June 2, 20111950s Atomic Shadowboxes
By Sara In AZ
Oh how I love vintage shadowboxes! The more atomic and wild the better!!!
Some of you may remember my post from a zillion years ago when I refinished some shadowboxes I picked up on the cheap. Click HERE for the link. Gosh, I was still a “Retro Guest” – it seems sooooo long ago. I digress.
I was cruising around the Bay awhile back and came across some really cool shadowboxes that I wanted to share with y’all. Unfortunately, all of these shadowboxes are now sold. I still thought posting the pictures would give some interesting insight as to what is around if you keep your eyes peeled.
First up some larger size shadowboxes.
This shadowbox sold for $191.50. It was made by Turner Manufacturing Company. This shadowbox measures 41″ by 27″. I believe the mirror could be replaced. Usually the edge mirror has thin gold lines all over it (kind of a spatter look) and little brass covers in the corners to cover the mirror seams. You will see what I mean when you see the next shadowbox.
The seller http://myworld.ebay.com/stutterauctions/ sold this shadowbox.
Here is another cool shadowbox! It looks to be ALL original to me. Check out that edge mirror with the gold lines. It is really interesting that this shadowbox is basically a slightly different version of the one above. This shadowbox sold for $204.01. The seller did not mention the manufacturer, but I would have to believe it was also Turner. This shadowbox measures 38″ by 24″.
The seller http://myworld.ebay.com/back-road-treasures/ sold this shadowbox.
This next shadowbox is really atomic and wild! I actually have this exact shadowbox, but mine is the brassy/gold color like the above shadowboxes. I believe this one has been repainted black over time and was originally the brassy/gold color. This shadowbox sold for $291.99. It measures 66″ long by 30″ tall and is marked on the back “Illinois Moulding Company Chicago, Illinois”.
The seller http://myworld.ebay.com/occult sold this shadowbox.
The next shadowbox is actually a newly made shadowbox that has the vintage look. These are a really good alternative if you just cannot find any vintage shadowboxes. The seller has them for sale periodically and you can usually choose your own color if you are the winning bidder. The colors he offers are turquoise, pink, white, black, and chartreuse. These are handmade by the seller and really have that period look. Each shadowbox measures 16″ by 12″ and 3″ deep and the opening is 5′” by 7″. He usually starts each auction at $49.99 and if you are lucky you can get them in the $50 to $65 range.
The seller http://myworld.ebay.com/rum-dum/ sells these shadowboxes.
These last 3 shadowboxes were all sold by the same seller http://myworld.ebay.com/halcyonline/
I would watch his auctions in the future if you like the look of these shadowboxes, as he seems to have them for sale every now and then.
These are probably my very favorite shadowboxes. I love the ‘combed’ wood and the really great 1950s atomic shapes. *swoon*
Here are a set of 3 shadowboxes with a sweet amoeba cut-out. The large one measures 16″ h x 16″w x 3.5″ deep and the two smaller boxes each measure about 8.75″h x 8.75″w x 3.5″deep. This set sold for $125.
Here is another great set of shadowboxes that have an amoeba shape. They each measure approximately 14.5″ wide x 13″ tall x 2.5″ deep. This set sold for $150.
Lastly, my most favorite shadowbox – the Bow-tie shadowbox. The seller called it the bow-tie and I think that name is a good fit. I love the little wire-backed circles on each side! This shadowbox measures approx. 29″ wide x 18″ tall x 4″ deep. This shadowbox sold for $150.
I think I need some smelling salts now! 🙂 *total swoon*