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Model shipThis is a very detailed ship model from the late 1800's or early 1900's. It is built from wood, with wire, cord, leather, and metal details. The painted surface has some fine crazing. The name "Levi Woodbury" is embossed into the end of the wooden base. It measures 17 3/4" long by 13 1/2" high by 4" wide. There is some minor loss to the rigging and some wear to the paint, especially on the surface of the waves, but the condition overall is very good, with a strong look. A card taped to the bottom reads: "U.S. Revenue Cutter Levi Woodbury Built 1864. Served on the Maine Coast 1864 - 1915. Ref: Steamboat Lore of the Penobscot, Richardson p.10." The price is $450.00. Inventory Code: CCKT.   Model ship "Levi Woodbury" ... The other side, with a soda can for scale ... Another angle ... A fourth view ... Front and back views ... From above ... From below ... Closeup of writing on bottom.
Some much larger photos:   Model ship "Levi Woodbury" ... The other side, with a soda can for scale ... Another angle ... A fourth view ... Front and back views ... From above ... From below ... Closeup of writing on bottom.

Lightning rod topThis is the star shaped tip of a lightning rod. It is made of brass, with a beautiful mottled green patina. It measures 7 5/8" high by 4" wide by about 3/4" deep at the base, thinner at top. From the late 1800's, it is in very good weathered condition. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: CTKS.   Lightning rod top ... The other side ... Side view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Lightning rod top ... The other side ... Side view ... With a soda can for scale.

Fred Bowerman carvingThis is a branch with a very amusing, expressive face carved into one end. The other end was cut off, the wood hollowed out, and a ball put inside. The end was then replaced carefully, so that only a thin seam shows. When the stick is tilted back and forth, the ball inside rolls with a heavy clicking sound. It's fun to fidget with. Most of the branch has a natural surface, with traces of the bark remaining; the face is painted. It measures 6 1/2" long by 1 7/8" high by 1 3/4" wide and is signed and dated "Fred Bowerman Aug. 8, 1990". The condition is very good, with a couple of small splits in the wood. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TKSP.   Fred Bowerman carving ... Another angle ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side, with a soda can for scale ... Back view ... From above and below ... Video of the action [3.8 Mb].
Some much larger photos:   Fred Bowerman carving ... Another angle ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side, with a soda can for scale ... Back view ... From above and below ... Video of the action [3.8 Mb].

Collection of small ship in bottle whimsies
Here is a collection of nine small ship in bottle whimsies. They are all in excellent condition, and appear to be made from the middle to latter 1900's. Some are not very elaborate and were probably made as souvenir pieces. Others are more detailed and individual. They are described and priced separately below, with a discount for the whole collection.   Collection of small ship in bottle whimsies.

Ship in bottleThis bottle whimsy has the most detailed scene of the group. A two masted ship with eight sails and a pennant is sailing in front of a shore with a house, lighthouse, and bushes. The ship is black and white outside, green with hatches and detail inside. The thread rigging is woven through small holes in the masts and ship. The water is dark blue with white foam. The bottle is triangular, with concave sides, glued to a wood base, and is closed with coiled cord. It is 5" long by 3 1/4" high by 2" wide. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: TCSO.   Ship and lighthouse in bottle ... The other side ... From above, and rope end ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Ship and lighthouse in bottle ... The other side ... From above, and rope end ... With a soda can for scale.

Thread-rigged ship in bottle with beads and sequinsThis is a more fanciful ship in bottle. The wooden hull is wrapped in colored paper and decorated with large red sequins. The sails appear to be either stiff card or thin metal. The elaborate rigging is red thread, strung with pearl colored beads. The bottle is capped, glued to a wooden base. The bottle itself is 5 1/4" long by 2 1/4" in diameter. Including the base, the overall size is 5 1/2" long by 3" high. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TCSW.   Thread-rigged ship in bottle with beads and sequins ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Thread-rigged ship in bottle with beads and sequins ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.

