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Mid 20th c. Oil Painting By Paul Maxwell (1925-2015)

While contemporary artist/sculptor Paul E. Maxwell was widely know for his abstract work, and for creating a unique patented process called “stencil-casting”, over the course of his lifetime, he worked in many different mediums. This mid-20th century example is a signed, untitled oil on canvas from his Texas years — 1950e-1960s — when Maxwell was […]

Walt Disney Child’s World Globe c. 1955

One of the most appealing features of this vintage 1950s children’s globe, aside from the Disney characters themselves, is all the bits those characters impart about the world. “Hi diddle-diddle the Equator’s ‘round the middle!” sings Donald Duck while strumming his fiddle. And, “Pluto’s nose points the way. The earth rotates night and day.” And, […]

Large Rustic Folk Art Own

Like a great many Americana collectors, I love interesting hand-carved folk art owls. And this rustic example is a real find. The sculpture is crafted from a single block of wood that has a rugged, outdoorsy character and texture– a texture made even more dramatic by the use of different carving techniques. As the photos […]

Antique Minisature Cherry Highboy, Cabriole Legs

It’s hard to say whether this finely crafted 19th c. miniature was apprentice-made or the work of a professional showcasing his vision of a full size version. In either case, this is an elegant, eye-catching piece. Nineteen inches tall and built as a single piece, the highboy is made of cherry wood and various fruitwoods. […]

Antique Toy Ohio Hill Climber PATD Nov. 2 1897

D. P. Clark patented his friction flywheel system in 1897, the same year he organized his Dayton Friction Toy Works Company. This Hill Climber Trolley bears that same date. Made of metal, die cut tin and wood, the trolley is in very good, original condition, with all six die cut lithographed passengers intact. The top […]

Dean’s Big Animal Rag Book

Established in London in 1903, Dean’s Rag Book Company was first know for producing lithographed children’s books made out of cloth. The books were designed, not so much for educational purposes, but simplyfor fun. One of my favorite examples is Dean’s Big Animal Rag Book, a cloth picture book featuring nine different farm and forest […]