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Velvet African-American quilt
Velvet African-American quilt
Jointed carvings
Jointed limberjack carvings
Carved bear
Carved bear by Art Gallant
Rustic stand
Nicely decorated
rustic stand
Shoe shine foot restShoe shine foot restCobbler's child foot form
A collection of cobbler's and shoe shine tools, in wood and cast iron
frame
Folky 1920's frame
with hearts
Cast iron wheel
Mounted cultivator wheel
Mallet
Old, primitive mallet
Funky metal finial
Funky metal finial
Primitive tool carrier
Primitive tool carrier
Carved whimsy
Military memorial
whimsy 5 feet long
Metal drummer music box
"Age of Aquarius"
found object music box
Speak Easy by Lewis Smith
"Speak Easy" by Lewis Smith
Three whimsey carvings
Three whimsey carvings
with bark, dated 1935

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MalletThis is an old, primitive mallet. It is constructed of hardwood with two metal bands reinforcing the head. The handle was turned and then inserted in to a hole through the entire head. Because of age, the end of the handle is now oval. This piece was well used and has taken on a nice patina. It is about 12" long and 5"wide. The head is about 2 1/2" in diameter. The mallet is in very good sturdy condition, with no breaks or splits. It was probably made in the late 1800's. The price is $90.00. Inventory Code: TPWP.   Primitive Mallet ... From below ... Close-up of ends ... Close-up of handle ... The Top ... Another overall view ... Larger overall photo.

Velvet African-American quiltThis is an African-American quilt with great graphics. It is made from plain and patterned velvets and fake fur, hand pieced and appliqued onto a muslin backing to give a quilted effect without an extra layer of quilting stitches. There is no batting. The back was made in four large blocks, and unfinished edges show where these come together. This quilt measures 72" by 77" and is in excellent, unused condition. There is one discolored spot on the back that does not show through on the front. This was purchased from an African-American church sale in Savannah, GA in the 1970's. A wonderful look for hanging or on a bed. The price is $1200.00. Inventory Code: TPAK.   See a slideshow of several views [359k] ... Velvet African-American quilt ... Closeup ... Closeup 2 ... Closeup 3 ... Closeup 4 ... Closeup 5 ... Closeup 6 ... Closeup 7 ... Back ... Closeup of back ... Second closeup of back ... Third closeup of back ... Closeup of spot on back ... Closeup of back corner.

Here is a collection of cobbler's and shoe shine tools. They are priced individually, with a discount for the group.

Shoe shine foot restThis is a shoe shine man's wooden foot rest. It has two small wooden feet supported above a cross shaped base. It was made to rest on the floor and raise the feet up to a good height for receiving a shine. However, it also looks really good hung on the wall, where it can be enjoyed as a decorative piece, or as a neat small rack for hats, ties, towels, etc. It is painted black. There is some wear to the paint and a few tight age cracks, otherwise it is in very good and sturdy condition. The base measures 13" by 11 3/4", and the feet project out 18" from the back. It appears to be from the 1940's or older. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: TKTH.   See a slideshow of several views [619k] ... Shoe shine foot rest ... Another angle ... Front view ... Sitting upright ... Side view ... From above ... From below ... As a hat rack ... Back view ... Closeup of the feet from back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Shoe shine foot rest ... Another angle ... Front view ... From above ... From below.

Cobbler's child foot formThis is an old factory made hand carved wood shoe form for a child. It has a metal top and metal heel. On the top is impressed the size 4 1/2. On one side is the stamp of 4 1/2 EE and OO. The shoe has a wonderful old surface and patina and is in very good, well used condition. It is 6" long by 2 3/8" wide by 3" high. It was probably made in the late 1800's or early 1900's. The price is $135.00. Inventory Code: TKOP.   See a slideshow of several views [428k] ... Cobbler's child foot form, with a soda can for scale ... The other side ... Front and back views ... From below ... From above ... Another view from above.

Shoe shine foot restThis is an old cast iron shoe rest for a cobbler or shoe shiner. It has good form and a well oxidized dark surface with traces of white paint. The stand is likely from around 1900 and is in very good condition. It is about 14 3/4" high, with a base of about 4 1/2" in diameter. The shoe rest is around 6" long. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: TKTW.   See a slideshow of several views [343k] ... Shoe shine foot rest, with a soda can for scale ... The other side ... Front and back views ... From above ... Closeup of the base.
Some much larger photos:   Shoe shine foot rest, with a soda can for scale ... The other side ... Front and back views.

