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Folk Art Toys

FOLK ART STYLE

Folk art is a genre of art that shares the creator’s traditions, offering not just an artistic display but an opportunity to learn about a culture. Antique, new and vintage folk art typically reflects a heritage or location. It can include utilitarian objects and handmade art as diverse as weather vanes, duck decoys, portraiture and paintings, carnival art and quilts.

Quilts are a quintessential part of American folk art but their roots are international, with quilting dating back to Ancient Egypt. The practice spread to Europe and was especially prominent in the Middle Ages, with one of the oldest surviving examples being the Tristan quilt made in Sicily in the 14th century. They were made as bedcovers and clothing, including as a layer for knights to wear beneath their armor. Native American folk art includes functional objects reflecting their heritage, such as baskets, textiles and wooden pieces.

Elsewhere, the vast range of work associated with Mexican folk art includes masks made by Mexican craftspeople for traditional celebrations and ceremonial dances. Mexican masks are part of the country’s folk-art traditions that go back thousands of years and play a role in festivals and theater.

Works in the folk art tradition are valuable because of the skills involved, like weaving, hand-carving wood and even stonework. Many folk artists are self-taught, while some train as apprentices within their community. By using available materials and taking a personal approach to their creations, artists ensure each piece is unique and conveys a story.

During the Great Depression, artistic materials in America were hard to come by, so artisans used discarded wood from cigar boxes and shipping crates to make highly stylized, notched pieces — most often picture frames and boxes — that are today sought after by collectors. This folk art style is called tramp art and was popular from roughly 1870 until the 1940s.

Folk art brings vibrant culture and traditions into your home. Browse an extensive collection of antique, new and vintage folk art on 1stDibs.

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Style: Folk Art
Early 19th Century Wooden Allmoge Doll, Origin: Jämtland, Sweden
Located in New York, NY
Early 19th century wooden Allmoge doll, origin: Jämtland, Sweden Lovingly hand-carved from a single piece of wood, original paint with a gorgeous patina showing the many generations...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Toys

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Fir, Paint

Swedish Antique Toy Rocking Horse, All Original, Origin: Sweden, circa 1870
Located in New York, NY
Swedish antique toy rocking horse, origin: Sweden, circa 1870 - 1900. Beautiful, untouched, original condition including the paint, leather saddle, girth and stirrups. The tail and ...
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19th Century Swedish Antique Folk Art Toys

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Iron

Vintage French Toy "Les Acrobates", circa 1920
By G. Doloy
Located in Incline Village, NV
Rare 100 year old French toy in it's original box depicting two acrobats attached to a wire frame with brown barrel weights, cascading down a green metal ladder. Once assembled (loop...
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1920s French Vintage Folk Art Toys

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Tin

Vintage 1940s Folk Art Painted Iron Child Riding Horse Mounted on Custom Base
Located in Atlanta, GA
A vintage Folk Art painted iron old child riding horse from the mid-20th century mounted on a new custom base. Born in the first half of the 20th century, this charming vintage iron ...
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Mid-20th Century Folk Art Toys

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Iron

American Tin Toy, Clockwork Carousel, circa 1895
Located in Incline Village, NV
American clockwork Carousel Toy made of tin; hand-painted in bright colors of reds, green, yellow, and blue. Wind-up mechanism is in perfect working condition and carousel goes round...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Folk Art Toys

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Tin

Wind-Up Toy "KnockoutChamps" with Original Box, circa 1930
Located in Incline Village, NV
"Knockout Champs" was manufactured by Louis Marx & Co. in New York, circa 1930. The toy is made of lithographed tin, the boxers are hand-painted celluloid, and the rope around the ri...
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20th Century American Folk Art Toys

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Tin

Hobby Horse Ride On Pull Along Mobile Wheels Childs Toy Wood Leather Modern
Located in Eversholt, Bedfordshire
- Unusual folk, hobby horse trainer on wheels - Exudes charm and character - Usable & robust in good working order - Great collector's piece also Measures: Height - 71cm Wid...
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1950s British Vintage Folk Art Toys

