Tuesday, November 02, 2010

A Specialist In The Hilarious Deployment Of Exclamation Points

Lot No. 131
Five c. 1900 air bladder Condoms

in original cardboard box with maker’s label. Size (of box!) c. 26 x 6 cm. (WU).

Specialist: Simon Weber-Unger
estimate EUR 300,- to 500,-
The venerable Viennese auction house Dorotheum has specialists in many fields, as the catalogue for the upcoming Nov. 11 Scientific Instruments, Models & Globes sale attests. If you are interested to see five 110-year-old fish bladder condoms in person before you buy, they will go on public view Nov. 4.

For the rest of us, there is a hi-res zoomable photo. Here is the label, because seriously, when are you ever going to see another?

["longs expressly" "Fish bladder with cross-eagle head"]

And here are some careful notations of their remaining uses made, presumably, by the condoms' previous owner[s?], and a closeup of that cross-eaglehead:

Good luck!