Featured Auction: Rare 2# Longchamps Chocolate Tin from the 1930s

Longchamps Chocolate Tin

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Art Deco design was in it’s hay day when this tin was produced. Made by Canco for Longchamps restaurant in New York.

Here’s a little history on Longchamps:

Longchamps was a chain of highly popular, upper scale restaurants with nine locations around the city, mainly situated around Madison and Fifth Avenues (one restaurant was located in the Empire State Building and another in the Chanin Building). The avant-garde design and lettering is very much like the work of Josef Hoffmann and the Wiener Werkstatte.
The restaurants were designed by Winold Reiss (1886-1953) who was born and studied art in Germany and came to the United States in 1913. He was a very successful painter, graphic designer and interior designer.
Reiss designed the fasade of the 1939 New York World’s Fair Theater and Concert Building. He also designed all of the Longchamps restaurants in New York. Longchamps restaurants were elegant smart and very Art Deco. They boasted plenty of mirrors and murals. His graphic type is identifiable by its slanting, “falling” S. This tin is his design.

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Feature Auction: C.C.B Co Creek Chub Bait Co Fishing Lure Cardboard Circa 1930’s

ccb lure box

I found this, and a few other old lure and reel boxes at an estate sale last weekend. I guessing this dates to around the 1930s based on the other boxes and the patent dates on them. I love the fish graphics on this one.

If you have some old reels or lures that a box would make them complete come check out this box and the others we have listed.

Here’s the link: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Box-ONLY-C-C-B-Co-Creek-Chub-Bait-Co-Fishing-Lure-Cardboard-Circa-1930s-/391376923587?ssPageName=STRK:MESE:IT

Featured Auction: Cutco Knives

Cutco Paring Knife If you are looking for a good deal on Cutco knives we have several Pearl white knives for sale this week. We have 9 different styles for sale including a French Chef knife, butcher knife, paring knife, spatula and even a knife block. Here’s you chance to bid on the best made knives in the world!

We sent them back to the factory for sharpening and cleaning, so, even though these knives are used they are as sharp as the day they were first sold.

Find out more, or bid on them by clicking here.

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Featured Auction: Vintage Mechanical Kiddie Christmas Cards

I remember the designs from my childhood my guess is that they were sold sometime in the late 1950’s or early 1960’s.

vintage mechanical card girl skiingOriginally there were 22 cards in this box. A few were used, because now the lot contains 17. Each card is different, some have wonderful greetings on the back.

This one, for example, includes the sweet little greeting:

“This horse must pull me very fast,

I’m hurrying to you – mechanical card snowman

With Christmas wishes oh his back

To last the whole year through!”


There’s even a couple of cards for the Teacher!

One special card, for your best friend included – it features a fuzzy/velvet finish.

Originally sold amechanical-christmas-cardst Lustre Lane Greeting Card Co, in Portland Oregon – there is a price sticker on the bottom of the box.

You can see the whole assortment of 17 cards and bid on them – click here to go to the Mechanical Christmas Card auction.


Featured Auction: Transparent Polaroid Sun 660

Rare Transparent Polaroid Autofocus 660 The Square Body Polaroid Sun 660 was introduced in 1981.

It was the first in the range to use Polaroid’s patented Sonar Autofocus device. The distance to the subject was calculated by emitting an sonar (ultrasonic) pulse which then was captured again. The time difference between the sent versus received pulse gave the distance measurement. The sonar emmiter/receiver is the big gold disk next to the lens.

To demonstrate the features of this camera, Polaroid produced transparent versions. They were provided to camera stores so a person could see the functioning parts of the Sun 660 camera.

You can see a similar transparent camera and read more about them on the Impossible blog.

If you’d like to own a piece of Polaroid history and join in the auction – click here to bid!

Featured Auction: Bausch & Lomb, The American Agriculturist Microscope Circa 1880

Bausch & Lomb, The American Agriculturist Microscope

This little microscope is under 2 inches. An early  microscope bottom of black is etched in Bausch & Lomb Optical Co Rochester N.Y. Pat Jan 8 ’78. Box shows some wear and top says American Agriculturist Microscope from Orange Judd Company, 245 Broadway, New York.
HISTORY OF THE AMERICAN AGRICULTURALIST MICROSCOPE (From:http://www.microscope-antiques.com/ag.html)
Starting in 1877, the American Agriculturalist Magazine advertised this diminutive instrument. It was touted as an aid to the farmer in detecting contamination and deterioration of e.g. seeds. It could also be used by children to explore the little things around us. The earliest version is labelled with a ‘PAT. APP’D FOR’ whereas shortly later, the patent date was added; this patent date as stated on the slightly later instruments, is Jan 8, 1878. This is patent number —– issued to J.J. Bausch.
American Agriculturist Microscope

The Orange Judd company address, as given in the 1877 through 1880 editions of the American Agriculturist was 245 Broadway, the address on this. Starting in 1881, the address had changed to 751 Broadway, the address on the green box.

Bid Here: American Agriculturist Orange Judd Antique Microscope Bausch & Lomb