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Crocodile root carvingThis is a wonderful root carving of a crocodile. It has an open mouth, with very finely carved feet, teeth and tongue. The spiky, curving shape of the root forms the length of its body. It has a nice surface, finished with varnish or lacquer, and is mounted on a very twisted piece of burl. There is a printed label on the bottom that reads "Sebek of the Nile Carved by Ned R. Young first 18, later 16 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, Vermont between 1898 and 1917". The age certainly looks to be from that era. It is approximately 12" by 7" by 5" high. The condition is very good, with a small chip missing from each of the front feet, as seen in the closeups. The price is $795.00. Inventory Code: CWCK.   Crocodile root carving ... The other side ... Another angle ... Fourth view ... Side view ... Front view ... Back view ... Closeup of head ... Head, other side ... Closeup of feet ... Another closeup ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Crocodile root carving ... The other side ... Another angle ... Fourth view ... Side view ... Front view ... Back view ... Closeup of head ... Head, other side ... Closeup of feet ... Another closeup ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Metal manThis is a whimsical metal man with a wonderful sculptural look. He is well made from unpainted, oxidized sheet copper and found parts, mounted on a custom made base. As mounted he stands 30" tall by 18" wide by about 11" deep. It is in excellent condition with very slight paint wear on the base. The age appears to be from the second half of the 20th century. The price is $1250.00. Inventory Code: CWCO.   Metal man ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... From above ... From below ... The base ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Metal man ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... From above ... From below ... The base ... With a soda can for scale.

Uncle Billy whirligigThis is a very folky wood and metal whirligig of a man driving a horse and buggy, followed by a dog. It has "Uncle Billy" painted on both sides. The colors are rich, deep, red, pumpkin, yellow, brown, and silver. Some of the paint is finely crazed. The figures are sheet metal, except for the man's arm, which is wood. The propeller is wood with metal vanes. It is mounted on a turned wooden finial. It is in very good, used and weathered condition, with minor paint wear, some bends in the propeller blades, and a chip off the base of the finial. Age is from the first half of the 20th century, likely 1930's or 40's. It stands 18" high by 17" long. The propeller is 13" across. The price is $895.00. Inventory Code: CWWC.   "Uncle Billy whirligig" ... The other side ... Another angle ... A fourth view ... Closeup ... Closeup, figures moved ... Closeup other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.
Some much larger photos:   "Uncle Billy whirligig" ... The other side ... Another angle ... A fourth view ... Closeup ... Closeup, figures moved ... Closeup other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.

Bottle whimsyThis is a very intricate bottle whimsy containing 12 whimsy carved fans woven with pink thread, two carved birds with fan tails, three crosses, a ladder, spear, and other tools. It also has a carved lock stopper. It is from the early 1900's and is in excellent condition. There is a small chip in the neck of the bottle and minor wear to the top of the stopper. The inside is in mint condition, all very tight and solid. It stands 14" high by 3" in diameter. Please note that the glass is much clearer than the photos make it look: the camera was not able to focus correctly on the carvings inside. The price is $650.00. Inventory Code: CWHT.   Bottle whimsy ... Three more views ... Closeup ... Second closeup ... Third closeup ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Bottle whimsy ... Three more views ... Closeup ... Second closeup ... Third closeup ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Red, white, and blue barrelThis is a small wooden barrel painted red, white, and blue. It has metal hoops, a number stencilled on the side, and a paper label "H.T. New York". It makes a nice small end table, or it could be used with the open end up as a stand for umbrellas, canes, etc. The size is 18 3/4" high by 13" in diameter. The condition is excellent with some wear and scuffing to the paint. It was probably painted in the mid-20th century; the barrel may be somewhat older than that. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: CWTK.   Red, white, and blue barrel ... Two more views ... From above ... Closeup ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Red, white, and blue barrel ... Two more views ... From above ... Closeup ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.


 
Erector set robot
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A robot made from an Erector Set - likely dating from about the 1950's or 60's. The legs and feet are hinged and move forward and back. The arms also move freely. It is about 37" high by 10" wide by 8 3/4" deep, in very good condition.

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Multicolor tramp art swivel frameThis is an exceptional free standing round tramp art swivel frame with a pedestal base and mirror in an art deco style. The design and workmanship are outstanding and the condition is near mint, with no loss that we can see. Alternate layers are finished in dark lacquer and cream colored paint, with cream and muted blue paint on the base. It stands 23" high by 17" wide by 7" deep.

