•February 14, 2013 • Leave a Comment
During the Great War, from 1914-18, a new kind of art flourished. Hand crafted creations from gifted soldiers and army personnel became known as trench art. They used whatever material was at hand… bullet shells, wood, and fabric, during an era when planes were built from fabric on a frame. Popular fabrications included lighters and clocks made in all shapes and sizes.
Our aluminum propeller clock was probably designed by an airplane engineer at a time when aluminum was only used for engines and small parts. A base with an art-deco feel sets off a truly charming little clock with a sense of history.
•February 11, 2013 • Leave a Comment
One of the most iconic and beautiful planes ever designed. A flight icon and engineering marvel. The only supersonic passenger aircraft ever made. London-New York in 3 hours. Its sleek and elegant shape defined a new era. Glamorous and posh, only the finest wines and food were served. Our desktop plane is recreated from original models displayed at the top travel agents of British Airways and Air France. Enjoy a memento from the history of luxury travel.
•February 7, 2013 • Leave a Comment
The sopwith was the mainstay fighter-plane of the British and USA air forces in the early 1900s. Brightly painted in various national colors, it ruled the skies for a number of years. Some of the propellers were later supplied by an American propeller maker. Admire the shape finish of a wood creation that once propelled daring aviators over uncharted landscapes. Feel the smooth somewhat distressed, honey surface. The punched serial numbers around the hub. The authentic 1930s maker’s decal. Picture it in a bar or a boy’s room, a corner of the living room or a restaurant!
•February 4, 2013 • Leave a Comment
A game that may have been invented by astrologers and soothsayers… It dates back at least as far as the Middle Ages when the first adventurers returned from travels to the exotic Orient and other far-away places. All sticks are numbered correspond with a short write-up in the booklet. The style is somewhere between a prediction and common sense, with quotes of sages throughout history lie Confucius and Lao Tze. A great gift and fun to play!
•January 31, 2013 • Leave a Comment
The Handbook for Travelers in India, Burma and Ceylon Edition 1874, carries extensive instructions for the minimum amount of clothing, weapons, tents and food needed for an extended voyage in the tropics. Boxes, trunks and chests were packed and hauled on exploration, hunting, or military expeditions that traversed mountains and deserts. Documents and libraries, games and tables, folding chairs and exquisite foods from purveyors to the Queen were taken along. The design and manufacture of furniture fitting all these conditions and ways of travel was both an art and a science. In the rich tradition of 19th C. Army & Navy furniture makers; supplying all corners of the Empire. A coffee table on a stand that knocks-down for easy transport and storage. Eight drawers allow for storage of books, mail, keys, and ephemera. Always practical, decorative, and never boring.
•January 28, 2013 • Leave a Comment
Hand built reproduction of a canoe that once navigated the rivers and lakes of Canada and the American Mid-West. Completely constructed in white pine, cut into long thin strips and held in shape by bent framing timbers. Display it for its own beauty or fill it with greenery or holiday ornaments on the mantel…Its shape offers many possibilities. It’s just the right size!
•January 24, 2013 • Leave a Comment
Over the centuries the utilitarian walking stick transformed into an elegant accessory essential to a gentleman’s de-rigueur fashion-statement. Its design, shape, and material conveyed one’s taste and status. Some sticks hid a long, thin rapier inside, convenient for defense and dueling. Others held flasks, or compasses. This most, no doubt, had a wind up watch set in the knob. Our recreation of this Victorian walking stick is both a decorative prop and practical timekeeper.