First thing in the door, I found this punch bowl by Doulton. It is early, and HUGE! it is 18" across, very hard to find in this size. Most of the punchbowls are 14". I always try to find things that are exceptional in a collecting field, and I think this is one. I don't collect Doulton, but thought it would set the right tone for a room with some hunt prints in it. It is a more homey feel than the cut glass bowl in the background. I've had 3 huge punchbowls in cut glass, and they definitely are a formal feel.
I'd like to point out that if you're purchasing something that you don't know anything about, it helps to purchase from a reputable dealer who stands behind their merchandise.
One dealer had a few great little boxes. I collect boxes to display in a vitrine. I know some people would put fancy porcelain boxes in it, but I like plain old paper boxes. Match boxes, sewing needle boxes, litho boxes, etc.
|Box has glass top, and matches stored in each corner. Isn't it cool!|
|Tattered, but fun match box|
Some miscellaneous items. The metal tassels are curtain tiebacks! Love it. The little litho is french, and I like to find odd little framed items to tuck in bookcases. There were some great Madeira napkins with grapes. They took forever to find--there was a bargain box of linen I had to dig through to find all 8, took me half an hour. I spent the time because it's hard to find GOOD Madeira embroidery.
The "D" monogrammed hanky is a man's hanky. I have sold alot of men's hankies on Ebay for weddings. It makes that rented tux look extra special....
The french litho photo was sort of fun, but I purchased it for the frame. I have alot of embroidery and am always on the prowl for period frames to drop them into. In fact, this show had another.
This is a birds-eye maple frame. I've even had them cut down to fit my current project. Both pictures are period prints, you can see the backs are undisturbed. I just don't happen to plan on using either one.
There were a couple of items I contemplated but didn't purchase.
My two favorite pieces for today are:
The top is a petit-point embroidery with a Gumps label on the back. The bottom is a hanky holder monogrammed on fine french net lace. My last name begins with H, so I don't know if this will ever wind up on the for sale pile.
I always hunt for hankies. I used to sell quite alot on Ebay. Monograms and lace hankies are my weakness.
Things that got away: A round tablecloth with gilt metallic embroidery. I didn't know if I liked the colors, so I passed on it. There was a wonderful chest on stand with inlay work that I hesitated on--thought it might be way over the top for me.
|Here's an boar's head dated 1931 Germany. It struck me as funny....my daughter said she'd marry a pig farmer when she was 6.|
Til next time: Happy antiquing!