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Saturday, March 28, 2015

PVC curved pipe clock | Steve Diskin | Tik-Tek Engineering, Kirsch Hamilton and Associates, Inc. | Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States | 1980

Here is a PVC curved pipe desk clock by Steve Diskin of Tik-Tek Engineering for Kirsch Hamilton and Associates from 1980.  The clock measures 8” in height and 5” across.  The clock runs on a single C size battery.  The clock is definitely reminiscent of some Italian designs (like the Cronotime) that have the face set on a curved, tubular base and modern split-circle faces like these wall clocks by Krups in red, green, and blue.  Still, this clock is has the unique and characteristic styling of Diskin/Tik-Tek (like the Nova). Perhaps the frequency of split-circles in the designs of the 1970s and 80s reflect a societal obsession with pills.

eBay item 151483350242 sold November 29, 2014   at 7:12PM  (United States).  Four bidders placed 6 bids on the clock.  The clock sold for $430.00 plus $15.00 shipping.

Kirsch Hamilton Steve Diskin Tik Tek Engineering PVC clock face

Steve Diskin PVC clock made by Tik-Tek Engineering for Kirsch/Hamilton Associates mechanism. Detail of the PVC clock face.

Kirsch Hamilton Steve Diskin Tik Tek Engineering PVC clock full view frontKirsch Hamilton Steve Diskin Tik Tek Engineering PVC clock full view sideKirsch Hamilton Steve Diskin Tik Tek Engineering PVC clock full view backKirsch Hamilton Steve Diskin Tik Tek Engineering PVC clock full view side 2

Four views of the PVC clock.

Kirsch Hamilton Steve Diskin Tik Tek Engineering PVC clock full view

Steve Diskin PVC clock made by Tik-Tek Engineering for Kirsch/Hamilton Associates.

Kirsch Hamilton Steve Diskin Tik Tek Engineering PVC clock label

The label on the clock reads:

copyright 1980 s. p. diskin pats. pend.
TIK TEK tm
made in u.s.a. by
tik-tek engineering for
KIRSCH/HAMILTON ASSOCIATES
boston, mass.  all rights reserved

Kirsch Hamilton Steve Diskin Tik Tek Engineering PVC clock mechanism

Steve Diskin PVC clock made by Tik-Tek Engineering for Kirsch/Hamilton Associates mechanism.


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Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Finesse Originals four faces fiberglass wall sculpture

Here is another fiberglass reinforced wall sculpture by Finesse Originals.  This one features four interlocking faces.  This is one of the smallest I have ever seen, as the seller reports the size at 11” by 13”.

eBay item 161496647698 sold December 1, 2014 at 1:23PM.  One bidder placed 1 bid and the sculpture sold for $48.00 plus shipping.

Finesse Originals four faces sculpture Finesse Originals four faces wall sculpture back

Front and back of the Finesse Originals four faces wall sculpture.

Finesse Originals four faces wall sculpture side Finesse Originals four faces wall sculpture signature

Finesse Originals signature on the four faces wall sculpture.

The design is similar to the faces of Jonathan Adler, who uses the symmetry of the face to link one to the next.  Adler’s vase is inspired by Dora Maar, the French photographer, poet, and painter best known for being a lover and muse of Pablo Picasso.

Jonathan Adler Dora Maar Vase

Jonathan Adler Dora Maar vase (unglazed matte porcelain). Image Source: jonathanadler.com.


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Sunday, March 15, 2015

toy gun Cowboy Comb

From a more innocent time comes these combs.  I wonder who thought it would be a good idea to make a comb in the shape of a gun?  Ignoring the obvious problems someone might have with a comb that looks like this (putting it up to a head comes to mind), I bet they were a fun plaything and you were boss if you had one.  These combs feature a cowboy hat and sheriff’s badge on the handle, and designs further up near the trigger.  Clearly these combs are an attempt to market the western fad that was sweeping the nation when they were likely manufactured.  They measure 5-3/4” in length.  A novelty item, the selling price on eBay is typically in the $5-$10 range.

red gun comb with paper sleeve holster

The comb in red from etsy seller SanDiego Vintage, showing the Cowboy comb in its original paper “holster” sleeve.

The comb is marked on one side, at the bottom of the piece:

MADE IN
HONG KONG

Cowboy gun comb imprint

yellow gun combblue gun comb

Above:  the Cowboy gun comb in yellow and blue.  Image source:  eBay.

pink gun comb

Another design in pink with its original holster.  It is less detailed than the combs above, having a sheriff’s badge and hatch marks on the stock.  Image source:  etsy seller SanDiego Vintage.

brown toy gun comb

The design from the pink comb in brown, used with black ink as an advertising item.  This advertisement is for the Fort Worth Star Telegram.   Image source:  eBay.

new plastic gun comb   white gun comb

Gun combs are still manufactured, but with a decidedly more modern feel.  Commonly made in black and white, they measure 8-1/4” (21cm) length by 10cm height and are 0.5cm thick, and are made of ABS.


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