Last summer, Katie and I were roaming around the Fells Point Antique Market when she spotted a set of four antique brass bells that she absolutely adored.
Katie really likes how each bell is unique (different lady, different dress). They can sit together as a heterogenous set (as I’ve placed them in this photograph), or be individually situated in different places around the apartment, as Katie has done.
The price? $20 for the set! A great bargain. I just love brass accents.
It’s hard to place the time period…perhaps 18th century? Comment if you have any ideas about the origin of these bells!
Today’s post, a guest contribution from my friend Kath, showcases a unique hand-me-down.
Kath: When my grandmother downsized into a smaller apartment, I was given this decanter set because “I liked scotch.”
Belonging to my great – grandmother, this Tantalus decanter features a locking mechanism on the top – to keep your expensive spirits safe from either your househould staff, or young teens (depending on the home). Initially, the Tantalus cabinets were meant to showcase your expensive spirits in an appealing way, prior to the cheaper store bought bottles we use today.
Unfortunately for me, I accidentally locked it, and have no idea where the keys would be. I am also missing the third brass label – which, I’m going to hazard a guess, was bourbon. Even though they are empty and will presumably never contain alcohol, I enjoy looking at the set and the connection with my family (and their love of whiskey).
What an interesting family treasure. An added bonus: free! 🙂
Happy Friday! I just got home from a successful visit to The Parisian Flea, a tiny yet tantalizing antique shop in the heart of Hampden. I had been craving a thrifting adventure all week, and since I had heard they were having a 20% off sale this weekend, I drove straight on over after work.
I walked out with two great finds, which added up to just under $20 after the 20% discount. Both are brass decor items with beautiful detailing. The first is a small catch-all dish (it has three tiny “feet”), and the second is a larger tray, which has that hammered gold look to it.
Here is the larger tray. I guess it’s around 12 inches in diameter. I’ve decided it’ll hang out on top of my coffee table, ostensibly complimenting a gold and glass table sitting nearby. The richness of the cherry wood coupled with bold area rug colors creates a vivid backdrop for this gold accent.
I’m so happy with these finds, and can’t wait for more thrifting tomorrow (yard sales!). 🙂