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Saw sharpening tool
Saw sharpening tool
Odd fellows gavel
Carved Odd fellows
gavel, dated 1917
Funky carved totems
Group of funky carved totems
with bead eyes
Painted tramp art box
Painted tramp art box
Carved farm scene
Carved farm scene
Whimsy carved staff
Whimsy carved staff with animals
Bird shooting gallery target
Bird shooting gallery target
Blue standGray stand
Pair of wood stands from crate separators
Life size man
Life size folk art
Handyman figure
Carved Man
Carved man
Ship weathervane
Large sheet iron weather vane
from the mid to late 1800's
Crucifix
Very finely detailed
crucifix under glass
Tramp art crown of thorns crucifix
Tramp art crown of thorns crucifix

Decorative industrial drill bit
Crucifix
Framed crucifix with symbols
Tank
Carved composition tank
Garden gnomeGarden gnomeGarden gnome
Group of English concrete garden gnomes
Spaceship art
Outer Space Art by RE Gilbert
Funky what-not shelf
Funky what-not shelf

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Funky what-not shelfThis is a very odd, funky, one of a kind what-not shelf. It has two propellers that can turn at the top, a stairway from one shelf to the other, copper wire fence around the edges, and colorful labels from the fruit crates used to build it. It was probably made around the 1940's, and stands 18" high by 11 3/4" wide by 8 1/4" deep. Two of the scallops on the bottom right corner were broken off a long time ago, possibly when it was made. Otherwise it is in excellent condition. The price is $195.00. Inventory Code: CSPA.   See a slideshow of several views [814k] ... Funky what-not shelf ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of some crate labels ... Closeup from side ... From above ... A face visible from below ... A crate label, from below ... The bottom ... Video of the action [7.9Mb] ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Funky what-not shelf ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of some crate labels ... Closeup from side ... From above.

Garden gnomeHere are three folky concrete garden gnomes. They are weathered from outdoor use. Each has its own personality. These are from England, priced individually, with a discount for the group. This first gnome was originally holding a wood fishing pole (which could be replaced with a thin stick). He is from the first half of the 20th c., covered in many different colored layers of weathered paint, including lots of metallic gold. He is 13 1/4" tall by 7 1/4" wide by 7" deep. His head is cracked, but still solid and sturdy. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: CPKO.   Garden gnome, with a soda can for scale ... Two more views ... Side and back views ... From above.

Garden gnomeThis is a smaller English gnome with a blue hat and a base made from a can. It is 6" tall by 3 1/4" in diameter. It is from the mid-20th c. The condition is very good, with a few small paint chips. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: CPKA.   Garden gnome, with a soda can for scale ... Another view ... Side and back views ... From above and below.

Garden gnomeThis is the shortest English garden gnome at 5 3/4" high by 3 1/4" in diameter. The base is a metal can. It is from the mid-20th c. The condition is very good with minor paint loss, mainly on the cap. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: CPKT.   Garden gnome, with a soda can for scale ... Another view ... Side and back views ... From above and below.

Spaceship artSpaceship on alien planet, drawn in ink on heavy paper by Robert E. Gilbert. It measures 11" by 13 1/2", and is signed "REG 1976", in excellent condition The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: REG 5.   Image.

If you haven't looked at Gilbert's work in a while, we invite you to visit the large collection we now have on the site. You may be surprised at the variety of styles he produced. REG 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. His work expresses 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.

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Painted tramp art boxThis is a colorfully painted tramp art box with a drawer and hinged lid. The construction is unusual. The upper, hinged portion is built around a cardboard cigar box. This was surrounded with 1/2" thick boards at the sides and back to make it taller, a drawer added underneath, then the whole box was decorated with chip-carved wood layers, some in free-form shapes. It was painted in two shades of rose, blue, black, and brown, with each notch highlighted in dull gold. Metal tacks and handles complete the decoration. There is a label inside from a Pennsylvania cigar factory.

The box stands 8 3/4" tall by 11" wide by 6" deep. The condition is fairly good. There is some wear to the edges of the cardboard part, mainly visible in the top corners and the edge just above the drawer. See the photos for details. Also, the hinges have pulled away from the cardboard, so that the lid is only held on by the metal slider inside. It is from the mid-1900's. The price is $395.00. Inventory Code: CATS.   See a slideshow of several views [1 Mb] ... Painted tramp art box ... Front view ... Another angle ... From above ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Lid open ... Open, from above ... With drawer removed ... The label inside ... Closeup of lid ... Another closeup ... Closeup of hinges ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Painted tramp art box ... Front view ... Another angle ... From above ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Another closeup ... Closeup of hinges.

Carved farm sceneThis is a folky carved farming scene. It includes two horses attached to a doubletree rig, pulling what seems to be a primitive wheeled cutter on which a man is standing and working the team. The horses have hames and harnesses and the driver is holding thin twine for reins. The man's face is partially carved with painted features. The scene is mounted on a 5/8" plywood base. It is 13" long by 11 1/4" wide by 7" high. It was probably made in the 1950's or 60's and is in good condition. Some of the twine has been replaced. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: TKTR.   See a slideshow of several views [773k] ... Carved farm scene ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Closeup of the farmer ... Front view ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved farm scene ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Front view ... Closeup of back ... From above.

