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Marquetry game table
Outstanding marquetry game table
Remember Me fretwork frame
"Remember Me" fretwork frame
Painting
Expressive portrait painting
African-American carving
Exceptional, large,
African-American carving
High blanket chest with carved arrowheads
High blanket chest with carved arrowheads
Tramp art frameTramp art frame
Free form Wave pattern tramp art frame
Hand wrought clamps
Hand wrought massive clamps
Bottle whimsey with musicians, domino players, pig roast
Cuban bottle whimsey with
pig roast, musicians, domino game

Lewis Smith train
Anchor
Small folding anchor
Frame with carved butterflies
Frame with carved butterflies
Bottle whimsy
Bottle whimsy with tramp art pavilion
Whimsey carving
Ball in cage whimsey
with swivel
Fred Bowerman carving
Carved "fidget stick"
by Fred Bowerman
Doorknob weathervane
Doorknob weathervane
Folk art model Ferris wheel
Folk art model Ferris wheel
Frog carving
Stylized carved frog
Carved eagle
Carved eagle

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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.

Doorknob weathervaneThis whimsical metal weather vane arrow was hand made on a doorknob base. It is 24" long by 5" high, the point is 2" wide. It was most likely made in the 1940's or 50's. It has weathered green paint over remnants of red, and is in excellent condition. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: AWTT. One side ... The other side, upside down ... Closeup of point ... Closeup of tail.

Marquetry game tableMarquetry tableThis is an outstanding marquetry game table. The design and workmanship are beautiful. The top has a checkerboard in the center, with a pieced double border. This is flanked by two sunbursts, a wave pattern, and then a triple border. The sides, ends, legs, and lower shelf are all decorated. The edge of the top is finished with decorative tacks, and the surface is a clear lacquer or varnish. The table stands 19 1/2" high by 38 1/4" by 24 1/2". Age is unknown, maybe from the 1930's. It is in excellent condition with a few small scratches. The price is $1200.00. Inventory Code: COCT.   Marquetry game table ... From above ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... One end ... The other end ... Another overall view ... Closeup of the top, one corner ... Second corner ... Third corner ... Fourth corner ... Closeup of lower parts ... Extreme closeup ... From below ... Closeup from below ... With a yardstick and 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.

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.

Large African-American carvingThis is a very large, powerful African-American carving of a man and lion. The mane of the lion makes up the man's hair. It stands almost 3 feet high - 33" by 13" by 22", and is hand carved from ancient swamp-submerged cypress with a varnish finish. This is one of three known carvings by the same anonymous artist found in Florida. We are told that one of them was found in a black neighborhood in Jacksonville, FL. This one has been in a private collection for about the last 30 years, and was probably made around the 1940's. We have a second one available here. Overall the condition is very good, and it is very sturdy. There is an old crack on one of the lion's teeth, a very old drying crack around and underneath the lion's chin (which is still very strong), and a few scuffs in the finish. The price is $3400.00. Inventory Code: AAHW.   African-American carving ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... Another overall view ... Side view ... Back view ... The lion side ... Another view of the lion ... The lion, from above ... From above ... Another view from above ... A different angle from above ... With a yardstick for scale.
With the other carving by the same maker:   Both carvings together ... Another angle ... A third view ... From above.

Some much larger photos:   Overall image ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... Another overall view ... With a yardstick for scale.
With the other carving by the same maker:   Both carvings together ... Another angle ... A third view ... From above.

Frame with carved butterfliesThis is a crossed corner frame with carved butterflies. It is likely from the 1920's or 30's. It is in dark stained wood with a painted gold band around the center area. The frame is 14" by 11 3/4" outside, with an opening of 8 3/4" by 6 5/8". The condition is good with the loss of half of one butterfly. The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: CWRH.   Frame with carved butterflies ... Closeup, lower corners ... Upper left ... Upper right ... Side view ... Another side view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Frame with carved butterflies ... Closeup, lower corners ... Upper left ... Upper right ... Side view ... Another side view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Bottle whimsyThis is a very intricate bottle whimsy. It contains a pavilion with carved pillars and a tramp art roof. Inside the pavilion are a table covered with a fringed cloth with a large Bible on top, a sofa and chair with green velvet upholstery and white antimacassars, and a chip-carved piano with upholstered bench. There is a heavy paper flag on a carved wood flagpole. A chip-carved crest around the flag has names written in pencil. The pavilion is pieced from lighter and darker wood strips, and the roof is painted gold. The bottle is 11" high by 4 1/2" in diameter. The condition is excellent, and the age is probably early 1900's. The price is $925.00. Inventory Code: CWHA.   Bottle whimsy ... Two sides ... Two more views ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... Another view from below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Bottle whimsy ... Two sides ... Two more views ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... Another view from below ... With a soda can for scale.

Whimsey carvingThis is a nicely carved whimsy from a single piece of pine. It has a ball in cage, swivel, and chain link. One of the balls is freely moving within the cage. The other is part of the swivel mechanism: it is attached to the link above, and the cage rotates freely around it. This whimsy is in excellent condition, with a natural, oxidized surface. It is 9 3/4" long by 3/4" by 3/4". It is probably 50 years old or older. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: TSWT.   Whimsey carving ... Another view ... Third view ... Fourth view.

