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Carved dog
Lifelike carved Great Dane dog
Uncle Billy whirligig
"Uncle Billy" metal and wood whirligig
Crocodile root carving
Early 20th c. Crocodile
root and burl carving
Pelican whimsy
Whimsy carved pelican with fish
Carving of sleeping man with dog
Carving of sleeping man with dog
Carved man, horses, and wagon
Carved man, horses, and wagon
Bottle cap rabbits jazz band
Bottle cap rabbits jazz band
African-American carving
Exceptional, large,
African-American carving
Match stick horse
Match stick art horse
Tramp art pedestal stand
Tramp art pedestal stand with print of stag
Carved lion
Carved lion c. 1900,
walnut with glass eyes
Carved cowboy on bucking bronco
Exceptional carving:
cowboy on bucking bronco
Carved fretwork comb case
Carved fretwork comb case with
hunters and dog, dated 1927
Carved lion's head
Large, strong carved lion's head
Painting
Ink and watercolor drawing
of people with sea animals
Horse weathervane
Wooden horse weathervane
Fish decoy
Larger old carved fish decoy with good paint, one of three
Frame with carved butterflies
Frame with carved butterflies
Carved stand
Carved stand with
snakes, salamanders
Fretwork bird cage
Fretwork bird cage with
intricate cat, spider, leaves
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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.

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.

Pelican whimsyThis is an unusual small whimsy carving of a pelican with a fish. The fish is free to turn within the pelican's beak, but can't be removed. The carving is highlighted with pencil markings for eyes and gills. It stands 2 5/8" high by 2 5/8" wide by 2 1/4" deep, with an unfinished, oxidized surface. The condition is excellent. It is from the second half of the 20th c. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: TTOW.   Pelican whimsy carving ... Front view ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... With a soda can for scale.

Match stick horseThis is an unusual folk art wall piece. It has the image of a horse made from cut match sticks glued over plywood, with a rhinestone for an eye. The horse is surrounded by four rectangular frames and two round medallions. It is finished in crazed black paint and several shades of stain, with clear lacquer or varnish. The size is 12 1/2" high by 25 3/4" wide by 1/2" thick. Age is from the second half of the 20th century. The condition is very good, with minor loss on the corners and a couple of replaced match sticks. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: COTH.   Match stick horse ... Closeup of horse ... Closeup, one corner ... Second corner ... Third corner ... Fourth corner ... Side view ... The other side ... From above and below ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Match stick horse ... Closeup of horse ... Closeup, one corner ... Second corner ... Third corner ... Fourth corner ... Side view ... The other side ... From above and below ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Frame with carved butterfliesThis is a crossed corner frame with carved butterflies. It is likely from the 1920's or 30's. It is in dark stained wood with a painted gold band around the center area. The frame is 14" by 11 3/4" outside, with an opening of 8 3/4" by 6 5/8". The condition is good with the loss of half of one butterfly. The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: CWRH.   Frame with carved butterflies ... Closeup, lower corners ... Upper left ... Upper right ... Side view ... Another side view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Frame with carved butterflies ... Closeup, lower corners ... Upper left ... Upper right ... Side view ... Another side view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

This reptile and amphibian-covered stand is carved from diamond willow, with a soapstone base. The natural contours and ridges of the diamond willow have been carved into snakes, frogs, and salamanders, all very finely detailed with set in eyes and lines, spots, etc. The match holder (?) on top is incised with the words "F. Reichter, square bow, flat bottom, 1859 Minnesota River" and is supported by a brass hose nozzle. The silver paint looks fairly recent, but the snakes, etc. all have a very good, old, dark, patinated surface. The stand is 44" tall, the base is 9 1/2" in diameter, and the condition is excellent, with one old, probably original break near the base. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: PHTS.   Carved diamond willow stand ... Closeup ... Top half ... Base and lower half ... Another overall view ... A third overall view.

Fretwork bird cageThis is a really elaborate fretwork bird cage. It has two compartments, with a spider and web design on the upper, and a cat among leaves, vines, and flowers on the lower half. The other sides, back, and top are decorated with leaf and branch cutouts. There are perches inside, and rectangular openings on the sides for food and water dishes to be inserted. The cage is cut from 1/4" plywood, finished in a warm light brown varnish. It stands 22 1/4" high by 14 1/2" wide by 10" deep, and was probably made about the 1940's. The condition is excellent. There are two small areas on the upper back where the top layer of the plywood has chipped off, visible in the photos. The price is $650.00. Inventory Code: COAH.   Fretwork bird cage ... Front view ... Another angle ... Closeup of upper half ... Closeup of cat ... Side view ... The other side ... Back ... Closeup of back ... From above ... Doors open ... Another view open ... Closeup inside upper half ... Inside lower half ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Fish decoyThis is a good sized fish decoy, carved from wood with metal fins. It is painted shades of blue, with red, gold, yellow, and black detail. There is an old chip out of one side of the tail. The decoy is 11" long by 3 3/4" wide by 2 3/4" high, in very good, used condition. The age is unknown, but it is old. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: COHK.   Fish decoy ... The other side ... Front view ... From above ... Another angle ... Back view ... From below ... With the two smaller fish below (the food chain) ... With a soda can for scale.

