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Universe sign
3-D Op art "Universe" sign
Elaborate applique quilt
Large, intricate applique quilt
Painting
Expressive portrait painting
Folky butcher's trade sign
Folky metal trade sign
with rooster, found objects
Velvet African-American quilt
Velvet African-American quilt

Large African-American
Carved hand and egg
Cast iron Hay trolley
Cast iron hay trolley
Remember Me fretwork frame
"Remember Me" fretwork frame
Cast iron figure
19th c. Cast iron figures
Folky hand made tin can banjo
Folky hand made
tin can banjo
Three folky frames
Three folky frames by Ray Fisher, "The Rush Creek Bum"
Decorative industrial metal panel
Two decorative industrial steel panels
Primitive carved fuse box
Primitive carved fuse box
cupboard: "DANGER"
Hand wrought clamps
Hand wrought massive clamps
Cast iron architectural star tie-in
Cast iron architectural star tie-in
Three miniature footballs
Three hand made miniature footballs
Tobacco crate labelTobacco crate labelTobacco crate label
Three beautiful lithographed tobacco crate labels from the late 1800's
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Cast iron Hay trolleyThis is a decorative cast iron hay trolley, used in a barn to move bales of hay around and rolled on a track. It has good form and presence, with a very dark oxidized surface. It may have traces of clear varnish. From the late 1800's or early 1900's, this fancy primitive measures 10 1/2" high by 13 1/2" wide by 6 7/8" deep. The mechanism has rusted solid, but it is in very good, sturdy, display condition. The price is $165.00. Inventory Code: TTTS.   Cast iron Hay trolley ... The other side ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Side views ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... Another view from below ... Another overall view ... With a soda can for scale.

Remember Me fretwork frameThis is a very detailed fretwork frame with a shield, two furled flags, and the words "Remember Me". The fretwork is painted a dark, oxidized gold. It is mounted over silk fabric that was probably once red and white, but is now very faded with some small splits. The background is finished in a dark lacquer or varnish that is finely crazed. On the back is a wonderful "make do" hanger cut from a metal can.

The frame contains a photo of a man, woman, and young girl marked "P. G. Anderson, Redfield, SD". That studio was known to be operating in the 1880's and 90's. The frame was probably made in the late 1800's or early 1900's. It measures 20 3/4" high by 16" wide by 3/4" deep. The opening for the photo is 5 3/4" wide by 4 1/4" high. The condition is excellent, with the fabric as noted above. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: COCR.   "Remember Me" fretwork frame ... Closeup of top half ... Closeup of lower half ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Closeup of the hanger ... With a soda can for scale.

Folky fuse boxThis is a home made small folk art cupboard made from a wood fuse box with "DANGER" and other carvings. It is put together from thick pine boards and painted an old white which has crackled, with splashes of yellow. The front of the box has a carved "X", and other initials including a backward "N" and a second "X" made into a stylized person with a head and face. The box has a slant top which indicates it was used outside. It also has an old hasp for securing. The door is easily opened. The front of the box is about 17 1/2" to the top by 13 3/4" wide. It is 7 1/2" deep, and the top is 13 1/2" high in the back. This leaves a nice storage space inside, which is about 12" by 12" by 6". This unusual piece was probably made around 1940 or earlier. Some of the paint is more recent; the red and black highlights are contemporary additions. The door was cracked down the middle and reglued. The box has some wear, loss, and soil, but is sturdy, very usable, and a real one-of-a-kind piece. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: TWWH.   Folky "Danger" box ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Door open ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Hand wrought clampsHere are two massive, hand wrought iron "C" clamps. Each measures about 11" wide by 10" high, 1 1/2" thick, and weighs about 7 1/2 pounds. The handles and the main body of the clamps were hand formed. The surface is a very dark, old iron. These are old, in good, used condition. One has a small crack in the body of the "C". They have a really nice look and strong presence. The price for the pair is $175.00. Inventory Code: THRK.   Hand wrought clamps ... The other side ... From above ... From below ... Side view ... Another angle ... Closeup of one ... The other side ... From below ... Closeup of second clamp ... Second, other side ... Second, from below.

Folky hand made tin can banjoOrdered. (What this means.)
This is a folky banjo hand made from a large can, wood neck, sheet metal, and hand carved pegs. The strap is a pair of shoelaces. The frets were made from heavy copper wire set into grooves in the neck, but most of the wires are missing or were never there. It is 33" long by 7" wide by 4" deep, from the second half of the 20th century. Inventory Code: CTTA.   Folky hand made tin can banjo ... Side and back views ... More views from sides and back ... Closeups of top ... Closeup of neck ... Closeup of body ... Second closeup of body ... Third closeup of body ... Closeup from back ... From above ... Closeup from above ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Folky hand made tin can banjo ... Side and back views ... More views from sides and back ... Closeups of top ... Closeup of neck ... Closeup of body ... Second closeup of body ... Third closeup of body ... Closeup from back ... Closeup from above ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Three folky framesThis is a set of three frames, graduated in size, made and carved by Ray Fisher of Glen Springs, VA; known as the "Rush Creek Bum". Fisher is featured in Betty Carol Sellen's book "Outsider, Self Taught, and Folk Art (2nd edition).

