Thursday, March 4, 2010

Jars, Armetell and a Gypsy

I like vintage, lidded glass containers.  I know this stems from my childhood as my mother always had pretty glass candy jars filled with a variety of candies inside.  From flashy metallic foils to pastel pinks, she would fill her huge, soft pine hutch with lots of these candy filled jars.  It was always like walking into a sweet shop in the city.  So I come by the need to fill pretty jars with candy honestly.  These always sell well for me no matter the season and I believe it is because of the pretty treats contained inside.  Suddenly, an empty vessel, although pretty on its own, takes on a different visual appeal.  When I bring them into the store filled with pretty candies, the jars seem to fly out of my booth. 

Came across this set of five different Wilton,  Armetale Ware steins from the 1970s at my local goodwill.  These are massive and the photo does not really show that.  (especially the big stein in the back of the photo, this piece is almost nine inches high and about 6 inches in diameter and has quite a bit of weight to it)  Big and heavy, these have the look and feel of pewter but are actually an aluminum alloy product with the ability to mold into any shape imaginable.  Easy to clean, they never tarnish, are safe for beverages and the keep hot things hot and cold things cold.  Armetell items are often mistaken for pewter as they can mimic old pieces easily.  These steins are from the Wilton Armetell colonial tavern series and will be a nice addition to anyone's collection.

And last, but not least, this adorable old photograph of a young girl in a gypsy costume.  Photo is also hand colored to enhance the burgundy and gold ribbons and costume she wears.  Photo is approximately 6 inches by 8 inches and is in wonderful condition in its original matt.  I think she is the "cat's meow" with her satin headband and matching ribbons.  (all photos enlarge when you click on them - so don't be shy to take a peak at this gypsy baby)

Have a satin hairband, gypsy ribbon kind of day!  Sea Witch


Sugar said...

Oh those treasures! I love love love them all!!!

piggy said...

The candy filled jars are just beautiful...They make me feel happy! Hope you have a wonderful day.
Hogs & Kisses

Tristan Robin said...

The tambourine tapping cutie is delightful! Love her!

You made some very good finds!

Anonymous said...

The candy jars remind of my dear late grandmother. She too would fill jars and dishes with sweets. I fondly recall ribbon candy and anise as some of my favorites. They were luxuries when we had so very few!

FrenchBlue said...

SO CUTE!! I love all candy and in jars it drives me nuts! All from my childhood too... Have you been to Miettes??


These candy jars are divine! ~ Angela

Susie from Bienvenue said...

Girl Im need a satin hairband today! It's one of those bad hair days for me~