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Table Top Souvenir Totem Pole c1960's
Table Top Souvenir Totem Pole c1960's

$975.00

Bright and graphic, this table-top souvenir is exemplary of totem pole art from the Northwest coast and Alaska. The totem features figural carvings of Eagle and Man characters, each of which has been painted with red, blue, yellow and brown. In both the mid 19th and 20th centuries Native America...

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Mickey Mouse Themed Kick Drum C1930s
Mickey Mouse Themed Kick Drum C1930s

$950.00

One of the most recognizable images in the world, this charmingly portrayed Mickey Mouse is familiar, even by the hand of the amateur artist responsible for this piece. Carefully rendered on the front of a kick drum, this vintage piece offers something for everyone. Judging by the style of the d...

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Pair of Worn Leather Boxing Gloves C1930s
Pair of Worn Leather Boxing Gloves C1930s

$250.00

Put up your dukes. This pair of antique leather packs a vintage punch: aged and weathered leather reveals the horse hair stuffing in the cuff and thumb, all of which combines to add even more character to these charming gloves. The cinching ties have been knotted so the the gloves can hang on you...

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Majestic Folk Art Eagle Statue C1960
Majestic Folk Art Eagle Statue C1960

$899.99

Is there anything more American than a chainsaw sculpture of a proud eagle? This incredible piece of folk art demonstrates some of the styles and techniques of early chainsaw artists, particularly the dramatic cross-hatching on the chest and wings. An unparalleled piece of Americana, and a must h...

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Vintage Wolf Masquerade Mask C1930s
Vintage Wolf Masquerade Mask C1930s

$960.00

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! This piece of playful history comes to us as part of a collection of 20 carnival mascot heads. Hand crafted from paper mache, faux fur and imagination, this Wolf is also comprised of nearly a century of children's laughter. The construction dates from before Wo...

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Vintage Grey Horse Masquerade Mask C1920s
Vintage Grey Horse Masquerade Mask C1920s

$1,200.00

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! This piece of playful history comes to us as part of a collection of 20 masks from an historic family costume shop. Hand made from paper mache, velvet and imagination, this jolly mare is also comprised of nearly a century of laughter. Beautifully crafted, this ...

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Oculist's Advertising Thermometer C1880
Oculist's Advertising Thermometer C1880

6" W x 24" H | Was $1800

$1,439.99

his optician's thermometer is a brilliant example of early utilitarian advertisement. In the late 19th and early 20th centuries, businesses needed to peddle their wares through something more permanent than the pamphlets that had littered the ground for so many decades. These advertising thermome...

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Civil War Era Prosthetic Leg C1865
Civil War Era Prosthetic Leg C1865

$1,686.99

As the bloodiest and most horrific battle ever waged on American soil, the Civil War yielded an unprecedented 30,000 amputations. This, the most common "remedy" for 19th-century war wounds, led to advances in prosthetic medicine, such as the example seen here. Crude by today's standards, this han...

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Anatomical Wall Chart by AJ Nystrom C1940s
Anatomical Wall Chart by AJ Nystrom C1940s

45" W x 80" H

$775.00

This wonderful anatomical was manufactured by A.J. Nystrom & Co. of Chicago Illinois, the U.S.'s oldest publisher of educational maps, globes and geographical materials. When unfurled, the chart depicts the intricate heart and ventricle system, in full color and detail. Unrolls from two oak r...

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Charles and Ray Eames Molded Plywood Leg Splint C1942
Charles and Ray Eames Molded Plywood Leg Splint C1942

$960.00

The precursor to modern molded wood furniture design, this leg splint was commissioned from Charles and Ray Eames by the United States Navy in World War II. The goal of the project was to design something lightweight, modular and inexpensive and the Eames Splint was all that and more. This origin...

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Mounted Alaskan Red King Crab Specimen C1940s
Mounted Alaskan Red King Crab Specimen C1940s

$1,980.00

This creature of the sea comes to us from the oldest family owned restaurant in Portland, the Dan and Louis Oyster Bar. The Oyster Bar was first founded in 1907 and by the 1920's was a favorite haunt of Portland journalists. Mounted in a hand-made shadow box, this enormous Alaskan Red King Crab (...

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Fraternal Order Obelisk, c.1950
Fraternal Order Obelisk, c.1950

Was $300

$239.99

The Order of DeMolay was founded in Missouri in 1919 for young men of faith and virtue. One peculiarity of the organization: advisors are referred to as "Dad." Another peculiarity: this painted wood obelisk, which might have guarded the entrance to meetings. The inset glass panel once had a ligh...

