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Cane carved with snake, hearts, hand, more
19th c. carved cane with snake,
hearts, hand, secret compartment
Carved stand
Carved stand with
snakes, salamanders
Redware toad
Redware toad
Alligator cane handle
Carved Alligator cane handle
Carved lizard
Carved and painted lizard
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Cane carved with snake, hearts, hand, more This is an exceptional folk art walking stick, carved in detail all over with unique decoration. It even has a secret compartment. The cane was likely made in the late 1800's and is in excellent condition with a very good original dark surface. It measures 35 1/4" long by about 2" by 1 3/4". Take a look at the photos to see how well it was done.

Following is a list of some of the decorative carving. A knob handle with a spiral shaft below; a horseshoe with triangle set in; the secret compartment with sliding closure; a hand with fingers; a half moon and flower; a flower plant with leaves; deep oblong pyramids; a long snake; two hearts with leaves; conical pyramids with old round tacks on the peaks; other round tacks as decoration, a pocket knife (probably representing the one used); and even other elements not noted. It has a brass tip. Overall this is a rare and wonderful folk art piece. The price is $875.00. Inventory Code: CCSA.   See a slideshow of several views [540 k] ... Walking stick carved with snake, hearts, hand, more ... Closeups of the upper half ... More closeups of the upper half ... Closeups of the middle ... Closeups of the bottom ... Closeups of the knife ... Closeups of the hearts ... Closeup of the hand, snake's head ... The compartment open ... From above and below ... Closeups from above ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Walking stick carved with snake, hearts, hand, more ... Closeups of the upper half ... More closeups of the upper half ... Closeups of the middle ... Closeups of the bottom ... Closeups of the knife ... Closeups of the hearts ... Closeup of the hand, snake's head ... The compartment open ... From above and below ... Closeups from above ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Redware toadHere is an animated redware toad, unglazed, with orange painted mouth. It is anonymous and of unknown age, though it was in the Howard Smith collection for some time. It has a strong folky look and "personality". It is 5 1/2" long by 4" wide by 2 1/2" high. The right front foot is broken off. The price is $45.00. Inventory Code: PCOW.   Redware toad ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Alligator cane handleThis is a carved wooden alligator that was probably made to be a handle for a walking stick. It has nice form, a very good surface, and lots of detail, with crosshatching and very fine incised lines. This carving came from Florida, where it was probably made as a souvenir item in the early 1900's. It is in excellent condition, and measures 5 1/4" long by 1" wide by 2" high. It is mounted on a contemporary base. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: TSWW.   Alligator cane handle ... The other side ... Third view ... Partly from front ... Fifth view ... From above ... With base ... Another view with base ... Back view ... From below.

photoThis carved lizard is a purplish red, with black details, and a bluish red throat sac. It is mounted on a board cut in a freeform shape. The size is 10" long by 4 1/2" wide by 2 1/2" high, including the base. One foot is cracked, with a toe missing, otherwise excellent condition. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: PCOC.   Overall Image ... Another overall view ... Side ... Top.

Diamond willow standThis reptile and amphibian-covered stand is carved from diamond willow, with a soapstone base. The natural contours and ridges of the diamond willow have been carved into snakes, frogs, and salamanders, all very finely detailed with set in eyes and lines, spots, etc. The match holder (?) on top is incised with the words "F. Reichter, square bow, flat bottom, 1859 Minnesota River" and is supported by a brass hose nozzle. The silver paint looks fairly recent, but the snakes, etc. all have a very good, old, dark, patinated surface. The stand is 44" tall, the base is 9 1/2" in diameter, and the condition is excellent, with one old, probably original break near the base. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: PHTS.   Overall Image ... Closeup - BEST DETAIL ... Top half ... Base and lower half ... Another overall view ... A third overall view ... Closeup of top ... Another closeup of the top.

 

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