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Jointed carving
Jointed carving
Ring toss game
Folky hand made ring toss game
Bottle whimsey
French apple pickers
Bottle whimsey
mailbox man
Large colorful man from
chain, car parts, etc.
Photo of dancers
Hand colored photo
of burlesque dancers
Metal drummer music box
"Age of Aquarius"
found object music box
Yard art robotBirdhouse yard art
Large yard art robots
Life size man
Life size folk art
Handyman figure
Carved articulated sawmill figures
Large collection of very detailed carved, articulated
sawmill figures, with tools, horses, clothes, c. 1910
Chinese puppetsChinese puppet
Several hand made Chinese
puppets, 1930's - 1960's
Carved Man
Carved man
Jointed man
1930's Jointed man
Mardi gras
Mardi Gras musical
folk art
50's photo
1950's Photo of a boy
in a cowboy costume
Santo carving
Santo carving of Mary
Folk art applique
Large, very folky wool applique from the early 20th c.
Model cabin with carved couple
Model cabin with carved couple
Carved Man with overalls
Carved Man with overalls
Carving of men playing checkersCarving of fiddlerCarving of preacher
Three detailed carvings with lots of personality by Jack Eichbaum of TN
Doll sculpture
Doll and found object sculpture
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Jointed carvingThis is a well done wood carving of a person with jointed arms and legs. It almost has the feeling of a space alien rather than a human. The figure is carved from pine and with the exception of painted hands and shoes has a plain unfinished surface. This has taken on a nice tone and feel from oxidation. The figure is very smooth, has old tacks for eyes, and is in excellent condition. It stands about 15" tall on the custom base, and is about 4" wide and 2" deep. The base is slightly bigger. The age is unknown, but appears to be from around the 1950's or so. The price is $385.00. Inventory Code: TWAK.   See a slideshow of several views [206k] ... Jointed carving ... Two more views ... Side and back views ... Closeup of head ... Closeup of legs ... From above ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the arms and legs moving [8.1Mb].

Ring toss gameHere is a folky, hand made, painted ring toss game. It has a handle for the player to hold while swinging the ring on the string and trying to catch it on the man's nose. The man is cut from pine, painted with a suit and tie, green hat, and red nose, and then varnished. It has a great surface, with heavier patina on the handle from lots of use. The donut-shaped wooden ring appears to have been hand carved. At one time it was cracked and reglued. It has a wooden base it sets into for display. The man measures 9 1/2" long by 6" high by 5/8" thick. The ring is 3 1/4" in diameter by 3/8" thick. It is in very good, used condition with minor surface wear, especially on the ring and the tip of the nose. Probably it was made in the 1930's or 40's. The old string is fragile. The price is $100.00. Inventory Code: THHK.   Ring toss game ... The other side ... With the ring on his nose ... Front views ... Back view ... Off the base ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.

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.

An extraordinary Metal man, about 4 feet high and 39" wide, made from found objects, including chains, fuel pump for heart, distributor, springs, reflectors, gears, and more. He was a mailbox holder. This sculpture came from New Hampshire, and was made in the 1950's. It is in excellent, older condition, with beautiful old polychrome paint. The price is $3,500.00. Inventory code: ASRP.   Metal man ... Closeup of head ... Back view ... Closeup of body ... Closeup of arms and legs ... Closeup of head and upper torso.

Photo of dancersThis is a hand colored photograph of burlesque can-can and fan dancers. The picture is old, perhaps from the 1930's and is matted and mounted in a newer frame with a padded fabric matting. The image is about 15 1/5" by 8 1/2". The frame is a bit over 23" by 16". It's a wonderful piece. The price is $395.00. Inventory Code: TTHH.   Photo of burlesque dancers ... Closeup ... Side view.

