Posts Tagged ‘wood handle’

Welding mask, c.1950

Tuesday, June 1st, 2010

Each year I look forward to stopping at some of the many Memorial Day weekend yard sales near my upstate NY home. I found the newest addition to my collection of antiques with inventive repairs last Saturday at a yard sale just a few miles from my house. This dark green hand-held welding mask made of glass-reinforced plastic by Oxweld measures 14-1/2″ high by 8-1/2″ wide

Mask appears to have been cut down from a flip-up helmet and converted to a hand held mask. A sturdy hand carved wood handle has been bolted on for easy gripping

A paper label bearing the name “BETHLEHEM” is partially obscured by the addition of the handle

“OXWELD, TRADE MARK” is stamped on the face of mask

Oxweld has been in business for almost 100 years, starting with the production of railway lanterns

Kitty Kalwasinski Markovich and Florence Josephs, “Rosie the Riveter” World War II steel workers. Welding mask has names of brothers marked with stars

photo courtesy of The Pullman State Historic Site

Globular teapot with double repairs, c.1750

Wednesday, April 14th, 2010

Someone must have really loved this much abused Chinese export porcelain teapot with globular form and famille rose decoration. Not only does it have a severely chipped lid but it lost its original spout and handle sometime during its long life.

Teapot measures 5″ high.

The same red and green enamel decoration is on both sides.

A loose, cartoon-like decoration is revealed upon closer inspection.

When the porcelain handle broke off it was replaced with a wooden handle, possibly from a pewter teapot. It was repaired again later with reinforcement wire

A silver plated spout replaces the original one, sometime in the late 18th to mid 19th century.

Surprisingly, the original lid with skep-shaped knob has survived, though it bears the battle scars of large chips along the outer edge.

This teapot is in excellent condition and has both its handle and spout intact.

Photo courtesy of AntikWest

Mason’s Ironstone jug, c.1830

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

A Large English paneled body pottery jug, made in North Staffordshire, England in the early nineteenth century. The Mason family of potters traded under various styles at Lane Delph and Fenton from 1800-54. Charles James Mason patented the famous “PATENT IRONSTONE CHINA” in 1813. Jug measures 8″ high.

The bottom is stamped in cobalt blue “Fenton Stoneworks, no.306”, which dates this piece to 1825-40.

When the original handle broke off over one hundred years ago, a gracefully carved wood replacement handle was bolted on.

Missing chips were filled and carefully painted over to match floral design.

Wedgwood Imari Teapot, c.1880

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

English porcelain teapot, stamped WEDGWOOD with amphora vase mark on bottom, measures 9-1/2″ long by 4-3/4″ high.

An elegant, polished carved wood handle from the early 20th century replaces the original, which broke off long ago.

The wobbly wood handle is attached to the teapot with lightweight metal pins at the top and bottom.

This repair is purely ornamental, as the handle could never withstand the weight of even an empty teapot.

A Wedgwood teapot with the same form as mine shows what the original handle would have looked like.

Photo courtesy of Domouchelles

Imari mug with zinc liner, c.1700

Friday, March 12th, 2010

A large Imari style porcelain mug made in China during the Kangxi period (1662-1722).

Decorated with peonies and chrysanthemums in blue, iron red and gilt underglaze enamel.

A carved wood handle, possibly reused from a damaged mid-19th century pewter teapot, replaces the original porcelain handle.

The zinc liner was added in the 1900’s, after the mug could no longer hold liquids. It now makes a perfect vase which I frequently use. Mug measures 6-1/4″ high.

This mug, with the same form and similar decoration, shows what the original porcelain handle would have looked like on my mug.

Photo courtesy of Gotheborg

Chinese Famille Rose teapot, c.1820

Wednesday, March 10th, 2010

This Chinese export porcelain drum form teapot from the early 1800s is decorated with parrots, butterflies, chrysanthemums and gilt trim. It has a small lid with a pomegranate shaped knob and measures 6″ tall.

The polychrome underglaze enamels are in the famille rose palette.

When the original lapped reeded handle broke off leaving just the leaf terminals, an unusual wire and turned wood handle (reused from a discarded bucket) was added.

This teapot with similar form shows what the original handle on my teapot would have looked like.

Photo courtesy of eBay