Railroad Date Nails Purchased At Automotive Swap Meet

You just never know what you will find at Automotive Swap Meets and Car Shows. The number one rule for a vendor is, only bring automotive related items. That makes sense, but sometimes they sneak in other interesting things for sale.

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Take for example what I picked up  at this vendors table. It was the interesting history that went along with my picked up treasure.

On this one occasion, I met a vendor with a wooden box filled with well, I don’t know what they were. The vendor spotted me looking at these odd nails and came over and said, “do you know what they are?” .. Nope. But they do look like they’re associated with Rail Roads. Continue reading

Old Time Instruments

 

Old Time Instruments cigar boxes It was suggested to me to write about old time “Cigar Box Guitars”, and I said, “SAY WHAT”!  What is a cigar box guitar? You’re talking to a person that doesn’t know the difference between fret-boards to a banjo string. This subject matter of old-time instruments is a totally new topic for me, but maybe . . . that’s OK … I’ll learn. Research on Old Time Instruments material is the real fun part of blogging and the subject matter on cigar box guitars did get my Mo-Jo working.

“A poor man’s cigar box guitar…Eh”. I can do this!

I used to be an avid cigar smoker so I am familiar with the different styles and sizes of boxes. Hell, I used to collect them for a hobby. This topic could be right up my alley. I enjoy music, but … that’s as far as my talent goes with making instruments.

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Are Antique Picture Frames Highly Collectable

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Are Antique Picture Frames collectible or just, overrated? An old picture frame is one of those things that are sadly ignored by most of the general art collecting public, especially in North America.

2 people in a old frameYears ago, most older frames were recognized as pieces of art and, in their own right were priced accordingly. Now  in today’s market, they are generally a forgotten item. Which means, you can pick up these beautiful old frames for a very low dollar price.

Look past the farmer and his wife.

But remember, you have to look past the Portrait of the old farmer and his wife. Just look at the quality, handmade, and in some cases, hand-carved frames.farmers in an old picture frame

If you collect any type of masterpiece’s, whether it’s a lithograph, watercolor or oil paintings and proudly display them in galleries or in the foyer of your home or business. Then you should consider that time period of frame to complement your artwork.

Things to note on good old frames.

  • They could very well complement your old picture or the painstaking oil portrait that you just finished of your favorite Auntie.
  • The average public back then could not afford these handmade, hand-carved frames so most were bought by wealthy clients.
  • Also note: don’t be discouraged if they are a little rough around the edges. You can still buy products today to repair damaged old frames.

Some of these older frames are good examples of folk art. While others can be dated to a particular style (Art Deco, Faux Bois) or a time period. Frames are one of those items that don’t get moved around much from where they originally were hung. So in most cases, you will find these frames with minimal damage or wear.

Look at these frames through different eyes!
Now, next time you’re at your favorite antique auction house, try and look at those quality old pieces of art through different eyes. You will see the beauty and workmanship that went into every one of these exquisite looking frames.  While you’re at it, check out the old dated, rippled, not so perfect glass, you know the glass with the air bubbles still in them.

But of course, the industrial revolution changed all that around the (1850s)” where the “hand carving” was done by “machines” which, just looks hand carved.

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Trench Art Collectables and Why Should I BUY THEM

 

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little HISTORY on Trench Art

Trench Art Collectibles are highly sot after and some people even think …  “Decorative” and that, would be a good enough reason to start stocking up on some of these treasures.

Trench art figurine

Trench art figurine

This war art was made from used and discarded war materials and mostly by imaginative soldiers in trenches, POW’s camps or war casualties (hospitals) even the civilians had access to mounds of leftover war material. War Trench Art comes in many different shapes, sizes, and forms as you can see from the photos.

tramp art lamp

TRAMP ART LAMP

Shell casings were widely used.  Bullets, Landmines, and mortars were easily made into some kind of brass art and for example, picture frames, ashtrays, paperweights, flower pots, candlestick holder, etc.

I would almost consider this a form of “Folk Art” being they were handmade from ordinary people.

Are, Trench Art Collectibles

Supposedly trench art started to be noticed as “future collectibles” during and after the 1st & 2nd world wars. The majority of Trench Art (as the story goes) were made because of pure BOREDOM.  Some even say, soldiers made them as a MEMENTO of their time served in the war, or maybe their personal art could be just traded for much needed usable goods, like Food.

This phenomenon continued for many years after the war with civilians making their own form of trench art because like I said the abundant supply of leftover war material. “brass, copper and or steel”

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This art is a little on the funky looking side and not for everybody’s taste, but most of these items do have a good, bad, or ugly story to tell by people that know firsthand what wars are really like.

Solders in trench

Solders in trench WW 1

This article was based on a lot of independent information and I am just passing it on, however-

Making them as War MEMENTOS, I’m not sure I agree.

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Pinterest.ca   “trench art”   https://www.pinterest.ca/search/pins/q=trench%20art&rs=typed&term_meta[]=trench%7Ctyped&term_meta[]=art%7Ctyped

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TRAMP art has a lot of similarity to trench art, where people made items from boredom and lots of discarded material.

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