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.

What Toy Monkey is a Celebrity?

The Musical Jolly Chimp played a role as a security guard in Toy Story 3. We received one in excellent shape just this week. Ours is from the 70s and uses batteries. It works! Check out more details on the colorful, celebrity life of the Musical Jolly Chimp!

https://youtu.be/Ow8FuMvNT-E
We have a wonderful Musical Jolly Chimp – just like the crazy one in Toy Story 3

Did You Know?

This crazy monkey toy has been included in movies, books, and songs. Can you guess all of them before you read the following quote?

The cymbal banging monkey toy has appeared in the opening scene of Rebel Without a Cause in 1955, the 1977 Steven Spielberg film Close Encounters of the Third Kind, the 1988 horror film Monkey Shines, the 1996 film Merlin’s Shop of Mystical Wonders, the 2000 film How the Grinch Stole Christmas (2000 film), the 2004 film Eurotrip, the 2007 film The Simpsons Movie, the 2010 Disney/Pixar animated film Toy Story 3 and the 2019 horror film Annabelle Comes Home.

It is also widely seen in the games Fallout 4 and Fallout 76, and features in horror writer Stephen King’s 1980 story The Monkey.

One also appears in the Wallace and Gromit 2008 short A Matter of Loaf and Death. A monkey with a bomb attached to its back features prominently in the Call of Duty franchise’s “Zombies” gamemode.

The 2006 Hot Chip song Over and Over references “a monkey with a miniature cymbal”.

The character Jinx from League of Legends has a big emotional connection to cymbal-banging monkeys. Other than explosions which give her happiness, cymbal-banging monkeys give her peace to her mentally ill mind. This connection can be seen in her starring 2021 animated series Arcane: League of legends.

from Wikipedia
We have a very collectible Musical Jolly Chimp available at Bahoukas!

A little creepy and very funny, stop by soon to see our Musical Jolly Chimp. Another great idea for a special Easter gift or to add toy our own Toy Collectibles! It’s a beautiful day to stop in. And you bet, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

Need A Go-Go Girl for Your New Year’s Eve Party

It may not be politically correct, but this go-go girl will certainly generate a few giggles and a lot of conversation this New Year’s Eve as she mixes a drink or two. Created in 1969 by Poynter Products.

Welcome 2022 – Happy New Year!

Stop in today if you’d like to have her mix a drink or two on your bar to bring in the New Year! We’re here and we’re watchin’ for ya.

UPDATE: Yes, we WILL be open New Year’s Day!!!

Lunch Boxes and School Desks

A bit of Lunch Box History

Dads carried metal tins with lunch to their jobs in the coal mines and factories. Of course, it wasn’t long before their children wanted to copy their dads.

… the first commercial lunch boxes, which resembled metal picnic baskets decorated with scenes of playing children, came out in 1902.

from Smithsonian Magazine

The first lunch box decorated with a famous licensed character was introduced in 1935. Produced by Geuder, Paeschke & Frey, it featured Mickey Mouse, and was a four-color lithographed oval tin, with a pull-out tray inside. It had no vacuum bottle, but did have a handle.

In 1950, Aladdin Industries created the first children’s lunch box based on a television show, Hopalong Cassidy. The Hopalong Cassidy lunch kit, or “Hoppy”, quickly became Aladdin’s cash cow. Debuting in time for back-to-school 1950, it would go on to sell 600,000 units in its first year alone, each at US$2.39. In 1953, Roy Rogers and Dale Evans were featured on models introduced by American Thermos.

from Wikipedia
lunch boxes of metal and plastic at Bahoukas
Huge collection of decorated lunchboxes in plastic and metal

Many of the latest additions are complete with thermoses as well. Do stop in and check it out. They are a great last-minute gift for a child in your life – or your favorite collector. Remember, not just great for lunch, but fun for picnics, playing, keeping treasures, and more.

