This post is a bit photo heavy ... but I think folks will enjoy it.
A couple of years ago, I purchased two carvings via a local Craigslist ad. They belonged to a vet who served in the US Constabulary forces at the end of WWII. One piece was in very good shape. One piece was pretty banged up ... probably played with by multiple kids through the 1950's and 1960's. I admit I would have played with it (when my dad wasn't looking) and blamed my brother when it ended up being broken.
I'm a sucker for folk art, so I bought them regardless of condition, not knowing if they were repairable.