Mother’s Day 2022 Gift Ideas – 1

Mother’s Day – May 8, 2022

This beautiful holiday celebrating ‘moms’ is only one week from Sunday! WOW! So we’re going to share a few blog posts with ideas for your mom, or grandmom!

These beautiful ‘lady head vases’ can be used for a plant or small fresh flowers. We have a wonderful collection.

Beautifully detailed Lady Head vases - some with earrings, necklace, and painted nails on hand
Beautiful, exquisite Lady Head Vases

Many of the most desirable head vases feature fancy hats, realistic facial features, and even pearl necklaces with matching dangle earrings adorning them. Some even have a shapely hand with painted nails delicately framing one side of the face.

from TheSpruceCrafts
Sampling of Lady Head vases - exquisite
Sampling of our collection of Lady Head Vases

Angel Figures and Lady Head Vases

We have some Josef Originals birthday angel figurines. They are so beautiful. They may also add a touch of class to your mom’s shelf. (Or a little girl’s birthday gift).

sampling of Josef Originals birthday angels figurines and Lady Head vases
Josef Originals birthday angel figurines and Lady Head vases

Who was Josef of Josef Originals

Muriel Joseph was originally a producer of Lucite jewelry under the name of Muriel of California until the outbreak of World War II. Unfortunately for Muriel Lucite was needed for the war effort, mainly for airplane windshields, which forced Joseph to search for a new product material. For a few years she continued to make jewelry, now with ceramic, before coming to the idea of designing and creating ceramic figurines. Muriel’s fiancé, Tom George, returned home to California at the end of the war unable to find work, so he focused on helping his wife’s business by making molds of Joseph’s models. The two married and in 1946 began producing ceramic figures under the name Josef Originals. The spelling of the name was meant to be “Joseph,” but the printer made a mistake on the first set of labels ordered. As it was too late to reprint the labels, this error gave birth to the name “Josef Originals”.

from VintageVirtue

As always, we’re here – and we’re watchin’ for ya. We have a wonderful variety of collectibles for creating a beautiful Mother’s Day gift. Don’t forget, it’s only days away – May8, 2022!

Why Collect Vintage Cameras

Why do people collect cameras with no intention of using them? Okay, maybe that’s a little unfair. Some collectors do enjoy using their vintage cameras. But for most collectors, buying classic and antique cameras is more about the joy of owning and admiring something special and different, while researching and learning about its place in the history of photography.

from AmateurPhotographer

Collections as Unique as the Collectors

Here, at Bahoukas Antiques, we’ve had a wide variety of collectible and vintage cameras over the years. We also have a number of folks who check back every year or so to see what new items we’ve collected. Those collectors range from the ones who love the ‘look’ and have special displays in their homes or offices, while others actually use them.

Vintage Camera

This 4×5 Graphic VIEW camera is intriguing and beautiful. Stop by to see this as well as a variety of other collectible and vintage cameras in our shop.

variety of collectible and vintage cameras at Bahoukas Antiques
variety of collectible and vintage cameras

Looking for Film?

Do you wonder where in the world you might purchase film for an old camera? Worry no more. Chat with George and he can help or read an article from ExpertPhotography.

Stop by today and browse the shop. We’re here and, yessirree, we’re watchin’ for ya!

Have You Enjoyed a Tea Party?

Try a Tea Party for Something Different

Afternoon tea is usually associated with the great tv series we’ve enjoyed, such as Bridgerton and Downton Abbey

A fancy tea (photo courtesy of Unsplash)

… or fun!

But also, you can have fun just as Alice did at the Madhatter’s Tea Party.

(photo courtesy of Unsplash)

We Have Tea Sets

Whether you’re looking for beautiful teacups and saucers, teapots, or beautiful settings, Bahoukas Antiques can add pizzazz to your tea party. Just look at 4 patterns from the very latest teacups and saucers we’ve acquired:

teacups in blues
Teacups in blues
teacups in lavendar
Teacups in Lavendar
teacups in shades of green
Teacups in shades of green
teacups in yellows
Tecups in yellows

Tea Party Etiquette

Of course, you can be very traditional or casual. But a little extra decorum can make a tea party a special event while still being plenty of fun. You might experiment with different tea flavors. Or you could ask each to bring a small dessert to share.

