Folk Art


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Decorative wooden watermelon slice in good condition with very minor wear and paint spatter. 12” L x 5 ¼” H x 1 ½” thick at base. American, circa mid-20th century. (CC-39)



Small scherenschnitte (scissors cutting) in form of a plant in an urn with a central heart and a pair of love birds. Probably a gift for a loved one or, possibly, a memorial given the urn. Cutting is in fine original condition save for very minor stains that are scarcely apparent except upon close examination. Frame has age but may not be original. 7 5/8″ H x 5 5/8″ W, including frame. Pennsylvania origin, circa mid 19th century. Fresh to market from an old collection. (LTS)


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Small folk art carving of a penguin found in Maine. Inscription on base indicates that the carver, one “T. Richards”, was 94 years old. Nice expression and good detail of wings, bill and eyes. Appears to be standing on an iceberg. 6″ tall. Probably dates to the mid-20th century. (CA-39)


parade axe

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Odd Fellows parade axe with heart in hand and three link chain symbols. 33″ long. Found in southeastern Pennsylvania and probably came from a member of an Odd Fellows lodge there. There is some tape on the handle which may have been added to facilitate carrying because the handle appears to be intact and undamaged. In fine original condition save for some very small spots of red paint on the heart which likely dripped on it in the course of some unrelated work and might be scraped off if desired. Circa early 20th century, (BY-37)



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Unusual chalk-ware bank in form of a carnival huckster or ringmaster. Likely a prize given to successful carnival game contestants. Approximately 10″ tall. The cork which would have originally been placed in the hole in the base was replaced with a rubber stopper by the previous owner. Has a small chip and some roughness around the base which is hardly noticeable when displayed, but otherwise is in remarkably good condition with great paint. Circa early 20th century. (CC-21)


Fox target

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Cast iron fox shooting gallery target. 12″ L x 4 1/2″ H. Uncommon form. Mounted by prior owner on block of wood. Probably used in a carnival. Has some expected deformation from shot and associated rust, as shown. Circa early 20th century. (CB-29)


Adk box

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Very colorful early Adirondack hand-made valuables box. 9 1/4″L x 6″W x 4″ tall at peak. This piece was all hand hewn. Obviously unique and a fine example of early Adirondack folk art. It was in pieces when we acquired it. We replaced the hinges and hasp and reassembled it, adding a small piece at the rear that is finished to match and is virtually undetectable. All of the decorations and paint are original. Circa late 19th century. (CB-18)



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Very unusual cast plaster (chalkware) model of a brown trout caught in 1929 in Pennsylvania. The mold for the model was made from the actual fish. The inscription on the back gives the name of the angler, the angling method (fly fishing) and the location of the catch (Penn’s Creek). There are 2 old breaks in the body which were repaired long ago and some minor wear to the fins and tail. The paint is original. Very well done and it displays beautifully, as shown.  15 1/2″ long (CC-22)


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Owl by Peter Peltz

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Carved owl by late, noted East Sandwich, Massachusetts bird carver, Peter Peltz (1915-2001). It is unsigned, but was purchased directly from Peltz by the prior owner. Peltz was a very prolific carver of great skill whose birds were purchased by Jacqueline Kennedy;  one of which, a tern, was reportedly displayed in the President’s office. This carving, measuring 8″ from ears to tail,  is among the largest he made, as most were songbirds. The painted detail is exquisite (see close-up photo showing feathering). There is a small rub to the paint at the tip on one ear which one has to look closely to detect and minor age cracks where the legs join the feet were filled and touched up so they wouldn’t worsen. Probably carved in the 1960′s or 70′s. (CC- 19)


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Folky carving of a Brook Trout found in Maine. All original, including the paint. Circa early 20th century. Naively carved and boldly painted, capturing the basics of the fish, albeit not the accurate detail of a Lawrence Irvine piece. 9” long. The very essence of folk art. (CB – 8)



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Hand carved humidor in the form of a jolly Tyrolean man looking out of the corners of his eyes. Does not appear to have been used much as a humidor, unless there was a liner at one time. One side of the fleur-de-lis has been reset. Probably mid-20th century. 12 1.4″ H (to top of fleur-de-lis) x 8″ W  x 7″ deep. (BX-9)



