When Pigs Fly?

You’ve heard that, right? It’s called an adynation!

The phrase “when pigs fly” (alternatively, “pigs might fly”) is an adynaton—a figure of speech so hyperbolic that it describes an impossibility. The implication of such a phrase is that the circumstances in question (the adynaton, and the circumstances to which the adynaton is being applied) will never occur.  from Wikipedia

cast iron flying pig at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

We have a fairly large variety of vintage and reproduction cast iron pieces, including our “FLYING PIG!”

Use these hefty fellows as a doorstop, by your fireplace, or just a fun decoration and conversation piece. Here are a couple more pics:

reproduction cast iron figures at Bahoukas Antique Mall

Along with these great reproduction cast iron pieces, you’ll find a number of vintage and collectible cast iron items.

Reproduction cast iron pig at Havre de Grace Bahoukas

It couldn’t be any more fun than this! So drop by Bahoukas Antique Mall and choose your favorite from our vintage and reproduction collections of cast iron figures. Yessiree, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Vases and Flowers

SPRING? It’s been a bit wet!

But the spring flowers have definitely welcomed us, even if the season seems a bit short. And we’ll soon be seeing the beautiful flowers that will blossom with the hot, humid days of summer. We have a wonderful assortment of vases. Of course, you can add them to your collection. But, better yet, find the perfect vase for some of those flowers and bring them into your home decor.

beautiful vases available at Bahoukas Antiques

Large and small, artistic and classic, we have a huge assortment of vases and small planters.

Gorgeous vases available at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace, MD

These wonderful vases can also be used for other items – they can hold pens and pencils, maybe your artist brushes, or even kitchen utensils. Have you thought about that? Are you looking for unique ways to decorate and keep your house beautiful and clutter-free? Check these shelves of vases and planters:

huge variety of vases and planters available at Bahoukas

These vases and small planters also make great vessels to put gifts in or to use for decorating for a shower or even a picnic.

Get creative. Have some fun. Create a ‘conversation piece.’ Stop by today and pick out one – or two – or there for your flowers, table, and creative projects. Did we forget to mention color? Oh my goodness, the choices are amazing. You’re sure to find just the most perfect piece!

colorful ceramic and pottery vases and small planters - all available at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

We also have crackle glass small vases, some fine crystal pieces, and etched glass ones. So stop in soon. Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Just in Time for Picnics

Gifts for Mom and the Family

May, thoughts of outdoor picnics and barbeques, and great serving pieces make for perfect Mothers Day gift ideas. Below is a beautiful glass cake dish with a cover. Can you imagine the tasty dessert that will be served? YUM!

Beautiful covered cake dish - Bahoukas Antiques

Maybe you need a dish for your casserole. Well, check this one! A glass-covered, Guardian Ware serving dish. Perfect!

Guardian Ware covered serving dish

Has mentioned that she could sure use a few mixing/serving bowls? These stainless steel bowls below make it easy to mix your favorite salad, cover with plastic wrap and take directly to the picnic table. Those hungry kids will be so excited!

stainless steel bowls at Bahoukas Antiques

We absolutely love this circus-themed covered tin that’s just perfect for a batch of your favorite cookies and brownies. ooooOOOOOoooooo

circus themed tin for some favorite munchies

If you’re taking the cut-up veggies, a dip, maybe baked beans, these glass serving pieces with covers are perfect for the table and can go directly into the refrigerator/freezer afterward. Well, that’s if there’s anything left in them afterward!

glss covered serving/freezer dishes at Bahoukas Antiques

So if you’re thinking picnic, outdoor barbeques, or just a great gift for Mom this Mother’s Day, these pieces just might fill the bill. Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Time to Think About Mom

Mother’s Day 2018 – Sunday, May 13

Of course, you ALWAYS think of mom. But with Mother’s Day coming up this Sunday, we thought we’d help you out with a few gift ideas. Consider these beautiful Spode Blue Room Collection of Mugs – buy one or all six:

Spode Blue Room Collection mugs - beautiful - available at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

OR….. maybe Mom would love an entire set of Spode Blue Room Collection Italian – service for 8. Seriously, stop in and see these beautiful dishes in perfect condition. Buy one or buy them all.