The round frame can tilt between the two uprights, with a metal catch on the back to hold it at the desired angle. The back of the frame portion is masonite, the back of the uprights is pine, and the tramp art decoration is cigar box wood. The mirror may be a replacement; at some point heavy tape was added on the back of the frame to secure it. You can rock the upright very slightly from side to side, but it is quite sturdy and secure. Age is from about the 1920's or 30's. The price is $850.00. Inventory Code: CWHR.   Multicolor tramp art swivel frame ... Another angle ... Closeup of frame ... Closeup of base ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Multicolor tramp art swivel frame ... Another angle ... Closeup of frame ... Closeup of base ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved man, horses, and wagonThis is a detailed carved assemblage of a man driving two horses and a wagon. The man has jointed arms and legs, a separately carved hat, and round-headed pins for eyes. He is holding the reins in one hand and a whip in the other. The horses are carved, with what looks like plaster or some sort of composition material for manes, and plastic eyes. They have intricate harness made from wood, wire, chain, and vinyl or plastic straps, with decorative pins. The wagon has articulated steering, and the wheels would turn if they were not wired to the base.

The piece is 26" long by 6 1/2" wide by 12" high. It is most likely from the mid-20th century. The condition is very good, with minor loss to the horses' manes. The wire attaching the horses and wagon to the base appears to have been replaced. The price is $595.00. Inventory Code: CWAP.   Carved man, horses, and wagon ... Side view ... The other side ... Closeup ... Two front views ... Back view ... Another back view ... Another closeup of man ... Closeup of horses ... From above ... Closeup from above ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved man, horses, and wagon ... Side view ... The other side ... Closeup ... Two front views ... Back view ... Another back view ... Another closeup of man ... Closeup of horses ... From above ... Closeup from above ... With a soda can for scale.

Industrial toy duck moldHere is something we have not seen before. This is a metal industrial mold for making toy ducks. It is mounted on a wooden base. The overall height is 12 1/2". The duck is 3 1/4" long by 2 1/2" wide. It is in very good, old, used condition. There is a slight roughness at the tip of the beak, possibly a casting flaw. The age is unknown, probably the latter half of the 20th c. The price is $165.00. Inventory Code: CWPK.   Industrial mold for toy ducks ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Two more overall views ... Front and back views ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Industrial mold for toy ducks ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Two more overall views ... Front and back views ... With a soda can for scale.

Three miniature footballsThis is a collection of three old, hand made, miniature leather footballs. The largest one is all hand stitched, with leather lacings. It is about 4" long by 2" by 2". The two smaller ones are machine stitched, with cords for lacing. One is 3 1/4" long, the other is 2 1/2" long. They sit on a custom made wood and metal display rack. All together the overall size is 6 1/4" high by 4 1/2" wide by 2 1/4" deep. The balls are from the first half of the 1900's. The surfaces are worn and scuffed. The one in the middle has a couple of tiny holes in one side. The one on the right has some sort of old glued repair, visible in the photo from below. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: CWTT.   Three hand made miniature footballs ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... Off the stand ... From below, off the stand ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Three hand made miniature footballs ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... Off the stand ... From below, off the stand ... With a soda can for scale.

Coffee pot signThis is a painted metal cutout of a coffee pot and cup, likely a restaurant display sign. The pot and cup were cut from separate pieces and welded together. It has been mounted on a wooden base. Probably from the 1940's or 50's it is in good condition with old overpainting and some paint wear. The size is 11 1/2" high by 15 1/2" wide by 2 1/2" deep. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: CWTH.   Coffee pot metal sign ... Another angle ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Coffee pot metal sign ... Another angle ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Metal face by Bob SmithyThis is a folky face welded from scrap metal by Missouri folk artist Bob Smithy (1930 - 2012). It has a large bolt for a nose and part of a gear for hair, with very worn remnants of cream paint. The size is 30 1/2" high by about 12 1/2" wide and 2 1/2" deep. It is in very good condition, weathered from exposure in Smithy's outdoors folk art environment. The price is $295.00. Inventory Code: CWAO.   Metal face by Bob Smithy, two views ... Closeup ... Two more closeups ... Side views ... Closeup side views ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Metal face by Bob Smithy, two views ... Closeup ... Two more closeups ... Side views ... Closeup side views ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... With a soda can for scale.

