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 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

1881 framed pen & ink Calligraphy, Springville NY

Here we have a wonderfully complex calligraphy written to a Roscoe Congdon by a Captain ? in Springville NY in 1881. I suspect the captain, whose name I cannot discern was Scottish since he wrote a Scottish verse at the bottom while offering a translation of some of the terms. Framed, this piece measures 16 5/8" x 13 3/4" whereas the paper itself bearing the calligraphy (glued down to the back) measures 12 1/2" x 7 3/4".

Price: $175.00

2017-May-19 03:55pm EDT | Tags : Folk art

30 1/2" x 24" 19th C tin toleware tole tray

This is simply a beauty ... measuring approx. 30+ inches by 24 inches, the surface is fantastic and 100% original, with a light crackalure that only comes from the age of this 19th century tole tray. She's signed on the back as was common then and frankly there are no apologies to report that are of any consequence.

Price: $195.00

2017-May-19 03:52pm EDT | Tags : Toleware

19th C framed silk on linen alphabet sampler

Offered here is this 19th century (but undated) silk on linen sampler that measures 18 1/2" x 14 1/2" in its frame, the sampler itself measuring 15 1/2" x 11 1/4". Bold in appearance with its uniform red stitching, there is the one repair above the letter I as shown in my 4th picture; otherwise she's in excellent condition. Origin is most likely English.

Price: $125.00

2017-May-19 03:49pm EDT | Tags : Sampler

2 folk art carved birds on burl driftwood

Offered here are these two carved shorebirds of some sort set on wire feet on a wonderful piece of burl driftwood. Frankly, I'm not sure how much carving went into the birds ... surely some ... but the carver may also have taken advantage of the form of the wood he was carving them from. The black and white paint accents are original to the piece, and the white thing in front of them is a sea shell glued to the burl. Overall it stands appx 10" high, and roughly 10 1/2 x 9 1/2 at the base

Price: $125.00

2017-May-19 03:46pm EDT | Tags : Folk art

1880s Log Cabin "Barn Raising" cotton quilt

Here is this beautiful 1880s log cabin cotton quilt in the Barn Raising pattern that measures 75" x 75". She is moreover in remarkable condition ... there are 3 strips along the center fold that have deteriorated somewhat and aside from some totally minor fuzz at a few spots of the binding, she's otherwise in great condition

Price: $275.00

2017-May-19 03:42pm EDT | Tags : Quilts

2-panel 1830s 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 and in excellent condition ... the moths never found this one and it wasn't used to the point of generating any wear.

Price: $275.00

2017-May-19 12:38pm EDT | Tags : Coverlets

Rare pr. German mining pewter candlesticks ca 1800

Inscribed & dated 1780, this is a truly rare pair of German pewter candlesticks depicting miners with their axe (meter) as they commonly appear in parades ... miners from the ore mountains region of Freiberg (note the mining tools inscribed in the hat as they appear in parades). Standing 8 1/2" high, they are in perfect condition but could use a polishing.

Price: $1,950.00

2017-Apr-22 09:49am EDT | Tags : Decorative accessories Pewter

18 graduated 19th century cast brass "petal" bells

here we have a graduated string of cast brass 19th century "petal" bells that begin with the #12 on down to the #4 (one #12, two #11, two #10, two #9, one #8, four #7, one #6, three #5, and two #4). Overall strap length (and the leather is in excellent condition) is 62". There is one bell (a #7) with a casting imperfection ... see my last picture), but otherwise everthing is in excellent condition

Price: $325

2017-Apr-10 08:27am EDT | Tags : Decorative accessories

1860s Child's silk patterned hand stitched dress

here we have a ca 1860s child's dress that ,with the exception of a small tear near the right shoulder (see my 2nd picture) is in excellent condition. Hand sewn, I am guessing that she's silk ... the weave is much too fine to be cotton. As for measurements, from neckline to hem, she's 19 1/2", from shoulder to hem appx 21 3/4" and from shoulder to shoulder 8 1/2 to 9 inches.

Price: $195.00

2017-Apr-04 02:07pm EDT | Tags : Early clothes

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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