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Doll eyes
"Sleepy" Doll eyes and mechanism
7 1/2 foot high Crown of thorns
7 1/2 foot high Crown of
Thorns stand w/hearts
Abstract quilt
Great abstract wool quilt from OH
Primitive carved face
Primitive carved face
Three folky frames
Three folky frames by Ray Fisher, "The Rush Creek Bum"
Art deco stand
Art Deco Stand
Decorative industrial metal panel
Two decorative industrial steel panels
Whimsy carving
Whimsy carving
Large metal valve
Very large industrial valve
Chinese puppets
Several hand made Chinese puppets
Folding metal decoy
Folding metal decoy
Milk signCountry store sign
Two sided metal country store sign
Portuguese fisherman painting
One of four Portuguese fisherman paintings
Carnival knockdowns
Carnival knockdowns
Jointed carving
Jointed carving
Magazine rack
Painted wood magazine rack
Whimsy carved smoking stand
Whimsy carved stand
Bottle whimsey with tools
Bottle whimsey with tools
Universe sign
3-D Op art "Universe" sign
Chicken whistle
"Chicken whistle"
Wood and metal wheel
Decorative wood and metal wheel
Concrete bookends
Concrete cross bookends
Carving of man carving a whimsy
Wonderful carving of a
man carving a whimsy

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Whimsy carved smoking standThis is a whimsy carved stand with a great look. There are three very round, smooth balls in cages in the pedestal. The top and base are carved into strong geometric forms, and a glass ashtray is set into the top. The stand was carved from light colored wood with a varnish finish. It is 25 1/4" tall by 10" by 10" at the base. Age appears to be from about the 1920's or 30's. There is some surface wear as visible in the photos, and several old repaired breaks on the handle at the top and to the top of the lowest ball cage, where a large chip is also missing. The repairs are solid, and the stand is sturdy and functional. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CCHA.   Whimsy carved stand, two sides ... Two more sides ... Three more views ... Closeup of base ... Other side of base ... Closeup of top ... Other side of top ... From above ... From below ... Another view from below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Whimsy carved stand, two sides ... Two more sides ... Three more views ... Closeup of base ... Other side of base ... Closeup of top ... Other side of top ... From above ... From below ... Another view from below ... With a soda can for scale.

Bottle whimsey with toolsThis bottle whimsey has a rack of carved tools inside. The rack fills the bottle very snugly, leaving no room to wiggle. Mounted on the rack are a carved axe, crosscut saw, hand saw, and gun. Two spears are mounted vertically from the base, behind the tools. The bottle is marked "375 ML" on the back, and has a plastic cap. This whimsey is from the second half of the 20th century, and is in excellent condition. It is 8" high by 3 1/2" wide by 1 3/4" deep. The price is $210.00. Inventory Code: CSTK.   See a slideshow of several views [382k] ... Bottle whimsey with tools ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Bottle whimsey with tools ... Side views ... Back view

Doll eyesHere is a pair of "sleepy" doll eyes with the weighted mechanism to make them open and close. The blue eyes have been mounted on a black wooden base so that they are free to rotate. The mechanism gives a weird "face" to the eyes. The eyes appear to be plastic, with synthetic lashes. The mechanism is steel, with heavy copper wire and a lead weight. The eyes are 1 1/2" wide by 1 7/8" high by 1 1/4" deep. As mounted, they stand 4 1/2" high by 2 1/2" by 2 1/2". They are in excellent condition, with light oxidation on the metal parts, and date from the mid 20th century. The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: TWST.   Doll eyes ... Several more views ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.

Three folky framesThis is a set of three frames, graduated in size, made and carved by Ray Fisher of Glen Springs, VA; known as the "Rush Creek Bum". Fisher is featured in Betty Carol Sellen's book "Outsider, Self Taught, and Folk Art (2nd edition).

All the frames are made from pine with thin plywood backs and bases. They are trimmed around the edges with what looks like commercial molding. On the largest frame, Fisher has carved a pair of boots, while on the other two he has carved two upright pieces for each, decorated with chip carving. These have slots in the back in which pictures can be slipped for display. On the one with boots, there are two tacks on the top and knobs on the boots to hold a picture. The sizes of the frames, from small to large are 6 1/8" high by 6 1/4" wide, 6 3/8" high by 6 1/2" wide, and 6 3/4" high by 7" wide. All of the bases are the same depth, just over 2 1/4" deep. They were probably done in the 1950's or '60's and are in excellent condition. The price is $135.00. Inventory Code: TKAS.   See a slideshow of several views [513k] ... Three folky frames ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... Closer view of one, from above ... Back view ... Label on bottom of one ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Three folky frames ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... Closer view of one, from above ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Art deco standThis is an attractive Art Deco stand. It is decorated with grain painting, and incised lines with several shades of lacquer or varnish to simulate inlay. The finish has slight crazing. There is a small match holder at the top, above a shelf that is 7 1/2" wide by 4 1/4" deep. The overall height is 27 1/4", by 8 1/2" wide by 7 1/4" deep. It was built from pine, in the early 1900's. It is in very good condition, with minor wear from use. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: THKK.   Art deco stand ... Closeup of top ... Back and side views ... Closeup of the top, from side ... Closeup from above ... Another closeup from above ... Closeup of the base ... Base, from above ... Base, one side ... Base, other side ... Another closeup of the base ... Closeups of the shaft ... The top, from below ... Another view of the top from below ... Overall, from below ... Closeup of the bottom ... From above.

