Condition: Fine condition, original blade, and handle with a deep patina from use,
minor surface abrasions and chips, later binding wire – as typical.
Additional Information: A rare and wonderful folk art crooked knife by an unknown
maker initialed “FL” and dated 1881. Embellished with a profusion of animal images
raised above etched surfaces including two rattle snakes, a dog, a squirrel eating a nut:
a cat/fox/pony? …a deeply scales fish, a bird in flight; a star and six etched hearts.
The crooked knife which derives its name from the oblique angle of the handle to the
blade [known as the Mocotaugan to Algonquin speaking tribes] is the essential carving
tool of the eastern woodlands tribes as well as the non-native woodsman.
In the pantheon of crooked knives, those with animal or human imagery are the
rarest. This example is embellished with creatures from the land, sea, and air in a
realistic folk art composition. It’s maker was an obvious master craftsman possibly
making the knife for his own use or someone that he cared for…either way, the piece is
singular in its imagery and stands as one of the finest examples of a folk art crooked
Provenance: Originally collected in Wisconsin purportedly from the family of the
Ex: Private Collection, Wisconsin.
Ex: Ned Jalbert Collection, Florida (author of Mocotaugan the Story and Art of the
Painting, Cuban Negro League Baseball Hall of Famer with El Presidente Gomez
JOSE DE LA CARIDAD MENDEZ BAEZ “The Black Diamond”
El Presidente Gomez [Jose] agasaja al ‘Diamante Negro’: 1909, Signed: Jorge S. Date/Period: 1909
Measurement: View: 9.5” by 13.25”
Material: Tempera on paper
Additional Information: The president entertains on the diamond.
The great baseball player Jose de la Caridad Mendez de Los Leo was inducted by the
Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939.
1. JOSE DE LA CARIDAD MENDEZ BAEZ “The Black Diamond”
He was born in the city of Cárdenas on March 19, 1887 and died in Havana on October
31, 1928. He participated in thirteen seasons of the Cuban Professional League and
two independent tournaments between 1908 and 1927 with the Almendares, Santa
Clara, Matanzas, Habana teams and with the Alacranes in an Independent tournament.
One of his most fabulous feats was having given twenty-five consecutive scones to the
Cincinnati Red, of the Major Leagues, visiting Cuba and later extended the chain up to
(45) with other visiting teams. He played in the Independent Colored Leagues from
1908-1926, in his second campaign he reached a 44-2 record including a perfect game
in ten innings on July 24, 1909. In 1920 he began as Director of the Kansas City
Monarchs of the Negro National League with whom he discussed several World Series
and obtained the Pennant in 1923-24-25. In 1939, he was elevated to the Cuban
Professional Baseball Hall of Fame, that same year he joined the Negro Leagues and
despite not playing in the GG.LL, in 2006 he was elected to the Cooperstown Hall of
Fame. 1. Cuban Baseball Hall of Fame
Hooked Rug, Lamb Within Scrolled Frame, Frost Pattern No. 89 Date/Period: Circa 1880
Measurement: 22.5" x 38"
Condition: Very good
Additional Information: The rug is professionally mounted, ready for hanging.
See Hooked Rugs – History and the Continuing Tradition by Jessie Turbayne, page 84.
Also, a personalized “Frost 89” is published on page 53 of Rug Hooking in Maine by
Mildred Cole Peladeau.
Diorama, Nautical, Sailing Ship, Carved and Painted, Shadowbox Frame
American, Late 19th to Early 20th Century
Depicts fully rigged vessel on carved choppy seas
(27.5 by 19”)
Antique Paper Mache Milliner Head, Deposed by
Danjard The head is marked "Danjard" and
"Brevete", Circa 1860 Printed facial features
French one-piece hollow [carton] hat stand or milliner’s head and bust with painted
black hair; applied printed blue eyes, brows, lips, and bodice and neckline ruffle. Typical
minor imperfections; restoration to tip of nose and two small spots on face; minor paint
retouch at base [front], displays well. (Height: 15")
Folk Art Bottle Whimsey, Probably Sailor Made, Yarn Winding Swift Date/Period: 19th Century
Measurement: Height: 5.75"
Material: Colorless glass, ivory, and thread
Condition: Very good
Additional Information: Mold-blown bottle with flaring neck and tooled rim containing
four tier swift with turned and crosshatched shaft; carved stopper closes the bottle.