School Desks

Wooden school desk, cast iron base, lid lifts to a cubby for storing paper and books
Beautiful wooden and cast iron school desk.

The above desk is in beautiful condition. We also have another as pictured below:

wood school desk with cast iron base, lid lifts up for a cubby that can hold books and papers
Another beautiful wood school desk.

Another choice is this wood desk:

The front of the desk had the bench for the desk that sat in front of it

1881: The Fashion School Desk

The First Model

The first school desk was made in 1880 by John D. Loughlin in Sidney, Ohio. The desk, known as “The Fashion Desk,” proved to be extremely popular across the country. The practicality of the desks allowed for many to be put together in a one room schoolhouse, and the fashion aspect of it was aesthetically pleasing to those in the education industry. Loughlin’s marketing campaign also helped to sell these desks, which would eventually sweep the nation. The “Fashion Desks” were desks attached to one another and were big enough to seat two or three children. Usually, there was an inkwell so that the student could replenish his pen’s supply.

from TheClassroom.com

The Sidney School Furniture Company, located in Sidney, Ohio, began manufacturing the popular “Fashion” school desk in 1881. Advertising for the desk claimed, “No desk in the market is made with more care, nor of better materials than the ‘Fashion,’ and none has met with a more popular reception, or gives better satisfaction.” The desk featured a Patent T-head, which eliminated screws and bolts by joining the wood of the top, back, and seat to the legs, which were made of cast iron.

from EdTechMagazine.com
old wooden school chair with writing pad

Old School Chair

… with writing pad. These are solid and have a shelf on the bottom to place books and bags.

So whether it’s a lunchbox or a school desk, we can add a last-minute ‘surprise’ to your holiday gift-giving. Hurry in. We’re watchin’ for ya so that we can help you with your last-minute searches. Don’t forget, we DO CLOSE for Christmas Day and New Years Day. (Give us a call to be sure we didn’t leave early on the eve of both!) Happy Holidays!

Beautiful Chrome Electric Percolators

Ahhhh…Coffee

What is it about the smell of coffee that can take us back to grandma’s or mom’s house in our memories? Even those who don’t drink coffee share similar memories. (Sorry, can’t help but remember this sound from the Maxwell House Coffee commercial!)

Of course, we know the aroma most often brings warm and cozy feelings to mind. Sitting around a kitchen table, fingers wrapped around a hot cup of coffee, conversation lively and fun.

sleek electric percolator
electric percolator for coffee

We have some beautiful chrome electric percolators available at Bahoukas. Various shapes and sizes and yes, they do work!

elegant electric percolator
An electric percolator – great for entertaining.

May Your Holiday Offer the Warm Feelings of Years Gone By

This ad seems to be perfect for the season. Enjoy! And don’t forget, we’re here except for Christmas Day and New Years Day. Give us a call on Christmas Eve and New Year’s Eve just in case we leave early to enjoy our holiday with our loved ones and friends.

Cake Plates, Stands, Savers, Carriers

Vintage cake carriers and keepers, also known as cake savers, are once-common items that bring a nostalgic or vintage feel to the kitchen.

Tins have been used for saving and transporting food since the 19th Century. There were also covered metal “pails” for carrying lunches and multi-compartment ones for taking pies, cakes, and other dishes one from place to another. 

from JanaHallford.com

Difference between cake savers and cake carriers

Cake carriers have a wire, metal or plastic, to hold the pieces together (plate and cover) so that you can transport it. Cake servers usually have a cover that fits over the plate of cake. It often is designed to sit on a kitchen counter and match the kitchen’s decor.

Cake Plates and Stands

beautiful glass cake platters/servers
beautiful glass cake plates

cake stand is a structural, stool like object on which cake and other pastries are decorated and served. Cake stands are generally a single plate connected to a pedestal or multiple plates in a tower like hosting object. Cake stands are a form of tableware, they come in different materials like wood, pottery, metal, etc.

