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Bottle Whimsy
Bottle whimsy with crosses
Large, intricate tramp art frame
Large, intricate tramp art frame
with scrollwork hearts
Driftwood bird
Driftwood bird
Carving with two faces
Carving with two faces
Bottle cap basket
Bottle cap basket
Thistle shelf
Stylized thistle wall shelf
Ring toss game
Folky hand made ring toss game
African-American carving
African-American carved bust
Tramp art crucifix shrine
Tramp art crucifix shrine
Fraternal carving
Fraternal carved, painted
whisk broom holder
Redware toad
Redware toad
Carved band
Carved band by "Hog" Mattingly
Amish child's quilt
Amish child's quilt
Whirligig of man and woman
Primitive whirligig of man chopping, woman washing
Stealth bomber model
Stealth bomber model
Sombrero
Mariachi sombrero
Watercolor
Winter scene watercolor
Clothespin planter
Clothespin planter
Stamp picture
Stamp picture
Whimsey carving
Whimsey carving

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Bottle WhimsyThis is a bottle whimsy containing two crosses, two spear shaped uprights, and a ladder. Each cross also has an "X" shape pegged to the front. The bottle stands 11 3/4" tall by 3" in diameter and is closed with a cork. Age is unknown, but it is old, in excellent condition. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: TCPP.   See a slideshow of several views [275k] ... Bottle whimsy ... Two more views ... Side and back views ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Bottle whimsy ... Two more views ... Side and back views.

Large, intricate tramp art frameHere is an extremely well made, large, and unusual tramp art frame. In addition to the chip carved layers, it has extensive scroll or fretwork with designs including multiple hearts and crosses. There are also small mirrors in the corners and around the sides, a top crest, and words worked in the bottom fretwork. It was found in Pennsylvania, measures 32" by 28" by 3", is eight layers deep, and painted gold - which has oxidized over the years, giving a dark, rich tone. The base frame seems to be from the late 1800's, but the paint is more likely from around the 1920's, so, it may be an older construction that was painted at that time. It is in almost perfect condition. The inscription at the bottom is difficult to make out; it may be "Borze Zbaw Nas". With a slight change in spelling, Google translates this as Polish for "God Save Us". While this is in Polish, it is very likely that the frame is actually American, as that area of Pennsylvania had many European immigrants, some of whom brought this art form here. The price is $1275.00. Inventory Code: CPHS.   See a slideshow of several views [746k] ... Large, intricate tramp art frame ... Closeup, upper half ... Closeup, lower half ... Closeup, one corner ... Side view ... Another side view ... Back view ... With a yardstick for scale.

Some much larger photos:   Large, intricate tramp art frame ... Closeup, upper half ... Closeup, lower half ... Side view ... Back view.

Thistle shelfThis is a wall shelf cut out in the shape of a stylized thistle. It is built of 3/4" pine, with dark cream paint. There are a number of small tacks for hanging keys or other lightweight objects underneath the shelf. The condition is good, with minor paint wear and a small, old break at the top. The break occurred before the shelf was painted, possibly while it was being made. The shelf measures 20 1/2" high by 11" wide by 8 1/2" deep. Age appears to be from the 1930's or 40's. The price is $145.00. Inventory Code: TWOT.   See a slideshow of several views [410k] ... Thistle shelf ... Another view ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... From below ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Thistle shelf ... Another view.

Ring toss gameHere is a folky, hand made, painted ring toss game. It has a handle for the player to hold while swinging the ring on the string and trying to catch it on the man's nose. The man is cut from pine, painted with a suit and tie, green hat, and red nose, and then varnished. It has a great surface, with heavier patina on the handle from lots of use. The donut-shaped wooden ring appears to have been hand carved. At one time it was cracked and reglued. It has a wooden base it sets into for display. The man measures 9 1/2" long by 6" high by 5/8" thick. The ring is 3 1/4" in diameter by 3/8" thick. It is in very good, used condition with minor surface wear, especially on the ring and the tip of the nose. Probably it was made in the 1930's or 40's. The old string is fragile. The price is $100.00. Inventory Code: THHK.   Ring toss game ... The other side ... With the ring on his nose ... Front views ... Back view ... Off the base ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.

