Lionstone Whiskey Bottles

Here are the youngest things I’ve pulled out of Mom’s Garage so far

(other than my associate, see pic one of previous post)


They are empty Lionstone Whiskey Bottles circa 1970.

(empty  I can’t figure out how that happened)


The Whiskey bottles are birds in their natural habitat


Now I did a little Internet snooping on these, their value is about ten bucks.

Just like all this stuff from Mom’s Garage I wasn’t looking to sell them

but I was assuming that they would have a greater value.

Heck I would think a decent bottle of whiskey from the 1970s

would have cost ten dollars, 

now over 30 years later they don’t show much appreciation in value.


At least they were full in the 70s I hope someone had some enjoyment from them.

That must have been some real cheap hooch

Published in: on July 30, 2007 at 7:43 pm  Comments (1)  

Something’s Fishy Here

My associate and I found this very interesting glass fish.


The fish appears to me to be blown glass.

I say appears because it’s hollow and the nose has a hole in it

I assume that’s where the blowing took place.


Now I’m no expert on,,,well much of anything but I know this is very old  primitive

because my associate is very finicky

and would never be so interested in something very new.


I’ve searched the Internets looking for something similar with no luck,

any help on the origin of such a fish would be appreciated.

Published in: on July 25, 2007 at 3:20 pm  Comments (9)  

Hey Minerva that’s some bust you’ve got. Well thank you !

I’ve seen this bust statue of Minerva  sitting around the garage for years, 

when I say for years I mean about 40. 


It’s roughly 2 feet tall hollow and of some metal I’m guessing  aged copper or brass.

It’s always intrigued me and for some reason she has a parrot on her head.


The parrot looks like it may have been broken off at some point

probably some kid running around when he was told not to

but has been expertly repaired.

I always assumed it was a member of my family but then a google of the name


Minerva revealed she was the Daughter of Jupiter and a virgin goddess

so I guess that leaves my family out.

Published in: on July 23, 2007 at 5:28 pm  Comments (3)  

Silk Paintings

A rainy day here so what’s that mean…?

It’s a good day to snoop around Mom’s Garage. (She’s at work so she’ll never notice.)

I found these exquisite looking silk paintings measuring 14½ by 17 ½;

rolled up in a tube.

I’ll assume they’re from Japan until you tell me different.

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They may be from the Tokyo Big Lots or Yen General

although I prefer to think they’re from the Ginza or Mikimoto.

The paintings each have writing on the bottom corner,

signed I’m sure by some great master 50 years ago.


Any interpretation of this would be much appreciated.


These paintings are in museum condition

that’s what Mom’s Garage is it’s a museum of rare and hidden things


Published in: on July 19, 2007 at 4:57 pm  Comments (8)  

Cars From The Garage

I found 3 boxes of these Classic Matchbox Cars

I’ve got to tell you at first I passed up posting these

because they’re not in perfect shape and the Internets are

full of collectors trying to sell their Matchbox cars that are in perfect shape.

 Then it struck me that’s what’s appealing to me about these toys

the kid who had them in the 60’s actually played with them

and by the looks of them the kid was playing outside !

(for younger folks checking in here playing outside meant actually going outside and I’m sure involved dirt)

 Sure if these were in perfect shape I could sell them for $1.99 on Ebay

but I’m guessing the kid that played with these got a better value

here’s a Jaguar Mk10 (with trailer hitch)


an Opel Diplomat


This kid had big dreams 2 Rolls Royce Silver Shadows


how about a Greyhound Coach


this kid must have liked ice cream


 and racing



Published in: on July 13, 2007 at 7:26 pm  Comments (5)  

This Will Grab You

Although this item I found in Mom’s Garage isn’t as spectacular as say

Napco Victorian Lady or even The Steak Oven

it really took me by surprise !

I was looking at these tongs thinking these would be great to use when I grill



then I looked at the handle

The Tongs are a promotional item from

Marathon Gasoline


I am just guessing that they are from the 1960’s

sure in the 60’s you couldn’t get a bladder buster diet coke and nachos

but you did get some tongs plus

an attendant would check your oil and wipe your windshield

I bet most of us even got green stamps… I better look in the garage for them !

That’s why I like stuff from Mom’s Garage

it takes you back to a time when things were different




Published in: on July 11, 2007 at 9:18 pm  Comments (1)  

An Uncommonly Good Cuckoo Clock

I really like this small Cuckoo Clock


 the back says it’s from The Keebler Clock Company Philadelphia

it is Elfin in size about 7 inches tall and 4 inches wide

The Keebler Clock has chains and a pendulum like a normal cuckoo clock

but in fact has a key wind up mechanism you can see where you wind it at the 9 o’clock position

it looks very old I’m guessing the 1930’s

The clock is in great shape and it keeps perfect time

(well it’s right twice a day)


Published in: on July 9, 2007 at 8:08 pm  Comments (2)  

Back To The Garage !

With the July 4th Holiday and a wedding last week I wasn’t able to get in the garage.

I’m back now and ready to snoop around Mom’s Garage. I’ll see what has postability !


Published in: on July 9, 2007 at 1:01 pm  Comments (1)