Gingerbread or Mantle?

Tic Toc Tic Toc

This 1920s Gingerbread carved clock with chimes is a beauty.

This Linco mantle clock from the 30s could use a little “tlc” … but you’ll find it very worthwhile. The chimes of this wind-up clock are simply beautiful.

Mantle Clock

If you’re interested in a wonderful clock, stop by Bahoukas and see what we have. If it needs repairs or ‘beautified’, we highly recommend the very capable artisans at Stephens & Stephens Clocks. They’re right here in Havre de Grace and have a long history of restoring and repairing clocks. They’ve worked for some very prestigious customers.

Stop in today. If you love the sound of the clock chimes, ask George to let you listen to the beautiful Linco mantle clock. Yep, we’re always watchin’ for ya!

Jazz & Jim Beam

Welcome to the Inaugural Jazz & Blues Fest!

We have a few instruments in our store that might be worth taking a look at. But we thought it might be fun to mention our Jim Beam collection! After all, consider this quote from Eddie Condon:

While your strolling the streets and enjoying the Jazz Festival, drop in and see what we might have in our ‘collection of collections.’ For instance, our Jim Beam collectibles might be of interest.

Jim Beam Collectible Decanters and Go Withs

From the 1980 JIM BEAM Vintage Decanter Fox on a Dolphin South Florida Club Regal China to the Clown Fox Paperweight Figurine Jim Beam Bourbon Whiskey 1980 Regal China and more, you just might find the perfect collectible.

Jim Beam Collectible Decanters and Go Withs

Do enjoy our First Friday and our 3-day Jazz & Blues Festival. Between the exciting performances and films, be sure to stop into Bahoukas Antique Mall & Beer MuZeum. You bet, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Wednesday Surprise #10

Movies Anyone?

You know we try to find a unique box or bin for our Wednesday surprises. Every now and then, we’ll remember something tucked away underneath a counter, or spot a shelf behind a shelf, or something way up high. That’s what happened today. These were sitting high up on a cupboard.

old movie projectors

Have some old movies? Take a peek at these amazing old movie projectors. On the left is a 1940s Cinematic movie projector, all electric. On the right is a Keystone Movie Graph, electrified (meaning it uses an electric bulb rather than a candle) but hand operated.

Either of these would make a wonderful conversation piece among your collectibles. We encourage you to drop by today. If these aren’t what you’re looking for, stop in and see the many other collections we have. Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Unique Dad’s Day Gifts

Lighters and Pipes

We have a collection of vintage lighters that include Zippo, Wind Resistant, and Scripto among others.

A variety of collectible lighters

First invented in 1823 and improved in the 1880s, pocket cigarette lighters were as common as keys or wallets by the early 20th century. The basic types of vintage lighters are manual (a spark from a flint striking a wheel ignites a wick or creates a flame above a gas valve), semi-automatic (the wheel also opens the fuel-source cover), and automatic (push-button).

The first manual lighters were called strike lighters and worked like matches. Users would scratch a flint using a wand with a hard metal tip and an attached wick; the flint would create sparks to ignite the wick, which was soaked with flammable fluid. By the 1920s, lighters had become functional as well as artistic with the advent of the semiautomatic lighter, in which the user flips open the lid and a flint wheel simultaneously spins and ignites the wick.

from CollectorsWeekly.com

The above photo is a selection of available lighters in George’s collections. There are other collectibles pertaining to smoking, including these unique hand carved face pipes made in Italy by Briar.

Fun and funny face carved Briar pipes.

We thought you might enjoy the intricacies involved in creating these carved faces. Watch the video below. Enjoy!

Then stop in to Bahoukas Antique Mall soon. You just might find a really unusual gift for Dad on Father’s Day! Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Collectibles and Flowers…

a perfect combination

Create a setting with a few flowers and an old pitcher.

Then sit down and enjoy…

A tiny pitcher with a sprig of tiny flowers makes a wonderful collectible arrangement.

Now you can sit down and begin your novel…

Inspiration…

Noticing these shelves with a mix and match of old vases and pitchers are what inspired this post. With summer fast approaching, flowers from your garden or picked while walking a country path make a wonderful arrangement in an old, collectible vase.

