Sunday, March 1, 2015

Wall Street Journal: One World Trade Center Souvenirs


Howie G. tipped me off to a recent WSJ story about One World Trade Center souvenirs with some interesting insight into who is making them.  While the planned public observatory won’t open until spring, tourists are naturally visiting the area since the newly completed skyscraper opened in November, 2014. Souvenirs of the building have been sold in stores for a few years and were first labeled "Freedom Tower" until the name changed to One World Trade Center. So far, I've only seen resin and sheet metal 3D versions of the building and hope someone will soon produce them in metal. If you're not near NYC, you can buy a nice large resin replica on Amazon of the:One World Trade Center "Freedom Tower" Replica (Made in New York) Sheet metal version can be purchased here:  Fascinations Metal Earth 3D Laser Cut Model - One World Trade Center

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Leaning Tower of Pisa Estee Lauder Perfume

More than just a perfume 'bottle,' this brushed goldtone metal compact is also a small replica of the famous Tower of Pisa. It measures 3.5" tall and is filled with Estee Lauder's White Linen perfume. Estee Lauder PISA TOWER Solid Perfume Compact 2009 Collection. It reminds me of a vintage 1950’s era Leaning Tower lipstick signed by Nichilo Jewelers in Rome, below. 

Sunday, February 15, 2015

New York Mets Shea Stadium Ashtray on Antiques Roadshow


During a recent Antiques Roadshow episode, a bobble-head collector brought in some N.Y. Mets souvenirs to be appraised. Included with the bobbles was a metal ashtray replica of Shea Stadium from it's 1964 dedication on April 17, 1964. The detailed metal replica of Shea Stadium set atop a solid wooden base with an engraved plaque that is written, "1964 / Dedication Shea Stadium / Presented To / From The Mets." A sticker on the bottom of the base reads, "L.G. Balfour Company" along with the firm's logo. These were not sold in the gift shop, but a very limited number of these commemorative ashtrays were created for VIP's and dignitaries. Check out the other stadium replicas I've written about previously.

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

Spoontiques Pewter Lighthouses

Have you noticed that you can buy Spoontiques pewter lighthouses on Amazon? These are not easy to find and seem like a good deal for any building collector. I believe most were made during the 1990's and were sold in stores, but good luck finding them in stores today. 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Hooge Huys Building Replica Bank & Clock

David W. contacted me and shared the recently discovered identity of a Dutch Wekker alarm clock and bank. The flat metal front represents the Hooge Huys building. The clock has a silvered dial, with a box in back for the clock works and coin slot. It measures 6" wide x 6-3/4" high. The Hooge Huys, in the city of Alkmaar in Holland, is a former office building of the insurance company Hooge Huys, now called REAAL. The building was designed by Alexander Kropholler, in the style of Dutch traditionalism. The building was constructed of red Roman bricks. In the six steps story gable to the Langestraat is a medallion affixed. At this medallion is a pelican feeding her young with her ​​own blood, as a symbol of charity.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Statue of Liberty Sculptures on Antiques Roadshow

Antiques Roadshow Appraiser Eric Silver and Host Mark L. Walberg view and discuss miniature replicas of the Statue of Liberty which are part of the New York Historical Society's collection.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

CTBC Bank and Taipei 101 Souvenir Building Replicas


A very good friend, and you know who you are Sean, returned recently from a business trip to Taipei, Taiwan. As always when friends or family are traveling, I reminded him to keep an eye out for metal souvenir buildings. He retuned with not one, but two great building replicas from that city. One is a very detailed and well-made chrome metal souvenir of Taipei 101, which was designated the tallest building in the world in 2004 and remained until being surpassed with the opening of Burj Khalifa in Dubai in 2010. The building's design contains visual symbolism including sections of bamboo, pagoda, and an open flower. The structure also needed to be strong and flexible to withstand both high winds and earthquakes. The second is a large, metal presentation piece replica of the CTBC Bank complex. Formerly known as China Securities Investment Corp., Chinatrust Commercial Bank (CTBC Bank) was established in 1966 and renamed CTBC Bank Co., Ltd.  to align with our overseas expansion strategy.  The Chinatrust Commercial Bank headquarters building in Taipei, Taiwan is a complex, which includes a 30-story headquarters building, a 21-story commercial office building, a 10-story hotel, and a four-level retail center. The building fa├žade system consists of extensive unitized curtain walls at the three towers, and multiple glass wall variations at the podium levels. The main tower has a series of vertical atriums carved into it creating “centers” or vertical courtyards composed of multistory, cable-supported glass that extends the entire height of the structure on two faces. The office towers feature a curtain wall that allows for maximum natural daylight through narrow floor plates, with floor-to-ceiling glass and automatic sensors. 
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