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Match stick horse
Match stick art horse
Odd Fellows ceremonial apron
19th c. African-American
fraternal ceremonial costume panel
Fretwork bird cage
Fretwork bird cage with
intricate cat, spider, leaves
Haitian painting
A Caribbean folk art painting
Glassmaker's whimsy
Spectacular large Glassmaker's whimsy
Elaborate tramp art frame with hearts and mirrors
Tramp art frame with
hearts and mirrors
Primitive tool carrier
Primitive tool carrier
Three wood and metal pulleys
Three wood and metal pulleys
Jazz band relief carving
Jazz band relief carving
Intricate veneer decorated table top
Intricate veneer decorated table top
Stone carving
Stone carving of woman's face
Inlaid box
Very decorative marquetry box
Redware bust
Redware bust
Huge Iron Hooks
Huge Iron Hooks
Tramp art whimsy
Tramp art whimsy
toothpick dispenser
Ranch style birdhouse
Ranch style birdhouse
Spike shoes
Home made spike aerator shoes: planks, nails, metal, and leather
Funky what-not shelf
Funky what-not shelf
Marquetry game table
Outstanding marquetry game table
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Funky what-not shelfThis is a very odd, funky, one of a kind what-not shelf. It has two propellers that can turn at the top, a stairway from one shelf to the other, copper wire fence around the edges, and colorful labels from the fruit crates used to build it. It was probably made around the 1940's, and stands 18" high by 11 3/4" wide by 8 1/4" deep. Two of the scallops on the bottom right corner were broken off a long time ago, possibly when it was made. Otherwise it is in excellent condition. The price is $195.00. Inventory Code: CSPA.   Funky what-not shelf ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of some crate labels ... Closeup from side ... From above ... A face visible from below ... A crate label, from below ... The bottom ... Video of the action [7.9Mb] ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Funky what-not shelf ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of some crate labels ... Closeup from side ... From above.

Three wood and metal pulleysHere are three old, different, wood and metal pulleys that form an interesting set of industrial art. Each has a cast iron bracket and a worn, weathered wooden wheel. They are from the late 1800's or early 1900's, in old, weathered, used condition, with a great industrial look. They have been mounted on metal display stands and are priced individually, with a discount for the group.

The first pulley, on the left, is 10" high by 6" wide by 2 1/2" deep. As mounted it stands 14 1/4" high. Part of the iron bracket is missing on the back. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: TSCA.   Wood and metal pulley, three views ... Side and back views ... From above ... The three pulleys together ... All three, with a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Wood and metal pulley, three views ... Side and back views ... From above ... The three pulleys together ... All three, with a soda can for scale.

The longest pulley, in the middle, is 16 1/2" high by 6" wide by 3 3/4" deep. As mounted it stands 17 1/4" high. The wooden wheel is very weathered, and part of the iron bracket is missing on the back. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: TSCP.   Longest pulley ... Side and back views ... Closeup of back ... From above ... The three pulleys together ... All three, with a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Longest pulley ... Side and back views ... Closeup of back ... From above ... The three pulleys together ... All three, with a soda can for scale.

The darker colored pulley, on the right, is 12" high by 6 1/4" wide by 4" deep. As mounted it stands 14" high. It is in very good, used and worn condition. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: TSCS.   Darker color pulley ... Side and back views ... From above ... The three pulleys together ... All three, with a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Darker color pulley ... Side and back views ... From above ... The three pulleys together ... All three, with a soda can for scale.

Jazz band relief carvingThis is a wonderful, elaborate carving of a jazz band. The musicians are carved in deep relief all the way around a hollowed-out log. Each person has a distinct character and personality. There is a singer, piano player, trombone, trumpet, drums, harmonica, flute, guitar, sax, and stand up bass. A small frame has been carved out, with a newspaper or magazine photo of a man's head glued in. It is surrounded by carved rays, and inscribed "Al Hager". It has a smooth, oxidized, natural surface. The size is 23 3/4" high by 7" by about 8 1/2". It is from the mid-20th c. The condition is very good with some tight age cracks. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: CWWK.   Jazz band relief carving, two views ... Two more views ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Jazz band relief carving, two views ... Two more views ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Intricate veneer decorated table topThis incredible piece of folk art is a table top decorated with layers upon layers of finely cut and appliqued veneer woods. The effect is something like inlay, but the individual pieces are glued over each other instead of being set in. All the colors are from the various shades of wood used. The design includes the words "Bless This House O Lord We Pray Amen". The surface has a clear, glossy finish with slight texture from the layers of veneer. It is 36" in diameter by 1" thick, with screw eyes on the back for hanging.

