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Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Industrial Style
Industrial Style

Industrial-style furniture has experienced a resurgence in popularity with the rise of interest in minimalist design.

It's a look that celebrates the past even as it suggests vigor, productivity and brawn. The newly chic industrial style of decor repurposes the simple, sturdy furnishings of an earlier world of commerce — brushed-metal storage cabinets and display shelves, task lamps and pendant lights with enameled shades, work tables with worn wooden tops and cast-iron bases — and couples them with aesthetic touches emblematic of energy and optimism, from bright upholstery fabrics to flowers.

The rise in prominence of the industrial style has come hand-in-hand with the residential repurposing of former manufacturing and warehouse districts throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. In many loft apartments created in shuttered factories, the architectural envelope has been left intact.

Industrial-style interiors feature elements like raw brick walls, exposed steel beams and oak floors whose history is written in every pit and gouge. Patina is the keynote to a decor in sync with such surroundings. On 1stDibs you will find designs that wear their age beautifully — and were built to last.

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Style: Industrial
Leather and Horse Hair Boxing Gloves, circa 1940
By Wilson Sporting Goods
Located in San Francisco, CA
About An original pair of Wilson leather boxing gloves filled with horse hair. The boxing gloves are reddish-brown leather with gold leather piping. A very thick pair of boxing gl...
Category

Mid-20th Century Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Leather

April 1944 Book of New York Daily News Newspapers Bound Together
Located in New York, NY
New York Daily News volume book with a tan and blue cover. Collection of bound newspapers from April, 1944. Features WWII news photos as well as photos of pop culture and celebrities.
Category

1940s American Vintage Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Paper

1970's British Ultimate Gray /Monochrome Black AC GMT Co. Classic Wall Clock
Located in Leicester, Leicestershire
Quartz sweep seconds / non ticking wall clock finished in ultimate gray pantone 17-5104 Rescued from Industrial scrap yards and brought back to life in our UK workshop, our expert...
Category

1970s English Vintage Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Chrome, Steel

Vintage Franklin Football Helmet c.1940
Located in San Francisco, CA
About An original Franklin H-44 hard composite and leather football helmet with chin strap. Creator Franklin. Date of manufacture c.1940. Materials and techniques hard compos...
Category

Early 20th Century American Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Leather, Plastic

20th Century Copper & Brass Signalling Floor Lamp and Military Gyroscope Tripod
By Shonan Kosakusho
Located in Leicester, Leicestershire
This is a Shonan Kosakusho daylight signalling lamp made in 1981, married with a Russian military gyroscope tripod. Reclaimed from Mid-Century war ships, Shonan did manufacture t...
Category

1980s Japanese Vintage Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Brass, Copper

Pair of Nautical Brass and Fresnel Lens Ship's Post Lights
Located in Nantucket, MA
A fabulous and robust pair of brass ship's post lights with Fresnel glass lens converted to wall-mounted sconce lights which can be used indoors or out. Originally European, these ha...
Category

Late 20th Century European Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Brass

Vintage Two Pan Scale and Weights
Located in Stamford, CT
Circa early 20th century vintage scale which comes with some weights. The scale is in functional condition and is portable. Please note of wear consistent with age.
Category

Early 20th Century Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Metal

1970 Seiko Blue and Tobacco Retro Vintage Industrial Antique Steel Quartz Clock
Located in Leicester, Leicestershire
Seiko super tanker slave clock original aqua marine green finish A reclaimed and restored maritime slave clock. These clocks were used in great numbers on super tankers, cargo ...
Category

1970s Japanese Vintage Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Steel, Cut Steel

Photography Panoramic 1922 Black and White Pennsylvania Fireman DuBois Hose Co.
Located in Savannah, GA
Large black and white panorama photograph featuring forty-six members of the J.E. DuBois Hose Company pictured with their Bureau of Fire, DuBois, PA firetruck. Dated August 17, 1922....
Category

1920s American Vintage Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Glass, Wood, Paper

Industrial Aluminum Airplane Step Stool, New York Airways
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Industrial, aluminum, airplane step stool features the stamp New York Airways, (1949-1968) on one side, a perforated top and rubber glides with all original, work-worn patina. It's a...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Aluminum

Gymnastic Bench
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A leather covered gymnastics bench on splayed, leather-clad, ebonized pine legs with patinated cast iron feet.
Category

Early 20th Century American Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Iron

I.M. Pei by Aileen Reid Hardcover Coffee Table Book
Located in Oakland Park, FL
Aileen Reid, I. M. Pei An introduction to a noted contemporary architect discusses his background, influences, and techniques for such projects as the Louvre, the Kennedy Library, a...
Category

