Antique Scientific Equipment Laboratory Vacuum Pump Bell Jar Scientific Hobunkwan Auction Ending 12/22/14 http://yqz.me/HobunkwanEarly 1900’s, mahogany and brass single arm vacuum pump with a name plate for Hobunkwan, Osaka. It has a mahogany base board situated on mahogany feet. It has a turned column for the iron pump arm and a brass piston casing. A series of tubes feeds to a 8 1/2″ diameter brass plate with a frosted glass top. It has a hand-blown glass bell jar with lots of bubbles. There is a hook inside of the dome, also made of glass. It measures at approx. 29 1/2″ tall x 28 1/2″ long x 9 3/4 deep. This is a solid, heavy piece. There are places of wood rubbing, mahogany wood chipping, and wear on the metals and cast iron handle. Oxidation and signs of well use on the brass piston casing. The glass bell jar is in great condition. Please make sure to check all of our photos. Overall nice antiquated laboratory equipment. Happy Bidding.
Estate Auction Inc. will roll out the red carpet for Old Hollywood starting November 25, 2014. You can be part of the Cab Calloway legacy, and be part of his history. To be part of Cab Calloway’s legacy would be pretty great considering he was a spirited showman, extraordinary singer, talented actor and trendsetting fashion plate. A truly larger than life figure in American pop culture.
We ended up with a large cache of Cab Calloway’s personal items. Over 170 separate items. All were the personal property of Cab Calloway prior to his passing in 1994. Each will be accompanied by two COA’s, tracing their provenance back to Cab Calloway.
Over 45 plaques from every organization, group and business under the sun, including plaques from: The Blue Note in New York City; The Flo-Bert Award; The Kitani Foundation; Los Angeles County Public Library; The Filmmakers Series New School; Rheingold Award (Contributions to the Children of the City of New York); Cook County Department of Corrections; N.A.A.C.P. Boston Branch; National Shoes; United Air Lines; City of St. Louis; Long Beach City College Foundation; National Urban League Guild Award; Black Filmmakers Hall of Fame; Baltimore Links; Tamarack Lodge; Society of Singers and Lamont “The Shadow” Patterson; Audelco; Provident Medical Center; City of Los Angeles; Nuffie and Cab Admirers; Rose Marie and Danny Thomas with St. Jude Hospital; Duke Ellington Memorial Award, Cotton Club Girls etc.
Over 30 Proclamations, Resolutions, and Certificates from Cities, States and Counties around the country including; City of Miami Beach; Commonwealth of Massachusetts (Signed by Michael Dukakis); San Antonio, TX; Brooklyn, NY; City of New York (Signed by Rudolph Giuliani); Baltimore City; Kansas City, MO; County of Los Angeles; Sonoma County, CA; Wilmington, DE; Washington DC (Signed by Marion Barry, Jr); City of Minneapolis; State of New York (Signed by John E Flynn); City of Dallas; Borough of Manhattan; City of New York (Signed by Ed Koch); Rochester, NY, Etc.Invitations to the White House (Lyndon Johnson), Personal Letter from Bill Clinton, Invitation to dine with Governor Nelson Rockefeller, Invitation to Lyndon Johnson Dinner at the Hotel Plaza
Posters, Photos, Advertisements, Artwork (collages), Trophy, Newspaper articles and full paper, etc. http://yqz.me/Cab_Calloway
Vintage Antique 1930’s 1940’s C.F. Martin Soprano Ukulele Uke with Cloth Case
http://yqz.me/Ukulele Auction Ending Aug 11, 2014 18:34:01 PDT
First off we are not Martin or Ukulele experts, so, please feel free to ask any questions. We believe this is a “Style 0″ C.F. Martin Soprano Uke.With a cloth carrying case. We believe from our research, this is after 1935 to the early 1940’s. We see a small missing glaze spot on the top in the lower right corner, about the size of half our little fingernail. Everything we see says this is really clean and in great shape. It measures overall approx. 21″ by 6 3/8″ wide. GOOD LUCK!!
C.F. Martin & Company is a U.S. guitar manufacturer established in 1833 by Christian Frederick Martin. Martin is highly regarded for its steel-string guitars and is a leading mass-manufacturer of flattop acoustics. Martin instruments can cost thousands of dollars and vintage instruments often cost six figures. The company has also made several models of electric guitars and electric basses.
The company’s headquarters and primary factory are in Nazareth, Pennsylvania, located in the Lehigh Valley region of the state. Martin also manufactures instruments in Mexico. Martin produced 182 instruments during 1900, increasing to 24,085 in 2000.
