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Carving of men playing checkersCarving of fiddlerCarving of preacher
Three detailed carvings with lots of personality by Jack Eichbaum of TN
Stone carving of Abraham Lincoln
Stone carving of Abraham Lincoln
Large carving
4 foot high primitive carving
Pair of carvingsPair of carvings
Pair of carved figures with knives
Carved man, horses, and wagon
Carved man, horses, and wagon
Carving of woman's head
Carving of woman's head

Carved assemblage two loggers with hand made clothing, working a large saw.
Part of a group of carvings from the Northeast, c. 1910
African-American carving
Exceptional, large,
African-American carving:
1 of 2 by same maker
African-American carving of mother and children
African-American carving
of mother and children:
1 of 2 by same maker
Carved bust on stone baseCarved bust on stone basePrimitive carved faceCarving with two facesFrog carving
Group of mid-20th c. carvings by the same anonymous artist, two with stone bases
African-American carving
African-American carved bust
Primitive jointed carving
Very primitive jointed man with felt hat
Stone carving
Stone carving of woman's face
Stone carving
Relief carving in stone,
portrait of an American Indian
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Pair of carvingsPair of carvingsThis is a very strong pair of carvings. The man and woman have jointed arms and are each holding knives. They have incised details, small nails for eyes, and are weathered from outdoor use. These may have been made as whirligigs, however, though the arms can be moved, they do not now spin freely. "Maria" is written on the base of the woman. The man has an inscription on his belt: "Och Jubla Som Barnen Jubla", which Google translates as Swedish for "and rejoice as the children rejoice". The figures were found in Missouri and are from the first half of the 20th century. They are in good, weathered condition with minor surface wear as seen in the photos. The woman has chips missing from the back of her head and her left shoulder. With the arms positioned as they show in the photos, the man is 14 1/2" high by 5 3/4" wide by 10" deep. The woman is 12 1/4" high by 5 1/2" wide by 8 1/2" deep. The price for the pair is $1750.00. Inventory Code: COHT.   Folk art carvings ... Front view ... Closeup of the woman ... Closeup of the man ... Another overall angle ... Fourth view of both ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Another closeup of the woman ... Closeup, from the back ... Closeup from the side ... The woman, from above ... Her feet from above ... Another closeup of the man ... Third closeup of the man ... Closeup from the back ... Closeup of the belt ... Another closeup of the belt ... Closeup of the feet ... The man, from above ... Both, 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.

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.

African-American carvingThis is a bust of an African-American carved from walnut. It has a smooth, polished surface and lots of personality. It is 6 1/2" high by 5" wide by 2 1/2" deep, in excellent condition. Age is unknown, but most likely mid-20th century. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: CARS.   African-American carving ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   African-American carving ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

This is a very detailed assemblage of two sawyers cutting a log with a large saw. They are wearing hand sewn clothing, knit caps, and leather boots. 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. This is part of an extraordinary collection of figures that made up a motorized logging camp scene. They came from Northern New Hampshire or Maine, and were probably made around 1910. The mechanism was removed at some time, and the individual figures were later mounted on contemporary wood bases. You can see more figures from the group here. While there is some wear, and loss to the clothing, including one boot, this is in generally very good condition. The figures themselves measure 15" long by 4" wide by 4 3/4" high. They are mounted on a two tiered base 19" long by 7 1/4" wide. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: ATTR.   One side ... The other side ... Closeup of both ... Closeup of one man ... Closeup of the other man.

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 below. 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, below:   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, below:   Both carvings together ... Another angle ... A third view ... From above.

African-American carving of mother and childrenThis is a fairly large, and visually very strong carving. It is of an African-American woman with two children. It is 31" high by 17 1/2" wide by 12" deep. The boy is wearing overalls. This piece is hand carved from ancient swamp-submerged cypress with a varnish finish. It is one of three known carvings by the same anonymous artist that were found in Florida. We have one of the other two above. It is even larger, and is a combination of a lion and a Rastaman. This one has been in a private collection for many years. It was probably made no more recently than around the 1940's. The condition is very good, and it is very sturdy. The price is $1,800.00. Inventory Code: TROR.   African-American carving of mother and children ... Closeup of the woman's face ... Closeup of the children ... Another closeup of the children ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... Another view from below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
With the other carving by the same maker, above:   Both carvings together ... Another angle ... A third view ... From above.

