Category: American

Vintage 1930s Western Electric Desktop Telephone, Rotary Dial, Beautiful, Refurbished, Working

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Offering a stunning antique 1930s Western Electric desktop telephone with a remarkably durable polished semi-gloss black finish. This is a model 202 Art Deco style desktop telephone from Western Electric. Dated to 1936. The telephone has been meticulously refurbished in a semi-gloss powder coat black enamel to match the finish of the Western Electric ringer box. Inside the ringer box there are excellent network components, which work perfectly with the all new original style brown cotton covered wiring. The ringer sounds fantastic. The original model E1 “Bulldog” heavy bakelite receiver has excellent functionality and calls are crisp. All the cords are in new condition, with a modern matching style modular line cord. The telephone is ready to plugin and use. This is an exceptionally well refurbished phone with an original Western Electric wall mounted ringer box in very fine condition to match the refurbished model 202 telephone. Western Electric designed their phones for uncompromising reliability and durability. This is the finest example of a telephone from the era you can find. Ready for use right out of the box.

The telephone has been tested extensively during the refurbishment process on live telephone lines and works perfectly with crisp clear sound quality, dials perfectly and rings brilliantly. For a 80 year old telephone, the sound quality is just as good as a modern phone, if not better! Click for details.

Antique Hepplewhite Farmhouse Table, Circa 1800-1820

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Offering a gorgeous antique New England Hepplewhite drop-leaf farmhouse table with wood peg joinery. Circa 1800-1820. The farmhouse table originated from the Deerfield area or surrounding valley in Western Massachusetts. It’s very solidly made, with nice period handcrafted details in the construction. The Hepplewhite farmhouse table is made of pine. Both leaves are held by a pivoted cutout on two sides, so one leaf can be dropped and one left up. Four adults can be seated at this table and it’s exceptionally sturdy for everyday use, given its age. The history is present in a wonderful worn patina to the surfaces and joinery. There are plenty of scratches and a very old dark spot left behind from a candle holder. It has a lovely simple rustic feel.

The simplicity of an antique country Hepplewhite table lends itself well to both traditional settings and more contemporary spaces alike. Perfect for a period home, or modern city loft with limited dining space. The drop leaf compact style makes it perfect for a sideboard table too. Click here for more details.

Large Vintage 1920s Cast Iron & Wood Drafting Table

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Offering a stunning antique maple and cast iron drafting table made by Hamilton Manufacturing Co. The cast iron knobs, legs and hardware are fantastic. The base is made of black painted maple and the extra large table surface is made of pine with oak trim on both ends. There’s a scarce maple foot rest attached to the cast iron legs, which is removable. Excellent patina and desirable wear to the wood surfaces, which show its age and character. Everything is completely functional and very sturdy. The drafting table has a tilt function, and is also height adjustable. It has been carefully cleaned and waxed, while leaving all its original character and wear. The table surface has wear at four corners of the surface due to years of drafting with a compass point, which has left shallow pin point indentations, but a glass can easily rest on the concentrated spots. For drafting use, it would be best to use a drafting mat on the drawing surface, and its about one of the largest dimensions you can find for a drafting table.

The piece is perfectly suited as a desk, dining table, kitchen island/table, or a cocktail table in a commercial setting. Excellent versatility. The ability to adjust the height makes the table perfect for use with chairs or stools. The industrial design lends itself well to plenty of uses in various decor environments. Whether it be a compact NYC loft or a home office, this table will provide limitless options, as a show piece in whichever room you choose. 

Dimensions: 60″W x 36″D x 33″H (height adjustable to approximately 42″)

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Vintage Typewriters Are Hot

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It’s been many years since the vintage typewriter revival started, and the trend is here to stay. We frequently stock fully refurbished 1920s & 1930s models from Royal and Imperial. The Royal typewriters were manufactured in NYC, and they’re built to last many lifetimes. The Imperial typewriters were manufactured in the UK, and are incredibly pleasing to the eye, with lots of chrome, beautiful contours and also built to last many lifetimes. There are a lot of typewriters out there, but finding an early example carefully refurbished and brought back to its full glory is a rarity. All our typewriters are meticulously cleaned, polished, waxed and mechanically serviced, resulting in a reliable machine with beautiful time-warp looks, feel and typing from a bygone era. They’re a real treat to admire and type on.

