Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hand Stamped Metal Pendants and Charms

We have a significant selection of stamped metal pendants and charms. These are great for necklaces, bracelets, key rings, and more.

Stamped metal pendants and charms ... all hand made in the USA.
The brass Los Gatos keyrings are custom made for us by Junk Girls ($11.95 including the key ring). Everybody needs a keychain ... why not celebrate Los Gatos while you are at it. We do have a large selection of keychains in stock.

Silver plate spoon pendants $15.95 each including chain.
The silver plate initial pendants ($15.95 including a 30" ball chain necklace) are also made for us by Junk Girls and are pretty neat.
Hand hammered and stamped metal pendants and charms by Susan
Susan makes a lot of hammered and stamped metal pendants and charms ($5.95 & $7.95). In fact, she can make you a custom stamped piece ... just ask.

Antique Rusty Old Water Meters

We found these rusty old water meters and just had to have them. They are just magnificent pieces of art ... yes, ART. The shape. The rustic colors. The form. WOW! These are heavy, cast iron ... they made things to last back then. These will look great on a bookshelf or desk or game room.

Water Meters are priced at $125 each ... we only have three!
The springs are just as wonderful. We plan on re-using these in something ... but haven't come up with a plan yet. Love these old rusty pieces.

These meters are proudly stamped "Made in USA" on the back. Love it!

Monday, June 22, 2015

Treasure Island - The Classic Pirate Adventure Story

Treasure Island is an adventure novel by Robert Louis Stevenson. The story was originally serialized in the children's magazine Young Folks, under the title The Sea Cook, as the work of "Captain George North" over a period of several months from 1881-82. Treasure Island was first published as a book by Cassell and Company of London in 1883. Roberts Brothers of Boston published the first illustrated edition and the first US edition in 1884, and followed the next year (1885) with a paperback version using the same illustrations as the 1884 edition.

What we have is the 1885 Roberts Brothers’ paperback edition. It is complete, except for missing the back cover … something almost unheard of for these lower quality mass publications. Look at the photos for condition … but I describe it as very good for a 130-year old paperback. These paperbacks … which later were called “dime store novels” … brought literature to the masses at a time when many in the population could not read or write.

Traditionally considered a coming-of-age story, Treasure Island is the classic pirate tale, known for its superb atmosphere, character and action. It is one of the most frequently dramatized of all novels. The influence of Treasure Island on popular perception of pirates is vast ... including treasure maps where an "X" marks the spot, pirate schooners, the "Black Spot," tropical islands and one-legged ship’s captains with parrots on their shoulders. 

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson. Published by Roberts Brothers, Boston. ©1883. Published 1885. Paperback including illustrations. viii, 292 p.; Illustrations plus map; 17x11 cm; Advertisements bound in at the end. Price $85.00.

Sunday, June 21, 2015

Tammis Keefe New York Grand Central Terminal Hanky

We have a nice selection of handkerchiefs here in Vintages. Most are nice ... simple or traditional designs ... some are souvenirs ... some are for kids. Every now and then we get a hanky that is just terrific ... like this one. It features New York's Grand Central Terminal. Built in the 1870s, the station is an icon, both of architecture and history.

This hanky is designed by Tammis Keefe. Long before Gloria Vanderbilt and her blue jeans, Keefe became one of the first women to sign her name conspicuously on her work and to achieve name recognition. Lord & Taylor Manhattan even took out a full-page ad in The New York Times for a "Meet the Designer" day to introduce Keefe and a new line of furnishing fabrics. Tammis Keefe was born Margaret Thomas Keefe in 1913. Originally a math major in college, she transferred to the Chouinard Institute of Art, now part of the California Institute of the Arts. Keefe worked for the Disney studios, and later became art director of the influential periodical Arts and Architecture, a publication renowned for innovative layout and graphic design. Before her death at age forty-six in 1960, Keefe produced approximately four hundred designs for handkerchiefs and at least one hundred for dishtowels, all featuring her trademarks of unexpected color and subtle wit. (Excerpted from the website).

