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Carved, articulated dancing man
Carved, articulated dancing man
Tramp art church
Large, intricate tramp art church
Carving of man with cow by Mr. Benjamin
Carving of man with cow by Mr. Benjamin
TV Memory bottle
TV Memory bottle
Old highway reflector arrow
Old highway reflector arrow
Exceptional house in a bottle whimsy
Exceptionally detailed house in a
bottle whimsy from Cuba
Decorative wooden gate
Decorative wooden gate
Horse and sulky whirligig
Horse and sulky whirligig
Mardi gras
Mardi Gras musical
folk art
whirligig
Airplane whirligig
War Garden Collage
War Garden Collage
Pipe rack
Painted wood pipe rack
Horseshoe plant stand
Horseshoe stand
Trip Around the World quilt
Vibrant Trip Around the
World variation quilt
Decorative cut steel panel
Decorative industrial steel panel
Bottle whimsey
Bottle whimsey
Painted folk art shelf
Painted folk art shelf
twig planter
Hickory planter: good form, surface
stand
Red and green
plant stand
Rolling Pin
Rolling Pin with great patina, turned from solid wood
The Prophet
Painting "The Prophet"

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Trip Around the World quiltThis is a bright geometric quilt, in a variation on the Trip Around the World pattern. It is machine and hand pieced, and hand quilted. The fabrics are cotton, with a white flannel back and white binding. From the 1940's, it measures 87 3/4" by 74". It is in good, washed condition, with a cluster of three very small dark spots on one edge, each less than 1/4". There is some age darkening on the back along the fold lines, this does not show through to the front. If you look very closely, you can see that some of the blue pieces are hand stitched rather than machine pieced. These might have been replaced some time ago. This is a vivid quilt that looks good on a bed or a wall. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: TRAH.   See a slideshow of several views [739k] ... Trip Around the World quilt ... Closeup of the center ... Another closeup of the center ... One corner ... Second corner, showing the small spots ... Third corner ... Fourth corner ... Closeup of the edge ... Some of the blue patches ... Closer view of the stitching on the blue patches ... Back view ... Closeup of the back ... Another closeup, back ... Corner of the back ... Another corner, back.

Rolling PinThis is an early, very heavy and large rolling pin. It is made from hardwood, likely maple. The round pin was constructed by joining 3 separate pieces. It was then turned on a lathe. It is in very good used condition, with a few marks and indentations. The surface is smooth and rich. This was probably made in the 1800's or early 1900's. It is almost 23" long by 3 1/2" in diameter. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: TPWS.   Large, early rolling pin ... 3 other views ... The ends ... Scale with soda can.

Tramp art churchThis is an extremely large and finely detailed tramp art church. The pictures will have to tell the story of how intricate and beautiful the workmanship is. The glass windows are backed with hand-drawn paper to simulate leaded glass. One end has a very elaborate carved door, with a fretwork "stained glass" window above and three crosses on the roof. A watch was set into the tower as the church clock. Presumably this was intended to be decorative rather than functional, as there is no way to open the church to wind the clock. It is mounted on a base that forms the churchyard, with a tramp art fence and carved gate. The finish is a warm, rich, medium-dark lacquer with a good surface. This church measures 29 1/4" long by 12 1/2" deep by 20" high. There is one small strip missing from the tower, and a stain on the clock face, both visible in the photos. There is also a small gap in the fence that may be a missing piece. Otherwise, the condition and surface are excellent. It was made in the early 1900's, or possibly late 1800's. The price is $2200.00. Inventory Code: TRWP.   See a slideshow of several views [1.2Mb] ... Tramp art church ... Another angle ... A third view ... One end ... The other end ... Back view ... Another angle, back ... A third angle, back ... Closeup, tower ... Closeup, one end, upper ... Lower closeup of end ... Closeup of side ... Closer view of gate, doorway ... Another view of doorway ... Side windows ... Top of tower ... Roof, crosses ... From above ... Another view from above ... Clock, doorway, from above ... Foot of tower, from above ... Another view of tower ... Rear door, from above ... Side, from above ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Tramp art church ... Another angle ... A third view ... Closeup of the tower ... One end ... Closeup, top of one end ... Lower closeup of end ... Closer view of gate, doorway.

This is a well constructed memory bottle decorated with multicolor beads, shells, and includes two portions of football trading cards and two collecting cards from the TV shows Knight Rider and Dallas. They are dated 1981 and 1982, which appears to be about when it was made. The bottle is in excellent condition with no loss. It is 13" high and 5 1/2" in diameter. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: AWHA.   Image ... Second view - "Knight Rider" ... Third view - "Dallas" ... Fourth view ... From above ... From below.

Here is an exceptional piece of musical folk art, apparently made for Carnival/Mardi Gras. It has five carved figures - a guitar player on top surrounded by four dancers. The figures have bright flannel and ribbon clothes, yarn hair for the women, and yarn and metal foil decorations on the men's hat's. Some kind of seeds were set in as eyes. The mounting is decorated with faded crepe paper strips - originally red and white.

