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Well carved woodpecker mounted on a branch. Undoubtedly a red headed woodpecker, but the breast and mid-back have yellowed with age from an original white. The white can still be seen in the grooves between the wing feathers, Nice pose and very fine details. Carver unknown. Circa 1940-50′s (CJ- 9)



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Finely made rattlesnake effigy pipe. Believed to be pre-Columbian, dating to the Mississippian period (AD 800-1600). Probably made from steatite. Note the diamond pattern incised along the stem and the rattles surrounding the tip, leaving no doubt regarding the identity of the subject. More delicate in form than most effigy pipes of the period. The exact origin is undetermined, but it likely came from the general area of North America between the southern shores of the Great Lakes and the Gulf of Mexico. More photos available upon request. (CJ-8)



crooked knife with shoehorn handle 2 crooked knife with shoehorn handle crooked knife with shoehorn handle 3 Finely made 19th century crooked knife with a shoehorn handle.  Wire wrap secures the blade. Very sculptural . We aren’t certain that the handle was used as a shoehorn, although it easily could have been. The design was ergonomic as it provided a secure place for the thumb of the user when carving. (CI -23)


____________________________________________ Nude crooked knife nude carving knife 2 Unsusal 10 inch crooked knife in the form of a nude female torso with blade secured by waxed braided line. Crooked knives were first designed and used by Native Americans for carving various items, including bows and canoe paddles. They were used as “one handed draw shaves”.   Later, woodsmen in the north woods and sailors who witnessed  them in use, made and used them for carving, This knife probably dates to the 2nd or 3rd quarter of the 20th century, later than many others. Most were made with plain handles, but some have intricate designs and carvings of various subjects. This is an unusual subject indeed. (CJ-7)


____________________________________________ Canada canoe cup canada canoe cup 6 Canada anoe cup 7 Canada canoe cup 2 Fine canoe cup from Canada, marked “AP”, which we believe stands for Algonquin Park in Ontario. Has carved belt loops (the cord attached to the handle probably was  a later addition for hanging). Features include a beaver, canada goose and maple leaf. Probably dates to early-mid 20th century. Has minor wear consistent with use. More photos available upon request. (CJ-6)


_____________________________________________________ Waldon canoe cup 2 Waldon Canoe Cup Small canoe cup with incised fish design found in Maine. Signed “Waldon” on handle. 5 1/4″ long and 3″ diameter accross bowl. We suspect this may have been made by someone at Camp Walden, a girls camp in Denmark, Maine founded in 1916. The name may have been spelled phonetically. Shows good age. (CJ-3)

$345 _______________________________________________________ nantucket purse frontal nantucket purse top nantucket purse top up Gorgeous Nantucket  purse in original bold red paint with carved seashells on top. In excellent original condition with slight wear. Maker unknown. There is a penny glued on the inside bottom dated 1995 which probably denotes the date it was made. 8 1/2″ wide x 7″ deep x 6 1/2″ high. (CJ-1)


horn powder flask 2 horn powder flask Small horn pistol powder flask with carved wooden stopper. 5 1/2″ long including stopper. Appears to be all original save for a later wire hanger attached for display. Circa late 18th-early 19th century. (CI-37)

$185 _______________________________________________________ Black Forest roe deer head 2 Black Forest roe deer head Black Forest Roe Buck head. Has had some touch ups and a coat of varnish, but is otherwise all original and displays beautifully. Circa late 19th century. (CI-30)


whatzits whatzits 2 10 very colorful “whatzits”. We cannot identify these items despite extensive research. They were sold to us as fishing bobbers, which we knew they were not based upon our familiarity with fishing items, as there is no means of line attachment and they are too heavy to cast. Our suspicion is that they may have been used to hold wool or thread, but we cannot warrant that. They are, however, very decorative and display nicely in a bowl, as shown (bowl not included, although it could be at an additional cost). They are hardwood and vary from 10″-12″ in size. (BW-13)


