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Carved Man
19th c. Carved man
Primitive hand made rake
Very folky early hand made rake
Industrial art
Painted Mechanical
contraption
Art Deco dresser box
Layered Art Deco dresser box
VL9
Cut Paper Collage
19th c. blacksmith's trade sign
19th c. blacksmith's trade sign
made from iron and horse shoes
Folky Plant Stand With a Relief Carved Face
Folky Plant Stand With Relief Carved Face
Extra large film reel
One of two extra large 3 foot film reels
Seeder
19th c. Hand made garden seeder
Cherokee dulcimer
Cherokee design carved
and decorated dulcimer
Woodcutter whirligig
One of two whirligigs
by the same maker
Carved woman
Carved woman
Large carving
4 foot high primitive carving
Jointed man
1930's Jointed man
Spike shoes
Home made spike aerator shoes: planks, nails, metal, and leather
First Flight
First Flight, by Robert E. Gilbert
Paper mache style figure
Large papier mache display figure
Inlaid desk frame
Inlaid desk frame
Plastic bag art
Chicken, hats, pillow, and rugs crocheted from plastic bags
Figural whimsey carving
Figural whimsey carving
Pinewood Derby Trophy
Pinewood Derby Trophy car
Popsicle stick lamp
Popsicle stick lamp
with tiles

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Folky Plant Stand With a Relief Carved FaceThis is a fun, funky, and folky plant stand made from a log with a relief carved face. This wild piece is about 35 1/2" high by 9" in diameter. It was painted in red, brown, green, and yellow which, while still nice and colorful has some obvious wear from being outside. All of the facial features are carved, while the top of the head is wrapped with bentwood, which also goes down the length and around the chin, framing the face. The top of the log has been scooped out, leaving a place for a plant pot - or something else to be inserted and displayed. This stand was probably made around the 1970's or 80's. There are little old wormholes over quite a lot of the piece, much more toward the back, but we see absolutely nothing visibly active now. Overall, it is in good condition with a little loss to the eyebrows and a little softness to the wood, but is generally sturdy and in good shape. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: TRKK.   See a slideshow of several views [1.2Mbk] ... Folky plant stand ... Two more views ... With a plant for "hair" ... Side and back views ... Closeup, upper face ... Lower face ... Closeup of base ... Closeups from sides ... Closeup, upper back ... Closeup, middle back ... From above ... Another view of top ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Folky plant stand ... Two more views ... Side and back views ... Closeup, upper face ... Lower face.

Carved ManThis is a folky, old carving of a man. It has a strong feeling of being African American; however, there is no provenance to confirm that. The wood is heavy, probably walnut. While the surface is originally dark, it appears to also have been was finished with highlights of a dark stain. The surface is smooth and has developed a good patina. The carving is fairly detailed and has an unusual aspect with the eyes. The left one seems to have been carved and set in, while the right seem carved into the wood itself. The letters XBD are on the bottom of the foot.

The condition of this carving is generally very good, although there are some slight age cracks. It was probably done in the 1800's. The man stands 7 inches high and is approximately 1 1/2 inches both in depth and width. The price is $400.00. Inventory Code: AHAP.   Overall Front view ... Straight on ... The Back ... One Side ... The other Side ...The Bottom.

Figural whimsey carvingThis figural whimsey carving has two caged balls, with a man's head on top. The man has strong features, and a somewhat medieval looking hat and hair style, perhaps modeled after a chess piece? It measures 9 3/4" high by 2 1/4" by 2 1/4". It is carved from pine with a light stain finish. It is inscribed "W O K" on the bottom. The condition is excellent, and age appears to be mid 20th century. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: TCPW.   Figural whimsey carving ... Several other views ... Side view ... The other side ... Back ... From above ... From below.

Pinewood Derby TrophyThis model car was a prizewinner in the Cub Scouts' Pinewood Derby. It was proudly mounted to create its own trophy. The imaginatively painted car is 6 3/4" long. The wood base it is mounted on has a metal eagle applied above the car, and is marked "2nd Place" on the back, and signed on the bottom. The overall size is 10 1/2" wide by 5 1/4" high by 4 3/4" deep. It is in excellent condition with a few stray paint specks on the base. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: TTWC.   Pinewood Derby Trophy ... Another view ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... Back view ... From below.

Primitive hand made rakeThis is a primitive home made rake with a great funky look. The handle and cross piece for the tines are are hand fashioned from hardwood. The tines are heavy metal spikes which were tapered toward the ends. These were driven into the wood crosspiece, which also has bolts put through it at the ends to prevent splitting and a wire support for strength and stability attached to the handle. The rake is strong and was used. The handle is smooth from use; the iron well oxidized; and the cross piece obviously worn from work. It was probably made in the early 1900's or late 1800's, has a great surface, and is 43" long by 14 1/2" wide by 6" deep. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: CSKA.   See a slideshow of several views [540k] ... Primitive hand made rake ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... More overall views ... Closeup from side ... Closeup from back ... Closeup, other side ... Sixth closeup ... Seventh closeup.
Some much larger photos:   Primitive hand made rake ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... More overall views ... Closeup from side ... Sixth closeup ... Seventh closeup.