What collections do you have?

A simple bouquet of flowers from your garden and “VOILA!” – a perfect bit of summer on your table, bookshelf, or window sill.

This beautiful swan vase looks absolutely stunning with these flowers.

Stop in to Bahoukas Antique Mall today. You’ll find a dizzying array of collectibles to display your summer flowers. Pitchers, bowls, glass jars, vases, and so much more are waiting for you to choose a couple to take home! And of course, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Wednesday Surprise #10

Pianos!?!?

Do you have a player piano? We have the music rolls!

Well… not exactly!

Looking for unusual, and often forgotten, items, we found these up on a shelf. We have quite a selection of old Player Piano Music Rolls.

First, let me explain what a player piano is. According to Wikipedia:

player piano (also known as pianola) is a self-playing piano, containing a pneumatic or electro-mechanical mechanism that operates the piano action via pre-programmed music recorded on perforated paper, or in rare instances, metallic rolls, with more modern implementations using MIDI. The rise of the player piano grew with the rise of the mass-produced piano for the home in the late 19th and early 20th century.[1] Sales peaked in 1924, then declined as the improvement in phonograph recordings due to electrical recording methods developed in the mid-1920s. The advent of electrical amplification in home music reproduction via radio in the same period helped cause their eventual decline in popularity, and the stock market crash of 1929 virtually wiped out production.

WIKIPEDIA
How a player piano works

Now we’ll add a video to actually show you how it works. The first minute or so shows it before it’s fully repaired. About half-way through, you can see and hear it working. Pretty cool, huh?

So, what DO we do with these piano rolls?

Well, if you don’t have a player piano, you might want to consider a craft or two where these would be amazing. If you search Pinterest, you’ll find hundreds of ways to incorporate these rolls.

On the other hand, are you an artist who loves working with paper? Then you may already see a dozen uses. I’m wondering if those folks who sculpt using old books might find these of interest. Hmmmm….

CLICK HERE for just one blog post I found that’s pretty interesting. There are lots more.

If you’re still trying to picture using these rolls in a craft, view this blog post we found.

from twopurplecouches.com

Of course, now that you realize how beautiful these piano player rolls really are, you might want to stop in and grab a couple for yourself. Want a dozen or more, or even all of them, talk to George for a deal. Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Souvenirs!!!

…we have more than just Maryland

Mugs from many states available at Bahoukas


We have a variety of mugs – great for beer, coffee, tea, or a great summer drink! Add these shot glasses which are great for toothpicks and other small items and you have some fun souvenirs from other states as well as Maryland.

Love Lighthouses?

Lighthouses from around the states…

Of course, you love lighthouses. Besides our very own Concord Point Lighthouse, we have a lovely variety of others.


We have this beautiful set of lighthouse glasses among some other surprising collectibles.

Even more lighthouses…

We encourage you to stop by over this lovely holiday weekend to see the wonderful souvenir collectibles we have waiting for you. You just never know what you’ll discover among our shelves. Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Wednesday Surprise Box #9

Pennants!

Come peek in our Box of Pennants – hey, you never know what you’ll find.

Besides looking for your favorite college, sports team, or vacation spot, pennants also offer a fun way to add a bit of your character and flair to your decorating. Attached is a great post that gives some really fun ideas.

Enjoy the ideas from Studio McGee

https://www.studio-mcgee.com/studioblog/2017/7/6/pennants

Click on the link if it doesn’t open. Then stop in and visit us at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum. You never know what ‘surprises’ you’ll discover. And yep, we’ re always watchin’ for ya!

Baseball Season

Baseball cards and more…

Ripkin Collectibles

Above are a set of baseballs for Cal Ripkin. Come check them out! While you’re here, check out the sports books we have available!

A unique gift set for the inaugural season of the Washington Nationals.

Baseball Player Bobbleheads

Of course, what’s a sports collectible without a bobblehead or figurine? Stop by and browse our collections! You might just find the one you’re looking for! Yes, we’ll be here and we’re watchin’ for ya!

Rainy Day Books

…for unpredictable weather days!

