Thursday, March 28, 2013

Funky 1930s whirligig

Wood with porcelain insulators, a can lid and tacks. 13.6 inches tall. The paddles are 11.6 inches long.

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Bride's hand revisited

Hand of the woman in white suggests someone in her late 20s or older who is not idle or rich. 

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Saturday, March 23, 2013

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Monday, March 18, 2013

Egyptian motif door knocker

Jazz Age iron from an estate in Memphis, the city on the Mississippi named after the ancient capital of Egypt on the Nile. 

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Friday, March 15, 2013

Zeppelin on fire

A French postcard c. 1919 with the odd juxtaposition of a serene girl holding a hoop and stick and a painted backdrop showing a fiery air war. I'm guessing this studio setup was dad's idea.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013


Carved figure from the Midwest with putty color paint who appears to be holding a broom. Under the arm was another implement, but most of it broke off long ago. 14 inches tall.

Monday, March 11, 2013

Portrait in gold

Small painted concrete rendering of a woman that's slightly taller than 6 inches and more than 2 inches thick at its thickest. 

Friday, March 8, 2013

Painting behind a checkerboard

The hourglass image apparently is a Deco era painting rather than another game on the reverse of the checkerboard. Beautifully simple geometric design with rich black and red color.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Tribute to fishing flies

Painted, carved crate wood showing a brook trout with a real fly in its mouth and a second real fly at the bottom right of the falls. Other fly types are painted top and bottom. This 1950s scene shows Messalonskee Lake and Stream in central Maine (misspelled Messalonski on the back). 23 inches tall.

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Large antique pants display

47 inches tall from Vermont. These would have held oversize pants probably made just for advertising.

Friday, March 1, 2013

Carving of a Roman woman

Folk art rendering of a classical image. Painted wood, 15.6 inches tall.