Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Smoke gets in your eyes

Ahh, the title of my blog post really should say, pollen gets in your eyes.  I am now full Floridian as the palm pollens have broken through my life long, no allergies for me, defenses.  Even living in Atlanta for 16 years with the heavy Southern Pines pollen fall each spring couldn't make a dent and I happily went about my day without issues, unlike so many of my family, friends and colleagues.  I'm still luckier then most as my symptoms have only been gritty eyes and teeth with a runny nose.  Thankfully, a simple allergy nose spray works very well for me.  But like my antiquing gal pals, even a pollen kissed nose will not stop us from the hunt.

It always surprises me to find pieces like these at my local Goodwill.  Signed Waterford crystal pieces.  There truly is nothing like Waterford, substantial crystal with spectrum clarity and a lovely ring when pinged.

Pretty elegant depression parfait glass etched and the popular pink.

Pretty little hand painted cup dated from the Memorial of the Dead, Brezova pod Bradlom.

Fine bone china and hand painted Slovakian in gold lustre script and dated 1928.

Set of three pretty little porcelain dessert plates with gold lustre trim and lovely cabbage roses in the center. 

Two cut crystal salts.  I love these little things for so many reasons, mostly because they throw lovely rainbows when the sun hits them.

This was a nice find as well.  Heavy Victorian crystal knife rest in lovely condition.

Lovely vintage glass stein with heavy pewter lid.  Marked Original BMF Bierseidel.  Germany.

It's been a few years that I've come across these large, antique glass apothecary funnels.  They are great decorative elements and large enough to be used as a cloche for found objects.

This Edwardian parasol may look a little rough for ware with the aged stains but it has a marvelous look and long wooden handle.

Vintage and antique clock faces are the hot decorative element for decorating these days. I was lucky to find a bag full at my local thrift shop.

I acquired this rare, political Nixon campaign parasol at a local Atlanta auction house several years ago.  It is now in my display case at the Lyon's Head Antique Mall .  

Marvelous Native American, silverplated and beaded coin purse.  The have repousse image of an Indian Chief, and the beading is a lovely dark green with pin and black details.  Patent date inside is Dec 15, 03. 


The Indians were commissioned to produce the beadwork and then forwarded to Bostonia Company to complete the silver plated embossed design.

and last but not least...smoke does get in your eyes with this lovely, pencil drawn picture requesting patrons to not smoke.  Lovely retro lady from the 1940s with big shoulder pads and a handkerchief dabbing at her eyes.

Wishing you all a pollen free February and blessings to you and those you love. Sea Witch

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Finding love.

February is a reminder to express your love for those who impact and enrich your life.  We find love in many forms and places as well as in what we love to collect.  I have a love for textiles and fiber of all types and  found these two American beauties at one of my favorite shops near me.  The Junk Co., located in the same shopping center as The Lyon's Head Antique Mall where I have my spaces, had a marvelous vintage vendor market and one of their dealers offered a series of 1930s quilts.  I was lucky enough to grab these two in rich reds, whites and blues.

A true American beauty with great calico patterns, this quilt is soft from years of use.  

Another stunner, brilliant reds in calicos and just as soft from use.  My raviolis, what I call my grandchildren, will love wrapping up in these after a full day in the pool. 

Found this fantastic pair of Hollywood Regency lamps from the 1940s.  Heavy, faceted crystal balls on a black glass block with glass sticks, these are stunners.  

Retro is the word these days and this quirky resin marlin with glitter in the fin and abalone shells in the body and eye makes me smile.  

Pretty red roses on this 1920s Droste tin chocolate box.  Makes a lovely Valentines Day gift box.

How cute are these little cherubs holding up a mirror for one to look at.

Charming little wooden box crafted from architectural salvage from a home in South Georgia.

Found a pair of American Brilliant Cut Glass nappys.  These are full of fire and a smaller size than you usually find.  

Now I'm on a hunt to confirm the makers.

Lovely silver plated basket with pretty beaded handle.


Love this brass wired little basket and it holds a WW2 New Testament with a presentation from mom and dad to their son and dated 1947.


Vintage barbershop item, Campana Italian Balm wall mount soap dispenser.  Circa 1940s.


Elegant, mother of pearl opera glasses are French.  A Goodwill find, I will need to replace the missing brass screw that moves the eyepieces up and down.

A Sunday find, everything about this antique watch chain and fobs is made for this Sea Witch.  Lovely gold filled Anchor and Bosun's whistle fobs.  I will be converting this to a necklace to wear.  

Another thing to love is that the days are getting longer and lighter and my little doxie is loving running around the lanai barking at the herons and the squirrels.  We have much to be thankful for and wishing you blessings to you and those you love.  Sea Witch.

Sunday, February 3, 2019

The Biscuit Jar saw its shadow.

January flew by and February arrived this weekend with some nifty finds.  Sometimes my local Goodwill offers up marvelous pieces and they did not disappoint.

An absolutely stunning cut glass corset vase and a big one. The spectrums it throws are brilliant and I will be keeping this one for my personal collection.

This is the biscuit jar that saw it's shadow, a fantastic Victorian Bristol glass piece.  

