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Large African-American
carved hand and egg
Natural burl flowers
Flower sculpture made
from a natural burl
African-American carving
Exceptional, large,
African-American carving:
1 of 2 by same maker
African-American carving of mother and children
African-American carving
of mother and children:
1 of 2 by same maker
Huge Iron Hooks
Huge painted iron hooks
Crocodile root carving
Early 20th c. Crocodile
root and burl carving
African-American carving
African-American carved bust
Life size man
Life size folk art
Handyman figure
Cast iron churn
Large sculptural
industrial cast iron churn
Carved bust on stone baseCarved bust on stone base
Two carved wood busts on stone bases
mailbox man
Large colorful man from
chain, car parts, etc.
Cast iron figure
19th c. Cast iron figures
Jazz band relief carving
Jazz band relief carving
Painted twig model swing
Miniature painted twig swing
Carved stand
Carved stand with
snakes, salamanders
Found object sculpture
Found object sculpture
Metal Folk Art     Carvings     Whimseys

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.

Cast iron figureCast iron figureHere are three extraordinary cast iron figures. Each conveys a strong sense of personality and movement. The faces were hand formed and vary from one to another. These figures date from the 19th century, were found in Tennessee, and have dark, oxidized, weathered surfaces. The backs are open and partly filled with concrete. They may have originally been architectural pieces or supports for a garden urn. They have been mounted on metal bases. Each stands about 12" high by 4 3/4" wide by 4" deep. The bases are each about 7" square. They are priced individually below. Inventory Code: TKRR.   Three cast iron figures ... Another angle ... A third view ... From above ... Another view from above ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Three cast iron figures ... Another angle ... A third view ... From above ... Another view from above ... With a soda can for scale.

The first figure is in excellent condition. The price is $850.00. Inventory Code: TKKS.   Closeup ... With a soda can for scale ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of the back.
Some much larger photos:   Closeup ... With a soda can for scale ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of the back.

The second figure has an old break on the left arm. The price is $800.00. Inventory Code: TKRR.   Closeup ... With a soda can for scale ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... From below.
Some much larger photos:   Closeup ... With a soda can for scale ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of back.

The third figure has an old break across the top of the head and one arm. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: TKRK.   Closeup ... With a soda can for scale ... Another angle ... Side views ... Back views ... From above ... Another closeup.
Some much larger photos:   Closeup ... With a soda can for scale ... Another angle ... Side views ... Back views ... From above ... Another closeup.

Carved bust on stone baseHere are two carved busts mounted on dark green stone bases. They have strong faces, and stained very dark brown. They were carved in the mid-20th century or a bit earlier and are in excellent condition. These are part of a small collection by the same unknown artist. He initialled some of his pieces "TWH", but these two are unsigned. You can see some others by him here.

The first carving is 12" high by 6" wide by 4 1/4" deep, including the base. The price is $275.00, or $495.00 for the pair. Inventory Code: TKPS.   Carved bust on stone base ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... Both carvings, with a soda can for scale ... Another view of both.
Some much larger photos:   Carved bust on stone base ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side views ... Back view ... Both carvings, with a soda can for scale ... Another view of both.

Carved bust on stone baseThe second carving is 12 1/4" high by 5 7/8" wide by 4 1/4" deep, including the base. The price is $275.00, or $495.00 for the pair. Inventory Code: TKPP.   Carved bust on stone base ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Both carvings, with a soda can for scale ... Another view of both.
Some much larger photos:   Carved bust on stone base ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Both carvings, with a soda can for scale ... Another view of both.

This is a great African-American carving, very large and striking, of a hand holding up an egg. It was carved from a section of a large log. This piece has an enormous "look" and presence. It stands 31" high, and the irregularly shaped base is approximately 16" in diameter - about 19" across at its widest. The carving was found in southern Somerset Co, PA or northern Garret Co, MD in the early 1970's, although it is much older than that. It has remained in a private collection for the last 30 years or so. The age splits, visible in the photo, do not affect the stability or solidity. The condition is very good. The price is $3500.00. Inventory Code: TASP.   Carved hand and egg ... Three more views ... Different angles ... Closeup of the hand and egg ... Second closeup ... Third closeup ... Fourth closeup ... Fifth closeup ... Closeup from above ... Very close of the fingers ... Another very close shot ... Closeup of base ... Another closeup of base ... Third closeup of base.

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 below. 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.   Overall image ... 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.

