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Inlaid fraternal whimsey
Inlaid fraternal whimsey
1 of 2 by same maker
Masonic inlaid memorial
Large Masonic inlaid memorial
whimsy, 3 feet high, signed, dated
Carving of man carving a whimsy
Wonderful carving of a
man carving a whimsy
Whimsey carving
Early, very fine whimsey carving
Bottle whimsey of men playing checkers
Exceptionally detailed bottle whimsy
from Cuba: men playing checkers
Bottle whimsey with musicians, domino players, pig roast
Second Cuban bottle whimsey:
pig roast, musicians, domino game
Exceptional house in a bottle whimsy
Third Cuban bottle
whimsey: intricate house
Very intricate bottle whimsy with Cuban coat of arms
Fourth Cuban bottle whimsey:
Cuban Coat of Arms
Sports card bottle whimseys
Framed Sports card
bottle whimsey display
Chair in a bottle whimsy
Chair in a bottle whimsy from
1950's/60's souvenir stand
Three whimsey carvings
Three whimsey carvings
with bark, dated 1935
Barrel in a bottle whimsy
Barrel in a bottle
Whimsy carved smoking stand
Whimsy carved stand
Tramp art and bottle whimsy
Extraordinary tramp art and bottle whimsy
Whimsey carved man and woman
Whimsey carved
man and woman
Bottle whimsey with tools
Bottle whimsey with tools
Case whimsey carving
"CASE" whimsey carving:
letters and frame from one piece
Extraordinary folding whimsy carving
Extraordinary, large, intricate folding whimsy:
all one piece, chip carved and decorated
Carved whimsy
Early carved whimsy with
unusual form like a caged jack
Whimsy carved staff
Whimsy carved staff with animals
Hobo and Tramp Art Carving book
One copy - out of print book on
Hobo and Tramp Art Carving
Chair in a bottle whimsyWhimsy bottle carving chair
Pair of chairs in bottles by the same maker
Four whimsy carvingsCarving with cowboy boots
Four elegant whimsy carvings and a cowboy desk set, all by the same maker
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Bottle whimsey with toolsThis bottle whimsey has a rack of carved tools inside. The rack fills the bottle very snugly, leaving no room to wiggle. Mounted on the rack are a carved axe, crosscut saw, hand saw, and gun. Two spears are mounted vertically from the base, behind the tools. The bottle is marked "375 ML" on the back, and has a plastic cap. This whimsey is from the second half of the 20th century, and is in excellent condition. It is 8" high by 3 1/2" wide by 1 3/4" deep. The price is $210.00. Inventory Code: CSTK.   See a slideshow of several views [382k] ... Bottle whimsey with tools ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Bottle whimsey with tools ... Side views ... Back view

Whimsy carved smoking standThis is a whimsy carved stand with a great look. There are three very round, smooth balls in cages in the pedestal. The top and base are carved into strong geometric forms, and a glass ashtray is set into the top. The stand was carved from light colored wood with a varnish finish. It is 25 1/4" tall by 10" by 10" at the base. Age appears to be from about the 1920's or 30's. There is some surface wear as visible in the photos, and several old repaired breaks on the handle at the top and to the top of the lowest ball cage, where a large chip is also missing. The repairs are solid, and the stand is sturdy and functional. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CCHA.   Whimsy carved stand, two sides ... Two more sides ... Three more views ... Closeup of base ... Other side of base ... Closeup of top ... Other side of top ... From above ... From below ... Another view from below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Whimsy carved stand, two sides ... Two more sides ... Three more views ... Closeup of base ... Other side of base ... Closeup of top ... Other side of top ... From above ... From below ... Another view from below ... With a soda can for scale.

Tramp art and bottle whimsyThis is an elaborate tramp art enclosure holding a bottle whimsy mounted for display. It is the only one we have ever seen - either in person or books. The bottle is a gallon jug with the handle and part of the spout cut off. Inside it is a detailed two story house with chip, notch, and incised carving surrounded by a "garden" of dried flowers, with a fence around it. The house has windows of glass or plastic set in.

