Beautiful hand crafted forged brass French table scale 18th Century. The name scales derives from the pair of scales or dishes in which objects to be weighed and the weights / masses against which to weigh them are placed. The Oxford English Dictionary defines scales as “Apparatus for weighing. The oldest evidence for the existence of weighing scales dates to c. 2400-1800 B.C.E. in the Indus River valley (modern-day Pakistan)
1950’s German Coca cola tin tray. Coca Cola started distributing tin serving and change trays to soda fountains in 1897. Trays produced from that date until 1968 belong to the first, or classic, period of Coca-Cola trays. Because trays made from 1970 onward were often reissues of older trays or were made from new materials. The earliest trays often had the slogan “Delicious and Refreshing,” slogans changed over time, with phrases like “Drink Coca-Cola,” “Coke Refreshes You Best,” “Here’s a Coke for you,” and “Be Really Refreshed!” Some trays had no slogan at all, only the familiar Coca-Cola logo.
This is a wonderful rare hard to find 1930’s Mickey Mouse pencil school box. Mickey Mouse is dear to my heart. My father was a Disney artist toy maker had one of the largest collections in the world, and open a toy museum in Japan in 1990’s. Mickey Mouse was born in 1928 his first cartoon was Steamboat Willie and the rest is history. I can remember as a kid the house filling up with all these toys and items. I spent many days at the studios and the tunnels in Disneyland. Mickey Mouse is the #1 icon in the world!!!
This is an awesome 1950’s Japan made tin friction toy race car. A friction car toy is a toy car that will semi wind and move with a continuing movement based on the friction applied to wheels. It will make a noise of a motor when moving. Tinplate was used in the manufacture of toys beginning in the mid-19th century. The toys were made from thin sheets of steel plated with tin, hence the name tinplate. They were a cheap and durable substitute for wooden toys. The toys were originally assembled and painted by hand. Spring activated tin toys originated in Germany in the 1850s. In the late 1880s off set lithography was used to print designs on tinplate. After the colorful designs were printed on the metal, they were formed by dies and assembled with small tabs. The lightweight of the toys allowed them to be shipped less expensively and easier than the heavier cast iron toys. The production of tin toys was discontinued during WW2 because of the need for raw materials in the war effort. After the war, tin toys were produced in large numbers in Japan.. The idea was to give Japan all of the low profit; high labor manufacturing and the US companies could sell the imported product. It worked better than they had expected and Japan became a tin toy manufacturing force until the end of the 1950s. In the 1960s cheaper plastic and new government saftey regulations ended the reign of tin toys. China has taken over the role of the leading tin toy manufacturing
This stunning green glass jug was handmade blown in early 1800’s was made to hold wine or whiskey. The translucent green glass dates to late first or second century AD to Mid AD. There is not much difference on how they were blown and made back then to now. It is an art and craft in hand blowing glass.
A wonderful example of early 1900’s Native American doll. It is all handmade of cloth and leather. Many of these dolls were sold early tourist trade late 1800’s to current day. The Native American Indians master the craft of using natural resources to provide for a source of income and trading. However, the idea of a child’s doll as a lasting keepsake is not really traditional in a lot of Indian tribes. Dolls were usually made of perishable materials like cornhusk, palmetto fiber, or bundled pine needles; even dolls that were made out of wood or leather were not often built to last the way adult crafts were. In many tribes it was considered inappropriate to discipline a very young child, so they simply weren’t given toys they weren’t allowed to chew on and throw in the river. And in some tribes, the impermanence of children’s dolls and toys was meaningful to parents– as corn dolls and other childhood things naturally fell apart with time, it showed that a girl was growing up. Even though Native American dolls were not traditionally made to last, they were often beautifully adorned with miniature doll clothing and jewelry, beadwork or painting, and animal fur or even hair from the mother’s head. Because native adornment and decorative patterns are so distinctive, handmade Indian dolls are distinctive as well, and today many people, adults and children alike, like to keep them as cultural collectibles as well as toys.
This is a wonderful vintage Asian large 10” bronze cloisonné vase. It is very detailed and super quality made In the cloisonné technique, thin strips of metal are bent and curved to follow the outline of a decorative pattern; they are then attached, usually soldered, to the surface of the metal object, forming miniature walls that meet and create little cells between them. Into these cells, the powdered enamel is laid and fused. After it has cooled, the surface can be polished to remove imperfections and to add to the brilliance. The cloisonné technique is particularly suited to objects made of gold, such as jewelryMany cloisonné body ornaments have been found in tombs dating B.C. Today, international museums are displaying examples of Byzantine, Celtic, Persian, Egyptian, Slav, Greek, Islamic and Russian cloisonné pieces, from the B.C. and A.D. periods.
The classic metal flip top Zippo lighter was first manufactured in 1933 by the Zippo Manufacturing Company of Bradford, Pennsylvania. The lighters ability to stay lit in inclement weather, its ‘windproof’ reputation garnered it instant success and popularity within the ranks of the military. It played a large role in nearly every large war since its inception — warming bodies, lighting cigarettes, starting fires, and even acting as mementos, much in the same way dog tags were collected upon soldiers’ deaths in remembrance of their lives. In popular culture, the “clink” of the Zippo as its top is flipped open has become as iconic in Hollywood as its design and original function.
The Silver Age of Comic Books was a period of artistic advancement and commercial success in mainstream for American comic books, dominantly those in the superhero. The Silver Age is considered to cover the period from 1956 to circa 1970. All kids loved comics. The artwork the stories so much fun and imagination. Today some of our top films were taken from the Silver age period comic heroes.