Sunday, July 5, 2015

Busy, Busy, Busy.

Greetings, dear readers.  It has been a busy, busy, did I say, busy last few weeks.  Forget that my job has been blowing up all over the place (end of fiscal year stuff...sadly this is normal)  got rear ended in a local shopping center and now have a bashed in bumper, needed new tires and my favorite auction house has been sold to new owners.   In between all of this I was fortunate to find some great treasure and I'm gonna need it to pay for the tires and the new bumper I ordered.

The last auction was bittersweet.  I will miss my friends but wish them so much happiness as they retire and move to Naples, Florida.  I already miss them.  Now on to items that I have won at the past two auctions and a few local shops.

Gorgeous pair of cast iron mirrors.  One is huge and the smaller has heavy architectural mirror glass.  I've kept the smaller one but have the large in my space at the Buford Queen of Hearts.

Amazing, Antique French Apprentice Made Miniature Doll Bombe Chest with Marble Top and Ormolus accents.  Made by an  apprentice to the French Master ebaniste or cabinet maker as a test of the skills they have learned so far. These small 'made at fractional scale' furniture items are one of a kind. While they were created to test the skill of the apprentice, they remain today highly sought after by collectors and by doll enthusiasts, as well. The student would have shown here their skill in veneer, design, cast bronze hardware and trim - all designed within the strictures of period furniture styles. Circa 1900s

These crystal knife rests were found in the bottom of a box that contained vintage character mugs.  

Three sets of cut crystal, vintage salt and peps.  Wouldn't it be fun to use these as chess pieces?  What a magnificent set it would be.

Love these antique straw boaters that men wore during the turn of the century through the 1930s.

Lovely late Victorian jewelry caskets.  Wouldn’t it be lovely if  today’s jewelry came in one of these pretty caskets. Circa 1900s

Pair of gorgeous, early Carnival glass pitchers.  These beauties are rich with lustre.

Another lovely piece of vintage carnival--Marigold Orange Blossom.  I was fortunate to win some fantastic pieces, all are finding their way into my spaces at the Buford Queen of Hearts.

And now the crown jewel in what I won.  Stunning Imperial Glass, carnival glass punch bowl set.  Pattern:  Fashion.  This is a sought after early, punch bowl and stand.  Brilliant lustre, color: Marigold.

Pair of spectrum, rainbow throwing American Brilliant, cut crystal bowls.  Large and beautiful.

 Lovely antique expansion bracelet with engraved MAW initials.  Rolled gold with tiny rhinestones around center locket.  Will hold two images.  Stretches to fit an average wrist size comfortably,  In excellent condition with minor issues from age. Circa 1880s.  

 Lovely Edwardian sash buckle in stylized Art Nouveau form.  A versatile piece that can be worn as a buckle or thread a silk scarf through it, add to a hat or purse or hang from ribbon for a necklace.  Circa 1900s. 

Victorian ladies of means spent leisure time hand painting china and throat brooches. Lighter in theme than the more formal cameo, these became a favorite of the time period.  Lovely, hand painted roses and a water lily, both framed gold lustre on porcelain china.  C-clasp base.  Circa 1890s

 Sweet  little micro mosaic heart pin with pretty little blue, forget me nots in the center.  Safety chain with 10K gold pin.  Popular souvenir item purchased by travelers to Italy at the turn of the century.  Circa 1900s.  

 A kiss on the hand may be quite continental, but diamonds are a girl’s best friend…Fabulous vintage rhinestone bracelet.  You will be channeling Marilyn Monroe when you wear this sparkler.  All rhinestones are set not glued and base metal is finished in bright rhodium finish with a safety chain. No hallmark.  Circa:  1950s.

 The “Cadillac” of antique piano scarves.  This tone on tone cream color, hand embroidered silk thread on silk fabric is a stunner.  But the crown in this jewel is the hand knotting of the long silk fringe.  It just doesn’t get any better than this.  Circa:  Flapper era – bootlegs, bathtub gin and speakeasies – 1920s. 

