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Shoe shine foot restShoe shine foot restCobbler's child foot form
A collection of cobbler's and shoe shine tools, in wood and cast iron
twig planter
Hickory planter with good form, surface
Hand made dipper
Hand made dipper cut from tin sign
Burl club
Club made from a natural burl
Rustic vase
Rustic vase made from twigs, jar
Wood gate
Wood gate
Wooden dumbbell
Primitive handmade
wooden dumbbell
Rustic carved pitcher
Rustic carved, painted pitcher
African-American doll bed
One of two strong, primitive,
African-American doll beds
Primitive hand made rake
Very folky early hand made rake
Painted cottage sign
Primitive two sided cottage sign
Hem measure
Dressmaker's hem measure
Bog shoe
Hand made horse's bog shoe,
one of two
Slow/Stop highway worker's sign
Two sided hand made construction
workers' sign, 4 1/2 feet long
Barrel birdhouse
Barrel birdhouse
Primitive iron goat hobble
Primitive hand forged
iron goat tie stake
twig stand
Rustic stand
Twig swing
Miniature twig swing
Home made score keeper
Home made score keeper
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Wooden dumbbellThis is a heavy, hand carved wood dumbbell. Obviously a homemade piece, it could have been for exercise or used in a carnival. In any case, it was used often and has the patina and smoothness on the handle to show. The dumbbell is old, likely from the early 1900's. It has age cracks, but is still strong and in very good condition. It is about 17" long by 5" in diameter on the larger side. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: CSAT.   See a slideshow of several views [430k] ... Wooden dumbbell ... Another angle ... Two more views ... End view ... The other end ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Wooden dumbbell ... Two more views.

Wood gateThis is an old wooden gate with a wonderful weatherbeaten, rustic country look. It has a great surface and feeling of age, with nice old weathered hardware. The gate itself stands 43" high by 24" wide by 2" deep. With the support piece it is hinged to, the overall size is 49 1/2" high, 28 1/2" wide, 2" deep. It is from the early 20th century. This is a good visual piece for hanging or display, and can also function as a working door, either swinging or fixed. The price is $235.00. Inventory Code: AKHK.   Wood gate ... Another angle ... The other side ... Another view ... Closeup ... Second closeup ... Third closeup ... Closeup of the other side ... Second closeup of the other side.

African-American doll bedHere are two African-American doll's beds, found in Tennessee. They have a strong, primitive look with differences in detail from one to the other. Each is built of pine with a plywood bottom, and painted red with silver decoration. The age appears to be approximately from the 1940's. The construction is somewhat crude. This bed has winged figures on the head and foot boards. It stands 18" high by 25 1/2" long by 17 1/2" wide. The paint is slightly weathered. It is in very good condition. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: TKRH.   See a slideshow of several views [720k] ... African-American doll bed ... End view ... The other end ... Side view ... The other side ... Closeup ... From above ... From below ... With the other bed (below) ... Both beds, with a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   African-American doll bed ... End view ... The other end ... Closeup.

African-American doll bedThis second doll bed is decorated with crosses on the head and foot boards. It shows traces of green paint beneath the red. The paint is somewhat more weathered than on the other bed, with some nice alligatored texture. It also has older drawings on the bottom of the plywood, including a multicolored flower. A strip of the bottom plywood is missing. It is 18" high by 25 1/2" long by 18" wide. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: TKRW.   See a slideshow of several views [852k] ... African-American doll bed ... Another view ... Front view ... Back view ... Side view ... The other side ... Closeup of surface ... Another closeup ... From below ... From above ... With the other bed (above) ... Both beds, with a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   African-American doll bed ... Another view ... Front view ... Back view ... Side view ... Closeup of surface ... From below.

Burl clubThis is a club made from a very gnarly burl with a great look. The branch provides the handle. It is finished in a clear lacquer or varnish, and is 9" long by about 3" by 4". There is an age split in the handle, and a small old break in the burl. The age is unknown, but it is old. The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: TKWC.   Burl club, with a soda can for scale ... The other side ... From above ... From below.
Some much larger photos:   Burl club, with a soda can for scale ... The other side ... From above ... From below.

Here is a collection of cobbler's and shoe shine tools. They are priced individually, with a discount for the group.

