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Millstone
Tabletop millstone
Hand made dipper
Hand made dipper
Tramp art frame with moons
Tramp art frame with moons
Moonshine Crooks wood cigar box
Moonshine Crooks wood cigar
box with great graphics
Wood and metal wheel
Decorative wood and metal wheel
Alligator cane handle
Carved Alligator cane handle
Tramp art clock case
Tramp art clock case
with glass front
Odd fellows gavel
Carved Odd fellows gavel,
dated 1917
Carved articulated sawmill figures
Very detailed carved
articulated sawmill figures
Cross
Finely decorated
tramp art cross
Carved whimsy with 1904 Indian Head pennies
Carved whimsy with
1904 Indian Head pennies
Whimsey carving
Early, very fine whimsey carving
Folky cupboard
Folky African-
American cupboard
Carved stand
Carved stand with
snakes, salamanders
Stand
1920's Two-tier stand
with paint decoration
Hand carved wooden comb
Hand carved wooden comb
Iron wheel
Large, decorative
cast iron wheel
Iron horses
Figural cast iron
shoe shine footrests
Wrought iron
Wrought iron
Carved woman
Carved woman
Architectural iron finial
Large cast iron finial
Cast iron churn
Large sculptural
industrial cast iron churn
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Hand made dipperThis is a very nice, old "make-do" dipper, made from a tin sign which still has the remnants of stamped letters. It is attached to a hand carved wood handle through a slit in the end and held by a nail through both handle and metal. The dipper has slits cut so liquid could drain out. This primitive piece was probably made in the early 1900's. It came from the upper Midwest, is in very good, old used condition, and is about 14" long with a width of 7" to the clam shell shaped metal. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: TOKH.   Hand made dipper ... Side and back views ... Another side view ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Closeup of back ... Another closeup of the back ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Wood and metal wheelThis is an old wood and metal wheel. Its original use is unknown, but it has a great look. The hub is cast iron, with remnants of silver paint. The handles are wood, bleached, weathered and cracked with age, and with great surface and patina from use. It is attached to a wooden spool-shaped piece that turns with the wheel, with an iron clamp on the back. It has been mounted on a contemporary metal base in the photos, and is easy to remove and clamp onto something else. The wheel is 12 1/4" across by about 7 1/4" deep; as mounted on the base is stands 17" high by 8 1/2" deep. It is in good sturdy display condition: very weathered with deep age splits in some of the handles. It appears to be from the early 1900's, but may be older. The price is $145.00. Inventory Code: CPWR.   See a slideshow of several views [449k] ... Wood and metal wheel ... Another angle ... A third view ... Closeup ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... Another closeup ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Closeup ... Another angle ... A third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... Another closeup.

Alligator cane handleThis is a carved wooden alligator that was probably made to be a handle for a walking stick. It has nice form, a very good surface, and lots of detail, with crosshatching and very fine incised lines. This carving came from Florida, where it was probably made as a souvenir item in the early 1900's. It is in excellent condition, and measures 5 1/4" long by 1" wide by 2" high. It is mounted on a contemporary base. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: TSWW.   Alligator cane handle ... The other side ... Third view ... Partly from front ... Fifth view ... From above ... With base ... Another view with base ... Back view ... From below.

Tramp art clock caseThis is a tramp art clock case or display case with a peaked roof and convex glass window. It has very nice workmanship and detail. A removable sliding panel on the rear gives access to the compartment. The surface is a warm, medium/dark lacquer. It is in excellent condition, with no loss and only two small spots where the finish is worn. It was made around 1900 and measures 13" high, 8" wide, and 4 1/2" deep. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: TSHO.   Tramp art clock case ... Front view ... One side ... The other side ... 3/4 view ... Closeup ... Another angle ... Back view ... Back, open ... From above ... From below.

Odd fellows gavelHere is an Odd Fellows lodge gavel, dated 1917, from Lookout Mountain, TN. It has a super, satiny-smooth, patinated surface from years of handling and use. The head of the gavel was made from a rustic piece of thick branch, with the bark partly left on. One side was carved down, with the three links standing out in relief. Above and below the links is a burned inscription: "Lookout Mt Jan 21, 1917", something we can't make out, and "Lode (sic) No. 303, by J. W. Bower". The handle is a smaller branch, with most of the bark removed, and polished very smooth with use. The gavel is 9 3/4" long by 4 1/2" wide by 1 1/2" thick. There is a certain amount of appropriate wear on the business end, from hammering meetings to order, otherwise the condition is excellent. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TPTC.   Odd fellows gavel ... Closeup ... Side view ... Back ... From above ... From below.

