We'd all vote for this guy...our dearly adored Uncle Sam. He truly represents what's great about America.
This vintage Uncle Sam figurine is hand-carved of wood by Chris Flesher. It's very likely one-of-a-kind since most of Flesher's work seems to be single pieces.
This Uncle is RUNNING FOR OFFICE and he's in great shape to do so. Crank the handle and Sam's jointed body takes off in a spirited race that's almost Olympian. His legs and arms move. He's not even sweating or breathing hard. A sure winner in our book.
Uncle Sam measures 14 by 4 inches across the base. He's 15 1/2 inches tall. Base is hand signed CHRIS FLESHER.
This folk artist spent most of his artistic career as a free-lance sign painter in rural West Tennessee. After taking up woodcarving as a hobby in 1992, he soon caught the interest of many collectors through an article in Mary Emmerling's Country Magazine. As result of his creativity and funky style, Flesher has sold his works all across the United States and in several other countries. His work is displayed in the American Folk Art Museum in New York City and is featured in some fine galleries. Flesher's folksy woodcarvings have gone into personal collections and most of his work was one of a kind pieces. He was inspired by the true mountain craftsmen of the Smoky Mountains where he spent his vacations as a child and carried on the traditions of those craftsmen with humor and great attention to detail. Based on our research, Flesher is now more into creating websites and silver jewelry...which should make his carved wood folk art pieces all the more rare and collectible.
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20th C. Chris Flesher Wood Folk Art Running Uncle Sam Political