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Erector set robot
Robot built from an Erector set
60's Mirrored shelf
1960's mirrored shelf with side
cutouts and groovy metal decoration
Carved lion's head
Large, strong carved lion's head
Decorative telephones
Three decorative Spacemaker telephones
lamp
Shell lamp with flamingo
50's photo
Photo of a boy
in a cowboy costume
Carnival slap stick
Circus clown's slap
stick/noise maker
Horse and sulky whirligig
Horse and sulky whirligig
Three industrial stocking forms
Three industrial stocking forms
VASE
Shell covered salt and pepper set
Primitive wheelbarrow
Primitive handmade wheelbarrow
Large multicolored clock case
Large multicolored
tramp art clock case
Folk art robotFound objects robot
Two robots made from found objects
mailbox man
Large colorful man from
chain, car parts, etc.
Train whimsey in bottle
Train whimsey in bottle
Tropical village in bottle whimsy
Tropical village in
a bottle whimsy
Home made scooter
Home made scooter
Chrome desk lamp
Chrome desk lamp
Doorknob weathervane
Doorknob weathervane
Chocolate moldCloseup of chocolate mold
Geometric metal chocolate mold
Home made one-string bass
Home made one-string
electric bass
Zipin
Painting by Martin Zipin
Jointed carving
Jointed carving
Metal drummer music box
"Age of Aquarius"
found object music box

Carnival slap stickThis is a slap stick, a noise clapper used by a circus clown. It is made from two tapered boards, joined together at the handle, with a small wedge between them to make them spread slightly apart at the ends. One board is padded at the end and covered with canvas (of the kind used to make carnival knockdowns). This padded end is used to strike another clown. Two metal pieces between the boards strike to make a very loud noise with just a slight blow. This is a well-used example with a great look. The wood is painted a deep orange with a rich, slightly crazed surface. The handle is wrapped in electrical tape, with the end of the handle uncovered and unpainted, showing a rich patina and smoothness from wear. The canvas is darkened with age, sturdy and intact, with some very slight fraying on one edge. It is 25" long by 2 3/4" wide by 2 1/4" high at the larger end, probably from the 1940's or 50's. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: CSAC.   See a slideshow of several views [303k] ... Several angles of the carnival slap stick ... More views ... Closeup of the padded end ... Closeup of the handle ... End views ... With a soda can for scale ... See and hear a video of it in action [4.1Mb].
Some much larger photos:   Several angles of the carnival slap stick ... More views ... Closeup of the padded end ... Closeup of the handle ... End views ... With a soda can for scale.

Horse and sulky whirligigThis is a fairly large whirligig with a man driving a sulky pulled by a horse. It has 2 blades representing the wheels. When the blades turn the action is of the horse trotting and the driver's arm going up and down. This section (horse, sulky, etc) is made perpendicular to the long crosspiece and tail. The piece is in very good condition and was made from pine and plywood, likely in the 1950's or '60's. It is mounted on a Lucite type base. The whirligig is 39" long from the tail. The sulky section is about 19" long by 7" wide by 12" high. The price is $475.00. Inventory Code: CTAA.   See a slideshow of several views [581k] ... Horse and sulky whirligig ... Front view ... Back view ... One side ... Closer view ... The other side ... Another back view ... From above ... Another overall angle ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action [3 Mb].
Some much larger photos:   Horse and sulky whirligig ... Front view ... Back view ... One side ... The other side ... Another back view ... Another overall angle ... Video of the action [3 Mb].

Three industrial stocking formsThis is a collection of three different sized metal industrial sock or stocking forms. The actual forms are made from heavy aluminum, attached to an iron or steel top. Impressed onto the form are the numbers 6, 8, and 10 (for the various sizes), together with molding and patent numbers. They were probably made in the 1960's, as the patent indicates 1962. The lengths and widths are slightly different. They are 29 1/2", 30 3/4", and 32 1/2" long, by 5 1/2", 6 3/4", and 8" wide respectively. They are in excellent used and old condition. The price for the group of all three is $475.00. Inventory Code: CPCS.   See a slideshow of several views [403k] ... Three industrial stocking forms ... The other side ... From above ... From below ... Side views ... With a yardstick for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Three industrial stocking forms ... The other side
Closeups of the largest form:   The foot ... The top ... Other side of the top ... Model and patent markings.
Closeups of the medium size form:   The foot ... The top ... Other side of the top ... Model and patent markings.
Closeups of the smallest form:   The foot ... The top ... Other side of the top ... Model and patent markings.

