Our Wednesday Surprise Box is really a rolling cart of drawers filled with a variety of patches.
George has a huge selection of Boy Scout patches – all new. Plus a wonderful selection of military patches and a few miscellaneous. Love looking for just the perfect couple of patches? Well, stop by and see what we have in our Wednesday Surprise! Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!
From Benjamin Franklin’s spectacles to Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis’s sunglasses, eyewear plays an important role in our perceptions of history and culture. While the first eyewear emerged in the 13th century Italy, it didn’t mesh with fashion until much later. In 1730, an English optician developed a pair of glasses with two attached rods that rested on the wearer’s ears. From that point, corrective lenses became wearable accessories.
Did you ever make the connection between the invention of the Gutenberg Press and the popularity centuries later of printing for the masses would create the need, and popularity, of eyeglasses! Before then, few average people owned books. But once available, people then needed eyeglasses to improve their eyesight for reading.
It wasn’t until the 15th century, soon after the advent of the movable-type printing press, that concave lenses were developed in Florence. Florentine spectacle makers were so advanced, they had lenses graded for every five years of eye-sight loss for the age 30 and onward, plus two different strengths of lenses for the near-sighted.
Today, eyeglasses are common. Of course, we also have contact lenses and corrective eye surgery to improve our eyesight. But collecting eyeglasses has gained popularity among history re-enactors who look for period eyewear to complete their costumes. The theater has always been a great place for using vintage eyewear.
Even more fascinating are those who love collecting styles that were worn by celebrities and famous individuals. Nearly everyone can remember the styles worn by Jackie-O (wife of the late President John F. Kennedy).
Check out this post that shares some great examples of famous people and their eyewear.
This iconic vintage glasses guide will take you through the lives of 10 of the most stylish and famous ladies from Hollywood and beyond. We’ve even matched the eyepieces of our favorite iconic glasses wearers with our own frames, which are updated for today’s trends, so you can steal the look!
Okay, now you know a little more about eyeglasses. Stop in to Bahoukas and pick a pair for your historical costume, a theater costume, or to add a bit of pizzazz the next time you go out! Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!
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.
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.
We are ready to show you where the hats are. Come on by, yep, you know we’ll be watching for ya!
We doubt you’ve considered Bahoukas Antique Mall as a place to find a unique belt buckle for a gift. But think again!
A belt buckle is a buckle, a clasp for fastening two ends, such as of straps or a belt, in which a device attached to one of the ends is fitted or coupled to the other. The word enters Middle English via Old French and the Latinbuccula or “cheek-strap,” as for a helmet. Belt buckles and other fixtures are used on a variety of belts, including cingula, baltea, baldrics and later waist-belts.from Wikipedia
According to Wikipedia, belt buckles go back at least to the Iron Age, considered by many to fall between 1200 BC to 600 BC. Of course, our belt buckles aren’t quite that old!
Among our unique belt buckles consider the above: a buckle from Southern Comfort, a Police Dept Buckle that says Dieu ET Mon Droit (God and my right), a beautiful Eagle by Great American Buckle Co. 1988, LAPD police belt buckle, the infamous (or notorious) Playboy Bunny buckle, a handsome painted buckle of a wrecker/toy truck, a buckle with a Native American on it, and a Tall Ship belt buckle.
At the top of the photo is part of a Batman Kid’s belt – never work! (no buckle on this belt)
We have a wide variety of eye glasses at Bahoukas Antique Mall. On the top row (left) are a pair of Civil War Shooter’s glasses, and (right) are “John Lennon” style glasses. On the bottom row (l to r) are a pair of 1940s motorcycle/aviator glasses with leather frame and strap, eye glasses with case, and cat eye glasses – regular and sun glasses. What fun? Need a last minute item for your Halloween costume???
