Wednesday, December 19, 2012
I purchased this tiny wall hanging consisting of a trio of Southern folk in an antique shop in Front Royal, Virginia. It captures the essence of a love triangle ... the man in the middle leading a horse without a rider and two women on either side .... hmm. Which one will he pick? This is from the 1930s to early 40s, when Gone with the Wind was all the rage.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
This is a very nice Mid-Century bench/loveseat consisting of a wrought iron base in the style of Salterini and an upcycled cushion consisting of crushed gold velvet from the same period. The finials were missing and replaced with wooden ones. It has not been repainted and shows a little rust in some spots, particularly on the feet. The measurements for this piece are 37" long, 17 3/4" wide and 22 1/2" high. The seat has not been secured to the piece for easy removal and cleaning. It's a perfect bench for a small space that just needs a little something extra.
Monday, December 17, 2012
Here are four vintage Post WWII Japan celluloid silhouette cameos that were never mounted. They can be made into pins or necklaces, framed as miniature portraits or used as gift bag/box accents for that special person. Three are larger, measuring 2 1/4" x 1 1/2". The smaller one measures 1 1/2" x 1". These are a beautiful collection and are in excellent condition. One of the larger ones has some darkness on the bottom corner, but other than that, nothing else to note. No chips or cracks or warping. Each is stamped "Japan" on the back.
Sunday, December 16, 2012
Here's a very hard to find piece of enamelware in white with navy blue trim, a salt box from the early 20th Century. It is somewhat chippy, but the inside is fairly clean and certainly perfect for storage use in your country kitchen. Measurements for this piece are 5" tall for the salt box, with a 1" mount on the back and a 6" diameter for the lid.
Friday, December 14, 2012
I purchased this pictorial wheel featuring the Book of Genesis several years ago at an antique store and used it as a teaching aid for an Ancient Eastern Literature unit I taught in the first weeks of school. A difficult unit to teach, especially when using the King James version, my itchy, preoccupied 10th grade students would gather around the wheel that I had carefully pinned on the bulletin board next to the door and play with it. At the end of this lesson the students were quizzed and I would watch their heads turn toward the wheel on the board, their visual memories at work. Most received marks of 80 to 100. This wheel was made in the 1930s in the USA by a company called Reproducta, Inc. It does have wear, due mostly to my former students, but the 9 1/4" diameter heavy paper wheel still turns perfectly and can be framed or put on a coffee table as a conversation piece or can be pinned in the center to a wall so that the wheel turns easily ... adding this entry seems trivial right now, especially in the face of all the little lives lost this morning in a small town in Connecticut. Pray for the children who witnessed and survived the carnage. Pray for the families who lost a loved one in this horrendous tragedy.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Here's a porcelain brooch that features violets and gold edging. This little beauty has a brass setting and measures 1 1/2" by 1 1/8". It is free from cracks or chips and the clasp works perfectly. Often times during the beginning of the 20th Century, the lady of the house would purchase porcelain blanks and embellish them with delicate flowers and either frame them or make pins out of them. Such is the case with this one. What a fine gift for that special someone.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Most of the items I have posted on my blog are from my storefront on Second Shout Out. This one hasn't been posted yet. Inside the locket, there are two B & W photos from the early 20th Century that appear to be sisters. Their mournful eyes suggest hard times, but there is a simple beauty about them that is quite natural. I often wonder who they were and what kind of lives they led. Years ago I frequented an outdoor flea market outside of Berne, New York, an upstate area in the foothills of the Helderbergs. The couple who sold me this locket sold me many other wonderful pieces of jewelry and art. That was in the early 90s. The flea market has since closed, but once in a great while, my partner and I will drive past the vacant buildings which used to house the best of the best vintage in the area and remember ...
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
This is a necklace that consists of a genuine spinach green swirl bakelite disk with an appliqued trefoil lucite piece that is suspended from a hippie/boho seed bead necklace. The necklace measures 18" long. The disk measures 1 3/4" in diameter. Patricia Greenwood designs these necklaces using bakelite salvaged from the Marblette Company's leftover stock. Chains and most findings are vintage, being at least 40 to 60 years old.
