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Announcement    Always fresh and delightful artifacts that bring art & history to life. Specialists in significant devotional items.


Always fresh and delightful artifacts that bring art & history to life. Specialists in significant devotional items.



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Chas. Mandel

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Chas. Mandel


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About SirRafflesArtHistory

Sales 197
On Etsy since 2012

Collector of figurines since childhood, world traveler, and baseball history artist.

I've been collecting tribal art and ethnographic carvings for years. Recently, my interest focused in on antique and vintage Santos from the Spanish Colonial diaspora, especially the Philippines. I thought Etsy would be a good place to share some of this collection and have been pleased with the connections that I have made so far.

This is my motto:
"Whatever the culture, there can be no more important art than that used as an aid for communicating with the divine. I have always found devotional artifacts fascinating to collect; there is no better way to connect with a past culture than through the objects that were important to it. Collecting Santos figures is particularly gratifying. The subject, the style and the methods of production combine to tell the tale of what the individuals in that culture valued."

My primary business has to do with vintage baseball history. I've come up with a an art form that was inspired by the baseball cards of my youth. I've created my own series and have found quite the following for them on eBay. Learn more on my website:

With both the vintage carvings and the baseball cards, I am drawn to the human touch, to the wear and tear of handling and use. Objects and humans rubbing off on each other....

Don't hesitate to contact me for more information on my shop or other interests! Thank you for stopping by!

Shop policies

Last updated on November 14, 2012
As a lifelong researcher and collector, I am excited to share my passion for art and history with you. I'm always interested in hearing about your collections, too. So grab a cup of coffee and take a look around!

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Accepts Etsy Gift Cards and Etsy Credits
Returns and exchanges
Items over $50 will have insurance. I don't mind returns for any or no reason as long as: 1) I am informed that I can expect the item back and 2) the return is done within 15 business days. Sounds fair, anyway.
Let's make it easy and worry-free. I can happily accept Paypal or Visa/MC through Paypal.
I generally use the good ol' U.S. Mail (first class or Priority). Insurance is included on items over $50. International orders are gratefully accepted; we'll probably exchange an email or two in order to find common ground regarding the exact service required and expense.