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19th c. whirligigThis is a very large, early multi-figure whirligig that expresses social commentary. When the blade is turned, two small, three-dimensional carved workers turn a crank. This in turn pulls a string over a hand-carved pulley and makes the large man dance. He is obviously wealthy, with a cigar and fancy painted suit.

Every wooden part of this whirligig was hand formed and shaped. The large man has faded remnants of red and white paint that is heavily crazed. The rest of the whirligig is finished in dark lacquer or varnish with varying degrees of wear. This piece was probably made in the late 1800's, possibly early 1900's. The size is 33 1/2" long by 28 1/4" high. The propeller is 11" in diameter; the larger man is 17 1/4" tall and the smaller people are 4 1/4" tall. It is in very good, functional condition, mounted on a wooden base for display. There has been some professional repair to the blade: some of the vanes were re-mounted and one is slightly crooked. The tail has been cracked and re-glued. Two small strips of wood were added to the base of the upright support to strengthen it. The string has been replaced at some time, but it is old. This is an impressive and unusual whirligig with presence. The price is $1950.00. Inventory Code: TROH.   19th c. whirligig ... Closeup of the smaller figures ... Closeup of the large figure ... Another overall angle ... Third overall view ... Back view ... Another angle from back ... Third angle from back ... Closeup of back ... End view ... The other end ... The large figure, arms down ... The smaller figures ... 6th closeup ... 7th closeup ... 8th closeup ... 9th closeup ... Closeup of the blade ... The other side of the blade ... Two closeups of the tail ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.
Some much larger photos:   19th c. whirligig ... Closeup of the smaller figures ... Closeup of the large figure ... Another overall angle ... Third overall view ... Back view ... Another angle from back ... Third angle from back ... Closeup of back ... End view ... The other end ... The large figure, arms down ... The smaller figures ... 6th closeup ... 7th closeup ... 8th closeup ... 9th closeup ... Closeup of the blade ... The other side of the blade ... Two closeups of the tail ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.

Stone carvingThis is an odd stone carving of a woman's head and torso. She has curly hair and is wearing a WWII uniform cap. The body has no arms or legs, and is shaped as if it may have been made as a doll mold, or a pattern for one. The surface is very smooth, and has been painted or varnished dark brown. The carving is 10 3/4" high by about 3 3/4" by 3 3/4" and heavy for its size. It is mounted on a metal display base that is 7" square. It looks like the head was cut or broken off and then re-attached with a cement-like material, and one side was filled with a lighter colored plaster before the piece was finished - a long time ago. There is minor surface wear as seen in the photos. It is from the mid-20th c. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: CHRP.   Stone carving ... Another view ... Three more angles ... Another view on the stand ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Back, off the stand ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Stone carving ... Another view ... Three more angles ... Another view on the stand ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Back, off the stand ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.

PaintingThis is a drawing in ink and watercolor, with a series of images of people with sea animals. There are whales, seals, and a large beast that looks like a combination of a lion and a seal (a sea lion?). All the images have a dreamlike quality. We cannot see a signature. It has been framed in a reddish-brown frame with a soft yellow matt. The back of the frame has the notation "14-2003". The frame measures 16 1/2" wide by 19 1/2" high by 1/2" deep. The condition is very good. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: CHPO.   Painting ... Closeup ... Side view ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Painting ... Closeup ... Side view ... Back ... With a soda can for scale.

Hand forged eel spearsHere is a framed set of three 19th c. wrought iron eel spears. They have been mounted on masonite in an oak frame 18 3/4" high by 22 3/4" wide by about 1 1/4" deep. The largest gig is 11" high by 5 1/2" wide by 1 1/4" thick. The smallest one is 9 1/4" high by 2 1/2" wide by 3/8" deep. They are in very good, used and weathered condition with beautiful dark oxidized surfaces. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: CSAA.   Hand forged eel spears ... Side view ... Back ... With a soda can for scale ... With the other two framed collections.
Some much larger photos:   Hand forged eel spears ... Side view ... Back ... With a soda can for scale ... With the other two framed collections.

Hand forged eel spearsHere are two 19th c. wrought iron eel spears. They have been mounted on masonite in an oak frame 26 3/4" high by 12 3/4" wide by about 1 3/4" deep. The gig on the left has 6 tines and is 16 1/4" high by 3 1/8" wide by 1 1/4" thick. The one on the right has 5 tines and is 17" high by 3 1/2" wide by 1 1/4" deep. They are in very good, used and weathered condition with beautiful dark oxidized surfaces. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: CTKT.   Hand forged eel spears ... Closeup ... Side view ... Back ... With a soda can for scale ... With the other two framed collections.
Some much larger photos:   Hand forged eel spears ... Closeup ... Side view ... Back ... With a soda can for scale ... With the other two framed collections.

