The Artful, The Heartful & The Droll

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Timeless Antiques, at 1208 Belmont Street in Brockton, features quality and kitsch in antiques and oldies. Call them at (508) 580-3650.

There’s a fine and funny line here where beautiful advertising of yesteryear comes together as high-quality kitsch, accompanied by such things as suave, gentlemanly accoutrements for smoking and drinking. After the sins are gone, the gorgeous equipment remains — Errol Flynnish silver cigarette cases, exotic tobacco boxes and flasks, many art deco style.

Gary Epstein, this shop’s entertaining owner, also showcases objects like a big red gas pump, or the vast valentine of a Coca Cola sign, working vending machines and a painted restaurant sign from Provincetown, sporting a carved chicken. He has for sale a bronze woman warrior who zooms purposefully across a marble base (“I call her Xena Epstein”). The shop owner also loves the more aesthetic, old-fashioned fittings of various trades — the optometrist’s roll-top desk, the traveling shoe shiner’s bench, a trustworthy doctor made of glass. He’s transformed a beautiful 1920’s chrome base of a casket gurney into a glass-topped table. The Machine Age is present in a head made of a truck’s compressor. One wall is covered with a huge, spectacular poster for a magician, Carter The Great, eerily occult.

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