Saturday, July 24, 2010
RANDOM NU NEW HOARD
pansypoo was VERY smart and LOOKED hard at the listing and she put $7.00, but only had to bid the 99¢! i saw a lighthouse in the grouping of 12 blocks. unsure of the 2 bigger darker blocks. when i get them, it was an even better snag than i thought. the darker ones were 1800's blocks that still had a protective coating and were like NEW. this is the small 'new'. the big ones i have never seen and were 2 1/2 square. even the ones were the sides were worn off, the letters + embossing looked pretty good. one the worn ones, there is only a ghost horse. maybe with bacon or tung oil i will see more.
RANDOM 341 OBJEC T
BIG 1933 Carnival CHALKWARE Cigar Store INDIAN CHIEF 2’-$46
I’ve had this big 2 foot tall rascal around almost forever. There’s a lot I love about him including the fact that he’s obviously old, and he’s the largest example I’ve seen. Sure; he has surface loss, but I love the look. There aren’t any chips or cracks other than some roughness at the bottom – and nothing heartbreaking even there. Let’s take a close look. I’m sure you’ll love him as well.
He’s standing on a rock-shaped base measuring 7” by 6 ½”, and he weighs 8 ½ lbs. There is no danger of him falling over.
Hot diggity dog! That’s what I love to find. It is dated A.D. 1933 – July 29th – and signed “Z. & D.,” I think. Then there is an impressed mark as well: “EL 32.”
Friday, July 23, 2010
RANDOM 341 OBJECTS
ART PROJECT - 14 OLD & Antique Glass LIGHT BULBS-$16
I drove over to the little country auction house not far from our little dirt farm a couple weeks ago – mostly just to see friends and compare lies about antiques we’d recently bought or sold. They were selling the contents of an old house along with a whole lot of other stuff people had dragged in – a lot of it from spring cleanings. These 12 light bulbs and the two radio tubes were in a junk box in the back room.
I stood around back there waiting for them to sell figuring they’d bring a dollar / maybe two. Well let me tell you something: I think everyone had an art project in mind or something. I could have taken the whole family out to a fancy restaurant for dinner for what I had to pay. A certain woman who lives here with me – has for almost 50 years – looked in the box as I carried it in. Let’s just say she’d have been more impressed with a dinner, especially if pie was involved.
Those are the four biggest. That funny looking one is 10” tall and says something like “JF MAM ??? on the socket. The second largest is 8”. It and the other two in the picture above each have that little tit on top like the old blown glass Edison bulbs. Maybe that’s what they are. I just don’t know. (Most of the others have that same point on the top as well.) The other two in that picture are almost 7” tall.)
Those are the tubes I mentioned. I suppose they’re for an old radio or television. The tallest is 7 ½”. On the bottom, it says “Licensed only to extent indicated on carton.” The smaller one has the same note on the bottom, and on the side it says: “Tung-Sol TS226.”
Four of those are 5”, and the other a little shorter. One has a triangular red sticker: “Hygrade.”
Question: Can old light bulbs be repaired? I only ask because I screwed most of these into a socket and none I tried, worked. There were a couple I was afraid to screw in lest they cause a brown-out or something.
The one in the foreground is shaped like an oil lamp chimney: 6”. The others: 4 ¾” and 4”.
I hope an artist sees these and has a brainstorm.