7 1/2 foot high Crown of thornsThis is the largest and most outstanding piece of crown of thorns construction we have ever seen. It has five frames, a shelf, and a drawer. The construction is entirely crown of thorns - the only fasteners used are in the drawer and one of the frames. The drawer is notched out to slide into the interlocking pieces. Five sets of carved hearts are worked into the upper part.

It is made from unfinished pine, and stands 7 1/2 feet (90") high by 50" wide by 13" deep; the shelf is 39 1/2" wide. It is quite sturdy and functional - there is no problem with setting even fairly heavy things on the shelf.

This piece was found in Louisville, KY, probably made in that area around the turn of the century, and is in excellent condition. The person who found it, sitting in an attic covered with soot, turned a garden hose on it, and in the process, washed off much of the gesso from the large frame in the center. The resulting mottled surface, (while it looks good in our opinion), is obviously not in its original condition. The only other flaw is a missing drawer pull. We will be carving a replacement to match. There is no damage or loss to the crown of thorns. This is a spectacular and beautiful piece of furniture. The price is $12,500.00. Inventory Code: PKOK.   Front view ... One side ... The other side ... Closeup of carved hearts ... Closeup of top ... Details ... Drawer open, showing notching ... Upper half ... Lower half ... Bottom inside ... With Matt, to show scale.

Abstract quiltThis is a great abstract quilt with very strong color and graphics. It is machine and hand pieced from wool suiting and lightweight wool fabric. One patch even has part of the suit pocket! It has a flannel back, and is hand tied with blue wool yarn. There is a light weight blanket inside instead of batting. This quilt was found in Ohio, and is in excellent, unused, near mint condition. There is one small spot and one small tear on the back, each less than 1/2". Neither shows through to the front. It measures about 69 1/2" by 69". The age is unknown: it appears to be 1930's or 40's, but could be considerably older. The price is $1150.00. Inventory Code: TRAC.   See a slideshow of several views [688k] ... Abstract quilt ... Closeup of the center ... Closeup, upper right ... Closeup, upper left ... Closeup, lower left ... Closeup, lower right ... Extreme closeup of detail ... Closeup of the pocket ... Back view ... Closeup of the back ... Another closeup of the back.

Primitive carved faceThis is an odd relief carving of a face. It is carved from the cut surface of an angled slab of log, with the bark left on the uncarved surface. It stands 8 1/4" high by about 4 3/4" in diameter. The carving is unsigned and in excellent condition. The age is unknown, but it is old, probably around the mid-20th century, or possibly a little earlier. We have several more carvings by the same anonymous artist on our carvings page. The price is $145.00. Inventory Code: TKSW.   See a slideshow of several views [690k] ... Primitive carved face ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... Another view from below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Primitive carved face ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view.

Whimsy carvingThis is a nice little carved wooden whimsey. It has a ball-in-cage and a freely-moving swivel captured in a second, rounded section. The whimsey is 4" long by 1" wide. The rectangular cage is 3/4" wide and deep. This was made in the 1930's, and is in excellent condition, with a natural, aged surface. The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: AOWO. With a pen, for scale ... Second view ... Third view ... Fourth view ... Fifth view ... Sixth view.

Large metal valveThis is a massive industrial brass valve. It has a wonderful decorative and sculptural look and feel. This piece was likely made in the early 1900's. It has a great oxidized surface and color, and still retains some of the original paint, which may have been yellow but now is much darker. The valve handle is a dark rust. This piece was connected to a very large pipe. The opening of the threaded areas is over 2" in diameter. The valve itself stands about 9 1/2" high. It is 3 1/2" wide and deep. On the new base and support it is about 12" high by 6 1/2" wide by 6" deep. The handle and shaft still turns a little, but the valve does not open. Otherwise it is in very good, old, used condition. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: THSR.   Large metal valve ... The other side ... Two more angles ... Two end views ... From above ... Two closeups ... Two more closeups ... Another view from above ... Another overall view ... With a soda can for scale ... Larger overall photo.

