This is an amazing hand carved solid wood devil’s head. I can’t say what movie it was in or if it was just a test character. In any cast Tom Burton liked it enough to display and be photographed with it. If you look at the picture the head is on the left wearing a Santa hat… $2400
“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.”
“115 North Water Street, Peekskill New York 10566
(914) 402-1790; earlyelectrics.com and radio-guy.net
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.
The Early Electrics and Radio Guy Showroom opened this summer and attracted a whole new crowd. Here is just a sampling of the rare anatomical models, Santos and articulated artists mannequins you’ll see on display and for sale in our new 5000 SqFt Hudson River antique shop.
115 North Water Street
Peekskill NY 10567
If you collect this type of banner then you already know how well done this original is. The quality of the painting is as good as they get. We could not find a signature but can guess from the quality that this was done by one of the good ones. As with most sideshow banners… a good deal of them are hard to live with. This has a very elegant 1930s style woman in a feathered dress holding a peacock. Miss Tilly was a class act. At 12 foot tall his is one impressive banner… $5200
Writer Joel Heumann is a local Realtor & big booster of Peekskill.
I stopped in front of this place several times in the past few months, peering in through the reflected glare at the treasures inside. Tried my best to take some photos. Those shots could best be described as “artsy”; meaning you can’t make out much, but you like it anyhow.
A few weeks ago, the window announced that the place was called “Early Electric”. Googled it. Nothing useful. How could a joint with such cool stuff fly so far under the radar?
This past Monday a guy inside noticed me & opened up. Finally! It was even better, far better, than I expected.
Steve Erenberg and his son Daniel own ‘Early Electrics‘… with an “s”, and its sister company ‘Radio Guy’. Internet searches being what they are, that extra “s” makes all the difference.
Steve is a retired Madison Avenue advertising exec. He & Dan bought the 1880’s landmark building at 115 North Water Street, gutted and transformed it into a showcase and work space for Early Electrics as well as Steve’s odd collection of antiques and curios. The key to its appeal lies in Steve’s gifted eye for the slightly macabre mixed with some steampunk aesthetic and a healthy dollop of Industrial Age modernism and great placement of the items in a beautiful old space.
Early Electrics makes up over 50% of the Erenbergs’ business. What they do is restore antique lighting; take antique or industrial artifacts and re-purpose them as antique-style lighting and design retro lighting fixtures from scratch. Most of their business comes via 1stdibs.com, designers and decorators, who can, for example, order 100 or more units at a time for a new restaurant. The recently opened Hudson Room restaurant at 23 S. Division Street, right around the corner from The Paramount Theater here in Peekskill had their lighting designed and built by Early Electrics.
Steve’s collection takes up most of the display space, and it’s more fun to go through than any antiques store and most museums I’ve visited. Masks and helmets, posters and walking sticks, medical and anatomical ephemera… simply a hodge-podge of offbeat yet tasteful items share space with the lighting displays. Again, designers and decorators make up most of the clientèle, yet interestingly, pieces are frequently rented by TV shows and movie production companies. Steve has also been a guest expert on shows like American Pickers and Oddities.
Check out their websites at http://www.EarlyElectrics.com and http://www.Radio-Guy.net. The storefront is open “by appointment or serendipity”; meaning “if the door’s open, great”…
Early Electrics and Radio Guy Showrooms
115 N. Water St, Peekskill