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Painted trunk
Painted metal trunk
Found object car
Folk art car made from metal found objects
Painting
Expressive portrait painting
African-American carving
Exceptional, large,
African-American carving
High blanket chest with carved arrowheads
High blanket chest with carved arrowheads
Industrial toy duck mold
Industrial toy duck mold
Hand made double washtub bass
Hand made double
washtub stand up bass
Folky hand made tin can banjo
Folky tin can banjo
Hand wrought clamps
Hand wrought massive clamps
Bottle whimsey with musicians, domino players, pig roast
Cuban bottle whimsey with
pig roast, musicians, domino game

Lewis Smith train
Anchor
Folding anchors
Folky model train
Folky carved three car model train, 3 feet long
Fireman quilt
Fire truck quilt with dogs, hydrants
Whimsey carving
Ball in cage whimsey
with swivel
Fred Bowerman carving
Carved "fidget stick"
by Fred Bowerman
Doorknob weathervane
Doorknob weathervane
Carved head
Carved head
Frog carving
Stylized carved frog
Carved eagle
Carved eagle

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Painted trunkThis is a small metal trunk or case painted with colorful boots and shoes, and the name "Josiau Turner". It has a hasp on the front and folding handles on the sides. Inside it is dark green. The bottom is painted black. It looks like it might have originally been a W.W.II soldier's trunk. The case is definitely old, used, and worn. The size is 21" wide by 15" deep by 9" high. It is in very good condition with worn paint as seen in the photos. The paint decoration is much more recent. We are offering this as an older case with much newer decoration, probably 21st c., not as a one-of-a-kind vintage piece of folk art. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: CWPA.   Painted trunk ... Another angle ... A third view ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Another overall view ... Lid open ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Painted trunk ... Another angle ... A third view ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Another overall view ... Lid open ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Found object carThis folky and whimsical metal car makes wonderful use of found objects. It was made from hinges, nuts, sheet metal, and other metal parts. It is painted with an older, oxidized bronze radiator paint. There are no moving parts. It is 4 1/4" long, by 2 3/4" wide, by 3 1/4" high. The condition is very good with some slight paint loss. The age is unknown, but it appears to have been made around the 1950s (give or take). The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: TOTS-B.   Found object car ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Hand wrought clampsHere are two massive, hand wrought iron "C" clamps. Each measures about 11" wide by 10" high, 1 1/2" thick, and weighs about 7 1/2 pounds. The handles and the main body of the clamps were hand formed. The surface is a very dark, old iron. These are old, in good, used condition. One has a small crack in the body of the "C". They have a really nice look and strong presence. The price for the pair is $175.00. Inventory Code: THRK.   Hand wrought clamps ... The other side ... From above ... From below ... Side view ... Another angle ... Closeup of one ... The other side ... From below ... Closeup of second clamp ... Second, other side ... Second, from below.

Doorknob weathervaneThis whimsical metal weather vane arrow was hand made on a doorknob base. It is 24" long by 5" high, the point is 2" wide. It was most likely made in the 1940's or 50's. It has weathered green paint over remnants of red, and is in excellent condition. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: AWTT. One side ... The other side, upside down ... Closeup of point ... Closeup of tail.

PaintingThis is an expressive portrait. It appears to be painted in tempera. We can't make out the signature. It has been professionally framed with UV protective plexiglass. The frame measures 13" wide by 16 1/2" high by 2" deep. There are a few nicks and dents on the frame, and the backing paper is torn, but the overall condition is excellent. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: CHPW.   Painting ... Side angle ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Painting ... Side angle ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.

Large African-American carvingThis is a very large, powerful African-American carving of a man and lion. The mane of the lion makes up the man's hair. It stands almost 3 feet high - 33" by 13" by 22", and is hand carved from ancient swamp-submerged cypress with a varnish finish. This is one of three known carvings by the same anonymous artist found in Florida. We are told that one of them was found in a black neighborhood in Jacksonville, FL. This one has been in a private collection for about the last 30 years, and was probably made around the 1940's. We have a second one available here. Overall the condition is very good, and it is very sturdy. There is an old crack on one of the lion's teeth, a very old drying crack around and underneath the lion's chin (which is still very strong), and a few scuffs in the finish. The price is $3400.00. Inventory Code: AAHW.   See a slideshow of several views [1.1 Mb] ... Overall image ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... Another overall view ... Side view ... Back view ... The lion side ... Another view of the lion ... The lion, from above ... From above ... Another view from above ... A different angle from above ... With a yardstick for scale.
With the other carving by the same maker:   Both carvings together ... Another angle ... A third view ... From above.

Some much larger photos:   Overall image ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... Another overall view ... With a yardstick for scale.
With the other carving by the same maker:   Both carvings together ... Another angle ... A third view ... From above.

