Posted by: cherylyoung | August 25, 2014

Antique Pine Canadiana Ladderback Rocking Chair

 

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About Antique Rocking Chair

The rocking chair has long been a staple of Canadian domesticity and one of our most beloved symbols of advancing age. Many such creations were built in the last century, when putting runners or rockers on an otherwise uncomfortable perch represented the height of seating technology.
 
Today the chairs remain lasting testaments to the Canadian  culture of leisure that first found its origins over a hundred years ago.
Antique rocking chairs come in a wide variety of shapes and sizes, from the most basic wooden versions through truly decadent creations in hardwood, ivory and gold leaf.
 
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Many of these boasted precursors to the modern upholstery trend of combining foam and batting, creating seating surfaces that were as inviting as they were attractive. Rocking chairs from the old days were widely considered some of the finest examples of Canadian  furniture design.
 
Innovative design houses and architects all got into the market with creations of their own, and many stretched existing forms in new directions with swooping armrests, canted surfaces and the kind of detailed edging that made any seat a throne.
 
If you have been looking for better resources on these popular items, you may want to check for collectors’ groups online.
 
Today a vibrant trade has cropped up that combines the best of history, function and materials, and avid collectors believe there has never been a better time to find affordable, timeless examples of the breed.
 
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Posted by: cherylyoung | August 25, 2014

Antique Ansonia Clocks Ansonia Clock Company History

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The Ansonia Clock Company was one of the major 19th century American clock manufacturers. It produced millions of clocks in the period between 1850, its year of incorporation, and 1929, the year the company went into receivership and sold its remaining assets to Soviet Russia.
Here is a brief timeline describing the events leading to the formation of the Ansonia Clock Company and to its ultimate demise.

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1844 – The Ansonia Brass Company is formed by Anson Green Phelps

       Although he became one of the great mercantile capitalists of his time, Anson G. Phelps had rather humble beginnings. Born to an old Connecticut family, he was orphaned at age ten, and soon after became a saddlemaker’s apprentice. He later moved to Hartford and went into business for himself as a merchant and a shrewd trader. He bartered saddles for cotton from South Carolina and then sold the cotton in New York. With the proceeds from the cotton sales he purchased dry goods to sell back in his Hartford store.

       At age 31 he moved to New York and joined forces with another Connecticut trader, Elisha Peck. As the firm of Phelps & Peck they exported Sourthern cotton to England and imported metals to New York in return, becoming New Yorks largest metal importer of the time.
       After his partnership with Peck dissolved, he formed the firm of Phelps, Dodge & Co. with two of his son-in-laws. Phelps, Dodge and Co. remained a leading New York metals importer. Located in southeastern Connecticut’s Naugatuck River Valley on the east bank of the river, nine miles from New Haven, the factory produced rolled brass for industrial uses. The city of Ansonia was originally part of a larger area called Derby. When the city was incorporated in 1889 it was named Ansonia in honor of Anson Phelps.

1850 – The Ansonia Clock Company is formed as a subsidiary of the Ansonia Brass Company by Phelps and two Bristol, Connecticut clockmakers, Theodore Terry and Franklin C. Andrews.

       By 1838, inexpensive clock movements made of rolled brass had largely replaced wooden and cast brass movements in America. Terry & Andrews were the largest clock manufacturers in Bristol at that time. They had more than 50 employees and had used 58 tons of brass in the production of about 25,000 clocks in the previous year. Phelps decided to get into the clockmaking business as a means to expand his market for his brass products. It was a shrewd business move for Phelps to join forces with Terry and Andrews, allowing him to profit from the manufacture of a clock’s raw components and the finished product as well.          Terry and Andrews thought it was a good business decision for them as well, giving them ready access to large quantities of brass for use in clock movements. They agreed to sell Phelps a 50% interest in their clockmaking business and move the entire operation to Ansonia, CT, where Phelps had his brass mill. 1851 – 1852 Andrews leaves the business.  In 1851 Andrews sells all but one of his shares. He sells his remaining share to Terry in 1852.

1853 Ansonia exhibits their cast iron cased clocks at the New York World’s Fair. Only two other American clock companies exhibited at the fair, which opened on July 4, 1853. They were the Jerome Manufacturing Company of New Haven, Connecticut, and the Litchfield Manufacturing Company of Litchfield, Connecticut.