The figures are mounted on a bamboo pole that slides up and down on a shaft. As it moves, the four dancers flex, hand carved castanets attached to their backs clatter, and tambourine discs jangle. The pole and handle are both hand carved. One of the four sets of castanets is missing, as well as one eye each on two of the figures. Otherwise the condition is excellent. This piece is French Canadian. It is 30 1/2" high when the handle is fully extended. The section with the figures measure 12 1/2" high by 13 1/2" by 14 1/2". It was probably made about the 1940's. The price is $850.00. Inventory Code: AAWP.   Image ... Right side ...Left side ... Back/right ... Back/left ... Slid down the shaft ... Handle and all ... Closeup of guitar player ... Closeup of two dancers ... Another closeup of two dancers ...Closeup of woman ... Closeup of man ... Closeup of other man.

Exceptional house in a bottle whimsyThis is an extraordinary bottle whimsey of a house. The main portion of the house is a single story, with the addition of 2 two-story sections, connected by a bridge. The entire piece is done in great detail. The house rests on an open courtyard enclosed by a fence. Thread is strung through the fence posts as rails. There is an external staircase, shrubbery, and windows all around the four sides of the main house. All of the light and dark checkerboard wood which makes up the floor is actually inlaid in separate small pieces. The different colors of the squares are different kinds of wood. This is also true of the other shades of wood throughout this piece. On the bottom is inscribed information about the maker. It reads "Puky Omaja" and the town name he lived in in Cuba. The bottle is mounted on the base and is 13 3/4" long by 3" in diameter. With the base it is about 4" high. This piece was made within the last few years. While it is not that old, it certainly is exceptional. The entire structure is in excellent condition and can be shipped. The price is $850.00. Inventory Code: CSRC.   See a slideshow of several views [1.1 Mb] ... Exceptional house in a bottle whimsy ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Another angle ... Closer view ... A different angle ... Closer view ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... From above ... Another view from above ... End view ... From below ... Closeup of signature ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Closeup ... Another angle ... A different angle ... Closer view ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below.

Decorative wooden gateThis is a decorative small wooden gate with nice geometric form. It is sturdy and well built, stained brown, with heavy black metal hinges. One hinge is broken, and there is some wear and minor loss as seen in the photos. The gate itself measures 28 1/4" high by 20 1/2" wide. With the hinges it is 28 1/2" by 22 1/4". It was made in the middle of the 20th century. The price is $185.00. Inventory Code: CPCP.   See a slideshow of several views [521k] ... Decorative wooden gate ... Side view ... The other side ... Another angle ... Closeup, upper right ... Upper left ... Lower left ... Closeup other side ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Decorative wooden gate ... Side view ... The other side ... Another angle ... Closeup, upper right ... Upper left ... Closeup other side.

Horse and sulky whirligigThis is a fairly large whirligig with a man driving a sulky pulled by a horse. It has 2 blades representing the wheels. When the blades turn the action is of the horse trotting and the driver's arm going up and down. This section (horse, sulky, etc) is made perpendicular to the long crosspiece and tail. The piece is in very good condition and was made from pine and plywood, likely in the 1950's or '60's. It is mounted on a Lucite type base. The whirligig is 39" long from the tail. The sulky section is about 19" long by 7" wide by 12" high. The price is $475.00. Inventory Code: CTAA.   See a slideshow of several views [581k] ... Horse and sulky whirligig ... Front view ... Back view ... One side ... Closer view ... The other side ... Another back view ... From above ... Another overall angle ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action [3 Mb].
Some much larger photos:   Horse and sulky whirligig ... Front view ... Back view ... One side ... The other side ... Another back view ... Another overall angle ... Video of the action [3 Mb].

Folk art pipe rackThis is a folky hand made pipe rack, painted red and black. It measures 9" wide by 4 1/4" high by 2 1/4" deep. It is made from 1/4" plywood and 3/4" board. The age appears to be 1940's, and the condition is excellent. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: AAPR.   Folk art pipe rack ... From above and below ... Side views ... Another side view ... Two more views ... Back.

This painting is titled "The Prophet", by Caroline Goe. Oil on paper, it measures 8 1/2" by 12 1/2" as matted, the frame is 13 3/4" by 17". The artist is a street person in New York City who works mainly with scrounged materials. This piece was painted prior to 1986, and is in excellent condition. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: PWWO.   Image.

Carved, articulated dancing manThis is a carved, articulated, dancing man, or jigger. He is brightly painted, with a mustache and lots of personality, mounted above a masonite platform. The platform sits on a wood and masonite base that is weighted with metal inside to support him. The man himself measures 7" high by 2 1/2" wide. The overall size including the base is 18 3/4" long by 8 3/4" high by 2 5/8" wide. He is in very good condition with some minor paint loss. The tips of the toes were broken off at some time. One side of the base was painted more recently than the rest of the piece. He appears to have been made in the 1940s or 50s. The price is $285.00. Inventory Code: TWRR.   See a slideshow of several views [336k] ... Carved, articulated dancing man ... Another view ... Three closeups ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side ... Closeups from side ... Back view ... From above ... Closeup from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action (3.1Mb).