Cobbler's toolThis is an old hand forged cobbler's tool which was used by putting the end of the wood piece under the arm and then leaning down on it to put pressure on the object being worked. From the 1800's, this piece has a wonderful surface - worn, rich, and with a great feel. We are not sure specifically what use it had, but the "business end" is rather sharp, so likely for cutting of some sort. The entire tool is 18 1/2" long by about 8" wide. The handle is 1 1/2" thick at the widest part. It is in very good, old, used, condition. The price is $120.00. Inventory Code: TWHS-B.   Cobbler's tool ... Two more views.
Some much larger photos:   Cobbler's tool ... Two more views.

Cobbler's toolThis is a cast iron old, abstract looking foot form. It is actually the front and sole of two different size feet, and was possibly used as a mold for building part of a shoe. This piece is likely from the late 1800's. It has a nice dark rich surface from age and use. The entire form is about 11" long and 3 1/2" at the widest point. It is about also about 3 1/2" high. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: TWHS-C.   Cobbler's tool, two views ... With a soda can for scale.

Cobbler's lastsCobbler's feet toolsThis is a group of 11 cast iron foot forms. Some are painted and some have an oxidized surface. From the late 1800's or early 20th century, one is broken at the right heel and two are chipped at the front of the opening. All the rest are in good condition. The forms range in length from 5" to 9 1/2". The price is $175.00 for the group. Inventory Code: TCPO-BC.   See a slideshow of several views [380k] ... Six of the feet, with a soda can for scale ... From above ... The other five ... Side view ... Front view ... With a soda can for scale.

frameHere is a very folky wooden frame which is built in 3 layers, with carved hearts and diamonds. The 4 stylized, boxy, hearts are also scalloped out toward the centers. The wood is a naturally aged pine which has taken on a grayish-tan color. It was probably made around the 1920's; is 15 1/4" by 13 1/2" by 2" deep - with an opening of 9 7/8" by 11 3/4", and it is in excellent condition. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: ATOW.   Folky carved frame with hearts ... Close-up ... Back.

Funky metal finialThis is an old, galvanized metal finial. It has the original white paint, and is very rusty (sturdy, not crumbling) with a couple of bullet holes. This funky piece is about 9" high and 4" along each side of the base. The ball on top is about 2 1/2" in diameter. It is likely from about the 1940's or earlier, and is an interesting, decorative object. The price is $45.00. Inventory Code: TSKA.   Funky metal finial ... Second side ... Third side ... Fourth side ... From above ... From below.

Carved bearThis is a painted wooden bear by New Brunswick folk carver Art Gallant. It is standing, mounted on the original wood base. The base is labeled with rubber stamps: "The Grisly Bear", and "The Home of Wood Carving, Hand Carved By Art Gallant, Dieppe, N.B. Canada". It stands 8" tall by 6" long by 3 1/2" wide. It is in very good condition - the bear has pulled slightly loose from the base. It was probably made in the 1950's or 60's. The price is $145.00. Inventory Code: TSHH.   Carved bear by Art Gallant ... Closeup ... Front view ... One side ... The other side ... Back view ... Another view ... Closeup of base ... Another overall ... From above ... From below.

Carved whimsyThis is a memorial, carved whimsey chain, 5 feet, 9 1/2 inches long. Included with this piece, which was made after Hawaii and Alaska were states, is a letter by the maker in which he describes in detail the symbolism of the links and inscriptions. It was made as a remembrance to the four Raider battalions that made up the Fourth Marines in W.W.II. It includes a key on one end, and 55 links; three of which are unfinished. The piece is in excellent condition and is pine, with a clear varnish finish. Some of the letter reads: "To my Raiders Friends. I carved this chain for remembrance of buddys long ago. Their [sic] are fifty five links in all. 50 states Four Raider Bat's and Fourth Marines. Made up of what was left of the Four Raider Bats. I left the last five links solid as was 1st 2nd 3rd and 4th. The 51 link was half carved in memory code talkers." The price is $295.00. Inventory Code: TSWH.   Carved whimsy ... Another view ... Closeup ... Second closeup.

