Saturday, November 22, 2014
old folk art BLACK SNAKE, leather tongue & eyes goofy face- $22
In all the time I’ve had this little critter I’ve never been able to determine the material. At first I thought it was wood, but it isn’t. I’ve never seen another like him, and I love the leather tongue and eyes. The rest shall remain a puzzle.
If you are old enough to remember Kukla, Fran and Ollie, doesn’t this snake look almost like Ollie? Maybe it’s just me.
Giving him a coat of wax would make him shiny black. I almost did that one day then decided against it.
why the GOVT wired america for telephone + rail. why we need a NEW infrastructure push. DSL FOR ALL. and UPGRADE THE INTERNETS!
Friday, November 21, 2014
vintage 48" SLIDE RULE Pickett N4-ES vector 1960-64- $252
I don’t know if Picket was the first to advertise their slide rules on the big wall-hanging ones used by teachers, but when you examine this one closely, you can tell it’s not only a tool but also an advertisement. On one end, you’ll see: “PICKET – ALL AMERICAN – ALL METAL – SLIDE RULES.”
Thursday, November 20, 2014
vintage ANTON HLAVACEK piano accordion prague 80 bass- $169
The day I brought this accordion home, I couldn’t wait to show off my discovery to my dear spouse, She-Who-Must-Be-Obeyed. It was one of those days I’ll not soon forget. I carried it in, took it out of what remains of the case, and held it to my chest as if to play her a tune as she sat in her easy chair, her cat asleep in her lap.
There is no denying the fact that it is a thing of beauty. Butterflies and flowers are the most striking elements, but you will also notice two bands of green, butterscotch, and white, one at each end of the bellows. There is no shortage of detail.
Now listen up for a second. Most of my description, except for the following measurements, is conjecture, banter, BS, and a little bit of fun. However, down near the bottom you’ll find an “Important Note.” I put it in red to help you find it. It concerns “things to come.”
Yes, I do see that the key on the right is a bit raised, but I believe it to be something easily fixed. However, if it stays like that for more than four hours . . .
IMPORTANT NOTE: Later today, while the cat is sleeping, I am going to take the accordion way out back in the woods behind my house. I’ll check every note and report back on my findings. Go ahead and bid anyway. I’ll add the “Squeeze and Wheeze Report” as an addition to the listing. (Who knows? I may find out I'm an accordion savant.)
As always, I guarantee there’ll be no disappointments. There is one exception in this case. If you win it, pay for it, I ship it, and you received it and only THEN realize you don’t know how to play an accordion, all bets are off.