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Stone carving of Abraham Lincoln
Stone carving of Abraham Lincoln
Found object man with boat
Carved and found object man with boat
Painted tramp art box
Painted tramp art box
Carved dog
Large carved dog with strong presence
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
Found object man with boat
Carved and found object man with boat

Decorative industrial drill bit
19th c. grain painted frame
19th c. 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.

More Art by Robert E. Gilbert


Stone carving of Abraham LincolnThis is a very well done bust of Abraham Lincoln carved from dense stone. It is flat on the bottom and back and will sit on a shelf, against a wall, or possibly as a bookend. The size is 8 3/4" high by 5 1/4" wide by 2" deep. It is in very good condition with some scratches on the back. The price is $395.00. Inventory Code: CHRS.   Stone carving of Abraham Lincoln ... Another angle ... Side views ... The other side ... From above ... From below ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Stone carving of Abraham Lincoln ... Another angle ... Side views ... The other side ... From above ... From below ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Found object man with boatThis is a funky sculptural assemblage of a man wearing a boat. The head and arm are carved. His arm is hinged at the shoulder and can be moved. After the photos were taken we also noticed that the feet can swivel. The boat is metal, his hat is a rubber or plastic cap, the stripes on his pants and ring around his eye are strips of rubber, and there is a strategically placed key. There is a wire hanger on the back; it can be hung or stand on its own. It is signed in pencil "Wm Skrips 11/05 The Boat Costume". It is 20" high by 21 1/2" wide by about 4" deep, in excellent condition. The price is $185.00. Inventory Code: CHHT.   Found object man with boat ... Side views ... From above ... From below ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Found object man with boat ... Side views ... From above ... From below ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... With a soda can for scale.

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 dogThis is a large carved dog with strong presence. It is painted black, which looks like an old overpaint over a reddish-brown. There are also some gold paint highlights, especially around the mouth and under the chin. It is 14" high by 20 1/4" long by about 7 1/2" wide. We don't know anything about the history of this, other than the fact that it had a note taped to the bottom saying it was Alaskan. There is some paint wear, a few gouges on the back, a couple of age cracks on the bottom, and a crack that runs most of the way around the neck. We're not sure if that last is damage or if the head was carved from a separate piece of wood. In either case it is very solid, without any movement. The age is unknown, but it is old. It's a striking piece. The price is $475.00. Inventory Code: CHOA.   Carved dog ... Side view ... Front view ... Another front view ... Third angle from front ... The other side ... Closeup of the head ... Another closeup of the head ... Closeup of the back feet ... Back view ... Closeup from back ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... Another view from below ... Closeup from below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved dog ... Side view ... Front view ... Another front view ... Third angle from front ... The other side ... Closeup of the head ... Another closeup of the head ... Closeup of the back feet ... Back view ... Closeup from back ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... Another view from below ... Closeup from below ... With a soda can for scale.

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.

TankThis model 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.   Model tank ...The other side ...From above.

Found object man with boatThis is a funky sculptural assemblage of a man wearing a boat. The head and arm are carved. His arm is hinged at the shoulder and can be moved. After the photos were taken we also noticed that the feet can swivel. The boat is metal, his hat is a rubber or plastic cap, the stripes on his pants and ring around his eye are strips of rubber, and there is a strategically placed key. There is a wire hanger on the back; it can be hung or stand on its own. It is signed in pencil "Wm Skrips 11/05 The Boat Costume". It is 20" high by 21 1/2" wide by about 4" deep, in excellent condition. The price is $185.00. Inventory Code: CHHT.   Found object man with boat ... Side views ... From above ... From below ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Found object man with boat ... Side views ... From above ... From below ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... With a soda can for scale.

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.

19th c. grain painted frameA 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 very good condition with minor loss to the gesso over the frame. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: PKWT.   Grain painted frame ... Closeup of frame, glare on glass makes inside look lighter ... Closeup of inside ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Grain painted frame ... Closeup of frame, glare on glass makes inside look lighter ... Closeup of inside ... With a soda can for scale.

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