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Metal table made from industrial conveyor belt
Table made from stainless steel
industrial conveyor belt
Metal found object chair
Metal found object farm chair
Home made grain scoop
Home made grain scoop
from metal sign
Cast iron figure
19th c. Cast iron figures
Cast iron churn
Large sculptural
industrial cast iron churn
Duck shooting gallery target
Two cast iron duck
shooting gallery targets

Part of a collection of oversize keys:
trade signs, "keys to the city",
and souvenirs, 1800's - 1940's
Cast iron Hummer rooster windmill weight
Hummer rooster windmill weight
mailbox man
Colorful metal man from
chain, car parts, etc.
Anchor
Small folding anchor
Folky butcher's trade sign
Folky metal trade sign
with rooster, found objects
Decorative industrial metal panel
Two decorative industrial steel panels
Bottle cap chair
Bottle cap chair
Bottle cap sofa
Bottle cap sofa
Bottle cap sofa
Bottle cap sofa
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Home made grain scoopThis is a primitive, make-do scoop for grain, animal feed, etc. It was hand made from part of a metal sign, with a wooden back and hand carved wood handle. The metal has worn yellow, gold, red, and black paint. The handle has a nice smooth patina from use. It is 15" long by 7 1/4" wide by 2 1/2" deep, in good, sturdy, used condition with appropriate paint wear and light rust. It was made in the first half of the 20th century. The price is $135.00. Inventory Code: CSST.   Home made grain scoop ... Back views ... Another view ... Side views ... Sides, from back ... Closeup of handle ... Closeup inside ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Home made grain scoop ... Back views ... Another view ... Side views ... Sides, from back ... With a soda can for scale.

Cast iron figureCast iron figureHere are three extraordinary cast iron figures. Each conveys a strong sense of personality and movement. The faces were hand formed and vary from one to another. These figures date from the 19th century, were found in Tennessee, and have dark, oxidized, weathered surfaces. The backs are open and partly filled with concrete. They may have originally been architectural pieces or supports for a garden urn. They have been mounted on metal bases. Each stands about 12" high by 4 3/4" wide by 4" deep. The bases are each about 7" square. They are priced individually below. Inventory Code: TKRR.   Three cast iron figures ... Another angle ... A third view ... From above ... Another view from above ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Three cast iron figures ... Another angle ... A third view ... From above ... Another view from above ... With a soda can for scale.

The first figure is in excellent condition. The price is $850.00. Inventory Code: TKKS.   Closeup ... With a soda can for scale ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of the back.
Some much larger photos:   Closeup ... With a soda can for scale ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of the back.

The second figure has an old break on the left arm. The price is $800.00. Inventory Code: TKRR.   Closeup ... With a soda can for scale ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... From below.
Some much larger photos:   Closeup ... With a soda can for scale ... Two more views ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of back.

The third figure has an old break across the top of the head and one arm. The price is $750.00. Inventory Code: TKRK.   Closeup ... With a soda can for scale ... Another angle ... Side views ... Back views ... From above ... Another closeup.
Some much larger photos:   Closeup ... With a soda can for scale ... Another angle ... Side views ... Back views ... From above ... Another closeup.

Metal found object chairThis is a metal chair made from objects found around the farm. The seat is a large pitchfork, the back is a disk from a cultivator. There are three horseshoes worked in, along with chain and other machine or wagon parts. While it has rockers and does rock, the tendency is to sit still on the rear stops. It has very nice old black and yellow paint. The chair measures 29" high by 21" wide by 28" deep. It is in very good, useable condition with minor paint wear, from the 1930's or 40's. The price is $675.00. Inventory Code: TPHH.   Metal found object chair ... Front view ... One side ... The other side ... Closeup of back and seat ... Closeup of lower front ... Closeup, one side ... Closeup, other side ... Another overall view ... Back view ... From above.

Cast iron churnThis is the cast iron mechanism from an industrial butter or ice cream churn with a wonderful, sculptural look. The large size gives it an impressive presence. It has a dark, rich, oxidized surface with small traces of green. It is formed in two pieces that fit firmly together as a free-standing object. The pieces also look good individually, hung on a wall or displayed on a shelf. The base has gear teeth and two glass windows, and is embossed "Made In USA". Assembled, it stands 28" high by 11 1/2" in diameter. It is probably from the early 1900's, and is in excellent display condition. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CSSC.   Cast iron churn ... Another view ... Two more angles ... 3 views of the other side ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... From above ... The two sections separated ... The upper half ... The base ... The base, from below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Cast iron churn ... Another view ... Two more angles ... 3 views of the other side ... Closeup.