Pair of early 20th century composition dolls. The lady in red is a 1937 Princess Elizabeth doll and the smaller is an Effenbee.

Get red, white and bombed with this fantastic and very will made Restoration Hardware, Art Deco Zeppelin blimp cocktail shaker.  Restoration Hardware is known for its quality and historically accurate reproductions. Silver plated this looks like it has never been used, but does have a dimple in the nose from being dropped but previous owner.  

 Pair of vintage 1970's Vietata Italian Sea Captain and Pirate, Capodimonte Character Mugs.   Hand Painted Stein with original tag. 

And finally, this lovely Venis Martin, Louis XV display cabinet with  curved glass and ormolu accents.  This belonged to my friend, who sold the auction house.  She housed several of her incredible Dresden figurines in it but decided not to take it with her to Florida.  This and other of their personal pieces were on the auction block and I was delighted to win this lovely cabinet.  

It  now holds my antique hair combs and hat pins along with fragile corals and sea shells, but more importantly, is a lovely reminder of our friendship.   It brings me joy to see my friend in this piece and is a gentle reminder of our friendship.  

I hope everyones summer is safe and fun and full of good times.  Blessings to you and those you love. Sea Witch

Saturday, June 6, 2015

Why is it?

Why is it that when you are on the hunt for something, you rarely can find it--and yet, when you are not looking for anything in particular, the most interesting items appear?  I am on the hunt for a cupboard hutch to display my antique American baskets and store items in the cupboard.  I have come across these often and never had the need for one.  Now that I'm looking for one, they all seem to have fallen off the face of the earth.  Still it was a marvelous Saturday for the hunt and although I did not find a hutch, I did come into other treasures. 

First stop, Hodge Podge in Monroe,GA.  

As you enter the shop you are greeted by this marvelous Americana scene.

Some great open highway items are favorites with men so consider these for Father Day.

I am head over tea kettle with this fantastic repurposing of vintage photo slides.  What a great idea.

No hutch's to be found so it was off to Davis Street Antiques.

Of all of the antique shops in Monroe, Davis Street is always my favorite.  Although no hutch found at Davis, I did find three nifty items.  This gorgeous hand crocheted antique tablecloth was a lovely find.

Doing the happy dance with this marvelous EAPG compote.  The compote was made by Challinor & Taylor between 1885-1893 and is known as open lattice with a basketweave base.

Be still my Vaseline loving heart. What a find.  Rare, Vaseline, Early American Pattern Glass (EAPG) bread plate.  Raised textured lettering and then the profile of General Ulysses S. Grant done in intaglio.  This bread plate (shaped like a bowl) is a Victorian commemorative bread plate with a raised edge.  The plate reads:  GEN. ULYSSES S. GRANT THE PATRIOT AND SOLDIER.  

From Monroe, I headed out to Vintage Village in Snellville hoping to find that elusive hutch.

So many talented dealers at Vintage Village and one of my favorites is My Vintage Heart.  She always has the prettiest little decorative vignettes.

Such a sweet way to display candlesticks using a birdcage.  See, another delightful vignette.

 Treasure everywhere at Vintage Village.

Another favorite dealer, Pink Glory, finds chippy pieces in the softest and palest shades of pink.  I had to be strong and not walk away with this darling little table.

But I couldn't walk away from this stunning little "necessary" purse.  

 Popular in the 1950s, this purse had everything a girl needs, a place for lipstick, compact makeup, cigarettes, comb, mirror and mad money.  This beauty is in pristine, never used condition.   

How cool is this?  A vintage thermometer and barometer stapled to an old piece of plywood. 

Still no hutch, but I did find some nifty pieces at a local thrift store.  Beautiful quad plated teapot in very good condition with lots of original silver and a Victorian Gorham butter knife.

