I came across this photo and just had to share,
Hi, this has been in the family forever. Its sterling but not marked,just some faint scratched in initials and numbers on the base,possibly homemade?.
Because of the flames on the front I thought it was for holding matches? Could it also be for tea?[
I bought this today. And it's beeeyoooteeeful.
Operational lock & key
Upon first opening. Lid flips over to produce writing-surface (complete with original blotting-paper)
Original inkwell (very rare), and storage-compartment (needs a bit of repair)....
Sewing machines have always fascinated me. Probably because my grandmother was a dressmaker for 40 years.
Either way, I've always loved antique sewing machines. Their beauty and decorations, their functionality, and the fact that they were one of the marvels of 19th century design, styling and engineering.
I have two sewing machines. My grandmother's which I inherited when she died, and this one:
I bought this in 2012 and it took me two years to restore it. I had to find bobbins, attachments, the oil-can, the lid, the key, the second cover-plate, I had to clean it, oil it, scrub it over to remove 80 years of dust and grime. I had to fix the hand-crank and the bobbin-winder (it took three attempts but I finally got it working flawlessly!)....
I've shown these elsewhere, but I thought that I'd make a dedicated thread for them, as well.
The Historical Context
What you're looking at here are a pair of solid silver Peranakan nyonya dress belts.
Peranakan (also called "Straits Chinese") were the descendants of Chinese merchants who married the native peoples of the Malay Peninsula, between the 15th and 19th...
I had purchased an atomizer a few months ago and have been going slightly mad looking for an atomizer bulb to fit it. I was pretty much at my wits end trying to find one that would fit this Czech bottle.
I had posted for some help here and a few folks offered u ideas and took a look through their stashes to see if the could come up with anything.
Bercrystal found a couple of bulbs she thought might work and graciously offered them up to me. I received the bulbs yesterday and unfortunately they didnt fit, but I was not about to let that stop me. I had read online about swapping out the fitting on the bulb with one of the correct size. I had the original from my atomizer and figured I would at least take a look at it. Well, it was going to be too big to do the swap, so I was back to square one.
I work in a field where sometimes you need to make things work, so I can usually come up with a viable alternative.
I decided this morning to make an adapter that would screw into my...
Found by a metal detectorist in Scotland.
I think a teacup in solid silver is about as decadent as you can get.
Real folks use a thick china mug
La-di-da finger crooking people use cups without broken handles, with a few flowers, made when people used to like flowers.
Solid silver teacups is just drinking out of money. Silver teacup drinkers are simply taking a few minutes break from grinding the faces of the poor, and will get back to it refreshed.
However, my silver teacup collection (and they are very hard to find as poor-face-grinders never part with anything) reflect the national characters of the nations that made them.
British sterling. Modest, plain, restrained, possibly a bit embarassed
Austro Hungarian late 19th C. Elegant, fine restrained decoration, fin de siecle Vienna cafe, almost excusable.
French, same period, twice the size of the others and mad as a fish.
All top grade silver from the respective countries.
Another favorite of mine... Bohemian Kralik Art Glass Seashells. Another organic shape that comes in a variety of colour. A few of these shapes can be identified in the West Virginia Museum of American Glass, Monograph No. 59., Czech Glass Catalog featuring Kralik. You can purchase this catalog on eBay.
If you have any questions, about the decors or any of the vases, pleased to be of help. I will be posting more examples in this thread.
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