Archive for ‘Things’

November 25, 2013

Jump In!

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Remember how she said that
We would meet again
Some sunny day?

The water’s fine and it’s time to jump in, regardless of who one is waiting for. This old case measures 7 1/2 inches tall by 10 1/4 inches long by 5 3/4 inches deep. It’s too small for skates, so it might have been a doll case. Alternatively, given the labeling maybe it was something to haul cumbersome swim wear around in?

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November 25, 2013

Blue Blenko Water Pitcher

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The Blenko water carafe is an excellent example of classic art deco (ca., 1938) design that presaged mid-century modernism.

It’s a great pale blue that might be Ice Blue (1951-1953 and 2003-2005).  This carafe is in perfect condition.

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November 24, 2013

Let’s Talk Turkey

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Thanksgiving will soon be upon us and we’ve got turkey stuff for the big day.

There are two platters. Both are about 18 inches long and 14 inches wide. One is enamel over steel ($15) SOLD and the other is an unlabeled ceramic piece ($25) SOLD. They are in good condition but the ceramic one does have one small chip.

We also have two decorative paper mache turkeys. They stand 17 inches tall and are in good shape.  $15 each

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November 24, 2013

Antique Serpentine Front Oak Dresser

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Fine turn of the century Oak dresser with serpentine front. It measures 43 inches wide, 23 inches deep and is 77 inches tall over all (33 inches to the top of the cabinet part).

It features two full width drawers below, above those are two shallow drawers  which in turn are flanked by two skinny full depth drawers.

It is in excellent condition as is the beveled mirror.

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November 23, 2013

Dr. Syntax & The Superannuated Fox Hunter

11 14 021Illustrated book plate, 1868

Eventually the Dr. Syntax series by William Combe grew to three books. They were illustrated by Thomas Rowlandson. This picture is, I believe, from the second book The Second Tour of Dr. Syntax in Search of Consolation first published in 1820. Ours is from an 1868 edition. It shows Dr. Syntax* warming himself in front of a fire while surrounded by hounds and in conversation with the fox hunter himself.

The print and framing are in good condition and measures about 11 1/2 inches by 13 3/4 inches.

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*Dr. Syntax is one of that great army of 19th Century Anglican clerics with too much time on their hands. Unlike some of his peers who made significant contributions to science and letters Dr. Syntax instead travels the country around and gets into interesting conversations, adventures and the like.

November 23, 2013

Mid-Century Modern Metal Sculpture

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So I have to say that this has been kicking around the office for some time.  According to the paper label it is a piece by Edward Dron, who was a Professor of Art at Fullerton College (LA Area).  We’ve had a tough time coming up with good biographical information about him but to the best of our knowledge he’s still alive and living in the San Francisco Bay Area.

It is a 12 1/2 inches tall, 4 1/2 inches deep and 8 inches wide sculpture of chromed steel; in good condition but could use a polishing if one were so inclined. Personally I like the minimalist look and the chrome, it evokes something, though I’m not sure what.

Dron also worked extensively in bronze and at times exhibited with Leonard Edmondson (1966), Aldo Casanova (1968) and others.


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November 22, 2013

Bronze Pig Bank

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Interested in investing in hog futures but averse to risk?

Here’s a solution.

Petite Piggy Bank, in bronze. It measures about  4 3/4 inches long from tip to tail.

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November 22, 2013

In Another 50 Years Will We Still Be Playing The Same Song?

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In early 1962 Benjamin Britten completed his grand orchestral, poetic and choral work the War Requiem*.  It was a work commissioned to mark the consecration of the new Coventry Cathedral and served as an indictment of the wars of the 20th century, the cruelty of Atomic weapons and in part a response to the then recent assassination of Gandhi.

How shocked he must have been too when just less than two years later another world leader was cut down and on Britten’s 50th birthday.

Another 50 years have passed since then and souvenirs of war are no more difficult to come by.

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*It’s based on the Latin Mass For the Dead, which I’ve heard enough times to be familiar with, but it’s really an interesting expansion upon it. I recommend taking the hour and a half to listen to it, through big speakers if at all possible.

November 21, 2013

Antique Walnut Gate Leg Drop Leaf Table

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The table is in good condition and measures  about 42 inches across and 24 inches wide (with the leaves down). Each drop leaf adds just over 16 inches to the table.

There are also two leaves the can be inserted (each is 8 inches wide). Both leaves have some damage from chipped veneer.

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November 21, 2013

Antique Hog Ringer & A Box Of Rings

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Old hog ringer with a box of #3 rings.

This was given to us some time ago by one of our volunteers. We’ve debated how to best use it. Our new employees have been pretty adamant that being hog ringed would not be an acceptable hazing ritual and they’re probably right.

The plier tool is about 7 inches long. The box is covered with old advertisements and other interesting stuff.

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