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Uncle Billy whirligig
"Uncle Billy" metal and wood whirligig
Crocodile root carving
Early 20th c. Crocodile
root and burl carving
Carving of woman's head
Carving of woman's head
Cast iron grate
Large cast iron grate
Tramp art box
Tramp art box with elaborate decoration
Carved totem
Three folky carved totems
John Henry whirligig
John Henry railroad whirligig
Birch bark vase
Birch bark vase
Beaver fishing lure
Beaver fishing lure
Goose yard ornament
4 Goose yard ornaments
from Maine
Painted twig model swing
Miniature painted twig swing
Man on horse carving
Carved man on horse from MN
Benny Carter Bird Motel
"Bird Motel" by Benny Carter
Benny Carter Big Apple cutout
Benny Carter Big Apple cutout
Painting of Native American
Portrait of an American Indian

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Uncle Billy whirligigThis is a very folky wood and metal whirligig of a man driving a horse and buggy, followed by a dog. It has "Uncle Billy" painted on both sides. The colors are rich, deep, red, pumpkin, yellow, brown, and silver. Some of the paint is finely crazed. The figures are sheet metal, except for the man's arm, which is wood. The propeller is wood with metal vanes. It is mounted on a turned wooden finial. It is in very good, used and weathered condition, with minor paint wear, some bends in the propeller blades, and a chip off the base of the finial. Age is from the first half of the 20th century, likely 1930's or 40's. It stands 18" high by 17" long. The propeller is 13" across. The price is $895.00. Inventory Code: CWWC.   "Uncle Billy whirligig" ... The other side ... Another angle ... A fourth view ... Closeup ... Closeup, figures moved ... Closeup other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.
Some much larger photos:   "Uncle Billy whirligig" ... The other side ... Another angle ... A fourth view ... Closeup ... Closeup, figures moved ... Closeup other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.

Crocodile root carvingThis is a wonderful root carving of a crocodile. It has an open mouth, with very finely carved feet, teeth and tongue. The spiky, curving shape of the root forms the length of its body. It has a nice surface, finished with varnish or lacquer, and is mounted on a very twisted piece of burl. There is a printed label on the bottom that reads "Sebek of the Nile Carved by Ned R. Young first 18, later 16 Main Street, St. Johnsbury, Vermont between 1898 and 1917". The age certainly looks to be from that era. It is approximately 12" by 7" by 5" high. The condition is very good, with a small chip missing from each of the front feet, as seen in the closeups. The price is $795.00. Inventory Code: CWCK.   Crocodile root carving ... The other side ... Another angle ... Fourth view ... Side view ... Front view ... Back view ... Closeup of head ... Head, other side ... Closeup of feet ... Another closeup ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Crocodile root carving ... The other side ... Another angle ... Fourth view ... Side view ... Front view ... Back view ... Closeup of head ... Head, other side ... Closeup of feet ... Another closeup ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Beaver fishing lureThis is a fishing lure in the form of a beaver. It has a wood body with carved detail on the tail, ears, and teeth, metal tacks for eyes, and sheet metal legs. An arrow shaped cavity was carved in the belly and filled with lead for weight. It is in very good old, used condition with weathered paint on the legs and traces of white paint on the teeth. The size is 8 1/2" long by 3 3/4" wide by 2 1/4" high. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CRSP.   Beaver fishing lure ... From above ... Side view ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Goose yard ornamentHere are four Canada goose yard ornaments from Maine. They are plywood cutouts, painted on both sides, with metal stakes to drive into the ground. Two have articulated heads that swivel up or down. The birds themselves range from 11" to 16" in height, and from 25" to 31" long. With the stakes included they are 17" to 23" high. Some of the stakes are a little loose. They are in appropriately used, weathered condition with varying amounts of paint wear and minor loss. The photos should be clear on this, but if you have any questions contact us. They are priced at $80.00 each, with a discount for the group. Inventory Code: TPCP.   Goose yard ornament ... Other side ... With head moved ... Closeup ... Second goose, one side ... Second goose, other side ... Third goose, one side ... Third goose, other side ... Third goose, head moved ... Fourth goose, one side ... Fourth goose, other side ... Fourth goose, Closeup ... All four together.

Cast iron grateThis is a large cast iron grate with beautiful form and surface. It is from the late 1800's, and measures 6" high by 15" in diameter. There are three tabs on the bottom: two of them are chipped. Otherwise, the condition is excellent. The price is $295.00. Inventory Code: THPO.   Cast iron grate ... Side views ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Back view ... Another back view ... Closeup from back.

Birch bark vaseThis is a birch bark vase, possibly made about the 1930's as a souvenir. It has bent wood hoops and scalloped decoration around the top and bottom, and is initialled "KH" in pencil. The condition is fairly good with a couple of cracks in the bark. It stands 9 1/4" high by 7 1/4" by 7 1/2". The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: COTA.   Birch bark vase ... Other side, with a soda can for scale ... Third view ... Fourth view ... Closeup, with initials ... Another closeup ... From above ... From above, showing crack ... From below.
Some much larger photos:   Birch bark vase ... Other side, with a soda can for scale ... Third view ... Fourth view ... Closeup, with initials ... Another closeup ... From above ... From above, showing crack ... From below.

