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More fun with eBay UK

I’m still looking for a rough old writing slope I can use for an oil paint box. Everything so far is too big, too small, too fancy, too expensive or too crap. I’ll find it in the end. Meanwhile, I keep running into the most weird and wonderful things. If you ever have time to kill, I recommend going to eBay UK and looking at “best match” under, say, Antique Woodenware.

In addition to last week’s 18th Century Reeves paint box, I found an even more complete one from 1835, a fine student set from 1883, and various other also rans.

Turns out, George Rowney and Co. is also an older brand of art supplies than I realized, with two nice examples from the 19th C, a painter’s watercolor box and this one labeled “Box of Colours for Illuminating and Missal Painting” — I didn’t know that was still a thing in the Victorian age.

Also learned a word: treen. “Small domestic wooden objects, especially antiques.” AKA weird little bits of old wooden junk.

Behold, treen! Ow! Charming. Yipe! What’s he doing here? Ohhhh…I don’t think I want this on a cane topper. Ew.

Of course, I realize this post will age badly. Not long after the auctions are over, the links will go dead. Sometimes, you just gotta be there.


Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 17, 2018, 6:46 pm

I love this thing, but I have a feeling it will go for a lot in the end.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: April 17, 2018, 9:09 pm

Have you seen Uncle B in the last hour or so?


Do check out the graphic.

Comment from Mitchell
Time: April 18, 2018, 12:25 am

That Blackthorn Shillelagh looks pretty cool. But are people in the UK still allowed to own such things?

Comment from unkawill
Time: April 18, 2018, 1:06 am

Barbara Bush Passed, I’m sorry to say.BUT, I get a drawing or two from Sweasel!

New Dead Pool Friday 1800 GMT.

Comment from dissent555
Time: April 18, 2018, 3:35 am

RIP Barbara Pierce Bush. Wife of a sixth cousin, once removed.

heh. Love the badgercise graphic.

Comment from Rich Rostrom
Time: April 18, 2018, 6:07 am

“Box of Colours for Illuminating and Missal Painting” — I didn’t know that was still a thing in the Victorian age.

Not “still a thing”, IIRC. It was part of the late Victorian fad for medieval revivals. E.g. William Morris.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 18, 2018, 9:21 am

Congratulations, Unkawill! Sad though the occasion be.

I took the liberty of cutting out your mailing address. Dude, there are some awfully crazy people on this internet thing.

Do I owe you for another win? I can’t find you on my list (but I admit, my list sucks).

Comment from peacelovewoodstock
Time: April 18, 2018, 10:58 am

What’s wrong with a woodpecker as a cane topper?

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 18, 2018, 11:13 am

I wouldn’t mind a woodpecker, but I do object to a wood pecker. Punctuation matters, people!

Comment from Durnedyankee
Time: April 18, 2018, 11:31 am

Heh. You think you mind…

Comment from Wolfus Aurelius
Time: April 18, 2018, 2:09 pm

Hm. Back in the ’80s, we hapless losers in Loozyana had a governor — the first Repub since Reconstruction, I think the news blared — named Dave Treen. Never knew it was an actual word.

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: April 18, 2018, 2:58 pm

On Missile painting.

When I was a kid and my older siblings were dashing about on a Sunday looking for their Missals I insisted I be given a missile too.
Imagine my surprise (and disappointment)

Comment from Ric Fan
Time: April 18, 2018, 3:31 pm

Out of style? It’s never gone out of style. What do you think calligraphers do?

Comment from DurnedYankee
Time: April 18, 2018, 8:46 pm

I’m guessing “Graph Kali” is not the right answer.

Comment from unkawill
Time: April 18, 2018, 9:20 pm

Sweasel, yes you do.I got the last one before Carls win last round.

Comment from S. Weasel
Time: April 18, 2018, 9:37 pm

Oh, there it is, UnkaWill. Erica Garner. It was too recent to be on my list.

Two in quick succession — good for you!

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