Metal table made from industrial conveyor beltThis is a folk art table hand made from stainless steel industrial conveyor belt. Each of the links was welded one by one so they would not move. The belts were found in a metal scrap yard and originally came from a candy manufacturing plant in Louisiana. On the bottom of the links is impressed the name Tabletop and the code SS815. It has been strengthened by the addition of four triangular stainless steel plates welded into the legs. The table is rigid and does not flex, but it will rock slightly from side to side under pressure. It is a sturdy and functional piece of art. The table was made within the last few years and is in very good condition. It is 29" high by 19 1/2" wide by 18" deep. Each link is approximately 4 1/2" wide by 1 1/2" high. The price is $575.00. Inventory Code: CPOS.   Metal table made from industrial conveyor belt ... Another angle ... Third view ... Fourth view ... Fifth view ... Sixth view ... One side ... Second side ... Third side ... Fourth side ... From above ... Closeup from above ... Second closeup from above ... The lower shelf, from above ... Top view ... From below ... Closeup from below ... Second closeup from below ... Closeup of feet ... One foot ... Another foot ... Closeup of inner belt ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Metal table made from industrial conveyor belt ... Another angle ... Third view ... Fourth view ... Fifth view ... Sixth view ... One side ... Second side ... Third side ... Fourth side ... Closeup from above ... Second closeup from above ... The lower shelf, from above ... Top view ... From below ... Second closeup from below ... With a yardstick and soda can for scale.

AnchorHere is an interesting and decorative collapsible anchor. It measures only 7" by 2" by 2" when folded. Opened, including the hanging ring it is 8 1/2" long, while the four flukes extend to 7" across. It is made from galvanized iron. It is not too old, but obviously used, with a nice surface. The price is $95.00. Inventory Code: TTPK.   Anchor ... Another view ... A third angle ... From above ... From below ... Folded up.

mailbox manAn extraordinary Metal man, about 4 feet high and 39" wide, made from found objects, including chains, fuel pump for heart, distributor, springs, reflectors, gears, and more. He was a mailbox holder. This sculpture came from New Hampshire, and was made in the 1950's. It is in excellent, older condition, with beautiful old polychrome paint. The price is $3,500.00. Inventory code: ASRP.   Image ... Closeup of head ... Back view ... Closeup of body ... Closeup of arms and legs ... Closeup of head and upper torso.

Folky butcher's trade signThis is a folky butcher's trade sign. It is hand made from metal tools and found objects, with a sheet metal rooster on top. Ice tongs form part of the frame. It has worn silver paint with areas of surface rust. Red and black decoration was added on one side. From the first half of the 1900's, it measures 30" high by 22" wide by about 5" deep at the tong handles, in very good, weathered condition. The price is $1500.00. Inventory Code: CCRS.   Folky butcher's trade sign ... Closeup ... The other side ... Side views ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Folky butcher's trade sign ... Closeup ... The other side ... Side views ... From above ... With a soda can for scale.

Decorative industrial metal panelHere is a pair of decorative industrial metal panels with strong graphic look and good size. These are the sheet steel that was left over after a series of parts were cut out. Each is 48 1/4" by 24" by 1/8" thick. They are in very good, as found condition, with slight surface irregularities, very slight surface rust, and somewhat sharp edges. One is just a little warped, the other is flat. They are ready to hang on a wall, or would would look great as a room divider or over a window. They are priced at $175.00 each. Inventory Code: CPHR.   Decorative industrial metal panel ... The other side ... Closeup ... The second panel ... The other side ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Side view of both ... Both, with a yardstick for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Decorative industrial metal panel ... Closeup ... The second panel ... The other side ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Side view of both.

