May 2014 Auctions



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WWII Bronze Star & Purple Heart Case Named Lot Eugene Carey Maryland WWII Bronze Star & Purple Heart Case Named Lot Eugene Carey Maryland WWII Bronze Star & Purple Heart Case Named Lot Eugene Carey Maryland

WWII Bronze Star & Purple Heart Case Named Lot Eugene Carey Maryland


WWII Bronze Star & Purple Heart Case Named Lot Eugene Carey Maryland


WWII Bronze Star & Purple Heart Case Named Lot Eugene Carey Maryland

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WWII Bronze Star & Purple Heart Case Named Lot Eugene Carey Maryland

May 25, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

WWII Bronze Star & Purple Heart Case Named Lot Eugene Carey Maryland To View Auction:
Honoring One Of Americas Finest Auction Ending June 2, 2014 18:50:01 PDT

Purple Heart and WWII Bronze Star

Purple Heart and WWII Bronze Star

To our friends and family on Memorial Day, Have a safe and comforting day and remember to give thanks to those who’ve fought for our Freedoms.

In this auction we have a WWII lot. It contains an engraved bronze star and coffin style box. There is also a coffin style box for a purple heart.

Ebay rules only allow us to sell the purple heart box so this auction is for the box only. You get everything in the photos.

The bronze star bears the name of Eugene M. Carey. We found him to be from Baltimore, MD. The letter included says, “Dear Mom, Here is my Purple Heart. I want you to have it. Love, Gene”. What a sweet sentiment. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS PLEASE DO NOT HESITATE TO ASK. You get everything in the photos. Good Luck!

Estimated shipping weight, (packaged) is 1 lbs 8 oz in a 12 x 10 x 10 box.

Purple Heart and WWII Bronze Star

Purple Heart and WWII Bronze Star

History of the purple heart from

The award known as the Purple Heart has a history that reaches back to the waning days of the American Revolution. The Continental Congress had forbidden General George Washington from granting commissions and promotions in rank to recognize merit. Yet Washington wanted to honor merit, particularly among the enlisted soldiers. On August 7, 1782, his general orders established the Badge of Military Merit:

“… The General ever desirous to cherish virtuous ambition in his soldiers, as well as to foster and encourage every species of Military merit directs whenever any singularly meritorious action is performed, the author of it shall be permitted to wear on his facings, over his left breast, the figure of a heart in purple cloth or silk edged with narrow lace or binding.”
This award was open only to enlisted men and granted them the distinction of being permitted to pass all guards and sentinels as could commissioned-officers. The names of the recipients were to have been kept in a “Book of Merit” (which has never been recovered). At the present time there are three known recipients of the Badge of Military Merit: Sergeant Elijah Churchill, 2nd Continental Dragoons; Sergeant William Brown, 5th and Sergeant Daniel Bissel, 2nd Connecticut Continental Line Infantry.

Washington stated that the award was to be a permanent one, but once the Revolution ended, the Badge of Merit was all but forgotten until the 20th century.

General John J. “Blackjack” Pershing suggested a need for an award for merit in 1918, but it was not until 1932 that the Purple Heart was created in recognition of Washington’s ideals and for the bicentennial of his birth. General Order No.3 announced the establishment of the award:
“…By order of the President of the United States, the Purple Heart, established by General George Washington at Newburgh, August 7, 1782, during the War of the Revolution is hereby revived out of respect to his memory and military achievements.

By order of the Secretary of War:
Douglas MacArthur
General, Chief of Staff

On May 28, 1932, 138 World War I veterans were conferred their Purple Hearts at Temple Hill, in New Windsor, NY. Temple Hill was the site of the New

Purple Heart WWII

Purple Heart WWII

Windsor Cantonment, which was the final encampment of the Continental Army in the winter of 1782-1783. Today, the National Purple Heart continues the tradition begun here in 1932, of honoring veterans who have earned the Purple Heart.
The Purple Heart has undergone many changes with respect to the criteria for being awarded. At first, the Purple Heart was exclusively awarded to Army and Army Air Corps personnel and could not be awarded posthumously to the next of kin. In 1942, President Franklin Roosevelt signed an executive order allowing the Navy to award the Purple Heart to Sailors, Marines, and Coast Guard personnel. Also in that year, the Purple Heart was made available for posthumous award to any member of the military killed on or after December 7, 1941.

