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Folk art robot
Robot made from found objects
Cast iron churn
Large sculptural
industrial cast iron churn
Atomic Christmas mug
Atomic themed Christmas mug
Primitive hand made rake
Very folky early hand made rake
Decorative iron fire truck hose reelsCast iron wheel
Two decorative cast iron fire truck hose reels
Three whimsy carvingsCarving with cowboy boots
Three elegant whimsy carvings and a cowboy desk set, all by the same maker
Sombrero
Several Mariachi sombreros
Collection of ceremonial keys
Part of a collection of oversize keys:
trade signs, "keys to the city",
and souvenirs, 1800's - 1940's
Aboriginal painting by Kudditji Kngwarreye
Large abstract painting by Aboriginal
artist Kudditji Kngwarreye
Plant stand
Metal plant stand
Stamp picture
Postage stamps and watercolor painting
Cast iron architectural tie-in
Cast iron architectural tie-in
Carved and decorated frame with print
Carved and decorated nautical
frame with print
Found object sculpture
Found object sculpture
Carving of sleeping man with dog
Carving of sleeping man with dog
Marquetry frame
Marquetry frame
Industrial brass faucet
Industrial brass faucet with heart-shaped handle
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Found objects robotThis folk art robot was made from found objects, including cans, spoons, a bucket, bottle caps, a funnel, and other objects. It is painted gold which has oxidized and taken on a rich dark surface over the years. The hands are made from large metal spoons or ladles, and the feet are from sardine cans. The robot has a bolt and heavy metal wire coming out of the head for hanging. It is in very good, typically used condition. While the age is unknown it certainly is not recent, and looks like it was probably made in the 1950's or 60's. It is about 38" high by 17" wide by 10" deep. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: TOSA.   Robot made from found objects ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of the head ... Closeup from the side ... Closeup of the body ... Closeup of the feet.
Some much larger photos:   Robot made from found objects ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of the head ... Closeup from the side ... Closeup of the body.

Collection of ceremonial keys 

Here is a collection of oversize keys. There are trade signs, ceremonial "keys to the city", and souvenirs. They range in age from the late 1800's through about the 1940's, and in size from 8" to almost 5 feet long. They are described and priced separately below, with a discount for buying several - they look great together.

Large ceremonial keyThis is the largest and most intricate of the keys at almost 5 feet long. It has the delightful inscription "The Key to Nollidge" "With all best wishes for many Happy Days (and Nights) RDL" "21 today (and tomorrow)". It is pieced from plywood, and measures 57 1/2" long by 14" high by 1 1/2" at the thickest. The paint is silver and gold, with red and black lettering. Two newer metal hangers have been attached to the back. There is some wear and paint loss, especially around the edges, and some of the red paint has smeared. The age appears to be from about the 1920's to 40's. The price is $850.00. Inventory Code: CTPC.   The largest key, with a yardstick ... Closeup ... Closeup, other end ... From above and below ... End view ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... Second closeup of back.
Some much larger photos:   The largest key, with a yardstick ... Closeup ... Closeup, other end ... From above and below ... End view ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... Second closeup of back.

1897 Christmas souvenir metal keysThis is a cast iron depiction of crossed keys reading "Merry Xmas 1897, Happy New Year 1898". It is in excellent condition, with a very dark oxidized surface and faint traces of green and red paint. It measures about 7" by 6" by 1/4" thick. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: CTSW.   1897 Christmas souvenir metal keys ... From above ... From below ... Back view ... With a 12" ruler for scale.
Some much larger photos:   1897 Christmas souvenir metal keys ... From above ... From below ... With a 12" ruler for scale.

1928 Louisville keyThis metal ceremonial key is marked "June 1928 To Louisville". It is 10" long by 4 3/4" high by about 1/2" thick, with worn black paint. There is a chip or casting flaw on one side of the handle, done before the key was painted. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: CTSH.   1928 Louisville key, with a 12" ruler ... Closeup ... The other side ... Closeup ... End view ... The other end.
Some much larger photos:   1928 Louisville key, with a 12" ruler ... Closeup ... The other side ... Closeup ... End view.

