Ordeshook's Antiques

Peter C. Ordeshook | Carmel Rd La Canada, California 91011 | 818-952-8106 | mordess@aol.com

I do not operate an open shop but prefer instead to treat my interest in Americana in a more relaxed manner. Indeed, my primary preoccupation is teaching at the California Institute of Technology, which affords me the luxury of pursuing a tertiary interest in American history. This feeds my interest in Americana and gives me the flexibility to pursue offering a selection of American country and formal antiques that represent the best of what we might otherwise associate with Back East tastes and design. In fact, after 40+ years of collecting Americana, with the last two and a half decades spent scouring the estate sales and flea markets of Southern California, the time has come to begin letting go. What you’ll find here, then, are things from my personal collection with the occasional addition of some treasure I found in my ongoing compulsive hunting. Needless to say, there’s a full “L.L.Bean-type” no questions asked guarantee on anything I sell. I do make mistakes, but I try not to pass them on to anyone. Tel #s: 818-952-8106; 818-618-7984 (cell). Email address is mordess@aol.com. Want to add that I've just finished a book on experiences, lessons learned, etc, so check out my website at www.ordeshookantiques.com. I warn though that the text is constantly under revision as new lessons and experiences arise.


ca 1830 Overshot coverlet w pine tree border

This is a beauty ... a two panel 89" x 71" double weave overshot coverlet, ca 1830, with a pine tree border, an uncommon pattern otherwise and in excellent condition ... the moths never found this one and it wasn't used to the point of generating any wear. Guaranteed to be of the period

Price: $225.00

2017-Jun-24 04:39pm EDT | Tags : Coverlets

ca 1900 sheet metal horse weathervane

If this vane isn't late 19th century then is early 20th at the latest ... and I want to emphasize that this is a legitimate vane and not some decorative piece ... clearly constructed and used as a vane. She retains a heavily painted black surface and measures as follows: Arrow length is 32", height as shown, 24", with the horse itself measuring 21" x 19" appx.

Price: $575.00

2017-Jun-24 04:31pm EDT | Tags : Weathervane

Early 19th C wall hanging poplar salt box

An early 19th century wall hanging poplar salt box of cut nail construction. She's in superb wholly original condition and measures 14 7/8" h x 9 5/8" w x 7 3/4" deep.

Price: $245.00

2017-Jun-24 04:28pm EDT | Tags : Decorative accessories

19th C 2-section mahogany wall hanging candle box

Here is a wonderful early 19th century 2-section wall hanging candle box made of mahogany and with cut nail construction all around. She's in superb wholly original condition and measures 15" h x 15 1/4" w x 4" deep.

Price: $395.00

2017-Jun-24 04:25pm EDT | Tags : Decoorative accessories

sheet metal arrow "trade directional" sign

A vintage sheet metal (iron presumably) arrow "directional trade sign". Measuring 34" in length

Price: $145.00

2017-Jun-24 01:35pm EDT | Tags : Trade signs

19th C miniature / salesmans sample porch swing

Here's a rarity ... a 19th century miniature or salesman's sample porch / yard swing. Standing 29 1/2" high, 13" wide, the seat itself is adjustable insofar as the back is concerned, or it can be detached entirely and used as a rocker. Aside from some warping to the seat, she's in overall excellent and wholly original condition

Price: $345.00

2017-Jun-12 07:18am EDT | Tags : Decorative accessories

Graphic 1930s coverlet revival wool Overshot

graphic and spectacular wool Overshot coverlet that I would date either to the 1930s coverlet revival or, if not that, then earlier to the 1880s. She isn't a 2-panel period coverlet, but at the same time she isn't a contemporary reproduction. But she is spectacular and, measuring 85" x 71", in perfect condition

Price: $195.00

2017-Jun-12 07:14am EDT | Tags : Coverlets

1930s coverlet revival wool Overshot

here is this spectacular wool Overshot coverlet that I would date either to the 1930s coverlet revival or, if not that, then earlier to the 1880s. She isn't a 2-panel period coverlet, but at the same time she isn't a contemporary reproduction. But she is spectacular and, measuring 86" x 74", in perfect condition

Price: $195.00

2017-Jun-12 07:09am EDT | Tags : Coverlets

1880 litho "Negro Drivers .. Gen Pleasonton ..."

ca 1880 hand colored litho depicting "Negro Drivers of the Baggage Train Attached to General Pleasonton's Calvary Brigade Watering Their Mules in the Rappahanock". The print is of the style found in Harper's Magazine, but is clear hand colored and without a fold line. Framed it measures 24 1/2" x 20", with sight dimensions of 14 3/8" x 10". While not examined out of the frame (and clearly professionally done), there are no issues ... no tears, stains or foxing.

Price: $125.00

2017-Jun-10 06:23pm EDT | Tags : Prints

pr 1839 lithos "The First Steeple Chase"

Offered here is this pair of British hand colored engraved lithographs dated 1839 depicting "The First Steeple Chase on Record", plates II and III. Drawn by H. Alken and engraved by J. Harris. Framed, they measure appx 22 1/4" x 20 1/2" (there's a 1/4" difference in height), with sight dimensions behind the mat of of appx 16" x 13". Neither print is glued down or has any rips or tears. There is, though, some black smudging to the left and right of Plate II in the margins, and a small rice grain sized hole in Plate III at the letter H in the word "Heath" of the subtitle. Toning consonant with age is uniform throughout and colors are crisp and clear (keep in mind that my pictures were taken under glass). The frames are period maple frames but a tad dinged up and buyer might consider reframing if perfection is desired there.