We also have the colorful and fun Circles & Squares by Bachmann
The money clip is an optional fashion accessory for the male wearer. It keeps paper money sorted and prevents it from being rumpled-looking in the pants pocket. There is a modicum of style attached to the use of this kind of clip. After all, if you are going out for a night on the town, it would not do to pay club cover charges with badly folded and crumpled up dollar bills. It is far more impressive to pull out a wad of neatly folded cash and hand the doorman the right change in the blink of an eye.
It is fair to say that the history of the money clip is directly tied to the history of non-coin currency. … Peter Suchy Jewelers blog
It was interesting to learn that Invented during China’s Han Dynasty in 118 BCE, original lightweight bank notes were made of leather. (from above post)
… an early precursor to the money clip is the drafts organizer of ancient Mesopotamia. Although it would be accurate to say that this clip is more closely related in function to a paper clip, it does factor into the money clip’s history by virtue of the items it secured. Back in 323 BCE, a clip would be used to hold notes detailing the storage of grain. The clips prevented loss of papers and helped with the easy distribution of the notes. A similar clip was used in Japan until about 300 CE for notes detailing rice storage. … Peter Suchy Jewelers blog
Interestingly, because most money clips are metallic, they are not necessarily as good a deal for travelers today. But …
… Although rare, carbon fiber money clips are starting to see market acceptance. Using advanced moulding techniques, the high strength and durability of carbon fiber make for ideal qualities. The carbon fiber allows the clamping surfaces to open beyond parallel, without the deformation of normal metal money clips. Also, being non-metallic they are ‘scanner proof’ which allows the user to pass through metal detectors without having to remove cash and credit cards. from Wikipedia
Many guys will recognize the U.S. Army Money Belt which makes it easier and safer to carry money, important papers, etc. Money belts are described in Wikipedia:
Money belts are belts with secret compartments often worn by tourists as a precaution against theft. One form of money belt is a belt with a pouch attached to the front which is worn under a shirt to protect valuables from thieves and/or pickpockets.
Another form appears to be an ordinary belt when worn, but contains one or more hidden pockets on the inside, often closed with a zipper. Money belts are often worn by tourists as a precaution against theft.
Items typically placed in a money belt generally include such things as a passport, travel tickets, driver’s license, credit cards, cash, and jewelry. A significant problem is that scammers, pickpockets, beggars, and the like, know that the presence of a money belt brings a high likelihood of the bearer being a tourist, and therefore a high-value target, bringing more attention upon the wearer than desirable. from Wikipedia
The most amazing money belt in our shop at Bahoukas Antiques is this 200 years old leather belt shown in the photo. It was from around 1800-1820 and was used by the lady’s great grandfather as he traveled west in a wagon train! WOW!
As you see, we have truly unique items in our store. We look forward to your next visit!
This Monday morning, as we watch the news to learn of the storm damage of Hurricane Irma, it seems a fine time to mention a unique jewelry item we have in the store. We hope these pieces will add a chuckle to your day. Stop by and grab your “Crazy Nuts”necklace. It’s sure to bring a smile to all those around you!
“Crazy Nuts’necklaces are created by Robert Davis of Kansas. He stopped by the store a while back and we just fell in love with these whimsical pieces. The silly faces are carved from Brazil Nuts, Almonds or Pistachios.
We might mention that Robert’s brother’s family also lives in Havre de Grace and they stop in to visit us every now and then.
You Might Not Think of Bahoukas When You Think of Shoes …
But you also just might be surprised. Take a peek at this collection. Little leather shoes for the babies, oxfords – like new, and check out the high, lace-up ladies boot of yesteryear. The black lacquered GETA are Japanese, while the wooden clogs could be from several countries. The variety of clogs is rather astounding when we researched them. We also learned why they have the pointy toe curling up. Check out the link!
You see, you just never know what you might find amidst the 2200 sq ft of antiques and collectibles in Bahoukas Antique Mall! So stop in soon and plan to spend some time browsing – seriously browsing! We’ll be watchin’ for ya!