Carousel Horse, Jumper, Glass Eyes, Original Surface
Attributed to Herschell Spillman
North Tonawanda, New York
A carved and painted jumping wooden carousel horse, the figure with glass eyes and carved mane. The breast collar is ornamented with a carved and painted American shield. This horse is painted reddish-brown dapple with black mane; the slightly curved saddle is yellow, blankets are painted yellow with red trim, the tack done in yellow and green. (Dimensions: 59" H, 4.5" W, 12" D.)
Outstanding Carved & Painted Trade Figure of George Washington, Flat back
Anonymous, Early 20th Century
A relaxed and confident portrait displaying great attitude and surface
Please call David for an enthusiastic discussion.
(Excellent original condition; height on stand: 65.5”)
Antique Shooting Gallery Target, Painted Sheet Iron, 16” Wide!
Unknown Maker, Likely European, 1880-1900
This mechanical arcade target features a black and white goat on grass with colorful
flowers. Across the pond they favored these mechanical cut sheet iron figures rather
than the typical and more common cast iron figures made in America. Nonetheless,
these folk-art targets display beautifully.
Excellent original paint and patina. (Height: 12.75"; width: 16"; depth: 1.75")
Lawrence Irvine, Carved and Painted Lake Trout, Maine
Lawrence Irvine, Winthrop, Maine, (1918-1998)
“I just wanted to do something different than anybody else and do it better
than anybody else." (Kennebec Journal Interview published in 1985).
This vintage lake trout carving is mounted on simulated birch bark backboard is in the
style of Maine’s master carver Lawrence Irvine. Inscribed, March 2, 1974 – Wilson Lake
– 13 Lbs. 12oz. – 33 ½” Long; also inscribed, March 3, 1976 – Wilson lake, 10 LBS. 4 OZ.
– 32” Long. [Likely recording another trophy fish landed by the angler-owner.]
Irvine was legendary hunter and fisherman in his home area of Winthrop, Maine, he is
known for his carved fish trophies. Anglers took freshly caught fish to his garage
workshop where he would create an accurate model of the fish they caught.
Irvine never charged more than $25.00 for his works, which became collector's items
and considerably increased in value after he died. Lawrence was born in Winthrop,
Maine where he lived all his life, except for the period of his service during World War
II. After seeing other carved fish at a local country fair and with the confidence that he
could do better he began carving fish in his 30s. He carved an average of 100-fish
per/year… using only simple tools he masterfully worked with pine. While he was a
master carver, his works display the skillful application of color, capturing the complexity
of the subject fish. (Length: 40.5"; height: 15.25"; depth: 9" to pectoral fin)
Carved Bedpost Doll, a Folk-Art Plaything
Carved from Old Bedpost, Original Paint
Anonymous, 19th Century
Original paint and fabric arms
sold with professionally fabricated display stand
(Height: 14”, depth: 4”, depth 4”)
Antique Carved and Painted Spread Wing Dove,
Folk Art Bird in Dry White Paint
Anonymous, Late 19th Century
The birds wire toes are slipped under staples on the orb of a 19th century steeple finial creating a nice presentation;
the steeple sits on a museum style steel plate base. Our fabricator is available to create a table or wall mounting fixture.
(Wingspan: 13.75” , length: 12” , height approx. 11.75” )
Folk Art Carving, Mustached Man’s Head, Original Surface
Anonymous, Late 19th Century
(Height: 5”, width: 3”; includes cube mount)
Carousel Figure, Herschell Spillman Jumping Dog, Country Fair Style, Early Park Paint
North Tonawanda, New York, Circa 1912 (Allan Herschell and Edward Spillman)
A popular and sensitively rendered figure displaying a signature saddle-blanket resembling a draped curtain; the pooch displays very good old paint; original surface history; likely very early second coat working period surface and original paint. Pretty much full coverage paint with scattered losses mostly limited to saddle seat; overall condition is very good to excellent. (L: 54”, H: 31.5”, W: 10”; stand H: 48”, stand base: 19.75 by 19.75”)