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Chair in a bottle whimsyWhimsy bottle carving chair
Pair of chairs in bottles by the same maker
Model cabin with carved couple
Model cabin with carved couple
Decorative metal cultivator blade
Decorative metal cultivator blade
Aboriginal painting by Kudditji Kngwarreye
Large abstract painting by Aboriginal
artist Kudditji Kngwarreye
Painted sign
Folky long Reward sign
Collection of ceremonial keys
Part of a collection of oversize keys:
trade signs, "keys to the city",
and souvenirs, 1800's - 1940's
Carved band by Mattingly
One of two carved bands by "Hog" Mattingly
Cast iron architectural tie-ins
Cast iron architectural tie-ins
Painted tramp art frame
Painted tramp art frame with great surface
Decorative industrial pulley
Decorative industrial pulley
Cast iron grate
Cast iron grate
Folky whirligig
Folky painted whirligig of man sawing wood
Carved stand
Carved stand with
snakes, salamanders
Carved husky dog
Tiny carved husky dog
Carved squirrel
Primitive carved squirrel
peach pit pin
Peach pit basket whimsy pin
Jackstraws
Hand carved jackstraws
Carving
Carved Tasmanian devil?
Carved Sailor's lamp
Carved Sailor's lamp
w/heart, cross, anchor

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Decorative metal cultivator bladeThis is a decorative steel cultivator blade. It has a dark metal and rust surface from years of use. The blade is 19" in diameter, and has a convex shape to it, so curves to 2" deep. The back of the blade is painted, with the rust showing through. This piece is from the earlier part of the 20th century and is in good used condition. The price is $85.00. Inventory Code: CPOC.   Decorative metal cultivator blade ... The other side ... Side views ... With a 12" ruler for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Decorative metal cultivator blade ... The other side ... Side views.

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).

Painted signThis is a folky old wood sign. Painted on a single board is the message: "$100.00 reward for information leading to the arrest & conviction of any person destroying or damaging this company's property..." The sign looks like it was done about the 1940's and the paint, with some slight wear is still good and strong. Two metal loops were added on the back for hanging. The board has some old dry rot along one edge. This sign is 65" long by 7 1/4" high by 3/4" thick. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: TORK.   Reward sign ... Closeup, left side ... Closeup middle ... Closeup, right side ... Closeup from above ... Another closeup from above ... Overall, side view ... Back view ... Closeup, back left ... Closeup, back middle ... Closeup, back right ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

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.

More oversized keys


Carved band by MattinglyHere are four carved musicians by Lloyd "Hog" Mattingly. They are coated with gesso, painted, and decorated, with beads for eyes. The women have hair made from polyurethane spray foam insulation, ribbons, fabric skirts, and plastic necklaces. The men's hair is made from glued sawdust, and they have painted clothes with felt hats and braid belts. Each is mounted on a round wood base 11" in diameter; they are unsigned. They range in size from 28 1/2" to 32" tall. They are in good condition with slight cracking and minor surface loss as seen in the photos. They woman in the floral skirt is missing one hand. Mattingly was from Kentucky, and carved from the early 1980's until his death in 2003. We have a similar, smaller group of musicians by him here. The price is $550.00 for the group. Inventory Code: CTTO.   Carved band by Mattingly ... Closeup ... The two women ... Side views of the women ... Back of the women ... The two men ... More views ... Side views of the men ... Closeups of the singer ... The singer's feet ... Closeups of the banjo player ... Closeup of the fiddler ... Two more closeups ... Side and back of the fiddler ... His legs ... The fiddler's feet ... Closeups of the guitar player ... Side and back closeups ... His legs and feet ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved band by Mattingly ... Closeup ... The two women ... Side views of the women ... Back of the women ... The two men ... More views ... Side views of the men ... Closeups of the singer ... The singer's feet ... Closeups of the banjo player ... Closeup of the fiddler ... Two more closeups ... Side and back of the fiddler ... His legs ... The fiddler's feet ... Closeups of the guitar player ... Side and back closeups ... His legs and feet ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Chair in a bottle whimsyWhimsy bottle carving chairHere is a pair of bottle whimsies by the same maker. They are both chairs with woven seats built in gallon bottles. The bottles are about 12" high by 6" in diameter and have metal screw tops. They are sturdy and well done; and were probably made within the last 25 years.

