Antique and Collectible Folk Art Identification and Value Guide

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    Peter Brubaker Carved Horses

    Folk Art Horses by Peter Brubaker
    Folk Art Horses by Peter Brubaker. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Values for Vintage and Antique Folk Art

    From decorative accessories to toys, folk art takes many shapes and forms. These antiques and collectibles were generally handmade by untrained artists in the classical sense, although techniques like whittling or carving used may have been passed on from generation to generation. Many times the origin is unknown, but these pieces tend to reflect the culture of the region where they were produced. This is one area of collecting where beauty and...MORE craftsmanship are subjective, and values can vary widely.

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    Folk Art Dolls Spotted in Warrenton, Texas

    Carved wooden horses by Peter Brubaker (1816 - 1898). Sold with letter providing provenance that the horses have been in the Ebling family for five generations. Minor age chips and cracks otherwise excellent.

    Selling Price: $21,600 (Morphy Auctions - 2/12)

    Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium. 

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    Carved Wooden Birds on Tree

    Wooden Folk Art Birds in Tree
    Wooden Folk Art Birds in Tree. - Morphy Auctions

    Unsigned carved wooden folk art tree with 12 birds all intact but cat at bottom is missing one of his ears. Condition: excellent overall. Size 20" tall.

    Selling Price: $230 (Morphy Auctions - 1.11)

    Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium. 

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    Folk Art Civil War Soldier Doll Made from a Brush

    Ca. 1860 Folk Art Civil War Soldier Made from a Brush. - Morphy Auctions

    Doll head and torso made from wooden brush. Hand-painted face. Right arm made from wooden spoon, left arm missing. Condition: very good. Size: 20" tall.

    Selling Price: $230 (Morphy Auctions - 5/08)

    Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium. 

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    Wooden Elephant Pull Toy

    Ca. 1927 Folk Art Wooden Elephant Pull Toy. - Morphy Auctions

    Wooden elephant with dimensional ears, hooda with art deco design and bone tusks. Mark on bottom: BF 12/15/27. Condition: very good. Size: 21" W x 16" tall.

    Selling price: $460 (Morphy Auctions - 10/08)

    Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium. 

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    Wooden Birds on Tree

    Folk Art Wooden Birds on Tree. - Morphy Auctions

    Vividly colored wooden folk art birds on tree. Condition: excellent. Size: 26" tall.

    Selling price: $345 (Morphy Auctions - 12/08)

    Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium. 

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    Black Americana Balancing Toy

    Black Americana Folk Art Balancing Toy. - Morphy Auctions

    Made of wood. Depicts African American figure holding a balancing beam on pedestal with multicolored paint. Condition: very good to excellent. Size: 10".

    Selling price: $143.75 (Morphy Auctions - 5/08)

    Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium. 

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    Folk Art Cloth Doll

    Ca. 1900 Folk Art Cloth Doll. - Morphy Auctions

    Cloth doll with oil painted life-like features. Wearing original handmade clothes. Condition: very good. Size: 22" tall.

    Selling price: $1,150 (Morphy Auctions - 10/08)

    Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium. 

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    Folk Art Model of Log Cabin

    Ca. late 1800s to early 1900s Folk Art Model of Log Cabin. - Morphy Auctions

    Includes eight figures of men, one child, a pig, a dog, and birds. Loss to shingles and minor losses to carved figures. Size: 19" x 21 - 1/2"

    Selling price: $805 (Morphy Auctions - 11/08)

    Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium. 

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    Folk Art Carved Victorian Mirror

    Folk Art Carved Victorian Mirror. - Morphy Auctions

    Ornate Victorian handpainted folk art mirror. Condition: excellent. Size: 45" x 32".

    Selling price: $345 (Morphy Auctions - 12/08)

    Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium. 

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    Folk Art Teddy Roosevelt Ship

    Folk Art Teddy Roosevelt Ship. - Morphy Auctions

    One of the White Fleet ships Teddy Roosevelt sailed around the world after the Spanish American War. Glass case included. Excellent condition. Size: 25" x 39".

    Selling price: $1,265 (Morphy Auctions - 12/08)

    Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium. 

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    Child's Primitive Folk Art Sled

    Ca. 1900 Child's Primitive Folk Art Sled. - Morphy Auctions

    Painted scene reminescent of early 1900s postcard art. All original with unreadable paper label. Condition: very good to excellent. Size: 36" long.

    Selling price: $1,150 (Morphy Auctions - 5/08)

    Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium. 

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    Wooden Folk Art Open Wagon by Baine

    Wooden Open Wagon by Baine
    Wooden Open Wagon by Baine. - Photo Courtesy of Morphy Auctions

    Open wagon with three people and two horses. Marked "Baine" on the wooden platform. Nice detail. Condition: Very good to excellent. Size: 26" long.

    Selling Price: $540 (Morphy Auctions - 6/12)

    Note: Selling price does not include buyer's premium.