African-American carvingThis is a bust of an African-American carved from walnut. It has a smooth, polished surface and lots of personality. It is 6 1/2" high by 5" wide by 2 1/2" deep, in excellent condition. Age is unknown, but most likely mid-20th century. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: CARS.   African-American carving ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   African-American carving ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

This is an exceptional relief carved and painted whisk broom holder covered with fraternal symbols. It includes the three rings and axe of Odd Fellows, the sword and moon of the Shriners, and the star of Rebecca. In addition, it has a face carved in a center panel and the words "MELHA" and "In Hoc Signo Vinces". The size is 14" high, about 10" wide, and 5" deep. It is made out of pine, and was probably done around the early part of the 1900's. The condition is very good, with one tiny chip, very slight paint loss, and a tight age crack on the front. The carving is even more detailed than the photos show. The price is $675.00. Inventory Code: AWCR.   Overall Image ... Close-up of the top ... Lower front, from below ... Looking through from the top down ... Back.

Redware toadHere is an animated redware toad, unglazed, with an orange painted mouth and a strong folky look and "personality". It is anonymous and of unknown age, though it was in the Howard Smith collection for some time. It is 5 1/2" long by 4" wide by 2 1/2" high. The right front foot is broken off. The price is $45.00. Inventory Code: PCOW.   Redware toad ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved bandThis is a group of four carved musicians playing guitar, banjo, fiddle, and upright bass. The men have painted clothes, cloth bandannas, felt hats, and hair made from glued on sawdust. The women have cloth skirts, ribbons, plastic necklaces, and hair made from painted polyurethane spray foam insulation. This assemblage was made by Lloyd "Hog" Mattingly of Kentucky, who carved from the early 1980's until his death in 2003. The base is signed "Hog's Hobbies L Mattingly". It measures 21 1/2" high by 33 1/2" wide by 7" deep, in very good condition. There is some slight cracking around the shoulder of the bass player, visible in the third closeup photo. We have a similar, smaller group of musicians by him here. The price is $450.00. Inventory Code: CCAO.   See a slideshow of several views [855k] ... Carved band ... Another angle ... Third view ... Closeup of two figures ... The other two figures ... Third closeup ... Side views ... Back view ... Back, from above ... Closeup of signature ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved band ... Another angle ... Third view ... Closeup of two figures ... The other two figures ... Third closeup ... Side views ... Back view ... Back, from above ... Closeup of signature ... With a soda can for scale.

Amish child's quiltThis is a wonderful, graphic, Amish child's quilt. It is 45" by 64". The small size makes it perfect for display on a wall, although it certainly can be used on a bed or as an accent piece. It was bought from the family in Medina Co., Homersville, OH. This visually interesting cotton quilt is in excellent washed condition and was made around 1950. It is machine pieced and hand quilted. The price is $475.00. Inventory Code: AKHH.   Amish child's quilt ... Closeup ... Second closeup ... Third closeup ... Back ... Closeup of back.

Whirligig of man and womanThis is a primitive whirligig with a man chopping wood and a woman scrubbing laundry. The people are cut from boards, with metal arms and legs. The laundry tub is a metal can, filled with tar or pitch to hold the wooden washboard in place. There is a rusted wire "picket fence" around the base. The whirligig has been mounted on a more recent wooden stand. The overall size is 38" long by 22" high as mounted; the blade is 16" across. From the first half of the 20th century, it is in very good, weathered condition with minor loss to the wire fence. The price is $475.00. Inventory Code: CTAH.   See a slideshow of several views [752k] ... Whirligig of man chopping, woman washing ... With the figures moved ... The other side ... Another angle ... Closeup of woman ... Woman, other side ... Closeup of man ... Man, other side ... Front view ... Back view ... Closeup from above ... Another view from above ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action [5.9 Mb].
Some much larger photos:   Whirligig of man chopping, woman washing ... With the figures moved ... The other side ... Another angle ... Closeup of woman ... Woman, other side ... Closeup of man ... Man, other side ... Front view ... Back view ... Closeup from above ... Another view from above ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action [5.9 Mb].

Stealth bomber modelStealth bomber modelThis is a folky, Stealth Bomber model hand-made from thin tongue and groove wood, with an old varnish surface. It is decorated with stripes and stars cut from newspapers, and has further detailing done in marker. The plane has two sets of metal wheels screwed to the bottom. The third set has the bracket, but the wheels are missing. It was made by Oliver Rzick and is signed and dated 4-24-99. This plane is 16" long, about 3" high, has a wingspan of about 41". It is in very good condition. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: AWKO.   From above ... Overall ... Side view ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... From below ... Closeup of bottom.

