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Tramp art box with leavesThis is a tramp art box decorated with applied carved leaves. It has a hinged lid, four feet, and is built up in 12 to 16 layers, plus the leaves. The size is 11 1/2" wide by 10" deep by 9" high. It has a good look, and overall good condition, but there is some loss, especially to the front leaf and the very top of the lid. Age is from the late 1800's to early 1900's. The price is $450.00. Inventory Code: CAAR.   Tramp art box with carved leaves ... From above ... Back view ... Side view ... The other side ... Another side angle ... Lid open ... Another view from above ... Closeup of top ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Tramp art box with carved leaves ... From above ... Back view ... Side view ... The other side ... Another side angle ... Lid open ... Another view from above ... Closeup of top ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Folky whirligigThis is a folky whirligig with two African-American figures turning a crank. It has good paint with some fine crazing and nice design and movement. The people are somewhat whimsical, with blue suits, brown hats, and black boots. The initials A.D. are painted on both sides of the tail. It was probably made about the 1930's or 40's and has been mounted on a newer wood base. The whirligig itself is 24 1/2" long and 16" across the blade. Including the base it is 27" long by 18 1/2" high. One of the men's hats is missing a piece off the back, and there are some small chips on the tail and some tight cracks in the blade. Otherwise it is in very good, used and weathered condition. The price is $450.00. Inventory Code: CTAK.   Folky whirligig ... Another angle ... A third view ... One side ... The other side ... Closeup of the figures ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... View of the blades ... From above ... Another back view ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.
Some much larger photos:   Folky whirligig ... Another angle ... A third view ... One side ... The other side ... Closeup of the figures ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... View of the blades ... From above ... Another back view ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.

Carving of woman's headThis is a very striking and expressive carving of a woman's head. Her mouth is open and her eyes are carved separately, set in and covered with a brown wash over white. It is fairly large, at 9" high by 7 1/4" wide by 7" deep, and really gives a variety of impressions when viewed from different angles. The signature "C. Schlein" is incised twice. Age is unknown, but it appears to be from the mid-20th century or earlier. It is in very good condition with a few age splits as seen in the photos. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CCKW.   Carving of woman's head ... Another angle ... From above ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Top ... From below ... Closeup of one signature ... Closeup of second signature ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carving of woman's head ... Another angle ... From above ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Top ... From below ... Closeup of one signature ... Closeup of second signature ... With a soda can for scale.

Wood cutter whirligigThis is a nicely painted whirligig of a bearded man sawing wood. It is made of wood with four yellow blades and a pine tree for a tail. From the second half of the 20th c., it is in very good, weathered condition. It has been mounted on a newer wood base. The whirligig itself is 26" long. The blade is 18" across and the man stands just over 8" tall. As mounted it is 29" long by 21" high overall. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: CTAT.   Wood cutter whirligig ... The other side ... Another angle ... Front view ... Closeup ... Closer view of man ... Closeup, sawing ... From above ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.
Some much larger photos:   Wood cutter whirligig ... The other side ... Another angle ... Front view ... Closeup ... Closer view of man ... Closeup, sawing ... From above ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.

Here are three beautiful lithographed tobacco crate labels from the late 1800's. These are original, unused old stock labels that were never glued to a crate. They have great color and designs.

Tobacco crate label"The Enchanter" "Manufactured by Watson & McGill, Petersburg, Virginia, USA" is 10" wide by 10 1/4" high, in near mint condition. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: CTOA.   "The Enchanter" tobacco crate label ... Back ... With a 12" ruler for scale.
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Tobacco crate label"Diana" is 10 7/8" high by 6 3/4" wide, with very rich color. There is a small split in the paper under the letter "I" in Diana, as seen in the closeup. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: CTOH.   "Diana" tobacco crate label ... Closeup ... Back ... With a 12" ruler for scale.
Some much larger photos:   "Diana" tobacco crate label ... Closeup ... Back ... With a 12" ruler for scale.

Tobacco crate label"The Belle of Virginia" is 13 7/8" high by 6 3/4" wide. There is a corner crease in the border only in the upper right, and a little roughness of the bottom edge, again only in the border. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: CTOW.   "Belle of Virginia" tobacco crate label ... Back ... With a 12" ruler for scale.
Some much larger photos:   "Belle of Virginia" tobacco crate label ... Back ... With a 12" ruler for scale.

