Sunday, August 10, 2014

Lights! Camera! Say Cheese!

Early 1900s 5x7 Glass Plate Bellows Camera
Vintage cameras are really a lot of fun. Old fashioned film and camera photography is a lost skill nowadays. Film and developing and printing resources can still be found. However, most vintage cameras lead the life of decorative accessories in offices and dens, residing on bookshelves, in display cases and collection cabinets. They do make a wonderful statement.
Old photographs are great for decorating and for mixed-media artwor. We have lots of them.
We have recently acquired a large collection of cameras and photography accessories ... from old Brownies to more contemporary 35mm SLR cameras and even a couple of miniature or spy cameras. For the most part these cameras appear to be functional ... they are mechanically sound and clean, but we have not actually taken photographs with them. The accessories range from darkroom gadgets to lenses and filters to flashbulb attachments. Fun stuff.

You have got to see this stuff. Come on in!

Some old electrical meters, a Kodak Brownie Box Camera and an Argus Camera. In back is a 35mm SLR and on the right a wind-up movie camera.
Kodak Brownie, Kodak Instant Camera and an Antique 5x7 Camera
Cameras, lenses, filters and an old Paymaster check meter.
Some old darkroom equipment, movie film reels and other stuff.
More cameras and accessories.
Go really old-fashioned with this stereo viewer and slides.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

It's Beach Time!

With the weather so beautiful, it's time to head for the beach. Sail out on the bay in your boat. Get out the fishing gear ... and don't forget the sunscreen!

Vintages is celebrating summer with a super selection of sailboats, shell frames, mermaids and more. Perfect gifts for friends with beach houses ... or your own beach house ... or to make your home a summer beach house. Go for it ... and we will help you.

Here's a gallery of what we have available in the shop.
Shell Sailboats cruise in front of an old map of Florida ... plus a shell encrusted birdhouse and a large abalone shell.

Map paperweights, handmade boats, glass crabs and fish, carved wood sandpipers.

Shell frames, small globes and wooden boats.

Wooden lighthouses and sailboats with shell sails.

Patriotic Red-White-and-Blue sailboats in a variety of sizes.

A whole variety of beach themed decorative items ... and do you remember the sand sifter?

More boats ...

The table to the right is handpainted with shells on the removable tray shelves.
Come on in and say HI.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Victorian Pansy Jewelry

Our ancestors used to place meanings on many special items in their lives. Flowers and animals symbolized a whole variety of emotions and commitments, just like the Greeks, Romans and even the Hawaiians found connections to their gods using earthly characteristics and phenomenon. The Victorians were especially fond of symbolic gestures and attachments. Flowers and jewelry had symbolic connections galore. (See Morning Glory’s Jewel Chat about Jewelry Symbols.)

Pansies were a popular motif in Victorian times. The word “pansy” derives from the French “pensee” which means “thought.” To give someone a calling card or piece of jewelry with a pansy on it meant that you were thinking about them or that they were in your thoughts. Wearing a pansy conveyed that you were thinking of the person you were with. (See Beneath the Petals:Fun Facts About Pansies and Violas.)

We have three spectacular pieces of pansy jewelry in the shop. These are all done with hand painted enamel atop 14K yellow gold.

This single pansy brooch is extremely realistic and dates from the turn of the last century, probably made by Krementz.
Gorgeous Single Pansy Brooch - Enamel over 14K Gold with Pearl ($695)
This large brooch with three pansies is made in the 1940s using Victorian era pansies, c1870.
Large Brooch with Three Pansies - Enamel with Center Diamonds set in 14K gold ($2450)
This pansy bracelet is similarly a 1940s piece using antique Victorian pansies.
Link Bracelet with Three Pansies - Silvered Enamel with Center Diamonds set in 14K gold ($2450)
We have a wonderful selection of fine estate and vintage costume jewelry. Quite a bit of our selection is online in our antique shopping site, but there is a lot more in the shop.

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