Here are a few of the kaleidoscopes I've collected over the years. I made the display case myself, it's made of quartersawn oak and I think the mirrored back shows off the scopes to good advantage. I stopped collecting in 1993/4 and only occasionally pick up a piece here and there.
Here's a special piece from a lovely young lady....Elle Esser...she heard I was ill and thought that a kaleidoscope would cheer me up. Boy, was she right!!! Everytime I look through it I do smile...this was so special....Thanks Elle
an Elle Esser original!
some of the scopes in the store...you're welcome to play with them
more picture of the scopes at the shop
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UPDATED April 19, 2014
A decent little carousel scope...nice3 optics...reminds me of someone but can't quite remember...fairly cheap...
not a clue about this one...nice wood...decent optics...but nary a mark on it...not real cheap but it's been a while since I found anything
06/22/13 NOT A LOT TO REPORT...FOUND A FEW PROJECT PIECES...NO OBJECT CASES BUT AT THE PRICE I PAID, IT WAS A NO BRAINER...FIRST IS A VAN CORT...NICE DARKWOOD...MAYBE BOCOTE
NEXT WAS A NICE SURPRISE...AN EARLY PEACH REYNOLDS...DATED 1980...I DON'T EVEN KNOW WHAT THE OBJECT CASE WOULD LOOK LIKE...BUT AMAZING GRAPHICS...
Well, here is a nice surprise from this morning...it's a Van Cort...and a design I don't have in the collection...the knob on the side turns the cylindrical object case in the bottom...three mirror system wrapped with fancy paper (used to know the term...escapes me at the moment) and enclosed in a glass tube...fairly cheap at $40
Here's a little catch-up from the last few months:...first off a few toys....dirt cheap...under $5
Snoopy...a little lipstick, a brass teleidoscope and a commercial simple tube scope...$5 to $10
a few simple windowpanes...all for $15
a cute little marble scope...$12
a christmas present
and finally an amazing find for just $40...Sheryl Koch
wow, another year...how time flies...over the winter I picked up a few small items...nothing too amazing (will post them next week)...but this last weekend at the Trunk I managed to dig up a nice peach reynolds scope dated to 1982...dealer i know very well had saved it for me from last december because he knew i collected them...nice guy and a very reasonable price...under $40...alway wanted a peach....
here's a shot from inside:
also managed to snag this one...a commercial scope/music box...i only bother with these if they're under $20...this was way under...dealer didn't know it was a scope...just a music box...'course it didn't help the the scope body was installed backward
Getting to the end of the season...missed a few scopes last week...one was exactly like the brass table scope below (dealer marked it as an Italian scope...and priced it Waaay up there so I didn't miss much there but the other was a marked table scope like the van cort but by a maker from chicago who i was unfamiliar with...was priced high but looked decent...missed it by 60 seconds...such is life sometimes...but this week i turned up a very reasonably priced small brass scope with an oil filled chamber...8 1/2" long with nice optics: look a bit like a commercial CORKI WEEKS
Found this little gem at a flea this morning...heavy brass tube...mirrors aren't the best but that's easily remedied...not expensive at all (under $30) don't think it's very old...but I have seen 2 more of these lately...one marked as Italian-1920-30's and priced in the $300 range....the other priced in the $200 range (personally, i think that's NUTS!)
well, it was that time of year again...time for a trip to mt. tremper ny and a visit to the kaleidostore...so glad they're not any closer...so is my wife...good chance to try out the new prius V stationwagon...got close to 48 mpg for the round trip..not too shabby....anyway, got an email last week about a sale at the shop so i had to make the journey....and brought this one home..."archidichroic" by judith paul & tom durden...beautiful scope with an amazing field...the picture does not do it justice...came with two oil object cases and was #11 of 25...
ESTATE SALE FIND....ACTUALLY, NOT A SCOPE-IT'S A lIGHT pOLARIZER lAB "TOY" FROM 1959...COMPLETE KIT IN THE BOX....FOR THE PRINCELY SUM OF $2
this weekend brought one scope...actually, one of the guys I know who collects cameras turned me on to this one...nothing amazing for optics...simple scope with simple pedestal...simple price too...$10
well, what a surprise this weekend was...kicking around at the Trunk looking for tools and records and what do I come across but 5 kaleidoscopes...a C. Bennett scope from 1982, simple with cardboard tube...one other marked "Paul Gauguin Tahitian Landscape, 1891, Minneapolis Institute of the Arts"-4" long cardboard...a Dragonfly small...a Ron & Claudia Lee, LAughing Coyote marble scope and an unmarked wooden scope with brass accents that's actually very well made....all five...almost embarrassed to say...$15
dog days of summer, not much of note...just one brass scope with decent optics...no makers mark
COMMERCIAL SCOPE...WITH A STAND...NO GREAT SHAKES BUT DECENT OPTICS..
AND A SIMPLE PLASTIC SCOPE WITH A FLUID CHAMBER...MEDIOCRE OPTICS, BUT DIRT CHEAP:
Christmas! and my better half totally surprised me with a Sue Rioux "ruby" from the gemstone collection...three mirror system with a most amazing field, obviously with red predominant...
