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

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Star Trek Original Series U.S.S. Enterprise Bridge Chairs

Below are some photos of a pair of rare screen used Star Trek: The Original Series U.S.S. Enterprise Bridge Chairs to be auctioned as Lots 621 and 622 in Profiles In History's upcoming "Drama, Action, Romance: The Hollywood Auction" on December 16, 2012. These rare and iconic set fixtures that appeared in every episode of TOS were created by the Desilu prop department using mass produced Burke model 115 fiberglass shell patio chairs - manufactured by the now defunct Burke, Inc. furniture company of Dallas, Texas - and modifying the design with a black vinyl padded Starfleet back rest extension. The pre-auction bid estimates for these outstanding pieces of Star Trek history are $15,000 - $20,000 per lot.

Those interested in participating in the December 16th entertainment memorabilia sale may register to bid live online on the Artfact website at: http://www.artfact.com/auction-catalog/drama,-action,-romance:-the-hollywood-auction-4va76bfenv. A preview of the complete set of Star Trek related material to be offered in this impressive auction will be presented in a forthcoming post.

The following images were taken of an original '60s Burke model 115 chair in the authors collection that was not screened used; which show the construction details of the underside of these chairs as well as the manufacturers marks on the bottom of the four-footed aluminum swivel base.

Below is Matt Jefferies' original concept sketch for the design of the Enterprise Bridge chairs, including the notation that identifies them as "modified Burke"...