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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.

Reverse painting on glassOrdered. (What this means.)
This is a reverse painting on glass of a church on a hill, surrounded by trees. It is mounted in a freestanding wooden frame with columns that appears to be original to the piece. The age is from the early 1900's, and the condition is very good with some surface wear and minor loss and restoration to the lower corners of the frame. It stands 11 1/4" high by 23 3/4" wide by 3" deep. Inventory Code: CHWR.   Reverse painting on glass ... Another angle ... A third view ... Side views ... From above and below ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Reverse painting on glass ... Another angle ... A third view ... Side views ... From above and below ... Back view ... 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.

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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.
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Howard Finster clock case
Featured Sale

Two clock cases made by the Rev. Howard Finster in the 1960's. One has the original, working clock and original print, and is stamped "Jesus Saves" on the back. The condition is excellent, 22 1/2" high by 15" wide by 4" deep. The other has very good form, scalloped carving, and ink stampings of his name and address on the back. It is in almost perfect condition, 20 1/4" high, 18" wide, and 3 1/2" deep.

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Finster clock case

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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.
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Here is a collection of patriotic drawings done on stamp collector's first day covers. These are 6 3/4 size envelopes with a stamp cancelled on the first day it was issued. Each envelope measures 6 1/2" by 3 5/8", is unused except for the drawing and cancellation mark, and is in excellent condition unless otherwise noted. They are priced individually, with a discount for several.

Patriotic drawing on first day cover envelopeThis drawing is a patriotic theme with an eagle, flag, and shield marked "Liberty" in red and black ink. The envelope is cancelled June 8, 1963, "Stamporee Convention Station, Bradenton, FLA". The price is $65.00. Inventory Code: ACCH.   Patriotic drawing on first day cover envelope.

Patriotic drawing on first day cover envelopeInk and watercolor of a flag and the liberty bell. The stamp recognizes Indiana Territory Sesquicentennial, and is postmarked Freedom, Ind. Mar. 15, 1952. There is a typewritten address. The price is $65.00. Inventory Code: ACHH.   Patriotic drawing on first day cover envelope.

Patriotic drawing on first day cover envelopeThis envelope has a flag, anchor, and shield drawn in red and black ink. The West Virginia stamp is postmarked Aug. 24, 1963. The price is $65.00. Inventory Code: ACCR.   Patriotic drawing on first day cover envelope.

Patriotic drawing on first day cover envelopeLady Liberty with a flag, rockets and fireworks, drawn in red and black ink. The flag stamp was cancelled in Washington, D.C. Jul. 4, 1957. There is an address sticker attached. The price is $65.00. Inventory Code: ACHO.   Patriotic drawing on first day cover envelope.

Patriotic drawing on first day cover envelopeThis envelope has an intensely colored sketch of Richard Nixon and the words "Richard M. Nixon Jan. 09, 1913" stamped where the address would go. It was selected because the postmark date was Nixon's birthday. The stamps honor NATO, SEATO, literacy, and voter registration. The cancellation date is Jan 09, 1982. It is in excellent condition. The price is $65.00. Inventory Code: ACHS.   Patriotic drawing on first day cover envelope.

Patriotic drawing on first day cover envelopeA flag and the words Flag Day in colored markers. It was cancelled at the Stamporee Convention Jun. 14, 1968. The price is $65.00. Inventory Code: ACHP-A.   Patriotic drawing on first day cover envelope.

Patriotic drawing on first day cover envelopeA furled or waving flag, drawn in red and black. The stamp honors Robert Fulton, and was cancelled May 14, 1966 at the Coffeyville Collectors Club Convention. There is a darker rectangular area on the address part of the envelope. The price is $65.00. Inventory Code: ACHP-B.   Patriotic drawing on first day cover envelope.

Patriotic drawing on first day cover envelopeThis is an abstract flag drawn in red, blue, and silver. It is signed B. Kraft. The printed postage honors White House Conference on Aging, and is cancelled Nov 15, 1971. The price is $65.00. Inventory Code: ACHP-C.   Patriotic drawing on first day cover envelope.

Patriotic drawing on first day cover envelopeA folky eagle, sunrise, flag, and shield with "Liberty" drawn in colored markers. The stamp illustrates the signing of the Declaration of Independence, and is postmarked on the Bicentennial: Philadelphia, Jul. 4, 1976. An address label was attached. There is a slight fold on the left hand side. The price is $65.00. Inventory Code: ACHA.   Patriotic drawing on first day cover envelope.

Patriotic drawing on first day cover envelopeA flag, pennants, leafy branches, and the word "Union", in red and black ink. The stamp is in honor of Charles Evans Hughes, and is cancelled Oklahoma Philatelic Society, Jun 2, 1962. The price is $65.00. Inventory Code: ACHW.   Patriotic drawing on first day cover envelope.

Patriotic drawing on first day cover envelopeSeveral pennants and leafy branches in red and black ink labeled "C.S.A." and "Jefferson Davis June 3, 1808". The Range Conservation stamp is postmarked Jun. 3, 1961, and has a typewritten address. The price is $65.00. Inventory Code: ACHT.   Patriotic drawing on first day cover envelope.

Patriotic drawing on first day cover envelopeAnchor, flag, and shield in red and black ink. The stamp honors Frederic Remington, and was cancelled Jan. 4, 1962, with a signature below the stamp. The price is $65.00. Inventory Code: ACHC.   Patriotic drawing on first day cover envelope.

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.

Carved painted alligatorThis is a fun and folky painted carving of an alligator. It is 14 1/2" long by about 2 1/4" wide by 2 1/4" high, in excellent condition. The age is unknown, but it is not very recent. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: CHWH.   Carved and painted alligator ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Side views ... Front and back views ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved and painted alligator ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Side views ... Front and back views ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.

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