Oakland, CA

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i love a good mystery, but i love solving them even more. garden antiques are what i collect, but i like all kinds of things from mid-century design to ancient antiqi love a good mystery, but i love solving them even more. garden antiques are what i collect, but i like all kinds of things from mid-century design to ancient antiquities. i am a native plant gardener and own a native plant nursery. (Read more)


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Christmas came early!  Great Awaji Bowl with fantastic color and design! - Asianin Asian
Awaji Ginger Jar in Light or Sky Blue - Asianin Asian
Life with the Esquimaux by Captain C.F. Hall - 1865 - Booksin Books
Tiny, little blue and white pottery - from here and there. - Potteryin Pottery
Little Boy Statue - Schmid? - Figurinesin Figurines
Little Porcelain Book - Zsolnay - Potteryin Pottery
Minton Small Flask - Potteryin Pottery
Another umanome [horse's eye] plate from Japan. - Asianin Asian
Japanese Kappa by Okura - Asianin Asian
Royal Copenahagen Arctic Fox - Animalsin Animals


  1. thank you Manikin - and the same for all of you!
  2. so cute!
  3. nice vase but not awaji. sorry.
  4. thanks Newfld and nuts!
  5. 'What's in an elephant's trunk? elephant toys for elephant boys. elephant curls for elephant girls. That's what's in an elephant's trunk' a song we had on an old 45 when i was a kid.
  6. and here i was thinking it was an old-time television remote! you bang it to change the channel on those old tvs.
  7. thanks TallCakes! it's definitely a 'mini'!
  8. thanks Anik. i know - it's so detailed and intricate. it's a really beautiful box!
  9. from what i've been told this is 1810-1830. it's a very good piece. the flower signature is indicative of mid to late edo period and good quality.
  10. the beadwork is similar to that of another piece i found from Indonesia.
  11. satsuma bird vase. nice! no pics of the base?
  12. it looks southeast asian to me.
  13. this is made by Okura - the high end of Noritake, but i couldn't find any reference to Kappas or figurines by them.
  14. thanks Phil!
  15. it's always 4:20! i know a couple of the original 4:20 guys in Marin Cty.
  16. i think you're right. as a proud pot head, it didn't even cross my mind!
  17. Thanks MacDaddyRico. i know that, but i can make a connection between those themes and banks, but i find a LOT of frog banks too, and i can't figure out the connection except the green color.
  18. Thanks MacDaddyRico. it probably did, but i still don't see glazes fade like that over time - normally.
  19. thank you artfoot and Anik. i didn't think that much about it, but it is pretty.
  20. thank you artfoot. i googled around a bit and couldn't find anything like this, so i appreciate the help.
  21. yeah, he's pretty cool. it kind of looks like he's having a bad hair day.
  22. it's really cool! it would make a great garden focalpoint hanging from an old iron tripod or something.
  23. what's the back side like? is it a massive plumb bob?
  24. have a bonfire - burn brush! cook some hotdogs on it. drink hot chocolate / coffee i love the pic - brings many memories!
  25. this is a large pot - 10-11 inches across. i think it's really cool but can't find any info on it.
  26. thanks AnythingObscure. great idea!
  27. thank you SpiritBear.
  28. thanks Jenni! thanks Jenni!
  29. what did Brunswick say? it's missing from the thread and i'd like to know more about the piece.
  30. this looks like a Meiji Japanese Satsuma pendant. would have been super if not the condition. [sad face] why can't we have emojis here?
  31. thumbs up on this one!
  32. not spanish, but MEXICAN! [which is better if values mean anything] these are called saltillo serapes. i have a lot of very nice ones. always look for the ones w/ the 'eye of god' designs.
  33. i LOVE gherkins!
  34. thanks Loumanal. i'm interested in what these different animals represent for the people who made it. the northwest nations have an incredibly complex mythology about their worlds.
  35. TRULY digestible! glad they made that clear, although i have my doubts...
  36. thanks antiquerose and racer! yeah, it makes me laugh too. just a little creepy... creature w/ arms akimbo!
  37. thanks racer and bobby! we used flashlights, black and tans, and blue ticks when we went coon hunting.
  38. probably 80s, but left outdoors.
  39. thanks artfoot! i love this kind of humble cottage crafty pieces for the humble masses! reminds me of my roots.
  40. Japanese. Kutani? 1960s?
  41. i have no idea where i got the 'Take a seat' from! thank you melaniej!
  42. what mystery Celiene? there's no mystery here. just a very corrupt administration.
  43. i'm pretty sure it's a GM. those extra serifs have got to mean something!
  44. Romco - Rocky Mtn Pottery Co. - from Colorado.
  45. thank you antiquerose. i thought that they were made in mexico, but had no evidence. thanks so much!
  46. thanks Caper. yes, i believe it's Edo period.
  47. cabin chic!?
  48. thanks Phil! i was thinking about putting it in a bag with a bunch of boiled egg whites to give it a nice green patina.
  49. my memere was born around here. her father was a fisherman who was lost at sea.
  50. thanks kyra and artfoot. i work at the oakland museum regularly and know most of the curators, so it shouldn't difficult.
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