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Carved Man
19th c. Carved man
Primitive hand made rake
Very folky early hand made rake
Industrial art
Painted Mechanical
contraption
Art Deco dresser box
Layered Art Deco dresser box
VL9
Cut Paper Collage by Virginia Love
Glassmaker's whimsy
Spectacular large Glassmaker's whimsy
Tramp art lamp
Tramp art lamp with clock, drawer,
carved birds, signed and dated
Carved and decorated frame with print
Carved and decorated nautical
frame with print
Seeder
19th c. Hand made garden seeder
Jazz band relief carving
Jazz band relief carving
Woodcutter whirligig
Folky wood cutter whirligig from NH
Multi-tiered tramp art box
Multi-tiered tramp art box
Large carving
4 foot high primitive carving
Jointed man
1930's Jointed man
Spike shoes
Home made spike aerator shoes: planks, nails, metal, and leather
First Flight
First Flight, by Robert E. Gilbert
Metal whirligig
Folky metal whirligig
Inlaid desk frame
Inlaid desk frame
Plastic bag art
Chicken, hats, and pillow crocheted from plastic bags
Painting
Ink and watercolor drawing
of people with sea animals
Pinewood Derby Trophy
Pinewood Derby Trophy car
Starship in bottle whimsy
Spaceship in bottle whimsy

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Glassmaker's whimsyThis is a large, spectacular glassmaker's whimsy, the only one of its kind we have ever seen. It is an assembly of links, circles, triangles and stars mostly in brown and blue glass, with a few green and clear pieces. Each link was individually made from glass rod that was heated until it could be bent, passed through the previous link, and then the ends melted and sealed together to form the next link. All the links move like a regular chain, so the piece can be arranged in many shapes. As you see it in the first photo it is spread out to 57" by 36". The age is unknown, and the condition is excellent. The price is $1450.00. Inventory Code: COPP.   Glassmaker's whimsy ... Arranged differently ... Closeup ... Second closeup ... Third closeup ... Fourth closeup ... Fifth closeup ... Sixth closeup ... Side view ... With a yardstick for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Glassmaker's whimsy ... Arranged differently ... Closeup ... Second closeup ... Third closeup ... Fourth closeup ... Fifth closeup ... Sixth closeup ... Side view ... With a yardstick for scale.

Tramp art lampThis is a tramp art lamp with a clock and drawer. It is decorated with two carved birds at the top, hex signs, sun and moon designs on the sides, and other chip-carved designs. It was built from crate wood with a dark finish, and is inscribed on the bottom "Paul Venuto 1937 March 24". The clock is labeled "Conqueror", from Waterbury, CT, and does not run. When the drawer is removed you can see part of a crate label "Unity Extra". It is in excellent condition, the light is rewired and works, and the shade has been replaced. The size is 8" wide by 8" deep by 15 3/4" to the top of the wooden portion, or 22 3/4" high including the shade. The price is $795.00. Inventory Code: CHOC.   Tramp art lamp ... Closeup of birds, clock ... Closeup of drawer ... Two more angles ... Without the shade ... Two more angles without the shade ... Side views ... Drawer open ... Inside the drawer compartment ... Back view ... Closeup from back ... Inscription on bottom ... Light on ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Tramp art lamp ... Closeup of birds, clock ... Closeup of drawer ... Two more angles ... Without the shade ... Two more angles without the shade ... Side views ... Drawer open ... Inside the drawer compartment ... Back view ... Closeup from back ... Inscription on bottom ... Light on ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved and decorated frame with printThis is a large carved frame decorated with a nautical theme and holding a nautical print. It is inscribed "A Helping Hand" in incised letters highlighted with gold paint. There is a carved, painted anchor applied to the lower left, with rope wrapping around two edges to a coil in the upper right. The inner border is also outlined with rope. The print is based on a famous painting from 1881 by French artist Emile Renouf. The frame measures 21" high by 25 3/4" wide, with an opening 11 1/2" by 16 1/4". It is in very good condition with some minor wear, from the late 1800's to early 1900's. The price is $575.00. Inventory Code: CHSA.   Carved and decorated frame with print ... Side views ... Closeup, lower left ... Lower right ... Upper right ... Upper left ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved and decorated frame with print ... Side views ... Closeup, lower left ... Lower right ... Upper right ... Upper left ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved ManThis is a folky, old carving of a man. It has a strong feeling of being African American; however, there is no provenance to confirm that. The wood is heavy, probably walnut. While the surface is originally dark, it appears to also have been was finished with highlights of a dark stain. The surface is smooth and has developed a good patina. The carving is fairly detailed and has an unusual aspect with the eyes. The left one seems to have been carved and set in, while the right seem carved into the wood itself. The letters XBD are on the bottom of the foot.

