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Tramp art lampThis is a tramp art lamp with a clock and drawer. It is decorated with two carved birds at the top, hex signs, sun and moon designs on the sides, and other chip-carved designs. It was built from crate wood with a dark finish, and is inscribed on the bottom "Paul Venuto 1937 March 24". The clock is labeled "Conqueror", from Waterbury, CT, and does not run. When the drawer is removed you can see part of a crate label "Unity Extra". It is in excellent condition, the light is rewired and works, and the shade has been replaced. The size is 8" wide by 8" deep by 15 3/4" to the top of the wooden portion, or 22 3/4" high including the shade. The price is $795.00. Inventory Code: CHOC.   Tramp art lamp ... Closeup of birds, clock ... Closeup of drawer ... Two more angles ... Without the shade ... Two more angles without the shade ... Side views ... Drawer open ... Inside the drawer compartment ... Back view ... Closeup from back ... Inscription on bottom ... Light on ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Tramp art lamp ... Closeup of birds, clock ... Closeup of drawer ... Two more angles ... Without the shade ... Two more angles without the shade ... Side views ... Drawer open ... Inside the drawer compartment ... Back view ... Closeup from back ... Inscription on bottom ... Light on ... With a soda can for scale.

Model horses and wagonThis is a model wagon and two horses in great old, crazed paint. The horses have horsehair manes and tails. They are in elaborate leather and metal harness, with a red tassel on each bridle. Their lower legs were carved separately and attached to the bodies. The wagon is brown inside, green over dark red above, and a very alligatored dark red over dark mustard below. It is made in two parts: the green upper box lifts off of the red undercarriage and wheels. The bench seat is padded and upholstered - probably in leather, but it's hard to tell since it was painted over. The assemblage measures about 29" long by 9" wide by 10" high. It is in very good condition, with a fair amount of loss to the leather portion of the harness and the leather ears of the horses. It dates from the late 1800's or early 1900's. The price is $950.00. Inventory Code: CHHK.   Model horses and wagon ... Side view ... The other side ... Another angle ... Closeup of the horses ... The horses, other side ... Third closeup of the horses ... Closeup of the wagon ... Other side of the wagon ... Third view of the wagon ... The horses from above ... Back view ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Model horses and wagon ... Side view ... The other side ... Another angle ... Closeup of the horses ... The horses, other side ... Third closeup of the horses ... Closeup of the wagon ... Other side of the wagon ... Third view of the wagon ... The horses from above ... Back view ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Wood splint basketThis is a 19th c. wood splint woven basket with a bentwood handle and a rich, dark patina. The handle, which curves around to become the center rib, is fastened at the bottom with a single square nail. There is a crack in the handle and some minor loss in the bottom and where the handle crosses the rim, but the basket is still strong and sturdy. It is about 9 1/2" high by 9" by 10 1/2". The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: CHTC.   Wood splint basket ... One side ... The other side ... Another angle ... End view ... The other end ... From above ... From below ... Closeup from below ... Closeup of the handle ... Another closeup of the handle ... Closeup of the side ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Wood splint basket ... One side ... The other side ... Another angle ... End view ... The other end ... From above ... From below ... Closeup from below ... Closeup of the handle ... Another closeup of the handle ... Closeup of the side ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved horse headThis is a detailed horse's head bookend carved from a single piece of wood. It has an expressive face and an open mouth. The surface is worn brown and black paint, with yellow and white highlights. There are chips missing from the tips of the ears and the mouth - all older breaks. From the early 1900's, it measures 10 3/4" high by 6 1/2" wide by 8 1/4" deep. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: CHWW.   Carved horse head ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... Closeup ... Closeup from above ... Closeup from back ... Closeup of mouth from below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved horse head ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... Closeup ... Closeup from above ... Closeup from back ... Closeup of mouth from below ... With a soda can for scale.

Decorative iron faucet handlesHere are two collections of old, decorative cast iron faucet handles. They have been mounted on wood in two oak frames and look very good either individually or together. The handles are all in very good condition, in a wide variety of designs, with varying degrees of wear to the paint. They are mounted with fine black wire, barely noticeable. The taller frame contains 18 handles in brighter colors of paint, ranging from 2" to 4" in diameter. The frame is 27" high by 13" wide by 1 3/4" deep. The price for this frame only is $250.00. Inventory Code: CSRO.   Decorative iron faucet handles, one set ... Side view ... Back view ... With the second set, below ... Both, with a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Decorative iron faucet handles, one set ... Side view ... Back view ... With the second set, below ... Both, with a soda can for scale.

The shorter, wider frame contains 15 handles in more subdued colors, including a few with no paint, just dark oxidized surfaces. These handles range from 2" to 5 1/4" across, and the frame is 18 3/4" wide by 22 3/4" high by 1 3/4" deep. The price for this frame only is $250.00. Inventory Code: TAPK.   Decorative iron faucet handles, second set ... Another angle ... Side views ... Back view ... With the second set, above ... Both, with a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Decorative iron faucet handles, second set ... Another angle ... Side views ... Back view ... With the second set, above ... Both, with a soda can for scale.