1990s American Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Paper

Anatomical Plaque by New York Scientific Supply Co.
Located in Brooklyn, NY
Hand painted, plaster, anatomical plate by New York Scientific Supply Co. depicting the musculature and circulatory systems of the face and head on a wood plaque.
Category

Early 20th Century American Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Wood, Plaster

1970s Seiko Retro Vintage Industrial Antique Steel Quartz Wall Clock, Pink
Located in Leicester, Leicestershire
Seiko super tanker slave clock original re-finished in Millenial Pink. A reclaimed and restored maritime slave clock. These clocks were used in great numbers on super tankers, ...
Category

1970s Japanese Vintage Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Steel, Cut Steel

Large Early 20th C, Wooden Foundry Mold, c.1900
Located in San Francisco, CA
About Large industrial wood mold used to make metal parts. The piece consists of two halves when joined together create a manufacturing part. Each piece has a metal identification...
Category

Early 20th Century Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Metal

Seiko Ship's Nautical Analog Clock, 1980s
Located in Nantucket, MA
From a decommissioned Japanese ship, black Seiko analog clocks with brushed nickel faces. Battery mechanism updated and an easy opening on the back side. Black metal surround and gla...
Category

Late 20th Century Japanese Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Metal

Nautical Double Gauge Bubble Clinometer on Teak Back Plate by Conn. Valley Ind.
Located in Nantucket, MA
A double gauge bubble clinometer with precision glass tubing and nickel face mounted on a teak back plate. These tilt gauges were used on vessels to measure the angular slant of the ...
Category

Late 20th Century North American Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Chrome

Bronze Nautical Alidade
Located in Sagaponack, NY
An impeccably machined nautical alidade crafted of warm patinated bronze and steel.
Category

1940s American Vintage Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Bronze, Steel

1970s British Classic Blue & Chrome AC.GMT.Co. Industrial Wall Clock Black Dial
By Industrial Production
Located in Leicester, Leicestershire
Rescued from Industrial scrap yards and brought back to life in our UK workshop, our expert process allows us to create a high quality clock of luxury standards. At A.C GMT Co. we ...
Category

1970s English Vintage Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Steel, Chrome

Industrial Tripod, Signal Corps Us Army, Hanging Plant Holder Base, Pedestal
Located in Antwerp, BE
Industrial wooden tripod stand - green army wooden Stand. A former military tri-pod for loudspeaker or camera with original label still on. Signal corps US Army Stand MT 128/TIQ-2...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Wood

Antique Wooden Shoe Forms with Handles, c.1920
Located in San Francisco, CA
Original pairs of cobbler's wooden shoe forms. They have retained their original finish and have the appropriate wear. Creator unknown. Date of manufacture c.1920 Materials and ...
Category

Early 20th Century Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Beech, Maple

1970s British Classic Blue & Chrome Ac Gmt Co. Industrial Wall Clock White Dial
Located in Leicester, Leicestershire
Rescued from Industrial scrap yards and brought back to life in our UK workshop, our expert process allows us to create a high quality clock of luxury standards. At A.C GMT Co. we ...
Category

1970s English Vintage Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Steel, Chrome

1890s Chilion Men’s Wooden Frame Bicycle by M.D. Stebbins Mfg. Co.
Located in Peekskill, NY
If you are a seasoned antique bicycle collector than you already know how rare a find this Chilion really is. All wooden wheel and frame antique bicycles are among the rarest. There ...
Category

Late 19th Century American Antique Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Wood

1970s Japanese Industrial Brass, Bronze and Stainless Steel Search Light Tripod
Located in Leicester, Leicestershire
A fine example of an industrial style Loomlight tripod floor lamp, comprised of a brass and stainless steel searchlight with timber and bronze tall tripod. The lamp is a very substan...
Category

1970s Japanese Vintage Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Bronze, Stainless Steel, Brass

1940s Wanderer Werke French Keyboard Typewriter
Located in New York, NY
Manual typewriter with a French language keyboard. Some keys stick. Leather handle and the case is broken. This can be seen at our 333 West 52nd St location in the Theater District W...
Category

1940s German Vintage Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Steel

1970 Seiko Blue and Tobacco Retro Vintage Industrial Antique Steel Quartz Clock
Located in Leicester, Leicestershire
Seiko super tanker slave clock original aqua blue finish A reclaimed and restored maritime slave clock. These clocks were used in great numbers on super tankers, cargo ships an...
Category

1970s Japanese Vintage Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Steel, Cut Steel

1970s German Wiska Spun Copper and Cast Brass Fluted Cargo Ceiling Pendant Light
Located in Leicester, Leicestershire
A reclaimed vintage industrial fluted copper and brass cargo ceiling pendant by Wiska. Great feature lights for vaulted ceilings or hang over a kitchen island for perfect rustic ki...
Category

