Archive for ‘Things’

November 24, 2013

Antique Serpentine Front Oak Dresser

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Fine turn of the century Oak dresser with serpentine front. It measures 43 inches wide, 23 inches deep and is 77 inches tall over all (33 inches to the top of the cabinet part).

It features two full width drawers below, above those are two shallow drawers  which in turn are flanked by two skinny full depth drawers.

It is in excellent condition as is the beveled mirror.

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November 23, 2013

Dr. Syntax & The Superannuated Fox Hunter

11 14 021Illustrated book plate, 1868

Eventually the Dr. Syntax series by William Combe grew to three books. They were illustrated by Thomas Rowlandson. This picture is, I believe, from the second book The Second Tour of Dr. Syntax in Search of Consolation first published in 1820. Ours is from an 1868 edition. It shows Dr. Syntax* warming himself in front of a fire while surrounded by hounds and in conversation with the fox hunter himself.

The print and framing are in good condition and measures about 11 1/2 inches by 13 3/4 inches.

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*Dr. Syntax is one of that great army of 19th Century Anglican clerics with too much time on their hands. Unlike some of his peers who made significant contributions to science and letters Dr. Syntax instead travels the country around and gets into interesting conversations, adventures and the like.

November 23, 2013

Mid-Century Modern Metal Sculpture

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So I have to say that this has been kicking around the office for some time.  According to the paper label it is a piece by Edward Dron, who was a Professor of Art at Fullerton College (LA Area).  We’ve had a tough time coming up with good biographical information about him but to the best of our knowledge he’s still alive and living in the San Francisco Bay Area.

It is a 12 1/2 inches tall, 4 1/2 inches deep and 8 inches wide sculpture of chromed steel; in good condition but could use a polishing if one were so inclined. Personally I like the minimalist look and the chrome, it evokes something, though I’m not sure what.

Dron also worked extensively in bronze and at times exhibited with Leonard Edmondson (1966), Aldo Casanova (1968) and others.


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November 22, 2013

Bronze Pig Bank

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Interested in investing in hog futures but averse to risk?

Here’s a solution.

Petite Piggy Bank, in bronze. It measures about  4 3/4 inches long from tip to tail.

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November 22, 2013

In Another 50 Years Will We Still Be Playing The Same Song?

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In early 1962 Benjamin Britten completed his grand orchestral, poetic and choral work the War Requiem*.  It was a work commissioned to mark the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral and served as an indictment of the wars of the 20th century, the cruelty of Atomic weapons and in part a response to the then recent assassination of Gandhi.

How shocked he must have been too when just less than two years later another world leader was cut down and on Britten’s 50th birthday.

Another 50 years have passed since then and souvenirs of war are no more difficult to come by.

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*It’s based on the Latin Mass For the Dead, which I’ve heard enough times to be familiar with, but it’s really an interesting expansion upon it. I recommend taking the hour and a half to listen to it, through big speakers if at all possible.

November 21, 2013

Antique Walnut Gate Leg Drop Leaf Table

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The table is in good condition and measures  about 42 inches across and 24 inches wide (with the leaves down). Each drop leaf adds just over 16 inches to the table.

There are also two leaves the can be inserted (each is 8 inches wide). Both leaves have some damage from chipped veneer.

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November 21, 2013

Antique Hog Ringer & A Box Of Rings

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Old hog ringer with a box of #3 rings.

This was given to us some time ago by one of our volunteers. We’ve debated how to best use it. Our new employees have been pretty adamant that being hog ringed would not be an acceptable hazing ritual and they’re probably right.

The plier tool is about 7 inches long. The box is covered with old advertisements and other interesting stuff.

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November 20, 2013

What It Is. The Answer Round.

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We asked you what the red handled object above was.

The ‘correct’ answer’ as given by  Gail is that this is a vintage ‘rug machine’ tool (it’s made for hooking rugs; the yarn goes in the top down through the needle and out the bottom). Congratulations Gail, you win a $10 coupon for the Estate Store, which can be collected at the Estate Store.

It was patented (1977914) by George H. Morrow of our very own Portland, Oregon in 1934.

My invention relates to improvements in rug making or turfing machines, having for its particular objects, simplification, inexpensiveness of manufacture and improvements of operation.  Essentially the invention embodies a bifurcated or forked frame formed of two alike side members or legs, held in parallel relationship by an intervening end or handle member. Between the legs is mounted a reciprocating needle together with the mechanism for, imparting such movement thereto, together with an improved guide for the needle which is readily adjustable to regulate the spacing or distance between needle strokes.  

One of the principal objects of the invention is to provide a rug machine which is simple, easy and inexpensive to manufacture.

Another object of the invention is to provide improvements in the needles of rug making or turfing machines, whereby the turf or loops are all of the same length, preventing the pulling of such loops, and avoiding an unevenness or irregularity in the pile of the finished product.

And so forth.

How exactly this rug machine operates is shown in figure 6 of the patent application.

The favorite answer, as determined by our committee of kuru afflicted monkeys (i.e., middle management with the aid of a dart board) was given by John.

As he so sagaciously wrote: “Back before surgical duct tape and staples(!) I seem to recall this is what the local clinic used to stitch me back together after an emergency gall bladder surgery. Granted this was in Bolivia and a bit off the beaten track … during my llama ranching phase.”

Bolivian llama ranching phase? Sign me up.

For this lovely answer you win a $5 coupon for The Garage Sale.

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November 20, 2013

Red Storage Credenza

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Red lacquer storage credenza or dresser. There are six small drawers across the top and four larger drawers below. One of these larger drawers has an electrical power-strip built into the back panel (I’ve no idea why).

This piece measures 53 1/2 inches wide, 16 inches deep and 33 inches tall. It is a contemporary piece and it is in like new condition.

November 19, 2013

“Jack In The Pulpit”

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Ain’t that clever?

Late 1990’s theo-comic art by Lynn Charles Foster, formerly of Oregon and now a landscape painter in Vermont.

About 30 inches by 36 inches in frame.

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