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rustic stand

Unique Rustic Stands
The legs and stretchers of these stands are white pine saplings that retain their whorled branch nubs, a creative design that we had not previously encountered. Each stand has a two-board pine top with a reddish clear finish, and a single drawer - a rare commodity in rustic stands. Each stand is signed intriguingly on the bottom of the drawer "A Product of The Ark by the Hand of Bacon" and the taller stand is also dated "July 1910."
Dated 1910
Stand 1 (left): 20" w, 20" d, 29.75" h - $945
Stand 2 (right): 22.4" w, 23.25" d, 31" h - $985

What's to love: Drawers are a useful but rare commodity in antique rustic stands, making these ideal for bedside tables.

hickory console

old hickory stool

old hickory side chair

Hickory Console or Desk (with optional Stool or Chair)

The base of this table is hickory poles and it has a two-board oak top and oak apron. Its narrow depth makes it ideal for use as a console with the opening turned inward in a hallway or behind a sofa, or it can be used as a desk, device charging station, telephone table or vanity with the opening facing outward and furnished with a stool or chair. Made by Indiana Willow Products Company, Martinsville, Indiana. The Old Hickory stool has two tiers of hickory pole stretchers and its original rattan cane top, and the Old Hickory chair has a hickory pole frame and its original rattan cane seat and back.
Circa 1945
Table: 36" w, 18" d, 30" h - SOLD
Stool: 18" w, 11" d, 17" h - $295
Chair: 19" w, 22" d, 36" h (18" seat height) - $295

What's to love: The table's spindled base, which is always an attractive feature on hickory furniture.

bird carvings

Songbird Carvings
Three carved and painted birds - a Northern Parula warbler, a Northern Cardinal, and a White-breasted Nuthatch - are mounted on a piece of driftwood that naturally stands upright. The shapes, sizes, and plumage colors of the birds are fairly accurately represented. A paper label identifies the carver as Charles Lane of Bath, NH.
Circa 1950
26" w, 7" d, 8" h

What's to love: The Cardinal is poised on the edge of a basin in the middle of the driftwood, making the whole scene look as though the diverse bird species are gathering at a natural watering hole.


hickory bar stool

Indiana Hickory Bar Stool
This bar stool has a hickory pole frame with three layers of stretchers and a rewoven rattan cane back and seat, all in excellent condition. Made by Indiana Willow Products Company, Martinsville, Indiana.
Circa 1940
16" w, 15" d, 43.5" h (29" seat height)

What's to love: The woven back panel and the middle stretcher which is placed at the right height for a foot rest make this stool a stable perch.


birch frame

Birch Branch Frame
Four small white birch branches are applied to a rectangular wood frame to create this simple rustic frame. There is glass over the opening and a cardboard backing that would need to be removed to replace the original photo for which the frame was probably made.
Circa 1920
6" w, 8.75" h (sight size = 4.5" w, 6.5 h)

What's to love: The branchlet stubs with darker bark at the nodes provide visual accents.


Root base desk chair

Root-base Swivel Chair

Rustic meets Shaker in this handmade desk chair which juxtaposes two graceful wooden forms, one natural and the other handmade. The base is the lower portion of a tree trunk with intact roots, and the chair has a thick two-board seat, spindled back and flat arm rests. The two parts join at a metal swivel joint so that the chair can rotate on the base.
Circa 1920
27" w x 23" d base, 42.5" h (16.5" seat height)

What's to love: We first sold this chair to a pair of prominent folk art dealers 20 years ago for their rustic cottage where it has resided until the owners recently downsized.


Cree snow shoes

Decorated Cree Snow Shoes
These snow shoes have two forms of decoration: the wood frames have a wash of salmon paint, and the areas where the lashings are attached to the frame are covered with multi-color wool tufts. They have the traditional shape of Cree hunter's snow shoes: narrow and elongated with upturned ends that are lashed at the tips.
Circa 1910
11" w, 59" h

What's to love: Native snow shoe shapes evolved to work with the conditions Nature provided.


habitant shelves

Habitant Standing Shelves
This four-shelf unit was made by Habitant Furniture of Bay City, Michigan (see photos for the original catalog page where it was called the "Oscoda Standing Shelves"). Habitant crafted furniture from white cedar harvested in northern Michigan, and produced designs that echoed the substantial, utilitarian furniture made by the region's early American homesteaders.
Circa 1930
25" w, 17.5" d, 50" h

What's to love: As the original Habitant catalog said of these shelves: "Anywhere you put them, they'll always come in handy whether it's bedroom, living room, den, or porch." We would add bathroom to that list as this is perfect for holding towels and toiletries.


salmon carving

Large Salmon Carving
This Atlantic Salmon carving captures the shape and coloration of the species. The oval backboard is painted in blues and greens to evoke a water/horizon/sky landscape.
Circa 1950
48" w, 19" h (40" long fish)

What's to love: The fish is mounted slightly proud of the backboard which gives it a lively, emerging-from-the-water appearance.


rustic frame

Table-top Rustic Frame
We had never seen anything like this easel-stand frame when we first bought and sold it 20 years ago, nor have we seen anything similar since. It is a hinged frame that when closed serves as a table-top root burl sculpture. The front door opens (and stays open, if desired) to reveal a triangular inner frame of intertwined twigs between which a photo can be inserted. It still contains the risqué French photo postcard that was in it when we first found it.
Circa 1890
13" w, 9" d, 11" h

What's to love: The folk art dealers/rustic collectors who owned this frame applied their trained eye for unusual art forms to their choice of unique rustic accessories.


lodge sign

Lodge Sign
This sign features a small painting of a black bear in a woods clearing, and distinctive log-look maroon lettering. It is painted on a clear-finish pine board shaped with jagged ends. It is signed in the lower left by a professional sign painter.
Circa 1960
56.5" w, 7.25" h

What's to love: It is unusual to find a vintage sign combining three strong attributes: great lettering, pictorial appeal, and a widely applicable name.


old hickory bench

Old Hickory Bench
This sturdy bench has thick crossed hickory pole legs braced with two thinner hickory pole stretchers. The top comprises three hard pine boards attached to a pine frame which is stamped on the underside "Old Hickory Martinsville, Indiana."
72" w, 11" d, 18" h
Circa 1945

What's to love: This bench can come in handy as seating in a hallway, pulled up to a dining table, or under a window to hold plants, books and decorative objects.


guide boat paddle

Adirondack Guideboat Paddle
This paddle's round grip, tapered shaft and long blade are three characteristic features of Adirondack guideboat paddles. This paddle was well-used as evidenced by the chip in the blade tip, but retains its dark old surface finish.
Circa 1900
5.25" w, 60.75" h

What's to love: Traditional guideboat paddles have always been finely crafted even though used only supplementarily for quiet maneuvering in lieu of rowing with oars.


false face masks

Miniature False Face Masks
These small masks are models of full-size wooden masks worn by participants in Iroquois False Face Society rituals. They are painted in the traditional black and red color scheme and have attached horsehair. These would have been carved by an Iroquois craftsman to sell as souvenirs to non-Natives.
Circa 1930
1.25" w, 2" h (4" h to end of ponytails)

What's to love: The dramatic facial expressions are emotionally evocative.

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