Saturday, 31 March 2012

Finding treasures

Regardless of how hectic life gets, juggling family and the shop, I will ALWAYS find time and energy for a little treasure hunt.
My recent trawl took me to a local flea market where I managed to find these curios
Although the last couple of weeks has been uncommonly warm, I didn't hesitate to grab this beautiful vintage eiderdown and just in time; its been much appreciated on the frosty nights that have descended upon us of late. 

I could not resist this charming prayer book.It has a birthday dedication on the inside front page dating back to 1879.
Bound in leather and ivory/bone it carries some inscriptions at the back which give a little insight into the owner's chronology.

Inside I found this lovely woven label used as a bookmark.
I may not read all of them but books with pretty covers are my weakness. This one is about the lives of some of the American heroes.

I knew that the vintage toy chair would have it's uses...
These mouth blown vintage scent bottles are styled on the ancient Venetian glass files from the 17th and 18th century.

This antique childrens 'recovery' wheel chair was  one of those quirky items I could not walk past.It's so beautifully made by a Parisian craftsman. Dating back to 1800's it still works perfectly. Although the Teddy loves it I hope it will find a happy new owner soon.

Ever wished that people knew how you Really felt...these old ceramic tragedy masks are just what you need to make that message clear. 

 My collection of bells is slowly growing.They go well with our oil paintings. The hand carved wooden one at the bottom is my favourite so far. 

The 1940's vanity case was a real catch and it's perfect for housing all these other lovely bits.

Jersey pottery piggy bank from 1930's
I like the detail on these silver plated Apostle coffee spoons.
And after you've had your afternoon tea with all those obligatory scones and cucumber sandwiches, you'll need to sweep up the crumbs.
 Well, I've got to go, have some unfinished projects not to mention a Mount Everest of ironing to climb so good night ,sleep tight and don't let the bed bugs bite.


Magdalena said...

Piękne zdjęcia i wszystkie rzeczy na nich , zauroczyła mnie zakładka :)

lemonade kitty said...

What a treasure to find old books with lovely handwriting in them' If I receive a book as a gift I always ask the person who's sent it to me to write a little something inside, so that future generations jsut might get the same pleasure from reading it as I do, Lucey x

Homemade Home said...

I love your blog, wonderful posts, have a nice day.

HWIT BLOGG said...

What a lovely blog you have and beautiful pictures!
Take care and have a nice sunday!

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Love all your finds Joasia!
Love the little prayer book especially! Hope the week ahead brings lots of fun...:) Laura

Jill said...

Joasia where do you find such lovely items, and as usual you have made them all look so stylish, hope all is well with you and you have had a lovely weekend.

galant said...

Such delightful finds! My late mother in law was born in December 1890, so that prayer book was of her era. We also have a little child's chair dating from that era, too, which I believe was made for my mother in law. I love the scent bottles ... we have a similar one, I think they are fairly modern Egyptian ones as I bought one for my mother in the 1980s or 1990s from the Cider Press Centre in Dartington, near Totnes, Devon. But they have an 'old' look to them, and fit in nicely with real old scent bottles.
Margaret P

Madelief said...

Wish I had gone shopping Joasia! You found such pretty things. Love the bottles, the vanity case and the old books.

Enjoy your new week!

Madelief x

...Tabiboo... said...

What beautiful, beautiful finds.

Nina x

Poppy said...

WOW, you really did get some lovely things! I think I need to come shopping with you Joasia.

Lou xxx

Essie @ Pingere Antiques said...

Lovely, lovely finds Joasia. Your collection of bells look really wonderful.
Happy Easter,
Essie x

Heidi said...

Hello Joasia,
I am glad I found your blog and I am your newest follower. Love your beautiful pics and am looking forward to seeing more...Have a happy Easter!...Heidi

greenthumb said...

Hi, what a lovely blog you have. How lucky you are to find all those items.