This first chair has arms and is slightly larger than the other. This bottle also is clearer. The chair is about 6 1/2" high. The condition is excellent. While they could be separated, these chairs are offered as a pair. The price is $475.00 for both. Inventory Code: CAWA.   Chair in a bottle whimsey ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... A different angle ... From above ... From below ... With the other bottle and a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Chair in a bottle whimsey ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... A different angle ... With the other bottle and a soda can for scale.

The second chair is somewhat smaller and does not have arms. The bottle is slightly cloudy inside, otherwise the condition is excellent. The chair is about 5 3/4" high. The price is $475.00 for the pair. Inventory Code: CAWT.   Bottle whimsey with chair ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With the other bottle and a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Bottle whimsey with chair ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... With the other bottle and a soda can for scale.

Model cabin with carved coupleThis is a very folky model cabin with a carved man and woman on the porch. They are wearing clothes that appear to be made of fabric stiffened with paint. She has hair made from paintbrush bristles, and he has eyeglasses made from copper wire. The windows are plastic, with carved flowers in the windowsills. The cabin has bright red painted trim. The rest of the cabin is covered with glued-on colored aquarium gravel. It is from the collection of Howard Campbell. An inscription in his writing on the bottom reads "Made by Yvonne English, Madison Co., N.C., Purchased from her 7/24/93". It was probably made within a few years of that date. It is in very good condition with very slight loss of gravel on the edges, and measures 14 1/2" wide by 7 1/2" deep by 9" high. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: TKCT.   Folky model cabin with carved couple ... Closeup of couple ... Closer view ... From above ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... The roof ... From below ... Inscription on bottom ... With a soda can for scale.
A much larger photo.

Painted tramp art frameThis is a wonderful little painted tramp art frame decorated in up to eight layers. The surface is painted dark red which over time has taken on an exceptional color and surface, with a great patina. It is in excellent, near mint condition with one very small chip missing. The frame was likely made in the early 1900's. It is 11 3/4" long by 10 1/4" high by almost 2" deep. The opening is 8" by 5 1/8". The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: COSO.   Painted tramp art frame ... Closeup ... Side views ... From above ... From below ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Painted tramp art frame ... Closeup ... Side views ... From above ... From below ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Decorative industrial pulleyThis is a decorative cast iron industrial pulley with green paint. There are grooves around the edge for belts to fit, and three blades inside. The size is 10" in diameter by 2 3/4" deep. It appears to be from the early 1900's and is in good display condition, used with worn paint. The price is $140.00. Inventory Code: CPOR.   Decorative industrial pulley ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Two side views ... Fourth view ... Fifth view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Decorative industrial pulley ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Two side views ... Fourth view ... Fifth view.

Folky whirligigThis is a good sized whirligig of a man sawing wood with a stylized tree supporting the blade. It has very folky construction. Likely from the 1940's, the mechanism works. The man's arms move and the saw cuts as the front blade turns. It is an old repaint in dark green, yellow, and a muted orange over dark red. The man has interesting and unusual metal pieces added on the sides for strength. The condition is excellent with one old break on the front of the man's cap. This piece is about 28" long and stands about 34" high on the newer metal base and rod. The blades are 18" across. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CWWT.   Folky whirligig ... The other side ... The figure moved ... With the base ... Another view ... Front view ... Back view ... Another view from back ... From above ... With a soda can for scale ... Animation of the motion [4 Mb].
Some much larger photos:   Folky whirligig ... The other side ... The figure moved ... With the base ... Another view ... Front view ... Back view ... Another view from back ... From above ... With a soda can for scale ... Animation of the motion [4 Mb].

