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Iron valve wheels
Iron valve wheels
Bottle cap basket
Bottle cap basket
Sculptural apple peeler
Sculptural mechanical apple peeler w/hearts
Cast iron architectural star tie-in
Cast iron architectural star tie-in
Metal whirligig
Folky metal whirligig
Metal fish
Metal fish downriggers
Plant stand
Metal plant stand
Metal wall art
Welded metal wall art
Large metal gears
Two large industrial gears
Copper mask by Merle Steir
Copper mask by Merle Steir
Uncle Billy whirligig
"Uncle Billy" metal and wood whirligig
Trench art tank
Trench art model tank made
from tin cans, found objects
Cast iron architectural tie-in
Cast iron architectural tie-in
Hand forged eel spearsHand forged eel spearsHand forged eel spears
Several framed collections of 19th c. hand forged eel spears
Cast iron grate
Cast iron grate
Folk art robot
Robot made from found objects
Huge Iron Hooks
Huge Iron Hooks
Iron snowbird
Four cast iron snowbirds
Iron horses
Figural cast iron
shoe shine footrests
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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.

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.

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.

Metal wall art"Ground Floor Man" by Tommy Richards is welded metal art. It is mounted on a wooden frame with hand cut metal reinforcement on the back corners. The back is spray-painted "T 87" and has masking tape labels with the title and "T-87". There is also a label from a previous owner with the title and the artist. It is 19 3/4" high by 30" wide by about 1" deep, in excellent condition. The price is $325.00. Inventory Code: CRWH.   Metal wall art ... Closeup, lower left ... Upper right ... Lower right ... Upper left ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Closeup of back ... With a soda can for scale.

Metal whirligigThis is a very folky metal whirligig made from found objects. It has several layers of really worn and weathered paint, mainly white and red with black and yellow highlights and a fair amount of bare metal showing through. It is mounted on a newer metal display base. It stands 25 3/4" high by 18" long. From the 20th century, it is in good, sturdy, very weathered condition. The action works. The price is $1200.00. Inventory Code: CWWH.   Metal whirligig ... The other side ... End views ... From above ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.
Some much larger photos:   Metal whirligig ... The other side ... End views ... From above ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.

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.

Found objects robotThis folk art robot was 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.   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.
Some much larger photos:   Robot made from found objects ... Side views ... Back view ... Closeup of the head ... Closeup from the side ... Closeup of the body.

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.

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 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.   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.

Copper mask by Merle SteirThis is a life sized, sculptural mask made from sheet copper by Merle Steir. With a minimum of cutting and shaping the artist created an expressive face. The pieces are hinged together to allow movement. It measures 10 1/2" high by 8" wide by 10 1/2" deep and is signed "Merle Steir Nyc 1978". It is in very good condition with a few slight surface scratches. The price is $525.00. Inventory Code: CKPT.   Copper mask by Merle Steir ... Another angle ... Front view ... Side view ... The other side ... Back view ... Closeup ... Another closeup ... From above ... From below ... Another view from below ... Closeup from inside ... Hinged open ... Open, from the other side ... Closeup of signature ... With a soda can for scale.

Uncle Billy whirligigThis is a very folky wood and metal whirligig of a man driving a horse and buggy, followed by a dog. It has "Uncle Billy" painted on both sides. The colors are rich, deep, red, pumpkin, yellow, brown, and silver. Some of the paint is finely crazed. The figures are sheet metal, except for the man's arm, which is wood. The propeller is wood with metal vanes. It is mounted on a turned wooden finial. It is in very good, used and weathered condition, with minor paint wear, some bends in the propeller blades, and a chip off the base of the finial. Age is from the first half of the 20th century, likely 1930's or 40's. It stands 18" high by 17" long. The propeller is 13" across. The price is $895.00. Inventory Code: CWWC.   "Uncle Billy whirligig" ... The other side ... Another angle ... A fourth view ... Closeup ... Closeup, figures moved ... Closeup other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.
Some much larger photos:   "Uncle Billy whirligig" ... The other side ... Another angle ... A fourth view ... Closeup ... Closeup, figures moved ... Closeup other side ... Front view ... Back view ... From above ... With a soda can for scale ... Video of the action.