Antique Wood Magic Lantern Slide Lot/Boxed Set American History/Americana
We Have NEVER Run Across A Find Like This! Auction Ending Jun 23, 2014 18:50:01 PDT http://yqz.me/Magic-Lantern-Slide
In this auction we have an amazing find, and we are plum excited to offer it to you! Here we have a LARGE LOT (29 in all) of late 19th century woodframed Victorian magic lantern slides with the theme of American History in their original wooden case/box. These include some absolutely beautiful Americana scenes that are encased in wooden (possibly mahogany) frames. Some of the metal rings have gathered some discoloration to the finish/patina. Each of these wonderful vignettes of American history are shown from a Victorian perspective. This collection is a wonderfully patriotic American narrative. This was likely used as a teaching tool as the final slides show family life preserved by the previous acts of war; the schoolyard with happy and healthy children; proud Columbia with sword and flag; and finished up by the U.S. Flag. these are all in overall good condition and have been kept in their wood box. The paper labels have all but worn away over time with love and use. It appears that many years ago someone numbered them , what they thought, was chronological order (although a few seem out of sequence to us). We are going to list them as numbered below with a brief description and condition report. Each measures approx. 7″ x 4″ x 3/8″. The glass measures 3 1/4″ across. THe hinged box measures approx. 14 3/4″ x 6″ x 9 1/2″. The condition of the slides is quite good, with only a few exceptions. Overall this collection is in really nice, but quite scarce!
1. Landing Of Columbus ~ some background color loss on the reverse side noticeable when tilted but not noticeable from the front
2. The Mayflower On Open Seas
3. Pilgrims Atop Plymouth Rock
4. Revolutionary War / Colonial Battle Scene
5. Another Revolutionary War / Colonial Battle Scene~ this one has some uniform spotting on the glass
6. George Washington Full Length Portrait
7. George Washington Crossing The Delaware ~ some loss of color on the American Flag
8. George Washington Praying On Bended Knee In A Wooded Landscape
9. Revolutionary War Battle Scene
10. Another Battle Scene
11. Revolutionary War Battle of Monmouth Scene Of Molly Pitcher
12. Another Battle Scene
13. War of 1812 Battle Scene
14. ANother War of 1812 Battle Scene
15. Revolutionary War Battle Scene
16. Naval Battle Scene ~ some discoloration on the left side
17. Battle Of New Orleans 18. Portrait of Abraham Lincoln
19. Burning a Naval Fort ~ some discoloration on the left corner and right side
20. Abraham Lincoln Addressing A Throng of Onlookers
21. Civil War Battle Scene With Tattered American Flag
22. Union & Confederate Soldiers Shaking Hands Over A US Flag
23. Battle of The Alamo (?)
24. Naval Battle Scene
25. Blowing Up A Battleship (Possibly the Maine?)
26. Soldier Returning Home From The War / Greeted By His Family
27. Substantial Two-Story Brick Schoolhouse with Children In The Schoolyard
28. Columbia with Sword Standing Atop A Rock With AMerican Flag
29. U.S. Flag Blowing In The Breeze (split in the wood)
If you have any information on anything listed above, please do not hesitate to share. We love to learn and would love to share your wisdom with everyone else. Good Luck!
ORIG Antique Etching James Gillray British Political Satire Cartoon On Taxes yqz
The Battle Over Taxes NEVER Ends! Auction Ending Jun 24, 2014 19:16:01 PDT http://yqz.me/taxes
Some things just never change. One of those things is taxes. For some reason, those who collect taxes never have enough, and those who pay taxes never want to pay them. In this picture, attributed to James Gillray, two prosperous looking men are at the door of a small business man, who doesn’t have anywhere close to the same well fed and clothed appearance of the tax collectors at his door. The business man protests that he is being taxed to the point where he won’t have a house nor hole to put his head in, while the collectors below, who obviously know better, inform the taxpayer that he doesn’t need a house. He could move into the garret (attic) or the cellar, but the taxes must be paid, for the good of the dear country. On the right hand side, of the picture, you can see some shabbily dressed people at the “New Brewery for the Benefit of the Poor,” one fellow is at the pump handle, while another has his mouth under the spigot, sucking it in while the overflow is wasted in the street, creating a puddle where the tax collector stands. There is more to the print, which you can see in the photos, but that is most of the story. Doesn’t it sound like today’s headlines?
