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Cast iron grate
Large cast iron grate
Case whimsey carving
"CASE" whimsey carving:
letters and frame from one piece
Tramp art shelf with drawers
Tramp art shelf with drawers
Inlaid box
Very decorative marquetry box
Stamp picture
Postage stamps and watercolor
Bog shoe
Hand made horse's bog shoe,
one of two
Cane carved with snake, hearts, hand, more
19th c. carved cane with snake,
hearts, hand, secret compartment
Twig swing
Miniature twig swing
Erector set robot
Robot built from an Erector set
Santo carving
Santo carving of Mary
Pottery planter
Pottery planter
Fraternal plaque
Masonic brass plaque
Church bird feeder
Church bird feeder
Tree of Life quilt
Tree of Life quilt
Brick carving
Brick end of day carving
Goose yard ornament
4 Goose yard ornaments
from Maine
Lewis Smith sketch
Double sided sketch by Lewis Smith
Man on horse carving
Carved man on horse from MN
Bottle cap basket
Bottle cap basket
Popsicle stick lamp
Popsicle stick lamp

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Inlaid boxThis is a wonderfully made and very decorative marquetry box with three drawers. Constructed from softwoods and finished with a clear varnish, it is a striking piece. The surface has taken on an excellent rich patina and light crazing. The drawers are made from cheese boxes, one of which has some of the labeling printed inside. There are four glass pulls for the drawers as well as two on the sides for decorative purposes. The box was probably made in the early 20th century and is in extremely good condition with some very slight wear and the replacement of one small trim piece on the left of the large drawer. It is about 15" wide by 10" deep and 10" high. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: CSPR.   See a slideshow of several views [985k] ... Inlaid box ... Another angle ... Side view ... Back view ... The other side ... Another overall view ... From above ... Another view from above ... Another overall view ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... With the drawers open ... Cheese box label inside a drawer ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Inlaid box ... Side view ... The other side ... Another overall view ... From above ... Another view from above ... Closeup.

Popsicle stick lampThis is a nice old popsicle stick lamp. It is well made with good form and decoration, including 8-pointed stars on the shade. The metal finial contains a blue and white swirled marble. The lamp is in very good condition although has a loss of part of one stick. It was probably made about the 1970's and is about 18" high including the finial. The shade is 10" across. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: TWHT.   Popsicle stick lamp ... Two more sides ... Another view ... From above ... Closeup of the shade ... Another closeup of the shade ... Closeup of the base ... The base, from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... Larger overall photo.

Case whimsey carvingThis is a very unusual carved whimsey spelling out the word "CASE". We don't have any history on it, but it seems likely that whoever made it had some relationship to a company with that name. The whimsey was all cut from a single board about 1 1/4" thick, probably using a coping saw. Each letter has a double loop on top which is hand carved. The letters hang from the frame by these. The frame, just over an inch wide, also has keystone shapes carved in the center top and bottom as well as subtle decorative carving in the corners. This piece was probably made between the 1950's and 1970's. It has an unfinished surface and heavy paper, painted black, as a backing. It also has a metal hanger on the back. The whimsey appears to be excellent, old condition, however when we got it some of the letters' hanging loops were broken. These have been reglued and all that is now visible is a fine line showing above the letter "S"; although there were more breaks. There is also a hole in the paper, that is covered by the letters. The overall size is 20 7/8" by 10 5/8". The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: TOST.   See a slideshow of several views [354k] ...   "Case" whimsey carving ... Another view ... Closeup, left ... Closeup, right ... Left, from above ... Right, from above ... Left, with letter moved ... Overall, from above ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Goose yard ornamentHere are four Canada goose yard ornaments from Maine. They are plywood cutouts, painted on both sides, with metal stakes to drive into the ground. Two have articulated heads that swivel up or down. The birds themselves range from 11" to 16" in height, and from 25" to 31" long. With the stakes included they are 17" to 23" high. Some of the stakes are a little loose. They are in appropriately used, weathered condition with varying amounts of paint wear and minor loss. The photos should be clear on this, but if you have any questions contact us. They are priced at $80.00 each, with a discount for the group. Inventory Code: TPCP.   Goose yard ornament ... Other side ... With head moved ... Closeup ... Second goose, one side ... Second goose, other side ... Third goose, one side ... Third goose, other side ... Third goose, head moved ... Fourth goose, one side ... Fourth goose, other side ... Fourth goose, Closeup ... All four together.

Cast iron grateThis is a large cast iron grate with beautiful form and surface. It is from the late 1800's, and measures 6" high by 15" in diameter. There are three tabs on the bottom: two of them are chipped. Otherwise, the condition is excellent. The price is $295.00. Inventory Code: THPO.   Cast iron grate ... Side views ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Back view ... Another back view ... Closeup from back.

