Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Vintage Crafting Treasures

At Vintages we always have a large variety of treasures, special finds and doo-dads for crafters. These vintage craft items are one more way we distinguish ourselves from the ordinary craft stores and scrapbook shops. These are things you will not find anywhere else. The offerings change frequently, as these are always subject to the whims of our special finds.

Old Paper
I have run posts on our vintage paper items in the past -- ledgers, letters and envelopes, wallpaper, wine labels, sheet music and post cards. In the paper department we also have many old photographs, crate, bottle and tin labels, die-cuts, playing cards and even paper dolls.


Vintage Millinery
How about some old hat feathers and millinery flowers? We also have loads of vintage ribbons and trims. These would spice up any altered book or handcrafted tag.

Printing Blocks, Game Tokens, Children's Blocks
The game tokens come in many shapes and a variety of materials - round, square, oblong and made of ivory, bakelite, plastic and paper. Letterpress blocks make great focal points in artwork, or these can be the artwork by themselves. We have these in wood and metal, and even have quite a few with pictures and advertising on them. Children's blocks come in different sizes and ages. Try these as parts of robots or dolls, as pedestals for other art, or to spell out a child's name.

Watch Parts, Old Bottles & Vials, Small Hardware
Steampunk enthusiasts should love these. Some of the little vials have tiny watch hardware in them.

Ephemera Packages
From time-to-time, Susan puts together special pre-packaged selections of ephemera. These are usually themed collections, such as French documents, floral items, bird prints, etc. Great gifts for your crafty friends.

Artcetera Packages
These special pre-packaged assortments are themed collections of a variety of items, including ephemera, little bottles, small jewelry items, beads and chains, and more. All themed and ready for a crafter to put them together with their own collections to create that special something.

Come in and check out these special crafting treasures. Have fun and enjoy the world of arts and crafts.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Duettes, Clip-Mates and Dual Purpose Jewelry

We've all seen pins that can also be worn as a pendant. That's a wonderful way to create a dual purpose piece of jewelry, doubling the occasions that the item can be worn. Multi-purpose jewelry has been around, in one form or another, for many years. Cartier was a master of the form, creating necklaces that could be separated into a bracelet or two and a brooch as well.

One of the most famous of these is the crocodile necklace made for Maria Felix, the exotic Mexican actress. The necklace can also be made into two separate bracelets.
Another beauty by Cartier, is this bandeau made in Paris, 1912, for Princess Anastasia of Greece.  A multi-purpose piece of jewelry, the bandeau may also be worn as a bracelet and brooch.
More recently, we have this wonderful beaded necklace whose clasp comes off and can be worn as a brooch.
Goldtone & Pearl Necklace with Removable Brooch Clasp ($65)
Probably the most ubiquitous of the dual purpose jewelry forms, other than the pendant-brooch combination, is the double clip. The original patent for a double clip was granted to Cartier in 1927. Costume jewelers picked up the form, and improved on the designs with additional patents in the 1930s.

Virtually every primary costume jeweler made these double clips. Coro named their version the Duette, while Trifari dubbed theirs Clip-Mate. These remained popular through the 40s and into the 50s. 
1948 Advertisement for Coro Duettes
Three Double Clips: TLft is a Crystal Clip ($95); TRt is a Crystal Coro Duette ($145); Btm is a Coro Blue & Clear Crystal Clip (Sold!)
Coro Blue Parrots Duette ($245)
Coro Duette shown separated to reveal the frame structure.
French Double Clip (Sold)
French Double clip separated.

Automobile Club of Great Britain 1898

On July 13 (1898) the Automobile Club of Great Britain held a meeting and garden party at Strawberry Hill Mansion, the residence of Mr. Herbert de Stern. A large and distinguished company assembled, including the Duke and Duchess of Somerset. The hon. treasurer, Mr. Frank H. Butler, and the hon. sec., Mr. (Henry) Hewetson, rode a Benz car, while Mr. Claude Johnson (sec.) rode a Daimler. About ten other cars were on the ground. The weather was exquisite.
The London Illustrated News, July 30, 1998
The London Illustrated News, July 30, 1898

Some early history of the Automobile Club of Great Britain:
• August 10th 1897. The club was founded as the Automobile Club of Great Britain (and later included Ireland).
• November 8th 1899. The official journal of the club, Automobile Notes and Notices, began publication.
• 1907. The Automobile Club of Great Britain and Ireland became the Royal Automobile Club.

Friday, August 26, 2011

City Chic | Country Calm

I came across this article from the May 2011 Atlanta Homes & Lifestyles magazine. What fantastic interior design. Just love the old wood tables juxtaposed with clean crisp modern touches. I especially love the way the designer, Jimmy Stanton, has grouped together art and vintage objects. These are excellent ways to show-off collections. Sometimes viewing someone's antiques and art is like looking through a photo album, everything lined up and confined. Stanton has shown how these can become a part of the overall feel of the space, making it reflective of the own personality of the resident, yet not scream out "look at me." Check out this wonderful escape in the Georgia countryside. City Chic | Country Calm by Kate Abney, photographs by Erica George Dines.





Saturday, August 20, 2011

Antique and Unusual Boxes

I think a lot of boxes are fascinating, especially the ones that go well beyond being simply containers. Some have beautiful embellishments on the surfaces, others have intricate fitted compartments, and still others are functional or have a story to tell. We've posted about French Limoges trinket boxes as well as neat, hand decorated treasure boxes. Recently we came across these wonderful boxes that range from fitted travel boxes from Victorian times, to a practical -- and really neat -- painter's box from the mid-1900s, to a couple of hand made decorated boxes from the 1970s. All precious in their own way.

This English Victorian traveling vanity is wonderful. It not only has containers for just about everything a lady needed 150 years ago, but also has a hidden, secret drawer for jewelry and a mirror held in the lid.
English Antique Vanity Box ($950)
Traveling writing boxes have been around for many centuries, but the English in the late-18th century developed the lap desk for writing when away from a normal furniture desk. This lap desk has a triple fold-out design and is beautiful. It not only has what is necessary for writing (ink wells, pen holder, stationery storage, etc.) but has a section devoted to sewing instruments and threads. This is obviously a lady's desk ... and it has gorgeous inlays of mother-of-pearl, abalone and brass.
English Victorian Writing or Lap Desk ($1295)
Another late-19th century box is this mahogany humidor made by a famous New York city maker. It is complete with humidifier and key.
Late-1800s Humidor ($198)
This painter's box has got to have a story. Wish I knew it. We have it here complete with palette, some brushes and the artist's sketchbook!
Painter's Box ($85)
In the 1960s and 70s, decoupage was a favorite form of artistic and craft expression. These two boxes were made in 1970. The Asian horse rider prints are incorporated into the design. Both are nicely made and signed.
Decoupage Boxes: Large ($59), Small ($45)
We also have this mid-century brass and black lacquer Asian-style jewelry box, along with a variety of new boxes, in the shop.
Asian-style Jewelry Box ($89)
For loads of information on the history of antique boxes, check out this excellent site with explanations, photos and a timeline of the use and design of Antique Boxes in English Society.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Vintage French Ribbons & Trim

These gorgeous ribbons and trims are French. The trims have gold and silver metallic threads with a wonderful patina. These are from the late 1800s and still have the original paper wrap. The trim is from La Derniere Mode (Translated: The Latest Fashion). I do not know if there is a connection, but one of the earliest regularly published fashion magazines, La Dernière mode, Gazette du monde et de la Famille, was created in 1874 by French poet Stéphane Mallarmé.
The masthead from the La Derniere Mode magazine.


These cheerful green and red ribbons are from Novita, also made in France. 

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