Saturday, May 30, 2009

Tins and things

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Friday, May 29, 2009

Just in from a house this morning ~ Instant TRUNK collection

At first I thought ...Why would one house have so many trunks? But then I remembered under my house... Some wonderful different ones here. Travel trunks in particular are always so romantic don't you think??
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Friday favourite ~ Asteroid the Wonder Dog!

Here is the body behind the bark you hear when you enter our yard ~ Asteroid. Definetly worthy of a Friday favourite. You won't see him when you come to collect your ebay wins as he will be tucked away in his house!An RSPCA dog he is a bit of a mystery breed but like all RSPCA dogs he has grown bigger then we thought he would.

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Thursday, May 28, 2009

1 head 4 legs and 2 bodies what is it ? A foxy lady...

A Fox Fur. It scared the life out of me yesterday. I opened the lid of an old shipping trunk in an old home and this was laying in the bottom. I thought it was a possum or such about to attack me.

I like it in that it has a full fox body for both shoulders and two wonderful bushy tails. The only fur to wear or for decorating is vintage, ofcoarse, and this fellow would be of an age, probably the 1930's or so. So he or rather they, as it is made from two foxes, is still PC.
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Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Pokerwork Kookaburra

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I always love the old doily presses I have found over the years but this one looks to have never been used it is so bright and shinny. Ladies would place their fancy worked doileys inside them and it would keep them pressed.

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

2 bits of silky oak for tonights auctions

Two of a dozen auctions of old furniture I will be listing tonight.

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Monday, May 25, 2009

MacRobertson Trophy Air Race 1934 DISH

This dish was put out for the confectionery manufacturer MacRobertson Air Race from the UK to Melbourne in 1934 part of the centenary celebrations for the Victorian capital city. The winning pilots Scott and Black are also engraved on the dish.
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Sunday, May 24, 2009

3 Belles at the Ball

Here is a lovely 1950's, Japanese string holder. String holders are always collectable and this one is a bit different with its three Southern belles in their bonnets. For those not familiar with string holders the string would hide behind their skirt and you can see the tiny hole it would pull through. A wonderful wall decoration and very handy!!
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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Huge antique BASKET

This old basket is huge. The old laundry tub(which itself is a big one),standard sized bucket and watering can give an idea of of size.

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Friday, May 22, 2009

Friday favourite

I am often asked if I have any favourite things that I have kept from our years of buying and selling or if I collect anything. I don't strictly collect anything, but like Maria in the Sound of Music, ... I do have a few of my favourite things... Some of which have grown to include a few of the same things. So each Friday I thought it would be fun to feature some of these. Where to begin?? As we are theoldboathouse I thought I would show you my sailor dolls. Several of which I have sitting together on a door shelf in my kitchen and are always a favourite with guests. These were originally sold on Ocean liners and they have the name of the liner on their hats. Here are some pictures of a few of them.
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Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Set of Art Nouveau Tiles

Around the year 2000 to 2003 we were really pleased when we found old tiles like this.

Because through ebay we discovered Americans would sometimes pay upto 250 dollars US for certain tiles and mail to the states was cheap compared to now (Thanks Australia Post).

Nowdays the price has droped by nearly 90% to around 20 to 30 dollars Australian on average.

But the tiles themselves have not changed they are still as beautiful as ever and we are still happy when we find them.

Though to be really honest, not quite as happy as back then. haha

1941 orginal WW2 Battle of Britain Cartoon


Not sure what type of plane it is. I think it looks a little different than a spitfire.

Interesting 1920's Railway Gauge Prototype Model


The older gentleman I got this off told me it was his fathers prototype patent invention for fixing the eternal problem of different railways gauges between Qld and NSW and that he had different gauged tracks that this model rang along and showed off how it worked. Sadly QR did not take him up on his idea and the tracks are long gone.

Monday, May 18, 2009

Phew the VILLA MARQUISE is empty

The last thing, the old copper name plate from the front gate, has been taken away. Now all I have to do is sell it all off so I can do it all again.

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Every nook-an-crany

............................................................................................................. You have to look everywhere when you buy the entire contents of a old house No luck with the manhole but a funny little Linen room gave up some 1910/20's prints and paintings with the aid of a ladder.

Day of moving and packing at old Queenslander

...................................................................................The cedar and pine kitchen hutch was the heaviest bit of furniture I have moved in ages.

As a added bonus it was really difficult to get it out of the house due to later additions to the old home.

Chauncy who is a tall grade niner for his age, is showing off its height and he like his brother could not make it budge when Kristen and I got it home to our house.

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Saturday, May 16, 2009


Whenever I find an old fishing creel and you pick it up and the weight tells you there is goodies inside you always hope there will be a rare old reel inside. Mostly you are disapointed. Rare old reels are rare hence you rarely find them. (Ha ha)
This creel pictured was heavy but when I opened it there was plastic hand reels ontop Ugh
but then underneath 3 old reels and a bakelite tackle box and one of the reels is a pretty interesting old one. Sometimes you can get lucky when you dip into a creel.

Friday, May 15, 2009

More pic of items upstairs in the old house from today

The picture directly above is of a lovely Art Nouveau silky oak music cabinet

House lot that I will be listing on ebay next week ++

Some photos of items from inside the house as I found them, (sadly from my point of view lots had been taken away by the family) But there is still a lot of other old items I have not pictured that were under the house. The house had been in the same family since it was built in 1910.


Rare YELLOW enamel mincer

Here we have a charming lemon yellow mincer. This style aswell as the pretty yellow colour are harder to find these days. Although kitchens are now full of all modern gagdets nothing replaces the charm of these vintage kitchen, once essential, tools and they can add romance and conversation starters to even the most modern of kitchens.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Bakewells green and white little jug

Here is a lovely green and white milk jug. It is a bit smaller than you usually find. Most people are more aware of the more common blue and white bakewells. Jugs are always lovely whether you are a collector or not, they look lovely on display and are great for flower arrangements. Stripes on china seem to never go out of fashion...what is it about those stripes that make us love them so much....?

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

SILVER WW1 Kookaburra Brooch

Charming old brooch, one for the collector of Kookaburra items, WWI memorabilia or Sterling Silver, but as a lover of vintage brooches I think it would be gorgous all cleaned up on your favourite jacket or scarf or to embellish a cushion...What do you think??
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