This is in very good to excellent condition, some mellowing of colors from age, but the mat and print are clean, ready to be displayed. It measures approx. 11″ by 13½”, the mat opening 6¼” by 8⅝”. What a great piece, a reminder that there is nothing new under the sun. Good Luck!
We found this little bit of a biography about James Gillray on the Original Political Cartoon website, a Great website:
Gillray, James (1756 – 1815)
James Gillray was the leading caricaturist of the late eighteenth century, and is generally recognised as the father of the political cartoon. Gillray worked exclusively for Hannah Humphrey, the younger sister of William Humphrey of Gerrard Street. Gillray’s engravings helped Humphrey become London’s leading print-seller. In 1793, Gillray starting living in a room above Hannah Humphrey’s shop in Old Bond Street. He also accompanied her when she moved to new premises in 1794 (New Bond Street) and 1797 (St James’s Street). Gillray appears to have held liberal views in his youth but after 1793 he became a supporter of William Pitt and the Tories. When a friend asked Gillray why his prints were so critical of the Whigs he replied: “they are poor, they do not buy my prints and I must draw on the purses of the larger parties.” Gillray’s cartoons were especially critical of Radicals such as Charles Fox.
Antique c 1899 C.M. Bergmann Simon & Halbig 25″ German Bisque Doll w/ TEETH yqz
Jointed Body ~ Shabby Chic Condition Auction Ending Jun 23, 2014 19:00:01 PDT http://yqz.me/antique-dolls
In this auction we have a very pretty, estate fresh early 1900’s German bisque girls doll head on a paper-mache, ball jointed body. This lovely dollis decorated in an ecru silk dress with white lawn underwear, and a string of pearls around her neck. She is so sweet, still wearing her original leather shoes with tiny heels. Both ears are pierced and she has a pink bow is tied in her long blonde hair. On the back of her head is impressed: C.M. BERGMANN / SIMON & HALBIG / 10-1 / 2. She stands at approx. 25″ tall and we listed her in shabby chic condition for a few reasons. The silk dress is thin and has numerous holes and the white lawn underwear and petticoats need laundering. The shoes are missing the ribbons and one is missing the bow and the sole is split. This doll has been restrung at one time, probably when the eyes were reset. There are a few wig pulls to the color of the forehead, just below the opening of the crown, and a few remnants of old glue from the wig. We found no chips, cracks, breaks, touch-ups or repairs to the bisque head. The finish on the body also appears original, with no touch-ups or repairs, it has the original factory varnish. The blonde mohair wig is original, just in need of a serious combing. There is lovely coloration to the bisque, beautiful S & H Bergmann features. Fine quality, original owner attic doll in need of a little TLC. Good luck.
Great C.M. Bergmann and Simon & Halbig info from dollreference (GREAT Site!):
C. M. Bergmann Dolls 1888-1931 German
Charles M. Bergmann operated a doll company in Waltershausen, Thuringia, Germany, by 1909 he added a factory in Friedrichroda, Germany.
Bergmann dolls came in sizes from 13″ to 34″ tall, with composition ball jointed bodies and a bisque socket head or bisque shoulder head and kid body, supplied from other manufacturers; Armand Marseilles, ABG – Alt, Beck & Gottschalck, William Goble, Simon & Halbig and maybe others.
Bergmann also made papier mache dolls, kid leather bodied dolls, character baby dolls. Dolls were distributed in the United States by Louis Wolf & Co., who registered these trademarks for them.
Simon & Halbig Dolls 1839-1943 German
Simon & Halbig was founded in 1839, they began making dolls from 1869 in their two porcelain factories in Gräfenhain and Hildburghausen, near Thuringia, Germany. In 1920 S & H was bought by Kämmer & Reinhardt, who continued to produce dolls until 1932. Sometime after the factory became known as Keramischer Werk Gräfenhain. Simon & Halbig is known for their fine bisque doll heads and innovation in the doll industry, they also supplied doll heads to many other well known doll manufacturers.
Antique Victor Talking Machine Phonograph Morning Glory Speaker Vic III NR yqz
Electricity Free Music Player In Beautiful Oak Cabinet Auction Ending Jun 23, 2014 18:54:01 PDT http://yqz.me/Antique-Phonograph
This came out of a Doctor’s estate on the Easternshore of Maryland. According to family lore, this was given in lieu of payment from one of the Doctor’s patients.
Back in the days of the late 19th century when Thomas Edison was the technological guru of the day, he was selling his cylinder recordings to beused on his phonograph. As we all know, success is a bandwagon, and there were many who began to try to create their own sound recording systems and players without encountering Edison’s patent protections. One of the innovations was the flat record developed by Emile Berliner beginning in 1892 which eventually became the standard for recorded music and ruled for decades.
