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    Posted 12 years ago

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    Here are a few of my 30 year collection of Antique Barber Poles. Currenty my collection consists of 41 Barber Poles.

    I have a very rare Koken Neon barber pole and all except 4 of them are the early 1900s cast iron porcelain coated poles. Many of them have very rare globes on top from the 20s and 30s.

    About 25 percent of them still have their original wind-up motors which, when wound fully, will spin the striped cylinder for 8 to 12 hours.

    There is a mixture of nice original condition, fully restored condition, and awaiting restoration, within my collection and I love every one of them. I'll be looking for barber poles and their parts and pieces as long as I live.

    As the pictures show, my workshop is a disaster . It is filled my lifelong collection of collections which I won't go into now. I am fully aware of the fact that I am an addict

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    1. MickeyH MickeyH, 11 years ago
      Another maker of barber poles was Beauty Symbol they had neon inside that read Beauty Supply with a manikin where the inner cylinder would normally be. They were made in a Wall Hung version and a Sidewalk Mounted version. They were made of solid brass and then Nickel plated, very heavy. I had one of each but I'm sorry to say that during a weak moment I swapped them for other barber poles.
    2. ilikecoinop ilikecoinop, 11 years ago
      Cool room. I only have one old pole, but really like it. Your collection is great, love the old original globes. I have the wind up motor for my pole, but the spring has failed. Do you happen to know of a source of replacement wind up springs? Thanks for sharing your pics!
    3. MickeyH MickeyH, 11 years ago
      Thanks for the comment ilikecoinop. I don't have a source for the main springs. Sometimes you can take them apart ansd if the break is near the end you can reform the end of the spring minus the broken part and reassemble it. I have heard of people laping the ends of the spring at the break and brazing them together. Sometimes they work ok and sometimes the repair makes them bind and they don't work so well.
    4. wake, 11 years ago

      Yeah... If the broken part is near the outside end, you can remove the broken piece and cut the end of the spring and bend it so it will fit in the slot or clip or whatever held the broken piece.
    5. lookin4mydiamondntherough lookin4mydiamondntherough, 10 years ago
      Hey Mickey Just droppen by to say Hello :) I responded to your message but im not sure if you saw that! I have a new e-mail It is I would love to hear from you! hope all is well :)
    6. dominickspez dominickspez, 10 years ago
      i have a nmodel 377 that i need the top base for the globe--can you be of any help?-wouldn't happen to have one? 516-225-1026 thanks dominick
    7. dr.neon, 10 years ago
      Love the barber poles. Any kind of trade your neon Koken for a neon, manikin Beauty Symbol pole ?

    8. Garveymachine, 10 years ago
      I have a three sided, wind driven barber pole and have not been able to find another or information on the one I have. I can post a photo if needed
      Thank you for your help!
    9. polekat, 10 years ago
      Great collection. I'm new to collecting with only two early barber poles. What era is that square globe with "barber shop" on all sides? Is it embossed or painted? Love that neon Koken. One of my poles is the same style but without the neon.
    10. jpeshut2012, 10 years ago
      I have an old cast iron porcelain barber shop pole, and am looking for parts. Anybody out there that can help ?
      Joe P
    11. dominickspez dominickspez, 10 years ago
      jpeshut2012-- need more info or a picture to know what you have and what you need---if you don't know the model check marvy co site for an identification guide they also have the glass outer tubes, inner tubes and motors but if looking for a base or top mount thats different mostly word of mouth etc send me a pic at
    12. jpeshut2012, 10 years ago
      Hi All

      I found out the maker of my Antique Barber pole. It is a Koch 948. It is a green porcelain color. 6" x 17" cylinder ( outer ). I am looking for the bottom motor cover. Any ideas ?

      Joe P
    13. jerryvdh, 9 years ago
      help I need information im restoring a kochs barber pole no 9984 with key wind motor any prints, drawing picturs showing details of the wind up motor or the speed govoner would be great or any parts you have ph 541 915 6274

    14. antiquerose antiquerose, 9 years ago
      Oh man.................LOVE, LOVE THESE!!

      I was a Barber-Stylist for many a years, so these are close to my heart!!
    15. dr.neon, 8 years ago
      win ally got one of the porcelain, neon poles. Think I now have at least one of all the neon ones I know about.
    16. GaryM, 7 years ago
      Hi, I have a Kochen 95 The old style motor works but the fiber gear is too worn to be reliable. I tried a Marvy new motor but it over heated and locked up after only 3 months. Any ideas? Even some one with a 3d printer? Thanks for any help you have.
    17. Gab, 6 years ago
      Looking for a price for the tall outdoor sidewalk paidair barber pole from the 1920.
    18. GaryM, 6 years ago
      To Gab, There was a very nice Kochen 95 on e bay about 10 months ago. As I remember the price was in the neighborhood of four thousand. Now a days I would never put the pole outside. Mine is inside the shop window.
    19. MickeyH MickeyH, 6 years ago
      You can get one for 3600 right now. It's under Collectibles in the Lodi, Ca craigslist.
    20. Robrocket911, 6 years ago
      I have an original iron barber poke..has original paper shade..seems to have unusual center stripes. When lit
    21. JerseyQ JerseyQ, 5 years ago
      Nice collection, I appreciate the info!
      I have an opportunity to get my hands on a stand up pole. The cylinder inside spins and the light in the top globe works as well as the light inside the spinning cylinder. It also has two hooks towards the top, probably for coats or hats.
      It is in fantastic condition.
      What should I expect to pay for it. I have a picture if you would like to see one.
      Any help or advice you can give would be appreciated.
      Thank you!!
    22. nl7a nl7a, 5 years ago
      Those old barber poles are really nice.

      I love anything that reminds me of my younger days. My grandfather and then my uncle owned a barber shop (The O.K. Barber Shop) in Trumann, Arkansas when I was very young. Some of my absolute best memories were cultivated while sitting on the old shoeshine stand listening to their many "fishing tales" while cutting hair. I now proudly display that old shoeshine stand (hand carved oak with two separate layers of marble) that was purchased "used" in 1915.
      I also have several pieces of a barber pole, but looking for parts to reassemble it. It is a Paidar Model 376 and would be interested if you have an idea where to look. Thanks so much!!
    23. JamesThomas JamesThomas, 5 years ago
      Hey Mickey H do you have a telephone number and still in Lodi?

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