1853 – Anson Phelps, at age 73, sells his interest in the Ansonia Clock Company to his son-in-law, James B. Stokes. Stokes was one of the directors of the firm of Phelps, Dodge & Co., a metal importing company originally founded by Anson G. Phelps and two of his son-in-laws. Phelps dies a wealthy man at his New York City home on November 30, 1853.

Early engraving of the original Ansonia Clock Factory in Connecticut

1854 – A huge fire destroys the Ansonia Clock Company factory. The New York Daily Times reports at the time: “New Haven, Saturday, July 8 – The large stone factory of the Ansonia Clock Company was wholly destroyed by fire early this morning. The loss exceeds one hundred thousand dollars. Insured for about fifty thousand. The business of the company was conducted by T. Terry & Son.”

1854 – The land and the ruined buildings are bought by the directors of Phelps, Dodge & Co. The shares purchased include the remaining shares owned by the last of the original founders, Theodore Terry. It is interesting to note that Terry thereafter became involved in a clock venture with the great promoter P. T. Barnum. It produced clocks under the name of the Terry & Barnum Manufacturing Company until its bankruptcy in March of 1856.

1854 to 1869 – The Ansonia Brass & Battery Mill, one of Phelps, Dodge & Co.subsidiary companies, continues to make brass movements for supply to the general clockmaking trade. They also made some finished clocks that were usually marketed under the label “Ansonia Brass Company” and, more rarely, the “Ansonia Brass & Battery Company” In 1860 they report having manufactured 22,000 clock movements and 2,000 finished clocks during the previous year.

1869 – Full-scale clock production resumes under the name of the newly incorporated Ansonia Brass & Copper Co., a reorganization of the Ansonia Brass & Battery Company. By June of 1870, the company reports it had manufactured 83,503 clocks. By this time the factory employed 150 workers and had used 90,000 pounds of brass in making the clocks. The earliest known price list under the Ansonia Brass & Copper Company name, dated January 1, 1873, offers 45 models of clocks and timepieces and fourteen different movements.

 

1877 – The Ansonia Clock Company is reborn when the clockmaking operation is spun off from the brass milling operation. The company is incorporated in New York City, its shares held primarily by the officers of Phelps, Dodge & Company. Henry J. Davies of Brooklyn, himself a clockmaker, inventor and case designer, joins the newly reconstituted company as one of its founders. As President of the firm he makes great contributions to its success. He is thought to be largely responsible for the figurine clocks, swing clocks and other unusual and desireable novelties for which the Ansonia firm became known, and which are among today’s most collectible of Ansonia clocks   1878 – Inventor Thomas Edison visits the Ansonia Clock Company factory to experiment in combining clocks with his newly developed phonograph. Edison and his pricipal lab assistant, Charles Batchelor, did some of the initial experiments, leaving the Ansonia Clock Company to continue with the bulk of the research and development. Attempts to make a commercially viable “phonograph clock” proved ultimately unsuccessful.

1879 – A second Ansonia Clock factory is opened in Brooklyn, New York. By June of 1880 it has 360 workers. The Ansonia, Connecticut factory continues producing clocks as well with a work force of 100 men and 25 women.

A postcard view of Ansonia Clock Factory, Brooklyn, New York 7th and 8th Aves. and 12th and 13th Sts. “Largest Clock Factory in the World”

1880 – Misfortune strikes again when the New York factory burns down. The cause of the fire is reportedly an explosion caused by leaking gas. The New York Times reported: “all that remained of the factory was the burned and blackened walls.” The loss is reported to be $750,000 with only $250,000 insured.

1881 – The New York factory is rebuilt on the same site.
1883 – The Ansonia, Connecticut factory is closed. All administrative and manufacturing operations are moved to New York. By this time Ansonia had sales offices in New York, Chicago and London.

1886 – By now more than 225 different clock models are being manufactured. The prosperous and debt free Ansonia Clock Company reports having an inventory worth $600,000 and receivables valued at $250,000.

1904 – Ansonia adds inexpensive, non-jeweled watches to their line. Ansonia had produced an estimated 10 million of these by 1929.

1914 – The company is at its height. More than 440 different clock models are now available. In addition to a huge domestic sales volume, clocks were exported in large quantities to Australia, New Zealand, Japan, China, India and eighteen other countries.

