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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
here is a 19th C hand quilted patchwork and applique (the triple of flowers in each basket) quilt measuring 85" x 80", tightly hand quilted at 9 SPI. In overall great condition, the primary apology is two silver dollar-sized spots on the baskets that at one time got hit with (I assume) bleach (see my 3rd).
Offered here is this ca 1890 mixed fabric crazy quilt measuring appx. 75" x 74" and, amazingly, in perfect condition. Moreover, she is executed with an uncommon 9-star motif ... one star in each of the 9 sections.
Offered here is this wonderful silk on linen sampler by a Miss Sally (or Sarah) Collyer, age 9, worked, as the first line of the sampler says, in Marbelhead (Massachusetts) March 25, 1801. Admittedly, Sally's name at the bottom of the sampler is a tad difficult to read, but becomes apparent under black light. The second and third lines are the alphabet plus numbers 1 to 13. The remaining 10 lines are a verse that, frankly, I've made minimal effort at reading. This is, moreover a rather large sampler, measuring 21" x 16" and is without flaw ... no holes, missing threads, etc.
Offered here is this blown and molded early 19th century whale oil lamp with what appears to be its original double burner. She stands appx 9" tall and is in overall excellent condition with the exception of a few scattered dings to the lower tier of the base.
Offered here is this undated but ca 1845 2-panel Jacquard coverlet measuring 81" x 70" and for which I can find no flaws whatsoever ... no wear, no stains, no repairs, no moth damage and retaining its full 3-sided fringe.
Frankly, I've never seen this before ... a hammered thin sheet of either lead or pewter (definitely not tin) to form a flower basket, where the sheet measures appx 8 1/2" x 7" (framed, in what appears to be its original and period birds eye maple frame with age-appropriate wavy glass, she measures 12" x 10 1/2"). The sheet of metal is glued down on a piece of wood to keep it rigid. There is some identifying information on the back, but unfortunately not enough to nail down this piece's origins.
A ca 1860 copper cooking or baking tower mold in superb condition with marks as noted in my 2nd & 3rd pictures that measures 5" in diameter x 4 7/8" high
Offered here is this ca 1860 swirl pattern copper cooking or baking tower mold in superb condition that measures 4" in diameter x 4" high
A ca 1860 oval copper cooking or baking tower mold in superb condition that measures 5 7/8" x 4" x 4" high
Here is a beautiful hand blown and molded 9 1/2" high early 19th century whale oil lamp with what appears to be its original double burner, a beautiful petaled base and cut glass accents to is upper half. In overall excellent condition there are though scattered dings to the lower tier of its base.
It's not clear whether Miss Dyer's 1st name is Elisa or Eliza: if Eliza, she was born in Massachusetts in 1789, dating the map to 1802. But if Eliza, the map's from Maine and dates to 1800. Both possibilities make sense since the map was found in a New Hampshire estate. In its frame (not terribly old) this watercolor and ink example of American folk art measures 23 5/8" x 18 1/4" (sight 22 1/4" x 17 3/4"). A date of 1800 or 1802 follows logically from the fact that Finland had not yet separated from Sweden (1809) as well as Poland's configuration, which matches its form in 1795 or so (and we can assume there's a lag in the maps children used to construct their own). The detail here is wonderful ... rivers, major cities, etc all finely written in. The map does have two apologies: a tear from the left side (see my 2nd pic.) as well as one from the right with a small dime sized piece of missing paper (see my 3rd pic.)
Not sure, of course, whether this is schoolboy or schoolgirl folk art, but it is unique. A 19th C watercolor that's animated by the pulling of strings. Pull one string in back and the two men will move together or back to their respective houses. Pull another string and the shade to the upper right window rises or falls. And pull a third string and the chimney sweep rises from or drops into the chimney. All obviously hand crafted, drawn and colored. Framed in a ca 1840 mahogany veneered frame it measures 13 1/2" x 12 1/2" with sight dimensions beneath the new matting of 6 1/2" x 5".
Offered here is this late 18th or early 19th century two-candle "table model" adjustable tin table model candle stand. Overall height is 29 1/2", diameter of the weighted cone base is 6 1/2" and spread on the arms of the candle holder is appx 10". Both candle sockets are pushups. The candle holder arms are actually made in 3 pieces ... two arms and a center leather ring that connects to the two arms. It was that leather ring that originally provided the friction that held the arms in place together at whatever height was chosen. Over time, though, that ability, due to wear, was lost, so I inserted an additional felt washer that is invisible but provides the necessary friction so that the candle holder operates as intended. There appears to be some spot soldering repairs, but nothing obtrusive and the candle holder is otherwise wholly original.
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.
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 ...
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