AllThis is a selection of 13 old and authentic hand carved and painted Chinese puppets and heads. These are stick puppets: the head, body and arms manipulated with sticks under the costumes from below. There are twelve complete with sticks, carved hands, and handmade costumes; plus four heads without the bodies. Some of the puppets have eyes that move; and some have natural hair. For those with moving eyes, there is a carved rectangular inset in the back of the head which, when pressed opens or closes the eyes.

The puppets range in size from 18" high for the smallest to about 21" for the largest. The heads are about 6 1/2" to 7" high. These puppets were actually used in street theater; unlike newer ones that are reproduced for current sale. They came from Northern China, and seem to range in age from about the 1930's to the 1950's or 60's. They are in very good, used, old condition, and are striking in their individuality. The price of the full puppets range from $175.00 to $325.00. The heads alone are $125.00 each. Inventory Code: AOAW is $325.00; Inventory Code: AOAO is $275.00. There is a discount for multiple purchases.   All ... Eight of the puppets ... The rest of the puppets.
Some much larger photos:   Eight of the puppets ... The rest of the puppets.

Carved puppetLarge person with hair, approximately 17" high to bottom of costume, 21" high with sticks. Inventory Code: AOAW. The price is $325.00. Image ... Close-up.

Carved puppet headsTwo heads only: (AOCP is on the left and AOCS is on the right, $125.00 each).   Image ... Side view.

A nice metal duck decoy. This piece was made from galvanized metal, with an iron rod for support; and then painted a dark olive green with brown and orange details. One of the wings has an unusual slide that release the wing and allows them to pivot for storage. The decoy way probably made in a local "factory" or shop rather than one-of-a-kind. It is in excellent old condition with appropriate wear and patina from use. The duck is 17 1/2" long, 8" across the wings, and 10" high. With the rod and base it stands 43" high. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: AOPA.   One side ... The other side ... With base ... Another view ... From below ... Partly folded.

Milk signCountry store signThis is a two-sided country store sign, painted on a metal Pepsi advertising sign. The blank side was lettered "Jug Milk 36¢ 1/2 Gal." in cream paint. The other side reads "Have a Pepsi", with a blank space in the middle filled in with "Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix 10¢" in whitish paint that is very crazed and crackled. The sign is 30" high by 19 1/2" wide, from about the 1950's. It has normal wear, with some rust and nail holes, overall in strong condition good for display. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: TPKC.   Hand painted country store sign ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of bottom ... The other side, with Pepsi and Jiffy Mix ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of bottom ... Side view.

Portuguese fisherman painting
Here are four folky paintings of various scenes of activities set on the ocean shore of the same area. All are oil on canvas and mounted, stretched, on wood frames. These are all signed "Paulino", and on the rear of some is the stamp "Antonio Moreira Paulino, Pintor Plastico, Turquel 2460 Alcobaca, Portugal". Three are the same size, 13 3/4" wide by 10 1/4" high, while one is smaller - being about 10 5/8" wide by 8" high. They were likely tourist pieces and done in the middle 1900's. The smaller one has a small tear in the canvas that has been taped from the back, otherwise they are in very good condition. Inventory Code: CCSC.

A. The small painting: A scene of a fisherman pulling a line - $125.00.
B. 1 person leading 4 oxen, with a boat in the surf - $150.00.
C. Several people in a rowboat - $150.00.
D. 8 people pulling a net - $150.00.

See a slideshow of several views [797k] ... Portuguese fisherman painting ... Back view ... Second painting ... Back view ... Closeup of the back ... Third painting ... Back view ... Fourth painting ... Back view ... All four, with a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Portuguese fisherman painting ... Back view ... Second painting ... Back view ... Closeup of the back ... Third painting ... Back view ... Fourth painting ... Back view ... All four, with a soda can for scale.

Carnival knockdownsHere are two carnival knockdowns in the form of clowns. They are made from painted canvas, with wool hair. Both are old and used, in good condition with normal wear and slight fading. They are mounted on hinged bases; one hinge has been replaced. The one on the right in the photos is 16 1/2" high by 11" wide by 3 1/2" thick. The one on the left is 15 1/2" high by 11" wide by 3 1/2" thick. They are priced at $175.00 each, with a discount for the pair. Inventory Code: TPCK.   Carnival knockdown targets ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carnival knockdown targets ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

This amusing jointed man has a detailed, primitively carved face. Real hair has been glued to each cheek to form a really unruly beard. His arms are oversized to the rest of him, and are held out from the body with large, hand-carved wooden washers. The metal hardware also appears to be handmade. He is in very good condition with one old, very small chip missing from his hat brim. 5 1/4" high by 1 1/4" wide by 1" deep. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: ASCS. Image

Magazine rackA wonderful cream colored, painted, hanging magazine rack. The form is absolutely super. It is from the early 1900's, with nice crazed paint. In excellent condition, it is 12" wide, 24" high, and 7" deep. The construction is well done both from the standpoint of workmanship and artistry. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: PKAH.   Magazine rack ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Side view ... The other side ... Back.

