(6) 1940s Folk Art Hand Carved African American & Railroad Workers Figures For Sale

Lot of Six, wonderful and original ca1940's Hand Carved and Painted, Miniature Folk Art Figures representing various African American and White workers at a Railroad Station. Each of these charming American Folk Art Figures are signed on the underside of their base by the artist - Richard Mayle of Deposit, New York.


We have been unable to uncover much information about the folk artist who carved these wonderful figures other than the fact that he was born March 12, 1916 and died at Deposit, New York in June of 1985. It appears that the Figures may have been carved as accessories to a Train Set but they certainly make wonderful, individual display pieces.


Included here are the following Hand Carved Figures:

  1. An African American Porter measuring 3 1/4' tall and 2 7/8" by 1 1/8" at the base. The Railroad Station Porter is pushing a hand cart on which there is a large, black trunk marked "R. R. Express". Porter is depicted as an elderly Black Man with short, white hair. Figure is in excellent condition with no damage or wear.
  2. An African American Shoe Shine measuring 2 1/2" tall and 2 1/4' by 1" at the base. The Shoe Shine Man is seated on his shine box which has text on each side that reads "Shine 10¢". He has a shoe stand in front of him between his legs and a box with text that reads "Lunch" on his lap. The Shoe Shine Man is depicted as an elderly Black Man with short, white hair. Figure is in very good condition but with the tip of his left hand missing.
  3. A White Railroad Station Signalman measuring 3" tall and 1 1/2" by 1" at the base. The Signalman stands with one arm raised and the other by his side. Figure is in excellent condition with no damage or wear.
  4. A White Railroad Fireman measuring 3" tall and 1 1/4" by 1 1/8" at the base. He is holding a coal shovel in his right hand. Figure is in very good condition but with the tip of his left hand missing.
  5. Another White Railroad Signalman this one standing next to a "Railroad Crossing" Sign. Measures 4 1.2" to the top of the Sign and 1 3/4" by 1 1/4" at the base. The Signalman has a peg leg and stands with one arm raised and the other by his side. The Figure is in very good condition with a repair to the top of the Sign and with both the sign pole and the Signalman re-glued to the base.
  6. A Railroad Engineer measuring 2 1/2" tall and 1" by 1" at the base. The Figure is in good condition only missing his right arm and his left hand.


Please see the numerous scans below for a good indication of the charm as well as the condition of these wonderful, miniature Folk Art Carvings.


A lot of six charming and original , ca1940's Hand Carved and Painted, Miniature Folk Art Figures representing various African American and White workers at a Railroad Station and a fantastic addition to any collection!!!

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