Among folk art hallmarks is an originality of conception unhampered by the desire to be part of a recognized school or style.
American folk art was made in rural areas and small towns by artists who lacked formal training in the fine arts. Some were professionals, some amateurs; many of their names are lost. Most of the bjects they produced—like pottery and weathervanes—were primarily functional. American folk art is far more than the unskilled imitation of work produced by trained practitioners in urban centers.
18th and 19th century antiques and American folk art. Windmill Weights, Unusual Iron, Weathervanes, Doorstops, Wood Carvings, Paint Decorated Furniture, Trade Signs, Eagles, and Patriotic Items.american folk art museum