Old Antique Tools Can Be Your Best Asset

old long handled shovels used for digging telephone pole holes at Bahoukas in MarylandCleaned-Restored Old Tools

… can be some of the best tools you’ll have in your garage, workshop or barn. They are often made better and have stood the test of time. Well-used, they seem to fit perfectly in your hands. Cleaned up, they are truly beautiful.

A variety of old tools useful still today at Bahoukas

At Bahoukas Antique Mall we have a wonderful selection of old tools. We’re sure a couple of them are exactly what you’ve been searching for.

If you’re wondering how to clean them and if you should bother, consider this:

Whenever I head back home to the Midwest to visit my family, my dad and I always schedule at least one afternoon to spend together, scouring local antique stores for beautiful old hand tools. Why? Because, beneath years of dirt and grime, we’ve found files, planes, screwdrivers, and hand-drills that have turned out to be some of our favorite and most-reliable tools in our workshops—all they needed was a bit of cleaning and some basic maintenance to bring them back into good working order. So, if you’ve been collecting old tools but not using them, maybe it’s time to put ’em back to work! This helpful guide to cleaning old tools with common household items that Anne Briggs from Anne of All Trades shared on Craftsy is a great place to start.  _from Makezine

Do you know what a door porter is?

We Know Them As Door Stops

Those heavy, cast iron, painted door stops that you use to hold a door open. With cooler days approaching, turn off your air conditioners and open the door. Let one of these whimsical cast-iron door stops hold the door open for fresh, cool air to circulate through your home or office.

They can be whimsical or historical, but cast-iron doorstops were always functional before air conditioning and central heating. In 18th century England where they originated they were known as “door porters. They were made in America in the early 19th century. Historically, President Andrew Jackson is said to have had figural frog doorstops with the slogan “I croak for the Jackson wagon, “ used during his campaign. _from The Antique Shoppe Florida

Duck, dogs or boats cast-iron doorstops at Bahoukas Antiques in Maryland

In the above photo, the duck is a reproduction. The dogs and the ship “The Constitution” are originals.

After the Civil War when iron casting techniques became more refined doorstops became of a status symbol for the upper class and many subjects from animals to ships became popular. Whatever was trendy at the time was turned into a doorstop. During the 1850s when trading with Japan began figural doorstops were images of Buddha.  _from The Antique Shoppe Florida

Door stops first appeared in England in the late 1700s. Made of cast brass, they were used to help prop open the heavy English doors, allowing air to better circulate through homes. The earliest door stops had wooden handles so they could be easily moved. Handles disappeared in the 19th century; by then, cast iron had replaced brass. Most door stops you’ll find today were likely made in America sometime between the turn of the last century and 1940. They hit their peak of popularity during the 1920s and ’30s.   _from Yankee Magazine

Coca Cola in Havre de Grace

Coca Cola Bottling was a solid economic asset in Havre de Grace

1942 Coca Cola Advertising Tray with woman at driver's wheel of a green convertible car and another woman standing and talking to her.Coca Cola has been a part of the Havre de Grace economy for decades. Here’s a small news clip (3rd column a little more than half-way down the page) from the Midland Journal that describes the plant managed by J. C. Hebditch. The date was November 1, 1940. It reads:

Coca Cola By Hebditch
Adhering to the fine principles of production which make Coca Cola the nation’s outstanding drink, the Coca Cola Bottling works has grown rapidly under the management of J. C. Hebditch, who established the plant 17 years ago (1923). It is located in Havre de Grace, on Juniata St.

The modern plant sterilizes every bottle and distrbutes its products throughout the Harford and Cecil counties, keeping service above par at all times. A call for a case of Coca Cola receives prompt attention, with gas and soda orders also filled on prompt schedule.
-The Midland Journal, Friday, November 1, 1940

Another interesting news clip re: J. C. Hebditch of Havre de Grace Coca Cola Bottling Co.

1950 Coca Cola advertising tray with a red-headed lady drinking a CokeRotarian Offers Land For Swimming Pool HAVRE DE GRACE, Md., Sept. 27, 1944 – from The News Journal from Wilmington, DE – J. C. Hebditch, a soft drink company representative for Maryland, has offered a tract of land on the dual highway opposite the Chesapeake Courts for a swimming pool and also has donated $100 toward the $2,000 needed for the civic enterprise. The Havre de Grace Rotary Club, of which Mr. Hebditch is a member, will sponsor the project and has agreed to return all money donations if the pool is not built within eight months after the goal has been reached.

