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Hand made double washtub bassThis is a beautiful home made stand up bass and an amusing take on the old "washtub bass". It was built from wood and two metal washtubs, in the form of a classical acoustic bass. Both tubs have a rusty surface with remnants of silver paint. The bottom of the smaller tub was perforated with small holes like a colander. The bottom of the larger tub is somewhat dented. The bass has three strings, with hand made wooden pegs. It stands 54" high by 18" wide by about 10" deep. It was probably made in the 1930's or 40's, but could be a bit more recent. The price is $625.00. Inventory Code: CTWT.   Hand made double washtub bass ... Back views ... Side views ... Closeup ... Closeup, lower ... Closeup from side ... Closeup from back ... Other side ... Lower, from back ... Lower, other side ... Back, from above ... Head and neck ... Head and neck, one side ... Head and neck, back ... Head and neck, other side ... From above ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Hand made double washtub bass ... Back views ... Side views ... Closeup ... Closeup, lower ... Closeup from side ... Closeup from back ... Other side ... Lower, from back ... Lower, other side ... Back, from above ... Head and neck ... Head and neck, one side ... Head and neck, back ... Head and neck, other side ... From above ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Folky hand made tin can banjoThis is a folky banjo hand made from a large can, wood neck, sheet metal, and hand carved pegs. The strap is a pair of shoelaces. The frets were made from heavy copper wire set into grooves in the neck, but most of the wires are missing or were never there. It is 33" long by 7" wide by 4" deep, from the second half of the 20th century. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: CTTA.   Folky hand made tin can banjo ... Side and back views ... More views from sides and back ... Closeups of top ... Closeup of neck ... Closeup of body ... Second closeup of body ... Third closeup of body ... Closeup from back ... From above ... Closeup from above ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Folky hand made tin can banjo ... Side and back views ... More views from sides and back ... Closeups of top ... Closeup of neck ... Closeup of body ... Second closeup of body ... Third closeup of body ... Closeup from back ... Closeup from above ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Driftwood birdThis is a bird made from driftwood and found objects. It has a nice form and weathered surface. It is 5 1/4" high by 8" by 4", in very good condition. The age is unknown, but it is old. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: TOWP.   Driftwood bird ... Another view ... Front view ... The other side ... Another angle ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... Closeup from below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Driftwood bird ... Another view ... Front view ... The other side ... Another angle ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... Closeup from below ... With a soda can for scale.

Mechanical boot jackThis is a mechanical boot jack from the late 1800's or early 1900's. It is made from cast iron with a hand carved wood handle. The handle tightens the clamp on to the heel of the boot, so it could be pulled off. The iron mechanism has a good dark oxidized surface and measures 15" long by 5" wide. When the handle is straight up, it is 34 3/4" high. The handle has a dark patina from years of use. The condition is very good, with some wear on the handle. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: TOCA.   Mechanical boot jack ... Closeup, with a soda can for scale ... One side ... The other side ... From above ... Closeups of the handle ... Another view from above ... With a yardstick for scale ... Video of the action [4.8 Mb].
Some much larger photos:   Mechanical boot jack ... Closeup, with a soda can for scale ... One side ... The other side ... From above ... Closeups of the handle ... Another view from above ... With a yardstick for scale ... Video of the action [4.8 Mb].

Fish decoysHere are four primitive carved fish decoys. They are painted white and green, with red mouths and black eyes. Each one has a metal clip through its bottom lip. The fish themselves range in size from 7 1/4" to 9 1/4" long by about 1" to 1 1/4" in diameter. The metal clip adds about 2 3/4" to the length. Three are in good, worn and weathered condition; the fourth has an age split, and the tail was broken and reglued. They appear to be from the mid-20th century. They are priced at $25.00 each or $90.00 for the group. Inventory Code: TOHH.   Fish decoys ... Another view ... The other side ... From front ... From back ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Fish decoys ... Another view ... The other side ... From front ... From back ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Carving of men playing checkersCarving of fiddlerCarving of preacherHere are three detailed carvings with lots of personality. There is a preacher, a fiddler, and two men playing checkers. Each is painted, and signed "Jack Eichbaum". Eichbaum lived in Chattanooga, TN and carved for many decades until his death in 2010. He was a member of the Southern Highlands Craft guild.   All three carvings together ... Larger photo.