________________________________________________ Spruce gum box 3 Spruce gum box 5 Spruce gum box 2 Spruce gum box 4 Large book form spruce gum box with double sliding lids and fine chip carving. It bears initials “WH” and there is a faint inscription on the binding which appears to contain the name “William”. Very minor wear and loss. Many gum boxes were carved by itinerant loggers in the north woods of New England and Canada as gifts for wives and sweethearts back home, although this one may have been made to house William’s personal supply of spruce gum. CH-39)

 $530 _________________________________________________________ chalk calf 5 chalk calf 2 chalk calf 3 chalk calf Large, possibly unique, chalkware calf with horn buds in original paint found in Ohio. Too large for a carnival piece. We believe it was probably used as a display piece by a dairy, butcher shop, 4H show or feed store.  Some expected wear but all sound and in very good overall condition. A most unusual form of folk art. Circa early to mid 2oth century. 16″L x 12 1/2″ H. (BW-7)


Foresters trade axe 2 Foresters trade axe Rare fraternal axe from the Liverpool, NY court (chapter) of the Foresters of America. The national organization was founded in 1874 as a fraternal mutual benefit society. It was unusual at the time because if offered full membership to women. This axe was probably owned by one of the members and is in excellent original condition. 18″ long. (CH-12)

$395 _________________________________________________________Flying Mallard 2 Flying Mallard 6 Flying mallard 3 Spectacular carving of a flying drake mallard. Nicely curved wings with meticulously carved and painted feather detail, even including the underside. Small shoe button eyes. An old break in one wing and the tip of one wind feather were repaired by the previous owner, but they are well done and don’t detract from the sculptural beauty of the piece. 9 1/2″ long with a wingspan of approximately 14″. Circa 1st or 2nd quarter of 20th century. Come with an adjustable weighted base. (CD-24)


______________________________________________ Quail 2 Quail 6 Quail 3 Quail back Excellent carving of a Bobwhite Quail found in Pennsylvania. Original paint with wear on back right as shown in second and fourth photos and small spot on end of beak. Slightly larger than life size. 7″ tall, including base, and 9″ long. Circa early 20th century. (CH-5)


Black Forest dog (small) 2 Black Forest Dog (small) 4 Black Forest dog (small) 3 Black Forest dog (Small) 5 Standing Black Forest dog carving. Great pose and nice detail, Not a common piece. 7″ from tip of tail to nose and 5 1/4″ high. Has a common stable age crack in stomach and a tiny chip to one front paw. Circa 1900. (CG-36).


________________________________________________ Fallow deer cup 2 Fallow deer cup 3 Rare horn hunter’s drinking cup with incised leaping stag and legend “The Fallow Deer”. In fine original condition. Probably English origin, but possibly American given British influence. Circa early 19th century. 3 7/8″ H x  2 7/8″ W. (CG-35) $255

carved singing bird 2 carved signing bird carved singing bird 4 Early carving of a singing bird mounted on a branch. Found in central NY State. carved from hardwood, possibly walnut, with incised detail.  Note the bird’s tongue is carved. Tail section had old separation which was securely reset, almost invisibly. Stands approximately 8″ tall. Circa early 20th century, (CE -1)


Patriotic indian clubs 2 Patriotic Indian clubs Pair of patriotically decorated Indian clubs in original paint with expected wear (as with any painted clubs used for exercise), especially to white and blue areas. Circa early 20th century. 18 1/2″ long with incised rings. (CG-5)


skirt raiser 5 (2) skirt raiser (2) Rare brass “skirt lifter”, used to lift a lady’s long dress while dancing, playing games or just to avoid wet, muddy conditions. These would be attached by a ribbon or chain running from the ring to loops in the lady’s dress. or to a sash around her waist. The weight of the device would then hold the pads at the bottom closed on the fabric of the dress.this one has a decorative shield featuring a bust of a Roman soldier. Circa 1880′s,. Probably English, although some were made in other European countries and also in America.  5 1/2″ long. (CE-30)