Fish decoysNext are two fish decoys. They are old and used, carved from wood with metal fins probably cut from cans. The first decoy is painted white and red, with black eyes. It has a lead weight in the bottom and measures 5" long by 2" wide by 2" high. It is in very good used condition with weathering and paint wear. The price for the larger fish is $95.00. Inventory Code: COWS.

The second fish is a very small minnow carved with a curved tail. It is painted silver and black and has a small metal weight in the bottom. It is 2 3/4" long by 1" wide by 3/4" high, in very good used and weathered condition. The price for the minnow is $95.00. Inventory Code: COWP.   Both fish decoys ... The other side ... Front views ... Back views ... From above ... From below ... Closeup of the larger fish ... The other side ... Closeup of the smaller fish ... The other side ... With the larger fish above (the food chain) ... Both, with a soda can for scale.

Tramp art pedestal standThis is a tramp art pedestal stand with a print of a stag set under glass in the top. The workmanship is very nice, with the top layers carved into a delicate zigzag pattern. It stands 26 3/4" high by 8 1/4" by 8 1/4" at the base. The surface is a weathered light colored lacquer or varnish. The condition is fairly good: it is excellent at the top, with some loss around the edges of the base as shown in the photos. There is also what looks like some old water staining on the print. Age is from the early 1900's. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: COSC.   Tramp art pedestal stand ... The top ... The other three sides ... Three more views ... Closeup of the top ... Second closeup of the top ... Third closeup of the top ... Closeup of the base ... Second closeup of the base ... Third closeup of the base ... Fourth closeup of the base ... Fifth closeup of the base ... From above ... Closeup from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Tramp art pedestal stand ... The top ... The other three sides ... Three more views ... Closeup of the top ... Second closeup of the top ... Third closeup of the top ... Closeup of the base ... Second closeup of the base ... Third closeup of the base ... Fourth closeup of the base ... Fifth closeup of the base ... From above ... Closeup from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Horse weathervaneA nice wooden horse weathervane in weathered gray and black paint on both sides. An old spark plug was added to the front of the arrow to make it balance. It is 44 1/2" long by 16" high. The horse is cut from 1/2" plywood; the arrow is solid wood 1 1/2" thick. There is a metal plate with a hole for the pivot underneath. From Indiana, c. 1940's, it is in very good condition with a few very minor chips. The price is $295.00. Inventory Code: ASHS.   Horse weathervane ... The other side ... Closeup of the horse ... Closeup of the horse, other side ... Closeup of the arrow and sparkplug ... Closeup of the arrow, other side ... From above ... From below.

Carving of sleeping man with dogThis is a very folky, heavily textured relief carving of a sleeping man watched over by his dog. There are flowers above the bed, and a small curtained window in the background. The dog has rhinestones set in for eyes. It is signed "D.L. Miles". The surface is a medium-dark stain. The carved board is mounted on a second layer of wood, with a heavy metal hanger on the back. It measures 14 3/4" high by 23 1/2" wide by 1 1/2" thick. The condition is excellent, with a very tiny bit of surface wear. There is a tight age crack along the top edge that was in the board when it was carved. The age is unknown, probably mid-20th century. The price is $475.00. Inventory Code: COAC.   Carving of sleeping man with dog ... Closeup ... Side view ... The other side ... Closeup, one corner ... Second corner ... Third corner ... Fourth corner ... From above and below ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carving of sleeping man with dog ... Closeup ... Side view ... The other side ... Closeup, one corner ... Second corner ... Third corner ... Fourth corner ... From above and below ... Back view ... 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.

Large African-American carvingThis is a very large, powerful African-American carving of a man and lion. The mane of the lion makes up the man's hair. It stands almost 3 feet high - 33" by 13" by 22", and is hand carved from ancient swamp-submerged cypress with a varnish finish. This is one of three known carvings by the same anonymous artist found in Florida. We are told that one of them was found in a black neighborhood in Jacksonville, FL. This one has been in a private collection for about the last 30 years, and was probably made around the 1940's. We have a second one available here. Overall the condition is very good, and it is very sturdy. There is an old crack on one of the lion's teeth, a very old drying crack around and underneath the lion's chin (which is still very strong), and a few scuffs in the finish. The price is $3400.00. Inventory Code: AAHW.   Overall image ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... Another overall view ... Side view ... Back view ... The lion side ... Another view of the lion ... The lion, from above ... From above ... Another view from above ... A different angle from above ... With a yardstick for scale.
With the other carving by the same maker:   Both carvings together ... Another angle ... A third view ... From above.

Some much larger photos:   Overall image ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... Another overall view ... With a yardstick for scale.
With the other carving by the same maker:   Both carvings together ... Another angle ... A third view ... From above.

