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Carved cowboy on bucking broncoThis is an exceptional carving of a cowboy riding a bucking bronco. It is very lifelike and detailed, with a strong sense of motion. The surface is a finely alligatored dark varnish or lacquer. The carving is mounted on a slightly larger slab of wood as a base. It stands 21 1/2" high by 8" wide by 13" deep. There are a number of old repairs where the carving was broken at one time. These include two of the horse's feet, the tail, and one arm and neck of the cowboy. They are tight and not very noticeable, but we have tried to include closeup photos of all of them. Contact us if you want more details. The age is probably from the early 1900's, but it could be older. It is a spectacular piece. The price is $1500.00. Inventory Code: COWH.   Carved cowboy on bucking bronco ... Closeup of cowboy ... One side ... The other side ... Fourth view ... From back ... Another back view ... Another closeup of cowboy ... Closeup of horse ... Closeup of head and arm repairs ... Closeup one side ... Closeup other side ... Another closeup of horse ... Closeup of repair on rear leg ... Closeup from back of cowboy ... Repair on tail ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Tramp art bankThis is a tramp art bank with a beautiful alligatored surface. It is dated 1926 on the top, with the words "Lewiston" and "Maine" painted on the long sides, and the initials "E" and "A" on the short ends. There is a slot in the top to put money in. A secret "puzzle" mechanism allows the bottom to be removed to empty. It measures 7 1/4" wide by 3 3/4" deep by 4" high. The box is in excellent condition with the exception that there may have been feet on the bottom originally. The price is $395.00. Inventory Code: COHS.   Tramp art bank ... One side ... The other side ... From above ... One end ... The other end ... Another view ... From below ... Another view from below ... Bottom removed ... Another view open ... With a soda can for scale.

3 carved Western figuresThis is a group of three western figures carved by the same maker. Each has the same stylized pose. They are carved from a dark, fine-grained wood with painted details, mounted on pine bases. The age is unknown, but they are old, probably from the middle of the 20th c. They are in excellent condition.

The largest carving is 15" high by about 5" wide by 6" deep. He has a badge that says "Wild Bill" drawn on his chest in pencil. His pants are dark green, hair and base are black. The hair has some carved texture.

The middle figure is 5 1/4" high by 2 1/2" wide by 2 3/4" deep. He has a black hat, hair, and base. "Virginia" is written on the bottom in pencil.

The smallest figure stands 3 3/4" high by 1 1/2" wide by 2" deep. His hat, boots, and base are green and his hair is gray with carved texture. The price for all three is $425.00. Inventory Code: COWA.   Three carved western figures ... The largest carving ... Closeup ... Second closeup ... Side and back views ... From above and below ... Closeup of the two smaller carvings ... Another angle ... Third view ... Fourth view ... Fifth view ... One side ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... Inscription on the middle carving ... All three, with a soda can for scale.

Marquetry frameThis is a very intricate and finely made marquetry frame. It has a mirror in it, and wires on the back so that it can hang vertically or horizontally. The size is 20 1/4" by 17 1/4" by 1" deep, with an opening 16 1/4" by 13 1/4". The surface is finished in a clear lacquer or varnish. It is in very good condition with minor surface wear as seen in the closeups. Age is unknown, but it appears to be from the 1920's to 40's, with a more recent mirror. The price is $450.00. Inventory Code: CWRS.   Marquetry frame ... Closeup ... Second closeup ... Third closeup ... Side view ... From second side ... From third side ... From fourth side ... Another overall view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

The Jitney Corner by Lewis Smith"The Jitney Corner" diner by Lewis Smith, drawn in ballpoint, marker and crayon on the back of a flattened cracker box. It measures approximately 16 1/4" by 9 3/4", in excellent condition. The price is $1100.00. Inventory Code: LSC244.   "The Jitney Corner" by Lewis Smith ... Reverse ... With a 12" ruler for scale.

 

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Tramp art boxThis is a striking tramp art box with seven drawers, decorative handles, built up feet, and the initials "A O". It is a medium brown, with the chip carved initials slightly lighter, finished in a somewhat glossy clear lacquer or varnish. The drawers are lined with purplish-red velvet. It is signed and dated on the bottom "Arthur Gruber 1931 Jan." There is a cigar box label visible inside that is from New Jersey. The size is 15 3/4" wide by 7 1/4" deep by 9 1/4" high. There is some minor loss on the back right corner and on two of the feet. Otherwise the condition is excellent. The price is $975.00. Inventory Code: COWO.   Tramp art box ... Another angle ... From above ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Closeup of the initials ... Closeup of loss ... Closeup of one foot ... Closeup of second foot ... From below ... Closeup of signature ... Drawers removed ... Closeup inside ... Front view in different light ... 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 below (the food chain) ... Both, with a soda can for scale.

Tramp art frameThis is a tramp art frame with very fine chip carving, painted dark green with silver highlights. There are leaf shaped and circular depressions worked into the pattern, with square corners at the top and angular ones at the bottom. The hanger on the back is a hand cut piece of metal, probably from a can. There are remnants of a German language newspaper on the back. The frame measures 15 3/4" wide by 20 1/4" high, with an opening 10" by 15 1/4". The condition is very good, with minor loss on the bottom corners, and some very slight paint scuffs. Age appears to be from the earlier part of the 1900's. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: CWOW.   Painted tramp art frame ... Side views ... Closeup, upper right ... Upper left ... Lower right ... Lower left ... From above and below ... Back view ... Closeup of the hanger ... One corner from the back ... Second corner from back ... With a soda can for scale.


We've added new photos of these pieces, the better to see them.

