German “Tinnies”

and Army Medals

Pre-WWII German “Tinnies”

According to Wikipedia, we have the following explanation of a German “Tinnie:”


“Tinnie” is the common term for a commemorative medal made from a non-precious metal such as zinc or tin (or even plastic) and with provisions for being attached to a garment and displayed while worn. Such medals were commonly sold or given away at public events to build group cohesiveness or to lend prestige to the wearer. The “golden age of the tinnie” was World War Two, and the Nazi Party and the USSR were among the most prolific disbursers of them. They are avidly collected today by hobbyists and, although usually inexpensive to obtain, are often collected in conjunction with coins, exonumiamilitary awards and decorations and other related small stamped or cast metal objects.

U.S. Army Medals

A wonderful way to learn about history is to collect U.S. Military Memorabilia. We have a section just for you! Included are these U.S. Army Medals.

We look forward to showing you this area. And yes, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Beer Taps

… on tap

Our Beer MuZeum offers an interesting variety of beer taps

We love our Beer MuZeum. If you’re a collector of “Breweriana,” you’ll want to stop by and see our collection. We have a huge collection in our 2nd floor area that covers 2200 sq. ft. Plus there are many items to be found on our 1st floor.

Beer taps on tap at Bahoukas Beer MuZeum in Havre de Grace, MD

Or maybe you just have a ‘man cave’ or recreation room where a beer tap of your favorites would add a bit of ambiance to your decor. Besides beer taps, we also have mirrors, beer cans, trays, lights, signs, and more.

We look forward to having you stop by and browse our breweriana. After all, if our State Comptroller Peter Franchot can stop by to see us, we know you’ll love it. Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Toby Jugs

…or Character Mugs

Character Mugs at Bahoukas


Sleuthing out the difference between a toby jug and a character mug is elementary; jugs have a spout on the rim for pouring, while mugs are straight along the entire rim. A typical character mug is molded to represent just the head of a subject. A toby jug is fashioned into the full figure of a plump, jolly man named Toby Fillpot, who was said to have died from overindulging in drink and tobacco. Toby jugs depict their namesake dressed in a long coat and a tricorn hat, which forms the pouring spout. Toby also holds a mug of ale in one hand and a pipe in the other.

… from PressRepublican.com

In researching a bit more, we learned that the Toby Jugs and Character Mugs are popular with men. Maybe you’ll want to consider adding to your favorite guy’s collection (or help him start one)!

If you’re so inclined (or that serious a collector), you may want to visit the American Toby Jug Museum in Evanston, Illinois.

Stop by Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum soon and see more of this particular ‘collection of collections.’ Yes – we will be watchin’ for ya!

Need a Little Color…

a few thoughts of Spring!

Glass Paper Weights can add a bit of color to a drab day.

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.

Abstract or simple, the paperweight adds a hint of sunshine.

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.

These paperweights look almost like they have coral inside of them.

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!

Glass and pottery ‘frogs’ for the flowers that remind you Spring isn’t far away.

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!

Where do wild critters go..

when it’s really really cold!?

Collection of Tiny Owls and a few larger ones!

I think the wise old owls would tell us to snuggle deep into the boughs of a pine tree, away from the wind and snow. This tiny collection offers a variety of items all wise in their owl-nature!

Collection of tiny bunnies, bunny figurines
Collection of the cutest little bunnies – we know you want one!

These cute little bunnies will go deep in their burrows to stay warm on these icy cold nights. But, you have to admit, they are precious. You’ll definitely want to drop by and see our tiny little critters collections.

Collection of tiny skunks and other critters
This collection of skunks and a few other critters won’t bother your nose one bit!

In gathering photos for this post, I almost missed this Collection of Skunks and a few other critters. They are so small and very sweet – seriously. So if you’re into Tiny Collections, or maybe want to start one, be sure to take a peek.

Collections of tiny birds, chipmunks, and bears
Birds and Chipmunks and Cut Little Bears… oh my …

And the last Tiny Collection for this post is to help us ‘Think Spring’ as we get through these very cold nights. Cute birds and the most delightful chipmunks make for a fun way to start your Tiny Collection. The little bear you just want to tickle.

So there you have it. To help warm you on this cold Monday, enjoy our Tiny Collections of Little Critters. Then go ahead, bundle up and drop by Bahoukas Antique Mall! We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Tin is In!

Well, it’s useful and decorative!

a selction of  tin cans with advertising, Saltines by Keebler, Ritz Crackers, Pensupreme Cottage Cheese
Tin can containers with advertising have always been popular.

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 decorated with advertising or painted beautifully  are a beautiful addition to everyday usage and/or entertaining. Available at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace.
Tin Trays offer everything from advertising, to tourism messages, and symbols of the states.

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.

And yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Tiny Ice Skates

… to celebrate our first Ice Festival

Check out these tiny shoes – especially the ice skates!

We’ve been discussing Collections – especially ‘tiny ones.’ These tiny shoes are perfect examples of small collections that can be so much fun. Picture yourself browsing antique shops looking for just one more unique shoe to add to your collection.

