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.
Complex Working Corliss Steam Engine Model
I have always loved the look of these amazing handmade steam engine models. Just think about the amount of work and level of skill it takes to produce a working precision machine like this. I always had a great deal of respect for a talented machinist. It must be over a 1000 hours or more to machine the parts from solid blocks of brass and steel. I have had many model engines in the past but never a Corliss steam engine. A Corliss is one of the most intricate and complex examples you can find. Many would never attempt to build one. It's not only what you see but what you don't see inside the engine that makes it unique. We have not hooked it up to live steam but it ran smoothly on compressed air. It's mesmerizing to watch. 12 in.Hx24 in.Wx13 in.D $7,200