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Vintage hour glass

This great old 4-columned hour glass is not only beautiful, it still really does measure one hour! I timed it, and it’s perfect! It stands 9" high, with 4-3/4" square top and bottom. The wood is dark brown, possibly walnut, and the four columns are nicely turned. The hour glass is clear glass, and the fine sand has an orangish cast. Perfect condition: no dings or cracks whatsoever. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $30.00 + s/h and insurance

** SOLD **

 

Wooden butter mold

This old unfinished wood butter mold stands 3" high and has a base diameter of
1-1/2". The stamp diameter is 1-3/8" and has an 8-petaled flower design. Amazingly enough, both the mold and the stamp are in perfect condition, with no splits or cracks whatsoever! What might appear to be a chip on one side is really a discoloration spot and is completely smooth to the touch. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $75.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 available

 

Carved wooden monk

This is a very attractive 8" tall dark wood carving of an old bearded monk in full robe and hood who is sitting with bent head and a peaceful serene expression reading a book. His face and hands are painted white, as are the open book pages and the cross of his nailhead rosary draped over his knees. The tapered base of the sculpture is 3-1/2” wide at the front, 2-1/4" wide at the back, and 4" long. Unmarked bottom. Perfect condition, with no nicks, chips, cracks, or splits. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $30.00 + s/h and insurance

** SOLD **

 

Primitive document box

This wonderfully primitive wooden document box measures 11" x 4" x 4" high. The wood appears to be pecan, crosscut to show the length of the deep wormholes. Rabbit joints on both the box and the lid. Brass handle, front latch, and hinges. The interior is lined in gold foil, which is starting to pull away at the top back edge of the box portion. There is some scuffing on the lid and back side of the box, and a couple of dings at the top back edge of the lid. It was filled with unshelled pecans when we acquired it, so we’ll throw them in, too. But be warned: heaven only knows how old they are, so while they’re quite decorative, I definitely wouldn’t recommend trying to eat them! (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $95.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 available

 

Pair of hand carved boxes from India

This is a pair of lovely old heavily carved wooden boxes. The bottoms have their original stickers which read “Hand carved in India. Completely carved by hand from Himalayan Jungle Sheesham Wood, one at a time, one Indian carver producing about three pieces a day, a useful, decorative box.” Each box measures 6" x 4" x 2-1/2" high, and is lined top and bottom with blue felt surrounded by a thin wood frame. Hinges appear to be brass. These boxes are not identical in terms of pattern and paint. The carving is slightly different on each, as is the white painted flower design. The box with the left facing flower is in perfect condition. The box with the right facing flower has a loose hinge and its lid is starting to separate on the back side where the uppermost piece glues to the main lid piece. Still perfectly useable, highly decorative, and both would make great jewelry boxes or trinket boxes. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $35.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 pair available

 

Oriental style cedar trinket box

This vintage 4-1/4" x 2-1/2" x 3" high oriental style trinket box still smells of cedar when you open the lid! The interior is unfinished wood, and the exterior is painted gold, which has developed a patina over the years. Latch and two hinges appear to be brass. The lid and sides are gracefully curved, and the sides extend 1/2" below the bottom of the box to form two feet. This is a lovely little box. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $20.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 available

 

Vintage egg timer

This neat little vintage wooden egg timer stands 4" high, with 1-1/2" diameter round top and bottom. Three nicely turned spindles flank the glass portion that contains fine white sand. I thought it might be a 3-minute timer, but it was out of sand at 2 minutes and 42 seconds when I tested it. Perfect condition, just not perfectly accurate! (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $10.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 available

 

Pineapple butter mold

This old unfinished wood butter mold stands 3-1/4" high and has a base diameter of 2". The stamp diameter is 1-3/4" and has a pattern of pineapple and leaves. The wood is really old and starting to split at the top of the mold and on the stamp. The mold has an indentation that looks like it might have been a knife slip when the piece was carved. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $70.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 available

 

Primitive folk art maiden

This is a 7-1/2" tall hand-carved walnut sculpture of a beautiful young maiden seated on what might be a rough hewn log, the base of which is 2-1/2" x 5". The piece was carved in 1953 by a friend of Ol’ Swaphos’ family by the name of George Squires, a lifelong woodworker and sculptor. We have made no attempt to oil or wax the wood, preserving the maiden’s attractive rustic folk art appearance. She’s really quite lovely. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $150.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 available

 

Teak leaf dish

This is a wooden dish, possibly teakwood, in the shape of three stemmed leaves forming the three compartments. The graining is quite lovely. Dimensions are 11" x 7" x 1-1/2" high. There’s a small metal loop on the underside of the stem, presumably for threading through a cord if you wish to hang the dish on a wall. There is faint black writing on the bottom that is only partially readable. I can make out “Woodcraft” and what appears to be “Made in Hawaii”, but the rest is a mystery to me. No splits or cracks, but usage scuffs on the interior sides of the compartments, as well as the bottom. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $25.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 available

 

Pair of long teak bowls

This is a pair of 19-1/2" x 3-5/8" x 1-1/2" high wooden bowls that may be teakwood. They are very light in weight for such large pieces. The graining is quite lovely, and each one looks like it was carved out of a single piece of wood. No cracks or splits, but minor use scuffing at the tops and on the exterior side of one. I can’t imagine what their practical use might be, but they’re certainly decorative! (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $40.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 pair available

 

Hand-crafted Oriental treasure box

Look at this little treasure and your mind begins to drift back into another time and another world. Perhaps you are on the Yangtze River, the longest in China, standing invisibly aboard a small junk moored with the other houseboats along the bank. The adjoining space is empty and an ancient grandfather busies himself to prepare a special surprise before his son, daughter-in-law, and grandson return from their grueling daily river fishing excursion and maneuver their working houseboat next to his for the night.

