Metal Works

Antique Cast Iron Cummins' No.52 Perforating Machine
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Description: Heavy cast iron desk top perforating machine in original paint having gold and red striping. Used to perforate/cancel stamps.
Materials: Painted & striped cast iron. Nickle handle cover.
Dimensions: Height: 9-3/4". Width: 11-1/2". Depth: 7-3/4".
Locality and Period: Chicago or New York. c.1892.
Comments: Model 52 from the B.F. Cummins Perforator Company of Chicago, Illinois. This machine has a width to accommodate a row of five regular sized stamps which necessitates a sheet of stamps being folded or separated in half prior to the perforating operation. These groups of pins forming the set of initials are so spaced that when one-half sheet of regular sized stamps are perforated, the design appears in the center of each stamp. It is common, therefore, to find more recent stamps with their varying sizes having split or off-center perforations and, of course, double-sized stamps will contain part of an extra set of initials, or two sets due to the width of the stamp.
Price: $125.00

Antique Brass Jesus, Mary & Joseph Base Crucifix
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Description: Brass crucifix on 3 sided base having busts of Jesus, Virgin Mary & Joseph. Cast iron weight inside base with an iron square nut.
Materials: Brass. Cast iron weight & nut.
Dimensions: Height: 13-1/2"". Width: 5-3/4". Depth: 3-1/2".
Locality and Period: Unmarked. c.1900.
Comments: Nice table top or mantle sized crucifix.
Price: $59.00

Antique Cast Iron Umbrella/Fireplace Stand
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Description: Cast iron stand having upper serpent head holders and ornate handle. Lower shell shaped drip pan.
Materials: Cast iron.
Dimensions: Height: 25-3/4". Width: 13". Depth: 10-1/2".
Locality and Period: Foundries throughout the U.S. c.1900.
Comments: Used to hold umbrellas or store fireplace tools.
Price: $65.00

Pair Early Wrought Iron with Brass Finial Andirons
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Description: Pair hand wrought iron andirons with wrought iron "Fire Dogs" having brass ball finials.
Materials: Wrought iron. Brass finials.
Dimensions: Height: 21-1/2". Width: 10". Depth: 17".
Locality and Period: American. 19th Century.
Comments: Fine wrought iron craftsmanship. Original brass ball finials.
Price: $195.00 Pair

Pair Antique Cast Iron Architectural Stars & Mounting Brackets
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Description: Pair cast iron stars painted in a Confederate grey with iron mounting brackets.
Materials: Cast iron.
Dimensions: Height: 9". Width: 9-1/4". Depth: 25".
Locality and Period: Unknown American foundry. c.1875.
Comments: These are the REAL things, not the reproduction items easily found. The 24 inch long iron mounting brackets were installed through 3 layers of bricks to stabilize architectural construction or as decorative elements.
Price: $95.00 Pair

Centennial George Washington Trivet
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Description: Cast brass trivet depicting President George Washington. Back coping casting on reverse side with tall triangle shaped legs. Pierced handle with curled end.
Materials: Brass.
Dimensions: Height: 1-5/8" (including legs). Width: 4-3/8". Length: 9-3/8" (handle to tip).
Locality and Period: U.S.A. c.1876
Comments: This trivet is an original circa 1876 Centennial piece showing several characteristics proving such: no signature, leg length, shape of legs, evidence of wear, open handle, Washington's pigtail, back coping and overall size. All of these features are not evident in the multitude of reproduction castings.
Price: ***SOLD***

Cast Iron Book Press
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Description: Heavy bookbinder's press having a large base with 2 posts with ball finials that guide the press plate. Wheel with screw attached to press plate to adjust pressure. Plate can be opened to 4-1/2" above base.
Materials: Cast iron.
Dimensions: Height: 13-1/2". Width: 20". Depth: 12". Plate: 15" X 10".
Locality and Period: No foundry mark. c. 1880.
Comments: Industrial grade, completely functional bookbinder's press in an unusually large size.
Price: $385.00 NOW: $275.00

Cast Metal Mythical Plaque
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Description: Cast metal pendant plaque depicting mythical figures.
Dimensions: Width: 14-1/2".
Price: $165.00 NOW: $119.00