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 email@example.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.
Offered here is what I think is a 1/2 gallon sized ( 9 1/2" high x 5 3/4" diameter) saltglaze stoneware jug with incised letters accented by cobalt, advertising the Registered contents for E. S Pierce Co, of Worcester Massachusetts (most likely, alcohol). In perfect condition with the exception of the smallest flake on the edge of the lip (see 3rd image),
Offered here is this dated 1801 silk on linen sampler by Miss Eliza Copeland, aged 9. Above her name is the verse "Uncertain and Vain are all Earthly Enjoyments". Measuring appx 12 1/4" x 12", the sampler is in overall excellent condition with the exception of the small hole at the word "all" in the verse (see my 3rd picture). A genealogical search yields three possibilities: Windham Conn, Boston, Mass and Scotland. I'd tend to say Scotland as the most likely possibility given the construction of the capital letter alphabet.
Offered here is this gorgeous Staffordshire coffeepot that stands appx 11" high x 9 3/4" handle to spout. In overall good condition there is though some minor chipping around the edge of the spout while the lid has a hairline as shown in my 3rd picture.
Offered here is this gorgeous silk on linen needlework sampler by a Miss Maria Phinney, age 8, dated 1832. Sight dimensions in its frame are 16 5/8" x 15 5/8". Condition is excellent with the sole apology being some staining in the upper right corner. Style and the existence of two crowns suggests English, but a genealogical search yields fails to yield anything other than a Maine provenance. Nevertheless, best to assume English.
Reminiscent of those early 19th century fruits and flowers in a basket stenciled on velvet, this is instead a hand carved 2-board block of wood with fantastic patina and age shrinkage cracks consummate with age. She stands 12 1/2" high x 13" wide x appx 5 1/2" deep (ignoring the base). Aside from a small ship at the top to a leaf, she's in great condition and has a fantastic presence.
If you're going to own a doll cradle, this is the one you want ... absolutely spectacular with its cut out embellishments, and early original deep red paint. She measures 19 1/2" x 12 1/2" at the rockers x 11 1/4" high. Frankly, there's little I can add to what my pictures show.
here is a rare ca 1800 pin prick and watercolor image of a retriever carrying a pheasant. Measuring, un-framed appx 8 1/4" x 6 1/4" (11 1/2" x 9 1/2" in its mid 19th C frame) my pictures document the damage around the edges to the drawing (which is glued down). Nevertheless, this is a rare piece ... go find another with such a delightful image.
a 19th century Snooker slate scoreboard that most likely originates from a British pub (but that's just a guess). Let me begin though by noting that this is one HEAVY piece ... 50 lbs ... and thus probably consists of a 1 3/4"" thick slab of slate. A truly surprising weight given that the scoreboard's overall measurements are 28" x 17" x 2". She is, though, 100% original including the decorative lettering at the top. The slate itself appears to have two especially tight hairlines ... tight enough that its difficult to discern whether they are in fact hairlines or imperfections in the surface (safe to assume they're hairlines).
Not sure, of course, whether this is schoolboy or schoolgirl folk art, but it is unique. A 19th C watercolor that's animated by the pulling of strings. Pull one string in back and the two men will move together or back to their respective houses. Pull another string and the shade to the upper right window rises or falls. And pull a third string and the chimney sweep rises from or drops into the chimney. All obviously hand crafted, drawn and colored. Framed in a ca 1840 mahogany veneered frame it measures 13 1/2" x 12 1/2" with sight dimensions beneath the new matting of 6 1/2" x 5".
here we have a 19th century bellows that retains its original and early paint, with pinstripe accent. With a fantastic and wholly original patina, the only question is whether the fabric joining the two halves is original since it's not leather. But if a replacement, then judging by the natural patina to the brass studs, a replacement that itself most likely dates to the late 19th or early 20th century. Dimensions are 22" long x 9 1/2" wide (and the bellows works).
Offered here is this late 18th or early 19th century two-candle "table model" adjustable tin table model candle stand. Overall height is 29 1/2", diameter of the weighted cone base is 6 1/2" and spread on the arms of the candle holder is appx 10". Both candle sockets are pushups. The candle holder arms are actually made in 3 pieces ... two arms and a center leather ring that connects to the two arms. It was that leather ring that originally provided the friction that held the arms in place together at whatever height was chosen. Over time, though, that ability, due to wear, was lost, so I inserted an additional felt washer that is invisible but provides the necessary friction so that the candle holder operates as intended. There appears to be some spot soldering repairs, but nothing obtrusive and the candle holder is otherwise wholly original.
here is a early 19th century blanket chest with fabulous early floral paint decoration. My best guess is that it's Scandinavian judging by the pine, but perfect as a coffee table since she's not overly large (40" x 22 1/2" x 19 1/4" high) and painted on all 4 sides. I suspect the floral decoration is a tad later than the chest itself but still early 19th century. There a small patched repair to the lid molding and a small patch to the base molding, all relatively inconsequential. Beyond that there's simply the usual age crack to the lid. One end has a bit of painted in writing on it ... possibly an address when being shipped by whoever emigrated to the US at the time.
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
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.
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 ...
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