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Masonic inlaid memorial
Large Masonic inlaid memorial
whimsy, 3 feet high, signed, dated
Shell covered salt and pepper set
Primitive wheelbarrow
Primitive handmade wheelbarrow
Large multicolored clock case
Large multicolored
tramp art clock case
mailbox man
Large colorful man from
chain, car parts, etc.
Train whimsey in bottle
Train whimsey in bottle
Tropical village in bottle whimsy
Tropical village in
a bottle whimsy
Home made scooter
Home made scooter
Chrome desk lamp
Chrome desk lamp
Doorknob weathervane
Doorknob weathervane
Chocolate moldCloseup of chocolate mold
Geometric metal chocolate mold
Home made one-string bass
Home made one-string
electric bass
Painting by Martin Zipin
Jointed carving
Jointed carving
Metal drummer music box
"Age of Aquarius"
found object music box
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Train whimsey in bottleThis small bottle whimsey has a brightly painted train inside a long, narrow bottle. The wooden train has four cars with applied wheels. The cars are connected to each other with metal links. Each car is glued in place to the bottle, so that the train does not move around. Two small carved and painted blocks make up a base. The bottle measures 7 1/4" long by 1 1/4" in diameter. It is 1 5/8" high sitting on the base. The condition is excellent. Age is unknown, but it appears to be 1950's or 60's. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: TCSC.   Train whimsey in bottle ... The other side ... From above ... End view ... The other end ... From below ... Removed from base.

Masonic inlaid pieceHere is an amazing fraternal folk art work. It is a one-of-a-kind Masonic hanging with carved, inlaid, and applied decoration. It is constructed of hundreds of individual pieces. The overall form is the Masonic "G" which is cut from plywood. All the rest is constructed from various hard and soft woods, and as is written on the back: "Made by James Thompson, for wonderful Brother Vernon L Thompson, Nov. 1967, Prov 3-6, 162 pieces wood, 272 pieces plastic." The plastic pieces are the tiny colored inlaid circular pieces. In addition, close examination will reveal many symbols, applied and inlaid letters and words, and extremely detailed carving and construction. This piece is the mate to the fraternal whimsey that we have which is also now available. The condition of the unusual construction is excellent. It is large, being about 3 feet high by 29" wide. The price is $1200.00. Inventory Code: TPAS.   Masonic inlaid piece ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of the Bible ... Closeup of the center frame ... Closeup of lower portion ... One side section ... The other side section ... Closer view of first side ... Closer view of second side ... Closeup of very top ... Closeup of top, from side ... Closeup from side, lower ... Closeup of lower from above ... Side view ... Back view ... Closeup of writing on back ... Closeup of middle from back ... Closeup of the gavel from back ... Side view, from back

mailbox manAn extraordinary Metal man, about 4 feet high and 39" wide, made from found objects, including chains, fuel pump for heart, distributor, springs, reflectors, gears, and more. He was a mailbox holder. This sculpture came from New Hampshire, and was made in the 1950's. It is in excellent, older condition, with beautiful old polychrome paint. The price is $3,500.00. Inventory code: ASRP.   Image ... Closeup of head ... Back view ... Closeup of body ... Closeup of arms and legs ... Closeup of head and upper torso.

Tropical village in bottle whimsyThis is a bottle whimsey made with a village scene inside. It contains two houses, three people, a cart, palm trees, and much more. It came from the Philippines and is intricately constructed, completely filling the inside of a liquor bottle. The cap is wrapped with multicolored braid in a spiral pattern. It is mounted on a wood base. The overall size of the bottle is about 10 2/3" by 2 1/2" by 3 1/4" high. With the base it is 4 1/2" high. It was probably made in the 1960's or 70's as a tourist piece. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TCSP.   Tropical village in bottle whimsy ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... From above ... Back view ... Another view from back ... End view ... The other end ... Top view ... Two views from below.

Primitive wheelbarrowThis primitive, hand made, folding wheelbarrow is painted in layers of yellow and orange. This cool, funky piece has a lot of character, and would look great in the garden, standing in a corner, or folded and hung on a wall. The date "1960" is carved into the handle. One of the folding uprights was replaced a long time ago with an unpainted piece that appears to be part of an axe handle. It is 44" long by 17 1/2" wide across the handles. When unfolded, it stands about 2 feet high. It is in very good, used and weathered condition. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TARR.   Primitive wheelbarrow ... Another view ... Closeup of the wheel ... Closeup of the handle, with date ... One side ... The other side ... From above.