Industrial artThis is an odd, decorative and sculptural, mechanical contraption of some sort. Apparently it was used to turn something on belts or lines. The larger wheel was turned by a wide belt and in turn drove 3 smaller belts. Then the motion is converted and stepped down by the use of gears to another long shaft on which are several other wheels that drove smaller belts. They then also turn. What it was connected to is a mystery. Now it is an interesting workshop piece - hand made for some particular use - all mounted on a tongue and groove board. The dark green paint is strong with normal wear. It probably was made in the 1930's or 40's. This assemblage is about 43" long by 6" deep and 7" high to the top of the larger wheel. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TTPC.   Several views ... 3/4 angle ... End view ... From above ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Closeup from above ... Another overall view.

Art Deco dresser boxThis is a three drawer Art Deco style dresser box with unusual construction. The front, sides, back, and top are built up from strips of plywood. The strips were turned so that the edges of the layers show, giving an effect similar to inlay or matchstick work. It is also related to the "flat work" style of tramp art, except that the layers are not carved. The initials "M.E.C." are incised and then painted on the top. The back crest is cut out in steps, with incised lines. A mirror is set into the upper back. The box is finished in a light varnish, darkened slightly with age. It was made in the first half of the 20th century, and measures 10 3/4" high by 12" wide by 7 1/2" deep. The condition is excellent with the exception of a sliver missing from the top of the mirror and a little bit of the silvering, as seen in the closeup. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: CATP.   See a slideshow of several views [741k] ... Layered Art Deco dresser box ... Front view ... From above ... Another angle ... One side ... The other side ... Back view ... Another view from above ... Drawers open ... Closeup of the mirror ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Layered Art Deco dresser box ... Front view ... From above ... Another angle ... One side ... The other side ... Back view ... Another view from above.

A construction paper COLLAGE of ship at night; it was made by Virginia Love in the 1940's. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: VL9. Image ... Larger image.

19th c. blacksmith's trade signThis is an old iron trade sign for a blacksmith shop. It was made and forged, using a variety of horse shoes, welded around a much larger stylized horse shoe. This encloses a cut and hammered anvil and blacksmith's hammer. The piece is about 28 1/2" high by 25 1/2" wide. It is in excellent condition, and has developed an old dark rich surface, which is highly desirable and reflects many years of outdoor use. There are a few small old paint drips, mostly on the back. It was probably made in the mid to late 1800's. The price is $2500.00. Inventory Code: TROC.   See a slideshow of several views [482k] ... 19th c. blacksmith's trade sign ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of anvil and hammer ... Closeup of bottom ... Closer view of top ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Closeup of the back.
Some much larger photos:   19th c. blacksmith's trade sign ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of anvil and hammer ... Closeup of bottom ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Closeup of the back.

Crocheted plastic bag art
Here is a whole collection of pieces crocheted from plastic bags and bread wrappers from the late 20th c.   Larger photo of all.

Plastic bag chickenFirst off is a really fun, three-dimensional chicken with lots of character and personality. It has button eyes, wings that stick out, and is stuffed with more plastic. It is about 15" long by 7" wide by 8" high, in very good condition with slight fraying on the tail feathers. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: TKCO.   Plastic bag chicken ... From above ... Front view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Plastic bag chicken ... From above ... Front view ... With a soda can for scale.

Plastic bag hatThis is a very nice railroad-style cap with a black imitation leather band. It is very tightly made, in excellent condition, about 9" long by 7" wide by 4" high. The price is $145.00. Inventory Code: TRKT.   Plastic bag crocheted hat, with a soda can for scale ... Side view ... From above.
Some much larger photos:   Plastic bag crocheted hat, with a soda can for scale ... Side view ... From above.

This hat is very tightly worked so that it holds its shape and is not very flexible. It is decorated with a red ribbon. It measures 12" long by 11" wide by 5" high, in excellent condition except for the visible fraying of the ribbon ends. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TKHS.   Second hat, with a soda can for scale ... Back view.
Some much larger photos:   Second hat, with a soda can for scale ... Back view.

This hat is 12 1/2" in diameter by about 5" high, fairly loose and flexible, in excellent condition. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: TKCR.   Third hat ... Other side ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Third hat ... Other side ... With a soda can for scale.

This hat is also fairly loose and flexible, 12 1/2" in diameter by about 5 1/2" high in excellent condition. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: TKCK.   Fourth hat ... Other side ... Closeup ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Fourth hat ... Other side ... Closeup ... With a soda can for scale.

