Large Civil War era Antique Folk Art Whirligig Sculpture According to the seller?
"My grandfather lived near Louisville, Kentucky. In 1971 he was visiting a neighbors residence when they were tearing down an old barn that was built around 1890. When they pried up the floorboards, this whirligig was found under the floor. The family who owned the barn said they thought it was possibly used during the civil war. They said troops would build these and put them up around land where the troops were to make it seem like there were more soldiers in the area than there really were. Whether the story is true, who knows."
Regardless, this is one old and gigantic whirligig. The body (a log once) is over 30 inches. With the considerable wear, it makes me wonder about the "19th century" whirligigs and how long they stayed outside. The figure here has virtually no paint left, several staples around the lips which likely held a moustache...and of course one paddle entirely gone.
Collection Jim Linderman
Folk art handmade corsage. Defense postal savings stamps were issued in 1941 featuring the statue of "Minuteman" by David French which stands in Concord, MA. The ten cent stamps were redeemable for War Bonds issued by the Treasury. This handmade corsage is made of nine stamps (each ten cents) with red, white and blue leaves cut from paper and string stamens. Originally, corsages were thought to ward off evil. These did…they raised funds to fight Hitler.
World War Two Postal Stamp Handmade corsage. Circa 1941. Collection Jim Linderman
A Pair of early 20th C. (circa 1920) painted by hand folk art signs advertising F. E. Slater's store. The signs were preserved by being used as shelves in a cupboard for nearly 100 years. Four pieces, total size of the two signs is 42" x 24". They were likely topped with "distance indicators" before being placed near the road.
Western Michigan origin. Collection Jim Linderman
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Old Folk Art KING KONG IN CHAINS Carving Sculpture Circa 1935. The stop motion model seems to have stopped for good...but I've yet to see much better in the films generated by computers these days. Kong was a huge film and inspired an anonymous carver to lock him up for good. Collection Jim Linderman