The first two men are seated on crates, playing checkers on top of a barrel. Their faces and clothes are very lifelike. The carving is 5 1/4" high by 3 3/8" by 6 7/8", in excellent condition. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CCTH.   Carving of men playing checkers ... The other side ... Another angle ... A fourth view ... One end ... The other end ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
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The fiddle player has a long mustache, and is seated with one foot propped on his chair. The whole carving, including the chair and base is made from a single piece of wood. It is 5 5/8" high by 2 1/4" side by 4 7/8" deep, in excellent condition. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CCTO.   Carving of fiddler ... Side view ... Front view ... The other side ... Back views ... From above ... Another view from above and below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carving of fiddler ... Side view ... Front view ... The other side ... Back views ... From above ... Another view from above and below ... With a soda can for scale.

The African-American preacher is caught in mid-sermon, gesturing over his Bible. He stands 5 3/8" tall by 1 7/8" wide by 3 3/4" deep. The condition is excellent except for a small chip off of his finger. The price is $300.00. Inventory Code: CCTW.   Carving of preacher ... Another angle ... Side view ... Front view ... The other side ... Back views ... From above ... Another view from above and below ... Closeup ... With a soda can for scale.
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Cast iron table supportsCast iron table supportsHere are two fancy cast iron supports, probably originally intended as table legs. They are also attractive decorative pieces as is, freestanding or hanging on a wall. Each one measures 28" high by 26 1/4" wide by 3 1/2" deep. The surface is mostly dark oxidation, with faint traces of white or silver paint and a few areas where brighter metal shows through. From the late 1800's to early 1900's, they are in excellent condition. The price is $395.00 for the pair. Inventory Code: TTPS.   Cast iron table supports ... The other way up ... Another view ... Fourth view ... Fifth view ... Side views ... Closeup of one ... Other side ... Third closeup of one ... Closeup of other ... Other side ... Third closeup of other ... Both, with a yardstick for scale.
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Concrete lawn ornament man fishingThis is a concrete lawn ornament of a man with a fishing pole. He is made to sit on a wall or shelf, and measures roughly 21" long from toes to head by 6" wide. From the first half of the 20th c., he is in good, weathered condition. There are remnants of brown, blue, and yellow paint with black details. The fishing pole is wood and wire. The price is $160.00. Inventory Code: CCSR.   Concrete lawn ornament of a man fishing ... Another angle ... Third view ... Back views ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Concrete lawn ornament of a man fishing ... Another angle ... Third view ... Back views ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Six anonymous carvingsHere are six carvings by the same anonymous maker. There are four busts and two plaques with relief carved faces. Each one has its own very individual personality. They have unfinished, natural wood surfaces, and appear to have been made in the mid to late 20th c.   All six carvings, with a soda can for scale ... Larger photo ... The four heads ... Larger photo.

This first smiling man is lighter in color. It was carved from a block made by gluing two pieces of wood together. The pupils of his eyes are pencilled in. It is the most detailed of the group and measures 5" high by 2 1/2" by 2 1/2". The condition is excellent. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: CARW.   First head ... Side and back views ... Larger photos:   First head ... Side and back views.

The second figure has a sour expression. It is flat on the back and somewhat darker in color, standing 5 1/4" high by 2 7/8" wide by 1 3/4" deep. The condition is excellent. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: CARO.   Second head ... Side views ... Larger photos   Second head ... Side views.

The third man has a slight smile and a large nose. There is a small, old chip on the tip of his nose. He is 4 3/4" high by 2 1/4" wide by 2 5/8" deep. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: CARR.   Third head ... Larger photos

The fourth carving is a darker color, with pencilled eyes. It is 5 3/4" high by 1 3/4" wide by 2 7/8" deep. The condition is excellent. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: CARH.   Fourth head ... Larger photos.

