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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.

Carved group of peopleOrdered. (What this means.)
This is a very strong assemblage of 14 primitively carved people. They have applied eyes and noses, and most of them are wearing hats. The large woman in the center top also has earrings and a necklace. They stand on platforms that are chip carved around the edges. The workmanship is crude, and there is glue visible where they were put together. The group stands 26 1/4" high by 25" wide by 5 1/4" deep. One figure in the bottom row is missing her nose, otherwise the condition is excellent. The age is unknown, but probably in the neighborhood of 30 to 40 years old. Inventory Code: CCCR.   14 primitively carved people ... Closeup of top row ... Closeup of lower row ... Two more views ... Back view ... Side view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   14 primitively carved people ... Closeup of top row ... Closeup of lower row ... Two more views ... Back view ... Side view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can 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.


     
Bottle whimsey with musicians, domino players, pig roast
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A wonderful, intricate bottle whimsey with men playing dominoes, musicians, and a man turning a pig on a spit over a fire. It is from Cuba, made in the early 2000's, and is 13 1/2" long, in excellent condition.

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Folky butcher's trade signThis is a folky butcher's trade sign. It is hand made from metal tools and found objects, with a sheet metal rooster on top. Ice tongs form part of the frame. It has worn silver paint with areas of surface rust. Red and black decoration was added on one side. From the first half of the 1900's, it measures 30" high by 22" wide by about 5" deep at the tong handles, in very good, weathered condition. The price is $1500.00. Inventory Code: CCRS.   Folky butcher's trade sign ... Closeup ... The other side ... Side views ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Folky butcher's trade sign ... Closeup ... The other side ... Side views ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.

Beanbag toss gameHere is a carnival beanbag toss game painted red, white, and blue. It appears to be from about the 1950's, and is made from layered boards, with two boards on the front and reinforcing pieces on back. It is in very good used condition with minor paint wear and age cracks. The size is 29" high by 18 1/2" wide by 1 1/2" thick. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: CCOW.   Beanbag toss game ... Side views ... Back view ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Beanbag toss game ... Side views ... Back view ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Boss bull windmill weightThis is a cast iron Boss bull windmill weight in excellent condition. It has a weathered, partly oxidized surface with worn black paint. It is 13 1/2" long by 3 1/2" wide by 12" high, from the early 1900's. The price is $1500.00. Inventory Code: CCOR.   Boss bull windmill weight ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Boss bull windmill weight ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Foundry moldThis is an industrial foundry mold with good color and a nice geometric presence. It has worn gray-blue paint with black margins and a few red markings. Some metal letters and numbers are attached to one section. It is in good used condition and measures 19 1/4" in diameter by 3 1/4" deep. It is old, probably from the first half of the 20th century. The price is $195.00. Inventory Code: CCHR.   Foundry mold ... Side views ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Foundry mold ... Side views ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved headHere are two carvings, part of a small collection we have by the same anonymous artist. First is a carved bust of a man with an open mouth. It has a medium-light stain. The initials "TWH" are embossed into the bottom. Age is unknown, but probably mid-20th century or earlier. It stands 12" high by 5 1/4" wide by about 6" deep. The condition is excellent, with one small chip missing from the lower back of the base. You can see the rest of this group of carvings here. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: TKPO.   Carved head ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved head ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Frog carvingNext is a stylized, primitive frog carved from pine. It is stained dark brown/black, showing through a bit lighter in a few areas. It is 5" high by 8 1/2" long by 3 7/8" wide, in excellent condition. You can see the rest of this group of carvings here. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TKPW.   Frog carving ... Side view ... The other side ... Front and back views ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Frog carving ... Side view ... The other side ... Front and back views ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.

Tramp art shelf with hidden drawersThis is a large tramp art shelf with five secret puzzle box compartments. The shelf has an unusual trapezoidal shape, and is decorated with chip carved pyramids, a heart, flat work, and mirrors on the front and sides. On the back are latches made from spoon handles that lock the three hidden drawers shut. On the top back corners are two metal latches that release hinged side panels to reveal compartments behind the mirrors. The front and sides are painted and decorated with metal tacks, the top is varnished. There are three metal hangars to mount it on a wall, or it can sit on a shelf. The size is 35 1/2" wide by 9 1/4" deep by 10 1/4" high. It is in excellent, near mint condition with only the slightest wear on the back corners. Age appears to be from the 1930's or so. The price is $950.00. Inventory Code: CCCO.   Tramp art shelf with hidden compartments ... Another angle ... Third view ... Closeup, middle ... Closeup, left ... Closeup, right ... Side view ... The other side ... Back views, showing latches locked and open ... Side doors open ... Drawers open ... Drawers removed ... Detail, with drawers removed ... From above ... Above, from side ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Tramp art shelf with hidden compartments ... Another angle ... Third view ... Closeup, middle ... Closeup, left ... Closeup, right ... Side view ... The other side ... Back views, showing latches locked and open ... Side doors open ... Drawers open ... Drawers removed ... Detail, with drawers removed ... From above ... Above, from side ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Giant hand made trophyThis is a giant hand made metal presentation trophy from a Shriner's club benefit football bowl game, dated Dec. 6, 1969. This is the oldest high school all-star bowl game in the country, still played between North Carolina and South Carolina. It stands 41 1/2" high by 15" in diameter by 24" wide across the handles. The condition is very good with some surface wear as seen in the photos. The price is $485.00. Inventory Code: CCCK.   Giant hand made trophy ... Two more views ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Two closeups of the middle ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of workmanship on back ... Closeup of base ... From above ... From below ... Bottom of the base ... Another angle from below ... With a yardstick for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Giant hand made trophy ... Two more views ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Two closeups of the middle ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of workmanship on back ... Closeup of base ... From above ... From below ... Bottom of the base ... Another angle from below ... With a yardstick for scale.

