Saturday, November 08, 2014
old MASON & co KC missouri DRUMHEAD chuck a luck CAGE DICE hazard TUMBLER- $210
Important factoid regarding the maker: Mason & Co. had a facility in Kansas City, Missouri long before the owner, Harrington Drake, consolidated, moving the whole shootin’-match to Chicago. My guess is, as one of three or four companies whose products were geared toward grifters, con men, cardsharps, and other scoundrels, he grew tired of appearing in court in state after state.
I have a little piece of advice for sellers like me who enjoy “working” on their eBay listings in the predawn hours when everyone else in the house is sleeping.
If you ever find one of these huge dice tumblers with sheepskin drumheads on each end and big heavy dice inside, it’s not a good idea to keep “trying it out” again and again. This warning is especially important if the bedroom where your spouse is sleeping is adjacent to your work area.
I listen to music using headphones as I write descriptions, take photographs, and post my things to eBay, so I didn’t hear her coming. Right in the middle of the Bela Fleck and the Flecktones concert coming through my headset, WHAM! Something hit me on the back of the head. For a moment, I thought I was being raptured, but when I swiveled around in my chair, there she stood.
Oops. I seem to have wandered off the subject. Sorry.
This is a large piece, and it works beautifully. The total height is 18 ¾”, which includes the handle at the top and the heavy round bottom with a socket on each side – sockets into which fit the two support posts. The “Mae West” shaped chuck cage is 15 ½” tall, or more, with 7 ½” ends. The whole deal weighs 10 lbs. 10 oz. (4.82kg)
Seen above is that crackly thing at the waist. I am, by the way, highly skilled at taking photos that make things look worse than they appear in real life. (No, Virginia. eBay is not real life, which is why you’re so pale and squinty-eyed.)
Holy mackerel! I just this second realized something. Talk about a great Christmas gift. This ole dude even comes with its own “rum pa pum pum.”