Carved articulated sawmill figuresThis is one of an extraordinary collection of hand carved, jointed and movable figures which at one time made up a motorized logging scene. The mechanism is no longer, but the figures and vehicles remain. This one is a large wood sled with driver and team of four horses, all hand carved and painted. The harnesses are exact to minute detail. The driver's head turns. His clothing is original, and includes leather boots, a knit hat and socks, shirt, pants, and mittens. The group of figures is 28" long by 5 1/2" wide and 10" high. It is mounted on a custom base which measures 9 3/8" wide by 33 3/8" long. The price is $1100.00. Inventory Code: ATTR.

These very folky and detailed figures came from Northern New Hampshire or Maine. While there is some wear, they are in generally very good to excellent condition. They were probably made around 1910, give or take a few years. In addition to the group here, we have other individual people, all with very distinct looks; a pair of wood sawyers, a man on a wood wagon (with the mechanism underneath), and a double sled also with a driver and a team of two horses. You can see the rest on our carvings page. They are all priced individually, with a discount for multiple purchases.

Logging figure, sled, horses ... From the front ... Another view ... Closeup ... Closeup of driver ... Second view of driver ... Third view of driver ... Closeup of horses ... Second closeup of horses ... One side ... The other side ... From above.

The whole group:   One view ... A second view ... Third view.

Tramp art crossThis is a large tramp art crucifix with very fine workmanship, from Belgium. The cross is built up in eight layers, the base in seven to nine layers, with three-layered feet. It is decorated with metal tacks, and has a chip-carved ladder and tongs. There are remnants of a medium lacquer finish, and also areas of white and black paint, giving an unusual, textured surface. The back has remnants of elaborate cigar box labels. It dates from the late 1800's to about 1900, and stands 25" high by 13" wide by 5" deep. The condition can only be described as poor: one of the four "rays" is missing, there are several smaller chips missing, and there was probably a corpus originally. In spite of the condition, the look and overall effect are very strong, and it remains a beautiful object as it is. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: APAK.   Tramp art cross ... Two more angles ... Side views ... Closeup of the top ... A closer view of the top ... Closeup of the base ... The base, from above ... Side views of the base ... Another side view of the base ... Back view ... Closeup, upper back ... A closer view of the back ... Closeup, lower back ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved whimsy with 1904 Indian Head penniesHere is an interesting whimsey. It is a carved pine penny holder with several links of chain attached. There are two 1904 Indian Head pennies set in to the holder. They were likely put in after the wood was soaked, as they are secure. The holder is about 6" by 2 1/2" and 7/8" thick. It is almost 13" long with the links. The carving has been stained a dark walnut color. There is a little wear to the holder, but otherwise it is in excellent condition. It was likely made in the early 1900's. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: AKCS.   Carved whimsy with pennies ... Closeup ... The other side ... Closeup, other side ... Side view.

Whimsey carvingThis is an elegant carved whimsy with very fine detail, some chip carving, and a wonderful dark, alligatored surface. The ball in cage with its intricate crest was carved from a single piece of wood. It was then mounted on the base with carved steps, and the two balls on spiral pedestals added separately. The condition is excellent, with no visible loss or wear. It is 10 1/2" high by 7 1/4" by 5". The finish is a dark lacquer that has taken on a beautiful patina. It was made in the late 1800's to early 1900's. The price is $825.00. Inventory Code: CSTH.   See a slideshow of several views [690k] ... Intricately carved whimsey ... Another angle ... Closeup of the top ... Closeup of the bottom ... Side views ... Back view ... A different angle ... Closer view of the top, showing surface ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Intricately carved whimsey ... Another angle ... Closeup of the top ... Closeup of the bottom ... Side views ... Back view ... A different angle ... Closer view of the top, showing surface ... With a soda can for scale.

