VINTAGE TRANSIT LEVEL Bostrom-Brady

This appears to be a pre 1950’s Bostrom-Brady #2 Transit Level.  Known as a Builder or Farm Level.  Some parts brass, other parts copper or possible red brass.  Manufactured by Bostrom-Brady Mfg. Co.  Atlantic, GA U.S.A

We believe it is in in its original wood box.  The box is vintage and original looking.  Corners of the box are joined using finger joints.  Hinge pins appear to be a nail with tail bent over and trimmed off.

The box has a wood padded cradle to hold the transit level, as well as a place to secure a Plumb Bob.  The Plumb Bob is missing.  There is no paper instruction sheet, and any Bostrom-Brady label or tag that may have existed is not on or in the box.

There is a unique label attached to the inside of the hinged lid.  It adds some dated material to the piece.  Making it somewhat unique, more desirable, and perhaps adding some additional value to a collector.

Has a label inside the box from:
William T. Lindstrom Co.
Surveying Instruments
Drawing Materials
Repairing of Scientific Instruments
127 E. Sixth St Los Angeles, CAL.
Hand dated  7/31/53

If we speculate a bit we could assume this piece had some type of repair, or perhaps was resold in 1953 by the William T. Lindstrom Co.?

If you owned this piece what would you do with it?

CHARLESTON ANTIQUE MALL YEAR END 2017 SALE 12/30, 12/31, 1/1

Come shop the Charleston Antique Mall’s year end Sale!  Pick up some of the best deals of the year.  All the 60+ vendors have set sale prices anywhere between 10% to 50% off.

Normal merchandise, Christmas specialty items, and items that need to make way for the up coming 2018 year.  You won’t enjoy pricing like this once the sale is over.

Visit during the New Years weekend sales event.  Price reductions are good December 30th and 31st , 2017.  As well as January 1st, 2018.

Link to the Charleston Antique Mall info and Vendors.

PEARL NECKLACE – Vendor 24

Two Pearl Necklaces just in time for Christmas.  Going in the shop today (12/17/2017).

Some call these South Pacific Circle Pearls.   They are not the typical more spherical shape.  Beautiful and very classic.

Both of these are a 32 inch continuous loop/strand necklace.  No clasp.  One is mostly a white ivory color.  The other is has a slight gold color to the white ivory coloring.

Please note: Chanel background is for display only and not for sale.

Vendor #24
Charleston Antique Mall
560 S. Decatur Blvd
Las Vegas, Nevada 89107
702 228-4783
Click for Map to street address
Glass 6ft case just inside the main entrance
Early 2016 we expanded into a Booth area too – Ask front desk for both of our locations
Gemstone lapidary specimens finished and Raw
Amethyst Geodes cut and polished
Carved Stone Asian figures – Amethyst, Fluorite, Jade, etc
High end collectibles, Lalique, Baccarat, Crystal, Purses
Sterling & Costume Jewelry
Art & Unique Collectibles

Collects – Sells – Buys
High End used-opened Merchandise and Merchandising products

SLAB STONE PAINTING

The is a beautiful high quality piece of art. Painted on a slab of natural stone we are fairly certain is brown and cream colored Onyx. The painted slab then fits into a grooved base of the same natural material.

Measures approximately 8 inches by 8 inches when set up.

This one is going in the shop today (9/24/2017)

Vendor #24
Charleston Antique Mall
560 S. Decatur Blvd
Las Vegas, Nevada   89107
702 228-4783
Click for Map to street address 
 Glass 6ft case just inside the main entrance
Early 2016 we expanded into a Booth area too – Ask front desk for both of our
locations
Gemstone lapidary specimens finished and Raw
Amethyst Geodes cut and polished
Carved Stone Asian figures – Amethyst, Fluorite, Jade, etc
High end collectibles, Lalique, Baccarat, Crystal, Purses
Sterling & Costume Jewelry
Art & Unique Collectibles

Collects – Sells – Buys
High End used-opened Merchandise and Merchandising products

WOOD CARVED RELIGIOUS FIGURE

This is a carved wood religious figure. Book or Bible held in crook of the right arm, while clutching a pendant with the right hand. Perhaps a Sacred Heart Pendant? Possible resemblance to Jesus Christ, St Peter, St Francis, St Francis Xavier?

Appearance vintage. Weathered paint/patina with some cracking in the wood due to the material drying out. Approximately 17 inches tall

Our appraisal range for this type of statue would range $2000-$4000 retail. Based on the fact it seems to be fairly old.  Perhaps as old as the 1700’s? An oddity, that will not easily be found. Worth is subjective, covering a range that is dependent on condition, availability, current market trends, and buyer motivation.

The base (the underside) of this particular piece shows signs of minor decay or insect damage. Thus lowering its value somewhat. It is still a prime collectable piece.