But THIS ARTICLE from PlumDeluxe can add a bit of sparkle to your party.

If you have a matching tea set, a traditional tea party is definitely a good excuse to pull it out and show it off. If not, mismatching cups bring fun and color to your table. 

The whole point of a tea party is to get together and enjoy tea. Pick your favorite teas to pour and share with your friends.

from PlumDeluxe
A beautiful display of our many teacups and saucers

So choose your theme. Then stop by Bahoukas if you need to add a few teacups and saucers, serving trays, or a teapot. Make it fun. Mix and match. Invite friends that will enjoy the tea and share stories and laughter. A tea party just might be what you need.

Don’t forget… we’re here… and we’re watchin’ for ya.

Jackie Robinson added to Our “Starting Lineup” Collections

Never Opened Additions to Sports Figures

We’ve received a wonderful assortment of “Starting Lineup” sports figures in never-opened packages. Including the amazing Jackie Robinson pictured above and Babe Ruth pictured below.

Babe Ruth

Added to our “Starting Lineup” collection is this beautiful Babe Ruth figure – never opened.

Starting Lineup series 1998 includes Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa

Basketball “Starting Lineup” Figures

1996 edition Starting Lineup figures: Lakers - Cooper and Orlando - Hardaway
1996 edition Starting Lineup figures: Lakers – Cooper and Orlando – Hardaway

Hockey “Starting Lineup” Figures

Hockey Figures

“Starting Lineup” figures include Gretzky and Fuhr

Variety of Starting Lineup figures

And many more…

We have a wall of “Starting Lineup” figures ready and waiting for you! And this latest addition has added dozens to our collection.

Stop in soon and start or add to your collection. And yes, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Lunch Boxes – a collector’s dream

Bahoukas Antiques has an amazing collection of lunch boxes. But today we want to share two really unique ones.

Camera-shaped Lunch Tote

front view of Mickey Mouse camera-shaped lunch tote (lunch box)
camera-shaped Mickey Mouse lunch tote – front view

This is a delightful lunch tote, complete with a yellow strap. It’s 1987 vintage. This is just too darn cute! Stop in and see if for yourself!

back view of Mickey Mouse camera-shaped lunch tote
camera-shaped lunch tote – back view

Another fun lunch box (tote) – Rock N Roll

Rock-n-Roll Jukebox

This fun Rock-n-Roll Lunch Tote (lunch box) is in great shape minus the strap.

Hundreds of Collectible Lunch Boxes

character lunch boxes offer something for nearly everyone at Bahoukas
Just a sampling of the wide variety of lunch boxes available at Bahoukas!

Lunch boxes are one of the favorite collectibles of kids of all ages. Whether you choose one from your favorite tv show, Disney character, or celebrity, we have a huge – HUGE – selection. We just add at least another 80 to our shelves.

Stop in today and pick one out. Whether you continue to use it as a lunch box, store your favorite treasures, or add to your collection, we’re here and we’re watchin’ for ya!

Small Collectibles – part 1

KwikSharp Razor Hone

This KwikSharp Razor Blade Hone is 1940s vintage in original wrapping. Basically, it’s a piece of glass that you used to sharpen a razor blade. During the war and following, razor blades were rationed and often hard to come by. This hone could extend the life of your blades by up to 50 shaves.

For an interesting article on the history of double-edge safety razors, CLICK HERE!

Small Collectibles Can Be Quite Artistic

As these cigarette papers show, small collectibles can also be quite artistic. Here’s a great way to capture history in smaller items, while still creating a beautiful collection. Stop by and see what we have to start your own small collection.

