Saturday, August 29, 2009

King George V tea caddy spoon

Boy do I love tea caddy spoons!!! If you are looking for an affordable collection to start, these are so cool! Tea was once extremely expensive & kept in locked tea caddies (boxes) with a little scoop or spoon locked inside. They have been a popular souvenir in England for 200 years.

This little cutie was made to commemorate the Silver Jubilee of the coronation of King George V and Queen Mary of England in 1935 and measures 3 inches long. The tea caddy spoon has an applied enamel dedication disc and crown. Cute!!

Tea caddy spoons at Time Was Antiques can be seen at this clickable link: timewasantiques.net

We went to our farmer's market today and came home with nectarines, tomatoes, sweet onions and fresh picked spinach. Can't get better than that. Hope you have a great day and look for something new to learn about.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Is it Mold or Mould?

And I don't mean does it grow on bread or mean your food has gone bad. Pudding molds or moulds have abeen a big deal for 200-300 years. And as every dessert lover knows, that's an important part of every meal.

Like the VERY old song "I say tomato, you say tomayto" the mold vs mould isn't a case of pronounciation but of spelling from origin. In the UK and countries with a British flavor it's mould, but in America it's mold.

Pudding molds have been made of several materials and collected widely since their real popularity in victorian times. Because of the victorian penchant to beautify everything within an inch of it's life, ornamentation was applied to the dining table and to how the food looked as well. A plain pudding (also a generic term for dessert in the UK) was a no-no on the victorian dining table so the pans desseerts were cooked in were fancied up so that a design was baked (or steamed) right in. There are figural designs, animals, vegetables and minerals, flowers, trees, castles & shields. This is a late victorian era stoneware mold or mould with a very popular and relatively simple design like bubbles or golf balls with paneled sides.

Molds or moulds are a wonderful collectible and make decorative groupings on shelves or counters. Cool.

To see the molds (or moulds) at Time Was Antiques, click this link:
Time Was Antiques

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Hi there...gorgeous here on the Olympic peninsula. Just went to the local grower's market and bought tomatoes, plums, sweet onions and new potatoes. Nothing better!!

If you are a starting collector and want an affordable option, Toothpick holders are a great option.

In the victorian era, toothpicks were an essential part of every dining table and as the victorians liked to make everything, no matter how utilitarian beautiful, all sorts of neat designs abound. They were part of every dinner service and often marketed and collected in souvenir designs as well.

The toothpicki holder pictured is made by Imperial Glass Company, USA in a pattern called Octagon. The pressed glass pattern mimiced the more expensive cut crystal and was produced and marketed as "poor man's cut glass". The patterns were diverse, well made and beautiful. There are several antique collecting guides and a National Toothpick Collector Club whose contact info is:

PO Box 852
Archer City TX 76351


So, if that sounds fun, there are lots out there.
You can see the toothpick holder category at Time Was Antiques at this link: Toothpick Holders

Have a great day and enjoy collecting and your local farmer's market!

Friday, August 14, 2009

This may be small, but it's really a work of art. What is it??? Can you guess? This is a lace making tool or bobbin form the victorian era. I LOVE victoriana!

The lace bobbin is decorated with antique beads and is hand made of turned wood. These little tools are very collectible and the pride of a lace maker's tool kit. They are used to make bobbin lace which is also called cushion or pillow lace because the "cartoon" or pattern is pinned to a cushion. The threads hang down with the bobbins being weights and they are maniputated to form the design. Truly a dying art because of the time it takes to make anything in this way. You can see this bobbin and others at Time Was Antiques.

Today in the Pacific Nothwest it is partly cloudy and in the 70s which is PERFECT summer weather. A few days ago was my birthday so we took the Coho ferry to Victoria, BC (it's free on your birthday!) and stayed a night at the Fairmont Empress hotel, the grande dame of the Victoria, Inner Harbour. We went to the National Geographic IMAX theater for their Whales show which was really fabulous. Also went to the Royal BC Museum exhibit of the Treasures of The British Museum which was wonderful. Fun to almost press my nose on the glass of a Renoir, Rubens, Duhrer or Picasso. Cool. The ancient jewelry was fasciniating. Amazing what delicay could be achieved with so few tools.

That's it, I guess. Back to adding new items to Time Was Antiques.
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