Ghost Tours Return to Bahoukas

… with the addition of Haunted Buildings Walking Tour

Paranormal Investigations and Haunted History Buildings Walking Tour at Bahoukas in Havre de GraceWe’re excited to be bringing back our Ghost Tours with the intriguing professional Dead of Night Paranormal Investigators! Take part in an actual investigation. Learn how they use their equipment to locate entities in our building and try to communicate with them. Also, new this year, enjoy a walking tour that encompasses approximately 6 blocks and listen to George – our casual historian – share stories and history of our haunted buildings.

The next two dates are Saturdays: April 21 and May 19 from 9pm – 11pm.  Adults:  $15.00  Children:  $10  Call George today and reserve your spaces.  410-942-1290  Hurry – space is limited to 25 people. We will continue the event in inclement weather by showing a video of the walking tour if we can ‘walk it.’

Yes, you know, 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.

Andy Warhol Collected Cookie Jars

What do Little Sprout, Nestle’s Toll House, and Wiley Coyote have in common?

Cookie jars!

Little Sprout, Nestle's Toll House, and Wiley Coyote are just a few of the wonderful collectible cookie jars available at Bahoukas.

Artist Andy Warhol amassed a collection of 175 ceramic cookie jars. These were in a multitude of shapes and figures. Most were purchased at flea markets. Warhol’s collection was featured in a prominent news magazine and sparked an interest in collecting cookie jars. When asked in the 1970s why he pursued the 1930s and 1940s jars, Warhol said simply, “They are time pieces.” At an auction of his apartment’s contents in 1987, Warhol’s collection of cookie jars realized $250,000.

The Brush Pottery Company of Zanesville, Ohio is generally recognized as producing the first ceramic cookie jar.
__from Wikipedia

This comment about cookie jars used for advertising product is interesting:

 Early on, American companies would fill cookie jars with their product and sell the entire container. It was an easy and popular way to promote their brand and product.

The above quote comes from a great article from Antique Trader. Read it for 9 other interesting tips about the history of cookie jars.

Of course, here at Bahoukas Antique Mall we have wonderful collection of cookie jars. Come to think of it, they’re just in time for our upcoming Easter and Spring celebrations. Brighten up your kitchen with a unique, collectible cookie jar. And yes, we’ll be watching for ya!

Boxed Cards and Single Packs

Baseball – Football – Desert Storm and more…

unopened boxes and single packs of sports cards at Bahouaks in Havre de Grace

It may be snowing out today… and a bit of a challenge to be thinking sports, unless maybe Winter Olympics!! But we have a number of unopened boxes of sport cards as well as single packs. Above (l to r) includes:

  • 1992 Top Stadium Club Baseball Cards
  • 1991 Upper Deck NFL Football Cards
  • 1991 Fleer Baseball Cards
  • 1991 Desert Storm Cards by Tops

So when you’re ready to step outdoors again, do stop by. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

 

America’s Native Spirit

Did you know that about Jim Beam?

In 1964, under President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration, Congress declared bourbon “America’s native spirit”. Today, bourbon is recognized around the world as America’s native spirit, led by Jim Beam®, the world’s No. 1 bourbon.

Jim Beam Fox Collectibles at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace

Jim Beam decanters and ‘go-withs’ are great collectibles. Most of these pieces have specific histories.

  • Left is the Clown Fox Paperweight Figurine Jim Beam Bourbon Whiskey 1980 Regal China
  • Fox Hunt Jim Beam 11th Annual Convention Las Vegas,NV 1981 Die Dice Regal China
  • 1980 JIM BEAM Vintage Decanter Fox on a Dolphin South Florida Club Regal China
  • Vintage Cherry Valley Jim Beam Specialty Club 1979 Fox Girl Bottle 8″ Tall Happy Birthday Regal China
  • Rare Vintage 1980 Jim Beam Convention Sailor Fox Bottle 7″ Tall Regal China

Did you know that just because it’s ‘whiskey’, doesn’t make it ‘bourbon?’

Here are a few facts from their website:

  • Bourbon is kind of like whiskey’s “sweet spot.” Because corn is a sweet grain, the more corn, the sweeter the whiskey—and bourbon needs to be at least 51% corn.
  • In 1964, under President Lyndon B. Johnson’s administration, Congress declared bourbon “America’s native spirit”.
  • The only thing that can be added to bourbon is water (and only to bring it down to proof).
  • By law, bourbon must be aged in NEW charred oak barrels.
  • It can’t say “bourbon” on the label if it’s not distilled and aged in the United States. It can’t be “Kentucky Straight Bourbon” unless it’s distilled and aged in Kentucky for at least 2 years. And it can’t say Jim Beam® unless it’s been made by seven generations of one family.

