Both pairs of heavily mended; patched and embroidered overalls have taken on a life of their own. They owners of these work pants were either very poor and/or very dedicated to their clothing. They are reminiscent of the tradition of Japanese boros in which clothing and bedcovers are mended many times over and elevated in status from functional textiles to that of art. It is not a tradition, though, that one often sees in this country...
This whimsical concrete dog was surely meant for a garden but I am sure he is housebroken and would be equally happy indoors. The dog measures 13 1/4" tall and 9" from front to back. It is nicely hand painted with a bit of a silly smile. Made circa 1930's.
The sock cat on the left is unusual for two reasons. Very few are white - they are virtually always black. In addition, few have legs. This has two front legs. Whiskers and eyebrows are drawn; eyes and lips are painted. The cat measures 9" tall from the paws to tips of the ears. It has several darned areas attesting to the fact that it was played with and loved. The black cat on the left is wool mohair. A small hole in one front leg shows that it is straw filled and has a wire armature...
It is difficult to explain the very different sentiments on this painted sign. Certainly the New York Central side is clear but The Bridge What Not is more ambiguous. Regardless of the meaning, both sides make strong graphic statements. The sign measures 32" x 48". It is painted on metal with nice patina.
Homemade steamroller toy made of heavy metals. The roof is corrugated metal and the steering wheel turns. Measures 12" tall and 16" long. Barn red paint; circa 1920. While mothers were making doll quilts for their children, a loving father may have created this miniature piece of farm equipment.
Handmade cane with the handle of a dog's face utilizing the natural contours of the wood. The face is painted dark green with metal eyes. The stick measures 36" tall. The widest part of the ears are 6 1/2". Found in Virginia; circa 1920.
Two delightfully homemade Amish animals - the white cotton horse measures 12" long and 9 1/2" tall. He (or she) has wonderfully detailed tack; embroidered facial features and a braided tail. Dates to about 1950. Elephant - made of dark brown velvet with glass (?) bead eyes. The rubber ears are mostly broken off. Measurements are a11 1/4" from head to tail and 7 1/4" tall. Made circa 1930.
Elongated Flower Basket doorstop dating to the 1920's. Made of heavy cast iron. Nice patina.
This group of eight beaded glass flowers would look lovely in any small vase. They range in length from 3" to 6". Excellent condition. Colorful and low on maintenance. Pennsylvania origin; circa 1920.
This beanbag frog is both amusing and functional. It can serve as a doorstop or a whimsical ornament. It has an orange velvet bottom with a green brocade top. The eyes are fancy buttons. It measures 11" from the mouth to tail and 9" at its widest. Excellent condition; circa 1940; Pennsylvania origin.
It is difficult to say the purpose for which this sculpture of an ancient Egyptian couple was made. It may have been for a stage decoration or perhaps purely ornamental. It is made of plaster and measures 38" tall and 17 1/2" wide. Probably made in the early - mid 20th century. Good condition with some slight chipping to the paint.
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Black cat on left SOLD Striped cat on right $295
Black cat on left SOLD Striped cat on right $295
These are two homemade cat toys from the turn of the century. On the left is a sock cat with an embroidered face and a wonderful three dimensional tongue. It measures 9 1/2" tall from the base to the tip of the ears. New England origin. On the left is a cat that may have been meant as a squeak toy. One can feel a metal ring inside it. It may have been inserted to give it structure or it may have given off a noise. This poor critter is missing one of its appliqued eyes...
This charming homemade doorstop in the form of a sheep has lots of personality. She is wearing a coral ribbon in her hair. Her face and under ears are made of corduroy and eyes are leather. She measures 4 1/2" tall and 6" deep. This functional folk art was made by Ida Leaman Witmer ; Lancaster County, Pa. in the 12930's.
These are two well loved Amish toy dogs made in the early part of the 20th century. The smaller, on the left, is from Pennsylvania. It is straw filled; made of cotton with shoe button black eyes. It is 5" tall to the tip of the tail and 6 1/4" " long. Very good condition. The larger is from Ohio; made of wool and also straw filled. It has several old mends and worn spots. measurements are 4 4 3/4" tall and 7 3/4" tall.
It is difficult to imagine a family of animal toys cuter or more unusual than these three camels. They are finely detailed with tufted heads and hooves. The selection of fabric accurately represents both the color and texture of camels. The largest is 8" from head to hoof; the smallest is 5". Excellent condition; made circa 1920.
This fabulous Bottle Cap Basket is true folk art. It is made of caps from Coca Cola; 7 Up and Dr. Pepper. The wood bottom makes the piece especially functional. It is both strong and sculptural. Excellent condition; circa 1950. Measures - Height: 8 1/2, Width: 17 1/2", Depth: 5", Diameter: 14".
Wire sculptures of two matching monoplanes. These were made by the same hand as the bicycles listed as item # 1131445 and automobiles #1131446. The planes measure 10 1/2" from propeller to tail and 5 1/2" tall. The propellers move. Found in Pennsylvania; made circa 1930.
These two wire sculptures of early automobiles were made by the same hand as the bicycles listed in item #1131445. As with the bicycles, there are stylistic similarities but differences in the models. Both have doors that open. Whimsical features such as the curlicue headlights are particularly Calder-esque. The open top car on the left measures 9" long and 4" tall. The roadster on the right is 9" long and 4 3/4" tall. Found in Pennsylvania; circa 1930.