Archive for ‘Things’

July 28, 2013

Summer in the Park

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Winter is well behind us, we’ve made it up March Hill and into summer. Throughout this time though we’ve had quilts kicking about that we never got to in a timely manner.

What to do?

Have picnic of course.

Here’s a selection of what we’ve neglected to deal with until now and though they’ll keep you warm in inclement weather they’ll work just as nicely for outdoor relaxation in one of our fabulous city’s many public spaces.

The dutch plate style quilt is vintage, handmade and in fair condition. all the stitching appears to be hand work, it measures 70 inches by 80 inches. Some of the fabric swatches are worn through so it’d be great for the park, if not for a museum.

The yellow and blue quilt is a bit newer but also hand-made. It measures 84 inches by 86 inches  and it is in good condition.

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July 28, 2013

Vintage Juicer

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Here’s an interesting bit of kitchen history from the late 1930’s. It’s a relatively prosaic vintage Rival Juice-O-Mat citrus juicer, standing about 8 inches tall. It’s in OK condition but the paint is a bit rough. Luckily all the parts are there so it’d be a good candidate for every day use or for you could turn it into something wonderful with a paint job.

On the base it bears patent numbers. One of the numbers is for a design patent, the other is for the method of operation.

The design patent was applied for on June 5, 1937 and was awarded with surprising swiftness a little over a month later, on July 20, 1937.  A great example of fast and responsive government in action.

Unfortunately the patent covering the way in which the device worked took slightly longer to issue. Something on the order of 567 days (admittedly only 535 were work days).  So much for the fast action of government.

In looking closely I found one other interesting, but hidden characteristic.

Molded into the metal at the base of the neck which holds the upper part are a series of letters. The series extends from A to U. What are these for? Are they mold marks indicative of the number of times a particular mold has been used or production run letters?

I’d guess there are others out there with similar sequences so I wonder if, given the right information, could these letter be used to better date the piece?

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July 27, 2013

Sending The Wrong Message?

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“Smile, God Loves You”

I read this and from the depths of my deep well of cynicism arose a beast that said “So God’s love is like being punched in the face as a child?”

Oh, right. On further reflection I don’t think that’s what they meant.


Calling all evil grandmothers. We just found the perfect present for you to give your least favorite grandchild.

About 5 inches tall. It is in as good condition as something like this can get.

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July 27, 2013

Vintage Jewelry (?) Box

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Frankly I’m not entirely sure what sort of box this is.

I’m going with the default ‘Jewelry’ box, but I’ve seen other boxes vaguely like this one that were for tea services and others for sewing notions and yet others for which I did not know the use.

So, it is a box for the things that you need a box for, providing that those things are neither too large, nor too small for this box.

The short version of this box. There are four drawers in the front. These are nearly but not quite full depth. There is a lidded compartment at the top. This is a bout half the depth of the box.  Hence there is a void space within the box. It is about half the depth of the box at the top and just a little thin void extending below the level of the drawers. There is no ‘good’ way to get into the void except there is one small slot at the top of the right side which might allow one to stick something small and flat, or wire-like into this void.

Overall it measures, 11 1/2 inches wide, 7 inches deep and 9 1/4 inches tall.

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July 26, 2013

Now For The Latest Installment Of: WHAT? WHAT? WHY?

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What? A dog sticking its head in a basket, as though it is eating.

What? A dog sticking its head in a basket, as though it is eating and it will also make barking noises and stomp it’s foot and pass gas.

Why? Because there isn’t enough useless shit in the world? Because some one realized that the consuming populace is rife with fools? Because you need to epoxy something annoying upon your neighbor’s front door in the dark of night and this is available? Because these are truly the end of days?

The dog it self is about 15 1/2 inches long, by 11 inches tall. It is activated by a ‘strategically located’ motion sensor or a tethered push button.  The basket part is about 15 inches tall.

Will no one rid me of this meddlesome hound?