… The cake stand came into use in the late Victorian times when afternoon tea came into fashion. Presenting the cake at a higher level above the table gave the cake more attention. Therefore the cake stand usually has multiple tiers and hooped handle for the purpose of carrying.

from Wikipedia

To offer a beautiful way to display your Holiday Cakes, stop by and see our selection of plates, stands, servers, and carriers. Don’t forget that muffins, cupcakes, and other delicious pastries can be displayed and transported with these items.

It’s a wonderful way to share a message of ‘welcome.’ Just like we do at Bahoukas Antiques when we keep reminding you that “yep, we’re here and we’re watchin’ for ya!”

National Beer Sports Film and RC Cola Cans

We wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving.
Enjoy all that you have – share when you can.
Savor friends and family.
Don’t forget – we are CLOSED
Thanksgiving Day.
Then back to our regular hours – 7 days/week –
Til Christmas Day!

from George at Bahoukas Antique Mall

This unique piece recently arrived at our shop. The label on this 16mm film says “National Beer Sports Film” and also “Orioles in Action” with the number “Harco 603.” Also on the label is: “from Chesapeake Bay … Land of Pleasant Living.” It was created by WLVA radio station and is dated Sept. 29, 1961!

National Beer 16mm Sports Film with Orioles 1961
National Beer Sports Film – Orioles in Action

We are not sure if it’s an entire game or a series of highlights. If someone doesn’t grab this very unique piece, George may try to find a working 16mm film projector to check it out.

For those who love old films, National Beer, and/or the Orioles of 1961 – it’s a great piece! Don’t forget that we’re less than 5 weeks from Christmas. This would make a beer collector drool!

RC Cola Collectible Cans

RC Cola Cans – 1970s – baseball players

It seems that since Covid-19 decided to impose itself on our lives, folks have turned to collecting again. Baseball cards have definitely been one of those items that have gained new fans.

Very collectible 1970s RC Cola Cans with baseball player photos and stats

This collection 1970s RC Cola cans feature baseball players with their photos and stats on the can. We thought that those who might have renewed their interest in baseball memorabilia would enjoy checking out this collection of RC Cola cans!

Large collection of 1970s RC Cola cans featuring baseball players

We have a large collection of these cans. Are you ready to start a new collection – or maybe complete one you already have started? Well, don’t hesitate. Stop in today and we’ll point you in the right direction!

Stop in today and chat with George. And you bet, they’re watchin’ for ya!

Kid Fun with Molds

No, not the mold that grows in dark, damp spaces. But molds of plastic for crafty fun and great play!

In the photo above, it’s “Motorized Monster Makers” by Topper.

Plus we have two great Injector Mold games by Mattel:

Mattel Injector: Western World
Mattel’s Injector featuring Western World
Mattel Injector: Strange Change featuring Lost World
Mattel’s Strange Change Machine
Create The Lost World Strange Change Machine by Mattel tv commercial

We also have a box of miscellaneous Mattel Creepy Crawler molds and Plasti-Goop.

miscellaneous box of Mattel Creepy Crawler molds and plastic goop
Miscellaneous Creepy Crawler molds by Mattel with Plasti- Goop

NOTE TO PARENTS: We believe there are updated materials to use with these molds. What a fun project to do together. eeeeeeoooouuuuuuu

Don’t forget, less than 6 weeks til Christmas. We’re watchin’ for ya and eager to help you find something unique for your gift list!

Do You Remember Red Rose Tea?

300 Million Plus

It is estimated that over the years, more than 300 million miniature Wade figures have been distributed with Red Rose Teas. Does someone you know collect them? And Red Rose Tea is still very popular as are their Wade miniatures!

Miniature Wade figures of farm animals and more

Another Tiny Collection

These miniature Wade Figures offer another ‘tiny collection’ that can be fun to collect. Maybe you have a child that would enjoy creating a collection. Originally called Wade Whimsies, there are several series created through the years.

