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African-American carving of mother and children
Exceptional, large African-American
carving of mother and children
Wizard carving
Wizard carved from a twisted branch
Carving of man carving a whimsy
Wonderful carving of a
man carving a whimsy
Carving of woman's head
Carving of woman's head
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
Dunn's Toyland model band wagon
Large, detailed folk art model of a brass band in a horse drawn circus wagon
made from wood, bottle caps, and found objects. Over 4 feet long.
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
Carved and decorated frame with print
Carved and decorated nautical
frame with print
Carved man
Carved man
Apple head dolls
3 Apple head dolls
Baseball whirligig
Baseball whirligig
Baseball player whirligigBaseball player whirligig
Two baseball player whirligigs
Large carving by Hog MattinglyCarving
Two large carvings by "Hog" Mattingly
Stone carving
Stone carving of woman's face
Jointed carving
Jointed carving
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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.

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.

Carving of woman's headThis is a very striking and expressive carving of a woman's head. Her mouth is open and her eyes are carved separately, set in and covered with a brown wash over white. It is fairly large, at 9" high by 7 1/4" wide by 7" deep, and really gives a variety of impressions when viewed from different angles. The signature "C. Schlein" is incised twice. Age is unknown, but it appears to be from the mid-20th century or earlier. It is in very good condition with a few age splits as seen in the photos. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CCKW.   Carving of woman's head ... Another angle ... From above ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Top ... From below ... Closeup of one signature ... Closeup of second signature ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carving of woman's head ... Another angle ... From above ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Top ... From below ... Closeup of one signature ... Closeup of second signature ... With a soda can for scale.

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].

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.

Carved and decorated frame with printThis is a large carved frame decorated with a nautical theme and holding a nautical print. It is inscribed "A Helping Hand" in incised letters highlighted with gold paint. There is a carved, painted anchor applied to the lower left, with rope wrapping around two edges to a coil in the upper right. The inner border is also outlined with rope. The print is based on a famous painting from 1881 by French artist Emile Renouf. The frame measures 21" high by 25 3/4" wide, with an opening 11 1/2" by 16 1/4". It is in very good condition with some minor wear, from the late 1800's to early 1900's. The price is $575.00. Inventory Code: CHSA.   Carved and decorated frame with print ... Side views ... Closeup, lower left ... Lower right ... Upper right ... Upper left ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved and decorated frame with print ... Side views ... Closeup, lower left ... Lower right ... Upper right ... Upper left ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Baseball whirligigHere is a whirligig with two baseball players. One tries to tag the other out as the blade turns. It is from the last quarter of the 20th c., nicely painted and has been mounted on a new wood base. The size is 19" long by 15 1/2" high by 14 3/4" across the blade. It is in very good, slightly weathered condition, with the vanes of the blade having been replaced. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: CHSW.   Baseball whirligig ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... The blade ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.
Some much larger photos:   Baseball whirligig ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... The blade ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.

Baseball player whirligigHere are two baseball player whirligigs. They are both wearing Chicago Cubs uniforms and have brown gloves on one arm. They are not very old, but not brand new either - probably late 20th c. Both are in excellent condition and have been mounted on newer wooden display bases.

The first ball player is wearing number 31: Greg Maddux's number. He stands 18 1/2" tall from head to toe, 22" to the top of his arm. The blades are 17 1/2" across. As mounted, it is 25 1/2" by 5 1/2" by 7". The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: CHSO.   Baseball player whirligig ... The other side ... Two more views ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... From above ... Back views ... Both whirligigs, with a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.
Some much larger photos:   Baseball player whirligig ... The other side ... Two more views ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... From above ... Back views ... Both whirligigs, with a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.

Baseball player whirligigThe second ball player is wearing number 8. He is 13 1/4" from head to toe, with arms 12" across. As mounted, he is 19" high by 5 1/2" by 6". The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: CHSR.   Baseball player whirligig ... The other side ... Two more views ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Back view ... Both whirligigs, with a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.
Some much larger photos:   Baseball player whirligig ... The other side ... Two more views ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... Back view ... Both whirligigs, with a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.

