Given away as a premium for opening a bank account, this bank advertises the Mechanics Savings Bank of Hartford, Connecticut.
The bank is complete with the famous Liberty Bell crack down its front as well as this slogan etched around its top, "Proclaim Liberty Throughout All the Land Unto All The Inhabitants Thereof. LEV XXV 10".
Manufactured by the Bankers S & C System Company, Cleveland, Ohio, this bank bears a patent date of February 18, 1919, as inscribed on its base. Made of metal and wood. The whereabouts of the original key is unknown but it is likely that any flat metal key of the period of the appropriate size would open it.
A fine decorative piece for either the still bank collector or Revolutionary War buff!
The folder is undated and was never mailed. Some edge wear evident at corners and some slight separation at the seams of individual cards. While some photos may appear a bit blurry, this is a function of photography and not condition. All postcards are crisp and clear!
The Real Photo postcard folder features the lyrics of "Dixieland" and 18 full color scenes of industry common in the South during this period: cotton picking and production, tapping pine trees for turpentine production, watermelon farming, Razorback Hog farming and sugarcaning. All photos feature African-American laborers.
Painted dark green with white lettering and border, the sign reads, “ $50 REWARD For Arrest And 30 Day Imprisonment Of Anyone Stealing From These Premises PACIFIC RURAL PRESS SERVICE BUREAU”.
Purchased years ago in California. This sign has been used, and the superficial scratches to its surface attest to this! A spot of superficial rust here and there that can be removed with a nice coat of paste wax, if so desired!
Quite visually appealing and a guaranteed conversation piece!
The oddly-shaped, hand-wrought shackles each have two lateral "pockets" that contain pieces of metal or balls that “rattle” as the wearer moves about, thus indicating the wearer's location. This type of shackle is noted in historical references as a Crab Rattler Shackle due to its visual similarity to that sea animal. Each shackle has a pair of small chain links attached at the top. One shackle would have been placed on each leg, and a metal chain would have then been threaded through the attached rings and secured with a lock.
The age of these shackles is formally listed as 19th century, but could very well be older, dating to the last quarter of the 18th century. Condition is quite good given age and use. Please note the small hole present on the side of one shackle as noted in photo. All original and untouched, an utterly horrible, tangible testament to the malevolence of slavery. A VERY RARE form of rattle shackle, even more particularly so due to its small size!
Also currently offered for sale and priced separately is a very diminutive child rattle shackle in an unusual form out of a South Carolina estate. Additionally, three slave shackle sets de-accessioned from the Middle Passage Museum are offered. They are a set of 19th century, hand-made, Georgia, Jone's County plantation, Adult Slave Shackles with KEY-- a very atypical find, a set of very small Child Shackles out of an Americus, Georgia, plantation, and an ultra-rare set of Slave Ship Shackles from a New Orleans, Louisiana, former slave trader estate! Please type the word "shackles" in the search box on our home page to find these sets of shackles.
Completed in silk thread on early, thick, pressed paper canvas, the diminutive, 1 5/8 x 2 3/4 inch piece of needlework remains stitched onto the original, 1 ¾ x 8 inch long, deep red satin banding. Standing on deep red ground, the black boy wears pale green and black striped clothing.
This wonderful, early piece of Black Americana needlework remains in excellent, original condition. At some point in time, a previous owner matted and framed the piece to allow for both ease of display and protection; however, to meet archival requirements, the piece requires a replacement of its current cardboard backing, and spacer bars separating the needlework from the glass should be added. Framed measurements are 4.5 inches wide x 11 inches long.
A phenomenally rare piece for the advanced Black Memorabilia collector!
It is difficult to photograph glass without reflection- please note that any aberrations are reflections only.
The folder has been mailed but the postmark date is obscured with the exception of "19...". Some edge wear evident at folder corners as well as significant wear to folder seam although the seam remains intact. No wear to interior postcards. While some photos may appear a bit blurry, this is a function of photography and not condition. All postcards are crisp and clear!
The Real Photo postcard folder features 22 full color scenes of industry common in the South during this period: cotton picking and production, tapping pine trees for turpentine production, watermelon farming, Razorback Hog farming and sugarcaning. These photos feature African-American laborers. Scenes of African-American home life are also featured along with some derogatory captioning.
