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.
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