Wednesday, August 30, 2006


The shelf in the top photo has a Masonic Emblem carved into it. My dad was a Mason, so it interested me. The two carvings are my favorites. The mandolin player is so joyous looking and the other guy wields an umbrella, but looks cheerful too. The round silver thing in the middle is my collapsible cup, from summer camp the first year I went, which was 1946, I think.

On the top of the next photo (though you cannot see all of them) is a ceramic frog pitcher, an old tea tin, and two more carvings. The barrel one with legs actually has a man's head on top of it. The top lifts off and I kept toothpicks in it for a while. Inside that shelf are some of the spice tins (and other kinds) that my mom had. I would swear that Sudan mustard seed tin is from the 20's!

In the third photo, the wooden box is actually a drawer from an old Singer Sewing Machine. It makes a good display shelf.
The small oval mirror was sold as a Christmas tree ornament several years ago. The other oval is a very old image of Jesus that belonged to my grandmother. The shelf on the right holds a carving that could be part of my husband's pipe paraphernalia collection as well, since he is lighting a pipe.
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19 comments:

Pickalish said...

OH my goSH!! Growing up, my grandpa owned a New Holland/Honda/Kawasaki dealership. He always had goofy items made up for his customers at Christmas time, and one of those was a yard stick. It has his business name, and city and state, phone number etc. printed on it. I found it in my grammas shed the other day, and guess what I did with it? I hung it on my wall!! I love it!! I thought I was being so creative....and here you are bursting my bubble! =) I love your walls.....they look just like mine!! Isn't it fun?!!

Tia said...

Oh, I wish we hadn't just had a garage sale!! We got rid of - I am sure - some things that would have done well in the company of these lovely items! My husband's mom is a huge antique puff and so my husband had ended up with all kinds of treasures way before we ever got married. Now they have all found new homes.... as we're not moving it all to NZ!

As for printing the text from my blog - I'd be honored. =) Thank you for your kind words.

srp said...

I can see why you love those two carved people the best, they are absolutely exquisite.

moon said...

I love all those interesting things. Great idea for the sewing machine drawer as a display also. I love antiques...I collect old tins...will have to take a pic sometime.

PI said...

I too have my Mum's bits and pieces and treasure them whether they are to my taste or not. Guess what my new great nephew is called - FELIX.

Sissy B. said...

How fun to come and have a dup of tea with you in your kitchen!!!

Carolyn said...

How neat! I love those old objects. I used to hang old tin cookie cutters, kitchen tools, trivets on my wall. I don't have much of a kitchen now to display things. You make very good use of your space. Well done arrangement!

Just a trumpet player said...

Looks just like my mom kitchen !! Thanks for the sweet memory !

Michele sent me ; have a great weekend !

Beverly said...

I LOVE your kitchen wall! I especially like the "queer" saying. I've always felt that way myself.

Peter said...

There is no end to your pack-rattery Judy, some lovely bits-n-bobs though.

Sparkling Diamond said...

Wow, what a fun and interesting collection! I got into collecting old tins when my home was more 'country' decorated. Those types of things make a kitchen feel so warm and cozy and inviting! The carved figures are awesome!
Makes me miss my grandparents....:)

Wordnerd said...

I love all this! I have lots of old tins and containers myself, as well as many old apothecary bottles -- my favorite.

By the way -- did you know we can't comment on your newest post?

utenzi said...

I find the idea of some Jiggs guy spreading his legs on your wall disturbing, Judy. I'll try to get over it....

trinamick said...

My mother would love your house. She has an antique fixation, and one corner of her living room is decorated with similar items. I'd wager the two of you could swap stories for hours.

utenzi said...

As I recall from a recent post of yours, Judy, Mr Kenju doesn't like momentos around of your past "interests". I'm sure a frisky Jiggs would qualify for that catagory. Be careful!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Just WONDERFUL Judy...I remember Jiggs & Maffie, sort of...And Felix...My VERY VERY Favorite, and still is to this day!
Again the way you dsplay all these precious things is truly a joy to behold!
And I think you are right about that Mustard Seed Box...I can't get over the conditio that these things are in...Fabulous Fabulous condition!

h&b said...

Some great stuff you've got there !

Shephard said...

I'm cracking up at the "bulk" ice cream container. Hard to believe indeed.

~S

Darlene said...

I used McCormick spices when I was a bride. I don't know when they stopped making them.

I love the top shelf and the figures.