Monday, December 10, 2012
This is for a painting that is signed and dated by the artist. Thought it is dated 1984, it has the vintage appeal of a 19th Century piece. A tiny easel holds the oil on mason board in place and it can be displayed on a wall or propped against a cubby or other small cubicle. Measurements for the painting are 7" x 4 3/4" and the easel stands 14 1/4" high.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
This is a fun charm bracelet consisting of genunine bakelite cubes, wooden baubles and a horseshoe charm for good luck. Patricia Greenwood designs these bracelets using bakelite salvaged from the Marblette Company's leftover stock. Chains and most findings are vintage, being at least 40 to 60 years old. Measurement is 7 1/4" long.
Saturday, December 8, 2012
This is for a lovely vintage pulled art glass vase in colors of white yellow and clear. This 12" vase was made by SIA, a Swedish design company that has been in existence since the 1970s. There are no chips or cracks to this piece and it bears the original SIA label. A nice modern touch for those who love modern. For sale at secondshoutout.com
Friday, December 7, 2012
This listing is for five 7" water goblets and one 5 3/4" wine glass that were made by Lenox in the 1960s. The pattern is Sapphire and is hand blown with a smoky topaz /crystal combination. None of these were used and four of them still have the original stickers on the bottom. No chips, cracks or damage to these pieces. Great for a Mid-Century setting or to help complete a set.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
This is a fine and scarce piece of Buderus that features a shepherd with his lamb and is dated 1961. The back is signed "Buderus" with an anchor logo. It's perfect for the Mid-Century Modern lover and would be a great addition to any collection. Measurements are 7" x 3 1/4".
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
This is a fine example of Polish ingenuity during the Mid-Century period that echoes the style of Danish and West German contemporaries. Here we have a studio style ceramic pitcher with brown glaze and dollops of honey colored drips. This is a perfect autumn accessory for a floral display or table use. The piece measures 8 3/4" high and is free from chips, cracks and crazing.
Tuesday, December 4, 2012
This is a Tangent Yellow sugar bowl that was made in Japan for Mikasa from 1978 to 1981 by designer Bob Van Allen. His fab work was short-lived as he died in his early forties. The look is fresh and "Neo-Deco" as I like to call it. This particular line came in colors of yellow, terra cotta, black and navy blue and was known as stone china. One could build a modern kitchen around this piece.
Monday, December 3, 2012
These clay figures are from Northeastern Brazil, the Pernambuco region. They were made for the tourist market beginning in the 1950s and came from a woman's estate who traveled extensively throughout Central and South America. These native figures are in good vintage condition and measure approximately 9" high. A wire has been secured around the middle of each so that they may be hung on the wall as primitive wall art.
Sunday, December 2, 2012
Here's a collection of three fruit still lifes from the early 20th Century. The largest is an oil painting on a wicker platter measuring 19" x 13". The other two are prints in metal frames measuring 10" x 8". I believe all three of these were created in the 1930s, the wicker coming from China and painted in the USA, while the metal frames, often faux grained, were manufactured in the USA. These all have shabby elements to them as you can see from the pictures. The edging around the wicker platter is loose or missing and there is some chipping to the painting. The dark metal frame has some paint loss while the gold one was actually repainted and antiqued at some point. These are beautiful foils for white ironstone platters and look magnificent when grouped on a wall. When I was a girl, my mother collected the older fruit prints from the late 1800s and hung them in the kitchen and dining room of our farm house. She gave up college as an Art Major at the University of Iowa to raise seven children, which is an art form in and of itself. Gazing at these pieces brings back some fond memories of my childhood.
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Here's a beauty from the early 20th Century! The Czechs were the masters of glass making for the first half of the Twentieth Century. This piece is no exception. Framed in its original silver metal filigree setting, the cameo features two beautiful women in faux ivory pressed glass. The edge around the figures is red enamel with some fading from age at the bottom. The measurements are 2 1/2" long and 2" wide. The back of the cameo is signed Made in Czechoslovakia. The safety clasp works well for the pin. The hinge may have been repaired at some point, but is secure.