Metal drummer music boxThis folky metal drummer assemblage is actually a wind up music box. The drummer is constructed of springs, heavy wires, and light metal. The drums and stage are also all metal. The music box mechanism is mounted on a piece of wood under the base. It is pretty intricate. The size is about 7 1/2" high by 6 1/2" wide by 6" deep. It was likely made in the 1960's or 1970's and is in fairly good used condition. There are normal scratches and oxidation to the metal. The pièce de résistance comes when you wind the key and then listen to an extremely "sick" rendition of the opening bars of "The Age of Aquarius". The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: TWKA.   Metal drummer music box ... Front view ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... Hear the music in this video (10.4Mb).

Yard art log peopleThese two large and funky yard art people have great character. One also doubles as a birdhouse. They have log torsos with hinged wood arms and legs, plywood feet, and faces highlighted with paint and found objects. They are both in excellent, weathered condition, and could be as old as the 1950's or 60's or might be a little bit more recent, but nicely weathered and not new. They were made in Minnesota. They are priced separately, with a discount for the pair.   Both yard art log people ... Front view ... The other side ... In the yard. Following are individual details and photos.

The first one has a robot face made from found objects, with a plywood cap topped by a red light bulb in a ceramic socket. His expression seems dismayed. He has a blue hat, brown feet, and blue and yellow paint on his face. He measures 46" high when stretched out. Seated, as he is in the photos, he is 37" high from his feet to the top of his light bulb. He is about 12" wide, and 11" deep (21" deep when seated). The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: TPST.   Man with light bulb hat ... Closeup ... Front view ... The other side ... Second closeup of face ... Closeup of face from front ... Closeup of upper body and head ... Closeup from side ... Closeup of body ... From above ... Another view from above ... With Matt, for scale.

The second person has a mechanism to make his tongue go in and out, and his eyes pop out and back. It works by turning the knob on the side of his face. His head is also a birdhouse, with a hole in the back. He has a painted plywood face, and blue hat and feet. He measures about 46" high overall, 39" high when seated. He is 13" wide, and 11" deep (22" deep seated). The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: TPSC.   Birdhouse man ... Closeup, tongue out, eyes in ... Closeup, tongue in, eyes out ... Front view ... The other side ... Another closeup ... Closeup of body ... Back ... Closeup of back ... Closeup from front ... Animation of action.

This very folky life size 3-D figure was made as a self-portrait by a painter and handyman in Weaverville, NC. It is made of wood, wire mesh, carpet, and plaster; painted and dressed in the maker's old clothes. When he finished the piece, he hung it on his front porch. His wife came home, saw it, and thought he had killed himself. It is 6 feet 5" high by 19" wide by 9" deep, in good, weathered condition. One plywood hand is missing and the other has lost a finger. The legs are slightly uneven lengths, and there are no feet, this appears to be how it was originally made. This is a striking, one of a kind figure. The price is $2200.00. Inventory Code: PAKO.   Life size folk art figure ... Closeups of his head ... Side views ... Back view ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale ... Closeup, side view ... Closeup, other side ... Closeup of hands ... Closeup of feet.

Carved loggers

This is an extraordinary collection of hand carved, jointed and movable figures which at one time made up a motorized logging scene. The mechanism is no longer, but the figures and vehicles remain. This grouping includes individual people, all with very distinct looks; a pair of wood sawyers, a man on a wood wagon (with the mechanism underneath), and a large wood sled with a driver and team of four horses.

All the people and horses were hand carved and painted. The wagons and sleds are also hand made and painted; and the harnesses are exact to minute detail. Some of the heads of the people turn, and one has a lower jaw which opens and closes. All the clothing is original, and includes leather boots, knit hats and scarves, shirts, coats, and pants. Most of the arms and legs were made out of copper tubing which was then flattened and formed with great detail, including fingers. The bodies and heads are wood. An example of the construction can be seen on the man who has no clothing.

This very folky grouping is now mounted on individual two tiered bases. The figures came from Northern New Hampshire or Maine. While there is some wear, they are in generally very good to excellent condition. They were probably made around 1910, give or take a few years. Following is a listing of the pieces, their actual size, the size of the bases, and the price. They are priced both individually and as a collection. For purchase of several, please contact us for a quote. First we have a few photos of the whole group, followed by sizes, prices, and photos of each individual carving. Inventory Code: ATTR.   One view ... A second view ... Third view.