Cigarette Papers

3 vintage cigarette papers - front view
vintage cigarette papers – front
3 vintage cigarette papers back view
vintage cigarette papers – back

THE DAWN OF CIGARETTE PAPER

… burning newspaper had its own problems, especially with the then toxic-based inks. Spanish merchants began offering plain, unprinted paper for this purpose. One small factory in Alcoy that was making specialized packing papers offered the first paper designed specifically for cigarette rolling. This paper was later improved and an additional factory in Alcoy opened to compete. Over time additional cigarette paper factories opened near Barcelona, France, the UK and eventually there were many factories across Europe. In the Alcoy region, there is still one rolling paper factory left, which can actually connect its roots back to the first rolling paper factories. This Alcoy factory produces many popular artisan papers to date. Brands such as RAW, Elements, Juicy Jay’s & DLX are made using processes that date back to the origin of this factory. Some of the craftsmen at this factory have been making papers for generations!

BOOKLET

The origins of the cigarette rolling paper booklet can be traced back to a priest, Father Jaime Villanueva Estingo (Jativa, Spain, Alcoy Region 1765). Before Father Villanueva’s invention, tobacco smokers laboriously and wastefully cut sections of large sheets of paper to roll their cigarettes. He devised a more convenient method of peeling small sheets from pocket-size booklet dispensers and brought his idea to Alcoy, where the first rolling paper booklets ever were produced. People still pay homage to Father Villanueva in Alcoy to this very day.

from Rawthentic.com
2 vintage cigarette papers - front view
vintage cigarette papers – front view
2 vintage cigarette papers - back view
vintage cigarette papers – back view

Ready to Start Your Small Collection?

Whether your adding to a collection you already have, or you’re ready to crate a new collection, we can help you get started. Visit Bahoukas today. You know we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Collectibles, Spring, and Easter

Celebrate Spring with a visit to Bahoukas

We have a variety of collectibles for you to celebrate Spring! With Easter just one week away, you’ll want to stop in and pick out a few special items for decorating and to add to your Easter baskets.

The beautiful geese can grace a special buffet (these are fairly large) or add a bit of whimsy to your porch or deck.

Several Bunny figurines and a large ceramic egg

Bunnies & Eggs

We have the cutest rabbit collectibles and a variety of eggs. Whether you add to a basket (which we have) or to your Easter centerpiece, they’re sure to bring a smile.

Visit this link for more info on our Easter/Spring ideas.

Noisemakers

Don’t forget that we have a variety of toys and games from mini-furnishings for a dollhouse to metal trucks, Hot Wheels, and even a noisemaker or two!!!

Remember, they can take these outside and enjoy!

a variety of noisemakers for kids

We have a variety of jars and bottles that are just perfect to add a bit of spring to your home decor while you await the coming burst of flowers. Or just add a daffodil or two and VOILA! you have a bit of cheer and color to brighten a room.

flower stems in old collectible bottles

As we look forward to the coming warmer days and greener lawns, Bahoukas offers a variety of indoor and outdoor decor, tools and games, kitchen accessories and dishware, toys, and more. Put on your creative hat as you start your Spring plans and visit us. We just might surprise you with our variety of antiques and collectibles.

Of course, you already know we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Collectible Fun for Everyone at Bahoukas

Toys, Games, Vintage Advertising, Vintage shoes

We thought we’d entice you to visit by sharing a variety of items in this post. Whether you’re a kid or a kid-at-heart, we have some nifty items. You can also find some Vintage Baltimore advertising pieces, a game, and more.

We believe this game is a 3D Tic Tac Toe but we don’t have any directions. Can you figure it out? We’ve seen similar online, but none exactly like this one. It’s our recent whozwhatsit!

Vintage Newsstand Advertisement Pieces

We have a variety of Sun Papers advertisements in the shop. (Not recent reproductions) Stop by and see if you might enjoy a couple to frame and have in your collection or decor!

Baltimore Sunpapers newstand baseball advertising - vintage
Vintage Sunday Sun Baltimore newstand advertising for TV Week
Above is a Sunday Sun (Baltimore) newsstand advertisement for TV Weekly – I believe this is one of Charlie’s Angels – Farrah Fawcett

On the left is a vintage Sunpapers (Baltimore) newsstand advertisement for ‘expert baseball coverage.’