The tramp art enclosure includes flat work tramp art, incised carving, and fretwork, with clover shaped and more abstract cutouts. It is built from crate and cigar box wood, with a lacquer or varnish finish that is lightly crazed. One end slides out like a drawer and the bottle can then be removed. On the bottom and inside are printed crate labels for American Flag Candied Peels from New York. The condition is exceptional - near mint. We can see one small age split by a nail on top and a tiny loss to a bit of the end of a diamond decoration on the right end; but can't find anything else missing. The overall size is 13 3/4" long by 8" deep by 8 3/4" high, from the early 1900's. The price is $2400.00. Inventory Code: CCCW.   Tramp art enclosure with bottle whimsy ... The other side ... Another view ... Fourth view ... End view ... The other end ... End slid open ... Another view open ... Inside of enclosure ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Tramp art enclosure with bottle whimsy ... The other side ... Another view ... Fourth view ... End view ... The other end ... End slid open ... Another view open ... Inside of enclosure ... From above ... From below.

Whimsey carved man and womanThis is an unusual carved cedar whimsey of a man and woman joined with a link between their heads. The people are mortised in to a carved hard pine base which has carved initials A C (??) on the bottom. The people are lightly varnished, and the base has a natural surface, except on the bottom, which is painted blue. Including the base, the carving is over 9" tall, 3 1/2" wide and 2 1/2" deep. The people are each about 1" in diameter. This piece was probably made about the 1960's and is in excellent condition. The price is $185.00. Inventory Code: THOT.   See a slideshow of several views [302k] ... Whimsey carved man and woman ... Two more views ... Side and back views ... Closeups of heads ... Closeup of middle ... Closeup of base ... From above ... From below.

Whimsey carvingThis is an elegant carved whimsy with very fine detail, some chip carving, and a wonderful dark, alligatored surface. The ball in cage with its intricate crest was carved from a single piece of wood. It was then mounted on the base with carved steps, and the two balls on spiral pedestals added separately. The condition is excellent, with no visible loss or wear. It is 10 1/2" high by 7 1/4" by 5". The finish is a dark lacquer that has taken on a beautiful patina. It was made in the late 1800's to early 1900's. The price is $825.00. Inventory Code: CSTH.   See a slideshow of several views [690k] ... Intricately carved whimsey ... Another angle ... Closeup of the top ... Closeup of the bottom ... Side views ... Back view ... A different angle ... Closer view of the top, showing surface ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Intricately carved whimsey ... Another angle ... Closeup of the top ... Closeup of the bottom ... Side views ... Back view ... A different angle ... Closer view of the top, showing surface ... With a soda can for scale.

Here is an extraordinary collection, assemblage, and display of eight bottle whimseys. Each of the one pint whisky bottles contains a large hand made wooden frame containing a sports trading card. All of the bottles are set on a raised shelf in a hand made, semi-circular, lighted, metal display - like a hall of fame. There is a light in front of each bottle whimsey. The base is covered in red and green felt, trimmed with black braid and brass knobs. This assemblage is 26" across, 13 1/2" deep, and 13" high. The cards include Arnold Palmer, George Foreman, Wayne Gretzky, Wilma Rudolph, Jesse Owen, Joe Montana, Pete Rose, and Michael Jordan. It is signed by the maker, Richard Kopp, on the bottom, is in excellent condition, and was constructed in 1994. The price is $1600.00. Inventory Code: AORH.   See a slideshow of several views [429k] ...Image ... Closeup ... From above ... Lit up, in a dark room ... Bottom.

Following are photos of the individual bottles. Wilma Rudolph ... Rudolph - Back ... George Foreman ... Foreman - Back ... Wayne Gretzky ... Gretzky - Back ... Michael Jordan ... Jordan - Back ... Joe Montana ... Montana - Back ... Jesse Owens ... Owens - Back ... Arnold Palmer ... Palmer - Back ... Pete Rose ... Rose - Back.

Inlaid fraternal whimseyThis an extraordinary, one of a kind, folk art piece. It is a very large, extremely detailed marquetry whimsey with a fraternal theme; including many carved and inlaid elements. This has so much intricate work that more things continue be seen and be appreciated even after several viewings. We have included many pictures that will convey some of the quality of this piece; however, it will still surprise and delight even more, when held in person.

