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African-American carving
African-American carved bust
Drummer whirligig
Drummer whirligig
Carved band
Carved band of musicians
Folky chalk head
Folky chalk head
Carved face
Carved face plaque
Carving of woman in moonlight
Carving of woman in moonlight
Carved woman
Carved woman
Painting of Miles Davis
Painting on roofing metal
of Miles Davis
John Henry whirligig
John Henry railroad whirligig
Carving with two faces
Carving with two faces
Jointed carvings
Jointed limberjack carvings
Psychedelic folk music carving1960's psychedelic carving
1960's Psychedelic folk music carving
African-American carving
Exceptional, large,
African-American carving
Carving of man with cow by Mr. Benjamin
Carving of man with cow by Mr. Benjamin
Primitive jointed carving
Very primitive jointed man with felt hat

Carved, jointed man in hat
Jointed carving
Jointed man with cap, boots
unusual articulation of arms
Golfer whirligig
Copper golfer weather vane
Portuguese fisherman painting
One of four Portuguese fisherman paintings
Adam and Eve carving
19th c. Adam and Eve carving over 3 feet high
Coal cracker model by Jim PopsoClub house model by Jim Popso
Two carved folk art assemblages by PA artist Jim Popso depicting life in coal country
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African-American carvingThis is a bust of an African-American carved from walnut. It has a smooth, polished surface and lots of personality. It is 6 1/2" high by 5" wide by 2 1/2" deep, in excellent condition. Age is unknown, but most likely mid-20th century. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: CARS.   African-American carving ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   African-American carving ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Drummer whirligigThis is a good looking and colorful whirligig of a uniformed drummer. As the vividly striped blade turns, the drummer's arms alternate up and down, beating the sticks on the drum. The whirligig is made from 1/2" pine, mounted on a metal base. It is 11 1/2" long by 20 1/2" high as mounted. The man is 8 1/2" tall and the blade is 12" across. From the second half of the 20th c., it is in very good, slightly weathered condition. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: CCWP.   Drummer whirligig ... The other side ... Arms moved ... With the base ... Another angle ... Front view ... The blade ... From above ... With a soda can for scale ... Animation of the motion [1.2 Mb].
Some much larger photos:   Drummer whirligig ... The other side ... Arms moved ... With the base ... Another angle ... Front view ... The blade ... From above ... With a soda can for scale ... Animation of the motion [1.2 Mb].

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.

Folky chalk headThis is a folky life-size head of a man with curly hair and a large mustache. It is very detailed including eyelashes, the pupils of the eyes, features of the ears, and comb marks on the hair. The head is fairly heavy, and is made from a dense chalk which has then been glazed, so the surface of the face is glossy, while the hair because of the texture does not have quite as much sheen. The condition is good, with some slight wear to the glaze, a fairly large chip on one ear and a few chips on the base and chin. It is difficult to determine the age, but was likely made in the mid-1900's. The total size is approximately 14 1/2" high by 9" deep by 8" wide. The base is about 8" by 8". The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CTTP.   Folky chalk head ... Another angle ... Third view ... Fourth view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Folky chalk head ... Another angle ... Third view ... Fourth view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved faceHere is a plaque carved from a single piece of wood, with a smiling face and colored in eyes. It looks like a theater comedy mask, and has lots of personality. The surface is unfinished, natural wood, and it appears to have been made in the mid to late 20th c. It measures 6 1/2" high by 3 3/4" wide by 2" deep. There is a metal hanger on the back. It is in very good condition with slight surface wear. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: CART.   Carved plaque ... With a soda can for scale ... Larger photos ... Larger, with a soda can for scale.

Carving of woman in moonlightThis is a relief carved and painted scene of a nude woman sitting on rocks in front of the full moon over a lake. It was framed in a shallow wooden box. The back is covered with brown paper, with two screw eyes and a newer wire hanger. The size is 9 1/4" high by 5 1/2" wide by 1 3/4" deep. The condition is good, with some cracks in the frame. It appears to be from the 1940's or 50's, but could be somewhat more recent. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CCCC.   Carving of woman in moonlight, with a soda can for scale ... From above and below ... Side views ... Back view.
Some much larger photos:   Carving of woman in moonlight, with a soda can for scale ... From above and below ... Side views ... Back view.