1970s German Vintage Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Brass, Copper

Brass Desk Top Model of a Kedge Admiralty Anchor
Located in London, GB
A brass desk top model of a Kedge admiralty anchor. Well modeled with Shank, stock, crown, flukes, shackle and keep pin.  
Category

Mid-20th Century English Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Brass

BR British Railways Shovel Made by Caldwell
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
BR British Railways shovel made by Caldwell BR British Railways shovel made by Caldwell of Stockton Heath in 1960 The shovel has an Ash Handle and iron paddle it is in good us...
Category

Mid-20th Century Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Iron

1970s British Yellow Illumination AC GMT Co. Classic Quartz Wall Clock
Located in Leicester, Leicestershire
Quartz sweep seconds / non ticking wall clock finished in Yellow Pantone 13-0647 Illuminating. Rescued from Industrial scrap yards and brought back to life in our UK workshop, our...
Category

1970s English Vintage Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Steel, Chrome

1970's British Yellow Illumination & White AC GMT Co. Classic Quartz Wall Clock
Located in Leicester, Leicestershire
Quartz sweep seconds / non ticking wall clock finished in Yellow Pantone 13-0647 Illuminating. Rescued from Industrial scrap yards and brought back to life in our UK workshop, our...
Category

1970s English Vintage Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Chrome, Steel

1980s Seiko Blue and White Retro Vintage Industrial Antique Steel Quartz Clock
Located in Leicester, Leicestershire
Seiko super tanker slave clock refinished in blue. A reclaimed and restored maritime slave clock. These clocks were used in great numbers on super tankers, cargo ships and mili...
Category

1980s Japanese Vintage Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Brass, Steel

Antique Wooden Shoe Forms with Handles c.1920
Located in San Francisco, CA
About Original pairs of cobbler's wooden shoe forms with handles. They have retained their original finish and have the appropriate wear. Creator Unknown. Date of manufacture ...
Category

Early 20th Century Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Maple, Beech

1970s German Industrial Cast Aluminum Glass Edison Flameproof Striplight
Located in Leicester, Leicestershire
A vintage Industrial flameproof ceiling striplight / tube light made by Wittenburg of Germany. Originally designed for hazardous areas in factories and on cargo ships. Reclaimed,...
Category

1970s German Vintage Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Aluminum, Brass

Late Century Japanese Cast Aluminium Industrial Flameproof Table Lamp, Edison
By Kokosha, Industrial Production
Located in Leicester, Leicestershire
Reclaimed Kokosha aluminium flame proof ceiling light circa 1998, made by Kokosha of Osaka, Japan Originating form super tankers and cargo ships this lamp has been expertly stripp...
Category

1990s Japanese Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Aluminum

Ship's Porthole Converted to Side Table by Deborah Lockhart Phillips
Located in Nantucket, MA
An original ship's chrome porthole converted to a nautical side table. The rivets (which pop out when taken off a decommissioned ship), have been replaced with brass rivets giving th...
Category

Mid-20th Century Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Brass, Chrome

Late Century Japanese Cast Brass Industrial Explosion Proof Edison Table Lamp
Located in Leicester, Leicestershire
Explosion proof cast brass desk lamp with braided cable and red glow switch. Retro-fitted with a red glow switch, UK plug and vintage Edison filament Lamp E27. Made in the 1980...
Category

1980s Japanese Vintage Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Brass, Bronze

Rare Japanese "SWIFT" Microscope By Stereo Ninety
Located in Haddonfield, NJ
Rare Japanese "SWIFT" Microscope By Stereo Ninety
Category

Mid-20th Century Japanese Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Chrome, Iron

1970s Industrial Polished Aluminium Brass & Glass Edison Flameproof Strip Light
Located in Leicester, Leicestershire
Reclaimed vintage industrial Korean flameproof striplight made by Daeyang in the 1970's with highly polished finish. Original item salvaged from supertankers and military vessels t...
Category

1970s Korean Vintage Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Aluminum, Brass

Spage Age Raymond Loewy, 1968 Nordmende Spectra Futura Stereo Radio
Located in Antwerp, BE
Original Pop Art Radio in good condition designed by the industrial designer Raymond Loewy.Radio with a plexi front, characteristic of Loewy in the colors red and orange, also recurr...
Category

1960s German Vintage Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Metal

Antique Cast Iron Book Press
Located in San Mateo, CA
Late 19th or early 20th century book press. This cast iron press has lots of character with paint loss and some surface rust.
Category

1890s American Antique Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Iron

Early 20th Century Brass Electric Fan, by Frost & Co
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Early 20th century brass electric fan, by Frost & Co A very stylish good looking piece, with aluminium blades and metal cage This piece looks to be in good condition, the moto...
Category