Check out their website for an interesting family business of seven generations. Beautiful story and some really remarkably beautiful decanters and ‘go-withs.’

Yep, stop by Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum for more fascinating Jim Beam collectibles. We’ll be watchin’ for ya.

 

Collectible Creamers

Use them for cream, or even a small planter.

Delightful assortment of creamers available at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace, MD

Left to right, you have a traditional Wedgewood creamer, a delightfully funny pig, a pair of flowered cows, and a Royal Copley Spaulding duck. If you’re a collector, these are really interesting. But if you’re looking to use one for a creamer, they are all delightful. If neither of those uses is one that suits you, maybe you like to “think Spring” and use them for a small plant.

Royal Copley

Spaulding China Company operated from 1942 to 1957 in Sebring, Ohio. Marketed based on titles chosen to denote levels of “sophistication” the merchandise was all of very high quality. “Royal Windsor” and “Spaulding” were marketed to high end shops and department stores. 85% of the product was marketed as “ Royal Copley”, and sold to affordable “dime stores” and chains like Woolworth’s. The name Royal Copley has survived to represent all of the products of Spaulding, and an entire class of pottery.    __from Royal Copley Collecting

Stop in soon and take a peek at these. They’re really cute! We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Noah’s Arks

Yes, we know there was only one!

A Wade figures Noah's Ark and one by ARCO

 

On the right is a porcelain Noah’s Ark with Wade figurines (circa 2002) by Red Rose Tea. It includes 7 pairs of ‘critters’ plus Noah and his wife. It’s an adorable set.

On the left is a plastic Noah’s Ark set by ARCO. In this set, all the critics can be kept inside the ark since the top comes off.

Franchised gas stations used to give out all kinds of premiums to lure in folks from their road trips to fill up with Gulf over ARCO, or Esso rather than Sinclair.

Some of those premiums were in the form of maps, but others went straight to the back seat, to keep the kids quiet. If you grew up in the 1960s and 1970s, you’ll probably remember these gas station premiums.

… from Bestride.com

Remembering these premiums kind of makes me miss those road trips when we stopped for gas and got a toy or a juice glass as a premium! Ah, yes, the good old days.

Well, stop in and see what we have at Bahoukas. You know that we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Lovers of Classical Music

Beautifully Detailed 5″ Resin Busts

Wagner, Bach, Handel, F. Schubert, and Beethoven busts in 5" resin at Bahoukas

These 5″ resin busts would make a wonderful collection for that lover of classical music or maybe even someone who IS a classical musician! Left to right: R. Wagner, Bach, Handel, F. Schubert and Beethoven – these unique pieces are quite detailed! Have someone on your friends/family list that would truly love these? If so, stop in and browse at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace. You can be sure, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Playboy Club and Vintage Girly Squeakers

… Oh, Yes, that last item is Postcards!

Playboy Club memorabilia and 'squeaker' postcards

Yes, we have some sweet Playboy Club collectibles and a few other items. Included in the photo above are two glass Playboy Club mugs, a set of chrome bookends (yes, we have two), and a novelty mug that says, “Bottoms Up.”

In addition we have three wonderful lady bathing beauties on ‘squeaker postcards’ from the 1950s.

“It was a Squeaker,” said Horan, a tidy woman who wears her silver hair in a pageboy. She gives her age as “collecting postcards for over 50 years.”

A Squeaker, she explained, is a vintage postcard that has a hidden pouch for a noise-maker that squeaks when it’s compressed.

from the Denver Post

You just never know what we have at Bahoukas! So stop by and browse today. Yeppir, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

A Shadow Box and Candy

… Dispensers, that is!

 candy containers to start your collection at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Have you ever considered starting a candy container/dispenser collection? If you have, we have a way to get you started. Not only do we have some great printers boxes that make an awesome shelf for these little collectibles, but we have a wonderful collection of containers to choose from. You most likely already know that PEZ collectibles are BIG in our shop. But we’ve added new items to our candy collectibles. Above are items from the 1980’s and 1990’s … from Mutant Ninja Turtles to the Flintstones … and yes, they still have the candy in them. (We really don’t recommend eating them! Yuck!) If this is a collection you might want to start, maybe share with a child in your life, or you’re looking for some items to add to your own collection, stop in to Bahoukas Antique Mall soon. Of course, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

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!

