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Industrial Style

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, worktables 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. The 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 these pages you will find designs that wear their age beautifully — and were built to last.

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Chrome and Teak Ship's Nautical Clinometer, Midcentury
A handsome chrome and teak ship's clinometer. Used to measure the degree of healing on a boat, or on larger boats to weigh the distribution of cargo to be sure the ballast is even. M...
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Mid-20th Century European Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

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Chrome

Large Nautical Lifeboat Bronze Propeller on Custom Stand
Large bronze propeller from a decommissioned lifeboat. Great scale and patina. Mounted on a custom made iron stand. Makes a wonderful sculptural piece with a history, 1970s. The base...
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Mid-20th Century Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

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Bronze

Vintage Foster Wheeler Corporation Heavy Brass Steam Generator Plaque
A vintage Foster Wheeler Corporation solid bronze "Steam Generator" Plaque circa 1920-1960. The plaque is embossed with "Steam Generator, Foster Wheeler Corporation, Livingston, N.J....
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1920s American Vintage Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

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Bronze

Chrome Nautical Ship's Clinometer, W. Ludolph, 1980s
A chrome ship's clinometer made by world-renowned Wilhelm Ludolph/Institut Bremen of Germany and signed as such. These tilt gauges were used on vessels to measure the angular slant o...
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Mid-20th Century German Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

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Chrome

Chrome Nautical Ship's Porthole Window Converted to Side Table, 1970s
An unusual rectangular shape original ship's porthole window complete with turn keys and hinge that still open the window. On a custom made base designed by us that can disassemble. ...
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Mid-20th Century Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

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Chrome

Early 20th Century Miniature Model of French Industrial Machinery Assembly Line
A rare model of a miniature Industrial machine shop-factory, circa 1910 Paris with oven, a testimony of the Industrial Revolution. (Museum quality). The wooden base with simple ir...
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Early 20th Century French Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

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Metal

Vintage Copper and Brass Maritime Ship's Masthead Light
An authentic, vintage copper nautical lantern with brass accents and thick glass Fresnel lens. This circa 1950 marine light, manufactured by Tung Woo, Hong Kong, is hinged and hasped...
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Mid-20th Century Hong Kong Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

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Brass, Copper

19th Century French Book Press
A 19th century French book press, the heavy steel screw / press mechanism suspended within a stout chestnut-wood frame. The chestnut timber has some lovely figuring and a warm patina...
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1880s French Antique Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

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Chestnut

Ball and Lever Book Press
Less typical than the wheel style of press, this cast iron book or copy press was an indispensable piece of office equipment in the late 19th century. Presses like these were used to...
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Late 19th Century Antique Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

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Iron

Patek Philippe T3 World Time Tower
By Patek Philippe
Located in New Orleans, LA
This incredibly rare and important Patek Philippe T3 model electronic time tower was created for Zurich's airport in Kloten. Comprising 12 units and dials to indicate the time in 24 ...
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20th Century Swiss Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

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Steel

1970s Cast Aluminium and Steel Flame Proof Floor Lamp Tripod, Polished
By Daeyang
Located in Leicester, Leicestershire
Reclaimed, stripped, polished and modified 1970s Daeyang Electric Co. Ltd flame proof luminaire with fully updated electrics and fitted with four E26 filament bulbs controlled by an ...
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1970s Korean Vintage Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

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Aluminum, Brass, Steel

Industrial Brutalist Wrought Iron Porthole Mirror
Stunning French brutalist industrial wrought iron wall-hanging mirror. Large rounded shape with incredible metal framing in original gunmetal patina. This mirror looks like a reclaim...
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20th Century French Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

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Wrought Iron, Metal

Large Vintage White Ironstone Funnel
Found in France, this white ironstone or funnel marked G.D.V. was originally used in a pharmacy or laboratory. Made in the early 20th century. By Girault-Demay-Vignolet, the funnel/s...
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Early 20th Century French Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

