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 NEWSLETTERS - August 2004

Welcome to the second edition of the Olde Good Things newsletter--information on our latest excavations and unique finds, as well as tips and ideas from our seasoned staff. Enjoy!


 Latest Excavations
St Francis, Brooklyn, New York

St. Francis College was founded by Franciscan Brothers in 1858 as St. Francis Academy, the first private school in the diocese of Brooklyn. Here, now under renovation, the architecturologists were on the scene to retrieve some lovely tall pilasters, corbels and beautiful bronze doors. Take a look at the pictures...

Mansfield High School, Mansfield, Ohio

From this Ohio school constructed in 1925 came many carved limestone building ornaments which decorated the entire structure. There is an array of various pieces, from geometric stones, to shields, even interesting faces were used to add distinction to this building. Great for decorating a facade of a building or an entranceway, or even to accent the garden. These stones can now be seen at our national location in Scranton, PA.




Bradley & Hubbard Lighting from the Toy Building, NYC

From the grand entrance of this 5th Avenue building, we found an array of elegant chandeliers and sconces. These were manufactured by the Bradley & Hubbard Manufacturing Company, world-renowned for fine lighting. If you are looking for multiples of large chandeliers, this is a rare opportunity. 18-arm bronze and 10-arm beaded crystal chandeliers. Also from the same building many mirrored plaster and wood pilasters.

Trump Towers Apartment, NYC

From this modern NYC apartment building, the Architecturologists retrieved some interesting artifacts including these deco-lady room dividers (already sold!). Also many doors and cabinets as well as modern bathroom fixtures.



Queens Estate, New York

This Queens New York home, slated for demolition, revealed some fine architectural artifacts. Mantels, windows, pediments, and a grand entranceway were among the finds.



Click here to see more items from these excavations, and from previous excavations.
 Olde Good Things has developed a wonderful reputation in the salvage business. As a result, we have many new and exciting excavations of choice estates on the horizon. Read all about them in upcoming newsletters on our website.





What’s Happening at Olde Good Things 

Since our last newsletter, we have visited many antique markets throughout the country - including the famous and vast Brimfield Antique Market... Visit our 24th Street store to see many of the unique antique treasures we found for resale there.

Our California division of Olde Good Things is getting more and more established! We now have a warehouse open in Signal Hill (Long Beach), California. You can call us for an appointment at (213) 210-7675.

Our excavation of the Theater in Memphis, TN was featured in the book Salvage Style.




 Tip of the Month: Clearing the Confusion Over Wrought Iron
Wrought Iron versus Cast Iron—What's the difference?

The term “wrought iron” (often mistaken as “rod iron” or “rot iron”), refers to iron that has been heated at a forge, then hammered, twisted, bent, forged, or otherwise worked, most frequently for ornamental purposes, by a blacksmith or expert metalworker. The addition of a compound called iron silicate is what gives the iron it’s pliability, and at the same time adds corrosion resistance. The rarity of true wrought iron (not wrought steel, or aluminum, for example) is due to its production being extremely costly and labor intensive. The last wrought iron plant in the US ceased operations in 1969. 
Cast iron, on the other hand, refers to iron which is heated to a liquid form and poured into a mold, or “cast”, at a foundry. Cast iron was first developed as early as 200 BC, and was produced in significant quantities in the US during the late 18th and throughout the 19th century.

Main Distinctive Advantages of Cast Iron
  • Iron castings can be poured at lower temperatures than those required by steel.
  • Liquid iron is more fluid than steel, which allows for complex and varied shapes.
  • Cast iron is less prone to casting defects than steel.

Related Links

“Samuel Yellin, the 20th Century’s foremost artisan in iron, started his business, Samuel Yellin Metalworkers, in 1909. He called himself a blacksmith, but others called him a genius, a devil with a hammer in his hand. His business set high standards in design and craftsmanship that continue today.



One Olde Good Things customer recently found us online and purchased a rare set of doors and a lovely stained glass... after it was delivered... what did he do? But went back to the site looking for more treasures... he wrote:
"I worry that I will become an OGT addict. Is this condition treatable? When your truck next comes to our area, I will arrange for them to park nearby and invite other dealers and friends to go on a scavenger hunt on the truck. I would also ask friends and dealers to look at your website to preselect items that could be included on the truck... I'll arrange a street fair in the parking lot!"

Many thanks to our valued repeat Olde Good Things customers, we appreciate your patronage!



 About Us
Olde Good Things is your one-stop source for authentic architectural antiques. Visit us Online, in our 4-floor NYC Showroom, or at our 135,000 sq. ft. Scranton, PA Warehouse!  12,000 SF Showroom/Warehouse in LA, California. You’ll find… 

All varieties of Antique Wood Flooring to choose from, including Heart-pine and Red or White Oak, expertly milled and planed to precise specifications.
Over 2,000 Interior and Exterior Doors IN STOCK!
Original Antique Hardware and Fixtures.
Furniture and Lighting.
Vast array of Iron Balconies and Gates.
Marble and Wooden Fireplace Mantels.
Garden Ornaments and Fountains.
Tin Panels and Tin & Copper Mirrors.
Terra Cotta and Ornamental Ceramics.
Rare Handpicked Finds!!!

See our previous newsletter for more interesting information.... 



Tell us what you need and we'll see if we can find it for you. Understand that what is listed on our web site is not even 25% of our complete inventory.
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