Lewis Smith sketchThis is a two sided drawing by Ohio artist Lewis Smith (1907 - 1998). One side has a woman and a heart, the other side has several sketches including a woman holding a sign that says "See Alliance First". It is one of a series he did in ballpoint ink on 9" by 12" sketch paper. Like the others in this series, it is slightly yellowed and has a pinhole in one side. Lewis preferred to use recycled and imperfect materials in his art - it reflected the value he saw in everyday objects that others discarded. You can see much more of his work, see some of the other sketches in this series, or find out about his life. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: LS140.   Lewis Smith sketch ... The other side.

Tramp art shelf with drawersThis is a very nice tramp art shelf with two drawers. It can sit or be hung. The piece is made from a combination of plywood and pine and has been stained in two different colors for a finish. This shelf has both chip carving, mostly along the edges, and "flatwork" which is a series of carved strips applied edge to edge. In addition to the two drawers, each side has a small triangular shelf. The top is cut out with geometrics and hearts as decoration. This shelf was likely made in the 1940's or '50's. It is 18 1/4" wide by 13 1/4" high by 6" deep to the front of the knobs. It is in excellent condition. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CTOP.   See a slideshow of several views [660k] ... Tramp art shelf with drawers ... Another angle ... A third view ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With drawers open ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Tramp art shelf with drawers ... Another angle ... A third view ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With drawers open ... With a soda can for scale.

Here is a very nice little framed postage stamp and watercolor painting. The scene is of the ocean with a large rock made out of stamps, while the rest - shoreline, birds, people, sea, and sky are painted. It is signed F. M. M. and dated 1938. On the back is written, in French, details of where it was made, in Quebec, and apparently at an abbey or monastery. This was probably sold to make some money for it. The condition of the frame and painting are excellent. There is a tear in the backing paper. The frame is 6 1/2" wide by 4 1/2" high. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: ATAP.   Front ... Back.

Bog shoeNext are two bog shoes - used on horses for extra support while being used for logging in swampy and snowy conditions. These were found in Iowa, but likely came from either Minnesota or Wisconsin. They are cut from hardwood. One has the more often found metal attachments while the other has a rare leather "harness" to hold on the horse. They were made and used circa 1900, and are in very good, used condition with appropriate wear. The leather on the second one is fairly hard.

This first bog shoe is oval in shape and 8 1/2" by 11" in size. The chiseled areas for the horseshoe to fit into resemble eyes and a mouth, so the shoe looks like a face. The surface is unfinished. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: CCAS.   See a slideshow of several views [418k] ... Hand made horse's bog shoe ... Another view, latch moved ... Side view ... End view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Hand made horse's bog shoe ... Another view, latch moved ... Side view ... End view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Bog shoeThis bog shoe is older and has a rare assemblage of metal and leather straps for attaching to the horse's hoof. It has 8 sides and is 12" by 8 3/4". It is built with a second layer of wood on the front. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: CCAA.   See a slideshow of several views [334k] ... Bog shoe with leather straps ... Side views ... Front view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Bog shoe with leather straps ... Side views ... Front view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Cane carved with snake, hearts, hand, more This is an exceptional folk art walking stick, carved in detail all over with unique decoration. It even has a secret compartment. The cane was likely made in the late 1800's and is in excellent condition with a very good original dark surface. It measures 35 1/4" long by about 2" by 1 3/4". Take a look at the photos to see how well it was done.

Following is a list of some of the decorative carving. A knob handle with a spiral shaft below; a horseshoe with triangle set in; the secret compartment with sliding closure; a hand with fingers; a half moon and flower; a flower plant with leaves; deep oblong pyramids; a long snake; two hearts with leaves; conical pyramids with old round tacks on the peaks; other round tacks as decoration, a pocket knife (probably representing the one used); and even other elements not noted. It has a brass tip. Overall this is a rare and wonderful folk art piece. The price is $875.00. Inventory Code: CCSA.   See a slideshow of several views [540 k] ... Walking stick carved with snake, hearts, hand, more ... Closeups of the upper half ... More closeups of the upper half ... Closeups of the middle ... Closeups of the bottom ... Closeups of the knife ... Closeups of the hearts ... Closeup of the hand, snake's head ... The compartment open ... From above and below ... Closeups from above ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Walking stick carved with snake, hearts, hand, more ... Closeups of the upper half ... More closeups of the upper half ... Closeups of the middle ... Closeups of the bottom ... Closeups of the knife ... Closeups of the hearts ... Closeup of the hand, snake's head ... The compartment open ... From above and below ... Closeups from above ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

This is a detailed and wonderfully painted model swing made out of twig. The twigs are incised and painted, and it does swing. From the NC/TN mountains, it was probably made around the 1920's or 30's, and is in excellent condition. 17" high by 8 1/2" by 8 1/2". The price is $295.00. Inventory Code: APHP.   Side view ... Front view ... A third angle ... With a carved man (not included) sitting in the swing.

