Posted 4 years ago
Was talking to a local barber while my son was getting his hair cut and noticed the pole on the outside of his store. Casually asked him where one gets a barber pole these days - thought it would be neat to hang one up in the rec room. One of the other barbers piped up and said he had an old one in his basement that had just been sitting around and his wife would love to get it out of the house. Said he would probably sell it if I wanted to come by and look. Sounded interesting so I met him after work one day and he comes out with this beast. It was much larger than what I was looking for but it was so unusual I figured if I didn't buy it I would never see another one. From my research it is a Koken pole from the late 20s-early 30s, its porcelain coated cast iron and weighs about 80 lbs so you can't exactly hang it on a drywall stud.
It came with the original clock windup motor, but it sat in water for a while at one time in its life and has quite a bit of rust damage. I was able to clean it up and get it functional again although the mainspring has failed due to the rust. I removed the spring, but the mech would work if I replaced it. I don't think I will because the pole also has an electric motor which is much more convenient. I have rewired the motor and lighting and just put a generic globe on top which looks too small, but will have to do until I find a suitable place to hang it.