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Urban Country

About Urban Country
Urban Country houses unique objects and colorful remnants of America's past. Starting in the late 1990's, Steven Schwartz and Casey Hale have focused the Urban Country collection on anonymous American Folk art as well as pieces from carnivals, circuses and sideshows of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Vintage sideshow banners, shooting galleries and ventriloquist heads are on display alongside vintage industrial furniture and lighting, antique American flags, massive 19th century general store tables, anonymous American folk art and humorous vintage and antique road signage. Every piece evokes a personal narrative, documenting the American experience throughout the decades.
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Vintage Good Humor Ice Cream Truck Side Sheet Metal Panel
Located in Santa Monica, CA
So cool! Vintage good humor truck ice cream panels. Great mid century color and pop art design. Nice large scale. Sheet metal attached to new wood frame.
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Vintage 1960s American Folk Art Signs

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Metal

Vintage Good Humor Ice Cream Drumsticks Truck Side Sheet Metal Panel
Located in Santa Monica, CA
So cool! Vintage good humor truck ice cream panel. Great mid century color and pop art design. Nice large scale. Sheet metal attached to new wood frame.
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Vintage 1960s American Folk Art Signs

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Metal

Early 20th Century American Iron Prison Bed
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Circa 1900 iron prison bed. Great oyster white original paint color. Would make a great console unit for storage. Or, planted with succulents in the garden. Or just a great daybed an...
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Early 20th Century American Industrial Patio and Garden Furniture

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Iron

19th Century American General Store Apothecary Grain Paint Hand Stenciling
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Beautiful 19th century general store large scale yellow pine apothecary in old surface. Found in the north eastern united states. Most likely of Pennsylvania origin. Red stain grain ...
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Antique 1880s American Folk Art Painted Furniture

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Wood

Circa 1890 Hardware Store Wood Trade Sign Carved Smaltz Black and Gold Paint
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Exceptional late 19th century hand carved letters with black and Gold paint and black smaltz background. Excellent typography. Great wall art. Simple and bold.
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Antique Late 19th Century American Folk Art Signs

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Wood

Circa 1900 Black Gray and White Burial Vault Cemetery Trade Sign Folk Art
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Graphic black, white and gray c. 1900 trade sign. Professional hand letters. Excellent typography. Quirky subject matter. American Gothic! There is reference to CM Sworm cemetery mon...
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Antique 1890s American Folk Art Signs

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Wood

Herschell Spillman Cast Iron Vintage Carousel Heads
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Fantastic set of three Herschell Spillman carousel rounding board heads. Cast iron faces with wood board backs. All in original park paint. Each face/board measures 12" across by 15"...
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Vintage 1910s American Folk Art Carnival Art

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Iron

Stephen JM Palmer Jesus with Hands Outsider Art Painting
Located in Santa Monica, CA
This vibrant gouache painting was done by obsessive outsider artist Stephen JM Palmer (1882-1965) sometime between 1955 and 1965. Palmer was a farm laborer and logger in rural Wi...
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Vintage 1950s North American Folk Art Outsider and Self Taught Art

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Paper

Stephen JM Palmer Gossip Town Outsider Art Painting
Located in Santa Monica, CA
This vibrant gouache painting was done by obsessive outsider artist Stephen JM Palmer (1882-1965) sometime between 1955 and 1965. Palmer was a farm laborer and logger in rural Wi...
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Vintage 1950s American Folk Art Outsider and Self Taught Art

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Paper

Wood Carved Red and White American Folk Art Barber Pole Trade Sign Sconce, C1920
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Great Americana! c. 1920s American Folk Art wood and iron carved barber pole. Layers of thick original red and white hand painted surface. Substantial iron mounts and iron strapping ...
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Vintage 1920s North American Folk Art Signs

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Iron

Large Framed American Flag Folk Art Quilt
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Nicely faded American flag quilt. Excellent hand stitched dancing Folk Art stars. Skilled quilting, a nice graphic large-scale wall hanging. White stripes have faint blue and white c...
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Early 20th Century North American Folk Art Political and Patriotic Memor...