60's Mirrored shelfThis 1960's mirrored shelf looks great as a decorative object and makes a functional display that shows off both sides of the objects. There are openwork areas on each side of the central mirror, with groovy colorful metal inserts. It is just under four feet long by two feet high. The dimensions are 45 1/2" wide by 21" high by 4 1/2" deep. It is in excellent condition. There is one unobtrusive small crack on the lower shelf that does not affect the sturdiness. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: AAAW.   Image ... Label on back.

Decorative telephonesHere is a set of three fantastic Automatic Electric Type 183 Spacemaker telephones in classic 1950's-60's design. They are exceptionally decorative as sculptural objects, or could be wired to be used as phones - even today. This model is sometimes referred to as a "bar phone". It's very compact, the dial swivels, and the switchhook can be positioned left right or center, so it can be mounted almost anywhere. Each one measures about 11 1/2" high by 5 1/2" wide by 3 1/4" deep (plus the cord hangs down a bit more). There's no internal ringer on these, so they need a ringer box or to serve as an extension phone. These can added externally if desired and are available through many sources online. The price for the set is $595.00. Inventory Code: CTCT.   Three decorative telephones ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Green phone, from above ... From below ... Back ... With a soda can for scale ... Black phone, from above ... From below ... Back ... Yellow phone, from above ... From below ... Back ... All three, with a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Three decorative telephones ... Another angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Green phone, from above ... From below ... Back ... With a soda can for scale ... Black phone, from above ... From below ... Back ... Yellow phone, from above ... From below ... Back ... All three, with a soda can for scale.

Carved lion's headThis is a very striking and strong wood carving of a lion's head. It was probably made from walnut, and is finished in a glossy varnish. The carving is quite detailed and extremely impressive. It is approximately 21" high by 12 1/2" wide by 11" deep. It is in excellent condition, and was likely done about the 1950's give or take. The price is $475.00. Inventory Code: CCCH.   Carved lion's head ... Another angle ... Third angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Carved lion's head ... Another angle ... Third angle ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Folk art robotThis is an old, large, one-of-a-kind robot made from various cans, cut sheet metal, coffee pot, bottle caps, a funnel, and other objects. It is painted red, black, and blue which have oxidized and taken on a rich dark surface over the years. It has a coffee pot for the head, and the feet are from sardine cans. The robot has a heavy metal wire coming out of the head for hanging. It is in very good, typically used condition. While the age is unknown it certainly is not recent, and looks like it was probably made in the 1950's or 60's. It is about 30" high by 15" wide by 8" deep. This piece is similar to the slightly larger gold robot below, likely made by the same person. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: TOSP.   See a slideshow of several views [342k] ... Folk art robot ... Side views ... Closeup of head ... Back view ... Another closeup of the head ... Back of the head ... Closeup of body ... Closeup of the feet ... The feet, from the side ... Both robots, with a soda can for scale.

Found objects robotThis second folk art robot is somewhat larger than the one above, and was probably made by the same person. It was also made from found objects, including cans, spoons, a bucket, bottle caps, a funnel, and other objects. It is painted gold which has oxidized and taken on a rich dark surface over the years. The hands are made from large metal spoons or ladles, and the feet are from sardine cans. The robot has a bolt and heavy metal wire coming out of the head for hanging. It is in very good, typically used condition. While the age is unknown it certainly is not recent, and looks like it was probably made in the 1950's or 60's. It is about 38" high by 17" wide by 10" deep. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: TOSA.   See a slideshow of several views [297k] ... Robot made from found objects ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of the head ... Closeup from the side ... Closeup of the body ... Closeup of the feet ... Both robots, with a soda can for scale.

