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Painted and decorated wall boxThis is a painted folk art, tramp art, small hanging cupboard with wonderful decoration including cross, anchor, and heart appliques. It was built from crate wood, with two hinged doors and a drawer below. Part of an orange crate stencil is visible inside. From the early 1900's, it is 16" high by 12 1/2" wide by 5" deep. This is a really unusual piece with a great look. Condition: one of the scallops on top was lost and has been replaced, another has an old repair. There is also some loss to a part of one applique and one of the tiny metal door handles, in addition to some more minor cracks and paint loss. We tried to show all of this clearly in the closeup photos. The price is $1500.00. Inventory Code: CAPT.   Painted and decorated wall box ... Closeup ... Side view ... The other side ... Doors open ... Closeup of the lower half ... Closeup of repair ... From above ... From below ... Closeup inside ... Back view ... Closeup of top from back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Painted and decorated wall box ... Closeup ... Side view ... The other side ... Doors open ... Closeup of the lower half ... Closeup of repair ... From above ... From below ... Closeup inside ... Back view ... Closeup of top from back ... With a soda can for scale.

Tulips quiltThis is a striking tulip quilt in bold colors. The tulip blocks come together visually to form a strong, abstract design. It was found in Warren County, KY, and is hand pieced and hand quilted, with a thin cotton batting. Three small pieces of blue were worked in and add to the interest. The size is 78" by 61". It is in good, washed condition with very faint staining, two or three small holes about 1/4", and a bleached spot in the border that is about 2" by 1". Age is probably from the 1940's or 50's. It looks great on the wall or a bed. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: CHST.   Tulips quilt ... Closeup ... Second closeup ... Third closeup ... Fourth closeup ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... With a yardstick for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Tulips quilt ... Closeup ... Second closeup ... Third closeup ... Fourth closeup ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... With a yardstick for scale.

Stone carvingThis is a stone carving of a woman's face, expressive and very well done. The stone is dense, smooth, and medium gray. There are initials that are hard to make out, possibly "GER". It is 4 1/2" in diameter by 2" deep, in very good condition. The age is unknown. This is simply a really nice piece. The price is $335.00. Inventory Code: CHOR.   Stone carving ... Side views ... From above and below ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Stone carving ... Side views ... From above and below ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Large carving by Hog MattinglyThis is a tall and thin carved man by Kentucky artist Lloyd "Hog" Mattingly (1923 - 2003). Like many of his people, it was made from a root or forked branch, with the head, arms, hands, and feet carved separately then attached. The eyes are beads and the hair is foam insulation. The figure was coated with something like gesso and then painted. There is some cracking and loss to the gesso surface, and the base and walking stick have been replaced. It is 42" high by about 9 1/2" wide by 8 1/2" deep, from the last quarter of the 20th c. We have more carvings by Mattingly here. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CTTR.   Carving by Lloyd "Hog" Mattingly ... Two more views ... Side and back views ... Two closeups ... Closeup from side ... Closeup from above ... Closeups of body ... Closeup from back ... Closeup of feet ... Feet, from the back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carving by Lloyd "Hog" Mattingly ... Two more views ... Side and back views ... Two closeups ... Closeup from side ... Closeup from above ... Closeups of body ... Closeup from back ... Closeup of feet ... Feet, from the back ... With a soda can for scale.

Oil well whirligigThis is a whirligig of an oil well. The pump goes up and down as the blade turns, and a derrick forms the tail. As mounted, it is 22" long by 19 1/2" high, with a blade 13 3/4" across. From the 1940's or 50's, it is in good, weathered condition: the blade has been replaced. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: CHSH.   Oil well whirligig ... The other side ... Another angle ... Pump moved ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.
Some much larger photos:   Oil well whirligig ... The other side ... Another angle ... Pump moved ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.


 
Large carving
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A 4 foot high primitive and stylized carving of two people. It is roughly but expressively carved from a single slab of wood, with a dark finish, probably paint. It is a striking piece with strong presence. The age is unknown, but it is definitely old.

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Dunn's Toyland model band wagonThis is a wonderful, intricate folk art model of a brass band in a horse drawn circus wagon, over 4 feet long. Each figure was separately made from wood and found objects, with sheet metal arms and legs, bottle caps on the horns and wheel hubs, and screw caps with sheet metal brims for hats. The figures were then mounted into the brightly painted wagon labeled "Dunn's Toyland". The horses were cut from plywood, mounted in pairs, with wood, metal and string for harness and red yarn tassels between them. They can be detached from the wagon.

