This terracotta did come from the offices of the Pennsylvania and Reading Railroad. Comparing old photos we believe this is George Brooke Roberts dating to1869. Love the history or not the look and patina of this imposing portrait is what was important for me. The subjects stern look and rich aged finish make this one memorable… $2600
Now on display at the Radio Guy Gallery, 115 North Water Street, Peekskill NY 10566, 914-257-1664
8 Foot Long BAR Cutaway Teaching Model… $7600
The Browning Automatic Rifle “BAR”… This is the largest and hardest to find of all the cut-away all metal training guns. It’s eight foot long and in wonderful original condition… Way too nice to polish out. It even has the original removable magazine including a full clip of display rounds. The WWII model is made of cast aluminum and steel showing all the working parts in detail.
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For weeks we have gotten emails as well as walk-ins to our showroom. Everyone asks if the large head on display outside our building was the one found in the Hudson River a few years ago. It’s NOT the same head… but I must admit there is a family resemblance. We did a bit of research and thought it would be interesting to reprint this story.
“Marist College team finds giant fiberglass-covered head in Hudson River.
This was a bizarre discovery, even for the Hudson River. The crew team from Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., came across a large fiberglass-covered head in the Hudson’s chilly waters on Monday. Crew coach Matt Lavin approached it with caution before his team carefully towed the mysterious head to shore. “They pulled it in and it’s some kind of Styrofoam core with a fiberglass shell over it,” Marist director of public affairs Greg Cannon told ABC News… “Enough of the foam was exposed that it got water logged. It had gotten pretty heavy. Members of the team helped drag it up onto the dock.” No one knows where the head came from.”
This is the best example I have ever seen. It was recently featured on an NPR science video about the history of early medical devices. It still has all the original glass bottles, air tank and air pump. The oak table is amazing with the heavy turned legs ornate brass fittings and oversized crystal ball and claw feet. The table is also signed on an engraved plaque. Included are framed prints of the patent drawings plus a copy of the original ad. It claims to be the best treatment for all diseases of the respiratory organs. It does this in the most decorative way. If you are a Quack doctor this can be a nice source of income for you… $4800
Now on display at the Radio Guy Showroom:
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“Things of Beauty: Scientific Instruments of Yore…
For more than 30 years, Steve Erenberg has collected early scientific and medical objects and instruments. Packed with shelves and displays brimming with Victorian medical masks, surreal anatomical models, and futuristic test prostheses, Erenberg’s store/museum in Peekskill, New York offers a whirlwind tour of long-forgotten devices. While some items were shams devised by quacks, others represent the best possible treatment for their time. Regardless of its actual function, each item in Erenberg’s collection has a unique aesthetic value.”
On January first NPR aired an interview on their show Science Friday. At the same time there was a beautifully produced video by Luke Groskin that was shot on location and featured on their web page.
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Recently found in a Westchester NY Estate is The National Academy prize winning plaster “Black Eagle” plus photo documentation. This model is an important piece of history and was unknown until its recent rediscovery. One of the great losses in American art history occurred when the Piccirilli Brothers studio quietly closed it doors and no move was made to secure their records, so the accounts of much of what they had accomplished was lost.
The Piccirilli Brothers were a family of renowned marble carvers and sculptors who carved a large number of the most significant marble sculptures in the United States, including Daniel Chester French’s colossal Abraham Lincoln (1920) in the Lincoln Memorial, Washington, D.C., the famous pair of lions at the entrance to the New York Public Library and the USS Main National Monument at Columbus Circle.
At that time most prominent sculptors would create their original work in clay. From that clay model a caster would generate a plaster model. The model would then be sent to the Piccirilli Brothers who would carve it from stone, typically marble, although limestone and granite were also used. In this case the Black Eagle was the original work of Horatio Piccirilli (1872–1954) not an outside artist.
In 1888, Giuseppe Piccirilli (1844–1910), a well-known stone carver and a veteran of Garibaldi’s Unification war, brought his family to New York from Massa di Carrara, in Tuscany, Italy. The entire family, father and six sons—Ferruccio (1864– ), Attilio (1866–1945), Furio (1868–1949), Masaniello (1870–1951), Orazio (Horatio) (1872–1954) and Getulio (1874–1956)—were trained as marble cutters and carvers.
Although the Piccirilli Brothers were known primarily as architectural modelers and the carvers of other sculptors’ works, Attilio and Furio would further distinguish themselves as sculptors in their own right.
The family lived in a brownstone on 142nd Street in the Mott Haven section of the Bronx and set up a workshop next to their home that would eventually occupy an entire city block.
This original model is now available and on view in our showroom…
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This red jeweled sign is one of the oldest of its type. It was the first use of the iconic octagon and contains over 60 red glass marble reflectors. Measuring an impressive 18 inches and showing a wonderful rustic, graphic quality. I have never seen anything this early. Its likely to be one of the oldest manufactured street signs. All the glass is in perfect condition and the steel has a deep aged patina… SOLD
Now on display at:
Radio Guy Showroom, 115 North Water Street, Peekskill NY 10566 • 914-257-1664
With contributions from 57 local and international artists, Peekskill Project 6 has filled the city’s waterfront with public art. Organized by the Hudson Valley Center for Contemporary Art with its works selected by a committee of nine artists and curators, the exhibit continues through Dec. 31. Launched in 2004, the exhibit is designed to bring contemporary art out of the museum and into the community, specifically into spaces not normally used to present art, using the city as a stage. This is all happening right at the Early Electrics and Radio Guy showrooms front door. Discover the Peekskill Waterfront… Westchester’s creative hub. 115 North Water Street, Peekskill NY 10566 – To check our hours call 914-257-1664
We recently had the good fortune to find this monumental 11 foot wide, 8 foot tall carved head among the weeds in a Westchester, New York estate. A bit of research reveled that this was originally a prop from the Wilma Theater in Philadelphia. It was used in Tom Stoppard’s “Invention Of Love”. If the face feels a bit familiar… it’s a large scale copy of Michelangelo’s “David”. It is now on view outside The Radio Guy and Early Electrics showroom. If you’re strolling in our towns Historic Peekskill Landing Park, sailing up the Hudson River or commuting on the Metro North Railroad it can’t be missed. Its soon to become one of Peekskill’s newest landmarks.
This a good sized railroad engine. The scale is large and powerful enough to pull an adult and a number of children on cars behind it. It was hand built in 1974 by M. Hale and last ran about 10 years ago. It was well cared for and should be ready to go again. It’s over 4 foot long and highly detailed. I’d guess it took at least 2000 hours to build. It comes on a heavy and stable pedestal stand bringing the hight to 65 inches tall. We set this up in our showroom window and every day cars slow down to take a look… $12000
115 North Water Street
Peekskill NY 10566