WELL, IT'S DECEMBER...AND HERE'S ONE OF THE NICEST BIRTHDAY PRESENTS I'VE EVER GOTTEN:
WOW!...JUST BEAUTIFUL...two mirror system with a beautiful mandala...
THE WEEK OF OCTOBER 25TH 2011...COUPLE OF FLEA MARKET FINDS:
NICE TO FIND ONE LIKE THAT...NOT PERFECT BUT OPTICS ARE FINE AND PRICED UNDER $30
a box lot of scopes....nothing fancy except for the Judith Karelitz "karascope" from the Smithsonian....but very, very cheap
AND A LITTLE TOY sTEVEN nO. 150 FROM 1980'S
THE WEEK OF AUGUST 24TH...FROM AN INEXPENSIVE CLARITY KIT:
from august 13...infinity kaleidoscope (actually a teleidoscope) from benjamin inc. mill plain road danbury ct...simple cardboard scope...nothing fancy, not even the price...under $4
i jUST COULDN'T PASS THIS UP...aUGUST 12TH 2011...FLEA FIND FOR THE PRINCELY SUM OF $2
COMPLETE!...WE'RE NOT TALKING FINE ART HERE BUT...
AND EVEN THE DIRECTIONS ON THE INSIDE OF THE BOX
WEIRD FIND...JULY 30TH 2011...I HAD PASSED THIS UP AT THE FLEA FOR A FEW WEEKS NOW...FINALLY GOT THE PRICE DOWN TO SOMETHING i COULD LIVE WITH (UNDER $30)...IT'S A CAMERA LENS KALEIDOSCOPE...GREAT OPTICS...3 MIRROR...WITH SOME SHOTS THROUGH THE LENS:....could this be a peach reynolds? certainly hope so!
Thomas & Carol Paretti...1988...signed and dated...wooden scope with oil filled chamber...not their famous "spinner" scope from 1989 but very similar...found at an antique shop for $5...JULY 24TH 2011
FROM THE FLEA MARKET AND CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP....DIDN'T PAY MORE THAN $5 FOR ANY OF THE THREE...THE AIRPLANE ....SELLER THOUGHT IT WAS A SUNCATCHER...HAD TO SHOW HER HOW TO LOOK THROUGH FROM THE TAIL...$5....THE PENCIL ONE...LIKE A TELEIDOSCOPE BUT HAS A FEW SMALL COLORED BEADS IN THE END...$1...THE OTHER IS A vAN cORT THAT HAD SEEN BETTER DAYS...HAD TO WORK UP TWO WHEELS AND HAD TO TAPE THE VIEWING END...$3...BUT LIKE i SAID...CHEAP CHEAP CHEAP! JULY 17TH 2011
picked this up over the weekend...don't know quite what to make of it...appears to be an insert of some sort...oil filled, 9" long by 3 1/2" across...sealed both ends with a dual focal pattern...appears to be a wood veneer and the seller said that there was a bit of leather-like material on it when he got it...? puzzler..if anyone has any ideas, please feel free to email me...email@example.com...walt
THANK GOD THE KALEIDOSTORE IS SO FAR AWAY; OTHERWISE i'D BE THERE EVERY DAY!!...WENT UP FOR fATHER'S DAY AND PICKED THIS ONE UP,
ABSOLUTELY BEAUTIFUL FIELD...OIL FILLED & LOOKS LIKE FIREWORKS WITH A DOUBLE FOCAL POINT...AND IT'S BURL...DOVETAILS PERECTLY WITH MY WOODWORKING HOBBY...THANKS AGAIN lINDA...HAD A GREAT TIME AND AS ALWAYS, FOUND SOMETHING THAT JUST BLEW MY MIND!
ADDED JUNE 16, 2011...FLEA MARKET FIND FOR A FEW $$...A BIT TATTY BUT FOR A CARDBOARD SCOPE THAT i THINK MAY BE FROM THE 30'S OR 40'S-PRETTY DARN DECENT...
ADDED MAY 1 2011
OTAGIRI TELEIDOSCOPE, MADE IN JAPAN...i WOULD GUESS BY IT'S PETER MAX INSPIRED ART IT'S CIRCA 1960-EARLY 1970'S...DECENT OPTICS FOR A "TOY"...flea find...$5
NEW ADDITIONS! APRIL 4TH 2011...
