April 3, 2013
Check out these two striking but a little bit run down older pieces.
They have the look of about 1950 +/- a few years and still have a lot of potential. The lacquer could use a retouch and the blond wood could too (but it’s not as bad at the paint). Structurally they seem to be in good condition so we think they’d be ripe for restoration or conversion to new uses.
One of my friends suggested the chest of drawers would make a cool bar and I agree. The dresser is about 36 1/2 inches tall, 29 inches wide and 19 1/2 inches deep. SOLD!
The long low piece was probably a vanity or dressing table but we don’t have a matching mirror. With a little paint and some polish this could make a nice little desk (or another small bar if your friends like to drink a lot). It measures just over 49 inches wide, just under 30 inches tall and 19 1/2 inches deep.
April 3, 2013
Thank goodness there are some cushion since it’d probably be pretty uncomfortable without them. This piece is 66 inches wide, 27 1/2 inches deep and 33 inches tall. It is in excellent condition however the previous owner had a fur-bearing animal of some sort* so if you have allergies caution is advised.
*As much I’d like the former fur-person to have been a long haired stoat or weasel or juvenile wookie it was most likely a cat.
April 2, 2013
Five signed and dated artworks by Angus. Each piece features a image of garden produce. They aren’t original paintings but seem to be printed copies of Angus’ work that have been glued to the wood.
“Eggplants” This is the largest of the crop measuring 14 1/4 by 8 3/4 inches. $15
“Carrots” 9 3/4 inches by 2 1/2 inches. $8 SOLD!
“Hot Pepper” 9 1/2 by 3 1/4 inches. $8
“Asparagus” 9 1/4 by 3 1/4 inches. $8 SOLD!
“Squash” 7 inches by 2 1/2 inches. $8
April 2, 2013
Fabulous old music stand with a beveled mirror back and interior shelves. In the Empire Revival style of the late 19th and early 20th centuries. This measures 20 1/2 inches wide, 13 1/2 inches deep and 44 1/2 inches tall. Given how good the condition is I’m pretty certain that this is not the original finish but it is a great piece never the less.
April 1, 2013
For years I’ve asked for this. I’ve waited and waited and waited for a suitcase full of small bills. In our case’s case it is a small make-up or train case and it is less than fully full. But it contains small bills never the less. Which means it is a dream come true, but not in the way that one expects, which is often how these things work out.
Warning: These bills may not be legal tender.
March 31, 2013
We have an old poorly framed 8 x 10 photo of one of the many punches Joe Louis took in his regrettable 1951 bout with Rocky Marciano. Joe was the retired former champ, well past his prime but he was in trouble with the tax man and needed the money. Marciano was a comparatively young up and comer, an undefeated contender and he made the most of his opportunity to beat the old man. Louis took a beating from one of the many fans for whom he’d been a childhood hero and finally went down for good in the eighth round. It was his last professional fight and Marciano never lost a match in his career. SOLD
We also have a photo reproduced some sort of paper board of the end of the Muhammad Ali / Sonny Liston* rematch fight, in Lewiston, Maine **in May 1965. The photo was taken by Neil Leifer and later graced the cover of a special Sports Illustrated edition covering the fight. This was the result of either the most deceptive weak looking punch in boxing history or Liston found the punch an opportunity to get out of being beat up by a far superior fighter. Regardless, Liston went down and although he rose again he didn’t do it fast enough, or convincingly enough for the fight to go on and so he lost. SOLD!
*Everyone knows about Ali, but Liston was an interesting character himself. He was the son of a abusive sharecropper, turned to crime were he became known as the “yellow Shirt Bandit” after his favorite crime committing garb and eventually ended up in prison. While there he learned to box under the guidance of a priest and eventually was paroled. He joined the amateur boxing circuit and finally went professional where his career was linked to underworld crime figures. He was known as a heavy drinker, even in the hours before fighting and died under mysterious circumstances in 1970. His memory lived on in music though, including songs by Phil Ochs and Mark Knopfler.
**Interestingly the label on the back reads Hand Crafted In Hawaii. This is an authentic photo reproduction from an original photograph and lithograph from Old Hawaii. How many vowels are there in the Hawaiian word for yougottabejoking?
March 31, 2013
Five vintage Easter cards and today is Easter. I’m particularly fond of the one with the sparkling things and the cute little chicks checking out . . . a jelly bean?
All are in good shape and unmarked on the backs. We are asking $1 ea.
March 30, 2013
Cherry Stickley service cart with tray. In excellent condition.
The cart is 40 inches wide, 21 inches across and stands 28 inches tall. The ray is 29 1/2 inches wide and can be used as a center leaf in the top (thereby extending the top to 69 1/2 inches wide) as shown in the slide show below.