grouse carving 4 grouse carving 2 grouse carving 3 Nice folky carving of a ruffed grouse in original paint with minor wear on one side and on the head near the beak. Carver unknown. Circa mid-2oth century. Carved from hardwood. Found in Adirondacks (CE-28)



dove carving in old paint 3 dove carving in old paint Dove carving in old crusty, alligatored paint. This is a rare old survivor and may have been a field decoy. It has a flat body with wire legs and may never have been on a stand until we put it on one to better display it. 7″ L x 5 1/2″ H (including stand) and approximately 3/4″ thick. In very good original condition save for wear from use. One side is slightly more faded than the other, but the difference is not as great as appears in the photos. Circa late 19th – very early 20th century. (CE-23)

$285 _________________________________________________________penguin bookends 2 pengin bookends Unusual cast iron penguin bookends. 3 1/2″ tall and wide. Penguins are 3″ tall. Minor paint loss on chest and beak of each bird. The tip of both beaks were painted white originally and some of the paint remains. One of the bookends is slightly loose at the 45 junction, but functions well. They probably date to the 1930′s. (CE-18)



smal carved songbird on mount Fine early carving of a songbird on a wall mount. In good original condition with no restoration. 4 1/4″ long  and 4 1/2″ high, including base. Circa  1900, Found in Pennsylvania. (CC-36)


shell purse 3 shell purse 2 shell purse Small change purse fashioned from a Tellin shell. There is a small oval mage on the front of the shell which probably is a painting of a settlement on a promontory.  The hinge and clasp are very skillfully fitted and, when opened, the interior reveals 3 compartments made of what appears to be heavy paper in very good condition. 3 7/8″ long by 1 7/8″ wide. We believe this piece to date to the early part of the 20th century, but it doesn’t appear to have ever been used. It came from a private collection of antique shell art. Possibly British or British colonial origin. (CC-27) $50  ________________________________________________ relaoding tools 2 reloading tools 3 reloading tools 4 Group of early shotgun shell reloading tools and a small old leather shot or powder pouch. Sold as a group. The two tools on the right were used to remove and insert primers. The two in the center are adjustable powder and shot measures manufactured in Connecticut.  The pouch has a hole in it and the plug is not original, but it is quite early. (LTS) SALE $15 apiece

female cardinal female cardinal 2 female cardinal 3 Folky carving of a female cardinal in fine original condition. Approximately 8″ long. Carver unknown. Maine origin. Has good age and probably dates to the first part of the 20th century. (BZ-34)


________________________________________________ sled sled4 sled 2 sled3 Miniature sled believed to be a salesman’s sample. Wonderfully decorated in original paint. Approximately 7″ long. Circa late 19th century. No damage or repairs. (BY-40)


IMG_1013 IMG_1015 IMG_1017 Black Forest watch holder in fine original condition. Carved Ibex and floral border decoration. Approximately 3 1/2″ long (closed) by 2 1/2″ wide. Swiss, circa early 1900′s. Not a particularly common Black Forest item.(BY-38)


dscn6103   Black Forest carving of a red stag. Swiss origin. Stands approximately 7″ tall x 9″ long. Has detachable antlers. There were old break lines to all legs at the ankles. They have been professionally restored and are no longer apparent, There also was an old break in one ear, which too was restored and is only noticeable upon very close examination. It displays beautifully and is a great example of the best of Brienzerware carving, circa 1890-1910. Possibly the work of Peter Huggler. (BW-39)


  ___________________________________________DSCN5690 Pair of Apache leather boots decorated with paint and applied leather patches. 16″ in length. Wear to soles from use. Ex-museum. Circa 1920s. (BW-5)


DSCN5313 DSCN5310 Hand painted limited resin copy of an original carving of a blue jay by Lancy Smith, noted woman golfer from Western New York, who carved birds for sale between the late 1970′s and early 2000′s. Signed and dated 1999. 7″ long by 5″ high including mount.