We especially love the ice skate, just a couple inches tall, as we excitedly prepare for our Havre de Grace Fire & Ice Festival this weekend, Jan 19-20, 2019. CLICK HERE for details.

In addition, here’s another shelf of unique ‘tiny shoes’ to start you on your first ‘tiny collection.’

Tiny Shoes make for a great ‘first’ tiny collection!

So we encourage to stop in and check out the many choices available to you to begin your tiny collection. And, of course, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Tiny Collections

Help someone start collecting with ‘tiny’…

We all love to gather things around us that reflect our personalities,
interests and values, and make our home or office unique.

These ‘Tiny Collections’ can be added to your own shelves, or maybe you’d like to encourage someone to begin their own collection. We’ll be sharing more from George, our ‘collector of collections’ expert!

And yes, we’ll be watchin’ for ya. Stop in soon!

Small Is Fun!

Hot Wheels and more…

Hot Wheels and other small cars and trucks part of the Collection of Collections to be found at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
Yes, small is beautiful … and fun!
These cars, trucks are more are proof!

Do you remember playing with Hot Wheels and other little cars and trucks as a kid? Do you share that fun with your own kids or grand kids?

At Bahoukas we have a wide variety of small metal and plastic mini-vehicles. From fire trucks to construction equipment, possibly your favorite car of your youth, we have scores to choose from.

These little cars have a long history… TootsieToy made die cast cars in the 50s. They were crude and not very detailed. Then MatchBox hit the market in the mid-50s. And Hot Wheels burst onto the scene in the 60s.

We have a variety of the scale model, mini-vehicles and believe it’s a great way to share your stories of playing with them (and, of course, sharing those favorite ‘car stories’) with the youngsters in your life. It’s also a great way to start the kids collecting. What a wonderful way to enjoy years gone by.

The following quote from an article at Hemmings.com shares the love of these mini-cars in those early years:

Before you could drive, there was the desire to drive. Before you could put your name on a pink slip, you could ask Grandpa for a dollar to buy something cool. The rip of the package, the smell of the fresh paint that escaped the blisterpack, the bounce of the suspension, the fast roll of your new ride. More than a few car junkies will have to admit that playing with (and collecting) Hot Wheels was their first step into loving cars.

Stop in at Bahoukas and see the variety of die-cast cars and more. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Jukebox, Slots, Game Machines

Collections!

This jukebox works!

The jokebox is right inside the front door. It works. The glass on top will need replaced. But this is an amazing piece.

Scattered throughout the store are a number of amazing collections that include a jukebox, several slot machines (large and small), and a variety of games.

Several of these machines actually work. Talk to George who can tell you all about them. Need one for your game room or to add to your own collection?

As the Collector of Collections, George has a surprisingly large variety of collections. Enjoy this one. Interested? Stop in and talk to George. Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Did you know that Bahoukas is the Collector of Collections?

What do you collect?

PEZ over 700 including all the presidents from Washington to Obama at Bahoukas Antiques!
PEZ are fun to collect for young and old!

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!

decoupage old canning labels from Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
Canning labels are very collectible and can add to your kitchen decor as well.

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!

Chess to Holiday Decorating!

Have you consider Bahoukas?

Beautiful glass chess set at Bahoukas - a beautiful holiday gift
This chess set is more beautiful in person.

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!

Beautiful ornaments and decorations for your special holiday available at Bahoukas.

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.

Need a few buildings for your little village, or some beautiful Santa and Elf candles?

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!

Wednesday Surprise Box #6

Hats…not a box exactly…

With the cooler (colder!) weather, covering our heads, ears and necks become pretty important. We have some wonderful hats for winter comfort. Since they don’t really do well being tucked into a huge Surprise Box, you’ll find these in a section of racks in our shop.

Hats – stylish and warm

We also have several beautiful hat boxes that would make the perfect gift wrap for a chosen hat. Surely there’s someone on your list who would love a wonderfully stylish hat to greet the cold days ahead.

Along with some stylish hats you may find a scarf or pair of gloves tucked on a shelf near by.

We are ready to show you where the hats are. Come on by, yep, you know we’ll be watching for ya!

Art at Bahoukas

Sculpture from Around the World

Do you think you know what’s hiding in the 9,000+ sq ft of antiques at Bahoukas? Well, you might just want to stop by and see how diverse we really are. 

Amazing sculptures at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Here’s a sampling of some beautiful wood sculptures. They’re just one of the many unique pieces of art you might find to delight the perfect person on your holiday gift list.

You really do want to drop in and spend some time browsing all our shelves and nook and crannies. It’s astounding just what you’ll find. 

Yes, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Holly Jolly First Friday and Bahoukas

Love an old-fashioned Christmas?

Wooden riding firetruck!

One of the things we hear people saying is how ‘commercial’ Christmas is. We can help change that if you visit us at Bahoukas Antique Mall. We have a wonderful variety of toys and gifts that add value and excitement to your gift-giving.

Above is a well made, wooden firetruck sure to please that young toddler on your list. Nothing fancy, nothing to break, just a great toy! Stop by and see it for yourself.

