Thursday, March 20, 2014

Spring treasure hunt.

Saturday a beautiful day and lucky me, it was an auction day.   There have been no auctions for the last few weeks  and I have been jonesing for sound of the gavel coming down.  So I grabbed my water bottle, made sure my tablet was on a full charge and I was ready for that happy sound, "Sold".

First win of the day was this faux concrete urn.  Love the birds on the ends and had to fight with myself to keep it or sell it.  My final decision was to put it in my main booth because I bought it to sell in the first place. Besides, you just can't keep everything no matter how cool it is.

Nifty wooden barrel originally held penny nails. This is how the pre modern hardware stores received their inventory.  In great condition, would make a great trash can for an office or a man cave. 

Terrific antique, small quarter sawn oak wood whiskey or wine barrel with hand forged staves and a bung hole that needs a cork.  Circa 1870s.

Nice, early southern pottery jug with tobacco spit glaze.  Has an incised “3” and the glaze is a mix of molted browns and black. It is in good condition with no cracks or chips. Someone melted a candle over the corn cub cork.  Circa 1860s

Lovely antique, open vegetable dish by Cauldon, England. Impressed hallmark. Circa mid 1800s.  This makes my heart pitter patter but I must bring to my booth.  I just can't keep everything I like. 

Another one of my auction wins this Saturday, a gorgeous piece of American Brilliant, Hawkes cut crystal serving plate. T.G. Hawkes & Company of Corning, New York, founded in 1880. There is nothing like the fire and brilliance of true cut crystal. 

This was a box of silverplate that I won on the cheap at Saturday's auction.  It didn't look like much in the box as most was dirty and needed a good polishing.  It was so worth it as I have already sold pieces and doubled my investment with lots more to go.

A sleeper find.  This was in another auction box that was a bunch of mish mash with the exception of one item that I actually wanted.  When I was emptying it out, I found this pretty little powder horn at the bottom.  I just love these kind of box lot surprises.

A marvelous thrift store find.  Rare, gold lustre covered casserole serving piece made for San Francisco’s Gump’s Dept Store. Circa 1950s

Great flapper era chain link. hand beaded necklace. Fun piece that is now in my personal collection. I love wearing vintage and antique jewelry pieces.

The cameo that was sold across the American plains out of peddlers wagons during the 1800s. Favorite theme of the woman beside a cottage or a well also is known as "Rebecca at the well". This gorgeous shell cameo set in low grade gold twisted frame with T-pin back and c-clasp

I have a lot of antique graniteware that I have displayed in my kitchen.  I turned one of the colander's into a chandelier with a faux Edison bulb and really like the finished look.  It's in my main booth at the Buford Queen of Hearts.  

So it was a great weekend and it looks like spring is trying to finally get here. This week has flown by, can't believe it is Thursday and I'll be at Saturday's auction to see what other treasure I can win. Wishing everyone a marvelous weekend. Sea Witch


Tanya said...

Another fabulous auction know the rest of us "jones" for your treasure posts. Heavy sigh - yeah, we all live vicariously through you. Beautiful finds, ALL. Happy weekend - XOXO

Lady Locust said...

What great finds! I love that urn.
How fun.

Mitzi said...

Great finds! I love to see what you come up with in your neck of the woods.....