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Coal cracker model by Jim PopsoClub house model by Jim PopsoCarved farm wagon by Jim Popso
Three 20th c. carved folk art models by PA artist Jim Popso depicting life and history in coal country
Tricycle in bottle whimsey
Tricycle in bottle whimsey
Metal fish
Metal fish downriggers
Bottle whimsey
French apple pickers
Bottle whimsey
Rocket ship
Rocket ship
Tramp art dresser
Miniature Tramp art dresser
w/mirror, from the late 1800's
Trench art
Trench art jeep and tank
from tin cans, found objects
Cast iron lawn sprinkler
Cast iron tractor lawn sprinkler
Train whimsey in bottle
Train whimsey in bottle
Stealth bomber model
Stealth bomber model

Patriot missile birdhouse
Paper mache style figure
Large papier mache display figure
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Stealth bomber modelStealth bomber modelThis is a folky, Stealth Bomber model hand-made from thin tongue and groove wood, with an old varnish surface. It is decorated with stripes and stars cut from newspapers, and has further detailing done in marker. The plane has two sets of metal wheels screwed to the bottom. The third set has the bracket, but the wheels are missing. It was made by Oliver Rzick and is signed and dated 4-24-99. This plane is 16" long, about 3" high, has a wingspan of about 41". It is in very good condition. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: AWKO.   From above ... Overall ... Side view ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... From below ... Closeup of bottom.

Coal cracker model by Jim PopsoHere are three folk art assemblages by Pennsylvania artist James (Jim) Popso (1922 - 1998). The son of a coal miner, his wonderfully detailed work depicts life in the mines and mine towns with a real sense of history. You can read about Popso and his art here and here, and his obituary is here.

This piece is a model of a coal cracker that breaks up the larger chunks into more manageable sizes. There is a carved operator sitting on the front with his shovel, his mallet is behind him. When you turn the crank on the side you can see the crushing mechanism in the top move. There are two rubber flaps covering the chutes where the crushed coal would exit. Flat surfaces on the front and sides are covered with tiny, detailed scenes of the town of Eckley, PA. It is signed "By J. Popso, son of a coal miner, Hazleton, PA". One of the things Popso did in his work as a welder was to build these coal crackers.

The model is mostly wood, with pieces of coal, and some cardboard underneath. It measures 21 1/2" long by 7" wide by 13" high, and is in very good condition. It was featured in the article in the Spring, 1995 issue of Pennsylvania Folklife linked above. The price is $1150.00. Inventory Code: CAKO.   See a slideshow of several views [929k] ... Coal cracker model by Jim Popso ... One side ... The other side ... Another angle ... Front view ... Back view ... Another back view ... Closeup of man and painted dial ... Second closeup of dial, turned ... Small painting on side ... From above ... Closeup from above ... One rubber flap open ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Coal cracker model by Jim Popso ... One side ... The other side ... Another angle ... Front view ... Back view ... Another back view ... Closeup of man and painted dial ... Second closeup of dial, turned ... Small painting on side ... From above ... Closeup from above ... One rubber flap open ... With a soda can for scale.

Club house model by Jim PopsoThis carved assemblage by Jim Popso depicts the Eckley, PA Social Club. There are two men sitting out front, one reading, the other holding a case of beer. The door opens to reveal two more men sitting across from each other, with a large stove between them. Written inside the door is "Pres. Big Mike, Treas. Ohio Joe, Trusty Happy Louie, Guard Slappy Willy, Door Man Ikie, Dues 50¢ a Month, No Ladys". The back has painted flowers and shrubbery. The size is 13 1/4" high by 9 3/4" by 9 3/4". It is in very good condition, probably from the mid 1990's. The price is $875.00. Inventory Code: CAKR.   See a slideshow of several views [1 Mb] ... Club house model by Jim Popso ... Another angle ... A third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Door open ... Closeup inside ... Second closeup inside ... Third closeup inside ... Closeup from side, man visible through window ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Club house model by Jim Popso ... Another angle ... A third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Door open ... Closeup inside ... Second closeup inside ... Third closeup inside ... Closeup from side, man visible through window ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved farm wagon by Jim PopsoThis is a carved and painted farmer's market wagon by Pennsylvania artist James (Jim) Popso (1922 - 1998). The wagon is filled with produce and pulled by two horses in harness, all mounted on a wooden base. It is signed "J Popso 1991". On the back is the inscription "Farmer John, Eckley, PA". The size is 24" long by 9 1/4" wide by 12 3/4" high. The back step on the wagon was cracked and reglued, otherwise it is in excellent condition. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: CAKK.   Carved farm wagon by Jim Popso ... Side view ... The other side ... Another angle ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved farm wagon by Jim Popso ... Side view ... The other side ... Another angle ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Tricycle in bottle whimseyThis is a large and fun bottle whimsey of a tricycle contained in a one gallon bottle. It is in very good condition and sturdy for shipping. The bottle is 12" by 6" in diameter. The tricycle is glued in place so the bottle can be upright. The construction does not seem too old, maybe done within the last 20 years or so. It certainly is unusual. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TTRA.   Tricycle in bottle whimsey ... The other side ... Bottle upright ... Another angle ... From above ... From below ... Top of bottle ... Bottom of bottle.