Cleverly designed, the elephant itself, serves as the body of the tea pot, while the turbaned Black Native lifts off the elephant revealing its function as the tea pot lid. A wicker handle facilitates handling. The base is marked "JAPAN".
A handsome and difficult to find piece of vintage Black Memorabilia!
The game works by turning the wind-up key and flipping the start lever. The ducks are supposed to move across the shooting gallery as the center target wheel turns. Ducks are attached to an elastic fabric band that turns on wheels. The wind-up mechanism, which makes the gear wheel turn, is sticky and needs cleaning to restore the game to functional status. Five metal ducks come with this game; they need a new elastic fabric band which attaches to the gear wheel to make them move across the shooting gallery (remnants of the old band remain and are tied to the base of the game). The target wheel at the center of the toy is spins nicely. When the ducks are "shot", they fall backwards revealing a 500 point marker.
The game features bright lithographic detailing with colorful targets. The Wyandotte logo is present on the lower front of the game.
Given its 75+ years of age, this toy is in good condition with evidence of surface wear as seen in photos.
The toy displays beautifully and is quite visually appealing due to its colorful, graphic detailing!
Measuring 18 inches tall, Mammy is constructed of black, machine-stitched, vintage 1930-1940's, polished cotton which has been stuffed with cotton batting. Facial features have been hand-embroidered and are quite expressive and are exceedingly well done. Her hair has been styled in six pigtails adorned with bows.
Mammy's red, machine-stitched dress is also vintage 1930-40's fabric and features the classic Grecian Key design in white.
A delightful piece of Black Memorabilia Folk Art! This wonderful, 1940's-vintage-look, one-of-a-kind, Artisan Doll was constructed in the 1990's by a Maine crafts-person who is now deceased.
These iron, plantation-made, 19th century shackles were once used on a Georgia plantation in Jones County, Georgia. They remain all-original and untouched with fourteen hefty chain links, measuring a total of 19.75 inches in length. The key is original to the shackle set. It slides easily into the lock, but I am hesitant to force turn it to unlock the mechanism. I will leave that determination to the next owner.
An utterly horrible, tangible testament to the malevolence of slavery.
The anonymous Middle Passage Museum benefactor from Georgia kept this particular shackle set aside from those items he had planned to donate to the Middle Passage Museum due to the skilled form and construction the shackles demonstrate. His collecting sojourn began many years ago--in the early 1950's-- before the collecting field of Black Americana ever became mainstream or even socially or politically acceptable.
Also currently offered for sale and priced separately is a set of 19th century, hand-made, extraordinarily small, child slave shackles from a plantation in Americus, Georgia. This set, as well, has been de-accessioned from the personal collection of the museum's Georgia benefactor. Additionally offered are a fabulous, 19th century set of Louisiana Slave Ship shackles, and an ultra-rare, 19th century, slave rattle shackle out of the Charleston, South Carolina area -- all very atypical and extraordinary finds! Please type the word "shackles" in the search box on our home page to find these sets of shackles.
The Middle Passage Museum was the dream of Jim and Mary Anne Petty of Mississippi as well as that of an anonymous Georgian benefactor who had together compiled a collection of slave artifacts numbering over 15,000 pieces and who had hoped to find a permanent site in Mobile, Alabama, for their museum. While they formed a non-profit organization to raise funds for their hoped-for museum, their dream was never realized.
In a 2003 statement, Jim Petty remarked, "The importance of the exhibit of these artifacts is to understand the harshness of what slavery and segregation was all about. The items in the exhibit remind us of the terrible heinousness of slavery. Viewing the collection can be very emotional, but it is a tool through which we can understand, honor and respect a great culture. We want to realize that out of slavery, a great culture emerged, and carried on, and continued to strive for a better life regardless of the adverse conditions that were placed upon them."
Marked "US Metal Toy Company", they remain in very fine condition with some evidence of tiny superficial scratches and surface wear, but they both continue to make very loud and abrasive noises when twirled on their handles--just as they did many years ago on a New Year's Eve night!
As each is priced separately (see photos for pricing), please email us stating which item you wish to purchase so that we can customize your order form.