Whimsy carved staffThis is a large staff with two carved animal heads at the top and three sections of whimsy carved captured balls in cages. The piece is about 58" high with a 2" diameter for the shaft. The top section was likely the roots and is how it grew, which left places for stylized faces and horns. Eyes are carved in one of the faces. In the sections of cages, from top to bottom, are 2, 1, and 5 crudely carved balls that are free to move. The staff is made from a piece of hard pine. It is finished with varnish, much of which has worn, with some turning lighter. The condition is good, with the worn varnish and some age splits. The age is unknown. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: TRSH.   See a slideshow of several views [727k] ... Whimsy carved staff ... Closeup of the top ... Two more closeups of the top ... More closeups ... Other angles ... Two more closeups ... Closeup of the caged balls ... More closeups of the middle section ... Closeups of the bottom end ... Closeup from above ... From above and below ... With a yardstick for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Whimsy carved staff ... Closeup of the top ... Two more closeups of the top ... More closeups ... Other angles ... Two more closeups ... Closeup of the caged balls ... More closeups of the middle section ... Closeups of the bottom end ... Closeup from above ... From above and below ... With a yardstick for scale.

Blue standWood standThese are two crate separators which make super little tables or stands. One is unpainted and weathered an old natural grayish brown, while the other is painted a wonderful old blue. There is a mark on one as being made by a box company in Paris, Texas. Each one is in very good, used condition. They are old and are about 18" high, with the top being 11 1/2" by 12 1/2". There is a little flex in them, but they are sturdy and do not fold up. The price is $225.00 for the pair. Inventory Code: AWRS.
Blue stand:   Image ... One side ... Another side.

Gray stand:   Image ... One side ... Another side ... From above.

This very folky life size 3-D figure was made as a self-portrait by a painter and handyman in Weaverville, NC. It is made of wood, wire mesh, carpet, and plaster; painted and dressed in the maker's old clothes. When he finished the piece, he hung it on his front porch. His wife came home, saw it, and thought he had killed himself. It is 6 feet 5" high by 19" wide by 9" deep, in good, weathered condition. One plywood hand is missing and the other has lost a finger. The legs are slightly uneven lengths, and there are no feet, this appears to be how it was originally made. This is a striking, one of a kind figure. The price is $2200.00. Inventory Code: PAKO.   Life size folk art figure ... Closeups of his head ... Side views ... Back view ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale ... Closeup, side view ... Closeup, other side ... Closeup of hands ... Closeup of feet.

This is a primitively carved man with a hat, bare feet, and rolled up pants legs. He is walking. His facial features have an almost oriental look, however, these do not show in the photo. This man is chip carved a little coarsely. He was probably made around the 1940's or 50's. There hat brim is missing in the front from a long ago loss, but he in in otherwise excellent condition, with a good patina to the pine wood. The man is 6" high, 3" long, 1 1/2" wide. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: PCOA.   One side view ... Front view ... Second view ... Third view.

Ship weathervaneThis is a large, detailed, and impressive sheet iron weathervane of a three-masted ship sailing into breaking waves. It measures 42" long by 20" high. The arrow at the front is hinged, and can fold upward. The unpainted surface is dark, oxidized, and heavily pitted, but still sturdy and strong, not flaking. There are some small marks from plant roots or ivy on the back. There is a small area of loss on one side of the pivot, as seen in the photos. It was made in the mid to late 1800's. The price is $975.00. Inventory Code: CAAT.   See a slideshow of several views [706k] ... Ship weathervane, with a yardstick for scale ... Closeup of arrow ... Closeup of front ... Closeup, back half ... Closeup of hinged area, from above ... The other side ... Other side, closeup of arrow ... Closeup of front ... Closeup, back half ... Closeup of hinged area, from below ... With arrow folded up ... Edge view ... From below.
Some much larger photos:   Ship weathervane, with a yardstick for scale ... Closeup of arrow ... Closeup of front ... Closeup, back half ... The other side ... Other side, closeup of arrow ... Closeup of front ... Closeup, back half ... Closeup of hinged area, from below ... With arrow folded up ... Edge view.

CrucifixThis is a intricate and detailed assemblage of a crucifixion scene. It is all under a glass dome. This is the smallest and most delicate example we have come across. It has some history written in German on the bottom, with the name of the maker, place (West Bend, Iowa), and date (193?). This assemblage includes all the symbolic objects, a Jesus on the cross, a woman below, and a third person. It even has carved flowers on the bottom. This piece fills the dome, which is about 4" high, 2 1/2" wide, and 1 1/2" deep. It is in almost perfect condition; however the standing person is loose. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: AKOO.   Crucifix ... Back view ... One side ... The other side ... Writing on bottom.

Bird shooting gallery targetThis is a cast iron bird shooting gallery target. It is 3 3/4" long by 2 1/2" high by 1" deep, with a dark oxidized surface and faint traces of paint. From the early 1900's, it is in very good, used condition. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: CTRT.   Bird shooting gallery target, with a soda can for scale ... Back view ... End views ... From above and below.