The table top itself is probably from the early 1900's, with a partial label on the back from a New York City shop. The age of the decoration is unknown, but looks to be approximately mid-20th c. There is a signature that appears to have been applied with a rubber stamp. There are a few very small places where bits of veneer are loose or chipped, and one piece where the finish is lost, as seen in the closeup photos. Overall, the condition is excellent and it is a striking and unique piece. The price is $1800.00. Inventory Code: CCOA.   Intricate veneer decorated table top ... Closeup of the center ... "Bless This House" ... "O Lord We Pray" ... Closeup with signature ... Closeup of loss ... Side views ... Back view ... Label on back ... With a yardstick for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Intricate veneer decorated table top ... Closeup of the center ... "Bless This House" ... "O Lord We Pray" ... Closeup with signature ... Closeup of loss ... Side views ... Back view ... Label on back ... With a yardstick 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.

Inlaid boxThis is a wonderfully made and very decorative marquetry box with three drawers. Constructed from softwoods and finished with a clear varnish, it is a striking piece. The surface has taken on an excellent rich patina and light crazing. The drawers are made from cheese boxes, one of which has some of the labeling printed inside. There are four glass pulls for the drawers as well as two on the sides for decorative purposes. The box was probably made in the early 20th century and is in extremely good condition with some very slight wear and the replacement of one small trim piece on the left of the large drawer. It is about 15" wide by 10" deep and 10" high. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: CSPR.   Inlaid box ... Another angle ... Side view ... Back view ... The other side ... Another overall view ... From above ... Another view from above ... Another overall view ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... With the drawers open ... Cheese box label inside a drawer ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Inlaid box ... Side view ... The other side ... Another overall view ... From above ... Another view from above ... Closeup.

Odd Fellows ceremonial apronThis is a beautiful and rare ceremonial costume panel from the Grand United Order of Odd Fellows, an early African-American fraternal group. Called an apron, it was worn by some of the men of the lodge. It dates from the middle to late 1800s, and has been mounted on red fabric, in an oak frame under glass. The image was printed on silk, with satin ribbon borders and part of the cotton cord waistband. Some of the many symbols include the All-Seeing Eye, sun, moon, and stars, Noah's Ark, dove of peace, skull and cross bones, heart in hand, and much more. The piece itself measures 15" by 15", the frame is 20 1/2" by 20 1/2". It is in very good condition with minor foxing and staining, slight separation of one corner of the border, and what looks like a bit of paint on the lower left of the border. There is also some slight wear and scuffing to the frame, and damage to the paper backing of the frame.

There is some interesting history of the G. U. O. of O. F. here and here. Yale University Library has a video here that shows a lodge parade, with many of the men wearing similar aprons (about 4:10 into the video). The price is $975.00. Inventory Code: CCRP.   Odd Fellows ceremonial apron ... Closeup ... Side views ... Back of frame ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Odd Fellows ceremonial apron ... Closeup ... Side views ... Back of frame ... 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.

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.

Haitian paintingHere is a folk painting from either Haiti or the Dominican Republic. It was done in water color on artists board and is in a metal frame under glass. Signed "Jack '88", it is of a local store with the name Col. Miguel over one door. The image size of the painting is 9 3/4" high by 13 1/2" wide. The frame is 16 1/4" by 20 1/4". The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: KPPC-8.   Watercolor street scene ... Closeup ... Side view ... Back.

Glassmaker's whimsyThis is a large, spectacular glassmaker's whimsy, the only one of its kind we have ever seen. It is an assembly of links, circles, triangles and stars mostly in brown and blue glass, with a few green and clear pieces. Each link was individually made from glass rod that was heated until it could be bent, passed through the previous link, and then the ends melted and sealed together to form the next link. All the links move like a regular chain, so the piece can be arranged in many shapes. As you see it in the first photo it is spread out to 57" by 36". The age is unknown, and the condition is excellent. The price is $1450.00. Inventory Code: COPP.   Glassmaker's whimsy ... Arranged differently ... Closeup ... Second closeup ... Third closeup ... Fourth closeup ... Fifth closeup ... Sixth closeup ... Side view ... With a yardstick for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Glassmaker's whimsy ... Arranged differently ... Closeup ... Second closeup ... Third closeup ... Fourth closeup ... Fifth closeup ... Sixth closeup ... Side view ... With a yardstick for scale.

