is $500.00. Inventory Code: TCAP.   "Diamond Head" by John Farleigh ... Overall, with the frame ... Closeup of detail.

International Architecture"Cover", a wood engraving print. This image was used as the front cover of the catalogue to the Centenary Exhibition of the Royal Institute of British Architects, (London, 1934). Signed and dated 1934. The image size is approximately 7 1/2" by 5 1/2". The frame is 16 1/4" by 12 3/4" overall. The price is $500.00. Inventory Code: TCAT.   "International Architecture" by John Farleigh ... Overall, with frame ... Closeup of detail.

Adam and Eve carvingThis is a large, exceptional old wood carving depicting Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden together with the Snake and Apple Tree. It is done in great detail in full, deep relief around the entire hard pine log. It has a wonderful old surface and patina. In a very unusual manner, this is actually two full scenes carved on opposite sides. One depicts Eve reaching for the apple with the serpent overhead, while the other shows the Angel ordering them away. Before, Adam and Eve are naked, after they are wearing fig leaves. Inscribed on the base of the "after" side is the word "Banishment". This carving is most likely from the late 1800's and is in excellent condition with very slight bark loss on the base. The piece is about 38" high by 12" by 12". The price is $4500.00. Inventory Code: CCPA.   See a slideshow of several views [798 k] ... Adam and Eve carving, "Banishment" ... The other side, in the Garden ... Another angle ... Fourth view ... One side view ... Sixth view ... Seventh view ... Eight view ... The other side view ... Closeup in the Garden with serpent, apple ... Another closeup ... Their feet ... Fourth closeup ... Closeup of the Angel banishing ... Adam and Eve ... Their faces ... Their feet, title ... Another view of the angel ... Closeup from side ... From above ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Adam and Eve carving, "Banishment" ... The other side, in the Garden ... Another angle ... Fourth view ... One side view ... Sixth view ... Seventh view ... Eight view ... The other side view ... Closeup in the Garden with serpent, apple ... Another closeup ... Their feet ... Fourth closeup ... Closeup of the Angel banishing ... Adam and Eve ... Their faces ... Their feet, title ... Another view of the angel ... Closeup from side ... From above ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Jointed carvingThis is a well done wood carving of a person with jointed arms and legs. It almost has the feeling of a space alien rather than a human. The figure is carved from pine and with the exception of painted hands and shoes has a plain unfinished surface. This has taken on a nice tone and feel from oxidation. The figure is very smooth, has old tacks for eyes, and is in excellent condition. It stands about 15" tall on the custom base, and is about 4" wide and 2" deep. The base is slightly bigger. The age is unknown, but appears to be from around the 1950's or so. The price is $385.00. Inventory Code: TWAK.   See a slideshow of several views [206k] ... Jointed carving ... Two more views ... Side and back views ... Closeup of head ... Closeup of legs ... From above ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the arms and legs moving [8.1Mb].

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 popsicle stick bowl has colored gravel, like aquarium gravel glued down to line the bottom. The sticks are finished with a light stain or varnish. There are some darker areas inside, visible in the top view. It appears to be roughly 30 years old and is in excellent condition. The price is $25.00. Inventory Code: POKH.   Popsicle stick bowl ... Another view ... From above ... Side view.

Inlaid fraternal whimseyThis an extraordinary, one of a kind, folk art piece. It is a very large, extremely detailed marquetry whimsey with a fraternal theme; including many carved and inlaid elements. This has so much intricate work that more things continue be seen and be appreciated even after several viewings. We have included many pictures that will convey some of the quality of this piece; however, it will still surprise and delight even more, when held in person.

Following is just a brief description of some of what is in this piece. To be complete would take more than reasonable here. Please let your eyes tell more of the story. This work is over 49" long, 5 1/2" wide, and over 1 1/4" deep in parts. It is decorated on the sides as well as the front. It includes Crosses, Ankhs, stars, hearts, Bibles, scrolls, spears, and other Masonic, Shriner, Eastern Star, and Odd Fellows symbols. Each section is held together with carved links; and the entire carving is made from one piece of wood. There is one carved ball in cage, relief carving, and a section inlaid with bone or ivory. There are inlaid words, and letters; and it is decorated with a multitude of symbology. This piece is in extremely good condition; although not completely "perfect". There is a slight crack in one link, and one has been reglued in part. There is also a little bit of red color which is on the lowest section. There is no loss that we can see. One section has hand painted the words "Memorial Day 1947". We would date it from that time. The back is inscribed "To Vernon Thompson for Mike". This piece is the mate to the fraternal memorial by the same maker which is also now available. The price is $1250.00. Inventory Code: TSOH.   Inlaid fraternal whimsey ... Closeup of top section ... Another view ... Side view.
Second section: Front view ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... One side ... The other side.
Third section: Front view ... One side ... The other side.
Fourth section: Front view ... One side ... Another view ... The other side.
Bottom section: Front view ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... One side ... The other side.
The back: Upper back ... Middle back ... Lower back ... Closeup of inscription.

Tramp art wall pocketThis is a tramp art wall pocket in very nice black and gold paint. It is built up in two to five layers, and embellished with scalloped edges and a variety of chip carving techniques. Each chip, and all of the edges are carefully highlighted with gold, which stands out against the black background. It is built from crate wood, and measures 11 1/4" high by 7 3/4" wide by 4" deep. The condition is very good, with a couple of very small scuffs on the front and on one side. Age is likely to be from the 1920's to the 40's. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: CSSW.   See a slideshow of several views [326k] ... Tramp art wall pocket ... Side views ... From below ... From above ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Tramp art wall pocket ... Side views.

