Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Cast Iron Hubley Motorcycles

In 1892 John Hubley started the Hubley Manufacturing Co. which began producing cast-iron toys in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. It was not until the 1930s that they began to manufacture Harley Davidson models on a line of toys that they called "They Look Real." After the second World War, die-cast and plastic replaced the cast iron models. Hubley was bought by Gabriel Industries in July of 1965, and is no longer an active brand. Pictured below is our original cast iron Hubley Harley Davidson toy. Today buyers should beware because many modern Hubley copies and reproductions exist.
hubley cast iron harley davidson motorcycle toy with side car
White rubber tires with metal spoke wheels. Cast-in sport rider with separate cast passenger. “HARLEY DAVIDSON” cast on one side of gas tank. The paint is as nice as you could ever want. Measures 5 1/2″ Made by Hubley.


hubley cast iron popeye motorcycle
The Hubley Popeye motorcycle shown here sold at Morphy Auctions in September 2008 for $18,400.00.


Monday, August 4, 2014

George Ohr - "The Mad Potter of Biloxi"

George Edgar Ohr was an American ceramic artist who grew up in the Mississippi town of Biloxi. A notable feature of Ohr's pottery was their thin walls, metallic glazes, and twisted, pinched shapes. Many artists during his time where critical of Ohr's work and eccentric behavior, and not accepting of his pots. Today his pieces are coveted and marveled at by both collectors and potters alike. Ohr's work is considered an essential element of abstract sculpture and pottery that developed in the mid-20th century. 

Although George Ohr did not see recognition or fame during his life, he believed that one day his works would garner attention for their uniqueness. It wasn't until long after his death that his pottery, once misunderstood, started to gain popularity and command top dollar at auction. According to his motto "No two alike!" George Ohr is noted to have created over 10,000 unique pots during his life.
george ohr, pottery, vase
Our original George Ohr piece shows his unique style


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Moser Signed Cameo Art Glass Tankard

Ludwig Moser began his career as a struggling glass artist, catering to the rich who visited the famous Austrian health spas. His talent and popularity grew and in 1857 when the first of his three studios opened in Karlsbad, Czechoslovakia.



Pictured above is our all original signed piece of Moser cameo art glass making this a unique and beautiful 11" high tankard. There has been several unique techniques done on this tankard to achieve the beautiful finished piece of art. Notice on the bottom the exceptionally large ground pontil, the cameo etched layers to give one the different dimensional effects, along with the scrolling enameled designs to finish off this exquisite piece of art glass. There are the words, 'Moser - Karlsbad' in a large half circle coming off of the 'r' at the end of Moser and connecting the 'K' in Karlsbad. From what I can tell in the Moser art glass reference books, this signature would date the tankard somewhere in the 1870 to 1925 time period. The base of this tankard measures 5" in diameter. Again, this is excellent original condition on this Moser tankard, although the there is a small amount of wear to the gold highlights on this piece, and the only imperfection to note. This is a gorgeous piece, and one that you will be thrilled to add to your own personal Moser art glass collection.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Signed Loetz Art Glass Compote

The Loetz Glassworks was established in Klostermule, Austria in 1840. The firm continued to produce fine artwork, until WWII.

loetz glassworks antique

This is an exceptional all original piece of signed 'Austria Loetz' done in a large compote design. This piece stands an impressive 9" high and has a diameter of 7" across the top. The bottom pedestal measures 4 1/2" in diameter across the bottom. Notice the double ring on this compote where the stem meets the bowl on this compote. The bowl portion has a fluted scalloped edge, and interior has an iridized finish, while the exterior has a golden mottled appearance.

loetz glassworks glass antique austria

Monday, August 6, 2012

Amberina Floral Enameled Vase

Amberina, one of the earliest types of art glass, was developed in 1883 by Joseph Locke of the New England Glass Company. The trademark was registered by W.L. Libbey, who often signed his name in script within the pontil. 




The glass is made by adding gold powder to the batch, which produced glass in the basic amber hue. Part of the item, usually the top, was simply reheated to develop the characteristic deep red or fuchsia shading.

Unfortunately we have recently sold this vase, but here is another beautiful amberina piece on our site at http://www.bargainjohn.com/product/antique-amberina-bud-vase-signed-libbey/

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Drink Pepsi-Cola Cooler in Original Condition

This all original metal cooler advertises, 'Drink Pepsi-Cola'. The blue and red bottle cap Pepsi logo is done in a raised emblem on either side of this cooler. 

The cooler was made by the company, 'Cronstroms Manufacturing Inc. - Minneapolis, Minnesota'. 


It measures 12 1/2" high and is 19" x 10". When the handle is up this cooler does stand 16 1/4" high.


Note the rubber seal on the interior of this cooler to secure the contents and keep everything nice and cool.

To view more pictures of this cooler see it online at http://www.bargainjohn.com/product/22461/

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

A Unique Personalized Iron Safe


This safe measures 23" height, 14" depth and 14 1/2" wide.

This safe is all original with black paint decorated with gold pin stripes. On the front door it reads: G Sommers & Co. St.Paul, Minnesota. Above the door it shows the original owners name: I. W. Churchill M.D. What is unique about this particular safe is the original card that was stored in a personalized leather ration folder was found within the safe, with Dr. Churchill's name imprinted onto it. This safe has been dated to around the 1900s.




Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Lincoln Highway Marker





These markers were installed by the Boy Scouts in honor of Abraham Lincoln, all in one day, Sept 1, 1928. The Lincoln Highway was America's first coast-to-coast highway. From a vision of Hoosier Carl G. Fisher, a founder of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, it was conceived in 1912 and mapped a year later. The transcontinental highway connected Times Square in New York City with the Pacific Ocean at San Francisco's Lincoln Park. It crossed the nation's midsection with 3,300 miles of interconnecting roadways, ranging from 18th Century turnpikes in the East to dirt roads in most of the rest of the country.

This is an old Lincoln Hwy Marker Sign. There is a copper finished plaque of Abraham Lincoln that states this highway is dedicated to him. This sign was marking the straight ahead arrow in the Lincoln Hwy. Originally was located in Missouri Valley, Iowa in Harrison County. Measures 84" Height, 9" x 9". Weights 300+ lbs.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Handel Reverse Painted Lamp

Here is a stunning Handel reverse painted Oriental Pheasant lamp shade. It is signed Handel 7021. Lamp is in mint condition. Fine example of this Handel bird and floral lamp. Diameter: 18"diameterand 23"height. The Handel book that I own describes this as : A Handel table lamp with a domical shade with reverse painted and enameled with Handel's famous "Birds of Paradise" scene in deep red background, the shade signed Handel 7021, bronze fitting also marked with "Handel Lamps Pat'd No. 970664". Reference on page 144 - 145 in the book Handel Lamps by DeFalco & Hibel (the last photograph is a photo of the lamp on page 144 showing an original advertisement in Scribners dated 1923.



Thursday, June 21, 2012

Northwood Carnival Glass

Northwood Carnival Glass electric blue Good Luck bowl. This mint piece measures 9 inches across and has 8 ruffles. The back is Rayed. The base glass is a beautiful blue. This has beautiful color.