A shelf of Bobbsy Twins Books at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
A shelf of “Bobbsey Twins” books!
Hardy Boys series available at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace, MD
A shelf of “Hardy Boys” and more…

Whether you loved the Bobbsey Twins or the Hardy Boys, we’ve probably got a number of your favs. Want to pass them on to your kids? We also have a couple Bunny Brown and Sister Sue books, Walt Disney’s “Annette”, “The Outdoor Girls on a Hike”, and several Donna Parker mystery books!

Rainy Days and Monday!

Collectible Literature - including Shakespeare, Browning, Plutarch - available at Bahoukas Antiques
Shakespeare, Browning, Plutarch and more…

Yes, we know the weather is unpredictable. Is it going to rain all day or just be a rumbling of thunder, 15 minutes of rain, and back to beautiful? If you carry a favorite read with you, you’ll never be bored or have your day ruined.

Mark Twain, Shakespeare, and more collectible books at Bahoukas
Mark Twain, Shakespeare and more…
Jane Cable, The Winged Horse, and Will Rogers are just a few more titles available in the many books at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace
“Jane Cable,” “The Winged Horse,” and “Will Rogers” are just a few more of our variety of collectible books.

Stop in today, while it’s pleasant weather, and grab a book or two (or three) to enjoy on a less than perfect day. We have wonderful coffee shops and restaurants to enjoy refreshments while making a perfect day of the rain! Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya (even on a rainy day)!!!

Mother’s Day Ideas #2

Beautiful Cookbooks!

Cookbooks – just arrived!

These cookbooks just arrived last week. They are beautiful, in excellent condition, and would make a most wonderful gift for the mom in your life who loves food and loves cooking. (Who doesn’t!?!?)

There are others in the store, too. So stop by soon. We think these beautiful choices will go fast.

Remember, Mother’s Day is THIS SUNDAY!

Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Mothers Day Idea #1

This Sunday is Mother’s Day. We have plenty of collectibles to show Mom how great she is. But this week, we’ll give some different ideas.

cast iron dogs - vintage - Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Today we’re presenting these vintage Cast Iron dogs. Originals. Fun and very collectible.

Do you think Mom might like one of these? Stop in soon… Mother’s day is approaching quickly. Remember, we have 9,000 sq ft of the greatest Collection of Collections to choose from.

And yes, we WILL be watchin’ for ya!

Ducks – Decoys – Art

Stop by after you visit the Decoy Show

We love ducks. Hey, we live in the Duck Decoy Capitol! How can we NOT love ducks… and duck decoys.

Duck Decoys- shelf 1 – at Bahoukas
Duck Decoys and more – shelf 2 – at Bahoukas

We have unique Havre de Grace carvers – as well as collectible duck figures.

Duck Decoys – shelf 3 – at Bahoukas
Duck Decoys and more – shelf 4 – at Bahoukas

We have fun items and some seriously beautiful carved decoys. You have to browse our shop. You just never know what you’ll find that fits your collection perfectly!

Duck Decoys – shelf 5 – at Bahoukas
Duck Decoys – shelf 6 – at Bahoukas

Add a duck decoy lamp or another unique ‘duck-related’ collectible to make your personal collection truly unique.

Duck Decoys – shelf 7 – at Bahoukas
Duck Decoys – shelf 8 – at Bahoukas

So take some time to stop by Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum. Of course, we have 9,000 sq ft of amazing collections. So yes, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Wednesday Surprise Box #7

Patches – no, not for holes …

Our Wednesday Surprise Box is really a rolling cart of drawers filled with a variety of patches.

Yes, we have patches … and more patches…

George has a huge selection of Boy Scout patches – all new. Plus a wonderful selection of military patches and a few miscellaneous. Love looking for just the perfect couple of patches? Well, stop by and see what we have in our Wednesday Surprise! Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Collecting Pencil Sharpeners

… who knew?

Amazing Tiny Pencil Sharpeners just arrived at Bahoukas Antiques

Taking photos for this blog, I discovered a shelf stuffed with die-cast pencil sharpeners… little tiny pencil sharpeners. These are amazingly detailed. Who would have thought?!?

