Last week I mentioned my friend Julie's amazing antiques shop, Agape. Every time I go there I find some curiosity or unique bit of history. Yesterday I brought home three large bottles from Bordeaux. They're early 19th-century, made of the wavy glass that's so hard to find (in one piece) these days.
Like the 19th-century apothecary jar on the left, I'm planning to fill the bottles with ribbon, bits of old lace and threads. Maybe at Christmas they'll hold fragile ornaments - lots of decorating possibilities - the trick is not to break them! The small bottle is early 20th-century and I will use a crystal decanter top to cap it. By the way, I have a new rule about buying antiques and collectibles - for every item that comes home with me, another one has to leave. This is necessary, due to limited space in our apartment!
The dark tan piece of coral atop the Napoleon III wooden stand is from 1850. And until Julie told me I could wash coral with Javel (a French liquid bleach), I had no idea how to clean it. So that's a task for later today (if I can avoid getting the stand wet). As you can see, the coral purchased yesterday is naturally a bright white.
The large pink conch shell was a sentimental purchase: my late grandmother had a similar one that I admired as a child. No one seems to know what happened to hers, so I was delighted to find this gift from the sea. I also bought a very unusual item once used by the French military, which I'll photograph and explain once I get it home.
Deborah of Jane Poe - Nevermore has paid a great compliment to me and two other "Blogging Stars." Check out the wacky photo and her beautiful poem here. I'm honoured to be in such good company!