Originally the Purple Heart was awarded for meritorious service. Being wounded was one portion of consideration for merit. With the creation of the Legion of Merit in 1942, the award of the Purple Heart for meritorious service became unnecessary and was therefore discontinued. The Purple Heart, per regulation is awarded in the name of the President of the United States to any member of the Armed Forces of the United States who, while serving under competent authority in any capacity with one of the U.S. Armed Services after April 5, 1917 has been wounded, killed, or has died after being wounded.

Meiji Satsuma Buddhist 100 Rakans Masters Gold Moriage Vase

May 15, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Meiji Satsuma Buddhist 100 Rakans Masters Gold Moriage Vase – Hotoda Studio yqz
Japan Late 1800’s Early 1900’s Made Into Lamp
Auction Ending (May 25, 2014 18:36:01 PDT)

Japan, late 1800’s early 1900’s. Meiji Satsuma Buddha Buddhist 100 Rakans Masters Gold Moriage Vase – Hotoda

Studio. Of sharp shouldered baluster shape with a bady tapering down to a hidden footring, the neck waisted and rising to a narrow everted rim. The body decorated in Kyoto Brocade Satsuma style with relief moulded figured such as the Buddha Amida and some of the Rakan (Buddhist Master or Disciple) heads, other details outlined in moriage raised slip decoration, gossu blue and heavy use of gold enamelling. The shoulder with Shimazu Clan crest (kamon) of a cross in a gold circle (Satsuma Clan), and base with a border of whorls. Lamped with bronze base and cap, vase drilled, but likely from the Hotoda (Hododa) studios. Wear and minor chipping to enamels (see photos of shoulder). Adjustable lamp rod. With the rod on top this measures approx. 30″ tall and 10″ across its widest.


May 15, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Antique WEST POINT CADETS SUMMER DRESS Pre-War Britain Soldiers #299 Org Box yqz
1905 English Registry Number 459993 GREAT SET!!!!!
Auction Ending (May 25, 2014 19:12:01 PDT)

What a find! In this auction we have a very nice original box of eight old metal Britains toy, U.S.A. Forces, WEST POINT CADETS SUMMER DRESS figures. The end of the box reads “U.S.A. CADETS No. 299. It has on the cover the English Registry Number 459993, which dates these to 1905 for design. Each figure measures approximately 2 3/8″ tall (to the tip of the hat, excluding the moveable arm with

rifle) and are marked on the underside of the bases: BRITAINS LTD / COPYRIGHT / MADE IN ENGLAND / PROPRIETORS. We find them in good condition with no cracks, breaks, or touch-ups or repairs. Due note that one soldier’s arm is loose on the socket and can come off, not damaged, the hole was cast slightly large. There is some age wear to the thick, shiny original factory paint on most of the rifles, some on the white trousers and some to three of the green bases. The box measures approximately 14 3/4″ x 3 3/8″ x 1 1/4″. They are fresh from the attic of a home on the Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Good luck.

Britains toy brand from wiki:

Britains is a toy company known for its diecast lead soldiers, but the company also diversified into other associated toys such as diecast zamac military trucks and agriculture vehicles.


The W. Britain brand name of toy and collectible soldiers is derived from a company founded by William Britain Jr., a British toy manufacturer, who in 1893 invented the process of hollow casting in lead, and revolutionized the production of toy soldiers. The company quickly became the industry leader, and was imitated by many other companies, such as Hanks Bros. and John Hill and Co. The style and scale of Britain’s figures became the industry standard for toy soldiers for many years.

In 1907 the family proprietorship, William Britain & Sons, incorporated as Britains, Ltd. The Britain family controlled the firm until 1984 when it was sold to a British conglomerate, Dobson Park Industries. They combined the operations with an existing line of toys and renamed the company Britains Petite, Ltd. During the first half of the 20th century, Britains expanded its range and market. By 1931 the firm employed 450 at its London factory. The catalogue had expanded to 435 sets and twenty million models a year were being produced.

In the early 1950s Britains was associated with W. Horton Toys and Games which made the diecast Lilliput ranges of small-scale rather generic cars and trucks and other vehicles. Later, Britains acquired Herald Miniatures, plastic figures designed by Roy Selwyn-Smith. The company was also known for its American Revolutionary War soldiers.