Carved womanThis is a very graceful, carved nude woman with jointed arms. She is carved from a light-colored wood, sanded very smooth, with faint traces of gold paint. She has a bald head, a primitively carved face and hands, and her legs merge into the roughly carved base with no feet. Probably 1920's or 30's, she is 5" high by 1 1/4" wide by approximately 3/4" deep, in excellent condition. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: PRAO.   Image ... Another view ... A third angle ... From the side ... From behind ... Another back view.

Painting of Miles DavisThis is a striking folk art painting of the jazz musician Miles Davis done on used galvanized roofing metal. In it, he is playing a stylized trumpet. In the opening of the bell are the words "Miles Runs the Voodoo Down" one of his compositions recorded in 1968. Jazztimes says the title was a reference to Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile". The painting is quite impressive, between the strong colors and the large size: 4 feet high by 28" wide. Condition is very good with small rust "dots" on the surface of the used roofing incorporated as part of the colors of the painting and about 5 holes from nails. It is an anonymous piece, dated on the back '01. The price is $500.00. Inventory Code: CTKR.   See a slideshow of several views [760 k] ... "Miles Runs the Voodoo Down" painting on metal ... Closeup, upper half ... Closeup, lower half ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup, upper back ... Date on back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   "Miles Runs the Voodoo Down" painting on metal ... Closeup, upper half ... Closeup, lower half ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup, upper back ... Date on back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

John Henry whirligigThis is a whirligig of John Henry working on the railroad. It was made by Ed Smith of Conover, NC. The carved, jointed figure goes up and down, hammering on the track as the blades turn. There is a plastic model box car on the track, and the blades are Conover license plates from 1978. The tail is a somewhat battered piece of sheet metal painted white on one side. The whirligig is 45" long by 27" across the blades. The man is 10 1/4" tall. As mounted on the wooden display base, it is about 28" high to the top of his head, or 33" to the top of the blade. It was made c. 1985, and is in very good, weathered condition. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CAKH.   See a slideshow of several views [1 Mb] ... John Henry whirligig ... With blades turned ... Closeup of the figure ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... Another closeup of the man ... Closeup, one side ... Closeup, other side ... Closeup from behind ... Closeup of blades ... Closeup of the boxcar ... Closeup of the tail ... Other side of the tail ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale ... Video of the action [5.7 Mb].
Some much larger photos:   John Henry whirligig ... With blades turned ... Closeup of the figure ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... Another closeup of the man ... Closeup, one side ... Closeup, other side ... Closeup from behind ... Closeup of blades ... Closeup of the boxcar ... Other side of the tail ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale ... Video of the action [5.7 Mb].

Carving with two facesThis is a wood carving that has two faces on opposite sides. They have qualities that resemble the stone heads of Easter Island. The piece is just under 16" high by 3 1/2" wide by 5 1/2" deep. It is done in hardwood, probably walnut, that has been highlighted with darker stain. The carving is in good condition, with very minor age cracks. It likely was done about the 1940's or so. This is part of a small collection by the same unknown artist. You can see some others here. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: TKPC.   See a slideshow of several views [342k] ... Carving with two faces, with a soda can for scale ... Two more views of this face ... Three views of the other face ... Side views ... From above ... From below.
Some much larger photos:   Carving with two faces, with a soda can for scale ... Two more views of this face ... Three views of the other face ... Side views.

Jointed carvingsHere is an exceptional pair of jointed limberjack carvings - a man and a woman. They have strong, primitive faces with carved ears and metal tacks for eyes. The hands are inset metal tabs which are free to turn around the iron mounting bar. These carvings are from the late 1800's or early 1900's, with well oxidized surfaces and good patina. They are in excellent condition. Each person measures approximately 10" high by 2" wide by 1 1/2" deep; total width including the bar is 19 3/4". The price for the pair is $675.00. Inventory Code: ARPP.   Pair of jointed limberjack carvings ... Another view ... Closeup of both ... Closeup of the woman ... Closeup of the man ... Sitting ... One side ... The other side ... With arms down ... Another view, arms down ... From above ... Side/back ... Back view ... From below.

Psychedelic folk music carving1960's carvingThis is the quintessential 1960's folk music carving. It has exceptional form, detail, and color. The assemblage of 4 pieces - double tiered offset base, chair, nude figure, and guitar is 10 1/2" high in almost perfect condition. The base is 6" in diameter. It has a handmade title sticker of "The Ballad", and is signed TRachsler. The surface is painted in very detailed psychedelic swirls and highlights in various shades. There is very slight wear in a few places, and a barely visible line in the left leg which shows where it was cracked and reset. This is an unusual, extremely good piece. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: ACWC.   Psychedelic folk music carving ... Another view ... Another view ... Back view ... Top view ... A close-up ... Second close-up ... Close-up of base.