Tramp art boxThis is a fairly large tramp art box with elaborate decoration. It is made from cigar box wood over a crate wood base, partly lined with red fabric. The dark finish is finely alligatored. The lid is hinged. Inside, part of a crate stencil reads "Mansfield". It measures 14" wide by 8 3/4" high by 7" deep. The age is from the late 1800's or early 1900's. It is in very good condition with some slight surface wear. The price is $1250.00. Inventory Code: COWW.   Tramp art box ... Another angle ... From above ... Back view ... Side view ... The other side ... Lid open ... Another view open ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Here are three folky carved totems by the same maker. One is initialled "LB". The age is unknown, but they are old enough that the natural surfaces have darkened and oxidized. They are described and priced separately below.   All three totems below ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... All four, with a soda can for scale.

Carved totemThis largest totem was carved from a curved branch. Some of the bark was left on as hair and clothing of the figures. The men on top and bottom are wearing a top hats. The man in the middle has painted eyes, and an arm that was carved separately and attached. The other arm is missing. It is mounted on a separate piece of wood with "LB" burned into it. It stands 21" high. The base is 3 1/4" by 2 1/2". The condition is good with the exception of the missing arm and a few old chips in the hat brims. The price is $285.00. Inventory Code: CRST.   Carved totem, several views ... Closeups, one side ... Closeups, the other side ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved totemThis next carving is a man in a top hat standing over a pig or dog, over a turtle. It is 13" tall by 1" by 1", in very good condition. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: CRSC.   Carved totem, several views ... Several closeups ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved totemThis totem has a man's bust on top with beads for eyes, over a giraffe, over a turtle. It was carved from something like a furniture leg or bannister rail, and parts of the darker finished surface were left on as accents. It is 12 1/4" tall by 1 1/4" wide by 1 1/2" deep, in very good condition. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: CRSH.   Carved totem, several views ... Several closeups ... With a soda can for scale.

John Henry whirligigThis is a whirligig of John Henry working on the railroad. It was made by Ed Smith of Conover, NC. The carved, jointed figure goes up and down, hammering on the track as the blades turn. There is a plastic model box car on the track, and the blades are Conover license plates from 1978. The tail is a somewhat battered piece of sheet metal painted white on one side. The whirligig is 45" long by 27" across the blades. The man is 10 1/4" tall. As mounted on the wooden display base, it is about 28" high to the top of his head, or 33" to the top of the blade. It was made c. 1985, and is in very good, weathered condition. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CAKH.   John Henry whirligig ... With blades turned ... Closeup of the figure ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... Another closeup of the man ... Closeup, one side ... Closeup, other side ... Closeup from behind ... Closeup of blades ... Closeup of the boxcar ... Closeup of the tail ... Other side of the tail ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale ... Video of the action [5.7 Mb].
Some much larger photos:   John Henry whirligig ... With blades turned ... Closeup of the figure ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... Another closeup of the man ... Closeup, one side ... Closeup, other side ... Closeup from behind ... Closeup of blades ... Closeup of the boxcar ... Other side of the tail ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale ... Video of the action [5.7 Mb].

Painted twig model swingThis is a detailed and wonderfully painted model swing made out of twig. The twigs are incised and painted, and it does swing. From the NC/TN mountains, it was probably made around the 1920's or 30's, and is in excellent condition. 17" high by 8 1/2" by 8 1/2". The price is $295.00. Inventory Code: APHP.   Painted twig model swing ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Second closeup ... Closeup from above ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Painted twig model swing ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Second closeup ... Closeup from above ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

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.

Man on horse carvingHere is a carving of a bearded man riding a horse. It is carved from several pieces of wood which were pieced together into a larger block before carving. The grass, his clothes, and the horse's hooves are painted. His hands and face, and the horse are the natural color of the wood, with a coat of clear varnish. The mane and tail of the horse have burned-in detail. There is felt glued to the bottom. The carving is 12 1/2" long by 9 1/2" high by 3 1/2" deep. It is in excellent condition, came from Minnesota, and was made in the second half of the 20th century. The price is $245.00. Inventory Code: TSSA.   Carving of man on horse ... Another view ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Closeup from front ... A different angle ... From partly behind ... Front ... Back ... Another view from behind, showing piecing of wood ... From above ... Bottom.

Benny Carter Bird MotelThis is a birdhouse by Benny Carter made from wood and found metal. The front has four openings, painted windows, door, and brick foundations, and is signed and labeled "Bird Motel". The dark red strip across the front top with prongs sticking up is metal. The top has a chimney, and says "Love Jesus". The back says "Love Mother", and the bottom is signed again. It is 26" wide by 12 1/2" high by 6 1/2" deep. The condition is very good with weathering and minor paint loss from outdoor use. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CRAC.   Benny Carter Bird Motel ... Another angle ... From above ... Back view ... Side view ... The other side ... From below ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... With a soda can for scale.

Benny Carter Big Apple cutoutThis is a painted plywood cutout by Benny Carter. It is lettered with "You Are The Apple Of My Eye", "New York City", and "I Love New York", and signed in the lower right. There are two eyebolts and a wire on the back for hanging. The size is 25 1/2" high by 20 1/4" wide by 1/2" thick, and the condition is excellent. The price is $315.00. Inventory Code: CRTC.   Benny Carter Apple cutout, with a soda can for scale ... Side views ... Back view.

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Painting of Native AmericanThis is a portrait of a Native American man painted in oil or acrylic on heavy chipboard. There is a signature we cannot make out. The condition is excellent. It is mounted in a frame under glass. The overall size is 21 1/2" high by 17 1/2" wide by 3/4" deep, with a visible opening of 19 1/2" by 15 1/2". It is from the first half of the 20th c. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: COKR.   Painting of Native American ... Closeup, upper half ... Closeup, lower half ... Side view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale

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