Create a reader with these Golden Books and more

Remember all of your favorite books of years gone by. You can bet that we have some of them in our store. Come browse our children’s book section and find a couple that you’ll definitely want to share with the young reader on your list. Remember, there’s nothing kids love more than having you read to or with them!

Lunch Boxes for nearly every tv show or movie character.

Everyone had a favorite tv or movie character, often on their favorite lunch box. We have a huge collection of character lunch boxes that you’ll surely discover the perfect one for the lunch-carrying kid on your gift list. Or maybe, they just want to hide their treasures in one. Oh, and don’t forget, there are ‘big kids’ that love carrying one of these to work! So come in and pick out a couple for those on your gift-list that carry lunches or have treasures to hide!

Puzzles and more…

This is only one shelf of a huge collection of puzzles for all ages. We have large puzzles of 6-8 pieces for the toddler, 24 pcs for the pre-school, and plenty of other puzzles of all shapes, sizes, and number of pieces to entertain any puzzle lover – toddler to adult!

So while you’re enjoying tonight’s Holly Jolly First Friday with parade at 6, the lighting of the tree, carolers and stilt walkers, Santa’s arrival, shops open late, plenty of eateries – indoors and outdoors, take a few minutes to check out all that we have to offer for those on your gift list (and yes, even for yourself)! You can always come back tomorrow when the kids aren’t with you. 

In the meantime, enjoy the festivities. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Wednesday Surprise Box #5

Old Cut Nails and Thumb Screws

No, we’re not talking torture here!

old thumb screws available at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

Thumb Screws are best described in this quote from RabComponents.com:

A screw drive that comes with either a tall headed or ridged (knurled) sides, or a key-like flat sided vertical head can be defined as a thumb screw. These screws can easily be tightened or loosened by hand without using any external drive. However, they are not ideally used for any structural applications.

The over-sized head with the diamond-patterned grip finish allows the screw to be tightened or loosened without any external effort. This easy feature makes the screw an imperative part of those devices that require frequent removal and re-installation; for example, safety covers of electronic devices..

What are the Basic Applications and Advantages?

A thumb screw actually acts like a bolt in most applications. When typically used, this blunt-nosed screw or bolt is fastened into a threaded hole and its ease of removal doesn’t require any external tool to assemble or disassemble any equipment.

Old Cut Nails

The history of the humble nail can reveal a great deal. CLICK HERE to read a wonderful, brief article about the history of the nail. 

Looking at antique furniture, we often seek clues for authenticity and age. There are many factors that show true historic construction, but one clue that is often overlooked is the type of nail used to hold the piece together. Nails in antique furniture are often barely noticeable, but they are another key to unlock the history of wooden pieces. The quest for the ideal nail has taken centuries of development. As Churchill noted, “To improve is to change, to be perfect is to change often.”

Old Cut Nails - useful for crafts - at Bahoukas

CLICK HERE for a variety of ways to use old nails in crafts. It includes art, puzzles, and yes, even coasters. Check it out.

Then stop by Bahoukas and grab a handful for your next crafty project! Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya. Don’t forget, we have 50% off on all glass and record albums! Hurry in!

Angels and Glass

beautiful angel with harp sculpture just in time for the holidays at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Plus December Sales at Bahoukas

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. 

beuatiful blue glass now at Bahoukas Antique Mall

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:

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

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. 

cut glass and crystal at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

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!”

 

 

It’s All About the Teeth

Saw Teeth, That Is!

At Bahoukas, we have a nice selection of old tools including a few saws. 

A saw is a tool consisting of a tough blade, wire, or chain with a hard toothed edge. It is used to cut through material, very often wood though sometimes metal or stone. The cut is made by placing the toothed edge against the material and moving it forcefully forth and less forcefully back or continuously forward. This force may be applied by hand, or powered by steam, water, electricity or other power source. An abrasive saw has a powered circular blade designed to cut through metal or ceramic.    from Wikipedia

A variety of collectible, and useful, hand saws available at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

The above photo includes 2-man (person) saws and an ice saw. Below we have  an electric meat saw (used by a butcher).

electric meat saw from Bahoukas Antique Mall

At this time of year, I think of all the folks gathering and chopping wood to be prepared for the colder days and the long winter nights. What’s the poem about your wood chopping efforts? Oh yea, it warms you when you cut it and again when you heat with it. But the following is from Almanac.com and we think that’s probably much more accurate: 

I figure that this wood will warm me seven times.

1. Cut
2. Split
3. Put into truck
4. Take out of truck
5. Bring into basement
6. Stack
7. Burn

But just like those who knit and crochet, or color intricate designs, cutting wood can also be very satisfying as noted in the following quote:

I spend a lot of time doing carpentry. Sometimes there is nothing that gives me the contentment that sawing a piece of wood does.  Abbas Kiarostami

We look forward to showing you all the wonderful, old tools available at Bahoukas. So stop in soon. Someone may love one of these under their Christmas Tree. Oh wait, maybe they need one to ‘cut the tree!’ In any case, yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!