Erector set robotThis is a robot made from an Erector Set - likely dating from about the 1950's or 60's. The legs and feet are hinged and move forward and back. These seem to be connected to a motor. The arms also move freely. The feet have wheels. The robot is about 37" high by 10" wide by 8 3/4" deep. It is in very good condition, although at this time the motor "whirrs" when plugged in but there is no actual movement. (Please contact a licensed electrician to restore. We do not suggest plugging it in or doing it yourself). The robot came from the toy collection of one of the individuals who inherited the Reese Candy Company. The price is $650.00. Inventory Code: CTCH.   See a slideshow of several views [822k] ... Erector set robot ... Front view ... Closeup ... Another overall angle ... Views of one side ... The other side ... Back view ... Another closeup of the face ... Third closeup ... Closeup of the feet ... Another view of the feet ... The feet from above ... Overall, from above ... From below ... Closeup of mechanism from below ... With a soda can and yardstick for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Erector set robot ... Front view ... Closeup ... Another overall angle ... Views of one side ... The other side ... Back view ... Another closeup of the face ... Third closeup ... Closeup of the feet ... From below ... Closeup of mechanism from below.

lampFrom Florida comes this tacky souvenir lamp. It has all the qualities one would want in such a piece: A plastic flamingo and palm tree, colored coral, small decorative shells, and the large shell backdrop. This is from the 1950's or 60's, and is in excellent working condition. It is 9" wide, 9"high, and 6" deep. The price is $75.00. Inventory Code: ATKS.   Souvenir shell lamp ... Side view ... Back.

50's photoHere is a black and white photo of a very young boy in Western costume, on a pony. The frame is 8 3/4" wide by 11" high. The opening is 7 1/2" by 9 3/4". The frame is painted silver and black and has some wear. The photo is in excellent condition, and is c. 1950's. The price is $85.00. Inventory Code: AATP. Image.

Train whimsey in bottleThis small bottle whimsy has a brightly painted train inside a long, narrow bottle. The wooden train has four cars with applied wheels. The cars are connected to each other with metal links. Each car is glued in place to the bottle, so that the train does not move around. Two small carved and painted blocks make up a base. The bottle measures 7 1/4" long by 1 1/4" in diameter. It is 1 5/8" high sitting on the base. The condition is excellent. Age is unknown, but it appears to be 1950's or 60's. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: TCSC.   Train whimsey in bottle ... The other side ... From above ... End view ... The other end ... From below ... Removed from base.

mailbox manAn extraordinary Metal man, about 4 feet high and 39" wide, made from found objects, including chains, fuel pump for heart, distributor, springs, reflectors, gears, and more. He was a mailbox holder. This sculpture came from New Hampshire, and was made in the 1950's. It is in excellent, older condition, with beautiful old polychrome paint. The price is $3,500.00. Inventory code: ASRP.   Image ... Closeup of head ... Back view ... Closeup of body ... Closeup of arms and legs ... Closeup of head and upper torso.

Tropical village in bottle whimsyThis is a bottle whimsy made with a village scene inside. It contains two houses, three people, a cart, palm trees, and much more. It came from the Philippines and is intricately constructed, completely filling the inside of a liquor bottle. The cap is wrapped with multicolored braid in a spiral pattern. It is mounted on a wood base. The overall size of the bottle is about 10 2/3" by 2 1/2" by 3 1/4" high. With the base it is 4 1/2" high. It was probably made in the 1960's or 70's as a tourist piece. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TCSP.   Tropical village in bottle whimsy ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... From above ... Back view ... Another view from back ... End view ... The other end ... Top view ... Two views from below.

Primitive wheelbarrowThis primitive, hand made, folding wheelbarrow is painted in layers of yellow and orange. This cool, funky piece has a lot of character, and would look great in the garden, standing in a corner, or folded and hung on a wall. The date "1960" is carved into the handle. One of the folding uprights was replaced a long time ago with an unpainted piece that appears to be part of an axe handle. It is 44" long by 17 1/2" wide across the handles. When unfolded, it stands about 2 feet high. It is in very good, used and weathered condition. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TARR.   Primitive wheelbarrow ... Another view ... Closeup of the wheel ... Closeup of the handle, with date ... One side ... The other side ... From above.

This is a large multicolored tramp art clock case. It is 30 1/2" high, 17 1/4" wide, and 9 1/2" deep. The pine and plywood case is finished in both clear varnish and white paint. Made in the 1950's, this folky case is in very good condition with a nice strong look. The clock motor runs but the arms don't turn, so that can possibly be repaired. The price is $485.00. Inventory Code: ACOR.   One view ... Another view ... Another view ... Another view ... Top view ... One side ... The other side ... Back view ... Close-up.

