Sunday, July 17, 2016

Auction Fever

Spent Saturday at a local auction and to say there was "fever" is an understatement.  Lots of smalls on the block to be had and a consignor's, multi decade collection of every Precious Moments figurine ever made was also on plat after plat after plat.  One PM collector said this easily was a $10,000 collection.  With so many eclectic items offered, this auction could be a bang or a bust for me.  Of course, that is the fun about attending auctions, you never know which way they are going to go.

First item offered was a vintage electrified Gone With the Wind lamp.

What, not one taker?  Well my paddle went up and I took this beauty home for pennies.  This may be a good sign for me.

They roll out this bad boy and again, no this beauty also came home with me for pennies.  This Underwood model is often referred to as the "World Fair" model introduced in 1939.    

Next came up a few of the many plats of Precious Moments figurines and that is where the bidders were.  These bidders must have been collectors because the bidding was feverish with plats averaging $100 or more each.  

A plat of vintage silverplate came up in between the figurines and I was the winning bidder.

This pretty compote was in the same box.   So far, this auction was a winner for me.

This stunning, Queen Anne, overstuffed chair has carved elements and the comfiest crushed velvet in a stunning shade of seafoam.  The sofa sold but no one wanted the chair and so my paddle goes up and it came home with me.  It's in my booth space now, but I keep looking at it and thinking it would be a lovely mermaid chair for the SeaWitch. 

Next up was a box of linens...I go weak in the knees for Edwardian whites and inside this box was a set of Edwardian cotton sheets with cut work cherubs along the edge and a set of three fancy shames with hand embroidery and the phrase "Buonanotte" which is Italian for "sleep well". 

A box of vintage tablecloths was another win with this very cool gambling tablecloth with a slot machine theme.  

More boxes of figurines were fought and won by the same three bidders.  Had hoped to win at least one box to give to grandchildren but that didn't look like it would happen unless the three main collector/bidders stepped out.

A box of early Carnival Glass in marigold was offered and I won this lot too. 

The jewel in that lot was this stunning Dragon and Lotus piece.  The lustre on this piece is stunning.

 A box of Precious Moments Christmas ornaments was offered and crickets.  It seems the three collectors had stepped out to get some lunch so I won this lot for $5.00.  These will be perfect for Christmas in my space.

Ladies were still at lunch so I won two plats of figurines at $10.00 a plat.  Pictured are the figurines that did not come in boxes, I still had 9 other figurines that were in their original boxes.  By the time the next lot came up for bid the three collectors were back and so were the high bids.  I am delighted that I was able to get these for the price that I did.

Was so pleased I won this small box of jewelry items.  It had several small boxes filled with Catholic medals along with sterling chains.  A working Bulova watch and assorted sterling charms.

My final win was this lovely set of Rogers AA silverplate. The pattern is Heraldic and has an engraved monogram "S" on all flatware pieces.  

Was so pleased with all of the treasure that I won during today's auction fever.  I have lots of linens to clean, starch and iron and medals to price.

Brought in some old pawn turquoise pieces along with a massive watch cuff.

 A stunning coral and sterling bracelet.  The shaped coral are matched stones.  The fun guitar brooch is a Taxco Mexico piece that is sterling silver with brass. 

It was a fun auction and always good to see friends and colleagues at these events.   I always learn something new when I attend them.  Wishing everyone a gentle week and blessings to you and those you love. SeaWitch

Sunday, July 10, 2016

Love One Another

Three simple little words that still hold great power since spoken language began.  

Love One Another.

I traveled north, this weekend, to avoid the many protests that were happening around the greater Atlanta area.  The temperature of this nation is on fire and I must admit I am fearful these days.  So I traveled north to a favorite spot for find authentic antiques, Statham, GA.  

The shops located along the railroad line look deceptively small to the visitor. They are not, in fact they are huge as the buildings were actually factories with hardwood floors and high ceilings with lots of brickwork.  Antiques and More is packed from floor to ceiling with every genre for the collector.  This plane hovers between the checkout counter and the main floor.

