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Whimsy carving
Whimsy carving

 
peach pit pin
Peach pit basket pin
Ball in cage whimsy
Delicate ball in cage
Bottle whimsey
French orchard workers
in a bottle
Collection of small ship in bottle whimsies
Collection of miniature ship in bottle whimsies
Figural whimsey carving
Figural whimsey carving
Bottle Whimsy
Bottle whimsy with crosses
5 balls in cage
5 balls in 5 cages, from NC, 1920's

 
Whimsey chain
Whimsey chain

 
Ball in cage whimsey
Fancy ball in cage whimsey

 
Whimsey carving
Pliers with
ball in cage
Carving by Fred Bowerman
Large carving by Fred Bowerman
Fred Bowerman carving
Carved "fidget stick"
by Fred Bowerman
Whimsey carving
Ball in cage with swivel
Carved whimsy
Military memorial
whimsy 5 feet long
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Carving by Fred BowermanThis is a large carving with a strong face, made from a log with part of the bark left on. It has a carved feather headdress, and glasses and an earring made from wire and found objects. The ears were carved separately and applied. The eyes are accented with white paint and have carved eyelashes. The ends of the log were cut on an angle so that he leans to one side. It is signed and dated on the top and lower back "Fred Bowerman, Aug. 8, 1990". The size is 21 1/2" high by about 10" wide by 6 1/2" deep. It appears to have been washed with a dark stain or paint, and the ears are varnished. The condition is very good with some slight wear and an age split. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: TRRS. We have another carving by the same artist below.   Large carving by Fred Bowerman ... Side and back views ... Closeup ... From above ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of signature on back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Large carving by Fred Bowerman ... Side and back views ... Closeup ... From above ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of signature on back ... With a soda can for scale.

Fred Bowerman carvingThis is a branch with a very amusing, expressive face carved into one end. The other end was cut off, the wood hollowed out, and a ball put inside. The end was then replaced carefully, so that only a thin seam shows. When the stick is tilted back and forth, the ball inside rolls with a heavy clicking sound. It's fun to fidget with. Most of the branch has a natural surface, with traces of the bark remaining; the face is painted. It measures 6 1/2" long by 1 7/8" high by 1 3/4" wide and is signed and dated "Fred Bowerman Aug. 8, 1990". The condition is very good, with a couple of small splits in the wood. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TKSP.   Fred Bowerman carving ... Another angle ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side, with a soda can for scale ... Back view ... From above and below ... Video of the action [3.8 Mb].
Some much larger photos:   Fred Bowerman carving ... Another angle ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side, with a soda can for scale ... Back view ... From above and below ... Video of the action [3.8 Mb].

Whimsey carvingThis is a nicely carved whimsy from a single piece of pine. It has a ball in cage, swivel, and chain link. One of the balls is freely moving within the cage. The other is part of the swivel mechanism: it is attached to the link above, and the cage rotates freely around it. This whimsy is in excellent condition, with a natural, oxidized surface. It is 9 3/4" long by 3/4" by 3/4". It is probably 50 years old or older. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: TSWT.   Whimsey carving ... Another view ... Third view ... Fourth view.

Collection of small ship in bottle whimsies
Here is a collection of nine small ship in bottle whimsies. They are all in excellent condition, and appear to be made from the middle to latter 1900's. Some are not very elaborate and were probably made as souvenir pieces. Others are more detailed and individual. They are described and priced separately below, with a discount for the whole collection.   Collection of small ship in bottle whimsies.

Ship in bottleThis bottle whimsy has the most detailed scene of the group. A two masted ship with eight sails and a pennant is sailing in front of a shore with a house, lighthouse, and bushes. The ship is black and white outside, green with hatches and detail inside. The thread rigging is woven through small holes in the masts and ship. The water is dark blue with white foam. The bottle is triangular, with concave sides, glued to a wood base, and is closed with coiled cord. It is 5" long by 3 1/4" high by 2" wide. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: TCSO.   Ship and lighthouse in bottle ... The other side ... From above, and rope end ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Ship and lighthouse in bottle ... The other side ... From above, and rope end ... With a soda can for scale.

Thread-rigged ship in bottle with beads and sequinsThis is a more fanciful ship in bottle. The wooden hull is wrapped in colored paper and decorated with large red sequins. The sails appear to be either stiff card or thin metal. The elaborate rigging is red thread, strung with pearl colored beads. The bottle is capped, glued to a wooden base. The bottle itself is 5 1/4" long by 2 1/4" in diameter. Including the base, the overall size is 5 1/2" long by 3" high. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TCSW.   Thread-rigged ship in bottle with beads and sequins ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Thread-rigged ship in bottle with beads and sequins ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.

Ship in bottleThis is the most intricate ship, and probably the oldest of the group. It has 18 sails and several flags and pennants, all cut from very thin wood. It has thread rigging, hatches are inlaid into the deck, and portholes. There is a black and white lighthouse in the back corner of the bottle. The back and neck of the bottle were painted dark blue from the inside, and a wooden base is glued to the bottom. The bottle is 3 3/8" long by 7/8" wide by 1 7/8" high including the base. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: TCSH.   Three masted ship in bottle, with a soda can for scale ... Back view ... End view.
Some much larger photos:   Three masted ship in bottle, with a soda can for scale ... Back view ... End view.

Two masted ship in bottleThis ship has two masts and four sails, with thread for rigging. The hull is painted red and white, and the putty "sea" has been formed into waves. It is in a heavy glass bottle marked "Ball" with a red metal screw top, 6 3/4" long by 2 1/4" in diameter. The price is $55.00. Inventory Code: TTKA.   Two masted ship in bottle ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Two masted ship in bottle ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.