A highly unusual home made one string electric bass, with amplifier and speaker. It has a carved wooden handle on top of which the string is attached. When pivoted it changes the tension on the string and therefore the note. The bass is 24" high, 12" wide and 5" deep. It is made of wood, covered by Naugahyde on the sides and part of a chenille spread on the front. The amp/speaker is in an old carrying case 14" wide, 13" high and 7" deep. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: PRKW. Image.

Doorknob weathervaneThis whimsical metal weathervane arrow was hand made on a doorknob base. It is 24" long by 5" high, the point is 2" wide. It was most likely made in the 1940's or 50's. It has weathered green paint over remnants of red, and is in excellent condition. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: AWTT.   Weather vane arrow made from a doorknob ... The other side, upside down ... Closeup of point ... Closeup of tail.

Home made scooterThis is a folky home made wooden scooter. It was constructed from 2 x 4's with triangular supports made from 3/4" plywood. The wheels are from an early skate board mechanism or roller skates. This was probably made in the early 1960's. It is sturdy, rolls well, and certainly can be used. The scooter was painted white, and the paint has a fair amount of wear from riding. It is 22 3/4" long by 33" high by 12 1/8" wide. The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: TOCS.   Home made scooter ... Closeup of handles ... One side view ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... Another view from above ... Closeup of seat ... Lower front ... Lower back ... From below ... Closeup of front wheels ... Closeup of rear wheels ... With a soda can for scale.

Chrome desk lampThis is a decorative chrome can light with a white glass globe. There is a switch in the cord, and the globe lifts off to change the bulb. It is about 12 1/2" high, with a can about 4 1/2" in diameter and a 7" globe. These original lamps were made in the late 1960's and early 70's. It is in very good, working condition, with some small discolored spots on the chrome. The price is $65.00. Inventory Code: ATWT.   Chrome desk lamp.

Chocolate moldCloseup of chocolate moldHere is a geometric metal chocolate mold - industrial art with a graphic pattern that is interesting on the wall or a shelf. It has rectangular openings with swirls in the bottom. The size is 10 7/8" high by 9 3/4" wide by 1/2" deep. It is in very good, older, used condition with some very light tarnishing. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: TPRH.   Chocolate mold ... Closeup ... Side view ... Back view ... Side view, from back ... Back, from above.

Salt and pepperThis is a salt and pepper set decorated with shells and coral. They are finished with a light coat of varnish, and are in excellent condition, with a few small chips, but no missing pieces. They are from the 1950's or 60's and are each 4" high by 3" in diameter. The price of the set is $45.00. Inventory Code: ATHH.   Shell covered salt and pepper shakers ... Another view ... From above.

This is a oil painting on canvas by the late Martin Zipin. The subject is a carnival barker or ticket taker. It was done in the early 1960's and is in excellent condition. The overall size including the frame is 32" by 18 5/8". The size of the image is 26 1/2 by 13". The price is $3500.00. Inventory Code: KPPC.   Image.

Jointed carvingThis is a well done wood carving of a person with jointed arms and legs. It almost has the feeling of a space alien rather than a human. The figure is carved from pine and with the exception of painted hands and shoes has a plain unfinished surface. This has taken on a nice tone and feel from oxidation. The figure is very smooth, has old tacks for eyes, and is in excellent condition. It stands about 15" tall on the custom base, and is about 4" wide and 2" deep. The base is slightly bigger. The age is unknown, but appears to be from around the 1950's or so. The price is $385.00. Inventory Code: TWAK.   See a slideshow of several views [206k] ... Jointed carving ... Two more views ... Side and back views ... Closeup of head ... Closeup of legs ... From above ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the arms and legs moving [8.1Mb].

Metal drummer music boxThis folky metal drummer assemblage is actually a wind up music box. The drummer is constructed of springs, heavy wires, and light metal. The drums and stage are also all metal. The music box mechanism is mounted on a piece of wood under the base. It is pretty intricate. The size is about 7 1/2" high by 6 1/2" wide by 6" deep. It was likely made in the 1960's or 1970's and is in fairly good used condition. There are normal scratches and oxidation to the metal. The pièce de résistance comes when you wind the key and then listen to an extremely "sick" rendition of the opening bars of "The Age of Aquarius". The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: TWKA.   Metal drummer music box ... Front view ... Side views ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... Hear the music in this video (10.4Mb).

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