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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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Noritake Made in Japan,  Hand-Painted Cup?  Vase?  Gigantic Eggcup? - China and Dinnerwarein China and Dinnerw…
Small Porcelain Cups with Images of (Victorian?) Children - China and Dinnerwarein China and Dinnerw…
Fenton Gold Crest Small Dish (?) - Glasswarein Glassware
Cut Crystal Celery (?) Dish - Glasswarein Glassware
Large Compote/Centre Piece – Crystal Made in Germay - Glasswarein Glassware
Set of Two Beautiful Hand-Painted Plates - China and Dinnerwarein China and Dinnerw…
Signed “Mauvilles” Plate with White Peony by Schoenwald PSAG Bavaria - China and Dinnerwarein China and Dinnerw…
Very Large Creepy Sterling Lobster Brooch/Pendant - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Vintage Costume Brooch with Purple Glass – Possibly Czechoslovakian - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Vintage Costume Jewelry Brooch:  Stamped Brass and Porcelain - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry

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  1. OK, katherinescollections, you made me work! I researched FTW and from my daughters I learned LOL. I am still working on OAS because I am sure it doesn't mean Old Age Security - LOL. Please lift th...
  2. I think I just found something similar: http://www.ebay.com/itm/Vintage-Antique-Childs-Teacup-Demitasse-VICTORIAN-CHILDREN-2-Girls-Boy-KISS-/271916765548?pt=LH_DefaultDomain_0&hash=item3f4f80916c I a...
  3. Many thanks, racer4four:)
  4. Oh no, don't say that! My best friend had to go for surgery almost five years ago. He wasn't supposed to make it but he is still kicking... so I am waiting for your kind comments for times to come:)...
  5. Many thanks, aghcollect and vetraio50:)
  6. Thanks so much, vetraio50 and aghcollect:)
  7. Thanks for your comment, Zowie. I hope all goes well!
  8. He had a rather interesting sense of humor! Or is he just telling the truth?
  9. Thanks so much for your comment, Zowie. I am sorry to hear about your mother-in-law. I never seem to find the right words in those situations.
  10. As always: Many thanks, aghcollect:)
  11. Thanks, EAPGDepression. You are right: it looks more like amber than gold:)
  12. Thanks so much for your encouraging words, racer4four. It’s nice to know that I am not alone with this problem LOL :) Many thanks for your comment as well, katherinescollections:)
  13. Thanks a lot, vetraio50:)
  14. Sorry about the typo; I meant "similar" not "very" :(
  15. It looks almost like Sherman, a Canadian maker. I have a pin with very AB rhinestones, also believed to be from the late 50's or 60's.
  16. PostCardCollector, I think you might be correct. I saw this shape on the Internet and someone called it dogwood. It doesn't look to me like dogwood either but I think that the same shape, when put t...
  17. Thanks for your comment, kyratango. I almost missed out because I didn't want to pay the full price (I am a bargain hunter - LOL) but then I didn't want to wait till Friday for the 50%off sale. I am...
  18. Thanks so much, kyratango:)
  19. Thanks so much everyone for loving my brooch/pendant: Elisabethan, SEAN68, Manikin, kyratango, Virginia.vintage, mikelv85, shareurpassion, Roycroftbooksfromme1, valentino97, Agram.m, melaniej, Newtim...
  20. Many thanks, melaniej,Vintagefran, and SEAN68:)
  21. Thanks for your comment, paulmartin:)
  22. Many thanks, melaniej, Manikin, paulmartin, and mikelv85:)
  23. Many thanks, Manikin and katherinescollections:)
  24. Many thanks, aghcollect, katherinescollections, and vetraio50:)
  25. Thanks a lot, aghcollect:)
  26. Oh dear, I don't know either. I saw the same plate somewhere on the Internent and they said that the floweres were peony. I am not good at naming flowers so I said to myself: peony it is:) I would l...
  27. Thanks so much for your comments, kyratango and katherinescollections. By the way, the brooch has a c-clasp. I have to take better pictures next time. If you look closely, there is a little white p...
  28. Thanks so much for your comment, valentino97. When you are done with your book, let me know. You found your first(?) fan!
  29. Oldandsilly, you are correct: the mark is Polish. I have to check it again under better light to make out the rest of the mark:)
  30. Thanks for your comment, katherinescollections:)
  31. Thanks a lot, Trey:)
  32. Many thanks also for loving my plates to: surfdub66, katherinescollections, mikelv85, racer4four, vetraio50, aghcollect, blunderbuss2, and ZZeppelin:)
  33. Thanks so much for your help, vetraio50 and surfdub66. I will keep searching. I don't like blue very much but somehow the plates still appealed to me:)
  34. I think you are correct, katherinescollections. I have a necklace with the same mark. Maybe I will post it one day:)
  35. I hope what I want to say doesn’t come across the wrong way: I really love your bracelet. It shows so much detail. Sometimes I am amazed by costume jewelry, especially of this time, because of the ...
  36. LOVE IT!
  37. Thanks a lot for your comments, Zowie, Roycroftbooksfromme1, and EAPGDepression:)
  38. Very interesting, trusted.couple. I learned something:)
  39. I think I got the book name wrong LOL
  40. Thanks so much for your comments, Virginia.vintage, valentino97 and kyratango:) I have the same book at home and I love it!! I didn’t check it because I have been too busy here at work. I should ...
  41. You are very welcome:)
  42. A wonderful piece! Congratulations!
  43. http://www.piajewellery.com/necklaces-and-pendants-deptnecklaces_pg1/ It might be this company:)
  44. Thanks so much, kyratango, ho2cultcha, mikelv85, and aghcollect:)
  45. Thanks so much, both of you! AnneLanders, I am just guessing. I have seen many brooches and necklaces looking very close to mine and they were actually marked with Czechoslovakia. I have not yet ...
  46. Thanks so much for your comment and the information, Redwire:)
  47. I bought mine on e-bay a few years ago. I am a bargain shopper most of the time, unless I really, really want something. I paid just a bit over the silver value for the pair:)
  48. That is so cool. I have never been able to take any good photos of marks and other details.
  49. I am not sure if you saw this: it has been for sale for a long time. I think it is priced too high. http://www.ebay.com/itm/380336230336?_trksid=p2060353.m1438.l2649&ssPageName=STRK%3AMEBIDX%3AIT
  50. I never saw one either. I also would not have guessed that it was made in Japan! I knew it wasn’t worth anything and that’s the reason I didn’t post it earlier. I thought it was a cheap European ma...
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