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
This is one of the most elaborate Wheels of Fortune H.C. Evans & Co. ever made. What makes this one rare is it’s smaller size. These decorative wheels were hand made and top of the line. This example has all the original reverse painted glass and mirrored panels. In addition all nickel plated pins as well as the colored Catalin numbers . It looks and works beautifully. It has the original stand, tower and spinning odds wheel. It stands 43 inches tall with a 24 inch diameter wheel. This one shows like a piece of jewelry.
Although the Paris metro is still in existence, over the years, the city of Paris and the metro authorities have changed many of the station entries, to more modern designs. The original station entries still feature these wonderful designs by Hector Guimard. When the original stations were dismantled, they were given to long time employees as retirement gifts. To our knowledge, they have never been offered publicly for sale and
would now be considered as a ‘national treasure’ and not allowed to leave France. You may never have the opportunity find another for sale. The patina is original and untouched. The wing on the bottom right looks to have been professionally repaired. The shield is heavy cast iron and comes with a custom museum display stand. There are well made cast copies out there but you will never find an original.
Bio : Hector Guimard (1867-1942)
Architect, Furniture Designer and Crafts Artist.
Born in Lyon, France. Hector Guimard is revered to be one of the prominent designers of the Art Nouveau era. Studied in Paris, where he began his design practice. He helped to create French Art Nouveau design by advocating a style based on organic forms and exuberant ornamentation. Inspired by some of the new Architectural theories in the late 1800’s, he produced some exceptional avant-garde designs, including the iconic Paris Metro, which he designed for the 1900 Exposition Universelle.
Hector Guimard was one of the first Art Nouveau and Art Deco designers of the period, who, along with designers Eugene Grasset, Raoul Lachenal, Paul Folllot, Maurice Dufrene and Emile Decoeur, joined together to create ‘The Societe Des Artistes Decorateurs’. They planned and created an exhibit of forward thinking modern design known as the 1925 Paris Exposition.
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What is an an ophthalmotrope? An ophthalmotrope is an apparatus for demonstrating the movements of the eye and the action of the different muscles which produce them, consisting essentially of a model eyeball to which are attached strings and pulleys to duplicate the line force of the muscles.
We think this example is most likely French from the early 20th Century. The base is marble with paw feet. It’s also quite large at well over 3 foot tall. This instrument is very complete. It also includes additional parts to set the mechanics up in a different way. In the pictures above the strings are attached to a keyboard. The alternative replaces the keyboard with string guide with a dozen hanging tubular weights. This is one of the largest and most decorative examples we have seen. I have only seen pictures of Ophtalmotropes and never one this fine and complete. It’s as rare and impressive show piece… $12,000
“Run by father-and-son team Steve and Daniel Marc Erenberg, this store and showroom is filled with turn-of-the century mechanical devices and curios, as well as unique refashioned lighting and lamps. But are the goods truly unique? When we stopped by recently, an 1840 papier-mâché anatomical model of a horse had just been delivered.”
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If you’re sporting the correct old timey mustache and tweeds then you are ready for a once around the park. These early high wheelers are the quintessential antique bicycle. Every early bicycle collector has at least one in their collection. They are unique and nothing else looks like it. Of all the 1800s bicycle designs this was the most graphic and recognizable. It always brings a smile to peoples faces. This is a perfect wall hanger and unlike most antiques this one is a good solid rider. The paint and bright metal shows an aged patina.
1800s open head 47″ high wheel ordinary having straight bars with wooden pear grips, brakes, good early saddle. Note that the bicycle Stand pictured is not included… $5600
You can see this bicycle on display at our new showroom…
115 North Water Street
Peekskill NY 10566
This Evans motorcycle is probably one of the best and most authentic examples today. It’s a 3-time AACA (Antique Automobile Club of America) National Senior Winner. The AACA at Hershey PA and the Pebble Beach Classic Car Show are the 2 most important judged shows in the world. To win a First Prize at one of these shows is rock star status. It’s also received many more first place wins at state and regional shows… Including Best Running and Most Authentic. The Evans is one of the few motorcycles built in New York and is an important part of the states history. In fact this example was on display New York State Museum it also spend 5 years on display at the AACA Library. But most importantly it sat in my den for the the last 10 years. Since its original restoration 30 years ago it lived pampered life. There is a paint chip here and there from just from moving it around. We just dismantled and checked all the mechanics… cleaned, oiled and balanced everything. After all the years it was a pleasure the see the engine start right up and run as it did 30 years ago. Also included is the motorcycles history plus the original maintenance and sales brochures… $16000.
You can see the Evans on display at our new showroom…
115 North Water Street
Peekskill NY 10566
This weeks episode of Blacklist will feature 2 new faces from the Radio Guy collection. We love this show and James Spader is amazing.
Above is a Turn-of-the-Century photograph of Dr. James Law (1838-1921), Americas first academic veterinarian. He is seated before the faculty and students in the Cornell Veterinarian Collage lecture hall using one of the earliest examples of an Auzoux Horse. These models are scarce and almost unheard of here in the US. Could this be “The” Dr. Law Model?
This is one of the largest and rarest of the Dr. Auzoux Paper mache anatomical models. It’s also one of our most ambitious accusations. This prized 1846 first generation hand made model dates to the mid 1800s. It was recently found tucked away in a barn for over 20 years and is fresh to the market. A handful of Auzoux full size horse model are known to exist… can be found in the scientific collections of museums around the world. This is the only known example that can be found outside of a museum.
This 65 inch by 76 inch model is labeled and can be completely taken apart, offering a hyper-realistic, precisely detailed overview of a horse’s anatomy, comparable to what one might learn through dissection. When the first prototype was created in 1844 by physician Louis Auzoux, it was a revolutionary teaching aid for veterinary students.
Dr Louis Auzoux (Louis Thomas Jerome Auzoux) (1797-1880) was a French anatomist. He is known for his large scale zoological and botanical models for educational use. Models such as this quarter horse were made to help veterinary scientists understand the form and structure of horses and other animals. As a medical student, Auzoux was frustrated with the shortage of human and animal corpses available for studying anatomy. Auzoux graduated from medical school in 1818 and worked in the surgical department of the hospital Hotel-Dieu in Paris. In 1820 while visiting the papier-mache workshop of Francois Ameline, his ingenious idea to produce papier-mache models was envisioned. In 1828, he set up a workshop which made accurate human and veterinary anatomical models in Saint-Aubin-d’Ecrosville, in Normandy. He became a lecturer in universities and exhibited his papier-mache models during his lectures. His models became famous at industrial shows during the second half of the 19th century, such as the Great Exhibition of 1851 in London, where they received praise.
It will soon be on display at our showroom… 115 North Water Street, Peekskill New York 10566
Call Steve Erenberg, 914-257-1664 for information about this model.