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Monday, June 4, 2012

Finding The Picturesque



I  already have a mix of brown transferware, but this is the first "set" of plates that I have ever come across in my town. Fortunately they were being offered "open stock" and I didn't have to buy them all. They are quite old, and I didn't have to fight myself too much over buying them.




I did go home and think over this group of etchings published in 1876. I finally planned to go back and buy a few, but the day after my visit all the things that tempted me from this booth were thirty percent off. At two dollars for each folio I felt like I was rewarded for my prudence. 




Originally only ten dollars, this hand sewn homespun petticoat became almost a giveaway. As much as I admire all the details, the garment has enough problems that it will be recycled into something else.



But looking it over is like a first hand lesson in sewing history.













This  double wicker covered bottle was fun to find. I can't wait to put flowers in it! It has metal loops along both sides for carrying. Have you ever seen one like it before? A bargain at fourteen dollars.
















Etchings were a precursor to photography, with all the delightful detail. Just awesome little works of art. And also a bit like stepping back in time and seeing daily life a hundred and fifty years or more ago.














I have no idea of the maker of my dishes. But here is a closeup of the mark.













































That's it for my Picturesque European adventure right at home!
I think I'll lay low for awhile now. . . . 'til next time anyway.
I hope you're finding fun too!
Happy trails!

Jacqueline



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48 comments:

Salmagundi said...

Great finds! Sally

Gretchen said...

Wonderful finds! I'm especially in love with the brown and white Transferware.

Lady of the Woods said...

Ok, I think I finally need to ask about one of your pitchers....the creamy white one with ruffled edges on the top and embossing? I see in so many of your pics? I can't get it out of my mind and I love it. I wonder if there is another I can find somewhere? Please advise. blessings, Lady

Carolyn said...

Such lovely finds-especially love the transferware!

Carolyn

elizabeth said...

What fabulous and beautiful finds!

Snap said...

You hit the jackpot!!!

Cozy Little House said...

You got some great buys! I love those dishes. Beautiful. And you were rewarded for your prudence.
Brenda

Tammy at Tammy Loves Dishes said...

Your brown transfer ware dishes are just gorgeous. And displayed upon the etchings - spectacular photo.
The handwork on the petticoat is just amazing. So much time was devoted to these everyday items.

The etchings are fabulous and really allow one to wander to another time and place. Lovely!

Bella said...

Hi J,
Ah ha, you have been shopping! The new dishes are beautiful! I saw and wanted a set over the weekend and didn't take the plunge, now I am sorry :-(
The petticoat is so fun, I have never found one, very cool!
Happy (shopping) Trails to you :-)
Hugs,
Bella

Jennifer @ Town and Country Living said...

Beautiful finds. Love the transferware.

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Great finds. Love the transferware and what a steal. Have never seen double bottles with that handle like that before. Very unique.

jeanetteann said...

Gorgeous finds. I love to examine vintage linen clothing and see how they were made. Sometimes the stitching is hardly visible. The 5 little home schoolers who come to my home for sewing and embroidery tuition, love to see and examine any new treasure I find. They try so hard to replicate the stitching. xx

SizzleandZoom said...

What charming finds! Lovely photos of them.

lynn said...

love the transfer ware and petticoat, jacqueline:) tfs the info on the etchings--very interesting!

LizlovesVintage said...

That double bottle is fantastic Jacqueline! Look what I found this weekend also. I'm hooked on these..
Lovely photos :)
xxx Liz

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Oh my goodness what treasures you have scored!!!

WOW!!

I love every single item you found, Jacqueline!

Did I ever tell you my mother's father was a Lithographer Artist for a living?

The Tablescaper said...

Beautiful brown transferware. Love the images in that book!

- The Tablescaper

Vickie @ Ranger 911 said...

The prices were really a bargain on those brown transferware plates. And that double bottle will look gorgeous dressed up with your fresh flowers.

Mary said...

Nice brown plates. We had some years ago when we moved into an older house, the previous owner left them. Wish I had them now.

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Oh yes, I am kicking myself for NOT calling dibs on my MIL's brown transfer ware. When the house was cleaned out-- I didn't attend. It was out of state; only the husband went with a handful of his family---
the brown transfer ware, donated to charity. That makes me feel a little better...(not really)...

As to the petticoat. How cool is that to just hold it in your hands and eye all of the details and handiwork? I'm sure you'll think of something wonderful to do or make with it... but just to have it for the moment. Lovely.

thanks for showing us all your goodies! Pat

Willow said...

They are beautiful. Love your linens too.

Candylei said...

