Archive for ‘Things’

March 11, 2013

Three Vintage Puzzles

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Three 1950’s vintage puzzles featuring Mother Goose in her younger days, the Old Woman who resided in footwear and Mary the contrarian.  They measure 8 inches by 10 inches and are copyright 1954 by Sifo Co.

In very good condition, meaning you could play with them or frame them as decorative items. Sold individually.
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March 11, 2013

Vintage International Swimming Competition Poster

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Probably from the mid to late 1960’s we have a poster advertising an international swimming competition featuring the USA vs the Polish national team.

The US team featured Richard Roth, Sharon Finneran and Don Schollander.

All three were on the 1964 US Olympic squad, Schollander also went to the 1968 Olympics, which is how we arrived at a probable date for this piece.

Interestingly Don Schollander has been an Oregon resident for quite some time. According to various sources his medals are displayed at the Lake Oswego Bank Of America branch office.

The framed poster measures 25 inches by 35 inches.

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March 11, 2013

The Camel That Didn’t Make The Cut

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So Ed’s House Of Ugly has been looking (quietly) for a new spokes animal ever since . . . ever since we realized we didn’t have one.

Crappy the Seagull was an early front runner but he didn’t work out since his presence didn’t really improve the furniture. Bessie the Woggly Cow got a better gig than shilling aesthetically questionable stuff and Janky the Mule never even bothered to show up for the interview.

So the interview field was quickly reduced to one, unfortunately too cute for the House of Ugly, camel.

We regret that we must continue the search, but this also means that there is an anonymous ceramic camel available immediately.

It is about seven inches long and five inches tall.

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March 10, 2013

In Search Of A Nice Percussive Idiophone?

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It’s a swell bell with a belle knell.

Three large pieces of metal which are acted upon by a central mallet in turn moved by a suspended triangular sheet.  It makes a nice medium to deep tone that I tried (and failed) to capture with the video function on the camera.

It’s probably best heard in person anyway.

It measures 24 inches tall from tip to tail not including the suspension chain at the top.

March 10, 2013

A Fine Old Office Chair

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A Heywood Wakefield product, this also bears the label of Bushong & Company*, a venerable office furniture and printing firm here in Portland.

The chair is in excellent shape, suggesting that it didn’t get much use at the Continental Casualty Company for which it also bears an inventory sticker. Is the excellent condition just a bit of chance, or do folks who work in the insurance industry get few visitors, especially when the work place is associated with ‘casualty’?

It measures about 33 inches tall, 22 inches deep and 21 1/2 inches wide.

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*On close inspection you can see that the Bushong label overlies another label which was probably a Heywood Wakefield patent office registration decal.

March 9, 2013

Vintage Glass Ice Bucket With Usage Instructions & Safety Tongs

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This is typical. I’ve spent months working on this pasty, pale, water-saturated look and suddenly there’s this big bright glowing thing in the sky. To top it off tonight we’ll change the clocks for Daylight Savings Time, a semi-annual gut-wrenching ritual of dubious merit.    Soon summer will come with its dryness and heat and before long we’ll need ice to keep us cool.

Water by itself isn’t to be trusted so it helps to thin it with a little C2H60. If one needs inspiration there are drinks mixing instructions printed on the side. This is in good condition and we have a set of metal tongs so that you need not be so dare-devilishly brave as to touch water bare handed, even in its frozen state.

The glass ice bucket is about 5 3/4 inches in diameter handle is about 8 1/2 inches tall.

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March 9, 2013

Cool Non-Vintage Secretary Desk

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It’s solid hardwood, probably the sort of thing that our grand-kids will treasure as a memento of days gone by  (and of tropical rainforests long gone).

Pesky little details about resource depletion aside it is a really nice piece. There are three full-sized and two smaller drawers int he lower section. Just above the drawers are two slide-outs that support a fold down front that doubles as a writing shelf. Because of some old (and repaired) damage from the front being dropped there is a safety chain in case you accidentally knock the door open.

Inside the top are a bunch of little storage ‘pigeon holes’ and all sort of small drawers. Eight of them look like regular drawers but there are also five disguised as ornamentation. You’ll see what we mean by looking at the pictures below.

Overall it is in very good condition and it measures 31 1/4 inches wide, 34 3/4 inches tall and  17 1/4 inches deep.

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March 8, 2013

Our Daily Cookie


I’ve long felt the pulling at my heart-strings.  A longing and desire to be a part of something bigger. To fell accepted, and loved for who I really am. Although I am a recent convert to the Church Of The Limitless Cookie, I’ve felt its presence my entire life. And our motto is: Ignore the monk; eat the cookie.

All together:

Our dough, who art in Nom
chocolate chip be thy name
thy crumbs will come
far more than one
on thy bed as well as in pants
give us our baked goods daily
and forgive us our calories
as we forgive thy baker
and lead us not into a salad bar
but deliver us from veggies, amen

Original scripture found here.

Vintage Twin Winston monk cookie jar in very good condition. Cookies not included.

Available at the Estate Store West in Tualatin

March 8, 2013

Heavily Carved Ornate Tables: The Comforts of the Kraken at Home

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These ‘tentacle tables’ have heavily carved bases and black laminate tops. They are designed to attach to the wall and we have several available.

Overall they measure 62 inches long, 19 inches deep and stand 33 inches tall.  The bowed legs stick out slightly further than the top which measures 59 inches by 16 1/2 inches.

Since we have several of these the condition is variable from good to excellent. The most common flaw is some slight scuffing of the top from careless handling by the wrecking crew.  The flaws are easily covered with a coat of paint which could really transform the look of the whole thing if one wished.

$125 each. As usual we are willing to talk about discounts on the purchase of multiple pieces and we have them available at both our locations in Tualatin and Portland.

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March 7, 2013

Just One Of Those Days . . . ?


When all you need is a soft throw, a depressing book and 2-6 bottles of wine. This is a grownup care package for the recently broken-hearted, perfect for the person who is truly ready to wallow in self-pity (Don’t judge, haven’t we all been there?).

Thankfully, the Estate Store in Tualatin can assist your downward spiral in style. This package includes: “Are You Sure You Love Me” by Lois Wyse, A collection of bitter-sweet love poems that eloquently express the moments of uncertainty and insecurity experienced by every person who has ever been in love, published in 1969. An oh-so-soft vintage herringbone throw in navy and white, dated 1988. And a Roger Estate table top wine bottle opener/extractor with wooden base and silver finish, for when you need to get that bottle open STAT.

As a free gift with purchase, we will throw in an open, partially used bottle of “Wine Away” red wine stain remover.

You’re welcome.


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