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If you’re looking for the perfect antique decorating piece for your home or a fantastic vintage phonograph, visit Hartong International.  We have a vast collection of antique and vintage items, including lovely original oil paintings.  Our focus is on Primitives, Edwardian, Georgian and Early American furnishings.  We also sell vintage electric fans, deco radios and various other vintage technology.  There will be more mid-century items offered in the near future.  We acquire our items from around North America and Europe.

For information contact:

Tel. 847.630.3102

Email: inquire@hartonginternational.com

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Now that spring has arrived, it’s a great time to get a new landscape designed and planted.  With cooler than average spring temperatures, new plantings require much less watering and nursery stock is abundant.

Whether it’s a small city garden or a sprawling suburban landscape, Watercolour Gardens will work closely with you to create a design suited to your lifestyle and needs.  The first consult is free and any budget can be accommodated, with the expertise of an Oxford trained designer.  We offer various levels of service, from lush perennial paintings to complete hardscaping projects, using the best of materials to create a lasting environment.  We offer a full service solution, from concept to completion.

Please visit Watercolour Gardens online or contact us at 1.847.380.2699

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This portable gramophone manufactured in England, is a rare front-crank early HMV101 model. It dates to 1925 and has been lovingly cared for all these years.  For it’s age, it shows only minimal wear and works perfectly. It has been throughly cleaned and the motor/gearing has been serviced. The original interior mahogany wood, felted turntable pad and nickel-plated fittings are all in fantastic original condition. Everything works as it should.

The exterior Rexine leather cloth covering is in great condition, considering it’s an 86 year old gramophone. There are the odd scuffs, scratches and bubbles.  The fabric has been treated with a nice wax to condition and preserve the black material. The carrying handle was replaced with an appropriate reproduction leather one, as the old one’s leather had perished. All the exterior nickel-plated fittings were taken off and polished. All the accessories are present.  The soundbox arm has what would appear to be a dent, but after close inspection, it was manufactured with a flat spot near the rear in order to clear the top cover when closed.

It’s a remarkable piece of early 20th century entertainment history, which includes four 78 records to enjoy.  Again this is a rare HMV 101 model, with the windup crank located on the front.  Shortly after this gramophone was introduced, the hand crank was relocated to the side and the hoppers(needle holders) were also moved to the outside corner of the case.

A truly functional collectable, ready to be taken on a summer picnic or used throughout the house.  Below you will find a video of the gramophone in action and many photographs.

Just added a set of nine additional 78 records, held in a Radio Corporation of America case, made of Rexine leather cloth and cardboard. Dated 1918. There are two Harry James records, one Perry Como, one Les Brown, one Alvino Rey, two Glen Miller, one Benny Goodman and a combo of Pinetop Smith & Artie Matthews.

Offered at $395.- SOLD

Email: inquire@hartonginternational.com for details, payment and shipping arrangements

Will ship to many areas of the world

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In 1647, the famed English astrologer wrote, “Lilly’s Christian Astrology”. He was initially the favourite of King Charles I and provided very accurate information for the monarch. His writings brought about the foundation for modern astrology.  He translated traditional Latin astrology texts from the Middle Ages, into English.  He was rather revolutionary for his time and accurately predicted many occurrences.
After the first battle on the famous Oxfordshire bridge in Radcot, the 1st English Civil War began. William Lilly stayed loyal to the king, while sympathetic to Parliaments complaints. It’s claimed, William predicted the execution of King Charles I .  When the English Commonwealth was enacted by the Puritan lead Parliament, after the 2nd English Civil War, Lilly provided astrology services to many Members of Parliament. Lilly’s Christian Astrology is even dedicated to a very prominent member of Parliament, Bolstrod Whitlock, Esq.
William Lilly’s most famous prediction was the Great Fire of London, in 1666. He was brought before the House of Commons to give testimony, as he was considered a suspect. After several hearings, the case against William Lilly was dismissed.
During the Restoration under King Charles II, in 1660, Mr. Lilly fell out of favour. His support of the Republicans, during the English Commonwealth, doomed his political reach . He humbly retired to the Home County of Surrey and died in 1681.
Here are several links about William Lilly and the transitional period of history he graced.
Offering a 1st edition copy, printed in 1647. It’s in very complete condition, with several pages replaced in an old hand (handwritten in the 17th century). There is a signature on the dedication page, which I can’t make out. All pages are present and numbered. The binding and leather exterior are in Very Good condition for a book of 364 years old. The printed and handwritten pages are all in Very Good condition and easy to turn. There are some wormholes throughout the book. This is common with old books. Below are several photos of the book. More photos can be taken by request.
I’m offering this 1st edition copy, printed in 1647
$995.-
Please be in contact for details, payment and shipping arrangements.
Email: inquire@hartonginternational.com
Tel. 847.380.2699

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The Chicago area was hit by the biggest snowstorm in twelve years. As many of you know, it’s been a lot of work to dig out of your home today. The magic of a large snow makes one realize the power of snow and wind. Walking around today, I noticed snow drifts nearly six feet tall.

These weather events are always memorable. I vividly remember the last big Chicago storm, in 1999. The hours of throwing snow around with a toy shovel, only later to see your car emerge from beneath a white flawless blanket. Freezing temps and numb toes, bring on daydreams of July.  Not much longer and the snow will be a distant memory. Here’s a video to remember the blizzard of 2011. Enjoy!

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According to The Wall Street Journal, Evanston made their list as one of the most walkable small cities in the US.  Evanston has always been known for it’s fantastic footpaths and exceptional lakefront.  It’s also very easy to get from one end of town to the other by foot, while enjoying the historic architecture and leafy mature trees.  Evanston also has fantastic bike paths and bike lanes, which can take you across town, linking up to various paths in Chicago.  The Fall colour has yet to peak in Evanston, but it’s on the way.  Another reason to take an invigorating long Autumn walk.

To read more from The Wall Street Journal.  Click here.

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There are many fantastic beaches along the Chicago North Shore and well into the city. The city beaches can all be visited free of charge, with North Avenue beach being the most popular.  I’m not sure of the total count, but there are beaches from Rogers Park to the South Side.

Evanston has six beaches with one being a dog beach. A beach token must be purchased to avoid the $8 charge per visit to enter onto an Evanston beach. I favor Lee Street beach in Evanston for no significant reason, but it’s definitely an attractive place to relax in the sun.

Wilmette has a fantastic beach at Gilson Park, but I’m not sure of the current cost. Winnetka, Highland Park and Lake Forest have a few notable beaches.  I’d recommend clicking on the town and city links I have on the side bar for more information about the lakeshore offerings in the various municipalities. There’s a lot to choose from along Lake Michigan’s shores, so have fun and explore a bit.

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