Some much larger photos:   African-American carving of mother and children ... Closeup of the woman's face ... Closeup of the children ... Another closeup of the children ... Side views ... Back view ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
With the other carving by the same maker, above:   Both carvings together ... Another angle ... A third view ... From above.

Here is a group of carvings done by the same, anonymous maker. Most are carved from hardwood, with a distinctive style of
chip-carving and strong personality. They seem to be from the mid-20th century or earlier.

Carving with two facesFirst is a wood carving that has two faces on opposite sides. They have qualities that resemble the stone heads of Easter Island. The piece is just under 16" high by 3 1/2" wide by 5 1/2" deep. It is done in hardwood, probably walnut, that has been highlighted with darker stain. The carving is in good condition, with very minor age cracks. It likely was done about the 1940's or so. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: TKPC.   Carving with two faces, with a soda can for scale ... Two more views of this face ... Three views of the other face ... Side views ... From above ... From below.
Some much larger photos:   Carving with two faces, with a soda can for scale ... Two more views of this face ... Three views of the other face ... Side views.

Primitive carved faceThis is an odd relief carving of a face. It is carved from the cut surface of an angled slab of log, with the bark left on the uncarved surface. It stands 8 1/4" high by about 4 3/4" in diameter. The carving is unsigned and in excellent condition. The age is unknown, but it is old. The price is $145.00. Inventory Code: TKSW.   Primitive carved face ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... Another view from below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Primitive carved face ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view.

Carved bust on stone baseHere are two carved busts mounted on dark green stone bases. They have strong faces, and stained very dark brown. The first carving is 12" high by 6" wide by 4 1/4" deep, including the base. The price is $275.00, or $495.00 for the pair. Inventory Code: TKPS.   Carved bust on stone base ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... Both carvings, with a soda can for scale ... Another view of both.
Some much larger photos:   Carved bust on stone base ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side views ... Back view ... Both carvings, with a soda can for scale ... Another view of both.

Carved bust on stone baseThe second carving is 12 1/4" high by 5 7/8" wide by 4 1/4" deep, including the base. The price is $275.00, or $495.00 for the pair. Inventory Code: TKPP.   Carved bust on stone base ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Both carvings, with a soda can for scale ... Another view of both.
Some much larger photos:   Carved bust on stone base ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Both carvings, with a soda can for scale ... Another view of both.

Frog carvingNext is a stylized, primitive frog carved from pine. It is stained dark brown/black, showing through a bit lighter in a few areas. It is 5" high by 8 1/2" long by 3 7/8" wide, in excellent condition. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TKPW.   Frog carving ... Side view ... The other side ... Front and back views ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Frog carving ... Side view ... The other side ... Front and back views ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.

This is the end of the group of carvings by "TWH".

Stone carving of Abraham LincolnThis is a very well done bust of Abraham Lincoln carved from dense stone. It is flat on the bottom and back and will sit on a shelf, against a wall, or possibly as a bookend. The size is 8 3/4" high by 5 1/4" wide by 2" deep. It is in very good condition with some scratches on the back. The price is $395.00. Inventory Code: CHRS.   Stone carving of Abraham Lincoln ... Another angle ... Side views ... The other side ... From above ... From below ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Stone carving of Abraham Lincoln ... Another angle ... Side views ... The other side ... From above ... From below ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Large carvingThis is a 4 foot high primitive and stylized carving of two people. It is roughly but expressively carved from a single slab of wood, mounted on a custom made metal base. It has a dark finish, probably paint. A knot hole in the wood passes through the smaller figure's shoulder. The carving is 48" tall by 19" wide by about 2 1/2" deep; as mounted it stands 50" tall. The condition is good with some tight age cracks and some old loss to the feet - part of which happened before the carving was finished. The age is unknown, but it is definitely old. This is a striking piece with strong presence. The price is $1400.00. Inventory Code: CCHT.   Large carving ... Two more views ... Side views ... Closeup of faces ... Heads, from one side ... Heads, from other side ... Closeup of middle ... Closeup of hands ... Closeup of shoulder ... Closeup of feet ... Two more views of the feet ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Large carving ... Two more views ... Side views ... Closeup of faces ... Heads, from one side ... Heads, from other side ... Closeup of middle ... Closeup of hands ... Closeup of shoulder ... Closeup of feet ... Two more views of the feet ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Carving of men playing checkersCarving of fiddlerCarving of preacherHere are three detailed carvings with lots of personality. There is a preacher, a fiddler, and two men playing checkers. Each is painted, and signed "Jack Eichbaum". Eichbaum lived in Chattanooga, TN and carved for many decades until his death in 2010. He was a member of the Southern Highlands Craft guild.   All three carvings together ... Larger photo.

