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Yngve Edward Soderberg Etching, Black Male Sleeping, Framed and MattedVisual Arts are art forms such as ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, design, crafts, photography, video, film making, literature, and architecture. Many artistic disciplines (performing arts, conceptual art, textile arts) involve aspects of the visual arts as well as arts of other types.

Woman Walking Her Three Ducks, Hand Carved.
Folk Art, artistic works, as paintings, sculpture, basketry, and utensils, produced typically in cultural isolation by untrained often anonymous artists or by artisans of varying degrees of skill and marked by such attributes as highly decorative design, bright bold colours, flattened perspective, strong forms in simple.

Zapotec Woven Rug Geometric Patterns and Neutral Dyes Southern Mexico
A Textile or cloth is a flexible material consisting of a network of natural or artificial fibres (yarn or thread). The yarn is produced by spinning raw fibres of wool, flax, cotton, or other material to produce long strands. Textiles are formed by weaving, knitting, crocheting, knotting, or felting.

Norton World's Best Road Holder, Advertising Metal Sign, Repro.
A Sign, a piece of paper, wood, etc., with words or pictures on it that give information about something such as an action or event or movement that you use to express a thought.


B.S.A. Motor Bicycles Poster, Framed, 1960's.
A Poster, is any piece of printed paper designed to be attached to a wall or vertical surface. Typically posters include both textual and graphic elements, although a poster may be either wholly graphical or wholly text. Posters are designed to be both eye-catching and informative.

Hard Cover, "The Comic Blackstone" By Gilbert Abbott A' Beckett.

A Book is a set of written, printed, illustrated, or blank sheets, made of ink, paper, parchment, or other materials, fastened together to hinge at one side. A single sheet within a book is a leaf, and each side of a leaf is a page.


Bookends, a Pair, Wooden, Depicting Water Oxen.

Bookends, Common in libraries, bookstores, and homes, the bookend is an object tall, sturdy, and heavy enough, when placed at either end of a row of upright books, to support or buttress them.


A Document is a record or the capturing of some event or thing so that the information will not be lost. Usually, a document is written, but a document can also be made with pictures and sound. A document usually adheres to some convention based on similar or previous documents or specified requirements. Examples of documents are sales invoices, wills and deeds, newspaper issues, individual newspaper stories, oral history recordings, executive orders, and product specifications.

A Document is a record or the capturing of some event or thing so that the information will not be lost. Usually, a document is written, but a document can also be made with pictures and sound. A document usually adheres to some convention based on similar or previous documents or specified requirements. Examples of documents are sales invoices, wills and deeds, newspaper issues, individual newspaper stories, oral history recordings, executive orders, and product specifications.


Scyphocrinites Crinoid Fossil (420 million years old), Well Preserved.

Fossils, the evidence in a rock of the presence of a plant or an animal from an earlier geological period. Fossils are formed when minerals in groundwater replace materials in bones and tissue, creating a replica in stone of the original organism or of their tracks.

Group Of Elephants, Playing In The Jungle, Hand Carved Bone.

Bone carving encompasses the acts of creating art, tools, and other goods by carving animal bones, antlers, and horns. It can result in the ornamentation of a bone or the creation of a distinct object.


Phoenix Bird, Hand Carved From Natural Hetian Jade, Chinese.

Jade, is one of two gemstones, Nephrite or Jadeite, An endless variety of gems, vessels, incense burners, beads, burial items, and statues have been wondrously carved from Jade.


Chinese Woman Leaning On a Flower Stand Soapstone Hand Carved Chinese

Stone Carving is an activity where pieces of rough natural stone are shaped by the controlled removal of stone. Owing to the permanence of the material, stonework has survived which was created during our prehistory.


African Chokwe Ceremonial Wood Mask 19th - 20th Century.

Wood Carving, the art of creating or decorating objects of wood by carving with a sharp handheld tool.


Griffin Candlestick Holders a Set, Brass Mid-Century, Gothic Monsters

A Candlestick Holder, chamber stick, or candelabrum (plural: candelabra) is a device used to hold a candle in place.


Dietz No 2 D-Lite Kerosene Railroad Lamp.

A Lamp, device for giving light, either one consisting of an electric bulb together with its holder and shade or cover, or one burning gas or liquid fuel and consisting of a wick or mantle and glass shade.


Gibson Cruet XV, Tear Drop Style, Vaseline Crackled Glass, 1999.

Glassware, a hard, brittle substance, typically transparent or translucent, made by fusing sand with soda, lime, and sometimes other ingredients and cooling rapidly. It is used to make windows, drinking containers, and other articles.


Art Deco, Porcelain, Woman, Roaring 20's.Pottery Pot Etched Stylized Shapes, Kokopelli Figures Gloria Hernandez

Ceramics, Pottery, pots, dishes, and other articles made of earthenware or baked clay. Pottery can be broadly divided into earthenware, porcelain, and stoneware.