Shoe shine foot restThis is a shoe shine man's wooden foot rest. It has two small wooden feet supported above a cross shaped base. It was made to rest on the floor and raise the feet up to a good height for receiving a shine. However, it also looks really good hung on the wall, where it can be enjoyed as a decorative piece, or as a neat small rack for hats, ties, towels, etc. It is painted black. There is some wear to the paint and a few tight age cracks, otherwise it is in very good and sturdy condition. The base measures 13" by 11 3/4", and the feet project out 18" from the back. It appears to be from the 1940's or older. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: TKTH.   See a slideshow of several views [619k] ... Shoe shine foot rest ... Another angle ... Front view ... Sitting upright ... Side view ... From above ... From below ... As a hat rack ... Back view ... Closeup of the feet from back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Shoe shine foot rest ... Another angle ... Front view ... From above ... From below.

Cobbler's child foot formThis is an old factory made hand carved wood shoe form for a child. It has a metal top and metal heel. On the top is impressed the size 4 1/2. On one side is the stamp of 4 1/2 EE and OO. The shoe has a wonderful old surface and patina and is in very good, well used condition. It is 6" long by 2 3/8" wide by 3" high. It was probably made in the late 1800's or early 1900's. The price is $135.00. Inventory Code: TKOP.   See a slideshow of several views [428k] ... Cobbler's child foot form, with a soda can for scale ... The other side ... Front and back views ... From below ... From above ... Another view from above.

Shoe shine foot restThis is an old cast iron shoe rest for a cobbler or shoe shiner. It has good form and a well oxidized dark surface with traces of white paint. The stand is likely from around 1900 and is in very good condition. It is about 14 3/4" high, with a base of about 4 1/2" in diameter. The shoe rest is around 6" long. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: TKTW.   See a slideshow of several views [343k] ... Shoe shine foot rest, with a soda can for scale ... The other side ... Front and back views ... From above ... Closeup of the base.
Some much larger photos:   Shoe shine foot rest, with a soda can for scale ... The other side ... Front and back views.

Cobbler's toolThis is an old hand forged cobbler's tool which was used by putting the end of the wood piece under the arm and then leaning down on it to put pressure on the object being worked. From the 1800's, this piece has a wonderful surface - worn, rich, and with a great feel. We are not sure specifically what use it had, but the "business end" is rather sharp, so likely for cutting of some sort. The entire tool is 18 1/2" long by about 8" wide. The handle is 1 1/2" thick at the widest part. It is in very good, old, used, condition. The price is $120.00. Inventory Code: TWHS-B.   Cobbler's tool ... Two more views.
Some much larger photos:   Cobbler's tool ... Two more views.

Cobbler's toolThis is a cast iron old, abstract looking foot form. It is actually the front and sole of two different size feet, and was possibly used as a mold for building part of a shoe. This piece is likely from the late 1800's. It has a nice dark rich surface from age and use. The entire form is about 11" long and 3 1/2" at the widest point. It is about also about 3 1/2" high. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: TWHS-C.   Cobbler's tool, two views ... With a soda can for scale.

Cobbler's lastsCobbler's feet toolsThis is a group of 11 cast iron foot forms. Some are painted and some have an oxidized surface. From the late 1800's or early 20th century, one is broken at the right heel and two are chipped at the front of the opening. All the rest are in good condition. The forms range in length from 5" to 9 1/2". The price is $175.00 for the group. Inventory Code: TCPO-BC.   See a slideshow of several views [380k] ... Six of the feet, with a soda can for scale ... From above ... The other five ... Side view ... Front view ... With a soda can for scale.

twig planterThis is a hickory planter with great form, surface, and age. It is all original, in excellent sturdy condition. The planter is 37" wide, 30 1/2" high to the top of the handles, and 13 1/2" deep. It is finished in a dark varnish which has aged nicely; and is well decorated with split and bent pieces. There is a small area on both of the long surfaces which seem to have been made as frames. Although they may have been done simply for decorative aspects, they certainly can be used to hold a small picture. The planter was probably made in the 1930's or 40's - although it could be earlier. The price is $795.00. Inventory Code: AHAT.   Hickory planter ... Another view.

