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?
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.
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!
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.
If 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.
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!
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.
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!
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!
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.
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!)
Beautiful Pair of L.E. 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.
We have a pair of these amazingly beautiful vases.
They are 1800s Victorian – hand-blown glass and enamel painted. The colors are exquisite. The shape is beautifully fluid. You must see them to appreciate just how spectacular these vases are.
If you looking for a beautiful ‘conversation piece’ that will stand out in any room, or if Victorian is your home decor, one – or both – of these vases will most certainly add a stunning beauty to your home.
Stop in soon and see these for yourself. And yes, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!
This is the time of year we peruse our garden catalogs and consider how we might want to update our homes. As we huddle in our living rooms to stay warm, our thoughts go to projects for Spring.
We thought this might be a perfect time to highlight the gorgeous Fire King Stove and Hoosier Cabinet and the other kitchen accessories in our front window. The Hoosiers is a 1920s oak cabinet with an enamel top. Made by Sellers of Elwood, IN. It has a flour bin and bread box. Beautiful condition.
The 1920s Fire King Stove/oven combo was made in Baltimore and yes, it works! On the shelf above the oven, you’ll notice an electric, table-top washing machine.
On the Hoosier sitting on top is a sausage or fruit press (the black item). On the wall is a coffee grinder and a drying rack. On the enamel top of the Hoosier are cast iron items that include a matches holder, pancake maker, ice scraper and lemon squeezer. There’s a cast iron toast holder, various utensils, dishes, wonderful pottery bowls and old tins, plus a yellow egg basket.
Just looking at the photo seems to make us feel warmer. Stop in and take a peek for yourself. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!
Candles – candles – candles will help to complete the decorations!
From very collectible candle figures above that include Santa, snowmen, Mrs. Claus, carolers, teddy bears and reindeer, we have a wonderful assortment of candles and candle holders to add the final touch to your holiday decorations!
The above photos show more selection to our holiday figures, tall electric candle-lights for porch, deck or large entry way, and a sample of metal or wood candle holders. Beautiful additions to add a bit of ‘festive’ to your holiday decorating.
Below are several examples of candle holders that would add a taste of class to your holiday table or mantle. But they’re also beautiful and will add to your home decor in any season.
Above is a sample from our Candlewick Glass collectibles. These candle holders will add sparkle and warmth to your holiday. They were very popular beginning in the late 30s and on…
Under the leadership of Newton—with the help of designer Carl W. Gustkey—Imperial rebounded. In 1936, responding to the increasing popularity of elegant glass, Imperial released what would become its most successful line: Candlewick. The name was inspired by a Colonial-style needlework technique called candlewicking, and the design featured colorless pieces with small decorative glass beads around the top of each piece. By the 1950s, Imperial was producing more than 200 items in the Candlewick line, which was competing with Fostoria’s American line and Cambridge’s Rosepoint. from CollectorsWeekly
Below is a sampling of candle holders from just one of our many shelves of collectibles at Bahoukas.
Needless to say, even in the least hours before the big celebrations for the holidays, we have some excellent choices to add warmth and charm to your home decor. Hurry in … we’ll be watchin’ for ya!
Yes, these amazing collectibles are transistor radios. What fun! At top they include: Sinclair Gasoline radio, a beautiful Cadillac Convertible 1963, and Snoopy! On the bottom is a 1931 Rolls Royce, an Essex radio in a black leather case, and yes, a fun transistor radio in a PET Milk Can.
But wait, there’s more.
Look at this beautiful phone that is a transistor radio
from the 1960s with a lighter in the handset!
Do you remember your first transistor radio? The “weblady” remembers a boy in the neighborhood who had a brand new bike that had a radio built into it. WOW! The ingenuity of the design for transistor radios were often pieces of art … and more often used for advertising.
No matter, you know you need to get your holiday gift purchases completed soon… we have a week! So hurry on in to Bahoukas in Havre de Grace and know that we’ll be watchin’ for ya!
The choice of stemware available at Bahoukas Antique Mall is amazing. We can’t being to list all the choices, but we have hundreds of pieces available. Some of the items above include: delicate etched glass, Ruby glass, wine glasses or cordials, even beautiful brandy snifters. The stemware selection is outstanding.