All the frames are made from pine with thin plywood backs and bases. They are trimmed around the edges with what looks like commercial molding. On the largest frame, Fisher has carved a pair of boots, while on the other two he has carved two upright pieces for each, decorated with chip carving. These have slots in the back in which pictures can be slipped for display. On the one with boots, there are two tacks on the top and knobs on the boots to hold a picture. The sizes of the frames, from small to large are 6 1/8" high by 6 1/4" wide, 6 3/8" high by 6 1/2" wide, and 6 3/4" high by 7" wide. All of the bases are the same depth, just over 2 1/4" deep. They were probably done in the 1950's or '60's and are in excellent condition. The price is $135.00. Inventory Code: TKAS.   Three folky frames ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... Closer view of one, from above ... Back view ... Label on bottom of one ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Three folky frames ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... Closer view of one, from above ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Velvet African-American quiltThis is an African-American quilt with great graphics. It is made from plain and patterned velvets and fake fur, hand pieced and appliqued onto a muslin backing to give a quilted effect without an extra layer of quilting stitches. There is no batting. The back was made in four large blocks, and unfinished edges show where these come together. This quilt measures 72" by 77" and is in excellent, unused condition. There is one discolored spot on the back that does not show through on the front. This was purchased from an African-American church sale in Savannah, GA in the 1970's. A wonderful look for hanging or on a bed. The price is $1200.00. Inventory Code: TPAK.   Velvet African-American quilt ... Closeup ... Closeup 2 ... Closeup 3 ... Closeup 4 ... Closeup 5 ... Closeup 6 ... Closeup 7 ... Back ... Closeup of back ... Second closeup of back ... Third closeup of back ... Closeup of spot on back ... Closeup of back corner.

Carved hand and eggThis is a great African-American carving, very large and striking, of a hand holding up an egg. It was carved from a section of a large log. This piece has an enormous "look" and presence. It stands 31" high, and the irregularly shaped base is approximately 16" in diameter - about 19" across at its widest. The carving was found in southern Somerset Co, PA or northern Garret Co, MD in the early 1970's, although it is much older than that. It has remained in a private collection for the last 30 years or so. The age splits, visible in the photo, do not affect the stability or solidity. The condition is very good. The price is $3500.00. Inventory Code: TASP.   Carved hand and egg ... Three more views ... Different angles ... Closeup of the hand and egg ... Second closeup ... Third closeup ... Fourth closeup ... Fifth closeup ... Closeup from above ... Very close of the fingers ... Another very close shot ... Closeup of base ... Another closeup of base ... Third closeup of base.

Cast iron figureCast iron figureHere are three extraordinary cast iron figures. Each conveys a strong sense of personality and movement. The faces were hand formed and vary from one to another. These figures date from the 19th century, were found in Tennessee, and have dark, oxidized, weathered surfaces. The backs are open and partly filled with concrete. They may have originally been architectural pieces or supports for a garden urn. They have been mounted on metal bases. Each stands about 12" high by 4 3/4" wide by 4" deep. The bases are each about 7" square. They are priced individually below. Inventory Code: TKRR.   Three cast iron figures ... Another angle ... A third view ... From above ... Another view from above ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Three cast iron figures ... Another angle ... A third view ... From above ... Another view from above ... With a soda can for scale.

The first figure is in excellent condition. The price is $850.00. Inventory Code: TKKS.   Closeup ... With a soda can for scale ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of the back.
Some much larger photos:   Closeup ... With a soda can for scale ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of the back.

The second figure has an old break on the left arm. The price is $800.00. Inventory Code: TKRR.   Closeup ... With a soda can for scale ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... From below.
Some much larger photos:   Closeup ... With a soda can for scale ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of back.

The third figure has an old break across the top of the head and one arm. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: TKRK.   Closeup ... With a soda can for scale ... Another angle ... Side views ... Back views ... From above ... Another closeup.
Some much larger photos:   Closeup ... With a soda can for scale ... Another angle ... Side views ... Back views ... From above ... Another closeup.

