Sunday, October 28, 2018

Great Estate Sale Finds

So, a little over a week ago, I shared some furniture swapping I did in my home with some great buys at a recent estate sale.
Today's post is all about my fourth quarter (4Q18) vintage finds to date, the majority of which came from that great estate sale. I know it's just the end of October, but with the holidays fast approaching, I don't expect any additional Panoply purchasing through year end...famous last words. At the end of this post, I'm also including a few bonus pics of some of what my sisters bought from that same estate sale. So, are you ready to do some armchair vintage shopping?

I'll start with this tole-painted lidded steamer pot (for lack of better description). It is signed (Mary Hoffman). This could be a local piece, or it could be European, I am not certain, as this couple did a lot of traveling. Many of their pieces had provenance with the items, but this one did not.
Local interest panoramic photographs of my city, dated 1923 and 1990. They are of opposite sides of the Kanawha River, both very special to me. The lower right portion of the collage shows them as they were hung in the home.
Bank bags, bookends and magnifiers. I have an assortment of bank bags, probably near two dozen, and most are local to West Virginia. They remind me of my dad. Though he was not a banker, he had a keen sense of money management and an entrepreneurial spirit. He, in effect, was a bona fide lending bank, financing many a deal with me and all eight of my siblings at one time or another during our early adulthood. My career was spent in accounting and management, so I tend to buy office-type items. The bookends are Baldwin brass.
The framed cross-stitch below will be a gift to my daughter whose dog is a Welsh terrier. Her dog before the Welsh was an Airedale. The silhouette in the cross-stitch could pass for either breed.
The Mail Pouch litho below, though water damaged a bit at the lower portion of the matte, is still a regional favorite item for customers. This one is dated 1977, #286/400, by a West Virginia artist.
The two pitchers below were found in the living room display cabinet of this home. The brown earthenware smaller pitcher is incised with maker's initials, but I haven't tried to identify the artist (most likely West Virginian). The creamy yellow pitcher has no markings but I really liked it. The pewter cup was the son's, engraved "MATT".
I liked the way this pitcher looked with the assortment of butter crocks below, which I also purchased. I believe these are English, based on initial research.
Two half-gallon mason jars - one is Ball (identified as circa 1910-23), the other is Keystone Mason's in straight lettering. The date 1858 does NOT indicate age, merely the patent date for this jar.
The woman of this household estate died in 2010. She was artistic, as evidenced by things around the home, such as the items below. The plates are glass, decoupaged with fairies, and then gold-foiled on the back side. The butterflies are overlays on the back, signed "F. Upton '71". The bisque porcelain doll in the bottom right corner was as found, inside the pewter cup above. My Panoply sister, M, is a master dollmaker, so I gave her the dead baby to bring back to life through restringing.
The purple afghan reminded me of my mom, plain and simple. My family often jokes that our mother WAS the color purple. She wore it regally, and even the Monsignor who presided over my mother's funeral said he wore his purple vestments in her honor. 💜 I may use this for a vignette or tablescape in my home, and then sell it. The color purple also reminds me of my blogging friend, Christine.
The tartan throw below - well, what can I say? I'm a sucker for tartan. It is 100% wool, "Coming Home", made in Portugal.
The bull horn and deer racks below are part of those mantiques that always seem to attract me when buying for Panoply. These are already available in one of our booths at the antique mall.
The items below - more tartan - are also already available for sale in our booths (that's a hint of what's to come in my next post).
Now, for a few select items my sisters purchased, all of which are already available for sale at the antique mall.

The scales below were in the homeowner's office. I had mentioned in a prior post he was an attorney. The scales are marked England. They appear unbalanced below because the photo was taken prior to properly assembling the right hand pan's brackets.
The gavel below is a special piece of local and even national interest. The wood from the covered bridge in Philippi, WV - of which the gavel was constructed - was, indeed, from the bridge of the scene of a skirmish during the Civil War. The suggested legend of Lincoln and Davis meeting in the shelter of the bridge may simply be that - a legend.
The table and chairs below were purchased by my sister J. I know, I know, in that last update I lied said we were committed to buying and selling no more furniture. However, we were all together and unanimously decided this was a worthwhile purchase, and it went straight to the booth space.
The items below were my purchases from a different estate sale in October, most of which are already available for purchase in our booths. They include an early 20th Century euphonium (a tenor tuba), a penguin cocktail shaker, vintage Paul Masson wine box, cross-stitched fall pillow cover with mallard duck, shoe horn, belt buckle and framed Irish prayer with dried flowers (from Ireland).
That's it for 4Q18 Panoply vintage finds, and I hope that holds true through year-end. There is so much work involved with purchasing, photographing, listing, pricing, and either storing or styling these items. That is why I say I hope it's the last of the year's buying.
The Panoply holiday booth styling is already complete at the antique mall, and that post will go live later this week. I hope you'll return to see how we've set our spaces with many of our new finds.

In the meantime, it's always fun to invite you to armchair shop the things I buy. I enjoy having your company through blog readership, and encourage you to comment on any or all of what you see. Thank you for stopping by today!

Rita C. at Panoply

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