Plastic bag crocheted rugThe rug is oval, 27 1/2" by 21", in excellent condition. The price is $65.00. Inventory Code: TKCW.   Plastic bag crocheted rug ... The other side ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Plastic bag crocheted rug ... The other side ... With a soda can for scale.

A nice, oval rug crocheted from bread bag wrappers. The rug is about 31" by 20". It is in excellent condition. The price is $65.00. Inventory Code: AWOW. Bread bag rug ... Another view.

A small round pillow covered with a crocheted cover made from bread bags. It is 12" in diameter and in perfect condition. The price is $45.00. Inventory Code: AWOH. Side view ... Top view.

Popsicle stick lampThis is a popsicle stick lamp decorated with small, glossy black tiles. It stands 13" high, the base is 4 1/2" high by 8 1/2" by 8 1/2". It comes with a green plaid shade (as we found it), and is in fine working order and condition, with three missing tiles. It was found in northern Alabama, and is probably about 20 to 30 years old. The price is $50.00. Inventory Code: PRCC.   Image ... Without the shade ... From above.

Large carvingThis is a 4 foot high primitive and stylized carving of two people. It is roughly but expressively carved from a single slab of wood, mounted on a custom made metal base. It has a dark finish, probably paint. A knot hole in the wood passes through the smaller figure's shoulder. The carving is 48" tall by 19" wide by about 2 1/2" deep; as mounted it stands 50" tall. The condition is good with some tight age cracks and some old loss to the feet - part of which happened before the carving was finished. The age is unknown, but it is definitely old. This is a striking piece with strong presence. The price is $1400.00. Inventory Code: CCHT.   Large carving ... Two more views ... Side views ... Closeup of faces ... Heads, from one side ... Heads, from other side ... Closeup of middle ... Closeup of hands ... Closeup of shoulder ... Closeup of feet ... Two more views of the feet ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Large carving ... Two more views ... Side views ... Closeup of faces ... Heads, from one side ... Heads, from other side ... Closeup of middle ... Closeup of hands ... Closeup of shoulder ... Closeup of feet ... Two more views of the feet ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Jointed manHere is a stylized carved man with jointed arms. He resembles a so-called "Dancing Dan" with a sort of "Art Deco" look but without the jointed legs. He is painted black, with silver, white and red detail. His bow tie is carved in, and his feet are painted on the base. He stands 29 1/4" high by 8 1/4" wide by 1 1/2" deep; the base is 11" wide by 6 1/2" deep. From about the 1930's, he is in excellent condition with very minor paint wear. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: ATOT.   Image ... Closeup of head ... Side view ... Back view.

Spike shoesThis outrageous pair of spiked shoes may be the most striking gardening tools we've ever seen. They were made to aerate a lawn: by walking around in them, air and water flow to the grass roots is improved. These were made of 1 1/4" thick planks with 6" nails driven through. The heels are metal, and the straps are leather. Each shoe measures 12" long by 4 3/4" wide by 9" high. They are in excellent condition with some wear to the leather straps. The price is $675.00. Inventory Code: CCRO.   Spike shoes ... Another view ... From above ... Back view ... One, from below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Spike shoes ... Another view ... From above ... Back view ... One, from below ... With a soda can for scale.

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.

This is a very well made inlaid frame with a long base. It pivots on two upright posts, each 8" high. The base is 23" long, 3 1/2" deep and 1" high. Inlaid into it are darker 1/2" squares. The frame itself is 6 1/2" by 8 1/2" on the outside and 4 1/2" by 6 1/2" inside. Made around 1930 with an old varnish and in very good condition. The price is $275.00. Image.

Yard wide film reelExtra large film reelHere are two very decorative, large, vintage, film reels of the kind used in commercial movie theaters. Each one is made from aluminum. They are almost 36" in diameter and 1 3/4" deep. Each of the sides rotate around the center shaft, so they can be displayed with different looks. Each has some normal wear from use. One has some tape on it as well with "Pony Express" written in green. These are quite unusual to find. They are priced at $375.00 each. Inventory Code: CCSK.   See a slideshow of several views [810 k] ... Extra large film reel, yard wide ... The other side ... Closeup of tape, writing ... Closeup center ... Another closeup.
The second film reel ... The other side ... Closeup of center ... Another closeup.
Both reels ... Both reels, side view ... Another angle ... Both reels, with a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Some much larger photos:   Extra large film reel, yard wide ... The other side ... Closeup of tape, writing ... Closeup center ... Another closeup.
The second film reel ... The other side ... Closeup of center ... Another closeup.
Both reels ... Both reels, side view ... Another angle ... Both reels, with a yardstick and soda can for scale.

