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Iron valve wheels
Iron valve wheels
Folk art truck
Folk art truck: one of
three metal found object cars
Folk art car
Folk art touring car
Ray gun cap pistol
Ray gun cap pistol
Bottle cap basket
Bottle cap basket
Metal fish
Metal fish
Three industrial stocking forms
Three industrial stocking forms
1800's Painted iron firemark19th c. Fire markCast iron fire mark
Three 19th c. cast iron fire mark insurance plaques
Cast iron grate
Cast iron grate
Folding metal decoy
Folding metal decoy
Chocolate mold
Large metal chocolate mold
Funky metal finial
Funky metal finial
Extra large film reel
One of two extra large 3 foot film reels
Sculptural apple peeler
Sculptural mechanical apple peeler w/hearts
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Bottle cap basketThis is a sculptural looking bottle cap basket. It has good form, color, and size, and is in excellent condition. The basket is made from old cork lined caps. It is 13" high by 11" wide by 9" deep, and was likely made around the 1940's. The price is $245.00. Inventory Code: CSSO.   See a slideshow of several views [626k] ... Basket made from bottle caps ... Another angle ... Third view ... From above ... Closeup, showing some caps and cork lining ... From below ... Another view from below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Basket made from bottle caps ... Another angle ... Third view ... Closeup, showing some caps and cork lining.

Iron valve wheelsHere is a group of seven old iron industrial valves. We have not seen them before other than in use. They probably are from the 1940's or earlier, and are in four sizes. The diameters are 7 1/2 inches, 8 inches, 9 inches, 14 inches. They range from 1 inch to 1 3/4 inches thick. Prices for them are $75.00 each for the smaller ones, $95.00 each for the 9" ones, and $110.00 for the largest. Price for the group is $575.00 Inventory Code: TCWK.   Iron valve wheels ... Another view, with a ruler for scale ... The other side of all ... Side view ... The largest valve ... Closeup of one medium and one smaller valve ... The smallest valve.

Here are three folky and whimsical metal cars. The first two are large and impressive, and appear to be by the same maker. The third came from the same collection but is much smaller, and may have been made by someone else.

Folk art truckFirst is this very detailed, yet folky and primitive pickup truck. It is welded from wire and sheet metal, painted maroon and tan, with a seat upholstered in green velvet. The wheels turn. It measures 21" long by 8 1/2" wide by 9 1/2" high. The condition is good, with very minor paint loss and surface rusting. It was probably made about the 1940s. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: TOTS.   See a slideshow of several views [450k] ... Folk art truck ... One side ... The other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... Closeup ... Top view ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... With the matching car ... All three cars.

Folk art carNext is this fancy touring car. It is also welded from sheet metal and wire, painted gray and black, with some added found objects. The wheels turn. This car is 24 1/2" long by 9 1/4" wide, by 8 1/2" high. It is in very good condition with minor surface rusting. This was also probably made about the 1940s, in the style of an older car. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: TOAK.   See a slideshow of several views [402k] ... Folk art car ... Another view ... Front view ... One side ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... With the matching truck ... All three cars.

Found object carThis smaller car makes wonderful use of found objects. It was made from hinges, nuts, sheet metal, and other metal parts. It is painted with an older, oxidized bronze radiator paint. The wheels of this car do not turn. It is 4 1/4" long, by 2 3/4" wide, by 3 1/4" high. The condition is very good with some slight paint loss. The age is unknown, but it appears to have been made around the 1950s (give or take). The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: TOTS-B.   See a slideshow of several views [361k] ... Found object car ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale ... All three cars.

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.

Chocolate moldThis is a metal chocolate mold for 3 large eggs. It has wonderful sculptural qualities and is visually striking. This piece was probably from the early 1900's. It was found in Pennsylvania. The size of the rectangular cage is 18 5/16" by 9 1/8". The eggs are each about 9" by 6" by 2 7/8" deep. The surface of this piece is well oxidized and has taken on a nice rich patina. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: CSPP.   See a slideshow of several views [522k] ... Chocolate mold ... Another angle ... Back view ... End view ... Side view ... Side view, from back ... Closeup of mark ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Chocolate mold ... Another angle ... Back view.

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.

Metal fishHere are two lead fish. These were figural downriggers from a Lake Michigan fishing boat. They each have a loop on the top, for a line to the boat, and a loop on the back, for the line to the hook. They were used to position the lure at the desired depth. They each have a simple, streamlined form and fine surface cracks. Each is 9 1/2" long by 3 1/2" by 3 1/2", in good, used condition. They are $125.00 each. Inventory Code: TAWS.   Metal fish ... Another view ... Closeup of one ... Closeup of the other, with a measure for scale ... Another view of both ... Side view ... Front view ... From above ... Back view ... From below.