Also in early 1950s, one of the first Britains vehicles was a Bluebird land speed record car of famed driver Sir Malcolm Campbell. It had a removable body and the box showed a detailed cut-away illustration of the car.

The Nippon Era

May 15, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

A Brief History of Nippon from nipponcollectorsclub (Great website!)

Nippon Vases and Bowls

Nippon Vases and Bowls

The Nippon era began in 1891 when the Japanese porcelain was clearly marked “Nippon” due to the McKinley Tariff Act. This act required that all porcelain be marked with the country of origin. (“Nippon” literally translates to “Japan”.) This porcelain was made specifically to be exported to the west with designs and patterns that suited American’s tastes. At that time, Japan had a thriving porcelain industry using methods used in Europe and the United States.

The Japanese items were less expensive than pieces coming from Europe and became very popular in the U.S. The porcelain was sold in gift shops, dime stores, fairs and even at the local grocery. Nippon items were also sold by Montgomery Ward, Sears & Roebuck, mail order houses and other department stores.

In 1921 the United States government changed its position and required that Japanese imports no longer be marked “Nippon”, but with “Japan”. This marks the end of the Nippon era.

Up in this auction is a great piece of Nippon hand painted poppy pattern china bowl circa 1899. This bowl is gold gilted around the rim and base,

and it really makes the poppies pop . Some of the moriage has come off in a few spots and there has been some gilt loss over time. The pattern has pink, deep orange, and yellow poppies. There are also 2 delicate flowers handpainted around the outside as well. The bowl itself is in great shape, and shows only one small crack on the bottom of the base. That was however painted over then glazed over during production. This is a fine piece, ready to be added to your collection. This measures approximately 6 1/2″ across at its widest and stands 3 1/4″ high. We are calling this shabby chic due to some gilt loss and some paint loss on the moriage. Still a delightful piece

If Only This Child Slave Shackle Could Talk

May 15, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Antique Hand Forged w Key Iron Locking Slave Shackle C.1850 Child Size Works   Ending May 23, 2014 9:30 PM EST Ending May 23, 2014 9:30 PM EST

Heartbreaking But No Longer In Use

History is often heartbreaking, and this auction is for an especially painful relic, a forged iron shackle, with the key. After spending some time searching through images of other shackles, the one we found that was the most similar was identified as being one used when transporting a number of imprisoned persons at the same time, a connecting link of a train of slaves. The size of this one suggests that it would have been used on someone small; a child, so sad. It comes with a key that turns to advance a bar inside of the cylinder which engages a hole at the end of the semi circle ring. The key can be removed; the captivity has been accomplished. As brutal as it is to consider this terrible piece of hardware, it is a part of history and can remind us of the progress we have made as a society in the many decades since this was in use. Let us not forget that there are people still in the world who have been forcibly removed from their families and put into modern captivity.

This piece measures approx. 8½” long with the key in place, the cylinder approx. 1¼” in diameter, the opening of the shackle approx. 2⅜” by 1⅞”. You can see the signs of the blacksmith’s forging, layers of iron plate rolled to create the cylinder, the hinge of the ring, the key, so many techniques required to manufacture this. Our best guess for a date would be the early to mid 19th century. The condition is quite good, with a wonderful aged patina. Be happy that this is now an object of curiosity, and no longer a sign of captivity. Good Luck!

Antique Japanese Nippon Hand Painted Gilded Spider Web Vase

May 14, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

LARGE c.1910 Antique Japanese Nippon Hand Painted Gilded Spider Web Vase NR yqz



Elegant Art Nouveau Design! AUCTION ENDING 05-23-14 9:20 EST

This auction is for a beautiful and large Nippon vase, hand painted floral scene with a variety of colors, gilded spider web design around the vase with lots of gold and fantastic art nouveau shape, especially on the ribbon style handles. It measures approx. 9 3/4″ tall, 4 3/4″ across, no chips or cracks, some wear to the gold. It has the green Nippon stamp. Under the lip of the vase could use a good cleaning but overall in really good condition. Simply stunning. Good luck.

A Brief History of Nippon from nipponcollectorsclub (Great site!)

