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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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Two antique tins offered together, one being an Italian chocolate tin and the other a Lucky Strike box. The S. Venchi & Co. tin is fairly large and can hold a variety of items or just sit on a shelf or desk, as decoration. The Lucky Strike box once held cigarettes and could be loaded up with a fresh pack of Lucky Strikes. Both open and close properly and show signs of wear, due to age.

Offered at SOLD

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

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Here is a classic Bell System rotary dial phone, made by Western Electric. It’s in very good working condition. It’s from 1955 and has the “Madmen” look. It still has a nice shine, with only a bit of wear on the handle and various small scratches on the casing. The phone has the old phone number and street name printed on the center card. The entire phone has been throughly cleaned. The telephone cord is present and will plug right into the wall. Timeless design.

Offered at $50.- SOLD

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

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MasterCraft was definitely a maker of fine mid-century household goods. This once mighty American brand created products to last. This flashlight has, “MasterCraft” and “3” printed on the bullet end. It’s made of solid copper. The handle and some of the other parts are nickel-plated.

The flashlight certainly has its share of small dents and common wear, expected of a product dating around 60 years old. It measures nearly 10.5 inches long. The reflector housing is approximately 3 inches in diameter. As you can see, it works perfectly and takes three “D” sized batteries. It has a substantial feel in your hand and illuminates very well. Great classic design.

Offered at SOLD

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

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Just as any tool, garden tools come in various levels of quality.  Many cheaper tools will get the job done, but might only last a season or two.  If you want something that will last a lifetime and put less stress on the local landfill, buy tools with a proven forging process.  It really does make a difference using a quality tool.  There’s less of a chance of breaking or bending under hard use.

Clarington is one of my favorite tool companies. Since 1780, they have been assembling fine tools.  Clarington has a long history of craftsmanship and are not outrageously expensive either.  You can buy more expensive tools but I’ve found Clarington to stand up well to time and wear.

Even though they are manufactured in the UK by Bulldog Tools, they are readily available in the US.  Here is a link to a Stateside distributor. Also, The Garden Tool Co. carries Clarington garden tools.

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Here are a few recent photos from Plaza Del Lago. It’s a charming shopping center with Spanish style architecture. It belongs to Wilmette and borders Kenilworth along Sheridan Road. It has a fantastic Crate&Barrel and one of my old favourites, Convito Italiano. Of course it has one of those popular coffee shops too! Most of the stores are up-market merchants and boutiques. It’s a nice place to people watch and enjoy a flavor for the area. Although, it’s suffered over the last year with everlasting road construction on Sheridan Road, making it harder to enter over mountains of gravel and pipes. It’s a perfect place to put the land in the Rover for all the suburban SUV drivers! If you are familiar with the pace of road construction in the Chicago area, it seems to last for years and you almost never see people working on any of the half finished road projects. Anyhow, that’s another blog entry altogether! If you live in the area, go and do a little shopping there. If you are new to the area, go and explore a fantastic bit of North Shore shopping.

Update: The road construction which plagued Sheridan Road, is done. There were several retail casualties. Although, it still does have many fine shops and anchor stores. With an improving economy, new businesses should start to fill some of the smaller storefronts. Plaza Del Lago is still a highly recommend retail and dining center. Enjoy!

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