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Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

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
Very Long Racing Scull or Oar from Eton College Windsor
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Very Long Racing Scull or Oar from Eton College Windsor This is a fine quality extra long oar from Eton College, the spoon or blade has blue chevrons painted on it and the long a...
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Early 20th Century Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

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Ash

Vintage Mechanical Hand-Painted Wind-Up Duck on Bike
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage style mechanical tin metal wind-up duck on bike. In good working order This vintage style wind-up toy is made of beautify printed tin. Use the key to wind up the colorfully...
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Early 20th Century Chinese Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

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Metal

The Kentucky Derby: Run for the Roses Book by Bill Doolittle Hardcover Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
The Kentucky Derby: Run for the Roses by Bill Doolittle Time-Life Books, 1998 - Sports & Recreation - 180 pages. Written by Kentucky native son and sportswriter Bill Doolittle, The...
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20th Century American Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

The Forties As Reported By The New York Times
Located in North Hollywood, CA
The Forties: As Reported By The New York Times By Keylin, Arleen; Cohen, Jonathan. Title The Forties: As Reported by the New York Times Author Keylin, Arleen; Cohen, Jonathan Fo...
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20th Century American Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

L' Art Calligraphique De L'Islam by Khatibi, Abdelkébir Sijelmass Hardcover Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
L'art calligraphique de l'Islam hardcover art book. Calligraphy Art in Islam, French edition. French Edition by Abdelkebir Khatibi. Large wonderful book about calligraphy in Islam...
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20th Century Moroccan Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Two Deer Antler Mount Trophy on Black Forest Carved Wood Plaque from Austria
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A set of two vintage Black Forest deer antler trophies on hand carved, Black Forest wooden plaques. I think they are from the 1960s or older. Tallest is approximate 15.75" high, 7.5"...
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1960s Austrian Vintage Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

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Antler, Wood

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 Collectibles and Curiosities

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Tin

English Mid-20th Century Nautical Table Lamp
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Vintage nautical ships telegraph table lamp The ships telegraph is mounted as a lamp, on a mahogany, brass and painted iron base.     
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Early 20th Century English Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

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Brass, Iron

Antique French Marionette
Located in Houston, TX
We found this wonderful 19th century French marionette in Rouen France. The puppet, and its art form, have been a mainstay of French cultural life for hundreds of years and is integr...
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Mid-19th Century French Antique Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

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Fabric, Wood

Large Danish 19th Century Drum
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Large original painted 19th century drum with one original stick.
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19th Century Danish Antique Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Wood

Late 19th century Lifesized Religious Angel Saint Statues
Located in Santa Monica, CA
Great pair of lifesize religious angel statues. Very nice facial expressions. Found in the southwestern US. Priced for the pair. Please note that one halo will attach loosely. The 2n...
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19th Century Antique Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Plaster

Vintage Instructional Mushroom Model
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage instructional mushroom model from an art school in France. Entire set pictured together in last three images.
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1940s French Vintage Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Concrete

Folk Art Naïve Oil on Board Painting of the Titanic, circa 1922
Located in London, GB
We are proud to offer a circa 1922 Folk Art naïve oil on board painting of the Titanic. Painting on an original Rowntree’s shipping carton. This painting on the Titanic shows 2 ships...
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1920s British Vintage Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Itchiku Tsujigahana: Homage to Nature, Landscape Kimonos by Itchiku Kubota Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Itchiku Tsujigahana: Homage to Nature, Landscape Kimonos by Itchiku Kubota. Itchiku Kubota was a Japanese textile artist. He was most famous for reviving and in part reinventing an ...
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20th Century Japanese Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Treasures of Israel Museum, Jerusalem Museum Art Gallery Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Treasures of The Israel Museum Jerusalem Photos by Pierre-Alain Ferrazzini By Caroline Joseph S. Gruss Pierre Israel Museum, 1985 Hardcover. Title Treasures of Israel Museum, Je...
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20th Century Israeli Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Vintage Mechanical Wind Up Tin Toy Motorcycle 1970' Collectible Toy
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Vintage mechanical hand-painted wind up tin toy motorcycle 1970's . Vintage motorbike mechanical toy in good working order with the original paint, Wind up tin toy motorcycle mecha...
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Late 20th Century Taiwanese Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

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Metal

Champagne Bottle Cigar Holder Pairpoint Manufacturing.Co. Part of a Large Collec
Located in Stamford, CT
A silver plated, American 1920s, cigar holder in the shape of a Champagne bottle. Well patinated silver plate. Very Gatsby-esque! Wonderful detail to the top, with an engraved toba...
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1920s Unknown Vintage Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

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Silver Plate

Three Chamois Antler Mount Trophy on Black Forest Carved Wood Plaque Austria
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A set of three antique Austrian Alps Chamois antler trophies on hand carved, Black Forest wooden plaques. I think they are from the 1890s or older. Tallest is approximate 10" high, 6...
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1890s Austrian Antique Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

