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African-American carving of mother and children
Exceptional, large African-American
carving of mother and children
Cherokee dulcimer
Cherokee design carved
and decorated dulcimer
Carving of man carving a whimsy
Wonderful carving of a
man carving a whimsy
Carved, articulated dancing man
Carved, articulated dancing man
Horse and sulky whirligig
Horse and sulky whirligig
Garden gnomeGarden gnomeGarden gnome
Group of English concrete garden gnomes
Woodcutter whirligig
One of two whirligigs
by the same maker
Figural whimsey carving
Figural whimsey carving
Erector set robot
Robot built from an Erector set

Drawing by Robert E. Gilbert
Barrel in a bottle whimsy
Barrel in a bottle whimsy
topped with a man's head
Flag raising carving by Unto Jarvi
Flag raising carving by Unto Jarvi
Carving by Unto Jarvi
Carved man with dog
by KY artist Unto Jarvi
Concrete lawn ornament man fishing
Concrete lawn ornament of a man fishing
Primitive carved face
Primitive carved face
Whimsey carved man and woman
Whimsey carved
man and woman
Wizard carving
Wizard carved from a twisted branch
Jointed carving
Jointed carving
Carved man
Carved man
Apple head dolls
3 Apple head dolls
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African-American carving of mother and childrenThis is a fairly large, and visually very strong carving. It is of an African-American woman with two children. It is 31" high by 17 1/2" wide by 12" deep. The boy is wearing overalls. This piece is hand carved from ancient swamp-submerged cypress with a varnish finish. It is one of three known carvings by the same anonymous artist that were found in Florida. We have one of the other two here. It is even larger, and is a combination of a lion and a Rastaman. This one has been in a private collection for many years. It was probably made no more recently than around the 1940's. The condition is very good, and it is very sturdy. The price is $1,800.00. Inventory Code: TROR.   See a slideshow of several views [1 Mb] ... African-American carving of mother and children ... Closeup of the woman's face ... Closeup of the children ... Another closeup of the children ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... Another view from below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
With the other carving by the same maker:   Both carvings together ... Another angle ... A third view ... From above.

Some much larger photos:   African-American carving of mother and children ... Closeup of the woman's face ... Closeup of the children ... Another closeup of the children ... Side views ... Back view ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
With the other carving by the same maker:   Both carvings together ... Another angle ... A third view ... From above.

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.

Carving of man carving a whimsyThis is a wonderful carving of a man who is carving a whimsy chain. The man has a beard, and is wearing painted overalls with a red shirt and cap. He is holding a knife in one hand. The whimsy in progress is a real one: the lower links are free to move, and the last, unfinished links in his hand have been partially worked in a genuine manner. The piece is 6" high by 2 1/8" wide by about 4" deep. It is signed on the bottom "Floyd Hicks 2-91". The condition is excellent. The price is $395.00. Inventory Code: CTTW.   See a slideshow of several views [557k] ... Carving of man carving a whimsy ... Other side, with a soda can for scale ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side ... Two views from back ... Two views from above ... Top view ... From below ... Another overall view.

Carved, articulated dancing manOrdered. (What this means.)
This is a carved, articulated, dancing man, or jigger. He is brightly painted, with a mustache and lots of personality, mounted above a masonite platform. The platform sits on a wood and masonite base that is weighted with metal inside to support him. The man himself measures 7" high by 2 1/2" wide. The overall size including the base is 18 3/4" long by 8 3/4" high by 2 5/8" wide. He is in very good condition with some minor paint loss. The tips of the toes were broken off at some time. One side of the base was painted more recently than the rest of the piece. He appears to have been made in the 1940s or 50s. Inventory Code: TWRR.   See a slideshow of several views [336k] ... Carved, articulated dancing man ... Another view ... Three closeups ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side ... Closeups from side ... Back view ... From above ... Closeup from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action (3.1Mb).

Garden gnomeHere are three folky concrete garden gnomes. They are weathered from outdoor use. Each has its own personality. These are from England, priced individually, with a discount for the group. This first gnome was originally holding a wood fishing pole (which could be replaced with a thin stick). He is from the first half of the 20th c., covered in many different colored layers of weathered paint, including lots of metallic gold. He is 13 1/4" tall by 7 1/4" wide by 7" deep. His head is cracked, but still solid and sturdy. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: CPKO.   Garden gnome, with a soda can for scale ... Two more views ... Side and back views ... From above.