African-American carving of mother and childrenThis is a fairly large, and visually very strong carving. It is of an African-American woman with two children. It is 31" high by 17 1/2" wide by 12" deep. The boy is wearing overalls. This piece is hand carved from ancient swamp-submerged cypress with a varnish finish. It is one of three known carvings by the same anonymous artist that were found in Florida. We have one of the other two above. It is even larger, and is a combination of a lion and a Rastaman. This one has been in a private collection for many years. It was probably made no more recently than around the 1940's. The condition is very good, and it is very sturdy. The price is $1,800.00. Inventory Code: TROR.   African-American carving of mother and children ... Closeup of the woman's face ... Closeup of the children ... Another closeup of the children ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... Another view from below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
With the other carving by the same maker, above:   Both carvings together ... Another angle ... A third view ... From above.

Some much larger photos:   African-American carving of mother and children ... Closeup of the woman's face ... Closeup of the children ... Another closeup of the children ... Side views ... Back view ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
With the other carving by the same maker, above:   Both carvings together ... Another angle ... A third view ... From above.

Iron ship hooksThis is a movable metal sculpture made of two huge old iron hooks connected through a link. They came from Maine and were likely used on a large ship, possibly for holding anchor chain. One side is painted red and the other green, indicating port and starboard. This is an old, working repaint. Each hook is about 12" long by 7" wide and 1 1/2" at the thickest. They are mounted on a black, custom iron base and can be arranged in several different configurations. Age is unknown, but they are old, in excellent, used condition. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: TTPH.   Iron ship hooks ... Another view ... Third angle ... Fourth view ... From above ... Front view ... Off the base ... Mounted another way ... Another angle ... Another front view ... The base only.

African-American carvingThis is a bust of an African-American carved from walnut. It has a smooth, polished surface and lots of personality. It is 6 1/2" high by 5" wide by 2 1/2" deep, in excellent condition. Age is unknown, but most likely mid-20th century. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: CARS.   African-American carving ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   African-American carving ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

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.

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].

Metal manAn extraordinary Metal man, about 4 feet high and 39" wide, made from found objects, including chains, fuel pump for heart, distributor, springs, reflectors, gears, and more. He was a mailbox holder. This sculpture came from New Hampshire, and was made in the 1950's. It is in excellent, older condition, with beautiful old polychrome paint. The price is $3,500.00. Inventory code: ASRP.   Metal man ... Closeup of head ... Back view ... Closeup of body ... Closeup of arms and legs ... Closeup of head and upper torso.

Painted twig model swingThis is a detailed and wonderfully painted model swing made out of twig. The twigs are incised and painted, and it does swing. From the NC/TN mountains, it was probably made around the 1920's or 30's, and is in excellent condition. 17" high by 8 1/2" by 8 1/2". The price is $295.00. Inventory Code: APHP.   Painted twig model swing ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Second closeup ... Closeup from above ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Painted twig model swing ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Second closeup ... Closeup from above ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved pedestal with snakes, frogsThis 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.   Carved diamond willow stand ... Closeup ... Top half ... Base and lower half ... Another overall view ... A third overall view.

Crocodile root carvingThis is a wonderful root carving of a crocodile. It has an open mouth, with very finely carved feet, teeth and tongue. The spiky, curving shape of the root forms the length of its body. It has a nice surface, finished with varnish or lacquer, and is mounted on a very twisted piece of burl. There is a printed label on the bottom that reads "Sebek of the Nile Carved by Ned R. Young first 18, later 16 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, Vermont between 1898 and 1917". The age certainly looks to be from that era. It is approximately 12" by 7" by 5" high. The condition is very good, with a small chip missing from each of the front feet, as seen in the closeups. The price is $795.00. Inventory Code: CWCK.   Crocodile root carving ... The other side ... Another angle ... Fourth view ... Side view ... Front view ... Back view ... Closeup of head ... Head, other side ... Closeup of feet ... Another closeup ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Crocodile root carving ... The other side ... Another angle ... Fourth view ... Side view ... Front view ... Back view ... Closeup of head ... Head, other side ... Closeup of feet ... Another closeup ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Sculptural plaqueThis 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.

Jazz band relief carvingThis is a wonderful, elaborate carving of a jazz band. The musicians are carved in deep relief all the way around a hollowed-out log. Each person has a distinct character and personality. There is a singer, piano player, trombone, trumpet, drums, harmonica, flute, guitar, sax, and stand up bass. A small frame has been carved out, with a newspaper or magazine photo of a man's head glued in. It is surrounded by carved rays, and inscribed "Al Hager". It has a smooth, oxidized, natural surface. The size is 23 3/4" high by 7" by about 8 1/2". It is from the mid-20th c. The condition is very good with some tight age cracks. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: CWWK.   Jazz band relief carving, two views ... Two more views ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Jazz band relief carving, two views ... Two more views ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

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