SeederThis is a very decorative, antique, funky, wooden garden seeder. Probably made in the late 1800's or early 1900's as a hand made, factory made piece, from wood and iron which has aged with a good natural and painted surface. This implement has wonderful form and has been hung on a wall as a decorative piece; however, the mechanism seems to work even today. With the two handles, it is about 6 feet long by 32" high by 12" wide. It has a wooden wheel, a metal feeder wheel inside, and and iron hook at the front - probably to attach to a horse harness to be pulled. The main bin was painted red, which has worn and aged nicely. There are two metal gears and an unusual metal chain which turns with the wooden wheel and moves the feeder wheel. This piece is in generally good, sturdy condition, with a wonderful look. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: ARPS.   Antique garden seeder ... The other side ... Closeup of the mechanism ... From behind ... Closeup of wheel ... Mechanism inside ... Overall, from slightly above ... The handles ... Closeup of side ... Closeup of base from behind ... Closeup of iron hook at front.

Cherokee dulcimerThis is a hand made eight string dulcimer with Cherokee themed carved and painted decoration. The top is a carved Indian chief's head, the tuning pegs are carved into arrowheads, the sound holes are arrow shaped cutouts, and the top, sides, and back are painted with Indian motifs. The back is inscribed "Cherokee" in ballpoint ink. It is 40 1/2" long by 6 1/2" wide by 3" deep and appears to be from about the 1950's or 60's. The condition is very good with minor wear. One peg looks like an older replacement. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: CCHC.   Cherokee decorated dulcimer, two views ... Three more angles ... Two closeups of the head ... Side views ... End views ... Back views ... Two more views of the head ... The head, from above ... Two closeups of the lower half ... Two closeups of the middle ... Closeup of the bridge and tailpiece ... Closeup of the back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Cherokee decorated dulcimer, two views ... Three more angles ... Two closeups of the head ... Side views ... End views ... Back views ... Two more views of the head ... The head, from above ... Two closeups of the lower half ... Two closeups of the middle ... Closeup of the bridge and tailpiece ... Closeup of the back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Here are two amusing woodchopper whirligigs by the same maker. They were both found in a barn in New Hampshire. They are both about the same size. There are some small differences in the blades, thickness of the wood, and other elements. They were probably made around the same time, likely 1960's or 70's. They are now mounted on new bases and stands. Their paint is good and solid, and the colors are nice. Both work, and with the exception of a few little details, as noted below, are in extremely good condition. It is unusual to find a pair like this.

Woodcutter whirligigThis first whirligig has thicker wood for the man's body and tree. It is 5/8" pine. The arms, legs, and blade are thinner pine, about 1/4" thick. The overall length is 16" and the width across the blades is about 14". Standing, the man is 9 1/2" tall. The tree is 3" high. On the base this piece is about 21" high. The front of the right foot is broken off and one of the blades has a tiny split with a little nail in it to keep it solid. The axe was fashioned from pine. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: TRPA.   Woodcutter whirligig ... The other side ... Axe raised ... Other side, axe raised ... Closeup of the man ... Closeup, other side ... From the front ... Closeup of the blade ... Another front view ... Back view ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.
Both whirligigs ... Both, axes lowered ... Another view of both.

Second woodcutter whirligigThe man and tree of the second whirligig are made from thinner pine, with plywood arms. The axe on this one was also cut and carved from pine, but is a little thinner. The paint on this piece has a bit of wear and has one or two small flakes present. This man stands 9 3/4" when upright, and the tree is 2 7/8" high. The pine blade is painted with horizontal stripes. The front of the woodcutter's cap is missing, and the front of his right foot was replaced some time ago. The length of this whirligig is about 15 1/2" while the blades are about 14" across. It is 20 1/2" high when the man stands up. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: TRPT.   Second woodcutter whirligig ... The other side ... Axe raised ... Closeup of the wood cutter ... Closeup, other side ... Closeup from front ... Front view ... Closeup of the blade ... Back view ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.
Both whirligigs ... Both, axes lowered ... Another view of both.

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" H by 1 1/4" W by 3/4" D, in excellent condition. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: PRAO. Image ... Another view ... A third angle ... From the side ... From behind ... Another back view.

"First Flight", by Robert E. Gilbert (REG) of Jonesboro, TN. In the 1950's through the 70's REG was a prolific producer and contributor of art to science fiction fan magazines (fanzines); in addition to publishing at least one story in a SF pulp. The work for the fanzines were pen and ink, but he also did a large number of sci-fi and outer space paintings in oil, pastels, and water color. In addition, from the 1940's through the 80's he experimented and painted in many other more traditional and non-traditional styles. He died in 1993. We have acquired the full remaining body of his work, over 400 pieces, from his estate. You can see more on his web site. This watercolor illustrates some of his ongoing themes. It is 10 1/4" x 13 1/2", in a matt 18" x 24", watercolor and pencil. The price is $500.00. Inventory Code: REG7. Image.

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