In this auction, we have an early Victor flat disc record player with external metal morning glory type speaker. This phonograph has a plate on the side identifying it as “Victor; Made By Victor Talking Mch. Co.; Type Vic. III; 11374A’ Patented in U.S. And Foreign Countries; Camden, New Jersey, U.S.A.” This is in an oak cabinet with the tapered arm, a hand crank that operates the spring loaded motor, and the metal external horn you see in the photos, which has been repainted at some point to the color you see. The base of the cabinet measures approx. 14¼” square, the arm extends approx. 7″ from the side of the cabinet. The speaker horn measures approx. 19¼” in diameter and 21¼” tall. You can see that some of the paint has flaked off exposing brass color beneath, and there are some dings and dents all over. But the original label has been masked during the painting process, leaving it visible. The crank will wind up the motor and the turntable will turn, but the stopper needs a new part. The speed knob is the oldest style, according to the Victor- Victrola website. (A Great website where we drew most of our information.) The sound arm does not have a needle, but the physics of the machine are such that you can hear sound amplified through the speaker when we rubbed a finger against the No. 2 reproducer. One of the screws holding the plate where the crank enters the cabinet is not original. And the finish of the wood could use some tender loving care after nearly a century of life. Some oxidation is visible on the nickel plating, but overall it is in generally good condition for its age.
Interestingly, when doing research for this Victor Talking Machine, we learned that the steel needles needed should be used for a single play and thrown away. This was to preserve the record. The needle would become dull that quickly, but that was by design. Reusing a steel needle would wear out the record. Later manufacturing methods were developed to make the two parts more compatible. A newer record should not be played with the heavy arm of this machine; it will damage the record.
Many Unique Tribal Artifacts Up For Auction For The Month Of June! Lots of International Antiques! http://yqz.me/international-antiques
Antique Asante Ashante Ashanti Tribe of Ghana Fertility Statue Akua’ba Doll http://yqz.me/Fertility-Statue
We’ve found ourselves with a huge estate collection of African, Island and other Tribal artifacts. Many of these are absolutely museum quality. Weare not experts in this area, but we can read labels on some of them and match others online. If we get something wrong, just let us know and we will try and post it here so everyone can see. We are putting them up in separate auctions over the next few weeks. Check back regularly to see what we get up. GOOD LUCK!!
In this auction we have a carved wood statue. We believe this is a Asante Tribe statue, the head is very much in the disc head style. This is most likely a fertility figure or doll, measuring approx. 12¾” tall. You can see the carved details that indicate that this is a female and a great carved design on the back of the disc head. You can see signs of age in odd discolored spots and a crack in the wood high on the head as well as other small dings and scratches. We found this paragraph about Akua’ba dolls on the Zyama website, a GREAT website:
Asante (Ashanti, Achanti, Ashante, Ashanti), Ghana
The early Asante economy depended on the trade of gold and enslaved peoples to Mande and Hausa traders, as well as to Europeans along the coast. In return for acting as the middlemen in the slave trade, the Asante received firearms, which were used to increase their already dominant power, and various luxury goods that were incorporated into Asante symbols of status and political office. The forest surrounding the Asante served as an important source of kola nuts, which were sought after for gifts and used as a mild stimulant among the Muslim peoples to the north. In traditional Asante society, in which inheritance was through the maternal line, a woman’s essential role was to bear children, preferably girls.Akua’ba doll. The Ashanti region of southern Ghana is a remnant of the Ashanti Empire, which was founded in the early 17th century when, according to legend, a golden stool descended from heaven into the lap of the first king, Osei Tutu. In traditional Ashanti society, in which inheritance was through the maternal line, a woman’s essential role was to bear children, preferably girls to continue the matrilineage. Fertility and children are the most frequent themes in the wooden sculptures of the Asante. Such are akua’ba fertility figures. The akua’ba are dolls with disk-shaped heads embodying their concept of beauty and carried by women who want to become pregnant and to deliver a beautiful child. The fame of these objects derives from a legend asserting that a woman who has worn one will give birth to a particularly beautiful daughter. A Ghanaian source indicates another use: when a child disappeared, the akua’ba was placed with food and silver coins at the edge of the forest to attract the malevolent spirit responsible: the spirit would then exchange the child for the statue.