We were told this was made by a Frank Dunn of Pontiac, MI. It is from the first half of the 20th c., with paint that is nicely crazed on parts of the wagon. It is 53" long by 10 1/4" wide by 15" high. The overall condition is very good, with weathered paint and some age cracks. There is some loss to the plywood bases and feet of the horses, as seen in the photos. The price is $1500.00. Inventory Code: CHSS.   "Dunn's Toyland" model band wagon ... Another view ... One side ... The other side ... Front view ... Closeup from front ... Front, from above ... Back view ... Another overall view ... With a soda can for scale.
Closeups of the band: From front ... One side ... The other side ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... From above ... Another view from above ... Closeup from above ... Another closeup from above ... Back view ... Back, from above.
Closeups of the horses: The front horses ... Other side ... Front view ... From above ... Another view from above ... The rear horses ... Other side ... From front ... From above.

Some much larger photos:   "Dunn's Toyland" model band wagon ... Another view ... One side ... The other side ... Front view ... Closeup from front ... Front, from above ... Back view ... Another overall view ... With a soda can for scale.
Closeups of the band: From front ... One side ... The other side ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... From above ... Another view from above ... Closeup from above ... Another closeup from above ... Back view ... Back, from above.
Closeups of the horses: The front horses ... Other side ... Front view ... From above ... Another view from above ... The rear horses ... Other side ... From front ... From above.

Geometric wool quiltThis is a very striking geometric wool quilt. It is a one patch, pieced into a log cabin variation and tied with green cord. The back is plaid cotton flannel, wrapped around to the front as a binding. Black fabric sleeves have been added to the back, so it is ready to hang either vertically or horizontally. It looks striking on the wall. The quilt measures 68" by 79", from the first half of the 20th c. It is in excellent condition, with two very small moth holes, and an approximately 1" long repair in the black by the border. The price is $495.00. Inventory Code: CHPS.   Geometric wool quilt ... Closeup of the center ... One corner ... Second corner ... Third corner ... Fourth corner ... Back ... Closeup of the sleeves on back ... With a yardstick for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Geometric wool quilt ... Closeup of the center ... One corner ... Second corner ... Third corner ... Fourth corner ... Back ... Closeup of the sleeves on back ... With a yardstick for scale.

Baseball player whirligigHere are two baseball player whirligigs. They are both wearing Chicago Cubs uniforms and have brown gloves on one arm. They are not very old, but not brand new either - probably late 20th c. Both are in excellent condition and have been mounted on newer wooden display bases.

The first ball player is wearing number 31: Greg Maddux's number. He stands 18 1/2" tall from head to toe, 22" to the top of his arm. The blades are 17 1/2" across. As mounted, it is 25 1/2" by 5 1/2" by 7". The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: CHSO.   Baseball player whirligig ... The other side ... Two more views ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... From above ... Back views ... Both whirligigs, with a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.
Some much larger photos:   Baseball player whirligig ... The other side ... Two more views ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... From above ... Back views ... Both whirligigs, with a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.

Baseball player whirligigThe second ball player is wearing number 8. He is 13 1/4" from head to toe, with arms 12" across. As mounted, he is 19" high by 5 1/2" by 6". The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: CHSR.   Baseball player whirligig ... The other side ... Two more views ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Back view ... Both whirligigs, with a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.
Some much larger photos:   Baseball player whirligig ... The other side ... Two more views ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Back view ... Both whirligigs, with a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.

Bush Turkey Dreaming Australian Aboriginal paintingThis is an Aboriginal Australian painting titled "Bush Turkey Dreaming". It was painted in 2016 by Cowboy Louie (Pula) Pwerle, a well-known Aboriginal artist who is widely exhibited in Australia. His works have also been shown in New York. The painting tells the traditional story of the bush turkey. The dots show the tracks the turkey makes travelling through the bush looking for food. It is painted in acrylic on canvas, measures 50 1/2" by 37", and is in excellent condition. The price is $2000.00. Inventory Code: CCRW.   "Bush Turkey Dreaming" Australian Aboriginal painting ... Closeup of center ... Another closeup ... Side angle ... Back view ... Closeup of signature ... With a yardstick for scale ... The artist with this painting.
Some much larger photos:   "Bush Turkey Dreaming" Australian Aboriginal painting ... Closeup of center ... Another closeup ... Side angle ... Back view ... Closeup of signature ... With a yardstick for scale ... The artist with this painting.

Crown of thorns doll furnitureHere are two pieces of miniature crown of thorns tramp art furniture by the same maker. They are from the early 1900's, in really excellent, near mint condition, with fine construction. They are priced individually, with a discount for the pair. The bed is 10 3/4" long by 8" wide by 8 3/4" high. There is no loss that we can find, only the slightest surface wear in a few spots. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: CHPA.   Crown of thorns doll bed ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... End view ... The other end ... Another view from above ... From below ... Both pieces together ... Another angle of both ... Both, from above ... Both pieces, with a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Crown of thorns doll bed ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... End view ... The other end ... Another view from above ... From below ... Both pieces together ... Another angle of both ... Both, from above ... Both pieces, with a soda can for scale.