Folky model trainFolky model trainThis is a folky hand made model train. It is made from wood, painted green and gold, with wire and a metal bell. The three cars can be separated and lifted off the wooden track. As assembled it is just over 36" long by 5" wide by 7" high. It was likely made in the middle 20th c. The condition is very good, missing one of the applied lamps on the top back corner. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CHWS.   Folky model train ... Closeup ... Side view ... The other side ... Closeup of locomotive ... Other side of locomotive ... Middle car ... Other side of middle car ... Back car ... Other side of back car ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Folky model train ... Closeup ... Side view ... The other side ... Closeup of locomotive ... Other side of locomotive ... Middle car ... Other side of middle car ... Back car ... Other side of back car ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Fireman quiltThis is a folky fire truck quilt. It has machine appliqued fire trucks and Dalmatian dogs in fire hats. In each corner is a fire hydrant spraying water. The borders are pieced, and the quilt is hand quilted in a cross-hatch pattern. The back is the same light blue fabric as the background of the front. It is 83" long by 67" wide, from the second half of the 20th century. The condition is good, somewhat soft from washing, with light surface soiling and slight wear along the top edge. There are four small, faint spots, the largest about 1/2" long. The price is $595.00. Inventory Code: CTRK.   See a slideshow of several views [1 Mb] ... Fireman quilt ... Closeup, upper left fire truck ... Second fire truck ... One dog ... Third fire truck ... Fourth truck ... Second dog ... Fifth truck ... Lower right truck ... One corner, with fire hydrant ... Second corner ... Third corner ... Fourth corner, with spots ... Closeup of wear on edge ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... Second closeup back ... Third closeup back ... Fourth closeup back.
Some much larger photos:   Fireman quilt ... Closeup, upper left fire truck ... Second fire truck ... One dog ... Third fire truck ... Fourth truck ... Second dog ... Fifth truck ... Lower right truck ... One corner, with fire hydrant ... Second corner ... Third corner ... Fourth corner, with spots ... Closeup of wear on edge ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... Second closeup back ... Third closeup back ... Fourth closeup back.

Whimsey carvingThis is a nicely carved whimsy from a single piece of pine. It has a ball in cage, swivel, and chain link. One of the balls is freely moving within the cage. The other is part of the swivel mechanism: it is attached to the link above, and the cage rotates freely around it. This whimsy is in excellent condition, with a natural, oxidized surface. It is 9 3/4" long by 3/4" by 3/4". It is probably 50 years old or older. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: TSWT.   Whimsey carving ... Another view ... Third view ... Fourth view.

Here is a train, drawn in markers on cardboard, by Lewis Smith. It is 6 1/2" high by 17" wide. This was drawn on found cardboard that has some flattened creases and some very faint staining visible in the photo (which to us does not detract from the image in person). Lewis preferred to use recycled and imperfect materials in his art - it reflected the value he saw in everyday objects that others discarded. See much more of his work, or find out about his life. The price is $450.00. Inventory code: LS137.   Train engine ... Back.
Some much larger photos:   Train engine ... Reverse.

Carved headHere are two carvings, part of a small collection we have by the same anonymous artist. First is a carved bust of a man with an open mouth. It has a medium-light stain. The initials "TWH" are embossed into the bottom. Age is unknown, but probably mid-20th century or earlier. It stands 12" high by 5 1/4" wide by about 6" deep. The condition is excellent, with one small chip missing from the lower back of the base. You can see the rest of this group of carvings here. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: TKPO.   Carved head ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved head ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Frog carvingNext is a stylized, primitive frog carved from pine. It is stained dark brown/black, showing through a bit lighter in a few areas. It is 5" high by 8 1/2" long by 3 7/8" wide, in excellent condition. You can see the rest of this group of carvings here. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TKPW.   Frog carving ... Side view ... The other side ... Front and back views ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Frog carving ... Side view ... The other side ... Front and back views ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.

A bold, angular eagle, in a sitting position. It is carved from dark wood and mounted on top of a cork. 4 1/4" high, including the cork, by 1 1/4" wide by 1 3/4" deep, in excellent condition. The price is $85.00. Inventory Code: PCRO. Image.

High blanket chest with carved arrowheadsThis is a blanket chest on legs with applied carved arrowheads. It is a striking piece. The chest is of single board construction with a varnish finish and good patina. The inside is divided into two compartments. The lid lifts off. "J.R.D. 1926" is carved into the front edge of the lid, more letters on one side of the lid, and the letter "M" is carved on one side of the chest. The lower front is decorated with incised circles and inverted "Y" shapes. It stands 31" high by 42" wide by 17" deep. The condition is good with a fair amount of surface scratches. It was most likely found in western NC or eastern TN. The price is $975.00. Inventory Code: TRWR.   High blanket chest with carved arrowheads ... Another view (with flash) ... Closeup ... A different angle ... Fourth view ... From above ... Lid removed ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   High blanket chest with carved arrowheads ... Another view (with flash) ... Closeup ... A different angle ... Fourth view ... From above ... Lid removed ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Bottle whimsey with musicians, domino players, pig roastThis is an absolutely wonderful, intricate bottle whimsey. Inside are four men playing dominoes, two musicians, and a man turning a pig on a spit over a fire. This bottle is one of a small group made in the early 2000's by Ramon Arbelo Gonzalez of Cuba. You can see the others here. The construction is very intricate - each domino is individually carved and painted, as are the flames of the fire. The guitar is carved, with applied bridge and individual strings. The bottle is embossed "Havana Club" and has a wooden base attached. Including the stopper and base, it is 13 1/2" long by 4" high by 3 1/4" in diameter, in excellent condition. The price is $1200.00. Inventory Code: CSRT.   See a slideshow of several views [792k] ... Bottle whimsey with musicians, domino players, pig roast ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Closeup from above ... Top view ... Closeup from top ... Back view ... Closeup from back ... Another closeup from back ... End view ... The other end ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Bottle whimsey with musicians, domino players, pig roast ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Closeup from top ... Closeup from back ... Another closeup from back ... From below.

