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Hummer rooster windmill weightThis is a cast iron short stem Hummer windmill weight in great old paint. It is in excellent condition, mounted in a custom made wooden display base. From the early 1900's, it was made in Illinois by the Elgin Wind Power and Pump Company. It is the E 184 model. The size is 9 1/2" long by 10" high by about 1 1/2" thick. As mounted, it is 12" high by 14" long by 6 1/2" wide. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: CCWS. We have second Hummer rooster here.   Hummer rooster windmill weight ... The other side ... Off the base ... Other side, off base ... Front view ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Hummer rooster windmill weight ... The other side ... Off the base ... Other side, off base ... Front view ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.

One man bandThis is the "BoomBass" one man band percussion instrument. It has an upright shaft mounted with two cymbals at the top, a wood block, bell, and tambourine with spring striker. At the bottom is a spring-loaded peg that lets you bounce the instrument up and down as well as striking it. A metal plate on the shaft says it was built by The Boombass Co. of Cleveland, OH. It came with a wire brush that apparently was used to play it. From the 1950's or early 60's, it is in fairly good, but well-used and worn condition. The cymbals are a little bent, and there is a split in the skin of the tambourine that was repaired from the back with tape long ago. The handle of the wire brush is very battered and cracked through, but it still holds together fine. It is 60" tall by 11" wide by about 8" deep. The price is $195.00. Inventory Code: TOOW.   One man band ... Two more angles ... Side and back views ... Closeup, top half ... Lower half ... The cymbals ... The tambourine ... Side view of the tambourine ... Back of the tambourine, and the spring mechanism ... Closer view of tambourine from back ... The label ... Closer view of the middle and the brush ... Side view of the top half ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   One man band ... Two more angles ... Side and back views ... Closeup, top half ... Lower half ... The cymbals ... The tambourine ... Side view of the tambourine ... Back of the tambourine, and the spring mechanism ... Closer view of tambourine from back ... The label ... Closer view of the middle and the brush ... Side view of the top half ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Dempster horseThis is a cast iron horse made by Dempster, the manufacturer of windmills and windmill weights. We have never seen one exactly like it before. It is likely rare, and may have been made as a store display or salesman's sample. Both sides are marked with the Dempster logo and "Beatrice NEBR". It has worn cream colored paint with some old dark rust. The horse itself is 10" high by 12" long. It comes with a custom made wood display base. The size on the base is 12" high by 16" long by 6 1/2" wide. Age is from the early 1900's. The price is $395.00. Inventory Code: CCOK.   Dempster horse ... The other side ... Off the base ... Other side, off base ... Another angle ... Front and back views ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Dempster horse ... The other side ... Off the base ... Other side, off base ... Another angle ... Front and back views ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.

Paper mache style figureThis is a large papier mache figure of a stylish man, said to be a store display from Detroit. He stands 42 1/2" tall by about 18" wide by 13" deep, painted in shades of peach, gray, red, and white. His cap and coat are made from a textured paper. The base is plywood, covered with crumpled layers of papier mache. Age is unknown, it looks to be from the 1970's or 80's. There is a fair amount of damage, including paint loss on the face, cracks under the chin, loss to one finger, and damage and loss on the base. While the weathered appearance adds to the appeal of this piece for us, the condition can best be described as fair. Having said that, we feel it is a striking and impressive piece. The price is $475.00. Inventory Code: CCWT.   Papier mache figure ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup ... Closeup of the hands ... Closeup of the feet ... Another closeup of the base ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Papier mache figure ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup ... Closeup of the hands ... Closeup of the feet ... Another closeup of the base ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Odd Fellows ceremonial apronThis is a beautiful and rare ceremonial costume panel from the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows, an early African-American fraternal group. Called an apron, it was worn by some of the men of the lodge. It dates from the middle to late 1800s, and has been mounted on red fabric, in an oak frame under glass. The image was printed on silk, with satin ribbon borders and part of the cotton cord waistband. Some of the many symbols include the All-Seeing Eye, sun, moon, and stars, Noah's Ark, dove of peace, skull and cross bones, heart in hand, and much more. The piece itself measures 15" by 15", the frame is 20 1/2" by 20 1/2". It is in very good condition with minor foxing and staining, slight separation of one corner of the border, and what looks like a bit of paint on the lower left of the border. There is also some slight wear and scuffing to the frame, and damage to the paper backing of the frame.