Early 20th Century Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Metal

Large Decorative Lego Cubes, Holland, 1960
Located in Etten-Leur, NL
Very nice set of 8 decorative Lego cubes, Holland, 1960. These cubes were probably self-made but have very nice proportions. 8 Large cubes can be used for decoration or you can build...
Category

1960s Dutch Vintage Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Wood

Antique Cast Iron Ships Anchor
Located in Rio Vista, CA
Extraordinary ships anchor with a heavily patinated finish on the cast iron. Very solid heavy anchor that is sea worn and still has the shackle or ring. Handsome display piece with t...
Category

19th Century English Antique Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Iron

American Outsider Art Polished Metal Presentation Locomotive Cheroot or Cigarette Box with Rubber Tires and Suspension
Located in Port Hope, ON
This wonderful outsider art presentation cheroot/cigarette box despite our best efforts of research remains a total mystery to us! There is a professionally incised "1910" on one sid...
Category

Early 20th Century American Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Rubber, Glass

Early 20th Century Pommel Horse
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A gymnastics pommel horse or buck on a cast-iron base with locking / movable handle and geared height adjustment, retaining original leather.
Category

Early 20th Century American Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Iron

1920s Industrial Steel & Glass Medical, Dr's Cabinet / Vitrine, Storage
Located in Buffalo, NY
Great old Medical / Dr's Cabinet, heavy steel construction, retains original glass, hasp and lock, outer body painted black, classic design, cabriole legs. Perfect display, storage c...
Category

1920s American Vintage Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Steel

1980s Citizen Japanese Blue Steel Retro Vintage Industrial Antique Quartz Clock
Located in Leicester, Leicestershire
Citizen super tanker slave clock original blue finish. A reclaimed and restored maritime slave clock also called secondary clock of superior build quality. These clocks were us...
Category

1980s Japanese Vintage Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Steel, Cut Steel, Chrome

Original Leather Pommel Horse Bench
Located in North York, ON
Original brown leather full length pommel horse in original patinated condition. England, circa 1930’s. All original in great condition considering its age and use. A perfect accesso...
Category

1930s English Vintage Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Metal

Vintage Wrought & Welded Iron Eiffel Tower Sculpture, Mid 20th C
Located in San Francisco, CA
Vintage wrought & welded iron Eiffel Tower sculpture, Mid 20th C. Fantastic large scale Eiffel Tower sculpture, Circa 1950s to 1960s Measures: 12" square at the base x 34.5"...
Category

Mid-20th Century American Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Iron

Tin Litho Windup Toy Skier Girl by Chein C1945
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Fabulous working tin Litho toy skier by the Chein toy co. C1945. In excellent vintage condition with minimal wear.
Category

1940s American Vintage Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Tin

Vintage Leather Medicine Ball
Located in Sagaponack, NY
A handstitched laced leather medicine exercise ball.
Category

1920s American Vintage Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Leather

Enormous Pre-War Toy Steel Hoisting Crane
Located in Doornspijk, NL
This gigantic - nearly man high - steel hoisting crane will give a dull corner the right Industrial look and feel you are looking for. The fully operational toy dates from the firs...
Category

Early 20th Century Dutch Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Steel

1970s Japanese Large Stainless Steel, Cast Brass and Glass Search Light Pendant
By Industrial Production
Located in Leicester, Leicestershire
Original stainless steel, cast brass and bronze search light pendant conversion. This very substantial fitting was salvaged from an old Japanese cargo ship, built during the 1970...
Category

1970s Japanese Vintage Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Brass, Stainless Steel

1980s Large Industrial Cast Aluminium and Glass Explosion Proof Pendant
Located in Leicester, Leicestershire
A large cast aluminium explosion proof pendant built to with stand the most adverse conditions at sea. These lamps were reclaimed from a super tanker that would have transported h...
Category

1980s Japanese Vintage Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Aluminum

Collection of Antique Thumb Pump Oil Cans, C.1940
Located in San Francisco, CA
Collection of 5 metal thumb pump oil cans.
Category

Early 20th Century Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Metal

1980s Francis British Brass Search Light Russian Military Gyroscope Tripod Lamp
Located in Leicester, Leicestershire
A reclaimed retro industrial British brass search light manufactured by Francis in 1980s coupled with a Russian military gyroscope tripod. There is a circular handle inside the tr...
Category

1980s English Vintage Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Brass, Steel

Victorian Brass Courtesy Counter Top Bell, Reception Desk Bell
Located in Chillerton, Isle of Wight
Victorian brass courtesy counter top bell, reception desk bell Made in solid brass, in good ready to use with a demanding ding, the bell is 4” in diameter and 4” high NV315.  
Category

Late 19th Century Antique Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Brass

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