Cast iron architectural tie-inThis is a decorative cast iron architectural tie in with a form somewhat like a fleur de lis. From the late 1800's, it has a dark oxidized surface and is in excellent condition. It measures 9 1/2" by 6 3/4" by 3/4" thick. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: CTRC.   Cast iron architectural tie-in ... Side view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Cast iron architectural tie-in ... Side view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Here are two 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 very detailed scene of a barn and surrounding landscape, painted in gouache or watercolor on heavy paper. It is 18" high by 24" wide, signed "REG 1971", and is in excellent condition with faint foxing visible only on the back. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: REG 105.   Painting by Robert E. Gilbert ... Closeup of detail, signature ... Back ... With a 12" ruler for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Painting by Robert E. Gilbert ... Closeup of detail, signature ... Back ... With a 12" ruler for scale.

Painting by Robert E. GilbertNext is a tower of stone silhouetted against the sky, with the small figure of a woman in red near the base. It is painted in oil on hardboard, and signed "REG 1969". It is 16" wide by 20" high, in very good condition. There are a few small blotches in the paint on the top edge, but they look to be original. There is some glare in the photos that over emphasizes the texture of the paint. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: REG 106.   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.


 
Velvet African-American quilt
Featured Sale

Two quilts. One is an African-American quilt with great graphics made from plain and patterned velvets and fake fur. From GA, it measures 72" by 77" and is in excellent, unused condition. The other is a Tree of Life quilt from the early 1900's. It is machine pieced and very nicely hand quilted with feather wreaths between the trees and a winding feather border. The size is 79" by 80", in good to very good, washed condition.

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Tree of Life quilt

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Model shipThis is a very detailed ship model from the late 1800's or early 1900's. It is built from wood, with wire, cord, leather, and metal details. The painted surface has some fine crazing. The name "Levi Woodbury" is embossed into the end of the wooden base. It measures 17 3/4" long by 13 1/2" high by 4" wide. There is some minor loss to the rigging and some wear to the paint, especially on the surface of the waves, but the condition overall is very good, with a strong look. A card taped to the bottom reads: "U.S. Revenue Cutter Levi Woodbury Built 1864. Served on the Maine Coast 1864 - 1915. Ref: Steamboat Lore of the Penobscot, Richardson p.10." The price is $450.00. Inventory Code: CCKT.   Model ship "Levi Woodbury" ... The other side, with a soda can for scale ... Another angle ... A fourth view ... Front and back views ... From above ... From below ... Closeup of writing on bottom.
Some much larger photos:   Model ship "Levi Woodbury" ... The other side, with a soda can for scale ... Another angle ... A fourth view ... Front and back views ... From above ... From below ... Closeup of writing on bottom.

Lightning rod topThis is the star shaped tip of a lightning rod. It is made of brass, with a beautiful mottled green patina. It measures 7 5/8" high by 4" wide by about 3/4" deep at the base, thinner at top. From the late 1800's, it is in very good weathered condition. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: CTKS.   Lightning rod top ... The other side ... Side view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Lightning rod top ... The other side ... Side view ... With a soda can for scale.

Fred Bowerman carvingThis is a branch with a very amusing, expressive face carved into one end. The other end was cut off, the wood hollowed out, and a ball put inside. The end was then replaced carefully, so that only a thin seam shows. When the stick is tilted back and forth, the ball inside rolls with a heavy clicking sound. It's fun to fidget with. Most of the branch has a natural surface, with traces of the bark remaining; the face is painted. It measures 6 1/2" long by 1 7/8" high by 1 3/4" wide and is signed and dated "Fred Bowerman Aug. 8, 1990". The condition is very good, with a couple of small splits in the wood. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TKSP.   Fred Bowerman carving ... Another angle ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side, with a soda can for scale ... Back view ... From above and below ... Video of the action [3.8 Mb].
Some much larger photos:   Fred Bowerman carving ... Another angle ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side, with a soda can for scale ... Back view ... From above and below ... Video of the action [3.8 Mb].