Love this heavy, lead crystal piece, unmarked but brilliant in its colors.

Fun souvenir from England, a Bobby's helmet bell.  Very 1970s

First time I have ever come across a quadruple plated hair receiver.  Engraved initials adorn one side.

Big, quadruple plated coffee pot is missing its top impediment but I may have one in a box of interesting things that I retain that often fit that need.

A pair of mid century pins and an interesting key chain which is a miniature box cutter.  

This was a piece I had hanging in my home for a while but I'm downsizing and have decided to put it in my booth space.   Downsizing, such an interesting word.  I did a lot of that when I moved to my new digs but I find that I don't have the wall space I did in my previous home as I traded a wall for a bank of windows that leads to my pool area.  Wouldn't change that for anything but it means less wall for displaying pieces and hanging art.

My booth spaces are filled with  pretty things for spring.  There is something "genteel" about these pretty hand painted porcelain salt & pepper shakers.

This sweet seafoam green chair was another piece I had in my home for years and tough for me to bring to my booth space.  I have displayed so many marvelous treasures on it in my home but it's time for it to find love in anothers home sweet home.

In time for Valentines Day, I brought in a pair of antique Sacred Heart of Jesus prints in original frames.

The other Sacred Heart of Jesus in original frame and a pair of vintage crucifix candlesticks are perfect for Easter.

Downsizing, there's that pesky word again. I thinned out my collection of American, antique/vintage baskets and brought them in to my booth space.

A new piece but in that marvelous seafoam green, I had this in my kitchen and would post the day's menu when guests were at my home.  Another item falls to the downsizing word.  

Finally, these boots were made for walking.  Two pairs of Victorian high top boots.  Smaller size in black leather and a much larger pair in brown leather with canvas uppers.  Both pairs are in marvelous condition and very wearable.

This marvelous birdcage was a Vintage Village purchase and the trigger for me thinning out a few of my collections.  I'm just crazy about this pretty piece and filled it with favored seashells and red coral. 

Moved other pieces around to accommodate my new display and I love the look.  This was my first chance to display the bee cloche and I have hidden under it a marvelous piece that my Harry Potter loving grandchildren will delight in when they lift up the cloche.  

Last but not least, when I relocated the spool cabinet it opened up the exact size space I needed to finally hang the gorgeous antique basket rack you see.  It has been hiding in a closet since I moved here and I'm thrilled to see it finally mounted and my antique American baskets hanging from it.

This has been a fun weekend with great weather, finally, and even though I'm not a super bowl fan, I just loved Gladys Knights marvelous rendition of the Star Spangled Banner.  Always a beautiful lady with a million what smile and voice.  Thank you, Miss Knight, for a fantastic performance.  As always, blessings to you and those you love.  Sea Witch

Sunday, January 27, 2019

Hearts and Lovers

The Day of Love is soon upon us and I was fortunate to find a few pretty things to add to my Valentines Day offerings.  I especially like taking old, vintage and pretty frames and filling them with downloaded images of lovers.  

Beautiful silvertone swing frame with cupids and sea shells and vintage image.

Pretty stained glass frame with lace inset and lovers dancing close image.

Another pretty stained glass frame with dried flowers inset between the glass and lovers goodby kiss parting on a train.

Stunning Westmoreland, Wakefield Ruby Red Mantle lidded compote. This one is hard to fine in ruby stained striped pattern as they are most often found in a solid fill center.  
Circa 1950s

A pretty reproduction of the Victorian sewing bird.  Pins/needles were placed in the velvet cushion and the fabric piece being worked on was placed in the clamp as an extra hand.  Marvelous little tool that is so indicative of the Victorian fussiness for excess.

A nice selection of small and medium 1920-30s Louis Sweeny tin candy boxes in that palest shade of lilac pink.  Use as a gift box or fill with your favorite chocolates.

All of these things make for a pretty display of Valentines Day gifts for someone you love...or perhaps for yourself.

Easter follows shortly and spring along with it.  This charming little cookie jar is perfect for spring treats.  Vintage Napco "Little Miss Cutie" cookie jar is highly sought after for that charming face.

Everyone loves those deviled eggs but before you devil them, place the pretty colored eggs in these vintage egg trays.  

 These small stained glass lamps bring beautiful light to small areas.

 Antique Goofus Glass vases, chalkware rabbit, German porcelain bunny and of course, the famous vintage, Napco rabbit figurines.    

Other finds this weekend were this delightful, hand crafted stacking game made with a variety of woods. 

The most popular Avon stein, 1977 called the Schooners. 

Fantastic seafoam color, antique ice tongs.

Finally, a marvelous set of etchings of St. Augustine from the original map by John Horton in 1855. The map has been divided into three etchings outlining the buildings in old St. Augustine. East Florida.  Beautifully framed.  You can see the complete and original map at the Library of Congress website: https://www.loc.gov/item/98687135/

Closeup.

 Full view.

I post this all noodled under a soft and warm blanket with a doxie next to my feet keeping them warm. Even in Florida, we are seeing cold temps and lots of rain so those in more northern climates, I say to you keep warm.   As always, blessings to you and those you love.  SeaWitch