These irons might look familiar to you. Well, maybe to your mom and dad. Electric irons make your cotton clothes look sharp and pressed!
quite hard to date these slickers, sleekstones’, slickenstones, in german language, glättstein gniedelstein, gniddelstein, grindstein these glass iron smoothers are believed to have served as a pressing iron. The earliest linen smoothers date from the Viking to the Middle Ages, and the latest were made in the 18th century.
Do you know what this is? Is what they call a linen-smoother made from very slick stone. They were used from the days of the Vikings through the Middle Ages and into the 18th century. Who would have guessed!
The forebears to modern electric irons, these flat irons are often triangular or come to a point to make it easier to iron around buttons. The heft of a sad iron would help it hold heat, as well as to press the fabric flat. To protect fabric and surfaces from singeing, sad irons often came with metal trivets to rest on, and these are often-beautiful, intricate, and collectible examples of metalwork that were made in a myriad of designs.
The earliest metal flat irons were forged by blacksmiths in the Middle Ages. These were heated on an open fire or a stove, and the metal handles had to be grasped with a thick potholder, rag, or glove. Women had to be careful not to track soot or ash on the clothing they were ironing.
Doors had replaced hangings to provide better safety and privacy, and upper-class Greeks had slaves whose sole purpose was to answer the door.
It’s a bit like having a butler, but one that was chained to the door to prevent them wandering off. If they didn’t die of boredom, they’d fall asleep, and so to wake them up, visitors rapped the door with a short bar of iron attached to a chain.
These bottles are beautiful and decorative. They would be lovely with a flower or two, or just sitting on a window sill reflecting the sunshine.
Besides Corning, did you know there’s a wonderful glass museum in S. New Jersey?
The American glass industry began in southern New Jersey because of its availability of natural resources such as wood, sand, soda ash, and silica. The nation’s earliest successful glass factory was founded in 1739 by Caspar Wistar in nearby Salem County. Many of the nation’s foremost glass factories operate in South Jersey.
In 1888, Dr. Theodore Corson Wheaton, a pharmacist, began making his own pharmaceutical bottles in a glass factory in Millville. From these beginnings, today’s giant glass manufacturer, Wheaton USA (formerly Wheaton Industries, Inc.), evolved.
In the early 1960s, Dr. Wheaton’s grandson, Frank H. Wheaton, Jr., visited the Corning Museum of Glass in Corning, New York. He discovered that much of the glass created and produced in southern New Jersey was displayed in this museum. He felt that these treasured museum pieces should be displayed in the areas in which they were produced…southern New Jersey.
These bottles were popular in the mid-Atlantic region.
Residents of New Jersey north of Burlington County might not be completely familiar with Wheaton bottles, but Delaware Valleyans might consider them old friends. For at least a generation, a living room wasn’t complete without one on display.
If you lived in southern New Jersey, you regularly encountered these distinctive and brightly colored bottles featuring reliefs of famous individuals from history.
We decided that with the crazy weather patterns that in the past week or two have included 50 degree days and sunny, ice-sleet-snow days dropping to single digits, and just about everything in between, we’d add just a splash of color.
Glass paperweights are just that hint of color, sunshine and spring that you might need. Add one to your desk, kitchen counter, bookshelf, or bedroom nightstand.
Choose one for its coloring, the flower hidden inside, or the abstract ones that tickle the imagination when you find your gaze fixed on them. But give them an opportunity to inspire thoughts of spring and remind you that it won’t be long!
These ‘frogs’ are for used to arrange flowers. Some are complete, just add water and flowers. Others are placed at the bottom of a vase, then add flowers. These frogs allow you to create beautiful arrangements easily.
Why did we mention these ‘frogs’ along with the glass paperweights?
We thought that while you’re thinking about spring, sun, and color, you just might want to pick up some cut flowers and bring all of those beautiful thoughts into your home and/or office. And these ‘frogs’ will just make that task easy.
So enjoy a sweet touch of color and sun by stopping in to Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum and find one or two items that will brighten a corner of your desk, counter, home or office. Don’t forget to grab a bouquet of cut flowers on your way. In the meantime, you guessed it, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!
