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All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : School : Pre 1900 item #129969 (stock #G297)
Stonegate Antiques
$145
A fabulously detailed, historical graphic of the California State Seal adds to the importance of this authentic, museum-quality, 1899, TEACHING LICENSE / DIPLOMA issued by the STATE OF CALIFORNIA, SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY, DEPARTMENT of PUBLIC INSTRUCTION.

Text indicates that the diploma was awarded to Josephine Downey on October 21, 1899, and certified her to teach the Grammar or Primary Grade for the subsequent 6 years. Signed by Thomas Kirsh, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Secretary.

Further documentation on reverse reads, "Issued on the recommendation of the Board of Education of San Francisco County, in accordance with Section 1521 of the Political Code, upon a first grade or Grammar Grade Certificate of San Francisco County, California, 95% (Josephine’s teacher examination grade).”

With the exception of early fold lines, condition is mint! Measures 14.6 inches X 11.5 inches.

See my other items for an 1892 Teaching Certificate awarded to Josephine's sister, Mary Downey.

All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Advertising : Pre 1940 item #735171 (stock #G462)
Stonegate Antiques
$35
Measuring 15.75 inches long by 4 inches in height, this metal, circa 1930s, brown and yellow, French advertising sign reads:

"Defense de Fumer..sans Microphosphate Schloesing."

Translated to English, it literally means "No Smoking without Schloesing Microphosphate", clearly an advertisement for a chemical product made by the Schloesing Company.

Certainly a conversation piece in very good condition with the expected mild and non-substantial wear with minor rust here and there to the painted surface. The sign has 4 small holes at each corner for easy mounting.

All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : School : Pre 1960 item #488604 (stock #G567)
Stonegate Antiques
$65
Measuring 9 inches in diameter, this wonderful 1950's, school, Spelling and Counting Board retaining its original box with a 77 Cent price sticker on it! The game is quite colorful, as is the box, and both will create an eye-appealing display! The game is in mint, unused condition with all letters of the alphabet present as well as the numbers one through ten with math signs. The box shows its age with superficial dirt, weak corners and seams, as well as tearing to the box bottom. Made by BAR-ZIM, USA. A great find for the collector of School Memorabilia!
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Advertising : Pre 1930 item #330603 (stock #G536)
Stonegate Antiques
$325
Offered for sale is a fabulous and most colorful, hand-painted Connecticut TIN trade sign from the 1920s – 1930s.

Framed in sturdy wood, this metal sign is hand-painted in stunning blues, whites, and oranges and reads: “JOHN E. MELVIN – PLUMBER – TEL. CONN”.

Measuring approximately 32.5 inches wide x 18 inches high, this vintage tin sign, a most unusual find, has wonderful visual graphic appeal and would add great decorative interest to any room!

The condition of the sign is quite good with lovely patina and appropriate surface wear for its 70-80+ years of age. Note a small unobtrusive piece of framing missing from the bottom right.

All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : School : Pre 1900 item #922395 (stock #G601)
Stonegate Antiques
$195
Offered is an EXCEEDINGLY RARE, 19th century, oval, bent-wood oak-framed, child's school slate.

This wonderful, double-sided slate measures 10.25 inches x 14.25 inches and is in fine condition. This type of slate was also made in a smaller size, but either size is very, very seldom found today as the majority of 19th century school slates that were produced were rectangular in shape!

Close-up photos show the interesting wood frame seam as well as the hanging hole. Flecks of paint are evident here and there and are most concentrated in one corner on one side of the slate as shown in photos.

This rare oval slate is truly a must-have for any serious collector of early school memorabilia!

All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : School : Pre 1940 item #596276 (stock #G572)
Stonegate Antiques
$45
Measuring 4.25 x 4 x 1 inches, this all original cardboard display contains 24, full, bakelite capsules or tubes of EVERSHARPE RED TOP pencil-lead!

Interestingly, this display was found among the contents of an old North Carolina country store.

This product was made in the 1940's in the USA with tubes originally selling for 15 cents per tube. Each bakelite capsule or tube contains 45 sticks of "Q-15 Soft Standard" pieces of pencil-lead.

As seen in the photos, the red caps of the bakelite containers are brittle from age and are in varying states of "wholeness"--some intact and some not.

