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Stone carving of Abraham Lincoln
Stone carving of Abraham Lincoln
Dresser in bottle whimsy - one of a pairDresser in bottle whimsy - one of a pair
Pair of bottle whimsies by the same maker
Painted tramp art box
Painted tramp art box

Folky miniature desk frame
Carved farm scene
Carved farm scene
Folky carving
Folky carved bust
Fretwork bird cage
Fretwork bird cage with
intricate cat, spider, leaves
Blue standGray stand
Pair of wood stands from crate separators
Life size man
Life size folk art
Handyman figure
Carved Man
Carved man
Match stick box
Match stick and inlaid box
Crucifix
Very finely detailed
crucifix under glass
Elaborate applique quilt
Large, intricate applique quilt

Decorative industrial drill bit
Carving
Early carvings on scrap wood
Tank
Carved composition tank
Garden gnomeGarden gnome
Two English concrete garden gnomes
Marquetry frame
Marquetry frame
Spaceship art
Outer Space Art by RE Gilbert
Funky what-not shelf
Funky what-not shelf

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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.

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.

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.

Spaceship artSpaceship on alien planet, drawn in ink on heavy paper by Robert E. Gilbert. It measures 11" by 13 1/2", and is signed "REG 1976", in excellent condition The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: REG 5.   Image.

If you haven't looked at Gilbert's work in a while, we invite you to visit the large collection we now have on the site. You may be surprised at the variety of styles he produced. REG was a prolific contributor of art to science fiction fan magazines, and an occasional author. In addition, from the 1940's through the 80's he did a lot of non-science fiction art, experimenting with traditional and non-traditional styles. Gilbert lived in Tennessee, and died in 1993. His work expresses the strong sense of the alien. Landscapes are strange and unexpected. Even when humans are depicted, they look eerie somehow, as if they were just one more bizarre species in a weird galaxy.

More Art by Robert E. Gilbert


Stone carving of Abraham LincolnThis is a very well done bust of Abraham Lincoln carved from dense stone. It is flat on the bottom and back and will sit on a shelf, against a wall, or possibly as a bookend. The size is 8 3/4" high by 5 1/4" wide by 2" deep. It is in very good condition with some scratches on the back. The price is $395.00. Inventory Code: CHRS.   Stone carving of Abraham Lincoln ... Another angle ... Side views ... The other side ... From above ... From below ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Stone carving of Abraham Lincoln ... Another angle ... Side views ... The other side ... From above ... From below ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Dresser in bottle whimsy - one of a pairDresser in bottle whimsy - one of a pairHere are two bottle whimsies by the same maker. Each contains a dresser, painted gold, that fills the space. There is a mirror set in the back, four carved vases with silk flowers, ribbons tied around the uprights, and metal tacks for drawer pulls. Each has an inscribed date from 1918 on the back and different names: we assume the recipients rather than the maker. They are in fancy one quart bottles that are similar, but not quite identical and measure 9 3/4" high by 3" by 3".

The first bottle has a black metal cap. The bottle itself has raised lettering on two sides saying "Lemon-Horehound Rock & Rye Cordial". The inscription on the back reads "Dec 25 1918, G. A. Miller". It is in excellent condition. The price is $550.00 for this bottle, or $975.00 for the pair. Inventory Code: CWHS.   First of the pair of bottle whimsies ... Two more views ... Side and back views ... From above and below ... Both bottles, with a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   First of the pair of bottle whimsies ... Two more views ... Side and back views ... From above and below ... Both bottles, with a soda can for scale.

The second bottle has a fifth bunch of flowers on the top shelf. The bottle has no raised lettering and is closed with a cork. The inscription reads "Mary J Stubts, Feb 28 1918". There is a chip in the glass on the top rim of the bottle, otherwise the condition is excellent. The price is $550.00 for this bottle, or $975.00 for the pair. Inventory Code: CWHP.   Second of the pair of bottle whimsies ... Another angle ... Side and back views ... From above and below ... Both bottles, with a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Second of the pair of bottle whimsies ... Another angle ... Side and back views ... From above and below ... Both bottles, with a soda can for scale.

Painted tramp art boxThis is a colorfully painted tramp art box with a drawer and hinged lid. The construction is unusual. The upper, hinged portion is built around a cardboard cigar box. This was surrounded with 1/2" thick boards at the sides and back to make it taller, a drawer added underneath, then the whole box was decorated with chip-carved wood layers, some in free-form shapes. It was painted in two shades of rose, blue, black, and brown, with each notch highlighted in dull gold. Metal tacks and handles complete the decoration. There is a label inside from a Pennsylvania cigar factory.

The box stands 8 3/4" tall by 11" wide by 6" deep. The condition is fairly good. There is some wear to the edges of the cardboard part, mainly visible in the top corners and the edge just above the drawer. See the photos for details. Also, the hinges have pulled away from the cardboard, so that the lid is only held on by the metal slider inside. It is from the mid-1900's. The price is $395.00. Inventory Code: CATS.   Painted tramp art box ... Front view ... Another angle ... From above ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Lid open ... Open, from above ... With drawer removed ... The label inside ... Closeup of lid ... Another closeup ... Closeup of hinges ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Painted tramp art box ... Front view ... Another angle ... From above ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Another closeup ... Closeup of hinges.

