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Three metal birds
Three metal shorebird silhouettes
Tramp art wall pocket with birds
Wall pocket with birds
dated 1927
Stork yard ornament
Stork yard ornament
Bird carving
Bird carving with bead eyes
Folk art bird
Folk art bird
Goose yard ornament
4 Goose yard ornaments
from Maine
Metal rooster
Large metal
rooster weathervane
Cast iron snowbird
Two cast iron snow eagles
Folding metal decoy
Folding metal decoy

Bird walking stick
Shell lamp with flamingo
Carved eagle
Carved eagle
Folky metal cutout duck
Pheasant weathervane
Pheasant weathervane from NY
Carved bird
Carved bird

Tramp art wall pocket with birdsThis is a beautiful tramp art magazine rack, decorated with birds on free-form branches and dated 1927. Below the birds is a large sunburst. The front folding section is attached with two chains, and includes a star and the inscription "Souvenir De L'Exposition". The date is in the center of the lower diamond. The birds, all the many spear tips, and a few other highlights are painted a dark mustard. The rest of the piece is patterned with light and dark woods, finished with a clear lacquer or varnish that is slightly bubbled. This rack is presumably Canadian, with the French inscription and a partly visible Postum label on the back. It is in outstanding, excellent condition. There are very skillful repairs on the two birds, and one very tiny chip missing from one spear. This impressive piece measures 29 3/4" high by 19 1/2" wide by 7 3/4" deep. The price is $1150.00. Inventory Code: TKKW.   See a slideshow of several views [835k] ... Tramp art wall pocket with birds ... Folded closed ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of middle ... Closeup of bottom ... Closer view of star, surface ... Side views ... Closeup, one side ... Closeup, other side ... One bird ... Bird, another angle ... The other bird ... Back view ... Closeup of back, label ... One bird, back view ... The other bird, back view ... Larger closeup of top ... Larger closeup of middle ... Larger closeup of bottom ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved birdThis is a decorative carved wood bird. It has nice size, form, and paint. The bird is about 16 1/2" high, while the body is about 4" wide by 4 1/2" deep. The bird and base are all together, having been carved from one piece of wood. The paint is good and old, this piece likely being done in the mid 1900's, and the condition is very good. The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: TOHK.   Carved bird ... Two more views ... Front and back views ... Closeups of head ... More closeups of the head ... Closeups of the body ... More closeups of the body ... The base, from above ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Bird carvingHere is a funny little bird carving. Similar to a sandpiper, it might be called a "shelf piper" - as it certainly looks at home on a shelf. The bird is carved from a hardwood, likely walnut, and has a smooth, dark, rich natural surface. It has beads set in for eyes. One eye is black and the other red, which may account for how it leans a bit to one side. There is a small, old chip missing from the beak, and possibly one from the tail. The bird was probably made about the mid-1900's, and is 6" long by 1 1/4" wide by 4" high. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: TOWS.   Bird carving ... The other side ... Another view ... Front and back views ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.

Stork yard ornamentThis is a fun, funky, and frivolous stork yard ornament. It is old, in very good condition, with good color, paint, and form. To make it even more quirky, the bird is mounted in a base made from an old Spry shortening can. This was filled with concrete. The legs, made from wood dowels, can be removed from the base. The bird has a metal strap for a neck. This is flexible so the head can bob in the breeze. The body and head are cut from 3/4" thick wood. Overall, in the base, the stork is about 38" high by 25" long. The can is 5" in diameter. It was probably from around the 1940's or 50's and stands sturdily in decorative splendor. The price is $245.00. Inventory Code: TOKR.   Video of the head bobbing (2.6Mb) ... See a slideshow of several views [589k] ... Stork yard ornament ... The other side ... Closeup of the head ... The other side of the head ... Closeup of the body ... The other side of the body ... The base ... Two more closeups of the base ... Overall front and back views ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Folk art birdThis is a folky wooden assemblage of a wading bird, carved rushes, and a cattail plant. It was hand made from thick pine boards, painted, and signed "Don Marshall". The piece is 33" high and stands on an oval base of about 11" deep by 13 1/2" wide. It is in very good condition, with a little wear to the paint, and was probably made about the 1970's or so. The price is $205.00. Inventory Code: TTHA.   Folk art bird ... The other side ... Closeup ... Closeup of the base and plants ... End view ... The other end.

Goose yard ornamentHere are four Canada goose yard ornaments from Maine. They are plywood cutouts, painted on both sides, with metal stakes to drive into the ground. Two have articulated heads that swivel up or down. The birds themselves range from 11" to 16" in height, and from 25" to 31" long. With the stakes included they are 17" to 23" high. Some of the stakes are a little loose. They are in appropriately used, weathered condition with varying amounts of paint wear and minor loss. The photos should be clear on this, but if you have any questions contact us. They are priced at $80.00 each, with a discount for the group. Inventory Code: TPCP.   Goose yard ornament ... Other side ... With head moved ... Closeup ... Second goose, one side ... Second goose, other side ... Third goose, one side ... Third goose, other side ... Third goose, head moved ... Fourth goose, one side ... Fourth goose, other side ... Fourth goose, Closeup ... All four together.