Vintage Shoes and Boots

A variety of vintage women’s boots from the 1900s with one pair of 1880s.

These women’s boots are so unique. Maybe you’d like the whole set or just a pair to perk up a special place in your home.

Mens leather boots

Men’s Boots

This handsome pair of men’s leather, riding boots are wonderful, but the wooden boot trees are what make this item extra, extra special.

Skediddles

Do you know what a skediddle is? We weren’t sure until we did some research. But this Mickey Mouse Skediddle is pretty cool. It’s a 1968 Mattel toy.

Mickey Mouse Skediddler

This is just the cutest toy from 1968 Mattel. Check out the 1968 vintage commercial below.

Sometimes we have way too much fun…

With Easter in another week, it’s a great time to stop in and see what might work perfectly to fill a basket or decorate your home. No matter what, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Calipers – Micrometers – Tools … oh my

Bahoukas received a beautiful collection of calipers and micrometers recently to add to some we already had. It’s a wonderful collection.

Don’t know what they are?

Calipers

Calipers were used as early as the 6th century BC by the Greeks and Romans, according to Wikipedia.

Calipers (photo courtesy of Pixabay)

caliper (British spelling also calliper, or in plurale tantum sense a pair of calipers) is a device used to measure the dimensions of an object.

Many types of calipers permit reading out a measurement on a ruled scale, a dial, or a digital display. Some calipers can be as simple as a compass with inward or outward-facing points, but no scale. The tips of the caliper are adjusted to fit across the points to be measured and the dimension read by measuring between the tips with another measuring tool, such as a ruler.

It is used in many fields such as mechanical engineer-ing, metalworking, forestry, woodworking, science and medicine.

from Wikipedia

Micrometers

Micrometer (courtesy of Pixabay)

The first ever micrometric screw was invented by William Gascoigne in the 17th century, as an enhancement of the vernier; it was used in a telescope to measure angular distances between stars and the relative sizes of celestial objects.

from Wikipedia

micrometer, sometimes known as a micrometer screw gauge, is a device incorporating a calibrated screw widely used for accurate measurement of components in mechanical engineering and machining as well as most mechanical trades, along with other metrological instruments such as dial, vernier, and digital calipers. Micrometers are usually, but not always, in the form of calipers (opposing ends joined by a frame). The spindle is a very accurately machined screw and the object to be measured is placed between the spindle and the anvil. The spindle is moved by turning the ratchet knob or thimble until the object to be measured is lightly touched by both the spindle and the anvil.

Micrometers are also used in telescopes or microscopes to measure the apparent diameter of celestial bodies or microscopic objects. The micrometer used with a telescope was invented about 1638 by William Gascoigne, an English astronomer. 

from Wikipedia

Here’s a detailed video with information for both inside and outside calipers and micrometers. Most likely, more than you ever wanted to know unless you’re a user of these great instruments. But a perfect primer for appreciating these amazing instruments.

Now that you know all you ever wanted to know about calipers and micrometers, stop in and visit to view our collection. Rain or shine, yep, we’re watchin’ for ya!

Thinking of Starting a Radio Collection?

We have a variety of transistor radios and other electronics that came into our shop recently. Many are in their original boxes.

recently acquired radios and other electronics at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
Recently acquired radios and other electronics

Get a Great Start or a Perfect Addition to Your Radio Collection

Determine what it is that you really want to collect. With literally thousands of transistors to chose from, you could never collect them all. 

from Gary’s Radios
a wide variety of transistor radios from the 50s and 60s to fit every decor or collector's choice!
Transistor radios of every description!

Radios – to collect or to add a bit of pizzazz to your decor

There are as many reasons to collect radios as there is the number of collectors. Nostalgia is often the ‘start’ when you found a radio that reminds you of the one you owned as a kid. We have a delightful variety of transistor radios (and more) in our shop.

CHECK OUT THIS LINK to radio posts if written earlier.