Garden gnomeThis is a smaller English gnome with a blue hat and a base made from a can. It is 6" tall by 3 1/4" in diameter. It is from the mid-20th c. The condition is very good, with a few small paint chips. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: CPKA.   Garden gnome, with a soda can for scale ... Another view ... Side and back views ... From above and below.

Garden gnomeThis is the shortest English garden gnome at 5 3/4" high by 3 1/4" in diameter. The base is a metal can. It is from the mid-20th c. The condition is very good with minor paint loss, mainly on the cap. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: CPKT.   Garden gnome, with a soda can for scale ... Another view ... Side and back views ... From above and below.

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.

Whimsey carved man and womanThis is an unusual carved cedar whimsey of a man and woman joined with a link between their heads. The people are mortised in to a carved hard pine base which has carved initials A C (??) on the bottom. The people are lightly varnished, and the base has a natural surface, except on the bottom, which is painted blue. Including the base, the carving is over 9" tall, 3 1/2" wide and 2 1/2" deep. The people are each about 1" in diameter. This piece was probably made about the 1960's and is in excellent condition. The price is $185.00. Inventory Code: THOT.   See a slideshow of several views [302k] ... Whimsey carved man and woman ... Two more views ... Side and back views ... Closeups of heads ... Closeup of middle ... Closeup of base ... From above ... From below.

Wizard carvingThis is the carved face of a bearded man, like a wizard. He seems to emerge naturally from the form of the twisted branch, and his beard merges into the weathered end. It has a dark varnish finish with a smooth patina, worn at the ends. There is a hole on the back for hanging. It is about 13" long by 2 1/2" wide by 1 1/2" deep. Age is probably from the mid-20th century, or a bit older. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: TKWH.   Wizard carving, with a soda can for scale ... Closeup ... Side and back views.
Some much larger photos:   Wizard carving, with a soda can for scale ... Closeup ... Side and back views.

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.

Erector set robotThis is a robot made from an Erector Set - likely dating from about the 1950's or 60's. The legs and feet are hinged and move forward and back. These seem to be connected to a motor. The arms also move freely. The feet have wheels. The robot is about 37" high by 10" wide by 8 3/4" deep. It is in very good condition, although at this time the motor "whirrs" when plugged in but there is no actual movement. (Please contact a licensed electrician to restore. We do not suggest plugging it in or doing it yourself). The robot came from the toy collection of one of the individuals who inherited the Reese Candy Company. The price is $650.00. Inventory Code: CTCH.   See a slideshow of several views [822k] ... Erector set robot ... Front view ... Closeup ... Another overall angle ... Views of one side ... The other side ... Back view ... Another closeup of the face ... Third closeup ... Closeup of the feet ... Another view of the feet ... The feet from above ... Overall, from above ... From below ... Closeup of mechanism from below ... With a soda can and yardstick for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Erector set robot ... Front view ... Closeup ... Another overall angle ... Views of one side ... The other side ... Back view ... Another closeup of the face ... Third closeup ... Closeup of the feet ... From below ... Closeup of mechanism from below.

 

This is a drawing by Robert E. Gilbert in pen and ink on card stock. It depicts a man with an alien, and is one of his outer space and science fiction paintings and drawings. Notes on the rear indicate REG was paid for this 6/30/54. That and other notes lead us to assume it was published. 8 1/2" by 11". He was having fun with his signature on this drawing. The price is $300.00. Inventory Code: REG 91.   Image ... Back view ... Larger photo.

More art by Robert E. Gilbert

Barrel in a bottle whimsyThis amusing and interesting bottle whimsey has a barrel built inside and a lock stopper with a folky carved head. The top and bottom of the barrel were assembled from strips inside the bottle. Then, 17 individually carved staves were attached, and fastened with string hoops. "Apple Cider" is burned into the top, and "H. Campbell, 1989, Norwich Conn." into the bottom of the barrel. The top of the stopper is carved with a bald head with large ears and nose, and painted eyes, eyebrows, and mouth. It stands 14 1/2" tall by 4 1/2" in diameter and is in excellent condition. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: TTKO.   Barrel in a bottle whimsy ... Several more views ... Closeups of the stopper ... The sides and back ... From above ... Closeup of the barrel ... From below, with signature ... Top.