Hot Springs souvenir keyA souvenir thermometer in the form of a key. The front is inscribed "Hot Springs, Ark. Entrance to Government Reservation". The back has a patent date of Aug. 25, 1925 and a U.S. seal with an eagle. It is 8 1/2" long by 2 3/4" wide, in very good condition with a slightly oxidized surface. The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: CTSR.   Hot Springs souvenir thermometer key ... Closeup of top ... Closeup, lower ... Other side ... Other side, closeup of top ... Closeup of lower ... With a 12" ruler for scale.

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Aboriginal painting by Kudditji KngwarreyeThis is a large abstract painting in bold colors by Australian Aboriginal artist Kudditji Kngwarreye. The artist is well known in Australia and participated in a number of international exhibitions. He began painting in 1986, and retired in early 2015. It measures 42" by 82", painted in acrylic on unstretched linen, and signed on the back. It will be shipped rolled, unmounted. The price is $4000.00. Inventory Code: CHSP.   Aboriginal painting by Kudditji Kngwarreye ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of middle ... Closeup of bottom ... Closer view ... Back view ... Signature on back ... With a yardstick for scale ... Information sheet about the artist: large file (1.1Mb).
Some much larger photos:   Aboriginal painting by Kudditji Kngwarreye ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of middle ... Closeup of bottom ... Closer view ... Back view ... Signature on back ... With a yardstick for scale ... Information sheet about the artist: large file (1.1Mb).

Plant standThis is an exceptionally nice, old, metal plant stand, with a sort of deco look. It has an inner section with a flat metal spiral which both supports and creates a sense of motion. The stand is 39" high with the center tube 4" in diameter. The 5 arms which hold the plants can both swing and be moved to various levels. If fully extended, they could be as much as 2 feet apart. The base is a tripod, tipped with balls, and is 23" on each side. The stand was probably made about the 1920's or 30's and is in excellent condition. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: AHPH.   Metal plant stand ... From above ... A second overall view ... 3rd angle ... 4th view ... Without the planter loops.

Cast iron architectural tie-inThis is a decorative cast iron architectural tie in with a form somewhat like a fleur de lis. From the late 1800's, it has a dark oxidized surface and is in excellent condition. It measures 9 1/2" by 6 3/4" by 3/4" thick. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: CTRC.   Cast iron architectural tie-in ... Side view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Cast iron architectural tie-in ... Side view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved and decorated frame with printThis is a large carved frame decorated with a nautical theme and holding a nautical print. It is inscribed "A Helping Hand" in incised letters highlighted with gold paint. There is a carved, painted anchor applied to the lower left, with rope wrapping around two edges to a coil in the upper right. The inner border is also outlined with rope. The print is based on a famous painting from 1881 by French artist Emile Renouf. The frame measures 21" high by 25 3/4" wide, with an opening 11 1/2" by 16 1/4". It is in very good condition with some minor wear, from the late 1800's to early 1900's. The price is $575.00. Inventory Code: CHSA.   Carved and decorated frame with print ... Side views ... Closeup, lower left ... Lower right ... Upper right ... Upper left ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved and decorated frame with print ... Side views ... Closeup, lower left ... Lower right ... Upper right ... Upper left ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Atomic Christmas mugThis is one of several atomic themed vintage limited edition ceramic coffee cups. They are decorated with stylized Christmas trees and an atom with electrons. These were given as gifts to employees of Dow Electronics in 1982. The reverse reads "Let Dow Electronics "Brighten" Your Prospects For A Prosperous 1983". They are in very good, used condition. They were made in England by Grindley, hold 13 ounces, and are 3 1/2 inches high. The price is $9.00 each plus shipping. Inventory Code: Mug1.   Atomic Christmas mug ... Other side, with a soda can for scale ... From below.
Some much larger photos:   Atomic Christmas mug ... Other side, with a soda can for scale ... From below.