Aisle after aisle is filled with treasure.
One of the first pieces that caught my eye was this marvelous, Victorian perforated paper embroidery.  A "timely" find, considering the sadness that abounds these days, this Victorian piece is emblazoned with the words, "Love One Another."  

Oh, the power in these three words whether the Victorian era or today.  Original frame and bubbled glass with wood backing, this dates circa 1870s.  The invention of new printing processes (1850s) and with the popularity of the perforated paper, mottoes and bookmarks pre-printed on the paper became all the rage for the Victorians.  

Found this stunning American Brilliant Cut Glass bowl.  It was filled with artificial pears and very dusty but it whispered to me, "SeaWitch, take me home"

The work by the glass cutter artisan is magnificent in this piece.  Heavy and a thick blank, nearly every part of it is deeply cut and filled with fire.  I am now researching to learn the pattern and the glass house that produced it.  

Another great shop is Factory Antiques.  I have been visiting Factory since they first opened and fell in love with this store.  Another old factory building filled with items downstairs and upstairs and a huge rental section for weddings and other events.  

Factory Antiques specializes in unique architectural pieces and they always have the most spectacular selection of amazing doors.

A gallery presentation makes this a unique shop and you feel like you have entered someones home.

Don't let the elegant displays discourage you regarding prices because this is the place for unique primitives and decorative elements at non decorator price tags.

Was delighted to find this turn of the century, portable Preacher’s pulpit or lectern.  Has drawer for keeping bible safe.  Lots of layers of old paint, this is a fantastic piece as most of these eventually found their way to the fire pit once a church was founded.  Circa 1920s.  

From the same dealers space, a marvelous offering box from a convent.  Original paint on the sides of the box, overpaint on the top.  Two keys for entry, Mother Superior held one key and another nun assisted with a second key.  

 This latch allowed the box to be closed for donations.  Still doing research on this unique piece.

Lovely Victorian, small accent table (also known as a cutaway as it is the height of a coffee table ~ Victorians did not have coffee tables) with Italian Carrara marble top. Eastlake design base, marble top is NOT SECURED to base so you can lift it up and hide a key, important papers, jewelry or cash in the base.  Circa 1870s     

Pretty little wooden box created from architectural salvage. 

Was delighted to come across these antique pulls.  I am always looking for them to hang from keys to locking cabinets. 

Lovely little vintage, bone china souvenir from "The Witch House," Salem, Massachusetts. item dates to the 1890's and was made in Austria for the Frank Cousins store in Salem, Massachusetts.
The Jonathan Corwin House in Salem, Massachusetts, USA — known as The Witch House — was the home of Judge Jonathan Corwin (1640–1718) and is the only structure still standing with direct ties to the Salem witch trials of 1692.  This is a keeper for me.

 Sweet, Vintage mechanical toy, walking bear by Modern Toys, Occupied Japan. In nice condition considering the age, overwound so it does not walk but has original blue windup key. Circa 1945-48 

 Nice selection of insignia pins, earrings and keys.  Was pleased that the larger key actually fit one of my tall cases.  Still search for two other keys that will open and close the locks on other furniture pieces in my home. Ahh, the hunt continues.

Do you like old books, I do.  Both are mid 1800s.  

 The red book is titled, "Keeping the Christian Home" and is a neat read with steel engravings.

The smaller, blue book is also filled with interesting steel engravings.

It was a lovely visit and the 100+ degree temps had me carry a hand fan to not much success.  I headed back home with my Statham treasure to hop in the kiddie pool on my deck.  A SeaWitch has to cool off any way she can when she is not near salt water.

Wishing everyone a gentle week and blessings to you and those you love.  SeaWitch

Love One Another

Sunday, July 3, 2016

Independence Day weekend

A nice, long Independence Day weekend, can you believe it, we are already half way through the year.  I still feel like it is March and I just sent in my taxes.  Well the heat tells me different and the neighbors shooting off fireworks confirms it is the Fourth of July.  

I place Old Glory all over my yard and took a quick photo of my antique wire chair with a few flags.  A quick run through a filter and we have a painterly effect.