Elaborate tramp art frame with hearts and mirrorsThis is a very striking, large tramp art frame. It has intricate form, with hearts and mirrors set into the three curved crests. It is finished in gold and black paint. The frame measures 31" high by 28" wide by about 4" deep, and is built up in up to 12 layers. The mirrors are old, with slight silvering loss, but have probably been replaced. The condition is very good overall, with minor loss and surface wear, most noticeable in the bottom right corner. There is also one strip missing in the top crest just above the small mirror. It was probably made in the earlier part of the 1900's. The price is $1275.00. Inventory Code: COHP.   Elaborate tramp art frame with hearts and mirrors ... Another view ... Side views ... From above ... From below ... Closeup ... Closeup, with flash lighting ... Side view, with flash ... Another view with flash ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... Another closeup of back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Elaborate tramp art frame with hearts and mirrors ... Another view ... Side views ... From above ... From below ... Closeup ... Closeup, with flash lighting ... Side view, with flash ... Another view with flash ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... Another closeup of back ... With a soda can for scale.

Primitive tool carrierThis is a hand made primitive tool carrier, very weathered and worn. It has a really good look and feel. It is built from pine boards with an unfinished surface, divided into two compartments inside. There is a handle for carrying, and feet to stand on. From the early 1900's, it is 21 3/4" wide by 9 3/4" deep, and stands 21" high. The condition is sturdy, very worn from use, with an old break at the top on one end. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: TARA.   Primitive tool carrier ...   Another angle ...   One side ...   The other side ...   End views ...   Closeup ...   Another overall view ...   From above ...   From below.

Redware bustThis is a redware head of a woman. It is finished in glossy clear and black glaze. As far as we know, it was made in Georgia. The letters "K S" are incised in the bottom. It is a little on the "strange" side and is out of perspective. It appears old, but the age is unknown. It is 7" high, the base is approximately 6 3/4" in diameter, and it is in excellent condition with one very small flake on the side of the base. The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: PSAP.   Redware bust ... Front view ... Third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Another angle ... Back view ... Another view from back ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Iron ship hooksThis is a movable metal sculpture made of two huge old iron hooks connected through a link. They came from Maine and were likely used on a large ship, possibly for holding anchor chain. One side is painted red and the other green, indicating port and starboard. This is an old, working repaint. Each hook is about 12" long by 7" wide and 1 1/2" at the thickest. They are mounted on a black, custom iron base and can be arranged in several different configurations. Age is unknown, but they are old, in excellent, used condition. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: TTPH.   Iron ship hooks ... Another view ... Third angle ... Fourth view ... From above ... Front view ... Off the base ... Mounted another way ... Another angle ... Another front view ... The base only.

Tramp art whimsyThis is a one of a kind tramp art whimsy. It is not a box, and does not open. The top section slides up and down on a track but does not come off. It has a groove in the top center section and may have been a toothpick or matchstick dispenser. It is very nicely made, with good, even workmanship. It is finished in a medium-dark lacquer or varnish, decorated with tiny brass tacks. We can just make out the word "District" printed on one piece, so it appears to be American. From the early 1900's, it stands 8 3/4" high by 5 1/2" wide by 4 1/4" deep. It is in excellent, near mint condition with no loss or damage that we can find, except to the felt on the bottom. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: COSW.   Tramp art whimsy ... Three more views ... Side views ... Slid open ... From above ... From above, slid open ... From below ... Video of the action ... The other side, with a soda can for scale.

Ranch style birdhouseThis is a nice small birdhouse made in the style of a 1950's ranch house. It is in excellent, old condition, with good color, detail, and form. The walls are made from 3/4" pine, while the roof and bottom are 1/4" plywood. The decorative doors and window are from veneer, with small cut pieces and layering of the windows on the garage doors. They have all been painted in great detail. The bottom of the house is held by screws so it can be removed for cleaning. The birdhouse is 11" long by 7" deep, and 5 3/4" to the top of the hanging screw eye. It is likely from the 1970's or so. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: TOWW.   Ranch style birdhouse ... Another view ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Closeup of detail ... From above ... From below ... 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.

Marquetry game tableMarquetry tableThis is an outstanding marquetry game table. The design and workmanship are beautiful. The top has a checkerboard in the center, with a pieced double border. This is flanked by two sunbursts, a wave pattern, and then a triple border. The sides, ends, legs, and lower shelf are all decorated. The edge of the top is finished with decorative tacks, and the surface is a clear lacquer or varnish. The table stands 19 1/2" high by 38 1/4" by 24 1/2". Age is unknown, maybe from the 1930's. It is in excellent condition with a few small scratches. The price is $1200.00. Inventory Code: COCT.   Marquetry game table ... From above ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... One end ... The other end ... Another overall view ... Closeup of the top, one corner ... Second corner ... Third corner ... Fourth corner ... Closeup of lower parts ... Extreme closeup ... From below ... Closeup from below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

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