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Ray gun cap pistol
Ray gun cap pistol
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
Folk art robotFound objects robot
Two robots made from found objects
Erector set robot
Robot built from an Erector set
Psychedelic folk music carving1960's psychedelic carving
1960's Psychedelic folk music carving
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
One man band
The "BoomBass"
one man band instrument
Milk signCountry store sign
Two sided metal country store sign
Cherokee dulcimer
Cherokee design carved
and decorated dulcimer
Three industrial stocking forms
Three industrial stocking forms
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Ray gun cap pistolThis is a metal ray gun cap pistol, probably from the 1950's. It has a wonderful look and is in fairly good condition, with normal wear from use, and a little bit of old surface rust reflecting the age. The gun is about 6 1/2" long by 5" high by 1" thick. When you pull on the handle the top silver portion slides back, and a cap would be struck. The mechanism works however is a little stiff now, but if you had a roll of caps and were inclined, you likely could make some noise. Otherwise, this can be displayed as an interesting and decorative piece. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: TOKC.   Ray gun cap pistol ... The other side ... From above ... Front views ... Back views ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Psychedelic folk music carving1960's carvingThis is the quintessential 1960's folk music carving. It has exceptional form, detail, and color. The assemblage of 4 pieces - double tiered offset base, chair, nude figure, and guitar is 10 1/2" high in almost perfect condition. The base is 6" in diameter. It has a handmade title sticker of "The Ballad", and is signed TRachsler. The surface is painted in very detailed psychedelic swirls and highlights in various shades. There is very slight wear in a few places, and a barely visible line in the left leg which shows where it was cracked and reset. This is an unusual, extremely good piece. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: ACWC.   Psychedelic folk music carving ... Another view ... Another view ... Back view ... Top view ... A close-up ... Second close-up ... Close-up of base.

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].

One man bandThis is the "BoomBass" one man band percussion instrument. It has an upright shaft mounted with two cymbals at the top, a wood block, bell, and tambourine with spring striker. At the bottom is a spring-loaded peg that lets you bounce the instrument up and down as well as striking it. A metal plate on the shaft says it was built by The BoomBass Co. of Cleveland, OH. It came with a wire brush that apparently was used to play it. From the 1950's or early 60's, it is in fairly good, but well-used and worn condition. The cymbals are a little bent, and there is a split in the skin of the tambourine that was repaired from the back with tape long ago. The handle of the wire brush is very battered and cracked through, but it still holds together fine. It is 60" tall by 11" wide by about 8" deep. The price is $195.00. Inventory Code: TOOW.   One man band ... Two more angles ... Side and back views ... Closeup, top half ... Lower half ... The cymbals ... The tambourine ... Side view of the tambourine ... Back of the tambourine, and the spring mechanism ... Closer view of tambourine from back ... The label ... Closer view of the middle and the brush ... Side view of the top half ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   One man band ... Two more angles ... Side and back views ... Closeup, top half ... Lower half ... The cymbals ... The tambourine ... Side view of the tambourine ... Back of the tambourine, and the spring mechanism ... Closer view of tambourine from back ... The label ... Closer view of the middle and the brush ... Side view of the top half ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Milk signCountry store signThis is a two-sided country store sign, painted on a metal Pepsi advertising sign. The blank side was lettered "Jug Milk 36¢ 1/2 Gal." in cream paint. The other side reads "Have a Pepsi", with a blank space in the middle filled in with "Jiffy Corn Muffin Mix 10¢" in whitish paint that is very crazed and crackled. The sign is 30" high by 19 1/2" wide, from about the 1950's. It has normal wear, with some rust and nail holes, overall in strong condition good for display. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: TPKC.   Hand painted country store sign ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of bottom ... The other side, with Pepsi and Jiffy Mix ... Closeup of top ... Closeup of bottom ... Side view.

Cherokee dulcimerThis is a hand made eight string dulcimer with Cherokee themed carved and painted decoration. The top is a carved Indian chief's head, the tuning pegs are carved into arrowheads, the sound holes are arrow shaped cutouts, and the top, sides, and back are painted with Indian motifs. The back is inscribed "Cherokee" in ballpoint ink. It is 40 1/2" long by 6 1/2" wide by 3" deep and appears to be from about the 1950's or 60's. The condition is very good with minor wear. One peg looks like an older replacement. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: CCHC.   Cherokee decorated dulcimer, two views ... Three more angles ... Two closeups of the head ... Side views ... End views ... Back views ... Two more views of the head ... The head, from above ... Two closeups of the lower half ... Two closeups of the middle ... Closeup of the bridge and tailpiece ... Closeup of the back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Cherokee decorated dulcimer, two views ... Three more angles ... Two closeups of the head ... Side views ... End views ... Back views ... Two more views of the head ... The head, from above ... Two closeups of the lower half ... Two closeups of the middle ... Closeup of the bridge and tailpiece ... Closeup of the back ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

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.

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