More bottle whimseys

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.

Bottle whimseyThis is a French whimsey containing a miniature scene with two orchard workers picking apples built in a bottle. There is a tree with apples on it, and a basket of apples on the ground. It is built in a cut glass bottle that is filled with water. It stands 9 1/2" high by 3 7/8" in diameter, and is in excellent condition. The price is $195.00. Inventory Code: TTKC.   Bottle whimsey ... Side with labels ... Closeup ... Another overall view ... Side view ... Three more views ... Closeup of upper label ... From above.

Trench artA very unusual "trench art" (actually attributed as P.O.W.) jeep and tank. These are models made from tin cans, and found objects. From W.W.II, they are intricate, detailed replicas with moving parts: wheels and steering wheel on the jeep, and the gun, treads, and pulleys on the tank. They are both in very good condition, with an old oxidized surface. The jeep is 5" long by 2 3/4" wide and high. The tank is 6" long, 3 3/4" wide and 4 1/2" high. The price is $200.00 each, or $375.00 for both. Inventory Code: AHSP.   Image ... Another view ... From above.

This handmade rocket ship was constructed from turned solid wood, heavy chipboard tubing, and plywood, and was painted silver - which is now oxidized. Probably made in the 1970's, it is 21" high, 8 1/4" across the legs, and has a body 4 1/4" in diameter. The top half can be removed. It was made from a solid piece of pine which was turned and carved into shape. The legs are plywood. They also form an interior structure on which the top sits. The tubing is the like very heavy shipping tubes. The rocket has USA painted on it, and a printed cloth American flag glued on. The condition is very good. The price is $85.00. Inventory Code: AAHT.   Model Rocket ship ... Back view.

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.

Cast iron tractor lawn sprinklerThis is a cast iron lawn sprinkler in the form of a tractor. It is the National Walking Lawn Sprinkler model B3. It has its original green and red paint. The tractor portion measures 20 1/2" long by 8 1/2" wide by 8 3/4" high, with an approx. 36" long spray arm. This sprinkler was made to automatically "walk" across the lawn, following the hose line as it sprayed. We have not tested it to see if it still works, but it appears to be in excellent condition, from the latter half of the 20th c. The price is $235.00. Inventory Code: ASOA.   Cast iron tractor lawn sprinkler ... The other side, with a soda can for scale ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Front view ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... From above ... Another view from above.
Some much larger photos:   Cast iron tractor lawn sprinkler ... The other side, with a soda can for scale ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Front view ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... From above ... Another view from above.

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.

This is a birdhouse in the shape of a Patriot missile. It is one of a group of military birdhouses that were made during the Persian Gulf war by Eugene Poore, from wood and found objects. It is painted red, white and blue with the words "PATRIOT" and "USA". It has two openings for birds, and is 28" high by 4 1/2" in diameter.The price is $195.00. Inventory code: PCHC. Image.

Paper mache style figureThis is a large papier mache figure of a stylish man, said to be a store display from Detroit. He stands 42 1/2" tall by about 18" wide by 13" deep, painted in shades of peach, gray, red, and white. His cap and coat are made from a textured paper. The base is plywood, covered with crumpled layers of papier mache. Age is unknown, it looks to be from the 1970's or 80's. There is a fair amount of damage, including paint loss on the face, cracks under the chin, loss to one finger, and damage and loss on the base. While the weathered appearance adds to the appeal of this piece for us, the condition can best be described as fair. Having said that, we feel it is a striking and impressive piece. The price is $475.00. Inventory Code: CCWT.   Papier mache figure ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup ... Closeup of the hands ... Closeup of the feet ... Another closeup of the base ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Papier mache figure ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup ... Closeup of the hands ... Closeup of the feet ... Another closeup of the base ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

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