Hand made dipperThis is a very nice, old "make-do" dipper, made from a tin sign which still has the remnants of stamped letters. It is attached to a hand carved wood handle through a slit in the end and held by a nail through both handle and metal. The dipper has slits cut so liquid could drain out. This primitive piece was probably made in the early 1900's. It came from the upper Midwest, is in very good, old used condition, and is about 14" long with a width of 7" to the clam shell shaped metal. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: TOKH.   Hand made dipper ... Side and back views ... Another side view ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Closeup of back ... Another closeup of the back ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Primitive hand made rakeThis is a primitive home made rake with a great funky look. The handle and cross piece for the tines are are hand fashioned from hardwood. The tines are heavy metal spikes which were tapered toward the ends. These were driven into the wood crosspiece, which also has bolts put through it at the ends to prevent splitting and a wire support for strength and stability attached to the handle. The rake is strong and was used. The handle is smooth from use; the iron well oxidized; and the cross piece obviously worn from work. It was probably made in the early 1900's or late 1800's, has a great surface, and is 43" long by 14 1/2" wide by 6" deep. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: CSKA.   See a slideshow of several views [540k] ... Primitive hand made rake ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... More overall views ... Closeup from side ... Closeup from back ... Closeup, other side ... Sixth closeup ... Seventh closeup.
Some much larger photos:   Primitive hand made rake ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... More overall views ... Closeup from side ... Sixth closeup ... Seventh closeup.

Painted cottage signThis is a two-sided, folky painted wood sign for "Dunn Cottages". One side is white, with stenciled black lettering. The other side is green, with wild, primitive, freehand lettering done in silver paint with a wide brush. Two completely different effects in one sign. The paint is strong, and nicely weathered from years of outdoor use. The sign is painted on pine boards, with applied borders on the two ends. It measures 40 1/4" wide, 14 1/4" high, and 2 1/4" thick. There is some old loss around the edges, and a couple of drips of green paint on the white side. The age is 1930's or '40's. The price is $195.00. Inventory Code: TPKW.     Green side:   Painted cottage sign ... From a side angle ... From the other angle ... Closeup ... From below.   White side:   Overall view ... Side view ... From the other angle ... From above.

Hem measureThis is an unusual, decorative, dressmaker's tool for measuring hem lengths. It is a freestanding wooden frame with a sliding bar set in the top. A length of measuring tape is fixed to the slide, which will remain in the down position unless it is held or propped up. By having the customer wearing the dress stand by the frame and turn around, the dressmaker could see whether the hem was level all around. With the slide down it measures 23 3/4" high by 14" wide by 6 3/4" deep. From the first half of the 20th c., it is in very good, used condition with some surface wear. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: CTCA.   Hem measure, with a soda can for scale ... Another angle ... Other side ... Side views ... Closeup ... Closeup of the feet.
Some much larger photos:   Hem measure, with a soda can for scale ... Another angle ... Other side ... Side views ... Closeup ... Closeup of the feet.

Bog shoeNext are two bog shoes - used on horses for extra support while being used for logging in swampy and snowy conditions. These were found in Iowa, but likely came from either Minnesota or Wisconsin. They are cut from hardwood. One has the more often found metal attachments while the other has a rare leather "harness" to hold on the horse. They were made and used circa 1900, and are in very good, used condition with appropriate wear. The leather on the second one is fairly hard.

This first bog shoe is oval in shape and 8 1/2" by 11" in size. The chiseled areas for the horseshoe to fit into resemble eyes and a mouth, so the shoe looks like a face. The surface is unfinished. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: CCAS.   See a slideshow of several views [418k] ... Hand made horse's bog shoe ... Another view, latch moved ... Side view ... End view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Hand made horse's bog shoe ... Another view, latch moved ... Side view ... End view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Bog shoeThis bog shoe is older and has a rare assemblage of metal and leather straps for attaching to the horse's hoof. It has 8 sides and is 12" by 8 3/4". It is built with a second layer of wood on the front. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: CCAA.   See a slideshow of several views [334k] ... Bog shoe with leather straps ... Side views ... Front view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Bog shoe with leather straps ... Side views ... Front view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Slow/Stop highway worker's signThis is an old slow/stop sign of the type used by signal persons on roads. It has a wood handle, metal sign, and cloth flag; and was probably made about the 1940's or a bit earlier. The entire piece is 55" long. The metal sign is 14" by 8" and reads "Slow" on one side and "Stop" on the other. Both it and the end of the handle are painted orange, with the words on the metal in white. The red cotton flag is about 12" by 13", and is somewhat tattered through use. The handle was cut into an octagon along its length. The overall condition is good with normal wear, scratches, and scrapes from years of use. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: CAPO.   See a slideshow of several views [372 k] ... Slow/Stop highway worker's sign ... The other side, with a yardstick for scale ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Side view ... From below ... From above ... Side view, closeup ... The other side.
Some much larger photos:   Slow/Stop highway worker's sign ... The other side, with a yardstick for scale ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Side view ... From below ... From above ... Side view, closeup ... The other side.