Primitive hand made rakeThis is a primitive home made rake with a great funky look. The handle and cross piece for the tines are are hand fashioned from hardwood. The tines are heavy metal spikes which were tapered toward the ends. These were driven into the wood crosspiece, which also has bolts put through it at the ends to prevent splitting and a wire support for strength and stability attached to the handle. The rake is strong and was used. The handle is smooth from use; the iron well oxidized; and the cross piece obviously worn from work. It was probably made in the early 1900's or late 1800's, has a great surface, and is 43" long by 14 1/2" wide by 6" deep. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: CSKA.   Primitive hand made rake ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... More overall views ... Closeup from side ... Closeup from back ... Closeup, other side ... Sixth closeup ... Seventh closeup.
Some much larger photos:   Primitive hand made rake ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... More overall views ... Closeup from side ... Sixth closeup ... Seventh closeup.

Cast iron churnThis is the cast iron mechanism from an industrial butter or ice cream churn with a wonderful, sculptural look. The large size gives it an impressive presence. It has a dark, rich, oxidized surface with small traces of green. It is formed in two pieces that fit firmly together as a free-standing object. The pieces also look good individually, hung on a wall or displayed on a shelf. The base has gear teeth and two glass windows, and is embossed "Made In USA". Assembled, it stands 28" high by 11 1/2" in diameter. It is probably from the early 1900's, and is in excellent display condition. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CSSC.   Cast iron churn ... Another view ... Two more angles ... 3 views of the other side ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... From above ... The two sections separated ... The upper half ... The base ... The base, from below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Cast iron churn ... Another view ... Two more angles ... 3 views of the other side ... Closeup.

Decorative iron fire truck hose reelsHere are two decorative cast iron wheels that originally were the sides of fire truck hose reels. The have a wonderful old surface with slight remnants of real "fire engine" red paint. The condition is very good with a dark oxidized surface. They were probably from the early 1900's and are now mounted on new bases that add slightly to the height. This first larger wheel is 27" in diameter and about 1" thick in the center. These are priced at $295.00 each. Inventory Code: CTCW.   Larger wheel ... The other side ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Two wheels, with a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Larger wheel ... The other side ... Two wheels, with a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Cast iron wheelThe smaller wheel has a more open design in the center. It is 23 1/2" in diameter, in very good condition, from the early 1900's with a dark oxidized surface. The price is $295.00. Inventory Code: CTCR.   The smaller wheel ... The other side ... Closeup ... Side views ... Two wheels, with a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   The smaller wheel ... The other side ... Closeup ... Side views ... Two wheels, with a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Three whimsy carvingsHere is a set of three elegantly carved whimsies by the same anonymous maker. They all have very smooth surfaces, good form, and are finished in a somewhat glossy clear lacquer or varnish. They appear to be from the mid-20th century and are priced individually below, with a discounted price for all three. From left to right in the group photos:

The first is a darker brown. It has a turned top that tapers down, then flares back out to a single caged ball. There is a metal hook at the top for hanging. This one has a couple of age cracks, and has been broken and reglued on one corner. It is 8 1/4" tall, excluding the hook, by 2 1/4" square. The price for this one is $250.00. Inventory Code: CTHC.

The second and smallest is the most detailed. It is an assemblage of three pieces in a warm, medium golden color. One is a tiny ball in cage with a carved crest on top. This is mounted inside a separate, larger cage with a carved crest and shaft with a very round ball on top. Finally, that cage was mounted on a three-tier base. The steps of the base were carved out of a single piece, with tiny dowels set in the corners like fence posts. It is 7 1/2" high by 4 3/8" wide by 3 3/8" deep, in excellent condition. The price for this one is $375.00. Inventory Code: CTHH.

The third whimsy has a long cage with three large, very round balls, topped by a finial turned from a second piece of wood. It is 13 3/4" tall by 2 1/8" square. One corner of the cage has been broken and reglued. The price for this one is $375.00. Inventory Code: CTHT.   Three whimsy carvings by the same maker ... The taller whimsy, two views ... The two shorter ones ... Another angle ... Third view ... One side ... The other side ... Back view ... All three, from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Three whimsy carvings by the same maker ... The taller whimsy, two views ... All three, with a soda can for scale.