Fountain-Nymphaeum, Bronze Male Figure and Gargoyle, Pompeii Italy.Cast Iron Sculpture, Three Fish Swimming Through a Group of Java Ferns

A Bronze, yellow or brown alloy of copper and tin, sometimes with small amounts of other metals such as lead or zinc. Bronze is harder than brass and is used both in the industry and in art an alloy of copper and certain metals other than tin, such as aluminium.

Cast Iron, is a group of iron-carbon alloys with a carbon content greater than 2%. Its usefulness derives from its relatively low melting temperature.


Cut Plug Tobacco Tin Lunch Box with Handle, George Washington, 1910.GWD Gas Fuel Canister Safety Can 1 Self Closing Spout 1 Quart Chicago.

A tin is a tinplate container. Tinplate metal is primarily steel with a very thin tin coating. Tin-free steel is also used. In some cultures, these boxes or cans are referred to as "tin boxes" or sometimes even "tins". Many “tin boxes” have hinged or removable lids or covers.

A Canister, container with a lid that is used for keeping dry products, a plastic or metal container that is used for keeping a roll of film, a metal case that contains gas or chemical substances and that bursts when it is fired from a gun.


Holton Collegiate Flute, By Frank Holton & Co Elkhorn Wisconsin, U.S.A

An Instrument, created or adapted to make musical sounds? In principle, any object that produces sound can be a musical instrument, it is through purpose that the object becomes a musical instrument.


Silvertone Portable Phonograph Player, 78 rpm, Hand Cranked.The 1962 Recording Of The Beatles Live, The Star-Club, Hamburg Germany

The phonograph is a device for the mechanical recording and reproduction of sound. In its later forms, it is also called a gramophone or, since the 1940s, a record player.

In the mid-2000s, gradually, records made of any material began to be called vinyl records, or simply vinyl. The phonograph disc record was the primary medium used for music reproduction throughout the 20th century.


Proxima Desktop LCD Projector Model DP5800 with Case and Remote.Eastman Kodak Brownie Flash 6-20 Camera, USA Made In The 40s.

Electronics, devices (such as televisions, radios, and computers) that operate using many small electrical parts, the technology associated with or employing low voltage-current and solid-state integrated circuits or components.

A camera is an optical instrument used to record images. At their most basic, cameras are sealed boxes with a small hole that let light in to capture an image on a light-sensitive surface. Cameras have various mechanisms to control how the light falls onto the light-sensitive surface.


Mickey Mantle Signed Framed Photograph.President Lincoln Token, Uncirculated, 16th President U.S.A 1861-1865.

Memorabilia, objects kept or collected because of their historical interest, especially those associated with memorable people or events.

Souvenirs, something that is kept as a reminder of a place you have visited, an event you have been to, etc.


Tin Toy, Convertible Vehicle, Male Driver Wearing a Cap and Goggles.Double Decker French Trolley Car, Cast Iron and Wood.

Toy, an object for a child to play with, typically a model or miniature replica of something.

A Model, three-dimensional representation of a person or thing or of a proposed structure, typically on a smaller scale than the original.


A&W Root Beer Bear Mascot Bank, Holding a Burger and Mug, Cast Iron.

Piggybank, (sometimes penny bank or money box) Is the traditional name of a coin container normally used by children. The piggy bank is known to collectors as a "still bank" as opposed to the "mechanical banks" popular in the early 20th century.


Michael Jackson Promotional Tour Button 1980's, King Of Pop, Authentic

A Button, a small usually round piece of plastic, glass, metal, etc., that is sewn to a piece of clothing and is pushed through a loop or hole to fasten one part of the clothing to another part. A small, usually round sign that has a picture or words on the front and a pin on the back.


Brotherhood Of Railroad Trainmen, 15 Years Member, Lapel Pin.

A Pin, a small slender often pointed piece of wood, metal, etc., used to fasten, support, or attach things. ... a badge having a pointed bar or pin attached, by which it is fastened to the clothing, a fraternity pin.


40th Olympics, Film Makers Badge, Berlin Germany, Enameled, 1936.

A Badge, is a device or accessory, often containing the insignia of an organization, which is presented or displayed to indicate some feat of service, a special accomplishment, a symbol of authority granted by taking an oath (e.g., police and fire), a sign of legitimate employment or student status, rank or membership or affiliation etc.

 Georgia State Sanitarium Padlock With Keys, Cast Iron, Opened In 1842.

Lock, a device for securing a door, gate, lid, drawer, or the like in position when closed, consisting of a bolt or system of bolts propelled and withdrawn by a mechanism operated by a key, dial, etc. A contrivance for fastening or securing something.

Key, a small piece of shaped metal with incisions cut to fit the wards of a particular lock and that is inserted into a lock and turned to open or close it.


Hunting Knife, Large Etched Blade, Cut Out Howling Wolf Grip.