We have seen these called ladder puzzles.
Trains, Deco Locomotives and Rail Cars on Paper Date/Period: 1940’s
Measurement: 17.5” x 14.5” each
Material: Pencil and crayon on paper
Condition: Very good
Additional Information: One is signed D.S. Littlell (Mt. Gilead, Ohio)
Paper Mache Horse Head Mask, American Mask Manufacturing Co., Labeled
Findlay, Ohio Date/Period: Early 20th Century
Condition: Very good original condition, only the most minor imperfections consistent
with age and use mentioned for accuracy
Additional Information: Vintage theatrical/prop horse head mask.
American Mask manufacturing Company was established in 1884 closing in 1969 due
to the introduction of plastic masks.
Hatchment, Painted Wood, Bearing Motto, Honesty Defies Fortune
Coat of arms celebrating family distinction and lineage
England, 19th Century - SOLD
(Minor imperfections consistent with age, shrinkage and a tad of wood loss at outer left, else fine and original; 12.25 by 12.25")
Antique Pastel, Mischievous Puppy with Lace Kerchief
Anonymous, Circa 1870
Fluffy bright-eyed puppy plays with textile of colorful carpet - SOLD
(Fine condition, mounted with period gilt frame frame-21.75" x 18" x 2.25")
Pin Cushion, Velvet Carrot Painted with Watercolors Date/Period: Late 19th Century - SOLD
Measurement: Length: 11.5"
Material: Brushed cotton (velvet) and watercolor, sans straw tuft (foliage)
Condition: Good, bright color, no holes (We are able to add straw foliage)
Vintage Folk Art, Pastel of Cat Named Pumpkin
Anonymous, First Half of 20th Century - SOLD
(Frame: 19.25" x 11.5"; view: 17.25" x 9.5")
Marquetry Decorated Folk Art Table, A MASTERPIECE by Joseph Konieczny
Signed Underside: Joseph Konieczny, 6462 Pieces [Rochester, New York Date/Period: Circa 1920 - SOLD
Measurement: Height: 30.5"; top: 29" x 51.5"
Material: Mixed woods…the center motif dyed
Condition: Outstanding original condition
Additional Information: A monumental and noteworthy American folk art expression, a
highpoint of gentleman’s quilting [marquetry] inspired and unique…6,462 carefully cut
pieces assembled to display and amazingly creative, and masterful composition.
Outstanding artistic expression, male quilting, an apt definition on a basic level,
applying bits and pieces of wood [marquetry] rather than scraps of cloth used to create
quilts. Quilting and marquetry both fill flat surfaces with patterns.
The successful design, perfect symmetry, exuberant top, apron and medial shelf
display the fine and exacting workmanship of a master craftsman of great patience.
Each decorative element including the layered chip carved pieces ornamenting edges,
borders and surfaces work in concert forming a unified whole, a tribute to the
imagination, originality, and exceptional skill of the maker who owned a grocery store.
A clock consisting of 22,000 individual pieces of marquetry, made by the same artist
appeared in Ripley's Believe it or Not. Mr. Konieczny invested 4.5-years of his life,
working 8-hours per/day to complete the project.
Folk Art, Acoustic Stinged Instrument, Probably Southern United States
Picker found this in Virginia Date/Period: Circa 1900 - SOLD
Condition: Condition is good, commensurate with frequent use, thinning painted
surface; original bridge and carved tuning keys.
Additional Information: This unique primitive/folksy acoustic instrument was found in
the Southern United States. The headstock, neck, and body were carved from the solid;
top is applied. The surface wear and patina suggest that this instrument was played
often and regularly.
Union Shield, Patriotic American Shield Flag Holder, Original Condition Date/Period: 1908 (46 stars) - SOLD
Measurement: 20.25" x 15"
Material: Sheet iron, polychrome
Condition: Very good, commensurate with age and use
Additional Information: The shield with rolled wire reinforced edges will accommodate
ten flags; the back is fitted with wire rings tabbed and riveted to shield.
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