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Antler, Wood

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 Collectibles and Curiosities

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Tin

Anselm Kiefer Collectible Art Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Title: Anselm Kiefer (Venezia Contemporaneo) Publisher: Brand: Charta Publication Date: 1997 Binding: Soft cover An excellent overview of Anselm Kiefer_s long career. Over the pa...
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20th Century Italian Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

Lewis Carroll Observed Hardcover Book
By Lewis Carroll
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Lewis Carroll Observed A Collection of Unpublished Photographs, Drawings, Poetry and New Essays. GUILIANO, Edward edited by Published by Clarkson N. Potter, New York, 1976 An anth...
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20th Century American Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

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Paper

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 Collectibles and Curiosities

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Tin

Rare 1940's /50's New York Times Newspaper Display Cart, News Stand
Located in Buffalo, NY
Rare 1940's /50's New York Times Newspaper display cart, news stand, You would be hard pressed to find another!. Newspaper industrial rolling cart with famed New York Times logo, mos...
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1940s American Vintage Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

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Metal, Steel

Vintage Instructional Mushroom Model
Located in Houston, TX
Vintage instructional mushroom model from an art school in France. Entire set pictured together in last three images.
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1940s French Vintage Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Concrete

Cute Pink Pig Porcelain Cigar Ashtray, Antique, German, 1910s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Gorgeous vintage cigarette or cigar ashtray. A beautiful decorative item, with nice patina, probably missing something at the eye and also has a small chip at the rim (please see det...
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1910s German Vintage Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

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Metal

Very Rare Huge Glass Brandy/Rum Navy Grog Jar, Royal Appointment to the King
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Very rare huge glass brandy/rum navy grog jar, Royal appointment to the King This is a huge glass navy grog jar, on the front there is the Royal appointment to the House of Wind...
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1930s English Vintage Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

Three Beautiful Glass Bird Christmas Tree Clip-On Ornament, Vintage German 1960s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A rare vintage clip-on bird ornament collection. These ornaments, were made from ultra-thin hand blown glass, would be a great vintage addition for your Christmas, feather tree or si...
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1950s German Vintage Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

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Mercury Glass

Greece History and Treasures of an Ancient Civilization Hardcover Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Greece-History and Treasures of an Ancient Civilization hardcover – January 1, 2007. By Stephano Maggi The book introduces the classic series - ""HISTORY AND TREASURES OF AN ANCIEN...
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20th Century Greek Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Paper

British Sailor's Woolwork Picture of H.M.S. Bombay on Fire, 'December 22, 1864'
Located in Downingtown, PA
British Sailor's Woolwork picture of H.M.S. Bombay on Fire, (December 22, 1864), circa 1865 The woolie depicts H.M.S. Bombay, a Canopus-class ship of the line, on fire with many ...
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1860s English Antique Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Wool

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 Collectibles and Curiosities

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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 Collectibles and Curiosities

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Pine

Jim Rose Barn House Structure, Welded Steel Object Made with Salvaged Steel
Located in Chicago, IL
This is a welded steel sculpture made by furniture creator Jim Rose. It is sustainable design created from salvaged and recycled steel panels left over from his larger projects. Thes...
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2010s American Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

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Steel

Three Piece Child's Circus Train Toys
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Vintage three piece child's circus train toys featuring a lion, a monkey riding a dog, and a rabbit crafted in metal and hand painted, riding on wooden cars in a simple time and plac...
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20th Century American Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

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Metal

Treasures of the Nile: Art of the Temples and Tombs of Egypt Hardcover Book
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Treasures Of The Nile: Art Of The Temples And Tombs Of Egypt This book is crammed with Egyptian art, and excavation photographs, as well as text. Fascinating, more than a guide th...
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20th Century French Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Paper

Large Mahogany Antique Boat Model
Located in Palm Beach, FL
Inspired model of a boat or skiff expertly crafted in mahogany, probably by a boat builder, having a graceful form and has acquired a well earned patina only time can give.
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19th Century English Antique Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

Large Folky Handmade Caboose-Form Toy Box
Located in New York, NY
Charming handmade toy storage box. The roof opens to revel space for toy, or whatever you'd like to store. Minor wood elements missing ( one step platform ).
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1950s American Vintage Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

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Plywood

Antique Large Oakwood Model Sailboat Ship Boat on Base Stand
Located in Philadelphia, PA
Antique large oakwood model sailboat ship boat on base stand, circa early to mid-20th century. Measurements: On stand: 26" H x 35" W x 9.75" D. Ship: 24" H x 31" W x 6.5" D.
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Mid-20th Century North American Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Oak, Pine

Antique Austrian Vienna Bronze Pheasant Cigar Cutter, 1890s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
A beautiful cigar cutter. Some wear with a nice patina, but this is old-age. Made of bronze and metal. A beautiful nice collectible item or just a display item in your humidor.
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1890s Austrian Antique Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Metal, Bronze

