Brampton, Ontario

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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  1. I agree with you, Mary. I have a feeling it is new too. I have never come across so called "Fakelite" - maybe it is something like that. I will have to do more searching:)
  2. Many thanks, Mary and Karen. I showed this bracelet to my daughter and her response was: How creepy! Mom, you should wear it for Halloween!
  3. Thanks a lot, Caperkid. I like the Mexican pieces too, especially the big ones, as long as they are handmade.
  4. I found this listing on Etsy: The piece looks very similar but the markings on the back are different. It also says "me...
  5. Thanks a lot,vetraio50. I really appreciate it!
  6. Melaniej, there are three marks and all are very, very small. I can see the head facing to the right in a circle, to one side of the head there is the letter M and underneath what looks like an upsi...
  7. Mary, once again your are right on! I will tell my husband that I now need the earrings and pendant... and that an expert said so!
  8. PhilDMorris, thanks again!
  9. PhilDMorris, I really appreciate your comment!
  10. Thanks so much for your comment, antiquerose. I am glad you seem to like them as much as I do! I have some amber ones too but they don't sparkle nearly as much. Did you post yours already? Love to...
  11. TassieDevil, thanks so much for your comment:) Sorry for the late response.
  12. Efesgirl, thanks for your information:)
  13. Mary, thanks for your comment. I really was happy to find a second one: One in Canada and one in Germany. I am not sure where my brooches were made but I guess now that they could be European:)
  14. Thanks so much for loving my necklace: lentilka11, JImam, vetraio50, mikelv85, Efesgirl, TassieDevil, valentino97, jscott0363, AdeleC, antiquerose, and aura:)
  15. Thanks so much for your comments, Efesgirl and antiqurose. I really love this kind of jewelry too. Ever since I was little girl I was fascinated with crystal and glass beads. I spent hours making...
  16. LOVE IT! I think it is really unique!
  17. Oh, I had one too! I loved it! I would have bought it too!!!
  18. Gillian, many thanks for your comment, too. Sorry for my late reply. I am a bit behind with everything. I try to do too many things at the same time and as a result nothing gets done! Where I mo...
  19. Many thanks for your comment and link, lentilka11. I really love yours!
  20. Oh, I forgot: I measured the darn thing and it is just a bit shy of 2 1/2 inches (that's the inside) !?
  21. Mary, I always love to read your comments. There is always some wisdom in it:) I'll follow your tips! I have seen some good deals for Bakelite on the Internet recently, too. But I am in Canada, an...
  22. I wish, antiquerose! The bangle also doesn't have the feel of Lucite. I think that there is a very small possibility that it could be Bakelite. If it isn't, it's some other kind of plastic, but I r...
  23. The eagle mark was used from around 1948 to around 1980 or so; I don't remember the exact years. I believe that number 3 stands for Taxco. I think your piece has some resemblance to the one I just p...
  24. Many thanks, Peasejean55:)
  25. Thanks so much for your comment, TassieDevil:)
  26. Thanks for your comment, VintageartworksU33. Actually, I bought it as ivory, but not for an ivory price. I got it in Loebau (Germany) in a small antique shop. The shopkeeper wanted 5 Euros for it, ...
  27. Many thanks for loving my celluloid pendant: aura, JImam, mikelv85, PhilDMorris, Efesgirl, TassieDevil, vetraio50, jscott0363, and hawaiianfinds:)
  28. I looked at the picture and knew right away that it must have been your post! You got that special touch when it comes to great taste for antiques!
  29. I loved it before but I just had to tell you again how much I like it. I went to an antique market a while ago and they had one very similar to yours - just too pricy for me. Well, maybe more for my h...
  30. LOVE IT! I like black, and I like big pieces.
  31. Mary, let me start by responding to your comment. I totally agree with your statement that black is always in style! I love black. If you could look into my closet you would find at least 75% of m...
  32. Thanks so much for loving my brooch: lentilka11, skivatinitz, JImam, valentino97, vetraio50, aura, efesgirl, jscott0363, mikelv85 , PhilDMorris, and TassieDevil:)
  33. Many thanks for your kind comment, lentilka11:)
  34. Many thanks for all of your love: skivatinitz, JImam, shareurpassion, vetraio50, Gillian, aura, Efesgirl, jscott0363, mikelv85, PhilDMorris, TassieDevil, and Manikin:) P.S.: T...
  35. Skivatinitz, thanks so much for your comment. The piece comes from a town called Baerenstein, located in Germany, a stone's throw from the Czech border. The town on the other side of the border is Vej...
  36. Mary, Thanks for your comment. I will post the other piece - with better pictures- when I get them. My mom send me the first piece by mail and didn't tell me about it. I protested because I didn't...
  37. Shareurpassion, I am sorry for my bad post. I should take some more and better pictures. What I posted is a little bowl/dish that is part of a set. It is made of dark red glass or crystal and has e...
  38. Similar, isn't it? :)
  39. I like the brooch - but are you sure they are swans? The neck is a bit short:) But then again, it is an artist's interpretation.
  40. The little foxes are what made me buy them:) I am not sure about the colour. I guess I will have to research it.
  41. Many thanks, PhilDMorris, Manikin, and antiquerose:)
  42. Thanks again, TassieDevil. I agree about the colour. It looks really elegant.
  43. Thanks very much, antiquerose:)
  44. Thanks for your comment, TassieDevil. I like it too. It's kind of simple with a flowing, organic feel. But it is also rather impressive because of its size:)
  45. Thanks so much for your kind comments, Efesgirl and TassieDevil:)
  46. Many thanks, Agram.m and kivatinitz:)
  47. Many thanks, Manikin:)
  48. Many thanks, Manikin:)
  49. Many thanks: kivatinitz, VikingGirl, aura, TassieDevil, JImam, mikelv85, vetraio50, and Wandlessfairy
  50. Many thanks for your comment(s), MscrytalShip :)
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