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Old 08-26-2011, 03:18 AM   #1
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I've been looking for one of these rare vintage tanks for about 5 years now. I finally found one that is complete with the original bulb edge glass and bronze plating. This is a 4 gal. "Modernistic" tank made by the Jewel company of Chicago around 1930. It has bronze plated cast iron corners and bases sitting on top of a thick piece of slate and four iron legs underneath that look like pipes with rubber in the ends of them. The four corners are screwed down into these feet I believe. The Jewel company only made a total of 300 "Modernistic" tanks which included both 4 and 8 gal. models as well as bronze plated and silver painted models. So these tanks are exceedingly rare. I had some acrylic pipes made for my inflow and output going to my Eheim Ecco 2236 which is in the Egyptian themed base along with a UV sterilizer and inline heater. I've had the tank running for several weeks now waiting for a suitable light. After doing extensive internet searches I came upon these vintage X-ray shades. They were used by businesses in the 1920's and 1930's so they are contemporary with the tank. They came in different shapes and colors but their "golden armor" model I thought would look great with the bronze patina of the tank. They are glass and have a highly reflective mirror coating on the inside. This one I found on ebay came with its original black metal socket holder. I found that it originally had a ceramic socket that was used with this holder so I found one on ebay that matched it. I then had to hunt down some wire and a plug that looked vintage. I found this gold cloth covered pulley wire and a repro white plastic plug made to look like an original ceramic one. I just finished wiring it and installing it a few hours ago. The shade has some small spots where there is paint loss so you can see the light shining through them but this is to be expected from an 80 year old shade. I've only placed some eco complete in the bottom of the tank and threw in some cuttings from one of my other tanks along with hornwort that just doesn't stop growing. I need to clear all this out and do some aquascaping but I wanted to share this because you just don't see these every day.

















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Old 08-26-2011, 03:24 AM   #2
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They just don't make tanks like that anymore. How much did it cost?
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Old 08-26-2011, 03:33 AM   #3
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They just don't make tanks like that anymore. How much did it cost?
Lets just say that its rarity commanded a premium price. I had a chance at one of these in the 8 gal. silver model from the same collector but I couldn't afford both. Probably last time I'll ever see a complete one of these for sale. I've seen a couple on ebay over the years but they didn't have the original glass which would be nearly impossible to find since they haven't made it for the last 50 or 60 years.
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Old 08-26-2011, 03:43 AM   #4
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I don't know where I would even begin to look for something like that. It's beautiful.
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I don't know where I would even begin to look for something like that. It's beautiful.
Thanks, I did years worth of looking online and I happened to locate a man who has collected vintage tanks for over 30 years. I kept in touch with him via email, actually more like pestered him, and it finally paid off. He had duplicates of this tank so he was willing to part with one as he had run out of space. Pity he doesn't have a web site devoted to his collection. I'd love to see what he has.
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Old 08-26-2011, 03:57 AM   #6
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Great looking tank and stand. It seems like your patience and perseverance is paying off. I'm really digging this setup.
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Great looking tank and stand. It seems like your patience and perseverance is paying off. I'm really digging this setup.
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That tank is amazing. Even unscaped it still looks great!
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Old 08-26-2011, 04:07 AM   #11
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That tank is amazing. Even unscaped it still looks great!
Thank you. I'm curious about your 'Radioman' user name. Do you collect radios or are you a ham? I used to be heavily into collecting antique radio sets.
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Thank you. I'm curious about your 'Radioman' user name. Do you collect radios or are you a ham? I used to be heavily into collecting antique radio sets.
I love listening to late night radio shows and scanners. I used to listen to some HAM radio operators out in California through my itouch too. I also have bought some old radio's from garage sales through the years, not the really old ones though. All in all I love the idea of radio and how you can pick it up almost anywhere for free.
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Old 09-22-2011, 05:14 AM   #13
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That is a very cool and rare tank you have there. I never look in the planted nano section so I would have never seen this, but Radioman put a link in another thread. I wish there was more of those vintage tanks around. My dad used to have a vintage tank similar to that when I was young but his was a little bigger and really ornate. Is that all the original glass and slate bottom or has it been redone? By the way there is a replica of the tank you have on ebay for $750. Here is the item # if you want to check it out.

Item number: 120736334045
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That is a very cool and rare tank you have there. I never look in the planted nano section so I would have never seen this, but Radioman put a link in another thread. I wish there was more of those vintage tanks around. My dad used to have a vintage tank similar to that when I was young but his was a little bigger and really ornate. Is that all the original glass and slate bottom or has it been redone? By the way there is a replica of the tank you have on ebay for $750. Here is the item # if you want to check it out.

Item number: 120736334045
Thank you. Too bad your Dad didn't keep the tank. Do you have any photos of it? The Jewel company made some really ornate ones. One even had lighted stained glass ends. This has all the original glass and slate bottom. Unfortunately the glass has several scratches in it but this happens when tanks are over 80 years old. I saw the replica, did you see that it's not even sealed? Thanks for the link.
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Old 08-27-2011, 05:05 AM   #15
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Another totally unique set-up.

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