Collection of small ship in bottle whimsies
Here is a collection of nine small ship in bottle whimsies. They are all in excellent condition, and appear to be made from the middle to latter 1900's. Some are not very elaborate and were probably made as souvenir pieces. Others are more detailed and individual. They are described and priced separately below, with a discount for the whole collection.   Collection of small ship in bottle whimsies.

Ship in bottleThis bottle whimsy has the most detailed scene of the group. A two masted ship with eight sails and a pennant is sailing in front of a shore with a house, lighthouse, and bushes. The ship is black and white outside, green with hatches and detail inside. The thread rigging is woven through small holes in the masts and ship. The water is dark blue with white foam. The bottle is triangular, with concave sides, glued to a wood base, and is closed with coiled cord. It is 5" long by 3 1/4" high by 2" wide. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: TCSO.   Ship and lighthouse in bottle ... The other side ... From above, and rope end ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Ship and lighthouse in bottle ... The other side ... From above, and rope end ... With a soda can for scale.

Thread-rigged ship in bottle with beads and sequinsThis is a more fanciful ship in bottle. The wooden hull is wrapped in colored paper and decorated with large red sequins. The sails appear to be either stiff card or thin metal. The elaborate rigging is red thread, strung with pearl colored beads. The bottle is capped, glued to a wooden base. The bottle itself is 5 1/4" long by 2 1/4" in diameter. Including the base, the overall size is 5 1/2" long by 3" high. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TCSW.   Thread-rigged ship in bottle with beads and sequins ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Thread-rigged ship in bottle with beads and sequins ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.

Ship in bottleThis is the most intricate ship, and probably the oldest of the group. It has 18 sails and several flags and pennants, all cut from very thin wood. It has thread rigging, hatches are inlaid into the deck, and portholes. There is a black and white lighthouse in the back corner of the bottle. The back and neck of the bottle were painted dark blue from the inside, and a wooden base is glued to the bottom. The bottle is 3 3/8" long by 7/8" wide by 1 7/8" high including the base. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: TCSH.   Three masted ship in bottle, with a soda can for scale ... Back view ... End view.
Some much larger photos:   Three masted ship in bottle, with a soda can for scale ... Back view ... End view.

Two masted ship in bottleThis ship has two masts and four sails, with thread for rigging. The hull is painted red and white, and the putty "sea" has been formed into waves. It is in a heavy glass bottle marked "Ball" with a red metal screw top, 6 3/4" long by 2 1/4" in diameter. The price is $55.00. Inventory Code: TTKA.   Two masted ship in bottle ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Two masted ship in bottle ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.

Small ship in bottleThe next four ships are fairly simple, with painted wooden hulls and heavy paper sails, set into a "sea" of putty type material. This one is made inside a round bottle marked "Ball" with a red metal screw cap. It is 5" long by 1 3/4" in diameter. The price is $35.00. Inventory Code: TTKP.   Small ship in bottle ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Small ship in bottle ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.

Ship in three-sided bottleThis is a two masted ship in a triangular shaped bottle with concave sides and a red metal screw cap. The bottle is marked "2 OZ." It is 3 3/4" long by about 2" wide and 2" high. The price is $35.00. Inventory Code: TTRO.   Ship in three-sided bottle ... Views from above and ends ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Ship in three-sided bottle ... Views from above and ends ... With a soda can for scale.

This is a two masted ship in a triangular shaped bottle with concave sides and a dark red metal screw cap. It is 3 3/4" long by about 1 3/4" wide and 1 3/4" high. The price is $35.00. Inventory Code: TTRH.   Ship in three-sided bottle ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Ship in three-sided bottle ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.

This is a two masted ship in a triangular shaped bottle with concave sides and a black metal screw cap. It is 3 3/4" long by about 1 3/4" wide and 1 3/4" high. The price is $35.00. Inventory Code: TTRT.   Ship in three-sided bottle ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Ship in three-sided bottle ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.

Tiny bottle whimseyThis is the tiniest ship bottle whimsy we have ever seen. It is constructed in a bottle which is just over an inch high (1 3/8" with the stopper) and 11/16" in diameter: about the size of a dime. The opening through which the base was constructed and painted, and the boat made and rigged is about 3/16". All of the photos are bigger than the real bottle. It is in sturdy condition. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: TTOC.   Two views, one with a dime ... One side ... The other side ... Back ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... Larger scale photo.

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.

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