I spotted these charming chairs at a flea market in Pennsylvania recently. I didn't purchase them (the price was a bit steep) but sort of regretted it later. Made in France in the 1930s. In the booth of a very charming French gentleman who sells every year at Brimfield.
Two similar school maps from the 1940s that depict the world in two hemispheres as well as "flat." In many cases (as in the map at the top,) American map makers placed North America in the middle- a U.S.-centric view. I will have these maps with me at the Williamsburg flea market this coming Sunday. The bottom one is spoken for, but the top on will be for sale for $125.
I am loving the look of these antique salt-glazed stoneware bottles and crocks- especially the three bottles with the advertising. These date back to the end of the 19th Century and hail from England, Ireland and Canada. Also in the photo are three gin bottles from Amsterdam and a large wine jug in the front from France or Belgium. A few little marmalade crocks and a butter crock round out the group. I love the pocked surface and iridescence of the salt glaze, the natural creams, golds and browns and handmade forms of these pieces.
Here are some lovely antique games that I found recently at an estate sale. I did a bit of research and found out that they were made by an English company named R. Journet. The Company is best known for producing compact, boxed, dexterity puzzles. They challenged the player to move items or ball bearings through mazes, obstacles and traps with the aim of accurately positioning these items in pre-determined locations or holes. Robert Journet started in business with a toy shop in 1878 near Paddington, London and produced the first dexterity puzzles in the 1890s selling mainly in the UK and then expanding into the US from 1918.
He died in the 1930s and his son Frederick continued to expand the Company until taken over by Abbey Corinthian Games in 1965. Production continued into the 1970s.
Typically, advertisements of their other games were printed on the box base and were usually tongue twisters or numbered lists;
- "Popular Portable Puzzles Providing Positively Perplexing and Perpetually Pleasing Posers Presenting Persistently Provoking Problems Providing Profuse Pleasure, and Producing a Palliative or Placid Panacea to People Possessing a Propensity for Persistence, Patience, Perspicacity and Painstaking Propensities."
I will be selling these individually- please inquire by e-mail.