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Ever since I was little girl I have been interested in “old stuff”. My grandmother, born in the late 1880’s, was a truly Victorian lady. Her taste has influenced Ever since I was little girl I have been interested in “old stuff”. My grandmother, born in the late 1880’s, was a truly Victorian lady. Her taste has influenced me throughout my childhood. After leaving the socialist East Germany in 1985, I lost pretty much everything I have ever owned, including many special items handed to me by my grandmother. I will never be able to replace most of the jewelry, books, and furniture. Some time ago, I started going to antique stores and second hand stores and came across many beautiful objects that awakened memories of my beloved grandmother. These memories inspired me to start collecting vintage costume jewelry and porcelain and anything else that is old and gorgeous. Having said that, I also enjoy the hunt for a great find, the beauty of an old and previously loved item, and the thrill of finding out who made it and how old it is. (Read more)

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Comments

  1. Congratulations on a really cool find!
  2. Thanks a lot, katherinescollections:)
  3. My grandmother had a few books like that. I used to play with them as a child, but I remember that they were a bit creepy:)
  4. Beautiful. My grandmother had postcards, books, and other items decorated with these birds. She was a Victorian lady:)
  5. Prussiaguy, I read your intro and I am looking forward to see your items:)
  6. Thanks a lot, Trey, PatSea, PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, prussiaguy, jscott0363, mikelv85, racer4, vetraio50, aghcollect, surfdub66, and SEAN68:)
  7. I really have to show this post to my husband! He only likes my jewelry when it is made of sterling or gold. The one you posted is just phenomenal! It really proves that the value and appreciation o...
  8. Thanks, Tray. My Valentine's day was not too bad. It didn't start too well because on the Friday the day before, a woman hit my daughter's car. My daughter wasn't at fault but still there is a lot o...
  9. Zowie, You are correct. One reads "STER" and I believe it is short for Sterling and the other word most likely means Kalupe. I cannot see all of the letters but with davyd286's information I am sure...
  10. Thanks, SEAN:)
  11. Many thanks, kivatinitz, kyratango, and PhilDavidAlexanderMorris:)
  12. Thanks a lot, jscott0363:)
  13. Good looking parents!
  14. Thanks a lot, aghcollect:)
  15. Thanks a lot, mikelv85:)
  16. Thanks, valentino97. They are not exactly my taste either - they are too "busy" for me. I liked the colour and and got them with one of my daughters in mind. She likes any kind of "ethnic" jewelry....
  17. I have an almost matching pin: http://www.collectorsweekly.com/stories/136945-sterling-silver-and-enamel-pat-cheney-pi Beautiful bracelet:)
  18. Thanks a lot, SEAN68:)
  19. Thanks, DrFluffy:)
  20. Thanks so much, Trey, jscott0363, racer4four, DrFluffy, aghcollect, PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, mikelv85, and vetraio50:)
  21. Yes, Zowie, the timing was just perfect. I hope your day is going well, too. We have a very cold day here: -23; feels like -31! Brrrrrrr I cannot wait for spring!
  22. Thanks for your comment, Zowie:)
  23. Thanks for your comment, mikelv85:)
  24. I would say they are medium; about 1.5 cm :)
  25. Thanks a lot, aghcollect and vetraio50:)
  26. Thanks a lot, valentino97:) I am happy you think so, too:) I just wish I could find out more!
  27. WOW! You found it! thanks a lot, davyd286:)
  28. I will follow your advice - from now on. I lost too many of my litte treasures:(
  29. Trey, this is the problem with shopping for vintage/antiques: Sometimes you don't get a second chance. I still feel bad missing out on some items because I am a bagain shopper and then, later, I rea...
  30. Thanks, katherinscollections. That one was my first. It's my favorite one too.
  31. Thanks a lot katherinescollection:)
  32. Thanks a lot, PatSea. Happy Valentine's Day!
  33. Oh, I forgot to mention: I don't think I will ever wear this thing - LOL
  34. Many thanks, aghcollect:)
  35. Thanks, Virginia and mikelv85. I hope you have a great day!
  36. Thanks, Trey. I love purple/violet. When I saw the ring I had to have it even though I didn't need it. But hey, what is the definition of "need" anyway?
  37. Thanks a lot, shareurpassion:)
  38. Many thanks, Trey, Manikin, Zowie , PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, melaniej, jscott0363, mikelv85, DrFluffy, SEAN68, Jewels, katherinescollections , Peasejean55, vetraio50, and aghcollect:)
  39. Katherinescollection, thanks so much for your information. I think I will get the book if I can can my hands on it:) Many thanks, too, jscotto363!
  40. Thanks a lot, SEAN68:) How do you manage to take so great photos of your glass and crystal????
  41. I really love your photos of your glass and crystal:)
  42. Soooo beautiful!
  43. Thanks a lot for your help, ladies. I was conservative with my estimate of age. My Mom had a similar shaped vase she bought in the mid 1970’s. I used this as a reference. I also found comparable...
  44. A bit late, but I want to say thank you, Elisabethan, ncggrdn, SEAN68, racer4four, mikelv85, vetraio50, and kyratango:)
  45. Many thanks, inky and Manikin:)
  46. Many thanks, DrFluffy, lisa, AnneLanders, and valentino97:)
  47. It kind of reminds me of some of my Bond Boyd pieces. Could it be from the 40' or 50's? It's pretty:)
  48. Looks to me like Gustav Klimt; especially the back. Really beautiful!
  49. Beautiful!
  50. Many thanks, jscott0363, melaniej, racer4four, aghcollect, nutsabotas6, PhilDavidAlexanderMorris, and mikelv85:)
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