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Danielle and Steve Erenberg discuss the merits of an 1800s Sebe Gorman smoke rescue mask. (American Pickers clip)

Berlin, Planetarium

Over 50 years ago as a Cub Scout we took a trip to New York’s Hayden Planetarium. It wasn’t the show that impressed me the most. As we sat in the theater I couldn’t take my eyes off that large monster planetarium projector that towered over us . What you see is the main star ball from a large theater planetarium. Each lens has a film showing a portion of the night sky. There are 17 lenses that complete the picture. This was a very costly device. Few were made and I can’t even guess what the original cost would have been. Doing a bit of computer research leads me to believe this was a Minolta MS Series unit. It’s over two foot in diameter. The ball is mounted on a cast iron pedestal bringing the total hight to over four foot tall. I’m not sure if it can be made to project and have not tried to play with it. As complex as it looks the principle is simple… with a strong enough light source in the unit and a very dark room the film in each lens should project. This is an old style unit with a piece of film in each lens… The new planetariums are now all digital. The ball has a real space-age feel and an incredible sculptural presence. It stops people in their tracks. Height: 49, Diameter: 24,


This is a Vintage 1934 Kingsbury Motor Driven Pressed Steel Golden Arrow Wind-Up Toy Car. It was modeled after a world land speed record car. It measures approximately 19.75 inches long, 4.25 inches wide and 3 inches high. The winding mechanism works and all four wheels are free moving. It still has the original decal, driver and windshield. The condition is very nice with almost all its original paint. This is one of the nicer examples you’ll find. This toy was featured in Classic Driver‘s on line holiday gift guide as well as 1stdibs. Of course you cal always find us at


On our recent buying trip to Paris we found this amazing life sized articulated artist mannequin. It was love at first sight. I went back to look at it 3 times. Sadly it was just to costly for me to purchase. The choice was the mannequin or a new BMW. So next time you happen to be strolling around the Marché aux Puces it may still be there. If you see her send my regards.

This is a large and impressive cut-away model on the original base. It stands almost 32 inches tall. It’s made of paper mache, wood and plaster. All the parts were hand painted. These classroom models were very fragile and most did not survive. The model was manufactured in Germany and distributed through Denoyer-Geppert Company of Chicago…$2800

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I once had hair down to my shoulders and a long mustache so “Hipster” I understand. On the other hand “Zeitgeist” is a new one for me so we needed to look it up. I like it so much there may even be a new T-Shirt in our future. If you want to see the rest of the story and pictures go to Maine Antique Digest Article. Tell them the Hipster Zeitgeist sent you.


If you collect walking sticks and love dogs, horses or any type of animal… you will need to hold your breath just a bit longer. We just acquired an important private collection of antique walking sticks from Europe. There are almost 60 examples and every one has either a wood, bone, horn or ivory carved animal head… definitely a theme here. They were hand picked by the original artist collector. All are on way here and will soon to be unpacked for you to see. These are just the first to be listed in 1stDibs.






For those of you who have been calling and emailing… We are working as fast as we can. and will soon have a fitting home for their showroom gallery, workshop and design studio. At this moment the 1880′s landmark building is in the process of restoration. We are located facing one of the prettiest views of the Hudson River and just 45 minutes north of midtown Manhattan in the Historic Peekskill New York Waterfront District.


Yes… This is the real thing. Heres your chance to own a piece of history. What you see is a museum quality object that is at least 500 years old. It recently came out of an important collection in Spain. I was told that after passing through a village they would post pressed copper or lead plaques on structures. This was the tool they ysed to make these markers. If you look closely you can see two well warn religious Icons. It’s 29 inches and weighs over 10 lbs. For more information call Steve Erenberg at 914-257-1664


An Original 1954 release 29.25 x 43.25 Argentinian poster for one of the most famous science fiction films of all-time “Creature from the Black Lagoon” directed by Jack Arnold. This original poster features awesome graphics and a great image of the Gill-man that is entirely different than the one sheet. This size poster is quite scarce and we’ve only seen a few of them over the years. This poster is otherwise is spectacular condition from 1954 and has obviously been handled with great care for many years. This is one cool poster that will be a great addition to any buyer’s collection. Very Fine. SOLD


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