The typewriter above is a Royal Model P from the early 1930s. It has tabulation, which is an unusual feature for this model. The mocha two-tone brown is outstanding. For more information on this model, please visit Hartong International on Etsy.

Large Vintage Cast Iron & Wood Drafting Table

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This one has sold. We have another nearly identical one recently listed for sale. The same cast iron legs, and table surface dimensions. It’s a stunning vintage drafting table. Click here for the latest posted drafting table.

Offering a handsome cast iron and wood drafting table. Circa 1910s-1920s. I’ve sold a lot of antique/vintage drafting tables, but this is a very unique one with solid cast iron legs. It’s also rather large with the table top measuring 60 inches wide. The drafting table is in remarkable condition, and everything works perfectly as intended. There’s a lot of versatility with these old industrial furniture pieces. I’ve sold vintage drafting tables to buyers intent on using them for various purposes. Frequently they get repurposed as kitchen islands, dining tables and desks. For more information on this drafting table, please visit Hartong International on Chairish. 

Vintage Telephones

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Vintage telephones add so much charm and elegance to a room or office. Western Electric made the finest telephones in the world, with all metal bases and time tested bakelite handles. Their telephone technology was above and beyond the competition. A 1930s model 202 with an E1 handset like the one above was the pinnacle of telephone design during the Deco era. There’s nothing like dialing a call on a clickity clack sounding refurbished rotary dial, as it makes every call feel important. The separate ringer box which accompanied this model had beautifully cast brass bells, making a beautiful sound, much like the sound one would hear while watching a Hollywood film of the 1930s with a telephone in the scene.

In order to keep elegant old telephones alive and working, Hartong International fully refurbishes each model with an obsessive attention to the fine details. The 1930s Western Electric Model 202 displayed above is offered for sale in our store. Like all the vintage and antique telephones we carry, they have been fully refurbished with stunning glossy paint, new or inspected NOS wiring and updated networks to work on all traditional telephone lines. Many of our telephones can be used on cable internet based telephone services with a simple adapter. The example pictured has a beautiful Italian leather base pad, which keeps your furniture free of scratches and allows the telephone to stay in place when dialing a call.

Visit our store for more excellent examples of stunning vintage and antique telephones in full working order.

A Lovely Working 1920’s Victrola Full Size Gramophone- Fantastic Original Condition

Offered at $995.-  Was $1295.- SOLD

A 1920’s full size Mahogany Victrola VV-XIa. It’s complete with the motor working well. The motor had been taken out and cleaned, including the motor springs. It plays very well. The motor governor has a missing counter weight, which means after winding it up, the turntable just needs a light push to get it going. The springs hold a fantastic amount of energy, giving this Victrola an excellent amount of playing time. Mechanically it will play records for a very longtime to come.

The mahogany case to this Victrola has an original finish, which shines nicely. It has normal wear, dings and scratches to the finish. The original lacquer fiinsh has some cracked areas, but this is to be expected of an old finish. It shows very nicely. The Victrola has been cleaned and waxed with a fine museum wax, giving it a fantastic shine! Definitely a very solid fully functional Victrola. The bright work is excellent and the nickel plating is exceptionally well preserved.

The Victrola comes with a 1927 music catalog, some needles and a few records. A very enjoyable piece!

   

Shipping available by freight. Local pick up/collection available by appointment. Delivery available throughout New England and the boroughs of New York City. Please be in contact for freight company options. Buyer responsible for shipping & handling fees. Only fully insured freight carriers will be used.

We will help to arrange freight shipping to any location, accompanied by close communication throughout the shipping process.

Antique Leather Bound Dictionaries, Colourful Illustrations and Complete, Printed 1904

Offered at $180.- SOLD

A Standard Dictionary of The English Language, printed 1904. London & New York. Complete from A to Z, in a two volume set. Many lovely colourful illustrations and They’re leather bound. The bindings are tight, but the leather is a bit worn, but they have a fantastic patina.

They’re very heavy and large. A fantastic look for any table or shelf. Certainly a word sleuths handy companion or perfect for expanding vocabulary knowledge.

They’ll make your home look highly intelligent. Indeed, instant ambience of a well learned individual!

They’re a bit heavy, so please be in contact for shipping to your location. USPS or UPS are offered. Buyer responsible for shipping & handling charges.