Following is just a brief description of some of what is in this piece. To be complete would take more than reasonable here. Please let your eyes tell more of the story. This work is over 49" long, 5 1/2" wide, and over 1 1/4" deep in parts. It is decorated on the sides as well as the front. It includes Crosses, Ankhs, stars, hearts, Bibles, scrolls, spears, and other Masonic, Shriner, Eastern Star, and Odd Fellows symbols. Each section is held together with carved links; and the entire carving is made from one piece of wood. There is one carved ball in cage, relief carving, and a section inlaid with bone or ivory. There are inlaid words, and letters; and it is decorated with a multitude of symbology. This piece is in extremely good condition; although not completely "perfect". There is a slight crack in one link, and one has been reglued in part. There is also a little bit of red color which is on the lowest section. There is no loss that we can see. One section has hand painted the words "Memorial Day 1947". We would date it from that time. The back is inscribed "To Vernon Thompson for Mike". This piece is the mate to the fraternal memorial below by the same maker. The price is $1250.00. Inventory Code: TSOH.   Inlaid fraternal whimsey ... Closeup of top section ... Another view ... Side view.
Second section: Front view ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... One side ... The other side.
Third section: Front view ... One side ... The other side.
Fourth section: Front view ... One side ... Another view ... The other side.
Bottom section: Front view ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... One side ... The other side.
The back: Upper back ... Middle back ... Lower back ... Closeup of inscription.

Masonic inlaid pieceHere is an amazing fraternal folk art work. It is a one-of-a-kind Masonic hanging with carved, inlaid, and applied decoration. It is constructed of hundreds of individual pieces. The overall form is the Masonic "G" which is cut from plywood. All the rest is constructed from various hard and soft woods, and as is written on the back: "Made by James Thompson, for wonderful Brother Vernon L Thompson, Nov. 1967, Prov 3-6, 162 pieces wood, 272 pieces plastic." The plastic pieces are the tiny colored inlaid circular pieces. In addition, close examination will reveal many symbols, applied and inlaid letters and words, and extremely detailed carving and construction. This piece is the mate to the fraternal whimsey by the same maker (below) which is also now available. The condition of the unusual construction is excellent. It is large, being about 3 feet high by 29" wide. It is the mate to the previous item, by the same maker. The price is $1200.00. Inventory Code: TPAS.   Masonic inlaid piece ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of the Bible ... Closeup of the center frame ... Closeup of lower portion ... One side section ... The other side section ... Closer view of first side ... Closer view of second side ... Closeup of very top ... Closeup of top, from side ... Closeup from side, lower ... Closeup of lower from above ... Side view ... Back view ... Closeup of writing on back ... Closeup of middle from back ... Closeup of the gavel from back ... Side view, from back

Chair in a bottle whimsyHere is a chair in a bottle whimsy. The ladderback chair fits very snugly in the bottle. It is made of cedar, with a tightly woven seat of red and white yarn. The bottle has a carved lock stopper, also of cedar. Four small stickers on the outside of the bottle read "Cudjo's Cave Tenn. - Ky. - Va." This was a tourist cave and souvenir shop. The shop is long gone, and the cave is now called Gap Cave, and is part of the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. You can see a 1960's-era photo of the souvenir shop here. The age of this whimsy appears to be from the 1950's or 60's. Three of the stickers are partly missing, otherwise the condition is excellent. The bottle with its stopper measures 12 3/4" high by 3" in diameter. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: CSTR.   See a slideshow of several views [568k] ... Chair in a bottle whimsy, with a soda can for scale ... Closeup ... Two more views ... Side and back views ... Closeup from side ... Closeup from front ... Extreme closeup of a sticker ... Two views from above ... Closeup of stopper ... From below.
Some much larger photos:   Chair in a bottle whimsy, with a soda can for scale ... Two more views ... Side and back views ... Closeup from side ... Two views from above.

Three whimsey carvingsHere are three carved whimsey chains by the same maker. They are each carved from a branch (possibly red birch) with the bark left on. The largest is initialed "I.Z." in burned letters, and dated 1935. It is 9" long by 3/4" by 3/4" and has unusual "X" shaped links. The middle one is 6 3/4" long by 3/4" by 3/4". The smallest is very delicately carved. It is 3 3/4" long by 3/8" by 3/8". All three are in excellent condition. They are priced at $225.00 for the group. Inventory Code: TSHR.   Three whimsey carvings ... Another view ... Third view ... Fourth view.

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.

Extraordinary folding whimsy carvingThis is a really extraordinary, large whimsy carving - the most elaborate we have come across. It is a variation on the folding pliers carved from a single piece of wood, but when you unfold the pliers, each side unfolds into two more, which then unfold again, and again. Finally, many of the free ends are carved into hanging baskets. Again, this is all from one piece of wood.

The whimsy was then decorated by chip carving all of the edges and most of the larger flat surfaces in detail, giving it something of a tramp art effect. Finally, the surface was decorated with applied pieces of darker veneer, and colored ribbons and just a little glitter were added. The three largest joints were reinforced with nails.

