Sunday, October 25, 2009
I have this thing about victoriana...started by my English grandmother's gift of various items from her times growing up in victorian England. Lots of stories too...like having seen Queen Victoria's Jubilee procession and ox roast from a coach at 16 years old while recovering from scarlet fever. Cool!
The victorians were famous for embellishing everything, no matter how humble it's purpose and this is an example. This is a bread fork. The idea was that bread was an important part of a meal but manners dictated fingers could not be used. So they developed a fancy fork to take the bread or roll and transfer it to the bread plate. This particular on is of silver plate with a very pretty design. The bread fork measures 5 inches long and is 2 inches wide. There were actually a specialized utensil for almost every food, and there are probably hundreds of collectors for each type!
Victorian specialty silver table items are actually quite hard to find and I was thrilled to find this example in England last buying trip. You can see more photos at Time Was Antiques.
We had our son and daughter-in-law here from Utah for the last week and had a great time. Did walks around here enjoying the fall color and had some special meals together at favorite restaurants, like Sawadee Thai in Sequim and Chestnut Cottage in Port Angeles. Had a great card game one night...I actually won! Woo Hoo!!!
Heading to church this morning to celebrate with the body of Christ. Have a great day!
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
I am so thrilled!!!! I got a collection of Wedgwood jasper dip biscuit jars or barrels in England and have just listed them. They are SO COOL!!!
I just love the workmanship, and the jasperware dip biscuit barrels are my favorite of all the Wedgood jasper items I have.
Japser dip items are different from other jasper or jasperware items, because of the additional steps. After an item is made of the jasperware clay, the item is then dipped in a further colored slip (liquid clay) layer. Then the item is fired, the applied white jasper figures and decorations are carefully put on by hand and then fired again. We have watched the process at the Wedgwood factory, now the Wedgwood museum in Barlastan, Stoke-on0Trent, England.
Jasper dip items are not made anymore and are very collectible. We acquired a collection of 5 jasper dip biscuit barrels in England recently and I absolutely LOVE them! Many of them are described and pictured in the book Wedgwood Jasper Ware by Michael Herman and published by Schiffer.
To see our biscuit jars, go to the Jasperware category at Time Was Antiques
We had an unusual day here on the Olympic Peninsula of Washington state....the marine layer, aka fog...was actually in all day. First time in 2 years we've seen that. It was really neat....moist and quiet. A bit like being in a dream. We're clearing off for rain tomorrow. Our kids are here from Utah & we had a Thai lunch at Sawadee Thai, on e of our favorite restaurants. Oh man is their garlic chicken GOOOD!!!
Thursday, October 15, 2009
We had the best PBS British Royalty program on last night here in Washington state called The Windsors...the king who saved the monarchy. It was really good. The king referred to was King George VI who, with his wife Elizabeth (the subject of the biography at left) who was affectionately known as the Queen Mum. George VI was crowned king of England in 1937 after the abdication of his older brother, Edward VIII, who refused the crown to marry twice divorced American Wallis Simpson.
The biography just added, called The Duchess Of York, was written before her husband became king and goes from her childhood at Glamis Castle in Scotland, through her wedding to the future King George VI and the birth of then the birth of their first child who is now Queen Elizabeth II. It is really a chatty biography written by a lady in waiting and included lots of details of clothes, wedding gifts, travels, royal duties, etc. A wonderful piece of royal memorabilia. I was thrilled when I found it in England last trip.
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The PBS program continues next week, and I am looking forward to it.
Tuesday, October 13, 2009
Is this seasonal or what??? We are having our first big wind storm of the fall here on the Olympic peninsula in Washington state with high wind warnings. The leaves are flying and the branches are appearing more every moment. It made me think about this biscuit jar from England.
The biscuit jar or biscuit barrel was made in the 1930s and is a great art deco stylized leaf design with chrome plated fittings. It is so cool! Every home needs somewhere for their biscuits or cookies and this is a stylish way to store them. The colors go so well with todays colors, as well...nice earth tones.
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I love to watch the clouds scudding across the skies. Being here within 2 1/2 miles of the coast reminds me of how the clouds fly by in England where we go each year on a buying trip. Because it's an island, weather changes there quickly as well.
Have a great day and hope we don't get blown away!
Friday, October 9, 2009
I LOVE good vintage costume jewelry and this is a great example. This figural brooch or pin was made in the 1950s by Coro, USA and is signed. The thistle has a seed pearl head and enamel leaves and is really fab!!! I was so excited when I found it at an estate sale. Cool!!!!
The brooch or pin is 3 inches high by 2 inches wide by .5 inch deep and is in SUPER condition.
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It's another drop dead gorgeous day here on the Olympic Peninsula...small wisps of autumn mist, many colors of turning leaves and although only 40s this morning will be in the 60s later today. I love taking an afternoon walk and seeing the changing colors.
Tonight we are going to the Port Angeles Community Players production of Rehearsal For Murder which will be fun.
Have a gret day and get out to enjoy the autumn...it'll be gone fast!
P.S. Have been putting quite a few items for sale on the website for fall...15% or 20% off and many items on the site have free shipping in the USA.
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and visit the Sale Items category.
Monday, October 5, 2009
I am always on the out look for new artists making a name for themselves. The sugar shaker or muffineer shown is by an English ceramics artist Lorna Bailey. Lorna has a style influenced by Clarice Cliff but has added a more modern twist to her work. She is at work now and is becoming quite collectible. I believe that will grow in the future. A name to remember & look out for while she is still affordable.
Gorgeous fall weather here in the pacific northwest. Wonderful days for walks looking at the turning leaves. Tomorrow we hope to do some garden clean up. I am replacing the wreath on the door with the one I made of autumn leaves. I am also beginning to brace for the upcoming holiday season and begin tomorrow to focus on the shop...adding items I am just unpacking from the last buying trip and deciding what items to put on sale. It will be a fun week!!