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Bottle cap basketThis is a bottle cap basket with nice form and presence. It is made from older, cork-lined bottle caps and painted a dark, oxidized gold. You can just make out "Ohio" on one of the caps on the bottom. The basket is in excellent condition, about 11 1/4" high by 10" across. It is from about the 1940's or 50's. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: CHPP.   Bottle cap basket ... Another angle ... Third view ... Fourth view ... From above ... Another view from above ... Closeup of bottom, with "Ohio" marking ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Bottle cap basket ... Another angle ... Third view ... Fourth view ... From above ... Another view from above ... Closeup of bottom, with "Ohio" marking ... With a soda can for scale.

Croc O MowerThis is a wonderful, hand made folk art mechanical toy. The "Croc o Mower" is built from wood, with intricate burned decoration. The steering wheel turns the front headlight and wheels from side to side. Rolling the mower causes the crocodile head to snap its jaws - watch the video to see. Inscriptions include "1.3 Dino-Power", "Watch Out For Flower Beds", "Use Only Hi-Test BugOSaur Juice", and much more. The seat is covered with leather, and the croc has reflective red plastic eyes. The size is 7 1/4" long by about 6 1/4" wide by 3 1/2" high. It is in excellent condition, not signed or dated, but probably from the last quarter of the 20th c. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: CHSC.   "Croc o Mower" ... Front view, mouth open ... Front, mouth closed ... Another angle ... From above ... Other side from above ... Side view ... Back view ... Back, from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.
Some much larger photos:   "Croc o Mower" ... Front view, mouth open ... Front, mouth closed ... Another angle ... From above ... Other side from above ... Side view ... Back view ... Back, from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.

Mince meat crock lidThis is the hinged wooden lid from a mince meat crock. It has a metal handle, tiny wire hinges, and embossed and stencilled lettering. Part of the inscription reads "Keep This Cover On, Mince Meat Is Better If Kept In A Cool Place And Stirred Often As The Liquor Settles At The Bottom". It is also marked "Doody Bro's", and "Salisbury MD". The lid probably dates from the first half of the 20th. century. It is in worn, used condition, with an oxidized surface and great look. The size is 10 1/4" in diameter by about 1 3/4" deep at the handle. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: CHSK.   Mince meat crock lid ... Side view, hinged open ... Another angle ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Mince meat crock lid ... Side view, hinged open ... Another angle ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Here are two paintings by the late 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 fanzines, but he also experimented and painted in many other more traditional and non-traditional styles. You can see much more of his work here.

Painting by Robert E. GilbertFirst is a mountain landscape, with birds in a stormy sky, and the small figure of an old man in the lower corner, signed "REG 1968". It is painted in acrylics on hardboard and mounted in a wooden frame. The painting measures 18" by 24", in very good condition with foxing visible on the back. The frame is 21 1/2" by 27 1/2" by 1 3/4" deep, with minor surface wear. The price is $295.00. Inventory Code: REG 107.   Painting by Robert E. Gilbert ... Closeup ... Side view ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Painting by Robert E. Gilbert ... Closeup ... Side view ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.

Drawing by Robert E. GilbertThis is a pen and ink seascape with a small woman standing in the waves, signed "REG 1971". It is framed and matted under glass. The visible part of the drawing measures 9" by 13". The frame is 21 1/2" by 17 1/2" by 3/4" deep. Condition appears to be excellent, but we did not remove the drawing from the frame. The price is $195.00. Inventory Code: REG 108.   Drawing by Robert E. Gilbert ... Closeup ... Side view ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Drawing by Robert E. Gilbert ... Closeup ... Side view ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.

Explosives signThis is an industrial metal "Explosives A" sign. The back is inscribed "Harlan, KY coal mine". It has a worn surface, with a printed date of "1 Jan 67" in the lower left. The paint is very reflective when the light strikes it at the right angle. It measures 8 7/8" high by 30" wide, in great looking, worn, used condition with some paint loss as seen in the photos. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: CHPC.   Explosives sign ... Closeup, left ... Closeup, right ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Tilted to reflect light ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Explosives sign ... Closeup, left ... Closeup, right ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Tilted to reflect light ... 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.

Tramp art boxThis tramp art box has very nice detail and workmanship, with fine, unusual carving along the points of the triangles. From the late 1800's, it has a very dark, slightly reddish lacquer surface. The hinged lid opens to reveal a green felt lined interior with two rounded wood compartments. It is in excellent condition with a couple of very small areas of loss. The size is 13 1/2" wide by 8" deep by 7 3/4" high. The price is $450.00. Inventory Code: CAOW.   Tramp art box ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... Another view from above ... Lid open ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Tramp art box ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... Another view from above ... Lid open ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Carving by Fred BowermanThis is a large carving with a strong face, made from a log with part of the bark left on. It has a carved feather headdress, and glasses and an earring made from wire and found objects. The ears were carved separately and applied. The eyes are accented with white paint and have carved eyelashes. The ends of the log were cut on an angle so that he leans to one side. It is signed and dated on the top and lower back "Fred Bowerman, Aug. 8, 1990". The size is 21 1/2" high by about 10" wide by 6 1/2" deep. It appears to have been washed with a dark stain or paint, and the ears are varnished. The condition is very good with some slight wear and an age split. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: TRRS. We have another carving by the same artist here.   Large carving by Fred Bowerman ... Side and back views ... Closeup ... From above ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of signature on back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Large carving by Fred Bowerman ... Side and back views ... Closeup ... From above ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of signature on back ... With a soda can for scale.