An interesting and unusual item to add to one's advertising or olde school collection!

All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : School : Pre 1900 item #129972 (stock #G287)
Stonegate Antiques
$125
Elaborate graphics which include the California State Seal adds to the importance of this authentic, museum-quality, 1892, TEACHING LICENSE / DIPLOMA issued by the STATE OF CALIFORNIA, SAN FRANCISCO COUNTY, DEPARTMENT of PUBLIC INSTRUCTION.

Text indicates that the diploma was awarded to Mary L. Downey on January 15, 1892, and certified her to teach the Grammar or Primary Grade for the subsequent 6 years. Signed by 5 members of the California State Board of Education.

Further documentation on reverse reads, "Issued on the recommendation of the Board of Education of San Francisco, in accordance with Section 1521 of the Political Code, upon a first grade or Grammar Grade Certificate of San Francisco, 86.7% (Mary’s test grade).”

With the exception of early fold lines, condition is mint! Measures 8 inches X 10.5 inches.

See my other items for an 1899 Teaching Certificate awarded to Mary's sister, Josephine Downey.

All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Advertising : Pre 1930 item #488268 (stock #G499)
Stonegate Antiques
$85
Measuring 10 inches in width x 7 inches in height, this vintage, early 20th century, metal sign give fair warning to potential thieves!!

Painted dark green with white lettering and border, the sign reads, “ $50 REWARD For Arrest And 30 Day Imprisonment Of Anyone Stealing From These Premises PACIFIC RURAL PRESS SERVICE BUREAU”.

Purchased years ago in California. This sign has been used, and the superficial scratches to its surface attest to this! A spot of superficial rust here and there that can be removed with a nice coat of paste wax, if so desired!

Quite visually appealing and a guaranteed conversation piece!

All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Advertising : Pre 1950 item #678439 (stock #G229)
Stonegate Antiques
$45
This double-sided, 1940's vintage, wooden, COAL DELIVERY sign measures 16 inches long x 3.75 inches high x .75 inches wide.

It is hand-painted and is free-standing, so it will make a great shelf display piece! It was once propped up in a window of a Virginia country store.

This solid piece is in wonderful condition with just a few minor little paint scrapes and dings to the wood.

All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : School : Pre 1960 item #797966 (stock #G584)
Stonegate Antiques
$18
These wonderful circa 1940-50's BRI-TONE Number 8, school or art crayons manufactured by the Imperial Crayon Company of Brooklyn, New York, are in near mint condition! The crayons are unused and are all original! The box features a fabulous graphic of a young boy and girl busily coloring using their Bri-Tone crayons! The box measures 4 inches tall x 2.75 inches wide x 1/4 inch deep.

An absolutely wonderful addition to one's School or Artist Memorabilia collection!

All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Advertising : Pre 1900 item #433910 (stock #G550)
Stonegate Antiques
$375
Offered for sale is a very rare, circa 1890s, advertisement for “KESSLER’S – SMOOTH AS SILK“ WHISKEY-- shaped in the form of a TOP HAT!

This fabulous advertising piece is made of papier mache’, is painted black, and sports cream-colored lettering on both sides of the hat.

The firm of Julius Kessler Dist. Co., Inc., in Lawrenceburg, Indiana, originated in 1888 and created an American blended whiskey known for its silky smoothness!

The condition of this fab piece is very, very good given its 115++ years of age, with some areas of paint loss and wear (mostly to the top of the hat which is the surface that actually serves as the base for this piece). No structural weakness or damage to the papier mache- a very solid piece that displays beautifully!!

Measures 12”L x 9.5”W x 6”H. An eye-catching, visually appealing, early display advertisement!!

All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : School : Pre 1940 item #435517 (stock #G554)
Stonegate Antiques
$22
A wonderfully nostalgic look back in time to early education of the Depression era 1930's!

This 32 page, Pre-Primer called "Everyday Doings" written by Julia Letheld Hahn, was published in 1935 by the Houghton Mifflin Company, and was acquired for use by the York, Pennsylvania, School District in 1936 (see ink stampings to front cover).

In wonderful condition with absolutely no evidence of use, this booklet was one workbook within the Child Development Series of Houghton Mifflin Early Readers.