The American Series #1, (1983 to 1985) consisted of 15 figurines, with one Whimsies packaged in each box of Red Rose tea.

The first animal series included a chimp, lion, bison, bush baby, owl, bear cub, rabbit, squirrel, bird, otter, hippo, turtle, seal, wild boar, and elephant.

Series II ( 1985 to 1996 )

The second series, also of animals, was issued from 1985 to 1996 and totaled 20 figurines. It was selected from a group that had also first appeared in earlier Wade series. The animals represented were the giraffe, koala bear, pine marten, langur, gorilla, kangaroo, tiger, camel, zebra, polar bear, orangutan, leopard, rhino, raccoon, leopard, puppy, rabbit, kitten, pony and cockateel.

Series III – The Circus Animal Series (1994 to 1999) was the third to appear.

Fifteen figurines made up this series, including; ringmaster, human cannonball, strongman, clown with drum, clown with pie, bear, sitting elephant, standing elephant, male monkey, female monkey, lion, poodle, seal, horse, and tiger.

SERIES IV – Endangered North American Animals ( 1999 and 2002 ), was the fourth series.

The 10 figurines were the spotted owl, bald eagle, polar bear, peregrine falcon, humpback whale, Florida panther, manatee, green sea turtle, timber wolf, and sturgeon.

SERIES V – Noah’s Ark was the fifth series.

Fourteen male and female animals, representing seven kinds of wildlife, and a single figurine of Noah and his wife made up the set of 15. They include the elephant, rhino, zebra, goose and gander, hen and rooster, ram and ewe, lion and lioness, and Noah and his wife.

SERIES VI – Pet Shop Friends ( 2006 to 2008 ) was the sixth series.

The 10 animals appearing between 2006 and 2008 were the duck, pony, rabbit, turtle, kittens, puppies, Labrador, budgie, tropical fish, and cat.

SERIES VII – The Wade Red Rose Calendar series ( 2008 to 2012 ) was the seventh series.

One figure representative of each month was included from 2008 to 2012: snowman, cupid, leprechaun, Easter bunny, Mother’s Day flowers, graduation, Uncle Sam, sandcastle, scarecrow, pumpkin kitty, turkey, and Christmas tree.

SERIES VII – the Nautical Wonderland Series, the eighth and current series, was introduced in 2012.

The series includes the compass, conch shell, mermaid, ships wheel, treasure chest, divers helmet, lighthouse, sailboat, seagull, seahorse, crab, and starfish.

NOTE: the info for Series I thru VII are from Antiques-Mark.com

Did You Know?

They are still creating Miniature Wade Figurines for Red Rose Tea. And the Red Rose Tea website has very interesting information related to their teas as well as their Wade figures.

*In 2012, The Nautical Wonderland Series came next.

Explore our nautical heritage with these twelve figurines. This series illustrates everything to love about the ocean, from the warmth and calm of the beach, to the adventure and spirit of sailing the seas, to the mysteries and legends of the sunken depths.

*American Heritage Series (2016)

Exclusively designed by Wade Ceramics, these splendid, porcelain miniatures celebrate the illustrious history of America, from Colonial Times to the Space Age. Red Rose Tea is proud to depict landmark moments in our national history through these distinguished miniatures.

*World Monument Series (2020)

Explore the globe with these porcelain miniatures exclusively designed by Wade Ceramics! Iconic landmarks, feats of architecture and mysteries of the world are represented. Travel back to ancient times or marvel at modern achievements – the Worldwide Monument Series has it all!

*These are from the Red Rose Tea website. At this site, you can view photos of the latest miniatures.

So stop by and see our collection of Wade miniatures. Maybe you’ll want to add to your own collection or help a young person start their ‘tiny collection.’ We’re here. And yep, we’re watchin’ for ya!