Carving of man with cow by Mr. BenjaminThis is a wonderful, strange, and old carved assemblage of a man leading a cow, by an African-American named Mr. Benjamin, who lived in South Georgia. Here is a photo of him. There is little more information on this apparently untrained artist. It has an odd sensibility combining out of perspective elements with a quirky sense of humor. The man's face is very expressive, which does not show well in the photos. The cow is sticking out its tongue. It is carved from softwoods and walnut. It is about 13" long by 8" high by 3 1/2" deep. The surface is finished with several color of paint and varnish. It is from the 1920's or 30's, in very good condition. The price is $675.00. Inventory Code: CAWW.   See a slideshow of several views [633k] ... Carving of man with cow ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carving of man with cow ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... From below.

Old highway reflector arrowThis is an old metal highway reflector arrow, with red glass reflector beads. It has an old, very dark oxidized surface. The glass reflectors are very dark. When they catch sunlight, or other bright light, they light up an intense red. The arrow measures 5" long by 4 3/4" wide by about 3/4" deep. It is very old, and in fairly good, weathered condition with some rusting and minor loss on the side. The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: TRSO.   See a slideshow of several views [289k] ... Old highway reflector arrow ... From above ... Side views ... Back view ... Back, from side ... With a soda can for scale.

whirligigThis airplane whirligig has wonderful colors and form. It has a wood body, metal found objects for the blade, wings, and tail, and plastic wheels and pilot. The wood base was added more recently. The plane itself is 26" long, 15 1/2" wide, and 13 1/2" high; with the base it is 24 1/2" high. There may once have been something else attached over the tail. Probably about 40 years old, it is in very good, weathered condition. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: ATAT.   Airplane whirligig ... From behind/side ... Front ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... Overall, including base.

This delightful W.W.II era collage was made from cut paper by Virginia Love, a girl in St. Louis, MO. It measures 8 1/2" by 11 3/4", in a frame 12 3/4" by 16", and is in excellent condition. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: PWHC.   Image ... Closeup ... Larger image.

Painted folk art shelfThis is folky and colorful painted wall box. It has nice size and a very good look. This piece was made of plywood with pine sides. The back is cut in the design of flowers, grass, and a tree. The paints have taken on a nice surface over the years. The box has two holes in the back for hanging, or also sits on a shelf. It was probably made around the 1930's or '40's, and is in very good condition. It is about 16" high by 15 1/2" wide by 5 1/4" deep. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: TWWS.   Painted folk art shelf ... Closeup ... From above ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup, one side ... Closeup, other side ... Top view ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Decorative cut steel panelThis is a decorative industrial steel panel. It is what was left over after parts (key blanks?) were laser-cut from a plain sheet. It measures 48" high by 13 3/4" wide, and is very thin, about 1/32" thick. There are some numbers written in marker on one side. It is in very good, "as found" condition, with a shiny surface and does not quite lie flat. The age is unknown, but it is probably contemporary. The price is $135.00. Inventory Code: CPRW.   See a slideshow of several views [534k] ... Decorative cut steel panel, with a yardstick for scale ... The other side ... Side view ... Closeup ... Second closeup ... Third closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Second closeup, other side.
Some much larger photos:   Decorative cut steel panel, with a yardstick for scale ... The other side ... Side view ... Closeup ... Second closeup ... Third closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Second closeup, other side.

Bottle whimseyThis is a French bottle whimsey with two orchard workers picking apples. There is a tree with apples on it, and a basket of apples on the ground. It is built in a cut glass bottle that is filled with water. It stands 9 1/2" high by 3 7/8" in diameter, and is in excellent condition. The price is $195.00. Inventory Code: TTKC.   Bottle whimsey ... Side with labels ... Closeup ... Another overall view ... Side view ... Three more views ... Closeup of upper label ... From above.

Horseshoe plant standThis is a plant stand made from welded horseshoes. It has good form and design. It stands 27 1/4" high by 13 1/2" in diameter; in excellent condition with weathered black painted surface. It was probably made in the early 1900's The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: ASCK.   Horseshoe plant stand ... Two more views ... More angles ... Closeup of base ... From above ... Another view from above ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Horseshoe plant stand ... Two more views ... More angles ... Closeup of base ... From above ... Another view from above ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

twig planterThis is a hickory planter with great form, surface, and age. It is all original, in excellent sturdy condition. The planter is 37" wide, 30 1/2" high to the top of the handles, and 13 1/2" deep. It is finished in a dark varnish which has aged nicely; and is well decorated with split and bent pieces. There is a small area on both of the long surfaces which seem to have been made as frames. Although they may have been done simply for decorative aspects, they certainly can be used to hold a small picture. The planter was probably made in the 1930's or 40's - although it could be earlier. The price is $795.00. Inventory Code: AHAT.   Hickory planter ... Another view.

standThis is square plant stand with a bottom shelf. It has a sculptural look. Made out of wood strips, with some running on the diagonal. It is in very good condition, and has an old dark red paint over an older green. It is 10 1/4" square and 24" high. From around the 1930's. The price is $160.00. Inventory Code: ASHH.   Image ... Another view.

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