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Taxidermy bear head form
Taxidermy bear head form
Three miniature footballs
Three hand made miniature footballs
Sports card bottle whimseys
Sports card bottle
whimseys with display
5 Games in One gameboard
5 Games in One gameboard
Fish decoy
Larger old carved fish decoy with good paint
Fish decoys
Two old, used fish decoys
Beaver fishing lure
Beaver fishing lure
Duck decoy
Painted canvas duck decoy
Carved fish on a stringer
Carved fish on a stringer

Sports card bottle whimseysHere is an extraordinary collection, assemblage, and display of eight bottle whimseys. Each of the one pint whisky bottles contains a large hand made wooden frame containing a sports trading card. All of the bottles are set on a raised shelf in a hand made, semi-circular, lighted, metal display - like a hall of fame. There is a light in front of each bottle whimsey. The base is covered in red and green felt, trimmed with black braid and brass knobs. This assemblage is 26" across, 13 1/2" deep, and 13" high. The cards include Arnold Palmer, George Foreman, Wayne Gretzky, Wilma Rudolph, Jesse Owen, Joe Montana, Pete Rose, and Michael Jordan. It is signed by the maker, Richard Kopp, on the bottom, is in excellent condition, and was constructed in 1994. The price is $1600.00. Inventory Code: AORH.   Sports figures bottle whimsies ... Closeup ... From above ... Lit up, in a dark room ... Bottom.

Following are photos of the individual bottles. Wilma Rudolph ... Rudolph - Back ... George Foreman ... Foreman - Back ... Wayne Gretzky ... Gretzky - Back ... Michael Jordan ... Jordan - Back ... Joe Montana ... Montana - Back ... Jesse Owens ... Owens - Back ... Arnold Palmer ... Palmer - Back ... Pete Rose ... Rose - Back.

5 Games in One gameboardThis is a pinball type gameboard with great color and graphics. "Poosh-M-Up 5 Game Streamliner" includes "Twenty-One - Put-N-Take - Baseball - Bagatelle - Pennants". It was made by Northwestern Products, in St. Louis, MO, and has a masonite back with a metal rim, applied printed front, wooden base, and lots of small metal pins and cups. The metal spring device along the right-hand side would have shot the balls onto the board. It is 22 1/4" tall by 12" wide by 1" deep. The condition is very good, with minor wear and soiling. It was probably made in the 1940's or 50's. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: TOOA.   "5 Games in One" gameboard ... Closeup of top half ... Close of lower half ... Closer view of top ... Closer view of bottom ... Side view ... Top half, from side ... Bottom half, from side ... Top half, other side ... Bottom half, other side ... Back view ... Back, from side ... With a soda can for scale.

Fish decoyThis is a good sized fish decoy, carved from wood with metal fins. It is painted shades of blue, with red, gold, yellow, and black detail. There is an old chip out of one side of the tail. The decoy is 11" long by 3 3/4" wide by 2 3/4" high, in very good, used condition. The age is unknown, but it is old. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: COHK.   Fish decoy ... The other side ... Front view ... From above ... Another angle ... Back view ... From below ... With the two smaller fish below (the food chain) ... With a soda can for scale.

Fish decoysNext are two fish decoys. They are old and used, carved from wood with metal fins probably cut from cans. The first decoy is painted white and red, with black eyes. It has a lead weight in the bottom and measures 5" long by 2" wide by 2" high. It is in very good used condition with weathering and paint wear. The price for the larger fish is $95.00. Inventory Code: COWS.

The second fish is a very small minnow carved with a curved tail. It is painted silver and black and has a small metal weight in the bottom. It is 2 3/4" long by 1" wide by 3/4" high, in very good used and weathered condition. The price for the minnow is $95.00. Inventory Code: COWP.   Both fish decoys ... The other side ... Front views ... Back views ... From above ... From below ... Closeup of the larger fish ... The other side ... Closeup of the smaller fish ... The other side ... With the larger fish above (the food chain) ... Both, with a soda can for scale.

Taxidermy bear head formThis is a taxidermy form of a bear's head. It is made from papier-mache with glass eyes. There is part of a paper label from H. A. Schumacher taxidermist's supplies of Jersey City, N. J. This would have originally been purchased to be covered with an actual bear hide, but that was never done. It is from the early 1900's, measuring about 19 1/2" long by 7 3/4" wide by 6 1/2" high. The condition is fair, with wear especially on the nose and around the mouth, but sturdy for display. It has a great look. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: CRSS.   Taxidermy bear head form ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... Front view ... Another front view ... Another overall view ... Back view ... Another back view ... Closeup of label ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Three miniature footballsThis is a collection of three old, hand made, miniature leather footballs. The largest one is all hand stitched, with leather lacings. It is about 4" long by 2" by 2". The two smaller ones are machine stitched, with cords for lacing. One is 3 1/4" long, the other is 2 1/2" long. They sit on a custom made wood and metal display rack. All together the overall size is 6 1/4" high by 4 1/2" wide by 2 1/4" deep. The balls are from the first half of the 1900's. The surfaces are worn and scuffed. The one in the middle has a couple of tiny holes in one side. The one on the right has some sort of old glued repair, visible in the photo from below. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: CWTT.   Three hand made miniature footballs ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... Off the stand ... From below, off the stand ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Three hand made miniature footballs ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... Off the stand ... From below, off the stand ... With a soda can for scale.

Beaver fishing lureThis is a fishing lure in the form of a beaver. It has a wood body with carved detail on the tail, ears, and teeth, metal tacks for eyes, and sheet metal legs. An arrow shaped cavity was carved in the belly and filled with lead for weight. It is in very good old, used condition with weathered paint on the legs and traces of white paint on the teeth. The size is 8 1/2" long by 3 3/4" wide by 2 1/4" high. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CRSP.   Beaver fishing lure ... From above ... Side view ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Duck decoyThis is a canvas duck decoy with detailed painted decoration and glass eyes. The decoy is about 15 1/2" long by 5 1/2" wide. It is about 6" high to the top of the head. This piece is in very good condition with normal wear from use. There is some minor dirt staining on the front and a small crimp in the tail. The decoration is detailed and attractive. Age is unknown but it is likely from about the 1950's. It includes what seems like the original heavy lead weight. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: COHO.   Canvas duck decoy ... The other side ... Another angle ... Fourth view ... Back view ... Closeup of head ... Head, other side ... Closeup of tail and weight ... Tail, other side ... From above ... From below ... 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.

 

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