When folded, the whole thing fits into an original, custom made wood box. The whimsy is 30 1/4" long by 2 3/4" by 1 3/4" when completely folded. When unfolded, it is about 22" high by 30" by 17". The box measures 31 3/4" long by 4 1/4" wide by 3 1/4" high.

It was made in the early 1900's and is in excellent condition. One of the small baskets is missing: the break is very old, and may even have happened while the carving was being made. Also one corner of the box lid is broken, and the box surface is somewhat worn. Otherwise, the carving itself is pristine. The price is $2500.00. Inventory Code: CTKH.   See a slideshow of several views [1.5 Mb] ... Intricate folding whimsy ... Another angle ... Folded up ... Open, another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Back, from above ... Partially folded ... Partially folded, another angle ... Folded, with box and lid ... Side and back views folded up ... Folded, in the box ... The box ... Closeup of the loss to the box ... Another side angle ... Other side, from above ... Closeup of top, partly folded ... Top, side view ... Closeup of top, folded ... Closeups, folded up ... Closeup center section ... Another closeup of middle ... Closeup of the feet ... Another closeup: missing small hanging basket would be on left ... Third closeup of feet ... With a soda can for scale ... In box, with a yardstick for scale.

Some much larger photos:   Intricate folding whimsy ... Another angle ... Folded up ... Open, another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Back, from above ... Partially folded ... Partially folded, another angle ... Folded, with box and lid ... Side and back views folded up ... Folded, in the box ... The box ... Closeup of the loss to the box ... Another side angle ... Other side, from above ... Closeup of top, partly folded ... Top, side view ... Closeup of top, folded ... Closeups, folded up ... Closeup center section ... Another closeup of middle ... Closeup of the feet ... Another closeup: missing small hanging basket would be on left ... Third closeup of feet ... With a soda can for scale ... In box, with a yardstick for scale.

Carved whimsyWhimsey carvingHere is a very interesting and unusual carved whimsy. The cage is a cube with rounded corners and circular openings on all sides. Inside is a stylized 6 pointed star, like a jack, which is free to move inside the cage. There is a square center from which radiate out long cone shaped rays. This piece is fairly old, probably from the late 1800's or turn of the century. The cage is about 2 1/4" across the sides, while the star is actually a little bit larger as the tips protrude from the cage. The lines visible in some of the photos are not cracks: they were put there by the maker, probably to line up his work as he carved. The condition is good, with a little bit of wear, some very slight loss to the wood, and some tiny holes that apparently were from nails and seem original to the piece. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: TRPR.   Carved whimsy ... Another view ... Two more images ... Different views ... More angles ... Two more views ... With a soda can for scale ... Video in motion [4 Mb].

Barrel in a bottle whimsyThis amusing and interesting bottle whimsey has a barrel built inside and a lock stopper with a folky carved head. The top and bottom of the barrel were assembled from strips inside the bottle. Then, 17 individually carved staves were attached, and fastened with string hoops. "Apple Cider" is burned into the top, and "H. Campbell, 1989, Norwich Conn." into the bottom of the barrel. The top of the stopper is carved with a bald head with large ears and nose, and painted eyes, eyebrows, and mouth. It stands 14 1/2" tall by 4 1/2" in diameter and is in excellent condition. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: TTKO.   Barrel in a bottle whimsy ... Several more views ... Closeups of the stopper ... The sides and back ... From above ... Closeup of the barrel ... From below, with signature ... Top.

Here are four bottle whimsies that were made in Cuba in the early 2000's by Ramon Arbelo Gonzalez. He is a former musician who has never left Cuba. He taught himself to make bottle whimsies after seeing one at an exhibition, and makes his own tools for working on them. His workmanship and level of detail are impressive, and his depictions of Cuban life are fascinating. He signs his bottles "Puky".

