Archive for ‘Things’

October 11, 2013

Eight Chairs By Vico Magistretti


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Let’s make this clear, I screwed up. We had more than eight of these and I didn’t recognize that they were Vico Magistretti’s famous ‘Carimate‘ chair, first produced in 1963.

But we have eight left . . . which is something. They are in fair condition, measure about 19 inches deep, 22 1/2 inches wide and 30 inches tall. They have padded and upholstered seats.

From the few markings we can find upon these, they were distributed by Thonet’s American division, based in Sheboygan, Wisconsin.

Given the wide range of paint jobs and such, we’re selling them individually.

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October 10, 2013

1980’s Kit-Cat Klock


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The walls have eyes. And a tail.

And they can tell time, but are fortunately silent on what they see and when they didn’t see it.

This is a battery operated (two c cell) Kit-Cat Klock in good condition. Given the Kit-Cat label on the front and the use of batteries for power it is probably 1980’s vintage.

It works and keeps time well but sometimes the movement of the eyes and the twitching of the tail is less impressive than one might hope, but at least it’s not dead yet.

October 10, 2013

Vintage Yellow Dansk Kobenstyle Paella Pan


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Vintage yellow Dansk Paella Pan, roughly 13 3/4 inches in diameter. The handle shape indicates that it belongs to the Kobenstyle line, designed by Jens Quistgaard and first introduced in 1955/1956. Early production was in Denmark but moved to France in the mid-1960′s.

The ink stamp on the back indicates that it was made in France and places production roughly around 1965. It is in very much used condition, with a fair amount of chips along the edge.

Available at the Estate Store West in Tualatin 503.612.0020

October 9, 2013

Wednesday’s Child Is Full Of Woe


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A Rogers Brothers silver plated baby spoon bearing the date August 28, ’07, which was a Wednesday.

Memorable events of the day include the founding of UPS by James Casey in Seattle, Washington.  The chief of the Comanche Nation, Quanah Parker, was abroad and ‘hobnobbing’ with British royalty. The Maine-Missouri Mining Company was “. . . minus a new blacksmith shop, a barrel of kerosene, two boxes of dynamite and a few degrees of complacency ” as a result of an explosion outside of Jasper, Wyoming, caused by carelessness with a lantern.

In sporting and business news the directors meeting of the Illinois Central Railroad was broken up by a boxing match. With the use of a “long right swing” Stuyvesant Fish was the winner versus railroad president James Harahan by TKO.

It was also reported that the day before the biggest and swiftest turbine steamship in the world was the first to safely navigate a newly dredged channel off of New York. This was the nearly new Lusitania, which would meet a famous and tragic end just less than eight years later.

Also memorable was the birth of someone’s child, commemorated by this little spoon.

It is about 3 1/2 inches long and it is in good condition.

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October 9, 2013

Art & Artifacts: Fantastic Repousse Silver Bowl


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Ooohhh, shiny things!

This was a surprise. It is a Burmese repousse* silver ceremonial bowl. Often these were used for making offerings during “merit making” ceremonies and may have also included gifts of rice, money, or other small gifts.

Typically monks were prohibited from owning such conspicuous piece so ones like this were typically the property of the wealthier classes.

Ours is about 4 1/4 inches in diameter and features scenes from the Raymayana. It weighs 6.16 ounces and was acid tested between 77% and 90% silver.

Our best guess is that this is late 19th or early 20th century.

This is one of the many pieces that will be available at our special fall sale and open house, Art & Artifacts.

This will take place Friday,  October 18, 2013 from 5-7pm at the Community Warehouse in Portland (3969 NE MLK Blvd).

All you need to do is show up. Admission is free but we’d appreciate it if you can bring one small item to donate at the door for a family.

As usual, all proceeds will benefit the programs of the Community Warehouse, your local non-profit furniture bank which collects and redistributes donated furniture and household goods to neighbors in need.

$750, soon to be co-listed at our ebay store.

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*A manufacturing method where metal is hammered from behind into a mold.

October 8, 2013

What’s White, Red and Danish All Over?


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A vintage Nacco Denmark D1 one quart enameled cast iron dutch oven in vibrant red, that’s what. Designed by Michael Lax this measures about 4 1/2 inches tall and is 6 3/4 inches in diameter (9 inches across the handles).
It exhibits the expected slight amount of wear and a has few very small chips in the enamel. Otherwise it is in very good condition.
Similar pieces are often marked Copco as both Copco and Nacco pots and pans were produced by the same foundry in Denmark (Morsø Jernstøberi) and the name difference seems to be a matter of when it was made.

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October 8, 2013

A Second Glass Axe: Sever The Ties To Home?


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Hmmm, here’s a double bit of strangeness. In the years I’ve been here the glass axe or hatchet we recently had was the first one I’d seen. Now we’ve gotten two more, with in the course of two weeks

This one is perhaps the more interesting of the pair as it fits with our ongoing infrequent ‘souvenirs from small towns’ series.

It is clear glass, flashed red on one side with hand applied gold letters which read “Souvenir of Mazeppa, Minn.”

Mazeppa is a small town in south-eastern Minnesota, with a 2010 population of 842. Interestingly the town was named after a romantic poem by Byron.

I wonder, if we use the date of 1907 from our previous piece to establish a probable date for this piece if this is something that someone collected on a trip to the old homestead. Something to remind them of home before returning to their new life in the city, or further west?

There is a small chip on the axe blade but otherwise it is in fine shape. It measures about 6 1/2 inches long.

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October 7, 2013

Green Fire King Coffee Mug


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1950’s Jadeite (or Jadite)  mug with the  Fire King  Oven Ware Made In USA  mark.  It is 3 1/2 inches tall and has the classic D-shape handle. It is in excellent condition.

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October 7, 2013

Eleven Days To Art & Artifacts: Fine Mid-Century German Clock


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In Italy for thirty years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed—but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love, 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.
-The Third Man

This is not a cuckoo clock, but it is a fine clock never the less. We got it some time ago* but it was only recently that one of our friends managed to fix it.

It is teak with brass numbers and was made in Germany by Kienzle in the post war period. It graced the office of a high government official in the 1960’s and eventually found its way to our little store.

It keeps great time and chimes at the top and bottom of the hour, but in a nice, refined and not obnoxious way.

The clock itself is about 11 1/2  inches across.

This is another of the many pieces that will be available at our special fall sale and open house, Art & Artifacts.

This will take place Friday,  October 18, 2013 from 5-7pm at the Community Warehouse in Portland (3969 NE MLK Blvd).

All you need to do is show up. Admission is free but we’d appreciate it if you can bring one small item to donate at the door for a family.

As usual, all proceeds will benefit the programs of the Community Warehouse, your local non-profit furniture bank which collects and redistributes donated furniture and household goods to neighbors in need.

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* I have to admit it made it here a very long time ago. Thanks to one of our awesome volunteers we got a little $10 part fixed  and it has since undergone rigorous testing. These things all took far longer than they should, but stuff happens.

October 6, 2013

Masonic Tableware


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From Portland’s own Sunnyside Masonic Lodge.

Two plates, a bowl and a cup.

Vintage institutional grade china and in excellent condition.

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