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Folk art painting with inlaid frameOrdered. (What this means.)
This is a folky, primitive painting in a wonderful hand made, layered and inlaid frame, both from the early 1900's. The frame has a clear varnish finish, somewhat darkened on top, with the name "Eve" inlaid in the bottom center. It measures 18 1/2" by 18 1/2" by 1" thick. The painting is a farm landscape in dark colors, with a man on horseback waving to a woman in the doorway of the house. A more recent hand written label on the back reads "Charles Clifford Sharpsville, PA c. 1900". The paper glued to the back is torn. There appears to be a repaired tear in the upper right corner of the painting and a few flakes missing on the right edge. There may be an old repair on the upper left corner of the frame, otherwise it is in very good condition. Inventory Code: CCKK.   Folk art painting with inlaid frame ... Side view ... Closeup ... Upper right ... Upper left ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Folk art painting with inlaid frame ... Side view ... Closeup ... Upper right ... Upper left ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.

Cast iron horse head hitching postThis is a cast iron horse head hitching post, larger and more impressive than most. It is from the late 1800's, and has old black paint with traces of white around the bottom edge. The size is 13 1/4" high by 5 1/2" wide by about 10" deep, and the condition is excellent. The price is $450.00. Inventory Code: CCKO.   Cast iron horse head hitching post ... Side view ... The other side ... Front and back views ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Cast iron horse head hitching post ... Side view ... The other side ... Front and back views ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Hem measureThis is an unusual, decorative, dressmaker's tool for measuring hem lengths. It is a freestanding wooden frame with a sliding bar set in the top. A length of measuring tape is fixed to the slide, which will remain in the down position unless it is held or propped up. By having the customer wearing the dress stand by the frame and turn around, the dressmaker could see whether the hem was level all around. With the slide down it measures 23 3/4" high by 14" wide by 6 3/4" deep. From the first half of the 20th c., it is in very good, used condition with some surface wear. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: CTCA.   Hem measure, with a soda can for scale ... Another angle ... Other side ... Side views ... Closeup ... Closeup of the feet.
Some much larger photos:   Hem measure, with a soda can for scale ... Another angle ... Other side ... Side views ... Closeup ... Closeup of the feet.

Starship in bottle whimsyThis is a bottle whimsy with a spaceship built inside. The ship is made from cedar with wood burned decoration including the inscription "USA 17-A". It is built in a 1.5 liter liquor bottle with a screw top. The ship measures about 5" long by 2 1/4" wide by 2 1/2" high. The bottle is 12 1/4" long by 3 3/4" by 3 3/4". The condition is excellent. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: CTPW.   Starship in bottle whimsy ... The other side ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Starship in bottle whimsy ... The other side ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Metal fishThis is a large, flat cast iron fish with raised eyes. It is 18" long by 5" high by 1/2" thick. The surface is painted dark, oxidized silver with a few white splotches. We don't know the age or original purpose of this, but it is old, with a good look and size. It may have been made as a decoy for commercial fishing. The condition is excellent. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: CTRO.   Metal fish ... The other side ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Metal fish ... The other side ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.

Two-tier tramp art boxOrdered. (What this means.)
This is a very nice two tier tramp art box with a style and construction which is different than most. It has a hinged top which opens to reveal a storage area, and a slide drawer in front. It is constructed from cigar box (for the drawer), pine for the top layers and structure, and thin plywood for the rest. It is finished in a medium golden brown, varnish stain. The box was likely made c. 1940. The overall condition is good. There is some slight loss in one bottom corner and one corner of the lid, one other corner is cracked and reglued (see closeup), and minor surface scuffing. It is about 9" high by 8 1/2" wide and 8" deep; built in up to nine layers. Inventory Code: TPPW.   Two-tier tramp art box ... Another angle ... From above ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Lid and drawer open ... Closeup of damage ... From below ... Label under drawer ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Two-tier tramp art box ... Another angle ... From above ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Lid and drawer open ... Closeup of damage ... From below ... Label under drawer ... With a soda can for scale.

Cast iron architectural star tie-inThis is a cast iron star architectural tie in, in weathered old white paint with traces of red around the edges and patches of dark, oxidized metal showing through. It measures 7" high by about 7 1/4" across the points by 20 1/2" long with the mounting bar. The star itself is 1 1/4" thick. From the late 1800's or early 1900's, it is in very good, weathered condition. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: TTSS.   Cast iron architectural star ... Two more angles ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Cast iron architectural star ... Two more angles ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.


 
Abstract quilt
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A great abstract quilt with very strong color and graphics. It is wool with a flannel back, and is hand tied with blue wool yarn. It was found in Ohio, and is in excellent, unused, near mint condition, about 69 1/2" by 69". The age appears to be 1930's or 40's, but could be considerably older.

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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.

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 gear ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Large metal gears ... Second view ... Third view ... Fourth view ... One gear ... The other gear ... 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 images, involving the largest group.

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 acrylic 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 acrylic 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 gouache or watercolor 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 ... Back ... With a 12" ruler for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Painting by Robert E. Gilbert ... Back ... With a 12" ruler for scale.

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, and are offered separately, with a discount for the pair. 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.

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