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Brass tea strainer and spoon

This vintage brass tea strainer is quite ornate. It is 6-1/2” long x 3-1/2” wide, and the rim around the strainer has figures of a man and woman at the top, a pair of birds at the bottom, and a cherub on either side. It probably has not been used for its intended purpose in decades since it has a thin twisted wire attached to its handle for hanging it on the wall. The 6-1/2” ornate brass spoon also has a twisted wire hanging loop and we acquired them as a set, although they do not match. The spoon bowl has several human figures, two of which are wearing elaborate headdresses. The top of the handle looks like a Viking ship. Both pieces are incised “Italy” on their backs. They have developed nice patinas and are in perfect condition. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $35.00 + s/h and insurance

** SOLD **

 

Pair of ornate brass candelabra

This is a pair of vintage brass candelabra that stand 8-1/4" high and are 9" wide. Each holds two 3/4" diameter tapers. The bases are 4-pointed leaves that are 4-1/2" from point to point. The brass has developed a lovely patina over the decades, and the candle wells are greenish inside from many years of usage. Nice heavy weight. A very impressive pair of candelabra for a formal dining table or mantle. (Click on picture for more images.)

**SOLD**

 

Heavy ornate brass easel frame

This is a vintage ornate easel frame that is currently holding a mirror, but could just as easily hold a 5" x 7" photograph. It is quite heavy and looks like brass, but could be brass finished pot metal. Whatever it’s made of, it has developed a really lovely patina over the decades. Dimensions are 8" x 12". The back has a 3" leg at the bottom center that swivels a full 180 degrees for table display, but also has a metal loop at the top for hanging. Based on the weight of the frame, I don’t think I’d trust that metal loop! One of the four metal pieces that hold the picture or mirror in place is missing, as is its screw, and the other bottom piece is attached with a screw that is too large and obviously not original. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $50.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 available

 

Large brass door handle

This is a large heavy brass door handle/escutcheon that I would guess dates to the mid 1970's. You sure can’t find anything like this in today’s home improvement super store – I checked, and there’s nothing even close! Piece is 12-3/4" long x 3" wide, with a 2-1/2" diameter opening for the door knob. The pull handle is 5-1/2" long and the bottom risees 1-1/4" from the escutcheon. We have two of these door handles and price is for each. One of them is in perfect condition and the other has some minor wear scratching at the bottom of its doorknob hole. They would certainly make quite a statement on any door! (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $30.00 each + s/h and insurance

 

  only 2 available

 

Vintage brass plated bowl and solid brass display stand

This simple, elegant bowl would be a Paul Revere bowl if it were silver instead of brass plated metal. It stands 3-1/2" high with diameters of not quite 7" at the top and 3" at the base. Both the exterior and interior have minor use scuffage and the brass plating has worn off parts of the interior. The ornate filagree solid brass display stand is 2" tall, has a 3" diameter top, and a 6" square bottom formed by four feet. It is heavily patinated.  I think it is actually a lamp base, but the two pieces fit together perfectly and present a very attractive appearance that way. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $45.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 available

 

Set of 9 vintage Vortex brass cups

Here’s something so unique and nostalgic that we must appropriately set the stage. So imagine that you’re a young person in the late 1920's or early 1930's. It’s a warm summer evening and you and your sweetheart stroll down to the ice cream parlor. You go in and sit down on small filagree metal chairs at a little table for two, probably covered in red and white checked oilcloth. A chocolate sundae sounds really delightful, so that’s what you order. The smiling proprietor, who knows all about summer romances, obligingly brings you pretty brass cups with pewter handles that contain your sundaes in pointed paper cones. He then retreats back behind the counter so you can whisper sweet nothings to each other in private while enjoying your treats. Ahhh, those days are gone forever, but here are those beautiful old brass cups with pewter handles – 9 of them! Each cup stands a shade under 4" high and has a 2-3/4" diameter mouth and 3" diameter footed base. There’s a hole in the bottom of each cup, so thank goodness each is stamped “Vortex” on the bottom or I would never have figured out what they are! Now I know that hole is where the pointed bottom of the paper sundae cup fit. The Vortex Cup Company operated out of Chicago at least as early as 1920, and ultimately merged with the Dixie Cup Company in 1936. Prior to the merger, Vortex was known for their paper cones that contained “tak-home” ice cream sundaes, which evidently were also served in ice cream parlors in brass cups. Our cups are in excellent condition, with no dings or dents, but of course have some age spots. By the way, you can still buy 4 oz. paper cups with pointed bottoms, although they’re made by Solo, not Dixie. I finally found some online, so let me know if you need that URL. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $135.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 set available

 

Vintage Acme Thunderer brass whistle on gold Monet chain

This neat old Acme Thunderer brass whistle still works perfectly – meaning it’s earsplittingly loud! It is incised “The Acme Thunderer” on top and “England” on back. The Acme Whistle Company first started producing the Thunderer in 1884 as a referee’s whistle, and is still producing them today. Their web site proclaims: “It is now the world's biggest selling whistle. There is not a major league or sport that has not been graced by this whistle.” By the looks of our whistle’s patina and one rather large scuff mark, I’d estimate it dates back to the 30's or 40's. Whether or not it was ever used by a referee, it was evidently commandeered some time during the 60's or 70's by a woman who hung it on a 27" braided gold Monet chain and presumably wore it for personal security purposes. That’s an even better idea today in our post-911 era of heightened security consciousness! The necklace hangtag is still there and says “Monet” on one side, with a copyright symbol on the other. Certainly makes a cool, funky, and sensible piece of jewelry! (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $80.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 available

 

French opera glasses

This is a beautiful pair of antique French opera glasses in brass and mother of pearl. Eyepieces are marked “Lamier France”. Measurements are 3-3/4" x 2-1/8" tall when in collapsed position. Right eyepiece and lens have become disattached, but are with the glasses and not broken or damaged. To compensate you for your “fixit” time, our price is half what these gorgeous opera glasses sell for in perfect condition. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $100.00 + s/h and insurance

** SOLD **

 

Vintage brass switch plate

This ornate circular brass switch plate with scalloped edges is 5" in diameter and fits over a single light switch. Unmarked as to maker. We have two of these switch plates and price is for each. One has two screws, presumably original, attached to its back by tape. Both switch plates are patinated, one more heavily than the other, and both have the age spotting normal to these old brass pieces. Very neat additions for an older home. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $25.00 each + s/h and insurance

 

  only 2 available

 

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