Large carving by Hog MattinglyThis is a tall and thin carved man by Kentucky artist Lloyd "Hog" Mattingly (1923 - 2003). Like many of his people, it was made from a root or forked branch, with the head, arms, hands, and feet carved separately then attached. The eyes are beads and the hair is foam insulation. The figure was coated with something like gesso and then painted. There is some cracking and loss to the gesso surface, and the base and walking stick have been replaced. It is 42" high by about 9 1/2" wide by 8 1/2" deep, from the last quarter of the 20th c. We have more carvings by Mattingly here. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CTTR.   Carving by Lloyd "Hog" Mattingly ... Two more views ... Side and back views ... Two closeups ... Closeup from side ... Closeup from above ... Closeups of body ... Closeup from back ... Closeup of feet ... Feet, from the back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carving by Lloyd "Hog" Mattingly ... Two more views ... Side and back views ... Two closeups ... Closeup from side ... Closeup from above ... Closeups of body ... Closeup from back ... Closeup of feet ... Feet, from the back ... With a soda can for scale.

CarvingThis is a man carved from a forked branch by Kentucky artist Lloyd "Hog" Mattingly (1923 - 2003). He has a cedar walking stick, and is mounted on a slab of log. The hands and feet were carved separately then attached. The eyes and buttons are beads and the hair and beard are foam insulation. The figure was coated with something like gesso and then painted. The condition is very good with some minor cracking and loss to the gesso surface. It is 27" high by about 10 1/2" wide by 12 1/2" deep, from the last quarter of the 20th c. We have more carvings by Mattingly here. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: CTTK.   Carving by Lloyd "Hog" Mattingly ... Two more views ... More angles ... Side and back views ... Closeup of head ... Closeup of middle ... Closeup of feet ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carving by Lloyd "Hog" Mattingly ... Two more views ... More angles ... Side and back views ... Closeup of head ... Closeup of middle ... Closeup of feet ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.

Stone carvingThis is a stone carving of a woman's face, expressive and very well done. The stone is dense, smooth, and medium gray. There are initials that are hard to make out, possibly "GER". It is 4 1/2" in diameter by 2" deep, in very good condition. The age is unknown. This is simply a really nice piece. The price is $335.00. Inventory Code: CHOR.   Stone carving ... Side views ... From above and below ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Stone carving ... Side views ... From above and below ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Dunn's Toyland model band wagonThis is a wonderful, intricate folk art model of a brass band in a horse drawn circus wagon, over 4 feet long. Each figure was separately made from wood and found objects, with sheet metal arms and legs, bottle caps on the horns and wheel hubs, and screw caps with sheet metal brims for hats. The figures were then mounted into the brightly painted wagon labeled "Dunn's Toyland". The horses were cut from plywood, mounted in pairs, with wood, metal and string for harness and red yarn tassels between them. They can be detached from the wagon.

We were told this was made by a Frank Dunn of Pontiac, MI. It is from the first half of the 20th c., with paint that is nicely crazed on parts of the wagon. It is 53" long by 10 1/4" wide by 15" high. The overall condition is very good, with weathered paint and some age cracks. There is some loss to the plywood bases and feet of the horses, as seen in the photos. The price is $1500.00. Inventory Code: CHSS.   "Dunn's Toyland" model band wagon ... Another view ... One side ... The other side ... Front view ... Closeup from front ... Front, from above ... Back view ... Another overall view ... With a soda can for scale.
Closeups of the band: From front ... One side ... The other side ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... From above ... Another view from above ... Closeup from above ... Another closeup from above ... Back view ... Back, from above.
Closeups of the horses: The front horses ... Other side ... Front view ... From above ... Another view from above ... The rear horses ... Other side ... From front ... From above.

Some much larger photos:   "Dunn's Toyland" model band wagon ... Another view ... One side ... The other side ... Front view ... Closeup from front ... Front, from above ... Back view ... Another overall view ... With a soda can for scale.
Closeups of the band: From front ... One side ... The other side ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... From above ... Another view from above ... Closeup from above ... Another closeup from above ... Back view ... Back, from above.
Closeups of the horses: The front horses ... Other side ... Front view ... From above ... Another view from above ... The rear horses ... Other side ... From front ... From above.

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