Archive for ‘Things’

June 25, 2013

To Whit, To Who

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A slightly pot-bellied owl contemplates winter and wonders where that belly fat came from. Were there really that many mice? Is this one of the perils of sedentism?

This vintage unsigned, hand painted cup is about 2 1/4 inches tall and it is in excellent condition. It bears on the reverse lines from Love’s Labour’s Lost (Act V Scene 2) in which the owl is used as the symbol of winter.


When icicles hang by the wall
And Dick the shepherd blows his nail
And Tom bears logs into the hall,
And milk comes frozen home in pail,
When Blood is nipped and ways be foul,
Then nightly sings the staring owl,
Tu-whit, tu-who: a merry note,
While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.

When all aloud the wind doth blow,
And coughing drowns the parson’s saw,
And birds sit brooding in the snow,
And Marian’s nose looks red and raw
When roasted crabs hiss in the bowl,
Then nightly sings the staring owl,
Tu-whit, tu-who: a merry note,
While greasy Joan doth keel the pot.

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June 25, 2013

Elizabethan Coronation Tins

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Three vintage tins celebrating the Coronation of Queen Elizabeth II on June 2, 1953.

The rectangular tin once held one pound of Duncan’s assorted chocolates. It is about 7 inches by 9 inches and 1 1/4 inches deep.

The smaller round tin featuring the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh measures 7 inches in diameter and 3 1/2 tall and once held biscuits.

The red round tin is 8 inches in diameter and 4 inches deep. The original contents are not noted but among the pictures on the side is an image of Balmoral Castle.

All the tins are in good condition. We’re asking $20 each.

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June 24, 2013

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Lovesick automaton seeks same for binary interface?

11 inches by 21 inches. Illegibly signed. In good condition.

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June 24, 2013

Foods Cooked In Orange Taste Better: Le Creuset

 Le Creuset #16 saute pan and #18 sauce pan with lid.

 Le Creuset #16 saute pan and #18 sauce pan with lid. The saute pan is about 6 inches in diameter, the sauce pan is slightly larger, about 7 inches across.   Both are in orange and cream enamel and are in excellent condition.

We’re asking $25 for the pan and $35 for the pot with lid.

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June 23, 2013

Musical Decanter: How Dry I Am (NOT)

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This vintage musical decanter is 10 inches tall to the top of the spout (missing cork though) and 11 1/2 inches tall to the top of the wire handle.  It is in good condition overall.

The glass bottle is decorated with gold spaghetti-like decorations and it is encased in brass. When the decanter is lifted a music box in the bottom plays “How Dry I Am” which shows how pithy your sense of humor is.

And here’s a video so you can hear the music for yourself.

June 23, 2013

Antique High Chair

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My guess is that it it from around the end of the Victorian era. It is 37 1/2 inches tall and in good condition, but generally unsuitable for modern children (old chair, new safety standards). It’s probably best used for inanimate objects, like dolls, or plants or Uncle Maurice’s emaciated poodle.

There is a faint pencil mark on the underside that I think might be a previous owners name but I can’t quite make it out.

However, I did get reminded that when the flashlight suddenly goes out to NOT turn it and look directly at the LED, as that is the moment when the light WILL begin working again and suddenly you’ll be blind in one eye.

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June 22, 2013

Vintage Mirror Reflects An Empty Warehouse

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See that in the background? Yeah, that’s the back wall of a nearly empty warehouse. This is how the place has been looking at the end of the week lately.

If you’ve got extra useful household goods, furniture, a spare bed or even some pots and pans . . our client families could really use ‘em.

We’re open for donations at our Portland location (3969 NE MLK)  seven days a week from 10 am to 4 pm (excepting major holidays like the upcoming 4th of July).

In Tualatin we’re at 8380 SW Nyberg St and can accept donations Wednesday through Sunday from 10 am to 4 pm.

The old mirror shown above is 21 1/2 inches high by just over 32 inches wide. It is in fair condition considering that there is a little damage to the decorative fretwork/applique in the upper left corner. There is also some slight decay of the silvering (but not loss) around the edges of the mirror too.

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June 22, 2013

Antique Chippendale Sofa, Mid-19th Century


Thanks to a very generous donor this is the second great old sofa we’ve gotten this week. It is a Mahogany frame Chippendale style sofa, probably dating from somewhere in the 1830-1860 range. It is upholstered in a camel colored fabric and has an extra bolster pillow. It is in good condition and measures 72 inches wide, 36 inches deep and 33 inches tall to the top of the back.

It is currently at the Estate Store West in Tualatin, 8380 SE Nyberg St. Open Thursday-Sunday 10-4, call 503.612.0020


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June 21, 2013

Antique French Sofa / Love Seat

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A fine late 19th century sofa with floral patterned red upholstery and two matching throw pillows. It’s a smaller piece,  only 55 inches wide, 35 1/2 inches deep and 37 1/2 inches tall.

It is in excellent condition and exudes a sort of old-time, Barbary Coast sumptuousness. Given that it isn’t too wide it’d be perfect for sitting close to a ‘good friend’, especially if you’re looking to make them a better friend.


It can be seen at our Portland location (3969 NE MLK Jr Blvd), Open Thursday-Monday 10-4, call 503.445.1449 for more info.

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June 20, 2013

A Wall Clock That Mostly Works


Vintage Verichron pendulum clock that keeps perfect time, yet struggles to chime. It will, on occasion, from time to time spit one out. However, it will strike 4 at 7, 12 at 2 and sometimes just suck wind. So we recommend, well, ignoring it. Like that opinionated in-law, obnoxious brother or nosy friend. Enjoy this time piece for its deep, dark finish and ability to tell you exactly how late you really are.

Available at the Estate Store West In Tualatin. 8380 SW Nyberg. Open Thursday-Sunday 10-4 call 503.612.0020


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