Pair Eapg Boston & Sandwich Dolphin Candlesticks Blue & Clambroth Glass 1845-70
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Pair Eapg Boston & Sandwich Dolphin Candlesticks Blue & Clambroth Glass 1845-70:
IMMEDIATE – PROFESSIONALLY PACKED – FULLY INSURED - SHIPPING Buyer pays actual cost of fully insured shipping, very safely packed. All Customs forms will state the actual selling price of items shipped internationally. Having descended through the Van Buskirk, Buskirk and Chumley families, co-founders of Monroe County, Indiana, this pair, along with all manner of American period furniture and decorative accessories, came to rest in a dining room cabinet in Bloomington, Indiana – the home of Gary Buskirk Chumley. Gary died last December. I retrieved the candlesticks from the cupboard and am selling them on behalf of his widow.
Each is bit over 10 ¼” tall, the dolphin standard resting on a single step base 3 ¾” square.
It is interesting to note that one of the cobalt blue petal-shaped sockets was fused to the dolphin with a wafer or biscuit of the molten blue glass, while a blob of opaque white was used on the other.
Gary’s untimely passing came at a time when he was in full stride, deeply involved in philanthropy, the community and writing his memoirs. He left behind not only a loving family but rooms filled with inherited treasures, their individual histories known only to him.
Please note that all images within this listing, except three, were taken prior to discovering the old repair at the biscuit (or wafer) joining the socket to the standard on one of the sticks. The pair had been listed for six days when I was asked about an area of white deposits at the base of one of the wafers.
I examined the area in question in bright light and extreme magnification. That is when I found the repair and ended the sale.
The three images below the image of both wafers show the repaired wafer as it now appears. The blue paint used to make the repair go relatively unnoticed came off with acetone exposing a white substance used as fill.
The old repair was likely done many years ago, not with any intention to deceive, but because they are "family" pieces passed down from one generation to the next.
CONDITION REPORT: The bottom edges of each base shows the least roughness I’ve seen on pieces of this age. There are straw lines on both petal sockets, and one has a fracture at the upper third extending to the top edge terminating at the dividing point between two petals. I tried to photograph it in bright sunlight, a couple images coming up in a moment. In normal light or in use in your home, it goes unnoticed. The stick with the white wafer is in as near perfect as any you will ever find.
More images and commentary continue below my three "Prime Directives:"
1st: I never, under any circumstances, use a reserve, and rarely do I ask for an opening offer of more than $9.00 (sometimes even less).
2nd: I never end sales early.
3rd: I don’t usually clean, repair, or otherwise monkey around with anything. I push enough dust aside to expose any flaws, but if I discovered it in some dusty attic, you can look forward to a little dust on it when it gets to your house. If it has a flaw or a wart, I'll tell you about it.
So rest easy and have some fun.
Son-of-a-gun! Someone, sometime actually put them to use. I hadn’t noticed the wax inside until looking at my own image. I guess we’re inspecting them together, so the three images to follow are the best I can do – regarding the fracture.
That is just a straw line.
The shadow of a line you see on a petal of the socket on the right is that of a straw line. It is not the fracture seen above.
The whitish deposit that caused my re-examination is seen in the image above. It came off easily with acetone, but it also revealed the old, old repair. Thank goodness a fellow er asked the question. That enabled me to be proactive by ending the sale, editing the condition report and re-listing the pair with totally accurate condition information.
You could run through a set of tires out running the roads in search of a finer pair, but you’re most likely to come home empty-handed and in deep despair, your clothes reeking of potpourri. Disheartened, having maxed out your best credit card, you’ll come back to me with . . . .
Hang on a second. I think my tiny little reptile brain slipped out of gear for a moment. I guess I was projecting. For all I know, you may have two or even three credit cards in no danger of being confiscated and snipped in half by a shop owner dressed in calico. This has nothing whatsoever to do with this pair of candlesticks; however, I don’t know about you, but if I see another grapevine wreath or gingham teddy bear in an “antiques” shop filled with catalog stoneware and frames sprayed with chalkboard paint, I may just snap.
“Turning to local news: An elderly Ohio man was taken into custody earlier today after going berserk inside “Wanda’s Antiques & Goat Soap Boutique.” When police arrived, Wanda had subdued the perpetrator, a troubled man who kept screaming ‘There’s not a &!&*#* antique in this entire ^&*#% building!’ According to Detective Vance, damages could run as high as twenty to thirty bucks. Details at eleven.”
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