But consider this, these pieces can also be used as dessert dishes, dainty fruit cups, even a beautiful tiny vase to add to your holiday decorating. Come on… get creative.
Then hurry in… time is growing short. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!
GLASS is the third most popular collectible in the world, preceded only by coins and stamps. We feel CRACKLE GLASS is the most beautiful. Have you ever seen CRACKLE GLASS in a window when the sun reflects off the glass? A window decorated with different colored crackle is truly breathtaking.
Crackle Glass is known by other names, such as CRAQUELLE GLASS, ICE GLASS, OVERSHOT GLASS.
It was the Venetian Glass Makers of the 16th Century, who invented this marvelous process. The glass was immersed in cold water while it was molten hot, thereby cracking the glass. The glass was then reheated and either mold or hand blown into the shape the glass blower desired. The reheating of the glass sealed the cracks. If you run your hands over CRACKLE GLASS, you can feel the cracks, but the inside is smooth to touch.
Glass makers from the 19th Century and even today are still using the same methods.
Some of the companies that produced CRACKLE GLASS are: Blenko Glass Company, Pilgrim Glass Company, Mt. Washington Glass Company, H.C. Fry Glass Company, Boston & Sandwich Glass Company, Hobbs, Bruckunier & Company, Cambridge Glass Company, Kanawha Glass Company. Some of these companies are still operating today, making CRACKLE GLASS.
Pieces included in the above photo are Kanawha of Dunbar WV, Pilgrim Glass, in beautiful colors of amberina, green, amethyst, blue and amber. The beautiful little vases and pitchers are stunning on a window sill where they’ll beautifully reflect the the light.
The above excerpt is taken from the book: Crackle Glass, Volume 2 by Stan and Arlene Weitman.
Well, you know the story… we have 44 Gift Giving Ideas PLUS! So stop by soon…. Christmas isn’t far off.
We’re ready to help. And yes… we’ll be watchin’ for ya!
We have a few very collectible Nativity Scenes that include a 1950s Italian Set made up of 12 pieces, a Plastic Nativity from the 60s, an ornament light that can fit over a bulb on a tree from the 60s, a U.S. Zone – Germany set from the 40s in fair condition considering it’s made with Papier-mâché figures. One of these just might make someone on your gift list very happy!
Papier-mâché is a composite material consisting of paper pieces or pulp, sometimes reinforced with textiles, bound with an adhesive, such as glue, starch, or wallpaper paste.
You already know that here at Bahoukas Antique Mall we have some mighty fine ideas to help you with your gift giving. Let us know what you’re thinking about and we’ll do our darndest to help you find it. Hurry in… we’ll be watchin’ for ya!
We have a delightful array of Santas available from silly and funny to a bank or a candle. The photo below includes a 1960s Santa-in-the-Outhouse, a Spaghetti Santa ceramic bank, a 1960s battery-operated animated Santa on a roof top, a stuffed Santa from the 1950s, in front is a plastic Irwin Santa, a small Santa mug, a rocking-chair Santa candle and a Santa Snow Globe (all from the 60s).
CLICK HERE for a great blog post that tells you how best to clean a spaghetti ceramic figure. It can really change an old piece to a real collectible.
Vintage spaghetti poodle dogs have so much charm and character. They come in a variety of colors and styles and can be found highly decorated with rhinestones, bows, glasses, hats, playing sports, chain leash with puppies, depicted as fireman, graduating students, band musicians, reading the daily newspaper, snooty, high fashion, smoking, brides and more!
Spaghetti Poodles were made from clay, porcelain, and ceramic; their “hair” was applied in various ways to form various textures to mimic an actual poodle’s hairdo. To accomplish the spaghetti look, decorators and designers would have different techniques like using tea strainers to push the material through it to form strands that were then affixed to the poodle giving it a pom-pom look or swirled onto to the poodle for a curly look. Spaghetti is very fragile and tends to break or chip during the years. (this is discussing Spaghetti Poodles, but there are many ceramic items that use the ‘spaghetti’ technique) from Crazy4Me.comblog)
Whether you need a fun stocking stuffer, a new piece to add to your holiday decor, or just a cute little Santa for a bit of ho-ho-ho, stop by Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace and see what we have to add to your holiday decorations and celebrations. Some of these pieces could also be added to a wreath for a special touch. So, as you know, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!
