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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 seven 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.

Bridge Street Grill by Lewis Smith"Bridge Street Grill". "Let Us String Bean You". "Slaw. By. Maw. 12¢". This one has a faint stain along one edge. The price is $850.00. Inventory Code: LSC238.   "Bridge Street Grill" by Lewis Smith ... Closeup ... Reverse ... With a 12" ruler for scale.

Mom n Pop by Lewis Smith"Mom n Pop". "Love Thy Neighbor". The price is $950.00. Inventory Code: LSC239.   "Mom n Pop" 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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Elaborate applique quilt
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An intricate, large, one of a kind applique quilt. From the last quarter of the 20th c., it is 84 1/2" by 84 1/2", in crisp, unwashed, near mint condition.

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Pair of carvingsPair of carvingsThis is a very strong pair of carvings. The man and woman have jointed arms and are each holding knives. They have incised details, small nails for eyes, and are weathered from outdoor use. These may have been made as whirligigs, however, though the arms can be moved, they do not now spin freely. "Maria" is written on the base of the woman. The man has an inscription on his belt: "Och Jubla Som Barnen Jubla", which Google translates as Swedish for "and rejoice as the children rejoice". The figures were found in Missouri and are from the first half of the 20th century. They are in good, weathered condition with minor surface wear as seen in the photos. The woman has chips missing from the back of her head and her left shoulder. With the arms positioned as they show in the photos, the man is 14 1/2" high by 5 3/4" wide by 10" deep. The woman is 12 1/4" high by 5 1/2" wide by 8 1/2" deep. The price for the pair is $1750.00. Inventory Code: COHT.   Folk art carvings ... Front view ... Closeup of the woman ... Closeup of the man ... Another overall angle ... Fourth view of both ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Another closeup of the woman ... Closeup, from the back ... Closeup from the side ... The woman, from above ... Her feet from above ... Another closeup of the man ... Third closeup of the man ... Closeup from the back ... Closeup of the belt ... Another closeup of the belt ... Closeup of the feet ... The man, from above ... Both, from below ... With a soda can for scale.

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.

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.

Tramp art frameThis is a small tramp art frame in very nice dark green and gold/brown paint. It measures 10" high by 11 1/2" wide, with an opening 3 1/2" by 5". It is from the first half of the 20th c., in excellent condition with a couple of tiny chips missing. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: COSK.   Painted tramp art frame ... Another view, with different light ... Side view ... The other side ... Another side angle ... From above and below ... Back view ... Back, from an angle ... With a soda can for scale.

Folky fuse boxThis is a home made small folk art cupboard made from a wood fuse box with "DANGER" and other carvings. It is put together from thick pine boards and painted an old white which has crackled, with splashes of yellow. The front of the box has a carved "X", and other initials including a backward "N" and a second "X" made into a stylized person with a head and face. The box has a slant top which indicates it was used outside. It also has an old hasp for securing. The door is easily opened. The front of the box is about 17 1/2" to the top by 13 3/4" wide. It is 7 1/2" deep, and the top is 13 1/2" high in the back. This leaves a nice storage space inside, which is about 12" by 12" by 6". This unusual piece was probably made around 1940 or earlier. Some of the paint is more recent; the red and black highlights are contemporary additions. The door was cracked down the middle and reglued. The box has some wear, loss, and soil, but is sturdy, very usable, and a real one-of-a-kind piece. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: TWWH.   Folky "Danger" box ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Door open ... 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.

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.

Tramp art whimsyThis is a one of a kind tramp art whimsy. It is not a box, and does not open. The top section slides up and down on a track but does not come off. It has a groove in the top center section and may have been a toothpick or matchstick dispenser. It is very nicely made, with good, even workmanship. It is finished in a medium-dark lacquer or varnish, decorated with tiny brass tacks. We can just make out the word "District" printed on one piece, so it appears to be American. From the early 1900's, it stands 8 3/4" high by 5 1/2" wide by 4 1/4" deep. It is in excellent, near mint condition with no loss or damage that we can find, except to the felt on the bottom. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: COSW.   Tramp art whimsy ... Three more views ... Side views ... Slid open ... From above ... From above, slid open ... From below ... Video of the action ... The other side, with a soda can for scale.

Redware bustThis is a redware head of a woman. It is finished in glossy clear and black glaze. As far as we know, it was made in Georgia. The letters "K S" are incised in the bottom. It is a little on the "strange" side and is out of perspective. It appears old, but the age is unknown. It is 7" high, the base is approximately 6 3/4" in diameter, and it is in excellent condition with one very small flake on the side of the base. The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: PSAP.   Redware bust ... Front view ... Third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Another angle ... Back view ... Another view from back ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Pelican whimsyThis is an unusual small whimsy carving of a pelican with a fish. The fish is free to turn within the pelican's beak, but can't be removed. The carving is highlighted with pencil markings for eyes and gills. It stands 2 5/8" high by 2 5/8" wide by 2 1/4" deep, with an unfinished, oxidized surface. The condition is excellent. It is from the second half of the 20th c. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: TTOW.   Pelican whimsy carving ... Front view ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... With a soda can for scale.

 

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