Industrial toy duck moldHere is something we have not seen before. This is a metal industrial mold for making toy ducks. It is mounted on a wooden base. The overall height is 12 1/2". The duck is 3 1/4" long by 2 1/2" wide. It is in very good, old, used condition. There is a slight roughness at the tip of the beak, possibly a casting flaw. The age is unknown, probably the latter half of the 20th c. The price is $165.00. Inventory Code: CWPK.   Industrial mold for toy ducks ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Two more overall views ... Front and back views ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Industrial mold for toy ducks ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Two more overall views ... Front and back views ... With a soda can for scale.

Hand made double washtub bassThis is a beautiful home made stand up bass and an amusing take on the old "washtub bass". It was built from wood and two metal washtubs, in the form of a classical acoustic bass. Both tubs have a rusty surface with remnants of silver paint. The bottom of the smaller tub was perforated with small holes like a colander. The bottom of the larger tub is somewhat dented. The bass has three strings, with hand made wooden pegs. It stands 54" high by 18" wide by about 10" deep. It was probably made in the 1930's or 40's, but could be a bit more recent. The price is $625.00. Inventory Code: CTWT.   Hand made double washtub bass ... Back views ... Side views ... Closeup ... Closeup, lower ... Closeup from side ... Closeup from back ... Other side ... Lower, from back ... Lower, other side ... Back, from above ... Head and neck ... Head and neck, one side ... Head and neck, back ... Head and neck, other side ... From above ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Hand made double washtub bass ... Back views ... Side views ... Closeup ... Closeup, lower ... Closeup from side ... Closeup from back ... Other side ... Lower, from back ... Lower, other side ... Back, from above ... Head and neck ... Head and neck, one side ... Head and neck, back ... Head and neck, other side ... From above ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Folky hand made tin can banjoThis is a folky banjo hand made from a large can, wood neck, sheet metal, and hand carved pegs. The strap is a pair of shoelaces. The frets were made from heavy copper wire set into grooves in the neck, but most of the wires are missing or were never there. It is 33" long by 7" wide by 4" deep, from the second half of the 20th century. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: CTTA.   Folky hand made tin can banjo ... Side and back views ... More views from sides and back ... Closeups of top ... Closeup of neck ... Closeup of body ... Second closeup of body ... Third closeup of body ... Closeup from back ... From above ... Closeup from above ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Folky hand made tin can banjo ... Side and back views ... More views from sides and back ... Closeups of top ... Closeup of neck ... Closeup of body ... Second closeup of body ... Third closeup of body ... Closeup from back ... Closeup from above ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Fred Bowerman carvingThis is a branch with a very amusing, expressive face carved into one end. The other end was cut off, the wood hollowed out, and a ball put inside. The end was then replaced carefully, so that only a thin seam shows. When the stick is tilted back and forth, the ball inside rolls with a heavy clicking sound. It's fun to fidget with. Most of the branch has a natural surface, with traces of the bark remaining; the face is painted. It measures 6 1/2" long by 1 7/8" high by 1 3/4" wide and is signed and dated "Fred Bowerman Aug. 8, 1990". The condition is very good, with a couple of small splits in the wood. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TKSP.   Fred Bowerman carving ... Another angle ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side, with a soda can for scale ... Back view ... From above and below ... Video of the action [3.8 Mb].
Some much larger photos:   Fred Bowerman carving ... Another angle ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side, with a soda can for scale ... Back view ... From above and below ... Video of the action [3.8 Mb].

AnchorHere are two interesting and decorative collapsible anchors. This is the smaller one and measures only 7" by 2" by 2" when folded. Opened, including the hanging ring it is 8 1/2" long, while the four flukes extend to 7" across. It is made from galvanized iron. It is not too old, but obviously used, with a nice surface. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: TTPK.   Anchor ... Another view ... A third angle ... From above ... From below ... Folded up ... With the second anchor, below.

AnchorThis is the second of two anchors. It also has an interesting form. This one is older, possibly from the 1950's. It also was made from galvanized iron and has a nice, old, worn surface. Both arms and the two flukes fold; reducing the size to only 17" by 2" by 3". Opened, with the hanging ring it is about 19" by 14" by 17". The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: TTPR.   Anchor ... Another view ... A third angle ... Closeup ... From above ... From below ... Side view ... Folded up ... With the second anchor, above.

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