Welcome! As part of its ongoing mission to document the Art and Production History of Star Trek, this site will present technical articles on Star Trek prop and costume authentication - focusing on The Original Series - with detailed photos and episode screenshots to complement the information presented; as well as feature pictorials to showcase Star Trek memorabilia in private & public collections, present rare Behind The Scenes TOS imagery & discuss other topics.
Gerald Gurian is a 40+ year collector of screen used Star Trek memorabilia and a passionate fan of TOS
- Star Trek TOS At Auction Part I - Gurian Collection Highlights - Greg Jein TOS Hero Type II Phaser
-Authenticating a TOS Communicator -6 Myths About Star Trek Prop Design -Star Trek 3rd Season Command Tunic
- Design Features of TOS Tricorders -Star Trek Props At National Air & Space - TOS Leatherette Tricorder
- TOS Federation Sciences Dress -Desilu Studio TOS Prop Fabrication - Unreleased Allen/Gurian Prop Photos
- The Beautiful Women of TOS Part I -TOS U.S.S. Enterprise 11' Filming Model - Captain Kirk's Chair from TOS
- Spock Ears -TOS Control Panels & Displays - Mr. Spock's Science Station
- TOS Soundstage at Desilu -TOS Shatner Romulan Pants - The Beautiful Women of TOS Pt. II
- TOS Galileo Shuttlecraft -Greg Jein TOS Cage Laser Pistol - TOS 3rd Season Midgrade Type II Phaser
- Dr. McCoy's Sickbay on TOS -TOS Balok Puppet Head - Captain Kirk "Mirror, Mirror" Tunic
- Greg Jein TOS Hero Tricorder -1992 Smithsonian TOS Cast Video - TOS 1st Season Command Tunic
- TOS "Where No Man" Silver Contact Lenses -TOS Special Effects: The Transporter - The Art of Matt Jefferies
- TOS "Space Seed" Gold Mesh Jumpsuit -Gorn Costume from "Arena" - Rare TOS Behind-the-Scenes Videos
- TOS Stunt Type II Phaser -1993 Bill Theiss Estate Auction - TOS Shatner Command Dress Tunic
- TOS Elasian Royal Guard Tunic -TOS Finnegan Silver "Shore Leave" Tunic - TOS Science Officer Tunic "The Cage"
- TOS Shatner Early 1st Season Command Tunic -William Shatner TOS Tunics At Auction - TOS Shatner Late 1st Season Command Tunic

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Rare Photos of the Greg Jein TOS Laser Pistol from "The Cage"

Presented below are some detailed photographs of a laser pistol hand prop used in the 1st pilot episode of Star Trek, entitled "The Cage"; which was filmed during the months of November and December, 1964 and featured actor Jeffrey Hunter in the role of Captain Christopher Pike. The laser weapon was designed and built by the famed artist and sculptor Wah Ming Chang; who also created the TOS communicator, the TOS tricorder, the Gorn and the M-113 Salt Vampire costumes during his extensive association with the show. This historic Cage Laser prop is part of the collection of the renowned Star Trek TOS expert Greg Jein. Mr. Jein, a celebrated model maker, is also the creator of the 4 foot filming miniature of the Enterprise-D built at the start of the 3rd season for Star Trek: TNG. The Cage laser was also seen in some first season episodes of The Original Series such as "Where No Man Has Gone Before" (also the 2nd pilot, which starred William Shatner), "The Man Trap" and "What Are Little Girls Made Of". Some episode screenshots that feature this early weapon, which was the predecessor of the familiar Type II phaser pistol, are shown at the bottom of this post. A detailed photostudy of the only known "hero" or working Type II phaser in existence; also a part of the Greg Jein collection, can be viewed at the following link on this website: http://startrekpropauthority.blogspot.com/2008/04/rare-photos-of-greg-jein-tos-hero-type.html

Special thanks to TOS expert Darrell Hyde for his kindness in providing these rare photos for display on this site.

And now, the Cage laser pistol ...

As noted in "The Art of Star Trek" (Pocket Books, 1995), Wah Chang utilized painted typewriter keys as control buttons ...

Some episode screenshots from the two pilots and early first season of TOS that feature a laser pistol ...