Thursday, September 17, 2015

BAD Gifts

Over the years for our birthdays the Brighton Antique Dealer has given us various gifts, mostly from her own stock. Some I like, some I don't. BAD knows her stuff, so I doubt any is of great value. Here is a photo of a few bits.

The tray on which they sit is paper mache, but it feels like a light timber, which in a way I guess it is.

The jugs are not really me. They are English pottery and the painting is very nice. On the underside are numbers and they are stamped Ducal Ware.

The cruet set is rather nice, with its tray.

BAD told us ring on the neck of glassware is solid silver. It does have a number on it, but I need a better magnifying glass.

The small bottle is for perfume and has a broken glass stick attached to the lid for applying the perfume.

Lastly, metal toothpicks with handles like that of swords on a stand. Very hygienic and kids are strangely attracted to them.


29 comments:

  1. in my opinion they look nice and it would be nice gift for me..

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    1. Gosia, I may or may not remember you in my will.

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    2. Great idea but I hope I inherit it..

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  2. I think the pottery would look more 'at home' displayed in a kitchen. The silver topped glass jar looks like something you'd find with an inkwell set, this might be the jar the pens stood in when not being used, or possibly the inkwell minus its stopper. I like the toothpick set and can imagine kids playing miniature sword fights with it. The paper mache tray is lovely too. I love wandering through antique stores, junk stores too.

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    1. River, it is inkwell like but the glass bulges too much. Yeah, I like the idea of kids doing battle with with mini swords. So much safer than the real thing.

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    2. You might be thinking of the inkwells that used to be in school desks. I'm thinking more of much older ink/pen sets that sat on a tray on a large desk and the bottle of ink would be large and round or square or any other fancy shape, only needing to be wide enough at the top for the pen to fit; the narrow neck would help prevent evaporation too. google old fashioned ink wells/ bottles and see what I mean.

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    3. I see what you mean. Thanks.

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  3. oooooh I love presents! I wish the Brighton Antique Dealer was a close friend of mine!

    If the ring around the glass pot is real silver, it will have hallmarks clearly identifiable - the maker, the year and the city where the silver was hallmarked. Don't rub those silver marks in an attempt to clean the pot.

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    1. Hels, household management does not meticulously clean the item. I think it has those things but they are so tiny. I will have another go at reading them.

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  4. You're looking at money if those hallmarks are Australian silver.
    The trays were popular in Victorian times, you should check that out as well.
    Perfume bottles with an applicator are a complete bust. They let air to the perfume and transfer skin oils as well so your $200 perfume ends up smelling like a $2 shop toilet spray.

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    1. Jah Teh, I really don't like the tray. It looks very Italian but if it is worth a bob or two, I could like it muchly. In theory, perfume bottles should not. The stopper should be like one in a liquor decanter, like the one in in our Waterford crystal decanter (!) and tight fitting, but yes, it is a loose fit.

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  5. Antique shops and junk stores are prime favourites of mine too.
    JahTeh is right about the perfume bottle. They look nice, but those applicators often break - which is in fact a good thing.

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    1. EC, why is it good that the applicators break?

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    2. If the applicator is unbroken and you use it, Jahteh is right, you change (and not for the better) the perfume...

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    3. That explains why the perfume/body oil samplers in "The Body Shop' all smell the same and all bad.

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  6. I like to potter in antique shops but don't buy much much to much money for me but the tray and those metal toothpicks maybe I'm a kid at heart.
    Merle...................

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    1. Merle, I am the same. We don't buy but like to look. But there was a time when we bought.

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  7. Reusable tooth picks ugh. I guess they are washed if used. I'm not into antiques even though I have a few nice pieces handed down.

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    1. Diane, yes, the idea of reusing toothpicks is rather gross. We had an antique period but we now like modern clean lines.

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  8. ooh I have a similar glass bottle thing! Love those metal toothpicks too

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    1. Really Fen? Might be worth a dollar or two.

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  9. We finally moved to another country to justify leaving behind all those bad gifts. My mother has sword toothpicks like yours, which must be 60 years old by now. I'll inherit those if you'd like more for your collection in the future.

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    1. Mitchell, your offer is most kind, but I think one set of metal toothpicks will do us well enough.

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  10. Those jugs remind me of my mother's taste.

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    1. Susie, pottery rather than china. They are very heavy.

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  11. I think these are all very nice gifts !

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  12. Hmmmmm! Not sure about these Andrew :) What's wrong with a nice bottle of wine :)

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    1. Grace, a bottle of something is always an acceptable gift for us, and it doesn't have to cost much.

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