Monday, August 31, 2009

Latest Vintage Finds...On the Site Today!

Ornate brass easel...

Three leafy pins for fall...

These I love. Yes, they are vintage "shoulder straps" but I love them as ribbons for whatever!

These are neat. Ten shade pull rings. Someone already started the first one for you.

Sparkling bow pin. The holidays are coming... would look fabulous on a black or red sweater.

Five different victorian scraps, ad cards, calling cards. My favorite is the pink fan. In fact, these are from my personal collection.

Equestrian bracelet...

Pretty roses vanity jar.

Baubles n beads in a glass basket.

Famous vintage movie actress...Bebe Daniels on her own tin!

Assorted ephemera...lots of oldies from the late 1800's on up....labels, letters, tax papers, sailors instructions upon boarding his ship, American Red Cross letter, Singer sewing receipt, and more!

And there's also more on the site...
check 'em out here.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

What is a PUTZ House?

Recently I added some vintage Christmas decor to the website. I had a couple of these cute little glitter houses and when I refer to them I call them "Putz" houses. One of my blog readers asked me what is was or why it was called a Putz House.

It is actually a Pennsylvania term for a small village that is usually placed under the tree. I found an article from the Victoriana Magazine about a Victorian Christmas. Here they mention the origin coming from the Moravians in Germany.

I've also seen other articles mention that the name came about from what the people in the Pennsylvania Dutch area call "putzing around the house." Working on little projects here and there, taking your good old time.

Then when I saw it mentioned that the term "putz" can be offensive to some cultures.

Ut oh. Maybe it's best if I just call them "glitter" houses!

Still, they're awfully cute.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Sneak Peek #2 - Scottie Dog, Rhinestone Earrings, Scatter Pins, Bracelet, Vintage Crepe Paper & Cards

And now for the second installment of this weeks SNEAK PEEK. Lots of jewelry for those who like to dress it up vintage style!

How about a gold filled bangle with etched decoration?

or a gold toned Scottie dog? Made of white metal...delicate but looks sturdy like cast iron.

The photo doesn't do these darling purple flower rhinestone earrings justice. Screwbacks.

These look like earrings but they are really scatter pins.

When do you get a chance to find vintage crepe paper streamers ...unused? I have twelve of these rolls and I'm selling them three at a time.
Vintage cards. I love these. So sweeeeeet.

And don't forget to write! At first I thought this was a hanky holder until I looked inside.

The envelopes and pen are for example to show you how it was used.

And this was interesting. It looks like an old salt spoon (possibly sterling, not sure if it is just silverplated) was turned into a pin. So cute!
I'll be working on getting them all listed to the website. Dial up internet may be slow but I do not give up too easily! Hopefully our high speed will be returned tomorrow. We'll see!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

New Arrival Sneak Peek #1

Where there's a will, there's a way. I'm back online by using dial-up connection! Yeah!

During my time away from the internet I did a little antiquing and found some goodies. I'm calling this sneak peek #1 because I have to finish taking photos.
These old paper paychecks (I'm guessing) are from the years 1873 and 1875. Most even have the signatures on the back!
Another "Putz" Christmas house. I did receive a question about what PUTZ is. It is a Pennsylvania Dutch term, I discovered! I didn't know it was related to this area. Others may know these houses as a Glitter house.
I thought this was neat and very different! A pin cushion and must have been for laundry as the top reads "LAUNDRY ACCOUNT." Maybe for the serving staff when they did the house owner's laundry? Not sure but it is an oldie but goodie. Just think, you could keep track of your undies with this.
Thank you, these have SOLD!

Some pretty pastel shoe molds or stretchers as some like to call them.

Thank you, this has SOLD!

A vintage biscuit or storage jar. Love the green tin lid. So vintage!

Thank you, this has SOLD!

And an old copy of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. Great illustrations! A great find for either a book collector or a crafter. (Although I hate to think of pages being torn out. Photocopied, maybe?

I'll be back with more. Thanks for staying tuned while I've been MIA with my internet troubles.

Let's hope lightning doesn't strike twice.


This is just a quick note to let you know that I can't get online...Ms. Daisy of The Daisy Chain is helping me by writing this post. We should have a tech out to the house soon. I may be down but I'm not out!
Be back soon and get to your comments as soon as possible.


Saturday, August 22, 2009

Pink Saturday ~ Pink Everywhere!

