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Iron horses
Figural cast iron
shoe shine footrests
Carved farm scene
Carved farm scene
Man on horse carving
Carved man on horse from MN
Fish decoys
Fish decoys
Carving of man and dog
Carving of man and dog
Whimsy carved staff
Whimsy carved staff with animals
Horse and sulky whirligig
Horse and sulky whirligig
50's photo
1950's Photo of a pony
and boy in a cowboy costume
Frog carving
Stylized carved frog
Metal fish
Metal fish
Fish decoys
Four primitive carved fish decoys
Halloween collage
Halloween collage with cat by Virginia Love
Brick carving
Brick end of day carving
Alligator cane handle
Carved Alligator cane handle
Carved lizard
Carved and painted lizard
Folk art applique
Large, very folky wool applique from the early 20th c.
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Fish decoysHere are two painted wooden fish decoys. They were cut from 3/4" boards and shaped with a router, then painted in greens, red, white, and black. Each is painted a little differently, and each has a hole through the front for a line to be attached. They range from 12" to 12 1/2" long, and from about 3 1/2" to 4" high. While not extremely old, they do show some oxidation and weathering from age and use. THOC is in very good, used condition. The other (THOT) was broken and reglued at the bottom of the fin and the bottom tip of the tail. They are priced at $75.00 each. Inventory Codes: TOHC and TOHT.   Fish decoys ... The other side ... From above ... Front view ... Back view ... From below.
Closeup, TOHC ... TOHC, other side ... Closeup TOHT ... TOHT, other side.

Fish decoysHere are four primitive carved fish decoys. They are painted white and green, with red mouths and black eyes. Each one has a metal clip through its bottom lip. The fish themselves range in size from 7 1/4" to 9 1/4" long by about 1" to 1 1/4" in diameter. The metal clip adds about 2 3/4" to the length. Three are in good, worn and weathered condition; the fourth has an age split, and the tail was broken and reglued. They appear to be from the mid-20th century. They are priced at $25.00 each or $90.00 for the group. Inventory Code: TOHH.   Fish decoys ... Another view ... The other side ... From front ... From back ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Fish decoys ... Another view ... The other side ... From front ... From back ... From above ... From below ... 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.

Carving of man and dogThis is a wonderful and unusual carving of a man lifting a small dog out of a basket. He has a very expressive face, and is wearing a cap and outfit like a jockey's. His arms were carved separately and applied; the dog was also carved as a separate piece. The basket is not attached, it just sits on the base. The carving is finished in a medium brown lacquer or varnish. It appears to be from the first half of the 20th century, probably about the 1920's or 30's. The front half of the man's right foot has been replaced, and the basket is missing one handle. It is 10 1/2" tall by 12" by 6 1/4". The price is $525.00. Inventory Code: CCSS.   Carving of man and dog ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Front views ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Another view from back ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... Closeup of feet ... With the basket removed ... Closeup of the base without the basket ... Closeup of back ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carving of man and dog ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Front views ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Another view from back ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... Closeup of feet ... With the basket removed ... Closeup of the base without the basket ... Closeup of back ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

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.

Whimsy carved staffThis is a large staff with two carved animal heads at the top and three sections of whimsy carved captured balls in cages. The piece is about 58" high with a 2" diameter for the shaft. The top section was likely the roots and is how it grew, which left places for stylized faces and horns. Eyes are carved in one of the faces. In the sections of cages, from top to bottom, are 2, 1, and 5 crudely carved balls that are free to move. The staff is made from a piece of hard pine. It is finished with varnish, much of which has worn, with some turning lighter. The condition is good, with the worn varnish and some age splits. The age is unknown. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: TRSH.   See a slideshow of several views [727k] ... Whimsy carved staff ... Closeup of the top ... Two more closeups of the top ... More closeups ... Other angles ... Two more closeups ... Closeup of the caged balls ... More closeups of the middle section ... Closeups of the bottom end ... Closeup from above ... From above and below ... With a yardstick for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Whimsy carved staff ... Closeup of the top ... Two more closeups of the top ... More closeups ... Other angles ... Two more closeups ... Closeup of the caged balls ... More closeups of the middle section ... Closeups of the bottom end ... Closeup from above ... From above and below ... With a yardstick for scale.

Horse and sulky whirligigThis is a fairly large whirligig with a man driving a sulky pulled by a horse. It has 2 blades representing the wheels. When the blades turn the action is of the horse trotting and the driver's arm going up and down. This section (horse, sulky, etc) is made perpendicular to the long crosspiece and tail. The piece is in very good condition and was made from pine and plywood, likely in the 1950's or '60's. It is mounted on a Lucite type base. The whirligig is 39" long from the tail. The sulky section is about 19" long by 7" wide by 12" high. The price is $475.00. Inventory Code: CTAA.   See a slideshow of several views [581k] ... Horse and sulky whirligig ... Front view ... Back view ... One side ... Closer view ... The other side ... Another back view ... From above ... Another overall angle ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action [3 Mb].
Some much larger photos:   Horse and sulky whirligig ... Front view ... Back view ... One side ... The other side ... Another back view ... Another overall angle ... Video of the action [3 Mb].