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.

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.

Primitive jointed carvingNext are three jointed carvings, each mounted on a custom made metal base. The first is a very primitive man wearing a felt hat, with tacks for eyes. He has no arms, and apparently never did as there is nowhere they could have been attached. There are small pieces of cloth attached which seem to be remnants of clothing. The carving itself is about 14" high by 2 1/4" by 2". As mounted, he is 16 1/2" by 3 1/4" by 3". It was probably made about the 1920's or 30's. The price is $450.00. Inventory Code: CTHK.   See a slideshow of several views [428k] ... Three views of the carving ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... From above ... Legs and feet, from above ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Three views of the carving ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... From above ... Legs and feet, from above ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved man in hatOrdered. (What this means.)
This jointed man is carved with a hat and small pointed beard. He has very large feet. The surface is stained dark brown, with eyes carved and inked. He is from the early 20th c., in very good condition with slight surface wear. He stands 9" high by 1 3/4" wide by 2" deep. The base is 1 3/4" by 2 1/4" and adds 1/4" to the height. Inventory Code: CTWA.   See a slideshow of several views [321k] ... Carving, with a soda can for scale ... Closeups ... Two more overall views ... Side and back views ... Closeup of the legs bent ... From above.
Some much larger photos:   Carving, with a soda can for scale ... Closeups ... Two more overall views ... Side and back views ... Closeup of the legs bent ... From above.

Jointed carvingOrdered. (What this means.)
This jointed carving is a man wearing a cap and knee-high boots painted black. He also has painted eyebrows, mustache, and goatee. The rest of the surface is unpainted, and has darkened from age. The arms are jointed unusually, with a metal strip set in the elbows that allows the arms to cross over his chest. He is about 12 1/2" high by 4 1/2" wide by 2 1/2" deep. The base is 3 1/4" square and adds another 1/4" to the height. One foot was cracked and reglued, otherwise very good condition with slight surface wear. Age appears to be from about the 1920's or possibly a bit earlier. Inventory Code: CTWS.   See a slideshow of several views [342k] ... Carving, with a soda can for scale ... Closeup ... Side views ... More side views ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... From above.
Some much larger photos:   Carving, with a soda can for scale ... Closeup ... Side views ... More side views ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... From above.

Golfer whirligigThis is a golfer weather vane made of copper. It has good form and surface with mottled verdigris and has been mounted on a metal display base. The vane is 26" high by 21 1/2" long by about 3/4" thick; the base is 22" by 5". It is in excellent condition, probably from the 1930's or 40's. The price is $1175.00. Inventory Code: CTRA.   See a slideshow of several views [627k] ... Golfer whirligig ... The other side ... Front views ... Back views ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Closeup of feet ... Closeup of bag ... Bag, other side ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Golfer whirligig ... The other side ... Front views ... Back views ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Closeup of feet ... Closeup of bag ... Bag, other side ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.

Portuguese fisherman painting
Here are four folky paintings of various scenes of activities set on the ocean shore of the same area. All are oil on canvas and mounted, stretched, on wood frames. These are all signed "Paulino", and on the rear of some is the stamp "Antonio Moreira Paulino, Pintor Plastico, Turquel 2460 Alcobaca, Portugal". Three are the same size, 13 3/4" wide by 10 1/4" high, while one is smaller - being about 10 5/8" wide by 8" high. They were likely tourist pieces and done in the middle 1900's. The smaller one has a small tear in the canvas that has been taped from the back, otherwise they are in very good condition. Inventory Code: CCSC.

A. The small painting: A scene of a fisherman pulling a line - $125.00.
B. 1 person leading 4 oxen, with a boat in the surf - $150.00.
C. Several people in a rowboat - $150.00.
D. 8 people pulling a net - $150.00.

See a slideshow of several views [797k] ... Portuguese fisherman painting ... Back view ... Second painting ... Back view ... Closeup of the back ... Third painting ... Back view ... Fourth painting ... Back view ... All four, with a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Portuguese fisherman painting ... Back view ... Second painting ... Back view ... Closeup of the back ... Third painting ... Back view ... Fourth painting ... Back view ... All four, with a soda can for scale.