Spode Blue Room Collection Italian dishes service for 8 at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

And yep, we’ll we watchin’ for ya!

Beautiful Noritake Rosamor Dishes

Gray Roses, Platinum, Gray and Black Leaves

Noritake Rosamor serving pieces at Bahoukas

Noritake began selling dinnerware in the US marketplace in 1904. We have sold our products through numerous department stores, jewelry stores and specialty stores from coast to coast. In addition to our over 100 years of selling fine quality china and porcelain within the United States, we have also served US military personnel around the globe.  __from Noritake site

Noritake Rosamor sugar and creamer

Noritake has been a fixture in American military bases for years and many servicemen have delighted their families sending home beautifully crafted sets of fine china.   __from Noritake site

Plates and bowls of Noritake Rosamor pattern at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

The Noritake Rosamor pattern (5851) was very popular at US military PX facilities in Japan during the Vietnam War in the sixties and seventies. The china was sold in pre-packaged sets at attractive prices. __from Answers.Yahoo.com

Check out the deal George has on this Noritake Rosamor china set at BahoukasThis set of 95 pieces is stunning. It’s simple yet modern pattern is as beautiful today as when it was first made. Stop in and see it for yourself. Here’s our pricing. Chat with George. And yes, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Metlox Poppytrail Pottery Dinnerware

mid-century modern metlox poppytrail dinnerware pieces available at Bahoukas AntiquesMid-Century Modern California Pottery

These beautiful pieces of Metlox Poppytrail include a butter dish, pitcher, creamer, sugar, and 2 different sizes of serving platters.

… the company expanded into dinnerware and began in 1932 to produce the “200 Series” line of dinnerware. This line was also called “Poppytrail.” The company garnered a great deal of positive response due to offering this dinnerware line.   __replacements.com

__from Wikipedia

The first line of pottery produced, “Poppytrail,” became well known for its brightly colored glazes derived from locally mined metallic oxides. Subsequent lines included “Nostalgia,” “Red Rooster,” “California Provincial,” “Colonial Homestead,” “Homestead Provincial,” and “Colorstax.”

In the 1950s Metlox introduced a line of modernist dinnerware featuring free form designs and squared plates using “blanks” that were then decorated with designs and colors. These were then marketed under the pattern names of “California Contempra”, “California Modern” and “California Freeform” names.

The company operated from 1927 until 1989.

Stop in and see this beautiful set. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

SPODE Jumbo Cups w/Saucers

from the Blue Room Collection

Spode Blue Room Collection of Jumbo Cups w/Saucers

The patterns, left to right, are Tower, Italian, Camilla, and Sunflower. These are huge cups and absolutely beautiful. Stop in and see them for yourself. Yes, they are for coffee or tea, but they make beautiful soup cups. Stunning.

We have a wonderful selection of SPOKE porcelain – over 100 pieces. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Spring Nesting

beautiful Czech Glass and Porcelain Curtain Tiebacks at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

Add Pizzazz!

Yes, Spring is finally here … (we hope, we hope, we hope)!

As nature works her magic and the birds and animals create their nests, so, too, do we humans make our own preparations for Spring. For many, that includes a bit of decorating and freshening our homes.

These beautiful curtain tiebacks might just add a bit of spring and a touch of color to your decor.

The top selection are of Czech Glass. The bottom group is porcelain. They are beautiful and we have a nice variety to offer you. So if you’re looking to add just a pinch of color and class to your windows, you might want to stop by and see these curtain tiebacks.

Of course, we’ll be watching for ya. Now that the snow is melting away.

Really? An African Birthing Chair?

African birthing chair available at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Yes… Seriously!

We received this beautiful, hand-carved African Birthing Chair from an Olympic skating coach who no longer had room for it in her home.

An absolutely exquisite piece, hand-carved with elephant and giraffes, this chair most certainly fits “Conversation Piece” to a T!

We believe it’s made of mahogany. Must be seen to be appreciated.

In the meantime, we thought you might get a chuckle from this interesting story of one woman’s first experience seeing a birthing chair in a museum.

Stop in soon and see this beautiful piece, then browse our shop. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

 

Another view of the African Birthing Chair!

Thinking Spring? Thinking Green?

We have a bit of green for you!

