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Decorative metal cultivator blade
Decorative metal cultivator blade
Decorative iron fire truck hose reels
Three decorative cast iron fire truck hose reels
Cast iron wheelCultivator wheel art
Two mounted cultivator wheels
Bottle cap basket
Bottle cap basket
Trench art
Trench art jeep and tank
from tin cans, found objects
Huge Iron Hooks
Huge Iron Hooks
Horseshoe plant stand
Horseshoe stand
Cast iron grate
Large cast iron grate
Tractor lawn sprinkler
Cast iron tractor
lawn sprinkler

Decorative industrial drill bit
Bottle cap pitcher
Bottle cap pitcher
Iron snowbird
Four cast iron snowbirds
Iron horses
Figural cast iron
shoe shine footrests
Cast iron snowbirds
Cast iron snowbirds
Chocolate moldCloseup of chocolate mold
Geometric metal chocolate mold
Industrial brass faucet
Industrial brass faucet with
heart-shaped handle
Metal drummer music box
"Age of Aquarius"
found object music box
Antique folk art bank
Antique folk art bank
Cast iron Hay trolley
Cast iron hay trolley
Hand made double washtub bass
Hand made double
washtub stand up bass
Folky hand made tin can banjo
Folky tin can banjo
Mechanical boot jack
Mechanical boot jack
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Cast iron Hay trolleyThis is a decorative cast iron hay trolley, used in a barn to move bales of hay around and rolled on a track. It has good form and presence, with a very dark oxidized surface. It may have traces of clear varnish. From the late 1800's or early 1900's, this fancy primitive measures 10 1/2" high by 13 1/2" wide by 6 7/8" deep. The mechanism has rusted solid, but it is in very good, sturdy, display condition. The price is $165.00. Inventory Code: TTTS.   See a slideshow of several views [462k] ... Cast iron Hay trolley ... The other side ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Side views ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... Another view from below ... Another overall view ... With a soda can for scale.

Huge Iron HookIron ship hooksThis is a movable metal sculpture made of two huge old iron hooks connected through a link. They came from Maine and were likely used on a large ship, possibly for holding anchor chain. One side is painted red and the other green, indicating port and starboard. This is an old, working repaint. Each hook is about 12" long by 7" wide and 1 1/2" at the thickest. They are mounted on a black, custom iron base and can be arranged in several different configurations. Age is unknown, but they are old, in excellent, used condition. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: TTPH.   Iron ship hooks ... Another view ... Third angle ... Fourth view ... From above ... Front view ... Off the base ... Mounted another way ... Another angle ... Another front view ... The base only.

Decorative iron fire truck hose reelsThis is a set of 3 decorative cast iron wheels that originally were the sides of fire truck hose reels. The have a wonderful old surface with slight remnants of real "fire engine" red paint. The wheels are in two sizes: the pair is 27" in diameter while the single is 23 1/2". They are about 1" thick in the center. The condition is very good with a dark oxidized surface. These pieces were probably all from the early 1900's and are now mounted on new bases that add slightly to the height. This first of the larger wheels is on the left in the group photos. These are priced at $295.00 each, or $825.00 for the set of three. Inventory Code: CTCW.   See a slideshow of several views [1 Mb] ... All three wheels ... One wheel ... The other side ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... The two larger wheels ... The other side ... Side view ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   All three wheels ... One wheel ... The other side ... Side view.

The second of the larger wheels, on the right in the group photos, is also 27" in diameter, in very good condition, with a dark oxidized surface. The price is $295.00 alone, or $825.00 for all three. Inventory Code: CTCO.   See a slideshow of several views [1 Mb] ... All three wheels ... The second wheel ... The other side ... Closeup ... Closeup, other side ... The two larger wheels ... The other side ... Side view ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   All three wheels ... The second wheel ... The other side ... Side view.

The smaller wheel has a more open design in the center. It is 23 1/2" in diameter, in very good condition, with a dark oxidized surface. The price is $295.00 alone, or $825.00 for all three. Inventory Code: CTCR.   See a slideshow of several views [1 Mb] ... All three wheels ... The third wheel ... The other side ... Closeup ... Side views ... Two wheels, with a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   All three wheels ... Third wheel ... The other side ... Closeup ... Side views ... Two wheels, with a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Horseshoe plant standThis is a plant stand made from welded horseshoes. It has good form and design. It stands 27 1/4" high by 13 1/2" in diameter; in excellent condition with weathered black painted surface. It was probably made in the early 1900's The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: ASCK.   Horseshoe plant stand ... Two more views ... More angles ... Closeup of base ... From above ... Another view from above ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Horseshoe plant stand ... Two more views ... More angles ... Closeup of base ... From above ... Another view from above ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Tractor lawn sprinklerA cast iron tractor lawn sprinkler in excellent old original green and red painted condition. The colors are much darker and richer than the photo shows. It is 19" long (with a 36" wand) 9" wide and 8" high. The price is $350.00. Inventory Code: ASOA.   Closeup.

