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Cast iron churn
Large sculptural
industrial cast iron churn
Cast iron figure
19th c. Cast iron figures
Carved bust on stone baseCarved bust on stone base
Two carved wood busts on stone bases

Large African-American
carved hand and egg
Muffler man
Two Muffler men over 4 feet tall, by same maker
African-American carving
Exceptional, large,
African-American carving:
1 of 2 by same maker
African-American carving of mother and children
African-American carving
of mother and children:
1 of 2 by same maker
Huge Iron Hooks
Huge painted iron hooks
African-American carvingAfrican-American carving
Impressive, large
African-American carving
African-American carving
African-American carved bust
Life size man
Life size folk art
Handyman figure
Doll sculpture
Doll and found object sculpture
Natural burl flowers
Flower sculpture made
from a natural burl
mailbox man
Large colorful man from
chain, car parts, etc.
Mardi gras
Mardi Gras musical
folk art
Rocket ship
Rocket ship
Twig swing
Miniature twig swing
Funky carved totems
Group of funky carved totems
with bead eyes
Carved stand
Carved stand with
snakes, salamanders
Found object sculpture
Found object sculpture
Coal carving
1942 Carved coal trophy
Brick carving
Brick end of day carving
Metal Folk Art     Carvings     Whimseys

Cast iron churnThis is the cast iron mechanism from an industrial butter or ice cream churn with a wonderful, sculptural look. The large size gives it an impressive presence. It has a dark, rich, oxidized surface with small traces of green. It is formed in two pieces that fit firmly together as a free-standing object. The pieces also look good individually, hung on a wall or displayed on a shelf. The base has gear teeth and two glass windows, and is embossed "Made In USA". Assembled, it stands 28" high by 11 1/2" in diameter. It is probably from the early 1900's, and is in excellent display condition. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CSSC.   See a slideshow of several views [470k] ... Cast iron churn ... Another view ... Two more angles ... 3 views of the other side ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... From above ... The two sections separated ... The upper half ... The base ... The base, from below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Cast iron churn ... Another view ... Two more angles ... 3 views of the other side ... Closeup.

Cast iron figureCast iron figureHere are three extraordinary cast iron figures. Each conveys a strong sense of personality and movement. The faces were hand formed and vary from one to another. These figures date from the 19th century, were found in Tennessee, and have dark, oxidized, weathered surfaces. The backs are open and partly filled with concrete. They may have originally been architectural pieces or supports for a garden urn. They have been mounted on metal bases. Each stands about 12" high by 4 3/4" wide by 4" deep. The bases are each about 7" square. They are priced individually below. Inventory Code: TKRR.   See a slideshow of several views [714k] ... Three cast iron figures ... Another angle ... A third view ... From above ... Another view from above ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Three cast iron figures ... Another angle ... A third view ... From above ... Another view from above ... With a soda can for scale.

The first figure is in excellent condition. The price is $850.00. Inventory Code: TKKS.   Closeup ... With a soda can for scale ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of the back.
Some much larger photos:   Closeup ... With a soda can for scale ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of the back.

The second figure has an old break on the left arm. The price is $800.00. Inventory Code: TKRR.   Closeup ... With a soda can for scale ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... From below.
Some much larger photos:   Closeup ... With a soda can for scale ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of back.

The third figure has an old break across the top of the head and one arm. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: TKRK.   Closeup ... With a soda can for scale ... Another angle ... Side views ... Back views ... From above ... Another closeup.
Some much larger photos:   Closeup ... With a soda can for scale ... Another angle ... Side views ... Back views ... From above ... Another closeup.

Carved bust on stone baseHere are two carved busts mounted on dark green stone bases. They have strong faces, and stained very dark brown. They were carved in the mid-20th century or a bit earlier and are in excellent condition. These are part of a small collection by the same unknown artist. He initialled some of his pieces "TWH", but these two are unsigned. You can see some others by him here.

The first carving is 12" high by 6" wide by 4 1/4" deep, including the base. The price is $275.00, or $495.00 for the pair. Inventory Code: TKPS.   See a slideshow of several views [471k] ... Carved bust on stone base ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... Both carvings, with a soda can for scale ... Another view of both.
Some much larger photos:   Carved bust on stone base ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side views ... Back view ... Both carvings, with a soda can for scale ... Another view of both.

Carved bust on stone baseThe second carving is 12 1/4" high by 5 7/8" wide by 4 1/4" deep, including the base. The price is $275.00, or $495.00 for the pair. Inventory Code: TKPP.   See a slideshow of several views [351k] ... Carved bust on stone base ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Both carvings, with a soda can for scale ... Another view of both.
Some much larger photos:   Carved bust on stone base ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Both carvings, with a soda can for scale ... Another view of both.