This is a very folky cupboard that came out of an African-American church near Rutherfordton, NC. The front and sides are pine tongue and groove wood called bead. The front is decorated with carved pine trim. It is finished in a medium brown varnish which is somewhat crazed. There are three doors, each hinged at the bottom, opening into three compartments. It stands 68 1/2" high, 28" wide and 15" deep. This striking and unusual piece was made in the early 1900's. It is in very good condition, sturdy and useable. There is a small mousehole on one side, and the trim on the upper door has been replaced. The price is $4800.00. Inventory Code: AWKP.   African-American church cupboard ... 3/4 view ... 3/4 view, other side ... Closeup of the top ... Closeup of the upper door ... Closeup of the middle door ... Closeup of the lower door ... With Matt for size ... With the middle door open ... With the top two doors open ... With the bottom door open ... One side ... The other side ... Back.

This reptile and amphibian-covered stand is carved from diamond willow, with a soapstone base. The natural contours and ridges of the diamond willow have been carved into snakes, frogs, and salamanders, all very finely detailed with set in eyes and lines, spots, etc. The match holder (?) on top is incised with the words "F. Reichter, square bow, flat bottom, 1859 Minnesota River" and is supported by a brass hose nozzle. The silver paint looks fairly recent, but the snakes, etc. all have a very good, old, dark, patinated surface. The stand is 44" tall, the base is 9 1/2" in diameter, and the condition is excellent, with one old, probably original break near the base. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: PHTS.   Diamond willow stand ... Closeup - BEST DETAIL ... Top half ... Base and lower half ... Another overall view ... A third overall view.

StandThis is a very nicely constructed and decorated two tier stand. It has strong lines, a good look, and is sturdy and functional. Made around the 1920's, the surface is finished in a dark varnish with silver painted highlights all over. The structural pieces provide added visual interest as well as support. The stand is 28" high, with a top of 16" by 17 1/2" and a smaller shelf which is 11" square. The condition is excellent, with very slight surface wear. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: ACOP.   Overall Image ... Another view ... View 3 ... View 4 ... View 5 ... Bottom.

Hand carved wooden combThis is a very wonderful and decorative hand carved wooden folk art comb. It has incised decoration on one side, including a semicircle, a pyramid shape, and the letters I F E. It has a light lacquer finish, somewhat darkened with oxidation and use, and highlights of faint red and green in the pyramid. The comb is 5" high by 2" wide, and tapers from 1/4" thick on the top to 1/32" at the bottom of the tines. It is probably from the early 1900's. With the exception of tiny loss to the tips of two tines this piece is excellent condition. The price is $55.00. Inventory Code: TKHW.   See a slideshow of several views [299] ... Hand carved wooden comb ... The other side ... Side view ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.

Iron wheelThis is an old, large cast iron wheel which was used to turn a valve. A very decorative piece, it has an inner serpentine construction. This valve wheel was likely made in the late 1800's or early 1900's. It is 23" in diameter with a depth of 2 1/2" in the center at the hub. The rim is about 1 1/4" thick. This piece has a threaded hole in the center for a large bolt to go which would lock the wheel to a shaft. The outer rim has 9 holes drilled part way into it, which would provide finger grips. It is in excellent, old condition, with a nice dark unfinished surface and touches of old white paint. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: TWTC.   Iron wheel ... The other side ... Side views ... Closeup of the center ... Closeup of the finger grips ... Closeup from one side ... From above ... Another closeup of the center ... With a soda can for scale.

Iron horsesThis is a pair of figural cast iron shoe rests. They were used when someone had their shoes shined. The figures are standing horses. Made in the late 1800's to early 1900's, these are in excellent condition, with somewhat worn old silver paint from around the 1930's. Each piece stands 6 1/2" high and long, with a base 3 1/2" in diameter. The price is $325.00 for the pair. Inventory Code: ATKH.   One side ... The other side ... Closeup of one ... Closeup of the other side ... Both, from above ... Both, from below.

Wrought ironThis is an old, wrought iron utilitarian item from about 1900. We are not sure if it was used as a boot scraper or in a fireplace as a spoon rest. Either way, it is a very decorative, folky, and interesting piece. This was constructed of several pieces which were cut, bent, and welded together. It is 8" by 8" by 8" and in sturdy, oxidized condition. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: TAHW.   Wrought iron ... Another view ... One end ... The other end ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... From below ... Another overall view.

