Saturday, August 27, 2011

Vintage Keepers






Wanted to share some things
that I found this summer
while treasure hunting.
Sometimes it is hard to determine
what things I will send to the shop,
and what things I would like to keep!

Here are a few keepers
I just couldn't part with.






This is called a refrigerator basket
and is dated 1902. It was made by the
Burlington Basket Company
of Burlington, Iowa.
It is very heavy and has the greatest patina.


It is lined with galvanized metal and can hold ice.


The top pops off and it can be used as a cooler.

Here is the metal tag on the top/


This advertisement from 1908, so I guess I found an older model.This newer model was lined with asbestos and hair felt?




Then I found this old photograph.
It's two feet wide.



The dealer said it is a famous jockey and his horse..... anyone have any info on this?!!








Then I found these random,
but very sentimental finds.

Below are two little German
wooden napkin rings that are mine.

When I was little and I was sick,
my mother would bring me a tray table with
food to my bed and that was the only time
she ever used these.

 Even though I was sick....
they would always make me smile.





My two kids have grown up with them
on their tray table when they have been sick....
the tradition lives on. 

I have forever looked to find more
so each of my children would have their own set
to care for their sick babies.

Look what I recently found at a flea market!



They still have their little faces! BONUS!



Three more little get well smile messengers.  :)





What fun vintage treasures
have you found lately?





Linking up with Kathy at Charm Bracelet Diva
for her Club G.W.!!!!


http://charmbraceletdiva.blogspot.com/2011/08/club-gw-party-no-10-and-last-weeks.html

19 comments:

Sue said...

LOVE the napkin rings. I collect those little German figures, I have an angel collection for my granddaughter and I have several of the sweet children for me!! No napkin rings though. I rarely see them in shops, so have to order them online - new. Would love to find some oldies!! {I believe they are Wendt and Kuhn} Thanks for sharing Alison. You have such fun "stuff"!!

Pamela Gordon said...

Alison, those are beautiful things you have found. I love that picnic basket. It is so unique. Imagine having one lined with asbestos these days! Scary. Those napkin rings are adorable and it's so neat that you found them for your kids to have. We had an awesome evening at the concert and the rain held off. The storm won't come until sometime tomorrow I'm thinking. Thanks for your thoughts for us.

Pamela

Confessions of a Plate Addict said...

Lovely finds, Alison! Of course, the napkin rings are my favorites...what a sweet tradition! :-) As for the transfers...it's so easy! You just buy the transfer paper at an office supply store and print it on your ink jet printer! I can't wait to see what you create! Happy week!...hugs...Debbie

Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

You already know what I just found. I love that basket. Haven't seen one like it before. Those are the cutest napkin rings and how cool that you found more to carry on the family tradition.

Jennifer Rizzo said...

Those are some great treasures! I love the basket! How great for parties!

Robin@DecoratingTennisGirl said...

That basket is a real treasure! I have been so busy with the auction, family is here this weekend and we head to Fla on Wed., so haven't had alot of time to browse the antique shops. I love the hinges on the basket, too!

Amy @MaisonDecor said...

That is a sweet get well tradition, the little things mom does can really make a difference! Nice basket too...how fun to find more napkin rings!!

Rosemary@villabarnes said...

Love, love, love that basket. The napkin rings make me smile too. Great finds.

Sarah said...

Alison, talk about meant to be! These would make anyone smile. What a precious tradition. I've never seen any like these. And that "refrigerator basket" is amazing. You are an incredible vintage shopper. ;-)
My most recent vintage finds ~ four coin silver chowder spoons found in Maine and a small silver trophy cup with lion handles. My first! I'm feeling pretty good too.
Happy weekend! ~ Sarah

Karen said...

Love that racehorse photo!...

Rebecca said...

I don't think I've ever seen such a basket! And the napkin rings are so unique. What a lovely tradition you have associated with them.

I hope you find the identification of horse and jockey. Surely there is a place at The Polohouse for it!

Teresa@oursoutherncountryhomeandfarm said...

Great finds Alison, but the basket is my favorite. Love it!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Fabulous basket find!

I love the napkin rings and the wonderful story.

Penny @ The Comforts of Home/Flea Market Makeovers said...

That basket is amazing! I have not found any treasures lately! I was just over at Kims and she found some great baskets too....

I need to get out more ;-)

Laura said...

That refrigerator basket is amazing!
What great finds.
I hope all of our fall thrifting is as much fun as the summer's!

Enjoyed visiting,
Laura

White Spray Paint

Debi@7Gates said...

I might have to bid on the race horse. It would be a keeper in my tack room. I'll keep him in mind when I research things. Maybe you could find info through the Jockey Club; he was probably registered. Deb

Richard Cottrell said...

I HAVE NEVER, IN ALL MY YEARS JUNKING,SEEN SUCH A PICNIC BASKET. GREAT IDEAL AND GREAT FIND. THANKS FOR YOUR COMMENTS AND IDEALS, LETS TRY THEM OUT. i HAVE TO WARN YOU THAT i AM RUNNING OUT OF STUFF AND I DON'T GET ANYTHING NEW THESES DAYS. RICHARD FROM MY OLD HISTORIC HOUSE.

Designs By Pinky said...

OMGoodness, I LOVE those napkin rings!!!! I ahve never seen anything like them! Where in Pa. did you grow up? I am still in Pa. I also love that basket, you got GOOD finds this time! XO, Pinky

Linda (Nina's Nest) said...

Hi Alison, great treasures. Love the basket. The horse & jockey pic are really nice. We have a cousing who has a horse farm in Kentucky, and that is a great picture. I have not idea who it is, but Seabiscuit and Secretariat are two movies that I love....one of them? Linda