Thursday, August 9, 2018

RUSSELL SPANNER Set of 4 CATALINA Chairs MID CENTURY MODERN Canadian

Here is a scarcely seen set of 4 Catalina Series Side Chairs, designed and manufactured by the Spanner Products company of Toronto . Spanner Products was started by Russell Spanner. Spanner is Considered a pioneering Icon of Canadian modernism in furniture design producing icon pieces throughout the 1950’s and 1960’s, Russell Spanner designed pieces are tough to come by, and are highly sought after. Here we have 4 side chairs. Each chair features unique tapered leg stances and an almost cantilevered looking seat. The back rests are "Bowtie" in shape, bringing to mind the iconic dinning sets done by Heywood Wakefield in the 50’s in the United States. These still retain their original “Nutmeg “ finish that was offered by Spanner, as one of 3 color finish options. If the finish is not to your liking it would not be a very hard job to paint this into something that matches your décor. The vinyl seat covers are also original to the chairs as well. They key to these pieces are their very modern lines. Each Chair measures 32 inches tall at the back, 19 inches at widest point, 17 ½ inches height at the seat, 20 ½ inches deep measured off the wall. The Spanner labels are found on the undersides of each seat. As I mentioned these have their original finish and seat covers. The finish does have some spots of use wear, from where hands had moved the chairs over and over again in the same places over the years. The chairs do need a good cleaning if you wish to retain the original finish and covers. The chairs are structurally sound and are fantastic candidate for restoration, or contemporary updating with your choice of finish color and seat cover. Under appreciated for many years, Seduced and Abandoned, Virginia Wright's 1985 exhibition of Canadian furniture at The Art Gallery at Harbourfront brought renewed interest in Russell Spanner designs (and Canadian Modernist furniture in general) and more recently the “A Spanner in the Works , the Furniture of Russell Spanner 1950-1953” exhibit at the Power Plant Gallery in the 1990’s has added to the growing enthusiasm for collecting and appreciating these pieces. Here is your chance to own a scarce piece designed by what many consider to be the Charles Eames / George Nelson of Canada. &799.99 I also have the dinning table from this series that i will be listing at a later date.

Friday, May 25, 2018

THIS IS NOW SOLD Antique GAS STATION / BARN Radial Wave Shade LAMP with BRACKET and CAST IRON POLE Industrial

THIS IS NOW SOLD For sale here is an antique pole lamp featuring a radial wave shade. It was the kind that was often found on the sides of GAS STATION / SERVICE STATION and also BARNS and other INDUSTRIAL buildings. This one clearly served outside for a long while. The poles cast iron surface has just the right kind of pitting and rust that lets you know its age. The radial wave shade also shows its age with different layers of paint and wear that you only get from years of exposure to the elements. The pole does have a makers name on it near where the shade connects to the pole, but I cant quite make out who it is. The whole thing measures roughly 59 inches long, and 25 inches high. The shades measures 18 inches across the diameter. It does have a small hole in the radial shade, and a piece of the pole has broken off where the shade ties into it. Everything else looks pretty solid. If you are looking for the rustic industrial look this is the lamp for you. You cant fake or “distress” this kind of authenticity of surface. This look is only achieve through years of exposure.

1940’s BLUE TOP Beer SIGN Dogs PLAYING POKER Kitchener Brewery POKER SYMPATHY

For sale here is an original Advertising sign for BLUE TOP ALE and BEER. Blue Top was brewed in Kitchener Ontario by the BLUE TOP BREWING Co. from 1937-1952. I don’t have an exact date of this Sign, but I imagine it was sometime in the mid to late 1940’s. It features one of the famous Dogs Playing Pokers series of 16 Paintings that were done during 1894-1910 by Cassius Macellus Coolidge, with the added detail of the “Play Safe Ask For Blue Top Ale or Beer , Union Made” emblem added. This one is entitled POKER SYMPATHY. The sign comes in its original frame and glass which measures 14 5/8 inches by 10 inches. (sorry about the glare on the glass, still not much of a photographer after all these years) I have 3 others signs from this series which I also have up for sale. Please feel free to email me any questions you may have, or if you need any more pictures. $125

Thursday, May 24, 2018

NOW SOLD 1970s PAIR Vintage YAMAHA ns-670 Nearfield SPEAKERS Made in JAPAN Studio MONITORS