A. Rifleman: 8" by 4 1/2" high, by 2 1/2" wide. Base 5 7/8" by 10 3/4" $450.00.   Image ... One side ... The other side ... Front view ... From above ... Back view.

B. Man with Red Shirt, Plaid pants: 5" by 2 1/2" by 2" deep. Base 5 3/4" by 5 1/4" $350.00.   Image ... Closeup ... One side ... The other side ... Back.

C. Man with Lantern: 4 1/2" by 2" by 1 1/2" deep. Base 5 1/2" by 5 1/2" $300.00.   Image ... One side ... The other side ... Back.

D. Man with beard, heavy coat and hat: 6" by 2 1/2" by 2 1/2". Base 5 1/2" by 5 1/2" $375.00.   Image ... Closeup ... Side view ... Back.

E. Man with oil can: 6" by 2 1/2" by 3 1/2". Base 5 3/4 by 6". $400.00.   Image ... Front view ... One side ... The other side ... Back.

F. Man with long arm, hand extended. His jaw is hinged to open and close (the boss?): 5 1/2" by 3" by 3". Base 5 3/4" by 5 1/4". $325.00.   Image ... Closeup ... Side view ... Back.

G. Man with hammer: 5" by 4" by 2 1/2". Base 6 1/4" by 6 3/4" $400.00.   Image ... From above ... One side ... The other side.

H. Man with axe: 5 3/4" by 3 3/4" by 4". Base 6 1/2" by 7 1/4" $400.00.   Closeup ... Overall ... One side ... The other side ... Back.

I. Two sawyers: 15" by 4" wide by 4 3/4" high. Base 19" by 7 1/4" $750.00.   One side ... The other side ... Closeup of both ... Closeup of one man ... Closeup of the other man.

J. Man on wood wagon: 12 1/2" by 6" by 7 1/4". Base 9 1/4" by 18 7/8" $625.00.   One side ... The other side ... Closeup ... A second closeup ... Third closeup ... From above ... Front view ... Back view.

K. Large wood sled with driver and team of four horses: 28" by 5 1/2" and 10". Base 9 3/8" by 33 3/8" $1100.00.   Image ... From the front ... Another view ... Closeup ... Closeup of driver ... Second view of driver ... Third view of driver ... Closeup of horses ... Second closeup of horses ... One side ... The other side ... From above.

AllThis is a selection of 13 old and authentic hand carved and painted Chinese puppets and heads. These are stick puppets: the head, body and arms manipulated with sticks under the costumes from below. There are twelve complete with sticks, carved hands, and handmade costumes; plus four heads without the bodies. Some of the puppets have eyes that move; and some have natural hair. For those with moving eyes, there is a carved rectangular inset in the back of the head which, when pressed opens or closes the eyes.

The puppets range in size from 18" high for the smallest to about 21" for the largest. The heads are about 6 1/2" to 7" high. These puppets were actually used in street theater; unlike newer ones that are reproduced for current sale. They came from Northern China, and seem to range in age from about the 1930's to the 1950's or 60's. They are in very good, used, old condition, and are striking in their individuality. The price of the full puppets range from $175.00 to $325.00. The heads alone are $125.00 each. Inventory Code: AOAW is $325.00; Inventory Code: AOAO is $275.00. There is a discount for multiple purchases.   All the puppets ... Eight of the puppets ... The rest of the puppets.
Some much larger photos:   Eight of the puppets ... The rest of the puppets.

Carved puppetLarge person with hair, approximately 17" high to bottom of costume, 21" high with sticks. Inventory Code: AOAW. The price is $325.00.   Image ... Close-up.