This very graceful, carved woman with jointed arms is carved from a light-colored wood, sanded very smooth, with faint traces of gold paint. She has a bald head, primitively carved face and hands, and her legs merge into the roughly carved base with no feet. C. 1920's or 30's, she is 5" high by 1 1/4" wide by 3/4" deep, in excellent condition. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: PRAO.   Carved woman ... Another view ... A third angle ... From the side ... From behind ... Another back view.

MillstoneThis is a very unusual two-piece tabletop millstone. It is made from concrete and is very old. The upper piece sits over a wood peg in the lower half. It has notches on the sides to help turn it, and a hole to pour grain down. The grain comes out between the stones, where it is ground and pushes out into the trough around the lower half. There is a small, lighter colored cement patch in the top. It is 15" long by 12" wide, by 7" high, in excellent condition. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: TCRH.   Millstone ... Another view ... Top view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... Top piece removed ... The lower half, from above ... The upper half, from above ... From below.

A large decorative cast iron finial, in weathered silver paint. It is strong visually. An old piece, probably early 1900's, and is 23" high by 9" in diameter, in excellent condition. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: PKKK. Image.

Tramp art frame with moonsThis is a nice, good sized tramp art frame made from cigar boxes over a crate wood base. The exterior is about 23 1/4" by 18 1/2", while the opening is around 14 1/2" by 9 3/4". It is built in up to 5 layers, and is about 1 1/2" deep including the base. The chip carved corners each have crescent moons applied. The outside of the frame is decorated with many carved pieces that were set in under the long pyramids. The inside of the frame is also decorated with some nice larger notching. There are a variety of shades of woods making up this piece. These all seem to be original, their differences coming from using a variety of cigar boxes. Some of the labels are visible on the back, including a NJ tax stamp. The entire frame has a lacquer surface. This piece is in extremely good condition with a few small chips and perhaps the loss of a tiny bit of the tip of one moon. It was likely made in the early 1900's. The price is $475.00. Inventory Code: TWHR.   See a slideshow of several views [408k] ... Tramp art frame with moons ... Closeup, upper right ... Closeup, upper left ... Closeup, lower left ... Closeup, lower right ... Side view ... Closeup from side ... Back view ... Back, closeup lower right ... Back, closeup upper right ... Back, closeup upper left ... Back, closeup lower left ... Closeup from back, side view ... With a soda can for scale.

Moonshine Crooks wood cigar boxThis is an old wooden cigar box with great graphics. "Moonshine Crooks" "STILL the best cigar on the market" has a picture of the moonshiner in the woods with his still. Inside the lid is the NRA logo advertising their membership in the organization. Apparently the cigars themselves were crooked and were soaked in rum, hence the name. The wooden box is printed in red and black, with red and yellow paper tape around all the edges. The paper tax stamps have been mostly removed. The "2 for 5¢" price would indicate this box was probably made in the 1920's or 30's. It measures 9 7/8" wide by 3 3/4" high by 6" deep. It is in good condition with minor wear to the paper tape and the loss of the tax stamps. The price is $85.00. Inventory Code: CSKP.   See a slideshow of several views [942k] ... "Moonshine Crooks" wood cigar box ... Another angle ... Inside the lid ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Overall, with lid open ... Looking down inside ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   "Moonshine Crooks" wood cigar box ... Another angle ... Inside the lid ... Overall, with lid open.

Cast iron churnThis is the cast iron mechanism from an industrial butter or ice cream churn with a wonderful, sculptural look. The large size gives it an impressive presence. It has a dark, rich, oxidized surface with small traces of green. It is formed in two pieces that fit firmly together as a free-standing object. The pieces also look good individually, hung on a wall or displayed on a shelf. The base has gear teeth and two glass windows, and is embossed "Made In USA". Assembled, it stands 28" high by 11 1/2" in diameter. It is probably from the early 1900's, and is in excellent display condition. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CSSC.   See a slideshow of several views [470k] ... Cast iron churn ... Another view ... Two more angles ... 3 views of the other side ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... From above ... The two sections separated ... The upper half ... The base ... The base, from below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Cast iron churn ... Another view ... Two more angles ... 3 views of the other side ... Closeup.

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