Early sheet iron hunter weather vane. Very unusual form in original surface. Circa 19th century. Great example of early American folk art. (BZ-11)


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Unusual game board from a Grange Hall in or near Hermon, NY, or owned by someone with the surname “Grange” who lived in Hermon.  Hermon is a small town located in the northern portion of St. Lawrence County. Board is dated 1925 and bears stencils of an hour glass and “Father Time”  (or the “Grim Reaper”!). Minimal wear from age and use. Two-board construction with some age shrinkage. (BY-32)


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Uncle Sam

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Folk art figure of Uncle Sam in very good condition with great hand-made clothing. Approximately 7″ tall and jointed at the hips and shoulders. Traces of cotton fiber under the chin suggest that he may have had a beard or goatee and enlargement of the photo of  his face reveals the outline of a mustache, which might have been painted or attached there. We decided not to replace these items, but it would be easy for a new owner to do so if desired. Circa early 20th century. (BZ-36)


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Very unusual carving of a bottle of Coca Cola. Approximately 12″ tall. Carver is unknown, but obviously was highly skilled.  Dated 1971. (BZ-7)


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Finely carved figure of a standing German Shepherd. Excellent detail, even showing the ribs. Approximately 14″ long and 10″ high and the stand is 16″ long. Probably dates to the mid-20th century. In very good condition. Carver unknown. (BZ-4)


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Small primitive oil painting on board of a milk cow. Circa late 19th century. Signed “Felty”. In original frame which has some wear. Sight size is 8 1/2″ H x 10 1/2″ W; frame measures 11 1/2″ H x 13 1/2″ W. Painted on real wood board rather than artist board. No inpainting. Great American folk art. (BY-21)



Finely carved and painted miniature flying drake mallard by Hingham, Massachusetts carver Russ Burr (1887-1955). Professional restoration to one foot and the very tip of one wing feather. Very minor wear to original paint. We have mounted it on a small wood plaque, rigged to hang, but it can be easily removed by the new owner. Burr was described as the “Master of Movement” by Joseph H. Ellis in his book, “Birds in Wood and Paint”, featuring noted 19th and early 20th century American bird carvers, published in 2009 (@pp 92-98). 4 1/2″L x 4 1/2″H. (BX-35)


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Carved, very well-proportioned nude. 11″ tall. Signed “GDL”. Canadian origin, circa 1940′s. Nice gift for a man who collects folk art (and appreciates the female form). (BX-13)


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Pair of southwest Native American-made dolls. Hand-carved and clothed in authentic period fabric. One carries a small woven basket. The other probably also held something in one hand originally, or was made to do so. 7″ and    7 1/2″ high, including stands. The smaller stand may be a later replacement. Possibly children’s toys, or made for sale to tourists. Circa early-mid 20th century. (BY-18)

$275 (the pair)

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Pair of nicely carved deer in animated poses. Both are whitetail bucks. Each of them has minor wear and one an old break line in one leg and some loss in the base under one foot, but they are in generally very good condition and display well as shown. Circa early 20th century. Pa. origin. Each stands approximately 7″ high x 6″ long. Great looking bases. (BY-22)



Small naive oil on board of a ewe and lamb in the snow, signed “Morey” and entitled “February Lamb” on the reverse side. New England origin. In hand made frame in original robin’s egg blue paint, Circa late 19th – early 20th century. Sight size 5 1/2″ high x 7 1/2″ wide. Frame measures 7″ x 9″. (BY20)


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Great “Outsider Art” carving of a Native American man’s head. Life size and in original paint. Carved by noted Monterey, Tennessee folk artist Loranzo Dow Pugh (1906-1993). A section about Pugh in Contemporary American Folk Artists by Elinor Lander Horwitz includes a photograph of what appears to be the same piece (absent a wig which belonged to Dow) at pg. 111 and will be provided to the purchaser. His work has also been featured in a display at the Museum of Appalachia in Clinton, Tennessee and sold at The Shelton Gallery in Nashville. (see also, Moses, Outsider Art of the South @ pg. 229). As is the case with almost all Outsider Artists, he was completely self-taught. He lived alone in a remote area and used hickory, pine, buckeye and poplar from the surrounding woods for his carvings, adorning them with miscellaneous “found” items, such as the olive shells used to fashion the handsome earrings on the subject piece, which he may have gotten from a cousin who lived in Florida. There are age cracks in the head, as shown in the photos, some with old filler, but it is in surprisingly good condition. Circa 1970s. Many thanks to John and Leslie Koelsch for their help in identifying Mr. Pugh as the carver. (BV-1)