Colorful Novelty Radios

These very collectible radios – and they ALL WORK – include a 1950s Baseball Player Radio, a Panapet 1970s Red Ball Radio by Panasonic, a 1970s Snoopy Radio, and a 1998 promotional Pepsi Cola Radio.

close-up view of the 1950s Baseball Player Radio
Baseball Player Radio – 1970s

The Panapet radio is a round novelty radio on a chain, first produced by Panasonic in the early 1970s to commemorate the World Expo in Osaka. Two chrome plated dials on the surface are for tuning and volume, and a tuning display is inset on the surface of the ball. The Panapet is AM band only – no FM. There is a jack for a mono earplug. The Panapet came in several colors including red, yellow, white, blue, purple and avocado green.

from Wikipedia
Pepsi Cola bottle cap styled radio 1998, 1970s Panapet Red Ball Radio, and a 1970s Snoopy character radio at Bahoukas
Novelty Radios – Pepsi Cola, Snoopy, and Red Ball

The Snoopy AM Radio, 1970s, by Determined Productions, Inc.

Connie Boucher, a pioneer in licensing cartoon characters who provided the inspiration for “Happiness Is a Warm Puppy,” a best-selling 1962 book about Snoopy, the “Peanuts” comic strip character, has died at age 72.

Ms. Boucher, who died here Dec. 20 of complications following heart surgery, was a window dresser for I. Magnin in 1959 when she grew dissatisfied with the quality of coloring books available for her two sons. With her husband, Jim Young, she created a Winnie-the-Pooh coloring book, using a character that was in the public domain. The book sold 50,000 copies.

Two years later she founded Determined Productions Inc. to develop other products based on licensing characters. One of her first efforts was a calendar using the characters in the Charlie Brown comic strip.

The Pepsi-Cola Bottle Cap Radio is vintage 1998.

1998 was also the 100th Anniversary of the Pepsi-Cola brand. CLICK HERE for a bit of history. Do you know what Pepsi was originally named before being branded in 1898: See bottom of this post

Whether you love very collectible novelty radios, early transistor radios, or truly vintage radios and phonographs, we have a wonderful collection. Stop in soon. We’re watchin’ for ya!

Answer: Brad’s Drink

Planning a Wedding?

Looking for wedding decorating ideas?

How often do you think of your local antique shop for great ideas for wedding decor. Does the bride and/or groom collect something special that may be used in the decorations? Maybe you’re looking for unique serving dishes or goblets.

fun and funny collectible wedding toppers at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
Fun and Funny Wedding Topper Collectibles

Or consider ‘insulators’ for table decor:

Insulators at Bahoukas, let us help you start your collection
A variety of insulators

Here is a tea light holder made from a green glass insulator and a rusty bed spring. The two together have a great industrial  look that is really unique.

from pickledbarrel.com
from pickledbarrel.com - a beautiful example of creating a candle holder for wedding decor from an old glass insulator.
An old insulator and a rusty bed spring upcycled to a candle holder – easy wedding decor (or holidays)
Green and other shades of oil lamps at Bahoukas Antiques in Havre de Grace

Other Wedding Decor Ideas

We have oil lamps of all shapes, colors, and sizes to add to centerpieces or highlight a particular area of your wedding reception.

Don’t forget that we also have vases of all shapes and sizes.

We have an array of glass ware …

pink depression glass
Pink Depression Glass – just a small sampling

Perfect for the bride’s table, special guests, or everyone, we have a wonderful variety of glassware you may enjoy incorporating in your wedding decor. Special cake platters, serving dishes, full sets of dishware, are available.

GIFT IDEAS

Don’t forget the our “Collection of Collections’ offers some pretty unique gift ideas for the bride and groom, or from the bride and groom. And don’t forget the children! Be creative if you have children in the wedding party.

