Saturday, May 01, 2010
RANDOM 341 OBJECT
Old 1927 American Country OIL PAINTING Jean De Ricardo-$102 (i bet the artist SAW this and had to paint it)
Maybe Jean De Ricardo never became famous. I just don’t know. But I do know this: The colors are striking, and the condition is fine. Jean had game.
A rutted dirt road winds its way through the countryside soon after a cold rain. Puddles turn gold with the reflection of the setting sun.
It is signed, lower right: Jean de Ricardo and dated 1927. The frame is almost certainly original to the painting.
The work is vivid without apology. It’s guaranteed to brighten even the most dismal corner of a room.
You know what? I should have kept this old painting. I have a room with a total of four dismal corners.
Friday, April 30, 2010
RANDOM 341 OBJECT
Old STORE Find INK n Bottles & Boxes PARKER QUINK SKRIP-$62
I don’t remember exactly when they closed the old hardware store not far from our place. It must have been about ten years ago. It was more or less a mom & pop operation, but they had most anything you’d want, and they’d spend time helping you solve your household problems.
So anyhow, that @^#$@& bigbox store moved into the area and intentionally put them out of business. All their stock was sold at auction, and the office stuff, fixtures and things like that were put in storage. The old couple retired even though they weren’t quite ready.
So I went over there by invitation and bought up a bunch of the stuff in storage. That’s where all this ink came from, just in case you were interested. There 15 glass bottles of ink in boxes. Plus a jillion Sheaffer’s Skrip cartridges.
In the image above, you see nine boxed and sealed bottles of Sheaffer’s refill bottles for Reservoir Desk Sets.
Next – Four of those old bottles with the little filling reservoir just inside the top. Two are empty, but the other two have a little red ink left in them. Actually, they called it “writing fluid,” the successor to ink.
There’s one partial bottle of Parker Superchrome, and two full bottles of Quink in their original boxes.
Finally, we have three full cartons of Sheaffer’s Skrip cartridges for use in Skriptsert Fountain Pens. That’s 36 “five packs” total.
Whether you’re a pen collector or just some yoyo who wants to make a big mess, I know you’ll be thrilled with this lot of old stuff. I’ll ship it free for nothin’.
spotted two new migrants in the back yard. i was thrilled to see the 'zebra' bird, but then i spotted the white-throated. no juncos yet. or missed them. and i think the chickadees are permanent residents now.