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Visit Hartong International for antiques, fine art and vintage items.  We sell unique handpicked items from both North America & Europe.  Every item we sell has been cleaned, preserved or carefully refurbished to retain originality.  We put an exceptional effort into offering items, which have been handled with a great deal of care.  At Hartong International, we have a passion for antiques, fine art & vintage items, so we only offer the best in service and go to great lengths in making sure you receive exactly what you see offered on our site.  Our attention to handling makes for a stress free shipping experience.  

We originally started our business in Kenilworth, Illinois.  In the spring of 2011, we moved the business to Massachusetts.  Indeed a wise move, as we have greater access to older antique furnishings, lovely original art and very interesting vintage items.  Along with the move, we expanded our business by acquiring a larger studio space, with more room for creating a complete collection.  We now have greater access to receiving shipments from Europe and all of New England to hunt for the items which our clients and customers desire.  

For a wider selection of our inventory, please visit our Etsy shop.  We put most of our smaller items on Etsy.  You will find many more vintage items within this shop.  

Coming soon to Hartong International, we will be partnered with Second Shout Out.  SSO is a New York City based site, dedicated to offering a vintage lifestyle, with anything from classic 1950s European cars to unique antique furnishings and vintage technology.  Please check the site often for updates.  It’s an exciting way to offer the best in taste and aesthetics from the past for modern living.

We sincerely look forward to serving you!

Please feel free to contact us, with any questions you may have.  If you happen to have a specific antique or vintage item you must have, but don’t see it on our site, email us with details. We frequent a lot of estate sales and have priceless contacts to other dealers in the USA and throughout Europe, so it’s likely we can find what you are looking for, if we don’t have it.  Our inventory is also much larger than what we have listed.  It’s taking us time to catalog and list every item.  Check our site often, as new acquisitions are listed every couple of weeks.

Email: inquire@hartonginternational.com, Tel. 847 630 3102, Site: www.hartonginternational.com


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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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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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Having just returned from England, I think it’s appropriate to mention one of my passions. Antiques are a visual and symbolic link to a bygone era. They tell a story of how life was experienced in decades and centuries past. I find it euphoric to come across an 18th century book from the Enlightenment or a bakelite encased 1950s radio. It’s the history behind the object that intrigues me most. 

My favourite area to treasure hunt, happens to be the Cotswolds. The area is loaded with charming antique arcades, stuffed with Edwardian top hats, 400 year old farm tools, 18th century literature and vintage radios. The Cirencester Antique Arcade, Antiques at The George in Burford and The Old Ironmongers Antiques in Lechlade are impressive examples of what to expect from such a shopping experience. Although, many of the antique shops are run by savvy dealers, I find the prices to be much more reasonable than posh large city shops.

There are less expensive ways to find antiques, but time is an issue when traveling. When I lived in the CotswoIds, I used to frequent auctions and charity shops throughout Gloucestershire and Oxfordshire. Many auction items can go dirt cheap. I have a pretty good idea of what to pay, from having researched similar collectables. Even with the exchange rates being unfavourable for North Americans, dollars still go pretty far in vintage goods. Many items are also much rarer in the USA, meaning they are also more valuable when you bring them home.  

You don’t have to plan on traveling overseas for that set of 18th century, 1st edition novels, there are many exceptional Chicagoland shops to explore. Logically, you find an abundance of antiques from the late 19th and 20th century in America. 1940s-1950s furniture and other utilitarian household objects seem to be more available in North America.  You can still find plenty of gold speckled formica covered, steel framed kitchen tables.

My favourite Evanston antique shop is, Secret Treasures, located on Dempster Street and Chicago Avenue. Most of the items you will find here date from the 1920s to 1950s. You might even find a 1950s Radio Flyer Wagon or an original 1940s military issued Hamilton watch. It’s always an uncertainty to see what might appear, which is half the fun.

Here’s a mention of the Dempster Street shopping area in Time Out Chicago.

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Very well priced vintage condo in landmark building. 1011 Hull Terrace unit #1-2, Evanston, Illinois. Elegant period detail, refurbished kitchen and bath. Well kept oak floors, crown molding, 9′ ceilings and formal dining room. South and west exposures on elegant tree-lined street. Well kept and ready for a new resident. Offered at $159,900. Call Rubloff North Shore for details and showings. Tel. 847 512 2700.

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