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].

Flag raising carving by Unto JarviHere are two carved assemblages by Unto Jarvi. He was a Kentucky folk artist who was born in Finland and came to the U.S. as a child. After his retirement in 1971 he painted and carved his "Jarvi's Little People" to depict his history and way of life. His work was part of the exhibition "Kentucky Spirit: The Naive Tradition" at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art in 1991. Jarvi died that same year.

This first scene is a group of three men raising the flag. An older white-haired man is holding the lines to the flagpole. Watching him are a sunburned man in overalls who is holding a hoe, and an African-American man wearing a hard hat. Each man and the flagpole was carved separately then mounted on a plywood and pine base, which has a burned signature "Jarvi 1986". The figures range from 6" to 6 1/2" high, and the overall height is 17". The base is 10" by 10 3/4". The condition is excellent, with a few small scuff marks on the base. The price is $525.00. Inventory Code: CTAS.   See a slideshow of several views [685k] ... Flag raising carving by Unto Jarvi ... Another view ... A third view ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... Fourth closeup ... From above ... Closeup of signature from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Flag raising carving by Unto Jarvi ... Another view ... A third view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Carving by Unto JarviThis second carving by Unto Jarvi is a man walking with a dog. He is carrying a bundle over his shoulder like a hobo. The man and dog are next to a picket fence. A tree with individually carved leaves is on the other side of the fence, and delicately carved flowers at their feet. The bundle is made of cloth. The bottom of the base is signed "Jarvi 1975" in pencil. Overall, the scene is 11 1/4" high by 8" wide by 4" deep. The flowers have lost some of their petals, otherwise the condition is excellent. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CTHS.   See a slideshow of several views [547k] ... Carving by Unto Jarvi ... Another view ... End view ... The other end ... Another angle ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carving by Unto Jarvi ... Another view ... End view ... The other end ... Another angle ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

This amusing jointed man has a detailed, primitively carved face. Real hair has been glued to each cheek to form a really unruly beard. His arms are oversized to the rest of him, and are held out from the body with large, hand-carved wooden washers. The metal hardware also appears to be handmade. He is in very good condition with one old, very small chip missing from his hat brim. 5 1/4" high by 1 1/4" wide by 1" deep. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: ASCS.   Image.

Carved manThis is a primitively carved man with jointed arms and legs, and feet that even swivel from side to side. He has the faint remains of blue paint for pants. The rest of the piece has an unfinished, oxidized surface. He is 7 1/2" high by 2" wide by 1 1/4" deep, from the early 1900's, and found in the Midwest. There is an old repair on one arm, otherwise it is in excellent condition. The price is $210.00. Inventory Code: AAPO. Image ... Another angle.

These are three handmade dolls with dried apple heads. Their bodies are made from wire, wood, and cloth, with hand made clothes, and decorated with beads, buttons, etc. There is a man standing; a man in a seated posture, wearing glasses and holding a piece of newspaper; and a woman sitting in a chair made from thin, curled strips of metal. One is labeled by the maker, from North Carolina. They were probably made around the 1970's. They range in size from 7" to 10" high and are in very good condition. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: PCWW. Image.

Concrete lawn ornament man fishingThis is a concrete lawn ornament of a man with a fishing pole. He is made to sit on a wall or shelf, and measures roughly 21" long from toes to head by 6" wide. From the first half of the 20th c., he is in good, weathered condition. There are remnants of brown, blue, and yellow paint with black details. The fishing pole is wood and wire. The price is $160.00. Inventory Code: CCSR.   Concrete lawn ornament of a man fishing ... Another angle ... Third view ... Back views ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Concrete lawn ornament of a man fishing ... Another angle ... Third view ... Back views ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Primitive carved faceThis is an odd relief carving of a face. It is carved from the cut surface of an angled slab of log, with the bark left on the uncarved surface. It stands 8 1/4" high by about 4 3/4" in diameter. The carving is unsigned and in excellent condition. The age is unknown, but it is old, probably around the mid-20th century, or possibly a little earlier. We have several more carvings by the same anonymous artist on our carvings page. The price is $145.00. Inventory Code: TKSW.   See a slideshow of several views [690k] ... Primitive carved face ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... Another view from below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Primitive carved face ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view.

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