Thanks for the wonderful response to our first week of selling & I am sorry that I could not accommodate everyone's wish for an appointment last Friday night!
There are still so many great things left to sell in this wonderful old mansion!
This is one of the most unique homes you will ever see, with a collection like you cannot imagine! Four floors of this giant old home are stuffed with the unique, the antique, the odd & the fascinating! Everything from the Decorative Arts & fine furniture to Mad Steampunk Scientist!
French ca. 1830 mahogany secretary abbatant (or desk on cabinet). Beautiful ca. 1850 English William & Mary drop front desk. William & Mary High Boy and a William & Mary chest. Mid 19th C. English bookcase. English Empire cabinet on Chest. English Empire mahogany sideboard. English Regency game table, Regency cellarette, mid 19th C. mahogany game table. Beautiful mahogany ca. 1920s tall chest, dresser & dressing table set, all with an inlaid cartouche. Victorian round dining table. Henry F. Miller Victorian grand piano in a grand Victorian cabinet, large Victorian music cabinet, sheet music. Shabby Chic bedroom pieces. English ca. 1920s parlor suite. So many tables, chairs, cabinets & bookcases, chests etc!
Many Hundreds of Tantalizing late 19th and early 20th century Quack Medical devices which Generate Electricity to cure you of illness' you do not have!
2 large Mid-19th C. static electricity generating devices, 1 by Pike is brass/glass & wood & the other is glass & wood ( you rarely see these outside of museums).
Many hundreds of antique snake oil’s, pharmaceuticals & remedies, in their original packaging. Radium water crocks. X-ray tubes, vacuum tubes, radio tubes by the multi-hundreds! Early and vintage radios! Hundreds of wonderful old books, magazines newspapers & ephemera having to do with art, science, medicine, electricity & the world in general.
Can't wait to see you at our sale. Setup was 3132.
A hypnotist's revolving mirror!
Flow blue Londsdale china service for 12. Brilliant cut glass, Chinese porcelains, tea cups, general decorative.
Striking ethnographic items: Benin bronze head, door panel & standing figure. Haiti Witch Doctor or VooDoo figure. Congo Nail Fetish figure.
Native American arrow head collections, axes & etc.
Ancient bronze arrow points!
USA aviation electronics & etc.
2 Dinosaur bones, wooly mammoth or mastadon molar, collection of sea shells.
Hand colored ca. 1850 engravings of the natural world, paintings & prints.
Trunks, beds, useful household items & tools!
So many things to see on 4 floors & 8000 square feet in this marvelous menagerie of a home! The family has lived here since 1957!
Below is Dr. Lindan's obituary from the Plain Dealer
"The late Dr. Olgierd Lindan of South Euclid was a leading collector of quackery
By Grant Segall, The Plain Dealer
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on July 04, 2009 at 7:52 PM, updated July 06, 2009 at 3:17 PM
Scott Shaw/The Plain DealerNicholas Lindan uses a "Brain Tuneup" machine, part of his late father Olgierd's leading collection of quackery.
SOUTH EUCLID -- Nicholas Lindan wants to sell you a lot of useless things.
See the late Olgierd Lindan's collection.
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"If they work," he vows, "I'll give you your money back."
His father, Dr. Olgierd Lindan, 95, died March 1, leaving behind much of what he once called the world's biggest collection of quackery.
"I call them cures that don't work for diseases you don't have," says Nicholas, one of the collector's three children.
A Great Vivocosmic Disc, for instance. Dr. Weaver's Nasal Filter. Vision Dieter: Eye Glasses to Cure Appetite. Dr. Scott's Electric Hairbrush to Cure Baldness. And a bottle of actual snake oil.
The collection peaked years ago at about 2,000 items. Dr. Lindan touted them on David Letterman's show and in U.S. News & World Report.
He later sold off many items, some to the Museum of Quackery at the Science Museum of Minnesota. But the rest still cram his 1919 mansion on six hidden acres in South Euclid.
They range from pretty little bottles and bracelets to curious helmets, belts and corsets to more than man-size machines with flashing lights, spinning dials and other complicated parts that would have looked high-tech a century or two ago.
They had one thing in common: relieving hypochondriacs of cash.
Olgierd (pronounced ole-GEARED) Lindan was a leading researcher and innovator at local hospitals. Born in Latvia, he escaped the Soviets and the Nazis, crossed the Pyrenees and the Sahara, performed surgery under fire, won the Polish Cross of Valor and earned two doctorates and a post-doctorate.
The free-thinker belonged to the South Shore Skeptics but employed a purported faith healer as a housekeeper and attended some sessions with her.
For a hobby, he collected old radios. At a sale, he stumbled across a supposed medical gadget and was tickled by its evident uselessness.
A few of his medical marvels actually work. He snapped up some early X-ray machines, for instance, that throw off huge sparks. He also bought many potions that truly ease pain, being 40 proof or so.
Lindan kept the sources of his treasures secret.
"The greatest pleasure," he once said with a sly smile, "is to make the competition jealous."
For all of science's progress, the son says quackery keeps doing brisk business. He predicts that many of today's health trends will look as silly tomorrow as his father's curios look today."