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Porcelain, Ironstone

Large Nautical Bronze Ship's Propeller, 1970s
A large, bronze propeller from a 1970s lifeboat. Great patina. These make great centerpieces and if you use a 1" test tube, you can put flowers at the center, or use with candles. A ...
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Mid-20th Century Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

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Bronze

Solid Steel Weights, circa 1880-1920
About A pair of solid steel weights. One is stamped "1 Kg" and "500 g". Creator Unknown. Date of manufacture circa 1880-1920s. Materials and techniques steel. Condition Good...
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Late 19th Century American Antique Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Steel

Patek Philippe T3 Master Clock System
By Patek Philippe
Located in New Orleans, LA
This rare nine-module time tower by Patek Philippe of Geneva represents the most state of the art master timing systems of its day. Part of the highly regarded and technologically ad...
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20th Century Swiss Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

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Quartz

Model of an Early Communications Satellite
A cased model of an early British Hawker Siddeley Dynamics satellite concept, relating to the ELDO Europa rocket, circa 1966. The model is accompanied by a Royal Aircraft Establis...
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Mid-20th Century English Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

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Plastic

Flash Point Apparatus by Gallenkamp, Dated 1913
A copper and brass Abel-Pensky's flash point Apparatus by A. Gallenkamp, dated 1913. With maker's label, and stamped with GR 1913 GAS STANDARD A. Gallenkamp & Co Ltd, 17-29 Su...
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Early 20th Century English Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

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Brass, Copper

Vintage Horse Hair and Leather Boxing Gloves, circa 1920-1930
About These are authentic vintage boxing gloves with reddish, brown leather and tobacco colored leather filled with horse hair. Each glove has tan leather piping and tan laces. Th...
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Early 20th Century American Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

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Leather, Canvas

Vintage Draper Maynard Leather Boxing Gloves, circa 1920-1930
About: These are authentic vintage boxing gloves with reddish, brown leather and tobacco colored leather filled with horse hair. Each glove has tan leather piping and tan laces. T...
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Early 20th Century American Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

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Leather, Canvas

Vintage Industrial Parabolic Antenna Reflector, circa 1940
Fascinating vintage parabolic reflector that is likely of military origins and sourced from a midwest collector of antique military goods. Date of production estimated to be 1940, an...
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1940s American Vintage Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

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Metal

Green Metal Vintage Industrial Mirror Glass Army Tank Floor Table Light
Original tank light. Cast aluminum. Glass lens with glass mirror inside. Weight: 16.7 kg / 36.8 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by internationa...
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Mid-20th Century Polish Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Aluminum

Huffy Beach Cruiser Bike by Coca-Cola
By Coca Cola Bottling Co.
Located in Port Jervis, NY
Hard to find for they were given out only to a select few distributors of the beverage. In excellent original condition. Large and comfortable seat. Ride with style.
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Late 20th Century American Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

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Chrome, Nickel, Steel

German Anatomical Muscular Bust Model
German, anatomical, plaster model of a cross-section of a bust, depicting the muscular and circulatory systems.
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Mid-20th Century German Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Plaster

US Army Jeep Hood
World War 2 Jeep hood in original paint has stories to tell.   
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1940s American Vintage Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Metal

Campbell–Stokes Sphere Sunshine Recorder by Casella of London
By Casella
Located in London, GB
A campbell–stokes sunshine recorder by Casella of London. Dated 1944. Marked with the Casella logo and M 176/44 The Campbell–Stokes sphere is used to record sunshine. On...
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Mid-20th Century English Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Brass, Bronze

Pair of Ship's Nautical Brass Cargo Lights with Aluminium Cage, 1970s
Unusual pair of 1970s ship's cargo lights, made of brass with an aluminium cage on the face. Reflectively lined to increase the lighting potential. Rewired for American use and takes...
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Mid-20th Century Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Aluminum, Brass

Seiko Ship's Nautical Clock, 1980s
From a decommissioned Japanese ship, black Seiko clocks with brushed nickel faces. Battery mechanism updated and easy opening on the back side. Black metal surround and glass front, ...
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Late 20th Century Japanese Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Metal