We May Have March Snow, But …

It’s Spring Training Time for the Orioles!

Ed Smith Stadium is a baseball field located in Sarasota, Florida. The stadium was built in 1989 to replace Payne Park as a Spring Training and Minor League Baseball site. In 2010, the Baltimore Orioles began playing spring games at the ballpark.  from Wikipedia

Baltimore Orioles sports memorabilia at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace, MD

To celebrate Opening Day and Spring Training for the Orioles, we share a few Orioles Collectibles available at Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum. In this photo we have an 1960s Baltimore Orioles pennant, and a selection of glasses specific to the Orioles. So ‘get your game on’ and celebrate Spring with Baseball’s Spring Training!

If you’re feeling a bit down about the Orioles this year, check out this article that offers a bit of hope… then stay tuned as the Orioles get to work on their 2018 Season!

The Orioles have now supplemented their starting rotation with two veteran pitchers — more progress in less than a week of spring training than in the entire offseason — but the team is far from done in attempting to continue to upgrade its camp roster.  from Edwardo A. Encina for the Baltimore Sun

 

The Details Matter

Figural Bottle Openers Actually Have Rules!

Bahoukas has a fine collection of figural bottle openers.

The above openers are from left to right: a reproduction cast iron goat and a 4-eyed, a 1940s Syroco horsehead, old cast iron drunk-on-a-pole, parrot and the seagull (on the right). A brass “donkey” and a Coca Cola wall mounted opener are included.

According to the site of the Figural Bottle Opener: they established the characteristics of these collectibles as follows:

At the first collector convention, members established the criteria for a figural bottle opener.

It must be a figure designed for the sole purpose of opening a bottle.

It must be three dimensional on both sides.

It must be free standing or wall mounted.

The part that actually lifts the bottle cap should be an integral part of the figure.

Some openers do not meet the last criterion, but have gained club acceptance because they were included in the original catalogues of well-known opener manufacturers. Most figural openers are made of painted cast iron or aluminum. The hook may be hidden in a piece of shrubbery or be part of a beak, tail or mouth.

Stop by and see this unique assortment of figural bottle openers. Of course, you’ll have to browse a few of our hundred other collections. And you know we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Trucks – Nylint – ERTL – Hess and more …

… PLUS Murray Pedal Car

Vintage Press Steel Trucks and a Murray Pedal Car - all waiting for you at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace, MD

When the automobile made its appearance, the pedal car soon followed. Pedal car history goes back to the 1890’s when most were modeled from the real cars on the road at the time.  Since their conception, pedal cars were all kids wished for.  But at the turn of the century, their cost meant they were playthings for only wealthy families. With many families reeling from the financial devastation of The Great Depression, pedal cars were often toys for upper class children.  Those not so fortunate played with basic homemade ride-on toys.  In the 1920’s and 1930’s the wealthy were catered to when it came to buying pedal cars since they were the primary buyers.  No pedal cars were produced in the mid-1940’s when all metal production was directed to the World War II effort.   from Pedal Car Planet 

In the above photo, you see the Pedal Car – Hook Ladder Pumper  – plus a huge variety of vintage steel pressed toy trucks and cars and more.

Pressed Steel Toys tend to be bigger and heavier than most toys & are made of steel predominantly. The thick steel parts (compared to most toy forms) are pressed between two tooled metal dies with hydraulic force. The result is a very strong and sturdy toy, often made in a process similar to 19th century auto fenders. In fact the rise of steel in the U.S. and burgeoning auto industry allowed pressed steel toys to thrive. Craftsman that knew how to make autos simply shrunk the tooled dyes and pressed steel shapes down for toys.    from AntiqueToys.com 

Nylint Trucks with smaller ERTL truck banks all at Bahoukas

Above are a few of the Nylint Trucks with the smaller ERTL banks on the bottom shelf. Below is a huge selection of Hess Trucks.

