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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
Modernistic lamp
Modernistic desk lamp
lamp
Shell lamp with flamingo
50's photo
Photo of a boy
in a cowboy costume
Horse and sulky whirligig
Horse and sulky whirligig
Giant hand made trophy
Giant hand made football
trophy 3 1/2 feet high
Chair in a bottle whimsy
Chair in a bottle whimsy from
1950's/60's souvenir stand
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.

Modernistic lampThis is a modernistic 1960's desk lamp. The metal lamp is enameled a strong, deep orange, with white inside the shade and chrome around the edges of the base. The shade swivels to different angles on its mounting. It stands 21 3/4" high, the shade is 8" in diameter, and the base is 6" in diameter. There are some slight blemishes in the finish on top of the shade, some even smaller ones on the chrome, and the shaft is a bit scraped by the base. All of this should be visible in the closeup photos. The lamp has a great look and gives good light. The price is $225.00. Inventory Code: CSTP.   See a slideshow of several views [543k] ... Modernistic lamp ... Two more views ... Front view ... Two back views ... From above ... Closer view from above ... Closeup of shade ... Closer view of shade ... Closeup from below ... Closeup of the base ... Closeup of the shaft ... Another closeup of the shaft ... Lit up ... Closeup with the light on ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Modernistic lamp ... Two more views ... Front view ... Two back views ... Closeup of the shaft.

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].

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.

Giant hand made trophyThis is a giant hand made metal presentation trophy from a Shriner's club benefit football bowl game, dated Dec. 6, 1969. This is the oldest high school all-star bowl game in the country, still played between North Carolina and South Carolina. It stands 41 1/2" high by 15" in diameter by 24" wide across the handles. The condition is very good with some surface wear as seen in the photos. The price is $485.00. Inventory Code: CCCK.   Giant hand made trophy ... Two more views ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Two closeups of the middle ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of workmanship on back ... Closeup of base ... From above ... From below ... Bottom of the base ... Another angle from below ... With a yardstick for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Giant hand made trophy ... Two more views ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Two closeups of the middle ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of workmanship on back ... Closeup of base ... From above ... From below ... Bottom of the base ... Another angle from below ... With a yardstick for scale.

Chair in a bottle whimsyHere is a chair in a bottle whimsy. The ladderback chair fits very snugly in the bottle. It is made of cedar, with a tightly woven seat of red and white yarn. The bottle has a carved lock stopper, also of cedar. Four small stickers on the outside of the bottle read "Cudjo's Cave Tenn. - Ky. - Va." This was a tourist cave and souvenir shop. The shop is long gone, and the cave is now called Gap Cave, and is part of the Cumberland Gap National Historical Park. You can see a 1960's-era photo of the souvenir shop here. The age of this whimsy appears to be from the 1950's or 60's. Three of the stickers are partly missing, otherwise the condition is excellent. The bottle with its stopper measures 12 3/4" high by 3" in diameter. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: CSTR.   See a slideshow of several views [568k] ... Chair in a bottle whimsy, with a soda can for scale ... Closeup ... Two more views ... Side and back views ... Closeup from side ... Closeup from front ... Extreme closeup of a sticker ... Two views from above ... Closeup of stopper ... From below.
Some much larger photos:   Chair in a bottle whimsy, with a soda can for scale ... Two more views ... Side and back views ... Closeup from side ... Two views from above.

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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