Decorative industrial metal panelHere is a pair of decorative industrial metal panels with strong graphic look and good size. These are the sheet steel that was left over after a series of parts were cut out. Each is 48 1/4" by 24" by 1/8" thick. They are in very good, as found condition, with slight surface irregularities, very slight surface rust, and somewhat sharp edges. One is just a little warped, the other is flat. They are ready to hang on a wall, or would would look great as a room divider or over a window. They are priced at $175.00 each. Inventory Code: CPHR.   Decorative industrial metal panel ... The other side ... Closeup ... The second panel ... The other side ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Side view of both ... Both, with a yardstick for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Decorative industrial metal panel ... Closeup ... The second panel ... The other side ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Side view of both.

Cast iron architectural star tie-inThis is a cast iron star architectural tie in, in weathered old white paint with traces of red around the edges and patches of dark, oxidized metal showing through. It measures 7" high by about 7 1/4" across the points by 20 1/2" long with the mounting bar. The star itself is 1 1/4" thick. From the late 1800's or early 1900's, it is in very good, weathered condition. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: TTSS.   Cast iron architectural star ... Two more angles ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Cast iron architectural star ... Two more angles ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Three miniature footballsThis is a collection of three old, hand made, miniature leather footballs. The largest one is all hand stitched, with leather lacings. It is about 4" long by 2" by 2". The two smaller ones are machine stitched, with cords for lacing. One is 3 1/4" long, the other is 2 1/2" long. They sit on a custom made wood and metal display rack. All together the overall size is 6 1/4" high by 4 1/2" wide by 2 1/4" deep. The balls are from the first half of the 1900's. The surfaces are worn and scuffed. The one in the middle has a couple of tiny holes in one side. The one on the right has some sort of old glued repair, visible in the photo from below. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: CWTT.   Three hand made miniature footballs ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... Off the stand ... From below, off the stand ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Three hand made miniature footballs ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... Off the stand ... From below, off the stand ... With a soda can for scale.

Here are three beautiful lithographed tobacco crate labels from the late 1800's. These are original, unused old stock paper 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.
Some much larger photos:   "The Enchanter" tobacco crate label ... Back ... With a 12" ruler for scale.

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.

Universe signThis is a large, 3-dimensional, Op Art "Universe" sign. It is made of fiberglass and various sized wooden dowels, with vibrant paint. The word arches over the central half-globe, while the graduated dowels also project out from the background. The sign is 33" square by about 5 1/2" deep; the mounting brackets on top add another 1 1/2" to the height. The overall condition is good, with some paint loss, stains, chips around the edges, a gouge in the lower part of the globe, and two broken dowels in the lower right. It is from the late 20th or early 21st century. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: TRCP.   Universe sign ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... Another view from above ... Closeup, upper left ... Upper right ... Lower left ... Lower right ... Closeup center ... From below ... Closeup from side ... Closeup, other side ... Back view ... Another view from back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Universe sign ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... Another view from above ... Closeup, upper left ... Upper right ... Lower left ... Lower right ... Closeup center ... From below ... Closeup from side ... Closeup, other side ... Back view.

Elaborate applique quiltThis is a beautiful large applique quilt with an intricate, one of a kind design. From the last quarter of the 20th c., probably the 1980's, it is made from cotton, with a lightweight cotton canvas back and no batting. It measures 84 1/2" by 84 1/2". The applique stitches catch the front to the back, it is not separately quilted. The top edge is hemmed under as a binding. There is one small, very faint discoloration that we could only find outdoors in strong light. Otherwise it is in crisp, unwashed, near mint condition. The price is $2500.00. Inventory Code: CWAS.   Elaborate applique quilt ... Closeup of center ... One corner ... Second corner ... Third corner ... Fourth corner ... Closeup of faint discoloration ... Closeup with corner turned back ... Back view ... With a yardstick for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Elaborate applique quilt ... Closeup of center ... One corner ... Second corner ... Third corner ... Fourth corner ... Closeup of faint discoloration ... Closeup with corner turned back ... Back view ... With a yardstick for scale.

PaintingThis is an expressive portrait. It appears to be painted in tempera. We can't make out the signature. It has been professionally framed with UV protective plexiglass. The frame measures 13" wide by 16 1/2" high by 2" deep. There are a few nicks and dents on the frame, and the backing paper is torn, but the overall condition is excellent. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: CHPW.   Painting ... Side angle ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Painting ... Side angle ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.

Folky butcher's trade signThis is a folky butcher's trade sign. It is hand made from metal tools and found objects, with a sheet metal rooster on top. Ice tongs form part of the frame. It has worn silver paint with areas of surface rust. Red and black decoration was added on one side. From the first half of the 1900's, it measures 30" high by 22" wide by about 5" deep at the tong handles, in very good, weathered condition. The price is $1500.00. Inventory Code: CCRS.   Folky butcher's trade sign ... Closeup ... The other side ... Side views ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Folky butcher's trade sign ... Closeup ... The other side ... Side views ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.

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