It's been a really harsh Winter and treasure hunting has been limited. Last Thursday morning's temp of 33 degrees was almost a heatwave. It brought out lots of dealers and pickers hoping to find treasures.
I was #32 in line with about 30 more people behind me... and I was an hour early!
9 am came, the front door open and the Estate Sale was on!
This house was packed. I asked where the buttons were and was told in a room, where they weren't. However, this room had lots of beautiful odds & ends of of vintage fabrics and trims. So, I shopped it first and slowly found my way to the basement where the buttons apparently 'had' been. They were picked over and only a few remained; however, I am delighted with the ones I found.
Here are my finds for the day
1860-1880s Black Glass dress trim; Stamped steel buckle -late 19th century
(Top) 1930-40s Green glass button w/paint; Late 19th c. Pearl sash buckle;
Group of Cut Steel tri-tinted OME Steel Cup buttons 19th c.
(Bottom) White glass button w/painted grape design 1880s; Horn with inlaid abalone and silver (missing some inlay) late 19th c.; Victorian glass ear of corn;
group of Shell carved buttons, probably late 19th c.
Horseshoe trim: Celluloid with black glass OME, late 19th c.
Art Deco Design under Glass buckle with original fabric still attached
Individual buttons are different designs/techniques of Celluloid buttons.
Matching pair are Celluloid Bubble Top buttons. The other two are Tight Top Celluloid buttons.
Some of the jewelry pieces had missing stones, but I have salvaged stones to repair them.
One of my first jobs was a PBX telephone operator... I love this Valentine!
Close up cuteness
The artwork in this book is so adorable!
A few cabinet cards
Oodles of unusual tin molds
This precious porcelain ballerina pivots (dances)
Wonderful vintage textiles
There's something about small treasures that tug at my heart...take me home.