Huge collection of Hess Trucks available at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

If you love the old metal trucks, cars and equipment, you’ll want to drop by Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum and see this huge collection for yourself. Included in these vintage pressed steel toys are Wyandotte, Tonka, Marx, Structo, Smith-Miller and more. So, come on in. It’s a great weekend to browse the shop. And yes, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

 

Pygg Pots to Piggy Banks

Ever Wonder How the Piggy Bank Got Its Name?

The piggy bank’s history goes back to the Middle Ages. Check out this interesting trivia!

Believe it or not, the basic piggy bank used to be far more than just a childhood relic. The concept of stashing cash in hollowed objects has been around for nearly six centuries – before banks themselves were even dreamt up.
from Business Insider

Pygg pots to piggy banks - fun at Bahoukas Antiques

Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace has a delightful collection of banks – yes, including ‘piggy banks!’ Left to right they include: a mechanical cowboy souvenir bank from Havre de Grace First National Bank & Trust (not for sale), a J. Chein tin bank that says “Happy Days Bank,” a glass piggy bank (I remember these!), a large chalk ceramic Piggy Bank, an advertising piece – Sinclair Dinosaur Bank, a glass ‘fox’ bank that originally had drink flavoring in it, U.S. Mail box cast iron bank from the 1920s, and a 1930s cast iron piggy bank!

Mahapahit piggy bank from National Museum of Indonesia, JakartaAlong with the amazing history of the Pygg Pot, we share the desciption below:

Pygg is an orange colored clay commonly used during the Middle Ages as a cheap material for pots to store money, called pygg pots or pygg jars.[3] There is dispute as to whether “pygg” was simply a dialectal variant of “pig.”[4] By the 18th century, the term “pig jar” had evolved to “pig bank”.[5] As earthenware was supplanted by other materials, such as glassplaster, and plastic, the name gradually began to refer specifically to the shape of the bank, instead of what was used to make it.  fromWikipedia

So, tell the truth, did YOU know how piggy banks got their name? As we keep sharing, you just never know what you’ll see and learn when you stop by Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum in Havre de Grace. As you know, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

How many ways can you play stringed instruments?

… play with a bow, some with picks, many with plucking and strumming

musical instruments available at Bahoukas Antiques

Above we have a beautiful violin (autographed, but we don’t recognize the names – maybe you will), a dulcimer, a Bauer Bowl Mandolin, a Russian balalaika, and the frame of a banjo. Oh yes, and a tambourine! (Come on… let that 60’s child out and enjoy a bit of rhythm!)

The balalaika (Russian: балала́йкаpronounced [bəɫɐˈɫajkə]) is a Russian stringed musical instrument with a characteristic triangular wooden, hollow body and three strings. Two strings are usually tuned to the same note and the third string is a perfect fourth higher. The higher-pitched balalaikas are used to play melodies and chords. The instrument generally has a short sustain, necessitating rapid strumming or plucking when it is used to play melodies. Balalaikas are often used for Russian folk music and dancing.   from wikipedia.org 

Listen to an explanation and hear the beauty of this instrument in this video:

If you go to another blog post on our site, CLICK HERE, you can also enjoy the beautiful sound of the dulcimer and the mandolin.

Music seems to be as old as the human race. It has comforted us, given us joy, led us to war, and created amazing celebrations.

“While language splits the world into detailed, distinct pieces, music unifies the world into a whole,” Perlovsky writes. “Our psyche requires both.”

from Mic.com

These wonderful instruments are in our front window. Stop by and see them for yourself. We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Firefighter Collectibles

… unique, intriguing, great gift ideas

Fire Dept collectibles include brass fire nozzle, Glass-O-Matic Fire Extinguisher, Fireman's hat, Fire Dept badges, World's Best Fireman Statue - all available at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

Included in our firefighter collectibles are a brass fire nozzle, a VERY toxic Glass-O-Matic Fire Extinguisher (glass fire grenade) with holder from the 1950s, a Joppa-Magnolia fire hat with badge, two Fire Dept. badges (Des Moines, IA and Chief Fire Police, Pioneer Hose Co., Cumberland, MD) and a 1960s ceramic “World’s Best Fireman” statue!

Early glass fire grenades were full of a salt water solution with added bicarbonate of soda or muriate of ammonia. Due to the use of salt water as an ingredient the fire grenade was advertised as non-freezing. Carbon tetrachloride, a dangerous chemical, was used as the fire deterrent in many glass fire grenades. At that time the dangers of its use to the body were unknown. It can cause damage to the lungs, liver, kidneys and the brain. The carbon tetrachloride is easily absorbed into the body through the skin and lungs. People of the late 1800s were not aware of this.