This is a large multicolored tramp art clock case. It is 30 1/2" high, 17 1/4" wide, and 9 1/2" deep. The pine and plywood case is finished in both clear varnish and white paint. Made in the 1950's, this folky case is in very good condition with a nice strong look. The clock motor runs but the arms don't turn, so that can possibly be repaired. The price is $485.00. Inventory Code: ACOR.   One view ... Another view ... Another view ... Another view ... Top view ... One side ... The other side ... Back view ... Close-up.

A highly unusual home made one string electric bass, with amplifier and speaker. It has a carved wooden handle on top of which the string is attached. When pivoted it changes the tension on the string and therefore the note. The bass is 24" high, 12" wide and 5" deep. It is made of wood, covered by Naugahyde on the sides and part of a chenille spread on the front. The amp/speaker is in an old carrying case 14" wide, 13" high and 7" deep. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: PRKW. Image.

Doorknob weathervaneThis whimsical metal weathervane arrow was hand made on a doorknob base. It is 24" long by 5" high, the point is 2" wide. It was most likely made in the 1940's or 50's. It has weathered green paint over remnants of red, and is in excellent condition. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: AWTT.   Weather vane arrow made from a doorknob ... The other side, upside down ... Closeup of point ... Closeup of tail.

Home made scooterThis is a folky home made wooden scooter. It was constructed from 2 x 4's with triangular supports made from 3/4" plywood. The wheels are from an early skate board mechanism or roller skates. This was probably made in the early 1960's. It is sturdy, rolls well, and certainly can be used. The scooter was painted white, and the paint has a fair amount of wear from riding. It is 22 3/4" long by 33" high by 12 1/8" wide. The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: TOCS.   Home made scooter ... Closeup of handles ... One side view ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... Another view from above ... Closeup of seat ... Lower front ... Lower back ... From below ... Closeup of front wheels ... Closeup of rear wheels ... With a soda can for scale.

Chrome desk lampThis is a decorative chrome can light with a white glass globe. There is a switch in the cord, and the globe lifts off to change the bulb. It is about 12 1/2" high, with a can about 4 1/2" in diameter and a 7" globe. These original lamps were made in the late 1960's and early 70's. It is in very good, working condition, with some small discolored spots on the chrome. The price is $65.00. Inventory Code: ATWT.   Chrome desk lamp.

Chocolate moldCloseup of chocolate moldHere is a geometric metal chocolate mold - industrial art with a graphic pattern that is interesting on the wall or a shelf. It has rectangular openings with swirls in the bottom. The size is 10 7/8" high by 9 3/4" wide by 1/2" deep. It is in very good, older, used condition with some very light tarnishing. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TPRH.   Chocolate mold ... Closeup ... Side view ... Back view ... Side view, from back ... Back, from above.

Salt and pepperThis is a salt and pepper set decorated with shells and coral. They are finished with a light coat of varnish, and are in excellent condition, with a few small chips, but no missing pieces. They are from the 1950's or 60's and are each 4" high by 3" in diameter. The price of the set is $45.00. Inventory Code: ATHH.   Shell covered salt and pepper shakers ... Another view ... From above.

This is a oil painting on canvas by the late Martin Zipin. The subject is a carnival barker or ticket taker. It was done in the early 1960's and is in excellent condition. The overall size including the frame is 32" by 18 5/8". The size of the image is 26 1/2 by 13". The price is $3500.00. Inventory Code: KPPC.   Image.

Jointed carvingThis is a well done wood carving of a person with jointed arms and legs. It almost has the feeling of a space alien rather than a human. The figure is carved from pine and with the exception of painted hands and shoes has a plain unfinished surface. This has taken on a nice tone and feel from oxidation. The figure is very smooth, has old tacks for eyes, and is in excellent condition. It stands about 15" tall on the custom base, and is about 4" wide and 2" deep. The base is slightly bigger. The age is unknown, but appears to be from around the 1950's or so. The price is $385.00. Inventory Code: TWAK.   See a slideshow of several views [206k] ... Jointed carving ... Two more views ... Side and back views ... Closeup of head ... Closeup of legs ... From above ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the arms and legs moving [8.1Mb].

Metal drummer music boxThis folky metal drummer assemblage is actually a wind up music box. The drummer is constructed of springs, heavy wires, and light metal. The drums and stage are also all metal. The music box mechanism is mounted on a piece of wood under the base. It is pretty intricate. The size is about 7 1/2" high by 6 1/2" wide by 6" deep. It was likely made in the 1960's or 1970's and is in fairly good used condition. There are normal scratches and oxidation to the metal. The pièce de résistance comes when you wind the key and then listen to an extremely "sick" rendition of the opening bars of "The Age of Aquarius". The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: TWKA.   Metal drummer music box ... Front view ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... Hear the music in this video (10.4Mb).

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