Tin containers are loved for decoration, especially when enjoying the many colors and designs from their advertising. Some are very collectible. But they’re nearly all quite utilitarian. They make perfect storage containers for a very wide variety of items from bags of flours to cookies, yarns to crayons, and just about anything you might think of.
Tin trays have been used for their primary use – carrying things. But tin trays have also been used for wall decorations or to hold things on shelves and tables. They come in pretty much every shape and size. Many collectors love them for their advertising as well.
Here at Bahoukas we also have a wonderful assortment of decorative, tin signs. Some have old advertisements on them, others are just great images, like the surfboards in the one pictured to the left.
Stop in and see the many tin collectibles we have at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum. Then think about the creative ways you might use them in your home or office, or which ones you might add to your collection.
Of course, you’ve seen our Christmas Tree decorated with PEZ! And we have a huge selection in our shop. Did you know that George has an entire room in his home dedicated to PEZ. Yup, he sure does!
Canning was a major industry in Havre de Grace for many decades. And collecting canning labels is a passion for many. Our label reprints make for some very colorful items to create decorative pieces especially for your kitchen.
We encourage you to visit Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum to discover our many ‘collections.’ George really is a “Collector of Collections”! We’ll be watchin’ for ya!
You might not think of Bahoukas for games and decorating at Holiday Time. But stop in and check out this beautiful chess set that’s even more wonderful if you see it in person. This set will delight your favorite player or a collector. Simply beautiful. Hurry, we only have one like this one!
Also, if you’re not finished decorating your home or office, you might want to stop by and see what we have for ornaments. Do you remember the little figurine candles that decorated a small table or maybe even were a part of your stocking stuffers? Well, we have those and many more items. We look forward to showing you all the ideas we have to make your holiday extra special with the love found in vintage and collectibles.
Stop by soon and see how delightful the variety of collectibles at Bahoukas Antique Mall can make your holiday. Add a bit of nostalgia and build on them to create your own traditions. Yep, we’re here and we’ll be watchin’ for ya!
You never ever know what you might discover in all the treasures at Bahoukas. While gathering photos for more blog posts, this most beautiful sculpture was discovered on a high shelf. You have to stop in and see it for yourself. It’s beautiful.
Of course, it’s been mentioned that George is having some big sales this month on glass and record albums. Well, I’m not sure what all is included… but check out this amazing blue glass that just arrived in the last couple weeks.
If you don’t know by now, George is always willing to make a deal. Stop in and see for yourself. In the meantime, here’s a bit more beautiful glass for every taste:
Now doesn’t this look festive for the Holidays! Or maybe you prefer one or two of these beautiful pieces. They would add wonderful beauty reflecting candles and lights at your holiday table.
Hopefully, we’re on your to-do list to visit for that special decorating idea you have or the perfect gift for someone on your gift list. Yes, we are here and waiting to say, “Welcome!”
Look at this wreath and tell me you wouldn’t love it! CLICK HERE for the directions on how to create!
We have a variety of unique rolling pins as well as a number of large wooden spoons used for decoration.
Are you crafty? There are some fun ways to use these items to create a beautiful gift. You have time – we have the items to help you out!
Need ideas? CLICK HERE for a great article offering 16 decorative ideas using old rolling pins. If you create something, be sure to send us a photo!
Oh my, there are some beautiful ideas for gifts created from old hankies. Check out AllWomensTalk.com for some wonderful and fairly easy crafts. You can also try your crafty fingers with those old doilies that many of remember our grandmothers having on their furniture. Visit this site for some beautiful ideas that are even in time for Christmas gifting or decorating! NOTE: This site loads slowly due to ads, but the ideas are definitely worth it!
Besides having the perfect numbers for your house, these metal numbers might be a perfect addition to a craft. Have you considered that? No? Well, at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum, we have ‘Surprise Boxes’ scattered throughout the store.
CLICK HEREfor some ideas that will get your creative juices flowing. Our numbers are a few inches tall. But if you’re ‘crafty,’ these examples just may be the spark you need! One idea, paint them with different colors and use them for the kids’ bedroom or playroom!!! FUN!
Put your creativity hat on and consider how you might upcycle these treasures. Yep, We’ll be watchin’ for ya.
