Sunday, March 15, 2015

Fatboy and Coffee

A wet and damp Saturday, but that didn't stop me from treasure hunting.  In fact, the rain was a motivator as I had hoped to get some painting done but the weather had other ideas and it was off to favorite haunts and there I found some great antiques.  

My heart goes pitter patter for American basketry and this gorgeous split basket with original paint made me swoon. It is now filled with fleece that I will spin into fiber.  

Rescued this beautiful piece of coral from additional damage.  There was already a break in the piece and I had to rescue it before it was totally destroyed.

That gorgeous, rich Caribbean blues matt glaze on this thrown server makes a nice home for the coral.  

The Carlson Stromberg, Bakelite handset telephone was affectionately known as the "Fat Boy".  This "ring in only" phone was found in taverns, restaurants and stores everywhere.  Circa 1936.

Bingo!!!! This is so a winner.  Lovely, Art Deco bingo/gambling cage with Bakelite pillars and handle.  I nearly hopped over people to get to this piece as the dealer brought it in from a yard sale run.  

Gorgeous, square shaped EAPG cake plate.  There is a large crack in one side quarter and it leans a little but I don't care.  I'll serve home made rum cake on it and no one will notice the crack or the lean.

Pretty vintage carnival glass vase.  Circa 1920s.

Truly soft as "butta" these white kid gloves have never been worn.

Sweet little foil nut/candy baskets.  Darling colors.

Marvelous, hand colored chromolithograph by James S. Baillie.  Baillie began in the late 1830s as a picture framer in NYC, trained as an artist, he later worked as a colorist for Currier, before setting up his own business in 1843.  Subject title:  John. Dapper gentleman in checkered trousers, ascot and walking stick.  Original bubbled glass and frame with wood backing indicative of Victorian framing.  Circa 1860-70s

At first glance, this appears to be a sad iron and trivet but, if you attempt to lift, you will find the iron opens and is actually a sleeve crimper.

  Patent date 1870, this heating tool (iron) was used to put tight crimps/pleats in sleeves and cuffs of ladies blouses. 

Now that’s a coffee tin!  Fantastic general store/mercantile coffee tin. The aroma of fresh coffee beans/grounds would fill the shop and you would scoop out the weight you wanted to purchase.  This large tin (held 25 pounds of coffee) with drop handles from the Merchants Coffee Co, Baltimore, Maryland still retains much of its original japanned advertising paint.   Circa, early 1900s

Funny what shows up during the hunt and to find this many antique pieces in a day of fun running is unusual.  Perhaps they had spring fever and wanted to pop up like the daffodils that are now blooming everywhere.  Spring is finally here and here's hoping your spring is as lovely as the season.  Blessings to you and those you love.  SeaWitch

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