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Pair of Handsome Plaster Lion Cartouches C1930
Pair of Handsome Plaster Lion Cartouches C1930

$700.00

Depending on who you ask, these rare snarling charmers were either salvaged from a 1930's New England movie theater or an East Coast 1920's boardwalk carousel. Either way, they're just about as handsome as they come. While they were cast from the same mold, they were hand painted, so individual c...

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Weathered Kick Drum W/ Ballerina Folk Art Painting C1915
Weathered Kick Drum W/ Ballerina Folk Art Painting C1915

$1,124.99

In wonderfully worn and weathered condition, this antique wooden kick drum features a beautifully rendered ballerina figure on the real skin drumhead. As a piece of folk art, it is completely one of a kind and a wonderful relic of amateur expression.

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Free_to_ship_bug Set of Three New Old Stock Reflective Danger Signs C1930s
Set of Three New Old Stock Reflective Danger Signs C1930s

5" W x 20" H

$155.00

Meant to mark the entrance to a mine shaft, these handy little Danger signs feature double sided decals, a reflective-glass-bead finish and a 14" stem. We love that they are simple and utilitarian, yet unique and unexpected. With a dozen in stock, we've put a few of them to make an unusual one-of...

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Watch Makers Trade Sign W/ Stand C1900
Watch Makers Trade Sign W/ Stand C1900

$1,750.00

Made from cast iron and steel, this incredible pocket watch trade sign would have originally hung above the entrance to a watch, jewelry and clock repair shop. The sign is embossed and double-sided, making it even more remarkable. One face of the watch has been refinished, with era-appropriate co...

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Pair of Ward's Supreme Roller Skates C1950
Pair of Ward's Supreme Roller Skates C1950

$55.00

Perfectly weathered, this pair of Ward's Supreme adjustable roller skates feature a rustically worn aluminum finish and a single leather strap. In their prime, these skates would have been on every Tom and Jane's Christmas list. Today, they make a fun and nostalgic decor item, the perfect additio...

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Perfectly Worn Flexible Flyer 52 Inch Sled C1925
Perfectly Worn Flexible Flyer 52 Inch Sled C1925

$195.00

Go dashing through the snow on this authentic Flexible Flyer sled. Ideal for decor or downhill racing, this little beauty brings heart-warming holiday cheer in any capacity. Mount it above your mantel, hang it next to your tree or make a memorable tablescape -- the possibilities are endless with ...

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Vintage Stork Amusement Park Mask C1930s
Vintage Stork Amusement Park Mask C1930s

$875.00

Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! This piece of amusement park history comes to us as part of a collection of 20 carnival mascot heads. Hand crafted from paper mache, faux fur and imagination, this Stork is also comprised of nearly a half a century of children's laughter. The construction dates...

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Double-Sided Denoyer Geppert Slated US Map C1955
Double-Sided Denoyer Geppert Slated US Map C1955

67-3/8" W x 54" H

$1,150.00

Industrial teaching maps always play hard to get, so we were thrilled to locate this one. This rarity was manufactured by the Denoyer Geppert Company of Chicago, Illinois, one of the U.S.'s oldest publisher of educational maps, globes and geographical materials. Often called "Military" or "Aviati...

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Well-Travelled Vintage Suitcase C1950s
Well-Travelled Vintage Suitcase C1950s

$325.00

Set sail with this stunning mid-century suitcase, which boasts the most incredible collection of travel stickers we've ever seen. A rare find in such condition, the owner of this brilliant specimen (whose initials were JW), clearly suffered from wanderlust. Our favorite stickers feature Grand Hot...

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Human Skeleton Teaching Chart by AJ Nystrom C1945
Human Skeleton Teaching Chart by AJ Nystrom C1945

47" W x 75" H

$950.00

This wonderful anatomical chart was manufactured by A.J. Nystrom & Co. of Chicago Illinois, the U.S.'s oldest publisher of educational maps, globes and geographical materials. When unfurled, the chart depicts the intricate human skeleton, in full color and detail. Unrolls from two oak rods, w...

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Skate Case W/ Conoco Decals and Leather Roller Skates C1940s
Skate Case W/ Conoco Decals and Leather Roller Skates C1940s

$395.00

This incredible mid-century relic has something for everyone: for the petroliana collector in your life, the case boasts a stunning collection of (highly desirable) 1930's and '40's Conoco Gas decals, which would have been amassed by travelling around state to state. For the mid-century design an...

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Incredible Zinc Horse Head Farrier's Trade Sign C1880
Incredible Zinc Horse Head Farrier's Trade Sign C1880

$4,250.00

When it comes to 19th century trade signs, this is a horse of a different color. Made of zinc, this sign was formed using the repousse method of molding metal -- by hammering and forming it from the inside out. While the form and composition is stunning, we also love the perfectly worn gilt finis...

