Folk Tales: 1st Dibs is Showcasing Folk Art Treasures and Everything is For Sale

NEW YORK—1st Dibs, purveyor of fine antiques, and mid-century modern and vintage furniture, is showcasing 19th and early 20th century treasures and Americana.

“Folk Tales: Bringing Folk Art Home,” features gems with historic and aesthetic appeal from five dealers—Just Folk of Summerland, Calif., Judith and James Milne of New York City, Jeff R. Bridgman American Antiques of York County, Pa., Ames Gallery of Berkeley, Calif., and A Bird in Hand of Florham Park, N.J.

“Folk Tales” is on exhibit from Jan. 25 to Feb. 25, 2012.

All photos by Arts Obsever


“Wooden Horse Head Frame,” circa 1880 (applied wood pieces, metal inserts for eyes, oil cloth nostrils, sheet metal and iron neck).


“Cow Weathervane,” circa 1880 (metal) from an estate in Rhinebeck, N.Y.


“Double-sided Clown Head,” (cast iron) labeled Game Time Michigan. These carnival heads were used both for bean bag toss games and garbage can covers at midwestern carnivals.


“Marionettes,” late 19th or early 20th century (carved pine, wire and metal with leather remnants).


“License Plate Basket,” circa 1930 (old metal license plates, bent, cut and wired together to form bottom and sides of basket, with wood handle attached).


“Lifeguard Training Figure (female),” circa 1920-25 (wood, metal, polychrome), made in the Eastern Chesapeake Bay.


The figures were used in lifeguard training procedures.


“Lifeguard Training Figure (male),” circa 1920-25 (wood, metal, polychrome).


“Armored Carousel Horse,” circa early 20th century, probably mid-teens (carved and painted wood, embellished with jewels) made by C.W. Parker in Leavenworth, Kan.


“Young Man Carrying a Barrel, Probably of Rum,” trade sign (carved wood) likely used at an inn or for a provisions store. In background, “Large Shield (with 45 Stars),” circa 1895 (tin).

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