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We have a few pedal cars and tractors up for sale this week including an original Murray "Sad Face" car.  This is a classic car from an important pedal car maker.  

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I went into look at a potential estate sale last month and noticed a beautiful set of sand and rust dishes in the china cabinet. They were unmarked. What struck me about these dishes was the "off-kilterness" of them. They seemed really modern and I thought perhaps they had come from an independent art or pottery store. I was told that they items were over 50 years old. I was suprised by this, as the dishes did not seem as though they would come out of the 1940's. The salt and pepper shakers were alien looking or gourd looking, I can't decide. The tea pot is off center, the plates are lopsided.

I did some research without finding much out.  At the suggestion of an antiques appraiser that I work with, I emailed pictures of the pieces to Replacements.com.  Within a few days they told me what I actually had was a set of Red Wing Eva Zeisel dinnerware.  Its relatively rare because it is unmarked and people didn't realize it was Red Wing or Eva Zeisel (both highly collectible).

It turns out I had pieces from the sand, rust and blue lines of the Town and Country line.  Some colors were reproduced in the mid 1990's but those are marked.  The originals are not.  What cool little dishes these are. 

They will be available for sale at the estate sale on Frances Street in Appleton on August 12, 13, 14.  Although I do covet them myself, I never cherry pick the estate sales that I run.  Hope to see you there.  For pictures and more information please visit www.bumblepuppysales.com and click on the events tab.

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I have a very interesting Bentwood Bride box for sale in my ebay store. View the item in my ebay store.

It is aptly named Bentwood because the box maker would use water to shape the wood into an oblong box. From what I can tell, husbands used to purchase these for their wives on their wedding day to use to store treasures or wedding memories in. In many European cities, there was a position in each town as the box maker/decorator. That was his job. The one I have for sale is on consignment and is expected to date back to mid 19th century Europe.

I would love to know the story of this great box. Early Bentwood Bride's Box with blue paint.

  • Beautiful floral sides, paint decorated bride's box.
  • 18"L by 12" w, by 7" h
  • Northern European oval box
  • Lidded box with split cane lacings, some loss
  • Polychrome paint- some water marks on top
  • Remnant of bride and groom on lid with words on top edge
  • This is more than likely bent spruce
  • Paint wear, be sure to inspect all pictures carefully. Raised split on bottom of box, could be fixed. There is naturally a split there, but needs to be straightened a bit.
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