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19th c. blacksmith's trade sign
19th c. blacksmith's trade sign
made from iron and horse shoes
Cane carved with snake, hearts, hand, more
19th c. cane with snake, hearts,
hand, secret compartment
Ship weathervane
Large sheet iron weather vane
Jointed carvings
Jointed limberjack carvings
Odd Fellows tunic
Odd Fellows tunic
Cast iron figure
19th c. Cast iron figures
Adam and Eve carving
19th c. Adam and Eve carving over 3 feet high
Wagon wheel hub
Wagon wheel hub
Crucifix
Crucifix with symbols
in grain-painted frame
Painted hutch
Folk art cabinet with crazed paint, scalloped top
Mechanical boot jack
Mechanical boot jack
Carved whimsy
Early carved whimsy with
unusual form like a caged jack
Cast iron grate
Large cast iron grate
Tramp art dresser
Miniature Tramp art dresser
w/mirror, from the late 1800's
1800's Painted iron firemark19th c. Fire mark
Two 19th c. cast iron fire mark insurance plaques
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Jointed carvingsHere is an exceptional pair of jointed limberjack carvings - a man and a woman. They have strong, primitive faces with carved ears and metal tacks for eyes. The hands are inset metal tabs which are free to turn around the iron mounting bar. These carvings are from the late 1800's or early 1900's, with well oxidized surfaces and good patina. They are in excellent condition. Each person measures approximately 10" high by 2" wide by 1 1/2" deep; total width including the bar is 19 3/4". The price for the pair is $675.00. Inventory Code: ARPP.   Pair of limberjack carvings ... Another view ... Closeup of both ... Closeup of the woman ... Closeup of the man ... Sitting ... One side ... The other side ... With arms down ... Another view, arms down ... From above ... Side/back ... Back view ... From below.

19th c. blacksmith's trade signThis is an old iron trade sign for a blacksmith shop. It was made and forged, using a variety of horse shoes, welded around a much larger stylized horse shoe. This encloses a cut and hammered anvil and blacksmith's hammer. The piece is about 28 1/2" high by 25 1/2" wide. It is in excellent condition, and has developed an old dark rich surface, which is highly desirable and reflects many years of outdoor use. There are a few small old paint drips, mostly on the back. It was probably made in the mid to late 1800's. The price is $2500.00. Inventory Code: TROC.   See a slideshow of several views [482k] ... 19th c. blacksmith's trade sign ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of anvil and hammer ... Closeup of bottom ... Closer view of top ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Closeup of the back.
Some much larger photos:   19th c. blacksmith's trade sign ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of anvil and hammer ... Closeup of bottom ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Closeup of the back.

Ship weathervaneThis is a large, detailed, and impressive sheet iron weathervane of a three-masted ship sailing into breaking waves. It measures 42" long by 20" high. The arrow at the front is hinged, and can fold upward. The unpainted surface is dark, oxidized, and heavily pitted, but still sturdy and strong, not flaking. There are some small marks from plant roots or ivy on the back. There is a small area of loss on one side of the pivot, as seen in the photos. It was made in the mid to late 1800's. The price is $975.00. Inventory Code: CAAT.   See a slideshow of several views [706k] ... Ship weathervane, with a yardstick for scale ... Closeup of arrow ... Closeup of front ... Closeup, back half ... Closeup of hinged area, from above ... The other side ... Other side, closeup of arrow ... Closeup of front ... Closeup, back half ... Closeup of hinged area, from below ... With arrow folded up ... Edge view ... From below.
Some much larger photos:   Ship weathervane, with a yardstick for scale ... Closeup of arrow ... Closeup of front ... Closeup, back half ... The other side ... Other side, closeup of arrow ... Closeup of front ... Closeup, back half ... Closeup of hinged area, from below ... With arrow folded up ... Edge view.

Cane carved with snake, hearts, hand, more This is an exceptional folk art walking stick, carved in detail all over with unique decoration. It even has a secret compartment. The cane was likely made in the late 1800's and is in excellent condition with a very good original dark surface. It measures 35 1/4" long by about 2" by 1 3/4". Take a look at the photos to see how well it was done.