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Cotton

Vintage Boxing Dummy
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Great form! vintage boxing practice dummy. Presented on cast iron museum stand. Realistic features. Torso lifts off stand. Dimensions on stand: 19.5 x 15.75 x 56.5" tall Dimension...
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Vintage 1930s American Folk Art Sports Equipment and Memorabilia

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Latex, Rubber

12 Foot American General Store Counter Mustard Paint 19th Century
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Architectural late 19th century general store counter. Layers of original mustard paint surface and red stained top. Superb architectural detailing and carved top with rolled edge. O...
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Antique Late 19th Century North American Folk Art Painted Furniture

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Wood

Large Vintage Wood Americana Folk Art Barber Shop Billboard Sign, c 1940s
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Simple and graphic Barber Shop Sign. Big scale! Original hand painted surface by professional sign painter. Great Americana folk art. Nicely designed and made multi layer frame. Some...
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Vintage 1940s American Folk Art Signs

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Wood

Vintage Cast Iron Swing Out Stool Round Cafeteria Table
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Unusual cast iron and wood swing out stool cafeteria table. Most likely a school or factory cafeteria table. Original paint surface. Super functional. Chairs swing under table for st...
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Vintage 1930s American Industrial Dining Room Tables

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Iron

Vintage Big Fish Wood Trade Sign
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Almost six foot long wood fish double-sided trade sign. Original hand painted surface with heavy iron strap hangers. . Found in the northeast. Perhaps for a fish market or fishing su...
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Vintage 1950s American Folk Art Signs

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Iron

Vintage School Crossing Safety Guard Folk Art Trade Sign
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Original hand painted school safety crossing guard sign. Sheet metal and wood. Great original surface. Has original leaning brace mounted on back, but could also be easily hung on a ...
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Vintage 1950s American Folk Art Signs

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Sheet Metal

19th Century French Carousel Pig
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Fantastic 19th century carousel pig. Super whimsical carnival piece from a bygone era. Carved wood with cast iron curly tail and handle. Original layers of park paint and glass eyes....
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Antique Late 19th Century French Folk Art Carnival Art

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Iron

19th Century American Folk Art Iron Horse Weathervane
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Ex. Jane Cipley collection. Fantastic sheet and strap iron horse weathervane. Originally found in the midwest. Old make-do repair to tail. Great piece of Americana.
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Antique Late 19th Century American Folk Art Weathervanes

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Iron

Vintage American Service Station Wood Sign Original Red Paint
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Substantial wood service station sign with original paint surface. No tax! Nice original thick wood frame. Great conversation art piece. Super bold graphic letters that appear to hav...
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Vintage 1940s American Folk Art Signs

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Wood

Original Wood Carved Carnival Midway Poster Letterpress
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Set of three original hand-carved letterpress made by the Neal Walters Poster Company. Fantastic carnival midway scene. Games, carnival rides and acrobats. Carved with incredible det...
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Vintage 1930s American Folk Art Carnival Art

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Paint, Wood

Vintage "Lowest Prices" Grocery Market Trade Sign
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Great kitchen conversation piece. Grocery store in market advertising trade sign, circa 1950s. Simple and too the point. Looks to be painted by the hand of a skilled sign painter.
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Vintage 1950s American Folk Art Signs

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Wood

Early 20th Century Fort Worth Hotel Oak Display Case Pair
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Fantastic oak display cases. Join together to form a bowtie shape. Each has one door for access and original glass shelves (not shown in images). Very solid and sturdy. Great and unu...
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Early 20th Century American Mission Cabinets

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Oak

Anonymous Abstract Geometric Painted Board
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Bold geometric abstract board found in Texas. We have a collection of these boards from an anonymous artist. Painted on recycled cupboard doors, table tops, stool tops and bread boar...
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Vintage 1950s American Folk Art Paintings

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Wood

Caution School Zone WPA Style Wood Sign Red White and Blue Hand Painted
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Chunky red, white and blue hand painted school safety zone sign. Super graphic and bold. Nice thick construction.
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Vintage 1950s American Folk Art Signs

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Wood

Early Carnival Midway 7.5 Foot Tall Game Wheel Monterey with Gooseneck Light
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Fantastic giant carnival game wheel with applied scenic Monterey theme. All original surface paint. Chunky turned stand. Measures: 7 foot . Really unique gooseneck lamp for illuminat...
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Vintage 1920s American Folk Art Carnival Art

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Wood

Hand Painted Broadside Recruits Wanted sign from Brooklyn
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Wood carved and hand painted American Folk Art recruiting broadside. Fantastic imagery of lady liberty, eagle and patriotic shield. "Respond to your country's call". City of Brooklyn...
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Antique Late 19th Century American Folk Art Signs

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Wood

19th Century Hand Forged Heavy Iron Arrow
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Fantastic chunky 19th century hand-forged iron arrow. Great shelf decoration. Could be wall mounted. Very solid piece.
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Antique 19th Century American Folk Art Weathervanes

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Iron

Late 19th Century Spanish Colonial Carved Santos with Glass Eyes
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Late 19th century hand-carved Santos with inset glass eyes and original gesso paint surface. On custom museum display stand. Base measures 6" x 6".
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Antique Late 19th Century Central American Spanish Colonial Sculptures a...