Vendor #24
Charleston Antique Mall
560 S. Decatur Blvd
Las Vegas, Nevada   89107
702 228-4783
Click for Map to street address 
Glass 6ft case just inside the main entrance
Early 2016 we expanded into a Booth area too – Ask front desk for both of our
locations
Gemstone lapidary specimens finished and Raw
Amethyst Geodes cut and polished
Carved Stone Asian figures – Amethyst, Fluorite, Jade, etc
High end collectibles, Lalique, Baccarat, Crystal, Purses
Sterling & Costume Jewelry
Art & Unique Collectibles

Collects – Sells – Buys
High End used-opened Merchandise and Merchandising products

BLOWN GLASS OIL LAMP



This is a beautiful hand blown glass oil lamp. It is lighter white, than shown in the image. More of a pearl look to it. The exterior finish has a iridescent sheen.

This is a great “as is” piece. It also has the potential for uses in “re- purposing” projects such as glass flowers, lamp base, decorative lighting, or specialty yard landscape lighting.

FAIRY LAMP

This 110VAC Fairy Lamp was being discarded because of bad wiring. It looked like the perfect piece to convert into a low voltage landscape light. A beautiful accent for use in our outdoor garden area.

The original 110V electrical wiring was in disrepair.  We purposely “Picked” this to be used outdoors in our “Fairy Garden” area.

The old wiring was completely removed along with the lamp socket.  New 12V landscape wiring was pulled through the lamp.  A T10  light socket lamp base pigtail was soldered on to the new wiring.  The soldered connections were covered with “heat shrink”

This was connected to our existing 12V landscape system.  A bulb plugged in and there was light.  It is tucked in among some potted spice plants on one of our bakers racks that sit outside.

Re-purposing at its finest!

VINTAGE GLASS FLOWER – BROWN GLASS BOWL


This is another in our series of Vintage Glass Flower creations.

We used a Brownish tinted Vintage Glass bowl to create the flower on the left.

Rebar for the stem and our welded nut affair for attaching the glass.  The vintage glass piece was diamond drilled to accept the attachment bolt.

A washer and some 1/8 inch rod were brazed, bent, and painted, to represent the Pistil of the flower.

 

Pasadena City College Flea Market

Often we travel far to pound the pavement in search of odd and unique items for resale. This past weekend you would have found us making a whirlwind road trip.

A drive from Las Vegas, Nevada to Pasadena, California. About 4 hours walking a Flea Market, then jumping in the car and driving back to Las Vegas. No small feat when you realize the one way drive is just about 300 miles.

We left Las Vegas just before midnight and was able to start early bird shopping at 6:00 AM. The night driving at least kept us out of the summer daytime heat of around 110°F on the trip to the sale. Also the traffic was sparse compared to the congestion we would experience on our return trip.


A new venue for us, we visited the Pasadena City College Flea Market.  As the name implies this was on the College Campus ground.  More specifically, in the open parking lots, as well as in several levels of their parking deck structures.  This sale happens the first Sunday of every month.  Though you would need to check their schedule to be sure this is every month of the year.

They advertise that there are 400-500 dealers.  After walking the campus for 4 hours we tend to believe those figures.  It was definitely a walk.

Being in the business as both buyers and sellers, we were somewhat disappointed with the fact a large majority of prices were at what we consider “retail” pricing.  Great for those looking for a collectable or one of a kind item and willing to pay the price.  More difficult for dealers looking for a deal to buy stock.  We estimate 75% of the sellers were charging such high prices there was little margin for further profit.

Some items were found though, and the trip was not a loss. It was just a much harder “pick” than what we are accustomed to.  I am not sure we will return for another “pick”.

There was a whole section of Vinyl Records.  Nearly a half a floor worth in the one parking structure.  Probably the largest collection of record dealers in any given market we have ever been to.

The booths are laid out in the open parking lots, and also the parking decks.  The parking decks offer the shade for sure.  You had best hit the outdoor area’s early in the morning.  The booth area’s are chopped up by the campus layout.  They actually offer free shuttle service from area to area via 6-8 passenger golf carts.  A little difficult if you are buying and carrying items.  We took collapsible 4 wheeled wagons and we are glad we did.  When full we wheeled them back to our vehicle.  We recommend wagons or 2 wheeled carts of some sort.  Also hats and sunscreen.

Parking is in one of the Colleges deck structures.  At 6AM we were one of the first to arrive.  At 10AM people were circling waiting for someone to leave.  So our suggestion is to go early.  Parking this past weekend was $2.  You have to pay at a machine centrally located on each level of the deck and get a parking receipt.

There are numerous food and drink tents, if you forget to take water.  Expect to walk lots.  Vendors are friendly and willing to negotiate.  Plan on having fun looking and buying.