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 email@example.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.
Offered here are two small folio original framed Currier and Ives lithos, "The Roadside Mill" and "The Notch House, White Mountains". Both are identically and professionally framed so that in their frames they measure 21" x 18". Image dimensions are as follows: The Mill image measures 12 1/2" x 7 15/16" while the Notch House image dimension measures 12 1/8" x 7 7/8". The Notch House image has the apology in the upper right corner as shown in my 2nd picture whereas the Mill image, with its especially strong coloring, is in excellent condition. Neither litho has been examined out of the frame.
A wonderfully graphic and beautifully made Pointed Star quilt measuring 91" x 86" and all hand quilted at 8 SPI.
This is a beauty -- a 1920s Floral Star cotton quilt with border measuring 92" x 80" and all wonderfully hand quilted at10 to 12 SPI.
Actually what I suspect about this quilt, given that the back appears to be a 20th century patterned fabric (see my last picture) whereas the top is composed of 19th century calicos, is that a 19th century quilt top was finally assembled as a quilt in the first quarter of the 20th century. This, though, allowed the delicate calicos to survive in better than average condition. Measuring 90" x 71" she's all hand quilted at 5 SPI
A wonderfully graphic red on white cotton calico quilt measuring 83" x 66" , all hand quilted at 6 SPI and in perfect condition.
If this vane isn't late 19th century then is early 20th at the latest ... and I want to emphasize that this is a legitimate vane and not some decorative piece ... clearly constructed and used as a vane. She retains a heavily painted black surface and measures as follows: Arrow length is 32", height as shown, 24", with the horse itself measuring 21" x 19" appx.
This is a beauty ... a two panel 89" x 71" double weave overshot coverlet, ca 1830, with a pine tree border, an uncommon pattern otherwise and in excellent condition ... the moths never found this one and it wasn't used to the point of generating any wear. Guaranteed to be of the period
Here's a rarity ... a 19th century miniature or salesman's sample porch / yard swing. Standing 29 1/2" high, 13" wide, the seat itself is adjustable insofar as the back is concerned, or it can be detached entirely and used as a rocker. Aside from some warping to the seat, she's in overall excellent and wholly original condition
here is this spectacular wool Overshot coverlet that I would date either to the 1930s coverlet revival or, if not that, then earlier to the 1880s. She isn't a 2-panel period coverlet, but at the same time she isn't a contemporary reproduction. But she is spectacular and, measuring 86" x 74", in perfect condition
ca 1880 hand colored litho depicting "Negro Drivers of the Baggage Train Attached to General Pleasonton's Calvary Brigade Watering Their Mules in the Rappahanock". The print is of the style found in Harper's Magazine, but is clear hand colored and without a fold line. Framed it measures 24 1/2" x 20", with sight dimensions of 14 3/8" x 10". While not examined out of the frame (and clearly professionally done), there are no issues ... no tears, stains or foxing.
Offered here is this pair of British hand colored engraved lithographs dated 1839 depicting "The First Steeple Chase on Record", plates II and III. Drawn by H. Alken and engraved by J. Harris. Framed, they measure appx 22 1/4" x 20 1/2" (there's a 1/4" difference in height), with sight dimensions behind the mat of of appx 16" x 13". Neither print is glued down or has any rips or tears. There is, though, some black smudging to the left and right of Plate II in the margins, and a small rice grain sized hole in Plate III at the letter H in the word "Heath" of the subtitle. Toning consonant with age is uniform throughout and colors are crisp and clear (keep in mind that my pictures were taken under glass). The frames are period maple frames but a tad dinged up and buyer might consider reframing if perfection is desired there.
a vintage sheet metal (iron presumably) arrow "directional trade sign", measuring 34" in length
There are to my knowledge but 3 watercolor ship paintings and 4 reverse paintings of ships on glass by Whyte that I know of. One watercolor is in Franklin Roosevelt's Hyde Park home in NY, one at the Chicago Art Institute, and one in the NY Historical Society. Of Whyte's 4 known reverse ship paintings, one (the Hornet) is in a private Penna. collection, one (the Essex) in the Peabody Essex Museum, and the two offered here on Dig ... in this instance the USS Congress, commissioned in 1799 and the sister ship of the USS Constitution in Boston and USS Constellation in Baltimore. Dated 1814, she's signed (in reverse) by Whyte in the upper left corner, and denoted Boston Mass in the upper right. Framed dimensions are appx 15" x 13" with sight dim. of 11" x 8 7/8".
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).
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).
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
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.
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.
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 ...
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 .....
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