Desks, Consoles and Servers

Posted by admin on August 20, 2012 at 9:58 am

The shoppe’s beginning to sell larger furniture pieces a bit faster than I can replace them.  Summer is usually the slowest period, but August picks ups and September can be pretty busy.  Several pieces went out the same day they came in, but we do have both rooms full for now.

This antique cottage Eastlake was only in the store for a day or so before purchase.  We finished it in ASCP Olde White and added the glass drawer pulls, new casters and a new mirror (the original was badly foxed).  The handcarvings in the upper mirror frame and column stays is pretty impressive.  The original white marble top was well taken care of and in fine condition for an old girl of over 100 years.

This is a fairly rare double bench chest.  It measures a shade over 6′ long is stands about 20″ high on its original turned legs.  The legs, mortise work, blacksmith hinges and dovetailed construction put this piece back in the early 19th Century.  Haven’t brought it to Cottage Home yet, but it will be over after a general clean up.  Overall, it is in beautiful condition for a piece closing in on 200 years of age.  We’ve kept it in our dining room at home for now as I don’t want it damaged while moving items about.  Gloria and Ali haven’t decided on a price, but not many of these around and this is the first I’ve seen at this size and condition.  Most likely from Pennsylvania as these didn’t survive ocean trips from England or Europe very well in the 1700s/1800s.

Gloria found this beautiful antique schoolmaster’s or paymaster’s desk close to home.  Built early in the 19th Century, as well, these were referred to as “pumpkin pine” desks due to the staining colors used by the makers.  The old plank chair is at least as old as the desk and both make a nice fit together.  The desk is 30″ high at the bottom of its angled top and more than 3′ wide and about 24″ deep.  The long tapered turned legs were hand-lathed and both pieces are in excellent condition.  This will come over to the shoppe in the early Fall when Gloria and Ali put the summer items away and decorate for Autumn.

Not nearly as old, but still vintage, this old desk has a mix of styles.  Some French influence, Chippendale legs and angled Sheraton columns.  Original brass drawer bale pulls.  I painted this in ASCP Olde White, and worked the top’s original stain back into nice condition.  Its sealed and waxed, ready for the home.  The desk was originally sold from the old John Wanamaker’s Department Store in Philadelphia, probably well before World War II.  It measures almost 4′ wide x 19″ deep x 30″ high and is priced at $275.  The vintage rosebud chair is from the long gone Tell City, Ohio chair factory and still has its original needlepoint seat in fine condition.  Its priced less than $50.

Our last reproduction Olde English bobbin leg console table at $310.  Its painted in a lightly distressed white and measures apprx. 40″ L x 16″D x 32″H.  Great HDTV stands or as a dual lamp table behind the couch.

Priced at $345, this is an antique Queen Ann style raised server with original hardware.  It appears to have been built in the late 1800s and we’ve finished it in ASCP Paris Gray.  Measures apprx. 42″W x 22″D x 33″H.  The serpentine bowed front is very impressive and shows excellent craftsmanship of the builder involved.

A nice vintage vanity with mirror and bench.  The vanity has its original mirror and dates to the early 1930s.  The bench seat has been covered with new fabric.  It measures 4’W x 19″D x 32″H and is priced at $345 including the bench.

Here’s a unique child’s clothes post with a small handcarved and handpainted kitten atop it.

An antique oval mirror in ASCP Olde White.  Just about 4′ across and priced at only $54.

A few of the smaller side and occasional tables around the shoppe.  All of these are vintage dating back to the early end of the 20th Century.

The lingerie chest is a newer reproduction, but nicely made.  Painted in a distressed Swiss Coffee, it sold within a few hours.

Ali has placed many of the wooden signs on sale.

Some vintage cosmetic and apparel carriers.  These were known as “train or bus cases” in the 1940s and 1950s as it was the most common way to travel at the time.

Gloria found another antique field tiller in its original yellow paint.  The old standing arrow sign is a true vintage piece that likely marked a trail to somewhere sometime in the past.

To end today, here’s a couple of vintage dog vases being used to hold pens and cards at the store.  These date to the 1950s and are “3D” styles in nice condition.

OK, have to build a kitchen cart and install a new garbage disposal before the end of the day.  Enjoy the week.  We’re open to 5pm today, closed tomorrow and Wednesday, and re-open on Thursday.



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