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Decorative telephones
Three decorative Spacemaker telephones
Red, white, and blue strip quilt
Red, white, and blue
strip quilt
Carved bust on stone baseCarved bust on stone base
Two dark busts on stone bases
Mr. R Blight sign
Mr. R Blight sign with
hand cut letters
Odd Fellows tunic
Odd Fellows tunic
Cast iron Hay trolley
Cast iron hay trolley
Tropical village in bottle whimsy
Tropical village in
a bottle whimsy
Rabbit drawing
Rabbit drawing
Rustic swivel frame
Rustic swivel frame
Iron snowbird
Four cast iron snowbirds
Alligator cane handle
Carved Alligator cane handle
Whimsey carving
Whimsey carving

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Cast iron Hay trolleyThis is a decorative cast iron hay trolley, used in a barn to move bales of hay around and rolled on a track. It has good form and presence, with a very dark oxidized surface. It may have traces of clear varnish. From the late 1800's or early 1900's, this fancy primitive measures 10 1/2" high by 13 1/2" wide by 6 7/8" deep. The mechanism has rusted solid, but it is in very good, sturdy, display condition. The price is $165.00. Inventory Code: TTTS.   See a slideshow of several views [462k] ... Cast iron Hay trolley ... The other side ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Side views ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... Another view from below ... Another overall view ... With a soda can for scale.

Decorative telephonesHere is a set of three fantastic Automatic Electric Type 183 Spacemaker telephones in classic 1950's-60's design. They are exceptionally decorative as sculptural objects, or could be wired to be used as phones - even today. This model is sometimes referred to as a "bar phone". It's very compact, the dial swivels, and the switchhook can be positioned left right or center, so it can be mounted almost anywhere. Each one measures about 11 1/2" high by 5 1/2" wide by 3 1/4" deep (plus the cord hangs down a bit more). There's no internal ringer on these, so they need a ringer box or to serve as an extension phone. These can added externally if desired and are available through many sources online. The price for the set is $595.00. Inventory Code: CTCT.   Three decorative telephones ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Green phone, from above ... From below ... Back ... With a soda can for scale ... Black phone, from above ... From below ... Back ... Yellow phone, from above ... From below ... Back ... All three, with a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Three decorative telephones ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Green phone, from above ... From below ... Back ... With a soda can for scale ... Black phone, from above ... From below ... Back ... Yellow phone, from above ... From below ... Back ... All three, with a soda can for scale.

Red, white, and blue strip quiltThis is a very visual red, white, and blue strip quilt. It looks so much more striking in person than in the photos. This quilt was made in the 1940's or 50's from red, white, and blue nylon or polyester, with an unbleached cotton back and red cotton binding. It is hand pieced and hand quilted, in excellent, near mint condition: very clean and crisp. The binding is very slightly faded. One corner of the binding has faint remnants of what looks like a paper sticker that could probably be removed. It measures 72" by 83", and came from an estate in Geneseo, IL. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: THPS.   Red, white, and blue strip quilt ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Closeup of a corner ... Another corner ... Back ... Closeup of back.

Mr. R Blight signThis is a wood sign with applied wood letters that reads "Mr. R. Blight". It is painted dark gray with red letters, and has two eyes on top for hanging. It can also sit on a desk or shelf. The red paint has a crazed surface. This sign measures 21" wide by 4 1/2" high by 1 1/2" deep. It was probably made in the 1940's or earlier, and is in good condition with some paint wear and a few small chips. The price is $185.00. Inventory Code: THTW.   "Mr. R. Blight" sign ... Closeups ... Another closeup ... From above ... Closeup from above ... From below ... Back.

Carved bust on stone baseHere are two carved busts mounted on dark green stone bases. They have strong faces, and stained very dark brown. They were carved in the mid-20th century or a bit earlier and are in excellent condition. These are part of a small collection by the same unknown artist. He initialled some of his pieces "TWH", but these two are unsigned. You can see some others by him here.

