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Crocodile root carving
Early 20th c. Crocodile
root and burl carving
Alligator cane handle
Carved Alligator cane handle
Croc O Mower
"Croc O Mower" mechanical crocodile toy
Carved stand
Carved stand with
snakes, salamanders
Carved lizard
Carved and painted lizard
with metal claws
Carved snake
Carved snake
Carved lizard
Carved and painted lizard
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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.

Diamond willow standThis reptile and amphibian-covered stand is carved from diamond willow, with a soapstone base. The natural contours and ridges of the diamond willow have been carved into snakes, frogs, and salamanders, all very finely detailed with set in eyes and lines, spots, etc. The match holder (?) on top is incised with the words "F. Reichter, square bow, flat bottom, 1859 Minnesota River" and is supported by a brass hose nozzle. The silver paint looks fairly recent, but the snakes, etc. all have a very good, old, dark, patinated surface. The stand is 44" tall, the base is 9 1/2" in diameter, and the condition is excellent, with one old, probably original break near the base. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: PHTS.   Overall Image ... Closeup - BEST DETAIL ... Top half ... Base and lower half ... Another overall view ... A third overall view ... Closeup of top ... Another closeup of the top.

Alligator cane handleThis is a carved wooden alligator that was probably made to be a handle for a walking stick. It has nice form, a very good surface, and lots of detail, with crosshatching and very fine incised lines. This carving came from Florida, where it was probably made as a souvenir item in the early 1900's. It is in excellent condition, and measures 5 1/4" long by 1" wide by 2" high. It is mounted on a contemporary base. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: TSWW.   Alligator cane handle ... The other side ... Third view ... Partly from front ... Fifth view ... From above ... With base ... Another view with base ... Back view ... From below.

Carved lizardThis is a folk art carved and painted lizard. It has metal (heavy wire) claws, and is signed JMT on the bottom of one foot. Probably from the late 20th century, it measures about 8" long by 3 1/2" wide and is in excellent condition with one claw missing. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: CHTW.   Carved lizard ... Side view ... The other side ... Another view ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved lizard ... Side view ... The other side ... Another view ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Carved snakeThis is a carved and painted folk art snake. It has good decoration and is coiled as if to strike. There is a wonderful little carved piece nailed to the bottom to make it stand up higher. The snake is in fairly good condition with a worn surface and nicely aged paint. It is about 7 1/2" by 5" by 5", probably from the mid 20th century. The price is $110.00. Inventory code: TKHA-A.   Carved snake, with a soda can for scale ... From above ... Another angle ... Back view ... Fifth view ... Sixth view ... Seventh view ... Eigth view ... From below ... Closeup from below.
Some much larger photos:   Carved snake, with a soda can for scale ... From above ... Another angle ... Back view ... Fifth view ... Sixth view ... Seventh view ... Eigth view ... From below ... Closeup from below.

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.

Croc O MowerThis is a wonderful, hand made folk art mechanical toy. The "Croc o Mower" is built from wood, with intricate burned decoration. The steering wheel turns the front headlight and wheels from side to side. Rolling the mower causes the crocodile head to snap its jaws - watch the video to see. Inscriptions include "1.3 Dino-Power", "Watch Out For Flower Beds", "Use Only Hi-Test BugOSaur Juice", and much more. The seat is covered with leather, and the croc has reflective red plastic eyes. The size is 7 1/4" long by about 6 1/4" wide by 3 1/2" high. It is in excellent condition, not signed or dated, but probably from the last quarter of the 20th c. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: CHSC.   "Croc o Mower" ... Front view, mouth open ... Front, mouth closed ... Another angle ... From above ... Other side from above ... Side view ... Back view ... Back, from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.
Some much larger photos:   "Croc o Mower" ... Front view, mouth open ... Front, mouth closed ... Another angle ... From above ... Other side from above ... Side view ... Back view ... Back, from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.

 

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