Carved dogThis is a very lifelike wood carving of a Great Dane dog. It is completely carved from one block of hard, close grained wood - probably walnut. The dog has a lot of personality. The entire piece is in excellent condition. It is finished in a light coat of lacquer or varnish. The carving was done around the mid to late 20th c. and is about 11 1/4" high by 8" long by 5" deep. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: COSH.   Dog carving ... Another angle ... Third view ... Front view ... Another front view ... Back view ... Another back view ... Closeup ... Closeup of the feet ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Dog carving ... Another angle ... Third view ... Front view ... Another front view ... Back view ... Another back view ... Closeup ... Closeup of the feet ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved lionThis is a strong and "active" carved prowling lion. It is carved from walnut with glass eyes, and mounted on a separately carved base. There is a varnish finish. It measures 16 1/2" long by 4 1/4" wide by 8" high. There are small holes in the tips of the front paws, as if separate claws were intended, but never added. The two rear feet are cracked through, but are both very solidly in place. Otherwise the condition is very good, with slight finish wear. The age is probably c. 1900. The price is $475.00. Inventory Code: TCKH.   Carved lion ... Another view ... Closeup of head ... The other side ... Another overall view ... Another closeup of head ... Front view ... Back view ... Closeup of the back feet ... From somewhat above ... Top view ... From below.

Carved cowboy on bucking broncoThis is an exceptional carving of a cowboy riding a bucking bronco. It is very lifelike and detailed, with a strong sense of motion. The surface is a finely alligatored dark varnish or lacquer. The carving is mounted on a slightly larger slab of wood as a base. It stands 21 1/2" high by 8" wide by 13" deep. There are a number of old repairs where the carving was broken at one time. These include two of the horse's feet, the tail, and one arm and neck of the cowboy. They are tight and not very noticeable, but we have tried to include closeup photos of all of them. Contact us if you want more details. The age is probably from the early 1900's, but it could be older. It is a spectacular piece. The price is $1500.00. Inventory Code: COWH.   Carved cowboy on bucking bronco ... Closeup of cowboy ... One side ... The other side ... Fourth view ... From back ... Another back view ... Another closeup of cowboy ... Closeup of horse ... Closeup of head and arm repairs ... Closeup one side ... Closeup other side ... Another closeup of horse ... Closeup of repair on rear leg ... Closeup from back of cowboy ... Repair on tail ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

PaintingThis is a drawing in ink and watercolor, with a series of images of people with sea animals. There are whales, seals, and a large beast that looks like a combination of a lion and a seal (a sea lion?). All the images have a dreamlike quality. We cannot see a signature. It has been framed in a reddish-brown frame with a soft yellow matt. The back of the frame has the notation "14-2003". The frame measures 16 1/2" wide by 19 1/2" high by 1/2" deep. The condition is very good. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: CHPO.   Painting ... Closeup ... Side view ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Painting ... Closeup ... Side view ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.

Bottle cap rabbits jazz bandThis is a wonderfully folky set of rabbit musicians made from bottle caps and found objects. There is a piano, drums, banjo, base, saxophone, and one rabbit who is singing and/or directing. The ears, tails, arms, and legs are bottle caps folded in half. Their whiskers are wire, the noses are tiny screws painted red at the tips. There are several larger plastic caps in the drum set, and the black keys on the piano are short lengths of heavy wire. Each figure is free standing, they can be rearranged on the wooden base. The individual rabbits range from about 5" to 6" tall. The wooden base is 11 1/2" wide by 9 1/4" deep, with the upper platform 4 3/4" high. The age appears to be c. 1970's. The condition is good. The platform the drummer sits on has lost some sequins, and a couple of the bottle cap feet appear to have been replaced. The price is $1300.00. Inventory Code: CCCP.   Bottle cap rabbits jazz band ... Another angle ... A third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... Another view from above ... The rabbits off of the base ... Closeup of 3 rabbits ... Closeup from back ... Closeup of the other three ... The other three from back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Bottle cap rabbits jazz band ... Another angle ... A third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... Another view from above ... The rabbits off of the base ... Closeup of 3 rabbits ... Closeup from back ... Closeup of the other three ... The other three from back ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved fretwork comb caseThis is a hand cut fretwork wall box or comb case with carved decoration, dated 1927. The front has two hunters on the right and a floral design on the left, with a mirror set in between the two. Above the floral design are faint incised carvings of a dog chasing a rabbit. Under the mirror is carved "MCMXXVII". The back has a hand carved inscription "Made by the Wilton Novelty Co Wilton 10". The wood is probably walnut, with a machine cut molding strip of different wood across the bottom. It has an unfinished surface, although there are faint traces of green paint in the crevices. The mirror appears to have been replaced. The size is 11 3/4" wide by 7" high by 3 3/4" deep, and the condition is excellent. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: CHTR.   Carved fretwork comb case ... Another angle ... Two views from above ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved fretwork comb case ... Another angle ... Two views from above ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved lion's headThis is a very striking and strong wood carving of a lion's head. It was probably made from walnut, and is finished in a glossy varnish. The carving is quite detailed and extremely impressive. It is approximately 21" high by 12 1/2" wide by 11" deep. It is in excellent condition, and was likely done about the 1950's give or take. The price is $475.00. Inventory Code: CCCH.   Carved lion's head ... Another angle ... Third angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved lion's head ... Another angle ... Third angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

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