The Nippon era began in 1891 when the Japanese porcelain was clearly marked “Nippon” due to the McKinley Tariff Act. This act required that all porcelain be marked with the country of origin. (“Nippon” literally translates to “Japan”.) This porcelain was made specifically to be exported to the west with designs and patterns that suited American’s tastes. At that time, Japan had a thriving porcelain industry using methods used in Europe and the United States.

The Japanese items were less expensive than pieces coming from Europe and became very popular in the U.S. The porcelain was sold in gift shops, dime stores, fairs and even at the local grocery. Nippon items were also sold by Montgomery Ward, Sears & Roebuck, mail order houses and other department stores.

In 1921 the United States government changed its position and required that Japanese imports no longer be marked “Nippon”, but with “Japan”. This marks the end of the Nippon era.

Antique 1874 E Ingraham Kitchen Mantle Parlor Shelf Gingerbread Alarm Clock

May 13, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Antique 1874 E Ingraham Kitchen Mantle Parlor Shelf Gingerbread Alarm Clock
Auction Ending May 22, 2014 9:40 EST

Up in this auction is a great antique clock. Dated with an 1874 patent number on the movement. This is an E. Ingraham Bristol, Conn kitchen / mantle / parlor / shelf gingerbread alarm clock. We tested the clock and the chimes and it chimes the number of the hour and runs fine. It has a solid wood case, an etched ornate glass door. We call it shabby chic due to the oxidation of the metal, the finish has taken the texture of an orange peel and the face of the clock aged with time. But all of that doesn’t take away from the beauty of this clock. It measures approx. 20 1/2″ high and 14 1/2″ wide. Good luck.

We found the following history on the clockguy site on the internet (GREAT SITE!!):

E. Ingraham & Company was formed in 1860, succeeding several earlier clock-manufacturing firms in which casemaker Elias Ingraham had been involved, notably Brewster & Ingrahams (1843-1852), E. & A. Ingrahams (1852-1856) and Elias Ingraham & Company (1857-1860). The firm originally rented, and later purchased, a shop on Birge’s Pond in Bristol, which had been used by a number of clockmaking firms since 1820.

Having originally purchased their movements from various sources, in 1865 the firm decided to establish their own movement making facility. A hardware shop was moved onto a piece of land owned by the firm and veteran clockmaker Anson L. Atwood set up and managed the movement department for Ingraham for some years.

Elias Ingraham (1805-1885) designed a variety of popular cases and case features for the firm, receiving 17 patents between 1857 and 1873. Many of his cases utilized an unusual figure “8” door design for which he had received a patent in 1857. Rosewood veneered case models with names such as “Doric”, “Venetian”, and “Ionic” were often made in several sizes and held their popularity with the public for many years.

Elias Ingraham’s son Edward Ingraham (1830-1892) succeeded his father as head of the business in 1885. Edward had also received an important patent in 1884 for a method of applying black enamel paint (Japan) to wooden clock cases. Using this method to produce cheaper imitations of French marble mantel clocks was a great success. Though the process was soon imitated by most other clock manufacturers, the Ingraham firm became a leading maker of “black mantel” clocks, introducing 221 models plus special order styles in the following three decades.

In 1887, the firm had its first great expansion with the erection of a 300-foot long, 4 story case shop.

Mid Cent Mod Charles Axt HUGE Nude African American Mahogany Wood Sculpture

May 12, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

Mid Cent Mod Charles Axt HUGE Nude African American Mahogany Wood Sculpture
Mother & Child 84″ Tall Created In 1967 LISTED! Ending May 16, 2014 9:20 EST

Up in this auction is an original Charles Axt (b. 1935-) sculpture. Created by a listed African American artist, this piece depicts a nude black woman with her child clinging to her legs. A mid century modern piece done in 1967. It is a solid piece of mahogany wood, massive being 84″ tall with a base that is 26″ x 15″. We spoke with Mr. Axt, now currently living in St. Petersburg, Florida, what a kind and gentle man. More than happy to share about his artwork. He let us know that this was done in 1967 when he was in St. Thomas out of a solid mahogany log. We found him listed in AskArt and found a great article about him from just a few days ago, (We are posting that article just below). For those who would like to see more of his works, he is having an exhibit on May 10th and 11th at the Gallerie 909 in St. Petersburg, in conjunction with the Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum of St. Petersburg.