Fantastic Arts and Crafts light shade.  Beautiful etching on it and unique shape.
 Unique antique  napkin ring has three men's faces on it.  Any help identifying it is welcomed. 

This was an auction win from two weeks ago.  Nobody was bidding on it and when it dropped to $50.00 my paddle went up and it went home with me.  In gorgeous condition, this beautifully carved frame sofa with original upholstery is a keeper.  My sweet girl, Gynness, likes it to. 

 Marvelous EAPG liquor decanters with pewter labels make a terrific groom or groomsmen gift.  Another auction win.

 Nothing like a carved bone cigarette holder to make a statement.  Very art deco and never used this is a fun piece to own.

 Won a box lot of vintage copper.

Magnificent Persian rug, Kurdish hand knotted and natural vegetable dyes, this rug is in excellent condition and in my Victorian space at the Buford Queen of Hearts.

 And finally, a pair of heavy marble vintage book ends were a thrift store find.  All in all, it was a great two weeks of treasure hunting.  The hunt for a  hutch will continue and hopefully, what I am looking for will make an appearance soon.  Until then, blessings to you and those you love.  Sea Witch

Monday, May 25, 2015

Time is on my side.

Time was on my side this weekend with two great time piece finds.  

First, this gawgeous Eastlake influence mantle clock that I found in one of my favorite dealers spaces, My Vintage Heart at one of my favorite antique shops, Vintage Village in Snellville, GA.

I actually went in to pick up a lovely piece of coral from another favorite dealer, Gray Glory, and on my way to her space, this beauty called to me.  She has a marvelous sound and I adore the faux celluloid marble overlay. Has a few issues, but then who doesn't, these days.

And that lovely piece of coral that I was coming in to purchase.  Found in Gray Glory's space, I also fell in love with this great oval serving tray.  Smaller than the standard butler trays, this would make a great dresser tray for pretty perfume bottles, hat pins and jewelry.

Just when I thought it couldn't be a better weekend of treasure seeking when this lovely, antique kitchen clock whispers to me.  Smaller than the standard kitchen clock, this beauty has all the right whistles and bells and the original key.  

 A thrift store find, heavy, cast bronze hump backed whales circling a gorgeous and heavy, end of day like glass globe light.   I'm always amazed at what people donate to a thrift store.

 Couldn't believe I found this Weller flower frog at a thrift store.  In great condition and a pretty green color.

I can never pass by a china tea cup without lifting it to the light to see if it is a lithophane. Found a pair of vintage, cups and saucers with gorgeous Geisha's inside.

These adorable leprechaun decanters were an auction win.  From the 1970s, all are music boxes that once held Irish Whiskey.  

 Adore antique carnival glass and I found these cobalt glasses at a local haunt.  Brilliant lustre, they now reside in my home display case.

 An auction win, this carved walnut Victorian rocker is so comfortable.  Original upholstery velvet has faded to a soft peach color.

 Found this pair of Patriotic postcards at Vintage Village.

 Drooling over this faboosh, antique porch rocker. My favorite seafoam green color and this baby is low to the ground. It is now my new spinning chair...for when I spin on my spinning wheels.  You need a seat that is low to the ground so you are not "hunched over" the wheel while you spin.  This rocker is so comfortable that you can rock and "spin" the hours away.  Another Vintage Village find, it was raining down treasure this weekend.

And finally, the first "seawitch" oil lamp I have ever come across. Seafoam green with scales along the top of the glass. All original, this lovely hanging oil lamp is my new favorite piece.  Heard from a facebook gal pal that this is also considered dragon scales and is a rare piece.  I adore oil lamps and use them all of the time.  I'm just head over teakettle with this piece.   It was a lovely, long weekend for me.  Took Friday off to make it a four day affair and I was busy antiquing, painting furniture and paid my respects at a local Memorial Day event.  Hope your weekend was full of blessings...and wishing you blessings to you and those you love.  Sea Witch