1915 to 1920 – Sales volume drops as the effects of WWI and stiff competition from other clock companies begins to take its toll. In the early

1900’s Ansonia’s line of novelty clocks became their biggest sellers. However, as competition for the novelty clock market grew ever stronger, the company attempted to maintain their market share by undercutting their competitors’ prices. This strategy proved financially disastrous. By failing to maintain a realistic profit margin the comnpany took on increasing debt, all the while failing to curb the competition in the niche thgey once dominated. By 1920, the number of clock models offered in their catralogs had dropped to 136. Their formerly popular black iron mantel clocks, china cased clocks and statue clocks were all discontinued.
1926 – Ansonia sells it five story Brooklyn warehouse.

1927 – The number of different Ansonia clock models offered for sale drops to 47.

1929 – The company goes into receivership a few months before the stock market crash. The machinery and dies were sold to Amtorg, an American trading organization acting as the principal importing and exporting agent for Soviet Russia.
An October 10, 1929 news story in the Appleton Post Crescent of Appleton, Wisconsin, mentions the event in an article titled “Soviet Russia Is Good Customer of U.S. Businessmen – Purchases Four Times Above Pre-War Acale and Still Going Up.”
The article begins:

“American goods and manufacturing, engineering and building talent continue to pour into Russia with increasing volume. Russia’s five year plan of economyand industrial expansion is being revised ambitiously…A check of the facts and figures seems to indicate that Russia is determined to build up her whole economic structure with American parts.”

The article continues with the mention of the Ansonia Clock Company as one of its purchases:

“(Russia) has just bought a clock factory from the Ansonia Clock Company of Brooklyn which will be moving to Russia to manufacture a million alarm clocks and half a million wall clocks a year.”

The deal included sending former Ansonia employees to Moscow for up to 18 months set up the equipment and train Russian workers, giving birth to Russia’s industrial mass production of mechanical timepieces.

The Lima (Ohio) News gave this account in a March 12, 1931 news report:

“…there came an order to supply the Soviet union with men and machines to make watches and clocks, neither of which products ever had been manufactured there. Representatives of Amtorg went to the Ansonia Clock Company in Brooklyn and to the Duber Hampden Watch Company of Canton, Ohio, and bought them lock, stock and barrel. Then they hired most of the skilled employees of the plants to go to Russia and operate the familiar machines. These have been installed in a new, many-windowed building in Moscow, where Russian apprentices are beginning to master the trade.”

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Posted by: cherylyoung | August 24, 2014

Antique heavy duty brass and lead Tiffany Lamp

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Posted by: cherylyoung | August 24, 2014

Antique Burlington Glass Hurrican Lam

 

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Posted by: cherylyoung | August 16, 2014

Norma Jeans Closet now has DeVine Winery soap

Originally posted on Vancouver Island Womens Networking:

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BREAKING NEWS! Norma Jeans’ Closet will be carrying these extraordinary soaps at our location in one week. Yes I am happy to say “The days of wine and roses have arrived in Sidney by the Sea
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Why yes! now you CAN bathe in our wine! The tasting room now sells locally made soap, made with our Merlot and Pinot Grigio. By Eagle Creek Natural Soaps
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Life is strange, but we have decided to open a high end
consignment boutique at the Sidney Indoor Market upstairs.
and I have been searching for a name,.
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while I was never a big fan of Marilyn Monroe I decided to watch this video and I have .chosen the name Norma Jean’s Closet and I know if you watch it you will understand why, also as far as I am concerned there has never been a more sexy and attractive woman.

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Posted by: cherylyoung | July 6, 2014

MLS 339831 10115 Bowerbank Sidney by the Sea

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Spacious one level with big rooms, 2 bedrooms, 2 baths, spacious kitchen with den, open living Room with great south fencing yare and large deck

. Great Corner lot and walking distance to downtown with bus stop steps from door. Great starter home or an ideal home for a retired couple

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MLS® No: 339831 List Price: $409,999
Status: Current Orig Price: $419,999
DoM: 0 Sold Price:
Sub-Class: Single Family Detached
List Dt: 2014/07/06 Pend Dt:
Beds: 2 Kitch: 1
Baths: 2 FP: 1
Parking: 2 Built (est): 1972
Fin SqFt: 1,440 Unfin SqFt:
Lot SqFt: 6,150 Lot Acres: 0.14
Title: Freehold M Assmt: $
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Main: 1 Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
Fin SqFt: 1,440
 