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Gesso, Wood

Vintage Magician Magic Suitcase Hand Painted Folk Art
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Fantastic Magician's suitcase. Hand painted and lettered. Vintage Folk Art rabbit trick and card paintings. Great bookshelf display.
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Vintage 1940s American Folk Art Carnival Art

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Fabric, Canvas

Collection of Three Carnival Shooting Gallery Target Knockover Birds
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Nice collection of three carnival midway knockover shooting gallery targets. Nice chunky pieces. Great original layers of white paint surface.
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Vintage 1930s American Folk Art Carnival Art

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Iron

Pair of Copper Relief Football Player Wall Hangings Period Football Uniforms
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Great pair of copper relief football players. Period football union suit uniform and Morrell noseguards. Original painted surface. Original frames.
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Antique Early 1900s American Folk Art Signs

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Copper

Early American Wood and Iron Double Sided Railroad Station Sign
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Northeastern United States cloakroom sign from rural train station, circa 1900s thick cut wood and heavy iron strapping. Lettering are individually cut out wood pieces. Double sided....
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Antique Early 1900s American Folk Art Signs

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Wood

Wood Carved American Folk Art Muscle Car
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Hand carved Folk Art American Muscle car. Wood carved with original paint surface.
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Vintage 1950s Folk Art Sculptures and Carvings

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Wood

Southern Missionary Church Sign circa 1930s Original Black and White Surface
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Missionary church sign found in the southern United States, circa 1930s original black and white surface with fantastic hand lettering. Great aged surface.
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Vintage 1930s Folk Art Signs

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Wood

American Folk Art Wood and Iron Farm Bureau Weathervane Advertising Sign
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Great looking cartoon Midwestern Americana weathervane. Farm Bureau Insurance started in 1921. This great piece most likely was a premium or advertising piece. Hand painted wood with...
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Vintage 1940s American Folk Art Weathervanes

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Iron

Wood Carved Store Display Trade Sign Artist Paint Brushes Original Paint
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Fantastic hand carved giant wood artist paintbrushes. All original multi colored paint surface. Completely wood carved. Perhaps part of a retail window display or a trade sign. Great...
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Signs

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Wood

Signed Snap Wyatt Sideshow Banner
By Snap Wyatt
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Fantastic "Plenty For Two" sideshow banner painted by Snap Wyatt. Great manageable size.
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Vintage 1950s American Folk Art Carnival Art

Materials

Iron

American Folk Art Workshop Wrench Wood Trade Sign
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Fantastic and substantial wood and iron wrench tool sign. Hand written fractions and original yellow paint. Very sturdy and well made. Great industrial workshop turned folk art. The ...
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Vintage 1930s American Folk Art Signs

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Iron

Early 20th Century Carved and Painted Wood Whirligig
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Carved and painted wooden soldier whirligig. Early 20th century American. Soldier has a leather hat with wooden brim. Presented on simple custom museum stand.
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Sculptures and Carvings

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Wood

Vintage American General Store Counter Table with Drawer Original Paint Surface
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Great one drawer table that appears to have been the work horse for an American general store. Found in the great lakes area. Green and black original paint surface. Drawer is quite ...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Painted Furniture

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Wood

1920s Cast Iron American Soda Fountain Chairs Set of Four
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Great set of four cast iron soda fountain chairs. Found in the northeast. Original multi layer pink and green paint surface. Also original leather chair surface. Very nice cast iron ...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Chairs

Materials

Iron

American Folk Art Tool Museum Sign 1950 Tool Assemblage
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Wentworth Tool Museum sign assembled with scrap tools and hardware. Assemblage include many wrenches, drill bits, saws and scissors. Heavy iron construction. Great piece of American ...
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Signs

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Iron

Collection of Three Vintage Carnival Midway Nickel Ride Red Signs
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Fun collection of three vintage carnival midway signs. Nickel rides! Original professional sign painters handiwork. Excellent graphic skills. Great vintage age. All three signs have ...
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Vintage 1940s American Folk Art Carnival Art

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Wood

American Folk Art Cowboy and Horse Whirligig
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Tall one of a kind cowboy and horse spinning whirligig American Folk Art piece. Most likely from a larger folk art environment. Sheet steel construction on a large spoked farm wheel ...
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Vintage 1940s American Folk Art Outsider and Self Taught Art

