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  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.

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.

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].

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.

Carved band by MattinglyHere are four carved musicians by Lloyd "Hog" Mattingly. They are coated with gesso, painted, and decorated, with beads for eyes. The women have hair made from polyurethane spray foam insulation, ribbons, fabric skirts, and plastic necklaces. The men's hair is made from glued sawdust, and they have painted clothes with felt hats and braid belts. Each is mounted on a round wood base 11" in diameter; they are unsigned. They range in size from 28 1/2" to 32" tall. They are in good condition with slight cracking and minor surface loss as seen in the photos. They woman in the floral skirt is missing one hand. Mattingly was from Kentucky, and carved from the early 1980's until his death in 2003. We have a similar, smaller group of musicians by him here. The price is $550.00 for the group. Inventory Code: CTTO.   Carved band by Mattingly ... Closeup ... The two women ... Side views of the women ... Back of the women ... The two men ... More views ... Side views of the men ... Closeups of the singer ... The singer's feet ... Closeups of the banjo player ... Closeup of the fiddler ... Two more closeups ... Side and back of the fiddler ... His legs ... The fiddler's feet ... Closeups of the guitar player ... Side and back closeups ... His legs and feet ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved band by Mattingly ... Closeup ... The two women ... Side views of the women ... Back of the women ... The two men ... More views ... Side views of the men ... Closeups of the singer ... The singer's feet ... Closeups of the banjo player ... Closeup of the fiddler ... Two more closeups ... Side and back of the fiddler ... His legs ... The fiddler's feet ... Closeups of the guitar player ... Side and back closeups ... His legs and feet ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

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.

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.
Some much larger photos:   Carving of men playing checkers ... The other side ... Another angle ... A fourth view ... One end ... The other end ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

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.
Some much larger photos:   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.
 

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.
Some much larger photos:   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.

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.

 


 

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