This tank is hand made from a composition material, with a nail for a gun. It is 4" long by 2 1/4" wide by 2 1/4" high, painted brown. It is in fair condition with slight damage around the edges of the treads. The price is $25.00. Inventory Code: AAWT.   Overall ... 2nd ... 3rd.

Saw sharpening toolThis is an interesting and sculptural piece. It is a saw sharpening tool. Likely hand made and one-of-a-kind, it is constructed from what looks like pine and oak. The wheels both turn. One of them also has a slot to adjust the width. A saw blade would be inserted in the bottom piece and the nut tightened to hold it. Then the user would place a file on one of the wheels and a saw tooth. The turning wheel would allow the file easy travel at a consistent angle. Now, while still useable for that purpose, it is much more of a decorative item. It has good color from the red and green paints. Likely made about the 1940's, it has a little wear, but is in excellent condition. The piece is about 21" wide, 8" high and 3" deep. It can be hung from the screw eye on top. The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: THTO.   See a slideshow of several views. [262k] ... Saw sharpening tool ... Side view ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... From above ... Back view ... Closeup of back.

Odd fellows gavelHere is an Odd Fellows lodge gavel, dated 1917, from Lookout Mountain, TN. It has a super, satiny-smooth, patinated surface from years of handling and use. The head of the gavel was made from a rustic piece of thick branch, with the bark partly left on. One side was carved down, with the three links standing out in relief. Above and below the links is a burned inscription: "Lookout Mt Jan 21, 1917", something we can't make out, and "Lode (sic) No. 303, by J. W. Bower". The handle is a smaller branch, with most of the bark removed, and polished very smooth with use. The gavel is 9 3/4" long by 4 1/2" wide by 1 1/2" thick. There is a certain amount of appropriate wear on the business end, from hammering meetings to order, otherwise the condition is excellent. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TPTC.   Odd fellows gavel ... Closeup ... Side view ... Back ... From above ... From below.

Industrial drill bitThis is an old decorative drill bit with 3 heads. It is about 4" in diameter by 6" high and has a threaded base which serves as a stand. THe bit is rusty. Two of the three heads turn slightly, but they all could probably be loosened to turn with a little penetrating oil. It was found in Iowa. The age is unknown. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: CCPC.   See a slideshow of several views [569k] ... Industrial drill bit ... Another angle ... Third view ... Fourth view ... Fifth view ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Industrial drill bit ... Another angle ... Third view ... Fourth view ... Fifth view ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

A very nice, 19th century grain-painted frame, containing a crucifix with metal ornaments symbolic of various aspects of Jesus' life and resurrection. The background is a print of Jerusalem, and there is a card at the bottom that reads "Thy Kingdom Come, 100 days indulgence each time, Pius IX, 14th June 1877". It is 16" wide by 20" high by 3 1/2" deep, in excellent condition. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: PKWT.   Grain painted frame ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of bottom half ... Closeup of crucifix.

Funky carved totemsThis is a group of six strong and funky carved and decorated "totems" which we refer to as the "totem family". There is the father, mother, big brother and sister, and the two little kids. Each of the carvings has faces on all four sides with various colored beads for eyes. They are all signed with ink on the base "TAG 1991 R1 box 6 Rockvale, TENN". One is also decorated with the drawing in ink which seems to be a stylized tree with roots. They are all approximately 3 1/2" to 4" on the sides, and vary from 15 1/2" to 31 1/2" in height. It is a little difficult to pin down the age exactly, but these were likely made in the latter 1900's. The condition is very good with some slight wear and loss to a few of the beads. The price for the group is $1295.00. Inventory Code: CCAR.   Funky carved totems ... Another view ... Largest, several views ... Next largest ... Third totem ... Fourth totem ... Fourth, more views ... Third and fourth, from above ... Third and fourth, from below ... Fifth totem ... Sixth ... Sixth, more images ... Fifth and sixth, from above ... Fifth and sixth, from below ... All, with a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Funky carved totems ... Another view ... Largest, several views ... Next largest ... Third totem ... Fourth totem ... Fourth, more views ... Third and fourth, from below ... Fifth totem ... Sixth ... Sixth, more images ... Fifth and sixth, from above ... Fifth and sixth, from below ... All, with a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Tramp art crown of thorns crucifixThis is an especially nice and intricate crown of thorns cross with a folky wood carving of Jesus. The entire assemblage is 15 1/4" high, 12" wide, and 6 1/2" deep. Jesus is about 7" high, 4" wide, and an inch deep. This piece is in excellent condition, with no loss. The surface of the carved Jesus is unfinished, while the rest of the construction has a light layer of a clear coat. There are some few areas, notably on top of the two side pieces, where the finish is somewhat heavier. This unusual piece is not exceptionally old, perhaps being made in the 1980's. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: AKAT.   Tramp art crown of thorns crucifix ... 3/4 view ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Closeup from above ... One side ... The other side ... From above ... Back view ... From below ... Bottom.

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