The first carving is 12" high by 6" wide by 4 1/4" deep, including the base. The price is $275.00, or $495.00 for the pair. Inventory Code: TKPS.   See a slideshow of several views [471k] ... Carved bust on stone base ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... Both carvings, with a soda can for scale ... Another view of both.
Some much larger photos:   Carved bust on stone base ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side views ... Back view ... Both carvings, with a soda can for scale ... Another view of both.

Carved bust on stone baseThe second carving is 12 1/4" high by 5 7/8" wide by 4 1/4" deep, including the base. The price is $275.00, or $495.00 for the pair. Inventory Code: TKPP.   See a slideshow of several views [351k] ... Carved bust on stone base ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Both carvings, with a soda can for scale ... Another view of both.
Some much larger photos:   Carved bust on stone base ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Both carvings, with a soda can for scale ... Another view of both.

Odd Fellows tunicThis is striking tunic originally used by the Odd Fellows either for initiations or plays. It is made from cotton. There is a colorful embroidered sun on the front. The ends of the rays are costume jewels. It is further decorated with metal studs. The label inside indicates that this costume was for "David as Commander". This is in very good wearable condition with very slight soiling, minor wear to the collar, and some tarnish to some of the metal decorations. (We're being very picky about this - you have to look closely to see it.) The tunic was made by M.C Lilley & Co., in the late 1800's or early 1900's, prior to 1925, when the company's name was changed. It measures 40" long from the back of the collar to the hem and 22 1/2" across just under the arms. The sleeves are 24" long from the shoulder seam. The loose cut lets it be worn by a variety of sizes. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: THTK.   See a slideshow of several views [286K] ... Odd Fellows tunic ... Another view ... Sides and back ... Closeup of sunburst ... Closeup of hem decoration ... Closeup of sleeve ... Label inside ... With another model.

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.

Whimsey carvingThis is a nicely carved whimsey combining hinged pliers with a caged ball in the handle. It is carved from one piece of pine, with an unfinished surface that has taken on a dark patina with age. It is 5" long. When the pliers are open, it is 1" wide by just over 1/2" deep. It is in very good condition, with two small chips. The price is $155.00. Inventory Code: TPAT.   Whimsey carving ... Pliers open, several angles ... Pliers closed.

Rabbit drawingA pen and ink ad for Selman Rabbits, by Virginia Love. She was a girl who lived in St.Louis, MO. in the 1940's. Most of her work was done in watercolor. Some was cutout paper collage, and some pen and ink sketches. Her work reflects her time (wartime rationing, period advertising), her surroundings (watercolor landscapes and still lifes), and her studies (Latin, geometry). You can see much more on her page. This drawing measures 9" by 12", in a frame 11 1/4" x 14 1/4". It is in excellent condition. The price is $160.00. Inventory Code: POSA. Image.

This is fairly large swivel frame with a rustic look plus carved and burned decoration. The frame is from about the 1930's and has a dark varnish finish. It is in very good condition. The base is 11 1/2" by 4", and the frame itself is 8 1/2" by 11", with an opening 6 1/2" by 9". The price is $145.00. Inventory Code: ACCA.   Overall view ... Close-up.

Iron snowbirdThese four cast iron snowbirds have an unusual, tulip-shaped form and are pierced "S & S". The surface is unfinished, weathered almost to black. They are from Pennsylvania, made in the 1800's, in excellent condition. Each is about 12" long by 6 1/4" wide by 4 1/2" high. The price is $95.00 each, with a discount for two or more. Inventory Code: AWTR.   Front view of one ... Another angle ... A third angle ... All four ... Back view ... From above ... Side view ... From below.

Alligator cane handleThis is a carved wooden alligator that was probably made to be a handle for a walking stick. It has nice form, a very good surface, and lots of detail, with crosshatching and very fine incised lines. This carving came from Florida, where it was probably made as a souvenir item in the early 1900's. It is in excellent condition, and measures 5 1/4" long by 1" wide by 2" high. It is mounted on a contemporary base. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: TSWW.   Alligator cane handle ... The other side ... Third view ... Partly from front ... Fifth view ... From above ... With base ... Another view with base ... Back view ... From below.

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