Ship in bottleThis is the most intricate ship, and probably the oldest of the group. It has 18 sails and several flags and pennants, all cut from very thin wood. It has thread rigging, hatches are inlaid into the deck, and portholes. There is a black and white lighthouse in the back corner of the bottle. The back and neck of the bottle were painted dark blue from the inside, and a wooden base is glued to the bottom. The bottle is 3 3/8" long by 7/8" wide by 1 7/8" high including the base. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: TCSH.   Three masted ship in bottle, with a soda can for scale ... Back view ... End view.
Some much larger photos:   Three masted ship in bottle, with a soda can for scale ... Back view ... End view.

Two masted ship in bottleThis ship has two masts and four sails, with thread for rigging. The hull is painted red and white, and the putty "sea" has been formed into waves. It is in a heavy glass bottle marked "Ball" with a red metal screw top, 6 3/4" long by 2 1/4" in diameter. The price is $55.00. Inventory Code: TTKA.   Two masted ship in bottle ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Two masted ship in bottle ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.

Small ship in bottleThe next four ships are fairly simple, with painted wooden hulls and heavy paper sails, set into a "sea" of putty type material. This one is made inside a round bottle marked "Ball" with a red metal screw cap. It is 5" long by 1 3/4" in diameter. The price is $35.00. Inventory Code: TTKP.   Small ship in bottle ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Small ship in bottle ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.

Ship in three-sided bottleThis is a two masted ship in a triangular shaped bottle with concave sides and a red metal screw cap. The bottle is marked "2 OZ." It is 3 3/4" long by about 2" wide and 2" high. The price is $35.00. Inventory Code: TTRO.   Ship in three-sided bottle ... Views from above and ends ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Ship in three-sided bottle ... Views from above and ends ... With a soda can for scale.

This is a two masted ship in a triangular shaped bottle with concave sides and a dark red metal screw cap. It is 3 3/4" long by about 1 3/4" wide and 1 3/4" high. The price is $35.00. Inventory Code: TTRH.   Ship in three-sided bottle ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Ship in three-sided bottle ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.

This is a two masted ship in a triangular shaped bottle with concave sides and a black metal screw cap. It is 3 3/4" long by about 1 3/4" wide and 1 3/4" high. The price is $35.00. Inventory Code: TTRT.   Ship in three-sided bottle ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Ship in three-sided bottle ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.

Tiny bottle whimseyThis is the tiniest ship bottle whimsy we have ever seen. It is constructed in a bottle which is just over an inch high (1 3/8" with the stopper) and 11/16" in diameter: about the size of a dime. The opening through which the base was constructed and painted, and the boat made and rigged is about 3/16". All of the photos are bigger than the real bottle. It is in sturdy condition. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: TTOC.   Two views, one with a dime ... One side ... The other side ... Back ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... Larger scale photo.


 
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Cast iron horse head hitching postThis is a cast iron horse head hitching post, larger and more impressive than most. It is from the late 1800's, and has old black paint with traces of white around the bottom edge. The size is 13 1/4" high by 5 1/2" wide by about 10" deep, and the condition is excellent. The price is $450.00. Inventory Code: CCKO.   Cast iron horse head hitching post ... Side view ... The other side ... Front and back views ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Cast iron horse head hitching post ... Side view ... The other side ... Front and back views ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

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.

Starship in bottle whimsyThis is a bottle whimsy with a spaceship built inside. The ship is made from cedar with wood burned decoration including the inscription "USA 17-A". It is built in a 1.5 liter liquor bottle with a screw top. The ship measures about 5" long by 2 1/4" wide by 2 1/2" high. The bottle is 12 1/4" long by 3 3/4" by 3 3/4". The condition is excellent. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: CTPW.   Starship in bottle whimsy ... The other side ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Starship in bottle whimsy ... The other side ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Metal fishThis is a large, flat cast iron fish with raised eyes. It is 18" long by 5" high by 1/2" thick. The surface is painted dark, oxidized silver with a few white splotches. We don't know the age or original purpose of this, but it is old, with a good look and size. It may have been made as a decoy for commercial fishing. The condition is excellent. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: CTRO.   Metal fish ... The other side ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Metal fish ... The other side ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.