Bottle whimsey of men playing checkersThis is an extremely intricate, well done, and folky bottle whimsy. It is a scene of two men playing checkers. Each of the people was carved in detail down to the smallest features. Included in the construction are the chairs they are sitting on, the checkerboard which has individually inlaid squares of different colors, and individual checkers. This sits on top of a barrel. There are two stools, each with bottles and glasses. The entire scene is placed on a wood floor, which has been scored and colored, and is in front of a full back wall on which have been applied various designs enclosed in a wooden frame. The construction just about fills the main part of the bottle, which is about 11 1/4" long, including the carved stopper, by 3 1/2" in diameter. The bottle sits on a handmade base, so it is about 4 1/2" high in total. It is signed by the maker on the bottom with "Puky" and his place of residence in Cuba. This piece is in excellent condition and was made in the last few years. The price is $1200.00. Inventory Code: CSRA.   See a slideshow of several views [826k] ... Bottle whimsey of men playing checkers ... Closeup ... Second closeup ... Third closeup ... Fourth closeup ... Another overall view ... From above ... One end, from above ... End view ... Two back views ... From below ... Closeup of signature ... Another closeup from below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Bottle whimsey of men playing checkers ... Closeup ... Second closeup ... Third closeup ... From above ... One end, from above ... Two back views.

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. 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. Very few of his bottles include painted details. 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.

Exceptional house in a bottle whimsyThis is an extraordinary bottle whimsey of a house by Ramon Arbelo Gonzalez. 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 in the early 2000's. 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.

Very intricate bottle whimsy with Cuban coat of armsThis is a very detailed bottle whimsy containing the Cuban coat of arms on an intricately pieced pedestal stand. It is carved and inlaid using many different colored woods, built inside a Havana Club bottle. A turned wooden stopper is glued into the top. The workmanship is wonderful. Including the stopper, it is 13 3/4" high by 3 1/4" in diameter, in excellent condition. This is one of a small group of bottle whimsies we have that were made in Cuba in the early 2000's by Ramon Arbelo Gonzalez. He is a former musician who has never left Cuba. He taught himself to make bottle whimsies after seeing one at an exhibition, and makes his own tools for working on them. This bottle is not signed, but others are signed "Puky". The price is $800.00. Inventory Code: CSRW.   See a slideshow of several views [551k] ... Bottle whimsy with Cuban coat of arms ... Closeup ... The other side ... Closeup of other side ... Four more angles ... Closeup from above ... Top of bottle ... From below ... Bottom of bottle ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Bottle whimsy with Cuban coat of arms ... Closeup ... The other side ... Closeup of other side ... Four more angles ... Closeup from above

Hobo and Tramp Art Carving bookThis is a copy of the book Hobo & Tramp Art Carving by Adolph Vandertie and Patrick Spielman. It was published by Sterling Publishing Co. in 1995 and is now out of print. The book has some wonderful photos of tramp art and whimseys. It also includes step-by-step instructions for many of these carving techniques. You can see some of them and read excerpts from the book here.

This copy is in extremely good condition and seems almost unused. There are a few almost unnoticeable blemishes around the edges of the cover. It is 10" by 8" by 3/8". It is a nice reference book whether you want to learn to carve tramp art and whimseys or just enjoy the photographs. The price of $40.00 includes Priority Mail shipping. Inventory Code: CPAT.   Front cover ... Back cover.

Whimsy carved staffThis is a large staff with two carved animal heads at the top and three sections of whimsy carved captured balls in cages. The piece is about 58" high with a 2" diameter for the shaft. The top section was likely the roots and is how it grew, which left places for stylized faces and horns. Eyes are carved in one of the faces. In the sections of cages, from top to bottom, are 2, 1, and 5 crudely carved balls that are free to move. The staff is made from a piece of hard pine. It is finished with varnish, much of which has worn, with some turning lighter. The condition is good, with the worn varnish and some age splits. The age is unknown. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: TRSH.   See a slideshow of several views [727k] ... Whimsy carved staff ... Closeup of the top ... Two more closeups of the top ... More closeups ... Other angles ... Two more closeups ... Closeup of the caged balls ... More closeups of the middle section ... Closeups of the bottom end ... Closeup from above ... From above and below ... With a yardstick for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Whimsy carved staff ... Closeup of the top ... Two more closeups of the top ... More closeups ... Other angles ... Two more closeups ... Closeup of the caged balls ... More closeups of the middle section ... Closeups of the bottom end ... Closeup from above ... From above and below ... With a yardstick for scale.

Chair in a bottle whimsyWhimsy bottle carving chairHere is a pair of bottle whimsies by the same maker. They are both chairs with woven seats built in gallon bottles. The bottles are about 12" high by 6" in diameter and have metal screw tops. They are sturdy and well done; and were probably made within the last 25 years.

