Saturday, March 21, 2009


Chandelier's hold a certain fascination for many of us. They are beautiful to looks at, I have found the more expensive they are the more beautiful they are. I went to a inventory reduction sale at a lighting store and there were many beautiful and unusual chandelier's at marked down prices. While I thought they were all beautiful they would have been out of place in my home but I sure enjoyed looking at them!

The first Chandelier is from the Versailles Collection has 100% Crystal, it captures and reflect the light of the candle bulbs. The frame is all hand-forged wrought iron.

The Cherub chandelier has 6 arms with a 3 sided cherub in the center. The lead crystal pendants are absolutely beautiful!

This blue themed chandelier has 8 Lights with bule crystals. This Chandelier has shiny reflective blue Swarovski Crystals. Very pretty!

The last chandelier is a two-tier version from the Maria Theresa collection. It is decorated with various hand-cut and polished crystal, it reflects and captures the light of candle bulbs resting in a scalloped bobeche. Absolutely gorgeous!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

Collecting Antique Fishing Lures

Antique & Vintage Fishing Lures seem to hold a fascination among anybody who loves to fish. Many of the early lures were handmade from wood and wire from fishermen around the world. Most of these of course are unmarked but a collector will know the age of an old lure just by looking at it.

Collectors look for these old lures at flea markets, yard sales, along fishing banks and in family tackle boxes. If the condition and paint is still good many collectors will pay top dollar.

Early companies that manufactured lures include Heddon, Shakespeare, Eger, Creek Chub, South Bend and Wilson.

I use to get quite a bit of money out of the lures with the glass eyes and those made of wood but like everything else eBay has put an end to those kind of values, so if you want to collect a certain brand or a certain kind try looking there first.

I always try to take a magnifying glass and see if I can find a manufacturer's name on these old lures, from there I can research the Internet for type and age. The boxes above are a collection of lures that I have picked up from swap meets, flea markets and yard sales.

Their value has gone down considerably but I do like to have a little of everything to offer in my flea market booths.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Watt Pottery

I recently went to an auction that featured vintage pottery. There was quite a few pieces of Watt Pottery which is quite collectible among country antique lovers.

Watt Pottery produced pottery from 1922 - 1935 in Crooksville, Ohio. This simply decorated yellow-ware pottery looks great in a country kitchen. I had few Watt Collectors in my Flea Market that would pay top dollar for any piece that I came across.

Patterns include Apple, Autumn Foliage, Cherry, Dutch Tulip, Morning-Glory, Pansy, Rooster, Tear Drop, Starflower, and Tulip.

Many of the pieces still bring top dollar, the mixing bowl brought $85, the little creamer brought $100 and the cookie jar (not pictured) brought $300 at the auction. Watt Pottery is a great example of vintage quality pottery

Monday, March 2, 2009

Antique Koch Barber Chair

Look at this wonderful antique Koch Barber Chair from the late 1800's. It is upholstered with red velvet and trimmed in oak and brass. The chair swivels when the pedal in the back is pressed. The headrest also moves to tilt the customer for shaving. The foot rest pulls out for customer comfort.

This chair appears to have been re-upholstered, the material is in to good of shape to be original but I do believe the chair is in great shape for it's age.

This chair is comfy and looks great. I can see it in a Barber Shop amid a collection of antique barber equipment or perhaps a themed family room. Very cool find.