This is the first of two drawings by the reclusive Ohio artist Lewis Smith (1907 - 1998). It is drawn in crayons, pencil, and ink on both sides of a panel cut from a brown paper grocery bag, approximately 12" by 17". The price is $650.00. Inventory code: LS179. We have much more of Lewis Smith's art here.   Side 1 Two Women ... Side 2: Lock and more.
Some much larger photos:   Side 1 Two Women ... Side 2: Lock and more.

"One Day in Mins. This is only a Work Sheet" This is one of Lewis Smith's more abstract pieces. It is not greatly visual, but a great outsider piece. Each column has a time range at the bottom, with one small dot for each minute of that time period above. It is drawn in ballpoint ink, crayon, and pencil on both sides of a panel cut from a brown paper grocery bag, approximately 12" by 17". The price is $575.00. Inventory code: LS178.   Side 1: One Day in Mins. ... Side 2: Alphabet.
Some much larger photos:   Side 1: One Day in Mins. ... Side 2: Alphabet.

More Lewis Smith drawings on brown grocery bags



 
Adam and Eve carving
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A large, exceptional old wood carving depicting Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden together with the Snake and Apple Tree. It is done in great detail in full, deep relief around the entire hard pine log. It has a wonderful old surface and patina. From the late 1800's in excellent condition, about 38" high by 12" by 12".

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Spool shelfThis is a shelf decorated with spools. The scalloped crest has applied stars and banner painted gold. The center frame surround has been hand carved and shaped. There is gold highlighting around the center opening and on the lower front spools. The rest of the surface is a very worn, dark, finely crazed varnish or lacquer. The lower front edge is scalloped and the sides are chip carved. It is old, likely from the late 1800's. The size is 17 1/2" high by 24" wide by 4" deep. Markings on the bottom would seem to indicate that it may have had spool feet at one time. Otherwise it is in good condition with surface wear. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CHOW.   Spool shelf ... Side views ... Closeup ... From above ... Back view ... From below ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... One corner ... The other corner ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Spool shelf ... Side views ... Closeup ... From above ... Back view ... From below ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... One corner ... The other corner ... With a soda can for scale.

Collection of brushesThis is an unusual and decorative framed collection of brushes. There is a wide variety of styles, types, and materials. The brushes range in age from the early 1900's to the 60's or 70's. They have been mounted with fine wire to a wood backdrop, set in an older frame. The individual brushes go from 5 1/2" to 15" long. The frame is 22" high by 28" wide by 1 1/2" deep. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: TOOC.   Framed collection of brushes ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Side views ... From above ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Framed collection of brushes ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Side views ... From above ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

19th c. hand forged iron maple leafThis is a hand-forged iron maple leaf with wonderful surface, from the 1800's. It was originally a fence decoration, from Western Canada. The post has a nice hand worked attachment. The leaf portion is 2 1/4" high by 2 1/2" wide by about 1/4" thick, on a long stem that brings the total height to 8 3/4". It is mounted on a wooden block so it can stand on a shelf. The size as mounted is 3 1/2" by 3 1/2" by 10". It has a dark, oxidized, weathered, unpainted surface and is in excellent condition. The price is $85.00. Inventory Code: APOT.   19th c. hand forged iron maple leaf ... Three more views ... Side and back views ... Closeup of the back ... Another closeup of the front ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   19th c. hand forged iron maple leaf ... Three more views ... Side and back views ... Closeup of the back ... Another closeup of the front ... With a soda can for scale.

Woman churning whirligigThis is a whirligig of a woman churning butter. It has good color, and the action works nicely. It is mounted on a wooden base for easy display. From the second half of the 20th c., it is 23 1/2" high by 21" long by 5 1/2" wide as mounted. The front blade has been replaced, it is 14" across. Otherwise the condition is very good, with expected weathering from use. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: CTAR.   Woman churning whirligig ... The other side ... Another angle ... Closeup ... The blade ... Back view ... Another view from back ... From above ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.
Some much larger photos:   Woman churning whirligig ... The other side ... Another angle ... Closeup ... The blade ... Back view ... Another view from back ... From above ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.

Plant stand with starsThis is a folky plant stand decorated with applied stars around the box and smaller stars on the center support. It looks like it has seen years of outdoor use, leaving a great weathered surface of worn blue/gray paint with bright blue/green on some of the stars. The box is lined with sheet metal that has rusted through in a few spots in the bottom. One foot was broken and repaired at the end and there is some minor loss to the small decorative strips. Otherwise it is in very good condition, from about the 1930's or 40's. It is 31" high by 31 1/4" wide by 9 1/2" deep. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: CATK.   Plant stand with stars ... Another angle ... Side views ... Back view ... Another back view ... Closeup of feet ... Feet from other side ... From above ... Closeup from above ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Plant stand with stars ... Another angle ... Side views ... Back view ... Another back view ... Closeup of feet ... Feet from other side ... From above ... Closeup from above ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Chippewa by Lewis Smith"Chippewa", by the reclusive Ohio artist Lewis Smith (1907 - 1998). It is drawn in crayon, pencil, and ink on white sketch paper. The size is 11" by 17", and the condition is excellent with a slight corner fold. The price is $975.00. Inventory code: LS177. We have much more art by Lewis Smith available.   "Chippewa" by Lewis Smith ... Larger image.

