Friday, October 18, 2019

U.S. Navy Signal Flags

Over the weekend while we were on the road, I found a collection of U.S. Navy signal flags.  They were in their original battleship grey wooden cabinet.  I pulled a few out and they looked very cool, so I purchased the collection and the cabinet.  They were in the garage for a few days and last night I brought them into the house to count them and check out the condition, etc.  I realized they are WWII flags.  I decided to iron a few to photograph.  While I was ironing them, I got very moved thinking about the significance and history of what I was touching.  I thought about my father and uncles, all of whom served during the war.  I thought about another very special Naval find from several years back.  It was a letter written in March of 1945 by a 19 year old boy named Michael who had recently enlisted in the U.S. Navy.  It was written on the occasion of the birthday of his sister Evelyn who was turning 14.  The letter was written while he was on an island in the Pacific during a short break from his battleship.  He writes about playing baseball, drinking Cokes and beer, having cake, picking shells on the beach, and going for a swim in the terrific heat.  The letter was so simple and beautiful.  19 year old stuff in the forties.  He signed the letter "Your loving brother Mickey" with 15 "x"s.  His battleship was bombed a few months after he wrote this, shortly before the end of the war.  All perished.  Just a snapshot of the reality of life and war and how life can turn on a dime.  I found this letter folded up in the bottom of a box I brought back from my parents' house after my father passed away.  It was written to my mom from her brother Michael, for whom I was named.  I never knew the letter existed.  With that top of mind, it seems a little strange to put a price on these.  But I think these flags were likely stored away for a very long time too, and I think they deserve to be displayed and hopefully cherished.  There are 75 flags of various sizes.  Most are around 36" x 36".  A few are very large, over 7 ft. and a few are very small, about 13".  Most are in fair condition, many are in good condition, and some a little tattered.  $1,950.00


Thursday, October 17, 2019

Saturday Hours

The shop will be open from 9 a.m. to 11a.m. on Saturday.  We're open regular hours today and Friday.

John Widdicomb Console Table

Fine furniture.  Another stunner from John Widdicomb, this long (6 ft.), sleek console has an exotic wood inlaid top and hand painted faux tortoise frame.  Make a statement in your foyer, behind a sofa, etc.  72" l., 16" d., 32" h.  American, c. 1970's  $850.00
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.  

Pair of Royal Haeger Vases

Pretty in periwinkle.  Beautiful periwinkle satin glaze and timeless shape on these vases by Royal Haeger.  12" h., 7" diam.  American, c. 1950's  SOLD
Condition:  Excellent vintage condition with age appropriate wear.

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Robert G. Northrup; Original Bus Art

These may be my favorite find of the year.  There are 27 framed original bus paintings in total.  The paintings have a cool, modern, folk feel.  They make a very bright and colorful instant art wall.  Here's an idea.  If you're planning on opening a coffee shop, call it Bus Stop Cafe.  Decor done!  These are fantastic!!  12" h., 14.5" w.  American, c. 1988  $950.00 for the group

Friday, October 11, 2019

Pair of Mont Style Asian Modern Figural Lamps

Stunners!  This exceptional pair of Asian Modern, James Mont style figural lamps have glazed terracotta bodies and ebonized wood bases.  The fabric shades are in good usable condition, but the lamps would look sensational with black or white parchment shades.  38" h. (to top of finial), 8" w., 8" d. (base)  American, c. 1950's  SOLD  
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear and minor touch up to a few tiny glaze flakes.

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Thomasville; Ernest Hemingway Collection Desk

"Writing and travel broaden your ass if not your mind and I like to write standing up."  -Ernest Hemingway
If you like to write standing up, this desk from the Ernest Hemingway Collection by Thomasville is perfect.  If you like to write sitting down, it works and looks great with a stool too.  The desk is beautifully crafted with inlaid, embossed leather, a patinated brass gallery and patinated brass footrest on one of the stretchers.  There is a single drawer on the front.  When the drop-front is opened, there is a very large leather writing/ work surface, six drawers and four compartments.  This is a show-stopper in person.  The patina is beautiful and the look will only improve and richen with age.  55" h., 45" w., 26" d.  American, late 20th c.  $1,250.00
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear.      

Centennial Chippendale Arm Chair

Is your home feeling a little tired?  In need of a bit of a fall refresh?  Maybe a little pattern and punch of color would do the trick.  This classic Centennial Chippendale arm chair is newly upholstered in a beautiful Neoclassical toile.  It's as comfortable as it is handsome, and it's got lots of personality.  37" h., 27" w., 20" d.  American, c. 1900  $650.00
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear and new upholstery.

Baker Furniture; Milling Road Chest

Holiday Classics.  This elegant chest by the Milling Road division of Baker Furniture is one of a number of classic pieces hitting the shop before the Thanksgiving holiday long weekend.  The Neoclassical style chest has three drawers with patinated brass pulls.  The tambour doors open to a compartment with two removable dividers.  Great form and function.  42" w., 20" d., 48" h.  American, c. 1960's  $750.00
Condition:  Very good-good vintage condition with age appropriate surface wear.  

Monday, October 7, 2019


HOPE.  Former First Lady, Michelle Obama is speaking in Hamilton at the end of this week.  When President Obama was elected in November of 2008, it was such an amazing day, week...start.  The Port Hope shop had only been open for a few months.  I did a 'HOPE' themed window that week inspired by the now famous poster by Shepard Fairey, and also inspired by the sense of hope and excitement that was in the air at the time.  In some ways it seems like yesterday.  In some ways it seems like another world.  In so many ways it truly was another world.  December of 2016 was the 'Build Love, Not Walls' windows.  I don't think anyone could have imagined what the next three years would bring during that holiday season.  Back to today, it felt like the right moment for another 'HOPE' window.  You have to look a little bit harder to find it in these windows than you did in 2008.  Look in the mirror.  It's in there.

Friday, October 4, 2019

McGuire Wheat Sheaf Table

This lovely and versatile table by McGuire is made of rattan which has been cinched and shaped into a sheaf of wheat.  It can be used without glass or with a larger piece as a coffee table.  21" diam. 15" h.  American, c. 1970's  $295.00
Condition:  Very good vintage condition with age appropriate wear and a few marks on the glass.

Tony Evans; Untitled Mixed Media

Tony Evans (1942-2009) was a California artist, best known for his raku pottery.  He studied in the U.S. and Japan, and his influences included Franz Kline, Jackson Pollack, Morita and Jung Kwang.  While best known for his pottery, he also worked in other media.  This signed mixed media work by Evans blends glass and metallics, and expressionism and oriental calligraphy.  It has a wonderful primitive/ folk feel.  The frame is original.  41.5" h., 41.5" w.  American, c. 1970's-80's  SOLD
Condition:  Very good vintage condition.