Sunday, March 31, 2013

Look what I found

Let me first say thanks to everyone for all of your kind posts and supportive emails about my recovery as I work my PT sessions with my new knee.  I'm making progress but it will be a good 6-8 months before I have total recovery.  The PT can be tough, but each time I do a session, I have a little more mobility.  Between the ice packs and an occasional percocet, I'm making my way through the post PT pain and swelling.  It's important that I get out and walk  during the day so I made a trip to a favorite haunt to walk around and see what I could find.  It was quiet as so many folks around this area take off for the Easter weekend to visit family.  Not having to work my way through tiny aisles and large crowds made it a walk I could manage without issue.

I spied this lovely little Victorian chromalithograph in original frame on one of the sales tables.  Colors are a little faded but she is a sweet face as she kneels in prayer.  Bubbled glass and gilt frame and measures 12 x 18.  

 I adore red on white embroidery and have a few nice personal pieces.  This looks like it was cut away from a frame as it is close to the stitching.  Not sure if I want to place it between two pieces of glass to retain the ragged edges or just hang it from a small line with vintage clothespins. A good size piece, she would be welcome in a large kitchen.  Loosely translated from German, "The economy is like an automobile, you have to drive it to understand.  The woman is the chauffeur because they have to think of everything"  Sounds like a late Victorian witticism regarding women having to manage the house hold economy.

Another personal favorite...nice medium size antique stoneware platter with pretty transferware flowers.  This was well used and does have an interior crack.  Still, it is an unusual shape and perfectly usable to serve your best chops or desserts.  Circa 1890s.

 Set of four milk glass servers marked Patent date October 29, 1897.  Not sure what these we be used for but they have small little handle and are fluted like a scallop saucer.

 Gorgeous, Victorian slip for under a christianing dress. Very, very long, nearly 48 inches of skirt length has beautifully, hand sewn gathers and buttonholes.  Lovely french seams and hand stitched tone on tone embroidery.  Pretty mother of pearl buttons with stars incised on front with a lovely tea stained shade of the palest tan.  This underslip is part of a christianing set and the original dress must have been as decorative as this slip is. Circa 1880s.

Pretty Baroque pattern, Wallace silverplated serving tray and a pair of transferware bone dishes.

Mercury glass topper is a petty decorative element. 

 Nice, Vaseline stretch glass plate.  Very heavy and in lovely condition.  Put it under a black light and it glows a brilliant lime green.

Pretty little hooked chair mat is hand hooked with rayon strips.  Colors are now a soft tone on tone of whites and browns.  Circa 1900s.

 A gorgeous Victorian, toasting goblet with heavy quadruple plate silver with etched initials.  In lovely condition. Circa 1890s

 Finally, a delightful family portrait taken in the early 1900s.  Vintage photos always make me smile.  I wander how long it took to get them to sit all together and then stop talking and laughing and be serious for that sitting.  You know the ladies had made terrific and tasty food items and the men sat around and talked shop and politics. Children played and babies were passed from hands to other loving hands. I will put this pretty photo in a vintage frame and smile when I bring it to the store.

It was so nice to be able to hunt for treasure again.  I have to watch that I don't over do it as I go through this healing process.  Taking it easy is not something I do well but I am following my doctor's orders.  I hope everyone is having a lovely Easter and I wish blessings to you and those you love.  Sea Witch


Tanya said...

Hope the day treated you well - glad you're orking your way through the pain and it's not getting the best of you. Lovely finds - the family portrait is incredible...I just spent some time back home, photographing old family albums that a cousin made off with before my grandmother passed away - finally got our hands on them after 15 years. I LOVE the old photos! Happy Monday - take 'er slow and easy! Tanya

My Garden Diaries said...

You so scored! I can not tell you which is my favorite because I like them all! Keep up the hard work! I can't even imagine how difficult it must be...keep us posted on how you are doing!

Mitzi said...

What a great post! I love how you described the joy you find in vintage photos. You know how much I love them, too.

Keep up the good work with your therapy. Spring is on the way!

Wanda @ Just Vintage said...

Goodness! How far behind I am! I didn't know you'd had a knee replacement. Ugh. But I hear that in the end it's so worth it.

You found some really good stuff! If I'd been with you, we'd have been racing toward the same things. ;-)

audrey said...

Glad to read that you are doing well during your recovery and healing. It does take a good while from all I've heard, but once it is like new, you will be happy you went through it.
It's wonderful that you were able to get out and walk around looking for treasures. You sure do find the best items. I would love to go hunting with you.
Take care and don't overdo. Great to see you on blogger.
audrey xo