Universe signThis is a large, 3-dimensional, Op Art "Universe" sign. It is made of fiberglass and various sized wooden dowels, with vibrant paint. The word arches over the central half-globe, while the graduated dowels also project out from the background. The sign is 33" square by about 5 1/2" deep; the mounting brackets on top add another 1 1/2" to the height. The overall condition is good, with some paint loss, stains, chips around the edges, a gouge in the lower part of the globe, and two broken dowels in the lower right. It is from the late 20th or early 21st century. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: TRCP.   See a slideshow of several views [1.1 Mb] ... Universe sign ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... Another view from above ... Closeup, upper left ... Upper right ... Lower left ... Lower right ... Closeup center ... From below ... Closeup from side ... Closeup, other side ... Back view ... Another view from back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Universe sign ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... Another view from above ... Closeup, upper left ... Upper right ... Lower left ... Lower right ... Closeup center ... From below ... Closeup from side ... Closeup, other side ... Back view.

This "Chickenwhistle" is one of those wild pieces we come across periodically which really make us smile. This contraption has a wooden box with hinged lid, mounted on a base. Above the box is an open basket made from scrap sheet metal, with a handle at the top. The whole thing is painted red and white, with a really nice old surface to the paints. The story is that this device was placed on a piano top with a live chicken in the round metal area on top. Grain was put in the lower box. When the chicken "whistled" along with the tune being played, the lid was opened to the grain box and the chicken got its treat. This piece is 14 1/2" wide, 8" deep, and about 21" high. It supposedly is of African-American origin and is in very good, used condition. It was made c. the 1930's. It makes a great plant stand, display, or just enjoy it for itself. The price is $285.00. Inventory Code: AWAR.   Overall image ... Other side ... Open feedbox lid ... Front ... Back ... View with a plant ... 2nd view with plant.

Wood and metal wheelThis is an old wood and metal wheel. Its original use is unknown, but it has a great look. The hub is cast iron, with remnants of silver paint. The handles are wood, bleached, weathered and cracked with age, and with great surface and patina from use. It is attached to a wooden spool-shaped piece that turns with the wheel, with an iron clamp on the back. It has been mounted on a contemporary metal base in the photos, and is easy to remove and clamp onto something else. The wheel is 12 1/4" across by about 7 1/4" deep; as mounted on the base is stands 17" high by 8 1/2" deep. It is in good sturdy display condition: very weathered with deep age splits in some of the handles. It appears to be from the early 1900's, but may be older. The price is $145.00. Inventory Code: CPWR.   See a slideshow of several views [449k] ... Wood and metal wheel ... Another angle ... A third view ... Closeup ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... Another closeup ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Closeup ... Another angle ... A third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... Another closeup.

This pair of concrete bookends is painted black with raised crosses in gold. Each one is 7" high by 3 1/4" by 3 1/4". Probably 1920's/30's, they are in good condition, with a few nicks around the edges. The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: PRCS.   Concrete cross bookends ... Another angle ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view.
Some much larger photos:   Concrete cross bookends ... Another angle ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view.

Decorative industrial metal panelHere is a pair of decorative industrial metal panels with strong graphic look and good size. These are the sheet steel that was left over after a series of parts were cut out. Each is 48 1/4" by 24" by 1/8" thick. They are in very good, as found condition, with slight surface irregularities, very slight surface rust, and somewhat sharp edges. One is just a little warped, the other is flat. They are ready to hang on a wall, or would would look great as a room divider or over a window. They are priced at $175.00 each. Inventory Code: CPHR.   See a slideshow of several views [370k] ... Decorative industrial metal panel ... The other side ... Closeup ... The second panel ... The other side ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Side view of both ... Both, with a yardstick for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Decorative industrial metal panel ... Closeup ... The second panel ... The other side ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Side view of both.

Carving of man carving a whimsyThis is a wonderful carving of a man who is carving a whimsy chain. The man has a beard, and is wearing painted overalls with a red shirt and cap. He is holding a knife in one hand. The whimsy in progress is a real one: the lower links are free to move, and the last, unfinished links in his hand have been partially worked in a genuine manner. The piece is 6" high by 2 1/8" wide by about 4" deep. It is signed on the bottom "Floyd Hicks 2-91". The condition is excellent. The price is $395.00. Inventory Code: CTTW.   See a slideshow of several views [557k] ... Carving of man carving a whimsy ... Other side, with a soda can for scale ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side ... Two views from back ... Two views from above ... Top view ... From below ... Another overall view.

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