Tammis Keefe New York Central Terminal Hankie

This is from a series of hankies that Keefe designed about famous New York sites. We have this available for $29.95.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

It's Time for Brides and Grooms!

Look at what we have at Vintages for weddings and brides. Check us out for special favors, gifts and accessories ...
... Wedding cake toppers
... Bridal jewelry
... Special and distinctive gifts 
... Hand crafted specialties
... Customized gifts for the Bridal Party
Luscious Sterling Silver Serving pieces, Napkin Rings and more
A Great Selection of Sterling and Crystal Vanity Jars and Perfume Bottles
Limoges Porcelain Boxes ... new and vintage
Special Gifts for the New Home
Candles, Picture Frames and Accessories
Vintage Diamond Solitaires, Engagement Rings and Wedding Bands
Bridal Jewelry in many price ranges ...
Religious Items from Rosaries to Medals to Little Books
Wedding Cake Toppers

Friday, May 29, 2015

Cuff Links ... French Cuffs ... Elegant Menswear

French cuffs have had a roller coaster reputation over the past century. While they have always been the cuff of choice for formal wear and the elite, the popularity of French cuffs in cocktail party attire and business dress has waned over the past decades. There was a time in the 60s, 70s and 80s that men dressed up for all kinds of occasions. Then "casual Fridays" led to every day "business casual" to compulsive "dressing down" in jeans, shorts and T-shirts. I for one like the elegance of suits, ties and, yes, French cuffs.

Many centuries ago, men's shirts were considered "underwear" and were not worn as an outer garment. That changed by the 16th century. Cuffs on shirts appeared by then and the oldest known cufflinks were supposedly worn by Charles II in the late-1600s.

French cuffs have been worn by royalty ... presidents ... celebrities ... and important people like the rest of us. 

Prince Charles giving the "Royal Wave" with his French cuff showing ... and Kate Middleton with Prince William also in his French cuffs.
Frank Sinatra --The Chaiman of the Board -- almost always wore cuffs and links.
Both presidents FDR (Franklin Roosevelt) and JFK (John Kennedy) are shown here sporting their French cuffed dress shirts.
The Princes and Beckham ... dressed to kill!

They are a wonderful way for men (and women today!) to accessorize their outfit with something more than wingtips and silk ties. Gosh, if it's good enough for James Bond, why not for the rest of us?

Sean Connery ... the best Bond ever.
Ahem ... Are my cuffs straight?
Ladies have gotten into the French cuff groove too!
We have a wonderful selection of cufflinks ... tie pins (tie tacks), tie bars (clasps) and shirt studs as well ... ranging from formal to novelty ... from Swank and Hikok to sterling silver and 14K gold. We even have a number of sets from "new old stock" salvaged from a Central Valley jewelry store that went out of business in 1927!

Some of the wide variety of cufflinks available at Vintages
We also have a few sets ... cufflinks and tie bars or tacks
Novelty cufflinks are fun as well
These wonderful men's ... and women's ... accessories are available in our Los Gatos shop ... and many are also available in our online antique site.

These are a couple of the old Victorian era cufflinks with fancy monograms
These are 14K gold cufflinks from "new old stock" from c1925 ... ready for monograms if you wish

At Vintages we have cufflinks in a variety of materials from gold and platinum to sterling silver to copper and enamel to mother-of-pearl and strait costume ones too
These are the last two wedding cufflinks we have!

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Inlaid Wood Money Clips and Card Holders

Special for Dads and Grads! These superbly crafted money clips and business card holders are made in a New England studio. We love the warmth and smooth texture of finely crafted hardwood pieces. Priced at $49.95 each, these are perfect for the man in your life ... or just get one for yourself! Why not? As Susan's old boss had on his license plate: "IOIT2ME"!

The artists maintain a studio in a small Rhode Island town. Working out of a nineteenth century mill overlooking Dorset Mill Pond, they utilize the beauty of their surroundings to create objects that are simple yet elegant in design. Their woodcrafts are both serviceable and handsome. With minimal care, they can be appreciated for years to come. The hallmark of their work is its combination of artistic expression and utilitarian design.
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