One of several original Mexican Sombreros. They are all in excellent condition, and are not new. They appear to be 20 to 30 years old, or possibly older and are wonderful, decorative objects - in addition to being just the right headwear for that "special" occasion. This sombrero is a very splashy black velvet decorated top and bottom with applied, silver and white braid and multicolored sequins. It is in excellent condition, and measures 24" across. You can see the rest on our Sombreros page. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: AHHW.   Top view ... Closeup of top ... Bottom view ... Side view.

Driftwood birdThis is a bird made from driftwood and found objects. It has a nice form and weathered surface. It is 5 1/4" high by 8" by 4", in very good condition. The age is unknown, but it is old. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: TOWP.   Driftwood bird ... Another view ... Front view ... The other side ... Another angle ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... Closeup from below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Driftwood bird ... Another view ... Front view ... The other side ... Another angle ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... Closeup from below ... With a soda can for scale.

Here is a small picture made primarily from cut up stamps and highlighted with pen and ink. The scene is the interior of a room with two chairs, fireplace, wall paintings, and more. This is probably about 30-35 years old, with some of the stamps being a bit older. It is marked on the back: "Francisceines Missionnaires de Maire, Quebec". We have had a couple other ones done by them; so apparently this mission made stamp pictures to raise funds. The painting is in excellent condition, with a tear to the backing paper. The frame is 3 1/8" by 4 1/8". The price is $85.00. Inventory Code: ATKA.   Image.

Bottle cap basketThis is a sculptural looking bottle cap basket. It has good form, color, and size, and is in excellent condition. The basket is made from old cork lined caps. It is 13" high by 11" wide by 9" deep, and was likely made around the 1940's. The price is $245.00. Inventory Code: CSSO.   See a slideshow of several views [626k] ... Basket made from bottle caps ... Another angle ... Third view ... From above ... Closeup, showing some caps and cork lining ... From below ... Another view from below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Basket made from bottle caps ... Another angle ... Third view ... Closeup, showing some caps and cork lining.

Watercolor by CD Love. There is a sprig of flowers painted on the reverse. It is 6" by 9", in very good condition, the paper is slightly yellowed. From St. Louis area, probably 1940's. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: APRH. Image.

Here is a planter made from an old can surrounded by old-fashioned painted wood clothespins (not the spring type). The weathered paint is brown over green. Probably made around the 1940's, it is in very good condition. The size is 4 1/4" high by 7 1/4" in diameter. The price is $160.00. Inventory Code: PRWS. Image.

Whimsey carvingThis is a carved whimsey that is very interesting in that it seems to have been a work in progress. The balls are still fixed, yet all the hard work was done, so they could have been released easily. The piece has nice form and a naturally aged and darkened surface. It was likely made in the 1940's or so, is 14" long by 1 1/4" square, and in excellent condition. The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: AKCT.   Image ... Second view ... Third view ... Fourth view ... Fifth view.

Tramp art crucifix shrineThis is an extremely unusual, small and intricate tramp art display case. It has a hinged door with glass, and glass on the other three sides. The case contains a crucifixion scene, and includes many carved wooden tools associated with the crucifixion. It also has three lithographs representing Jesus and the two thieves (although they all seem to be Jesus). The case is topped with a cross and has an ornate finial and other details. It is finished in an old, oxidized gold paint, and was likely made around C. 1920's. The case is about 11 1/2" to the top of the cross, by 5 1/2" wide and 4" deep. It is not in perfect condition, as it has quite a lot of bits and pieces of loss. Obviously, this is a consideration, but in balance, is clearly outweighed by the rarity of this one-of-a-kind piece. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: AKAO.   Image ... 3/4 view ... Another view from above ... From above ... One side ... The other side ... Back ... Another angle ... Closeup front ... Closeup back ... Closeup one side ... Closeup the other side.

Carving with two facesThis is a wood carving that has two faces on opposite sides. They have qualities that resemble the stone heads of Easter Island. The piece is just under 16" high by 3 1/2" wide by 5 1/2" deep. It is done in hardwood, probably walnut, that has been highlighted with darker stain. The carving is in good condition, with very minor age cracks. It likely was done about the 1940's or so. This is part of a small collection by the same unknown artist. You can see some others here. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: TKPC.   See a slideshow of several views [342k] ... Carving with two faces, with a soda can for scale ... Two more views of this face ... Three views of the other face ... Side views ... From above ... From below.
Some much larger photos:   Carving with two faces, with a soda can for scale ... Two more views of this face ... Three views of the other face ... Side views.

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