Cast iron Hummer rooster windmill weightThis is a cast iron windmill weight in the form of a rooster. It is a short stem Hummer, made in the early 1900's by the Elgin Wind Power and Pump Company, in Elgin, IL. It has an old repaint of black, red, and white and is in excellent condition. It comes with a custom made wooden display base. The size is 9 3/4" long by 8 3/4" high by about 1 3/4" thick. As mounted on the base, it is 11" high by 13" by 6 1/2". The price is $650.00. Inventory Code: CTRP.   Cast iron Hummer rooster windmill weight ... The other side ... Another angle ... Front view ... From above ... Removed from the base ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Cast iron Hummer rooster windmill weight ... The other side ... Another angle ... Front view ... Removed from the base ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Bottle cap chairThis is a fairly large bottle cap chair. All the cork lined caps retain their naturally aged colors and many of the brands are still readable. The corner pieces include mission Cherry Soda, Nesbitt's Orange Drink, and Imitation Black Cherry Soda. Some of the orange caps have Coca Cola visible on their edges. The chair is likely from the 1960's or so. It is 15 1/2" high by about 8" wide and 7 1/2" deep. It is in excellent sturdy condition. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: CWAR.   Bottle cap chair ... Another angle ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Bottle cap chair ... Another angle ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Bottle cap sofaThis is a rather large bottle cap sofa made from old, cork lined caps. It was designed with red caps for the top row, then two rows of gold caps, and the lower portion mostly gray and white. The surface is nicely aged and still shows the colors, with a few areas of brighter sheen in places. On the bottom of the legs are caps that can be read as Schlitz, 7Up and Van Merritt. A number of the caps are marked "Chicago" or "Joliet". The sofa was likely made in the 1940's or a little more recently. It is in excellent, sturdy condition and is constructed in good detail. The sofa is about 16" long by almost 8" deep and 7" high. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CWHW.   Bottle cap sofa ... Another angle ... A third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Bottle cap sofa ... Another angle ... A third view ... Side view ... The other side ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Bottle cap sofaThis is an extremely nice smallish bottle cap sofa. It is about 7 1/2" long by 6" high by 5" deep, It is very well built and quite solid, made from old, cork lined bottle caps. It was painted a dark red, which has worn and weathered. The age is around the 1940's or earlier. It is in excellent condition with no loss. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: CWHO.   Bottle cap sofa ... Another angle ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Bottle cap sofa ... Another angle ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... From above ... From below ... With a soda can for scale.

Duck shooting gallery targetDuck shooting gallery targetHere are two cast iron duck shooting gallery targets. They have dark oxidized surfaces with worn remnants of red and white paint. Each has been mounted on a wood display base. The ducks are 7 1/2" long by 5" high. Including the base they are 6" high by 6" by 4". They are in very good, used and shot condition, and show a little bit of bright metal on the base where they were removed from their original mounts. They are priced at $165.00 each, or both for $300.00. Inventory Code: CWPT.   Duck shooting gallery targets ... Closeup of one target ... The other target ... Back view ... Both targets, with a soda can for scale.
Some much larger photos:   Duck shooting gallery targets ... Closeup of one target ... The other target ... Back view ... Both targets, with a soda can for scale.

Here is part of a collection of oversize keys. There are trade signs, ceremonial "keys to the city", and souvenirs. They range in age from the late 1800's through about the 1940's, and in size from 8" to almost 5 feet long. They are described and priced separately below, with a discount for buying several - they look great together. We also have quite a few wooden keys with this collection. You can see them all here.

1897 Christmas souvenir metal keysThis is a cast iron depiction of crossed keys reading "Merry Xmas 1897, Happy New Year 1898". It is in excellent condition, with a very dark oxidized surface and faint traces of green and red paint. It measures about 7" by 6" by 1/4" thick. The price is $250.00. Inventory Code: CTSW.   1897 Christmas souvenir metal keys ... From above ... From below ... Back view ... With a 12" ruler for scale.
Some much larger photos:   1897 Christmas souvenir metal keys ... From above ... From below ... With a 12" ruler for scale.

1928 Louisville keyThis metal ceremonial key is marked "June 1928 To Louisville". It is 10" long by 4 3/4" high by about 1/2" thick, with worn black paint. There is a chip or casting flaw on one side of the handle, done before the key was painted. The price is $150.00. Inventory Code: CTSH.   1928 Louisville key, with a 12" ruler ... Closeup ... The other side ... Closeup ... End view ... The other end.
Some much larger photos:   1928 Louisville key, with a 12" ruler ... Closeup ... The other side ... Closeup ... End view.

Hot Springs souvenir keyA souvenir thermometer in the form of a key. The front is inscribed "Hot Springs, Ark. Entrance to Government Reservation". The back has a patent date of Aug. 25, 1925 and a U.S. seal with an eagle. It is 8 1/2" long by 2 3/4" wide, in very good condition with a slightly oxidized surface. The price is $110.00. Inventory Code: CTSR.   Hot Springs souvenir thermometer key ... Closeup of top ... Closeup, lower ... Other side ... Other side, closeup of top ... Closeup of lower ... With a 12" ruler for scale.

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