From the days of Idlewild as a trolley park, c1910-20. Large shell decorated with smaller shells, surrounding a tiny glass cup (likely an inkwell font.) Measures 5″. SOLD.
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Easily one of the most enigmatic pieces of pottery that I’ve ever seen. An unglazed red ware bookend with what appears to be a black man (circa 1920/30) sitting crossed legged with a pot on his lap and one behind. The tool marks and pattern that surround him seem to mimic a kiln/fireplace.
Scribed at the bottom in print I AM A POTTER. Measures 6″ tall and 6″ wide. The image shows great detail, the edges of the bookend are raw. $225.
Pair of 40s/50s NO PARKING FUNERAL blockades. Both in bright yellow paint with black stenciling, one reads “J.H.J” on the ends and the other “Police Dept.” Each measures 40″ long, 19″ high and 14″ wide. Stable but certainly with some wear and chips over the years, great display. Entirely made of wood – nice age. $135.
I’ve spent some time today cleaning up the website, officially everything on the page is for sale – of course, there’s lots more at the shop. I’ve created a “sold” category, for reference. If you take a few minutes and pour through it, and see something that you are in love with – or is in your field, take a moment to drop an email…I often stock one of a kinds within the same niches.
The shop will be undergoing some changes as well, in the upcoming months. As we slide into the second year at this location, I think I’d like if the shop had more of a gallery feel. Each piece in this space is worth its own story, and I’d like each to have a little room to tell it – rather than fighting for attention from behind something else. (A quick edit, just two days later. I move fast – new photos of a sparser Curley’s Den follow.)
I’ve been playing around with object framing, a sort of collage – turn of the century playing cards, non sports cards, silks, book plates…and you can expect to see more of those around as I feel creative!
As always, thanks much for your interest and support.
The shop proper is a mix of antique furniture, art, porcelains ( I love 19thc soft-paste ceramics, and transferware), vintage photography and images, old sports memorabilia (boxing, football, baseball and some off the wall things), transportation and local paper and images from the early 20thc century or prior…as well as two different hand made soap companies, hand letter pressed stationery, hand poured soy candles in the greatest and most unexpected flavors, and jewelry (some deftly done by my good friend Jodee Harris-Anke with sterling wire and some novicely done by myself with antique charms and tokens as center pieces.) Stock is always changing, have fun and email with inquiries!