We do have video of this but it’s not working on some devices. I’m not sure why and I’m a bit short on time to sort it out so . . .if you’d like to see this in all its motive and audio glory go to :


July 26, 2013

Vintage Liquor Decanter Set

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Four bottle set. Each pump decanter bottle is square in cross section, has etched labels and fits within a lucite carrier. We have one each for bourbon, scotch gin and vodka. The bottles are about 11 inches tall and in the carrier it measures about 12 inches by 7 1/2 inches. The pumps appear to work fine. The carrier has two cracks in the base (as seen in the slide show below) but they don’t impact the use of the set.

Originally I was tempted to call this a tantalus, which is a term named after the famed Greek mythological figure. The ancient Tantalus was punished for various misdeeds (most notably the sacrifice of his son, and preparation of him as food for the gods at Olympus). The form of his punishment was to stand in water under a low hanging tree. As he’d bend to the water to drink, it would recede. If he reached for grapes overhead they too would retreat.

This is the origin of the modern word: tantalize.

In the case of a tantalus for liquor there is a historic precedent. Typically a liquor tantalus consists of a carrier where the bottles maybe locked (to keep them secure from the servants or other undesirables) but where they are still visible. Thus the contents lie just out of reach.

Here’s an example of a nice 19th century one.

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July 25, 2013

Vintage Folgers Automatic Drip Coffee Maker

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An interesting four-piece vintage drip coffee maker set for* Folgers. We know it is for Folgers as the bottom is conveniently marked. It stands about 10 inches tall.

Originally these were offered as discounted premium item, beginning in the 1930’s. For example just  above where this link lands you can see one just like our example. I’m not sure how long they made these (I’ve seen claims they lasted into the post-war period).

Personally . . the most interesting part of the ad is the crazy hyper-modern lightening bolts in Automatic.

Ours is in decent but not perfect condition. There is a small chip on the underside edge of the lid. Most notably there is ring-shaped crack around the base as shown in the slide show below. This crack does not mean that one couldn’t use it, but I’d probably not heat this directly upon a stove any longer.

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*From what I’ve been able to figure out these were made for Folgers by a company headed by one of the sons of Adolph Coors, the infamous ‘beer’ maker and are sometimes traded as or marked as Coorsite.

July 25, 2013

Vintage Mahogany Drop Leaf Dining Table

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This vintage table is about 42 inches across, about 27 inches wide and there are two 15 inch drop leaves. There once were more leaves that could be placed in the split center, but these are gone off to no one knows where.  $245

It is hypothetically possible that one could find leaves, somewhere, to fit, but it’s a long-shot.

We do have two chairs that we’re selling separately that look good with the table too. $120

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July 24, 2013

Get A Head At The Estate Store

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Ok. I have to admit as a former anthropologist I’ve been waiting for a shrunken head to come in.

Waiting almost as long as I have been for an organ grinder’s monkey.

We’ve still gotten neither of them but sometimes one has to make do.

For example we do have this larger than life portrait head. It is carved from a blue foam block and then painted (with maybe a bit of papier mache?).

I’m not sure what one would use it for other than scaring one’s co-workers, but it is undoubtedly a unique piece.

Approximately 12 inches tall.

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July 24, 2013

Unusual Vintage Desk / Library Table

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If it weren’t for the need to make a living and animalistic requirements for social interaction at even the barest level I’d probably be a an eccentric hermit.

If so you could bet there’s be a lot of reading going on and a table like this would be essential. It’s a comfortable middle size (40 1/2 by 30 inches, 32 inches tall at most)  and the top is sloped to hold the material you’re working on at a comfortable angle. This slope provides the secondary benefit of ensuring that one’s piles of books can only get so tall before tumbling off, thereby providing an automatic desktop cleaning service.

It also has two spacious drawers for papers, writing utensils, measuring devices, compass dividers and other arcana that might be needed by an eccentric recluse.

In good condition.


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