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Saturday, December 22, 2012

For Sale: Antique Cameron Cauterodyne Radio Frequency Cauterizer: $699.99

When most people see antique medical devices like this, they automatically think "quack medicine".

Well...this is NOT a quack medical device.

The Cauterodyne was designed to be a portable, plug-in wound and surgical cauterizer.  And, with its various tools and needles, could perform many surgical tasks, such as cauterizing wounds and blood vessels, micro-surgery and even hair removal(!).

This particular Cauterodyne I have available includes lots of the device's original accessories.  The parts are all stored in a "hidden" compartment...a pull-down drawer hidden inside the lid.

Of course, due to the age of this item, I do NOT recommend plugging it in or using it.  It is being offered solely as a collectible item.

Questions about this item?
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Interesting blog found! Cool vintage ads!

While looking up something on the internet, I stumbled upon this rather interesting blog of vintage advertising.

I was especially intrigued by the old Hostess ads.  Take a quick look!

Friday, December 21, 2012

Sighting: Eames fabric

For anyone truly into Mid-Century Modern, you know that Charles and Ray Eames are synonymous with MCM design.

But did you know they also had their hand in designing fabric?

Here's a pic I found featuring a chair upholstered in one of their more famous patterns.

The pattern is still in production, but not cheap at over $100 a yard!

Sunday, December 16, 2012

For Sale: C. Jere "Boy With Balloons" Metal Sculpture: $249.00

Here is a wonderful example of work from C. Jere.

This sculpture features a young boy, running with a string of balloons.  The piece is marked with the "C. Jere" nameplate and also shows the year of the piece (1969).

It's in overall fine condition and I believe it still has its original balloons, too.

From base to the highest balloon, the piece measures about 22 inches high.

Questions about this item?
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E-mail us at parkersiesel@gmail.com.

Monday, September 12, 2011

I'm selling my LAST Western Electric 300B - with test results - AS NEW: $1100.00

I am selling my last 300B.

It includes its test results, and it tested "as new".  The tube was tested about 2 months ago and hasn't been used or even touched since then.

It is being auctioned off, but if you are interested in purchasing it direct, you can buy it now.

This is NOT the first 300B I've sold, and all my other customers are very pleased with the tube purchases they have made from me.

Free Priority Mail shipping, plus insurance and Signature Confirmation.

If you ARE interested, you need to act fast.  The listing I have for this tube ends the night of Friday, September 16th, so you'll need to purchase it on or before Thursday night, otherwise I need to let the listing finish to its end!

Saturday, September 10, 2011

UPDATE 1: Auction find: FANTASTIC old lightolier wall lamp, Fisher stereo

Man it needs a cleaning.

But I just go this fantastic MCM wall lamp!

It mounts on your wall, and both swings left and right and tilts!  I even got the mounting hardware to attach it to the wall.

I think it might be a Thurston design, or at least influenced by him.  And the mounting hardware (the piece I have in my hand) says "Lightolier" and the plug even has the cool scroll-y Lightolier logo...so it's the REAL THING!!

 I can't wait to get this puppy all nice and cleaned up.

Also go this very cool vintage Fisher 250 TX receiver.  It still works great and all it needed was a little cleaning up (OK, it was filthy, but I have to show this piece some of the respect it deserves).

All those buttons and dials on the right?  Well, this may have been one of the first attempts (if not THE first attempt) to add pre-sets to a stereo receiver.  Each of those buttons has their own little tuning dial.  Just tune in the station you want to assign to that button and when you press the white part of the button, the stereo goes to that station!  The main dial remains wherever it was before.  Pretty cool, eh?

It's up for auction now and already have a lot of activity on it within its first few hours of being posted!
(UPDATE:  It's GONE!!! That was mighty fast!)

Hidden deep in a little shed off the garage, this was hanging.

Is this awesome, or what?

This Santa head is HUGE.  In the pic, it's hanging in front of the fridge, so you can get a pretty good idea of its size!

Nice condition, too.  I thinks it's vinylite.  Rather dirty, but I should be able to carefully clean it up.

I tried to find some markings on it to see who made it, but no luck.

But it does have its original price sticker on the back.  This huge Santa originally cost about 4 bucks!

I have a few more neat-o finds to share...and I'll be updating this post when I can!

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

9/7/11 Auction Finds: Few Items...but really NICE!

First of all, I need to let you all know that it's around 12:15 AM, and I've been up for quite some time.  But I REALLY want to at least get started letting you all know about the cool things I came across.  Hopefully, some will soon be available...as soon as I'm done cleaning them up, testing them, fixing them, and doing whatever else I need to get them ready for sale.

I'm not going to go into a lot of detail right now.  There's plenty for me to share with you, but for starters...

...these lamps are AWESOME!  Big, white, frosted glass lamps.  Wide bases swooping upwards into narrow pillars.  These table lamps not only have the standard light at the top, the bodies also light up, too!  I can't wait to see the wonderful glow of the light radiating from the frosted white glass.  But, boy oh boy, are they dirty.

I have lots more to talk about, but for now, this must do...and I REALLY need to get some sleep.

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Auction Finds: Delicate, Sensuous, Beautiful - The works of Eva Zeisel

I have never heard of the name "Eva Zeisel".  It was only last Saturday that I learned about who this remarkable woman was.

Oddly enough, I've seen her work dozens of time.  At estate sales, garage sales, auctions, even the occasional Goodwill.  Little did I know how wonderful, how delicate, how beautiful her works really were, until I acquired some of her pieces shown here.

To try to cover her career and timeline here would be futile, though filled with plenty of impressive name-dropping:  Hall China, Rosenthal, Federal Glass, Red Wing, Heisey.  All of these names ring of strong reputation, gorgeous design, and wonderful mid-century form.  Just having "Heisey" on your resume is (at least to me) impressive enough.

The pieces you see here are from some design work she did for Hall China's Hallcraft line in the "Harlequin" pattern.  From what I gather, she was responsible for the "shape" of the pieces; perhaps Hall did the decorative additions.  But that stunning pink and black star-like pattern just screams mid-century.

If you have any interest at all in retro or mid-century ceramics or dinnerware, or even a faint interest in the design work of that period, you owe it to yourself to spend a few moments to read up on this wonderful, talented woman.

Oh, and if you think her work is solely relegated to the past, fear not.  Not only is she still with us today, her work is still being offered at such sites as Crate and Barrel, Design Within Reach, as well as her own site.  Please...take a look.

In my opinion, her designs are as beautiful and timeless as the Nelson Ball Clock or the Eames Lounge Chair...high praise indeed.

Monday, September 5, 2011

For Sale: GORGEOUS Danish Modern Wood/Ceramic Table Lamps - SOLD

Well, I am finally able to start letting all of you know about the great things I recently got!

For starters, how about these fantastic lamps!

Wood base, ceramic body, wood top, creamy white glaze...gorgeous.  Tall, thin, impressive.

Auction starts Monday, September 5th.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

For Sale: Vintage Christmas Blowmold "Santa's Mail" Wall Display: $199.99

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For Sale: Vintage Set LIBBEY Glass 12 Jigger Barware Shotglasses: SOLD

Here's another great addition to your vintage barware! This is a complete box of vintage jigger shot glasses.

The glasses were made by Libbey Glass and the 12 jiggers come complete with their original box. The box has nice retro graphics on it. The glasses each have Libbey "L" molded in the base and have a nice, unusual and eye-catching conical shape to them.


The glasses are a bit dirty from being stored for all these years but are in otherwise excellent condition. The box is also a bit dusty, but still suitable for storing the glasses, as well as being a display item.

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