Sunday, January 30, 2011

Fun at the Annual Antique Show....

In the exact words of my sweet little adorable niece at Christmas time: "Oh My Good-Ness" (with strong emphasis on the "ness") were my sentiments exactly on this past weekend's local antique show! I had a blast hunting for new treasures for my upcoming Spring designs, and I have posted pics here on this post to show the beautiful bounty that was found in the hunt....
The reverse painted glass cabachon butterfly brooch, pictured above, was my most absolute favorite thing I found! She is going to be the 'belle of the ball' this spring in a beautiful necklace or bracelet!!!! I dream about finding pieces like this when I go to sleep at night.



There is an underlying theme going on in this particular batch. I just couldn't resist all of the horse pieces I found. I found a sterling horsehead, reverse painted glass cabachon horsehead earrings, and 'THE' most gorgeous handcarved mother of pearl horsehead watch fob with a gold-filled bridle. I just LOVE him and he will be very hard to part with....

The cameo pictured below is the centerpiece of a fabulous old filagree bracelet with emerald stone links. It is just "To Die For"....

Another favorite find of the day was that huge sterling and marcasite bird brooch to the right in the picture below. The detail on this piece is exquisite and will be just perfect for a nice spring design. You know me and those birds, I just can't resist their "Georgeousness"!!!!
See anything that inspires you???????

As soon as I laid eyes on the red velvet piece below, I just knew I had to have it!
It is an Odd Fellows Organization piece and it is full of "handsome-cool". I just love all the different links, especially the beehive, hand and heart, and the bow and arrow links.

...when displayed on the old dress form, it reminds me of the movie series I have been obsessed with lately, 'The Tudor's' (about Henry the VIII and his wives). King Henry and the male counterparts of his court used to wear elegant pieces like this....

The earrings below were an amazing score I found yesterday too! They're Art Deco, and brace yourself, they are signed "Eisenberg". This jewelry house from the 1930's and 1940's were at the top of their game back in the day, and their jewelry is highly sought after by serious collectors. I was able to get these beauties for a song. Yes, the jewelry gods were smiling on me this past weekend...


And finally I was able to take a couple of hours this
weekend and design myself something (for a change).
Everyone always asks me why I don't have any of my own designs on and I always tell them "Because I am always designing something for someone else or the stores!" (Haha)
I really just love these old reverse painted glass brooches and pieces, but they are soooo hard to find! So when I stumbled upon this old bird brooch several months ago, I set it aside and told myself that it was 'Mine all Mine'!!(LOL)
I was lucky enough one day on a local shopping excursion to find that little plate with my name already engraved on it. Like it was just sitting there waiting on me to come and find it. Too Cool, Huh????


I was so fortunate when I found this little art deco rhinestone urn dress clip that I put in this necklace! When I got home and started inspecting it further, I noticed it was engraved with a date and some type of organization just underneath the clip part on the back of it. (Double Bonus!!!) I really love pieces inscribed with dates on them. It's sorta like they are frozen in their own little time in history...


The piece below is the very first necklace I made for myself. I had the antique handpainted Mary portrait in my collection for a few years and one day, sat down with it, and created this....
To this day, it is one of my favorite pieces of jewelry I own!



7 comments:

Howlerpost said...

I too love your first necklace, especially the initial C you've incorporated. This looks like a great treasure and am looking forward to your new designs. Pam

Misae Richwoods said...

Those are particularly gorgeous Eisenberg clip earrings! I've seen similar designs by them (although not as pretty) that were on sale for upwards of $200 so I think you've got yourself a real treasure there

Christine Wallace said...

Yes Misae, I didn't realize they were Eisenberg until I got home. What is unbelievable, is that the 2 little ladies I bought them from, really (I thought)looked like they new their stuff. But the sign-age on these earrings is quite small. I had to use the loupe to find it. I don't think I should cut these up and put them in my designs. They will probably take a detour and go straight into my jewelry box. (heehee)

Christine H. said...

Once again, you have come home with splendid treasures. I am so amazed by that Odd Fellows piece. Who knew!
P.S. I know I have (or had) your email address, but I sure can't find it. If you send me an email at drawthatbridge at gmail dot com, I'll send you the code and instructions for redeeming your walking tour of Prague.

Best,
Christine

Sar Sar Binks said...

look at all these treasures!

Anonymous said...

Hello there Christine,
I just started following your blog today and I really like it. (I'm the new member with a photo of a flapper on it).
Anyhow, your creations are amazing.
Wonderful work!
Lin

Robyn Parrish said...

Bonjour, Christine! I recently discovered your work on Etsy and love your design sensibility. I, too, 'upcycle' vintage jewelry and you have become a true inspiration. Looking forward to your spring collection! :) Robyn