We encourage you to stop in and see for yourself the wide range of radios available. And you can be sure, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Collectible Toys That Delight Us

Vintage Toys Can Be So Much Fun To Share

Just received – 3 beautiful Pop-Up Musical Boxes: Mother Goose, Doctor Doolittle – GIRAFFE, and Bumble Bug

George found these toys from the 1970s that all work, They are just so delightful. Maybe a youngster would love one with their Easter Basket – or you collect toys and want to add these to your shelf. Stop in soon and check them out. Bumble Bug, Mother Goose, and Giraffe in a box are all ready to bring a smile to your face.

Doctor Doolittle’s Giraffe in-a-box Vintage Toy

Mother Good in-a-box/So much fun!

Everyone Loves Woody Woodpecker!

Vintage Woody Woodpecker Talking Stuffed Toy with pull string

Admit it, you just love these! So whether one or two are for your collection, or a nostalgic gift to share with a special youngster, we encourage you to come to check them out soon.

Easter’s coming … we’re trying to help you be ready! And yes, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Stuffing Your Easter Basket – pt 2

The Cutest Bunnies…

Without a cute, little bunny tucked into the Easter Basket or among your Spring Decorations, it just doesn’t feel like Easter – or Spring! Take a peek at some of the cuties we have.

Easter Bunny Figures of all sizes
Bahoukas has a wonderful collection of Easter Bunny figures in several sizes – and even a cookie jar!
The cutest faces on these Easter Bunny figurines
It’s hard not to love – and smile – at these cute little, music-loving, bunnies at Bahoukas.

Seriously, have you seen anything so cute? Can’t you almost hear them singing along with their instruments? So many wonderful choices of little bunnies to add to a special Easter Basket or in your Spring Decor!

Several Bunny figurines and a large ceramic egg
These very collectible bunnies – plus flower pot and large egg – are perfect for your Easter Holiday.
eggs perfect for spring decor
Very collectible Eggs to fill with a gift for Easter or to add to your Spring Decor
Decorated Eggs
Several decorated Eggs as well as a variety of Plastic ones.

Stop in soon and pick out your favorites to tuck into someone’s Easter Basket or add to your Spring Decor. We’ve shared baskets, PEZ ideas, and now Easter Bunnies. Stay tuned for our next collectible perfect for the season. In the meantime, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Stuffing Your Easter Basket – pt 1

Pez for Everyone

PEZ – those little (and not so little) whimsical characters that delight young and old make perfect gifts to hide in a plastic egg or include in an Easter Basket.

Picture of 'part' of a huge assortment of PEZ dispensers
Just a ‘sampling’ of the huge assortment of PEZ dispensers at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace

No matter what your taste, we probably have a PEZ that’s perfect for your celebrations! Even teens and adults have a surprising choice – and collectors just love ’em!

Game of Thrones PEZ dispensers
PEZ – Game of Thrones – the Iron Anniversary

Seriously, something for everyone in our PEZ collectibles:

PEZ Collectibles Top l to r: Star Wars. Barbie, large Charlie Brown, Disney's Frozen, (in front top) Pez A Saurus in Pez Car Candy Dispenser, PET PETS Penguin, (bottom l to r) PEZZ - KISS, PEZ Presidents, PEZ Tigger and Pooh
PEZ Collectibles including KISS, Charlie Brown, Presidents, Barbie, Star Wars, and more
Smurfs - glasses, PEZ dispensers and more at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
Smurf PEZ Collectibles and character glasses

We encourage you to stop in today and see our PEZ collection – hundreds, if not, thousands! Surprise someone with one hidden in a plastic egg or in their Easter Baskets. Stay tuned for more posts of other fun Easter items including eggs, rabbits, and other surprises! Yep, we’re here and we’ll be watchin’ for ya.

Easter Is Approaching

We’ll begin with a beautiful tin…

This colorful tin (from a Whitman’s Sampler) is perfect for an Easter ‘basket.’ Fill it with colorful grass, a small toy or two, and wonderful chocolates to make a very special someone – happy! Or add a few gift items to give to an adult – even homemade cookies! No matter how you might use it, it’s a beautiful container!