Chinese puppetAnother person, 15" high from the top of his head to the bottom of his robe. The head is fully 3 dimensional, measuring 2 1/4" wide by 2 3/4" deep. An opening on the top back of the head provided a place where hair or a headdress could be attached. The costume is from about the 1960's or 70's, but the wooden head and hands are quite a bit older. It is in very good, used, old condition, and has lots of personality. The price is $225.00. Inventory code: AOAR.   Image

Carved puppet headsTwo heads only: (AOCP is on the left and AOCS is on the right, $125.00 each).   Image ... Side view.

Man This is a primitively carved man with a hat, bare feet, and rolled up pants legs. He is walking. His facial features have an almost oriental look, however, these do not show in the photo. This man is chip carved a little coarsely. He was probably made around the 1940's or 50's. There hat brim is missing in the front from a long ago loss, but he in in otherwise excellent condition, with a good patina to the pine wood. The man is 6" high, 3" long, 1 1/2" wide. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: PCOA.   One side view ... Front view ... Second view ... Third view.

Jointed manHere is a stylized carved man with jointed arms. 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.

Mardi Gras folk artHere is an exceptional piece of musical folk art, apparently made for Carnival/Mardi Gras. It has five carved figures - a guitar player on top surrounded by four dancers. The figures have bright flannel and ribbon clothes, yarn hair for the women, and yarn and metal foil decorations on the men's hat's. Some kind of seeds were set in as eyes. The mounting is decorated with faded crepe paper strips - originally red and white.

The figures are mounted on a bamboo pole that slides up and down on a shaft. As it moves, the four dancers flex, hand carved castanets attached to their backs clatter, and tambourine discs jangle. The pole and handle are both hand carved. One of the four sets of castanets is missing, as well as one eye each on two of the figures. Otherwise the condition is excellent. This piece is French Canadian. It is 30 1/2" high when the handle is fully extended. The section with the figures measure 12 1/2" high by 13 1/2" by 14 1/2". It was probably made about the 1940's. The price is $850.00. Inventory Code: AAWP.   Image ... Right side ...Left side ... Back/right ... Back/left ... Slid down the shaft ... Handle and all ... Closeup of guitar player ... Closeup of two dancers ... Another closeup of two dancers ...Closeup of woman ... Closeup of man ... Closeup of other man.

Young cowboyHere is a black and white photo of a very young boy in Western costume, on a pony. The frame is 8 3/4" wide by 11" high. The opening is 7 1/2" by 9 3/4". The frame is painted silver and black and has some wear. The photo is in excellent condition, and is c. 1950's. The price is $85.00. Inventory Code: AATP.   Image.

Mary santoA Santo carving of Mary, from the late 1800's, Mexican. She is in weathered gray/blue and cream paint, mounted in a wooden altar. Overall size is 21 3/4" high by 18 1/2" wide by 9" deep, Mary is 14" high. The altar is in good condition, with minor damage; Mary is in very good condition. The price is $650.00. Inventory Code: PKTA.   Image ... Closeup ... Back.

Folk art appliqueThis is a wonderfully quirky and folky wool applique. It is strikingly large, measuring 51 1/4" wide by 34 1/2" high. Figures include a woman in bonnet, animals, ducks, a book, teapot, sewing basket, home scenes, flowers, a basket of vegetables, and a mailbox. Look at the details in the closeups. Perhaps originally meant for a rug or table mat, it has been mounted on wood stretchers as a hanging. Each design was made from felt and wool machine appliqued onto a wool block. The blocks were then assembled like a quilt, and the vine border added. There is a fair amount of loss and moth damage, but it is stable and good for display. The blue spots in the background are where the backing of the frame shows through. It was made in the early to mid 1900's, most likely around the 1910's or 20's. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: CCKP.   Folk art applique ... Closeup, upper left ... Upper right ... Lower left ... Lower right ... Closeup of corner, from an angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Folk art applique ... Closeup, upper left ... Upper right ... Lower left ... Lower right ... Closeup of corner, from an angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Model cabin with carved coupleThis is a very folky model cabin with a carved man and woman on the porch. They are wearing clothes that appear to be made of fabric stiffened with paint. She has hair made from paintbrush bristles, and he has eyeglasses made from copper wire. The windows are plastic, with carved flowers in the windowsills. The cabin has bright red painted trim. The rest of the cabin is covered with glued-on colored aquarium gravel. It is from the collection of Howard Campbell. An inscription in his writing on the bottom reads "Made by Yvonne English, Madison Co., N.C., Purchased from her 7/24/93". It was probably made within a few years of that date. It is in very good condition with very slight loss of gravel on the edges, and measures 14 1/2" wide by 7 1/2" deep by 9" high. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: TKCT.   See a slideshow of several views [1 Mb] ... Folky model cabin with carved couple ... Closeup of couple ... Closer view ... From above ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... The roof ... From below ... Inscription on bottom ... With a soda can for scale.
A much larger photo.

