Carl likes to browse.
When we were staying at Oakvale in Mittagong, we went for a drive and along the main street Carl saw a few antique stores and old wares-type shops and second-hand traders and these are his favourite types of browsing experiences. He stopped the car and out we got and the first shop we went into was Hunters and Collectors Antiques. The thing is, we ended up being in there so long that by the time we walked back out onto the footpath, the other shops had closed.
Oh well, never mind; this shop was fascinating.
One of the two owners, Kathy Kasz was there and she said customers are welcome to take photos inside the store but they would appreciate a donation to an animal shelter and there is a money box at the door for your gold coin donation.
Getting my money’s worth, this post has a lot of images but I wanted to show you some of the things I found that I thought were fascinating.
While a lot of the prices staggered me, I’d have to say the shop has the most interesting collection of antiques I’ve ever seen. The first item I noticed when I walked into the store was the sculptured bust of Jesus. This is a very rare Spanish polychrome torso of Jesus Christ with a double beard, typical to the late 15th and early 16th Century, circa 1490 – 1550. It has a good original polychrome finish although there is some evidence of past woodworm activity. $14,000.
A lot of the items for sale are not PC at all however, they stem from an era where these things were tolerated and even lawful. For $28,000 you can have this fully mounted male Bengal tiger in attack mode. The tiger wears a summer coat. The taxidermy was by Knopp Bros in Washington in 1970.
I’ve never seen so much taxidermy in my life; it’s not all that common in Australia.
This is a French ‘New Map’ motorcycle. The ‘New Map’ factory was founded in Lyon in 1898 and active in producing motorbikes from 1925 to the late 1950’s. These motorcycles became very popular from 1927 due to the good-looking, sporty models. Sales were excellent and the bikes carried high price tags. This C1942 bike has a 125cc engine, is in full working order with original fittings. $12,500.
From the 1830’s there is a French granite folk art statue of Napoleon Bonaparte that’s in original condition. Like the man himself, this is a very small statue.
This toy car was made in the Depression. It’s a pull-along toy car in original condition. C1930’s. $950.00
This speed boat is from a 1960’s French carousel. It’s made from fibreglass and has working lights. $2,950.
‘Ballarat Bertie’ is very rare and in excellent original condition. It’s C1930’s and was a shop display. $4,850.
The least PC item I found was this Hitler Youth arm band that has the official stamps inside. C1930’s it’s for sale for $450. Lying on the Hitler Youth arm band is a German SS Officer’s miniature enamelled dagger sweetheart brooch. C1936 $850.
I did a double-take when I saw this. It’s hard to believe that this is the sort of thing that was done to what is now one of the world’s most endangered species. But what’s done is done and it would be even more disrespectful to not care for these rare and unique items that have come from a time when the world was more ignorant. This is a rhinoceros foot that has been turned into a humidor with a mahogany lid for cigars. C1930’s $1,850.
And as we walked out of the shop, Carl said browsing in that store was better than being in a museum.
And as if we hadn’t been dazzled enough, just as we stepped out onto the footpath, right in front of us was a Batmobile. The driver was very disappointing; he was sporting a baseball cap and I was rather hoping for my first run-in with the caped crusader. The words, ‘Only in Hollywood’, sprang to mind, but here we were in Mittagong!
You’ll just never know what you’ll find in a country town.
Hunters and Collectors Antiques – Trading all things old, antique and collectable.
8 Bowral Road, Mittagong NSW 2575
Ph: 02 4872 1661