DSCN5174 DSCN5177 Small Zebra carving with paint decorated hide or paper covering. Leather ears and glass eyes. 6″ long x 5″ high. Some wear to hide and one eye slightly loose but could easily be glued in place if desired. Probably German made, circa late 19th – early 20th century. (BV-37)


_______________________________________________DSCN5062 Original Hambone Sweets Cigar advertisement on plaque. “Hambone” was the nickname of a former slave popularized by cartoonist J.P. Alley in the early 1900′s. In the 1920s William C. Frutiger and Co. of Pennsylvania obtained permission to use Alley’s illustrations to market its cigars. This illustration, based upon Lindberg’s solo transatlantic flight in 1927, came into being near the end of that decade and was used into the 1930s. (BV-7)


DSCN4914 DSCN4921 Native American ceremonial drum with carved and painted decoration. Both skins tight. 8 1/2″tall and 5 1/2″ in diameter. Rawhide handle has separated but can be restored. (BR-37)


DSCN4922 DSCN4927 Pueblo ceremonial drum with colorful hand painted decoration. New Mexico origin circa late 19th century. Skins of drum original and tight. Small rawhide handle has been reattached at one end. Otherwise all original. More photos available on request.(BR-36)  


DSCN4742 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)


___________________________________________________  ??????????????????????????????? hawk and antiques 015 Wrought iron candle holder. 19th century. Reputedly a Civil War camp candleholder although we cannot verify this. Can hang or sit on table. 13″ high and 4 1/2″ wide. (BQ-8)


antiques 7-16-14 037 Large  cranberry glass coin spot water pitcher with ruffled top. In fine condition. 8 1/2″ tall. Probably early 20th century. (Inv. BO-40)


antiques 7-16-14 031 antiques 7-16-14 032 Small hand decorated coin spot cranberry glass cup, 2 3/4″ tall. In excellent condition. Finely painted with two types of flowers. (Inv. BO-39)


antiques 7-16-14 035 antiques 7-16-14 023 Hand decorated cranberry glass salt and pepper set in ornate quadruple silver plate holder. Holder is 7″ tall and each of the bulbous shakers is 3 1/2″ tall. Holder is marked “quadruple plate” and appears to read “Rochester NY”, although the first three letters are obscured, so it could be “Manchester”. All pieces are in fine condition and it displays beautifully. Holder could be cleaned. (BP-2)


mud figures 007 mud figures 003 Chinese “mud figures”. These five figures were all likely made between 1900 and the early 1950′s. Unlike modern figures which are mold made, these were all hand made. Almost all hand made figures were of men. Female figures are scarce. The female figure stands 10 3/4″ tall, which is a rare size and is in very good condition save for a firing flaw in the hair or possibly a small missing piece there. The large seated fisherman has a small chip on the rim of his hat. He is 8″ tall, also an uncommon size. The two water carriers are 5 3/4″ and 5 1/2″ tall and in excellent condition. The small standing man holding a pot is 4 3/4″ tall and in very good condition. He bears an old paper “Made in China” label. the previous four all have impressed “CHINA” marks. Lady with scroll – $120 Large seated fisherman – $115 Water carriers – $85 ea. Standing man with pot ( SOLD- this figure only)

antiques 6-19-14 090 antiques 6-19-14 092 Thermoplastic (sometimes referred to erroneously as “gutta percha”) game box with inlaid wood cribbage board. Very rare. 8″ long by 4″ wide. Slight wear; tiny hairlines at hinges and one small hairline on corner which doesn’t affect the adjacent cover. Circa 1870s.


Hatchet and fish decoys 4-2014 026 Hatchet and fish decoys 4-2014 022 Hatchet and fish decoys 4-2014 024 Hatchet and fish decoys 4-2014 030 Hand forged hatchet with handle fashioned from a branch. All original. A small part of the end of the handle is missing, but the remaining portion continued in use. Probably 18th or early 19th century.(BN-3)

$250  _____________________________________________________________ 


Finely crafted birch bark miniature canoe with pine pitch seams and rawhide wrappings. Native American made. 26” long x 7” wide. Very small old hole in one side, probably original to bark section. This is an early model.



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