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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.

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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.

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

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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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Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Roselle Ware 7 piece salad service set | Gitsware | Roselle, Illinois, United States

While we're on salad service sets, here is one similar to the David Douglas Accaware set.  Here is a Roselle Ware 7 piece salad service set in black plastic with a textured, bamboo-like or spun metal surface.

eBay item 281614726376 ended March 5, 2015   at 10:59PM (United States).  The salad service set sold Buy It Now for $22.99 plus shipping.

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Roselle Ware 7 piece salad service set in black plastic.

black Gitsware Roselleware seven piece salad service set box

Roselle Ware 7 piece salad service set in black plastic, box.

black Gitsware Roselleware seven piece salad service set label and texture

Roselle Ware 7 piece salad service set in black plastic.  Label and surface texture.


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Monday, March 9, 2015

7-piece Accalac salad set, model G-307 | David Douglas | David Douglas & Co., Inc. | Manitowoc, Wisconsin, United States

I have previously posted about David Douglas, who is perhaps best known for his Genie server carafe.  David Douglas and his company was also responsible for other drink and dinnerware, which bore the trademarks Accalac (for the type of plastic) and Accaware (for things made from the plastic).

Here is a 7 piece salad set, given item number G-307.  The set includes a large serving or tossing bowl, a pair of tongs, and four individual salad bowls.  Labels on the set sport the Accaware name.  This set was new in the box and in green.  eBay item 261760619722 sold February 5, 2015 at 8:36PM for $15.00 plus $11.00 for shipping (United States).  One bidder placed 1 bid on the salad set.

Accalac 7 piece salad setAccalac 7 piece salad set bowlsAccalac 7 piece salad set tongs

Above:  the entire salad set, the bowls, and the tongs.  Below: the original box.

Accalac 7 piece salad bowl box 2Accalac 7 piece salad bowl box


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Thursday, March 5, 2015

aqua blue cotton ball holder | Menda | United States

Here is an aqua blue cotton ball holder by Menda, made in the United States.  The hinges are spring loaded and the top features a pair of white plastic roses.  The top, bottom, and sides have scalloped edges.  A spring loaded bottom to the box keeps pushing the cotton balls to the top.  The box measures 5” wide by 3-1/2” deep and 3” in height.

Menda was was responsible for a host of bathroom related product accessories, such as soap dispensers, toothbrush holders, cups, trays, hand mirrors, tissue boxes, and the like.  The color palette is decidedly mid century: pink, yellow, cream, aqua, and lavender, with accompanying designs in plastic, rhinestone, faux pearl, and gold trim. 

eBay item 311301661576 ended March 2, 2015 at 10:06PM (United States).  One bidder placed 1 bid and the box sold for $6.95 plus shipping.

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Menda cotton ball box and top detail.

aqua blue plastic cotton ball holder by Menda open

Menda cotton ball box, open.

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Menda cotton ball box, bottom and imprint.  The box is marked on the bottom:

MENDA CO
U.S.A. ©

Prices for these classic plastic items are extremely reasonable, with most selling for under $10 a piece.  For example his pink 9 piece set (16-3/4” by 11” tray, hinged tissue box, hinged powder puff box, 4” cup, 9” tall wastebasket, two lotion / soap pump dispensers, one shell soap holder, one oblong soap holder) sold for $51.00 plus shipping.  Imagine this set in your pink tile bathroom! eBay item 171639424474 sold January 19, 2015 at 2:05PM.  Two bidders placed 5 bids.

Vintage 9 piece Menda pink bathroom set


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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Untitled module metric sculpture | Abe Ajay | United States | 1968

Abraham Ajay was born in Altoona, Pennsylvania in 1919 to Syrian immigrant parents. In 1937 he moved to New York City to study at the Art Students League and the American Artists School in Manhattan.  He was hired as an artist by the Work Projects Administration during the Depression.  In the late 1930s and early 1940s, Ajay became close friends with Ad Reinhardt, the art director for the left-wing culture magazine New Masses.

In the 1960s, Ajay began to produce reliefs made of found objects. He had his first one-man show at the Rose Fried Gallery in Manhattan in 1964. Later his constructions, often intricate in design, were created from tooled wood, gypsum and cast plastics. He was a professor of visual arts at State University College at Purchase, N.Y. from 1978 until his health began deteriorating towards the mid to late 1990s.  A 25-year retrospective was held at the Aldrich Museum of Contemporary Art in Ridgefield, Connecticut in 1990. Following a move back to Bethel, Pennsylvania, Ajay died of a cerebral hemorrhage in 1998 at the age of 78.

Abe Ajay artist at work

Abe Ajay.  A Portrait of an Artist at Work.  (1990) Image source:  GMPFilms.com.  The film provides an intimate visit with the articulate and meticulous artist, Abe Ajay, in his Connecticut studio. Ajay explores the importance of his family and youth, recounts his student days in New York, and examines the role of the Federal Arts Project in American art. Manipulating arrangements, testing relationships, he discusses the importance of his craft as well as philosophy.  Arts Magazine said of Ajay, “He may easily be a master engineer, architect, carpenter and poet, all rolled into one.”

Ajay’s work is in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum in Manhattan and the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden in Washington.

This modernist sculpture by Abe Ajay is one of a series of relief sculptures. These constructions or assemblages of geometric forms and symbols brought him acclaim in the 1960s.Abe Ajay Module Metric plastic sculptureAbe Ajay Module Metric plastic sculpture detail

A white sculpture in a wooden box, with transparent yellow, clear, turquoise, and green plastic panels covering.  The approximate dimensions of the sculpture are 5-3/8” height by 9-5/8" width by 2-7/8" depth.Abe Ajay Module Metric plastic sculpture back

Reverse side of the sculpture.

Abe Ajay Module Metric plastic sculpture label

Close up of the signature label.  Marked:

AJAY
untitled module/metric
244/300 december 68

eBay item 201294914237 sold Buy It Now for $475.00 plus shipping on March 1, 2015.

References

Cotter, H. (1998, March 14). Abe Ajay, 78, Artist of Relief; Known for Boxlike Constructions. The New York Times.

Abe Ajay. Retrieved March 16, 2015 from http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abe_Ajay


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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. 

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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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