Think out of the box for your wedding!

from bahoukas

And don’t forget, we’re here to help you find the perfect items. Yep, we’re excited for your big day and we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

You Ain’t Nothin’ But A Hound Dog

Are you old enough to remember where you were when you heard that Elvis Presley had died? Do you have a favorite song? To coordinate with our post, we include the ‘title song’ here for your enjoyment!

Elvis Memorabilia

Elvis Aaron Presley was born on January 8, 1935 in Tupelo, Mississippi. He died aged 42 on August 16, 1977 but during his short life and since his death he has become one of the most well known cultural icons of modern times.

from Worldcollectors.net

If you’ve not visited our shop, you may not realize that we have a great selection of Elvis collectibles.

Elvis Memorabilia has it's very own section at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
Visit our ELVIS section!

For Elvis collectors, there is a mother lode of Elvis Vegas collectibles to be had, from menus (festooned with Elvis’ image), table cards, posters, postcards, matchboxes, dice and swizzle sticks. Krein says that ’70s memorabilia is another favorite he collects — pins, tour programs and posters, jewelry, belt buckles, lipstick cases.

from Centraljersey.com

You’ll definitely want to drop in and see the ELVIS collection at Bahoukas. We have figures, games, statues, pictures, recordings, and so much more. Don’t forget, if there’s an Elvis collector among your family and friends, it’s a great time to think ahead for Christmas. (Just sayin’!)

Elvis collectibles at Bahoukas that include a puzzle, decorative tins, a bust, and more
More…ELVIS!

In the meantime, you know we’re always watchin’ for ya!

Crabs and Oysters

The blue crab is a highly sought-after shellfish. Blue crabs live up and down the Atlantic Coast and in the Gulf of Mexico and are caught by both commercial and recreational fishermen. Its scientific name—Callinectes sapidus—translated from Latin means ‘beautiful savory swimmer.’

Blue crabs are the most valuable fishery in the Chesapeake Bay. They are also major predators of benthic communities and are prey for many other fish species. Blue crabs are so treasured in the region that the blue crab is the Maryland state crustacean.

from Fisheries.noaa.gov
beautiful blue crab of the Chesapeake
beautiful blue crab

New to Eating Crabs?

Let us help you out!

Do you know what BABY OYSTERS are called?

SPAT! That’s right. Here’s a fun article: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Chesapeake Oysters.

Have you ever wondered if eating oysters is really healthy? Check out this article:

“Yes, oysters are very good for you,” according to preventive cardiology dietitian Julia Zumpano, RD, LD. 

“In fact, you probably didn’t know that it’s hard to beat all the health benefits of oysters from a nutritional standpoint,” she says.

from ClevelandClinic.org
Oysters from the Chesapeake - YUM
Image by StockSnap from Pixabay

New to Oysters? Watch this:

Along with a few crab mallets, we also have these beautiful oyster knives.

wooden handled oyster knives at Bahoukas
Oyster Knives

Finally – Maryland Skipjacks

Skipjacks in the Chesapeake and oyster drudgin’ are as much a part of Maryland culture as duck hunting and decoys. We couldn’t talk about crabs and oysters without a bit about skipjacks. And don’t forget to visit the Havre de Grace Decoy Museum and Havre de Grace Maritime Museum for local history.

SKIPJACKS

The Maryland State Boat has a colorful history. And you might find some items in our shop at Bahoukas to add to your Maryland collection.

The skipjack became the State Boat in 1985 (Chapter 788, Acts of 1985; Code General Provisions Article, sec. 7-327).At that time, the General Assembly noted that: “. . . Recent efforts to restore the environmental integrity of the Chesapeake Bay have rekindled interest and appreciation in the majestic estuary as not only an economic asset but also as the foundation for a way of life for many Marylanders; and . . . Nothing better represents the way of life of Maryland watermen than the historic Chesapeake Boat known as the Skipjack . . .”