Carving with cowboy bootsThis is a hand made and carved cowboy desk set assemblage. It was apparently made by the same person who did the set of whimseys above; they all are in the same wood, finish, and feel.

This desk set has a three step base carved from a single piece of wood. It is topped by a pair of carved and decorated boots and a rectangular section with a deeply carved round area. The boots are carved out to hold pens or pencils. The center area could contain paper clips, rubber bands, or odds and ends. All the pieces are pine. The boots also have been decorated with fine inked and pencilled vines and flowers. The soles are painted or inked black. All this has then been finished in fine lacquer or varnish. The piece was likely made about the 1940's or '50's. The base is 8" wide by 6" deep. The boots are each about 4" high by 3 1/2" deep by 1 1/2" wide. The overall height is about 5 1/2". It is in excellent condition with one small chip in the finish on the base. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: CTHO.   Carving with cowboy boots ... Another angle ... Front view ... Side view ... Closeup ... The other side ... Another view ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Here are two of several original Mexican Sombreros. They are in excellent condition, and are not new. They appear to be from the last quarter of the 20th c., or possibly older and are wonderful, decorative objects - in addition to being just the right headwear for that "special" occasion. You can see the rest on our Sombreros page.

SombreroThe first sombrero is a very splashy black velvet decorated top and bottom with applied, silver and white braid and multicolored sequins. It is in excellent condition, and measures 24" across. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: AHHW.   Top view ... Closeup of top ... Bottom view ... Side view.


The second sombrero is brown velvet with silver trim, 24" across. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: AHWA.   From above ... Closeup ... Side view ... Bottom.

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Stamp pictureHere is a very nice little framed postage stamp and watercolor painting. The scene is of the ocean with a large rock made out of stamps, while the rest - shoreline, birds, people, sea, and sky are painted. It is signed F. M. M. and dated 1938. On the back is written, in French, details of where it was made, in Quebec, and apparently at an abbey or monastery. This was probably sold to make some money for it. The condition of the frame and painting are excellent. There is a tear in the backing paper. The frame is 6 1/2" wide by 4 1/2" high. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: ATAP.   Postage stamp painting ... Back view ... Side view.
Some much larger photos:   Postage stamp painting ... Back view ... Side view.

Found object sculptureThis is an interesting sculptural plaque made from found objects. The materials include wood, masonite, fiberboard, shell, and some unidentified pieces that might be bone. The colors are warm shades of tan, brown, and gray. It measures 14" square and is in excellent condition. The age is difficult to tell - possibly 1950's or earlier. The price is $140.00. Inventory code: PPTA.   Overall view ... Closeup.

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.

Marquetry frameThis is a beautiful marquetry frame. It is made from strongly contrasting natural shades of wood with a clear, semi-gloss finish. The edges are rounded. The frame measures 15 1/2" by 12 1/2", with an opening 11 3/4" by 8 3/4". It was constructed with a slight warp, so it does not lie quite flat. This is not noticeable when it is hanging on the wall. It was probably made in the middle part of the 20th century. The condition is very good with a small chip on one edge and a strip on one corner that has separated a little bit. The price is $335.00. Inventory Code: COTW.   Marquetry frame ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... From below ... Closeup, one corner ... Second corner ... Third corner ... Fourth corner ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Marquetry frame ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... From below ... Closeup, one corner ... Second corner ... Third corner ... Fourth corner ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Industrial brass faucetThis is a sculptural old and unusual long brass faucet with a heart shaped handle. It has a wonderful look to it and is now mounted on a new base and stand that display its classic features. We are not sure of the original use of this decorative industrial piece as we have not seen one quite like it before. It certainly is old, likely from the early 1900's, or possibly earlier. The top turns and can even be removed to see how the liquid would be allowed to flow. The piece is in excellent old condition. It has a great surface and color as well as very nice form. The faucet itself is 9 1/2" long by about 2" wide by 5 1/4" high. The full size, on the base and stand is 11 1/2" by 4" by 7 1/2" high. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: TAWK.   Industrial brass faucet ... The other side ... Another view ... From above ... Front view ... Back view ... Off the base ... From below ... With stem removed ... With a soda can for scale.

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