50's photoHere is a black and white photo of a very young boy in Western costume, on a pony. The frame is 8 3/4" wide by 11" high. The opening is 7 1/2" by 9 3/4". The frame is painted silver and black and has some wear. The photo is in excellent condition, and is c. 1950's. The price is $85.00. Inventory Code: AATP.   Image.

Halloween collageThis Halloween collage with a cat, pumpkin, and moon, is built up from layers of construction paper in deep blue, white, black and orange, and measures 8" by 12". The condition is very good, with one very small tear on the extreme right edge. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: VL2. Image ... Closeup ... Back ... Larger image ... Larger back view.

Virginia Love's art

This stylized dog is a brick end of day carving made in southern Pennsylvania at a brickwork. The workers took leftover fired, soft material at the end of the day and carved them into forms. The material is somewhat soft, and a golden yellow color. The condition is excellent. The age is unknown, but old. Including the base it measures 7" by 7 1/2" by 2". The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: ROSX. Image.

Carved lizardThis carved lizard is a purplish red, with black details, and a bluish red throat sac. It is mounted on a board cut in a freeform shape. The size is 10" long by 4 1/2" wide by 2 1/2" high, including the base. One foot is cracked, with a toe missing, otherwise excellent condition. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: PCOC.   Overall Image ... Another overall view ... Side ... Top.

Folk art appliqueThis is a wonderfully quirky and folky wool applique. It is strikingly large, measuring 51 1/4" wide by 34 1/2" high. Figures include a woman in bonnet, animals, ducks, a book, teapot, sewing basket, home scenes, flowers, a basket of vegetables, and a mailbox. Look at the details in the closeups. Perhaps originally meant for a rug or table mat, it has been mounted on wood stretchers as a hanging. Each design was made from felt and wool machine appliqued onto a wool block. The blocks were then assembled like a quilt, and the vine border added. There is a fair amount of loss and moth damage, but it is stable and good for display. The blue spots in the background are where the backing of the frame shows through. It was made in the early to mid 1900's, most likely around the 1910's or 20's. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: CCKP.   Folk art applique ... Closeup, upper left ... Upper right ... Lower left ... Lower right ... Closeup of corner, from an angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Folk art applique ... Closeup, upper left ... Upper right ... Lower left ... Lower right ... Closeup of corner, from an angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Carved farm sceneThis is a folky carved farming scene. It includes two horses attached to a doubletree rig, pulling what seems to be a primitive wheeled cutter on which a man is standing and working the team. The horses have hames and harnesses and the driver is holding thin twine for reins. The man's face is partially carved with painted features. The scene is mounted on a 5/8" plywood base. It is 13" long by 11 1/4" wide by 7" high. It was probably made in the 1950's or 60's and is in good condition. Some of the twine has been replaced. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: TKTR.   See a slideshow of several views [773k] ... Carved farm scene ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Closeup of the farmer ... Front view ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved farm scene ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Front view ... Closeup of back ... From above.

Metal fishHere are two lead fish. These were figural downriggers from a Lake Michigan fishing boat. They each have a loop on the top, for a line to the boat, and a loop on the back, for the line to the hook. They were used to position the lure at the desired depth. They each have a simple, streamlined form and fine surface cracks. Each is 9 1/2" long by 3 1/2" by 3 1/2", in good, used condition. They are $125.00 each. Inventory Code: TAWS.   Metal fish ... Another view ... Closeup of one ... Closeup of the other, with a measure for scale ... Another view of both ... Side view ... Front view ... From above ... Back view ... From below.

Frog carvingThis is a stylized, primitive frog carved from pine. It is stained dark brown/black, showing through a bit lighter in a few areas. It is 5" high by 8 1/2" long by 3 7/8" wide, in excellent condition. Age is unknown, but probably mid-20th century or earlier. It is part of a small collection we have by the same anonymous artist. You can see the rest of this group of carvings here. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TKPW.   Frog carving ... Side view ... The other side ... Front and back views ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Frog carving ... Side view ... The other side ... Front and back views ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.

Man on horse carvingHere is a carving of a bearded man riding a horse. It is carved from several pieces of wood which were pieced together into a larger block before carving. The grass, his clothes, and the horse's hooves are painted. His hands and face, and the horse are the natural color of the wood, with a coat of clear varnish. The mane and tail of the horse have burned-in detail. There is felt glued to the bottom. The carving is 12 1/2" long by 9 1/2" high by 3 1/2" deep. It is in excellent condition, came from Minnesota, and was made in the second half of the 20th century. The price is $245.00. Inventory Code: TSSA.   Carving of man on horse ... Another view ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Closeup from front ... A different angle ... From partly behind ... Front ... Back ... Another view from behind, showing piecing of wood ... From above ... Bottom.

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