Muffler manThis smiling muffler man is a wonderful piece of found object art. He is fully three-dimensional, wearing a metal cap and belt, with lug nut buttons. He is one of two made by the owner of a muffler shop in northwestern Georgia in the late 20th century, and mounted out front. (The second one is below.) The clever use of materials, his happy expression, and sense of movement make us smile. He is a nice size, standing 51 1/4" tall by 27 1/2" wide by 11" deep. This can be shipped by FedEx. The condition is sturdy and excellent, with minor weathering from outdoor use. There is a rough, bright spot on the back of the left foot, where he was cut loose from the post he was welded to at the shop. The price is $825.00. Inventory Code: TRAW.   See a slideshow of several views [535k] ... Muffler man ... Closeup of head ... Another closeup ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup ... Closer view of head ... Side view of head ... Back of head ... From above ... Back of head, from above ... Closeup of body ... Another closeup of the body ... Back view of the body ... One hand ... The other hand ... Closeup of feet ... Feet, from front ... Back of feet ... On site at the muffler shop ... Cutting him loose ... With a yardstick for scale ... With the other muffler man ... Another view of both ... Third view of both ... Closeup of the feet ... Both, with a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   With the other muffler man ... Another view of both ... Third view of both ... Closeup of the feet ... Both, with a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Muffler manThis muffler man is the friend of the one above, and made by the same man. He also is a wonderful work of found objects: a muffler, exhaust pipes, cut out metal for a cap, lug nuts for eyes, nuts for buttons, and various car or truck parts for ears and nose, and fingers. He is waving, and although smiling, seems somewhat serious. The man is about 52" high by 28" wide by 12" deep at the feet. The condition is excellent, although some of the parts he was made of were dented or rusty to begin with. The back of one heel is rough where he was welded to the front of the shop. The price is $825.00. Inventory Code: CPCO.   See a slideshow of several views [380k] ... Found object muffler man ... Closeup of head ... Side and back views ... Closeup of the body ... From above ... Another view from above ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale ... With the other muffler man ... Another view of both ... Third view of both ... Closeup of the feet ... Both, with a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Found object muffler man ... Closeup of head ... Side and back views ... Closeup of the body ... From above ... Another view from above ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale ... With the other muffler man ... Another view of both ... Third view of both ... Closeup of the feet ... Both, with a yardstick and soda can for scale.

This is a great African-American carving, very large and striking, of a hand holding up an egg. It was carved from a section of a large log. This piece has an enormous "look" and presence. It stands 31" high, and the irregularly shaped base is approximately 16" in diameter - about 19" across at its widest. The carving was found in southern Somerset Co, PA or northern Garret Co, MD in the early 1970's, although it is much older than that. It has remained in a private collection for the last 30 years or so. The age splits, visible in the photo, do not affect the stability or solidity. The condition is very good. The price is $3500.00. Inventory Code: TASP.   Carved hand and egg ... Three more views ... Different angles ... Closeup of the hand and egg ... Second closeup ... Third closeup ... Fourth closeup ... Fifth closeup ... Closeup from above ... Very close of the fingers ... Another very close shot ... Closeup of base ... Another closeup of base ... Third closeup of base.

Large African-American carvingThis is a very large, powerful African-American carving of a man and lion. The mane of the lion makes up the man's hair. It stands almost 3 feet high - 33" by 13" by 22", and is hand carved from ancient swamp-submerged cypress with a varnish finish. This is one of three known carvings by the same anonymous artist found in Florida. We are told that one of them was found in a black neighborhood in Jacksonville, FL. This one has been in a private collection for about the last 30 years, and was probably made around the 1940's. We have a second one available below. Overall the condition is very good, and it is very sturdy. There is an old crack on one of the lion's teeth, a very old drying crack around and underneath the lion's chin (which is still very strong), and a few scuffs in the finish. The price is $3400.00. Inventory Code: AAHW.   See a slideshow of several views [1.1 Mb] ... Overall image ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... Another overall view ... Side view ... Back view ... The lion side ... Another view of the lion ... The lion, from above ... From above ... Another view from above ... A different angle from above ... With a yardstick for scale.
With the other carving by the same maker:   Both carvings together ... Another angle ... A third view ... From above.

Some much larger photos:   Overall image ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... Another overall view ... With a yardstick for scale.
With the other carving by the same maker:   Both carvings together ... Another angle ... A third view ... From above.