Speak Easy by Lewis Smith"Speak Easy", by Lewis Smith (1907 - 1998) is drawn in crayon, marker, and ballpoint on a cracker box. It features "Chicken Forty Ways", "Rust Biff", and advertises "SEE Slo Boat to China". It is one of the few pieces that he signed and dated (5-14-83). This piece contains many of the common elements of Smith's work: a muscular woman, wordplay, detail extending right up to and off of the edge, and the use of recycled materials. It measures 16 1/4" by 9 3/4", and is in excellent condition. If you like this, you can see much more of his art, or read about his history and his environment. The price is $950.00. Inventory Code: LSC203.   Image ... Back.

Three whimsey carvingsHere are three carved whimsey chains by the same maker. They are each carved from a branch (possibly red birch) with the bark left on. The largest is initialed "I.Z.", and dated 1935. All three are in excellent condition. They are priced individually, with a discount for the group - see the sizes and prices below the photo links.   Three whimsey carvings ... Another view ... Third view ... Fourth view.

Metal drummer music boxThis folky metal drummer assemblage is actually a wind up music box. The drummer is constructed of springs, heavy wires, and light metal. The drums and stage are also all metal. The music box mechanism is mounted on a piece of wood under the base. It is pretty intricate. The size is about 7 1/2" high by 6 1/2" wide by 6" deep. It was likely made in the 1960's or 1970's and is in fairly good used condition. There are normal scratches and oxidation to the metal. The pièce de résistance comes when you wind the key and then listen to an extremely "sick" rendition of the opening bars of "The Age of Aquarius". The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: TWKA.   Metal drummer music box ... Front view ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... Hear the music in this video [10.4Mb].

Primitive tool carrierThis is a hand made primitive tool carrier, very weathered and worn. It has a really good look and feel. It is built from pine boards with an unfinished surface, divided into two compartments inside. There is a handle for carrying, and feet to stand on. From the early 1900's, it is 21 3/4" wide by 9 3/4" deep, and stands 21" high. The condition is sturdy, very worn from use, with an old break at the top on one end. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: TARA.   Primitive tool carrier ... Another angle ... One side ... The other side ... End views ... Closeup ... Another overall view ... From above ... From below.

Rustic standThis is an interestingly made and nicely decorated small rustic stand. It is 21 1/4" high by 13 1/2" across the octagonal top. The three contoured legs and the cross supports are made from pine while the top is plywood. Both top and legs and been highlighted with half round molding. It is painted green, a red/brown, and white. The stand was likely made around the 1940's or 50's and is in very good, sturdy condition. While there is some wear to the green and much loss to the white on the top, the paint on the legs is strong and colorful. Overall it is a nice, decorative, and usable piece. The price is $145.00. Inventory Code: CPHA.   See a slideshow of several views [533k] ... Rustic stand ... Another view ... Two more views ... From above ... The top ... Closeup of the feet ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Rustic stand ... Another view ... Two more views ... The top ... Closeup of the feet ... From below.

Cast iron wheelHere is a spiral shaped cast iron cultivator wheel mounted on a custom made metal base. It has old muted red paint, and is 19 1/2" in diameter and 5 1/2" deep at the hub. It stands 25" high by 11" deep with the base. From the early 1900's, it is in very good used condition with expected paint wear. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: TTSW.   Cast iron cultivator wheel ... Two more views ... Closeup ... Reversed on the stand ... Side views ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Jointed carvingsHere is an exceptional pair of jointed limberjack carvings - a man and a woman. They have strong, primitive faces with carved ears and metal tacks for eyes. The hands are inset metal tabs which are free to turn around the iron mounting bar. These carvings are from the late 1800's or early 1900's, with well oxidized surfaces and good patina. They are in excellent condition. Each person measures approximately 10" high by 2" wide by 1 1/2" deep; total width including the bar is 19 3/4". The price for the pair is $675.00. Inventory Code: ARPP.   Carved limberjacks ... Another view ... Closeup of both ... Closeup of the woman ... Closeup of the man ... Sitting ... One side ... The other side ... With arms down ... Another view, arms down ... From above ... Side/back ... Back view ... From below.

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