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Good Night, Sweet Prince - part II

This "Prince-in-Waiting"—warts and all—is, indeed, rather handsome. He is silver-plated and plays "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star." Though intended as a baby gift, he will be just as popular sitting on an adult's desk. Click on the photo above to learn more about him. Another "hidden prince" tomorrow.   Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (www.LEOdesignNYC.com).  We also can be found in Pittsburgh's historic "Strip District" at Mahla & Co. Antiques (www.mahlaantiques.com) or in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (www.antiquecenterofstrabane.com). Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only).  917-446-4248

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Puppy Eyes

Who can resist a pair of "Puppy Eyes"? This little fella will be picked-up a lot—delighting the curious with his wind-up musicality. This little spaniel pup plays "Brahms's Lullaby" and looks adorable while playing it. Though a baby gift, adults seem helpless under his spell. Click on the photo above to learn more about him.   Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit our on-line store where we continue to sell Handsome Gifts (www.LEOdesignNYC.com).  We also can be found in Pittsburgh's historic "Strip District" at Mahla & Co. Antiques (www.mahlaantiques.com) or in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania at The Antique Center of Strabane (www.antiquecenterofstrabane.com). Or call to arrange to visit our Pittsburgh showroom (by private appointment only).  917-446-4248...

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Pre-Easter Parade - part III

Easter is about seven months away—yet our collection of cuddly bunnies already are awaiting their cue. Let's end our three day parade of rabbits and hares—all ready to hop your way—with this adorable little creature. Our precious silver-plated baby bunny is actually a wind-up music box which plays "Rock-a-Bye Baby." Though intended as a baby gift, he is better left in the hands of a careful adult. But his classic tune may help a little one drift-off at bedtime. He'd also be a favorite plaything on an executive desk or coffee table. Click on the photo above to learn more about him.   Though our Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed, LEO Design is still alive and well!  Please visit...

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Lots of LEOs - XII

This cast iron lion is a bank and was made around 1900.  He can be opened with a screwdriver and still has traces of the original paint which dressed him.  Perhaps a young LEO can practice his saving skills with this handsome and useful gift.  Please click on the photo above to learn more about him. Another LEO tomorrow.   LEO Design's Greenwich Village store is now permanently closed.  While we contemplate our next shop location, please visit our on-line store which continues to operate  (www.LEOdesignNYC.com). Follow us on Instagram: "leodesignhandsomegifts" Follow us on Facebook: "LEO Design - Handsome Gifts"

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The 1910’s: “The Cathedral of Commerce”

When the Woolworth Building was completed in 1913, at 792 feet it was the tallest building in the world—and would remain so until the Chrysler Building surpassed it in 1930. Employing state-of-the-art principles like steel frame construction and high-speed elevators, the Woolworth Building paved the way for even taller skyscrapers in the future.  Yet, despite […]

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Anaheim, California

On this day in 1857, the city of Anaheim, California was founded by 50 German families—grape farmers and vintners.  The name is a compound of “Ana” (for the nearby Santa Ana River) and “Heim,” German for “home.”  When the grape crops were destroyed by disease, farmers began to plant nut trees and citrus. On the […]

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Lima! Echo! Oscar!

A great (and handsome) gift for the (one day) boat owner in your circle—a set of 26 nautical blocks which display the letter, the NATO alpha-phonetic code, the semaphore signal, the maritime flag which symbolizes each letter and the morse code. All merchandise (in-store or on-line) is now (at least) 25% off—making it the perfect […]

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Zero Hour, Nine A.M.

Our cast bronze Rocketman has just touched-down—and climbed-down from his cast aluminum rocketship (which is also a bank!).  The space ship has the early Twentieth Century riveted look of a Jules Verne travel craft.  It will make a nice aesthetic statement in any modern or vintage setting.  And it provides a great place to start […]

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Puzzling Times!

Six days to go.  Feeling puzzled?  I am.  It’s not so much a matter of not knowing who to support;  I fell-in behind my 2016 candidate eight years ago—during the tearful “Roll Call of States” at my party’s summer Convention in Denver.  I haven’t wavered or even thought twice about who I would support the […]

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Notes From the Road – part I

I’m in England this week, on the hunt for Handsome Gifts for the Holidays.  I’m always happy to find complete sets of vintage pub dominoes—like the set above.  Made of plied bone and ebonywood, they would have helped pub mates while away the hours in friendly competition.  They’d be perfect for your post-Holiday family gatherings—and […]

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Teddy’s Return

Every year, in preparation for the Holiday season, I select and order a single stuffed bear to sell in the shop through the autumn and Holiday seasons.  I’ve done this for twenty-one years—with a slight modification last year when I found a stuffed lion to commemorate our twentieth anniversary.  Shown above, this year’s Holiday teammate—who […]

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Anchors Aweigh!