Last weekend I went on an antique inventory hunt. I was on a mission. I only had a few hours (Dear Hubs was on baby duty for the afternoon) to find the best of the best for my Bella Rosa and Pink Saturday followers.

It just so happened I found a bunch of pink things! (My eye zooms right in on them.) They were everywhere! I was in Bella Rosa heaven.

Thank you, this has SOLD!

Pink silk, French hanky! OOOOh oui oui! It was screaming: Take. Me. Home!

Really, it was. I heard it.

Yards of pink lace from PARK AVENUE in New York! Wowie!

Thank you, this has SOLD!

I'll bet we'd feel like Marilyn Monroe if we wore this ...
so vintage HOLLYWOOD GLAM!

The colors of this fan are fabulous! And it's old! And delicate! I loved it.

Thank you, this has SOLD!
This was too sweet and I couldn't put it down. Handmade and adorable.

This tall, antique teacher's card is marked 1905. That makes it 104 years old! Inside on the second piece (which is totally pink) are "GEMS OF THOUGHTS" from teachers of the time!

This putz house had just enough pink to get on my "must have it now" list!

And pink lustre makes me yelp out for joy. I bought four of these and I'm keeping one for myself. It's tough letting this stuff go! Believe me!

The roses in this old gift book are GORGEOUS!
Of course they're GORGEOUS....They're PINK !

Cute after dinner cup and saucer with a sweetie pink rose...

And a lovely pitcher with what else? PINK ROSES!

It was a fun afternoon, I must say. Hope you enjoyed the pinks. They were everywhere. And I brought them here for you to enjoy for PINK SATURDAY!

For more pinks to enjoy ...visit Beverly at How Sweet the Sound./

There's more pink to be found!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Pink Lustreware "Soft Paste" Cup & Saucer

Recently I did a Pink Saturday post on my pink lustreware collection. It is not very big...not in comparison to my LuRay pastels collection as seen here.

It seems as though I can't stay away from pink. But really, if you're reading this blog...then you probably like the color almost as much, if not more, than I do.

While I was shopping for my inventory this past weekend I came across four of these cups and saucers. My eye was drawn to them immediately. Yet they were located near the bottom of an antique dealer's shelf, covered with lots of dust. I decided if I bought all four, I could keep one and sell the other three, thus feeding my addiction further. See how this works?

Unfortunately one of them had a crack in it. But after all these years (these babies are OLD!) it was still in pretty good condition. This is the one I decided to keep. The photo above is one of the other three, without any chips or cracks. They are for sale on my website, Bella Rosa Antiques.

Here is a little information on pink lustre found from an article called "Beginner's Guide to Pink Lustreware" by Danielle L.

Pink lustreware was popular between 1790-1850 . It was manufactured by many pottery factories in England. Swansea and Sunderland potteries were particularly prolific in the making of pink lustreware. Pink lustre is created by adding a solution of metallic copper to a white or cream bodied piece of pottery prior to firing.

I'm excited about adding my tea cup and saucer to my collection. I enjoy reading the history behind the items I find. Now, wouldn't it be even more fascinating to find out where this cup and saucer has been all these years? Who owned it and what was it like in the 1800's?

This is why I love antiques. I hope you enjoyed my post, too.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Sneak Peek! Vintage Rose Book, Bride Groom S & P's, Antique Lace, Chirstmas Decor, Pink Japanese Fan, French Apron & Book...and more!

Thank you, this has SOLD!
Souvenir of France hanky. All silk and embroidered "Souvenir of France 1919."
A lovely gift from a soldier during World War 1. Amazing it is in great condition!

Thank you, this has SOLD!
French Art dictionary. Cool!

Thank you, this has SOLD!
French silk apron. Wow.

Pretty pink roses pitcher. Love these. Color is great!

Large, 2 piece card with "Gems of Thoughts" from great thinkers of the day.
Marked 1905!

Thank you, this has SOLD!
Sweet bisque dancer doll. Jointed arms!

Lovely gift book.

Putz house!

Vintage lace from park avenue, NY!

Gorgeous gift book with lovely rose photos/chromos.

This paper and wood fan is amazing...

Toooooooo cute! Here comes the bride...

And although shabby on the cover, this Napoloen book would fit right in
with a Paris apt theme!

Hopefully adding these "new" lovelies to the website today. Stay tuned!