African-American carving of mother and childrenThis is a fairly large, and visually very strong carving. It is of an African-American woman with two children. It is 31" high by 17 1/2" wide by 12" deep. The boy is wearing overalls. This piece is hand carved from ancient swamp-submerged cypress with a varnish finish. It is one of three known carvings by the same anonymous artist that were found in Florida. We have one of the other two above. It is even larger, and is a combination of a lion and a Rastaman. This one has been in a private collection for many years. It was probably made no more recently than around the 1940's. The condition is very good, and it is very sturdy. The price is $1,800.00. Inventory Code: TROR.   See a slideshow of several views [1 Mb] ... African-American carving of mother and children ... Closeup of the woman's face ... Closeup of the children ... Another closeup of the children ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... Another view from below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
With the other carving by the same maker, above:   Both carvings together ... Another angle ... A third view ... From above.

Some much larger photos:   African-American carving of mother and children ... Closeup of the woman's face ... Closeup of the children ... Another closeup of the children ... Side views ... Back view ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
With the other carving by the same maker, above:   Both carvings together ... Another angle ... A third view ... From above.

Iron ship hooksThis is a movable metal sculpture made of two huge old iron hooks connected through a link. They came from Maine and were likely used on a large ship, possibly for holding anchor chain. One side is painted red and the other green, indicating port and starboard. This is an old, working repaint. Each hook is about 12" long by 7" wide and 1 1/2" at the thickest. They are mounted on a black, custom iron base and can be arranged in several different configurations. Age is unknown, but they are old, in excellent, used condition. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: TTPH.   Iron ship hooks ... Another view ... Third angle ... Fourth view ... From above ... Front view ... Off the base ... Mounted another way ... Another angle ... Another front view ... The base only.

African-American carvingAfrican-American carvingAn incredible, large carving of three generations of an African-American family. It looks like a wedding, with the younger woman wearing a veil and the older woman carrying a tray of drinks. While the pictures give a reasonable indication of this pieces, there is a great deal of subtleness and richness in shading and feel that does not show. There is also much greater detail in the actual piece - more than even in the closeups. Perhaps most importantly - there is a deep, personal feeling that is conveyed through the carving in person. It can be touched on slightly in the photos, but is much stronger in reality. The word "impressive" is not quite right; rather there is an "impression" of the people and their life that is felt.

The carving is southern, we believe from Louisiana originally; the wood may be cypress. It is 26 1/2" high by 15" wide by 12" deep, probably from the early 1900's. The initials "N J" are carved into the base. The condition is very good, but as you can see, part of the child's arm has been missing for quite a while, and there is an age split in the base. The price is $6,800.00. Inventory Code: ASTO.   See a slideshow of several views. [1.7 Mb] ... African-American carving ... Closeup ... Another angle ... A third view ... Another closeup ... A third closeup ... One side ... The other side ... Back views ... Closeup, from side ... Closeup other side ... Closeup from behind ... Middle back ... From above ... The child from above ... Another view from above ... Closeup of middle ... Closeup of child ... Second closeup of child ... Third closeup of child ... Fourth closeup of child ... Feet ... The base, with initials ... Two more overall views ... With a soda can, for scale.
Some much larger photos:   African-American carving ... Closeup ... Another angle ... A third view ... Another closeup ... From above.

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.

This very folky life size 3-D figure was made as a self-portrait by a painter and handyman in Weaverville, NC. It is made of wood, wire mesh, carpet, and plaster; painted and dressed in the maker's old clothes. When he finished the piece, he hung it on his front porch. His wife came home, saw it, and thought he had killed himself. It is 6 feet 5" high by 19" wide by 9" deep, in good, weathered condition. One plywood hand is missing and the other has lost a finger. The legs are slightly uneven lengths, and there are no feet, this appears to be how it was originally made. This is a striking, one of a kind figure. The price is $2200.00. Inventory Code: PAKO.   Life size folk art figure ... Closeups of his head ... Side views ... Back view ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale ... Closeup, side view ... Closeup, other side ... Closeup of hands ... Closeup of feet.

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.

Burl flowersHere is an old sculpture of "flowers" is made from a single natural burl shape. It has wonderful form and detail, and has been mounted on a wooden base that may have been a box lid. The piece is finished with a light clear varnish. It is from western NC, and measures 12" high by approximately 7" wide and 5" deep. The base is about 6" by 7". This sculpture is in excellent condition, from around the 1930's or 40's. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: TKOT.   Burl flowers ... Another view ... Two more angles ... Closeup of one flower ... Closeups of top ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup from behind ... From above ... Another view from above ... Top view ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... 360º Video [6.2 Mb].

Metal manAn extraordinary Metal man, about 4 feet high and 39" wide, made from found objects, including chains, fuel pump for heart, distributor, springs, reflectors, gears, and more. He was a mailbox holder. This sculpture came from New Hampshire, and was made in the 1950's. It is in excellent, older condition, with beautiful old polychrome paint. The price is $3,500.00. Inventory code: ASRP.   Metal man ... Closeup of head ... Back view ... Closeup of body ... Closeup of arms and legs ... Closeup of head and upper torso.