Industrial drill bitThis is an old decorative drill bit with 3 heads. It is about 4" in diameter by 6" high and has a threaded base which serves as a stand. THe bit is rusty. Two of the three heads turn slightly, but they all could probably be loosened to turn with a little penetrating oil. It was found in Iowa. The age is unknown. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: CCPC.   See a slideshow of several views [569k] ... Industrial drill bit ... Another angle ... Third view ... Fourth view ... Fifth view ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Industrial drill bit ... Another angle ... Third view ... Fourth view ... Fifth view ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Bottle cap basketThis is a nice old two-handled bottle cap basket made from cork-lined caps. It is built around a glass jar. Most of the caps have taken on a dark old rust color, but many still have some of the original colors. These include red, green, yellow and orange, and are primarily on the lower handles and bottom. The basket measures 3 1/2" high by 9" wide by 5" deep, and is in excellent condition. It was likely made about the 1940's. The price is $85.00. Inventory Code: PCPT.   Bottle cap basket ... The other side ... End view ... Another angle ... From above ... Top view ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Trench artA very unusual "trench art" (actually attributed as P.O.W.) jeep and tank. These are models made from tin cans, and found objects. From W.W.II, they are intricate, detailed replicas with moving parts: wheels and steering wheel on the jeep, and the gun, treads, and pulleys on the tank. They are both in very good condition, with an old oxidized surface. The jeep is 5" long by 2 3/4" wide and high. The tank is 6" long, 3 3/4" wide and 4 1/2" high. The price is $200.00 each, or $375.00 for both. Inventory Code: AHSP.   Image ... Another view ... From above.

Iron snowbirdThese four cast iron snowbirds have an unusual, tulip-shaped form and are pierced "S & S". The surface is unfinished, weathered almost to black. They are from Pennsylvania, made in the 1800's, in excellent condition. Each is about 12" long by 6 1/4" wide by 4 1/2" high. The price is $95.00 each, with a discount for two or more. Inventory Code: AWTR.   Front view of one ... Another angle ... A third angle ... All four ... Back view ... From above ... Side view ... From below.

Iron horsesThis is a pair of figural cast iron shoe rests. They were used when someone had their shoes shined. The figures are standing horses. Made in the late 1800's to early 1900's, these are in excellent condition, with somewhat worn old silver paint from around the 1930's. Each piece stands 6 1/2" high and long, with a base 3 1/2" in diameter. The price is $325.00 for the pair. Inventory Code: ATKH.   One side ... The other side ... Closeup of one ... Closeup of the other side ... Both, from above ... Both, from below.

Cast iron snowbirdsThese two cast iron snowbirds have unusual, attractive forms. They are unpainted, with a dark, oxidized surface, and are in excellent condition. Made in the late 1800's, they are each 11" long by 5 1/4" high by 6 3/4" wide. The price is $75.00 each. Inventory Code: APKW.   Both ... Another view of both ... Front view of one ... Side view of one.

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.

Bottle cap pitcherThis is a pitcher made from bottle caps, with a large can lid for the bottom. It has very good form, and is painted a dark, oxidized gold. This is an older piece, made from cork-lined caps. You can just make out that one or two of the caps are from Coca-Cola. The pitcher is in very good condition with minor paint wear. It stands 7 1/4" high by 11" long by 7" wide. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: TCHC.   Bottle cap pitcher ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... Two front views ... Back view ... From below ... Closeup from above ... Closeup from below.

Cast iron grateThis is a large cast iron grate with beautiful form and surface. It is from the late 1800's, and measures 6" high by 15" in diameter. There are three tabs on the bottom: two of them are chipped. Otherwise, the condition is excellent. The price is $295.00. Inventory Code: THPO.   Cast iron grate ... Side views ... Another angle ... Closeup ... Back view ... Another back view ... Closeup from back.

Cast iron wheelHere are two spiral shaped cast iron cultivator wheels mounted on custom made metal bases. They are from the early 1900's, in very good used condition with expected paint wear.

This wheel has old muted red paint. It is 19 1/2" in diameter and 5 1/2" deep at the hub. It stands 25" high by 11" deep with the base. It is from the early 1900's, in very good used condition with worn paint. The price for this wheel is $150.00. Inventory Code: TTSW.   Cast iron cultivator wheel ... Two more views ... Closeup ... Reversed on the stand ... Side views ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale ... Both wheels together ... Another angle.

Cultivator wheel artThe second wheel has remnants of John Deere green paint, and measures 19" in diameter by 3 1/2" deep at the hub; as mounted it stands 25 1/2" high by 7 1/4" deep. It is in very good, used condition with worn paint. The price for this wheel is $150.00. Inventory Code: TTSK.   Cultivator wheel ... Two more angles ... Closeup ... Side views ... Back views ... Another closeup ... With a soda can for scale ... Both wheels together ... Another angle.

