Monday, March 2, 2015

playing cards alarm clock | Bulova | Japan

Here is a Bulova wind up alarm clock with a playing cards or poker theme.  The front face reads “BULOVA” and at the bottom reads “JAPAN” in an arc.  There are similarities to this alarm clock by Elgin, West Germany.

Bulova playing cards clock front

The dial is white with dots for numerals, a red hour hand, and a black minute hand.  The dots and clock hands are glow-in-the-dark.  The front case of the clock features the numerals as well as the four suits: hearts represents 12, clubs represents 3, diamonds represents 6, and spades represents 9. 

Bulova playing cards clock mechanismBulova playing cards clock
The left side of the clock features the Queen of Diamonds, the top of the clock features the King of Spades, and the right side of the clock features the Jack of Hearts.  This is the same series of cards as on the Elgin playing cards alarm clock I previously posted about.

Bulova playing cards clock back

Back of the clock, showing mechanism.
eBay item 391068361722 available Buy It Now for $24.00 plus shipping (United States).

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Saturday, February 28, 2015

Motörhead iron fist plastic resin pin | England | 1982

Iron Fist is the first cut off a 12 track album by British metal legends Motörhead. The title track was released as a single on April 3, 1982. The album was released on April 17, 1982. The album peaked at #6 on the UK album charts (peaked at #174 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart) and the song peaked on the UK singles chart at #29.

Motorhead Iron Fist album cover

Motörhead Iron Fist album cover.

The live show featured a large fist that would open up and light up.

Motorhead Iron Fist stage propMotorhead Iron Fist stage prop scale

And a prop that could be worn like a glove.

Motorhead Iron Fist fist prop

But what to wear on your jacket? Here is a resin plastic pin that features the physical “iron first” that was prominently featured on the album cover and T-shirts and in the stage show. It measures approximately 1-1/2” (4cm) width by just over 1” (3cm) height.

Motorhead Iron Fist pinMotorhead Iron Fist pin frontMotorhead Iron Fist pin side

Two views of the back of the pin, showing what appears to be a safety pin embedded in the resin.

Motorhead Iron Fist pin backMotorhead Iron Fist pin back 2

Interest and price on this piece show the passion of Motörhead fans.  eBay item 381122063610 ended Jan 26, 2015 at 1:30PM (United Kingdom). Eleven bidders placed 44 bids on the pin and the pin sold for £128.00 ($198.28).

Here’s the lyrics to Iron Fist.  It’s a classic. While you can’t get the song from this site, a search for “Motorhead Iron Fist” on YouTube will give you the fix you’re looking for.

Iron Fist (Ian Kilmister, Phil Taylor, and Eddie Clarke.)

Dark night nothing to see
Invisible hand in front of me
Scared to death there’s someone near
Scared to move but you can't stay here

You know me, evil eye
You know me, prepare to die
You know me, the snakebite kiss
Devil's grip, the Iron Fist

Flying horse don’t make a sound
Flying hooves don't touch the ground
Walk in circle lose you track
Can't go on but you can't go back

You know me, evil eye
You know me, prepare to die
You know me, the snakebite kiss
Devil's grip, the Iron Fist

Moon eclipse and you know why
Ghost rider in the sky
Beast of evil devil’s hound
Tooth and claw they pull you down

You know me, evil eye
You know me, prepare to die
You know me, the snakebite kiss
Devil’s grip, the Iron Fist


Burridge, A. Illustrated Collector's Guide to Motörhead. Published: 1995, Collector's Guide Publishing p.70.

Burridge, A. (April 1991). “Motörhead”. Record Collector (140): 18–19.

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

acrylic water droplet splash sculpture

Here is a stop-motion splash that a water droplet would make, frozen in lightly shaded blue-green transparent acrylic.  Measures 10” in height by 23” across.  This piece works as sculpture or as a prop for a photographer.

eBay item 321630076889 ended January 6, 2015 at 7:59PM (United States).  Three bidders placed 31 bids on the sculpture and it sold for $76.00 plus shipping.

acrylic stop action water droplet splash sculpture

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