More Lewis Smith drawings on white paper


Drawing by Lewis SmithThis is a two sided drawing by Lewis Smith. It is drawn in crayon and ballpoint on both sides of a panel cut from a brown paper grocery bag. He preferred to use bags and other recycled materials for his work. The size is about 12" by 17" and the condition is very good - the recycled bag is a bit crinkled. The price is $975.00. Inventory code: LS181.   Two sided drawing by Lewis Smith ... Reverse.
Some much larger photos:   Two sided drawing by Lewis Smith ... Reverse.

More Lewis Smith drawings on brown grocery bags


Tramp art basketThis is a very nice tramp art basket in an unusual form. The bottom is a solid piece of wood, relief carved above and below. Individually carved and layered slats were attached around to form the sides of the basket. Each slat was decorated with a metal tack at the bottom and a small carved wood diamond in the middle. The slats look like they were made from cigar box wood, with subtle patterns in the various shades of the wood. It is in excellent condition, from the early 1900's, and measures 9" by 6 1/2" by 3 3/4" high. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CHOT.   Tramp art basket ... Another angle ... The other side ... Another view ... End view ... The other end ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Tramp art basket ... Another angle ... The other side ... Another view ... End view ... The other end ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved dogThis is a large carved dog with strong presence. It is painted black, which looks like an old overpaint over a reddish-brown. There are also some gold paint highlights, especially around the mouth and under the chin. It is 14" high by 20 1/4" long by about 7 1/2" wide. We don't know anything about the history of this, other than the fact that it had a note taped to the bottom saying it was Alaskan. There is some paint wear, a few gouges on the back, a couple of age cracks on the bottom, and a crack that runs most of the way around the neck. We're not sure if that last is damage or if the head was carved from a separate piece of wood. In either case it is very solid, without any movement. The age is unknown, but it is old. It's a striking piece. The price is $475.00. Inventory Code: CHOA.   Carved dog ... Side view ... Front view ... Another front view ... Third angle from front ... The other side ... Closeup of the head ... Another closeup of the head ... Closeup of the back feet ... Back view ... Closeup from back ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... Another view from below ... Closeup from below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved dog ... Side view ... Front view ... Another front view ... Third angle from front ... The other side ... Closeup of the head ... Another closeup of the head ... Closeup of the back feet ... Back view ... Closeup from back ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... Another view from below ... Closeup from below ... With a soda can for scale.

Stone carving of Abraham LincolnThis is a very well done bust of Abraham Lincoln carved from dense stone. It is flat on the bottom and back and will sit on a shelf, against a wall, or possibly as a bookend. The size is 8 3/4" high by 5 1/4" wide by 2" deep. It is in very good condition with some scratches on the back. The price is $395.00. Inventory Code: CHRS.   Stone carving of Abraham Lincoln ... Another angle ... Side views ... The other side ... From above ... From below ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Stone carving of Abraham Lincoln ... Another angle ... Side views ... The other side ... From above ... From below ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Found object man with boatThis is a funky sculptural assemblage of a man wearing a boat. The head and arm are carved. His arm is hinged at the shoulder and can be moved. After the photos were taken we also noticed that the feet can swivel. The boat is metal, his hat is a rubber or plastic cap, the stripes on his pants and ring around his eye are strips of rubber, and there is a strategically placed key. There is a wire hanger on the back; it can be hung or stand on its own. It is signed in pencil "Wm Skrips 11/05 The Boat Costume". It is 20" high by 21 1/2" wide by about 4" deep, in excellent condition. The price is $185.00. Inventory Code: CHHT.   Found object man with boat ... Side views ... From above ... From below ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Found object man with boat ... Side views ... From above ... From below ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... With a soda can for scale.

PaintingThis is an expressive portrait. It appears to be painted in tempera. We can't make out the signature. It has been professionally framed with UV protective plexiglass. The frame measures 13" wide by 16 1/2" high by 2" deep. There are a few nicks and dents on the frame, and the backing paper is torn, but the overall condition is excellent. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: CHPW.   Painting ... Side angle ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Painting ... Side angle ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.

Tramp art wall pocket with lovebirdsThis is a polychrome tramp art wall box with kissing lovebirds at the top. There is also a butterfly decoration on the open pocket above the drawer. It is built from crate wood with a hand carved drawer handle. It is painted dark pumpkin, red and black and accented with dark metal tacks. Probably from the 1920's or 30's, it is in excellent, near mint condition. The size is 17 3/4" high by 13 1/2" side by 4 1/2" deep. The price is $725.00. Inventory Code: CHCK.   Tramp art wall pocket with lovebirds ... Two more angles ... With drawer open ... Side views ... From above and below ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Tramp art wall pocket with lovebirds ... Two more angles ... With drawer open ... Side views ... From above and below ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.

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