This reptile and amphibian-covered stand is carved from diamond willow, with a soapstone base. The natural contours and ridges of the diamond willow have been carved into snakes, frogs, and salamanders, all very finely detailed with set in eyes and lines, spots, etc. The match holder (?) on top is incised with the words "F. Reichter, square bow, flat bottom, 1859 Minnesota River" and is supported by a brass hose nozzle. The silver paint looks fairly recent, but the snakes, etc. all have a very good, old, dark, patinated surface. The stand is 44" tall, the base is 9 1/2" in diameter, and the condition is excellent, with one old, probably original break near the base. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: PHTS.   Overall Image ... Closeup ... Top half ... Base and lower half ... Another overall view ... A third overall view.

This whimsy pin is a carved peach leaf with three dangling baskets carved from peach pits. The baskets are attached with hand made copper wire loops. The leaf is 3 1/2" wide, each basket is about 1" high, and the overall height is 2 1/4". A safety pin is attached to the back for wearing. It is from the early 1900's, has a nice surface and patina, and is in very good condition. We took a photo in a frame with no glass to show what it would look like, but this is NOT framed or matted. The frame can be purchased with the whimsy for $10.00 more. You will need to mat and mount it yourself. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: ATCS.   Peach pit whimsy pin ... Back ... As it would look in a frame.

This is a set of approximately 70 hand carved jackstraws. There is a variety of different shapes: no two are quite alike. Two have bent metal pins in the end as hooks for pulling out the selected straw. They are old and well used, with a good patina on their unfinished surfaces, and in a worn, old cardboard box, with the words "Jack's Straws" pencilled in. They range from 1" to about 3 1/4" long, with most 2 3/4" to 3"; probably from the early 1900's, in very good condition. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: PWSW.   Image.

A roughly carved, fat little squirrel with penciled in eyes. 4" high by 3 1/2" long by 1 1/2" wide. The price is $40.00. Inventory Code: PHPS.   Image.

Cast iron architectural tie-insHere are two decorative "S" shaped cast iron architectural tie-ins. These are in excellent, aged condition with a natural dark surface. They were probably made in the late 1800's or early 1900's and are about 21 1/2" long by 5" wide, by 1/2" thick. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: AOSK.   Cast iron architectural tie-ins ... The other side ... Side angle ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Cast iron architectural tie-ins ... The other side ... Side angle ... With a soda can for scale.

This is a very sweet little husky dog, minimally carved. It is very small, only 2 1/4" long by 2 1/8" high by 3/4" wide. It was carved from walnut, with a natural unfinished surface. Age is probably from the mid-1900's, and the condition is very good. The price is $55.00. Inventory Code: PCKR.   Small carved husky ... Side view ... The other side ... Front and back views ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Small carved husky ... Side view ... The other side ... Front and back views ... With a soda can for scale.

A Tasmanian devil? 5" long, 3 1/2" high, 1 1/2" wide. The price is $65.00. Inventory Code: PHSK.   Image.

Cast iron grateThis is a decorative cast iron grate with good form. It has remnants of black paint over an old, rich, oxidized surface. It stands 22" high by 10 1/4" wide. The depth is nicely contoured between 1/2" at the ends to 3/4" in the center. The bottom few inches shows indications of having been buried, and the whole piece has the appearance of having been outdoors for some time. It is in very good, weathered condition, probably from the early 1900's. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: CPPT.   Cast iron grate ... Side views ... From above ... Closeup of foundry mark ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Cast iron grate ... Back view.

This is a lamp with hand relief carved symbols associated with sailors as decoration. It is finished in a crazed dark lacquer. The symbols include a heart, anchor, star, and cross. It is in excellent condition, without a shade; was made in the early 1900's; and is 8" x 8 ½" by 9" high. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: APCS.   Base ... Side ... Image 2 ... Image 3.

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