Green Depression Glass and 3 pc Czechoslovakian Malachite Perfume Set by Ingrid

We have an entire cabinet filled to nearly overflow with green Depression Glass. In addition, the 3 pieces in the center of this photo are beautiful Czechoslovakian glass – a malachite perfume set by Ingrid.

Malachite is a green copper carbonate mineral which occurs naturally and has concentric layers. It polishes to a high gloss and is used for ornaments. Malachite glass is intended to look like malachite, or more generally, to look like marble.

fromGlass Encyclopedia

If you’re looking for a unique collector piece, or a beautiful work of art, you may just want to drop by Bahoukas and see this beautiful display. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Do You Remember Jewel Tea Co?

Or Maybe the Fuller Brush Salesman?

The Jewel Tea Company’s Home Shopping Service began to phase out their home service in 1981. So many of you still remember the home delivery service.

Autumn Leaf by Hall

  • Autumn Leaf dinnerware often made its way into American homes through “The Jewel Man,” a door-to-door salesman employed by the Jewel Tea Company of Chicago. This is where the collector’s nickname “Jewel Tea” originated. New items were added to the collection through 1980, and the pattern has many fans today.    from TheSpruce.com

Called ‘mobile stores’ at the turn of the century (1900s) Jewel Tea set themselves a step above the competition by ‘advancing the premium’ rather than the customer receiving after so many purchases. The story goes something like this:

There were many tea companies at that time, and they all sold door-to-door, giving premium coupons with grocery purchases. When enough coupons had been saved, the customer had a choice of premium items offered. One day Mr. Ross knocked on the kitchen door of a prospective customer and had hardly stated his business when she grabbed a broom. He returned later that same day and learned that the lady had saved coupons for six months buying coffee and tea from a “wagon man” and had expected to get a rug with her coupons. However, the wagon man stopped coming around. Mr. Ross quickly offered her a premium to be left with her first order, to be paid out with a later trade.

from Chicagology.com 

Evidently the door-to-door salesman of the early 1900’s brought products to folks who may not normally have considered their products.

“Direct Selling” was useful for introducing new types of goods or new brands and enabled manufacturers to keep their products from losing to the competition at department stores. The rise of door-to-door selling in the 1920’s helped fuel the scientific homemaking movement, which provided housewives with labor-saving devices.  from Birth of a Salesman – the transformation of selling in America by Walter A. Friedman

Stop in to Bahoukas to see some of the Autumn Leaf pattern pieces that we have. Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Bells … calling you to dinner or school or church

We have smaller bells – two shelves of them!

Do you have memories of a bell as a child? Did mom call you to the table with the ringing of a small bell? Did she call you home with a bell? Or if you lived on the farm, maybe you had a large bell that brought you in from the field. Many remember a teacher having a bell on her desk. What do you remember?

dinner bells, school bells, decorative bells - all at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Whether you’re looking for a pretty bell for a shelf or table, a functional bell to call the kids into the house or to bring everyone to dinner, we have a wonderful collection for you to peruse.

Did you know?

The largest swinging bell in the world is the World Peace Bell in the Millennium Monument of Newport, Kentucky, United States. It has a weight of 66,000 pounds and a diameter of 12 feet. It was cast in 1998 by the Verdin company.

from Owlcation

The above link to Owlcation has some wonderful facts about bells. In the meantime, if you’re looking for a smaller version to add a bit of color and conversation to your home, stop in and check these out. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

 

Oil Lamps and more Oil Lamps

 

Every style for every decor…

I believe we may have posted these before Christmas. Most of them came in just before the holidays. There are many different sizes, colors and patterns.

floral pattern oil lamps at Bahoukas

Green and other shades of oil lamps at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de GraceIf you’ve ever thought a couple oil lamps would add a touch of warmth and light to your home or get-away cabin/cottage, now is the time to stop by and choose the ones you’d love to have.

shades of blue oil lamps

Oil lamps are practical, functional and beautiful. Pick up a couple in case of an electric outage. Pick up a few others just for the ‘ambiance’. Beautiful and practical – a perfect combo for any reason. Stop by. We’ll be watching for ya!

Mostly amber-colored oil lamps

 

 

Do You Still Dine at Home and Entertain?

