Archive for ‘Things’

April 19, 2013

Occupied Japan Luncheon Plate

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Made in Occupied Japan (1945 to 1952) featuring bright flowers, gold trimmed edges and moriage trailed slip texture decorations.

This plate is in excellent condition and is marked Chubu China. Chubu is a region in the central area of Honshu. It is 8 inches in diameter.

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April 18, 2013

A Great Place To Hide Away


1920’s British Walnut armoire, available at the Estate Store West in Tualatin.

We keep opening the doors to see if it will eventually lead us to Narnia, no luck just yet. That being said, it is still being used as a spot to duck out when unruly co-workers drop by. We think it’d probably be put to better use in your home. As a storage place for clothing and hats, not people.

34 1/2″ W x 67 1/2″ T 18″ deep

In OK condition. Some minor scuffs both inside and out. The photos don’t do this piece justice, but I can’t do much about our sterile, hospital style lighting down here.

April 18, 2013

Leather Recliners

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These must have come in with our recent sleeper sofa. Both of these were made in the middle of last November and are upholstered in a reddish-brown leather.

One of the recliners was carelessly handled so there are a couple slight scuffs on the upper part of the back and on the inside of one arm (as shown in the slideshow below).  The other one is in like new condition.

The they are about 42 inches tall, 43 inches deep and 33 inches wide.

We’re selling these separately, $325 for the perfect one, $250 for the not so perfect one.

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April 17, 2013

Psycho-Theraputic Rustic Wooden Press

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This press is amazing!

It is full of possibility and the ways in which you can use it are many if not boundless.

If you wish to flatten small botanical specimens for your scrapbook it’ll do the trick.

It’ll wring water out of little squares of paper when you’re handcrafting toilet paper after the fall of civilization.

It will crush self-loathing and doubt into thin layers, to more easily fit into cracks in your psyche so that you can become the fearsome creature you wish to be.

If you’ve gone maybe a bit too far in that direction already it can flatten monsters so that more of them can be installed under the beds of nasty children.

OK, maybe not all of those things. One should leave post apocalyptic toilet paper crafting to the professionals.

It is about 15 inches in maximum length and the press area is about 8 inches square.

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April 17, 2013

Like New Sleeper Contemporary Sofa

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This is in excellent condition, seems to work fine and so I’ve no idea how we got it but it sure is nice.

The sofa was made last October in the US by Rowe and features a queen size fold out mattress. The fabric is a fine charcoal and white weave.

It measures about 80 inches long (6 ft 6 inches) 36 inches deep and 32 inches high.


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April 16, 2013

Don’t You Call Him Fifi, He’s A Poodle With A Mohawk

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Early 1980’s Linda Barry Poodle With A Mohawk poster.

He knew what people thought of his kind: “High Strung”, “Spoiled Rotten”, “French”. But in the next 24 hours he’s gonna change all that  . . .

He’s small.
He’s black.
He’s mad as hell.
He’s Poodle with a Mohawk.
You’ll never call him Fifi again!

It measures 22 1/4 inches by  28 1/4 inches and it is in decent condition.

As a word of caution to hairless dogs. . .  This is mohawk town and the dog formerly known as Fifi doesn’t like hairless dogs.

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April 16, 2013

Enameled Cast Iron Braiser By Le Creuset SOLD!

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Le Creuset  3 1/2 quart braiser in blue. This item appears to be unused as there is still some adhesive from a paper label remaining at the center of the inside (which you can see in the slide show below).

The braiser is 11 1/2 inches in diameter and stands about 5 inches tall with the lid on. $70

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April 15, 2013

Piggy Bank Corks The Outgoing Flow

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The corporate directors of Piggy Bank LLC were happy to accept deposits but they weren’t so good with passing that money on in the form of loans to the general public.

Nothing new there . . .

In honor of the filing deadline for state and federal income taxes* we offer this lovely hand made pig shaped piggy bank.

About six inches from cork to tail and 4 inches tall.

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*This was also the former deadline of the new Portland ‘Arts’ tax. Given certain political considerations the deadline was moved to May 15th. However, a quick perusal of the letter sent to my house showed that the letter was crafted before this change. When the date was moved someone updated the copy but neglected to read it thereby sending out a letter with this glaring error: “When does this tax start? 2012 is the first tax year. Like federal and state taxes the due date for the 2012 tax year is May 15, 2013.” Not only do the arts programs need a hand, but it looks like language education would benefit from having a few more bucks too. On the other hand if you’re in the mood to get frisky with the IRS you now have the City of Portland Revenue Bureau’s permission to put filing off for another month.

April 14, 2013

Vintage Framed Fabric Of Happy Children

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This item was made by International Printworks and is dated 1977. It measures about 44 inches wide and 24 inches tall and it is in excellent condition.


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April 14, 2013

19th Century Water Pitcher

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Made by Meriden Britannia Silver Company* this pitcher is a 19th Century piece covered by two patents from 1868. There is one for the general design, and another for an improvement upon that process.

It bears a striking similarity to the Corcoran Cadet Corps pitcher we had back in January.  This one is only marked with the maker and patent marks so were can’t speculate upon its history but that’s OK as it has several interesting features of its own and it can be read as a palimpsest of design concepts in keeping with the ‘art for art’s sake’ philosophy of the late 19th Century Aesthetic Movement.

The lid finial speaks of the monitor top, made popular after the Civil War. The naturalistic flower and leaf bands are evocative of the revival of ‘Chinoiserie’ in the late 19th century. The Chinoiserie style was a blending of European and Asian motifs culminating in a revival of Orientalism** in the late 19th century. There is a a fair bit of Europeanism too. Notice the hunting scenes upon the pour spout. There is a group of armed men hunting a bear and a game bird about to fly from cover.

The pitcher is in fair condition. There aren’t quite as many dents as the Cadet Corps pitcher but the exterior silver plate has taken a beating and the enamel tin lining shows definite signs of wear. It stands about 12 1/2 inches tall.

*Meriden Brittania Silver Company was founded in the 1850’s but the marks were used into the 1930’s, well after its pivotal role in forming International Silver in 1898.

**Rather hypocritically as this was the era that saw the Chinese Exclusion Act and other anti-foreign cultural phenomena in America.


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