Category: Bizarrities

State of the Antique Business (in Hawaii)

For the past score of years, I’ve made antiques and collectibles a significant part of how I pay for my family’s right to live. Obviously, if we don’t pay, we become homeless, we suffer disease and the elements, and we die – so, like almost all Americans not endowed...

Turkish Copperwork from the Ottoman Empire

These Ottoman Empire copper pieces were hand hammered by skilled craftsmen to tell stories and evoke emotion. Large and ornamental but made for use, this ewer, pitcher, and urn have stories to tell and speak loudly when you enter a room.  ...

Marshland Meadow by L. Regalski – Oil on Canvas

This painting is both compelling and detailed and transports the viewer to the destination when one looks at it. This painting is masterful and relatively modern by L. Regalski.  ...

Oil on Canvas Painting of Mill by R. Popping – 1942

This painting was done at the height of the Nazi regime during World War II, it’s stark industrial lines are in sharp contrast to the earth tones and pastoral imagery, and yet, when one looks at the long shadows of the trees and the orderly progression of the painting...

Avakain Brothers Persian Heriz Rug

A stunning Avakian Brothers Persian Heriz style area rug made in Iran. This beautiful piece is hand-crafted from 100% virgin wool pile and boasts an intricate design in shades of red, blue, yellow and green with all natural dyes. The back has original tag (slightly faded) “Avakian Brother Inc....

Deer Hide Chair Attributed to Sarah Boone (sister of Daniel Boone)

This deerhide chair comes from the Wilcox Family, a family directly descended from Sarah Boone, the sister of Daniel Boone. Sarah is most famous for having shot a Native American through the eye as he rode at high speed swinging an axe towards her husband John Wilcockson. The chair...

The Wheel of ‘We’re Here’ Presented to Captain Vapoor by Rudyard Kipling

Rudyard Kipling and Captain Preston L. Vapoor had made an acquaintance that blossomed into a lifelong friendship in Lahore, India in about 1885. Legend has it that Captain Vapoor brought American bourbon with him and the two bonded over drinks with Kipling’s editor at the Civil and Military Gazette. In...

The Arch-Bishop of California’s Chairs – William Ford Nichols

One of the more unexpected friendships of Captain Preston L Vapoor, was that which developed between he and the Episcopal Arch-Bishop of California, the Venerable William Ford Nichols – now, on the surface, it would seem strange that a world wandering mystic such as Captain Vapoor would become the...

William Tell’s Dilemma by Gustav Hauser

Gustav Hauser was a little known artist and political conspirator in Switzerland who worked hard with the socialist party to bring about constitutional change and end the proto-fascist rule of the Radical Party in the 1870s and the obstructionist tearing apart of Swiss democracy prior to 1891. This painting,...