Large Handmade Replica Bristol F.2b Fighter Model Airplane, circa 1930
About This is an unique, handmade exact replica model airplane of the British Bristol F.2b Fighter. The model features wooden propeller, wooden tail skid and wooden struts. The en...
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Early 20th Century Dutch Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

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Metal

1930s Chrome Diamond Plate Paperweight Curiosity Desk Object Architect Sculpture
Wonderful desk relic from a captain of industry.
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1930s American Vintage Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Metal

1920s Bostonian Tailors Paperweight Curiosity Desk Object Architect Sculpture
Wonderful desk relic from a Bostonian Tailor.
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1930s American Vintage Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Metal

French Bulldog Growler Pull Toy, circa 1890s
By Charles Eames
Located in Atlanta, GA
French bulldog growler pull toy, France, circa 1890s. An exceptional example with very expressive face and glass eyes. Pull his chain and his mouth opens and snaps shut and he growls.
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Late 19th Century French Antique Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

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Metal

Nautical Double Gauge Bubble Clinometer on Teak Back Plate by Conn. Valley Ind.
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 ...
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Late 20th Century North American Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Chrome

Rolls Royce Pegasus Titanium Stator Mirror
By Rolls Royce
Located in London, GB
A Rolls Royce Pegasus titanium stator mirror. The unique Pegasus engine powers all versions of the Harrier family of multi-role military aircraft. The Rolls-Royce Pegasus is a ...
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Late 20th Century English Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Mirror

Pair of British Royal Navy Brass Ships Portholes
By Unknown
Located in Oakland, CA
Matched set of British Royal Navy brass ships portholes converted to wall decorations and mounted on wood discs with brass hanging hardware. Features a thick nautical rope border wit...
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19th Century English Antique Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Brass

Set of four Chekpumps Made for the Burgh of Airdrie
A set of four Chekpumps made for the Burgh of Airdrie, 1930. Half gallon, one gallon, two gallon and three gallon. Serial number: 146. Verification portcullis mark dated 1930.
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Early 20th Century Scottish Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Copper

1970s American Crouse Hinds / Pauluhn Cast Aluminium Flameproof Tube Light
By Pauluhn, Crouse-Hinds
Located in Leicester, Leicestershire
This is a 4ft flame proof strip light manufactured by Crouse Hinds / Pauluhn, Texas, USA. These rare examples were made in the 1970s for use in hazardous areas on super tankers an...
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1970s American Vintage Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Aluminum

Vintage Leather Gym Ball by Gala, 1930s
By Unknown
Located in Tarnowskie Gory, Sląskie
Vintage leather gym ball produced in former Czechoslovakia by Gala, 1930s. Lots of patina!
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1930s Czech Vintage Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Leather

1990s Japanese Cast Bronze, Brass and Glass Explosion Proof Wall Light with Cage
By Industrial Design
Located in Leicester, Leicestershire
A reclaimed solid phosphor bronze explosion proof wall light by Morio Denki a Japanese manufacturer of Industrial grade fixtures and fittings. These lights were originally wall l...
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Late 20th Century Japanese Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Brass, Bronze

Anatomical Plaque by New York Scientific Supply Co.
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.
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Early 20th Century American Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Wood, Plaster

Patek Philippe T3 AKW Electronic Time Tower
By Patek Philippe
Located in New Orleans, LA
This incredibly rare and important Patek Philippe T3 AKW model electronic time tower was used in the nuclear power plant of Gundremmingen (Bavaria). Comprising 6 units and dials to i...
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Late 20th Century Swiss Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Metal, Steel

Patek Philippe Radio Controller
By Patek Philippe
Located in New Orleans, LA
This rare and unique electronic radio controller, model MIC, is part of Patek Philippe's Electronic Master Clock System and is able to control radio frequencies by keeping accurate t...
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20th Century Swiss Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Steel

Denoyer-Geppert Co. Anatomical Educational Eye Model
Educational, anatomical, model of the eye by Denoyer-Geppert Co. is made up of 4 plaster components and a glass lens.
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Mid-20th Century American Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Glass, Plaster

