Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Norman Rockwell and an Oriental Girl

Royal Copley 40’s Bisque Oriental Girl Figurine FREE SHIPPING! OPEN LINK!

This young Asian girl is styled as so many were in the 40’s and 50’s... in the full robes. She is roughly hand painted.She stands 8” tall and shows a closed eye kissing pose. She does have some loss of paint on her face and head and slightly elsewhere, But she still has lots of youthful charm about her.It appears that the technique in making her was to fire her in the red/maroon glaze of the robe and then paint on the skin tone, black hair, and the lime green, trimming the robe. Surely mass produced, this is s time piece of post art nouveau modernism. Many lamps, TV lights and other items were made depicting this style. The bottom mark is a circled “c”, which I have seen on other Royal Copley figurines.

Norman Rockwell Rediscovering Women Collector Plate “ Waiting for the Dance” FREE SHIPPING! OPEN LINK!
Adorable young lady waits for the dance she has dreamed of for many moons. This Collectors plate by Norman Rockwell is dated 1993. It is a limited edition and numbered 12695K. It is certified as a true Rockwell Classic. Made by Knowles. There is no certificate available. But is stamped with the Official Rockwell Society of America Insignia. It is in pristine condition. The pretty image is bordered with a floral pattern and edged in gold.She really would like to come home with you to be added to or to start your collection of these wonderful Norman Rockwell collectibles.

"An archaeologist is the best husband a woman can have. The older she gets the more interested he is in her." Agatha Christie
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Thursday, July 23, 2009

"Gillette Blue Blades" and Dodging the Draft....and The Funniest Man Alive...IMO

Box of 9 Gillette Blue Blades with “Used Blade Compartment” FREE SHIPPING! OPEN LINK!
Just listed vintage Gillette Blue Blades.
Some interesting history about the company from "Company History" websites. This very same company now owns Duracell!

Entrepreneurial Beginnings
One summer morning in 1895, an ambitious traveling salesman found that the edge of his straight razor had dulled. King Gillette later said that the idea for an entirely new kind of razor, with a disposable blade, flashed into his mind as he looked in irritation at his dull blade. King Gillette had been searching for the right product, one that had to be used--and replaced--regularly, around which to build a business. His innovation in shaving technology was just such a product. Another safety razor, the Star, was already on the market at the time but, like the straight razor it was meant to replace, its blade needed stropping before each use and eventually had to be professionally honed. Gillette envisioned an inexpensive, double-edged blade that could be clamped over a handle, used until it was dull, and then discarded.
Gillette spent the next six years trying to perfect his safety razor. Scientists and toolmakers he consulted were pessimistic, and thought the idea impractical. Gillette, 40 years old at the time and a successful salesman, inventor, and writer, did not give up. In 1901 he joined forces with William Nickerson, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology-educated machinist. Nickerson developed production processes to make Gillette's idea a reality, while Gillette formed the American Safety Razor Company to raise the estimated $5,000 they needed to begin manufacturing the razor. Gillette became president of the company and head of a three-man directorate. Production of the razor began early in 1903.
The renamed Gillette Safety Razor Company began advertising its product in October 1903, with the first ad appearing in Systems Magazine. The company sold 51 razor sets at $5 each and an additional 168 blades--originally at 20 for $1--that first year.
In 1904 Gillette received a patent on the safety razor; sales rose to 90,884 razors and 123,648 blades that year. The following year the company bought a six-story building in South Boston. By 1906 the company had paid its first cash dividend. During the years before World War I Gillette steadily increased earnings through print advertisements, emphasizing that with his razor men could shave themselves under any conditions without cutting or irritation.
At the same time, Gillette was expanding abroad. He opened his first foreign office, a London sales branch, in 1905. By 1909 he had established manufacturing plants in Paris, Montreal, Berlin, and Leicester, England, and offices in France and Hamburg, Germany. By 1923, foreign business accounted for about 30 percent of Gillette's sales.
In 1910 King Gillette decided to sell a substantial portion of his controlling share of the company to the company's major investor, John Joyce. Gillette had succeeded in fighting off challenges for control of the company from Joyce in the past, but this time he took approximately $900,000 and bowed out. Gillette retained the title of president and frequently visited foreign branches, but he no longer played an active role in company management. Joyce was made vice-president, a position he used to manage day-to-day operations. When Joyce died in 1916, his longtime friend, Edward Aldred, a New York investment banker, bought out the Gillette shares left to Joyce's estate and took control of the company. Aldred remained on Joyce's management team.
Wartime Production
During World War I the U.S. government ordered 3.5 million razors and 36 million blades to supply all its troops. In order to meet military supply schedules, shifts worked around the clock and Gillette hired over 500 new employees. Gillette thus introduced a huge pool of potential customers to the still-new idea of self-shaving with a safety razor. After the war, ex-servicemen needed blades to fit the razors they had been issued in the service.
Key Dates: 1901: American Safety Razor is founded by King C. Gillette. 1904: King Gillette's safety razor is patented. 1918: Gillette manufacturers razors and blades for soldiers during World War I. 1942: The Cavalcade of Sports program is formed to oversee the company's various advertising and promotional activities in athletics. 1967: Braun AG is acquired. 1971: Company is organized into four domestic divisions: the Safety Razor Division; the Toiletries Division (featuring Right Guard antiperspirant); the Personal Care Division; and the Paper Mate division. 1991: Gillette ranks 20th among the Fortune 500. 1996: The company acquires battery manufacturer Duracell.
Also just listed is this cool draft dodger pin from The Libertarian Party. This pin-back, laminated paper over metal button was made in 1980 by the Students for Libertarians Party by Jonnie (or Jennie) Gilman, which is noted on the side of the pin and can be read with a magnifying glass. White lettering over a black and red ‘bullseye’. It measures 2.25 in diameter. This is what all the objection was about, I presume: From Wikipedia
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Sunday, July 12, 2009