Skipjack under sail on Chesapeake Bay. Photo by Marion E. Warren (Marion E. Warren Collection, MSA SC1890-BP7506, Maryland State Archives).

from MSA.Maryland.gov

We encourage you to stop in and see these items. We may have some oyster plates as well. And check out our book selections, you just might find a cookbook with ideal recipes for crabs, oysters, or perfect side dishes. Yep, we’ll be here and waitin’ for ya!

Helixophile? You?

Corkscrews have a long history.

Its design may have derived from the gun worm which was a device used by men to remove unspent charges from a musket’s barrel in a similar fashion, from at least the early 1630s

The corkscrew is possibly an English invention, due to the tradition of beer and cider, and Treatise on Cider by John Worlidge in 1676 describes “binning of tightly corked cider bottles on their sides”, although the earliest reference to a corkscrew is, “steel worm used for the drawing of Corks out of Bottles” from 1681.

In 1795, the first corkscrew patent was granted to the Reverend Samuel Henshall, in England. The clergyman affixed a simple disk, now known as the Henshall Button, between the worm and the shank. The disk prevents the worm from going too deep into the cork, forces the cork to turn with the turning of the crosspiece, and thus breaks the adhesion between the cork and the neck of the bottle. The disk is designed and manufactured slightly concave on the underside, which compresses the top of the cork and helps keep it from breaking apart.

from Wikipedia
intricately designed handle on a corkscrew

INTRICATE

This beautiful handle on this corkscrew
is beautifully crafted.

CARICATURES

Quite often corkscrews were created with various characters, symbols, or logos.

We don’t think this one is from Havre de Grace, even though the BOWMAN name is familiar here!

Just like all other items, a corkscrew was often great advertising. This one from Bowman Hotels is easily carried to be used anywhere. Picnic anyone?

Think you might be a helixophile

… or want to be? CLICK HERE for a fun article on this very collectible single-purpose tool from NOLA.com.

Might you be wondering about the most expensive corkscrew sold?

Wonder no more:

A heritage corkscrew. When the old London Bridge was demolished in the 1831, its surviving fragment was turned into a corkscrew, which was sold at an auction in Essex, UK for £40,000 (around $62,790), about 100 times its guide price.

from LUXURYLAUNCHES.com

So there you go … more than you ever wanted to know about the familiar corkscrew. But it just might put you on the path to being a helixophile. We’re here to guide you. And you bet, we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

John Wayne – actor, director, producer, SINGER?

179…

Are you aware that John Wayne was in 179 film and tv productions? And he wasn’t always a cowboy! The above photo is from The Quiet Man movie – filmed in Ireland. The link below the following quote will take you to an interesting article regarding 100 of his movies.

Have you seen them all?

The controversial film star was most famous for his roles in Westerns, but also starred in war dramas, took on the role of an American boxer in “The Quiet Man,” and put himself on the other side of the camera as a producer and director. Wayne was nominated three times for Academy Awards, winning once for lead actor in 1969 when he played U.S. Marshal Reuben “Rooster” J. Cogburn in “True Grit.” He was even posthumously awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1980 by Jimmy Carter.

from slacker.com
A lobby card for John Wayne and James Stewart for the movie, Who Shot Liberty Valence, in German
A lobby card (in German) for the movie “Who Shot Liberty Valence”
… available in our shop
John Wayne 18" Ensco chalk figure 19702

John Wayne

18″ Ensco chalk figure 1970s
available in our shop!

Do you know John Wayne’s birth name? (Answer at the bottom of this post)

John Wayne American Collector Watch
John Wayne American Collector Watch
John Wayne - Sheriff of Graham County Arizona - collector's piece
John Wayne Collector Figure
(both have dome covers)

… and a SINGER? Yep!

Another fun item is our selection of Collector Plates.

a number of John Wayne Collector Plates
A collection of beautiful Collector Plates: John Wayne

So if you, or someone you know, grew up loving everything “John Wayne,” stop in and have a peek at these great collector items. Yessireeeeee…. we’ll be watchin’ for ya!