Adam and Eve carvingThis is a large, exceptional old wood carving depicting Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden together with the Snake and Apple Tree. It is done in great detail in full, deep relief around the entire hard pine log. It has a wonderful old surface and patina. In a very unusual manner, this is actually two full scenes carved on opposite sides. One depicts Eve reaching for the apple with the serpent overhead, while the other shows the Angel ordering them away. Before, Adam and Eve are naked, after they are wearing fig leaves. Inscribed on the base of the "after" side is the word "Banishment". This carving is most likely from the late 1800's and is in excellent condition with very slight bark loss on the base. The piece is about 38" high by 12" by 12". The price is $4500.00. Inventory Code: CCPA.   See a slideshow of several views [798 k] ... Adam and Eve carving, "Banishment" ... The other side, in the Garden ... Another angle ... Fourth view ... One side view ... Sixth view ... Seventh view ... Eight view ... The other side view ... Closeup in the Garden with serpent, apple ... Another closeup ... Their feet ... Fourth closeup ... Closeup of the Angel banishing ... Adam and Eve ... Their faces ... Their feet, title ... Another view of the angel ... Closeup from side ... From above ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Adam and Eve carving, "Banishment" ... The other side, in the Garden ... Another angle ... Fourth view ... One side view ... Sixth view ... Seventh view ... Eight view ... The other side view ... Closeup in the Garden with serpent, apple ... Another closeup ... Their feet ... Fourth closeup ... Closeup of the Angel banishing ... Adam and Eve ... Their faces ... Their feet, title ... Another view of the angel ... Closeup from side ... From above ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Coal cracker model by Jim PopsoHere are two folk art assemblages by Pennsylvania artist James (Jim) Popso (1922 - 1998). The son of a coal miner, his wonderfully detailed work depicts life in the mines and mine towns. You can read about Popso and his art here and here, and his obituary is here.

This piece is a model of a coal cracker that breaks up the larger chunks into more manageable sizes. There is a carved operator sitting on the front with his shovel, his mallet is behind him. When you turn the crank on the side you can see the crushing mechanism in the top move. There are two rubber flaps covering the chutes where the crushed coal would exit. Flat surfaces on the front and sides are covered with tiny, detailed scenes of the town. It is signed "By J. Popso, son of a coal miner, Hazleton, PA". One of the things Popso did in his work as a welder was to build these coal crackers.

The model is mostly wood, with pieces of coal, and some cardboard underneath. It measures 21 1/2" long by 7" wide by 13" high, and is in very good condition. It was featured in the article in the Spring, 1995 issue of Pennsylvania Folklife linked above. The price is $1150.00. Inventory Code: CAKO.   See a slideshow of several views [929k] ... Coal cracker model by Jim Popso ... One side ... The other side ... Another angle ... Front view ... Back view ... Another back view ... Closeup of man and painted dial ... Second closeup of dial, turned ... Small painting on side ... From above ... Closeup from above ... One rubber flap open ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Coal cracker model by Jim Popso ... One side ... The other side ... Another angle ... Front view ... Back view ... Another back view ... Closeup of man and painted dial ... Second closeup of dial, turned ... Small painting on side ... From above ... Closeup from above ... One rubber flap open ... With a soda can for scale.

Club house model by Jim PopsoThis carved assemblage by Jim Popso depicts the Eckley PA Social Club. There are two men sitting out front, one reading, the other holding a case of beer. The door opens to reveal two more men sitting across from each other, with a large stove between them. Written inside the door is "Pres. Big Mike, Treas. Ohio Joe, Trusty Happy Louie, Guard Slappy Willy, Door Man Ikie, Dues 50¢ a Month, No Ladys". The back has painted flowers and shrubbery. The size is 13 1/4" high by 9 3/4" by 9 3/4". It is in very good condition, probably from the mid 1990's. The price is $875.00. Inventory Code: CAKR.   See a slideshow of several views [1 Mb] ... Club house model by Jim Popso ... Another angle ... A third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Door open ... Closeup inside ... Second closeup inside ... Third closeup inside ... Closeup from side, man visible through window ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Club house model by Jim Popso ... Another angle ... A third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Door open ... Closeup inside ... Second closeup inside ... Third closeup inside ... Closeup from side, man visible through window ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.

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