Barrel birdhouseThis is a fun and funky apartment house for birds. It is made from an old oak barrel and is decorated with pine cross pieces on top and little pine porches. There are about 12 individual compartments and hand cut openings for the birds. It has been used. The barrel is 16" in diameter, and the height to the top of cross pieces 20 1/2". They are 18" long. This birdhouse was probably made about the 1930's or 40's, but it is very difficult to tell age because of weathering. There is a little loss to the porches and tips of some cross pieces; the overall condition is very good and sturdy. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: ARCW.   Barrel birdhouse ... Another view ... A third view ... From above ... Closeup.

Rustic carved pitcherThis is a very folky small wooden pitcher carved out of a knobby branch. The handle was carved from a forked twig and pegged in at the top, fastened with a small nail at the bottom. It stands 5" high by about 3" by 3" and looks to be from about the 1940's. It is in good condition with a fair amount of wear to the dark blue paint, and an age crack in the bottom. The price is $65.00. Inventory Code: TKHO.   Rustic carved pitcher ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... Larger scale photo.

Rustic vaseThis is a rustic vase made from twigs with bark built up over a glass jar. The twigs are graduated in size from top to bottom. The jar is securely held in place and does not move. It stands 7 1/2" high by 4 1/4" by 4 1/4". The condition is very good, a few twigs have small splits where they were nailed together. Age is unknown, but appears to be about 1930's or 40's. The price is $65.00. Inventory Code: TKWT.   Rustic vase, two views ... With a soda can for scale ... From above and below.

Primitive iron goat hobbleThis is a primitive hand forged iron object - likely a goat hobble. In other words, it would be pushed into the ground to the cross piece. Then a rope with a goat on one end would be tied through the ring. Now it is a very good looking decorative piece. Probably made in the 1800's, this is in very good used condition with a rich, dark, smooth surface and slight traces of dark rust. It is 16 1/2" long by 5 5/8" wide and 3/8" thick. The price is $145.00. Inventory Code: TWKT.   Primitive iron goat hobble ... The other side ... From above ... Side view ... With a soda can for scale.

This is a good looking rustic plant stand. It is sturdy and heavy; having been built from stout branches instead of twigs. The stand is nicely and colorfully decorated with old green and rust-red paint. It is 30" tall by about 18" by 18". The condition, surface, and look are all very good. It was made around the the 1930's or 40's, and has some slight bark loss. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: AHPC.   Rustic plant stand ... Another angle.

This is a detailed and wonderfully painted model swing made out of twig. The twigs are incised and painted, and it does swing. From the NC/TN mountains, it was probably made around the 1920's or 30's, and is in excellent condition. 17" high by 8 1/2" by 8 1/2". The price is $295.00. Inventory Code: APHP.   Side view ... Front view ... A third angle ... With a carved man (not included) sitting in the swing..

Home made score keeperThis is a score keeper, home made from a plywood paddle with wood burned markings and two carved pointers that turn. Each pointer is mounted in a circle with numbers around the outside. One circle is labeled "Gold A Red" and the other is "Silver B Black". It has a varnish finish that is fairly worn at one end. The size is 14 1/2" long by 5 1/4" wide by about 1" thick at the pointers. It was probably made in the 1940's or 50's and is in good condition with wear from use. The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: CAPC.   See a slideshow of several views [324k] ... Home made score keeper ... With pointers moved ... Side view ... From below ... Back view ... Back, another angle ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Home made score keeper ... With pointers moved ... Back view.

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