Come Sale Away!

We’ve had a couple of very busy weekends in a row and, though they have been packed with great deals and even better items to pass along to you, we’re looking forward to a weekend at home (we hope) this coming Saturday and Sunday! Still, it’s hard to pass up a great sale and we recently happened upon one that yielded some extraordinary pieces. We also just took a very large load of items in on consignment and we’re excited by all of the treasures, both big and small, that we’ll be sharing with you!

If you’re local, we just updated the items available in our booth space at House of Vintage with some of the pieces we’ve recently acquired. Among other things, there are a couple of real standout pieces we wanted to especially tell you about!

Photo of an antique sideboard.

First is a gorgeous late 30’s/early 40’s sideboard made by the Blue Bird Manufacturing Co. of Los Angeles. It’s really a stunning piece and features the original hardware, too! The style is often referred to as Spanish or Spanish Revival, though there is some overlap with the Jacobean style as well. The intricate details on the accent portions of this piece are amazing, and it would look great in a dining room or even as an entryway piece. (sorry for the dark pic! We were just so excited to photograph it as soon as we got it home and then take it in to the space!)

Photo of a 1938 Philco floor radio, model number 38-7.The second piece that we are very excited to offer is also from the late 30s and is a simply amazing 1938 Philco radio. It’s hard to know where to start with this gorgeous guy. It is a model 38-7 and is in beautiful condition. All of the knobs move freely and the speaker cloth doesn’t have even the slightest snag in it much less any fading. As is the case with many old tube radios, this fella isn’t working but it sure wouldn’t take much to get him to, though how many AM radio stations do you listen to these days anyway, right? That being said, the lights in it DO work and the soft glow that comes from its face is enchanting.

Photo showing a closeup of the face of a 1938 Philco floor radio, model number 38-7.

Both pieces are currently for sale in our booth but, if you’re not local and are still interested, let us know! We’d be happy to send you more pictures and work out shipping costs with you!

Memory Lane

Lane furniture. For some of us, just the name brings to mind quality. Many girls longed for the day when they would be gifted a Lane hope chest, but Lane was known for far more than just that. American made craftsmanship, quality materials, and outright beautiful pieces of furniture were the hallmark of the Altavista, Virgina, manufacturing plant in the sixties.

From 1912 to 1951, the Lane Company was known only for those popular cedar chests. In the fifties, Lane expanded to occasional tables and case goods with accent pieces making their debut in 1965.  And, man, what a splash those pieces made!Image of a page from the Lane Acclaim Series catalog from the mid 1960's.
Lane became a fixture in mid century modern furnishings in America. The Acclaim series was especially popular, appealing to both the traditional and modern senses. Not only did it feature the standard coffee tables and end tables but also buffets, desks, dressers, chairs, and even a snack cart! In fact, one product catalog shows 44 different pieces!

Fast forward nearly 40 years from accent pieces making their debut with Lane, and these two beauties came into Karen’s possession. They had been left behind by a renter that she also acquired when she and her then husband purchased a home. When he moved, the renter indicated that the tables had been there when he moved in and weren’t his so he just left them. Over the years, they were used by other renters and, really, their condition showed it. Still, they were sturdy and their structural integrity stood strong.

Photo of a restored Lane Acclaim Series end table.After sitting in storage for years, Karen’s parents, bless them, took on the task of refinishing the tables. Wow! The end result was (and still is) glorious! No wonder these pieces were popular! Made of walnut and ash, the dovetail finishing is just exquisite.

Only the top 35% grade of walnut on the market is considered for this furniture. Then, out of 100 feet purchased, only 40 feet will meet Lane’s exacting requirements for grain and color. This fine wood is then finished with a mellow gunstock patina, enriched in character with dovetail inlays. -Lane Acclaim Series Catalog

Now, more than 50 years old, this gorgeous pair is awaiting a new home. If you think your home is that place, head over to our shop and seal the deal!

Photo of pair of restored Lane Acclaim Series end tables.