Trench art tankA very unusual "trench art" tank model attributed as P.O.W. work, made from tin cans and found objects. From W.W.II, it is an intricate, detailed replica with moving parts: the gun, treads, and pulleys. It is in very good condition, with an old oxidized surface, and measures 6" long, 3 3/4" wide and 4 1/2" high. The price is $200.00. Inventory Code: AHSP.   Trench art tank ... The other side ... Front ... From above ... From below.

Hand forged eel spearsHere is a framed set of three 19th c. wrought iron eel spears. They have been mounted on masonite in an oak frame 18 3/4" high by 22 3/4" wide by about 1 1/4" deep. The largest gig is 11" high by 5 1/2" wide by 1 1/4" thick. The smallest one is 9 1/4" high by 2 1/2" wide by 3/8" deep. They are in very good, used and weathered condition with beautiful dark oxidized surfaces. The price for this set is $350.00, with a discount if you want the others also. Inventory Code: CSAA.   Hand forged eel spears ... Side view ... Back ... With a soda can for scale ... With the other two framed collections.
Some much larger photos:   Hand forged eel spears ... Side view ... Back ... With a soda can for scale ... With the other two framed collections.

Hand forged eel spearsHere are two 19th c. wrought iron eel spears. They have been mounted on masonite in an oak frame 26 3/4" high by 12 3/4" wide by about 1 3/4" deep. The gig on the left has 6 tines and is 16 1/4" high by 3 1/8" wide by 1 1/4" thick. The one on the right has 5 tines and is 17" high by 3 1/2" wide by 1 1/4" deep. They are in very good, used and weathered condition with beautiful dark oxidized surfaces. The price for this set is $350.00, with a discount if you want the others also. Inventory Code: CTKT.   Hand forged eel spears ... Closeup ... Side view ... Back ... With a soda can for scale ... With the other two framed collections.
Some much larger photos:   Hand forged eel spears ... Closeup ... Side view ... Back ... With a soda can for scale ... With the other two framed collections.

Hand forged eel spearsHere are two 19th c. wrought iron eel spears. They have been mounted on masonite in an oak frame 26 3/4" high by 12 3/4" wide by about 1 3/4" deep. The gig on the left has 7 tines and is 17 3/4" high by 3" wide by 1" thick at the bottom. The one on the right has 4 tines and is 17 1/2" high by 2 7/8" wide by 3/4" deep. They are in very good, used and weathered condition with beautiful dark oxidized surfaces. The price for this set is $350.00, with a discount if you want the others also. Inventory Code: CTKC.   Hand forged eel spears ... Closeup ... Side view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale ... With the other two framed collections.
Some much larger photos:   Hand forged eel spears ... Closeup ... Side view ... Back view ... With a soda can for scale ... With the other two framed collections.

Bottle cap basketThis is a very good looking, nice size bottle cap basket. It has good form, color, and age. The caps are cork lined, and the surface has a nicely oxidized old muted gold. The piece is 11 1/4" high by about 12" wide by 11" deep. It is in excellent condition and dates from about the 1930's or '40's. The price is $425.00. Inventory Code: CRWK.   Bottle cap basket ... Another angle ... Third view ... Fourth view ... Fifth view ... Side view ... The other side ... From above ... Another view from above ... From below ... With a 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.   Cast iron 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.

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 are mounted on a new metal display base, but can also stand on a shelf or hang on the wall. Each measures 7 5/8" in diameter by 2" thick. As mounted, they are about 13 1/2" high by 18" wide. They are in good old, used condition with some minor dents around the edges. They are priced at $325.00 for the pair. Inventory Code: CCSO.   Large metal gears ... Another angle ... Third angle ... From above ... Another view from above ... Off the stand ... Second view off stand ... Third view ... Fourth view ... Fifth view ... Sixth view ... Seventh view ... One gear ... The other gear ... With a soda can for scale.

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