Living 17×15
Dining 11×9
Kitchen 12×14
Mast Bdrm 13×14
Bathroom 3
Bathroom 4
Hobby Rm 11×11
Utility 12×9

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News Release                                For Immediate Release

 

Sidney, BC: – On Saturday June 21st, 2014,  from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Sidney Fire Hall, Sidney Councilor Kenny Podmore and the Volunteer Firefighters will be fitting license plate holders branded for each of the Peninsula municipalities.  Ten years ago, on behalf of the Foundation, Kenny created unique designs for each municipality, raising more than $7,000 for projects at the hospital.

 

“Many people on the peninsula would like to support our fundraising efforts by purchasing a set of license plate holders, but don’t know how to put them on their car.  I wanted to help by providing this small but important service for the community,” says project originator Kenny Podmore.  “When the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation and I originated this idea almost ten years ago, I spent several Saturday mornings selling the license plate holders and putting them on cars for the purchasers.  You’d be surprised how many people would like a little help.  This time, the Sidney Volunteer Firefighters are assisting.  At the same time, they will be hosting a barbeque to raise some funds for the Centennial celebrations of the Sidney Volunteer Fire Department on August 2nd.”

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 “We’re very grateful to Councillor Podmore for leading the charge and helping people to express pride in our community”, says SPHF Board President Gordon Benn.   With this one project, we are acknowledging the importance of community and making people more aware of the needs of the hospital.”

 

Benefiting two organizations on the peninsula – the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation and the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, the license plate holders are available for a donation of $10 per pair.  In addition to fittings at the Sidney Fire Hall, they are available in a variety of locations, including the offices of both the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation and the Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, the Town of Sidney and Districts of North and Central Saanich municipal offices, the tourist information centre on Beacon Avenue and directly from both Councillor Podmore and Sharon Bolton of Verico Select Mortgage (9785 Fourth St in Sidney).  If you can’t make it to any of these locations, license plate holders will also be available at the Sidney Saturday Market and the Thursday night indoor Market, (upstairs from Odyssia Restaurant at 9785 Fifth St). Finally, local entrepreneur Cheryl Young will be offering them at the Cocktail Parties for “Thunder Down Under” (at the Mary Winspear Centre) June 19 and 20.

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Anyone wishing to make an additional contribution to the Foundation can mail a cheque payable to the Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation, 2166 Mt. Newton X Road, Saanichton, BC V8M 2B2, or can call in their donation on their credit card to 250 652-7531.  All donations (except those for license plate holders) are eligible for a tax receipt.

           

            The Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation raises funds to help meet the healthcare needs of people living on the Peninsula.  The Saanich Peninsula Chamber of Commerce, with over 300 members, supports economic development and business interests, and builds strategic relationships between the business community and its stakeholders.

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For more information contact: Karen Morgan, Executive Director, Saanich Peninsula Hospital Foundation Phone:  250 217-6220, Fax: 250 652-7534 or Councilor Kenny Podmore at (250) 655 4631

                email:  karen.morgan@viha.ca; www.sphf.ca; kennycrier@shaw.ca   

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Posted by: cherylyoung | June 10, 2014

Beautiful Immaculate home in Sidney by the Sea B.C

Completely Renovated 5 bedroom home .Separate 2 bedroom accom. (unauthorized) on lower level. Vinyl thermopane windows, 2 skylight, French doors to covered deck. eating area in kitchen, fireplace in living room, insert in family room. Large lot with 2 ponds,with fish and beautifully landscaped with work studio out back, Very private back yard. This home is immaculate with top quality appliances

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MLS® No: 338131 List Price: $499,900
Status: Current Orig Price: $499,900
DoM: 6 Sold Price:
Sub-Class: Single Family Detached
List Dt: 2014/05/28 Pend Dt:
Beds: 5 Kitch: 2
Baths: 2 FP: 2
Parking: Built (est): 1973
Fin SqFt: 2,224 Unfin SqFt:
Lot SqFt: 9,836 Lot Acres: 0.23
Title: Freehold M Assmt: $
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Main: 2 Level 1 Level 2 Level 3 Level 4
Fin SqFt: 1,101 1,123
Living 13×16
Dining 9×11
Kitchen 11×17 11×11
Mast Bdrm 10×10 14×11
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