Folky chalk headThis is a folky life-size head of a man with curly hair and a large mustache. It is very detailed including eyelashes, the pupils of the eyes, features of the ears, and comb marks on the hair. The head is fairly heavy, and is made from a dense chalk which has then been glazed, so the surface of the face is glossy, while the hair because of the texture does not have quite as much sheen. The condition is good, with some slight wear to the glaze, a fairly large chip on one ear and a few chips on the base and chin. It is difficult to determine the age, but was likely made in the mid-1900's. The total size is approximately 14 1/2" high by 9" deep by 8" wide. The base is about 8" by 8". The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CTTP.   Folky chalk head ... Another angle ... Third view ... Fourth view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Folky chalk head ... Another angle ... Third view ... Fourth view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Psychedelic folk music carving1960's carvingThis is the quintessential 1960's folk music carving. It has exceptional form, detail, and color. The assemblage of 4 pieces - double tiered offset base, chair, nude figure, and guitar is 10 1/2" high in almost perfect condition. The base is 6" in diameter. It has a handmade title sticker of "The Ballad", and is signed TRachsler. The surface is painted in very detailed psychedelic swirls and highlights in various shades. There is very slight wear in a few places, and a barely visible line in the left leg which shows where it was cracked and reset. This is an unusual, extremely good piece. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: ACWC.   Psychedelic folk music carving ... Another view ... A third view ... Back view ... Top view ... A close-up ... Second close-up ... Close-up of base.

Decorated cross panelsHere is a series of 5 old painted wood panels, each decorated with applied red diamonds and a white cross. Found in KY or Southern Indiana they reportedly were used in a personal folk/religious environment. Each of the panels is made from pine. They are 64" high by 9 1/4" wide and 1 1/2" deep and are in generally good condition, with no rotting. Originally the base boards were all painted a strong green. Over the years that has weathered and much of that green has flaked off, leaving the boards with a variation in color, and an overall green color. The white and red of the diamonds and crosses are still strong and colorful. These likely were made in the 1940's or 50's. They are priced at $175.00 each, or $750.00 for all five. Inventory Code: TCWA.   Decorated cross panels ... Closeup ... Side view ... The other side ... Another closeup ... Closeup, upper left ... Closeup, upper right ... Closer photo, upper middle ... Closeup, crosses right ... Closeup, crosses left ... Closer photo, middle cross ... Closeup, lower, from side ... Closeup, bottom middle ... Closeup, upper, from side ... Closeup, crosses from side ... Back ... Side views, from back ... Closeup of the back ... Another closeup of the back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

This is a large and colorful clock case made by Howard Finster, with ink stampings of his name and address on the back. It has very good form, scalloped carving, impressed circles (from a little machine he made), and turned vertical supports in the front. It is in almost perfect condition, except that the very top of the crest has been broken. (This could be rounded easily). The top appliqued "flower" is painted red, green, and white, and around the center are diamonds highlighted in green paint. The print of the roses and the back cardboard are original. The case is 20 1/4" high, 18" wide, and 3 1/2" deep. The surface is a medium brown varnish. It was probably made about the 1960's, and overall, one of the nicer Finster cases around. The price is $395.00. Inventory Code: ARCK. We also have other pieces by Howard Finster.   Howard Finster clock case ... Closeup of painted detail ... Top half ... Lower half ... One side ... The other side ... Back.

Here is a nice, colorful, and rustic birdhouse. It is 12 1/2" wide, 9 1/2" high, and 6" deep. It is made from small branches, bent twig, and pinestraw covering the A-frame roof. It has been painted a deep, dark reddish color. The birdhouse is in very good sturdy condition, old and used, and has some wear of the bark. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: ARRP.   Rustic birdhouse ... Another angle ... A third view ... Back ... From above ... Side view ... From below.

Carving of man and dogThis is a wonderful and unusual carving of a man lifting a small dog out of a basket. He has a very expressive face, and is wearing a cap and outfit like a jockey's. His arms were carved separately and applied; the dog was also carved as a separate piece. The basket is not attached, it just sits on the base. The carving is finished in a medium brown lacquer or varnish. It appears to be from the first half of the 20th century, probably about the 1920's or 30's. The front half of the man's right foot has been replaced, and the basket is missing one handle. It is 10 1/2" tall by 12" by 6 1/4". The price is $525.00. Inventory Code: CCSS.   Carving of man and dog ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Front views ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Another view from back ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... Closeup of feet ... With the basket removed ... Closeup of the base without the basket ... Closeup of back ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carving of man and dog ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Front views ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Another view from back ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... Closeup of feet ... With the basket removed ... Closeup of the base without the basket ... Closeup of back ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Home made score keeperThis is a score keeper, home made from a plywood paddle with wood burned markings and two carved pointers that turn. Each pointer is mounted in a circle with numbers around the outside. One circle is labeled "Gold A Red" and the other is "Silver B Black". It has a varnish finish that is fairly worn at one end. The size is 14 1/2" long by 5 1/4" wide by about 1" thick at the pointers. It was probably made in the 1940's or 50's and is in good condition with wear from use. The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: CAPC.   See a slideshow of several views [324k] ... Home made score keeper ... With pointers moved ... Side view ... From below ... Back view ... Back, another angle ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Home made score keeper ... With pointers moved ... Back view.

Here 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.

mailbox manAn extraordinary Metal man, about 4 feet high and 39" wide, made from found objects, including chains, fuel pump for heart, distributor, springs, reflectors, gears, and more. He was a mailbox holder. This sculpture came from New Hampshire, and was made in the 1950's. It is in excellent, older condition, with beautiful old polychrome paint. The price is $3,500.00. Inventory code: ASRP. Image ... Closeup of head ... Back view ... Closeup of body ... Closeup of arms and legs ... Closeup of head and upper torso.

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