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Extraordinary collection of carved figures with hand made clothing from a Northeastern logging scene, c. 1910
 

Man with a hinged jaw, man with an axe, two men with a large saw, and man with a hammer from logging scene
 
Duck decoy
Folky duck decoy
Carved lion's head
Large, strong carved lion's head
Alligator cane handle
Carved Alligator cane handle
Carved Man
Carved man
Carved lizard
Carved and painted lizard
with metal claws
Carved snake
Carved snake
Stone carving
Sandstone carving of three figures
Carving
Carved Tasmanian devil?
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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.

Next is an extraordinary collection of hand carved, jointed and movable figures which at one time made up a motorized logging scene. The mechanism is no longer, but the figures remain. This grouping includes individual people, all with very distinct looks; a pair of wood sawyers, and a man on a wood wagon (with the mechanism underneath).

All the people were hand carved and painted. Some of the heads turn, and one has a lower jaw which opens and closes. All the clothing is original, and includes leather boots, hand knit hats and scarves, shirts, coats, and pants. Most of the arms and legs were made out of copper tubing which was then flattened and formed with great detail, including fingers. The bodies and heads are wood. An example of the construction can be seen on the man who has no clothing.

This very folky grouping is now mounted on individual two tiered bases. The figures came from Northern New Hampshire or Maine. While there is some wear, and loss to the clothing, they are in generally very good to excellent condition. They were probably made around 1910, give or take a few years. Following is a listing of the pieces, their actual size, the size of the bases, and the price. They are priced both individually and as a collection. For purchase of several, please contact us for a quote. Inventory Code: ATTR.

 

A. Rifleman: 8" by 4 1/2" high, by 2 1/2" wide. Base 5 7/8" by 10 3/4" $450.00.   Image ... One side ... The other side ... Front view ... From above ... Back view.

 

B. Man with Red Shirt, Plaid pants: 5" by 2 1/2" by 2" deep. Base 5 3/4" by 5 1/4" $350.00.   Image ... Closeup ... One side ... The other side ... Back.

 

C. Man with Lantern: 4 1/2" by 2" by 1 1/2" deep. Base 5 1/2" by 5 1/2" $300.00.   Image ... One side ... The other side ... Back.

 

D. Man with beard, heavy coat and hat: 6" by 2 1/2" by 2 1/2". Base 5 1/2" by 5 1/2" $375.00.   Image ... Closeup ... Side view ... Back.

 

E. Man with oil can: 6" by 2 1/2" by 3 1/2". Base 5 3/4 by 6". $400.00.   Image ... Front view ... One side ... The other side ... Back.

 

F. Man with long arm, hand extended. His jaw is hinged to open and close (the boss?): 5 1/2" by 3" by 3". Base 5 3/4" by 5 1/4". $325.00.   Image ... Closeup ... Side view ... Back.

 

G. Man with hammer: 5" by 4" by 2 1/2". Base 6 1/4" by 6 3/4" $400.00.   Image ... From above ... One side ... The other side.

 

H. Man with axe: 5 3/4" by 3 3/4" by 4". Base 6 1/2" by 7 1/4" $400.00.   Closeup ... Overall ... One side ... The other side ... Back.

 

I. Two sawyers: 15" by 4" wide by 4 3/4" high. Base 19" by 7 1/4" $750.00.   One side ... The other side ... Closeup of both ... Closeup of one man ... Closeup of the other man.

 

J. Man on wood wagon: 12 1/2" by 6" by 7 1/4". Base 9 1/4" by 18 7/8" $625.00. One side ... The other side ... Closeup ... A second closeup ... Third closeup ... From above ... Front view ... Back view.

Duck decoyThis is a folky duck decoy. The head and neck are carved from wood, the body is cork, and the tail is stiffened canvas. The head can turn partly from side to front. It is in good, used condition with a couple of older chips on the head. The paint is probably an older working repaint. It is 15 1/2" long by 5" wide by 6 1/4" high. The age is unknown, but probably the second half of the 20th century. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: COHR.   Duck decoy ... The other side ... Front view ... From above ... Back view ... Another back view ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Alligator cane handleThis is a carved wooden alligator that was probably made to be a handle for a walking stick. It has nice form, a very good surface, and lots of detail, with crosshatching and very fine incised lines. This carving came from Florida, where it was probably made as a souvenir item in the early 1900's. It is in excellent condition, and measures 5 1/4" long by 1" wide by 2" high. It is mounted on a contemporary base. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: TSWW.   Alligator cane handle ... The other side ... Third view ... Partly from front ... Fifth view ... From above ... With base ... Another view with base ... Back view ... From below.

Man This is a primitively carved man with a hat, bare feet, and rolled up pants legs. He is walking. His facial features have an almost oriental look, however, these do not show in the photo. This man is chip carved a little coarsely. He was probably made around the 1940's or 50's. There hat brim is missing in the front from a long ago loss, but he in in otherwise excellent condition, with a good patina to the pine wood. The man is 6" high, 3" long, 1 1/2" wide. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: PCOA.   One side view ... Front view ... Second view ... Third view.

Carved lizardThis is a folk art carved and painted lizard. It has metal (heavy wire) claws, and is signed JMT on the bottom of one foot. Probably from the late 20th century, it measures about 8" long by 3 1/2" wide and is in excellent condition with one claw missing. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: CHTW.   Carved lizard ... Side view ... The other side ... Another view ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved lizard ... Side view ... The other side ... Another view ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved snakeThis is a carved and painted folk art snake. It has good decoration and is coiled as if to strike. There is a wonderful little carved piece nailed to the bottom to make it stand up higher. The snake is in fairly good condition with a worn surface and nicely aged paint. It is about 7 1/2" by 5" by 5", probably from the mid 20th century. The price is $110.00. Inventory code: TKHA-A.   Carved snake, with a soda can for scale ... From above ... Another angle ... Back view ... Fifth view ... Sixth view ... Seventh view ... Eigth view ... From below ... Closeup from below.
Some much larger photos:   Carved snake, with a soda can for scale ... From above ... Another angle ... Back view ... Fifth view ... Sixth view ... Seventh view ... Eigth view ... From below ... Closeup from below.

Stone carvingThis is a carving in sandstone of three folky smiling figures. There is a geometric design incised on the back. The carving measures 13 3/4" wide by 8 1/4" high by 1 1/2" thick. There is a chip on the bottom right corner that has been broken and reglued, otherwise the condition is excellent. The age is unknown. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: CHRW.   Stone carving ... Side view ... The other side ... Closeup ... From above and below ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

A Tasmanian devil? 5" long, 3 1/2" high, 1 1/2" wide. The price is $65.00. Inventory Code: PHSK. Image.

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