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xceptionally well carved giraffe with fine detail. Glass or bead eyes. 7″ tall. Circa 1930′s. On original thin flat base. (BU-21)


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Very sculptural hand carved distaff with original paint. Used for spinning wool. Great form and excellent original condition. 12″ tall x 5″ wide at base. Probably dates to the early 19th century. Found in Massachusetts. (BS-33)


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Unusual folk art leather monkey. American, circa 1920s-30s. Very finely stitched. Probably made as a child’s toy by a shoemaker or leather worker. 7 3/4″ high (excluding base) and 7″ long.


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Finely carved pair of mules found in Kentucky. Carver is unknown, but he or she obviously was highly skilled and devoted much time to detail. Note the detailed carving representing hair on both animals. In addition, while not clearly visible in the photos, one can see multiple hoof prints carved in the earth under the figures. The mules stand head to head as is often seen with horses and mules. 8″ high, not including the oval wood base, which is approximately 12″ long x 9″ wide. Just a great piece of folk art. Circa probably 1920′s – 1930′s. (BU-35)


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Very colorful carving of a pair of songbirds on twigs. Species unknown, but birds of this type were often painted whimsically by Pennsylvania German carvers carrying on the European tradition. All original with only very minor paint wear. Made to hang on wall. Probably early-mid 20th century. (BU-38)


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Great 19th century carving of a full-sized owl. 15 1/2″ tall, including base. Wood is probably cedar, aged to a nice rich dark brown. Legs and feet were carved separately and attached. Glass eyes. Age split has been stabilized. Found in northern N.Y. State. Just a really nice example of early folk art. (BS-37)





Unique tramp art picture frame with great applied border consisting of carved hearts and vine fretwork, Crusty original surface. Circa early 20th century. Tiny restoration to border at right bottom corner that one has to look closely at to distinguish. Previous owner has rigged it to hang vertically, but it can easily be hung horizontally if desired. Exterior measurements 16″ x 20″; interior 13 1/4″ x 17 1/8″; sight 12″ x 16″.


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Superb folk art carving of lion head with open mouth signed “S. Edwards”. Not a mask. Origin unknown, but believed to be American, circa late 19th or early 20th century. Has a stable age crack as shown. 12″ wide by 10″ high. All original. (Inv. BQ-5)


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Finely carved pair of lions with original gilt. These were removed from the mantle in an old New England home. Some minor separation at joints and minor gesso loss as seen in photos. Each is 12 1/2″ long x 3 1/2″ wide x 5 1/4″ high. Made by a very skilled craftsman. Circa mid-19th century. (Inv. BP-14)

$975 for pai

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Great folk art carved eagle with outstretched wings. 13″ tall x 14″ wide (to wing tips). one wing was reattached and the beak reset some time ago. Very boldly carved. Found in upstate N.Y. Circa late 19th century. (Inv. BQ-31)


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Folky carving of an eaglet. 8 1/2″ tall. Signed on base, but difficult to decipher name. Pennsylvania origin, circa 19th century. Reminiscent of Schimmel carvings. In fine original condition. (Inv. BQ-36)


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Leather match case with a remarkably well executed  incised decoration depicting a drake mallard landing in a marsh. Contains old match box. Wear and minor losses due to use, but in good condition for a small item that was obviously  used regularly and a nice original piece of folk art. Probably owned by a duck hunter. 2 5/8″ long by 1 3/4″ wide. Circa early to mid 20th century. $50

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Pair of life size feeding chickadees carved and signed by the late noted Massachusetts carver, Russ Burr. Extraordinary life-like poses. Some paint wear on one bird as seen. 5″ tall.  Made to hang on wall. Plaque added for display. Circa 1920-40′s.



Rare English folk art piece. Bullock vertebrae painted to represent a preacher delivering a sermon, probably John Wesley, popular 18th century Anglican clergyman credited with founding Methodism. These pieces surface occasionally, but are often crudely painted and in poor condition. This one is very well executed and has only minor paint loss. The condition of the vertebrae where the hands would be is natural. Circa early to mid 19th century.


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