Following is a list of some of the decorative carving. A knob handle with a spiral shaft below; a horseshoe with triangle set in; the secret compartment with sliding closure; a hand with fingers; a half moon and flower; a flower plant with leaves; deep oblong pyramids; a long snake; two hearts with leaves; conical pyramids with old round tacks on the peaks; other round tacks as decoration, a pocket knife (probably representing the one used); and even other elements not noted. It has a brass tip. Overall this is a rare and wonderful folk art piece. The price is $875.00. Inventory Code: CCSA.   See a slideshow of several views [540 k] ... Walking stick carved with snake, hearts, hand, more ... Closeups of the upper half ... More closeups of the upper half ... Closeups of the middle ... Closeups of the bottom ... Closeups of the knife ... Closeups of the hearts ... Closeup of the hand, snake's head ... The compartment open ... From above and below ... Closeups from above ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Walking stick carved with snake, hearts, hand, more ... Closeups of the upper half ... More closeups of the upper half ... Closeups of the middle ... Closeups of the bottom ... Closeups of the knife ... Closeups of the hearts ... Closeup of the hand, snake's head ... The compartment open ... From above and below ... Closeups from above ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

A very nice, 19th century grain-painted frame, containing a crucifix, with metal ornaments symbolic of various aspects of Jesus' life and resurrection. The background is a print of Jerusalem, and there is a card at the bottom that reads "Thy Kingdom Come, 100 days indulgence each time, Pius IX, 14th June 1877". It is 16" wide by 20" high by 3 1/2" deep, in excellent condition. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: PKWT.   Grain painted frame ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of bottom half ... Closeup of crucifix.

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.   See a slideshow of several views [714k] ... 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.

Odd Fellows tunicThis is striking tunic originally used by the Odd Fellows either for initiations or plays. It is made from cotton. There is a colorful embroidered sun on the front. The ends of the rays are costume jewels. It is further decorated with metal studs. The label inside indicates that this costume was for "David as Commander". This is in very good wearable condition with very slight soiling, minor wear to the collar, and some tarnish to some of the metal decorations. (We're being very picky about this - you have to look closely to see it.) The tunic was made by M.C Lilley & Co., in the late 1800's or early 1900's, prior to 1925, when the company's name was changed. It measures 40" long from the back of the collar to the hem and 22 1/2" across just under the arms. The sleeves are 24" long from the shoulder seam. The loose cut lets it be worn by a variety of sizes. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: THTK.   See a slideshow of several views [286K] ... Odd Fellows tunic ... Another view ... Sides and back ... Closeup of sunburst ... Closeup of hem decoration ... Closeup of sleeve ... Label inside ... With another model.

Wagon wheel hubHere is an old, decorative and primitive, wagon wheel hub with beautiful look and form. It came from Ohio and likely is from the 1800's. It is heavy and solid, made of hard wood with metal bands. The piece is 8 1/2" in diameter by 12" high and is in excellent, weathered and used condition. The price is $185.00. Inventory Code: TCHR.   Wagon wheel hub ... Two different angles ... Two more views ... Three views from another angle ... One end ... The other end.

Painted hutchThis is a folk art cabinet with wonderful, crazed gray and blue paint and a scalloped top. The top skirt has applied, carved decoration. This glass fronted piece is 45" high by 36 1/2" wide by 15 1/2" deep. It is in good, used condition with paint wear as seen in the photos, especially on the doors. The bottom board on the back is broken at one end. The age is unknown, either late 1800's or early 1900's. The price is $1900.00. Inventory Code: TRWW.   Painted hutch ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of bottom ... From above ... Side views ... Another angle ... Closeup from side ... Doors open ... Closer view inside ... Back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Painted hutch ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of bottom ... From above ... Side views ... Another angle ... Closeup from side ... Doors open ... Closer view inside ... Back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Mechanical boot jackThis is a mechanical boot jack from the late 1800's or early 1900's. It is made from cast iron with a hand carved wood handle. The handle tightens the clamp on to the heel of the boot, so it could be pulled off. The iron mechanism has a good dark oxidized surface and measures 15" long by 5" wide. When the handle is straight up, it is 34 3/4" high. The handle has a dark patina from years of use. The condition is very good, with some wear on the handle. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: TOCA.   Mechanical boot jack ... Closeup, with a soda can for scale ... One side ... The other side ... From above ... Closeups of the handle ... Another view from above ... With a yardstick for scale ... Video of the action [4.8 Mb].
Some much larger photos:   Mechanical boot jack ... Closeup, with a soda can for scale ... One side ... The other side ... From above ... Closeups of the handle ... Another view from above ... With a yardstick for scale ... Video of the action [4.8 Mb].

Carved whimsyWhimsey carvingHere is a very interesting and unusual carved whimsy. The cage is a cube with rounded corners and circular openings on all sides. Inside is a stylized 6 pointed star, like a jack, which is free to move inside the cage. There is a square center from which radiate out long cone shaped rays. This piece is fairly old, probably from the late 1800's or turn of the century. The cage is about 2 1/4" across the sides, while the star is actually a little bit larger as the tips protrude from the cage. The lines visible in some of the photos are not cracks: they were put there by the maker, probably to line up his work as he carved. The condition is good, with a little bit of wear, some very slight loss to the wood, and some tiny holes that apparently were from nails and seem original to the piece. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: TRPR.   Carved whimsy ... Another view ... Two more images ... Different views ... More angles ... Two more views ... With a soda can for scale ... Video in motion [4 Mb].

