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Schuco windup tumbling mouse with key


Schuco windup tumbling mouse with key

 

A vintage (1920s – 1930s) Schuco wind up tumbling, summersaulting toy mouse. So cute and he works! He tumbles a little frenetically, but he works. With his original key, he is in very good antique condition. His fabric body is intact, both ears and his little felt hands are present. He still has his smile, eyebrows, original button eyes and he even has a whisper of an original whisker left. He may have had felt feet at some point but no more. You can see the wear of his age – a separation of the fabric on his left arm, wear to his nose and a few other places and some smudges but, boy, for this old a toy, he is in terrific shape. With his legs out, he measures about four inches.

$195.00


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Antique miniature pincushion, Tunbridge Wells?


Antique miniature pincushion, wood mosaic

Perhaps Tunbridge Wells work, this has a finely done layered wood mosaic body made of contrasting woods. Topped with a small cushion covered with blue velvet. So cute! About 1 1/8″ tall x 1″ wide. In very good old condition with light soil to the cushion.


$65.00


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18th century meerschaum and silver pipe


A dated 18th century meerschaum bag form pipe. There is no stem. The body of the pipe has a silver cap and stem and a full silver rim with an attached lid, the rim of which is pierced and tooled all around. The lid is engraved “P.H.” in script with “1790” deeply engraved underneath the initials. Later, below that, “1845” and “1888” are more lightly carved into the silver, I would guess other owners, perhaps descendants of Mr. P.H. At the top of the lid, above “P.H.” there is another name in script. I am not sure but the name appears to be “..a (or g) illotte (and maybe an ‘n'” at the end). It is lightly carved into the silver in a way and depth similar to the “1888.” Off to the right of “1888” there appears to be more text. I see what appears to be “…ollier.” Layers of history! The stem collar of the pipe has a mark in a rectangular cartouche that appears to be “LS” and there is a dot in the silver between the body of the L before the S.


 

The pipe is a “bag” form. From the top of the collar to the “elbow” of the body measures about 4,” from the top of the lid to the “elbow” is about 2 1/2.” The pipe is in good antique condition with lots of discoloration, absorbed smoke and oils. The back of the pipe shows a little surface loss but no cracks, breaks or noticeable chips. The silver rim is firmly attached to the meerschaum, the silver lid is stable. The hook snaps but doesn’t hold the lid tighly closed but I think the hook could easily be tweaked to hold the lid tighter. There is a wrinkle in the silver stem collar. Then, just scratches, small dings and wear expected over 227 years!

$325.00


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Tiffany Favrile salt dish


Tiffany Favrile salt dish

 

A beautiful Tiffany single salt dish, with ruffled edge, in Tiffany’s Favrile “Gold Lustre”. The dish has the “L. C. T.” mark engraved on the underside. The dish measures 2 1/2″ wide x 3/4″ tall/deep. It is in excellent condition .

$195.00


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Old Toledo Damascene cigarette case


Old Toledo Damascene cigarette case

 

This is the real old Spanish damascene. The iron base is carefully carved into the desired forms and then, gold leaf is laid over and tooled into the design. Another piece that came to me with this one, is marked “TOLEDO.” This case does not have a maker’s mark but it has “15” stamped twice on the inside of the case. I found similar pieces being from Eibar, Spain. Wonderful detail and work. The case is still usable, the hinge and clasp work. It is in very good old condition with expected wear and light rust, mostly around the edges. The case measures approximately 3 1/2″ tall x 3 1/4″ wide.

$225


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Vintage sailor’s macrame knotted frame, signed


Vintage sailor’s macrame knotted frame, signed

 

A great bit of maritime folk art, this is an elaborate knotted cotton line, frame. It’s even signed, Leroy Fowler. I believe Mr. Fowler passed away in the late ’60s so I’d guess he did this sometime in the first part of the century. A nifty detail is that he recorded his creation of the piece with a detailed diagram on paper that he attached to the back of the frame. It includes the names and numbers of the knots and, impressively, an estimate of the time it took him to make it – 125 hours! And, he notes that the image inside the frame is a print of an original work by J. Spurling, of the “British square rigged ship, “Medway.”


The frame is in a well constructed box frame. Old masking tape on the back was flaking off but newer, archival tape would reseal the back and keep the piece safe and clean. The framed measures 15 1/4″ x 17 3/4″ x 2 1/2″ deep.”


Note that professional shipping for this piece is necessary. Cost will be determined before shipping.

$650.00


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Egyptian Revival silver, enamel and cut glass box


Egyptian Revival silver, enamel and cut glass box

 

An elegant cut crystal jar or dresser box with an enameled silver collar and lid. The lid of the box is enameled with the image of Horus (the hawk headed god) seated on a throne. The inside of the lid is marked “800.” The box measures approximately 1 3/4″ wide x 1 1/8″ tall. I am not sure where this was made but the 800 silver indicates somewhere in Europe. The piece is visually in very good antique condition. With examination under a loupe, there are multiple extremely tiny chips in the glass. I can feel a few with a fingernail but most I cannot see. With the loupe, I saw a few small areas of damage to the enamel as well. Really not obvious. So, it’s not perfect but still beautiful.

$235.00


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Antique religious needlepoint

     

I try to avoid over-the-top superlatives but, superlatives apply to this piece. Stunning! Museum quality! This is very fine wool needlepoint on what looks like a linen open-weave cloth. This could be nun’s or a devotee’s work.


  


Religious art or needlework, this is a beautiful piece. Two panels; Christ at the table on the left and the Holy Ghost as the Dove over the Chalice with two angels at the top and urns with plants flanking the Chalice. The visible portion of the image measures 8″ by 7 1/8.” 15″ by 10 7/8″ and the feet each measure 6 3/4″ long.


I believe this is at least 19th century and it could be 18th century. The embroidery is in very good shape for its age. There are a few areas where the wool stitches have disappeared – the most obvious area is in the angel’s hair in the upper right of the right panel.



The Dove is a little hard to discern as the once gold background behind it has faded. Overall, the fabric and embroidery is in very good condition overall.


The wood frame is lovely, old and worn. I think the basic wood is a fruit wood but I am not up on European woods. The burl band at the bottom is a well-crafted veneer with a meandering seam in the center that I didn’t see until a friend pointed it out. Craftsmanship!


Note that the frame has been repaired more than once. The base of the right upright (as you look at the piece) broke and was glued and you can see this repair in the photos. The left upright was glued inside the foot. And there may be others but overall, the repairs are sturdy and the piece is stable. Lots of old bug holes in the wood but I’ve this piece for 15 years with no evidence of any insect activity.


   


    


$950


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Vintage Fred Harvey menu


Vintage Fred Harvey menu

1949 Fred Harvey Hollywood Restaurant menu featuring the painting “Arrival of the Harvey Girls” by Doris Lee. Neat railroad and Fred Harvey history. This original menu has the original prices – “Grilled Filet Mignon, wrapped in bacon – 3.25.” Here’s to 1949 prices! The menu is in excellent, used condition with light wear, slight bends and dings to edges and corners but very good overall.

$55


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Salviati enameled glass compote


Salviati enameled glass compote

A fine piece of Murano glass, this is a delicate stemmed glass compote, with gold and white enameling and a thin cobalt glass edge on both the bowl and the foot. This is not marked but is in they style of Francesco Toso Borella. The compote measures just under 5 3/8″ tall, approximately 6″ across the bowl and the foot is 3 1/2″ in diameter. It is in excellent condition with no dings, cracks or chips. I don’t feel these are flaws but there are a few very small bubbles in the bowl and stem.

$325


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