freiheit » collections



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)


See all 986
Vintage Monet Necklace and Cuff Bracelet - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
BETO Taxco Mexico Sterling Pendant - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Large Alpaca Abalone Inlay Clamper Bracelet, Mexico - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Large Marcasite Sterling Pendant - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Whimsical  Silver, Marcasite, and Enamel Vintage Brooch - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Vintage Marcasite and Silver Brooch - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Pretty Rose Brooch - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Canadian Made Sterling/Gold Wash Bond Boyd Brooch - Costume Jewelryin Costume Jewelry
Canadian Bond Boyd Vintage Brooch - Fine Jewelryin Fine Jewelry
Just for Fun:  Miniature Vase - Art Glassin Art Glass


  1. I had another look on line and think that my necklace might have been inspired by Victorian choker necklaces. By the way, CW has some good information on the history of Monet posted.
  2. Yes, the chain is very delicate, nutsabotas. The necklace gives the impression of fine jewelry but, of course, it isn't. I have seen this style of necklace before but I just cannot remember what it ...
  3. Agree, try to search "Altschoenwald". I can never find my Umlaut on the keyboard but "oe" should work:)
  4. Many thanks, ho2cultcha:)
  5. LOVE IT!!!
  6. Many thanks: katherinescollections, Mrstyndall, ho2cultcha, aura, Elisabethan, aghcollect, bratjdd, Moonstonelover21, vintagejewel, and nldionne:)
  7. Many thanks for loving my brooch: Thoscahaba, SEAN68, DrFluffy, and musikchoo:) By the way, I believe now that my brooch is actually a smaller sash pin.
  8. Many thanks for loving my bracelets: valentino97, aura, Aimathena, vintagejewel, AmberRose, and miKKoChristmas11:)
  9. Thanks, aura:)
  10. Many thanks, DrFluffy:)
  11. miKKoChristmas11, Thanks so much for your comment and link. Sorry for the late reply. I am just now trying to organize my posts and found your link:)
  12. Thanks Mary. I checked the Internet and most of the alpaca bracelets I found were smaller and not what I would wear. I mean the ones with the colourful flower inlay:)
  13. Thanks for your comment, Mary:)
  14. TassieDevil and Ms.CrytalShip, I am glad I am not the only one having problems. This means that it might be fixed soon, but more importantly, that I am not crazy - LOL Many thanks for your comments:)
  15. Newfld, thanks for your comment:) BTW: I am not getting any e-mails when someone leaves a comment on my posts. Is it just me? Did I mess up my computer?
  16. Many thanks, fortapache, Efesgirl,and jscott0363:)
  17. Efesgirl, thanks for your comment:)
  18. Manikin, I love your comment! Let me dream I am in a fairy tale and found my prince...
  19. Thanks a lot, Efesgirl and jscott0363:)
  20. Thanks for your comment, Efesgirl. If you wear it, one cannot tell it is alpaca. By the way, I have seen some nicely made alpaca pieces of jewelry and some badly made silver ones. This one is kind o...
  21. Jscotto363, I am glad you like it as much as I do:)
  22. Thanks again, PhilDMorris:)
  23. PhilDMorris, thanks a lot:)
  24. Many thanks, PhilDMorris:)
  25. Thanks, nutsabotas6:)
  26. Thanks so much for your comments, kyratango and nutsabotas6:)
  27. Jscotto363, Thanks for you comment. I am glad you like it:)
  28. Efesgirl, thanks for your comment. I checked with good light and my magnifying glass but I think there are only marks from filing down some excess material. It has happened to me before that I only s...
  29. What a collection!!! It must have taken forever to acquire it!
  30. Inky, many, many thanks! I think you are correct. I see many similarities! The difference is, mine is so much smaller than yours. Thanks for solving the mystery!
  31. Inky, I loved your post many months ago, but I didn't remember it. I think you are totally correct suggesting mine is from the same maker. The big difference is, mine is the "baby brother" to yours, ...
  32. Many thanks, Newfld, aura, and Efesgirl:)
  33. Found it!!! You are correct - it is like mine but in milk glass:) By the way, I love the honey jar, too. I think it is rather unique.
  34. Thanks, TimeTraveller. I will have another look:)
  35. Did you post your Fenton candy dish? I couldn't find it. I guess this is no wonder because you have so many lovely pieces of glass posted:)
  36. TimeTraveller, thanks so much for confirming what I thought it would be. I'll have a look at yours now:)
  37. OMG: It is so beautiful!
  38. How unique and creative! I love it!
  39. Mary, I am sorry I missed your comment. You are right about the celluloid. I have a celluloid brooch but I think the finishing in my blue one is much better and more detailed. Here is my celluloid ...
  40. LOVE IT!!!
  41. WOW! I don't think I have ever seen earrings like that! Now just imagine the brooch, necklace, and bracelet that go with these earrings! (I didn't see any on line)
  42. That is such a good idea! I have my piece organized, well, kind of organized, by maker or by style and I store them mostly in big jewelry boxes. The problem is that they may get damaged and sometime...
  43. With all due respect, PhilDMorris, nothing is nicer than your pieces! I mean it; you a a superb taste!
  44. Many thanks, Manikin:)
  45. You have such an astonishing collections of jewelry. How do you keep it all organized?
  46. Oh dear, I was going to through the lid it in the garbage but I am not ready yet. Ivnne, as a collector I feel your pain. I didn't lose much money because I am a bargain hunter, but it literally too m...
  47. Thanks so much for your comment, nutsabotas6. This is one of my favorite pieces. I am glad you like it too.
  48. I would never get you wrong! I trust your opinion and expertise, and I love your sense of humor and your kindness! Keep the comments coming!
  49. Many thanks to all of you: mikelv85, inky, aura, valentino97, Ivonne, scruples, TassieDevil, fortapache, racer4four, SpiritBear, vetraio50, and TimeTraveller:)
  50. Quite possible, Mary. I noticed that the craftsmanship is not at par with some of the real Native American pieces I have. I liked the colour of the stones. The bracelet "blends in" nicely with my o...
  51. See more


CARAVELLE WATCH with Sterling SPEIDEL Bracelet


posted 3 days ago
posted 9 days ago
posted 12 days ago
posted 12 days ago
posted 16 days ago
posted 21 days ago
posted 23 days ago
posted 24 days ago
posted 27 days ago
posted 1 month ago
posted 1 month ago
posted 2 months ago
posted 2 months ago
posted 2 months ago
posted 3 months ago
posted 4 months ago
posted 7 months ago
posted 8 months ago
posted 10 months ago
posted 12 months ago
posted 1 year ago
posted 1 year ago
posted 1 year ago
posted 2 years ago
posted 2 years ago
posted 2 years ago
posted 2 years ago
posted 2 years ago
posted 2 years ago
posted 2 years ago
posted 3 years ago
posted 3 years ago
posted 3 years ago
posted 4 years ago
posted 5 years ago
See more