John Wayne’s given name was Marion Robert Morrison! Did you guess it?

Snow White’s 7 Dwarfs

It’s Saturday and Saturdays just feel like a perfect day to enjoy a Disney Character or two! These 5″ funny friends of Snow White are actually ‘squeak toys’. They’re in excellent condition considering they’re from the 1960s! The dwarf in the back is from a different group and he’s 6″ tall.

Walk of Fame

Did you know that Snow White is one of a very view Disney Characters who was honored on the Hollywood Walk of Fame? It’s true.

Bahoukas celebrates the 80th Anniversary of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs!
An older photo of a Snow White doll and her dwarfs!

The Queen and the Wicked Witch

Ever wonder about some of the voices behind the Disney Characters. Well, there’s a great fact regarding the voice behind the Queen and the Wicked Witch. CLICK HERE for the value of false teeth – or not!!!

Before it was completed, 750 artists drew more than two million sketches. The movie ultimately contained more than 250,000 separate pictures.

from Disney.com/movies

VISIT THIS PAGE for more mind-blowing facts about Snow White & The Seven Dwarfs movie!

Then stop by the store to see what other wonderful treasures are awaiting your discovery. And yes – we’re watchin’ for ya!

Action Figures Fun

At Bahoukas we have a great assortment of Action Figures from movies and television shows including Star Wars to Star Trek, Sports with Starting LineUp and even bobbleheads!

Star Trek Action Figures
Star Trek Action Figures
Star Wars Action Figures
Star Wars Action Figures
Star Wars Action Figures
Star Wars Action Figures

Love Sports?

Starting Lineup Action Figures
A wide variety of sports are represented with our Starting Lineup Action Figures!
Starting Lineup Action Figures
Starting Lineup Action Figures
Starting Lineup Action Figures
Starting Lineup Action Figures

Along with a wide variety of action figures, we also have sportsbooks, bobbleheads, and more.

Sports Books, Bobbleheads, and more at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
Sports Books, Bobbleheads, and more

So if you enjoy Action Figures…

You’ll definitely want to stop by Bahoukas Antiques and browse through our collections. Whether you’re looking for a special one for your own collection, helping someone start a collection, or just want to play with some, we have a nice variety – many more that what we show here.

So yes, we’ll be watchin’ for you and ready to show you our Action Figures Collections!

Odyssey 2 Video Game System

Grab Dad or Grandpa…

Picture of Odyssey 2 game controllers and keyboard from Wikipedia
photo from Wikipedia

They might remember playing on the Odyssey 2 system. by Magnavox! Released in 1978, the Odyssey 2 was unique in the home video game systems of the times:

One of the strongest points of the system was its speech synthesis unit, which was released as an add-on for speech, music, and sound effects enhancement. The area that the Odyssey 2 may be best remembered for was its pioneering fusion of board and video games: The Master Strategy Series. The first game released was Quest for the Rings!, with gameplay somewhat similar to Dungeons & Dragons, and a storyline reminiscent of J. R. R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings. Later, two other games were released in this series, Conquest of the World and The Great Wall Street Fortune Hunt, each with its own gameboard.

from Wikipedia
Photo of the box cover of the Odysses 2 ultimate computer video game system - available at Bahoukas in Havre de Grace
The Ultimate Computer Video Game System…by Magnavox – the Odyssey 2

We received a complete game system with a large variety of games recently. Enjoy ‘the good ole days’ and have fun with some of the earliest computer home game systems.

A photo of video games and controls that come with the Odysses 2 Video Game System available at Bahoukas.
A look at some of the items that come with the Odyssey 2 Video Game System

Looking for a ‘unique gift’ for Dad or Granddad?

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 20th. Looking for a unique gift that you can all share and laugh about? This Odysses 2 Game Set just might be the perfect answer. Talk about bridging generations!!!

In any case, stop in and browse our shop. You know we’ll be watchin’ for ya!