There is some interesting history of the G. U. O. of O. F. here and here. Yale University Library has a video here that shows a lodge parade, with many of the men wearing similar aprons (about 4:10 into the video). The price is $975.00. Inventory Code: CCRP.   Odd Fellows ceremonial apron ... Closeup ... Side views ... Back of frame ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Odd Fellows ceremonial apron ... Closeup ... Side views ... Back of frame ... With a soda can for scale.

Cast iron tractor lawn sprinklerThis is a cast iron lawn sprinkler in the form of a tractor. It is the National Walking Lawn Sprinkler model B3. It has its original green and red paint. The tractor portion measures 20 1/2" long by 8 1/2" wide by 8 3/4" high, with an approx. 36" long spray arm. This sprinkler was made to automatically "walk" across the lawn, following the hose line as it sprayed. We have not tested it to see if it still works, but it appears to be in excellent condition, from the latter half of the 20th c. The price is $235.00. Inventory Code: ASOA.   Cast iron tractor lawn sprinkler ... The other side, with a soda can for scale ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Front view ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... From above ... Another view from above.
Some much larger photos:   Cast iron tractor lawn sprinkler ... The other side, with a soda can for scale ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Front view ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... From above ... Another view from above.

Cast iron architectural tie-insHere are two decorative "S" shaped cast iron architectural tie-ins. These are in excellent, aged condition with a natural dark surface. They were probably made in the late 1800's or early 1900's and are about 21 1/2" long by 5" wide, by 1/2" thick. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: AOSK.   Cast iron architectural tie-ins ... The other side ... Side angle ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Cast iron architectural tie-ins ... The other side ... Side angle ... With a soda can for scale.

Fish decoysHere are two very nice, used, fish decoys from the mid-20th c. or a bit earlier. They are wood, with metal fins and lead weights in the bottom. Both are in good, used and weathered condition. The first fish is painted green and yellow with black details. It has a metal tail that is slightly crumpled. It is 6 3/4" long by 2 1/4" wide by 1 1/4" high. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: TOHS.   Fish decoy ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale ... Both decoys together.
Some much larger photos:   Fish decoy ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale ... Both decoys together.

The second fish has a natural-looking curve carved into its body, as if it is swimming. It has a clear varnish surface with black and gray paint details. It is 7 1/4" long by 2" wide by 1 1/4" high. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: TOCK.   Fish decoy ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale ... Both decoys together.
Some much larger photos:   Fish decoy ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale ... Both decoys together.

Jointed fish decoyThis is an unusual fish decoy with a jointed wood body and metal fins. It is painted dark red with cream and black. The paint appears to have been sanded down to give it a more mottled, lifelike appearance. It measures 14 1/2" long by 4" wide by 4" high, in very good condition with minor rusting of the fins. The age is unknown, probably late 20th c. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: TOCW.   Jointed fish decoy ... The other side ... Another angle ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Jointed fish decoy ... The other side ... Another angle ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved farm wagon by Jim PopsoThis is a carved and painted folk art assemblage 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. This is a farmer's market wagon, filled with produce and pulled by two horses in harness, all mounted on a wooden base. It is signed "J Popso 1991". On the back is the inscription "Farmer John, Eckley, PA". The size is 24" long by 9 1/4" wide by 12 3/4" high. The back step on the wagon was cracked and reglued, otherwise it is in excellent condition. We have two more works by Popso, and links to articles about him here. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: CAKK.   Carved farm wagon by Jim Popso ... Side view ... The other side ... Another angle ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved farm wagon by Jim Popso ... Side view ... The other side ... Another angle ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Intricate veneer decorated table topThis incredible piece of folk art is a table top decorated with layers upon layers of finely cut and appliqued veneer woods. The effect is something like inlay, but the individual pieces are glued over each other instead of being set in. All the colors are from the various shades of wood used. The design includes the words "Bless This House O Lord We Pray Amen". The surface has a clear, glossy finish with slight texture from the layers of veneer. It is 36" in diameter by 1" thick, with screw eyes on the back for hanging.

