At Aurora Mills Architectural Salvage every day is new and different.  New objects arrive, new visitors come in, new projects are proposed.  Over the last few weeks we have accessioned over 100 new objects and while we are excited about all of them, 50 of them have struck our curiosity and fancy enough to make it to the “New Acquisitions” page of our website.  Here are some of the highlights: Round Oak Back Burning Stove:

Round Oak Stove


Michigan’s own Round Oak Stove company was founded in the 1890’s based on English quality and craftsmanship.  We love the lineage of the name “Round Oak” — their potbelly stoves were said to be so big that they could accommodate an full oak stump log.  This back burning stove was patented in 1912, and demonstrates the company’s ability to marry function with decoration.  Not just useful, this Round Oak stove was ornate and interesting, the kind of thing you’d want your finest company to gather around. Peanut Die Casting Mold:

What was it used for?


Sometimes we know a lot about our acquisitions.  Sometimes we  don’t even know what they are.  This is an example of the latter.  We know this is a die mold, and we know it’s meant to make peanuts, but out of what?  Chocolate, we hope! Van Briggle Art Pottery:

Van Briggle Vase


Husband and wife team Artus and Anne Van Briggle founded one of the most prominent American Art Nouveau pottery companies, Van Briggle Art Pottery, in 1901.  This beautiful vase, thrown around 1950, is exemplary of the matte glazes and Art Nouveau designs that the Van Briggle’s were making at their Colorado Springs manufactory. Trouble Lamp:

Trouble Lamp, ca. 1915

Industrial furniture and lighting are a fantastic way to bring modernity and style to your home.  It’s also fun to repurpose unusual items for more practical uses.  This Trouble Light is a great example.  Originally used to bring light into mines or on cave expeditions, (think the 1959 Journey to the Center of the Earth) this aptly named Trouble Light would also be at home as a bed side reading lamp or a kitchen light fixture.

American Projectorscope Camera:

Ca. 1919


This American Projectorscope is actually a combination projector and 35 mm film camera, patented in 1918.  According to a brass plate on the outside of the box, the projector belonged to D.J. Dwyer Studios, which was located at 52 South Hill Street in Los Angeles.  It was a pretty good address: today, the studio would have been across the street from the Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Los Angeles Opera.
These are just some of the interesting new pieces that have found their way to Aurora Mills.  Visit the “New Acquisitions” page to see more of our recent accessions, or come down to Aurora and explore for yourself!