Sunday, July 31, 2016

New and favorite haunts.

Spent a long week visiting grandchildren in Virginia and since I drove I was able to stop at a few antique malls and thrift shops along the way.  Returned home on Tuesday so I was at the local auction house on Saturday.  Lucky me, as these last two weeks brought some interesting finds.

Dropped by a huge antique mall, in North Carolina, that was going out of business.   

Was deligghted to find this marvelous unmarked McCoy piece. 1935 vintage, pictured on page 46 of Volume 1 Hanson's McCoy Pottery Book, " Swallows Jardiniere" and in fantastic condition. 

Another pottery find from the same mall, this pretty little Weller vase, pattern: Bouquet Drape. White with pale pink rose and soft green leaves. Really nice condition, circa 1940s

Vintage and antique cut glass is my new passion and this pretty vintage decanter does not disappoint.  They had this priced so low that I felt like I stole it.  Needs the topper and a big one so that is my new hunt.

Pretty little vintage Westmoreland milk glass creamer with lid in the Cherries and Grape design.  Circa 1950s

Just adore this sweet child's picture of a Guardian Angel watching over a baby.  Pretty pink frame is original to framed print.  Circa 1950s

Love early American pressed glass (EAPG) and this open compote is a beauty.

Hats, hats. and more hats.

 Labelless hat but who needs a label when your hat is filled with taupe silk flowers and a cha cha rose bouquet as a topper? Very 1960s.

You can never, EVER, have too many sassy hats. This Brookfair, Design by Frances vintage hat is in marvelous condition, very 1960s 

Lovely, handmade hat by Lucila Mendez, exclusive New York label. Blue and gold lame fabric with netting, scattered rhinestones and gro grain ribbon. Very 1960s .

"On our way to Bunny Bixler's—that's my friend who lives on Park Avenue and 71st Street—Patrick and I just stuffed ourselves at Schrafft's! Do you know what your silly nephew did? He spoke French to the counterman! Imagine anybody speaking French to a counterman ... at Schrafft's?"
So excited to have finally stumbled on to one of these pretty little Schrafft's chocolates server. It is in perfect condition, no chips or flakes. I spent $15.00 on it but I don't mind...I just adore it. Can't wait to serve my holiday Grand Marnier truffles on it.

Found a second piece of American Brilliant Cut glass.  A small olive serve but heavy and thick in it's cut design and it throws brilliant rainbows when the light hits it.

Nice large tin type in plastic frame painted up to look old.  It works.

A pair of Imperial Glass candlestick holders made in the Art Nouveau style. Imperial calls this color “Sunset Ruby”. The beautiful dark red glass with hints of yellow, gold, blue, green has carnival iridescence. The pattern is called “Acanthus Leaf”. Circa late 1960s, these would look stunning on your holiday table.

Vintage pool balls are a hot decorative element…or just rack’um and play. Circa 1940s

Once I returned home it was off to Saturday's auction.  This was an online catalog and in gallery auction with lots and lots and lots of exceptional glass being offered.  I did not expect to bid but was there more for what I call "continuing education".  Always something to learn in the antiques field and you learn so much from the bidders in the gallery who are the real collectors.
The first hour is gallery offerings and I actually was a winning bidder on some nifty pieces.

Part of a figurine lot that I won. This lot had lots of new pieces that all went to Goodwill, but this pretty pair of chalk ladies from the flapper era (1920s) are in marvelous condition.

This is what I was actually bidding on his this box lot.  These Hummels were buried deep and the handler never showed them to the gallery so I won this on the cheap.  Two figurines have original hang tags and two are signed by the artist.

Part of a two platter lot, one being a contemporary Noritake, this fantastic early Mason's patent ironstone china platter. Circa 1815.  I practically squealed with delight when the hammer came down and I was the winner.  This is in my personal collection.

One of my fellow bidders was after a huge silverplated platter and this lot of ladies items were offered with it.  I wanted the silk shawl that was with this group and he was glad to sell me the lot.  He won the platter and what I gave him for the ladies lot, we both did well.

 This is what I was after, a faboosh, Civil War era, big paisley shawl.  Silk and in fantastic condition with just a few age holes, colors are true and this is just a stunning piece.  
Circa 1860s 

Can never resist a lot of linens and this group has lovely cut work tablecloths.  Can't wait to bring these in over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.

Marvelous late Victorian “golden oak” parlor table.  Pretty spool turned legs.  Beautifully refinished by a previous owner.  Circa 1890s-1900s.  

 Nice Craftsman, oak coat rack  with original brass hooks for coats and hats.  These are usually beat from use and this one is in  great condition.  Circa 1900s

So enjoyed visiting grandchildren, they are so big these days.  We had such a great time and I did grandma-ma play dates with each one this trip.  Can't wait to visit again. 

August is just around the corner and school starts in a week for a lot of the counties.  Hard to believe that there are only 5 months left in the year...I feel like I just sent in my taxes.  Wishing everyone a gentle August and blessings to you and those you love, Sea Witch.

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