Large carvingThis is a 4 foot high primitive and stylized carving of two people. It is roughly but expressively carved from a single slab of wood, mounted on a custom made metal base. It has a dark finish, probably paint. A knot hole in the wood passes through the smaller figure's shoulder. The carving is 48" tall by 19" wide by about 2 1/2" deep; as mounted it stands 50" tall. The condition is good with some tight age cracks and some old loss to the feet - part of which happened before the carving was finished. The age is unknown, but it is definitely old. This is a striking piece with strong presence. The price is $1400.00. Inventory Code: CCHT.   Large carving ... Two more views ... Side views ... Closeup of faces ... Heads, from one side ... Heads, from other side ... Closeup of middle ... Closeup of hands ... Closeup of shoulder ... Closeup of feet ... Two more views of the feet ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Large carving ... Two more views ... Side views ... Closeup of faces ... Heads, from one side ... Heads, from other side ... Closeup of middle ... Closeup of hands ... Closeup of shoulder ... Closeup of feet ... Two more views of the feet ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Cherokee dulcimerThis is a hand made eight string dulcimer with Cherokee themed carved and painted decoration. The top is a carved Indian chief's head, the tuning pegs are carved into arrowheads, the sound holes are arrow shaped cutouts, and the top, sides, and back are painted with Indian motifs. The back is inscribed "Cherokee" in ballpoint ink. It is 40 1/2" long by 6 1/2" wide by 3" deep and appears to be from about the 1950's or 60's. The condition is very good with minor wear. One peg looks like an older replacement. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: CCHC.   Cherokee decorated dulcimer, two views ... Three more angles ... Two closeups of the head ... Side views ... End views ... Back views ... Two more views of the head ... The head, from above ... Two closeups of the lower half ... Two closeups of the middle ... Closeup of the bridge and tailpiece ... Closeup of the back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Cherokee decorated dulcimer, two views ... Three more angles ... Two closeups of the head ... Side views ... End views ... Back views ... Two more views of the head ... The head, from above ... Two closeups of the lower half ... Two closeups of the middle ... Closeup of the bridge and tailpiece ... Closeup of the back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Painted hutchThis is a folk art cabinet with wonderful, crazed gray and blue paint and a scalloped top. The top skirt has applied, carved decoration. This glass fronted piece is 45" high by 36 1/2" wide by 15 1/2" deep. It is in good, used condition with paint wear as seen in the photos, especially on the doors. The bottom board on the back is broken at one end. The age is unknown, either late 1800's or early 1900's. The price is $1900.00. Inventory Code: TRWW.   Painted hutch ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of bottom ... From above ... Side views ... Another angle ... Closeup from side ... Doors open ... Closer view inside ... Back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Painted hutch ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of bottom ... From above ... Side views ... Another angle ... Closeup from side ... Doors open ... Closer view inside ... Back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

High blanket chest with carved arrowheadsThis is a blanket chest on legs with applied carved arrowheads. It is a striking piece. The chest is of single board construction with a varnish finish and good patina. The inside is divided into two compartments. The lid lifts off. "J.R.D. 1926" is carved into the front edge of the lid, more letters on one side of the lid, and the letter "M" is carved on one side of the chest. The lower front is decorated with incised circles and inverted "Y" shapes. It stands 31" high by 42" wide by 17" deep. The condition is good with a fair amount of surface scratches. It was most likely found in western NC or eastern TN. The price is $975.00. Inventory Code: TRWR.   High blanket chest with carved arrowheads ... Another view (with flash) ... Closeup ... A different angle ... Fourth view ... From above ... Lid removed ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   High blanket chest with carved arrowheads ... Another view (with flash) ... Closeup ... A different angle ... Fourth view ... From above ... Lid removed ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

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