This first chair has arms and is slightly larger than the other. This bottle also is clearer. The chair is about 6 1/2" high. The condition is excellent. While they could be separated, these chairs are offered as a pair. The price is $475.00 for both. Inventory Code: CAWA.   See a slideshow of several views [544k] ... Chair in a bottle whimsey ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... A different angle ... From above ... From below ... With the other bottle and a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Chair in a bottle whimsey ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... A different angle ... With the other bottle and a soda can for scale.

The second chair is somewhat smaller and does not have arms. The bottle is slightly cloudy inside, otherwise the condition is excellent. The chair is about 5 3/4" high. The price is $475.00 for the pair. Inventory Code: CAWT.   See a slideshow of several views [463k] ... Bottle whimsey with chair ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With the other bottle and a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Bottle whimsey with chair ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... With the other bottle and a soda can for scale.

Carving of man carving a whimsyThis is a wonderful carving of a man who is carving a whimsy chain. The man has a beard, and is wearing painted overalls with a red shirt and cap. He is holding a knife in one hand. The whimsy in progress is a real one: the lower links are free to move, and the last, unfinished links in his hand have been partially worked in a genuine manner. The piece is 6" high by 2 1/8" wide by about 4" deep. It is signed on the bottom "Floyd Hicks 2-91". The condition is excellent. The price is $395.00. Inventory Code: CTTW.   See a slideshow of several views [557k] ... Carving of man carving a whimsy ... Other side, with a soda can for scale ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side ... Two views from back ... Two views from above ... Top view ... From below ... Another overall view.

Four whimsy carvingsHere is a set of four elegantly carved whimsies by the same anonymous maker. They all have very smooth surfaces, good form, and are finished in a somewhat glossy clear lacquer or varnish. They appear to be from the mid-20th century and are priced individually below, with a discounted price of $1200.00 for all four. From left to right in the group photos:

The first whimsy is large, with two caged balls. It is carved from a single piece of heavy, light colored wood. It is 20 1/2" tall by 2 1/2" by 2 1/2". It is in excellent condition. The price for this one is $450.00, or $1200.00 for all four. Inventory Code: CTHA.

The second is a darker brown. It has a turned top that tapers down, then flares back out to a single caged ball. There is a metal hook at the top for hanging. This one has a couple of age cracks, and has been broken and reglued on one corner. It is 8 1/4" tall, excluding the hook, by 2 1/4" square. The price for this one is $250.00, or $1200.00 for all four. Inventory Code: CTHC.

The third and smallest is the most detailed. It is an assemblage of three pieces in a warm, medium golden color. One is a tiny ball in cage with a carved crest on top. This is mounted inside a separate, larger cage with a carved crest and shaft with a very round ball on top. Finally, that cage was mounted on a three-tier base. The steps of the base were carved out of a single piece, with tiny dowels set in the corners like fence posts. It is 7 1/2" high by 4 3/8" wide by 3 3/8" deep, in excellent condition. The price for this one is $375.00, or $1200.00 for all four. Inventory Code: CTHH.

The fourth whimsy has a long cage with three large, very round balls, topped by a finial turned from a second piece of wood. It is 13 3/4" tall by 2 1/8" square. One corner of the cage has been broken and reglued. The price for this one is $375.00, or $1200.00 for all four. Inventory Code: CTHT.   See a slideshow of several views [632k] ... Four whimsy carvings by the same maker ... The two taller whimsies ... The other side ... The two shorter ones ... Another angle ... Third view ... One side ... The other side ... Back view ... All four, from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Four whimsy carvings by the same maker ... The two taller whimsies ... The other side ... All four, with a soda can for scale.

Carving with cowboy bootsThis is a hand made and carved cowboy desk set assemblage. It was apparently made by the same person who did the set of four whimseys above; they all are in the same wood, finish, and feel.

This desk set has a three step base carved from a single piece of wood. It is topped by a pair of carved and decorated boots and a rectangular section with a deeply carved round area. The boots are carved out to hold pens or pencils. The center area could contain paper clips, rubber bands, or odds and ends. All the pieces are pine. The boots also have been decorated with fine inked and pencilled vines and flowers. The soles are painted or inked black. All this has then been finished in fine lacquer or varnish. The piece was likely made about the 1940's or '50's. The base is 8" wide by 6" deep. The boots are each about 4" high by 3 1/2" deep by 1 1/2" wide. The overall height is about 5 1/2". It is in excellent condition with one small chip in the finish on the base. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: CTHO.   See a slideshow of several views [661k] ... Carving with cowboy boots ... Another angle ... Front view ... Side view ... Closeup ... The other side ... Another view ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

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