Saturday, December 17, 2011
RANDOM 341 OBJECT
ANTIQUE Pennsylvania WALL BOX with STAR CUTOUTS Old DRY RED PAINT SURFACE, Sweet-$1,226 WOW!
So you think living life is tough? Try downsizing.
I found this purely whimsical hanging box in southern Indiana, but the family said it originally came from Pennsylvania. I see no reason not to agree. Don’t you just love old dry red paint?
It stands 12” tall, and it is 5 ½” wide. The top of the box stands out from the wall 3 ¾” or a frog’s hair more. It is pine.
Yep. Those are square nails – some “squarer” than others, but they are all old and original.
I tight split runs from one “x” to the other. I’ve never even considered clamping and gluing it away because that type sign of age is a natural part of the “getting up there in years” process. I’d say it dates to the first half, 19th Century.
All sides, including the bottom, are painted. The only part where you can see the pine is inside the box. It hung for a very long time, but it stands up just fine on a tabletop.
Aha! There is a better photo of the split, and you can also see lots of wear at the “hanging hole.” The worn spot? I just don’t know. Could be where it was lifted by Great-Great-Grandma when she was wiping down the counter with her dishrag. That would be her thumb print. If you don’t like that story, make up your own, because neither of us will ever know for sure.
Pardon me while I speculate again. I think the guy who made it was testing paint; thinking, “Maybe I’ll paint it red . . . or maybe blue.” Wow! Talk about speculation! That was World Class.
Then again, the down inside and out of sight stains could be ink. In the grand scheme of things, doesn’t really matter a hoot and a holler?
RANDOM ESTATE SALE
i forgot my camera. OH NOES! i was going by the open house web site's photos. WRONG HOUSE PICS! damn. was a 1st quarter of the 1900's little house. very sweet. i loved the tiny very 20's kitchen. old cupboards. big stove in a niche. bigger niche than ours. older stoves bigger i guess. fridge in the back hall niche. getting stuff out a little dangerous. bedrooms blocked off. family keeping most stuff i think. well, i didn't spot anything on my way to the kitchen, tho i grabbed the little vase($1-SIGNED). not much in the kitchen. but grabbed the old steamer. ours has been limping on 1 leg. i need an old butter pat and bent metal thing for 2 other legs. go to the basement, which was nearly empty except 1 shelf full of detritis of the ages. finally found what had been a work bench, but no bench? sold? moved w/ family? not much, but i spied a evil little toll, shoe making? nice old old handle. back up stairs look again at kitchen stuff..
well. i might as well take the mug. i do like it. another look in the dinningroom. take the brass flowers, signed! and spot a very old incense package. AND i made a big mistake. i should have just got the elish tray with sauce bowls and 6 open salts w/ 3 ball feet. aunstrian and very clean and modern, but deco. MY B BAD. but will see what ebay says. free shopping or do i get paid? i can use the mug for hot chocolate.
RANDOM 341 OBJECT
Huge PETERS & REED Handled MARBLEIZED ART POTTERY VASE Investment ARTS & CRAFTS-$129
The most stunning piece of Peters & Reed marbleized art pottery is standing right here in front of you. It has been the star of the show in an Arts & Crafts setting in a bedroom since . . . heck . . . I don’t even remember: A long, long time.
RANDOM OCT UP NORT TRIP
the lake from the window. 2nd floor.
RANDOM 9/11 AVOIDANCE TOUR
SATURN'S DAY SUGAR SIFTER BLOGGING
Friday, December 16, 2011
RANDOM OCT UP NORT PIC
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ook on the beach the day we left. the only day we saw sun.
RANDOM 341 OBJECT
RARE Antique MECHANICAL Bank, TEDDY AND THE BEAR w ORIGINAL Painted SURFACE-$910
Never did I think this particular bank would ever see the light of day, but things change. It is the best example I’ve ever found, and it works just fine. I believe it was patented sometime around 1906-07, but it says simply “PATd APLd FOR” on the bottom. The design is that of Charles Bailey. He was the master of mechanical bank design.
The name of the bank is embossed along the top of the base.
There are no touch-ups – no repainting whatsoever. It is exactly like I got it from an estate in Bartholomew County, Indiana, and it had been in the home since . . . well, since Teddy Roosevelt.
All I did when I pulled it off my shelf was dust it off a little.
Teddy fires a coin into the slot as the bear pops up. With pennies, dimes and nickels he’s a dead shot, the coin hitting the opening just fine. But he needs a little practice with quarters. Sometimes he misses, and I’d had to crawl around on my poor old knees looking for that @^#$ quarter.
I had to put in an image with my old tomato soup can so’s not to confuse people who are accustomed to seeing it with most everything I offer. Since I used one of those “Save the Polar Bear” cans, I was afraid they’d get dizzy and fall.
I heard on the news the other night a statement that almost made me throw my remote at the TV. The talking head said, “People are OUTRAGED by the new can.”
Outraged? Really? That is nearly as ridiculous as someone saying “nothing hurts like a paper cut.” When I hear it, my gut reaction is sucker-punch them in the lips. “How does THAT compare to your paper cut? Ever had a kidney stone?”