Special Edition Coca Cola Barbie Doll still in box, 1997, Red top, denim vest, red and white checked slacks with various Coca Cola itemsClick here for some fun history from the World of Coca Cola website.

Are you a collector? You might want to check out this page from Coke’s Website!

A Planter is not ALWAYS a Planter!

Create a Perfect Home Decorating Piece with
Fun and Beautiful Ceramic Planters!

Beautiful ceramic planters of all shapes and sizes available at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace Maryland

You’ve seen them – the little lambs and chickens, giraffes and bears, baby items and puppies, and so much more. These delightful ceramic planters can be used for many other things than plants. Although, a cute grouping of perfect little plants in these ceramic planters would be awesome. But consider using them to hold a variety of items: business cards, pencils, crayons or colored pencils, paint brushes or pens, toothpicks and cotton swabs. They can be functional and beautiful and most definitely put a little flair in any room! Go ahead, let your creative side show!

There are some really fun ways to enjoy the colorful ceramic planters of yesterday. Visit this Pinterest page for a few of them. Then stop in at Bahoukas to pick out 3 or 4 or 5 for your latest decorating idea. And don’t forget, in a week or two the kids go back to school… then it’s a slippery slide to the holidays and gift giving. You could have a lot of fun with a project using a few of our beautiful ceramic planters. Stop in soon!

Eye Cup or Eye Bath Glass

You may need these today after you enjoy the Eclipse!

eye cup or eye bath glass to refresh your eyes after the eclipse - from Bahoukas in Havre de Grace Maryland

glass eye cups or eye baths date back into the 19th century in the United States, and aluminum examples appeared early in the 20th century. Through the years there have been several devices used to install liquid eye medicines into the eyes for irrigation or treatment, but for use by the patient, the eye cup or eye bath were most popular until eye drops were developed using a screw-capped top provided with a plastic collar and a rubber unit carrying a glass dropper and a rubber teat. To use the eye cup, the patient applied it to the eye with the head bowed forward, threw the head back with the eye open, ensured lavage of the eye by blinking several times and then removed the cup with the head once more bowed forward.     … Dr. Richard Cannon

Of course you know that you DO NOT LOOK DIRECTLY AT THE SUN during today’s eclipse! If you do, then you obviously have not been connected to any media in the past couple months!

These very collectible eye cups can be used as easily today as they were used in the 19th century. A warm eye wash will relieve irritated eyes tired from reading, watching too much tv, or working on your computer. A wash can also be used to quickly remove irritating or hazardous chemicals in the eye. Naturally, we recommend that you consult with a doctor or other medical establishment. But the eye cup easily fits around the outside of the eye. When you tilt your head back, the refreshing wash easily works by just blinking your eye a few times.

If you need one of these great items, stop in today. If you just like the look of these little cups, they can be added to a collection, used for a tiny flower, or even in a shadow box. Stop in we’ll be open all day!

Printer’s Trays – yesterday and today

Did you ever wonder why there are so many layouts of printer’s trays?

Old printer's trays often used for shadow boxes today, available at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace MD

These amazing vintage printer’s trays are sturdy and beautiful pieces of wood in their own right. Today they are often used for shadow boxes where folks put a variety of ‘collectibles’ in them and usually hang them on the wall. We might add it’s a great way to keep those smaller collectibles together and add a beautiful display piece to your home or office.

But are you aware that they were used to hold the letters for the old letterpress. Well, we say ‘old’ with the exception that Letterpress has become popular again. Just ask Glyph’s in Havre de Grace. Beautiful cards, stationary, and posters are being created today using the Letterpress.

But have you ever wondered why there are so many different layouts. CLICK HERE for some history and also CLICK HERE to read a bit of how they’re being used with a Letterpress today.

Here’s a beautiful assortment of ways to use the old printer’s trays in Pinterest. Gorgeous. Do a search and you’ll thousands of ways to use these old printer’s trays. Enjoy!

When you discover items at Bahoukas Antique Mall, ask George about it. He always has a few tips about the amazing collectibles in his shop.

