August 31, 2014

Cat, Fish, Teapot


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Cat and Fish were improbable best friends but they since they were cast that way they’ve made it work. Sure, Cat can lose its head every now and again but Fish sticks close by anyway.

A cute Chinese teapot. It is in good condition and is 5 1/2 inches tall.


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August 31, 2014

Beachcomber Table By Ren-Roy

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Vintage ‘stuff under clear resin’ table, commercially made in September 1960 by Ren-Roy. The tag on the back indicates that this is the Beachcomber model which seems to be confirmed by the sand, shells, drift wood, etc.

It is 24  inches in diameter, 14 tall and in good condition

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August 30, 2014

Sentry Owl

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“It is easier for a man to destroy the Light inside himself than to defeat the darkness all around him.”

Sam the Eagle’s dour cousin knows this well. Sam may report the news but the owl is a witness, silently guarding and watching.

Two piece cast owl formed jar or container of some sort. I’m not sure what it is supposed to be but that is probably open to interpretation depending on what one needs it for. Stylistically it’s kind of a cross between Cycladic sculpture, mid-century modernism combined with an Athenian obol and a dash of passage grave mother goddess.

It stands just under 6 inches tall. It is a cast metal of some sort and one of the lower eye orbits is broken (as shown in the pictures) but otherwise it is in good shape.

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August 30, 2014

Big Blue!

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It’s big and blue, hence the clever title for this post. No worries though, I won’t  hurt myself through self-congratulatory back patting.

Anyway . . . This is an interesting storage piece. It has 14 drawers over a storage cabinet with shelf that is accessed by two doors.

It is 38 1/2 inches wide, 15 1/2 inches deep and 55 1/5 inches tall. It’s a bit on the heavy side but manageable by two or more people.

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August 29, 2014

Shakers In The Spirit Of Scandinavian Detente

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Mid-century wood and metal salt and pepper shakers. The shakers were made in Sweden but oddly the stoppers are marked as made in Denmark.

The set is in good condition and the shakers are about 4 inches tall.

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August 29, 2014

Awesome Antique Oak Boookcases

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Probably from the turn of the century, plus or minus a few years these oak book cases are spectacular finds. They were originally in a library in western New York, in the Finger Lakes region.

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Each shelf level is removable meaning these can be easily hauled up stairs, into garret apartments or even hauled home on the bus.

The smaller unit consists of seven tiers and is 87 1/2 inches tall, 52 wide and just over 10 inches deep. $750

The larger one has nine levels and measures about 110 inches tall, 51 wide and just over 10 inches deep. $875

Of course use of one or more of the sections is optional, but due to slight variations in width the shelves are not interchangeable between the units.


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August 28, 2014

Drexel Declaration Dining Table With Two Leaves

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1960 Drexel Declaration walnut extension dining table, model number 851-340-37. It’s the immediately recognizable ‘squished circle’ shape that declares Declaration.

We are fortunate to still have the leaves and the set is in good condition overall. There are a few small scratches, a repaired piece of veneer on one edge and a slight mark on the table top. The mark is not immediately visible, but can be see in oblique light where the texture of the surface reflects light differently. It is shown in the slide show below.

When set up with out the leaves the table is about 44 inches in diameter. Each leaf is 22 inches wide.

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August 27, 2014

Vintage Shard Shaped Coffee Table

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Vintage home-built coffee table. Made in 1960 by Mr. Woods for Mrs. Woods and now, 54 years later needs a new home. It is a neat piece, crazy long at 85 inches but then not terribly wide (21 inches max.) and the usual coffee table height of 15 inches.

Alternatively it’d make a memorable body for a bass guitar.

Who cares that you can’t play if you’ve got the biggest bass either side of the Pecos and your amps go to 11?

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August 27, 2014

Too Much Junk? Need More Trunk?

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Three nice vintage foot lockers in your choice of green or orange. They all have been used but still bear the original ‘dust proof closure’ stickers from about 1975. We have two keys for each of them too.

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August 26, 2014

Spend A Penny In Indianapolis

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Vintage pay toilet token from Indianapolis, Indiana. Pay to use toilets were a common feature of the 20th century landscape. In the early days they often cost a penny to use hence the origin of the ‘spend a penny’ euphemism. They were popular up to 1970’s when a partially successful nationwide effort was made to outlaw them (with interesting editorial commentary). The maker of this token, the Nik-O-Lok company suffered in the downturn but still survives as the number one player in the pay toilet market.

This token is unusual, scarce perhaps. Given the font style I’d guess it dates to the last few years of the pay toilet empire in the 1970’s, before business went down the drain.

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