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Painted industrial pulleyPainted industrial pulley
Large, painted cast iron industrial pulleys
Blue standGray stand
Pair of wood stands from crate separators
Carved dog
Lifelike carved Great Dane dog
Natural burl flowers
Flower sculpture made
from a natural burl
Parquetry tray
Elaborate parquetry tray pieced from small wooden blocks
Garden gnomeGarden gnome
Two English concrete garden gnomes
Carved fish on a stringer
Carved fish on a stringer
Slow/Stop highway worker's sign
Two sided hand made construction
workers' sign, 4 1/2 feet long
twig basket
Twig basket
Outsider art concrete faces
Group of concrete and found object faces by outsider artist Betty Davis
Benny Carter Statue of Liberty clock
Benny Carter Statue of Liberty clock
Acrobat painting initialled CVAbstract painting initialled CV
Two paintings initialled CV
Star quilt
Star quilt
Nollichuckey River, by Robert E. Gilbert
"Nollichuckey River", by Robert E. Gilbert
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Painted industrial pulleyHere are two colorful, large industrial cast iron pulleys with older working overpaint. They are in excellent condition, likely from the last quarter of the 20th c. They are mounted on contemporary metal display bases, priced individually below.

This pulley is painted dark blue and teal. It has two manufacturer's stickers that are partly missing. The size is 17 3/4" high by 16 1/2" wide by 2" deep. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: COKP.   Painted industrial pulley ... The other side ... Side views ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of body ... With a soda can for scale.

Painted industrial pulleyThis pulley is painted bright blue and pink. The paint seems more recent than the other two. It measures 17 3/4" high by 16 1/2" wide by 2" deep. There are two manufacturer's stickers that have been painted over. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: CORP.   Painted industrial pulley ... The other side ... Another angle ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of body ... Closeup other side ... With a soda can for scale.

Garden gnomeHere are two folky concrete garden gnomes. They are weathered from outdoor use. Each has its own personality. These are from England, priced individually, with a discount for the pair. This first gnome has a blue hat and a base made from a can. It is 6" tall by 3 1/4" in diameter. It is from the mid-20th c. The condition is very good, with a few small paint chips. The price for this one is $75.00. Inventory Code: CPKA.   Garden gnome, with a soda can for scale ... Another view ... Side and back views ... From above and below.

Garden gnomeThe second English concrete garden gnome is 5 3/4" high by 3 1/4" in diameter. The base is a metal can. It is from the mid-20th c. The condition is very good with minor paint loss, mainly on the cap. The price for this one is $75.00. Inventory Code: CPKT.   Garden gnome, with a soda can for scale ... Another view ... Side and back views ... From above and below.

Blue standWood standThese are two crate separators which make super little tables or stands. One is unpainted and weathered an old natural grayish brown, while the other is painted a wonderful old blue. There is a mark on one as being made by a box company in Paris, Texas. Each one is in very good, used condition. They are old and are about 18" high, with the top being 11 1/2" by 12 1/2". There is a little flex in them, but they are sturdy and do not fold up. The price is $225.00 for the pair. Inventory Code: AWRS.   Blue stand ... One side ... Another side ... Gray stand ... One side ... Another side ... From above.

twig basketThis is a very well-made twig basket. It has a diamond shape, crossed corners, and a bent twig handle. It is finished in a very dark varnish and is in excellent, sturdy condition with some minor scuffing. It was probably made around the 1940's. The dimensions are 16 1/2" high by 19" by 13". The price is $145.00. Inventory Code: AHOA.   Twig basket ... Side view ... Another angle.

Carved dogThis is a very lifelike wood carving of a Great Dane dog. It is completely carved from one block of hard, close grained wood - probably walnut. The dog has a lot of personality. The entire piece is in excellent condition. It is finished in a light coat of lacquer or varnish. The carving was done around the mid to late 20th c. and is about 11 1/4" high by 8" long by 5" deep. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: COSH.   Dog carving ... Another angle ... Third view ... Front view ... Another front view ... Back view ... Another back view ... Closeup ... Closeup of the feet ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Dog carving ... Another angle ... Third view ... Front view ... Another front view ... Back view ... Another back view ... Closeup ... Closeup of the feet ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Burl flowersHere is an old sculpture of "flowers" is made from a single natural burl shape. It has wonderful form and detail, and has been mounted on a wooden base that may have been a box lid. The piece is finished with a light clear varnish. It is from western NC, and measures 12" high by approximately 7" wide and 5" deep. The base is about 6" by 7". This sculpture is in excellent condition, from around the 1930's or 40's. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: TKOT.   Burl flowers ... Another view ... Two more angles ... Closeup of one flower ... Closeups of top ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup from behind ... From above ... Another view from above ... Top view ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... 360º Video [6.2 Mb].

