Catalogue: Folk Art (72)


Mid 19th Century Leather Shoes with Label   $485   

These are barely worn leather shoes made in the second quarter of the 19th century. They have a label from Rodney's Manufacturer at 17 North Third Street in Philadelphia. In the 18th and early 19th centuries, shoemaking was one of Philadelphia's leading industries. In the 1850's, shoes began to be made shaped for left and right feet. Prior to that time, they were known as "straights" and by wearing them, they molded to each foot. These shoes are "straights" and remain so as they were... Click for details      
  
Mid 19th Century Leather Shoes with Label
Granny Donaldson Cow Blanket: Circa 1930;North Carolina
  Granny Donaldson Cow Blanket: Circa 1930;North Carolina   $3,800

Kate Clayton Donaldson (1864-1960), aka Granny Donaldson, was known for her whimsical pictorial textiles in which she crocheted human and animal figures and appliqued them to a wool ground. Her pieces always had a tree in the center around which floated a variety of animals; often plants and many times human figures as well. They are always done in soft colors that were very possibly home dyed. Donaldson never repeated a design. This example is professionally mounted on a stretcher that... Click for details

Patriotic Carved Folk Art Cane   $975  

This hand carved cane says the following" Proclaim liberty throughout all land unto all the inhabitants thereof 1776 Massachusetts New Hampshire, Connecticut, Rhode Island, New York, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia". The cane is carved of walnut and measures 35 inches in length and the top of the handle is 1 3/8 inches in diameter. Condition is excellent; probably made late 19th century; Virginia origin.
Patriotic Carved Folk Art Cane
Black Cats: Circa 1920's; Pennsylvania
  Black Cats: Circa 1920's; Pennsylvania   $140

Could these two black cats be any cuter? On the left is a beanbag with printed facial features and paws. Eyes are buttons with a red ribbon neck bow. It is 7 inches in height; excellent condition. SOLD On the right is a homemade cat with an embroidered face and collar. The two paws are different. I believe the right is meant to be a streamlined version of a wrap around tail. It is 8 inches tall; excellent condition. Price is $140.

High Button Shoes Store Display; Circa 1890   $2,200  

Handmade high button shoes that were used for store display; circa 1890. The boots measure 17 1/2 inches tall and 17 1/2 inches from toe to heel. They are made of leather in delicate condition. They have a label inside that is difficult to read but is definitely from Los Angeles. It is difficult to understand the wear on the soles that looks as though they've been walked in. It is unimaginable that someone was large enough to wear them. The mystery adds to their charm.
High Button Shoes Store Display; Circa 1890
Pair of Frog Pillows: Circa 1930; Maine
  Pair of Frog Pillows: Circa 1930; Maine   $425

This is a charming pair of different size frog pillows from Maine made in the 1930's. They are stuffed with pine needles as is evident from the holes in the smaller frog. The tops are made of wool felt with cotton for the bottoms. The larger frog measures 16 inches in length; the smaller is 12".

Tartan Plaid Painted Box in Original Paint: Circa 1870's   $2,800  

This colorful tartan plaid box is hand decorated with shades of green; orange; red and yellow. It retains the original paint in very good condition. A newspaper under the interior mirror is dated 1871. Probably Pennsylvania origin. Measurements are 10 3/4" wide; 8 3/4" tall and 5 1/2" tall.
Tartan Plaid Painted Box in Original Paint: Circa 1870's
Patched and Embroidered Denim Overalls: Circa 1950
  Patched and Embroidered Denim Overalls: Circa 1950   $450.00

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. It is clear on the adult pants in particular that the sewer... Click for details

Concrete Garden Ornament of a Dog: Circa 1930   $295  

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.
Concrete Garden Ornament of a Dog: Circa 1930
Homemade Cat Toys: Circa 1920; Pennsylvania
  Homemade Cat Toys: Circa 1920; Pennsylvania   $375

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. Lips... Click for details

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