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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
Cast iron architectural star tie-in
Cast iron architectural star tie-in
Metal fish
Large cast iron fish
Metal fish
Metal fish downriggers
Plant stand
Metal plant stand
Three industrial stocking forms
Three industrial stocking forms
1800's Painted iron firemark19th c. Fire mark
Two 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
Fraternal plaque
Masonic brass plaque
Sculptural apple peeler
Sculptural mechanical apple peeler w/hearts
Cast iron architectural tie-in
Cast iron architectural tie-in
Spike shoes
Home made spike aerator shoes: planks, nails, metal, and leather
Large metal gears
Two large, decorative industrial gears
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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.

Cast iron architectural star tie-inThis is a cast iron star architectural tie in, in weathered old white paint with traces of red around the edges and patches of dark, oxidized metal showing through. It measures 7" high by about 7 1/4" across the points by 20 1/2" long with the mounting bar. The star itself is 1 1/4" thick. From the late 1800's or early 1900's, it is in very good, weathered condition. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: TTSS.   Cast iron architectural star ... Two more angles ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Cast iron architectural star ... Two more angles ... Back view ... 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.

Plant standThis is an exceptionally nice, old, metal plant stand, with a sort of deco look. It has an inner section with a flat metal spiral which both supports and creates a sense of motion. The stand is 39" high with the center tube 4" in diameter. The 5 arms which hold the plants can both swing and be moved to various levels. If fully extended, they could be as much as 2 feet apart. The base is a tripod, tipped with balls, and is 23" on each side. The stand was probably made about the 1920's or 30's and is in excellent condition. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: AHPH.   Metal plant stand ... From above ... A second overall view ... 3rd angle ... 4th view ... Without the planter loops.

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 fishThis is a large, flat cast iron fish with raised eyes. It is 18" long by 5" high by 1/2" thick. The surface is painted dark, oxidized silver with a few white splotches. We don't know the age or original purpose of this, but it is old, with a good look and size. It may have been made as a decoy for commercial fishing. The condition is excellent. The price is $125.00. Inventory Code: CTRO.   Metal fish ... The other side ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Metal fish ... The other side ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.

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 two 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.

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.

This is an old brass plaque, deeply embossed with several Masonic symbols. It was probably made around the 1930's or a bit earlier. This piece is in excellent condition with a good aged surface. It is 6 3/8" high, 4 7/8" wide, and 3/8" deep. The price is $140.00. Inventory Code: ATOP.   Masonic plaque ... Back.   Some much larger photos:   Masonic plaque ... Back.

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).

Cast iron architectural tie-inThis is a decorative cast iron architectural tie in with a form somewhat like a fleur de lis. From the late 1800's, it has a dark oxidized surface and is in excellent condition. It measures 9 1/2" by 6 3/4" by 3/4" thick. The price is $175.00. Inventory Code: CTRC.   Cast iron architectural tie-in ... Side view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Cast iron architectural tie-in ... Side view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale.

Spike shoesThis outrageous pair of spiked shoes may be the most striking gardening tools we've ever seen. They were made to aerate a lawn: by walking around in them, air and water flow to the grass roots is improved. These were made of 1 1/4" thick planks with 6" nails driven through. The heels are metal, and the straps are leather. Each shoe measures 12" long by 4 3/4" wide by 9" high. They are in excellent condition with some wear to the leather straps. The price is $675.00. Inventory Code: CCRO.   Spike shoes ... Another view ... From above ... Back view ... One, from below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Spike shoes ... Another view ... From above ... Back view ... One, from below ... With a soda can for scale.

Large metal gearsHere are two large, decorative industrial iron gears with a dark oxidized surface, one slightly darker than the other. There is a massive quality to them. They can stand on a shelf or hang on the wall. Each measures 7 5/8" in diameter by 2" thick. They are in good old, used condition with some minor dents around the edges. They are priced at $175.00 each, or $295.00 for the pair. Inventory Code: CCSO.   Large metal gears ... Second view ... Third view ... Fourth view ... One gear ... The other gear ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Large metal gears ... Second view ... Third view ... Fourth view ... One gear ... The other gear ... With a soda can for scale.

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