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Vintage pieces make a good impression

September 13, 2007

The steel molds for injected plastic products of yesterday are finding a life as sculptural accents today, suitable for serious and whimsical decoration. Antiquarian Rick Leclerc has unearthed a stash of pieces that date to the mid-1900s and put them on custom black steel mounts. A mold for eyeglasses ($400) makes a handsome addition to a desk or bookshelf. Leclerc also has Warner Bros. cartoon character toy molds including this Bugs Bunny specimen ($125), as well as painted models such as a vintage red mold for a plastic baby rattle ($350). At T.L. Gurley Antiques, 512 S. Fair Oaks Ave., Pasadena; (626) 432-4811.

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