Then we’ll add an assortment of baskets…

large assortment of baskets for Easter and crafts
Wonderful assortment of baskets for your Easter gifts and decorations

Here at Bahoukas, we also have a wonderful selection of baskets. Of course, they’re perfect for the Easter basket filled with flowers, candy, little toys, and other delights. But they also make perfect containers for your spring decor.

Get your spring on …

We’ll be posting more of our Easter-related and spring collectibles over the coming weeks. Stop by soon to browse and find the perfect item for your Spring and Easter Celebrations. Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Military Collectibles

From Civil War to WWII and more…

Collecting military items has always been an interest at Bahoukas. From Civil War photos to various headwear, lead and plastic toy soldiers to invalid feeders. Stop by and browse. Take a minute to chat with George.

canteens and more
Canteens and other gear in our military section at Bahoukas

It’s amazing the variety of items we have. Along with the above canteens, belts, etc., Bahoukas also has currency (including WWII Japanese currency), military books, military DUI, and patches. CLICK HERE for posts related to our military category.

Stop in soon. We’re here… and we’re watchin’ for ya!

Crocks, Jugs, Crates

Great pieces to aid in your Spring decorating – inside and outside!

Do you have the perfect plant that would love a crock for its home? Maybe you have a wonderful collection that would look great in a fruit crate. Stop in and see what inspiration you might find browsing our shop.

unique stoneware crocks, urns with spigot
stoneware crocks and urn with spigot
very collectible jugs, crocks, bowls and more at Bahoukas

What Are Stoneware
Jugs Used For?

Before the advent of refrigeration, crocks were used in American kitchens to hold foodstuffs such as butter, salted meats and pickled vegetables. The crocks were invariably made of stoneware, a durable, economical ceramic that remains water-tight, even without a glaze.

from Chicago Tribune

CLICK HERE for a great article on upcycling an old jug – then put on your creative hat and design your own!

upcycled stoneware jug from acraftedpassion.com site

Whether creating a decorative piece or using it for baking, pickling, mixing, our crocks and jugs can be a great addition to your spring upcycling!

Stop by soon and pick your favorite piece (or 2 or 3)! Of course, we’re here … and we’re watchin’ for ya!

stoneware crocks at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
variety of crocks at Bahoukas

Collectible Books

Beautiful Raggedy Ann and Andy Books

These familiar books still tickle the fancies of young ones. Yes, they are collectibles, but you can read to them and enjoy. These titles include The Tunnel of Lost Toys, Raggedy Ann’s Wishing Pebble, and Camel with the Wrinkled Knees.

very collectible big-little books featuring Woody Woodpecker, Buck Rogers, Chando the Magician and more
A wonderful selection of big-little books.

Titles that include Chando the Magician, Woody Woodpecker and the Meteor Menace, Buck Rogers – 25th Century A.D., Flying the Sky Clipper with Winsie Atkins, Jungle Jim, Tarzan, and more. These little books are amazing!

Of course, we have shelves of books that include a large selection of children’s stories, Golden Books, Encyclopedias, Cook Books, Military Books. Oh my, you’ll want to allow yourself a bit of time to browse if you love books.

Stop by soon. We’ll be watchin’ for ya, ready to point out the various locations of books – books – books!

Roosters, Flying Pigs, Gargoyles and more

Cast-Iron is Beautiful for More Than Pans

This beautifully painted rooster sits atop a large dinner bell that needs to be mounted to a wall. It’s an absolutely gorgeous piece.

cast iron dinner bell topped with a white flying pig
Beautiful cast iron horse tops this large dinner bell

Cast-Iron Figures for every decor!

We have an eclectic assortment of cast-iron figures (old and new), bottle openers, door knockers, and cast-iron mechanical banks.

These are just a few samplings. From lobsters to ladybugs, mermaids to Michelin men, flying pigs to turtles, well, you’ll just have to come and see for yourself. We’re sure you’ll find the perfect addition to your collection or for your decorating idea. Yep, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!