His golden tan face is a roadmap of character lines etched during the half century or more when he supported his family, as his father and grandfather before him, fishing the ancient river. Now his son and daughter-in-law teach his grandson to follow the river and its yield of a meager living. His white mustache and goatee glisten in the morning sun and he presents the countenance of ancient wisdom so revered in the Orient.

He is surrounded by scraps of bamboo and small pieces of wood he has salvaged from discarded crates. You watch as he diligently cuts pieces of patterned tin and textured cloth into strips. He whittles and splits and fashions the pieces into his surprise. You watch him gently pound tiny brass nails just so, then climax his creation by the addition of tiny brass hinges and finally a unique bronze-finished locking mechanism he has kept for years. He looks up as the sun is setting to see his family wearily polling their junk down the river toward their nightly repose. As he excitedly jumps up with his handicraft completed, your mind snaps back and you never learn for whom his surprise was created.

Likewise we do not know the journey taken by his surprise prior to being spotted as part of an estate sale in the United States by Ol’ Swaphos, who said, upon placing it into the inventory of the Santa Fe Trading Post™, “The future history and treasures to be held by this magical wooden box are yet to be written.”

This uniquely shaped hand-crafted wooden box from the Orient is not only beautiful, but has many unusual features. The front has three panels, a black metal strip with gilded Oriental characters flanked by two strips of what appears to be highly textured black material with a gold honeycomb-like design. The curved lid is just the opposite 3-panel design, with the honeycomb material strip being flanked by two of the metal strips. Bent wooden strips, held in place by tiny brass nails, surround all of the panels, accentuate all four side edges of the box, and wrap around the top of the box and the bottom of the lid that opens via a gracefully shaped brass prong mechanism. Two brass hinges on the back complete the hardware. Box stands 4-1/4" high and measures 4-3/4" x 4-3/4". Excellent condition with no damage whatsoever. The back retains most of its original paper label where you can make out a faded red AAA with a diamond underneath containing additional letters, both surrounded by black Oriental characters in a double circle. (Could it have been the label of a British Hong Kong trading company of old that was affixed to one of the grandfather’s salvaged crate scraps?) On the bottom is the remnant of another label that I doubt was original. This lovely old box is the perfect accent piece for a coffee table or end table, but would be equally at home in the boudoir for use as a distinctive jewelry box. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $30.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 available

 

Vintage wood train

From 2 to 92, what guy wouldn’t love this marvelous vintage train from days gone by? Made of solid unpainted wood, it has an engine (7-3/4" long x 4-1/8" tall), an oil tanker (6" long x 2-1/2" tall), a freight car (6" long x 3-3/4" tall), and a caboose (6" long x 4" tall). The cars can be unhooked from each other and all wooden wheels turn freely. Perfect as an indestructible toy, but nice enough to follow your little guy from the playroom to the boardroom. And wouldn’t this train be great under the Christmas tree? Whatever its previous owner(s) used it for, they certainly took care of it, because it’s in pristine condition and shows virtually no wear. What a neat addition to anyone’s train collection! (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $35.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 available

 

Dolphin wood carving

This lovely dolphin is skillfully carved from beautifully grained wood that ranges in color from chocolate brown to golden tan. Exceptionally attractive when viewed from any and all directions. He stands 8-1/4" tall, measures 3-1/4" across at his fins, and his base is 3" x 1-1/2". Unmarked as to maker and in perfect condition with no nicks, cracks, or splits. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $40.00 + s/h and insurance

 

  only 1 available

 

Folk art planter

This attractive folk art natural wood planter is 9-1/4" wide x 5-1/8" deep x 8-1/2" tall at its upright backpiece that features a large cut-out heart. Semicircular planter box is 4" tall with interior dimensions of 8-1/2" x 4" x 3-1/4" tall. Can sit on a shelf or be hung on a wall. If you’re not into planters, this piece would also make a great mail storage box placed right inside the front door! Perfect condition with no splits or cracks. (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $17.50 + s/h

 

  only 1 available

 

Large teak bowl

This is a large vintage straight-sided teak bowl that stands 4" high with top and bottom diameters just shy of 10". Lovely wood graining. Makes a great display bowl filled with fruit, unshelled nuts, pine cones, artificial flowers, or virtually any decorative objects you can think of. Excellent condition with no splits, cracks, or gouges, and only some minor usage scuffing to the interior. This bowl says “Christmas” to me because my mom had one very similar to it and every Christmas when we were growing up she filled it with unshelled walnuts, pecans, filberts, peanuts, and sometimes even splurged on pistachios, all of which we kids loved to crack with her nutcracker set that included four little picks, one for each child, and pick out the nut meats. I have very fond memories of teaching my little brothers how to safely use a sharp pointed nut pick! Ol’ Swaphos and I were tickled to find two of those exact same nutcracker sets at a recent estate sale, so if you, too, think this is a nut bowl, be sure to see the nutcracker set that obviously goes with it! (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $30.00 + s/h

 

  only 1 available

 

Vintage wood shaving bowl

Here is a waaaay vintage wooden shaving bowl with incised circles around its sides and on its lid. Solid soap inside retains the faint smell of lavender. The gentleman of yesteryear would wet his shaving brush, rub it over the soap, and then lather up his face prior to shaving. Bowl is 4" in diameter and 1-3/4" tall when lidded. Outstanding vintage condition with no nicks or splits to the wood, and the soap is virtually unused. Truly a great nostalgic piece from decades gone by! (Click on picture for more images.) Tell a friend.

Price: $35.00 + s/h

 

  only 1 available

 

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