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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 have some bracelets with the same clasp. I have never been able to figure out who made them. It might be the same time Selro/Selini bracelets were popular.
  2. Kwqd, you solved the mystery! For sure, the glassblower must have been drunk, LOL. Thanks for your comment:)
  3. Thanks for your comment, Mary. I have never seen a necklace like this before. At first, I put it back because I had no idea what it could be but then I decided to take my chances. I paid $1.00 in o...
  4. Mary, there is a lot of clinking and clunking going on when you wear your jewellery! You will be noticed! I can see you wear these with your other beautiful bangles! Love it! Gudrun
  5. You are very welcome, Kevin:)
  6. Thanks, Ms.CrystalShip. I am glad you like it. I have a few cobalt glass vases but they are all much smaller. This one doesn't really fit in. But I love the rich colour.
  7. Newfld, thanks so much for your comment. It's really hard to find out more about this vase. I tried for a long time but so far no luck:(
  8. Thanks for your comment, Kevin:)
  9. Thanks a lot, fortapache:)
  10. I love your description. It's lovely to read it!
  11. I have never seen something like this! Interesting, creative, unique, and beautiful in its simplicity! Gudrun
  12. Many thanks, vetraio50:)
  13. Agree! I remember when I first found this site many years ago, her posts really stood out. She also was very kind to me helping me with some of my posts. I wish her all the best, wherever she is:)
  14. Thanks for your comment, apostata! Too bad that a vide-poche has become almost obsolete - nobody is using coins anymore. I will have no problem finding another use for my little fox. I have the l...
  15. As always, I love and appreciate your comments so much. There is a lot of wisdom in your words, Mary! I cannot wait to see your bracelet! That's what I love about this site: Sharing! And I do rem...
  16. Here are some links: https://www.rubylane.com/item/463317-RL-04949/Ex78tra-WIDE-Red-Confetti-Lucite-Stretch https://www.ebay.ca/itm/Vintage-Orange-Confetti-Lucite-Stretch-Bangle-Bracelet-Marion-...
  17. Mary, I took a photo of the holes. It appears to me that there are tool marks/lines visible, like the individual pieces have been cut and the outside has been polished. I put a q-tip to show the yello...
  18. Totally agree with you, Elisabethan:) I have become better in identifying Bakelite, with the help of Simichrome and a bit of my limited experience. I have a general idea about the celluloid items, to...
  19. Mary, thanks so much for your comment. I have been looking for hours online to find out more. Well, in a sense, it's a lot of entertainment for a couple of dollars, LOL. So far it's still a mystery...
  20. Mary, thanks so much for stopping by! I was really hoping you would. I will get a picture of the holes right today!
  21. Many thanks for the love, kwqd, Ms.CrystalShip, and Vynil33rpm :)
  22. kwqd and vetraio50, thanks so much for the love. I hope you didn't look at my hands. I just finished sealing my driveway and didn't realize that my fingers were still black from tar. These close-up ...
  23. Yes, Mary! Please have a look, Queen of Vintage Plastic! Thanks for your comment, Ms.CrystalShip:)
  24. Probably not wearing rings right now is the best idea! I will keep this in mind. Gudrun
  25. Thanks for your comment, Ms.CrystalShip:)
  26. Thanks so much for your comment, kivatinitz:)
  27. Glassiegirl, thank you so much for your information! I thought that the vase was old but I had no idea how old it was and where it might come from. I really appreciate your help:)
  28. Many thanks for the love, vetraio50:) I forgot to mention that I believe that the dark red glass colour might be called "oxblood".
  29. It's a lovely ring! I love amber. Right now, I am avoiding to wear amber rings because every where I go I have to use hand sanitizer. I have no idea what kind the different places are using, and on ...
  30. You are very welcome! Cheers, Gudrun
  31. This is a lovely painting. I am not sure if it helps but the board that shows in the back of the painting was sold under the trademark "Pelikan". Guenther Wagner has been an art/writing material suppl...
  32. We couldn't listen to Radio Free Europe. The consequences were too hard.
  33. Take good care of yourself!
  34. getthatmonkeyoutofme, that is a very good question. I have seen Internet post of reproduction pieces made of Britannia metal. I can only go by the look of it, but I don't think that my candle holder...
  35. I remember my friend had one of the Beatles records. It must have been in the late 60's or early 70's. How cool that was! It was so difficult to get anything from the west. (We lived in East German...
  36. Thanks so much for the love, Newfld, fortapache, and Vynil33rpm :)
  37. Many thanks for the love, Vynil33rpm, blunderbuss2, and dlpetersen :)
  38. Alan, I would love to see your brooch! Thanks for stopping by. Gudrun
  39. MsCrystalship, thanks so much for your insightful comment. Maybe I will give it a try with the q-tip. I have cleaned brass with vinegar before but the piece didn't have any stones. I guess I will h...
  40. Many thanks, MALKEY. As always, I appreciate your love:)
  41. Thanks so much for loving my candle holder, MALKEY, kivatinitz, and Brunswick :)
  42. Many thanks for the love, aura:)
  43. blunderbuss2, thank you for your comment. I didn't make that connection before:)
  44. I found this post. The candle holder shown is definitely NOT an original piece because of the numbers on the bottom. I read that all Kayserzinn items had only numbers in the 4000's. https://www.lot...
  45. Thank you for loving my candle holder, fortapache, vetraio50, and Alan2310 :)
  46. Many thanks for the love, Roycroftbooksfromme1, kwqd, and Newfld:) https://www.artofpewter.com/productpage.asp?pid=2475&lingua=u
  47. Hi Alan, thank you so much for your comment and link. I can see some similarities with WMF, but sadly I think that my candle holder wasn't made by them. Just now I found an Italian firm using the ...
  48. I have the identical lamp but without the decorations. Mine is slag glass. It came with a house I bought in the late 1980's. The house was built in the early 70's. The lamp could have been made bef...
  49. You look happy; that's what I like the most:)
  50. Cannot help with info, just love to play the accordion. When I get a chance, I will post mine.
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