Three wood and metal pulleysHere are three old, different, wood and metal pulleys that form an interesting set of industrial art. Each has a cast iron bracket and a worn, weathered wooden wheel. They are from the late 1800's or early 1900's, in old, weathered, used condition, with a great industrial look. They have been mounted on metal display stands and are priced individually, with a discount for the group.

The first pulley, on the left, is 10" high by 6" wide by 2 1/2" deep. As mounted it stands 14 1/4" high. Part of the iron bracket is missing on the back. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: TSCA.   Wood and metal pulley, three views ... Side and back views ... From above ... The three pulleys together ... All three, with a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Wood and metal pulley, three views ... Side and back views ... From above ... The three pulleys together ... All three, with a soda can for scale.

The longest pulley, in the middle, is 16 1/2" high by 6" wide by 3 3/4" deep. As mounted it stands 17 1/4" high. The wooden wheel is very weathered, and part of the iron bracket is missing on the back. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: TSCP.   Longest pulley ... Side and back views ... Closeup of back ... From above ... The three pulleys together ... All three, with a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Longest pulley ... Side and back views ... Closeup of back ... From above ... The three pulleys together ... All three, with a soda can for scale.

The darker colored pulley, on the right, is 12" high by 6 1/4" wide by 4" deep. As mounted it stands 14" high. It is in very good, used and worn condition. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: TSCS.   Darker color pulley ... Side and back views ... From above ... The three pulleys together ... All three, with a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Darker color pulley ... Side and back views ... From above ... The three pulleys together ... All three, with a soda can for scale.

Here are several drawings and paintings by Virginia Love: 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.

Geometric drawing by Virginia LoveThis is a two sided geometric drawing by Virginia Love. Each drawing is on a separate sheet of paper, they were then glued to opposite sides of a larger sheet of brown paper. The drawings are in very good condition, with some faint bleeding on the black and white side from another drawing. Each drawing measures 6" by 9", the backing paper has some edge tears and is 8 1/2" by 12". The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: VL23.   One side, with a 12" ruler for scale ... The other side.
Some much larger photos:   One side, with a 12" ruler for scale ... The other side.

Linoleum pattern by Virginia LoveThis is a linoleum pattern by Virginia Love. It is signed at the bottom, and also faintly on the back. It measures 9" by 12". The paper is damaged on the corners. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: VL22.   One side, with a 12" ruler for scale ... The other side.
Some much larger photos:   One side, with a 12" ruler for scale ... The other side.

Painting of leaves by Virginia LoveThis is a painting of oak leaves, outlined in pencil and painted in watercolors, by Virginia Love. It is glued onto a larger piece of brown paper, with a smaller blank paper glued to the back. The painting is 7 1/2" by 9", and the backing is 8 1/2" by 12". There are some faint creases and darkening along the sides. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: VL24.   One side, with a 12" ruler for scale ... The other side.
Some much larger photos:   One side, with a 12" ruler for scale ... The other side.

Two sided flower drawing by Virginia LoveThis is a two sided painting of flowers by Virginia Love. Each drawing is on a separate sheet of paper, they were then glued to opposite sides of a larger sheet of brown paper. The drawings are in very good condition. The first one measures 4" by 8 1/2", and the second is 4 1/2" by 10". The backing paper has some edge tears and is 8 3/4" by 12". The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: VL25.   One side, with a 12" ruler for scale ... The other side.
Some much larger photos:   One side, with a 12" ruler for scale ... The other side.

photo"Program for Washington's Birthday", by Virginia Love. It is watercolor and ink on paper, 9" by 12", in good condition with some edge creases, c. 1940's, from St.Louis. On the back is a pencil sketch. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: VL16. Image ... Back ... Larger Image ... Larger Back.

 

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Folky whirligigThis is a folky whirligig with two African-American figures turning a crank. It has good paint with some fine crazing and nice design and movement. The people are somewhat whimsical, with blue suits, brown hats, and black boots. The initials A.D. are painted on both sides of the tail. It was probably made about the 1930's or 40's and has been mounted on a newer wood base. The whirligig itself is 24 1/2" long and 16" across the blade. Including the base it is 27" long by 18 1/2" high. One of the men's hats is missing a piece off the back, and there are some small chips on the tail and some tight cracks in the blade. Otherwise it is in very good, used and weathered condition. The price is $450.00. Inventory Code: CTAK.   Folky whirligig ... Another angle ... A third view ... One side ... The other side ... Closeup of the figures ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... View of the blades ... From above ... Another back view ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.
Some much larger photos:   Folky whirligig ... Another angle ... A third view ... One side ... The other side ... Closeup of the figures ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... View of the blades ... From above ... Another back view ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.

 


 

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