Cast iron grateThis is a large cast iron grate with beautiful form and surface. It is from the late 1800's, and measures 6" high by 15" in diameter. There are three tabs on the bottom: two of them are chipped. Otherwise, the condition is excellent. The price is $295.00. Inventory Code: THPO.   Cast iron grate ... Side views ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Back view ... Another back view ... Closeup from back.

Tramp art dresserThis is a very well done, unusually decorated, two drawer miniature tramp art dresser. This piece was made from cigar boxes and crate wood, and likely done in the late 1800's. On the sides the circular carving and decoration is done in recess: the reverse of the more usual round pyramids. Each of the side layers has been cut and carved to reverse the pyramid into a "well"; something we have not seen before. The drawer fronts each have the more traditional circular pyramids, and each has a pair of porcelain knobs. The mirror set in the top back is also unusual. It was a regular dresser mirror with a metal folding stand that was fitted through a hole cut in the back. This is visible in the rear view. This miniature dresser has good size. It is 18" high by 9" wide by 8 1/2" deep to the front of the knobs. It is in very good condition with a little wear and some loss to the silvering of the mirror. The price is $875.00. Inventory Code: CTWK.   See a slideshow of several views [675k] ... Tramp art dresser ... Another angle ... Front, with a soda can for scale ... Closeup ... Side views ... Back view ... Detail of the back ... Drawers open ... Labels on the drawers ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below.
Some much larger photos:   Tramp art dresser ... Another angle ... Front, with a soda can for scale ... Closeup ... Side views ... Back view ... Drawers open ... Labels on the drawers ... From above ... Another view from above.

19th c. Fire markHere are two cast iron Fire Marks from the 1800's. According to Wikipedia, Fire insurance marks were "placed on the front of the insured building as a guide to the insurance company's fire brigade." This one was issued in the third quarter of the 1800's by the United Firemen's Insurance Company of Philadelphia, PA. It has a steam fire engine and the letters "U" "F". It is painted black, an older repaint, with several older layers of paint visible on the back. It measures 9 1/4" high by 12" wide by 1 1/2" deep and is in excellent condition. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CTOR.   See a slideshow of several views [361k] ... 19th c. Fire mark ... From above and below ... Side views ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   19th c. Fire mark ... From above and below ... Side views ... Back view.

1800's Painted iron firemarkThis cast iron fire mark was issued in the 1800's by the Fire Association of Philadelphia. It features a fire hydrant, hose, and the initials "F A". It has an older repaint of black, gold, and green, with slight paint wear. It measures 11 1/2" high by 7 3/8" wide by about 1" deep. The condition is excellent. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CTRS.   See a slideshow of several views [341k] ... Painted iron firemark ... Closeup ... Side views ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Painted iron firemark ... Closeup ... Side views ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Adam and Eve carvingThis is a large, exceptional old wood carving depicting Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden together with the Snake and Apple Tree. It is done in great detail in full, deep relief around the entire hard pine log. It has a wonderful old surface and patina. In a very unusual manner, this is actually two full scenes carved on opposite sides. One depicts Eve reaching for the apple with the serpent overhead, while the other shows the Angel ordering them away. Before, Adam and Eve are naked, after they are wearing fig leaves. Inscribed on the base of the "after" side is the word "Banishment". This carving is most likely from the late 1800's and is in excellent condition with very slight bark loss on the base. The piece is about 38" high by 12" by 12". The price is $4500.00. Inventory Code: CCPA.   See a slideshow of several views [798 k] ... Adam and Eve carving, "Banishment" ... The other side, in the Garden ... Another angle ... Fourth view ... One side view ... Sixth view ... Seventh view ... Eight view ... The other side view ... Closeup in the Garden with serpent, apple ... Another closeup ... Their feet ... Fourth closeup ... Closeup of the Angel banishing ... Adam and Eve ... Their faces ... Their feet, title ... Another view of the angel ... Closeup from side ... From above ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Adam and Eve carving, "Banishment" ... The other side, in the Garden ... Another angle ... Fourth view ... One side view ... Sixth view ... Seventh view ... Eight view ... The other side view ... Closeup in the Garden with serpent, apple ... Another closeup ... Their feet ... Fourth closeup ... Closeup of the Angel banishing ... Adam and Eve ... Their faces ... Their feet, title ... Another view of the angel ... Closeup from side ... From above ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

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