Archive for May, 2010

May 29, 2010

Twin Bird’s Eye Maple Bed Frame With Clawed Wheeled Feet


Yes folks, not only does the bed frame have clawed feet, but these clawed feet sit on top of excellent wheels. It’s the prop for The Lion, the Child, and the Gold Wheeled Bed in which a child who aspires to be a warlock tries to turn his bed into a fast car and instead and quite by accident (the corner of his eye catching sight of the clawed feet) changes it into an item of furniture that nightly transforms into a very large flat-backed opinionated lion with a wandering mind and lust for speed and travel. Oh, the adventures they have. Oh, how often he falls asleep in math class every morning. Remember the scene where Child Protective Services comes to find his father in the middle of sacrificing a rabbit to the Goddess?

We have two of these lovely beds and they come with rails. If you’ve got twins, we’ve got twins for ‘em.

May 28, 2010

Getting Around Moscow, or Vladmir Takes The Red Line to the Kremlin


The Sokolnicheskaya Line to Ohotnii Ryad Station that is.

The Moscow Metro is the second busiest subway system in the world (after Tokyo). While we don’t want you to be lonely while in the possession of our working red phone, we hope the famous red phone gets few calls.

May 28, 2010

Elegant Beveled Mirror Framed in Ebony and Gold


This elegant mirror is 29¾ inches wide by 41¾ tall. It’s currently set up to hang in a “portrait” orientation although it does have the eyelets to be hung “landscape.”

The orientation you choose could depend on utilitarian perspectives such as the size of your wall. Alternatively you could choose the orientation based on the reflection you’ll see. Feeling vain? Go for portrait. Have a bucolic scene just outside the window? Go for landscape.

May 28, 2010

Just what I always wanted. My own little bunny rabbit. I will name him George, and I will hug him and pet him and squeeze him and stick him on my envelopes


1997 special edition stamp set featuring Bugs Bunny. Bugs has the distinction of being not only the first cartoon character depicted on a stamp but also the first self adhesive U.S. souvenir stamp. It remains one of the top ten most popular U.S. postage stamps.

May 27, 2010

Chic Vintage Desk Set


Very elegant vintage desk set by Bates Walker and Co. It is glazed a lovely robin’s egg blue with gold china paint accents. The inkwell (with insert) and little lidded box are in near perfect condition.

The blotter holder has been dropped and imperfectly repaired.

The maker’s marks show the Bates and Walker Co. shield. We think this piece is probably from circa 1900.

May 27, 2010

Looking A Gift Horse In the Mouth: Thaden Jordan Table and Chairs


Very unusual Thaden Jordan table and chair set with table leaf and four Model 102 cut out back bent birch plywood chairs. First introduced in 1947, our set has both the original labels and ink stamps on the bottoms.

Now for the gift horse part . . .. All of the pieces are structurally sound but they could all use refinishing to some degree. The chairs are generally decent and can be used as is—though one  has excessive wear on the seat. And at some point someone attached decals of a flower with a bow to the top center of the chair backs.  From a compatibility with design viewpoint it’s a vomitous combination. However the decals are pretty fragile so they can be removed (with some caution) prior to refinishing.

Even with the small issues these chairs are a prize find.

The table is a little rougher.

Both ends along one side of the table has prominent wear and darkening to the varnish. This occurs in two localized areas suggesting that two dirtier folks sat here. The other side of the table is much less worn, but still has concentrations of varnish-only water marks. The leaf appears to have been used intermittently as it only has faint water marks.

I remember this kind of effect from the kitchen table in my childhood home. The spot where my dad sat was worn and darkened from grease, sweat, and the grinding burdens of work.  Mom was too busy to sit down so her side was in better shape, except for the occasional ring from a drink glass.

To sum up: We were graciously given a nice dining table (32 x 44 inches) with bentwood legs and a 14 inch leaf and the four incredibly cool, late 1940’s (early mid-century modern) bentwood chairs with cutout back that go with it.

Even with the condition issues this is an unusual find and we’d like to keep the set together.

May 27, 2010

Community Warehouse CSI: The Babies That Wouldn’t Turn Blue


Totally ignoring the fact that we never wrote an ending to the last Community Warehouse CSI episode, today we breathlessly report that twin babies were brought in who had seemingly been suffocated in a plastic bag. However, neither was blue—not even a little bit, like when some low-rent eyeshadow get smeared all over the face. In addition, one baby’s leg has almost been torn off. And their eyes . . . so so empty.

All we can say for sure is that it’s a sad crime of violence against the defenseless and innocent.

And we were unable to find teeth marks or any other evidence that would have allowed us to blame Reynard.

Amazingly enough their skin was unmarred, their identical going-to-church hairdos remained unmussed, and their lips were still ruby red. Since no parent or guardian was in sight, we charged the intern with shooting some untraceable video and throwing it up on Youtube with The Magic of the Novachord as the background music. Because zombie babies are crazy wild.

May 26, 2010

First You’re Hot Then You’re Cold. What Gives?


The iconic West Bend Hot and Cold Server with wooden handles. Always a popular item at the Estate Store (see here and here).

May 26, 2010

A Table That Does It By Halves


A very nice mahogany two tier table with carved cabriole legs, through cuts and a pseudo pie crust edge along the top shelf. In good condition its 24½ long by 14½ wide by 22½ inches tall.

Not half bad!

May 26, 2010

Thonet Style Chair With Wire Hat Holder


Thonet-like, but unsullied by manufacturers marks. It has a bent wire hat holder underneath the seat.

It’s the sort of thing I imagine someones great-grandfather sitting uncomfortably in while courting, or lounging in while relaxing at the AOUW Hall (now one of my favorite Portland ruins).

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