Do you still use fine china, stemware and napkins?

Sometimes we find it sad that in our fast-food lifestyle, everyone seems to be looking at their phones instead of the people that are with them. So every now and then we love to post a few collectibles in the hopes that you just might want to bring some of the old entertainment ways back to your lifestyle now and then. In this photo is a beautiful set of dishes by Haviland Limoges of France. This is their floral pattern. Imagine your delectable dinner being served on this beautiful collection.

Haviland Limoges, France dishes available at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

History

David Haviland was an American businessman from New York dealing with porcelain. While seeking out new business interests, he arrived in Limoges, France and by 1842, he was able to send his first shipment of Limoges porcelain to the United States. He was also key in adopting a new process by which to decorate porcelain pieces developed in 1873.

In 1890, David Haviland’s son, Théodore Haviland, built a very large and prominent factory in Limoges and introduced a variety of new processes for firing and decorating porcelain pieces. The Haviland company has since been overseen by grandson William Haviland, and great-grandson Theodore Haviland II.

Present Day

Haviland & Co. is still operating as Haviland Company, though the facilities are now modernized and now sell silverware, crystal, and giftware in addition to porcelain.

from Wikipedia

We encourage you to stop in and see this beautiful collection. It is stunning. And, of course, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Bodt and Steiner Pierce Decoys

Nautical is our theme today.

This shelf offers fine decoys by local carvers such as Bryon Bodt and Steiner Pierce. Beautiful boat models with several by Tony Vincenti – yes, another local. Plenty of various nautical items like lamps with a duck base, various seabirds, mugs and glasses, and a wonderful selection of “Old Salts of the Sea” figures.

Nautical theme at Bahoukas Antiques include decoys, boat models, Old Salts of the Sea and more

Below are two beautiful sailboat models by Tony Vincenti. There’s is another large sailboat by Tony that is not in the photos. These beautiful boats sit on a Civil War Era dresser, walnut with a marble top and oval mirror. It’s an exquisite piece.

As always, we encourage you to stop in and browse. Think we don’t have anything you need or want? We encourage you to check the category 44 Days of Gifts or just browse the Blog. We’re pretty sure you’ll be surprised! And on that note, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

beautiful boat models by Tony Vincenti of Havre de Grace MD at Bahoukas Antiques

Mirror Mirror on the Wall

Who is the fairest of them all?

With the beautiful stained glass design on this mirror, the pizzazz added to ‘fairest’ will have everyone looking beautiful. Consider it a ‘magical mirror.’ It’s about 30″x40″ and is quite stunning when you view it in person. So stop by soon. It’s a perfect time of year to be looking out for those items to add spring sparkle to your decor. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

beautiful mirror with a layer of stained glass decoration at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

I’m a Little Teapot…

Yes we all know the Teapot Song!

I’m a little teapot – short and stout – here is my handle – here is my spout. When I get all steam up, here me shout. Just tip me over and pour me out.

A wonderful display of just some of the many teapots available at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace

These two shelves are just a very small selection of of the teapots available in our shop.Nearly every color and shape can be found – small to large. Besides using for tea, they make beautiful planters. Of course, they  would be a wonderful collection to add a bit of color and maybe even whimsy to your home. Stop by soon and browse the shop. Choose the ones you’d love to have. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

(And in case you really don’t know the teapot song, we thought we’d give you this little video. It’ll make you smile on a chilly day like today!)

 

Tiny Dancers in Glass

Beautiful Pair of L.E. Smith Blue Glass Ballerina Lamps

1940s LE Smith Blue Glass Ballerina Lamps

This pair of blue glass lamps are by L. E. Smith Company (Mt. Pleasant, PA) and feature two ballerinas on each lamps with a beautifully detailed blue glass lampshade. They stand about a foot tall. Any ballerina (young or old) would love these exquisite lamps.

The L. E. Glass Company has a most amazing history. CLICK ON THIS LINK for just one perspective. (Please note the company and the museum are no longer in operation.)  There is also a most interesting book: L.E. Smith Glass Company: The First One Hundred Years by Tom Felt and published in 2007 available at AMAZON.

We hope you’ll stop in soon and check out these beautiful lamps. Someone you know may love them as a gift. We’ll be watchin’ for ya.