Thursday, February 25, 2010

Antiques

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 :)

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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!

11 comments:

  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;).

    goodnight!
    Blair

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  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

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

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  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.........

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  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.

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

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  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

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

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  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

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  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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