Entertaining Comes to Mind for This Gift-Giving Idea
Before Thanksgiving we mentioned some fine decorating ideas for your holiday table. We were thinking white and gold.
But today we offer shades of Ruby Red.
This sampling for festive holiday entertaining is a bit different from our white and gold that we posted earlier. Here we have Hobnail Ruby Glass place setting, candy dish, sugar and creamer, plus candlesticks and a salt & pepper set from the Avon Cape Cod Collection.
Entertaining should be fun and festive. Whether you’re looking for an entire set or just a few pieces, we have some wonderful items for you to choose from. We encourage you to hurry in to Bahoukas Antique Mall and pick out a few pieces to add to your holiday dining table, buffet table and mantle. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!
Cast iron farm animals may be truly vintage and collectible – or reproductions. Above is a ‘flying pig’, a boy milking a cow, a pig, rooster, buffalo and a horse. We have many other collectible/vintage/and reproduction cast iron pieces from beautiful mermaids to Black Americana pieces, huge lighthouse doorstop to mechanical banks.
So for the collector on your gift list, or a unique gift for the farm-loving child, we have some very intriguing cast iron figures. Stop by Bahoukas Antique Mall to browse our 9,000 sq ft overflowing with unique ideas for gift giving! We’ll be watchin’ for ya!
No – not Goldilocks! Nope – not locks of a canal. But locks that require a key or a combination.
Here we have several railroad locks: B&O RR, PA RR, and Southern Rio Grande Pacific. We also have Master locks,a showcase lock, and even ‘handcuffs.’ We have a variety of old keys as well.
Over 6,000 years ago, locks may have been simply special knots tied in a rope that would tell the owner that someone had been in their belongings. From History of Locks, we offer this interesting quote:
History of mechanical locks started over 6 thousand years ago in Ancient Egypt, where locksmith first managed to create simple but effective pin tumbler lock that was made entirely from wood. It consisted of the wooden post that was affixed to the door, and a horizontal bolt that slid into the post. This bolt had set of openings which were filled with pins. Specially designed large and heavy wooden key was shaped like modern toothbrush with pegs that corresponded to the holes and pins in the lock. This key could be inserted into opening and lifted, which would move the pins and allow security bolt to be moved.
The History of Locks also mentioned this interesting bit of information concerning the Dark and Middle Ages in reference to locksmiths:
to try to confuse or compound lockpickers with new tactics. Instead of one simple lock they created multiple key mechanisms, increasingly complicated key designs, they obscured keyholes with detailed ornaments, created fake keyholes (with fake mechanisms inside), and more.
The first recorded mention of handcuffs appears in Virgil’s telling of the myth of Proteus…
MASTER LOCK PADLOCKS
Most of us are familiar with the name “Master Lock” and probably have owned a few over the years. We can think of bicycle locks, a lock for our school locker, or maybe even a lock on our tool box!
Master Lock was founded by Harry Soref in 1921.
In 1924 they started running ads like the one in this photo from their website,
If Bank Vault Doors and battle ships were built in laminated layers of steel for greater strength, why not make padlocks the same way? The first Laminated Steel padlock was invented and patented on April 22nd.
And did you know that Harry Soref helped Houdini? Here’s a quote from the Master Lock website:
By 1925 Harry Soref became a recognized icon with padlocks. Escape artist Harry Houdini visited Soref after he was unable to escape from a pair of handcuffs. Soref advised Houdini on trick places to hide padlock keys between his fingers and under his tongue during stage shows.
… and yes, they even did really well during Prohibition!
On February 20th, 1928 a container of 147,600 padlocks was shipped to federal agents in New York City. These locks were used to lock down many of the establishments that continued to sell the outlawed alcohol during prohibition.
These are just a few tidbits we discover when we write our blog posts.
No matter … stop by and see if one of these items would make a perfect gift for the magician on your Christmas List or maybe a great decorative item! We’ll be watchin’ for ya!