Monday, September 10, 2018

Vintage Finds 3Q18

Hi readers! Are you ready for another armchair shopping trip? I hope so, because today's post is show and tell of Panoply vintage picks for third quarter 2018. My finds are primarily the result of three picks this past quarter: a trip to Ohio with my Panoply sisters, J & M, and two different, local estates. Most of these items already are or willdry be styled in our booth spaces at the South Charleston Antique Mall, 617 D Street, in South Charleston, West Virginia. Let's have a look-see!
While shopping together in mid-August, my sisters and I found ourselves gravitating toward some vintage sports things, both individually and collectively. Pretty soon we found ourselves with an upcoming theme for booth styling. I'll share the booth spaces in a separate post soon, but the following are some of what I purchased.

I was pretty excited to find a vintage and not-so-common women's basketball trophy from 1948. I already had a 1926 vintage AHS (Aspinwall Hall School, Pennsylvania) County Champs girls' basketball team photo, an even rarer find.
I also had a vintage 1922 boys' basketball city champs photo (St. Joseph's of Ironton, OH). I added the vintage jump rope (purchased several years ago from an expat dealer's finds in the Vanves Paris flea), and a wooden dumbbell purchased this quarter as part of the sports paraphernalia I'll be selling.
A new old stock (NOS) pair of youth leather bowling shoes is coupled with a bowling pin from a local historic bowling alley.
An old leather football and accompanying trophy for the armchair quarterbacks.....
A set of cane rattan polo mallets will be displayed with various riding helmets and other horse tack we already have, leftover from Derby displays.
Billiard balls are always well received in our mantiques section. I purchased this set, and placed them in a vintage wire basket for styling in the booth.
Although an Anheuser-Busch crate may not seem like a sports-themed item, this one has a unique twist.
The lid flips and becomes a bottle cap checkers game. There are 24 Budweiser caps (red and blue) for game pieces.
Changing gears from the sports theme, the Bronkin' Buck vintage valance caught my eye for its pattern appeal. I thought how cute it could look in a treehouse or other child's playroom or bedroom.
Also in the children's department, I found this Die Spiegelburg rolling suitcase in excellent vintage condition. This luggage is manufactured in Germany.
A bugle horn sconce I purchased was embellished with a couple of tassels and candles. The textile on which it is perched is also a recent find. It's tartan plaid, round tablecloth, with the bugle horn motif.
A fun surprise was finding the box of place cards pictured next, especially the three with tartan plaids. For a self-professed glitterphobe, this was a notable purchase, but the love of tartan overcame the phobia!
Religious relics always catch my attention. Can you believe someone once stole a Baby Jesus of Prague from my booth space?? My latest is celluloid. The Madonna with Baby Jesus benetier, or holy water font, next to the statue is of bisque porcelain. The thief could use some holy water!
Summer and the patriotic holidays are over, but when I found this wicker picnic basket with leather belt closures, I was immediately drawn to it for its price. Not only that, but the plates are ceramic, and the flatware is labeled Luibinox France. The flag clips are weights for a tablecloth. The tablecloth was purchased from a separate dealer, but it's a wonderful plaid on a clean white, cotton texture.
Were any of you Aigner brand junkies back in the day like me? I don't remember this bucket bag, but I did lust after its smaller, iconic style little sister handbag that I finally scored second quarter 2018. My next in age, older sisters and I all had the Aigner penny loafers, but I guess Mom drew the line on getting the handbags. Note to heaven: Mom, now I have two!
My next item is unique. It's a brass and copper ship's lantern with articulated handle. I just now noticed the way I have it folded flat in the photo (L frame) should really be turned the opposite way so the wick is upright. Safety, mates!
Hardware and tools are picked up whenever there's a great price. Not only are both used for their original, intended purposes, but many people look especially for hardware when they are working with older furniture and homes. 
The walnut stool pictured below was snapped up for its regional and utilitarian appeal. Walnut is a native wood in West Virginia, and my research has led me to an historical article on the Mountaineer Craftsmen, a cooperative for homesteaders in West Virginia started in the 1930s. I love rich, old wood patina. This is a keeper for now. I use stools as display risers at home, just as we often do in our booth spaces.
The following items were picked from my brother's residence, left by the previous owner and stowed in the garage rafters where he currently lives. Farm tools include a primitive apple butter paddle, two pitch forks (Farm King and Ames) and a Seymour No. 2 wood snath with attached (and extremely sharp!) steel blade scythe. Two mid-century sleds (Yankee Clipper and Flexible Flyer) are in great vintage condition. Lastly, a wooden Coca-Cola crate.
The next item was a serendipitous find while at an estate sale. I lusted after blogger Debbee's [Buzz] wallpaper hanger's work table in this recent post and, lo and behold, this one appeared! It's super handy in the way it folds for storage. I only cleaned mine up, and we're already using in the booths for display purposes right now.
Last but certainly not least, these little table place cards just cracked me up. They're called "Conundrum Place Cards", several in each vellum packet labeled, "fold question or answer and insert in slit". In the lower frame of the collage below, you can see one standing up with the folded insert. The top L frame gives an example of one conundrum. Intended for table conversation in their day, these little things in a stray box just had to come home with me. The word conundrum is one Mr. P. and I have laughed about for years, ever since a mutual friend used it many years ago (that, and that awesome Art Deco, Erte-like graphic figural design grabbed my attention!). The estate sale hostess threw the place cards in my pile, gratis.
Sometimes I foster things for awhile before letting them go, but eventually all these things will leave my house, one way or another. Thanks for tagging along, armchair shopping, while I did show and  tell. Again, my Panoply sisters and I are located on the first floor of the South Charleston Antique Mall, 617 D Street, South Charleston, WV. It's an easy on/off of WV I-64, Exit 56.
I'll share our booth spaces in their latest styling in an upcoming post. Be sure to check back for that. My sisters and I have been very busy selling off furniture and shifting focus to selling primarily smalls. I've also participated in one yard sale, and getting ready for another community yard sale in early October, so it's safe to say Panoply shopping is closed out for 3Q18. You can always check my menu bar at the top of the page under 'Panoply Antiquing' for more of what I buy and how we style. If you're on a mobile device, scroll to the bottom of your screen page and click on 'web version'. You will then see the menu bar at the top of my blog.

As always, your readership is much appreciated, and your comments always welcome.

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Rita C. at Panoply
(A special thank you to Dagmar Bleasdale of Dagmar's Home Link Party #293 for featuring this post!)

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