My name is Christian Chaffee, and I am a long time dealer in antiques, art and collectibles.
These days it is important to know who you are dealing with, especially when it's on the internet, so I want to tell you a bit about myself.
I first became involved in the antiques business in 1969, working as my father's assistant in Santa Barbara, California.
I enlisted in the US Navy in 1975, and spent three years living onboard the USS Downes; a destroyer escort, which was stationed at 32nd St. Naval Station. In 1976 the ship was stationed in Long Beach for overhaul. When I wasn't on duty, I attended classes at Long Beach City College. I also bought and sold antiques and collectibles to make extra money. I was honorably discharged in 1978.
In 1981 I moved to San Diego and attended Mesa College, and then San Diego City College where I earned my AA. I continued my studies at SDSU with a major in business administration, and a minor in finance.
In the mid 1980s I went on to purchase a 60 year old moving company. By the late 1980s it had grown to be the largest independent moving company in San Diego.
I sold the moving business in 1989, and returned to dealing in antiques and art, the business which I had loved working in while growing up. I started my business "Chaffee Estate Services", in the early 1990s, and have handled many estate liquidation sales over the years.
I have sold at many specialized high-end antique shows. I sold regularly at the Rose Bowl antique market and at the Long Beach for well over a decade. I was a regular seller at The Great Western Gun Show in Pomona, California where I had tables in Building 4 for a good number of years. I have been a seller at most of the US Japanese sword shows since early 1992.
I have been selling art and collectibles on eBay for about 10 years. My user name is finearts29mv. I also have a web site: scarceantiques.com, where I offer antiques, art and collectibles for sale. Please visit scarceantiques.com, and if you see something you like, contact me for your special "sword affectionado's" discount.
I have a number of other interests in life, and juggle a lot of projects which keep me busy.
I have launched 2 websites so far, and will be launching several more in the near future. As soon as these other websites are launched, I will add links so you can check them out. Below is the list of websites in order of launching:
1) jacklondontablet.com: (Launched October 2008)
This is a website to formally announce my discovery of a unique and historically important work of art: Jack London's writing tablet, inspired by his most famous book "The Call of the Wild" in 1903. This was carved by Arthur Putnam, and was last seen in 1917 (until I discovered it). This went on public display at the Huntington Library, October 10th 2008, for the first time in 91 years. This has recently been appraised at over $1 million USD.
2) scarceantiques.com: (Launched November 2008)
On this website, I sell antiques, art and collectibles to people all over the world.
3) realnihonto.com: (Launched December 2008)
I am offering fine Japanese swords and fittings for sale on a first come, first serve basis. I am working hard to make this website a great place for collectors to find the genuine old swords and fittings of quality.
4) sandiegohistoricstreetcars.org: (Launched in 2010)
This website is about San Diego's Class 1 electric streetcars. These historic treasures were almost lost to the wrecking ball but can now be the heart of an historic streetcar system. The plan is for them to be the engine to revitalize several inner city neighboorhoods, and provide part of the solution to the severe parking shortages in downtown San Diego's Gaslamp Quarter.
Some of my other projects include:
1) Expanding on my small cafe, and enlarging it, so it becomes a beautiful full-sized restaurant. This has been fully remodeled inside and out in the Arts & Crafts style. I will be building custom chairs and tables for it next summer.
2) Building a small 3 story building, which may house my internet businesses and serve as a beautiful place to work on my many other projects.