Parquetry trayThis is a very intricate parquetry tray. It has a stylized bunch of grapes design worked into the top. It also has an openwork upper border, and sits up on low feet with a scalloped lower border. The entire piece is assembled from small wood blocks of many colors. It is in very good condition with minor wear and scuffing. The age is unknown, but appears to be from the mid-20th century or older. It measures 16 1/2" by 11 1/2" by 4" high. The price is $235.00. Inventory Code: COCW.   Parquetry tray ... From above ... Side view ... Two views of the other side ... Three more angles ... Another view from above ... End view ... The other end ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Outsider art concrete faces

Here are several unusual and folky faces made from concrete and found objects then painted. These were done by Betty Davis, an outsider artist from Gonzales, TX. Each face has its own personality. These were made approximately 1999 and are in excellent condition. They are described and priced individually below.   A photo of the artist ... Larger view of all faces.

Outsider art concrete faceThis is the largest face. It is painted yellow, blue, and white. It is 19 1/2" high by 15 1/2" wide by about 1 1/2" deep. The price is $475.00. Inventory Code: CCOP.   Largest face ... Side view ... From below ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Outsider art concrete faceThis heart-shaped face is painted blue, red, and black, with eyes bulging out and hair standing on end. It is 11" high by 7 1/2" wide by about 2 1/4" deep. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CCWC.   Blue and red face, with a soda can for scale ... Side views ... Back.

Outsider art concrete facesThis is a plaque with three faces. They have colored beads for eyes. It is 7 1/2" high by 12 1/2" wide by about 2" deep. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CCOS.   Group of three faces ... Side views ... From below ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.

Outsider art concrete facesThis is a plaque with three women's faces. Two of them are wearing costume jewelry. It is 8" high by 12" wide by about 1 3/4" deep. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CCWR.   Three faces, with costume jewelry ... Side view ... From below ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.

Outsider art concrete faceThis face is painted a greenish/gray with blue/gray lips. It has rows of Phillips head screws for eyebrows. It is 11 3/4" high by 6 3/4" wide by about 2" deep. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CCWW.   Gray face, screws for eyebrows ... Side views ... From below ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.

Outsider art concrete faceThis face has metal discs for eyebrows, metal watch band teeth, and a tongue of either ceramic or polished stone. It is unpainted except for the lips and measures 14 1/2" high by 9" wide by about 2 3/4" deep. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CCWO.   Face with metal teeth, with a soda can for scale ... Side views ... From above and below ... Back.

Outsider art concrete faceThis blue face has darker blue lips and large glass or plastic marbles for eyes. The eyes were painted over, then part of the paint removed in the center. They glow when they catch the light at the right angle. It is 13 1/2" high by 10 wide by about 2" deep. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CCWK.   Blue face with glass eyes ... Side views ... From above and below ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved fish on a stringerThis is a very rustic stringer of five hand carved fish. They are attached together to a chain; each with a large clasp. The fish are carved partially to exposed wood with the rest having the bark left attached. They range in size from about 8 1/2" long by 1 1/2" high by 1" wide for the smallest, to about 13" long by 2" wide and high for the largest. They all have applied eyes and are finished with a light varnish. They were all found in the North Carolina Mountains and had been hanging in a collector's cabin for decoration for about 40 years. The fish were likely made around the 1940's, and are in excellent condition. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CRSO.   Carved fish on a stringer ... The other side ... Third angle ... Fourth view ... Fifth view ... From above ... Closeup ... Second closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Fourth closeup ... With a soda can for scale.