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Leather, Pine

Swedish Folk Wooden Horse Toy, circa 1920
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Swedish wooden horse toy by unknown manufacturer, Sweden, circa 1920. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. Materi...
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1920s Swedish Vintage Folk Art Toys

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Wood

19th Century Folkart Erzgebirge German Noah’s Ark
Located in London, GB
Erzgebirge German Noah’s Ark 82 A wonderful example of a 19th century Erzgebirge German Noah’s Ark, With 82 assorted hand carved figures. A completely untouched example with aged ...
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1890s German Antique Folk Art Toys

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Pine

Set of Eight Folk Art Carnival Punks / Knockdown Dolls
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Folk Art carnival punks / knockdown dolls composed of canvas forms lined with cotton fur supported by carved wood bases for added stability / weight, circa 1910. Whimsical double sid...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Toys

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Canvas, Cotton, Wood

Six Kobe Toys, Japanese, Meiji Period, circa 1900
By Kobe Toys
Located in Incline Village, NV
Kobe Toys are very mysterious and not much is known about them. They were created and hand made during the Meiji period in Japan, which covered the years 1868 until 1912. These parti...
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Early 1900s Japanese Antique Folk Art Toys

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Ebony

"Lamb" Cast Iron Still Bank, American, Circa 1970
Located in Incline Village, NV
"Lamb" cast Iron still bank is a re-issue of a bank made in 1928. It was made by The John Wright Company in Mount Joy, Pennsylvania in 1970. They purchased the copyrights from the Gr...
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1970s American Vintage Folk Art Toys

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Iron

Early 20th Century Toy Noah's Ark, German
Located in Incline Village, NV
Toy Noah’s Arks for children to play with were very popular in the late 19th and early 20th century, and Germany was very prolific in their production. This particular ark is all ori...
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Early 20th Century German Folk Art Toys

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Wood

Mid-20th Century Automaton Folk-art Childs Toy
Located in London, GB
We are proud to offer a highly collectable and decorative Folk Art, self-taught child’s pull along automaton toy. In its simplest form this toy is very sculptural and has lots of age...
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1950s British Vintage Folk Art Toys

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Wood

Ornate Scrolled Iron Slatted Wood Toy Childs Christmas Sleigh Sled Toboggan
Located in Dayton, OH
Vintage folk art toy or child's Christmas sleigh/ sled / toboggan. Made of slatted wood with scrolled iron accents featuring cut out Christmas trees. Measures: 23".  
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Late 20th Century Folk Art Toys

Materials

Iron

"Billiken" Cast Iron Still Bank, American, Circa 1909
Located in Incline Village, NV
Original "Billiken" cast iron still bank patented in 1908 by Florence Pretz (patent number on the back in raised letters "NO39BO3". It was manufactured by the A.C. Williams Company f...
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Early 1900s American Antique Folk Art Toys

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Iron

Ceramic Rabbit Piggy Bank from Mexico, 1980's
Located in San Miguel de Allende, Guanajuato
Painted ceramic piggy bank from Morelos, Mexico, 1980's. Folk art carnival animal figures.
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1980s Mexican Vintage Folk Art Toys

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Ceramic

Tin Penny Toy Bi-Plane Horn, Germany, circa 1910
Located in Incline Village, NV
Penny Toys were just that; toys made to sell for a penny or very inexpensively. This particular toy was manufactured in Germany (probably Nuremberg) for the American market, circa 19...
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1910s German Vintage Folk Art Toys

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Tin

Mid Century Marx Tin Litho Windup WWII Tank
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous tin Litho Windup in good vintage condition with minimal wear. Spring is broken so it does not move. rubber pliable. Great color retention.
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1940s American Vintage Folk Art Toys

