Monday, July 20, 2015

14 days of treasure hunting fun.

Yes, I'm still on the hunt for a primitive cupboard and the old axiom still stands...when you are looking for something, it hides itself away.  Still, I can't really complain because I have been visiting new and old shops these past two weeks in search of that illusive cupboard and have found marvelous pieces along the way.  

Made a trip to one of my favorite "Primitive" dealers who moved to her new digs in Buford, Georgia..."Further Down the Rabbit Hole."  

This shop is filled with beautiful American primitives, old and new, and a mix of really nifty items of interest. 

Had to purchase two of these 1776 flags with a liberty banner and then the muslin flag tribute endless scarf.  (I kinda bleed red, white and blue, so I love finding new flag items)

Purchased this fine, punch needle work that was a natural progression from the heavy scatter rugs made by women for centuries. Made with a  smaller punch needle and  fine threads, this pretty little dresser scarf has long faded to softer tones, but if you flip it over, you will see the true colors of the piece.  Circa 1920s 

Another find from a favorite spot but still no cupboard.  1925 print by the artist, R. Atkinson Fox (1860-1935) and known as "Love's Paradise”, it  shows a mother holding her baby in a fantasy setting.   At the lower left is "© 1925 Borin Chicago” and at the lower right is "Fox - Urgelles.”  In the original, two tone wood frame, this marvelous print is in great condition and a nice addition to a R.A. Fox collection

Nested among vintage tablecloths, this 1950s, Black Americana Towel kitchen towel, also known as the “mammy towel”, was popular in the 1950s. The children have taken some of Momma's pie and she is not happy about it! The colors are primary red, yellow and blue, no holes or wear and in excellent condition and can be found in my main space at the Buford Queen of Hearts Antiques & Interiors.  If I may share my commentary on the Black Americana collecting field: What we choose to collect is a very personal choice. Just as we can’t make assumptions about people based on the of their race, creed, gender, etc., we must not make assumptions about what people choose to collect either. A few may fear that the preservation of Black Americana serves to prolong racist prejudices but others collect these items to ensure that America’s troubled past isn’t forgotten by future generations. In the words of David Pilgrim, founder of the Jim Crow Museum at Ferris State University in Michigan, “Use items of intolerance to teach tolerance.”

Be still my heart, how I adore textiles.  Gorgeous Japanese coat is heavily embroidered stump work.  Original silk lining has shredded away and it is covered in age stains, but I think it is extraordinary.

Photo of the back, it is filled with the beloved flower, the Chrysanthemum, or Kiku in Japanese, a symbol that represents longevity and rejuvenation.  The color white, and especially a white Chrysanthemum, is worn for funerals, so this lovely coat may be a funeral piece worn to honor the deceased.

Close up of embroidery. Gorgeous.

A Goodwill find, this was a single stack of little plates tapped together for a single price.  Three vintage transferware pieces, a wedgwood ashtray, a nippon piece and 6 gold and white butter pats.  

One of the coolest items I have found in the last few years, a marvelous (RARE) Victorian, left handed “Pap” boat, baby/invalid feeder, medicine spoon.

Pure silver, no marks, pat. pend., with black, wooden handle. Heavily repoussed, this is a unique medical tool that is rarely seen anymore. Circa 1860-90s.

Big, vintage W&SB Blackinton, silverplate punch serving ladle.  A thrift store find, this fancy bowl lets you easily pour right or left handed. Great condition. Circa 1930-50s 

Bring the romantic light of a Tiffany lamp to your deck, patio, porch or favorite outside living space with this lovely stained glass lamp that is brought to life with candlelight.  Love it when I find these at my local thrift stores.

What marvelous pies, cakes and cookies were mixed in these bowls? Heavy, McCoy mixing bowls (often nested) were found in nearly every home in America in the 1930s. Yellow ware, stoneware blue and pink banded mixing bowls each have a long crack from age but still good enough to mix up batter. I found these at a great price so I am passing them on at a screaming price in my main space at the Buford Queen of Hearts Antiques & Interiors

I've found some of the best antique carnival glass this year.  The streak continues with this lovely pair of antique Dugan & Diamond White Carnival Glass Rose Bowls in the Grape Delight Pattern. The iridescence gives the pieces the look of a blown bubble. 1907-1931

And finally, another antique kitchen mantle clock jumped into my arms.  I just can't resist time pieces and when the price is right I dance all the way to the check out counter. No, really, I do!!!

So, another two weeks of cupboard hunting and haven't bagged it yet. This coming Saturday is a local auction so I'm hoping it may be waiting for me there. We shall see.  Blessings to you and those you love.  Sea Witch

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