The condition of this carving is generally very good, although there are some slight age cracks. It was probably done in the 1800's. The man stands 7 inches high and is approximately 1 1/2 inches both in depth and width. The price is $400.00. Inventory Code: AHAP.   Overall Front view ... Straight on ... The Back ... One Side ... The other Side ...The Bottom.

PaintingThis is a drawing in ink and watercolor, with a series of images of people with sea animals. There are whales, seals, and a large beast that looks like a combination of a lion and a seal (a sea lion?). All the images have a dreamlike quality. We cannot see a signature. It has been framed in a reddish-brown frame with a soft yellow matt. The back of the frame has the notation "14-2003". The frame measures 16 1/2" wide by 19 1/2" high by 1/2" deep. The condition is very good. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: CHPO.   Painting ... Closeup ... Side view ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Painting ... Closeup ... Side view ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.

Pinewood Derby TrophyThis model car was a prizewinner in the Cub Scouts' Pinewood Derby. It was proudly mounted to create its own trophy. The imaginatively painted car is 6 3/4" long. The wood base it is mounted on has a metal eagle applied above the car, and is marked "2nd Place" on the back, and signed on the bottom. The overall size is 10 1/2" wide by 5 1/4" high by 4 3/4" deep. It is in excellent condition with a few stray paint specks on the base. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: TTWC.   Pinewood Derby Trophy ... Another view ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... Back view ... From below.

Primitive hand made rakeThis is a primitive home made rake with a great funky look. The handle and cross piece for the tines are are hand fashioned from hardwood. The tines are heavy metal spikes which were tapered toward the ends. These were driven into the wood crosspiece, which also has bolts put through it at the ends to prevent splitting and a wire support for strength and stability attached to the handle. The rake is strong and was used. The handle is smooth from use; the iron well oxidized; and the cross piece obviously worn from work. It was probably made in the early 1900's or late 1800's, has a great surface, and is 43" long by 14 1/2" wide by 6" deep. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: CSKA.   Primitive hand made rake ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... More overall views ... Closeup from side ... Closeup from back ... Closeup, other side ... Sixth closeup ... Seventh closeup.
Some much larger photos:   Primitive hand made rake ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... More overall views ... Closeup from side ... Sixth closeup ... Seventh closeup.

Industrial artThis is an odd, decorative and sculptural, mechanical contraption of some sort. Apparently it was used to turn something on belts or lines. The larger wheel was turned by a wide belt and in turn drove 3 smaller belts. Then the motion is converted and stepped down by the use of gears to another long shaft on which are several other wheels that drove smaller belts. They then also turn. What it was connected to is a mystery. Now it is an interesting workshop piece - hand made for some particular use - all mounted on a tongue and groove board. The dark green paint is strong with normal wear. It probably was made in the 1930's or 40's. This assemblage is about 43" long by 6" deep and 7" high to the top of the larger wheel. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TTPC.   Several views ... 3/4 angle ... End view ... From above ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Closeup from above ... Another overall view.

Art Deco dresser boxThis is a three drawer Art Deco style dresser box with unusual construction. The front, sides, back, and top are built up from strips of plywood. The strips were turned so that the edges of the layers show, giving an effect similar to inlay or matchstick work. It is also related to the "flat work" style of tramp art, except that the layers are not carved. The initials "M.E.C." are incised and then painted on the top. The back crest is cut out in steps, with incised lines. A mirror is set into the upper back. The box is finished in a light varnish, darkened slightly with age. It was made in the first half of the 20th century, and measures 10 3/4" high by 12" wide by 7 1/2" deep. The condition is excellent with the exception of a sliver missing from the top of the mirror and a little bit of the silvering, as seen in the closeup. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: CATP.   Layered Art Deco dresser box ... Front view ... From above ... Another angle ... One side ... The other side ... Back view ... Another view from above ... Drawers open ... Closeup of the mirror ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Layered Art Deco dresser box ... Front view ... From above ... Another angle ... One side ... The other side ... Back view ... Another view from above.

A construction paper collage of ship at night; it was made by Virginia Love in the 1940's. She was a girl who lived in St.Louis, MO. in the 1940's. Most of her work was done in watercolor. Some was cutout paper collage, and some pen and ink sketches. Her work reflects her time (wartime rationing, period advertising), her surroundings (watercolor landscapes and still lifes), and her studies (Latin, geometry). You can see more of her art here. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: VL9. Image ... Larger image.

Crocheted plastic bag art
Here is a whole collection of pieces crocheted from plastic bags and bread wrappers from the late 20th c.   Larger photo of all.

Plastic bag chickenFirst off is a really fun, three-dimensional chicken with lots of character and personality. It has button eyes, wings that stick out, and is stuffed with more plastic. It is about 15" long by 7" wide by 8" high, in very good condition with slight fraying on the tail feathers. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: TKCO.   Plastic bag chicken ... From above ... Front view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Plastic bag chicken ... From above ... Front view ... With a soda can for scale.

