Edison’s Genius

Edison’s Gramophone 1912-1914

Beautiful Edison Gramophone 1912-1914

Bahoukas Antique Mall has a beautiful 1912-1914 Edison Gramophone with a selection of wax cylinders. It’s a beautiful piece. Edison had a wonderful view of the many uses that would benefit society that included dictation, recorded books for the blind, music boxes, and others.

Another view of the beautiful Edison Gramophone available at Bahoukas.

One use was to have music available for soldiers, that gave them a taste of home through familiar music. Though not considered by Edison, he welcomed the opportunity to acknowledge the sacrifice of American and Allied Nation’s soldiers in WWI. You can listen to Edison here:

Edison speaking public on a phonograph – 1917

Edison Invents the Phonograph 

Many of the uses Edison suggested for the phonograph have become a reality, but there were others he hadn’t imagined. For example, the phonograph allowed soldiers to take music off to war with them. In 1917, when the U.S. became involved in World War I, the Edison Company created a special model of the phonograph for the U.S. Army. This basic machine sold for $60. Many Army units purchased these phonographs because it meant a lot to the soldiers to have music to cheer them and remind them of home. This is an audio clip of Edison himself in which he expresses his pride in the soldiers and reminds Americans of the enormous sacrifice and contribution made by the other allied nations. 

from AmericasLibrary.com

Stop in soon and see this beautiful Edison Gramophone. We have others as well as newer model phonographs/record players. You do know the records are coming back – right? Well, we’ll be watchin’ for you!

Cast Iron Door Knockers

and their interesting history

… the history of door knockers begins several thousand years ago in Ancient Greece.

Greeks were a bit picky about unannounced visits to their dwellings, and it was considered a breach of etiquette to enter without warning.


Where Spartans would simply shout their arrival, the more sophisticated Athenians preferred to use a door knocker.

from Five Minute History

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.


from Five Minute History

It wasn’t long before some Greeks realized the short bar made a good weapon with which to attack the householder. So property owners fought back with new technology.


The knocker evolved into a heavy ring fastened to the door by a plate—dual purpose knocker and handle!


from Five Minute History


One of the most enduring themes for knockers has been the lion’s head.
Traditionally regarded as the king of beasts, the lion’s head symbolizes bravery, nobility, strength, and valor.


Lion’s head knockers were popular in the American colonies up until the revolution when the Eagle took precedence.


from Five Minute History

So we encourage you to visit Bahoukas and take a peek at these wonderful cast iron door knockers.

They’re really fun and will most certainly have your guests stop and enjoy! Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Tiny Bubbles…

oops.. Bottles!

tiny bottles are great for creating your very personal tiny collection - at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
Tiny Bottles are so intriguing…

What is it about those tiny bottles we find in antique stores? So many sizes, shapes, colors, they’re just fascinating.

We have a wonderful collection of tiny bottles.

Shades of blue and clear glass bottles - beautiful on a window sill - Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
Shades of blue glass bottles

This selection has a few larger blue bottles. Can’t you picture them lining a window sill. Maybe you see them with a few wildflowers or a single white stem: a petunia, or a single white rose, or maybe just a beautiful white daisy.

No matter how you use them, tiny bottles make for a wonderful ‘collection’ and add a bit of personality to your home or office. Stop by soon, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Tiny Dogs

We missed these little ones…

Just like skunks, kittens, and birds, tiny dogs are VERY collectible

Earlier in the year, we shared a wonderful selection of tiny collectibles. Somehow we missed these three photos of tiny dogs – all shapes, sizes, breeds. Some look very poised and others are just silly and cute!

Tiny dogs 2

It’s never too late to start your own tiny collection. These cute little 4-legged fur-balls just might create the perfect beginning.

Tiny Dogs 3

Hey, it’s Valentine Day this week. Here’s a thoughtful item to add to their collection. Or maybe you think someone special would like to begin their very own collection. Either way, we’ll be here and, yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Wood Tools and

Crocks, Jugs and more

Miscellaneous collectible tools
Collection of Wood Tools and more…

For the woodworker, we have a variety of vintage tools plus a few others. Come check out our collection and see if we’ve got one to add to yours!

very collectible jugs, crocks, bowls and more at Bahoukas
A small portion of our pottery, jugs and crocks!

It’s been awhile since we’ve posted a selection of our crocks and jugs. But we have some beautiful items. In the coming blustery days, if you’re braving the weather, come on by. Yep, We’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Wade Miniatures

Red Rose Tea and Teacups

Wade Miniatures - Noah's Ark - at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
Wades miniatures include Noah’s Ark and all the critters

When Red Rose Tea began to offer Wade miniatures in 1967, it wasn’t uncommon to promote food and beverage items with free premiums. Even so, the success of Wade figurines for Red Rose was unprecedented, boasting a production run for the first series of miniatures that numbered in the millions. The miniatures soon became a perennial item in boxes of Red Rose Tea. To date, it is estimated that more than 300 million Wade figurines have been given away in packages of Red Rose Tea in America.


