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Folk art truck
Folk art truck: one of
three metal found object cars
Folk art car
Folk art touring car
Carved band
Carved band of musicians
African-American carving
Exceptional, large,
African-American carving
High blanket chest with carved arrowheads
High blanket chest with carved arrowheads
Bottle whimsey with musicians, domino players, pig roast
Cuban bottle whimsey with
pig roast, musicians, domino game
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
Primitive bench
Primitive "make-do" bench
Chocolate mold
Large metal chocolate mold
Ray gun cap pistol
Ray gun cap pistol
Pottery planter
Pottery planter
Fireman quilt
Fire truck quilt with dogs, hydrants
Whimsey carving
Carving with faces, animal
Anchor
Folding anchors
Wagon wheel hub
Wagon wheel hub
Whimsey carving
Ball in cage whimsey
with swivel
Tramp art shelf with hidden drawers
Large tramp art shelf with
hidden puzzle compartments
Lewis Smith train
Lewis Smith train
Doorknob weathervane
Doorknob weathervane
Carved head
Carved head
Frog carving
Stylized carved frog
Carved eagle
Carved eagle

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Here are three folky and whimsical metal cars. The first two are large and impressive, and appear to be by the same maker. The third came from the same collection but is much smaller, and may have been made by someone else.

Folk art truckFirst is this very detailed, yet folky and primitive pickup truck. It is welded from wire and sheet metal, painted maroon and tan, with a seat upholstered in green velvet. The wheels turn. It measures 21" long by 8 1/2" wide by 9 1/2" high. The condition is good, with very minor paint loss and surface rusting. It was probably made about the 1940s. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: TOTS.   See a slideshow of several views [450k] ... Folk art truck ... One side ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... Closeup ... Top view ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... With the matching car ... All three cars.

Folk art carNext is this fancy touring car. It is also welded from sheet metal and wire, painted gray and black, with some added found objects. The wheels turn. This car is 24 1/2" long by 9 1/4" wide, by 8 1/2" high. It is in very good condition with minor surface rusting. This was also probably made about the 1940s, in the style of an older car. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: TOAK.   See a slideshow of several views [402k] ... Folk art car ... Another view ... Front view ... One side ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... With the matching truck ... All three cars.

Found object carThis smaller 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. The wheels of this car do not turn. 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.   See a slideshow of several views [361k] ... Found object car ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... All three cars.

Primitive benchThis is a very primitive "make-do" bench or small table, painted grey and red. It was made from leftover scraps of wood - some with cracks, knots, or partial cuts, whatever was available. From these odds and ends, and lots of big nails, someone made up a sturdy and functional piece. This table dates from the 1940's or 50's; it is 34" wide by 11" deep by 16 1/2" high. Since the cracks are original, it is in very good condition with minor paint wear. The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: TAWW.   Painted primitive bench ... Front view ... Back view ... Another angle from back ... End view ... The other end ... Top ... From above ... From below ... Closeup of top ... 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 weathervane 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.

Carved bandThis is an assemblage of four carved, painted musicians. They are playing guitar, fiddle, banjo and bass, and are all singing. It is signed "By Tim Ratliff 3-94" and also signed again underneath. It is 11 1/2" high by 12 1/2" wide by 9 1/2" deep, in excellent condition. The price is $300.00. Inventory Code: CCAH.   Carved band ... Another view ... Third view ... Closeup ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved band ... Another view ... Third view ... Closeup ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... 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.

Chocolate moldThis is a metal chocolate mold for 3 large eggs. It has wonderful sculptural qualities and is visually striking. This piece was probably from the early 1900's. It was found in Pennsylvania. The size of the rectangular cage is 18 5/16" by 9 1/8". The eggs are each about 9" by 6" by 2 7/8" deep. The surface of this piece is well oxidized and has taken on a nice rich patina. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: CSPP.   See a slideshow of several views [522k] ... Chocolate mold ... Another angle ... Back view ... End view ... Side view ... Side view, from back ... Closeup of mark ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Chocolate mold ... Another angle ... Back view.

Ray gun cap pistolThis is a metal ray gun cap pistol, probably from the 1950's. It has a wonderful look and is in fairly good condition, with normal wear from use, and a little bit of old surface rust reflecting the age. The gun is about 6 1/2" long by 5" high by 1" thick. When you pull on the handle the top silver portion slides back, and a cap would be struck. The mechanism works however is a little stiff now, but if you had a roll of caps and were inclined, you likely could make some noise. Otherwise, this can be displayed as an interesting and decorative piece. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: TOKC.   Ray gun cap pistol ... The other side ... From above ... Front views ... Back views ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

This is a small planter. It has three holes formed in it for hanging. It is in excellent condition with a medium glossy glazed surface; and is nicely decorated in red, blue, green rust, and yellow colors. It is 4 1/4" high by 6" in diameter. The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: AHWR. We have several others in various sizes and colors.   Image ... Another side ... From above ... From below.

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.

This is a very interesting whimsey carving. It has a head, with faces on all four sides, inside a chip carved enclosure, topped by an animal. It is carved from walnut, with a natural surface, and is fairly old - probably 1920's or 30's. It was found in New York state, stands 7" high by 1 3/4" by 1 3/4", and is in good condition with an age split. The price is $200.00. Inventory Code: ATHS. One side ... Another view ... Front ... The other side ... Back.

Wagon wheel hubHere is an old, decorative and primitive, wagon wheel hub with beautiful look and form. It came from Ohio and likely is from the 1800's. It is heavy and solid, made of hard wood with metal bands. The piece is 8 1/2" in diameter by 12" high and is in excellent, weathered and used condition. The price is $185.00. Inventory Code: TCHR.   Wagon wheel hub ... Two different angles ... Two more views ... Three views from another angle ... One end ... The other end.

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.

Tramp art shelf with hidden drawersThis is a large tramp art shelf with five secret puzzle box compartments. The shelf has an unusual trapezoidal shape, and is decorated with chip carved pyramids, a heart, flat work, and mirrors on the front and sides. On the back are latches made from spoon handles that lock the three hidden drawers shut. On the top back corners are two metal latches that release hinged side panels to reveal compartments behind the mirrors. The front and sides are painted and decorated with metal tacks, the top is varnished. There are three metal hangars to mount it on a wall, or it can sit on a shelf. The size is 35 1/2" wide by 9 1/4" deep by 10 1/4" high. It is in excellent, near mint condition with only the slightest wear on the back corners. Age appears to be from the 1930's or so. The price is $950.00. Inventory Code: CCCO.   Tramp art shelf with hidden compartments ... Another angle ... Third view ... Closeup, middle ... Closeup, left ... Closeup, right ... Side view ... The other side ... Back views, showing latches locked and open ... Side doors open ... Drawers open ... Drawers removed ... Detail, with drawers removed ... From above ... Above, from side ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Tramp art shelf with hidden compartments ... Another angle ... Third view ... Closeup, middle ... Closeup, left ... Closeup, right ... Side view ... The other side ... Back views, showing latches locked and open ... Side doors open ... Drawers open ... Drawers removed ... Detail, with drawers removed ... From above ... Above, from side ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

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 $325.00. Inventory Code: LS137.   Image ... Larger image.

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.

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.

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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