Small ship in bottleThe next four ships are fairly simple, with painted wooden hulls and heavy paper sails, set into a "sea" of putty type material. This one is made inside a round bottle marked "Ball" with a red metal screw cap. It is 5" long by 1 3/4" in diameter. The price is $35.00. Inventory Code: TTKP.   Small ship in bottle ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Small ship in bottle ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.

Ship in three-sided bottleThis is a two masted ship in a triangular shaped bottle with concave sides and a red metal screw cap. The bottle is marked "2 OZ." It is 3 3/4" long by about 2" wide and 2" high. The price is $35.00. Inventory Code: TTRO.   Ship in three-sided bottle ... Views from above and ends ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Ship in three-sided bottle ... Views from above and ends ... With a soda can for scale.

This is a two masted ship in a triangular shaped bottle with concave sides and a dark red metal screw cap. It is 3 3/4" long by about 1 3/4" wide and 1 3/4" high. The price is $35.00. Inventory Code: TTRH.   Ship in three-sided bottle ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Ship in three-sided bottle ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.

This is a two masted ship in a triangular shaped bottle with concave sides and a black metal screw cap. It is 3 3/4" long by about 1 3/4" wide and 1 3/4" high. The price is $35.00. Inventory Code: TTRT.   Ship in three-sided bottle ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Ship in three-sided bottle ... Views from above and end ... With a soda can for scale.

Tiny bottle whimseyThis is the tiniest ship bottle whimsy we have ever seen. It is constructed in a bottle which is just over an inch high (1 3/8" with the stopper) and 11/16" in diameter: about the size of a dime. The opening through which the base was constructed and painted, and the boat made and rigged is about 3/16". All of the photos are bigger than the real bottle. It is in sturdy condition. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: TTOC.   Two views, one with a dime ... One side ... The other side ... Back ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... Larger scale photo.

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.

Whimsey carvingThis is a nicely carved whimsey combining hinged pliers with a caged ball in the handle. It is carved from one piece of pine, with an unfinished surface that has taken on a dark patina with age. It is 5" long. When the pliers are open, it is 1" wide by just over 1/2" deep. It is in very good condition, with two small chips. The price is $155.00. Inventory Code: TPAT.   Whimsey carving ... Pliers open, several angles ... Pliers closed.

This delicate whimsey with a ball-in-cage has a long circular taper to the shaft. It was made in the early 1900's, has a medium brown stain, and is in excellent condition. It is 5" long by 5/8" square. The price is $90.00. Inventory Code: APOO. Image.

This is a nice little carved wooden whimsey. It has a ball-in-cage and a freely-moving swivel captured in a second, rounded section. The whimsey is 4" long by 1" wide. The rectangular cage is 3/4" wide and deep. This was made in the 1930's, and is in excellent condition, with a natural, aged surface. The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: AOWO.   With a pen, for scale ... Second view ... Third view ... Fourth view ... Fifth view ... Sixth view.

This whimsy pin is a carved leaf with three dangling baskets carved from peach pits. The baskets are attached with hand made copper wire loops. The leaf is 3 1/2" wide, each basket is about 1" high, and the overall height is 2 1/4". A safety pin is attached to the back for wearing. It is from the early 1900's, has a nice surface and patina, and is in very good condition. The price is: $95.00. Inventory Code: ATCS.   Overall view ... Back ... Another overall view.

Bottle WhimsyThis is a bottle whimsy containing two crosses, two spear shaped uprights, and a ladder. Each cross also has an "X" shape pegged to the front. The bottle stands 11 3/4" tall by 3" in diameter and is closed with a cork. Age is unknown, but it is old, in excellent condition. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: TCPP.   See a slideshow of several views [275k] ... Bottle whimsy ... Two more views ... Side and back views ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Bottle whimsy ... Two more views ... Side and back views.

Here is a special whimsy carving. It has five balls in 5 cages and a rounded, tapering handle. The workmanship is good, and it is made from well-oxidized pine. Probably made around the 1920's, it was found in North Carolina. There is no finish on the surface, but there is a nice patina on the handle. It is in excellent condition, and measures 14" long by 1" by 7/8". The price is $185.00. Inventory Code: ATCP.   Overall View ... Second Overall View ... End View ... Closeup.

This carved whimsy chain is 16" long by 1 1/2" by 1 1/2". It is old, with an unfinished surface oxidized to a dark color. The condition is excellent. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: AACC.   Image ... Another Image.

This is a carver's whimsy with rosette ends and an elongated ball-in-cage. It is probably from the 1930's-40's, with an unfinished old surface. There is a very small chip in one rosette. Otherwise it is in excellent condition. It is 5 5/8" long, and 3/4" square. The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: APOW.   Image.

Carved whimsyThis is a memorial, carved whimsey chain, 5 feet, 9 1/2 inches long. Included with this piece, which was made after Hawaii and Alaska were states, is a letter by the maker in which he describes in detail the symbolism of the links and inscriptions. It was made as a remembrance to the four Raider battalions that made up the Fourth Marines in W.W.II. It includes a key on one end, and 55 links; three of which are unfinished. The piece is in excellent condition and is pine, with a clear varnish finish. Some of the letter reads: "To my Raiders Friends. I carved this chain for remembrance of buddys long ago. Their [sic] are fifty five links in all. 50 states Four Raider Bat's and Fourth Marines. Made up of what was left of the Four Raider Bats. I left the last five links solid as was 1st 2nd 3rd and 4th. The 51 link was half carved in memory code talkers." The price is $295.00. Inventory Code: TSWH.   Carved whimsy ... Another view ... Closeup ... Second closeup.

Bottle whimseyThis is a French bottle whimsey with two orchard workers picking apples. 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.

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