Saturday, May 22, 2010
RANDOM 341 OBJECT
FUN & DECORATIVE 8 Drawer PHILADEPHIA CHEESE Thing-$144
I’m not exactly sure what the devil to call this thing, but it makes me smile just to think someone actually made it mostly out of old wooden boxes. The bottom is the end of a crate from Cincinnati, Ohio that once held “WHITE VILLA BRAND SANTA CLARA PRUNES.” Normally we don’t consider prunes a major crop around these parts.
It stands 13 ¼” tall with a 1” gallery around the top sides and back. It’s 10” wide and a little over 5” deep.
7 of the drawers are old crate wood, but evidently one turned up missing because someone made a new one for the top drawer. Well , , , You don’t HAVE to use it as the top. They’re all the same size. The green paint is recent, but it’s just the right color for that place you’re thinking of putting it.
don’t you wish Philadelphia Cream Cheese still came in wooden boxes? The drawers don’t slide too easily, but they do open and close. (Maybe they need some of those prunes!)
White Villa was a very small chain of stores in Cincinnati, Dayton and Springfield. Their heyday was back in the early 1920s. After that, they got gobbled up by either IGA or Kroger; I can’t remember which.
If you wanted to, you could put the drawers in the other way, and that would be the top of the little set of drawers. That might be fun!
RANDOM PHOTO ALBUM
this next batch is from one of my favorite sales. i got 2 bags. i still have some stuff. very interesting. he designed schools. i thought the album was mostly color photos, so didn't plan on taking it, but at last minute i threw it in my bag. a lot of photos meh, but i discovered some nice ones. and it documents the big snows of 59. i love dated pics.
RANDOM 341 OBJECT
Antique STONEWARE Brown & White HOT WATER BOTTLE, Fine-$18
Do your feet get cold at night?
If they don’t – don’t worry. They will. But if you’re the winner of this fine old stoneware piece, when that day comes, you’ll be ready.
It is 10” tall. The base is 3 ½” round, but it grows as you approach the knob to a rather oblong shape at the shoulder – approximately 4 ¼” by 3 ¾”. It therefore sits flat with the cap on the top so it doesn’t spill out on you in the middle of the night.
There are no chips, cracks, dings or scuffs – just a couple very small glaze skips. You can see the marking just above the end knob. It says “1/2.” (There is more on the bottom, but we’ll get to that when we get to it.)
It certainly has some age to it. See how the old rubber gasket has hardened and crackled? No big deal. You aren’t actually going to use it anyway. Don’t lie about it. (If you REALLY need something to keep your feet warm in the wintertime, throw a rock in your fireplace and take it to bed with you. Be sure to wrap it in an old towel first. That’s what we do.
It stands on end with great stability, but I’d still display it lying down. (. . . the bottle – not you for Pete’s sake.)