Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Antiques for the house

I have collected antiques since I was ten years old. I first started collecting lanterns and telephone insulators. Before and after I bought my house, I have bought and aquired antiques.

Our latest purchase were two "Teachers Desks" at a thrift store for $70.00. They were a steal!!
1915 CRAFTSMAN BUNGALOW

On top of my desk is a railroad telephone on a scissor mount. These phones were mounted on the desks of train depot stationmasters used to communicate on an open line with nearby depots. This phone is dated 1909 and made by Western Electric.
1915 CRAFTSMAN BUNGALOW

Here I am sitting in front of one of my many restored General Electric Fans. Before I bought my house, my hobby was restoring General Electric fans dating from 1912-1922. I buy my fans on ebay for around $75.00. Some of them were completely rusted and not running. I will get more pics of them on here. I love antiques so much, even my eyeglasses date back between 1910-1920's
SELF PORTRAIT

This is my Occidental Stove I bought for the house. I paid $1,800 for it. I bought it at Buckeye Appliance in Stockton. Their specialty is refurbishing old stoves. I also buy my doors from them as well. They have alot of antiques that are hard to find.

OCCIDENTAL STOVE

This Pan Light I found for $35.00 at an antique store in Jamestown California. It needed to be rewired. So I rewired it. These chandeleirs were common in homes built between 1910-1925. One of my restored General Electric Fans can be seen on the bookshelf.
1915 CRAFTSMAN BUNGALOW

This is my Dale Tiffany Lamp which is not an antique. The Victor Victrola that it is sitting on is an antique made in 1923. The telephone was made in the late 1930's.
1915 CRAFTSMAN BUNGALOW

6 comments:

  1. You picked me as a favorite on Flicker...I HAVE to do the same for you! Your home is magnificent!
    I have "shopped" around this town I am in, almost every day for the last 8 months and the best finds were always in someone's yard or in a pile in the alley...totally free for the taking...the other day I "gleaned" a gorgeous buffet...mission style...solid oak...with a beveled mirror...It seems like it was made for your house...I wish I could put a picture on here...what a shame that you and your fiance are not closer to me...I would love to deliver it to your doorstep! I don't have the incredible house you do but I sure appreciate the fact that you are restoring yours to it's original splendor! Small things you are looking for, I could ship...please don't hesitate to ask about items...people up here have absolutely no idea what they are hauling to the transfer station...people like you deserve to have them...and I would do my best to get them to you. It is so nice to have a kindred spirit that appreciates the finer things in life...

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  2. Hi Lisa. Thank you so much for thinking of me. And thank you for your kind words. I love what you did with your kitchen. I am looking at your blog now and it is awsome. One day this house will resemble the 1915 period. Thankfully it was not completely ruined. That built in buffet sounds really nice. We just looked at one for $420 like you described. However, someone had it on layaway at the antique store. I added you to my blog list. Look foward to following your blog. So nice of you to help with the smaller items that are shippable. Thanks again, Adam

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  3. Isn't it absolutely amazing that someone would rip out quality fixtures and architecture and replace them with cheap? Your bath is amazing! I don't think anyone could have produced something that fit your home as well as that! I am with you...maintain the past! I am keeping my fingers crossed that they don't follow thru with the layaway for your buffet!
    I was raised in the Flathead Valley in Montana...Polson, Montana...nothing on Earth like it. It is beautiful but now, it is a bustling metropolis...it resembles nothing of the sleepy, tiny town I grew up in...

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  4. Thank you Lisa. I am really happy with how my bathroom turned out. Still a couple of minor thinks left to do in there yet. I would have to guess that this is what the bathroom probably looked like 100 years ago. Not sure thogh whether or not it had a pedastol sink or a wall sink. I do know that there wasn't a medicine cabinet in there because the overflow pipe ran right where I have the medicine cabinet currently is. I had to re-route the overflow pipe so that I could have this type of medicine cabinet. The toilet is pretty well accurate considering these low tank types were pretty much standard in 1910....The lady that put the buffet on layaway has till 9-15 to pick it up and pay in full. Yeah, I hope she backs out because I would love to have it.

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  5. Wow, I love your blog. That fan looks amazing (I'm still hoping to come across one), and I've been restoring/refinishing/rewiring a whole bunch of old pan light to put back into my 1923 Foursquare.

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