George Wade came into ownership of Wade & Sons of Burslem, England in 1899, eventually renaming it George Wade Pottery. The style of figurines known as “Wade Whimsies” first appeared in the 1950s, and have been a regular promotion in Red Rose Tea in the United States since 1983.

from Red Rose Tea website
Stop by and see our amazing collecting of Wade miniatures.

Looking for a very special Valentine Day gift? Does she/he love tea? Consider a teapot and teacup set for 1 or more. Then add a few Wade miniatures. What a beautifully loving way to say, “I love you.”

We have an amazing selection of teacups and teapots.

Of course, with our huge ‘collection of collections,’ we’re sure we can help you discover a perfect gift for him or her that says, “I love you!” on that special day.

Yes, we’ll be watchin’ for you. Stop by soon.

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!

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!

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 #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!

 

Wednesday Box Surprise #4

lace and rhinestone wreath - all the fixin's available at BahoukasBoxes of Surprises Abound at Bahoukas

Look at this wreath and tell me you wouldn’t love it! CLICK HERE for the directions on how to create! 

Rolling pins from days of yore available at Bahoukas

 

 

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! 

 

 

 

lace doilies and hankies at Bahoukas Antique Mall

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!

lace, corchet, doiiles and hankies at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Holiday Decorating Made Easier

At Bahoukas, we have some wonderful decorating collectibles!

Set your table with unique, collectible Holiday Decor including this Poinsettia inspired table accessories from Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

This beautiful set of Poinsettia decorated table pieces will make your holiday table festive and bright. Stop by to see just how beautiful these pieces really are.

Need a table top Christmas Tree that doesn't need water - visit Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Maybe you need a tabletop Christmas Tree. We have several beautiful trees with electric lights and a manger at the base. It’s perfect for a senior in a small apartment, for someone who prefers a minimalist approach to the holidays, or an added piece for a shelf or table top.

Christmas Balls in all shapes and sizes - vintage - at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

 

We also have a beautiful variety of tree ornaments. In fact, 3 boxes of wonderful, vintage Christmas balls were sold just this week. Don’t hesitate. Stop by and see the choice ornaments we have waiting to add a bit of sparkle to your decorating. 

 

If you have a love and appreciation of an old-fashioned Christmas, stop in and see what we can add to your holiday decor. 

Christmas Decorations at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

Consider these delightful and colorful candles and small buildings to use under the tree, on a shelf, or to add to your train layout. Seriously, we have some really fun and beautiful Christmas Decorations. Including a variety of SANTAs for every purpose in your decorating. And you know it … we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

 

 

Wednesday Box Surprise #3

Kitchen Items in Time for the Holidays

Kitchen items at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

Are you in need of a particular kitchen utensil and need it NOW! Pop into Bahoukas Antique Mall and see if we have it for you. You’ll truly be surprised at our Surprise Boxes full of very practical and useable items!

ladles and other pieces for your holiday at Bahoukas

Maybe you just need a small ladle for gravy or a handy serving spoon. Yep, we have a Surprise Box of those items, too.

Seriously, if you’ve not checked out the hidden boxes of ‘surprises’ that can be found throughout our shop, you really need to stop in and check us out. Of course, we’ll be watchin’ for ya! 

PLEASE NOTE: We will be closed on Thanksgiving! But we’ll be ready for you today and throughout the Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, Sunday and Cyber Monday… and we’re right here in your neighborhood!

Wishing everyone a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving Holiday!

Thanksgiving…

Leads to Christmas

Funny Santas, Singing Santas, and beautiful collectible Santas all at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

This beautiful holiday celebration of Thanksgiving, we show our gratitude for all that we have. Most importantly, we are nudged to actually ‘notice’ what we have.

Funny Santas, Singing Santas, and beautiful collectible Santas all at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace      Funny Santas, Singing Santas, and beautiful collectible Santas all at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace   

At the same time, we know that Thanksgiving hustles us into Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday for shopping. 

Funny Santas, Singing Santas, and beautiful collectible Santas all at Bahoukas Antique Mall in Havre de Grace

 

 

If you’ve not started yet, it also leads us into Holiday Decorating. We thought we’d start our holiday ideas with some very special and collectible Santas that are waiting for you to add delight to your holiday decor.

Stop in soon … and yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Wednesday Box Surprise #2

Metal Numbers? Yep!

box of metal house numbers are great for crafts, too

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 HERE for 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.