Erector set robotThis is a robot made from an Erector Set - likely dating from about the 1950's or 60's. The legs and feet are hinged and move forward and back. These seem to be connected to a motor. The arms also move freely. The feet have wheels. The robot is about 37" high by 10" wide by 8 3/4" deep. It is in very good condition, although at this time the motor "whirrs" when plugged in but there is no actual movement. (Please contact a licensed electrician to restore. We do not suggest plugging it in or doing it yourself). The robot came from the toy collection of one of the individuals who inherited the Reese Candy Company. The price is $650.00. Inventory Code: CTCH.   See a slideshow of several views [822k] ... Erector set robot ... Front view ... Closeup ... Another overall angle ... Views of one side ... The other side ... Back view ... Another closeup of the face ... Third closeup ... Closeup of the feet ... Another view of the feet ... The feet from above ... Overall, from above ... From below ... Closeup of mechanism from below ... With a soda can and yardstick for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Erector set robot ... Front view ... Closeup ... Another overall angle ... Views of one side ... The other side ... Back view ... Another closeup of the face ... Third closeup ... Closeup of the feet ... From below ... Closeup of mechanism from below.

A Santo carving of Mary, from the late 1800's, Mexican. She is in weathered gray/blue and cream paint, mounted in a wooden altar. Overall size is 21 3/4" high by 18 1/2" wide by 9" deep, Mary is 14" high. The altar is in good condition, with minor damage; Mary is in very good condition. The price is $650.00. Inventory Code: PKTA.   Image ... Closeup ... Back.

This tourist ware pottery planter is 4 3/4" high by 6 1/4" in diameter, with a drainage hole in the bottom. The crazed glaze is in rich blue, maroon, green, and cream, with tiny firing bubbles. It has good age, and the condition is excellent. We have several other pieces available. The price is $85.00. Inventory Code: AHWW.   Image ... From above ... From below.

This is an old brass plate, deeply embossed with several Masonic symbols. It was probably made around the 1930's or a bit earlier. This piece is in excellent condition with a good aged surface. It is 6 3/8" high, 4 7/8" wide, and 3/8" deep. The price is $140.00. Inventory Code: ATOP. Overall view ... Back.

This is a wooden bird feeder hand made in the shape of a church, from what looks like old fruit boxes; and painted an old, somewhat patinated off-white. Some of the nice touches on this piece are a hand carved and incised roof and columns, chip carving on large dowels, and decoration around the edges. The front doors open to reveal a wooden pulpit. This was probably made in the 1950's to 70's, but was kept indoors and apparently used as a decorative piece rather than as a feeder. It is in excellent condition. The price is $195.00. Inventory Code: ATWO.   Overall view ... Open doors ... From above ... One side ... Back view.

Tree of Life quiltThis is a Tree of Life quilt from the early 1900's. It is machine pieced and very nicely hand quilted with feather wreaths between the trees and a winding feather border. The batting is very thin. The edge was turned to the back to bind. The size is 79" h by 80" wide. It is in good to very good, washed condition with light surface soiling and only one very faint spot about 1/8" across. There is some very faint yellowing where it was folded that is visible in direct sunlight, but not in indoor light. The back is white, with one small repair about 1/4" long. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CTRW.   See a slideshow of several views [975k] ... Tree of Life quilt ... Closeup, upper left ... Lower right ... Quilted block in the middle ... Upper right, in poor light ... Lower left, in poor light ... Surface soiling ... Feather border, in poor light ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... Second closeup of back ... Third closeup of back.
Some much larger photos:   Tree of Life quilt ... Closeup, upper left ... Lower right ... Quilted block in the middle ... Upper right, in poor light ... Lower left, in poor light ... Surface soiling ... Feather border, in poor light ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... Second closeup of back ... Third closeup of back.

This stylized dog is a brick end of day carving made in southern Pennsylvania at a brickwork. The workers took leftover fired, soft material at the end of the day and carved them into forms. The material is somewhat soft, and a golden yellow color. The condition is excellent. The age is unknown, but old. Including the base it measures 7" by 7 1/2" by 2". The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: ROSX. Image.

Man on horse carvingHere is a carving of a bearded man riding a horse. It is carved from several pieces of wood which were pieced together into a larger block before carving. The grass, his clothes, and the horse's hooves are painted. His hands and face, and the horse are the natural color of the wood, with a coat of clear varnish. The mane and tail of the horse have burned-in detail. There is felt glued to the bottom. The carving is 12 1/2" long by 9 1/2" high by 3 1/2" deep. It is in excellent condition, came from Minnesota, and was made in the second half of the 20th century. The price is $245.00. Inventory Code: TSSA.   Carving of man on horse ... Another view ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Closeup from front ... A different angle ... From partly behind ... Front ... Back ... Another view from behind, showing piecing of wood ... From above ... Bottom.

Bottle cap basketThis is a nice old two-handled bottle cap basket made from cork-lined caps. It is built around a glass jar. Most of the caps have taken on a dark old rust color, but many still have some of the original colors. These include red, green, yellow and orange, and are primarily on the lower handles and bottom. The basket measures 3 1/2" high by 9" wide by 5" deep, and is in excellent condition. It was likely made about the 1940's. The price is $85.00. Inventory Code: PCPT.   Bottle cap basket ... The other side ... End view ... Another angle ... From above ... Top view ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

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