This piece is amazing, with fantastic lines and a wonderful mid century look.

Due to its impressive size, we recognize that shipping will be outrageous. So… to help out we will ship this anywhere in the Continental United States for $100.00. (Of course we would prefer pick up right here in our metropolis of Seaford, Delaware.) We can make arrangements to ship this anywhere in the world, email us for a quote outside the Continental U.S.

Here is that article we found, this is from the May 1st, 2014 posting of The Weekly Challenger Newspaper of St. Petersburg in Arts & Entertainment, written BY FRANK DROUZAS, Staff Writer (Great Article and Site!!)

T. PETERSBURG — As far back as grade school, Charles Axt was called upon to utilize his natural talent for art. His teachers would have him sketch pictures on the chalkboard of American historical figures such as George Washington. He continued to develop his talent at DeWitt Clinton High in the Bronx, N.Y., where a teacher encouraged him to pursue his art at Alfred University.

“So I wound up at Alfred in the ceramic program,” Axt recalled. “In those days it was called the college of ceramics, where you learned the trade—mold making, pottery, how to make glazes and all of that. And there was also the design program so I got into that, and that’s when I really got into design and painting and sculpture.”

After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Ceramic Design in 1957, this Harlem native secured a substitute-teaching job. The temporary nature of the position suited him because he knew he’d soon have to do his two-year hitch for Uncle Sam.

“In those days you got drafted into the army,” the 78 year old explained, “so I got a job teaching ceramics in New York. I worked a year then went into the army.”

When he wasn’t aiming a rifle at a target, he was stroking a canvas with a paintbrush.

“In two years I was in Oklahoma and did some watercolors, just to keep my hand in it,” he remembered.

Once out of the service and back east in New York, Axt found a job teaching ceramics at P.S. 55. It was around this time that he became a part of an art groups in the Village in New York, and turned his interest to his paintings, which began to appear in galleries. After a shakeup in the school system, where junior high officially became middle school, Axt found himself out of a job.

“I was teaching ninth grade and you had to go to a high school to teach ninth grade,” he explained, “so in the middle of all that, I was displaced.”

In 1965, a solution presented itself in the form of a phone call from a distant locale. A friend of Axt’s who lived in St. Thomas in the Caribbean informed him that they needed teachers down there, and would he consider relocating to the sunny, subtropical island?

“I had a house in Mt. Vernon, sold it, picked up from New York and moved there,” he said.

Axt started a ceramic program at the high school down there where he also learned the mahogany trade. He explained that he did “a whole lot of carving” of the semi-precious wood. When the school wanted him to become an administrator he returned to the States to get his master’s, but wound up staying in Newark, N.J. for another eight years. It turned out to be a productive time for the artist due to the many connections he made in the art world.

“I met a lot of people like Romare Bearden,” Axt said. “His paintings were going for about $40,000.” Bearden, a hugely influential African-American artist, worked with several techniques including cut-and-paste art, oils and even cartoons.

It was during this time that Axt was able to exhibit more of his work such as ceramics and wood at such locations as the Trenton State Museum and the Koltnow Gallery in New York. Yet even with these exhibits, it was tough to break into the mainstream for African Americans.

“We were having a hard time as black artists getting into different shows, but we had a black gallery called the Cinque Gallery,” Axt said. “It was famous and run by New York State to help young black artists.”

His works gained enough attention to even garner him a listing in a 1970’s directory of who’s who of African-American artists, which Axt admitted was pretty big at the time.

He stayed and taught at Montgomery Street School in Newark, a special education school, when paradise beckoned once again and Axt received another call from St. Thomas. They wanted him back, so back he went in 1978, where he stayed and did more carvings and paintings. Many of his sculptures have a heavy African and Caribbean influence. In 1984, he moved to St. Pete and once taught at Gibbs High School for a few years.

But molding and sculpting eventually took its toll as Axt developed carpal tunnel syndrome. Doctors wanted to operate, but Axt refused. And he was hardly the type to merely sit around doing nothing about it.

“I couldn’t work with clay so I went back into painting,” he said. “I painted all these pictures, a total of almost 20 paintings. Two dimension and three dimension are two different things. Sometimes physically I can’t do what I used to do because I’m getting kind of old. I’ve been in this game a long time!”

