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Carved head
Early 1900's carved head
7 1/2 foot high Crown of thorns
7 1/2 foot high Crown of
Thorns stand w/hearts
Abstract quilt
Great abstract wool quilt from OH
Primitive carved face
Primitive carved face
Three folky frames
Three folky frames by Ray Fisher, "The Rush Creek Bum"
Three miniature footballs
Three hand made miniature footballs
Decorative industrial metal panel
Two decorative industrial steel panels
Whimsy carving
Whimsy carving
Twig swing
Rustic miniature
twig swing
Chinese puppets
Several hand made Chinese puppets
Folding metal decoy
Folding metal decoy
Carved lizard
Carved and painted lizard
Stone carving
Relief carving in stone,
portrait of an American Indian
Jointed carving
Jointed carving
Marquetry standMarquetry stand
Marquetry pedestal stand with intricate decoration
Magazine rack
Painted wood magazine rack
Tramp art box
Tramp art box with mirrors, 4 lids
Bottle whimsey with tools
Bottle whimsey with tools
Universe sign
3-D Op art "Universe" sign

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Tramp art boxThis is an unusual tramp art box with four triangular hinged lids and eight small mirrors set into the sides and lids. From the early 1900's, it is built from alternating lighter and darker layers. The surface is very dry and oxidized. It is 9" high by 11 1/2" by 11 1/2". The condition is fairly good with some small areas of loss and surface wear. The price is $990.00. Inventory Code: CWHK.   Tramp art box ... Another view ... From above ... One side ... Second side ... Third side ... Fourth side, with a soda can for scale ... Another view from above ... Two of the lids open ... Third lid open ... Fourth lid open ... From below.
Some much larger photos:   Tramp art box ... Another view ... From above ... One side ... Second side ... Third side ... Fourth side, with a soda can for scale ... Another view from above ... Two of the lids open ... Third lid open ... Fourth lid open ... From below.

Bottle whimsey with toolsThis bottle whimsey has a rack of carved tools inside. The rack fills the bottle very snugly, leaving no room to wiggle. Mounted on the rack are a carved axe, crosscut saw, hand saw, and gun. Two spears are mounted vertically from the base, behind the tools. The bottle is marked "375 ML" on the back, and has a plastic cap. This whimsey is from the second half of the 20th century, and is in excellent condition. It is 8" high by 3 1/2" wide by 1 3/4" deep. The price is $210.00. Inventory Code: CSTK.   Bottle whimsey with tools ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... From above and below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Bottle whimsey with tools ... Side views ... Back view

Three folky framesThis is a set of three frames, graduated in size, made and carved by Ray Fisher of Glen Springs, VA; known as the "Rush Creek Bum". Fisher is featured in Betty Carol Sellen's book "Outsider, Self Taught, and Folk Art (2nd edition).

All the frames are made from pine with thin plywood backs and bases. They are trimmed around the edges with what looks like commercial molding. On the largest frame, Fisher has carved a pair of boots, while on the other two he has carved two upright pieces for each, decorated with chip carving. These have slots in the back in which pictures can be slipped for display. On the one with boots, there are two tacks on the top and knobs on the boots to hold a picture. The sizes of the frames, from small to large are 6 1/8" high by 6 1/4" wide, 6 3/8" high by 6 1/2" wide, and 6 3/4" high by 7" wide. All of the bases are the same depth, just over 2 1/4" deep. They were probably done in the 1950's or '60's and are in excellent condition. The price is $135.00. Inventory Code: TKAS.   Three folky frames ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... Closer view of one, from above ... Back view ... Label on bottom of one ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Three folky frames ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... Closer view of one, from above ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

7 1/2 foot high Crown of thornsThis is the largest and most outstanding piece of crown of thorns construction we have ever seen. It has five frames, a shelf, and a drawer. The construction is entirely crown of thorns - the only fasteners used are in the drawer and one of the frames. The drawer is notched out to slide into the interlocking pieces. Five sets of carved hearts are worked into the upper part.