Inlaid desk frameAn inlaid desk frame in several shades of wood, with a swivel base. It has a crackled varnish finish that is slightly worn on the base. Four wood pieces on the back can pivot to hold a picture or mirror in place. It is 8 1/4" high by 12 3/4" wide by 3" deep, in very good condition, probably made about the 1920's. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: PKTP.   Inlaid desk frame ... Side view ... The other side ... Frame tilted ... Back view.

Inlaid desk frameThis is a very well made inlaid desk frame with a long base. It pivots on two upright posts, each 8" high. The base is 23" long, 3 1/2" deep and 1" high. Inlaid into it are darker 1/2" squares. The frame itself is 6 1/2" by 8 1/2" on the outside and 4 1/2" by 6 1/2" inside. Made around 1930 with an old varnish and in very good condition. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: PKSS.   Inlaid desk frame ... From above ... Closeup from above ... Another closeup ... Frame tilted on base ... Back view.

newWe have brought all of our Marquetry, Parquetry, and Inlay, and Fretwork together on a new page.


Carved man, horses, and wagon
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A detailed and very folky carved assemblage of a man driving two horses and a wagon. The man has jointed arms and legs, the horses have intricate harness, and the wagon has articulated steering. It is 26" long by 6 1/2" wide by 12" high, most likely from the mid-20th century, in very good condition.

Please visit the feature sale for full details and more photos.
 

Some previous "Most recent additions" still available:

1903 Inlaid table1903 Inlaid tableThis is a really beautiful inlaid coffee table dated 1903. In addition to the date, the top and all four sides are decorated with several sizes of diamond inlays. The table measures 41" wide by 18 1/4" deep by 18 1/2" high. There are some nicks around the edges, some water marks, and one of the joins is slightly separated. All of these are much more noticeable in the photos than in person. It is a striking piece. The price is $975.00. Inventory Code: COCC.   1903 Inlaid table ... Another view ... From above ... Side view ... The other side ... Another side view ... Closeup of top ... Another closeup of top ... Third closeup of top ... End view ... The other end ... From below ... Closeup from below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Stone carvingThis is a carving in sandstone of three folky smiling figures. There is a geometric design incised on the back. The carving measures 13 3/4" wide by 8 1/4" high by 1 1/2" thick. There is a chip on the bottom right corner that has been broken and reglued, otherwise the condition is excellent. The age is unknown. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: CHRW.   Stone carving ... Side view ... The other side ... Closeup ... From above and below ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Parquetry trayThis is a very intricate parquetry tray. It has a stylized bunch of grapes design worked into the top. It also has an openwork upper border, and sits up on low feet with a scalloped lower border. The entire piece is assembled from small wood blocks of many colors. It is in very good condition with minor wear and scuffing. The age is unknown, but appears to be from the mid-20th century or older. It measures 16 1/2" by 11 1/2" by 4" high. The price is $235.00. Inventory Code: COCW.   Parquetry tray ... From above ... Side view ... Two views of the other side ... Three more angles ... Another view from above ... End view ... The other end ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Duck decoyThis is a folky duck decoy. The head and neck are carved from wood, the body is cork, and the tail is stiffened canvas. The head can turn partly from side to front. It is in good, used condition with a couple of older chips on the head. The paint is probably an older working repaint. It is 15 1/2" long by 5" wide by 6 1/4" high. The age is unknown, but probably the second half of the 20th century. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: COHR.   Duck decoy ... The other side ... Front view ... From above ... Back view ... Another back view ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... From below ... With a 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.

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 a soda can for scale.

Next are several drawings on cracker boxes by Lewis Smith, who was a reclusive, eccentric artist from Ohio. He lived alone most of his life in a house in the woods, drawing and painting on paper, cardboard, and his walls, and passed away in 1998. The two themes of most of his work are trains (his father worked for a railroad) and lady wrestlers. These are part of a series of very detailed diners drawn on the backs of flattened cracker boxes in crayon, markers, and ballpoint pen. They are all about 10" by 17" (with slight variation). The edges of the boxes were cut unevenly, and the original crease lines of the boxes are visible. There is writing on the reverse side on some. Crackers were a big part of his diet, and he then recycled the boxes into art. See more of his work and life or visit his home page.

Spooky Snooks Club by Lewis Smith"Spooky Snooks Club". "First Base". There is writing on the back, including the names of musicians, radio programs and stations, and the date "Oct - 31 - 1982". The price is $1000.00. Inventory Code: LSC237.   "Spooky Snooks Club" by Lewis Smith ... Reverse ... With a 12" ruler for scale.

Klondike by Lewis Smith"Klondike". Signed and dated May 17-1982 on the back. The price is $900.00. Inventory Code: LSC240.   "Klondike" by Lewis Smith ... Reverse ... With a 12" ruler for scale.

Stop Twelve by Lewis Smith"Stop Twelve". "Ola Will Box. Any Man. A Carryout Box Lunch.". There is a small signature worked into the cash register. The price is $900.00. Inventory Code: LSC241.   "Stop Twelve" by Lewis Smith ... Reverse ... With a 12" ruler for scale.

Fifty Third Street Inn by Lewis Smith"Fifty Third Street Inn". Writing on the back, including a signature and the date 5-14-1983. The price is $900.00. Inventory Code: LSC242.   "Fifty Third Street Inn" by Lewis Smith ... Reverse ... With a 12" ruler for scale.

Jay Eye See Grill by Lewis Smith"Jay Eye See Grill", signed and dated 6-30-1983 on the back. The price is $950.00. Inventory Code: LSC243.   "Jay Eye See Grill" by Lewis Smith ... Reverse ... With a 12" ruler for scale.

 

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