Plastic bag hatThis is a very nice railroad-style cap with a black imitation leather band. It is very tightly made, in excellent condition, about 9" long by 7" wide by 4" high. The price is $145.00. Inventory Code: TRKT.   Plastic bag crocheted hat, with a soda can for scale ... Side view ... From above.
Some much larger photos:   Plastic bag crocheted hat, with a soda can for scale ... Side view ... From above.

This hat is very tightly worked so that it holds its shape and is not very flexible. It is decorated with a red ribbon. It measures 12" long by 11" wide by 5" high, in excellent condition except for the visible fraying of the ribbon ends. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TKHS.   Second hat, with a soda can for scale ... Back view.
Some much larger photos:   Second hat, with a soda can for scale ... Back view.

This hat is 12 1/2" in diameter by about 5" high, fairly loose and flexible, in excellent condition. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: TKCR.   Third hat ... Other side ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Third hat ... Other side ... With a soda can for scale.

This hat is also fairly loose and flexible, 12 1/2" in diameter by about 5 1/2" high in excellent condition. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: TKCK.   Fourth hat ... Other side ... Closeup ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Fourth hat ... Other side ... Closeup ... With a soda can for scale.

A small round pillow covered with a crocheted cover made from bread bags. It is 12" in diameter and in perfect condition. The price is $45.00. Inventory Code: AWOH. Side view ... Top view.

Starship in bottle whimsyThis is a bottle whimsy with a spaceship built inside. The ship is made from cedar with wood burned decoration including the inscription "USA 17-A". It is built in a 1.5 liter liquor bottle with a screw top. The ship measures about 5" long by 2 1/4" wide by 2 1/2" high. The bottle is 12 1/4" long by 3 3/4" by 3 3/4". The condition is excellent. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: CTPW.   Starship in bottle whimsy ... The other side ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Starship in bottle whimsy ... The other side ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Large carvingThis is a 4 foot high primitive and stylized carving of two people. It is roughly but expressively carved from a single slab of wood, mounted on a custom made metal base. It has a dark finish, probably paint. A knot hole in the wood passes through the smaller figure's shoulder. The carving is 48" tall by 19" wide by about 2 1/2" deep; as mounted it stands 50" tall. The condition is good with some tight age cracks and some old loss to the feet - part of which happened before the carving was finished. The age is unknown, but it is definitely old. This is a striking piece with strong presence. The price is $1400.00. Inventory Code: CCHT.   Large carving ... Two more views ... Side views ... Closeup of faces ... Heads, from one side ... Heads, from other side ... Closeup of middle ... Closeup of hands ... Closeup of shoulder ... Closeup of feet ... Two more views of the feet ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Large carving ... Two more views ... Side views ... Closeup of faces ... Heads, from one side ... Heads, from other side ... Closeup of middle ... Closeup of hands ... Closeup of shoulder ... Closeup of feet ... Two more views of the feet ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Jointed manHere is a stylized carved man with jointed arms. He resembles a so-called "Dancing Dan" with a sort of "Art Deco" look but without the jointed legs. He is painted black, with silver, white and red detail. His bow tie is carved in, and his feet are painted on the base. He stands 29 1/4" high by 8 1/4" wide by 1 1/2" deep; the base is 11" wide by 6 1/2" deep. From about the 1930's, he is in excellent condition with very minor paint wear. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: ATOT.   Image ... Closeup of head ... Side view ... Back view.

Spike shoesThis outrageous pair of spiked shoes may be the most striking gardening tools we've ever seen. They were made to aerate a lawn: by walking around in them, air and water flow to the grass roots is improved. These were made of 1 1/4" thick planks with 6" nails driven through. The heels are metal, and the straps are leather. Each shoe measures 12" long by 4 3/4" wide by 9" high. They are in excellent condition with some wear to the leather straps. The price is $675.00. Inventory Code: CCRO.   Spike shoes ... Another view ... From above ... Back view ... One, from below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Spike shoes ... Another view ... From above ... Back view ... One, from below ... With a soda can for scale.

Metal whirligigThis is a very folky metal whirligig made from found objects. It has several layers of really worn and weathered paint, mainly white and red with black and yellow highlights and a fair amount of bare metal showing through. It is mounted on a newer metal display base. It stands 25 3/4" high by 18" long. From the 20th century, it is in good, sturdy, very weathered condition. The action works. The price is $950.00. Inventory Code: CWWH.   Metal whirligig ... The other side ... End views ... From above ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.
Some much larger photos:   Metal whirligig ... The other side ... End views ... From above ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.

