Ordeshook's Antiques

Peter C. Ordeshook | Carmel Rd La Canada, California 91011 | 818-952-8106 | mordess@aol.com

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 mordess@aol.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.


19th vinegar painted Penna miniature blanket ches

It doesn't get much better than this ... a ca 1830s dovetailed & footed miniature blanket chest in its original vinegar painted surface with interior till and drawer that, except for the missing lock, is 100% original. Measuring 18 1/2" x 9 5/8" deep x 10 1/4" high, made of poplar, my best guess is that the origin of this museum quality piece is Pennsylvania.

Price: $2.200

2018-Nov-19 09:05am EST | Tags : Folk art Miniatures

19th C American 2-Door Cupboard in Early Paint

Here is a great circa 1800s American tall two door cupboard in early blue over original green paint. The cupboard opens to reveal lots of storage with buttery cream painted shelves. Displays expected age use and wear as shown, leans slightly as one rear foot has worn just a bit on the bottom. Measures approx. 66” tall by 47 ½” wide by 18” deep. In this instance please direct all inquiries to Don at don.vivant@gmail.com

Price: $3,200

2018-Nov-19 09:00am EST | Tags : Furniture Cupboards

19th C Drunkards Path variant hand quilted quilt

this is simply one gorgeous quilt, quite possibly never washed, that measures 78" x 68" and all wonderfully hand quilted at a delicate 9 to 10 SPI. Aside from some subtle toning to the backside there are no apologies here so my pictures tell the rest of the story (the tan is most likely an example of 19th century fugitive green).

Price: $475

2018-Nov-03 06:32pm EDT | Tags : Quilts

19th C cotton hand sewn Log Cabin Quilt

here is this gorgeous late 19th c cotton calico Log Cabin hand stitched quilt measuring 76" x 69" and in near perfect condition ... the sole apology I could find is damage to one black strip at a fold as shown in my last picture. I note that with 110 squares and 17 pieces per square, this quilt consists of some 1870 individual pieces of fabric.

Price: $395

2018-Nov-03 06:30pm EDT | Tags : Quilts

Miss Dyer's ca 1800 schoolgirl map of Europe

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.)

Price: $1,495

2018-Oct-16 01:38pm EDT | Tags : Folk art

19th C all wood rocking horse

Offered here is this sizeable 19th century all wood rocking horse that retains all of its original paint, horsehair mane and tail. Saddle is original as well, but as can be seen, various leather embellishments are long gone from use and age. As for dimensions, as she sits, she's 46 1/2" long x 32 1/4" high x 16 1/4" wide with the horse itself measuring 46 1/2" x 24" x 12" wide at the feet. FedEx shipping is included in my price.

Price: $975

2018-Sep-25 04:52am EDT | Tags : Folk art

Unique 19th C animated schoolboy / girl watercolor

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".

Price: $250.00

2018-Feb-01 06:35am EST | Tags : Folk art

18th early 19th C adjustable tin dual candlestand

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.

Price: $675.00

2017-Nov-25 11:41am EST | Tags : Lighting Decorative accessories

hand made folk art wood & tin locomotive

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.

Price: $475.00

2016-Nov-26 06:29am EST | Tags : Folk art

Five signed ca 1928 Folk Art carvings, original paint

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 ...

Price: $795.00

2015-Nov-17 06:00pm EST | Tags : Folk art


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