Collector's Items

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Jul 7
Such a shame when people don’t link their posts! Where is this and who shot it?

Such a shame when people don’t link their posts! Where is this and who shot it?

(via laurenjenae)


Reminds me of Peter’s Bauwagen.

The truck’s a 1954 Commer Q4 fire auxiliary truck and is (or was?) actually a ‘hotel’! You can rent it, it’s in the Scottish Highlands.

The holiday from the back of a lorry: Army truck converted into hotel with Victorian stove, table and chairs | Mail Online

(via thatkindofwoman)


C1920/30’s round, deep fabric covered boudoir box. Lid decorated with a Flapper Girl, button fastener. The necklace can be used to lift the lid.Measurements : Diameter 13cm (5”) , depth 8cm (3”), $79.21. Also found at ALLSORTSOFWONDERFULL.

C1920/30’s round, deep fabric covered boudoir box. Lid decorated with a Flapper Girl, button fastener. The necklace can be used to lift the lid.
Measurements : Diameter 13cm (5”) , depth 8cm (3”), $79.21. Also found at ALLSORTSOFWONDERFULL.


Vintage gentlemen’s celluloid mustache comb and original suede case, $61.59 . Comb 11 cm( under 4 1/2 “) by 2.5cm ( 1 “). Found on Etsy at ALLSORTSOFWONDERFULL.

Vintage gentlemen’s celluloid mustache comb and original suede case, $61.59 . Comb 11 cm( under 4 1/2 “) by 2.5cm ( 1 “). Found on Etsy at ALLSORTSOFWONDERFULL.


Jul 2

The Gibson Girl “…began appearing in the 1890s and was the personification of the feminine ideal of beauty portrayed by the satirical pen-and-ink illustrations of illustrator Charles Dana Gibson during a 20-year period that spanned the late nineteenth and early twentieth century in the United States and Canada.” (Excerpt and pictures from Wikipedia)

A popular theory suggests, that the Gibson cocktail was named after Charles Dana Gibson, who challenged a bartender to improve upon the martini recipe. 

Brooch (ebay, sold for $10,49) / locket (ebay, $75,00) /  brooch (was ebay, sold for $29.99)


More pieces of Kate Greenaway (1846 - 1901) inspired jewellery:

Brooch (ebay, $135.00) / Brooch (Sellingantiques, sold) / Brooch (Kitty’s antique jewellery, £42.00) / Bangle (etsy, $980.00) / Brooch (ebay, still on, starting at £37.50) / Button#1 (etsy, $12.00) / Button#2 (the buttonmonger, $11.50) / Botton#3 & 4 (boutonsweb, $207.00 &  $197.00) / Brooch (etsy, $175.00) / locket (etsy, $660.00)

Illustrations: Zazzle / The Project Gutenberg eBook of Mother Goose


Karlovy Vary became popular as a spa resort after the railway lines to Eger and Prague were completed in 1870. Karlovy Vary’s famous hotels, Hotel ImperialBristol Palace Hotel and Grandhotel Pupp lately have been a big inspiration for Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel.

Karlsbad - Grand Tour - souvenirs around 1900 were purses, snuff boxes, paper-weights, trinkets and, of course, jewellery - nowadays these items look so elaborate, I wonder if they were considered knickknack back then…

Wallet (sold on ebay for €115.00) / brooch (liveauctineers, starting at €120.00) / paperweight & brooch from expired offers somewhere in the internet/  brooch (rubylane, $250,00) / card case (rubylane, $320.00) / card case (ebay, $399.99). Compiled and edited by collectorsitems.


Jun 30
Elsa Mora continues to amaze me everytime I check back on her work - she’s constantly exceeding her own craftsmanship.
Featured on this tumblr before and before and before.

Elsa Mora continues to amaze me everytime I check back on her work - she’s constantly exceeding her own craftsmanship.

Featured on this tumblr before and before and before.


Jun 28

Matt Wolf’s film ‘Teenage’.

Excerpt from the webiste: ‘Teenagers didn’t always exist. They had to be invented. As the cultural landscape around the world was thrown into turmoil during the industrial revolution, and with a chasm erupting between adults and youth, the concept of a new generation took shape. Whether in America, England, or Germany, whether party-crazed Flappers or hip Swing Kids, zealous Nazi Youth or frenzied Sub-Debs, it didn’t matter – this was a new idea of how people come of age. They were all “Teenagers.” (…)’

The movie’s BLOG.

Who Were the First Teenagers? by Hunter Oatman-Stanford, an article on Collectors Weekly inspired by Matt Wolf’s film ‘Teenage’.


Great jewellery articles on COLLECTORS WEEKLY:

#1) From Hummingbird Heads to Poison Rings: Indulging Our Antique Jewelry Obsession written by MONICA MCLAUGHLIN. Pictured: 1850 micromosaic, in a modern gold setting, via kklostermanjewelry.com. (Related: Collector’s Items)

#2) Unraveling the Ancient Riddles of Chinese Jewelry by Ben Marks. Picture courtesy the Shyn Collection.


Antique hand embroidered pictures: Top: Georgian, was on eBay (sold for £179,00) / Bottom: Victorian, was on eBay (sold for £379,00).


Recommended blogs:

#1: JESSICA KERWIN JENKINS’ - author of the book Encyclopedia of the Exquisite (pictured above) beautiful and interesting blog.

#2: ATLAS OBSCURA - curious and wondous travel destinations like, for example, this or THIS! or that.



Jun 14

'Date' jewellery became very popular at the end of the 19th century. Propably because of date souvenirs from Queen Victoria's Golden Jubilee in 1887.

Godwin & Sons advertisment from Illustrated London News, 6 July 1889, found in Jewellery in the Age of Queen Victoria: A Mirror to the World (p.190).

'1887' 18ct gold bracelet: Etsy ($425.00) / ‘1888’ 18ct gold pin: Ebay (sold for £56.00) / ‘1900’ 18ct gold pin: Ebay ($190.00) / ‘1900’ 9ct gold pin: was on Ebay  (sold for £31.30) / ‘1902’ 18ct gold pin: Ebay (sold for £41.88) / ‘1902’ 15ct gold pin: Ebay ($175.00) / ‘1903’ 15ct gold pin: Ebay (£115.00) / ‘1912’ 15ct gold pin: Ebay (sold for £76.00)


Jun 7

A very long time ago I posted about an illustrator I really love who didn’t have a homepage back then - now she has!

KATHARINA GROSSMANN-HENSE's illustrations make me buy products…

1) Sonnentor Tee Adventkalender / 2) Produktreihe für Besser-Bio / 3+4) Verpackung für d.signwerk  (all pictures by Katharina Grossmann-Hense).

She is not only an illustrator, but also a highly acclaimed author of children’s books, for example ‘Warum Erwachsene nachts so lange aufbleiben müssen’.


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