April 18, 2014

Wowza! Wicked Nice Oak Arts & Crafts Sideboard


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Here’s a showpiece!

54 inches wide, 21 1/2 inches deep and 50 1/2 inches tall.  Solid oak corner columns and drawer fronts. The top and door faces appear to be veneer but they are in great condition. Two shallow drawers for flatware (one is even lined), two big doors access storage and there is a large drawer below.

In excellent condition, $850.

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April 17, 2014

Arts & Crafts Plant Stand Column


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Approximately 36 inches tall and the top is about 13 inches square. It would make a nice accent piece with a big plant upon it or as a place to show off your favorite local potters work. In our pictures the best I could find was a lidded jar by Pacific Stoneware , Bennett Welsh’s famous Portland company.

The stand is in good condition and we’re asking $120. the Jar is good except for one chip on the lid so we’re letting it go for $30.

April 17, 2014

Set Of Six Near New Contemporary Dining Chairs


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Fresh in! Six very nice dining chairs with webbed seats and backs on hardwood frames. I’m not sure where these originally came from but they’re high quality and it shows.

Each chair measures 33 inches tall, 20 wide and 21 deep.

$600 for the lot.

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April 16, 2014

Juxtaposition: Sweet Old Cabinet & Mid-Century Lamps


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This cool old pine cabinet that was probably the bottom of a two piece section. Consensus around the water cooler is that it pre-dates the American Civil War. It measures 20 1/2 inches deep, 57 1/2 inches wide and 31 tall. There are three drawers and a central cabinet and it’s in good condition for a piece pushing two centuries old. $335

We also have a pair of nice mid-century modern lamps. They are about 39 1/2 inches tall with the shades. $150

Personally I love the juxtaposition of the old and new.

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April 16, 2014

Scrimshaw Walrus Ivory Cheese Slicer


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Believe it or not I rescued this little gem from a scrap metal pile. Sure cheese slicers may not be something everyone really needs, but one with a scrimshaw decorated ivory handle is a little piece of functional art.
Think of it, what kind of cheese would Eskimos make anyway? Milking a walrus must be tough, but I’d presume it’d be well worth the effort. Nothing pairs as well with seal as a nice Baffin Island Blue!

 

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April 15, 2014

In The Spirit Of Wartime Anglo-American Cooperation


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Patented “John Bull” eye wash cup from around 1917. John Bull is to our British friends what Uncle Sam is on this side of the pond.

The cup is 2 3/4 inches tall and in perfect condition. The John Bull brand mark and patent number/date are embossed on the base.

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April 15, 2014

The Book Series: Archy and Mehitabel


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wotthehell wotthehell
a tale by a cockroachtold
best friends a cat
whod have thunkthought of that

 

Vintage copy of the once incredibly popular Archy and Mehitabel series.

It’s a pretty inspired piece of work. The author, Don Marquis, was tasked with writing a newspaper column six days a week (can you imagine that grind?). To fill space he invented the character of a reincarnated free-verse poet/cockroach that would type pieces in the after hours by laboriously jumping from key to key. This roach was best friends with a cat and this unlikely duo became the subjects of his best remembered work.

The original Archy and Mehitabel volumes were published beginning in the late 1920′s although the newspaper pieces are earlier. There is plenty of social commentary on the era and there is a reflective element in looking at the humor of the time.

Our copy is a later edition from 1953 and is illustrated.

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April 14, 2014

Antique Washstand WIth Marble Top & Tile Back Splash


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This is a sweet antique piece! A nice Victorian era washstand with a tile back splash featuring lily pads and a fossil bearing marble top. It’s in great condition and at 39 inches wide it is big enough to be meaningful storage but it’s not overwhelmingly huge.

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April 13, 2014

Boston Vacuumette


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Ahh the Boston Vacuumette! It reminds me of Sunday school in the old neighborhood, where every trip to the pencil sharpener was a chance to cheat on the tests. Who needs to memorize the ten commandments anyway? Writing exists for a reason people!

This old(ish) pencil sharpener still works OK. It does a decent job of sharpening things, good enough for a standardized test, but maybe not super fine for detailed line drawings. The vacu-suck foot is also OK, but not perfect. I tested it by sticking it to a currently non-electrified* metal table (is that a non-current electric table?) and it worked, but I feel like it might do better with Formica or something similar.

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*Stay tuned for the rest of this tale . . . providing I survive the next round of testing. I’ve been working on fixing an old lamp and so far the score is two-nil to the lamp.

April 13, 2014

Today We Flea


Tomorrow we bomb the house.

st johns flea

Not really. We’ll just be in St. Johns* at the Colony (7525 N Richmond Ave) with a little mobile set up as part of Portland Flea. 10 to 4 it’s going to be a ton of fun.

I know some of the other folks who’ll be there and I know they have really great stuff for sale. There will also be music, food and perhaps a bit of tom foolery.

 

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