Archive for ‘Things’

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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November 19, 2013

The Gnome May Agree, But Do We?

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“Cut out the little Gnome on the back of this package. He will make the cake and table more attractive.”

I’m not a great cook and my furniture is a little rough however I’m not really sure the little gnome is going to do much for either one.  Look at him up close:

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Right? Right.

Luckily there are only four candles still left in this box so you can aim for an audience that might not know better than to wonder about the gnome.

The box still retains some of its original cellophane wrapping and measures about 3 3/4 inches tall by 2 1/4 inches wide.

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November 19, 2013

Vintage Wire Wrapped Seltzer Bottle

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A nice old seltzer bottle with wire safety wrapping. It appears to be in good condition and if one could get a new holder for the gas canister it’d probably still be useable.

It measures 14 inches tall.

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November 18, 2013

Ask Not For Whom The Bell Tolls

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It Tolls For Moo.

Vintage cowbell. About 6 inches tall, just like the one Mr. Corbett used to chuck at us in sixth grade, except this one is in good condition. Something to do with not hitting concrete walls and students at high speeds I suspect.

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November 18, 2013

Art Deco Styled Coffee Urn

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Vintage Hamilton Beach Model 21CM coffee urn dating to the late 1960’s. In mostly working order. Or working order; I can’t be sure.

It heats water sufficiently to make coffee. However there is what looks like a little light on the front and it doesn’t seem to come on. I’m not sure when it would come on if it were to work which adds to the problem. Perhaps it is supposed to come on when the coffee is done? If so since we didn’t actually make coffee with it we maybe never got a chance to see it.

Regardless . . . It’s a stylish urn. It generally works. It’s the sort of thing you might have seen at a church function long ago.

About 15 1/2  inches tall it is billed as having a 35 cup capacity. Which ought to be just enough to survive Uncle Maurice’s annual holiday slide show.

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November 17, 2013

What Is It?

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She goes in and out and in and out and in and out and in and out

She’s playing all night
And the music’s all tight
Mama’s got a squeeze box
Daddy never sleeps at night

We are assured that while this does go in and out, it is not a squeeze box. It is 10 inches long as shown above. There is a crank handle which operates a hollow tube (the part that goes in and out). The tube itself has an angled end and two holes, one at the end and the other closer to the user’s end.

Once again we ask: What is it?

As always the ‘right’ answer wins a prize as does the entirely arbitrarily judged ‘best’ answer. Since this is a moderately hard piece please submit your answer by 10 am Wednesday morning. Thanks!

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November 17, 2013

Formerly Parts, Now A Nice Antique Recliner

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I could have used something like this the winter I spent house sitting an 18th century farmhouse out at the end of an old road, on the high ground they favored at the time. I spent many hours in front of the fireplace, reading Icelandic sagas and believing* there’d be a day I’d feel my toes again. It was a pretty special time, but a good, comfortable reading chair would have done a lot to improve the living conditions.

We got it in pieces and after some curse laden work we’ve managed to get it back together. It is in good condition and, with the aid of a button in the right arm it reclines nicely.  It was made in Sturgis, Michigan and sold as the Royal Chair (a.k.a. The Push Button King).

The makers brass plate label shows patents awarded in 1899 and 1900 so this piece is probably from the first decade of the 20th century.

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*Highlighting one of the problems of belief systems. There may be a possibility of the belief coming true, but one has to survive freezing long enough to reap the rewards. It was a close one.

November 16, 2013

Vintage Punch Bowl, Cups & Ladle

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Punch has become passé.

And punch is much maligned due to brand devolution, the excesses of ill-mannered frat kids and the ready availability of low-grade fruit juice.

But it need not be.

Punch, properly prepared is interesting a distinct diversion from the normal. There is even an opportunity to add the beverage as a literary or historic player in a holiday gathering.

To do so though one needs a punch bowl, or more exactly to do that with any hint of sophistication*one needs a punch bowl. Having cups and a ladle are a nice boon too.

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*We would use the big salad bowl and mason jars, but some of my people are a bit . . . unrefined. Which is the way I like them. They may not clean up well or eat with the right fork, but if they had two mice and you had none, they’d give you one.

November 16, 2013

Fine British Pub Table

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Another very nice vintage British pub table. It is oak, has two slide-out leaves and is in great condition. It measures about 35 3/4 inches across by 36 1/4 inches deep and each leaf adds 11 3/4 inches to the table top.

These tables are classics for good reason, they work great, don’t take up a huge space and practically invite one to have friends over for rarebit, a pint or two and a game of darts.


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November 15, 2013

Duck Books

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Top Flight Speed Index to Waterfowl of North America (Field Guide in Full Color), by John A. Ruthven and William Zimmerman, 1965.

I’d really hoped this was actually a speed reference, not an easy to use reference. It’d be great for making casual bets, “Why Emmet I do believe that the Pale-Bellied Brant is faster off the mark than the Hooded Merganser, care to put a fiver on it?” Unfortunately it’s just an easy to use reference book. Still though it’d be handy for finding out basic information on waterfowl, should one have the need. $8

Ducks, Geese and Swans of North America by Kortright. A comprehensive reference book that’ll tell you more than you probably ever cared to know about ducks, geese and swans. There is even a two and one half page discussion of various flying speeds and of all things a top speed chart. Take that Speed Index. In good condition, copiously illustrated. This is the second edition from 1943 so it may be dated a bit, even if the birds themselves haven’t changed much in the interim. $8

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