Metal roosterThis is a very folky one-of-a-kind rooster weathervane made from galvanized sheet metal. The rooster was hand cut from two pieces and put together. It then was bolted with supports to part of a ventilator from a silo or barn, which had a shaft with a hole put inside so the entire piece could rotate in the wind. The word "Rock" is painted on one side of the tail in subtle, silver-gray paint. This unusual piece came from the Midwest, likely Iowa, and was probably made in the 1940's or 50's. Being metal, there is some little rust, oxidation, and outside wear, but it is in generally very good condition. The body of the rooster is 23" long by 19" high. As mounted, it is 26 1/2" long by 28 1/4" high by 13 1/2" wide. We still have the ventilator, and it can be easily reassembled if you prefer it mounted that way. The price is $475.00. Inventory Code: AKOT.   See a slideshow of several views [518k] ... Metal rooster ... The other side ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Closeup of head ... Closeup of tail, with "Rock" ... Closeup of body ... Closeup of head, other side ... Tail, other side ... Body, other side ... Front and back views ... Closeup from the front ... Closeup of the base ... Mounted on the ventilator ... Front view, on ventilator ... With a soda can for scale.

Cast iron snowbirdHere are two cast iron snow eagles. They came from Pennsylvania and were probably made in the early 1900's. Each of the eagles stand 5" high and has a wingspan of 6 1/4" inches. Their bodies are 1" deep and the base is 2 3/4" deep. They are all in excellent condition, with a nice surface from age and use. These were attached to the edge of a roof to catch snow and ice. They are priced $75.00 each. Inventory Code: ARHT.   One bird ... Both ... 3/4 view ... One side ... The other side ... Back.

Folding metal decoyA nice metal duck decoy. This piece was made from galvanized metal, with an iron rod for support; and then painted a dark olive green with brown and orange details. One of the wings has an unusual slide that release the wing and allows them to pivot for storage. The decoy way probably made in a local "factory" or shop rather than one-of-a-kind. It is in excellent old condition with appropriate wear and patina from use. The duck is 17 1/2" long, 8" across the wings, and 10" high. With the rod and base it stands 43" high. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: AOPA.   One side ... The other side ... With base ... Another view ... From below ... Partly folded.

This is a weird little cane carved like a bird with a long neck and foot. It is made from wood and has been covered with something like hardened cheesecloth which has then been painted. This seems to be unused as a walking stick, and is really more of a decorative piece. It is not new, but probably not too old - maybe 1970's or so? It has nice texture, form and color, and is almost 27" long. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: ARAA.   Cane carved with bird head and foot ... Closeup of head ... Closeup other side.

More canes

lampFrom Florida comes this tacky souvenir lamp. It has all the qualities one would want in such a piece: A plastic flamingo and palm tree, colored coral, small decorative shells, and the large shell backdrop. This is from the 1950's or 60's, and is in excellent working condition. It is 9" wide, 9"high, and 6" deep. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: ATKS.   Overall Image ... Side view ... Back.

Carved eagleA bold, angular eagle, in a sitting position. It is carved from dark wood and mounted on top of a cork. 4 1/4" high, including the cork, by 1 1/4" wide by 1 3/4" deep, in excellent condition. The price is $85.00. Inventory Code: PCRO. Image

DuckHere is a duck from a series of old hand made, folky, metal cutouts in various forms and sizes. They are all painted on both sides, some being fairly detailed. These pieces came out of an auto mechanic's garage in the Bedford, PA area. The garage had been closed since the 1970's and these had been adhered to the walls for decoration. As a result, many have marks on the back side showing where they were glued. These cutouts were likely made no later than the 1950's, and the look of some are definitely earlier. They are all original and untouched (other than a little cleaning). The others include people and animals, and can be seen here. This duck is 19" by 19". The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: AROS.   One side ... The other side.

Three metal birdsThese are three shorebird silhouettes cut from galvanized sheet metal. One has drips of red and silver paint that look like they were on the metal before it was cut out. The other two have streaks and spots of white oxidation. All three have areas of old surface rust, but are strong and intact. Each bird is about 10" long by 4 1/2" high. They do not lie quite flat. They are in very good condition, with nicely weathered surfaces, probably from the mid-20th century. They are priced at $20.00 each, or $50.00 for the set. Inventory Code: CPSA.   See a slideshow of several views [245k] ... Three metal bird cutouts ... The other side ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Three metal bird cutouts ... The other side.

Pheasant weathervaneThis is a sheet copper weathervane of a pheasant. It was mounted on a garage/barn in Rye, New York, until it was taken down in mid 2013. It was probably made around the 1950's, although it could be earlier. It has been painted, and has a well oxidized surface. The weathervane is in very good condition with no loss, breaks, or holes. It is mounted on a more recently made 2 x 4 base. The overall height, including the base is 24 1/2". It is just under 19" long, and approximately 13" across the directionals. The price is $395.00. Inventory Code: CATO.   See a slideshow of several views [537k] ... Pheasant weathervane ... The other side ... Closeup, one side ... Closeup, the other side ... Another angle ... Front and back views ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Pheasant weathervane ... The other side ... Closeup, one side ... Closeup, the other side ... Another angle ... Front and back views ... From above ... From below.


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