Extra Rare – Ouija Board – Part One

I love to find hidden treasures. When I did research in communication with dolphins for 19 years I was a professional scuba diver (P.A.D.I. Divemaster).

I occasionally joined in with other organizations to help on projects that were associated with underwater archaeology, so dissevering rare things on dry land is quite consistent for a researcher such as myself.

The story of this Ouija board is rather long, so I will break it into two blogs, just so you won’t feel like you’re reading a book.


Kennard Ouija Board

I was at an auction in northern Connecticut. Although I usually only have eyes for porcelain and glass, I actually tripped over a large board of wood. When I bent over to pick it up, I was surprised to see a huge Ouija board in a style and shape I’d never seen before. I couldn’t resist, and even though the auction was an hour and a half away from my home, we stayed until 11 P.M. just to bid on it.

There was little competition, because most people were creeped out that it was a mystical item. On the other hand, I saw it as something so unique that I was sure it had to have an interesting history and story behind it. The story I never found out about, but the history, well that was the most fascinating part of everything.

I am a patient person. I will hold onto an item and do research until I can correctly identify it, or until a website on the Internet finally adds information that I can use. As I checked throughout the Internet, I eventually came across a fascinating place, called The Museum Of The Talking Board.  It’s a really fun site, and they even use a planchette as a pointer. You might want to take a “walk” through it when you have a few extra minutes to spend.

If you go here, to the history of the board, you will see information about Charles Kennard and when he received the first patent for the Ouija board:

It was there that I was able to identify the exact board I had, and why it was significant to the history of the game! This might be a hint: “The first patent for “improvements,” filed on May 28, 1890 and granted on February 10, 1891, lists Elijah J. Bond as the inventor and the assignees as Charles W. Kennard and William H. A. Maupin of Baltimore, Maryland.”

Can you guess what it is?

One Of A Kind Rare

Every know and then I’m fortunate enough to acquire something extremely rare, and of undoubted museum quality. When this happens I do extensive and in-depth research to make certain that what I’m saying about the item is accurate. This silk fan leaf is one of those amazing acquisitions that makes the life of an antiques dealer terribly exciting. I loved doing the research into its history, and here’s what I discovered.


Silk Leaf Fan

This silk fan leaf is all hand painted and is signed C. G. Bastien on the lower right of the leaf. Other than the two coats of arms, and part of them, and the full color cameo in the center, everything is hand painted in gold paint, with VERY fine strokes. All of the little paillettes (sequins) are very tiny and in the right light, they display in a gold color. They have been hand applied, and are spaced so that when the fabric is folded, they wouldn’t be on the creases. The painted designs and the paillettes form an extremely intricate pattern, one that only an expert would have created.


Close Up O Cameo

In the center in a cameo of a little boy, wearing a sash with a medal of state and rank. To the left is a coat of arms, which would have belonged to the father. To the right is a coat of arms that would have belonged to the mother. When I began doing the research on this I started with the one on the right side, that of the mother, because the double headed eagle would have been easier to identify. I discovered that this one belonged to the house of Francis I, Emperor of Austria, and a Habsburg.

From there I was able to identify that this was also an indication that the mother had to have been the daughter of Austrian Emperor Francis I, Empress Marie-Louise, a former Archduchess of Austria. Then I was able to quickly identify the father from the coat of arms on the left. It belonged to none other than Emperor Napoleon I, of France, and Marie Louise had been his second wife. With this, it was easy to then pinpoint the child as being his son, Napoleon II. What made the identification even easier was that in my search, I discovered a colored print of a child sitting in a baby coach that was drawn by two sheep. This was none other than Napoleon II, and it was a version of the cameo in the center of the fan. Bingo! As the child in the cameo was about two years of age, then it was also simple to come up with a date. Because the coats of arms were done by hand, they are only slightly different from the actual ones, but this can be credited to the artist taking artistic license to create this work of art. There is absolutely no doubt what the coats of arms are and who they represent.


