Archive for ‘Things’

November 9, 2013

Glass Gecko Paperweight

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They call it ‘Orang Gecko’ (yes without the ‘e’). To me it looks a lot like the little red efts we’d scare up when working in the woods and so it’s sat on my desk for a while. But it’s time for it to go to a new home.

The Gecko is signed and dated. The markings aren’t terribly legible but they appear to read Townsend Scabro and the date seems to be marked as 02.

My best guess then is that this is one of the works of New York glass artist Milon Townsend.

The gecko is in great condition and measures about 2 inches in diameter and 1 3/4 inches tall.

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November 8, 2013

Portable Thread Stand

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Cute little thread holder and stand. The sides latch so it can even be moved around easily without the contents falling out. It is 10 1/2 inches wide, 15 inches tall and 4 1/2 inches maximum depth (at the feet, storage box is about 3).

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November 8, 2013

Vintage Silvertone 6761a Radio

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Built for and sold by Sears Roebuck and Company around 1940 this vintage AM radio is in pretty good condition. It works via both wall current and battery power, we’ve tested is on wall current and it works just fine once the tubes heat up.

We are currently unable to test the battery power system, but it looks like it is in fine shape. It measures about 12 inches wide by just over 10 tall and is 6 inches thick.

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November 7, 2013

Stan Beppu Ceramic Pot

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This is the second fine pot by Stan Beppu that we’ve been lucky enough to get over the years. It’s dated 1977 and is from the era before he took up painting full-time. It stands about 12 inches tall with the lid and 8 inches in diameter (not including the handles).

It is in good condition overall.

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November 7, 2013

Tropical Hardwood Dining Table

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Near new.

Or, if you prefer new, but with slight damage. Namely one of the corners has been broken off. It’s not much but for a perfectionist it’d be notable. We’ve taken detailed pictures and they are in the slide show below.

Measuring 36 1/2 by 60 inches this table has two removable leaves that each extend it about 16 inches.

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November 6, 2013

Fine Grained Molcajete

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Usually the traditional Mexican or Central American mortar and pestle (Molcajete) is basalt with a relatively coarse grain structure. This one is much finer, meaning that the break-in time will be less and it’ll be better suited for use with foodstuffs that might usually be too wet for a standard one.

It is in great condition and we were told it had never been used.

It is about 8 inches in diameter.

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November 6, 2013

Tile Depicting The Wailing Wall, Attributed To Chagall

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Titled upon the reverse in pencil “Wailing Wall in the Old City in Jerusalem.” I’m not sure who titled it as there are all sorts of markings upon the back.

It measures about 12 1/2 by 6 3/4 in frame. It is in great condition and has been attributed to Marc Chagall by a previous owner. Chagall did work in ceramic, but it seems this is an area that professional scholars, art historians and others have largely neglected. As such I can’t say for certain that this is a work of his, nor can I say it is not.

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November 5, 2013

Cycladic Head

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Well folks, with the change of seasons I’m trying to clean up the joint. Here’s a find from my desk. It’s a reproduction of one of the enigmatic pieces of art from the Cycladic civilization which flourished in the Aegean between roughly 33000 and 2000 BC and had an immense effect upon 20th century modernism.

It measures about 3 1/2 inches tall.

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November 5, 2013


“What did it matter where you lay once you were dead? In a dirty sump or in a marble tower on the top of a high hill? You were dead, you were sleeping the big sleep, you were not bothered by things like that. Oil and water were the same as wind and air to you. You just slept the big sleep, not caring about the nastiness of how you died or where you fell.” Raymond Chandler-The Big Sleep

Sleep the not quite as big sleep, sleep the deep sleep instead and why not hibernate with a nice quilt while you’re at it?

We’ve several of them these days.  Overview shots and descriptions below, detailed pictures are in the slide show at the end.

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First up we’ve a nice vintage quilt with a butterfly pattern. Remember butterflies? They like warm weather too. Think of this then as a means of remembrance. It measures 68 inches wide and about 80 inches long. It is in good condition and all the stitching appears to have been done by hand. SOLD

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There is also a nice ring pattern quit with scalloped or curvilinear edges. It measures 64 inches by 78 inches. It is in good condition and is hand done. Personally I like how the fancy edge negates what could be an incongruous linearity of a straight border by mimicking the ring design. SOLD

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The last piece is big one, measuring about 78 inches by 94 inches. It seems newer than the others or perhaps it is just in better condition. The central design is a cross stitch thistle and it’s pretty heavy so I’d speculate that it is pretty warm too. All the stitching appear to have been done by hand.  SOLD

Detail shots of all of them can be seen in this slide show:

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November 4, 2013

Silver Plated Dual-Use Center Pieces

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Flower display by day and candle sticks by night?

These are silver plated and stand 18 inches or 9 inches tall depending upon the configuration. They are in excellent condition and are relatively contemporary pieces, made in India.

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