This beautiful set comes in a very nice wood box. It would make your home bartender very happy during the coming holiday parties. Tongs, strainer, double jigger, and more complete this beautiful and very collectible set. We’ve got you covered for unique ideas for the coming holiday season from entertaining to decorating, gifts to games. Yep, We’ll be watching for ya!
We’ve decided to share our WEDNESDAY BOXES, giving you a sneak peek into the many boxes of various and sundry items. Today’s boxes include a variety of door knobs, draw and cabinet knobs.
We have an interesting quote to share to help with the difference between these items, but to also encourage creativity!
Handles, Knobs and Pulls
Cabinet opening/closing hardware follows a simple set of terminology: “Handle” and “pull” generally refer to a hardware item with two mounting points (two screws attaching it to the surface). A knob typically refers to an item with one attachment point. The most common arrangement of kitchen cabinet hardware is to pair knobs with the cabinet doors and pulls with the drawers, but this is definitely not a hard and fast rule. Hardware with two attachment points is sometimes used with cabinet doors. Interestingly, “handle” is the term most often used to describe a piece of hardware with two attachment points when it’s mounted on a cabinet door, whereas “pull” is the term that would be most commonly used to describe the very same item if it were attached to a drawer. from Rockler.com
If you’re upcycling a piece of furniture, stop in and see if we have the knob or pull that would add the right touch to your chest of drawers, cabinet, or even a door! You’ll discover real treasures in the boxes we have throughout the shop. Of course, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!
While sorting some items in the shop, we realized that our reproduction canning labels are truly beautiful. Most are $5 each and we can order more and get them back in a day. (We also have some ‘original, collectible, canning labels if you desire those. Priced a bit higher.)
Anyway, check out the artwork. WOW! The photos don’t do justice to how great these actually look. (We took photos through a vinyl covering.)
Could you imagine decoupaging some of these beautiful canning labels for unique kitchen decor!
Beautiful. Oh, not sure what decoupage is:
Decoupage or Découpage is the art of decorating an object by gluing colored paper cutouts onto it in combination with special paint effects, gold leaf and other decorative elements. Commonly, an object like a small box or an item of furniture is covered by cutouts from magazines or from purpose-manufactured papers. from Wikipedia
Look around. You can create beautiful coasters, cover a cutting board or that wood knife holder on your counter, a tray (metal or wood), cupboard doors, jars, and more. Beautiful, unique, and truly your own! Stop by Bahoukas Antique Mall today and plan your holiday gift or creative decor items. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!
Brides, wedding planners, and wedding shower hosts are always looking for unique decorations. At Bahoukas Antique Mall we have some beautiful, and a few humorous, collectible wedding toppers. They make great toppers for wedding cakes, of course. But they can also be used in wedding shower decor!
Wondering what other ways you might use collectible wedding toppers. VISIT THIS PAGE on HGTV.com for some really fun ideas. ENJOY … then stop by and see if we have something that might work for your creative project. Yes, we WILL be watchin’ for ya!
When you collect miniatures, they’ll take less space. For the minimalist, it might be the perfect way to enjoy vintage and antique collectibles in a smaller or simpler space.
How long have we been collecting miniatures? Consider this quote:
Archeologists have discovered wooden miniatures of farm animals, carts and other everyday objects that date back to at least 5,000 BC in Egypt. It’s difficult to catalog the exact history of miniature collecting since there are so many different types of miniatures and ways the miniatures were used.
While people have collected miniatures for thousands of years, most early miniatures served a utilitarian purpose. Armies used miniature models for battlefield and wartime strategies. Architects and designers used miniature models to help visualize and refine designs for structures and furniture. Regardless of the purpose or type, it’s safe to say that people have been interested in miniature collecting for as long as miniatures have been around.
Above is a beautiful collection of miniatures including Czech glass – tiny, exquisite, and beautiful.
The above collection are lead crystal sets by Princess House. They include fish, horse, cow, rabbit and rat plus four circus figurines: clown, lion, elephant and seal.
So if you would like to start collecting, but also want to keep it manageable, start with ‘miniatures.’ Of course, we’re not saying that miniature collections can’t take over your space. But, that’s for another post!
Stop in and see the miniatures we have throughout the shop. We have also have a number of printers trays that are great for small collections. Of course, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!
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
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:
Along with these great reproduction cast iron pieces, you’ll find a number of vintage and collectible cast iron items.
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!