The settee is 10 3/4" high by 10 3/4" wide by 5" deep. There is one tiny chip missing from a piece on the back, otherwise the condition is excellent. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: CHPT.   Crown of thorns doll settee ... Two more angles ... From above ... Back view ... Closeup of chip ... Another view from above ... From below ... Both pieces together ... Another angle of both ... Both, from above ... Both pieces, with a soda can for scale..
Some much larger photos:   Crown of thorns doll settee ... Two more angles ... From above ... Back view ... Closeup of chip ... Another view from above ... From below ... Both pieces together ... Another angle of both ... Both, from above ... Both pieces, with a soda can for scale.

Bottle cap basketThis is a bottle cap basket with nice form and presence. It is made from older, cork-lined bottle caps and painted a dark, oxidized gold. You can just make out "Ohio" on one of the caps on the bottom. The basket is in excellent condition, about 11 1/4" high by 10" across. It is from about the 1940's or 50's. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: CHPP.   Bottle cap basket ... Another angle ... Third view ... Fourth view ... From above ... Another view from above ... Closeup of bottom, with "Ohio" marking ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Bottle cap basket ... Another angle ... Third view ... Fourth view ... From above ... Another view from above ... Closeup of bottom, with "Ohio" marking ... With a soda can for scale.

Croc O MowerThis is a wonderful, hand made folk art mechanical toy. The "Croc o Mower" is built from wood, with intricate burned decoration. The steering wheel turns the front headlight and wheels from side to side. Rolling the mower causes the crocodile head to snap its jaws - watch the video to see. Inscriptions include "1.3 Dino-Power", "Watch Out For Flower Beds", "Use Only Hi-Test BugOSaur Juice", and much more. The seat is covered with leather, and the croc has reflective red plastic eyes. The size is 7 1/4" long by about 6 1/4" wide by 3 1/2" high. It is in excellent condition, not signed or dated, but probably from the last quarter of the 20th c. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: CHSC.   "Croc o Mower" ... Front view, mouth open ... Front, mouth closed ... Another angle ... From above ... Other side from above ... Side view ... Back view ... Back, from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.
Some much larger photos:   "Croc o Mower" ... Front view, mouth open ... Front, mouth closed ... Another angle ... From above ... Other side from above ... Side view ... Back view ... Back, from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.

Mince meat crock lidThis is the hinged wooden lid from a mince meat crock. It has a metal handle, tiny wire hinges, and embossed and stencilled lettering. Part of the inscription reads "Keep This Cover On, Mince Meat Is Better If Kept In A Cool Place And Stirred Often As The Liquor Settles At The Bottom". It is also marked "Doody Bro's", and "Salisbury MD". The lid probably dates from the first half of the 20th. century. It is in worn, used condition, with an oxidized surface and great look. The size is 10 1/4" in diameter by about 1 3/4" deep at the handle. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: CHSK.   Mince meat crock lid ... Side view, hinged open ... Another angle ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Mince meat crock lid ... Side view, hinged open ... Another angle ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Here are two paintings by the late Robert E. Gilbert (REG) of Jonesboro, TN. In the 1950's through the 70's REG was a prolific producer and contributor of art to science fiction fanzines, but he also experimented and painted in many other more traditional and non-traditional styles. You can see much more of his work here.

Painting by Robert E. GilbertFirst is a mountain landscape, with birds in a stormy sky, and the small figure of an old man in the lower corner, signed "REG 1968". It is painted in acrylics on hardboard and mounted in a wooden frame. The painting measures 18" by 24", in very good condition with foxing visible on the back. The frame is 21 1/2" by 27 1/2" by 1 3/4" deep, with minor surface wear. The price is $295.00. Inventory Code: REG 107.   Painting by Robert E. Gilbert ... Closeup ... Side view ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Painting by Robert E. Gilbert ... Closeup ... Side view ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.

Drawing by Robert E. GilbertThis is a pen and ink seascape with a small woman standing in the waves, signed "REG 1971". It is framed and matted under glass. The visible part of the drawing measures 9" by 13". The frame is 21 1/2" by 17 1/2" by 3/4" deep. Condition appears to be excellent, but we did not remove the drawing from the frame. The price is $195.00. Inventory Code: REG 108.   Drawing by Robert E. Gilbert ... Closeup ... Side view ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Drawing by Robert E. Gilbert ... Closeup ... Side view ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.

Explosives signThis is an industrial metal "Explosives A" sign. The back is inscribed "Harlan, KY coal mine". It has a worn surface, with a printed date of "1 Jan 67" in the lower left. The paint is very reflective when the light strikes it at the right angle. It measures 8 7/8" high by 30" wide, in great looking, worn, used condition with some paint loss as seen in the photos. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: CHPC.   Explosives sign ... Closeup, left ... Closeup, right ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Tilted to reflect light ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Explosives sign ... Closeup, left ... Closeup, right ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Tilted to reflect light ... With a soda can for scale.

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