Silver Spice, Goose Egg, A "Kiss", Blue Delft and an Apron


Alabaster Goose OPEN LINK!

She stands up fine on her own 2 feet. The wings, feet and neck appear to be hand carved. They are pinned to the alabaster with very teeny pins. Not glued. The feet, however are heavily glued to its body and then a resin is applied to make the surface flat for standing level. It measures 2.5 x 3", from head to feet. The egg shaped body is 2”. A fine figurine.

2 Silver Plated Spice CP Shakers OPEN LINK!

Classy looking little spice shakers made of Electroplated or Silver Plate, made to look slightly tarnished. These are obviously 2 parts of a set, as they are expertly labeled on the side, “Nutmeg” & “Cinnamon”. They are one piece, and the holes are on all sides so that they sprinkle uniquely and evenly. They are in between the coronets. The sides of the shakers are hand wrought hammered. On The bottom is a good sealing plastic plug and a monogram of “CP” and stickers that say “Made in Thailand”. They measure 2.75H x 1.25 Diameter and are in perfect condition. No dents or scratches.

Delft Blue Kiss Miniature Solvang Souvenir OPEN LINK!
A sweetheart kiss of 2 Dutch children traditional souvenir. Measures 2.5 tall and 2” wide. ‘Solvang’ is written on the side. Nothing written on the opposite side. The marking on the bottom is “Hand Painted Delft Blue 1019A”, also some blue numbering. In very good condition. No chips or cracks or crazing.

Handmade Cotton Half Apron with Coat Tree Pattern OPEN LINK!

Adorable, vintage and fun in crisp white cotton. Measures from tie end to tie end 67” X 16” Length. In very nice condition no rips or tears, but 1 tiny food stain on the waist band. Handmade well. Starches up nice. Cute little coat trees, some with umbrellas and some with coat and umbrella, some with nothing, all in pink and black and grey. Crisp and pretty!

Blue Delft Mini Plate 3 Windmills and a House OPEN LINK!

This plate measures 5.125” in diameter and already to hang. No chips or cracks. There is a bit of crazing, and a couple of manufacture spider bites are on the back. Beautiful rich deep blue…of 3 Windmills (one is a very teeny one in the background), and a house next to the largest windmill. “Hand Painted. Made in Holland” is the mark.

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