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Tin

Vintage Japanese Tin Space Toy Mechanical Bank, Circa 1950's Rare
Located in Incline Village, NV
Japanese tin mechanical bank features a rocket launcher mounted on the top surface of the body which fires a missile (penny or coin) into outer space, as represented by a globe like ...
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1950s Japanese Vintage Folk Art Toys

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Tin

Mexican Folk Art Woodcarving Guelaguetza Folkloric Art Oaxaca
Located in Queretaro, Queretaro
One of a kind piece by master artisans, husband and wife Manuel and Ruby Cruz, represents a lifetime of dedication to the art of wood carving. Beautiful Folk Art sculpture of the tra...
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21st Century and Contemporary Mexican Folk Art Toys

Materials

Acrylic, Wood

62 Vintage Folk Art Hand Painted Apple Collection and Display, Circa 1890-1950
Located in New York, NY
Here is a lifetime collection of 62 painted apples made mostly as covered boxes for children to play with. Most of the apples are wooden, one is a set of nesting apples, several cont...
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20th Century Unknown Folk Art Toys

Materials

Tin

Swedish Folk Wooden Dala Pig Toy, circa 1960
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Handpainted Swedish wooden traditional Dala pig toy. Designed by Nils Olsson in Sweden, circa 1960. Materials: Wood In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Folk Art Toys

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Wood

Wooden Elephant Sculpture, Carnival Art, Folk Art
Located in Antwerp, BE
Vintage wooden elephant sculpture. This hand-painted wooden elephant will look great in your interior, collection etc.. A Folk Art animal sculpture in the shape of an elephant. Th...
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Mid-20th Century French Folk Art Toys

Materials

Wood

Collection of 19th Century Bone Teetotum
Located in London, GB
Collection of 19th Century Bone Teetotum A nice collection of 4 19th Century hand crafted bone Teetotum (spinning dice). Of various size and shape. One is exceptionally large. ...
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19th Century British Antique Folk Art Toys

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Bone

English Jigger Doll
Located in London, GB
English Jigger Doll We are proud to offer an early 20th century hand carved folk art English jigger doll example. Carved from pine and joined with brass supports. Jig dolls are trad...
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1920s British Vintage Folk Art Toys

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Pine

Early 20th Century Original Mr Jolliboy Dancing Doll, circa 1915
Located in London, GB
Early 20th century original Mr Jolliboy dancing doll circa 1915 We are proud to offer an original circa 1915- 1920 Mr Jolliboy dancing doll, advertised originally by Gamages in 1910...
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1910s British Vintage Folk Art Toys

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Wood

Early 20th Century French Folk Art Puppet Theatre
Located in London, GB
We are proud to offer a lovely Folk Art example of an early 20th century French puppet theatre. Handmade from scratch and demonstrating wonderful craftsmanship. Made from hand wood a...
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1920s French Vintage Folk Art Toys

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Wood

Set of Seven Vintage Sock Monkeys
Located in New York, NY
A fantastic collection of sock monkeys ranging from the 1930s to the 1970s. They vary in length from 24" right down to 12". This collection is in as found condition and is being sold...
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Mid-20th Century American Folk Art Toys

Materials

Fabric

Early 20th Century Jigger Doll
Located in London, GB
Early 20th century jigger doll We are proud to offer an early 20th century hand carved jigger doll. Made for a light pine wood, with hand carved detail across its face and lovely Ch...
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1930s British Vintage Folk Art Toys

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Pine

Folk Art Toy Log Cabin
Located in Aurora, OR
This little dollhouse has all the charm of a toy crafted at home with a skilled hand. Early 20th century Americana could not be more a part of this diminutive log cabin with its inte...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Toys

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Wood

Early 20th Century Folk Art Articulated Pine Figures
Located in London, GB
Early 20th Century Folk art articulated pine figures An unusual pair of early 20th Century hand crafted articulated pine figures. One displaying a large medical condition on his ...
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1940s German Vintage Folk Art Toys