Mixing Bowls Survive the Test of Time

Mixing Bowls and Kitchen Utensils at Bahoukas Antique Mall

mixing bowls and utensils can be discovered at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace, Maryland

Do you remember licking the wooden spoon after your mom or grandmom poured the cake batter into the baking pans? Did you clean the bowl of mashed potatoes before washing it following the family Sunday dinner? mmmMMMMmmmmm Doesn’t the thought of it bring a smile to your face?

mixing bowls at Bahoukas in Maryland

In this article the author shares the amazing history of the common mixing bowl in the U.K. that still thrives today, offering memories for (hopefully) generations to follow. In America we see the ‘mixing bowl’ in old movies of the west right up through television shows today! Collectors Weekly offers this wonderful article on the diversity of the mixing bowl that still remains.

Of course, besides the variety of selection we have at Bahoukas, we encourage you to visit Jo Retro, just across the street. offering authentic, affordable vintage from the 50s, 60s and 70s. Love Pyrex! Yep – they have lots.

 

In addition, here at Bahoukas, we have a wonderful selection of kitchen utensils scattered throughout the store. Before you buy new, check out our supply to see if you can recycle and upcycle an item from Bahoukas. It’s fun to search the store for the right item. It’s keeping items out of landfills. It’s supporting a local shop. But most importantly, you’re getting great quality at a decent price and have a ‘conversation piece’ to talk about as well! Enjoy!

Stop by Bahoukas soon and browse the shop. Give yourself time to search for your treasure!

 

Play Marbles with the Kids

When did you last play a game of Marbles!

Wonderful selection of marbles available at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace Maryland

Don’t remember how … or maybe just want to learn. CLICK HERE for the basics! Above is a wonderful selection that includes shooters, cat eyes and clear slag glass. We also have a much sought after collection of clay marbles.

Big Marbles including Bennington and End of Day at Bahoukas Antiques in Maryland

 

Above you’ll find the big marbles – shooters! The blue ones are Bennington, others are End of Day. So many choices!

Round dish of shooter marbles at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

This round tray of different shooters will entice any lover of marbles. Stop by and get your selection. Start sharing a fun game with your kids that requires no electricity or batteries. It does require thumbs!

If you need a refresher, here’s a glossary of terms. ENJOY!

There are plenty more choices available at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace, Maryland. We’ll be waiting to show them to you! Stop by soon!

Beautiful Decoys in All Sizes

Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace, Maryland brings a wonderful variety of decoys to you!

decoys in all sizes available at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace, Maryland

Decoys are beautiful. They can be simple and primitive or amazingly artistic! Here, at Bahoukas, we have a wonderful variety of decoys to match every budget and every style. Stop by and see them for yourself. From miniatures to very collectible full-size decoys, we would love to show you our selection. Stop in soon!

Pie Birds?

Tis the season for making some great pies!

Do you have a pie bird to vent your pies? Have you seen this singing bird-choir and wondered what that’s all about? Maybe you thought they were waiting for ‘mommy to drop them a worm’!

singing pie birds at Bahoukas in Maryland

Oh, don’t know what they are? Check this out:

pie birdpie ventpie whistlepie funnel, or pie chimney is a hollow ceramic device, originating in Europe, shaped like a funnel, chimney, or upstretched bird with open beak used for supporting or venting a pie.   … from Wikipedia

pie birds at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace, Maryland

A little more detail of these little pie birds. They stand a couple inches tall. Some folks like collecting them.

Pie funnels were used to prevent pie filling from boiling up and leaking through the crust by allowing steam to escape from inside the pie. They also supported the pastry crust in the center of the pie, so that it did not sag in the middle, and are occasionally known as “crustholders”. Older ovens had more problems with uniform heating, and the pie bird prevented boil-over in pie cooking.

The traditional inverted funnels, with arches on the bottom for steam to enter, were followed by ceramic birds; and from the 1940s they have been produced in a multitude of designs. This trend has been particularly noticeable in recent times, due to their increasing popularity as gifts and collectors’ items rather than simply utilitarian kitchen tools.    … from Wikipedia

Want a more recent reference to using pie birds? Click here for a video with MARTHA STEWART!