Hand forged eel spearsHere are two 19th c. wrought iron eel spears. They have been mounted on masonite in an oak frame 26 3/4" high by 12 3/4" wide by about 1 3/4" deep. The gig on the left has 7 tines and is 17 3/4" high by 3" wide by 1" thick at the bottom. The one on the right has 4 tines and is 17 1/2" high by 2 7/8" wide by 3/4" deep. They are in very good, used and weathered condition with beautiful dark oxidized surfaces. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: CTKC.   Hand forged eel spears ... Closeup ... Side view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale ... With the other two framed collections.
Some much larger photos:   Hand forged eel spears ... Closeup ... Side view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale ... With the other two framed collections.

Miniature rocking chairMiniature chairNext are two matching miniature rustic chairs. They are made from twigs with the bark partly removed and scrap wood, probably from the 1950's or 60's. They are in very good condition with minor wear. The straight chair stands 3 3/4" high by 2" wide by 2 3/4" deep. There seems to be a number or word carved very faintly into the seat, but we can't make it out. The rocking chair measures 3 3/4" high by 2" wide by 4 1/4" deep. The price for the pair is $95.00 Inventory Code: TKHC.   Straight chair:   Miniature straight chair ... Side and back views ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.
Rocking chair:   Miniature rocking chair ... Side and back views ... From above and below ... Both chairs together ... With a soda can for scale.

Some much larger photos:   Straight chair:   Miniature rustic chair ... Side and back views ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.
Rocking chair:   Miniature rocking chair ... Side and back views ... From above and below ... Both chairs together ... With a soda can for scale.

Miniature chairThis is a miniature chair. It is carved from a single piece of wood and painted dark red. It measures 2 3/8" high by 7/8" wide by 1" deep. Age is probably from the mid-20th century. The price is $25.00. Inventory Code: TKHT.   Miniature chair ... Side and back views ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Miniature chair ... Side and back views ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.

This piece has new photos, the better to see it.

War graveyard paintingThis is a very large painting on canvas of a WWI era graveyard being bombed by an airplane during WWII. Rows of white crosses, surrounded by red poppies, recede into the distance. In the background are ruined buildings, rows of barbed wire, cannons, and explosions, as bombers fly overhead. Probably painted in the 1940's or 50's, it is unsigned. It has been lightly tacked to a wooden frame. For shipping, the two ends of the frame will be removed and it will be shipped rolled. You will need to reassemble the frame and reattach the ends of the canvas. There is a 3" tear in the bottom edge, and two small older nail holes at the top, where it was probably hung once, as well as the tacks and staples it is now mounted with. It is 43 1/2" high by 69 1/2" wide by 1" deep. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: PKOC.   War graveyard painting ... Closeup, upper left ... Upper right ... Lower right, with tear ... Lower left ... Side view ... Closeup, top edge ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... Another closeup from back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   War graveyard painting ... Closeup, upper left ... Upper right ... Lower right, with tear ... Lower left ... Side view ... Closeup, top edge ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... Another closeup from back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.


 
Carved farm scene
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A folky carved farming scene, including a farmer, team of horses, rigging, and a primitive wheeled cutter. The scene is 13" by 11 1/4" by 7" high. It was probably made in the 1950's or 60's and is in good condition.

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Some previous "Most recent additions" still available:

Here is a sample of over 40 works by Lewis Smith we have just added. Most are two-sided. They are drawn on recycled bags and cardboard, and reflect his eye for local detail and his preoccupations with strong women, trains, time, and currency. The alley scenes and writings are dense with his passing thoughts, philosophy, and aphorisms. They are worth spending time looking at the details. You can see them all here

Tramp art lampThis is a tramp art lamp with a clock and drawer. It is decorated with two carved birds at the top, hex signs, sun and moon designs on the sides, and other chip-carved designs. It was built from crate wood with a dark finish, and is inscribed on the bottom "Paul Venuto 1937 March 24". The clock is labeled "Conqueror", from Waterbury, CT, and does not run. When the drawer is removed you can see part of a crate label "Unity Extra". It is in excellent condition, the light is rewired and works, and the shade has been replaced. The size is 8" wide by 8" deep by 15 3/4" to the top of the wooden portion, or 22 3/4" high including the shade. The price is $795.00. Inventory Code: CHOC.   Tramp art lamp ... Closeup of birds, clock ... Closeup of drawer ... Two more angles ... Without the shade ... Two more angles without the shade ... Side views ... Drawer open ... Inside the drawer compartment ... Back view ... Closeup from back ... Inscription on bottom ... Light on ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Tramp art lamp ... Closeup of birds, clock ... Closeup of drawer ... Two more angles ... Without the shade ... Two more angles without the shade ... Side views ... Drawer open ... Inside the drawer compartment ... Back view ... Closeup from back ... Inscription on bottom ... Light on ... With a soda can for scale.