THESE ARE NOW SOLD For sale is a pair of Yamaha NS-670 3 way Speakers. I am unsure of the exact date they were manufactured, but this model were first made in 1977 and I believe that these are from the 1977-1980 time period. These were considered the gold standard for near field listening at the time and were adopted by many major recording studios world wide, as playback studio monitors. You can hear why this was the case. Clarity and tonal balance without compromising low end. They really do sing. They were made in Japan and imported. Each one has a Hi, and Mid Level tuner on board , so you can customize the sound to match the type of room they are being used in (one of the many reasons they were adopted by studios in the late 70’s and 80’s.) They are also an attractive speaker, in this case finished in a rich teak wood. They have a few scratches, and some wood chips near the bottom end, nothing too bad (I have taken that into account when pricing these). Both Yamaha Speaker grill badges are still attached. They are cosmetically in good vintage condition. These received a 5 out of 5 star rating at hifiengine.com, below are the specs taken from that website. Specifications Type: 3 way, 3 driver loudspeaker system Frequency Response: 40Hz to 20kHz Power Handling: 50W Crossover Frequency: 800, 6000Hz Impedance: 8Ω Sensitivity: 96dB Bass: 1 x 250mm cone Midrange: 1 x 60mm dome Tweeter: 1 x 30mm soft dome Dimensions: 577 x 320 x 269mm

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

NOW SOLD 1940’s BLUE TOP Beer SIGN Dogs PLAYING POKER Kitchener Brewery A BOLD BLUFF

THIS IS NOW SOLDFor sale here is an original Advertising sign for BLUE TOP ALE and BEER. Blue Top was brewed in Kitchener Ontario by the BLUE TOP BREWING Co. from 1937-1952. I don’t have an exact date of this Sign, but I imagine it was sometime in the mid to late 1940’s. It features one of the famous Dogs Playing Pokers series of 16 Paintings that were done during 1894-1910 by Cassius Macellus Coolidge, with the added detail of the “Play Safe Ask For Blue Top Ale or Beer , Union Made” emblem added. This one is entitled A BOLD BLUFF. The sign comes in its original frame and glass which measures 14 5/8 inches by 10 inches. (sorry about the glare on the glass, still not much of a photographer after all these years) I have 3 others signs from this series which I also have up for sale. Please feel free to email me any questions you may have, or if you need any more pictures.

1940’s LABATTS Beer PORCELAIN Face CLOCK Antique Made in HAMILTON

For sale here is a circa 1940’s porcelain clock face. It was made in Hamilton Ontario by the Shonbeck Clock co. It states “Ask For Labatts” in vibrant red lettering, and “Union Made” in black at the bottom. The Diameter measures 16 inches across. The clockworks and hands are still attached to the clock face, however I do not know if they work. I am assuming they do not, and selling this as such. The porcelain has some chips, but I still think it displays nicely. I have provided pictures of the front, back, and clock works up close, for you to be able to determine condition for yourself. What you see in the pictures is the actual item and what you get. How often do you get a chance to buy a Canadian porcelain beer sign of this age? Don’t miss out. $275

Sunday, August 6, 2017

NOW SOLD Vintage TEAK Sideboard CREDENZA Floating HUTCH Retro DANISH Style

THIS PIECE IS NOW SOLD For sale here is a vintage 2 Piece Danish modern style credenza / sideboard and upper floating china cabinet, done in a rich teak wood. The measurements of the piece are as follows, it is 50 inches tal, when the Hutch sits atop the credenza, it is 6 foot wide and 18 inches deep. The upper hutch has two sliding glass panels. The lower credenza consists of 4 centralized drawers and two side shelving areas. This has lots of storage space. At some point it did have sliding panels on the front of the credenza, but they are no longer with the piece. I think it makes for better display areas, but I have taken the missing sliding panels into consideration when pricing this piece. It does have elegant tapered edges, rather than the usual squared off edges, you usually find with these kinds of pieces. I have not found any labels on this piece. It does have a few aged scratches on the top of the lower piece, but I think this ads character (it is a vintage piece after all). As I mentioned this is a two piece unit so the upper hutch and lower credenza can be used separately from one another if you so desire. This would look great in any dinning room, or office or just as a day to day storage piece