The table top itself is probably from the early 1900's, with a partial label on the back from a New York City shop. The age of the decoration is unknown, but looks to be approximately mid-20th c. There is a signature that appears to have been applied with a rubber stamp. There are a few very small places where bits of veneer are loose or chipped, and one piece where the finish is lost, as seen in the closeup photos. Overall, the condition is excellent and it is a striking and unique piece. The price is $1800.00. Inventory Code: CCOA.   Intricate veneer decorated table top ... Closeup of the center ... "Bless This House" ... "O Lord We Pray" ... Closeup with signature ... Closeup of loss ... Side views ... Back view ... Label on back ... With a yardstick for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Intricate veneer decorated table top ... Closeup of the center ... "Bless This House" ... "O Lord We Pray" ... Closeup with signature ... Closeup of loss ... Side views ... Back view ... Label on back ... With a yardstick for scale.

Cast iron star tie-insHere are two cast iron architectural star tie-ins. They are six pointed stars, which is more unusual. Each is in excellent condition with a very nice dark oxidized surface and minor casting flaws. They measure 11 1/4" across from point to point and about 3/4" thick at the center. They are probably from the late 1800's. They are priced at $125.00 each. Inventory Code: CCHK.   Cast iron star tie-ins ... Closeup of one ... Closeup of the other ... Side view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Cast iron star tie-ins ... Closeup of one ... Closeup of the other ... Side view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Doll sculptureThis is a wild and funky found object sculpture with an old composition doll head, arms and legs. It has a Kendall motor oil can for a body and an oil can with a spout for a hat. The doll is holding a large key, and is seated on a stack of metal cans including a Budget Bank, Near's Fly Oil, Beech Nut Coffee, and IGA Coffee. It is signed "Tin Lizzy #1018" "Betsy Wilbur 2012". All of the individual objects are in worn, as found condition; the sculpture itself is solidly put together and in very good condition. It is 34" tall by about 7 1/2" by 6". The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: CCRH.   Doll sculpture ... Closeup of top ... Two more overall views ... Side and back views ... Two more closeups ... Closeups of the base ... "Budget Bank" ... Signature ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Doll sculpture ... Closeup of top ... Two more overall views ... Side and back views ... Two more closeups ... Closeups of the base ... "Budget Bank" ... Signature ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Clown shoesHere are two pairs of oversized clown shoes. They are made from leather and are old, scuffed, very worn and well used. The soles are very worn, and there are other cracks and holes. They date from the latter half of the 20th century. The first pair is yellow, 14" long by 6 1/2" wide by 5" high. One shoe has a hand stitched repair where it cracked across the top. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: CCOT.   Clown shoes ... From above ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From below ... Both pairs, with a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Clown shoes ... From above ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From below ... Both pairs, with a soda can for scale.

Clown shoesThe second pair is a darker, more faded yellow. They are also very worn, and are patched with duct tape wrapped around the front. The leather is hard and dry, and the tongue of one shoe is partly missing. They are 14" long by 6 1/4" wide by about 4 1/2" high. The price is $200.00. Inventory Code: CCOC.   Clown shoes ... From above ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From below ... Both pairs, with a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Clown shoes ... From above ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From below ... Both pairs, with a soda can for scale.

 


 

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