Antique WEST POINT CADETS SUMMER DRESS Pre-War Britain Soldiers #299 Org Box yqz
1905 English Registry Number 459993 GREAT SET!!!!!
Auction Ending (May 25, 2014 19:12:01 PDT)
What a find! In this auction we have a very nice original box of eight old metal Britains toy, U.S.A. Forces, WEST POINT CADETS SUMMER DRESS figures. The end of the box reads “U.S.A. CADETS No. 299. It has on the cover the English Registry Number 459993, which dates these to 1905 for design. Each figure measures approximately 2 3/8″ tall (to the tip of the hat, excluding the moveable arm withrifle) and are marked on the underside of the bases: BRITAINS LTD / COPYRIGHT / MADE IN ENGLAND / PROPRIETORS. We find them in good condition with no cracks, breaks, or touch-ups or repairs. Due note that one soldier’s arm is loose on the socket and can come off, not damaged, the hole was cast slightly large. There is some age wear to the thick, shiny original factory paint on most of the rifles, some on the white trousers and some to three of the green bases. The box measures approximately 14 3/4″ x 3 3/8″ x 1 1/4″. They are fresh from the attic of a home on the Maryland’s Eastern Shore. Good luck.
Britains toy brand from wiki:
Britains is a toy company known for its diecast lead soldiers, but the company also diversified into other associated toys such as diecast zamac military trucks and agriculture vehicles.
The W. Britain brand name of toy and collectible soldiers is derived from a company founded by William Britain Jr., a British toy manufacturer, who in 1893 invented the process of hollow casting in lead, and revolutionized the production of toy soldiers. The company quickly became the industry leader, and was imitated by many other companies, such as Hanks Bros. and John Hill and Co. The style and scale of Britain’s figures became the industry standard for toy soldiers for many years.
In 1907 the family proprietorship, William Britain & Sons, incorporated as Britains, Ltd. The Britain family controlled the firm until 1984 when it was sold to a British conglomerate, Dobson Park Industries. They combined the operations with an existing line of toys and renamed the company Britains Petite, Ltd. During the first half of the 20th century, Britains expanded its range and market. By 1931 the firm employed 450 at its London factory. The catalogue had expanded to 435 sets and twenty million models a year were being produced.
In the early 1950s Britains was associated with W. Horton Toys and Games which made the diecast Lilliput ranges of small-scale rather generic cars and trucks and other vehicles. Later, Britains acquired Herald Miniatures, plastic figures designed by Roy Selwyn-Smith. The company was also known for its American Revolutionary War soldiers.
Also in early 1950s, one of the first Britains vehicles was a Bluebird land speed record car of famed driver Sir Malcolm Campbell. It had a removable body and the box showed a detailed cut-away illustration of the car.
HUGE Antique Art Nouveau Nude Figural Bronze Lamp Leaded Glass Globe 207 Pcs yqz
After Gustav Gurschner Amazing And Unique Lamp
Now this is an interesting piece! It is a LARGE antique figural nude lamp made of bronze with a leaded glass shade/globe that rests over the bulb socket. The base of this lamp is quite different than most we see. It features 3 nude figures, 2 women and 1 man. The women are displayed most prominently at both the bottom an top. The lady at the bottom is hanging on to a sheet that is being stretched into the air and has a look of pain or lust on her face as she stares at the other 2. The lady at the top is pulling the sheet upward and opens it wide. The man is hanging on to her by the backs of her thighs. The open sheet creates a cradle for the beautiful leaded stained glass shade. The shade itself is made up of 207 individual pieces of glass with 3 red glass balls for the goldfishes eyes. This lamp just keeps giving and giving with it uniqueness and design. We were able to attribute this to the famous Gustav Gurschner (we are including a bit of info on him at the end). This carries through with all of his tones and mannerisms. The only difference is that this piece is not signed. Please make sure you check out all of the pictures of this amazing piece. I could go on all day and not tell it all! It measures approx. 32″ x 9 1/2″ x 9 1/2″. The shade measures approx. 7″ tall and 7″ across. Good Luck!
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We found the following on Wikipedia:
Gustav Gurschner (1873–1970) was an Austrian sculptor active in the decorative arts.
He studied under August Kühne and Otto König at the Kunstgewerbeschule in Vienna. He married the writer Alice Pollak in 1897. In 1898, he participated in the inaugural exposition of the Vienna Secession. From 1904 to 1908, he was part of the Hagenbund, a group of like-minded Austrian artists.
His body of work consists of functional objects such as ashtrays, electric lamps, door knockers, and doorknobs. Gurschner’s style was influenced by the sinuous lines of Art nouveau and the symmetry of the Wiener Werkstätte.