The interior front cover page lists the table of contents and the interior back cover page lists instructional suggestions "For The Teacher".

A selection of photos are offered to show the colored interior pages, each of which holds a particular title and 4 numbered drawings related to the subject title. These pages were undoubtedly used by the teacher to promote in her young students, thought, creativity, verbal expressive ability, and the development of both vocabulary and sequential thinking ability, to name a few of the necessary reading readiness skills!

A rarely found, early 20th century teaching tool as these workbooks were designed to be used and then discarded!

Please disregard any white spots or lines or areas which appear to be lighter than the rest of the page. All color is even throughout with no fading. These photo imperfections are simply due to sunlight reflections.

All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : School : Pre 1900 item #596264 (stock #G570)
Stonegate Antiques
$185
Measuring a phenomenal 10 inches high x 5.75 inches wide, this exceptional antique school bell is quite heavy--the bell itself may very well be made of bronze versus the typical brass due to the its significant weight.

The bell is in wonderful condition as the photos attest complete with untouched patina, heavy clanger, and a fabulous hefty wooden handle!

The bell rings with an extraordinarily deep resonance which surely was heard by even the most distant schoolchild!

This piece will surely be the cornerstone of one's vintage olde school house collection!

All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Pre 1950 item #488277 (stock #G106)
Stonegate Antiques
$20
Measuring 4.25 inches high, this darling and diminutive US Economy Postal Scale is still quite functional, that is if only the current price of postage reflected 1940's prices!

In very nice, all-original condition with just a tiny scratch or rub here and there. Painted a nice green with cream colored rate chart. The copyright date at the lower left corner of front of the chart indicates a 1945 year of manufacture.

Made by the IDl Manufacturing & Sales Corporation, New York.

All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : School : Pre 1940 item #264188 (stock #G452)
Stonegate Antiques
$55
Measuring 9.5 inches long x 8 inches wide in its wooden ABC frame, this delightful, fine motor practice material was made in pre-WWII Germany, circa 1930's.

Housed under the frame's glass are 2 color picture paper card models of common objects for tracing as well as an uncut sheet of never-used coloring squares to further build fine motor coordination in young, Kindergarten-age, fingers and hands.

The uncut sheet of coloring squares can be folded and stored in the protective frame along with the two color object cards.

ABC Frame, glass, and colored tracing sheets all in very good to mint condition. Uncut sheet of coloring squares has fold lines, tiny edge tears, and some foxing.

Makes a very visually appealing display for home or classroom!

All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : School : Pre 1960 item #1242378 (stock #G632)
Stonegate Antiques
$18
These wonderful, circa late 1950-early 1960's, TRU-TONE No Roll, school or art crayons manufactured by the Milton Bradley Company of Springfield, Massachusetts, are in mint condition! The crayons are unused and are all original! The box measures 4.5 inches tall x 4.5 inches wide x 1/2 inch deep.

An absolutely wonderful addition to one's School or Artist Memorabilia collection!

Also pictured are two other mint condition, unused, boxed, school crayons that are currently offered for sale. The group of three make a charming, visual display!

All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : Travel : Pre 1940 item #488606 (stock #B146)
Stonegate Antiques
$25
A bit of nostalgia for the automobile traveler! The circa 1930's (maybe earlier!) ALA Automobile Green Book for travel in New England! 102 total pages feature an Index of Advertisers organized by city with the name of the inn or hotel, Index and Population Listing; 88 pages of detailed, colored road maps, and Black and White Photos of Cape Cod. An interesting step back into the past!
All Items : Popular Collectibles : Nostalgia : School : Pre 1900 item #131051 (stock #G289)
Stonegate Antiques
$25
This wonderful, late 19th / early 20th century photograph of students and teacher from a New England, one-room school house measures 10 x 8 inches including mat. Actual size of the sepia toned photo is 8 x 5 inches. The subjects are posed on the stairs in front of the schoolhouse porch or veranda. The ten young gentlemen in the front row, while quite fashionably attired, don’t appeared to be very enthusiastic about their participation in this photography session! Look at those faces!

Condition is wonderful- no rips or creases. The full view photo appears faded or lighter on the right hand side, but this is camera flash glare only- tones/coloration are uniform throughout as seen in close-up photo.

A delightful and early schoolhouse collectible!