Green Metal Vintage Industrial Mirror Glass Army Tank Floor Table Light
Original tank light. Cast aluminium. Glass lens with glass mirror inside. Weight: 16.7 kg / 36.8 lb Priced per individual item. All lamps have been made suitable by internation...
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Mid-20th Century Polish Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Aluminum

Wall Mounted Ship's Wheel by Brown Bros. & Co. Rosebank, Edinburgh
A brass ship's wheel by Brown Bros. & Co. Rosebank ironworks Edinburgh. 30" eight spoke wheel with hardwood handles and central hub marked with makers name. With fitted wall m...
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Mid-20th Century Scottish Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Brass

Antique Cast Iron Candy Store Scale, cira 1915
About A cast iron balance scale with original label and removable metal scoop. The measuring chart has an impressed foundry stamp "Superb" and a patent date "May 25, 1915". The pi...
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Early 20th Century American Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Iron, Metal

Patek Philippe French Naval Chronometer Wall Clock
By Patek Philippe
Located in New Orleans, LA
Made for Auricoste, the official supplier of timepieces to the French Navy, this exceptional Patek Philippe "Chronorquartz" model CE28Y naval chronometer master wall clock features a...
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20th Century Swiss Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Crystal, Quartz

Antique Cast Iron Ships Anchor
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...
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19th Century English Antique Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Iron

Pair of Nautical Brass and Frosted Glass Ship's Passageway Lights
A pair of low-profile brass ship's passageway lights with frosted glass. Brass cage overlay and brass turns at both ends for access to the bulb. The bulb is a European size, slightly...
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Mid-20th Century Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Brass

Ship's Chrome Deck Lights with Iron Brackett
A chrome deck light from a working ship, with an iron bracket which is slightly offset but stays center when you hang it. Midcentury. Rewired for American use and takes one standard ...
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Mid-20th Century Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Chrome

Speedex Folding Camera with Leather Case, circa 1940
About This is an original German folding camera from the 1940s by AGFA for the American market with leather case. All the functions seem to be in order and there is no mold on the...
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Mid-20th Century German Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Metal

Antique Carved Wood and Leather Skiis, circa 1930
About A set of wooden skiis with thick leather straps and pads. Faint traces of the original labels remain. Creator: Unknown. Date of manufacture: circa 1930-1940. Materials an...
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Early 20th Century American Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Leather, Wood

Set of Six Large 20th Century Dutch Wooden Industrial Machinery Foundry Moulds
Set of six large bright red wooden parts in different shapes. Carved out to create negative space to be used for the casting of metal. The forms that these pieces make in the mold...
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Early 20th Century Dutch Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Wood

1970s British Bronze and Chrome AC GMT Co. Industrial Wall Clock White Dial
By Industrial Design
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 ...
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1970s English Vintage Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Bronze, Steel, Chrome

Original, Large Ship's Nautical Chrome Porthole Window Converted to Mirror,1960s
An unusual large size, oval ship's porthole window converted to a mirror. Chrome window with working keys--the keys turn and the window opens (put a safe or shelves behind?). From a ...
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Mid-20th Century Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Chrome

Antique Wood and Leather Snow Shoes, circa 1920
About A pair of handwoven antique wooden snow shoes with leather straps. Creator: Unknown. Date of manufacture: circa 1920. Materials and techniques: Wood, Leather. Conditio...
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Early 20th Century American Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Leather, Wood

AGFA Optima 1 Camera with Original Leather Case, circa 1960
About This is an original camera from the 1960s by AGFA for the American market with leather case. All the functions seem to be in order and there is no mold on the lens, however ...
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Mid-20th Century German Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Metal

Patek Philippe Clock, MI with 10 Hz Output
By Patek Philippe
Located in New Orleans, LA
This rare MI electronic master clock by the renowned Patek Philippe has the ability to control an unlimited number of auxiliary or "slave" clocks on the firm's Electronic Clock Syste...
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Late 20th Century Swiss Industrial Collectibles and Curiosities

Materials

Metal

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