Didn't want to spend a lot of time cooking over these three days so I decided to make, homemade, baked giant rigatoni with three cheeses and fresh sauce.  Always good but just gets better each day it sets.  Some fresh Rosemary and Sea Salt sourdough (from Fresh Market) and it just doesn't get any better.

Went to my favorite haunt to for treasure on Saturday.  One of those trips that really didn't find a lot (it happens) but the five items I did find I was really delighted with. 

Brilliant cobalt blue and sterling silver overlay , Art Deco cup was black with patina. Really shined up nicely.

Beautiful hand painted late Victorian plate offers pretty hydrangeas as a theme.  Not often seen.  It is signed and circa 1900s

Pretty little Northwoods EAPG blue opalescent tree truck pump creamer has damage, but it is just too pretty not to save and use for holding makeup brushes, paint brushes or hat pins.  Circa 1900s

My best find at the thrift shop was this stunning vintage Leslie James hat.  This label is in high demand for their unabashed sassiness. Known as Leslie James and celebrated as the pre eminent women's milliner of the 30's, 40's and 50's.   James Druce was the founder and CEO of Leslie James of California.  He was the James and his partner was "Leslie Masters", the creative designer.  

This magnificent pink and mint green summer hat is a stunner with the huge, flopped silk flowers surrounding it.  Perfect for a garden party, horserace or Sunday church.

Really nice EAPG open compote.  Trying to decide if I want to keep this one or sell it.  I have such a weakness for EAPG compotes.

Antiques in Old Town, (Lilburn) was celebrating 22 years and I had to swing by to see what celebratory items they had.

Couldn't resist this lovely vintage Edgar Berebi brooch.   Brilliant yellow gold wash with large iridescent blue stone.  Circa 1980s. 

 What could be better than finding a King Crown (also known as Emperor's Crown or thumbprint) pedestal cake plate with ruby stain in excellent condition?

 How about two of them!!!  I was head over teakettle when I saw these in one of the booths at Antiques in Old Town.  Highly sought after for their pattern and rich ruby stain.  

 Finding treasure abounds at Antiques in Old Town and I was delighted to find four, "Stars and Stripes" water/tea goblets by Anchor Hocking.  (really the definitive find for Independence Day)  Circa 1940s, these are highly sought after and to find four was a joy.   These are now in my cabinet and are my day glassware.

 A gal pal has space here, Romantic Farmhouse, and her pieces are always amazing.  This gorgeous brown transferware teapot insisted I take it home.  Who am I to argue with a teapot so we had fresh brewed lavender and green tea that evening.

Cheryl's space is always filled with the prettiest antique linens and she knows I have such a weak spot for them.  Purchased these three and they will be used throughout my home.

My sweet little Gynness, insisted upon rolling in the antique lace pieces while I attempted to photograph them. Sweet baby knows fine linens.

 There is a lovely primitives space here and I always find the most unique pieces.  One of the space owners, Linda Napier, created these lovely tags of George Washington with pretty crepe paper rosettes.  We spent time talking about American primitives and the conversation turned to spinning wheels.  Seems Linda also has a few wheels but has never learned to spin.  She asked if I knew of any spinning instructors...yea, "me"!!!  So we are going to get together, at Antiques in Old Town in the near future and I will teach her how to spin and do a live demo for visitors.  Such fun and I always love the way conversations, with those who love antiques, take on a life of their own.

I went into the Buford Queen of Hearts to fluff up my booth spaces and then did a complete walk around to see all 100+ spaces and sure enough, found a little treasure to bring home.

Lovely antique, EAPG lidded glass compote in the Paneled Sprig pattern by Bryce Higbee Company.  Circa 1885.  This is a keeper and is now in my EAPG lidded compote collection.

I hear the neighborhood fireworks going on and my little doxie barks and barks at all this noise.  I'm grateful that she isn't afraid of them like so many other animals are. Wishing everyone a safe and happy Independence Day and much blessings to you and those you love.  Sea Witch