The first two men are seated on crates, playing checkers on top of a barrel. Their faces and clothes are very lifelike. The carving is 5 1/4" high by 3 3/8" by 6 7/8", in excellent condition. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CCTH.   Carving of men playing checkers ... The other side ... Another angle ... A fourth view ... One end ... The other end ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carving of men playing checkers ... The other side ... Another angle ... A fourth view ... One end ... The other end ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

The fiddle player has a long mustache, and is seated with one foot propped on his chair. The whole carving, including the chair and base is made from a single piece of wood. It is 5 5/8" high by 2 1/4" side by 4 7/8" deep, in excellent condition. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CCTO.   Carving of fiddler ... Side view ... Front view ... The other side ... Back views ... From above ... Another view from above and below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carving of fiddler ... Side view ... Front view ... The other side ... Back views ... From above ... Another view from above and below ... With a soda can for scale.

The African-American preacher is caught in mid-sermon, gesturing over his Bible. He stands 5 3/8" tall by 1 7/8" wide by 3 3/4" deep. The condition is excellent except for a small chip off of his finger. The price is $300.00. Inventory Code: CCTW.   Carving of preacher ... Another angle ... Side view ... Front view ... The other side ... Back views ... From above ... Another view from above and below ... Closeup ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carving of preacher ... Another angle ... Side view ... Front view ... The other side ... Back views ... From above ... Another view from above and below ... Closeup ... With a soda can for scale.
 

Primitive jointed carvingNext is a jointed carving of a very primitive man wearing a felt hat, with tacks for eyes. He has no arms, and apparently never did as there is nowhere they could have been attached. There are small pieces of cloth attached which seem to be remnants of clothing. He is mounted on a custom made metal base. The carving itself is about 14" high by 2 1/4" by 2". As mounted, he is 16 1/2" by 3 1/4" by 3". It was probably made about the 1920's or 30's. The price is $450.00. Inventory Code: CTHK.   Three views of the carving ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... From above ... Legs and feet, from above ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Three views of the carving ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... From above ... Legs and feet, from above ... With a soda can for scale.

Stone carvingThis is a stone carving of a woman's face, expressive and very well done. The stone is dense, smooth, and medium gray. There are initials that are hard to make out, possibly "GER". It is 4 1/2" in diameter by 2" deep, in very good condition. The age is unknown. This is simply a really nice piece. The price is $335.00. Inventory Code: CHOR.   Stone carving ... Side views ... From above and below ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Stone carving ... Side views ... From above and below ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Stone carvingThis is a relief carving in stone of the portrait of an American Indian. It is well done, and initialled and dated "EW. 1942" on the back. The carving has been mounted on a custom made metal base. The stone itself measures 5 1/4" high by 3 1/2" wide by 3/8" thick. As mounted it is 6 1/2" high. The condition is excellent. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: CHOK.   Stone carving ... On the stand ... Another angle ... Side and back views ... Back, off the stand, showing initials and date ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Stone carving ... On the stand ... Another angle ... Side and back views ... Back, off the stand, showing initials and date ... With a soda can for scale.

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