If nothing else, an artist has to look after his hands, and Axt did just that—but on his own terms.

“I went to therapy and went to yoga and I got my hands back,” he stated. “I’m not saying I’m not going to go back into clay, I’m just playing it by ear.”

As if his impressive arsenal of work isn’t enough, these days he is trying his hand at yet another medium: collages.

“You might say the word was ‘capricious,’” he said, explaining his mindset to go down another artistic path. “This is just experimenting.”

He is currently at work on a series of collage portraits, many depicting faces with some sort of mask. Axt admitted that the work of Bearden, who also did collages, is an influence. Other favorite artists he lists are Pablo Picasso, Paul Cezanne and the renowned British sculptor Henry Moore.

Though proficient in working with ceramics and paint, Axt explains that painting offers the artist more control whereas ceramics involve not only skill but a little luck and sometimes supplication to a higher power.

“I like the idea that you have a final say when you’re painting a painting,” he said. “You can manipulate it. If you’re not sure of your end, you can go back and change it then you’ll have it the way you really want it,” he said.

He explained that ceramics are a different story. An artist goes through the arduous process of sculpturing it without breaking it, firing it without breaking it, glazing it without breaking it and someone’s work who’s sitting next to theirs in the oven could blow up from the heat and ruin the lot of them.

“A lot of times you’re not in charge. It’s the fire gods, as they say. So when you’re firing ceramics you’re praying all the time!” he laughed.

His advice for young artists starting out is to be mindful of the business end of the art world.

“The main thing with art is you have to have someone who is going to push the money side of things if you want to sell your work. A lot of artists don’t want to sell their work because they do it for their own pleasure. I do it for my own pleasure but I don’t mind selling them,” Axt laughingly remarked.

Scarce Fresh Estate Find

May 9, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

1893 Chicago World’s Fair Columbian Exposition Commissioner’s 25-Ride Ticket yqz Ending May 15,2014 9:44 PM EST
Fresh Estate Find

A scarce, estate fresh: Columbian Intramural Railway Company Commissioner’s 25- Ride Ticket. No.74 Issued to “Mrs. S.G. Roberts” Commissioner For State of South Dakota. The book of tickets measures 2 3/4” wide x 4 3/4” high. The ticket was not transferable and was to be forfeited if presented by any other person than the one on the face. Some of the tickets were used/removed (each was good for one ride) – the following numbers remain: 9, 10. 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 23, 24, 25. The back cover is also signed by Mrs. Roberts and has the printed Conditions & terms. The condition is very good with no rips, tears or stains, only light, uniform age discoloration and slight wear to the bottom corners. A hard to find item of Columbian Exposition memorabilia, one of several from the same estate we currently have online.

Sicilian Carretto Toy Model Horse Cart

May 1, 2014 by Estate Auctions Inc.

HUGE Sicilian Carretto Toy Model Horse Cart Italy Sicily 1950’s Roses Knight yqz
Vintage Bright Colors On The Cart Shabby Chic Condition

Wonderful vintage toy/model of a Sicilian Carretto Horse Cart

. This cart is vibrant and lively depicting happy children and knight scenes. The cart is hitched to a large horse with many adornments and decorations. We are calling this shabby chic due to a leg issue (the front left leg is cracked all the way around, almost separated.), and the overall condition of his straps. Overall this would be a great restoration piece and would be absolutely amazing fully restored. Talk about potential! This measures approx. 28″ x 13″ x 13″. Good Luck!

The Sicilian cart (or carretto siciliano in Italian and carrettu sicilianu in Sicilian or carretti (plural)) is an ornate, colorful style of horse or donkey-drawn cart native to the island of Sicily, in Italy.

The carts were introduced to the island by the ancient Greeks. Carts reached the height of their popularity in the 1920s, when many thousand were on the island. The Museo del Carretto Siciliano, in Terrasini, in the province of Palermo, is a museum dedicated to the carts.

The craft of making the carts is handed down from generation to generation, through the training of apprentices. Carts are known for being covered in carvings and brightly painted scenes from Sicilian history and folklore as well as intricate geometrical designs. These scenes also served the purpose of conveying historical information to those who were illiterate. The colors of Palermo’s flag, yellow and red, feature prominently on the carts, along with details in bright blues and greens. The animals pulling the carts are often elaborately adorned as well.

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