The first plaque has a smiling face with colored in eyes. It looks like a theater comedy mask. 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.   One plaque ... Larger photos.

The second plaque is somewhat more primitive than the other carvings. The face is smiling, with a large chin. It is 5 1/4" high by 3 5/8" wide by 1 7/8" 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: CARC.   The second plaque ... Larger photos.

Funky carved totemsThis is a group of six strong and funky carved and decorated "totems" which we refer to as the "totem family". There is the father, mother, big brother and sister, and the two little kids. Each of the carvings has faces on all four sides with various colored beads for eyes. They are all signed with ink on the base "TAG 1991 R1 box 6 Rockvale, TENN". One is also decorated with the drawing in ink which seems to be a stylized tree with roots. They are all approximately 3 1/2" to 4" on the sides, and vary from 15 1/2" to 31 1/2" in height. It is a little difficult to pin down the age exactly, but these were likely made in the latter 1900's. The condition is very good with some slight wear and loss to a few of the beads. The price for the group is $1295.00. Inventory Code: CCAR.   Funky carved totems ... Another view ... Largest, several views ... Next largest ... Third totem ... Fourth totem ... Fourth, more views ... Third and fourth, from above ... Third and fourth, from below ... Fifth totem ... Sixth ... Sixth, more images ... Fifth and sixth, from above ... Fifth and sixth, from below ... All, with a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Funky carved totems ... Another view ... Largest, several views ... Next largest ... Third totem ... Fourth totem ... Fourth, more views ... Third and fourth, from below ... Fifth totem ... Sixth ... Sixth, more images ... Fifth and sixth, from above ... Fifth and sixth, from below ... All, with a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Carved lion's headThis is a very striking and strong wood carving of a lion's head. It was probably made from walnut, and is finished in a glossy varnish. The carving is quite detailed and extremely impressive. It is approximately 21" high by 12 1/2" wide by 11" deep. It is in excellent condition, and was likely done about the 1950's give or take. The price is $475.00. Inventory Code: CCCH.   Carved lion's head ... Another angle ... Third angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved lion's head ... Another angle ... Third angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Memory jarThis is an exceptional 2-handled memory jug with wonderful and unusual decoration. It includes beads, shells, costume jewelry, buttons, babies and people, emblems, polished stones, and much more. This jug was likely made in the early 1900's and is in excellent almost perfect condition with minor loss of only a few pieces. This wonderful example is about 10" high by 9" in diameter at the widest point. It has great form and an extremely nice aged surface. The price is $650.00. Inventory Code: CCHW.   Memory jar ... Second view ... Third view ... Fourth view ... Fifth view ... Sixth view ... Seventh view ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Memory jar ... Second view ... Third view ... Fourth view ... Fifth view ... Sixth view ... Seventh view ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Decorative telephonesHere is a set of three fantastic Automatic Electric Type 183 Spacemaker telephones in classic 1950's-60's design. They are exceptionally decorative as sculptural objects, or could be wired to be used as phones - even today. This model is sometimes referred to as a "bar phone". It's very compact, the dial swivels, and the switchhook can be positioned left right or center, so it can be mounted almost anywhere. Each one measures about 11 1/2" high by 5 1/2" wide by 3 1/4" deep (plus the cord hangs down a bit more). There's no internal ringer on these, so they need a ringer box or to serve as an extension phone. These can added externally if desired and are available through many sources online. The price for the set is $595.00. Inventory Code: CTCT.   Three decorative telephones ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Green phone, from above ... From below ... Back ... With a soda can for scale ... Black phone, from above ... From below ... Back ... Yellow phone, from above ... From below ... Back ... All three, with a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Three decorative telephones ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Green phone, from above ... From below ... Back ... With a soda can for scale ... Black phone, from above ... From below ... Back ... Yellow phone, from above ... From below ... Back ... All three, with a soda can for scale.

 


 

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