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Intricately carved frameThis is a large, amazingly intricate carved frame. On the lower border is carved "All Vanity", with a snake between the words. It is dated 1877 on the top, and elsewhere there are a heart, cross, apple, infinity sign, chain links, anchor, rope coils, the letters "A", "S", "H", "USD", and much more. The more you look the more you see. The back is signed "D W. Fox". There is no glass or mounting hardware, it is currently supported by a loop of fishing line. It measures 24 1/2" high by 21" wide by 3" deep, with an opening 19" by 14 3/4". There is a small, old break on the lower right, otherwise the condition is excellent. The price is $2750.00. Inventory Code: CRCH.   Intricately carved frame ... Side views ... Closeup of top ... Closeup, lower left ... Closeup, lower right ... Upper half, from above ... Lower half, from above ... Closeup of "All Vanity" ... From below ... Inner border, from below ... Back view ... Closeup of top, from back ... Closeup of signature ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved birds and animals by Russell GillespieThis is an assemblage of carved birds and animals by Russell Gillespie. The figures are carved from burls, branches, and wood, mounted on a larger root base. There are two birds, a deer with carved antlers, a squirrel with a nut, and another small animal, possibly a fox. The animals' ears and antlers are carved separately and pegged in. The larger bird has toes made from cord. There is still some lichen on the stump base. The size is 16 1/4" high by approximately 22" wide by 12" deep. The smaller bird's legs were cracked and reglued at some time, otherwise the condition is excellent. The price is $1200.00. Inventory Code: CRCW.   Carved birds and animals by Russell Gillespie ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side view ... Back view ... Another view from back ... From above ... Another view from above ... Side view, from above ... Another overall angle ... Closeup ... Closeup, larger bird ... Smaller bird ... Two smaller animals ... Another closeup ... Smaller bird's legs, from back ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Next are six very detailed drawings signed John R. Byng. Drawn in the mid-20th c., each represents a scene in an American town of the early 1900's. They give a real feel for the people and activity of the towns. They were drawn in markers, pencil, and possibly watercolors on posterboard. They are described and priced individually below.

Symbolic of Early American Days drawing by John R. Byng"Symbolic Of Early American Days: A Small Town Celebrates The Fourth of July (1919)" by John R. Byng depicts a parade around the town square. In the center are the courthouse, City Hall, and the police and fire departments. There is a department store, drug store, laundry, bank, cafe, and theater. The parade features horsemen in Colonial costumes, a marching band, soldiers, and covered wagons. In the distance are a church, a river, and a train running past industrial plants.

This drawing only is framed under glass. The drawing itself is 22" wide by 16" high, the frame is 26 1/4" by 20. It was done in the mid-1900's. The condition is fair, with darkening of the posterboard, pinholes in the corners, creasing, tape, and a small water stain. The price is $575.00. Inventory Code: CRCK.   "Symbolic of Early American Days" drawing ... Closeup, upper left ... Lower left ... Lower right ... Upper right ... Side views ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Westward-Ho Parade drawing by John R. Byng""Westward-Ho" Parade As It Moves Along Main Street At The Pendleton Round-Up" by John R. Byng depicts a horseback parade of cowboys, cowgirls, and Indians moving through a heavy crowd. There is a theater showing a John Wayne movie. A helicopter is flying overhead. People are leaning out of windows, and a man is on the second story of a building filming the parade. The drawing is unframed.

The size is 22" wide by 16" high. The condition is fair, with darkening of the posterboard, pinholes in the edges, tape, and water stains. The price is $525.00. Inventory Code: CRHS.   "Westward-Ho Parade" drawing by John R. Byng ... Closeup, lower right ... Upper right ... Lower left ... Upper left ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.

Mass Transit In Action drawing by John R. Byng"Mass Transit In Action - The Backbone Of The Nation" by John R. Byng, is a scene with a train, oil tanker truck, buses, and an airplane travelling through a city on highways, overpasses, and over a dam. The size is 22" wide by 12" high. The condition is fair, with darkening of the posterboard, pinholes in the edges, creasing, tape on the back, and water stains. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CRHP.   "Mass Transit In Action" by John R. Byng ... Closeup, lower left ... Upper left ... Lower right ... Upper right ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.

