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Replacement vintage style 1920’s type fishbowls for antique fishbowl stands.
As I was collecting vintage fishbowl stands the past 40 years I noticed that I would find only 1 original bowl for approximately every 10 stands I found. I began a search to try and replicate the 1920’s era fishbowls that went with these stands and found the journey was not an easy one. I finally figured out I would have to make an iron glass bowl mold (about $4,000. in cost) and find a glass company that would do a small production run of these bowls. Turns out the minimum run was 100 bowls and some of the designs go with such rare stands that I probably will not sell the original production run of 100 in my lifetime! So, this was a labor of love for me to get bowls for all my stands that were missing them. The most popular one I sell, the 3-gallon canteen bowl, is the most difficult to make and I have gone through 3 glass companies that refuse to make this one anymore as they tell me they break 2 for every 1 they successfully blow/make!!
When determining which bowl, you need please take into consideration the width of the bowl cradle and match this with the bowl width. (bowl should be slightly narrower.) Also, please put felt on the bottom of your bowl cradle so the bowl does not sit directly on metal and make sure no decorative metal on the sides put any pressure of your bowl. If you are unsure of which bowl you need please send me a picture of your stand and include a photo of the top bowl cradle looking straight down.
Buy-Sell-Trade Antique aquariums, terrariums, and vintage pet shop type items.
I have been a passionate collector of antique aquariums and related pet products for over 40 years now. I will list in this section ones I have for sale from time to time. Please feel free to ask any questions about any of the ones listed here for sale. All of them are original antiques and most have some minor restoration such as paint work or minor metal work. If you have an antique aquarium or related pet item for sale, please email me a picture and your asking price. If you have one that you want to restore, please see my restoration section.
Slo Mermaid Deco Aquarium Ornaments
These are vintage style Art Deco reproductions of aquarium ornaments pictured in the Grassyfork Goldfish catalog from the late 1920’s. All are hand-made and painted and made of bisque (unglazed porcelain) which is true to the original style. Made in a limited run of 5,000 of each style and once they are sold out will not be re-made.
I am happy to consult, free of charge, on minor restoration of any antique aquarium projects you have. I am very busy though and have a “day job” so don’t expect a super-fast answer!!
I also have the capabilities to restore broken cast iron, zinc repair, missing parts re-made, artist quality missing paint touch up, and bird cage repair. I use 4 different local artisans for this and their work is simply amazing. Price is not cheap for restoration, so I recommend you only restore pieces you truly love and want to keep. Prices start at $200. and can go as high as $3,000. + for things like a large iron fountain aquarium with breakage, missing glass, rust, missing finials, etc.
I have worked in the pet industry since I was 11 years old and been collecting vintage pet items since I was 16. I have over 300 vintage pet and aquarium catalogs dating back to the 1860’s so I can find pretty much any product made in the pet industry in the last 150+ years. I have consulted with auction houses and auction monitoring services before and I charge $100. hour with a minimum $200. charge. Let me know if I can be of service.
Odds & Ends
Oddball stuff for sale not relating to aquariums or pet keeping.
Extremely rare or one of a kind pieces for museums or the advanced collector.
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