Decorative metal cultivator bladeThis is a decorative steel cultivator blade. It has a dark metal and rust surface from years of use. The blade is 19" in diameter, and has a convex shape to it, so curves to 2" deep. The back of the blade is painted, with the rust showing through. This piece is from the earlier part of the 20th century and is in good used condition. The price is $85.00. Inventory Code: CPOC.   See a slideshow of several views [297k] ... Decorative metal cultivator blade ... The other side ... Side views ... With a 12" ruler for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Decorative metal cultivator blade ... The other side ... Side views.

Industrial brass faucetThis is a sculptural old and unusual long brass faucet with a heart shaped handle. It has a wonderful look to it and is now mounted on a new base and stand that display its classic features. We are not sure of the original use of this decorative industrial piece as we have not seen one quite like it before. It certainly is old, likely from the early 1900's, or possibly earlier. The top turns and can even be removed to see how the liquid would be allowed to flow. The piece is in excellent old condition. It has a great surface and color as well as very nice form. The faucet itself is 9 1/2" long by about 2" wide by 5 1/4" high. The full size, on the base and stand is 11 1/2" by 4" by 7 1/2" high. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: TAWK.   Industrial brass faucet ... The other side ... Another view ... From above ... Front view ... Back view ... Off the base ... From below ... With stem removed ... With a soda can for scale.

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].

Antique folk art bankThis is a wonderful "make do" bank, made from a heavy metal can. It is painted in a deep burnt orange, black, and white with a beautiful, crazed surface. It says "Our Kitty" and "R.S. & B.C. 11-1-37", with lovely decoration on the lid also. A small coin slot was cut in the top, only large enough for pennies or dimes. The bottom of the can was carefully cut open about halfway - enough that it could be pried open to remove the contents and then pressed closed again. Dated 1937, the bank is in good used condition. It has one small dent, and some tiny chips in the paint where the lighter orange can label shows through. At one time it was splattered with tiny specks of white paint, mainly on the bottom and back of the bank. It stands 6 1/4" high by 3 3/4" in diameter. The price is $160.00. Inventory Code: TOKK.   360º video (8.1Mb) ... See a slideshow of several views [316k] ... Antique folk art bank ... Two more views ... From above ... Side and back views ... Top view ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Hand made double washtub bassThis is a beautiful home made stand up bass and an amusing take on the old "washtub bass". It was built from wood and two metal washtubs, in the form of a classical acoustic bass. Both tubs have a rusty surface with remnants of silver paint. The bottom of the smaller tub was perforated with small holes like a colander. The bottom of the larger tub is somewhat dented. The bass has three strings, with hand made wooden pegs. It stands 54" high by 18" wide by about 10" deep. It was probably made in the 1930's or 40's, but could be a bit more recent. The price is $625.00. Inventory Code: CTWT.   Hand made double washtub bass ... Back views ... Side views ... Closeup ... Closeup, lower ... Closeup from side ... Closeup from back ... Other side ... Lower, from back ... Lower, other side ... Back, from above ... Head and neck ... Head and neck, one side ... Head and neck, back ... Head and neck, other side ... From above ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Hand made double washtub bass ... Back views ... Side views ... Closeup ... Closeup, lower ... Closeup from side ... Closeup from back ... Other side ... Lower, from back ... Lower, other side ... Back, from above ... Head and neck ... Head and neck, one side ... Head and neck, back ... Head and neck, other side ... From above ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Folky hand made tin can banjoThis is a folky banjo hand made from a large can, wood neck, sheet metal, and hand carved pegs. The strap is a pair of shoelaces. The frets were made from heavy copper wire set into grooves in the neck, but most of the wires are missing or were never there. It is 33" long by 7" wide by 4" deep, from the second half of the 20th century. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: CTTA.   Folky hand made tin can banjo ... Side and back views ... More views from sides and back ... Closeups of top ... Closeup of neck ... Closeup of body ... Second closeup of body ... Third closeup of body ... Closeup from back ... From above ... Closeup from above ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Folky hand made tin can banjo ... Side and back views ... More views from sides and back ... Closeups of top ... Closeup of neck ... Closeup of body ... Second closeup of body ... Third closeup of body ... Closeup from back ... Closeup from above ... From below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

Mechanical boot jackThis is a mechanical boot jack from the late 1800's or early 1900's. It is made from cast iron with a hand carved wood handle. The handle tightens the clamp on to the heel of the boot, so it could be pulled off. The iron mechanism has a good dark oxidized surface and measures 15" long by 5" wide. When the handle is straight up, it is 34 3/4" high. The handle has a dark patina from years of use. The condition is very good, with some wear on the handle. The price is $275.00. Inventory Code: TOCA.   Mechanical boot jack ... Closeup, with a soda can for scale ... One side ... The other side ... From above ... Closeups of the handle ... Another view from above ... With a yardstick for scale ... Video of the action [4.8 Mb].
Some much larger photos:   Mechanical boot jack ... Closeup, with a soda can for scale ... One side ... The other side ... From above ... Closeups of the handle ... Another view from above ... With a yardstick for scale ... Video of the action [4.8 Mb].

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