Sunday, January 27, 2019

Hearts and Lovers

The Day of Love is soon upon us and I was fortunate to find a few pretty things to add to my Valentines Day offerings.  I especially like taking old, vintage and pretty frames and filling them with downloaded images of lovers.  

Beautiful silvertone swing frame with cupids and sea shells and vintage image.

Pretty stained glass frame with lace inset and lovers dancing close image.

Another pretty stained glass frame with dried flowers inset between the glass and lovers goodby kiss parting on a train.

Stunning Westmoreland, Wakefield Ruby Red Mantle lidded compote. This one is hard to fine in ruby stained striped pattern as they are most often found in a solid fill center.  
Circa 1950s

A pretty reproduction of the Victorian sewing bird.  Pins/needles were placed in the velvet cushion and the fabric piece being worked on was placed in the clamp as an extra hand.  Marvelous little tool that is so indicative of the Victorian fussiness for excess.

A nice selection of small and medium 1920-30s Louis Sweeny tin candy boxes in that palest shade of lilac pink.  Use as a gift box or fill with your favorite chocolates.

All of these things make for a pretty display of Valentines Day gifts for someone you love...or perhaps for yourself.

Easter follows shortly and spring along with it.  This charming little cookie jar is perfect for spring treats.  Vintage Napco "Little Miss Cutie" cookie jar is highly sought after for that charming face.

Everyone loves those deviled eggs but before you devil them, place the pretty colored eggs in these vintage egg trays.  

 These small stained glass lamps bring beautiful light to small areas.

 Antique Goofus Glass vases, chalkware rabbit, German porcelain bunny and of course, the famous vintage, Napco rabbit figurines.    

Other finds this weekend were this delightful, hand crafted stacking game made with a variety of woods. 

The most popular Avon stein, 1977 called the Schooners. 

Fantastic seafoam color, antique ice tongs.

Finally, a marvelous set of etchings of St. Augustine from the original map by John Horton in 1855. The map has been divided into three etchings outlining the buildings in old St. Augustine. East Florida.  Beautifully framed.  You can see the complete and original map at the Library of Congress website:


 Full view.

I post this all noodled under a soft and warm blanket with a doxie next to my feet keeping them warm. Even in Florida, we are seeing cold temps and lots of rain so those in more northern climates, I say to you keep warm.   As always, blessings to you and those you love.  SeaWitch

Tuesday, January 22, 2019

2019 - middle of January

Hello everyone and a happy but very belated New Year.  I have been remiss in blogging these last few months for so many reasons.  My day job, my health, my spaces...but a dear antiquing gal pal reminded me how much she enjoyed my posts and I have missed writing them so I am going to get back to blogging again.   

Had a great December with my spaces at the Lyon's Head Antique Mall, one of my best sales months in several years and that invigorated me to look through the last of my 9 boxes from my move two years ago.  It was like Christmas all over again discovering items I had forgotten I had so I'm busy pricing them and bringing them into my spaces.  The best thing about this, though, was filling up my vehicle with items to donate to Goodwill and the extra space in the garage.  

Did a little cyber shopping at my favorite antique shop in Snellville, Georgia - Vintage Village.  Love when my #happymail arrives and these are the treasures that arrived:

Absolutely stunning vintage bird cage.  Strong, big and original paint makes this a winner all around.  Now to figure out where to hang it.

Set of three wooden shoe lasts. I love these decorative elements.

Another favorite of mine are the stiff Edwardian collars.  I use them in a glass cloche along with other antique elements.

And finally, this marvelous, antique clock face.  This bad boy is big and along with its Roman numerals time it has the numerical calendar along the outside.  I am fascinated with time pieces large and small and have antique clocks around the house.  Some work, some don't but they still call to me, none the less.

Most of us get into this business to upgrade or add to their personal collecting.  That is what brought me into this marvelous business.  I wanted to add to my vintage clothing and my needlework tools like spinning wheels and bone crochet hooks and of course, I went a little wild with all the marvelous things that are out there.   So here are some of my last two weeks finds that have found their way or will into my spaces.

Large bee hive cloche.  

Nifty little find, a pair of 1970s, Indiana carnival glass pedestal compote candlesticks.  I had never seen these before and they are fun pieces.

Lovely silverplated fish that is a menu holder. Italian from the 1950s.  This would be perfect for a seafood restaurant to display the day's specials.

A gorgeous Victorian art glass compote.  Silverplated base with an opalescent glass base with ruby trim.

 Lovely Wedgwood Jasperware bowl.  The base it is resting on is mine, a purchase from a gal pal dealer from Vintage Village several years ago.  

 Pretty little porcelain lady pin cushion.  These were wildly popular in the 1920-30s.

 This was a great find, a pair of Goofus Glass large, low bowls in marvelous condition. Usually these have the cold paint from the bottom missing.  

Nice vintage Sacred Heart of Jesus print in original tin frame from the 1930s.

Delightful pair of the Victorian favorite...Cupid Asleep and Cupid Awake in charming, oak heart shaped frames.

 Beautiful Victorian, molded nickel over copper humidor.  I'm head over teakettle with the shape so my struggle is to keep or sell.  I may live with it for a few weeks before I make the decision.

A personal acquisition, a commercial silk thread spinner.  This spins so sweetly and easily when the metal points are held between two fingers.  

 Set of three, antique, turn of the century booklets of love.  The covers and illustrations inside are pure joy.

My last find was this stack of cabinet cards.  I adore these and I'm going to use the small ones in garland that I will be making.

I am hopeful for 2019, for my spaces at the Lyon's Head Antique Mall, for a positive direction in my "day" job, for continued health as I age (don't we all) and I wish you all the same and I always wishing you blessings to you and those you love.  SeaWitch