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Iron, Sheet Metal

1950 Vintage American Folk Art Band Stand Hand Painted Goofy Jazz Music Stand
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Hand painted band stand folding music stand, circa 1950s. Great folk art design and Goofy dog painted. Possibly from the Jazz Mill in Phoenix. Great wall hanging. When opened the de...
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Vintage 1950s American Folk Art Signs

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Composition, Metal

Wood Lawn Bowling Game Original Caddy and Bowling Balls, circa 1900
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Lawn bowling set and caddy. The best orange and yellow paint. Great as a display or design accessory. Or play the game! Complete and as good as it gets. Includes 14 wood carved pins ...
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Antique Early 1900s North American Folk Art Sports Equipment and Memorab...

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Wood

Pair of Wood Carved American Folk Art Dice
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Pair of nicely carved Folk Art dice. Quite heavy and solid. Original stained surface.
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art More Folk Art

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Wood

Sculptural Wood and Iron Strap 19th Century Farm Implement
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Super clean lines and sculptural 19th century American farm implement. Over eight and a half feet wide large scale looks amazing hung on a modern white wall. Wood with hand forged ir...
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Antique Late 19th Century North American Folk Art Sculptures and Carvings

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Iron

Odd Fellows or Free Masons Ceremonial Lodge Candle Holders Star Heart Anchor
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Fantastic lodge symbol candleholders. Brass and iron. Possibly one of a kind. Heart, anchor and star symbols. Really great look and functional. Measures: Heart 15" x 19.5 x 2 Ancho...
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20th Century North American Folk Art More Folk Art

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Brass

Collection of Three Cast Iron Star Victorian Daughters of the Revolution Markers
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Collection of three Daughters of the Revolution cast iron star markers. Marked GAR Thos Feushaw Post 75 Conn.
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Antique 1890s North American Folk Art Garden Ornaments

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Iron

Carved USWV Lodge Pedestal Podiums Folk Art American Flag and Clasped Hands
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Fantastic pair of ceremonial lodge pedestals from United Spanish War Veterans lodge in Toledo, Ohio. One with a very well carved and three dimensional American Flag marked Patriotism...
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Vintage 1930s Folk Art Painted Furniture

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Wood

Folk Art Hand-Carved Wood Witch Weathervane
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Hand-carved Folk Art witch weathervane found in the northeast. Very nicely carved thick Folk Art weathervane with layers of heavy original paint surface. Nice piece of Americana.
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Vintage 1930s American Folk Art Weathervanes

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Wood

Vintage Leather Medicine Ball
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Vintage heavy leather medicine ball. Great worn chocolate brown leather patina. Hand-painted team info or weight numbers on side.
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Vintage 1920s Unknown Folk Art Sports Equipment and Memorabilia

Materials

Leather

Vintage Late 19th Century Canvas Circus Carnival Midway Folk Art Sideshow Banner
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Very early American circus or carnival Sideshow Banner, circa 1890-1900. Fantastic paint detail. Great example of American folk art banner painting. The Great American African Camel ...
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Antique Early 1900s American Folk Art Carnival Art

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Canvas

Vintage Bronx Toy Factory Copper and Screw Eyes Iron Doll Mold Head
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Vintage Bronx toy factory industrial doll head mold. Awesome screw eyes. Fantastic patina and layered surface from exposure to various chemicals and high heat during the manufacturin...
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Vintage 1950s American Steampunk Toys and Dolls

Materials

Copper, Iron

Vintage Carnival Midway Wood Ring Toss Game
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Great vintage carnival midway ring toss game. Perfect wall art. Wood with original park paint surface. These appear to be one of a kind carny made pieces for a traveling carnival. Bo...
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Vintage 1950s Folk Art Carnival Art

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Wood

Carved American Carnival Head, circa 1890s
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Finely featured carved man's head found in the southern United States. Most likely a late 19th century carnival head featured in a ball or ring toss game.
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Antique 19th Century American Folk Art Carnival Art

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Wood

Vintage Carnival Midway Wood Ring Toss Game
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Great vintage carnival midway ring toss game. Perfect wall art. Wood with original park paint surface. These appear to be one of a kind carnie made pieces for a traveling carnival. B...
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Vintage 1950s American Folk Art Carnival Art

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Wood

Heavy Iron Industrial Work Boots Factory Molds
Located in Santa Monica, CA
These are super cool and sculptural. Really heavy iron Industrial work boot molds. These things are solid! Stamped with factory numbers and mold info. Vintage industrial design does ...
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Early 20th Century American Industrial Sculptures and Carvings

Materials

Iron

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