Is there any brown transferware left? You found some treasures for sure. I am ooh-ing and aah-ing over the petticoat! I love to look at handstitched clothing.

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Jacqueline: Beautiful china. I love the brown and white. Your tablescape will be perfect with them. Double woven bottles are very interesting and will make a good centerpiece with your dishes. Very fruitful shopping, I'd say..Happy Tuesday..Judy

collarcitybrownstone said...

I love everything you got. Whatever problems the petticoat has you made it look perfect in the photo. I love the detail of underclothes from back in the day. I remember when slips used to be so pretty. Now I can only find pretty ones on eBay.

I love pretty dishes. Often retail stores like Home Goods, Marshalls and TJ Maxx sells transferware in brown & white or blue & white very inexpensively. It is more fun buying them at garage sales though and even cheaper.

Sandy aka Doris the Great said...

Wonderful finds. I too love the transferware.

ImSoVintage said...

Love all your finds and can't wait to see what you do with the petticoat.

Petite Michelle Louise said...

i need to find ME a little bit of "Europe" around MY town! wow...lovely. i adore the brown transferware (?) plates! and i've NEVER seen anything like those "twin" wicker-covered bottles. how unique and what a find! i adore old book etchings....such detail. sigh....

TFS! ;)

Zuzu said...

You have truly found the picturesque in whites and browns, Jacqueline!
Thank you for starting my day with such beauty!
Hugs,
Zuzu

Keeping it Cozy said...

All such great finds, but I particularly love your dishes. I have never seen a set of brown transfer ware plates before. They are gorgeous!

Sweet Posy Dreams said...

What great dishes! We have blue and white willow, but lately I've been coveting the pink willow. I don't need more dishes, but maybe there's room for just one more set . . .

Cindy said...

Oh, I just LOVE brown transferware... and these are wonderful. They look so pretty on the brown etching cover thingy, i'm so glad you went back and got them. Looks like some great finds, and as always you made the whole group look enchanting!

Cindy

Pamela Gordon said...

Beautiful finds Jacqueline! I love the transferware plates. It's neat how the old etchings kind of go with the plates. There is a lot of detail and a lot of work in the etchings. The old petticoat is so pretty with it's lace edge. Enjoy the day!

thistlewoodfarm said...

I love brown transferware. Your is so pretty and your photography is amazing!

Thanks for the inspiration!
Have a blessed and wonderful day!
karianne

On Crooked Creek said...

Jacqueline,
WoW! Usually if I leave an item and return...it has already been sold to another. What luck... to not only find it still there...but on sale, as well! I adore the etchings from the Picturesque Europe!!! It is such a lovely week, hope yours is too!
Fondly,
Pat

Olga said...

Great finds! Every item is interesting and distinctive.I love those etchings.

wendy said...

lovely lovely things you acquired here. Flowers in the wicker bottles will look really great I think.
Amazing etchings they used to put iin books I think.

Olive Cooper said...

The transferware is a real find. I like brown the best and love it for fall. I recently found Old Britain Castles in brown at an estate sale and was thrilled with my price too. I have no clue where to store it and it is still in a box on my bar waiting for me:}

Linda said...

What will you do with the petticoat??
I can hardly wait to see...

Cheers!
Linda :o)

Lady of the Woods said...

I recently found and didn't get an entire set of this brown transfer-ware...about 50/60 pieces...was that not a good thing? should I just buy it next time?

Marlis said...

Score!!! the plates are fabulous. I wish I knew something about them myself. The old petticoat is fabulous, the lace itself is wonderful. Love your double wicker jugs too. Have a great week, xo marlis

Sarah said...

Loving those brown dishes. Did you say you left some behind? ;-)

victoriantailor said...

Beautiful combination of brown with the white, great finds,

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Great finds, Jacqueline! I love brown and white transferware and would have been hovering over those dishes, trying to decide how many to buy.

Cottage and Broome said...

What wonderful finds and a a margin price too! I love the little dress, I'm always amazed at the workmanship in them. Enjoy your finds, Laura

heritagestitchery said...

Please, please don't dismantle that
petticoat...it is a lesson in history,
and a pretty one at that....French?

Rowan said...

I love those etchings and the brown transferware - I like the brown best of all the transferware colours though green runs it a very close second.

Audrey Pettit said...

Wow! What beautiful treasures you have found! LOVE them!

Haworth said...

Beautiful finds, Jacqueline! The handwork at the waist of that petticoat is so lovely, and I do love cotton lace. The plates are wonderful, too. I hope you find out more about them. A mystery to solve!

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