November 26, 2014

Turkey Day Closures!

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Gobble. Gobble. Boggle.

Happy Thanksgiving brought to you by some of our inedible birds . . . just like that Thanksgiving gone awry back in the olden days (I think we all have one of those).

We’re closed for the annual ritual fall face stuffing (Stuffing?! Yum!) of Thanksgiving.

We’ll be closed Friday too for the annual ritual weigh in to see how much stuffing we stuffed.

See ya’ Saturday!


Not a bird, but tastes like . . .


November 26, 2014

Eureka! A Coffee Table


“What is the nature of the search?” you ask. Really it is very simple; at least for a fellow like me. So simple that it is easily overlooked. The search is what anyone would undertake if he were not sunk in the everydayness of his own life . . . To become aware of the search is to be onto something. Not to be onto something is to be in despair.”

Walker Percy The Moviegoer


Finally a really nice coffee table. Architectural wood base with a smoked plate glass top. Clean and simple lines with a touch of tres chic style.

It is 47 1/2 inches long, 19 3/4 inches deep and 16 1/2 inches high. Designed by Henning Norgaard for Komfort, Denmark.

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November 25, 2014

Meet The Press By The Seat Of Your Pants


This Corby of Windsor Trouser Press is guaranteed to up the look of your game. It’ll be at the same level that Michael Caine did for the post-Ruprecht Steve Martin once upon a time in France.

Honestly this is Classy (note the capital ‘c’, it’s that good) and you can be too.

I’m even tempted to see if it will turn a pair of blue jeans into holiday formal wear.

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November 25, 2014

Antique Canadian Commerce Scale


Hope is the thing with feathers that perches in the soul – and sings the tunes without the words – and never stops at all.
Emily Dickinson

In ancient Egypt the heart of the deceased was placed on scales and weighed by Anubis against the feather of truth. If it is lighter than the feather he will survive and continue into the next world. If it is heavier then he will be eaten by the Devourer, the part-lion, part-hippopotamus and part-crocodile monster. This process was overseen by Thoth, the god of truth who checks that the weighing is fair.

In more modern times we have Departments of Trade and Commerce to oversee such things. This antique scale bears the label of the Canadian equivalent. It is in good condition and I suspect it dates to the 19th century. It is brass and iron and seems to work fairly well, though we’ll not guarantee it is suitable for trade use.

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November 24, 2014

No Rod, I Don’t

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Really NO.

But thanks for the coffee.

Coffee cups from the recent Rod Stewart tour. So recent that Rod probably hasn’t even been levered out of his lycra yet.

These were probably a  VIP* package incentive. They are like new. Sold separately.

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*As you might guess, for me this stands for “Verily, I’ll Pass.”


November 24, 2014

Kokeshi Doll Collection


Variety of vintage Kokeshi dolls!

In great shape, some are probably early 20th century or maybe older. Here’s a cool video showing how one of the many varieties are made.

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November 23, 2014

Looking For Work In Greenland?

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“And YOU: friendless, brainless, helpless, hopeless! Do you want me to send you back to where you were? Do you want me to send you back to where you were – unemployed in Greenland?!Vizzini – Princess Bride

Until you find work spange in style with this Greenland mug. In perfect condition, will double as a kayak or umiak bailing tool.

November 23, 2014

Oregon Art Royalty – Harry Wentz

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Original painting “Nehalem Railroad Siding” by Harry Wentz (1875-1965).

Wentz is a well known historic Oregon painter who taught at the Museum Art School for over 30 years (1910-1941). Besides his enduring legacy influencing subsequent generations of ‘name-brand’ Oregon painters he is also well known for the cutting edge design of his Neahkahnie studio, which is now listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Original painting, matted and in shrink wrap. 21 1/4 x 17 1/4.

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November 22, 2014

I Shot The Sheriff


But I did not shoot the Deputy.

United States Deputy Sheriffs’ Association supporter mug. It coordinates nicely with that little sticker you put on the side window, right where ticketing officers can see it, next to the one from the Police Benevolent Fund.

The mug has a former owner’s name on the reverse side but is otherwise in perfect shape.


November 22, 2014

Cause & Effect? Salacious Lithophane Stein

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As we’ve seen before this shape of beer stein probably dates to the 1960’s. The foot and the handle shape are a dead give-away that this is not much older . . . as is the image in the bottom. The translucent effect often seen in steins and Japanese tea cups of this era is known as a lithophane. There are a few standard ones, like the geisha in Japanese pieces and the couple in faux regimental steins.

The graspy pair is a new one to me.

The stein is in good condition and is about 9 1/2 inches tall.

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