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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.

Outsider art 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 intricate work depicts life in the mines and mine towns. This is a detailed model of the Coxeville, PA coal breaker facility. It was built from wood and found objects, painted black, silver, brown, and white. A small paper label reads "J Popso". It measures 28 1/2" long by 7 3/4" wide by 11 1/4" high, and is in excellent condition, made c. 1994. See the linked photo below of him holding this piece. We have three other pieces by Jim Popso here. You can read about Popso and his art here and here, and his obituary is here. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: CAKW.   Coal breaker by Jim Popso ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... End view ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale ... A picture of Popso holding this piece.
Some much larger photos:   Coal breaker by Jim Popso ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... End view ... From above and below ... 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 view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Large metal gears ... Second view ... Third view ... Fourth view ... One gear ... The other view ... 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, and largest, images.

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.

Next are three 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 painting of a woman in red. She has bright blue shoes, a metal helmet, and is walking away into a dark stone passageway like a dungeon. It is oil on illustration board, signed "REG 1971". The size is 18" by 24", and there is a small flake of paint missing in the upper right corner, otherwise the condition is excellent. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: REG 102.   Painting by Robert E. Gilbert ... Back ... With a 12" ruler for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Painting by Robert E. Gilbert ... Back ... With a 12" ruler for scale.

Painting by Robert E. GilbertThis landscape is painted in oil on illustration board. It is signed "REG 1971" on the front, and dated "February 28, 1971" on the back. The size is 18" by 24", and the condition is excellent. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: REG 103.   Painting by Robert E. Gilbert ... Back ... Date on back ... With a 12" ruler for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Painting by Robert E. Gilbert ... Back ... Date on back ... With a 12" ruler for scale.

Painting by Robert E. GilbertThis very vivid and detailed portrait of a woman with a wild background is painted in tempera on heavy paper. It is signed "REG 1971", measures 18" by 24", and is in excellent condition with very faint foxing visible only on the back. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: REG 104.   Painting by Robert E. Gilbert ... With a 12" ruler for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Painting by Robert E. Gilbert ... With a 12" ruler for scale.


 
Three industrial stocking forms
Featured Sale

A collection of three different sized metal industrial sock or stocking forms. They were probably made in the 1960's, and range from 29 1/2", to 32 1/2" long, in excellent used and old condition.

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Marquetry game tableThis is a striking marquetry game table. It has a checkerboard worked into the top surrounded by vivid patterns of diamonds. The skirt and feet are also entirely decorated. It is finished in a clear varnish which is very slightly bubbled on top. The table measures 24 1/4" by 24 1/4" by 30" high. It is in excellent condition: there are a few faint scratches on top, some slight wear on the feet, and there is one small piece missing from the skirt. It is from approximately the 1930's. The price is $1450.00. Inventory Code: CCOH.   Marquetry game table ... Another angle ... The top ... Third overall view ... Side view ... Closeup ... Closeup of the base ... The other side of the base ... The base, with top removed ... From below ... Detail from below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Marquetry game table ... Another angle ... The top ... Third overall view ... Side view ... Closeup ... Closeup of the base ... The other side of the base ... The base, with top removed ... From below ... Detail from below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Wire covered bottlesHere are two glass bottles that have been wrapped in intricately woven patterns of colored telephone wire including woven handles. They appear to be from the second half of the 20th c. The larger bottle has a rim around the base, and a removable cap that is tethered to the handle. It is worked over a green glass bottle, and stands 12 1/4" high by 3 3/4" in diameter; about 4 3/4" wide at the handle. It is in excellent condition. The price is $195.00. Inventory Code: CCRR.

The smaller bottle is worked over clear glass, and stands 7 3/4" high by 2 1/4" in diameter; about 3 1/2" wide at the handle. The top rim of the glass is chipped, otherwise the condition is excellent. The price is $145.00. Inventory Code: CCKS.   Telephone wire covered bottles ... Both, from above ... Another view from above ... From below ... Another view from below ... Larger bottle, two views ... Closeup of the open lid ... Smaller bottle ... Closeup of the chip ... Both, with a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Telephone wire covered bottles ... Both, from above ... Another view from above ... From below ... Another view from below ... Larger bottle, two views ... Closeup of the open lid ... Smaller bottle ... Closeup of the chip ... Both, with a soda can for scale.