It is made from unfinished pine, and stands 7 1/2 feet (90") high by 50" wide by 13" deep; the shelf is 39 1/2" wide. It is quite sturdy and functional - there is no problem with setting even fairly heavy things on the shelf.

This piece was found in Louisville, KY, probably made in that area around the turn of the century, and is in excellent condition. The person who found it, sitting in an attic covered with soot, turned a garden hose on it, and in the process, washed off much of the gesso from the large frame in the center. The resulting mottled surface, (while it looks good in our opinion), is obviously not in its original condition. The only other flaw is a missing drawer pull. We will be carving a replacement to match. There is no damage or loss to the crown of thorns. This is a spectacular and beautiful piece of furniture. The price is $12,500.00. Inventory Code: PKOK.   Front view ... One side ... The other side ... Closeup of carved hearts ... Closeup of top ... Details ... Drawer open, showing notching ... Upper half ... Lower half ... Bottom inside ... With Matt, to show scale.

Abstract quiltThis is a great abstract quilt with very strong color and graphics. It is machine and hand pieced from wool suiting and lightweight wool fabric. One patch even has part of the suit pocket! It has a flannel back, and is hand tied with blue wool yarn. There is a light weight blanket inside instead of batting. This quilt was found in Ohio, and is in excellent, unused, near mint condition. There is one small spot and one small tear on the back, each less than 1/2". Neither shows through to the front. It measures about 69 1/2" by 69". The age is unknown: it appears to be 1930's or 40's, but could be considerably older. The price is $1150.00. Inventory Code: TRAC.   Abstract quilt ... Closeup of the center ... Closeup, upper right ... Closeup, upper left ... Closeup, lower left ... Closeup, lower right ... Extreme closeup of detail ... Closeup of the pocket ... Back view ... Closeup of the back ... Another closeup of the back.

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.   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.

Whimsy carvingThis 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.

Twig swingThis is a rustic, miniature twig double swing or glider. It has good form and surface, with bent twigs for the seats and arms, and the swing mechanism. It stands 12 1/4" high by 11 1/2" wide by 12" deep. It was probably made c. 1940's, and is in excellent condition. The price is $145.00. Inventory Code: TPTT.   Miniature twig swing ... Closeup of detail ... Another angle ... A third view ... From one end ... The other end ... End view from above ... Top view ... Another closeup ... Third closeup ... One side ... The other side ... Side view, from above ... From below.

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 ... 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.

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

A nice metal duck decoy. This piece was made from galvanized metal, with an iron rod for support; and then painted a dark olive green with brown and orange details. One of the wings has an unusual slide that release the wing and allows them to pivot for storage. The decoy way probably made in a local "factory" or shop rather than one-of-a-kind. It is in excellent old condition with appropriate wear and patina from use. The duck is 17 1/2" long, 8" across the wings, and 10" high. With the rod and base it stands 43" high. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: AOPA.   One side ... The other side ... With base ... Another view ... From below ... Partly folded.

Carved lizardThis carved lizard is a purplish red, with black details, and a bluish red throat sac. It is mounted on a board cut in a freeform shape. The size is 10" long by 4 1/2" wide by 2 1/2" high, including the base. One foot is cracked, with a toe missing, otherwise excellent condition. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: PCOC.   Carved lizard ... The other side ... Front view ... From above ... Another angle ... Fifth view ... Back view ... Another back view ... From below.

Stone carvingThis is a relief carving in stone of the portrait of an American Indian. It is well done, and initialled and dated "EW. 1942" on the back. The carving has been mounted on a custom made metal base. The stone itself measures 5 1/4" high by 3 1/2" wide by 3/8" thick. As mounted it is 6 1/2" high. The condition is excellent. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: CHOK.   Stone carving ... On the stand ... Another angle ... Side and back views ... Back, off the stand, showing initials and date ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Stone carving ... On the stand ... Another angle ... Side and back views ... Back, off the stand, showing initials and date ... 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