2 VAN CORT SCOPES...ELEPHANT'S TRUNK FLEA MARKET
FIRST A VAN CORT RIBBED BRASS 9 1/2" LONG WITH WOOD BASE...PLAQUE INDICATES A fORD mOTORS IN-HOUSE PROMOTION; ONE OBJECT CASE EVEN INCLUDES A MINISCULE "FORD" LOGO-3 MIRROR SYSTEM
SECOND IS A VAN CORT PARLOR SCOPE DATED 1988...MISSING THE BRASS PINS THAT RUN AROUND THE CIRCUMFERENCE OF THE OBJECT CASE BUT THE FIELD IS BEAUTIFUL...MOSTLY WHITE BEADS THAT CREATE A SNOWFLAKE LIKE IMAGE WITH SUBTLE SPLASHES OF COLOR-TWO MIRROR SYSTEM
NEW ADDITION! jANUARY 16TH 2011
"The Blue Lagoon"
Kaleidostore, Emerson Country Store 5340 Route 28
Mount Tremper, NY 12457 (845) 688-5800 ext. 4...thanks again Linda! I spent 2 hours plus and could have spent the whole day... will be back soon....http://www.kaleidostore.com/StoreNEW/Store.htm
NEW ADDITION! jANUARY 7TH 2011
From the Cozy Baker collection I feel honored to add to my own small lot the L. A. D'angelis reproduction...1990... from Kaleidoscope Shop 2186 Henderson Mill Road Atlanta, GA, 30345
http://www.kaleidoscopeshop.com/... very nice people to deal with
Ben Ansley, stone with magnetic case
Binocular Kaleidoscope, Doug Johnson, 1983. Doug Johnson
of Windseye in 1983.
The scope features two barrels which converge at the front end of the scope, focusing on two object wheels. Doug's mirror and copper scopes were often made with marble objects, but this scope has two wheel objects, one with stained glass and the other with slices of glass and glass cabochon.
The scope has a self stand The mirror is a three-mirror system in each barrel of the binocular scope. This is a true binocular with both barrels aimed at the same point on the wheels. If you wear bifocals you may have to remove them to see the binocular 3-D image. Since these barrels are not adjustable, as your binoculars are, you may need to move the scope away or toward your eyes to improve the focal length for yourself…
Lori Riley, wooden block with double view, 1995… a member of that talented family that also includes Sheryl Koch, Janice and Ray Chesnik.
David Collier: Collier kaleidoscopes are easy to identify. Look for a nice layered wood scope with multicolored oils in the object cell. Rainbow Storm 1994
Peggy & Steve Kittleson
glass body scope with side lighting, Scope name: Spellbound Year: 1996 Limited edition: Production Signed: Etched Scope type: Cell(handheld) Exterior material: Glass Object cell type: Oil-filled Objects: Glass(lampworked) Mirror system: 2 mirror Symmetry: 12-point…
Scope name: Karascope Year: 1983 Limited edition: Production Signed: Yes Scope type: Barrel(handheld) Exterior material: Cardboard Object cell type: Dry Objects: Polarizing Mirror system: 3 mirror Unusual kaleidoscope design utilizing polarizing materials in the object cell. Signed scope body and case. Unique image coloration.
Henry Bergeson. Wood with oil filled case, birdseye maple, oval shape…
A tip 'o the hat and thanx to Tim Krause. He identified this as a Craig Huber piece called "Oil Turner"...still go by my original date of 1992ish...simple two mirror system with a beautiful mandala
Corki Weeks...very small brass scope...flea market find for $1 thanks Linda for the ID!
Boyd Wright bocote with oil wand…
Ron & Claudia Lee Laughing Coyote http://laughingcoyote.homestead.com Ellington CT!
1995 Cell(handheld) Exterior material: Wood(solid) Object cell type: Wheels Objects: Flowers/plants Mirror system: 3 mirror Symmetry: 3-point Special features: Solid oak. Double wheel containing acrylic encased dried flowers and lace…
Ron & Claudia Lee
Axel Nilsson designs, wooden body scope with fluid filled case…he designed the projection scope…
Van Cort "The Classic" reproduction parlor scope
Van Cort 5” brass handheld…
San Francisco Music Box Company, musical kaleidoscope, sailboats and lighthouse…
N & J Enterprises - Nancy Kocheski and Jean and Karl Schilling of Kaleidoscopes To You 5.5 Inch Long Hand Crafted & Laminated Solid Wood Teleidoscope. This Laminated Teleidoscope made of hand inlaid Woods this particular teleidoscope features Padauk and ebony woods. Nice optics.
N & J Enterprises- Nancy Kocheski and Jean and Karl Schilling of Kaleidoscopes To You 8 Inch Long Jewel Double Wheel Kaleidoscope - Hand Crafted & Laminated Solid Woods Including Teak & Ebony. for commercial scopes these are nicely done.
triple play...one large field with two smaller auxiliary fields at each side
some miscellaneous scopes
Acrylic with oil wand
brass body with oil wand
brass with two wheels....maker?...copy of Corki Weeks design?
simple kit made scope
commercial musical scope
Ross of London: small brass handheld
cheap plastic but with surprisingly good optics
simple stained glass 2 wheel
by some friendly boy scouts...kind of interesting because it has a swirly look to the mirrors
Emerson Country Store
5340 Route 28, Mt. Tremper, NY
845.688.5800 ext 4
2186 Henderson Mill Road
Atlanta, GA, 30345
us at 678-937-2673
or toll free at 1-877-525-3436
more to follow..........................................................