Hunting Stamps – Maryland-Harford County

Migratory Birds Hunting Stamps – Maryland

Migratory Birds - Maryland Hunting Stamps

There are some beautiful, collectible, Maryland Hunting Stamps available at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace, MD. Above is a sampling of the Migratory Bird Hunting Stamp and a Big Game Hunting Stamp for Archers.

Big Game Stamp for Archers - Maryland - at Bahoukas

 

 

 

Here’s a close-up of the Big Game Stamp.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We also have a nice selection of hunting licenses for Harford County Maryland. Do you collect them? Stop by and see what we might have to add to your own beautiful collection!

 

 

Sea Castles – Spanish Galleons

This Spanish Galleon Model Just Arrived

Spanish Galleon model - beautiful - at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

This beautiful model from a local estate just arrived this past week at Bahoukas. It’s an 18 gun, 3 masts with 15 sails.

Construction

Galleons were constructed from oak (for the keel), pine (for the masts) and various hardwoods for hull and decking. Hulls were usually carvel-built. The expenses involved in galleon construction were enormous. Hundreds of expert tradesmen (including carpenters, pitch-melters, blacksmiths, coopers, shipwrights, etc.) worked day and night for months before a galleon was seaworthy. To cover the expense, galleons were often funded by groups of wealthy businessmen who pooled resources for a new ship. Therefore, most galleons were originally consigned for trade, although those captured by rival states were usually put into military service.

The most common gun used aboard a galleon was the demi-culverin, although gun sizes up to demi-cannon were possible.

Because of the long periods often spent at sea and poor conditions on board, many of the crew often perished during the voyage; therefore advanced rigging systems were developed so that the vessel could be sailed home by an active sailing crew a fraction of the size aboard at departure.   …From Wikipedia

Spanish Galleon model - the castles of the sea!

This model is 51 inches long, 41 inches tall, and 8 inches wide. All wood. An absolutely exquisite model. We do not know who built her, but she’s a beauty!

The most distinguishing features of the galleon include the long prominent beak or beakhead followed by a fore-mast and main-mast, both noticeably taller than the single or double lateen-rigged mizzenmasts with their sloped lateen-rig yards, and below those the square Quarter gallery at the stern. On average with three masts, in larger galleons, a fourth mast was added, usually another lateen-rigged mizzen, called the bonaventure mizzen.    …From Wikipedia

a closer view of the Spanish Galleon model at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace MD

Here’s a wee bit closer view. She presently sits in our front window. Stop by and check her out. When the called Spanish Galleons – “Sea Castles” – it’s easy to understand when you see this model. Click this link for a little more history from Pirates & Privateers blog.

Of course, always amazing ‘finds’ at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace!

Anyone Ready for a Gamble?

Poker and Horse Racing = Fun!

Poker is a family of card games that combine gambling, strategy, and skill. All poker variants involve betting as an intrinsic part of play, and determine the winner of each hand according to the combinations of players’ cards, at least some of which remain hidden until the end of the hand. Poker games vary in the number of cards dealt, the number of shared or “community” cards, the number of cards that remain hidden, and the betting procedures.   from wikipedia

Beautiful sets for the Poker Play on your list available at Bahoukas

These are beautiful Poker Sets. The one on the right is in a beautiful leather box. It’s ready for a great card game! The one on the left is packaged in a heavy metal case. It’s a hefty set and will delight any serious Poker Player! You must stop in to see them to truly appreciate these beautiful sets.

Prefer a different type of game?

Check out this beautiful 1890 French Antique Horse Racing Gambling Game – Jeu De Course

1890 French Horseracing Game - at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace, MD

There couldn’t be a more perfect game than this Jeu de Course 1890 mechanical, French horse racing, game. With a city named by LaFayette, it seems the perfect gift for the gaming collector! A small flag is missing, but it otherwise runs perfectly! It was actually used for gambling in its heydey! Bets anyone!?!? The bottom section here is actually the lid to the box that keeps the entire game. It’s mechanical, so no repairs are needed. You can even play this game when the electric is out! (smiley face)

Here’s a closer look at the horses. Remember, this amazing piece is from the 1890s!

top of 1890 French mechanical horse racing game

Stop in soon and see these wonderful gaming pieces for yourself! They’d also make great and very unique gifts!