Materials

Pine

Early 20th Century Folk-art Scratch Built Pin Ball Machine
Located in London, GB
Early 20th Century Folk-art Scratch Built Pin Ball Machine A delightful example of an early 20th Century scratch built folk art English pin ball games board. With 2 spring loaded ...
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Early 20th Century British Folk Art Toys

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Pine

Antique Welsh Folk Art Pilgrim Man Cloth Doll Formal Wool Suit Wales
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique Welsh costume cloth doll of a man in a brown formal tux style suit, reminiscent of 17th century Pilgrims, with delicately painted face and wool clothing; made in Wales. Measu...
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Early 20th Century Folk Art Toys

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Fabric

Set of 4 Vintage Mexican Wrestling Fighters Figures
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
We offer this fantastic set of 4 Mexican wrestling fighters, made in plastic and hand painted, circa 1970. Excellent vintage conditions.
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1970s Mexican Vintage Folk Art Toys

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Plastic, Paint

Adorable Vintage Peruvian Folk Art Pink Bunny Rabbit with Basket Handmade Wool
Located in National City, CA
Decorative doll. Adorable Vintage Peruvian folk art pink bunny rabbit with basket handmade wool. Measures: 12 H X 6.25 W X 11.5 D Unmarked. Preowned unrestored original vintage c...
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1960s Peruvian Vintage Folk Art Toys

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Textile, Wool

Vintage Carved Wood Articulated Clown Figure
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Chunky hand carving with simple facial detailing a pointed hat. Found in the southern US. Presented on a custom museum stand.
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1930s American Vintage Folk Art Toys

Materials

Wood

American Folk Art Child's Rocking Horse, circa 1900
Located in Chappaqua, NY
Child's rocking horse, circa 1900. Carved wood, original finish. A wonderful piece of American Folk Art. Provenance: du Pont Family.
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Toys

Materials

Wood

Set of 4 Swedish Folk Wooden Dala Horse Toys, Circa 1960
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Set of 4 hand-painted Swedish wooden traditional Dala horse toy. Designed by Nils Olsson in Sweden, circa 1960. Materials: Wood In original condition, with minor wear consist...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Folk Art Toys

Materials

Wood

Early 20th Century Folk Art Boat Model
Located in London, GB
Early 20th century Folk art boat model A charming and highly detailed early 20th century folk art model of a wooden boat, great attention to detail. Size in inches: H 5” x W ...
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1930s British Vintage Folk Art Toys

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Pine

Rare Antique Wooden Child's Ride on Wooden Toy Boat by Nautilus Toy Co. London
Located in Buffalo, NY
Rare antique wooden child's ride on wooden toy boat by Nautilus Toy Co. London wonderful Folk Art object. 1920s ride on toy made by the Nautilus Toy Company, all wood construction, b...
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1920s English Vintage Folk Art Toys

Materials

Metal

Antique German Folk Art Spun Cotton Wool Santa Claus Ornament Doll Figurine
Located in Dayton, OH
Large antique German spun cotton wool Santa Claus Christmas ornament doll with hand painted composition face. Measure: 9".
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Early 20th Century Folk Art Toys

Materials

Ceramic, Wool, Cotton

2 Antique Childhood Dolls in Plexiglass Shadow Boxes
Located in Miami, FL
2 Antique childhood dolls in Plexiglass shadow boxes Offered for sale is a set of two early 20th century antiques childhood dolls that have been mounted in custom matching plexigl...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Toys

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Fabric, Plexiglass

Early 20th Century Scratch-Built Tricycle Model
Located in London, GB
Early 20th century scratch-built tricycle model. A charming example of an English scratch built folk art child’s tricycle model. Constructed from a metal frame, wooden wheels, han...
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1920s British Vintage Folk Art Toys

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Metal

Hunt, Helm, Ferris & Company vintage "The Overland" wagon
Located in West Hollywood, CA
Vintage coaster wagon called The Overland. Made by the Hunt, Helm, Ferris & Company of Harvard, Illinois.
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Toys