Mardi Gras folk artHere is an exceptional piece of musical folk art, apparently made for Carnival/Mardi Gras. It has five carved figures - a guitar player on top surrounded by four dancers. The figures have bright flannel and ribbon clothes, yarn hair for the women, and yarn and metal foil decorations on the men's hat's. Some kind of seeds were set in as eyes. The mounting is decorated with faded crepe paper strips - originally red and white.

The figures are mounted on a bamboo pole that slides up and down on a shaft. As it moves, the four dancers flex, hand carved castanets attached to their backs clatter, and tambourine discs jangle. The pole and handle are both hand carved. One of the four sets of castanets is missing, as well as one eye each on two of the figures. Otherwise the condition is excellent. This piece is French Canadian. It is 30 1/2" high when the handle is fully extended. The section with the figures measure 12 1/2" high by 13 1/2" by 14 1/2". It was probably made about the 1940's. The price is $850.00. Inventory Code: AAWP.   Mardi Gras art ... Right side ...Left side ... Back/right ... Back/left ... Slid down the shaft ... Handle and all ... Closeup of guitar player ... Closeup of two dancers ... Another closeup of two dancers ...Closeup of woman ... Closeup of man ... Closeup of other man.

Rocket shipThis handmade rocket ship was constructed from turned solid wood, heavy chipboard tubing, and plywood, and was painted silver - which is now oxidized. Probably made in the 1970's, it is 21" high, 8 1/4" across the legs, and has a body 4 1/4" in diameter. The top half can be removed. It was made from a solid piece of pine which was turned and carved into shape. The legs are plywood. They also form an interior structure on which the top sits. The tubing is the like very heavy shipping tubes. The rocket has USA painted on it, and a printed cloth American flag glued on. The condition is very good. The price is $85.00. Inventory Code: AAHT.   Front ... Back.

Twig swing modelThis 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.   Miniature twig swing ... Front view ... A third angle ... With a carved man (not included) sitting in the swing..

Funky carved totemsThis is a group of six strong and funky carved and decorated "totems" which we refer to as the "totem family". There is the father, mother, big brother and sister, and the two little kids. Each of the carvings has faces on all four sides with various colored beads for eyes. They are all signed with ink on the base "TAG 1991 R1 box 6 Rockvale, TENN". One is also decorated with the drawing in ink which seems to be a stylized tree with roots. They are all approximately 3 1/2" to 4" on the sides, and vary from 15 1/2" to 31 1/2" in height. It is a little difficult to pin down the age exactly, but these were likely made in the latter 1900's. The condition is very good with some slight wear and loss to a few of the beads. The price for the group is $1295.00. Inventory Code: CCAR.   Funky carved totems ... Another view ... Largest, several views ... Next largest ... Third totem ... Fourth totem ... Fourth, more views ... Third and fourth, from above ... Third and fourth, from below ... Fifth totem ... Sixth ... Sixth, more images ... Fifth and sixth, from above ... Fifth and sixth, from below ... All, with a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Funky carved totems ... Another view ... Largest, several views ... Next largest ... Third totem ... Fourth totem ... Fourth, more views ... Third and fourth, from below ... Fifth totem ... Sixth ... Sixth, more images ... Fifth and sixth, from above ... Fifth and sixth, from below ... All, with a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Carved pedestal with snakes, frogsThis 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.   Carved diamond willow stand ... Closeup ... Top half ... Base and lower half ... Another overall view ... A third overall view.

Sculptural plaqueThis is an interesting sculptural plaque made from found objects. The materials include wood, masonite, fiberboard, shell, and some unidentified pieces that might be bone. The colors are warm shades of tan, brown, and gray. It measures 14" square and is in excellent condition. The age is difficult to tell - possibly 1950's or earlier. The price is $140.00. Inventory code: PPTA.   Overall view ... Closeup.

Coal carvingThis is a folky and historical relief carved trophy made from coal. It is 4" wide, 3 3/4" high, and 2" deep. The highly polished surface has the writing "First Aid Contest Kingston, Pa." and the date 1942. The symbols include the keystone for Pennsylvania, the V for victory, and the cross for the Red Cross. It is in excellent condition. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: ACTP.   Overall view ... Back view ... Bottom view.

Brick end of day carvingThis stylized dog is a brick end of day carving made in southern Pennsylvania at a brickwork. The workers took leftover fired, soft material at the end of the day and carved them into forms. The material is somewhat soft, and a golden yellow color. The condition is excellent. The age is unknown, but old. Including the base it measures 7" by 7 1/2" by 2". The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: ROSX. Image.

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