Price: $175.00

2017-Jun-10 06:19pm EDT | Tags : Prints

Vintage sheet metal arrow "trade directional" sign

a vintage sheet metal (iron presumably) arrow "directional trade sign", measuring 34" in length

Price: $195.00

2017-Jun-10 06:16pm EDT | Tags : Trade signs

Ca 1850 2-Panel Jacquard Coverlet, 82" x 70"

Offered here is this beautiful 2-panel ca 1850 Jacquard coverlet. While undated, she's in excellent condition -- the moths never found this one apparently, and aside from wear to the fringe along one edge, virtually mint. Measuring 82" x 70".

Price: $195.00

2017-May-19 03:59pm EDT | Tags : Coverlets

Rare 1814 Isiah Whyte reverse ptd USS Congress

There are to my knowledge but 3 watercolor ship paintings and 4 reverse paintings of ships on glass by Whyte that I know of. One watercolor is in Franklin Roosevelt's Hyde Park home in NY, one at the Chicago Art Institute, and one in the NY Historical Society. Of Whyte's 4 known reverse ship paintings, one (the Hornet) is in a private Penna. collection, one (the Essex) in the Peabody Essex Museum, and the two offered here on Dig ... in this instance the USS Congress, commissioned in 1799 and the sister ship of the USS Constitution in Boston and USS Constellation in Baltimore. Dated 1814, she's signed (in reverse) by Whyte in the upper left corner, and denoted Boston Mass in the upper right. Framed dimensions are appx 15" x 13" with sight dim. of 11" x 8 7/8".

Price: $1,950

2017-Mar-13 02:15pm EDT | Tags : Paintings Folk art Nautical

mid-19th C felt & wool table runner / mat

a mid 19th century felt on wool table runner or mat that measures appx. 44 3/4" x 19 1/2". Aside from a few scattered and unobtrusive tiny month holes to the background wool, she's in overall great condition with no need for repair or restoration (i.e., no missing felt).

Price: $75.00

2017-Jan-14 02:44pm EST | Tags : Folk art

Southern alkaline glaze stoneware jug, appx 5 gal.

A large (18" high appx 11" max diameter) alkaline glaze stoneware jug that I was told by its previous owner came from Tennessee (though I have no way of confirming that assertion). I am not sure, moreover, as to whether the incise mark shown in my 2nd picture is the letter J or a badly made 5. She is, however, without flaw (the appearance of a chip on the lip appears to have glaze over it so not sure it is in fact a post-manufacture flaw).

Price: $225.00

2016-Dec-13 12:47am EST | Tags : Stoneware

vintage Coast Guard wood "trade" sign

here we have a vintage (I'd guess 1930s or 40s) Coast Guard "trade" sign made of a single board (not plywood) measuring 48" x 9" and 100% original with its original painted surface

Price: $250.00

2016-Nov-26 12:16pm EST | Tags : Trade signs

hand made folk art wood & tin locomotive

here is this absolutely impressive and monumental (32 1/2" long x 10 1/4" wide x 12" high) hand made locomotive made entirely of wood and tin and retaining its original paint throughout. The detail is incredible and I have no doubt conforms to the real thing. Its "signed" on the front with the date 1991 which is when I assume it was made. I have no idea, though, what the Kumquat Lumber Co. is. Insofar as I can tell, there are no apologies whatsoever ... this incredible piece of folk art is 100% right.

Price: $675.00

2016-Nov-26 09:29am EST | Tags : Folk art

Semi-full bodied copper 19th C rooster weathervane

I say "semi-full bodied" simply to differentiate this piece from a sheet metal vane. The rooster here is upwards of 1 1/4" thick and made of 2 sheets of copper. He stands 26" tall (not counting the stand), 22" wide. The construction is a bit unusual, and while it might appear to be missing the point of the arrow below, it was made as shown ... any arrow would have been a separate piece. As for age, a 19th C attribution is but a guess ... it has obvious age and is not some contemporary reproduction, but its also obviously been polished so as to make any definitive attribution of age impossible. At least there's no phony chemically induced "patina". I have no idea as to its origin, but it nevertheless commands a presence in any early American country setting.

Price: $795.00

2015-Nov-17 09:00pm EST | Tags : Weathervane

Five signed ca 1928 Folk Art carvings, original paint

Herbert Mills (b. 1878, d. 1948) is buried in the military cemetery in San Antonio Texas and served as a 1st Lt in WWI. These five folk art carvings are all, with the exception of the WWI doughboy, signed "Herbert Mills San Antonio Texas ca 1928". One can presume that the doughboy (9 1/4" h) is Mills himself whereas the largest carving (10 7/8") is Punch from Punch & Judy. The man (10" h) reminds me of those cartoon-like drawings hanging on the walls of various restaurants corresponding to the celebrities who frequented that establishment from time to time. In any event, offered as a set ...

Price: $995.00

2015-Nov-17 09:00pm EST | Tags : Folk art

Two (!) ca 1850 Cherry 2-part corner cupboads, 12 lites each

Although identical in height (87 1/2") and style, and although both take an approximate 30" corner (actually one takes a 28" corner and the other a 29" corner, counting the crown molding), they aren't a perfect match ... but they are darned close. Unfortunately, stored here in my laundry room, I can't set them up to be photographed side by side. But I think you get the idea here. The sole apology (they retain their original glass panes) that applies to both cupboards is that at one time someone removed the interior shelves of the upper sections and replaced them with professionally cut glass shelving (an easy restoration if you have some old wood, but not truly necessary). In any event, they are being offered here as a pair, so for the pair .....

Price: $1,495

2015-Nov-17 06:00pm EST | Tags : Furniture


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