Friday, March 14, 2014

Perfectly Prim Purchases

I'm so excited to share my purchases from the central Illinois primitive antique shows that I attended.
I may be sick of winter and snow, but I simply couldn't pass up this wonderful single ice skate :)
I will happily pack it away to discover again next winter :)
At one point it was painted silver, which has mostly faded away, but I loved how it adds to the patina.
And who can resist a few pieces of reasonably priced ticking! You can never have too much ticking!

I was so thrilled to find this wonderful tin quilt template!
It was a dangerous weapon to carry through the show as it kept poking holes through the bag. 
My plan is to hang it in a window, but I haven't quite gotten that far yet.
It is a nice size - about a foot across or so. 

This autograph book is not in the best shape as the covers are falling off, but the treasures were inside...

"Carrie" had friends and family sign this book from 1870 - 1890.

She added poignant notes as time passed.
(Note the addition of "deceased" near the binding.)

The hand writing and sentiments are lovely. She also included a few newspaper birth and wedding announcements as well as obituaries next to the applicable signatures.
I'm sure I will share more as I spend some time reading through it... 

And I simply can't attend a show without looking for sewing necessities...

Do you recall the photos from Jacque Bradford's booth?
Well, I found this wonderful velvet carrot emery in her lovely booth.
I also couldn't resist another well aged and used velvet pincushion along with the best patriotic needle case.

Inside is an advertisement for C. D. Kenny Co., a coffee and tea proprietor who arrived in Baltimore in 1872. 

I also couldn't resist this tiny German bunny.
I had to photograph him with the pincushions and emery so that you can see how tiny he is :)
I love his fragile little wooden legs.

I also added two new pieces of folk art to my collection:

An original painting from the phenomenal Anne Child and a tiny pin box by the talented Steve Shelton.

I fell in love with a few of Anne's paintings (actually all of them), but Adam & Eve in Sunflowers won out for the wonderful antique frame. Especially when I realized the frame was from Florence, Italy where my husband and I vacationed many years ago...

You can see photos of Anne's lovely home in Jill Peterson's wonderful book, The Settlement.

I was thrilled to see Steve Shelton at the show again as I love the painting that I bought from him at the last show. This tiny little pin box spoke to me - the painting and drawings could pass for an old wallpaper box.

Well, thank you for letting me share my new treasures,
I am enjoying them so!
Is it wrong to say that I can't wait for the November shows? lol!

"Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope:
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed,
for his compassions never fail.
They are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness."
~Lamentations 3:21-23

Blessings, Patti


Lillian Carol said...

Wonderful treasures. I was drawn to the autographs in Carrie's book and noticed the writings included places of Germantown Philadelphia and Whitpain Tsp. Moving from Ohio many years ago, I lived first in Germantown and now not far from Whitpain Twp. I wonder if she lived in the area or was visiting. I love the history of such treasures.

Lori from Notforgotten Farm said...

wonderful treasures!!! so happy that all of them now have a warm, safe home ;)
I cannot wait for the From Our Hands show!!!!

Judy said...

Fantastic treasures! Gotta love the autographs..especially the lost art of cursive writing. That in itself is a true treasure.
The fall show is my VERY favorite, so I know why you look forward to it.

Judy Heartland stitcher

prims by olde lady morgan said...

I love the autograph book! There is so much to see there at these shows... Everyone finds something different! OLM

prims by olde lady morgan said...
This comment has been removed by the author.
Primitive Stars said...

Morning Patti, wow!!!! treasure jackpot!!!! love the old ice skate, wee bunny, well, all of your goodies are wonderful, Blessings Francine.

WoolenSails said...

That is a show I would love to attend, what wonderful goodies.


BumbleBeeLane said...

I love the putz bunny and carrot. Perfect time to display them. All your goodies are just lovely. Warm Blessings! Amy

Julie Zakrzewski said...

Hi Patti,
Such fantastic finds!!!! LOVE the quilt template, autograph book and the pincushions so much, but all the other things are wonderful too!! So happy you can enjoy and treasure each one!!
How do people part with this amazing stuff???
Thanks for sharing!
Warm Hugs~

Chocolates4Breakfast (TerriBoog) said...

Wonderful purchases! Patty! I would not have known that was a quilt template (not being a quilter) but I'd have bought it for the cool factor! Your other purchases are great, too. I'll bet you'll find a sampler worthy sentiment in the autograph book. Actually, I liked the first one!

Lauren said...

Thanks for sharing a peek at all your great finds! I also traveled downstate to the Rural Life show and had a great time. I'm also a fan of Steve Shelton's work and brought a couple of his pieces home. I love the vintage sewing treasures you found! I'm definitely going to watch for that seller at future shows. Thanks!

Marilyn said...

What great treasures you found.
The autograph book is awesome with beautiful, beautiful handwriting.

Linda said...

Jackpot! Love the quilt template and the autograph book especially!

Raymond Homestead said...

I especially love the autograph book. That will be so much fun to read through!