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Zing Zing is the Sound

Zing zing, zing zing, zing zing . . .  can you guess what vintage collectible makes that sound?  Well, there is probably more than one answer but the one we’re thinking about is the antique straight razor.  It makes that distinct and often recognizable sound to men, as they watch the old time barber sharpen his instrument on a razor strop.  This is the same razor he will use after applying that thick-rich lather to the back of the neck and around the ears.  Or in some cases your beard if that service has been requested.

Straight razors are described as a blade that can be folded into a handle.  These types of razors were used for hundreds of years by men all over the world to shave in the morning.  Now, due to the invention of safety razors and electric razors, most men, and most barbers, do not use straight razors.  However, many collectors love the old pieces not only for their nostalgic magic, but because some can be pieces of art.

Straight razors, both the blade and the handle can be made of various materials.  Some of the most beautiful examples were made in Europe; Germany and Sheffield England were two primary spots known for metallurgy.  In America, companies like the Shumate Razor Company and the Geneva Cutlery Company are well known for the design and beauty of their straight razors.  Rare examples of these razors include carved handled specimens made of bone and highly decorated ones in sterling. 


Where You Might Find Vintage Radios in June 2012 . . .

The month starts out with the June Festival of Antiques in Mullica Hill, New Jersey.  This show which attracts almost one hundred dealers and thousands of visitors will be held on Saturday, June 9, 2012. The June Festival of Antiques features Americana including quilts, folk art and vintage pottery as well as glass, furniture and fine art.

June , 2012, Fabulous Finds Barn Sale, The Barn, Vienna, Virginia

June 16, 2012, Main Street Antique Show, Historic Downtown Hendersonville, Hendersonville, North Carolina

June 9-10, 2012, Gaithersburg Antique & Collectible Show, Montgomery County Fairgrounds, Gaithersburg, Maryland

June 23-24, 2012, Northern Virginia Antiques Show, Thomas Jefferson Community Center, Arlington, Virginia

A Short History of Emerson Radio

Emerson Radio got its start in 1915 as the Emerson Phonograph Company with roots in the record business. In the 1930’s, although still in the phonograph and recordings business they became more and more involved with producing radios and became very prominent with the introduction of peewee radios, which were small and compact; perfect during the depression era. They were not the only company offering these small radios, but clearly the leader.  Half of all peewee radios were made by Emerson and by 1938, they had sold more than a million units.


Mikey Hangs Himself

Mikey decides he has had enough and is going to hang himself.  A couple of minute later a couple of guys come walking past and see him hanging by his wrists and ask him what he is doing.  “Hanging myself,” says Mikey.  The men laugh at tell him; well you need to put the rope around your neck.  He looks at them exasperated and says, “Duh, I tried that but I couldn’t breathe.”


Record Auction Price for Vintage Camera

Wow, we hope that the JAM Cam we have stored away will someday bring us this kind of windfall . . . but we doubt it.  A 1923 Leica camera recently sold for more than $2.16 million in Vienna, Austria.  Leica is a German manufacturer that produced only twenty five of these test models and only twelve are known to exist today.  WestLicht Auction House expected the camera to bring in about $400,000 but a similar camera sold last year for a cool $1.9 million. 

Upcoming Auctions . . .

June 1-2, 2012, Mohawk Arms, Bouckville, New York; silver, Washington button, flags and militaria.

June 23, 2012, Check the Oil Auction, Embassy Suites in Columbus, Ohio; petroliana, advertising and signs, countertop displays.

Vintage Radios Appealing to the New Collector

Despite the abundant availability of vintage radios in the antiques and collectibles market, there are still a lot of people for whom the radio is still a nostalgic piece of their history.  They can remember sitting in the family room gathered around the radio with their loved ones listening to comedians such as Bob Hope or Red Skelton; or listening to other shows such as Dick Tracy and Little Orphan Annie.  However, there are is new breed of collectors who don’t remember those shows or comedians at all, and love the radios not for nostalgic purposes, but for their sheer esthetic beauty.

Many of the vintage radios that can be found at flea markets, estate sales or antique shows come in all shapes, sizes and color depending on the era that they were made.  In years past, we sold many vintage radios that were made in the ‘30s on eBay to the nostalgic group; most of those radios were made from Bakelite. Bakelite is hard plastic material that came in mainly two colors, black or dark brown.  We also sold many that were made of Plaskon, which was introduced by radio manufacturers such as Emerson and Fada in the mid 30’s.  Radios made of Plaskon were either white or beige and sometimes red.

The new collectors that we encountering today, are looking for more colorful radios to enhance their living spaces.  These collectors are more apt to be drawn to vintage radios made from Catalin, which was introduced in the late ‘30s or early ‘40s.  Radios made from this material not only tend to come in brilliant hues, but are also molded with rounded hand finished edges.  Their appealing design, yet old world look make them a designer’s favorite.  These vintage radios can go for a couple of hundred dollars to thousands for the most sought after models.

Emerson Radio has survived all of these years by adapting to the changing times and knowing their clientele.  Today, known only as Emerson, the company continues the tradition of making quality products for a worldwide audience; and the product range includes DVDs, television, home theatre and other middle to high end audio products.

The Desk as an Antique

It’s hard to believe that something that is as functional and practical as a desk wasn’t thought of by inventors or at least thought important by inventors until the 1600s.  And then, they thought so little of them that they weren’t really invented as much as repurposed from something these found more functional, a bureau.  The first desks created were actually bureaus with a sloping top to serve as a writing surface.  It wasn’t until many people complained almost one hundred years later about sitting uncomfortably that the designs changed.

In the 1700s, furniture makers started making what we all know now as kneehole desks. These were more comfortable to sit at than their predecessors because basically it was a flat writing surface with two pedestals of drawers on either side.  Sort of like a bureau, but with a place for the knees, hence the kneehole desk.  These desks were small by today’s standards and mainly made of oak and or walnut veneers.  They may or may not have included two extra drawers across the top depending on the design.

The Industrial Revolution of the late 1700s saw the desk grow in popularity with masses.  People were making more money and started demanding better products with creature comforts.  This included desks, which started to become an addition to most homes. Businessmen wanted bigger desks, with more comfort and natural beauty.  The pedestal desk was then introduced by well-known designers such as Chippendale and Thomas Sheraton. The desks then were made with rich looking mahogany wood or mahogany veneers.

As time goes on, desks have become even more functional and in some cases larger.  At a recent antique market we saw a huge partner’s desk probably made in the late 1800s.  This is a desk where two people can work at the same time and which were made to show that neither partner was above the other.  It is fairly common to see antique desks from this period at antique shows and antique shops, but very rare to find an early desk that dates to the 1600-1700s; and price accordingly.

Newsletter June 2, 2012
Vintage Radios, Antique Desks, Collectible Razors
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