Knives, usually a sharp blade attached to a handle that is used for cutting or as a weapon.


Carpentry Block Plane.

A tool is used for a specific purpose. A tool can be a physical object such as mechanical tool including saws and hammers etc.


Sensible String Holder, Cast Iron, Patent July 18, 1899.

Hardware is equipment that can be touched or held by a hand such as keys, locks, nuts, screws, washers, hinges, latches, handles, wire, chains, belts, plumbing supplies, electrical supplies, tools, utensils, cutlery and machine parts and more.


Early 20th Century Japanese Detailed Ceramic Kutani Tea Set.

Kitchenware, the utensils used in a kitchen, such as utensils, appliances, dishes, cookware, and so on.


The Franklin Mint Pewter Figurine The Muffin Man 1976.

Pewter, any of numerous silver-grey alloys of tin with various amounts of antimony, copper, and sometimes lead, used widely for fine kitchen utensils and tableware.


Mini Crescent Salesman Sample Cook Stove with Mini Cast Iron Cookware.

Salesman Sample, generally, a highly accurate working miniature of an item too large or heavy to be easily transported by a travelling salesman.


Prop Replica 1849 Pocket Old West Revolver, Fine Action.

Firearms, a rifle, pistol, or another portable gun.


Mdo Art Fab De Toledo 1870 Spanish Sword.

Historical Militaria is an important and tangible remnant of the past, which helps people to remember that these events actually occurred. Helping to preserve these items for future viewing is a vital contribution to the study of history.

Military Badge, are decorations issued by a department of the army to soldiers who achieve a variety of qualifications and accomplishments while serving on active and reserve duty in the armed forces (such as the army, navy, marines, and air force), or relating to the army.


Holly Brooks Straight Razor, Carved Ivory Handle Made in Germany.

A Straight Razor is a razor with a blade that can fold into its handle. They are also called open razors and cut-throat razors.


Elgin American Lighter Cigarette Case, Engraved Name Lowell.Cigarette Case, Art Deco 1921.

A Lighter is a portable device used to create a flame and to ignite a variety of combustible.

A Cigarette Case, (sometimes called a cigarette tin) Is a sturdy container used to store small numbers of cigarettes and prevent them from being crushed. A typical cigarette case is a flat box (commonly made of metal) that opens symmetrically into two halves.


1828-A 5 Centimes Bronze Coin Charles X King Of France Minted In Paris

Currency, is a generally accepted form of money, including coins and paper notes, which is issued by a government and circulated within an economy. Used as a medium of exchange for goods and services, the currency is the basis for trade.

 Swiss 20 Franc Helvetia Gold 1949 'B', BU Brilliant Uncirculated.

Gold, a yellow precious metal, the chemical element of atomic number 79, valued especially for use in jewellery and decoration, and to guarantee the value of currencies.


1782 1 Reales Spanish Silver Coin King Charles III Minted Mexico City.

Silver, a precious shiny greyish-white metal, the chemical element of atomic number 47, valued especially for use in jewellery and decoration.


Gold Clad Bar, Russian Made .999.

Clad, has multiple layers of metal in it, most current U.S. clad coins consist of an inner core of copper, with outer layers of a silver-coloured nickel-copper alloy.


Pink Quartz Crystal Ore.Pink Quartz Crystal Ore.

Gems, a precious or semiprecious stone, especially one cut, polished, and used in a piece of jewellery.

Crystals are solids that form a regularly repeated pattern of molecules connecting together. In some solids, the arrangements of the building blocks (atoms and molecules) can be random or very different throughout the material.


Gold Plated Bracelet, Group of Light Green Peridot Coloured Gemstones

Jewellery consists of small decorative items worn for personal adornments, such as brooches, rings, necklaces, earrings, and bracelets. Jewellery may be attached to the body or the clothes, and the term is restricted to durable ornaments, excluding flowers for example.


German Made 'Staiger' Mini Desktop Clock.12k Gold Filled Gruen Men's Dress Watch.

A Clock, a mechanical or electrical device for measuring time, indicating hours, minutes, and sometimes seconds, typically by hands on a round dial or by displayed figures.

A Watch, a small timepiece is worn typically on a strap on one's wrist, neck or pocket.


Tongan Stamp Commemorating The First Gold Coinage Of Polynesia.

A stamp, impress a pattern or mark, especially an official one, on (a surface, object, or document) using an engraved or inked block or die or another instrument.


Early American Eagle Michelob Beer Tap Pulley Handle.

Miscellaneous, consisting of a mixture of various things that are not usually connected with each other.


Queen Ann Footstool, Cabriole Style Legs, Floral Fabric, Early 1900s.

Pieces on Consignment is an arrangement in which goods are left in the possession of another party to sell. Typically, the consignor receives a percentage of the revenue from the sale (sometimes a very large percentage). Consignment deals are made on a variety of products. 














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