Train Time drawing by John R. Byng"Early American Times (1917) Train Time" by John R. Byng depicts the Grandview train station. At the right is a crossing guard, with two trains: the Sunset Limited and a steam engine. To the left is a busy street with a cafe, theater, and Western Union.

The drawing measures 22" wide by 16" high. The condition is fair, with darkening of the posterboard, pinholes in the corners, creasing, tape, and water stains. There is a scrape on the train awning that shows up as a whiter spot. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CRHA.   "Train Time" drawing by John R. Byng ... Closeup, lower left ... Upper left ... Lower right ... Upper right ... Closer view of trains ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Volunteer Fire Department drawing"A Page From American History: A Small-Town Volunteer Fire Department In Action" by John R. Byng. In the center, firemen are spraying a burning house with fire hoses. One is carrying out furniture, another is handing a cat and a bird in a cage to a grateful woman. The neighbors are watching from their porch, others looking on from the streets. In the background, the town rises up on hills, with a moon overhead.

The size is 28" wide by 16" high. The condition is fair, with darkening of the posterboard, pinholes in the edges, creasing, tape, and water stains. The price is $525.00. Inventory Code: CRHT.   "Volunteer Fire Department" drawing by John R. Byng ... Closeup, lower left ... Lower middle ... Lower right ...Upper left ... Upper middle ... Upper right ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.

The Week's Work Ended drawing by John R. Byng"The Week's Work Ended, A Suburban Community "Goes To Town" On Saturday Night", by John R. Byng. In the foreground are a drugstore with soda fountain, the Little Brown Jug Tavern, a barbershop, and a cafe. Above those are a dentist, doctor, beauty salon, and offices, with apartments on the third story. A movie theater is showing Hopalong Cassidy.

The drawing measures 28" wide by 16" high. The condition is fair, with darkening of the posterboard, pinholes in the corners, creasing, tape, and water stains, including a large one on the upper right corner. The price is $525.00. Inventory Code: CRHC.   "The Week's Work Ended" drawing ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Lower left ... Upper left ... Lower right ... Upper right ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.

Painted industrial pulleyHere are three colorful, large industrial cast iron pulleys with older working overpaint. They are in excellent condition, likely from the last quarter of the 20th c. They are mounted on contemporary metal display bases, priced individually below.

This pulley is painted dark maroon and teal. It is slightly different in form and seems somewhat older than the other two. It measures 17" high by 14 1/2" wide by 2 1/2" deep. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: COKA.   Painted industrial pulley ... The other side ... Side views ... Closeup of the top ... Closeup of the body ... With a soda can for scale ... All three pulleys together.

Painted industrial pulleyThis pulley is painted dark blue and teal. It has two manufacturer's stickers that are partly missing. The size is 17 3/4" high by 16 1/2" wide by 2" deep. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: COKP.   Painted industrial pulley ... The other side ... Side views ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of body ... With a soda can for scale ... All three pulleys together.

Painted industrial pulleyThis pulley is painted bright blue and pink. The paint seems more recent than the other two. It measures 17 3/4" high by 16 1/2" wide by 2" deep. There are two manufacturer's stickers that have been painted over. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: CORP.   Painted industrial pulley ... The other side ... Another angle ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of body ... Closeup other side ... With a soda can for scale ... All three pulleys together.

Painting of American IndianThis is a portrait of an American Indian holding a gun. It is drawn in pastels and ink on heavy chipboard, with fine detail, unsigned. It is mounted under glass in a beautiful frame with deeply textured gesso in a pattern of bark, vines, and leaves, painted an old, oxidized gold. There is some very slight loss to the surface of the frame, visible in the closeup photos. The overall size of the frame is 26 1/2" high by 22 1/2" wide by 2 1/2" deep. The visible opening for the drawing is 19 1/2" by 15 1/2". The age appears to be from the first half of the 20th c., and the frame may be older. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: COKO.   Painting of American Indian ... Closeup, top half ... Closeup, lower half ... Side view ... The other side ... Two more side views ... From above and below ... Closeup of frame ... Another closeup of frame ... Back view ... With a 12" ruler for scale.

