Archive for ‘Things’

August 16, 2013

The Complete Farside 1980-1994


The Complete Farside by Gary Larson deluxe two-volume slipcased set in near new condition. Twisted, amusing, and brilliant. What more could one want from a person or a book?

Available at the Estate Store West in Tualatin 503-612-0020

August 15, 2013

How FANtastic!


Rad vintage metal electric table fan by Manning Bowman. Does not oscillate but will eat up your number 2 pencil with terrifying speed and precision. Not that… er… we tried that. Keep away from small children, pets and employees of the non-profit sector. 

Measures about 10 1/2 inches tall

Available at the Estate Store West in Tualatin 503.612.0020

August 15, 2013

Garishly Cool Vase

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This vintage vase was made in Japan and it is so bright and busy that you’ll have to be careful choosing the flowers to display in it (lest they look worse for it).

The vase stands 7 inches tall and makes a strong color and decoration statement all on its own.

It was probably made by Tashiro Shoten Ltd. and predates 1954 (as that’s when they shut down).

In excellent condition.

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August 14, 2013

Meet My Friend Billy


Excellent tool for the bludgeoning of spiders. Or driving a nail. Or terrifying volunteers. That’s obviously why someone donated it to the warehouse, right? Showing some signs of wear and tear, as seen in the photos. The volunteers have been especially unruly lately.*

The ‘Billy Club’ made its debut in the early to mid nineteenth century and although there is still some debate surrounding the origin of its name, it is commonly believed that it emerged as a slang version of ‘bully’. Here’s a theory: Perhaps after taking one of these to the mouth the swollen lips and lack of teeth caused some pronunciation issues?

*we recommend using this as a display piece ONLY. Furthermore, management does not condone the frightening of our volunteer base.

Measure about 13 inches long.

Available at the Estate Store West in Tualatin 503.612.0020

August 14, 2013

Le Creuset Saucepan

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In excellent condition and in that fabulous flame orange enamel over cast iron that Le Creuset does so well. This is marked as a number 14 on the base, which refers to its diameter in centimeters. In other words this sauce pan is about 5 1/2 inches in diameter. It is in excellent condition.

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August 13, 2013

When The World Is Not Enough

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Everyone knows Neil Armstrong was the first person to walk on the moon.

Fewer people know that Buzz Aldrin was the first person to pee on the moon.

But who we ask was the first person to crush cigarette butt out on the moon?

Odds are that mere mortals like us will never have the chance, but if one is so inclined one could exercise a bit of sympathetic magic with this ash tray featuring the Wapakoneta Daily News (Ohio) moon landing front page.

It is about 6 3/4 inches square and appears unused, so it might make a good candy dish, pin tray or other sort of catchment device.

August 13, 2013

Set Of Four Oregon State Centennial Plates

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These plates were produced in commemoration of the 100 year anniversary of Oregon’s statehood in 1959.  They were made by Johnson Brothers (England) and were by Meier & Frank.

As I recall they came in something like six colors including brown, yellow, green and the best ones were multicolored, like this set of four.

All of them are in excellent condition and measure 10 3/4 inches in diameter.

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August 11, 2013

Antique Fish Plates & Fish Platter

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Well [expletive intentionally left out]!

I’m torn by these plates and the platter. They’re old, well done and all but three of the plates have some sort of damage. The damage ranges from small chips through latent cracks and even one that was broken in half and (badly) repaired.

If they were something boring I’d probably have tossed most of them but these are pretty neat and so might make a good decorative set, if not a very functional one.

Each plate features a different hand-painted fish* and is signed by the painter, C. Miquet. The dinner plates are just over 9 inches in diameter and the fish platter is about 23 inches long.

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*The original plates were commercially produced Limoges ware. They feature decal borders with over glaze gold decoration. The painter then added the fishes in the center.

August 11, 2013

Flip Top Dressing Table By John Widdicomb Co

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This piece is in good condition and features two drawers and a center, flip-up top with attached mirror.

It measures 42 inches wide, 20 inches deep and 28 1/2 inches tall.

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August 10, 2013

Cool Vintage Desk

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Nice small desk with a center drawer, pull out writing shelf and folding top. it also has a bunch of ‘pigeon holes’ for various things. It is in great condition and measures 34 1/2 inches wide, 19 inches deep and 33 1/2 inches tall.

This is probably late 1930’s or 1940’s vintage. It can’t be older than the mid 1930’s as this is about when Joseph Soss received the patent on his invisible hinge, which this piece uses, in 1935.

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