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.


Hand carved folk art statue of Jack Daniel

This is not, I believe, a vintage advertisement for Jack Daniel's whiskey per se, but rather a folk art all hand carved image of the founder of that company Jasper Newton "Jack" Daniel, 1850-1911. And as a piece of American folk art, its wonderful. Standing 16" high, Jack is carved from a single piece of wood, with the base a separate piece. The detail is fantastic and the surface is wholly original, including the hand lettering around the base (which measures a bit under 5" square).

Price: $225.00

2017-Dec-17 06:15pm EST | Tags : Folk art

wood 19th C rocking horse all original in paint

here we have a spectacular 19th century all wood rocking horse that is wholly original, including its paint, mane and tail (with the usual deterioration to the leather accents). And it works perfectly on its spring assembly that also bears its original blue paint. As seen, it stands 34" high, 37" long at the base whereas the horse itself measures 35 1/2" long x 20" high x 5 1/2" wide.

Price: $1,395

2017-Dec-09 08:39am EST | Tags : Folk art

18th early 19th C adjustable tin dual candlestand

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.

Price: $675.00

2017-Nov-25 11:41am EST | Tags : Lighting Decorative accessories

19th C hand carved figural cane, original paint

Here is an American folk art classic ... a 19th century 36 3/4" cane / walking stick with a hand carved waist high figure of a man bearing its original paint throughout ... in addition to the paint on the man, the shaft of the cane itself bears its original flame grain red wash.

Price: $995.00

2017-Oct-13 02:15pm EDT | Tags : Folk art

19th C blanket chest w early paint decoration

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.

Price: $450.00

2017-Oct-02 08:58pm EDT | Tags : Furniture Decorative accessories

Pair 19th C bone salt spoons

Not sure if these are sailor made but they are definitiely an uncommon item. A perfect pair, each spoon measures 5 1/8" in length.

Price: $125.00

2017-Sep-15 09:02am EDT | Tags : Decorative accessories Folk art

19th C Sailor whimsey bone watch fob

Made in the form of a multi-blade jack knife, its actually a watch fob (note the pierced part at the left end in my 3rd picture). Folded up it measures but 2 7/8" long.

Price: $125.00

2017-Aug-24 10:13am EDT | Tags : Folk art

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: $45.00

2017-Jan-14 11:44am 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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