Carved Man with overallsThis is a folky and amusing carved man. He is wearing overalls and has his hands in the pockets. This piece was done with good detail including a fair amount of relief carving such as the eyes, straps of the overalls and eyebrows. The man stands about 9 1/2" high, is 3" wide and 2 1/4" deep. He is in excellent condition with good paint and surface and was probably carved about the 1970's. The price is $145.00. Inventory Code: TWPT.   See a slideshow of several views [178k] ... Carved man with overalls ... Another view ... Front ... Back ... Both Sides ... From above and below ... Scale with soda can.

Carving of men playing checkersCarving of fiddlerCarving of preacherHere are three detailed carvings with lots of personality. There is a preacher, a fiddler, and two men playing checkers. Each is painted, and signed "Jack Eichbaum". Eichbaum lived in Chattanooga, TN and carved for many decades until his death in 2010. He was a member of the Southern Highlands Craft guild.   All three carvings together ... Larger photo.

The first two men are seated on crates, playing checkers on top of a barrel. Their faces and clothes are very lifelike. The carving is 5 1/4" high by 3 3/8" by 6 7/8", in excellent condition. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CCTH.   Carving of men playing checkers ... The other side ... Another angle ... A fourth view ... One end ... The other end ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carving of men playing checkers ... The other side ... Another angle ... A fourth view ... One end ... The other end ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

The fiddle player has a long mustache, and is seated with one foot propped on his chair. The whole carving, including the chair and base is made from a single piece of wood. It is 5 5/8" high by 2 1/4" side by 4 7/8" deep, in excellent condition. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: CCTO.   Carving of fiddler ... Side view ... Front view ... The other side ... Back views ... From above ... Another view from above and below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carving of fiddler ... Side view ... Front view ... The other side ... Back views ... From above ... Another view from above and below ... With a soda can for scale.

The African-American preacher is caught in mid-sermon, gesturing over his Bible. He stands 5 3/8" tall by 1 7/8" wide by 3 3/4" deep. The condition is excellent except for a small chip off of his finger. The price is $300.00. Inventory Code: CCTW.   Carving of preacher ... Another angle ... Side view ... Front view ... The other side ... Back views ... From above ... Another view from above and below ... Closeup ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carving of preacher ... Another angle ... Side view ... Front view ... The other side ... Back views ... From above ... Another view from above and below ... Closeup ... With a soda can for scale.
 

Doll sculptureThis is a wild and funky found object sculpture with an old composition doll head, arms and legs. It has a Kendall motor oil can for a body and an oil can with a spout for a hat. The doll is holding a large key, and is seated on a stack of metal cans including a Budget Bank, Near's Fly Oil, Beech Nut Coffee, and IGA Coffee. It is signed "Tin Lizzy #1018" "Betsy Wilbur 2012". All of the individual objects are in worn, as found condition; the sculpture itself is solidly put together and in very good condition. It is 34" tall by about 7 1/2" by 6". The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: CCRH.   Doll sculpture ... Closeup of top ... Two more overall views ... Side and back views ... Two more closeups ... Closeups of the base ... "Budget Bank" ... Signature ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Doll sculpture ... Closeup of top ... Two more overall views ... Side and back views ... Two more closeups ... Closeups of the base ... "Budget Bank" ... Signature ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

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