Here is a train, drawn in markers on cardboard, by Lewis Smith. It is 6 1/2" high by 17" wide. This was drawn on found cardboard that has some flattened creases and some very faint staining visible in the photo (which to us does not detract from the image in person). Lewis preferred to use recycled and imperfect materials in his art - it reflected the value he saw in everyday objects that others discarded. See much more of his work, or find out about his life. The price is $450.00. Inventory code: LS137.   Train engine ... Back.
Some much larger photos:   Train engine ... Reverse.

Folk art model Ferris wheelThis is a Mexican folk art Ferris wheel model that spins when the crank is turned. It was probably made in Oaxaca as a souvenir. The figures have painted faces and jointed arms and legs that can be positioned up or down. The wheel and figures are about 18" high, and the base is 9 3/4" by 13 1/2". It is in good, weathered condition with some minor warping and loss to the old plywood. The age is unknown, but it is old, likely about the mid-20th c. or a little older. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: CWKP.   Folk art model Ferris wheel ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.
Some much larger photos:   Folk art model Ferris wheel ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.

Frog carvingHere is a stylized, primitive frog carved from pine, part of a small collection we have by the same anonymous artist. It is stained dark brown/black, showing through a bit lighter in a few areas. It is 5" high by 8 1/2" long by 3 7/8" wide, in excellent condition. Age is unknown, but probably mid-20th century or earlier. You can see the rest of this group of carvings here. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TKPW.   Frog carving ... Side view ... The other side ... Front and back views ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Frog carving ... Side view ... The other side ... Front and back views ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.

A bold, angular eagle, in a sitting position. It is carved from dark wood and mounted on top of a cork. 4 1/4" high, including the cork, by 1 1/4" wide by 1 3/4" deep, in excellent condition. The price is $85.00. Inventory Code: PCRO. Image.

High blanket chest with carved arrowheadsThis is a blanket chest on legs with applied carved arrowheads. It is a striking piece. The chest is of single board construction with a varnish finish and good patina. The inside is divided into two compartments. The lid lifts off. "J.R.D. 1926" is carved into the front edge of the lid, more letters on one side of the lid, and the letter "M" is carved on one side of the chest. The lower front is decorated with incised circles and inverted "Y" shapes. It stands 31" high by 42" wide by 17" deep. The condition is good with a fair amount of surface scratches. It was most likely found in western NC or eastern TN. The price is $975.00. Inventory Code: TRWR.   High blanket chest with carved arrowheads ... Another view (with flash) ... Closeup ... A different angle ... Fourth view ... From above ... Lid removed ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   High blanket chest with carved arrowheads ... Another view (with flash) ... Closeup ... A different angle ... Fourth view ... From above ... Lid removed ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Bottle whimsey with musicians, domino players, pig roastThis is an absolutely wonderful, intricate bottle whimsey. Inside are four men playing dominoes, two musicians, and a man turning a pig on a spit over a fire. This bottle is one of a small group made in the early 2000's by Ramon Arbelo Gonzalez of Cuba. You can see the others here. The construction is very intricate - each domino is individually carved and painted, as are the flames of the fire. The guitar is carved, with applied bridge and individual strings. The bottle is embossed "Havana Club" and has a wooden base attached. Including the stopper and base, it is 13 1/2" long by 4" high by 3 1/4" in diameter, in excellent condition. The price is $1200.00. Inventory Code: CSRT.   Bottle whimsey with musicians, domino players, pig roast ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Closeup from above ... Top view ... Closeup from top ... Back view ... Closeup from back ... Another closeup from back ... End view ... The other end ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Bottle whimsey with musicians, domino players, pig roast ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Closeup from top ... Closeup from back ... Another closeup from back ... From below.

Tramp art frameTramp art frameThis is a large tramp art frame with decoration in an unusual wave pattern. It is from the late 1800's, built up in five layers, finished in a dark lacquer or varnish with a fine craqueleur. The frame measures 29 1/2" by 24 3/4". The opening is 19 3/4" by 15", with a more recent mirror. There are two small breaks, each about 1" long, in the outer layer: one in the top right, the other on the lower left. Otherwise the frame is in excellent condition with a very good surface. The price is $1350.00. Inventory Code: CWWS.   Tramp art frame ... Another angle ... Closeup ... A second closeup ... Third closeup ... Side view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Tramp art frame ... Another angle ... Closeup ... A second closeup ... Third closeup ... Side view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Fred Bowerman carvingThis is a branch with a very amusing, expressive face carved into one end. The other end was cut off, the wood hollowed out, and a ball put inside. The end was then replaced carefully, so that only a thin seam shows. When the stick is tilted back and forth, the ball inside rolls with a heavy clicking sound. It's fun to fidget with. Most of the branch has a natural surface, with traces of the bark remaining; the face is painted. It measures 6 1/2" long by 1 7/8" high by 1 3/4" wide and is signed and dated "Fred Bowerman Aug. 8, 1990". The condition is very good, with a couple of small splits in the wood. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TKSP.   Fred Bowerman carving ... Another angle ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side, with a soda can for scale ... Back view ... From above and below ... Video of the action [3.8 Mb].
Some much larger photos:   Fred Bowerman carving ... Another angle ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side, with a soda can for scale ... Back view ... From above and below ... Video of the action [3.8 Mb].

AnchorHere is an interesting and decorative collapsible anchor. It measures only 7" by 2" by 2" when folded. Opened, including the hanging ring it is 8 1/2" long, while the four flukes extend to 7" across. It is made from galvanized iron. It is not too old, but obviously used, with a nice surface. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: TTPK.   Anchor ... Another view ... A third angle ... From above ... From below ... Folded up.

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