Painting of Native AmericanThis is a portrait of a Native American man painted in oil or acrylic on heavy chipboard. There is a signature we cannot make out. The condition is excellent. It is mounted in a frame under glass. The overall size is 21 1/2" high by 17 1/2" wide by 3/4" deep, with a visible opening of 19 1/2" by 15 1/2". It is from the first half of the 20th c. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: COKR.   Painting of Native American ... Closeup, upper half ... Closeup, lower half ... Side view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale

Benny Carter Bird MotelThis is a birdhouse by Benny Carter made from wood and found metal. The front has four openings, painted windows, door, and brick foundations, and is signed and labeled "Bird Motel". The dark red strip across the front top with prongs sticking up is metal. The top has a chimney, and says "Love Jesus". The back says "Love Mother", and the bottom is signed again. It is 26" wide by 12 1/2" high by 6 1/2" deep. The condition is very good with weathering and minor paint loss from outdoor use. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CRAC.   Benny Carter Bird Motel ... Another angle ... From above ... Back view ... Side view ... The other side ... From below ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... With a soda can for scale.

Benny Carter Apple cutoutThis is a painted plywood cutout by Benny Carter. It is lettered with "You Are The Apple Of My Eye", "New York City", and "I Love New York", and signed in the lower right. There are two eyebolts and a wire on the back for hanging. The size is 25 1/2" high by 20 1/4" wide by 1/2" thick, and the condition is excellent. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: CRTC.   Benny Carter Apple cutout, with a soda can for scale ... Side views ... Back view.


Carved cowboy on bucking bronco
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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. Probably from the early 1900's, but it could be older. It is a spectacular piece.

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  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.

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.

Painting of Native AmericanThis is a portrait of an American Indian painted in oil on canvas. The canvas is not stretched, but is mounted in a frame under glass. It is unsigned, and the age is unknown, but the frame appears to be from the early 1900's, and it doesn't look like the back has been opened in a long time. It is in very good condition with a few small chips to the gesso surface of the frame. The frame measures 16 1/2" high by 13 1/2" wide, with an opening 14 1/2" by 11 1/2". The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: COKK.   Painting of Native American ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Here are three folky carved totems by the same maker. One is initialled "LB". The age is unknown, but they are old enough that the natural surfaces have darkened and oxidized. They are described and priced separately below.   All three totems below ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... All four, with a soda can for scale.

Carved totemThis largest totem was carved from a curved branch. Some of the bark was left on as hair and clothing of the figures. The men on top and bottom are wearing a top hats. The man in the middle has painted eyes, and an arm that was carved separately and attached. The other arm is missing. It is mounted on a separate piece of wood with "LB" burned into it. It stands 21" high. The base is 3 1/4" by 2 1/2". The condition is good with the exception of the missing arm and a few old chips in the hat brims. The price is $285.00. Inventory Code: CRST.   Carved totem, several views ... Closeups, one side ... Closeups, the other side ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved totemThis next carving is a man in a top hat standing over a pig or dog, over a turtle. It is 13" tall by 1" by 1", in very good condition. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: CRSC.   Carved totem, several views ... Several closeups ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved totemThis totem has a man's bust on top with beads for eyes, over a giraffe, over a turtle. It was carved from something like a furniture leg or bannister rail, and parts of the darker finished surface were left on as accents. It is 12 1/4" tall by 1 1/4" wide by 1 1/2" deep, in very good condition. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: CRSH.   Carved totem, several views ... Several closeups ... With a soda can for scale.

Match stick boxThis is a small box decorated on all sides with match sticks. It has a sliding lid. The surface is natural, slightly darkened by age. It measures 4" by 2 1/2" by 1 1/4" and is in excellent condition. Age appears to be from the mid-20th c. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: CHCH.   Match stick box ... Side view ... The other side ... End views ... Another angle ... Open ... From above ... From above and below ... Open, from above ... With a soda can for scale.

Sketch by Lewis Smith"Pattie and Dottie", a framed sketch by Lewis Smith. It is done in ballpoint ink on paper from a sketch pad. The paper has yellowed somewhat with age. The sketch pad was pierced through, so there is a small hole on the left edge, and also a faint crease in the lower right. It is mounted in a green wooden frame. The sketch itself measures 11 3/4" wide by 8 3/4" high, and the frame is 14 3/4" by 11 3/4". It is from the last quarter of the 20th c. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: LS226.   Sketch by Lewis Smith ... In the frame ... With a soda can for scale.

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