Original Cartoon Of Napoleon II In A Child Carriage

About Napoleon II:


Napoleon II As A Young Man

Napoleon II led a short and unhappy life. If you go online I’m sure you will be able to find out as much about his as I did, so I won’t repeat the in-depth information here. He was born on March 20, 1811, and died from tuberculosis on July 22, 1832. He never married. His full name was Napoléon François Joseph Charles Bonaparte, and he bore the titles, Emperor Napoléon II Of France, King Of Rome, Prince Imperial, and Duke Of Reichstadt. His mother couldn’t have cared less about him, but he was adored by his father and his maternal grandfather.

A fan carrying both coats of arms would NOT have been in the possession of, or been used by anyone other than a close member of the family, and from the exceptionally fine details, I’m thinking that it was almost surely owned by his mother. Regardless of this, the leaf speaks for itself, and is not only a one of a kind piece, but is of museum quality!

Price available upon request

Outstandingantiques On eBay

Rare Antique Cold Painted Vienna Bronze of a Pug and a Cat on a Conch Shell

A rare and very unusual antique cold painted Vienna bronze figurine of a cat on a conch shell with a Pug dog barking at it.

This is the photo I use on eBay for my store site, outstandingantiques.

I chose to show off this enormously charming, little figurine of a Pug barking at a cat on top of a conch shell because it reflects so much of my own interests and background. But more on that later on.

Although my formal business name is actually “Patricia St. John Fine Antiques”, that’s too long for an eBay title, which is why I chose to use “outstandingantiques” in its place. I wanted to have a name that described the fact that I look for unusual, interesting, and outstanding antiques to offer to my customers, many of whom have been private collectors, museums, well-known public figures, and people looking for just that right “something special”.

I’m located in Litchfield County, in the Northwest Hills of Connecticut, which is actually a mere 65 miles north of New York City. I have access to fascinating, fabulous, remarkable items, many that have been in families for multiple generations. As a professional appraiser of fine antique and vintage glass and porcelain, I provide information for auction houses and other antiques dealers. My expertise is wide and quite varied, and I am frequently called upon to identify, date, and value a wide variety of items. Getting up before the sun rises, I am most often first in line at estate sales, even in the nastiest of weather conditions, and will sit for hours in auctions in order to purchase pieces to sell on my eBay site.

I have acquired so many wonderful things; such as the very first American made Ouija board that had a double mark on the back side, one for Patent Pending, and one for the very first day it received its patent, or the extremely rare “Ripley Marriage” or Wedding oil lamp, or a bronze box with clear provenance, that had once been owned by the last Tzar of Russia. I have sold, and continue to offer, many fine pieces of Meissen, Minton, Sevres, other high quality porcelains, an antique bronze nodder bell, fabulous antique Majolica made by Ginori, and other highly regarded companies, a very rare glass tent form inkwell, Bohemian Art glass, made by Moser and by Loetz, Early American Pressed Pattern Glass (EAPG), and too many more to list.

Mt. Washington Art Glass Tomato Form Powder Shaker Sterling Silver Cap

A gorgeous antique Mt. Washington Art Glass “muffineer”, in the tomato shape, with Sterling Silver cap.

My customers literally span the world, and I have shipped to almost every continent. I am constantly looking for those very special pieces which I know will appeal to buyers, and especially for those folks who have made specific requests.

I offer a truly wide and eclectic range of items, always with an eye towards serving the very diverse needs and desires of my customers. As one of the very first sellers on eBay, since its infancy, I have expanded my inventory even as I continue to broaden my knowledge, and have become aware of what people are seeking. As financial times shift, I’ve also changed my pricing structures and the items I offer in order to meet the needs of my clients.

Rare Antique Minton Enameled Plate

Stunning antique Minton plate with intricate floral artwork done by Dr. Christopher Dresser.

I hope you will visit my eBay auctions, my website, and my blog often. I’m always hunting for, and discovering special things, and I want to share my extensive knowledge of antiques with you, as well as tell you more about those outstanding antiques I’ve sold over the years!