Spike shoesThis outrageous pair of spiked shoes may be the most striking gardening tools we've ever seen. They were made to aerate a lawn: by walking around in them, air and water flow to the grass roots is improved. These were made of 1 1/4" thick planks with 6" nails driven through. The heels are metal, and the straps are leather. Each shoe measures 12" long by 4 3/4" wide by 9" high. They are in excellent condition with some wear to the leather straps. The price is $675.00. Inventory Code: CCRO.   Spike shoes ... Another view ... From above ... Back view ... One, from below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Spike shoes ... Another view ... From above ... Back view ... One, from below ... With a soda can for scale.

Crocheted plastic bag art
Here is a whole collection of pieces crocheted from plastic bags and bread wrappers from the late 20th c.   Larger photo of all ... We also have another rug and a pillow available here.

Plastic bag chickenFirst off is a really fun, three-dimensional chicken with lots of character and personality. It has button eyes, wings that stick out, and is stuffed with more plastic. It is about 15" long by 7" wide by 8" high, in very good condition with slight fraying on the tail feathers. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: TKCO.   Plastic bag chicken ... From above ... Front view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Plastic bag chicken ... From above ... Front view ... With a soda can for scale.

Plastic bag hatThis is a very nice railroad-style cap with a black imitation leather band. It is very tightly made, in excellent condition, about 9" long by 7" wide by 4" high. The price is $145.00. Inventory Code: TRKT.   Plastic bag crocheted hat, with a soda can for scale ... Side view ... From above.
Some much larger photos:   Plastic bag crocheted hat, with a soda can for scale ... Side view ... From above.

This hat is very tightly worked so that it holds its shape and is not very flexible. It is decorated with a red ribbon. It measures 12" long by 11" wide by 5" high, in excellent condition except for the visible fraying of the ribbon ends. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TKHS.   Second hat, with a soda can for scale ... Back view.
Some much larger photos:   Second hat, with a soda can for scale ... Back view.

This hat is 12 1/2" in diameter by about 5" high, fairly loose and flexible, in excellent condition. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: TKCR.   Third hat ... Other side ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Third hat ... Other side ... With a soda can for scale.

This hat is also fairly loose and flexible, 12 1/2" in diameter by about 5 1/2" high in excellent condition. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: TKCK.   Fourth hat ... Other side ... Closeup ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Fourth hat ... Other side ... Closeup ... With a soda can for scale.

Plastic bag crocheted rugThe rug is oval, 27 1/2" by 21", in excellent condition. The price is $65.00. Inventory Code: TKCW.   Plastic bag crocheted rug ... The other side ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Plastic bag crocheted rug ... The other side ... With a soda can for scale.

Wizard carvingThis is the carved face of a bearded man, like a wizard. He seems to emerge naturally from the form of the twisted branch, and his beard merges into the weathered end. It has a dark varnish finish with a smooth patina, worn at the ends. There is a hole on the back for hanging. It is about 13" long by 2 1/2" wide by 1 1/2" deep. Age is probably from the mid-20th century, or a bit older. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: TKWH.   Wizard carving, with a soda can for scale ... Closeup ... Side and back views.
Some much larger photos:   Wizard carving, with a soda can for scale ... Closeup ... Side and back views.

Burl clubThis is a club made from a very gnarly burl with a great look. The branch provides the handle. It is finished in a clear lacquer or varnish, and is 9" long by about 3" by 4". There is an age split in the handle, and a small old break in the burl. The age is unknown, but it is old. The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: TKWC.   Burl club, with a soda can for scale ... The other side ... From above ... From below.
Some much larger photos:   Burl club, with a soda can for scale ... The other side ... From above ... From below.

Folk art appliqueThis is a wonderfully quirky and folky wool applique. It is strikingly large, measuring 51 1/4" wide by 34 1/2" high. Figures include a woman in bonnet, animals, ducks, a book, teapot, sewing basket, home scenes, flowers, a basket of vegetables, and a mailbox. Look at the details in the closeups. Perhaps originally meant for a rug or table mat, it has been mounted on wood stretchers as a hanging. Each design was made from felt and wool machine appliqued onto a wool block. The blocks were then assembled like a quilt, and the vine border added. There is a fair amount of loss and moth damage, but it is stable and good for display. The blue spots in the background are where the backing of the frame shows through. It was made in the early to mid 1900's, most likely around the 1910's or 20's. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: CCKP.   Folk art applique ... Closeup, upper left ... Upper right ... Lower left ... Lower right ... Closeup of corner, from an angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Folk art applique ... Closeup, upper left ... Upper right ... Lower left ... Lower right ... Closeup of corner, from an angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

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