Funky metal finialThis is an old, galvanized metal finial. It has the original white paint, and is very rusty (sturdy, not crumbling) with a couple of bullet holes. This funky piece is about 9" high and 4" along each side of the base. The ball on top is about 2 1/2" in diameter. It is likely from about the 1940's or earlier, and is an interesting, decorative object. The price is $45.00. Inventory Code: TSKA.   Funky metal finial ... Second side ... Third side ... Fourth side ... From above ... From below.

19th c. Fire markHere are three cast iron Fire Marks from the 1800's. According to Wikipedia, Fire insurance marks were "placed on the front of the insured building as a guide to the insurance company's fire brigade." This one was issued in the third quarter of the 1800's by the United Firemen's Insurance Company of Philadelphia, PA. It has a steam fire engine and the letters "U" "F". It is painted black, an older repaint, with several older layers of paint visible on the back. It measures 9 1/4" high by 12" wide by 1 1/2" deep and is in excellent condition. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CTOR.   See a slideshow of several views [361k] ... 19th c. Fire mark ... From above and below ... Side views ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   19th c. Fire mark ... From above and below ... Side views ... Back view.

Cast iron fire markThis cast iron fire mark was issued in the second half of the 1800's by the Associated Firemen's Insurance Company of Baltimore, MD. It shows a man blowing an alarm on a bugle. It has a dark oxidized surface with small traces of green and gold paint. The back has layers of older paint. It is 11 1/2" high by 9" wide by about 3/4" thick, in excellent condition. The lower mounting hole is plugged with cement or mortar. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CTOK.   See a slideshow of several views [244k] ... Cast iron fire mark ... Side views ... From above and below ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Cast iron fire mark ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

1800's Painted iron firemarkThis cast iron fire mark was issued in the 1800's by the Fire Association of Philadelphia. It features a fire hydrant, hose, and the initials "F A". It has an older repaint of black, gold, and green, with slight paint wear. It measures 11 1/2" high by 7 3/8" wide by about 1" deep. The condition is excellent. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CTRS.   See a slideshow of several views [341k] ... Painted iron firemark ... Closeup ... Side views ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Painted iron firemark ... Closeup ... Side views ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Cast iron grateThis is a decorative cast iron grate with good form. It has remnants of black paint over an old, rich, oxidized surface. It stands 22" high by 10 1/4" wide. The depth is nicely contoured between 1/2" at the ends to 3/4" in the center. The bottom few inches shows indications of having been buried, and the whole piece has the appearance of having been outdoors for some time. It is in very good, weathered condition, probably from the early 1900's. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: CPPT.   See a slideshow of several views [413k] ... Cast iron grate ... Side views ... From above ... Closeup of foundry mark ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Cast iron grate ... Back view.

Folding metal decoyA nice metal duck decoy. This piece was made from galvanized metal, with an iron rod for support; and then painted a dark olive green with brown and orange details. One of the wings has an unusual slide that release the wing and allows them to pivot for storage. The decoy way probably made in a local "factory" or shop rather than one-of-a-kind. It is in excellent old condition with appropriate wear and patina from use. The duck is 17 1/2" long, 8" across the wings, and 10" high. With the rod and base it stands 43" high. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: AOPA.   One side ... The other side ... With base ... Another view ... From below ... Partly folded.

Yard wide film reelExtra large film reelHere are two very decorative, large, vintage, film reels of the kind used in commercial movie theaters. Each one is made from aluminum. They are almost 36" in diameter and 1 3/4" deep. Each of the sides rotate around the center shaft, so they can be displayed with different looks. Each has some normal wear from use. One has some tape on it as well with "Pony Express" written in green. These are quite unusual to find. They are priced at $375.00 each. Inventory Code: CCSK.   See a slideshow of several views [810 k] ... Extra large film reel, yard wide ... The other side ... Closeup of tape, writing ... Closeup center ... Another closeup.
The second film reel ... The other side ... Closeup of center ... Another closeup.
Both reels ... Both reels, side view ... Another angle ... Both reels, with a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Some much larger photos:   Extra large film reel, yard wide ... The other side ... Closeup of tape, writing ... Closeup center ... Another closeup.
The second film reel ... The other side ... Closeup of center ... Another closeup.
Both reels ... Both reels, side view ... Another angle ... Both reels, with a yardstick and soda can for scale.

sculptural apple peelerThis is a wonderful looking, old metal apple peeler. Mounted on a new base and stand its decorative form shows very well. This former household tool really is an object of art. Hearts are cast in two of the large gears and the surface is an old rust with character. It looks good from all sides. The peeler still turns and is in very good condition, with no apparent loss. On the base it is about 12" high. The object itself is about 8" wide by 6 1/2" deep. The price is $235.00. Inventory Code: TWWO.   See a slideshow of several views [260k] ... Metal apple peeler ... From Above ... Top view ... Another overall ... Scale with soda can ... Close-up #1 ... Close-up #2 ... Close-up #3 ... Close-up #4 ... Close-up #5 ... See a video of the motion (2.4Mb).

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