Mr. B. Scott Robinson

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Since my return to the US, I have set up a small antique/curio business for fun. I frequent local estate sales searching for unusual decorative objects as well as vintage men’s clothing items. Some I keep, some I unload on eBay. Unfortunately, I keep far too much and list far too little. I am working on establishing a better balance.

I have been a collector for many years and I think it would be interesting to see what members of AAAC might have on their mantles or stashed away in a steamer trunk in their attics.

Here is my most recent major find. A 1845 lithograph of Franz Liszt with a musical notation and signature by the composer. Sotheby’s has offered to list it for me at their spring books and manuscripts auction in London

Cheers,

BSR



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Mr. B. Scott Robinson

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Me in my natural habitat.

The helmet, gloves, and clock came from an estate sale I attended last Friday. The LL bean cord jacket came from Goodwill, the trousers and pocket square were eBay finds.

I do have a great deal of fun with finds.

Cheers,

BSR


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Mr. B. Scott Robinson

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A fun 24” faux finished to resemble bronze Burmese teak statue my wife picked out from an estate sale this summer. A bit too large and heavy for regular tourist fare, one would think.

Cheers,

BSR

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eagle2250

Connoisseur/Curmudgeon Emeritus - Moderator
Bull penis walking stick...

Cheers,

BSR

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I'm somewhat surprised to see the delicate architecture of the thing....a bit of a pencil d***, it would seem. Having spent some time in my teens on a dairy farm, I have milked more than a few cows manually, but frankly have no experience with the bulls. So who am I to judge? Shocked, perhaps, but not judgemental LOL ;)
 

Mr. B. Scott Robinson

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I'm somewhat surprised to see the delicate architecture of the thing....a bit of a pencil d***, it would seem. Having spent some time in my teens on a dairy farm, I have milked more than a few cows manually, but frankly have no experience with the bulls. So who am I to judge? Shocked, perhaps, but not judgemental LOL ;)
It is dried with a metal rod inside to provide rigidity. It looks like a long strip of bacon.

Relieved to hear you never attempted to milk a bull! :) . While working on a farm, I learned how to artificially inseminate cows. Filthy work requiring two hands to accomplish.

Cheers,

BSR
 

eagle2250

Connoisseur/Curmudgeon Emeritus - Moderator
My friend, your new posting to this thread are among the ones I most look forward to reading/seeing. You clearly have an eye for the "must have" antiquities! Thank you for your contributions. ;)
 

Mr. B. Scott Robinson

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My small, but much loved, collection of Zulu IIaIa handwoven baskets. These traditional South African baskets, woven by Zulu women, have different meanings ascribed to the various designs. They are used to store beer or medicinal herbs.

I lived in Pretoria from 2008 -2011, and became a devotee of African handicraft. There is always something new out of Africa!

Cheers,

BSR



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Oldsarge

Moderator and Bon Vivant
My late wife's boss back in college liked to challenge his students who came over to the house with a bone that sat on the mantle. Only one grad student got it sort of right but he was a comparative anatomy type so he had the advantage. He picked up, turned it one way and the other with an awed expression and finally burst out, "Os penis, but from what? Sea lion?" The professor laughed and replied, "Close! It's a walrus." The thing was longer than my arm from elbow to fingertips. Walruses iz big!
 

Mr. B. Scott Robinson

Advanced Member
My late wife's boss back in college liked to challenge his students who came over to the house with a bone that sat on the mantle. Only one grad student got it sort of right but he was a comparative anatomy type so he had the advantage. He picked up, turned it one way and the other with an awed expression and finally burst out, "Os penis, but from what? Sea lion?" The professor laughed and replied, "Close! It's a walrus." The thing was longer than my arm from elbow to fingertips. Walruses iz big!
I can imagine!

On safari I have had the rare experience of observing the mating of both elephants and rhinos. Seeing the gauge that the males of both species bring to the task establishes a healthy perspective of ones own limited firepower in that regard.

Cheers,

BSR
 

Mr. B. Scott Robinson

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I have long held a deep affection for antique clocks and I consider the ticking of a clock to be the heartbeat of a home.

I enjoy their mechanical nature, which is one which I can readily understand. The operation of a quartz clock remains a kind of mystery which I am unable to visualize.

Here is my c. 1935 British made Smith Enfield. It is not a particularly fine clock, but it was given as a presentation piece to a Mr. F. J. A. Taylor upon his completion of 50 years service with Davey Paxman Co. of Colchester, which is now the Mann Diesel Co.

It is a lovely piece and keeps excellent time.

Cheers,

BSR

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eagle2250

Connoisseur/Curmudgeon Emeritus - Moderator
⇧ While not in the same league with your beautiful antique, I just snapped this pic of our "Big Ben" mechanical that sits in the bookcase next to my desk - I wind it daily as the first thing I do to start my work day.
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"Winding your clock each morning. Indeed, it is our personal rituals that bring consistency and structure to our days...all part of setting the foundation for the days 'bug show!' Excellent. Do you have an age for your Big Ben? ;)
 
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