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Sweet little NW beaded hide purse


NW beaded hide purse

A sweet little beaded hide bag or purse. Northwestern Native American, I think this was made in or near Alaska. I believe made of moosehide, carefully made with a large central stitched flower on the front, the flap has 11 tiny pink flowers and a pink and green bead trim around the edge. It is fully lined with a wooly felt. 4″ tall x 4 1/2″ wide. The bag is in excellent condition overall with just light soil. Both snaps work well. So cute!


$75.00


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Japanese pewter etched tea caddy


Antique small pewter tea caddy

With fine etched designs of bamboo and what looks like the perfect bonsai, this is a personal sized tea caddy. Just under 3″ high x 3 1/4″ wide, with an internal lid to keep the tea fresh. The jar has a stamped mark on the underside but I know nothing more. The jar is in very good old condition with light surface wear, one small ding to the lid, small spots on the pewter and bits of old polish.


$225.00


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Tall ship and tugboat in a bottle


Tall ship and tugboat in a bottle

 

Nautical folk art, a wonderful old bottle with, not one but two old boats. The largest is a tall ship with all the rigging and sails but it is accompanied by a smaller tug boat. You can see the bumpers lining each side of the tug. And, best of all, the tug has a bit of smoke (tuft of wool?) coming from its smokestack.


The bottle measures 9 1/4″ tall x 4 1/2″ wide. There is a tiny drip of something inside the bottle, in one area, at the base of the neck. You have to look hard to see it but the lid does come off so someone could clean it.

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$325.00


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Vintage sailor’s macrame knotted frame, signed


Vintage sailor’s macrame knotted frame, signed

 

A great bit of maritime folk art, this is an elaborate knotted cotton line, frame. It’s even signed, Leroy Fowler. I believe Mr. Fowler passed away in the late ’60s so I’d guess he did this sometime in the first part of the century. A nifty detail is that he recorded his creation of the piece with a detailed diagram on paper that he attached to the back of the frame. It includes the names and numbers of the knots and, impressively, an estimate of the time it took him to make it – 125 hours! And, he notes that the image inside the frame is a print of an original work by J. Spurling, of the “British square rigged ship, “Medway.”


The frame is in a well constructed box frame. Old masking tape on the back was flaking off but newer, archival tape would reseal the back and keep the piece safe and clean. The framed measures 15 1/4″ x 17 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ deep.”


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$650.00


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Old Saint Joseph santo, bulto









Old Saint Joseph santo, bulto

 

Lovely old Mexican or New Mexican religious piece, a carved and painted Saint or santo figure. I believe this is Saint Joseph as it appears that he had something in his right hand and the flowering staff would have fit. Possibly arguing for a Mexican origin, his eyes appear to be “cascaras,” small glass pieces laid in with a pupil painted on the glass.


Where the wood is exposed, the old patina is lovely. Some of his early paint survives; red, blue and small bits of yellow and gold on his robe and cloak and you can still see the yellow burst with rays on his cloak near his right knee. He was once mounted on some kind of base but that’s long gone and there are remnants of glue on his underside. But, he stands and is currently about 7 1/2″ tall.


Note that he is in rough condition that attests to his life and use. Lots of old wormholes (nothing active now!), with substantial losses to his body and parts, including the front of his left foot, his left hand and much loss of paint. Note that there was a poor repair that glued his right hand back on. Really bad but it could be undone and reattached gracefully by someone competent. A beautiful devotional piece.

$425


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Antique horn fish snuff box


Antique horn fish snuff box

A 19th century horn snuff box or mull, in the form of a fish head. Natural horn, carved into a fish face with an inlaid eye, metal rim and horn cap or lid. Even the mount for the lid has decorative flourishes. In excellent, usable condition, the whole piece measures 2 7/8″ long by about 2 1/8″ the length of the lid by about 1 5/8″ wide. A nifty old piece with lots of personality.

$225


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Mexican political satire figurine


Mexican political satire figurine

Colloquially named “the pooping politician,” this type of Mexican ceramic is a rare comment on some political figure in Mexico. First half of the 20th century, this type of work was more popular in Mexico than as an export so I don’t see many of these. Fired clay with commercial pigment. It measures 2 3/8″ tall by 2 3/4″ long by about 1 1/2″ long. No notable damage or issues, just wear to the paint.

$85


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Navajo weaver’s comb


Navajo weaver’s comb

Hand carved wooden comb. I think it is carved of cottonwood and this is one of the biggest combs I’ve seen at about 15 1/4″ long. Normal wear from use.

$95


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Big vintage Tonala eagle


Big vintage Tonala eagle

One example of some of the amazing folk art of Mexico, this eagle is one of the bigger Tonala burnished figures. He is fully decorated with a bird on his chest and a deer on his back. Some surface wear but he’s in great shape overall. Unsigned, he measures 13″ wide by 15 3/4″ high by about 13 1/2″ deep.

$275


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Vintage Tonala Toucan


Vintage Tonala toucan

He’s the first Tonala burnished toucan I’ve found. And, he’s big and cute. Signed “A. Mateos” and “Mexico” on the underside. He measures 9 1/4″ tall x 11 1/2″ beak to tail. Some surface wear and light scratches but he’s in great shape overall.

$95


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