Archive for ‘Things’

May 26, 2013

Arts and Crafts Era Storage Bench


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And a fine place to store your arts and crafts, or perhaps 30+ personalized coffee mugs, if you so happen to have that many. A great example of the linear geometry, robust construction, limited ornamentation and the use of natural woods and rustic finishes that are some of the hall marks of Arts & Crafts period furniture. Limited wear and tear for its age, aside from the dark staining located on the lip (see photos), however, it is nothing a little wood bleach and snake oil can’t fix. Measures 37 1/2 inches wide 18 1/2 inches deep and 10 1/2 inches tall.

If interested, please call the Estate Store West in Tualatin at 503.612.0020 or stop by the shop Thursday-Sunday between 10 and 4.

May 25, 2013

Walk-A-Matic: A Pedometer From The American Car Horizon


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This vintage Walk-A-Matic pedometer appears unused. It’s not too surprising as it is a relic of the days of big American automobiles when the only people who walked were those that had too. Children for instance, as illustrated on the front of the box and by the declaration in the directions that this is a toy pedometer.

In box it is about 2 3/4 inches square.

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May 25, 2013

Vintage Chrome & Vinyl Cantilever Chair Set


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Here are a couple pretty decent vintage red vinyl and chrome chairs. They are of the sort that used to inhabit waiting rooms and barbershops in the long ago. As we’ve noted before, these are stylistically descended from the Streamline Moderne era as expressed by Bauhaus pieces (i.e., Marcel Breuer’s Cantilever Chair) of the 1920′s. These were widely imitated in America in the 1930′s and American models tend to be less graceful than their European counterparts.

They measure about 29 inches tall by 20 inches wide and are 24 inches deep.  Overall they are in good condition.

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May 24, 2013

Unusual Vintage Shoe Shine Box


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It has a cast iron foot rest on the top and rests on an olive drab painted wooden box (with box joint corners naturally).

One of the corners is ‘clipped’ and the box has a leather handle and rugged metal hinges and latch. The combination of these traits identify the box as once having serviced either the Browning M1917 or the M1919 machine guns. The box was designed to fit in a holder on the M1917 tripod base (hence the slots) and the corner is angled so as to not hit the a tripod leg during use.

We are uncertain of the age of the box but my best guess is that it was repurposed sometime during the 1950’s. It is about 12 3/4 inches long, 10 3/4 inches tall (including the foot rest) and 4 3/4 inches wide.

Thanks Ruth for bringing this by for us!

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May 24, 2013

Mid-Century Italian Style Chrome Lamp


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Nice vintage lamp with three pole switch. Great clean line chrome look of the sort that mid-century modern Italian design is famous for. This light is unmarked except that it passed the Underwriter’s Laboratory certification at the time of manufacture.

It stands 33 inches tall to the top of the lampshade harp,  21 inches to the top of the two tier chrome cylinder. It is in excellent condition.

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May 23, 2013

Just In Time For Slaw Season


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Timing is everything. In February I would have billed this, somewhat sarcastically as an ice shaver.

But summer will soon be upon us and picnics, family reunions and related gastronomic events.

This is a big (23 5/8 inches long and 8 3/4 inches wide) cabbage shaver/mandolin/slicer. It’ll make preparation of your world-famous coleslaw quicker and easier than using a knife. Come fall . . . use it for sauerkraut.

I suspect it’d work just fine for other leafy vegetables too (think iceberg lettuce) and perhaps even certain members of the curcurbita genus, such as over-sized zucchini.

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May 23, 2013

Vintage Tretchikoff Print


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We’re happy to introduce the Lady of Ndebele* by Vladmir Tretchikoff.

Tretchikoff is probably best known for his Chinese Girl, or the Green Lady, modeled in 1950.

She measures 26 1/2 inches by 30 1/ inches in frame.

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*This is what she is called on the back of our work. She is also known as Women of the Ndeble.

May 22, 2013

Great Horned Owl


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The high priest of the secret order of ‘who‘ waits for dinner.

We warn you, it could perhaps mistake your finger for a sacred offering, or a worm. And that’s no hootenanny.

It is about 14 inches tall, we can assume many things about this owl, but we’re not sure it is quite what it seems.

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May 22, 2013

Richard Schultz for Knoll Petal Table


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It’s so hard to fit your neck once again into the yoke* after taking a few days off, so please excuse my brevity (or enjoy it if it’s more to your liking).

We’re pleased to offer a Richard Shultz for Knoll ‘Petal’ table.

Shultz went to work for Knoll in 1951 and worked with Harry Bertoia. He designed this table in 1960 to accompany Bertoia’s wire chairs. The design is rumored to have been inspired by a Queen Anne’s Lace flower he saw blooming.  That sight led to this table which he described as “a flower that is always in bloom.”

This is a newer reproduction as we can see faint traces of a modern paper label underneath (they’re actually still being made). It is in good condition overall although it shows some signs of having been exposed to the weather as evidenced by slight rusting of the outer ring of screw-heads and very slight checking or cracking of the paint of the petal tops.

It measures, 19 inches tall and 16 inches in diameter.

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*Yoke, noose whatever one wishes to call it. I suppose it depends if one puts it on to pull or be pulled. If it is high noon, then it is likely the latter.

May 21, 2013

Similar To That As Seen In The Blues Brothers


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Move ‘em on, head ‘em up, head ‘em out, move ‘em on, move along, head ‘em up. cut ‘em out, ride ‘em in, ride ‘em in, cut ‘em out, cut ‘em out.

Welcome to the bull whip. The perfect metaphor for the relationship of the worker and management in contemporary society (i.e., Where there’s a whip there’s a way. ). Back when I was a petty tyrant some one of my crew proposed the implementation of such a device as a means to increase worker productivity.

I learned that the premise was entirely false. Mind you there is nothing wrong with being a tyrant among the willing, but good working conditions and camaraderie will get one much further than the lash. So, I ran a loose crew, with late starts, early finishes and an open bar tab at night. The end result was that my crew, my collection of misfits, deviants and people of questionable morals became the crew that was 75 days ahead on a 150 day job.

Yeah, they called us in, this crazed crew with a veritable Colonel Kurtz in charge in to help other crews out, who’d have guessed?

The whip may be the motivational tool of choice to this day at the Harvard Business School but a good boss knows that a kind word and a beer are better yet.

This one is about 12 feet long. As the stinging red welt on my forearm attests suitable protective equipment should be worn until you get the hang of using this thing. Even then I’d consider wearing some extra gear (like eye protection).

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