18th Century Bavarian Pine Armoire

18th Century Bavarian Armoire/Cabinet
Hand constructed in pine
Understated floral motif on door and drawer
5’tall x 37 1/2″wide x 20″deep
The piece was bought in Munich during the 1970s and shipped to the States.  There is a painted detail at the top, showing a marriage date of 1876 and the first letters of the given names of the couple.  The piece is much older than the wedding gift date.  There is a lock plate of the door, in the form of a bird, which dates the armoire/cabinet to the late 18th century.  There is no longer a key available and the door can be kept closed, with a later edition hand carved latch.
Inside, there is shelving and two small hidden drawers at the very top.  The bottom drawer slides freely and deep.
The piece is very solid given it’s age. Much of the peg construction is intact and still holding the piece together.  There were some nails added in the 19th or early 20th century in various discrete places, to add additional support.
There are a few repairs, which are blended in rather nicely around the hinges to the door and at the bottom of the drawer.  Two supports, which act as feet, had been added to the bottom and are hidden by the exterior panels.  They appear to be in a metric size and were probably added before it was imported in the 1970s.
Overall, it’s a very charming rustic piece, with very nice original touches.  The painted areas and character are very understated, which make it a perfect addition to any decor.  I could see it in a country home or equally fitting to a city loft.
    
Offered at $1195.- SOLD

Diehl 1920s Desk Fan

Diehl Electric Oscillating Desk Fan
Vintage 1920s
Made in New Jersey
Constructed of Cast Iron 
REFURBISHED
New period fabric wiring throughout!
Cleaned and oiled motor
3 speed switch and a couple oscillating positions
16″ blade & measures 21 1/2″ from top to bottom

This is a fantastic Diehl oscillating fan!  It has been completely gone over, with new period style wiring, a thorough cleaning, paint and an oiled motor.  Both the wiring to the motor and the power cord have been replaced.  Definitely an exceptional example of a solid vintage fan.  It runs smoothly and is very quiet.  The three speed switch works just as it should.
The black paint, with a touch of gold coloured wiring, makes this fan versatile in any home or office decor.
Beginning in the late 19th century, Diehl was started by a German motor expert.  Using state of the art engineering, Diehl was known for high end products.
  
Offered at $250.- SOLD

Rabone Boxwood and Brass Imperial Ruler

RABONE ANTIQUE RULER

CONSTRUCTED OF BOXWOOD & BRASS
MADE IN ENGLAND
No. 2547
UNFOLDS TO 24 INCHES LONG
THE HINGES WORK PERFECTLY

All the numbers and markings are clear and precise.  It’s an attractive ruler and has gotten many compliments.  It’s very straight and folds perfectly.  The boxwood is in very nice condition and the brass fittings are bright, with an overall fantastic patina.  Definitely has a nice weighted feel in your hand.  This Rabone Imperial (Standard US) ruler is in fantastic original condition.

Offered at $65.- SOLD

Circa 1850s Amish Primitive Rocking Chair

Primitive Amish Rocking Chair
Circa 1850s
Original stain/colouring
Solid Peg Construction
Hand Carved Pine

Offering a Primitive Amish rocking chair from the mid-19th century.  Completely hand made with many pieces carved with simple tools.  It’s in very solid condition.  Being a Primitive, it does rock slightly to the left and is pleasant to sit in.  The arms happen to be just the right height and the high back is slightly bowed, making it very comfortable.  There is plenty of original wear in the right places.
It was bought from an estate in Indiana.  Most of the farmhouse furnishings were of the same period, with many fine Amish items.  At some point, someone had applied a lacquer over the original finish, in a well done manner.  It does look very fresh, yet has a lovely worn patina.  I’m very fond of the colouring and wear on the arms.
Offered at $350.- SOLD

Brass 1920s Umbrella Stand

Brass 1920s Umbrella Stand

Lions on two sides

Manufacturer is unknown

height 24 inches x 9 inches across

A very solid brass umbrella stand, with lions on two sides.  The gauge of the brass is very thick on the top and sides, with some white metal solder present where the top edge meets the sides and along one corner running the length of the inside.  Nicely crafted and has a wonderful presence in any hallway.  It was recently polished on the outside, since there was a very uneven tarnish.  The patina will come back naturally, since it’s not coated with any material.  It also looks great polished, if you wish to keep it that way.

Offered at $100.- SOLD

Pansies in oil on canvas

A lovely small oil painting created in Massachusetts and framed by, Meekins, Packard & Wheat, Inc., of Springfield, MA.  The backing paper shows the label of the long gone department store, which was once very prominent in Western Massachusetts.  The frame itself is rather delicate and has some corner damage. This happens to be common with old gilded plaster frames.

The details and composition are charming and the artist was certainly trained.  The painting certainly shows a great deal of Realism in technique.  No signature is present, so the artist is unknown.

Circa 1910-1920

Offered at $365.-SOLD

Young Lady with Dog, 1938

YOUNG LADY WITH DOG

Signed and Dated 1938

A pre-WWII portrait of a lady seated in period clothing with a small dog.  The painting is signed, but the name of the artist is hard to read.  The painter obviously had formal training, as the proportions and composition are well thought out.  It appears to have been created over several sittings, with many layers of paint present.  It’s a vibrant painting in both colour and subject. The plaster copper leaf frame is complimentary to several details within the painting.  The frame has a few small repairs to the plaster, which are blended in rather well and only noticeable with a close inspection. The frame measures 24″x31″.

I was told it was painted in Massachusetts.  The subject in the painting is holding a cigarette, but be assured the painting itself has no offensive smells.

Offered at $545.- SOLD
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