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Monday, February 27, 2012

Folk Erotica








Circa 1930's folk art carving of an erotic bathing beauty. Her translucent bathing suit reveals all and leaves little to the imagination!

Available at Anonymous Works.

Vintage Whirlygig of a Black Man



Sold for $1,600.00 (w/o premium) at Conestoga Auction.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Thursday, February 23, 2012

"From the Private Camp of H.R.H. Kong - Skull Island"





I almost titled this blog post "The Greatest Manila Envelope Ever on eBay". This is a rare 1933 King Kong movie poster envelope that was used to send the poster to theater owners.

Here's the seller's description:

Do you know the old joke about the man who yelled out in a bank “Has anyone had lost a roll of hundred dollar bills with an elastic around it?” When everyone said yes, he said, “Well I found the elastic band.” This auction is sort of like that joke. In 1999 a world record was achieved at Sotheby’s for a 1933 King Kong Movie Poster when a perfect copy sold for $244,500.oo. Wow, almost a quarter of a million dollars for a poster. Well, I don’t have one of these posters, but I do have something that is most likely even rarer. This auction is for an authentic 7 ½” by 10 ½” envelope that one of these posters would have come in. Printed with a wood grain it was sent to Mr. B. Findlay at the Strand Theatre, Mystic Connecticut. In the upper right hand corner is the return address, “From The Private Camp of H.R.H. Kong, Skull Island.” (HRH stands for His Royal Highness.) In the upper right hand corner is a “Kingdom of Skull Island” Stamp for 6 Simoleons and a post office cancelation stamp dated Nov. 23, 5:30 PM, 1932. There is some light crinkling to the edges, but overall this rare King Kong Envelope is in great condition. I know what the poster is worth, but I could not find another example like this envelope anywhere on the net. It has got to be extremely rare.

Available here.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Marriage Paperweight


Brass 19th Century Clasped Hands Marriage Paperweight. Sold at Myers Fine Art for $125.00 (w/o premium).

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Folk Art Woman's Head Cane









19th century folk art cane with a woman's head. Very rare to find a woman's head on a cane as women were more typically depicted in unflattering poses as objects of desire. Found in southern PA.

Available at Anonymous Works.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Reverend H.S. McMurtie Presentation Pipe










Dated 1868 presentation pipe for the Reverend H.S. McMurtie, who was Vice President of Mount St. Mary's College in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Acquired from family descendents.

Available at Anonymous Works.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

"For the big breakout on Saturday night..."



Available here.

Vintage Beauty




A little earlier than Edwardian England and probably American, but this girl reminds me of Lady Sybil Crawley from Downton Abbey. What do you think?

Available here.