This collection of six wooden croquete balls are over 100 years old. They came from the home of one of the founders of a local community, never married, she grew old and passed away in the home in which she grew up. Little that came into the large old house ever left although she was neat as a pin. We decided not to clean them, they have been cloaked in the same original soil and wear for the two decades we have had them. We have had fun using them in historic displays and photographs.
Measurements: 3.5″ diameter
Here is a bird feeder that shows its age. Out of a collection of family objects from the 70s, the macrame and hand thrown glazed ceramic bird feeder would be perfect for smaller chickadees, titmouse, or finches. Suspend it from the macrame, on the slip fused clay decoration on the top, or replace with your own creation or a simple, non-corrosive wire rope holder. Place the seed inside and watch the birds sit on the perches and pick their favorite seeds from the mixture. One larger perch is on one side, it appears there may have been a second larger perch that is no longer there but, the pieces that are fused to the body of the feeder still allow for use by smaller species.
Feel free to roam at parties, festivals, and tasting events with this vintage handblown drinking glass. It is worn over the neck, suspended by a woven lanyard. Among family treasures and oddities, we believe it was purchased in Europe during a fall touring event in the early 70s. The handblown glass design has a Northern European or Danish influence. The mouth or lip of the glass is encircled or laced with a silver treatment in which one small area shows wear. The lacing of a glass, particularly a beer glass, not only celebrates the value of the amber contents but serves to capture the foam and its volatiles for enhanced enjoyment.
This beautiful swan was originally purchased at an outdoor antique festival in Kentucky in the early 90s. I don’t believe it was represented as an antique, but as a replica. It is not carved of wood but some man made substance, although that seems insignificant for display purposes. The sculpted form and matte painted finish are beautiful and give it an authentic look without the cost or potential for burrowing insects, or deterioration.
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I have never seen another example of this lucky and marked Westmoreland plate in person. In my research, I have seen three examples of others sold at auctions. They were not in cobalt, but examples in milk glass, and two iridescent carnival glass. It is an extremely detailed rendering of the rabbit. The texture and details, resulting from the original form, on the rabbits fur, ears, and eye are artistically perfect! The horseshoes, and clovers also have detailed surfaces. Given the delicacy of a piece with so much edge work, it is amazing there are no chips, cracks-even hairline on the entire piece. It is perfect!
Westmoreland Specialty became Westmoreland Glass Co. relocating to Grapeville, Pennsylvania in 1924, noted for their pressed glass and table ware lines. Charles West took over the company and developed an extensive decorating department allowing the company to produce high quality cut glass and artisan made works. The company underwent changes over the decades which resulted in its sale in 1981. The new owner, David Grossman, closed the doors in 1984 after failed attempts at innovation and recovery. The mark on this plate a W that looks more like a JJJ surrounded by the work Westmoreland indicates the age of this plate to have been made after his purchase and before the time of Westmoreland’s ultimate demise.
What a cute piece to give someone in lieu of a chocolate Easter bunny or basket! At minimum, they will feel lucky to have received such an unusual, collectible, and rarely seen piece of Westmoreland glass ware.
These non-constructed black and red suede and rubber zippered clutch purses with label inside which reads “Jeffrey Lawrence for Lawrence Bentley, Italy” was made in the 80s. It is in very good vintage condition. Perfectly clean inside and out, there are no traces of use, particularly on the inside. A current 2013 trend in fashion, a clutch this size accommodates most personal and mobile communication necessities.
Measurements: 12″ long x 8.25″ tall when flat