Marquetry standMarquetry standThis is a very intricate small marquetry pedestal stand. Each side of the upright is decorated in a different pattern. The four feet also have incised designs. The different colors of wood are finished in a clear lacquer or varnish. It stands 13" high by 7 3/4" by 7 3/4". From the early 1900's, it is in very good condition with some minor surface wear. The price is $375.00. Inventory Code: COAO.   Marquetry stand ... Another view ... From above ... Fourth view ... Another side view ... Third side ... Fourth side ... Closeups of the upright ... Another view from above ... Closeup of the base ... Another closeup of the base ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Marquetry stand ... Another view ... From above ... Fourth view ... Another side view ... Third side ... Fourth side ... Closeups of the upright ... Another view from above ... Closeup of the base ... Another closeup of the base ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Magazine rackA wonderful cream colored, painted, hanging magazine rack. The form is absolutely super. It is from the early 1900's, with nice crazed paint. In excellent condition, it is 12" wide, 24" high, and 7" deep. The construction is well done both from the standpoint of workmanship and artistry. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: PKAH.   Magazine rack ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Side view ... The other side ... Back.

Universe signThis is a large, 3-dimensional, Op Art "Universe" sign. It is made of fiberglass and various sized wooden dowels, with vibrant paint. The word arches over the central half-globe, while the graduated dowels also project out from the background. The sign is 33" square by about 5 1/2" deep; the mounting brackets on top add another 1 1/2" to the height. The overall condition is good, with some paint loss, stains, chips around the edges, a gouge in the lower part of the globe, and two broken dowels in the lower right. It is from the late 20th or early 21st century. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: TRCP.   Universe sign ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... Another view from above ... Closeup, upper left ... Upper right ... Lower left ... Lower right ... Closeup center ... From below ... Closeup from side ... Closeup, other side ... Back view ... Another view from back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Universe sign ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... Another view from above ... Closeup, upper left ... Upper right ... Lower left ... Lower right ... Closeup center ... From below ... Closeup from side ... Closeup, other side ... Back view.

Carved headThis is a carving of a man's head. He has long hair and a beard, and much of his face is covered in red paint, like blood. It stands 6 1/4" high by 3 1/4" wide by about 4" deep. There are three nails in the back of the head for some unknown reason. Age appears to be from the early 1900's or earlier. We are not sure of the history. The condition is very good, with a few minor chips on the bottom edge of his hair. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: CAKS.   Carved head, with a soda can for scale ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... From above and below.
Some much larger photos:   Carved head, with a soda can for scale ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... From above and below.

Three miniature footballsThis is a collection of three old, hand made, miniature leather footballs. The largest one is all hand stitched, with leather lacings. It is about 4" long by 2" by 2". The two smaller ones are machine stitched, with cords for lacing. One is 3 1/4" long, the other is 2 1/2" long. They sit on a custom made wood and metal display rack. All together the overall size is 6 1/4" high by 4 1/2" wide by 2 1/4" deep. The balls are from the first half of the 1900's. The surfaces are worn and scuffed. The one in the middle has a couple of tiny holes in one side. The one on the right has some sort of old glued repair, visible in the photo from below. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: CWTT.   Three hand made miniature footballs ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... Off the stand ... From below, off the stand ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Three hand made miniature footballs ... Another angle ... Third view ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... Off the stand ... From below, off the stand ... With a soda can for scale.

Decorative industrial metal panelHere is a pair of decorative industrial metal panels with strong graphic look and good size. These are the sheet steel that was left over after a series of parts were cut out. Each is 48 1/4" by 24" by 1/8" thick. They are in very good, as found condition, with slight surface irregularities, very slight surface rust, and somewhat sharp edges. One is just a little warped, the other is flat. They are ready to hang on a wall, or would would look great as a room divider or over a window. They are priced at $175.00 each. Inventory Code: CPHR.   Decorative industrial metal panel ... The other side ... Closeup ... The second panel ... The other side ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Side view of both ... Both, with a yardstick for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Decorative industrial metal panel ... Closeup ... The second panel ... The other side ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Side view of both.

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