Carbon tetrachloride was used in making refrigeration fluid and as a cleaning fluid by dry cleaners during the last century. It is now banned and is considered a hazardous material. However the fire grenade worked by robbing the fire of oxygen through a chemical reaction.

The glass fire grenade was designed to be used like a military grenade — thrown at the fire to put it out. So the grenade usually had a long neck in order to grasp it. It had a decorative round body, looked like a bottle, and was made in a variety of colors — cobalt blue, olive yellow, green and clear.

The tear-drop shaped glass grenades were made to be placed in a wire rack on the wall in a strategic place. The pointed end was placed in the hole of the rack.

from blog.nj.com 

Our 1960s “World’s Best Fireman” ceramic statue might make a very special firefighter a unique Father’s Day Gift (or Valentine’s Day). Just sayin’! So be sure to stop in to Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum. We always have something new and ‘lots of old’…. we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

SMURFS – we have Smurfs

Did you know they were created in 1958!

Smurfs - glasses, PEZ dispensers and more at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

If you lived through the 1980s, chances are you owned, listened to or watched the tiny blue gnomes named The Smurfs. They’re actually much older than that, as Belgian cartoonist Peyo created them way back in 1958. And since then they’ve been entertaining (and boring the minds out of) millions of people around the world. Which brings up the question: How can the Smurfs be both universally popular and so boring that watching their “adventures” makes you want to take a smurfing gun and smurf yourself?   from 8 Facts About Smurfs That Are Actually Kind of Interesting

In the above photo, you’ll see that Bahoukas has a wonderful variety (well, as much as possible with the little blue Smurfs characters) that include new PEZ Dispensers, Chatter Chum – pull the string and he talks (the largest on the right), a Push-Puppet Smurf (in the middle), the tiny PVC Smurfs (in front) and a collection of Smurf Character glasses (14 in all) produced in 1982 by Wallace Berrie & Co.

Smurfs

The storylines tend to be simple tales of bold adventure. The cast has a simple structure as well: almost all the characters look essentially alike—mostly male (a few female Smurfs have appeared: Smurfette, Sassette, and Nanny Smurf), short (three apples high),[5] with blue skin, white trousers with a hole for their short tails, white hat in the style of a Phrygian cap, and sometimes some additional accessory that identifies a personality (for example, “Handy Smurf” wears overalls instead of the standard trousers, a brimmed hat, and a pencil above his ear). Smurfs can walk and run, but often move by skipping on both feet. They love to eat sarsaparilla (a species of Smilax) leaves, whose berries the Smurfs naturally call “smurfberries” (the smurfberries appear only in the cartoon; in the original comics, the Smurfs only eat the leaves from the sarsaparilla).

The Smurfs fulfill simple archetypes of everyday people: “Lazy Smurf”, “Grouchy Smurf”, “Brainy Smurf”, and so on. All Smurfs, with the exception of Papa, Baby, Smurfette, Nanny and Grandpa, are said to be 100 years old. There were originally 99 Smurfs, but this number increased as new Smurf characters appeared, such as Sassette and Nanny. All of the original Smurfs were male; later female additions are Smurfette and Sassette—Smurfette being Gargamel’s creation, while Sassette was created by the Smurflings.     from Wikipedia

What role did the SMURFS play in your growing up years? Or how did you cope as a parent? It’s most interesting to learn some of the changes connected to the SMURFS in the U.S. where they were changed from the original black characters to blue.

Five Euro Smurf Coin

To celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Smurfs, the Belgian Mint issued a five Euro Smurf coin. The limited edition coins come in numbered boxes – only 25,000 were produced! The Five Euro Belgian Smurf Coin was produced in two forms, colored and plain silver. Both coins have a diameter of around 1″. The coin reads “Les Schtroumpfs 1958 – 2008”, “50” in the middle, “Peyo 2008” underneath that, and “De Smurfen” on the bottom. The Smurf coins were issued by the Royal Belgian Mint and are a series of commemorative coins from Belgium. from BlueBuddies.com 

Photos of the coin from the same sight:

5 Euros Smurf_Coin

So there you go … more than you ever wanted to know about Smurfs. Ready to add to your collection? Maybe you’re ready to start collecting. Either way, stop by Bahoukas Antique Mall and Beer MuZeum to see what we have. Of course, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!