Materials

Metal

Early 20th Century Jigger Doll “Norman”
Located in London, GB
Early 20th century Jigger Doll “Norman” We are proud to offer a charming early 20th century hand carved English articulated jigger doll, whom we have lovely names Norman. Norman i...
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1930s British Vintage Folk Art Toys

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Pine

American Pottery Pig Bank, Circa 1880's
Located in Incline Village, NV
American pottery still bank in the shape of a pig, used for saving coins (usually pennies) to encourage children the importance of thrift. Pottery still banks are somewhat scarce sin...
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1880s American Antique Folk Art Toys

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Pottery

Set of 5 Swedish Folk Wooden Dala Horse Toys, circa 1960
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Set of 5 handpainted Swedish wooden traditional Dala horse toy. Designed by Nils Olsson in Sweden, circa 1960. Materials: Wood In original condition, with minor wear consistent wit...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Folk Art Toys

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Wood

19th Century Romanian Polychrome Wooden Rocking Horse
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Charming 19th century Romanian hand carved wooden rocking horse. Featuring a colorful polychrome finish on a base decorated with a floral motif. Strong and stable with a beautiful di...
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19th Century Romanian Antique Folk Art Toys

Materials

Wood, Lacquer

Set of 5 Swedish Folk Wooden Dala Horse Toys, circa 1960
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Set of 5 handpainted Swedish wooden traditional Dala horse toy. Designed by Nils Olsson in Sweden, circa 1960. Materials: Wood In original condition, with minor wear consiste...
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1960s Swedish Vintage Folk Art Toys

Materials

Wood

Englsh 19th Century Folkart Scratch Built Toy Horse and Carriage
Located in London, GB
For sale in this LOT is a very rare survivor of the mid – 19th century in the form of the “The Highway Man” Toy horse and carriage. A wonderful example of folk art craftsmanship, thi...
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Early 1900s British Antique Folk Art Toys

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Metal

Rare Set of Three Redware Pottery Banks PA Folk Art
Located in New York, NY
Set of three, folk art redware apple banks from PA, dating from the early 20th century. 2 banks have their original painted surfaces, while the other is unpainted with a rich patina....
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Toys

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Pottery

Vintage Wooden Hobby Horse Toy, circa 1950
Located in Barcelona, Barcelona
Spanish wooden hobby horse toy. by unknown manufacturer, Spain, circa 1950. In original condition, with minor wear consistent with age and use, preserving a beautiful patina. ...
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1950s Spanish Vintage Folk Art Toys

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Wood

Late 19th Century Flat Bottom Toy Noah's Ark with 37 Animals, German, circa 1890
Located in Incline Village, NV
Offered for sale is a very traditional Folk Art item; a handcrafted Noah's Ark toy with 37 hand-painted and hand-carved animals. The flat bottom ark indicates that it was probably ma...
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1890s German Antique Folk Art Toys

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Wood

19th Century Carved and Painted Wooden Horse
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
19th century carved and painted wooden horse This is a superb piece of Folk Art, superbly carved in wood, the paint is original, it is quite bright if a bit shabby The horse is i...
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Late 19th Century Antique Folk Art Toys

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Wood

Vintage Table-Top Bowling Set
Located in Chicago, IL
A charming early 20th century American table-top bowling set including ten pins, two balls, and ten marker cones. Perfect for those rainy days stuck indoors at the cabin. Measur...
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Early 20th Century American Folk Art Toys

Materials

Maple

19th Century Articulated Automaton Doll
Located in London, GB
19th century articulated automaton doll We are proud to offer a highly collectable and rare example of a late - 19th century English Folk Art, fully articulated hand carved wooden ...
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1880s British Antique Folk Art Toys

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Pine

Antique Primitive Folk Art Mohair Stuffed Monkey Toy Doll Red Hat Scarf
Located in Dayton, OH
Antique early mohair stuffed monkey with tail, dressed in a red cap and scarf. Measure: 8".  
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Late 19th Century Antique Folk Art Toys

Materials

Mohair

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