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Small Hat Case W/ Hand-Stenciled Beach Scene C1960
Small Hat Case W/ Hand-Stenciled Beach Scene C1960

$125.00

We love when our antiques show their age and this pint-sized suitcase is a great example of time-worn character. The edges and leather handle of this little vinyl case have been perfectly weathered, but the hand-stenciled scene on the front is completely intact. We love the view: a carefree flapp...

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Rocket Ship Gumball Dispenser By Northwestern Vending c1959
Rocket Ship Gumball Dispenser By Northwestern Vending c1959

$1,650.00

Piggy-backing on the mid-century Space Craze, the Northwestern Vending Corporation released several celestially themed vending and arcade machines. This edition, the Moon Rocket, was one of their earliest models in the aerial category, as they later debuted the Saturn 5000 and the Northwestern Je...

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Set of 9 Rustically Made Shooting Targets C1935
Set of 9 Rustically Made Shooting Targets C1935

$875.00

Crafted from cut and welded steel, these barn yard animal shooting targets are a charming example of rustic Americana. Each of the two-dimensional figures feature perfectly aged finishes, complete with bullet and pellet marks that prove the previous owner was a pretty good shot. The animals stand...

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Copper Lion's Head Architectural Remnant C1910
Copper Lion's Head Architectural Remnant C1910

$950.00

It is easy to imagine this roaring lion's head in its original setting: as the focal point of an ornate cornice, embellishing the roofline of a prominent Revival-style building. This lion would likely have been one of many along the cornice and was probably cut out around his mane, which would ha...

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Victorian Wall Shelf c1895
Victorian Wall Shelf c1895

$180.00

Hand-carved with lovely East Lake Victorian patterns, this charming little wall shelf would be the perfect place to mount any prized possession you are hoping to show off to friends. Hang simply via the two mounting hoods fashioned to the back ledge.

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Pair of Painted Tin Gryphon Cartouches c1900s
Pair of Painted Tin Gryphon Cartouches c1900s

$1,200.00

Whether salvaged from a building facade, or an impressive barback, these painted tin gryphon cartouches are about as handsome as they come. While they were stamped from the same mold, they were hand painted, so individual character can be found in each, especially as the paint has worn away over...

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Cast Red Brass Egret Statue c1905
Cast Red Brass Egret Statue c1905

$2,400.00

Produced by the F.G. Company (best known for making cast brass and iron lighting parts at the turn of the last century), comes this remarkable red brass egret statue. With incredible detail, the proud egret stands in a characteristic pose, accentuated by perfect patina adorning every surface. M...

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9 Inch Tin Globe w/ Peoples of the World Base c1960s
9 Inch Tin Globe w/ Peoples of the World Base c1960s

$195.00

Produced by Rand McNally, this bright and dandy 9" terrestrial globe features wonderful mid-century styling, along with a most unusual base. All around the blue foot of the globe are children, each representing a different (inhabited) continent: North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia ...

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Antique Converted Kick Drum Light C1920s
Antique Converted Kick Drum Light C1920s

$1,100.00

We love surprises, but when we decided to convert this 1920's jazz band kickdrum into a light, we had no idea what we were in for. With the worn paint and perfectly aged wood already catching our fancy, we installed a light socket, period appropriate cloth-covered cord and handy switch toggle. Th...

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Well-Worn Brass Alto Horn by H. Campo c1930
Well-Worn Brass Alto Horn by H. Campo c1930

$275.00

A stable of any real brass band worth its salt is a Saxhorn, like the well-worn alto horn presented here. Made by the H. Campo Company, this beautiful relic features "turned" style supports and a perfectly aged patina. Note the dents and scratches, as well as the lack of a mouthpiece or keys. An ...

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Free_to_ship_bug Mint-Green Tramp Art Box c1915
Mint-Green Tramp Art Box c1915

$325.00

In a wonderful example of turn-of-the-century tramp art, this hand-whittled keep-sake box features layers of tiered, geometric forms. The hallmarks and favored materials of tramp art can be found here: the building out and carving down of the Ziggurat-shapes, all made out of found cigar box piece...

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Vintage Stepped Diamond Navajo Rug c1930s
Vintage Stepped Diamond Navajo Rug c1930s

21" W x 42" H

$535.00

Beautifully woven in tones of brown, ran, grey and beet-purple, this petite Navajo rug depicts a stepped diamond pattern, popular in the Southwestern region. The smaller size makes this an ideal piece of wall decor, but it would also make a lovely accent rug, although the weave is fairly delicate.

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