We have always considered and collected these commercial masks and helmets as industries tribal art. Examples can be elegant in their simplicity or bazaar and complex. They are always unique, suprising and filled with personality.
1873 Charles G. Bush Four Leg Table Parlor Kaleidoscope
This kaleidoscope is in beautiful original condition. This example is also signed on the wood base. The four leg example is the configuration collectors look for. Most noteworthy about the bush kaleidoscopes were the glass pieces contained in the object case. Bush had a basic mix of about 35 pieces, a third of which were liquid filled. Inside the liquids were air bubbles that continued to move even after the object case was at rest. Both the solid and liquid-filled glass pieces were of brilliant and well-chosen colors and the patterns they formed were the finest of any 19th century kaleidoscope. This early bush device was the first patented Kaleidoscope in the US... $1200