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Thursday, February 25, 2010


On one of my very first posts, I shared with you some photos from my trip to Marblehead.
I also promised you I'd show you the first antique I bought at the old antique shop in town,

So, to fulfill my word, here is the barometer I purchased for $10:

Isn't it pretty? I thought it was so charming.
I don't think it's very old; my mom and I are guessing it's from the fifties.
The only other thing I know about it is that it was manufactured by Swift Instruments Inc. in Boston.

This little barometer means a lot to me, not just because it's pretty, but because it represents
the life that I'm planning for myself- in New England, in a sleepy seaside village, in a beautiful old home ♥

I look at my barometer, and imagine it resting on my future mantel...
Particularly in this house:

... But I'll elaborate more on this property another day (make that a promise too!)

Before I get going, I'd also like to share with you another antique that I cherish.
I don't know anything about it, except that it's adorable:
Maybe it was from a cruise ship or something-
It's rather small, so I don't think it was used at home.

I imagine this piece resting on a mahogany bookcase inside my parlor, by the way :)


These two beauties are only the very beginning of my collection;
I plan on making it a tradition to purchase at least one antique every time I visit New England.
And where will my next stops be?...
Cape Cod and Nantucket!


  1. what beautiful anqitues;). i would love to get into antiques as well... but i am a little intimidated. your house ;) looks perfect!! i can't wait to hear more about it. when you move to new england, i'd love to take you out for a cup of coffee;).


  2. I love your pictures! The little cup is what's called a demi tasse cup almost certainly from a cruise ship. It must have been part of the ship's dessert ware. Love you, Mom

  3. I love your blog. I love your dream. I love anything about New England.

  4. well, i know a bit about that china, i have some cups and saucers, and a little serving dish. I know of three makers, Tepco, Jackson in PA and Homer Laughlin. And you are right, its nautical themed and was used I've heard on Naval ships for one. Maybe a handsome Captain from Nantucket drank from your demicup!
    That house is the limit! Can't wait to hear about it.........

  5. Julie, thanks for the information! Knowing that my little cup could have traveled anywhere in the world is wonderful... and the possibility of it being used by a handsome Captain isn't half-bad either ♥ hehe.

  6. The barometer and cup were great finds, and that house is to die for! Love all of the photos. Have a great weekend!

  7. Erin, dearest girl - what a great idea to start a collection of New England beauties for your dream home (which you will surely have one day!) I collected little bits & pieces for my first home from when I was about 14..and I was so glad I did! I still have them now & love to look at them & think of the stories behind them. A sense for and respect for the past is such a wonderful gift to take into the future! Much love for the weekend, Rachel xoxo

  8. They will both surely be treasured heirlooms for your own children one day. :) LOVE your dream home!

  9. i see my friend julie here..and if anyone would know about that little anchor cup it is julie

    my mom had a whole collection of it...she used it a summertime....

    i was thinking Tepco too....which i learned about from julie :-)

    it's all wonderful...and that house...oh, pleeezzeeeeeeeeeeeee

    sending love,
    kary and buddy

  10. I love the photos-great colors to them! The lighthouse on the top of your blog reminds me of a visit I had to a lighthouse on the southern coast of Maine.Can't remember the name of it though.


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