This is a really nice hand made miniature desk frame with folky carved decoration. From the early 1900's, it has a great surface with fine craqueleur. The central frame can swivel between the uprights. The overall size is 4 1/2" high by 5 1/2" wide by 1 1/2" deep. The picture opening is about 1 1/8" by 1 1/8". The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: APWT. Carved frame ... One side ... The other side ... Back view ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved frame ... One side ... The other side ... Back view ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved farm sceneThis is a folky carved farming scene. It includes two horses attached to a doubletree rig, pulling what seems to be a primitive wheeled cutter on which a man is standing and working the team. The horses have hames and harnesses and the driver is holding thin twine for reins. The man's face is partially carved with painted features. The scene is mounted on a 5/8" plywood base. It is 13" long by 11 1/4" wide by 7" high. It was probably made in the 1950's or 60's and is in good condition. Some of the twine has been replaced. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: TKTR.   Carved farm scene ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Closeup of the farmer ... Front view ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved farm scene ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Front view ... Closeup of back ... From above.

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.

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:   Image ... One side ... Another side.

Gray stand:   Image ... One side ... Another side ... From above.

This very folky life size 3-D figure was made as a self-portrait by a painter and handyman in Weaverville, NC. It is made of wood, wire mesh, carpet, and plaster; painted and dressed in the maker's old clothes. When he finished the piece, he hung it on his front porch. His wife came home, saw it, and thought he had killed himself. It is 6 feet 5" high by 19" wide by 9" deep, in good, weathered condition. One plywood hand is missing and the other has lost a finger. The legs are slightly uneven lengths, and there are no feet, this appears to be how it was originally made. This is a striking, one of a kind figure. The price is $2200.00. Inventory Code: PAKO.   Life size folk art figure ... Closeups of his head ... Side views ... Back view ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale ... Closeup, side view ... Closeup, other side ... Closeup of hands ... Closeup of feet.

This is a primitively carved man with a hat, bare feet, and rolled up pants legs. He is walking. His facial features have an almost oriental look, however, these do not show in the photo. This man is chip carved a little coarsely. He was probably made around the 1940's or 50's. There hat brim is missing in the front from a long ago loss, but he in in otherwise excellent condition, with a good patina to the pine wood. The man is 6" high, 3" long, 1 1/2" wide. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: PCOA.   One side view ... Front view ... Second view ... Third view.

Match stick boxThis is an old wood box intricately decorated with matchsticks and inlay. This includes hearts and multitoned geometrics. The exterior of the box is almost completely covered with this decoration - even much of the bottom. The inside is divided into three padded, fabric lined sections. It likely was originally used as a jewelry box. The inside of the lid has a frame. There is a fair amount of wear to the inner satin covering. The outside of the box is in excellent condition with a good patina. The box came from Carteret County, NC and is likely from the early 1900's. The original box may have been older than that before it was decorated. The box is 12" wide by 8" deep by 6" high. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CWKS.   Match stick box ... From above ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Lid open ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Match stick box ... From above ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Lid open ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

CrucifixThis is a intricate and detailed assemblage of a crucifixion scene. It is all under a glass dome. This is the smallest and most delicate example we have come across. It has some history written in German on the bottom, with the name of the maker, place (West Bend, Iowa), and date (193?). This assemblage includes all the symbolic objects, a Jesus on the cross, a woman below, and a third person. It even has carved flowers on the bottom. This piece fills the dome, which is about 4" high, 2 1/2" wide, and 1 1/2" deep. It is in almost perfect condition; however the standing person is loose. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: AKOO.   Crucifix ... Back view ... One side ... The other side ... Writing on bottom.

Folky carvingThis is a very folky and unusual carved head and bust of a man. It is painted brown and tan, with big red lips and black highlights, then covered with varnish. This strange piece is approximately 8 1/4" high and about 3 1/2" by 3 1/2" at the base. The age is unknown. It likely was made in the last quarter of the 20th c. The condition is very good with some slight paint loss. There is glue residue on the bottom. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: CHOP.   Folky carving ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side views ... Back view ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

CarvingThis is an odd group of relief carvings on one scrap of wood, probably from the 1800's. There is a man in profile, two flowers, a round smiling face like a moon, a cross, and a heart. The wood is very old and irregularly shaped. One edge was broken off a long time ago, likely after the carvings were done, but possibly before. The natural wood surface has oxidized to a very dark patina. There is a fair amount of surface wear as seen in the photos. The contemporary base is made of wood and plastic, and will support the carving so either side can be displayed. The carving itself measures 10 1/2" long by 2 1/4" wide by 3/4" thick. Including the base it is 11" by 4 1/2" by 5 1/2". The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: COSR.   Multiple carving ... One side, off the base ... The second side ... Another view of the second side ... Second side, on the base ... Two more views ... Side view ... The other side ... End views ... The base ... With a soda can for scale.

TankThis model tank is hand made from a composition material, with a nail for a gun. It is 4" long by 2 1/4" wide by 2 1/4" high, painted brown. It is in fair condition with slight damage around the edges of the treads. The price is $25.00. Inventory Code: AAWT.   Model tank ...The other side ...From above.

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.

Industrial drill bitThis is an old decorative drill bit with 3 heads. It is about 4" in diameter by 6" high and has a threaded base which serves as a stand. THe bit is rusty. Two of the three heads turn slightly, but they all could probably be loosened to turn with a little penetrating oil. It was found in Iowa. The age is unknown. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: CCPC.   Industrial drill bit ... Another angle ... Third view ... Fourth view ... Fifth view ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Industrial drill bit ... Another angle ... Third view ... Fourth view ... Fifth view ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

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