Brimfield 2014 – The Loot – Part 1

Geoff and I found a lot of great things at Brimfield this year.  Unlike past years we didn’t go looking with extremely specific things in mind.  This helps tremendously because you tend to happen across things that you can use or give as gifts and spend more time browsing and less time hunting.  I’ve managed to photograph most of the items.  We’re going to break them up into a few posts over the next week or so because listing them all at once would be insane.

Items that we’re giving as gifts will, obviously, not be listed here.  When I can remember what I paid for something (some of these were outrageous bargains) I’ll put it in.

Crystal, Glass & China

American Brilliant Period hand cut crystal bowl with floral decoration. $2
American Brilliant Period hand cut crystal bowl with floral decoration. $2

I absolutely love this.  It’s unmarked but it just sings when you ring it.  Perfect condition, lovely cutting.  Could be Hawkes, could be Fostoria.  I don’t care, it’s gorgeous.

American Brilliant Period cut glass dish $1
American Brilliant Period cut glass dish $1

This is heavy and has all the sharp edges you’d expect from an ABP piece.  This was a steal and we got it on our first day from a bored vendor who was packing up and leaving.  Love it.

Minton china bowl with gold decoration $1
Minton china bowl with gold decoration $1
Minton mark on the bottom of the bowl
Minton mark on the bottom of the bowl

This one has a tiny fleabite on the underside of the rim, but for $1 I’m not complaining.

Delft BOLS liquor bottle with original stopper $5
Delft BOLS liquor bottle with original stopper $5
Back view of bottle
Back view of bottle
The real deal.  It even has a raised BOLS mark.
The real deal. It even has a raised BOLS mark.

There was another vendor selling the Delf BOLS houses for $10+ each, but I’m glad I held out for this.  We got this in conjunction with some Civil War era papers which will show up in another post.  I like this better.

Sterling Jewelry

I was able to pick up a bunch of jewelry for both my business and also for myself.  Much of this will be cleaned up/fixed and then sold but some I’m keeping for myself.  No prices here – it was bought by the gram or by the lot.

Beads, pins, pendants, brooches, and rings.  Some really great old stuff here.
Beads, pins, pendants, brooches, and rings. Some really great old stuff here.

Yes, that’s a dragon ring.  Yes, it’s really cool.  Those clear beads are hand cut glass and each facet is a little different.  The earrings are humming birds and they’re solid silver, something that doesn’t happen much anymore.  The leaf is a brooch but I’m going to make it into a pin/pendant.  The round pendant in the front is a dark blue labradorite with fire.  And that pink ring?  That’s a big old piece of pink tourmaline.

Sterling chains and bracelet.  And a couple of charms just for fun.
Sterling chains and bracelet. And a couple of charms just for fun.

Here’s a closeup of the charms.  They’re adorable.

A sterling mouse and squirrel.  They're fantastic.
A sterling mouse and squirrel. They’re fantastic.

Wooden Boxes

One of the things that we were looking for was a wooden box or small chest for Geoff to dump his things (wallet, phone, keys, change) into at the end of the day.  We ended up with two as we found two very different and very cool ones.  We have a use for both.  One has already been deployed, the other will be shortly.

Very vintage Japanese golf shoe box.  Handmade and $5
Very vintage Japanese golf shoe box. Handmade and $5

This is the view from the top.

View from the side.
View from the side.  Dovetails, people, on a shoe box.
View from the end.  Dovetailing and wooden pegs.  Really?
View from the end. Dovetailing and wooden pegs. Really?
Closeup of the label on the lid.
Closeup of the label on the lid.
Just because.  This is SO cool.
Just because. This is SO cool.

This next box will be the everyday catchall for Geoff’s stuff when he gets home from work.  In fact, it’s already in use, hence the different background for the photos.

Geoff's treasure chest.  Solid wood with working clasp. $7.50
Geoff’s treasure chest. Solid wood with working clasp. $7.50
It actually kinds looks like a treasure chest.  We find that cool.  We're also geeks.
It actually kinds looks like a treasure chest. We find that cool. We’re also geeks.
The top view.
The top view.

Metalware

We picked up a lot of metalware.  Most of it is cast iron or pewter but that will be in another post.  This is metalware that doesn’t fit in either category.

Tin plated copper cake pan.  Yes, really.  Less than $7.
Tin plated copper cake pan. Yes, really. Less than $7.

And, no, for those of you wondering, this is not related to the space ship from Flight of the Navigator.  It really is a cake pan.  We saw a couple others missing a lot of their tin and that cost a LOT more.  Geoff plans to actually bake with this one.

Side view.  See?  Still not a spaceship.
Side view. See? Still not a spaceship.
It opens up.  No little alien dude inside.
It opens up. No little alien dude inside.
Heavy duty brass sifter.  Originally for grain or flour, we'll use it for gold panning or sifting gravel looking for gems.  $5
Heavy duty brass sifter. Originally for grain or flour, we’ll use it for gold panning or sifting gravel looking for gems. $5
It even has the original maker's mark.  How cool is that?
It even has the original maker’s mark. How cool is that?

And, of course, if you’re going to be scooping up gravel and looking for gold and gems, you’re going to need, well, a proper scoop.

Anodized aluminum scoop $5
Anodized aluminum scoop $5

That’s all for this post.  That’s plenty, I think.  We’ll be photographing the books, papers, pewter, cast iron, and fabric in the next few days and that will be the next post or two.  Hope you enjoyed our finds so far.  There are more coming.

~Kelly

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