Here’s one example of a serious collector that also shows us how many kinds of miniature pencil sharpeners there are! Click on the link in the quote for more info.

For many years we (Johan and Anky) have collected Die-cast miniature pencil sharpeners. Our collection now consists of over 500 different pieces and we would like to add some more.

from Sharpenking
Check out the variety and detail of this recently acquired collection!

GIFTS IDEAS?

If someone has a special interest whether it be music, cars, motorcycles photography, art … well, you name it, we probably have a miniature pencil sharpener that would make an outstanding, fun, and thoughtful gift.

Here is another collector of tiny pencil sharpeners:

Paul Johnson collected 3,479 pencil sharpeners (no duplicates) and displayed them in a one-room shed in his yard in Carbon Hill. He died July 2010; the shed and collection are now displayed in the Hocking Hills Regional Welcome Center.

from Roadside America

We encourage you to check out this most amazing collection that we just acquired at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum. Yes sir (m’am), we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Eyeglasses

… a fun and stylish collectible

eyeglasses – for history or style!

From Benjamin Franklin’s spectacles to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s sunglasses, eyewear plays an important role in our perceptions of history and culture. While the first eyewear emerged in the 13th century Italy, it didn’t mesh with fashion until much later. In 1730, an English optician developed a pair of glasses with two attached rods that rested on the wearer’s ears. From that point, corrective lenses became wearable accessories.

From AntiqueTrader.com

Did you ever make the connection between the invention of the Gutenberg Press and the popularity centuries later of printing for the masses would create the need, and popularity, of eyeglasses! Before then, few average people owned books. But once available, people then needed eyeglasses to improve their eyesight for reading.

It wasn’t until the 15th century, soon after the advent of the movable-type printing press, that concave lenses were developed in Florence. Florentine spectacle makers were so advanced, they had lenses graded for every five years of eye-sight loss for the age 30 and onward, plus two different strengths of lenses for the near-sighted.

from CollectorsWeekly.com

Today, eyeglasses are common. Of course, we also have contact lenses and corrective eye surgery to improve our eyesight. But collecting eyeglasses has gained popularity among history re-enactors who look for period eyewear to complete their costumes. The theater has always been a great place for using vintage eyewear.

Even more fascinating are those who love collecting styles that were worn by celebrities and famous individuals. Nearly everyone can remember the styles worn by Jackie-O (wife of the late President John F. Kennedy).

Jackie-O in her famous sunglasses

Check out this post that shares some great examples of famous people and their eyewear.

This iconic vintage glasses guide will take you through the lives of 10 of the most stylish and famous ladies from Hollywood and beyond.  We’ve even matched the eyepieces of our favorite iconic glasses wearers with our own frames, which are updated for today’s trends, so you can steal the look!

from VintandYork.com

Okay, now you know a little more about eyeglasses. Stop in to Bahoukas and pick a pair for your historical costume, a theater costume, or to add a bit of pizzazz the next time you go out! Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Salt Cellars

early to mid-1900s Cut Glass & Crystal

An array of cut glass and crystal salt cellars at Bahoukas

Do you use Himalayan Salt and possibly buy it in a bulk bag? We have a wonderful selection of salt cellars to use on your table setting with your Himalayan Salt.

These pieces also make great candle holders, excess coin collectors, and even for toothpicks. What might you be able to use one or two of these beautiful, tiny dishes for?

Wondering how to tell the difference between cut glass and crystal? It can be a challenge. But CLICK HERE for a post that might help when you’re shopping your favorite antique stores. Of course, the top of your list is Bahoukas, right?

Stop by Bahoukas Antique Mall & Beer MuZeum soon. Yep, we’re always watchin’ for ya!

Easter Bunnies

Look What We Found On Our Shelves!

Families of Easter Bunnies – need a home!

Look what we discovered sitting on a shelf. These delightful Easter bunnies of assorted sizes are sure to make someone’s Holiday … well, just super special. Stop in soon and see for yourself. We’ll keep lookin’ for more hidden gems while we’re waitin’ for ya! Bahoukas Antique Mall in historic downtown Havre de Grace is ready to say, “Welcome!”