Garden & Sunroom
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2 feet wide, 6 feet long, and 4 inches thick, carved from a slab of
half inch hole drilled near one end tells us that this was originally
intended as a watering trough in a poultry farm. Less than an inch
deep, the trough itself would make a nice bed for succulents, or
perhaps an outdoor potting table, or even an indoor coffee table...
|Garden Hose Reel Cart|
This classic yet usable antique metal garden hose reel could
have watered that Harison's Yellow Rose almost a hundred years ago.
With its iron frame, iron wheels, iron turning crank... only the
hose drum itself appears different, and it's galvanized iron or steel, coated with a protective layer of zinc to prevent rusting.
handle is 34" from the ground; the width from the tip of the crank
across to the opposite wheel is 19"; from front to back is
16" with no hose loaded or closer to 20" fully loaded with hose;
the drum diameter is 9".
I don't really expect you to use this
in your garden, more likely it will end up a conversation piece, but
seriously, how's your plastic hose reel cart from China holding up?
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If you're still trying to figure out what this is, think of it
as a man-made hollow tree for bees, wild or domestic, to build their
hive in. Made of wooden lath strips laid alternately one of top of the
other, half the suface area is open for bee access and air, while the
modified cone shape effectively sheds water. Like any man-made bee
hive, it utilized a wax 'foundation' from which the bees build their
The foundation frame itself is long gone, but the metal rods that
supported it are
still in place.
inches tall, the eight-sided figure was not perfectly laid out so it
varies between 25-1/2 and 28 inches across at
the base. Somewhat akin to tramp art, the skep design dates from the
late 19th or early 20th century and makes for an interesting piece of garden
sculpture which, should you choose,
can be lit from inside for nighttime interest.
24 inches diameter, 3 inches thick, the face cut in quarter dress. This
is a legitimate antique, more than 100 years old, originally from China
where it was used to grind nuts for animal feed. This size stone is
ideally suited for a stepping stone, the center of a laid brick patio,
or the base of a water fountain, all at a fraction of the cost of an
American millstone that was used to grind wheat or corn.
21 inches tall, it's able to be used either as a seat or as a low
table. The heavy cast iron ends were soda blasted clean to preserve the
clarity of the casting, and the
oak top was replaced. This piece is heavy enough to hold down the deck
stiff breeze so you'll not be likely to move it often when you've found
the right place.
French Wirework Hanging Basket
Late 19th/very early 20th century, 22 inches in diameter, about 13
deep, and equipped with a new, twisted link chain with a 90-pound
rating. You can actually use this antique for its intended purpose, but
the geranium in the 15 inch diameter flower pot shown is not included.
Wrought Iron Revolving Bench
Late 19th or early 20th century, this revolving bench was
to be used in the conservatory or
sunroom attached to the south side of one's house where it would have
42 inches tall and 37 inches wide at the lowest shelf, it was rotated
during the course of the day to give all the plants exposure to the sun
and to keep them
growing evenly rather than leaning toward the light. Constructed of
heavy strap iron joined by rivets, it works as well now as it did when
it was built over a hundred years ago.
Wooden Serving Trolley
Patio or Poolside Serving Trolley that could
also serve as a Garden Cart, not for the heavy work but for the display
of potted plants. 42 inches long, 24 inches wide, and 26 inches tall at
the level of the tray, the cart folds to 10 inches tall for off-season
storage. As found, it has a single coat of chippy light green paint
over a coat of red paint that I suspect was its original color. There
is one small area of soft wood (early sign of rot) on a single slat of
the tray; otherwise it is in good shape all around.
All iron, 48 inches long, 31-1/2 inches tall, the gate is shaped like
this so the horse can lean out into the stable to see what's going on,
and it shows it... You can see in the shadow that the gate, built
straight, now is deflected about a half inch where the horse leaned
into it, all in order to see just a little bit further.
Great for the garden, as wall decor, or even in the stable.
Marble Column Fragment / Planter
Probably part of the base of a
marble column, this block was carved with a 7-3/4" diameter bore about
to enable it to
be locked into the next lower piece of the base assembly. By turning it
over, it was subsequently
adapted for use as a planter by drilling a drainage hole through to the
bottom of the block. 10-1/2" x 10-1/2" x 8" tall, the block weighs
about sixty pounds.
17 inches in diameter and 9 inches tall, this classically
cone-shaped terracotta planter in a turquoise glaze clearly is
a mid-century piece. Thick-walled, it's heavy and it's in very good
shape, no damage or signs of abuse at all.
This earthenware vase was said to have come from Africa, and
I suspect it did. It was definitely wood-fired because caught
in the glaze are signs of the ash-choked, smokey atmosphere of a very
rudimentary kiln. 22 inches tall and 15-1/2 inches in diameter at the
waist, the vase has a 6 inch open throat. I think it was probably fired
at a relatively low temperature and therefore I suggest that
it not be exposed to harsh outdoor elements.
Copper Greenhouse Water Tray
43 inches long, 4-1/2 inches wide, 1 inch deep, water-tight
folded construction. Patina shows long use, probably never cleaned and
certainly never polished (and
I certainly wouldn't...).