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Circa 1450 Florence silk and velvet textile.

Circa 1450 Florence silk and velvet textile.

Circa 1450 Florence silk and velvet textile which could be part of a
priests religious vestment or chasuble.The item dates from the early
Italian Renaissance which lasted from the 14th to the 17th century.
It started in Florence and then Venice.You could fit Luca in
there as well.The designs were often based on the Byzantine
textiles which were much earlier.Trade in the Mediterranean
between Italy and the near east flourished and luxury goods such
as velvets and silks were much prized and sought after by the church and wealthy individuals. Size: H.64in., W.18 1/2in. (163 cm by 47cm).
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Swedish Wool Coats, Dec. 2016

Three Swedish coats having a canvas shell leather lining and then a full sheep’s wool lining. Two large pockets and buttons up the front of the coat.Although they are new they have been professionally cleaned inside and out. A few pinpoint spots, Cleaner confirms they are part of the material. Bought directly from Sweden these coats are a replica of the coat produced in 1938 for the Swedish Military. Suitable for both female and male. Collar can be used for warmth as well.

If you are serious about a coat, measurements will be supplied.   Priced at  $295.00 CDN. each.    Thank you.

Lloyd Ryder


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Featured Piece July 2013

                                           Norwegian Mangle Board
I have heard of numerous uses for the mangle board. A bed smoother, used for ironing clothes, as gifts. A lot of the more decorative boards were carved by men as ‘love tokens’ for their lady friends. It is said that the man would leave the board outside his sweethearts door at night and if it was gone in the morning he knew she was saying yes to his offer of marriage.

One of the boards in our inventory is  Norwegian and it is fairly rare because of the lion handle. It seems that the horse is the Swedish emblem while the lion is Norwegian. Here in Canada it would be the beaver or in the United states, the American eagle.

I have attached a picture of a Norwegian lady using a mangle board for ironing. They had a rolling pin and around it they would wrap tightly their laundry then roll it with the board.

The mangle board fits into the folk art category because of the chip carving and paint. There are some boards that are extremely well carved and this makes them rare and valuable. Hanging them on a wall adds a nice decorative touch to any room.


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Featured Item May 2013

Every so often we come across a piece of furniture, glass, Mora clock or decorative item that we feel stands out above and beyond our already eclectic selection of interesting things. In the past we have quietly changed our sidebar image to showcase these items, pieces that you, our readers, might miss in the depths of our inventory section.
While it may not be every month, we will now endeavour to post a quick note on these pieces in our order to further highlight items we feel deserve to be on our front page. These pieces appear on the right-hand sidebar under ‘Featured Piece’
Our current “featured piece” is a carved wood gold decorated Swedish wall clock, it is signed “Hans Wesemann, Stockholm” Continue reading Featured Item May 2013

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Swedish Empire Mirror

 Swedish Empire Mirror

In reference to the mirror below we are looking at “Swedish Empire”. The Swedish Empire period was, roughly, between the years 1810-1840. The style is characterized  by pomp and pageantry and is sometimes referred to as Imperial. The French Empire is often associated with Napoleon Bonaparte who was fond of ancient Rome and its attributes. Egyptian features with sphinxes, palettes, eagles and griffins were common as decor elements. Continue reading Swedish Empire Mirror