Wood splint basketThis is a 19th c. wood splint woven basket with a bentwood handle and a rich, dark patina. The handle, which curves around to become the center rib, is fastened at the bottom with a single square nail. There is a crack in the handle and some minor loss in the bottom and where the handle crosses the rim, but the basket is still strong and sturdy. It is about 9 1/2" high by 9" by 10 1/2". The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: CHTC.   Wood splint basket ... One side ... The other side ... Another angle ... End view ... The other end ... From above ... From below ... Closeup from below ... Closeup of the handle ... Another closeup of the handle ... Closeup of the side ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Wood splint basket ... One side ... The other side ... Another angle ... End view ... The other end ... From above ... From below ... Closeup from below ... Closeup of the handle ... Another closeup of the handle ... Closeup of the side ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved horse headThis is a detailed horse's head bookend carved from a single piece of wood. It has an expressive face and an open mouth. The surface is worn brown and black paint, with yellow and white highlights. There are chips missing from the tips of the ears and the mouth - all older breaks. From the early 1900's, it measures 10 3/4" high by 6 1/2" wide by 8 1/4" deep. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: CHWW.   Carved horse head ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... Closeup ... Closeup from above ... Closeup from back ... Closeup of mouth from below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved horse head ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... Closeup ... Closeup from above ... Closeup from back ... Closeup of mouth from below ... With a soda can for scale.

Decorative iron faucet handlesHere are two collections of old, decorative cast iron faucet handles. They have been mounted on wood in two oak frames and look very good either individually or together. The handles are all in very good condition, in a wide variety of designs, with varying degrees of wear to the paint. They are mounted with fine black wire, barely noticeable. The taller frame contains 18 handles in brighter colors of paint, ranging from 2" to 4" in diameter. The frame is 27" high by 13" wide by 1 3/4" deep. The price for this frame only is $250.00. Inventory Code: CSRO.   Decorative iron faucet handles, one set ... Side view ... Back view ... With the second set, below ... Both, with a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Decorative iron faucet handles, one set ... Side view ... Back view ... With the second set, below ... Both, with a soda can for scale.

The shorter, wider frame contains 15 handles in more subdued colors, including a few with no paint, just dark oxidized surfaces. These handles range from 2" to 5 1/4" across, and the frame is 18 3/4" wide by 22 3/4" high by 1 3/4" deep. The price for this frame only is $250.00. Inventory Code: TAPK.   Decorative iron faucet handles, second set ... Another angle ... Side views ... Back view ... With the second set, above ... Both, with a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Decorative iron faucet handles, second set ... Another angle ... Side views ... Back view ... With the second set, above ... Both, with a soda can for scale.

Collection of brushesThis is an unusual and decorative framed collection of brushes. There is a wide variety of styles, types, and materials. The brushes range in age from the early 1900's to the 60's or 70's. They have been mounted with fine wire to a wood backdrop, set in an older frame. The individual brushes go from 5 1/2" to 15" long. The frame is 22" high by 28" wide by 1 1/2" deep. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: TOOC.   Framed collection of brushes ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Side views ... From above ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Framed collection of brushes ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Side views ... From above ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

19th c. hand forged iron maple leafThis is a hand-forged iron maple leaf with wonderful surface, from the 1800's. It was originally a fence decoration, from Western Canada. The post has a nice hand worked attachment. The leaf portion is 2 1/4" high by 2 1/2" wide by about 1/4" thick, on a long stem that brings the total height to 8 3/4". It is mounted on a wooden block so it can stand on a shelf. The size as mounted is 3 1/2" by 3 1/2" by 10". It has a dark, oxidized, weathered, unpainted surface and is in excellent condition. The price is $85.00. Inventory Code: APOT.   19th c. hand forged iron maple leaf ... Three more views ... Side and back views ... Closeup of the back ... Another closeup of the front ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   19th c. hand forged iron maple leaf ... Three more views ... Side and back views ... Closeup of the back ... Another closeup of the front ... With a soda can for scale.

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