Painting by Robert E. GilbertNext is the first of two paintings by Robert E. Gilbert. REG was a Tennessee artist who worked mainly from the 1940's through the 80's, experimenting with traditional and non-traditional styles. You can read more about him and see much more of his art here. This is one of his fantasy/outer space works, depicting several blue aliens facing a figure in a space suit, with flames in the background. It is painted in acrylic on masonite, signed and dated "REG 1960". It has been mounted in a green wooden frame, 19 1/4" by 15 1/4". The condition is very good with some minor scuffs on the frame. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: REG 115.   Painting by Robert E. Gilbert ... Side view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Painting by Robert E. Gilbert ... Side view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

"Nollichuckey River", by Robert E. Gilbert, is a painting in acrylic on artists board, mounted in a wood frame. It is signed and dated "REG 1963". The title is written on the back, along with an address label. It is in very good condition with some minor scuffs on the frame. The frame measures 19" high by 23" wide. The title refers to the Nolichucky River, which runs near Gilbert's home town of Jonesboro, Tennessee. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: REG 116.   "Nollichuckey River", by Robert E. Gilbert ... Back view ... Closeup of title ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   "Nollichuckey River", by Robert E. Gilbert ... Back view ... Closeup of title ... With a soda can for scale.

Tramp art display caseThis is an elaborate tramp art display case with glass front and sides. It has multiple carved spires, two "steps" up to the door, and is decorated with carved stars, fans, and medallions. The inside is lined with floral-patterned gold foil in the back and heavy textured paper on the floor. It is finished in a medium lacquer or varnish. From the late 1800's or early 1900's, the condition is excellent. There is some loss to the foil inside, and a tight crack on one side above the window. The scrape on the back is from before the piece was finished. There is a hole on the back for hanging, or it will sit on a shelf. It stands 23" high by 7 1/2" wide by 6 3/4" deep. The price is $1700.00. Inventory Code: CWAC-A.   Tramp art display case ... Front view ... Two more angles ... Closeup of top ... Side and back views ... Another closeup of upper side ... Closeup of bottom half ... Another closeup of bottom half ... Closeup, lower back ... With door open ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Tramp art display case ... Front view ... Two more angles ... Closeup of top ... Side and back views ... Another closeup of upper side ... Closeup of bottom half ... Another closeup of bottom half ... Closeup, lower back ... With door open ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Painted trunkThis is a small metal trunk or case painted with colorful boots and shoes, and the name "Josiau Turner". It has a hasp on the front and folding handles on the sides. Inside it is dark green. The bottom is painted black. It looks like it might have originally been a W.W.II soldier's trunk. The case is definitely old, used, and worn. The size is 21" wide by 15" deep by 9" high. It is in very good condition with worn paint as seen in the photos. The paint decoration is much more recent. We are offering this as an older case with much newer decoration, probably 21st c., not as a one-of-a-kind vintage piece of folk art. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: CWPA.   Painted trunk ... Another angle ... A third view ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Another overall view ... Lid open ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Painted trunk ... Another angle ... A third view ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Another overall view ... Lid open ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved birdThis is a carved bird with graceful form, from the early 1900's. It has faint traces of worn brown, yellow, and black paint and metal legs. It is mounted on a turned wooden finial which was then mounted on a newer wooden base. There is a small chip missing from the beak. The bird is 5" long by 1 1/2" wide; it is 9 1/4" high as mounted. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: CWAC-B.   Carved bird ... The other side ... Two more views ... Closeup ... Back views ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved bird ... The other side ... Two more views ... Closeup ... Back views ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Frog marionetteThis is a strong, folky carved frog marionette puppet. It is painted green, gray, and white, with red eyes. The mouth and all four legs are jointed. The strings are attached to a hand carved handle. The dimensions depend on how the legs are positioned. As seen in the side view photos it is about 12 1/2" long by 11" wide by 3 1/4" high. It is in very good condition, probably from the 1940's or 50's, possibly older. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: CHWC.   Frog marionette ... Overall view, with strings and handle ... Side view ... The other side ... Another overall view ... Another angle ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... Closeup of handle ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Frog marionette ... Overall view, with strings and handle ... Side view ... The other side ... Another overall view ... Another angle ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... Closeup of handle ... With a soda can for scale.

 

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