Can the summer be so far away?  It starts one month from today.  But the time will fly past when you’re playing with with these clever nautical wooden blocks! Each block depicts a letter from the English alphabet plus that letter’s Morse Code signal, flag semaphore signal, International maritime signal flag and the NATO phonetic designation […]

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And Then There Were Three . . .

Every year I find a single stuffed animal—usually a teddy bear—and he becomes that year’s “Holiday Bear.”  We pile a bunch of them into a large ceramic pickle crock, right next to the front door, and keep selling them until they’re gone.  Last Christmas, in honor of LEO Design’s twentieth anniversary, I selected a different […]

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Notes From the Road – part II

I’m on-the-road this week, replenishing the shop after a busy Holiday season.  One of my new finds is the trio of British tin elephants, shown above.  Made in England in the 1930’s, they were likely part of some child’s circus menagerie—during those special years between the wars.  They are nicely cast, hand-painted, and have the […]

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Independence Day

A happy Independence Day to all! Shown above, a set of printed, wooden blocks—one for each American president—detailing various facts about each man and his term.  Screen-printed in child-safe, no-toxic inks, the blocks will form an American flag when turned the right way.  They sit in a convenient wooden tray.  $125.  Please come into the […]

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The Eighteenth

Is there any number more-eagerly looked-forward to?  In some ways, a perfect number: twice 9, half 36.  And what young person doesn’t dream of someday reaching this milestone? A few “highlights” of the eighteenth number: • Civil War victor general, Ulysses S. Grant, was the 18th U.S. president. • In ancient Rome, 18 represented a blood […]

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Fun and Games

Lest you worry that all the fun of the Holiday Season is now over, here’s a little pick-me-up: a turned wooden “Skittles” set, beautifully aged over the last 90 years.  Played in living rooms and back yards, it’s bound to turn your next gathering into a jolly evening, indeed. This set of ten painted pins […]

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A Lion in Winter

Today is the first day of Winter.  And this Christmas is our Twentieth in the neighborhood. Each year, I select one great Teddy Bear to be our Holiday Mascot—and he awaits adoption in a pickle crock at the shop’s front door.  This year, I’ve decided to celebrate our twenty year milestone with a lion, instead. […]

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Notes from the Road – part I

Today I am in London, making a last-minute push to find more Handsome Gifts for your Holiday giving.  Over the past twenty years, I have befriended many collectors of the kinds of things I love.  Interestingly, many of these relationships began when these people were customers in my shop;  today, I am more likely to […]

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Make Your Voice Heard!

What are you doing reading this?  Go out and vote! Today is Election Day.  Exercise your most important right as an American; go to the polls! Thank you. Shown above, a set of Presidential Wooden Blocks.  Each cube presents a different U.S. president and includes interesting facts about his life and time in office.  Made […]

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Brass Beautiful

Something new: beautifully-crafted, lathe-turned brass tops in three different designs.  A solid block of heavy brass is mounted to a lathe, spun, and “carved-down” into the shapes shown above.  Modern, yes, though definitely classic.  The quality and craftsmanship is immediately apparent the moment one of the tops is picked-up and handled.  With a little practice, […]

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Presidential Blocks

Previously sold-out, we’ve just received a shipment of wooden Presidential Blocks—an interesting and nicely-crafted gift for children or adults.  Laser-carved and printed with non-toxic inks (and made in America!), each block bears a portrait of a president, the years of his term(s), the location of his birth and death, his party, and the sequence number […]

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Independence Day

Happy Fourth of July! LEO Design will be open today from Noon ’til 6:00 pm.  We’d be happy to see you! Shown above, a set of American-made, hand-crafted wooden blocks—decorated with a nautical theme.  Laser cut and printed in non-toxic inks, these blocks show nautical flags, semaphore signaling, morse code signals, letters of the alphabet, […]

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Set Adrift

Henry Hudson was an English explorer who, at different times, worked for English or Dutch merchants, attempting to find them a shorter trade route to Asia.  The elusive “Northwest Passage”—an Arctic Circle seaway which could link Europe and the Orient—was believed to exist, though had not yet been discovered by European seamen.  Henry Hudson made […]

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Black Friday: Situation Normal

Today is “Black Friday” and we’d like to report: .        LEO Design is not opening early. .        LEO Design will not manufacture any “Door Buster” stampede. .        LEO Design will be here—as always—to serve its customers (old and new). As a concession to the season, perhaps […]

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