Cast iron architectural star tie-inThis is a cast iron star architectural tie in, in weathered old white paint with traces of red around the edges and patches of dark, oxidized metal showing through. It measures 7" high by about 7 1/4" across the points by 20 1/2" long with the mounting bar. The star itself is 1 1/4" thick. From the late 1800's or early 1900's, it is in very good, weathered condition. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: TTSS.   Cast iron architectural star ... Two more angles ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Cast iron architectural star ... Two more angles ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Tramp art frameThis is an impressive, large tramp art frame with bold design including hearts, fruit, and leaves worked in. The base layer is especially intricately carved, giving fluted edges that are also pierced along the top. The frame is built up in up to sixteen layers. It was made in the late 1800's or early 1900's, with a dark lacquer finish, and measures 28 1/2" high by 25 1/4" wide by about 3 1/2" deep. The opening is about 17 1/4" by 13 1/2", with the pears hanging down into the top of the opening. There is some loss: three breaks to the top crest, smaller loss to one top corner, and several of the points on the sides and bottom are missing. Even as is, it is a very beautiful, unusual, and striking work. The price is $1800.00. Inventory Code: CTSS.   Large tramp art frame with hearts, carved fruit ... Closeup of top ... Upper half ... Lower half ... Side view ... Two views of the other side ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Large tramp art frame with hearts, carved fruit ... Closeup of top ... Upper half ... Lower half ... Side view ... Two views of the other side ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved bustThis is the carved bust of a man. He is probably carved from walnut, and has a dark, rich color and somewhat glossy lacquer or varnish finish. It is 7 1/4" high by 2 1/4" wide by about 5" deep. Probably from the early 1900's, it is in very good condition with some tight age cracks. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: CARK.   Carved bust ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved bust ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved headThis is a carving of a man's head. He has long hair and a beard, and much of his face is covered in red paint, like blood. It stands 6 1/4" high by 3 1/4" wide by about 4" deep. There are three nails in the back of the head for some unknown reason. Age appears to be from the early 1900's or earlier. We are not sure of the history. The condition is very good, with a few minor chips on the bottom edge of his hair. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: CAKS.   Carved head, with a soda can for scale ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... From above and below.
Some much larger photos:   Carved head, with a soda can for scale ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... From above and below.

Large metal gearsHere are two large, decorative industrial iron gears with a dark oxidized surface, one slightly darker than the other. There is a massive quality to them. They can stand on a shelf or hang on the wall. Each measures 7 5/8" in diameter by 2" thick. They are in good old, used condition with some minor dents around the edges. They are priced at $175.00 each, or $295.00 for the pair. Inventory Code: CCSO.   Large metal gears ... Second view ... Third view ... Fourth view ... One gear ... The other gear ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Large metal gears ... Second view ... Third view ... Fourth view ... One gear ... The other gear ... With a soda can for scale.

Human flag photoThis is a 1918 photograph of thousands of people forming the U.S. Shield. It is inscribed "The Human U.S. Shield" "30,000 Officers and Men" "Camp Custer, Battle Creek, MICH." and dated 1918, "Mole &Thomas". A view of the camp can be seen across the top, behind the people. Mole &Thomas of Chicago became famous for staging these photos where large groups of people formed images that were only visible from a tall viewing tower. They would spend days setting up the image, taking test photos with smaller groups to work out the perspective. This is one of their more famous images, involving the largest group.

This is an original silver gelatin photograph in a fairly worn wooden frame, not a modern reprint. The frame measures 11 5/8" wide by 14" high by 3/4" thick. We have not examined the photo out of the frame, but it appears to be in very good condition with minor warping, as if it had been rolled before framing. There is faint silvering in the darker areas of the photo, normal for a print of this type and age. The paper on the back of the frame is very worn. The price is $500.00. Inventory Code: PKKR.   Human shield photo ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of inscription ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Human shield photo ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of inscription ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

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