Slow/Stop highway worker's signThis is an old slow/stop sign of the type used by signal persons on roads. It has a wood handle, metal sign, and cloth flag; and was probably made about the 1940's or a bit earlier. The entire piece is 55" long. The metal sign is 14" by 8" and reads "Slow" on one side and "Stop" on the other. Both it and the end of the handle are painted orange, with the words on the metal in white. The red cotton flag is about 12" by 13", and is somewhat tattered through use. The handle was cut into an octagon along its length. The overall condition is good with normal wear, scratches, and scrapes from years of use. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: CAPO.   Slow/Stop highway worker's sign ... The other side, with a yardstick for scale ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Side view ... From below ... From above ... Side view, closeup ... The other side.
Some much larger photos:   Slow/Stop highway worker's sign ... The other side, with a yardstick for scale ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Side view ... From below ... From above ... Side view, closeup ... The other side.

Benny Carter Statue of Liberty clockThis is a Benny Carter Lady Liberty, Statue of Liberty clock. It is very well made, with good painting, decoration, and writing both on the front and back. The clock has 2 brass finials; hand carved, painted, and applied wooden rosettes; cut and applied smaller Lady Liberty pieces on the bottom support; 4 applied mirrors; wooden spool spacers; a hand painted "button" scene of New York; and a series of painted yellow cabs. Writing on the front includes his signature, and "Come up and see me sometime". On the back it is signed again, and is written "Carter Clock Co. Mayodan, N. C.", as well as the statement "Time is running out for the Slotin Nights people in the dark". The clock stands 54 1/2" high by 18" wide by 5" deep. It has a hanger on the back. Overall the piece is in excellent condition. However, at this time the clock does not run. It needs a pendulum and key to wind the mechanism. The age is unknown. The price is $795.00. Inventory Code: CRTH.   Benny Carter Statue of Liberty clock ... Side view ... The other side ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of middle ... Closeup of smaller figures ... Back view ... Closeup, upper back ... Closeup of clockwork ... Closeup, lower back ... Back view, from side ... Back, other side ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

More by Benny Carter

Acrobat painting initialled CVThis is a large painting titled "Acrobat", signed with initials that appear to be "CV". It appears to be done in acrylic and pen and ink, matted and framed under plexiglass. The image area is about 28" high by 18" wide. The dimensions of the frame are 39" by 30". It is in excellent condition. We have no indication of the age, but it was probably done in the late 20th c. or early 2000's. We have a second painting by the same artist below. The price is $400.00. Inventory Code: CHPR.   "Acrobat" ... Closeup ... With a soda can for scale.

Abstract painting initialled CVThis is a large abstract painting titled "reflection blue" and initialled "CV". We are not sure what type of paints were used, however the brush strokes are clearly visible. It is in excellent condition, matted and framed under plexiglass. The image area is 31" by 25", and the frame is 38" by 33". The age is unknown, but likely from the late 20th c. or early 2000's. The initials are the same as the piece above. The price is $400.00. Inventory Code: CHAS.   Abstract painting ... Closeup ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Abstract painting ... Closeup ... With a soda can for scale.

Star quiltOrdered. (What this means.)
This is a tied quilt with a pattern of strip pieced stars and diamonds. It is made from denim and suiting weight fabrics in shades of blue, tan, and brown. The back is striped cotton ticking, folded over to bind the edges. It is tied with fine red yarn. The size is 56" by 74 1/2". Age is unknown, but likely from the first half of the 20th c. We would describe the condition as fair to poor due to visible repairs, multiple small tears/fraying, and lots of overall foxing with a few smaller stains. That said, it is sturdy and intact for displaying, with graphics that look great on a wall or bed. Inventory Code: CWWO.   Star quilt ... Closeup, one corner ... Second corner ... Third corner ... Fourth corner ... One edge ... Closeup of middle ... Closer view of one corner ... Back ... Back, one corner ... Back, second corner ... Back, third corner ... Back, fourth corner ... Repair on back ... Back edge ... Back center ... With a yardstick for scale.

"Nollichuckey River", by Robert E. Gilbert, is a painting in acrylic on artists board, mounted in a wood frame. It is signed and dated "REG 1963". The title is written on the back, along with an address label. It is in very good condition with some minor scuffs on the frame. The frame measures 19" high by 23" wide. The title refers to the Nolichucky River, which runs near Gilbert's home town of Jonesboro, Tennessee. REG was a Tennessee artist who worked mainly from the 1940's through the 80's, experimenting with traditional and non-traditional styles. You can read more about him and see much more of his art here. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: REG 116.   "Nollichuckey River", by Robert E. Gilbert ... Back view ... Closeup of title ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   "Nollichuckey River", by Robert E. Gilbert ... Back view ... Closeup of title ... With a soda can for scale.

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