19th Century Spanish American Folk Art Madonna Painting, Mater Dolorosa
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
Our Lady of Sorrows (Latin: Matter Dolorosa), Spanish American oil on canvas painting of the Madonna. 19th century religious folk art painting of the Virgin Mary which was most likel...
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19th Century American Antique Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Canvas

Midcentury Era Folk Art Made Collection of Miniature Antique Farm Implements
Located in Hamilton, Ontario
This framed collection of over two dozen handcrafted miniature antique farm implements are all unsigned, but presumed to have been made in Canada in circa 1969 in a Folk Art style. T...
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Mid-20th Century Canadian Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Leather, Softwood

18th Century Set of Two Spanish Hand Forged Iron Church Candleholders
Located in Frankfurt am Main, DE
Set of two heavy, hand forged iron church candleholders, Spain, late 18th century. Measures: Highest candleholder 9.50 in high / 5.50 in with (24 cm x 14 cm) Lowest candleholder 7...
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Late 18th Century Spanish Antique Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Iron

Vintage Carved Wooden Bass Sculpture
Located in Los Angeles, CA
Wonderful piece of Folk Art! Back of body is carved out of one piece of wood. Old mariachi band bass, with a unique, sculptural shape. We have never seen one like this before!
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Early 20th Century Guatemalan Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

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 Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

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 Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

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 Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Wood

Victorian Marble Solitaire Game with Walnut Board and 33 Handmade Marbles
Located in Lincoln, Lincolnshire
This is a complete marble solitaire game, having a very good hardwood board and a complete set of 33 clay or stone handmade marbles, all dating to the 19th century Victorian period, ...
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Mid-19th Century English Antique Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Stone

Vintage Mexican Hand Tooled Leather Game Case Playing Poker
Located in North Hollywood, CA
Mexican hand tooled embossed leather case with leather cup. 5- Four sided Dice. 2-Decks of cards. 28 black, red and white dominoes with metal pin in center to avoid scratches when pl...
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Mid-20th Century Mexican Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Leather

19th Century Unique Folk Art Guernsey Shell Diorama Display
Located in London, GB
19th century unique Folk Art Guernsey shell diorama display We are proud to offer a unique folk-art hand-crafted example of a seashell diorama. Displayed in a hand carved wooden fr...
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1880s British Antique Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Natural Fiber

Antique Asian Bronze Toy Camel on Wheels
Located in North Hollywood, CA
A scene from Ramakian or Ramayan, the Indian epic Rama and Sita. Antique Indian Temple Toys: India brass horse, bronze camel on wheels. Camel with rider on wheels, beautiful metal ...
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Late 19th Century Indian Antique Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Bronze

Mercury Glass Six Bird Christmas Tree Clip-On Ornament, Vintage German, 1970s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
Six rare vintage clip-on bird ornaments. Tallest measures approximate 2" high and 5 3/4" in length, smallest is approximate 2" high and 4 1/8" in length. These ornaments, were made f...
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1970s German Vintage Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Mercury Glass

"Blower Bentley" Sculpture by Paul Jacobsen
Located in Wiscasset, ME
Constructed of wood, paint and some metal mixed media. Paul Jacobsen used everyday objects, such as chairs, cars, airplanes, trains, motorcycles and puzzles, all built from scrat...
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2010s North American Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Wood, Paint

Original Mexican Retablo "Exvotos" Oil on Tin
Located in Mexico City, CDMX
We offer this original Mexican ex voto, due to the effects of time, the writing has been erased.
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1930s Mexican Vintage Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Metal

Pair of Original Antique Marine Prints, Dated 1824
Located in St Annes, Lancashire
Great pair of marine prints Steel engravings by W.H Lizars Published Constable, Edinburgh. Dated 1824 Unframed The measurement give below is for one print.   
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1820s English Antique Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Paper

Monumental and Unusual Folk Art Stage Coach Figure and Horses, 1927
Located in Buffalo, NY
Monumental and unusual Folk Art stage coach figure and horses, 1927. All hand executed, amazing detail, working lamps, velvet interior on coach.
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1920s American Vintage Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Leather, Velvet, Plaster

Midcentury Masai Shield, Kenya/Tanzania
Located in Schagen, NL
Masai Shield hand painted with pigments on (Cow)hide. This stunning elliptical graphic shield was probably owned by a warrior herder as younger warriors were only permitted to have b...
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Mid-20th Century Kenyan Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Hide, 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 Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Iron

Antique German Christmas Scene Doll in Sleight Music Box, 1900s
Located in Nuernberg, DE
This beautiful Bisque Head doll, with a smaller baby doll, is seated in a metal sled. The doll has brown glass eyes, blonde hair and teeth. The coat is made of pressed cotton. The sl...
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Early 20th Century German Folk Art Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Metal

"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 Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Iron

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