This is a very well made inlaid frame with a long base. It pivots on two upright posts, each 8" high. The base is 23" long, 3 1/2" deep and 1" high. Inlaid into it are darker 1/2" squares. The frame itself is 6 1/2" by 8 1/2" on the outside and 4 1/2" by 6 1/2" inside. Made around 1930 with an old varnish and in very good condition. The price is $275.00. Image.

SeederThis is a very decorative, antique, funky, wooden garden seeder. Probably made in the late 1800's or early 1900's as a hand made, factory made piece, from wood and iron which has aged with a good natural and painted surface. This implement has wonderful form and has been hung on a wall as a decorative piece; however, the mechanism seems to work even today. With the two handles, it is about 6 feet long by 32" high by 12" wide. It has a wooden wheel, a metal feeder wheel inside, and and iron hook at the front - probably to attach to a horse harness to be pulled. The main bin was painted red, which has worn and aged nicely. There are two metal gears and an unusual metal chain which turns with the wooden wheel and moves the feeder wheel. This piece is in generally good, sturdy condition, with a wonderful look. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: ARPS.   Antique garden seeder ... The other side ... Closeup of the mechanism ... From behind ... Closeup of wheel ... Mechanism inside ... Overall, from slightly above ... The handles ... Closeup of side ... Closeup of base from behind ... Closeup of iron hook at front.

Jazz band relief carvingThis is a wonderful, elaborate carving of a jazz band. The musicians are carved in deep relief all the way around a hollowed-out log. Each person has a distinct character and personality. There is a singer, piano player, trombone, trumpet, drums, harmonica, flute, guitar, sax, and stand up bass. A small frame has been carved out, with a newspaper or magazine photo of a man's head glued in. It is surrounded by carved rays, and inscribed "Al Hager". It has a smooth, oxidized, natural surface. The size is 23 3/4" high by 7" by about 8 1/2". It is from the mid-20th c. The condition is very good with some tight age cracks. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: CWWK.   Jazz band relief carving, two views ... Two more views ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Jazz band relief carving, two views ... Two more views ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Woodcutter whirligigThis is a woodchopper whirligig found in a barn in New Hampshire. The man, tree, and axe are made from pine, with plywood arms. The paint has good color with a bit of wear and has one or two small flakes present. This man stands 9 3/4" when upright, and the tree is 2 7/8" high. The pine blade is painted with horizontal stripes. The front of the woodcutter's cap is missing, and the front of his right foot was replaced some time ago. Otherwise the condition is very good. It was likely made in the 1960's or 70's, mounted on a newer base. The length is about 15 1/2" while the blades are about 14" across. It is 20 1/2" high when the man stands up. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: TRPT.   Woodcutter whirligig ... The other side ... Axe raised ... Closeup of the wood cutter ... Closeup, other side ... Closeup from front ... Front view ... Closeup of the blade ... Back view ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.

Multi-tiered tramp art boxThis is a striking multi-tiered tramp art box. It is heavily decorated, covered with pyramids on all four sides. The lower door has a cross built in, with a very corroded mirror on the inside of the door. The upper compartment has another mirror inside, also with much loss of silvering. All three compartments are lined with floral fabric. The white paint is slightly crazed and appears to be a very old repaint. The condition is excellent. There is some minor paint loss; the only loss to the wood is one small strip about 1" long on the lower back. It measures 24" high by 14" wide by 11 1/2" deep. It appears to be from the early 1900's. The price is $2400.00. Inventory Code: COPH.   Multi-tiered tramp art box ... Two more angles ... Side views ... Back view ... With doors open ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of base ... From above ... Closeup from top ... Closeup one side ... Second closeup of side ... Closeup, other side ... Second closeup other side ... Closeup of back ... Second closeup of back ... Third closeup of back ... Two more overall views ... Against three different backgrounds for contrast ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Multi-tiered tramp art box ... Two more angles ... Side views ... Back view ... With doors open ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of base ... From above ... Closeup from top ... Closeup one side ... Second closeup of side ... Closeup, other side ... Second closeup other side ... Closeup of back ... Second closeup of back ... Third closeup of back ... Two more overall views ... Against three different backgrounds for contrast ... With a soda can for scale.

"First Flight", by Robert E. Gilbert (REG) of Jonesboro, TN. In the 1950's through the 70's REG was a prolific producer and contributor of art to science fiction fan magazines (fanzines); in addition to publishing at least one story in a SF pulp. The work for the fanzines were pen and ink, but he also did a large number of sci-fi and outer space paintings in oil, pastels, and water color. In addition, from the 1940's through the 80's he experimented and painted in many other more traditional and non-traditional styles. He died in 1993. We have acquired the full remaining body of his work, over 400 pieces, from his estate. You can see more on his web site. This watercolor illustrates some of his ongoing themes. It is 10 1/4" x 13 1/2", in a matt 18" x 24", watercolor and pencil. The price is $500.00. Inventory Code: REG7. Image.

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