March 26, 2010

~Beautiful Heirloom Jewels~

These Victorian pieces are among several heirloom pieces of jewelry for sale at Vintage Gal Antiques. The antique Bohemian Garnet brooch is simply beautiful! Garnet jewelry was extremely popular during the 19th century. During the Victorian era, it was believed that garnets would enrich the blood and provide the wearer with a long, healthy life. Victorians believed it empowered them with truth, constancy and faith. The garnets on this brooch are deep, rich claret colored stones that were mined in the Bohemian region of Eastern Europe and probably dates from 1870-1890. It is priced at $125.00.

The two rings featured are made of rose gold, very popular during the Victorian era. Gemstones were often used in Victorian jewelry and helped keep jewelry affordable for the mass market. Garnets, amethysts, corals, turquoise and seed pearls were in style. These rings are adorned with Persian turquoise and small seed pearls. The center stone in the ring on the right is a beautiful blue sapphire. They are both exquisite examples of Victorian jewelry. The ring on the left is priced at $175.00 and the ring on the right is $225.00.

March 20, 2010

Not Just For the Ladies….

I guess by now you can see that I carry a lot of “girly” things! ~ Jewelry, vintage hats and accessories, dainty flowery china, etc. ~ But! I do have guy stuff for sale, too! There are several vintage Harley Davidson items, including a great motorcycle cap that Marlon Brando would’ve been proud to wear! With it’s “Stove Pipe Wells” (a spot in Southern California) charm bracelet across the front of it, I’ll bet it has some great old riding stories to tell. Motorcycle run pins are usually only available if you’re a participant in a motorcycle event, so they are very collectible. I have some from the “50s and some more recent so there are lots to choose from here.   By the way, the photo of the G.I. on the motorcycle is my dad!

Another favorite of the guys (and gals) are antique bottles. You want bottles? I’ve got bottles!! My husband Rick is the “bottle guy” in our family; a collector, author and digger of beautiful old glass. He helped me with my inventory of some really great old bottles. Whiskies, medicines, sodas and bitters bottles ~ what beautiful colors!

So, gentlemen-please don’t hesitate to walk through the front door! Vintage Gal Antiques has something for you, too! And, if you’re looking for a gift for a gal, I’m sure you’ll find something special here!

March 19, 2010

Glamourous Times!

There is something mysterious and glamourous about the "flapper" era.  I've always loved the fashions and furs worn during those days.  At Vintage Gal Antiques, there is a great selection of photos, jewelry and accessories reminiscent of this period.  Stop by and check it out!

Love these old photos!!

March 07, 2010

Country Collectibles Add Vintage Charm

I love country style antiques! Vintage Gal Antiques has a large selection of old store tins and signs with great colorful graphics, pottery jugs, kitchen collectibles, and newer items of folk art design. Kitchen gadgets, accessories, and utensils are also available, as well as a nice selection of graniteware and enamelware items.  Make it country cozy!

March 03, 2010

Spring Is Just Around The Corner!

A collection of beautiful hand-painted china pieces decorated in soft pinks and purples remind me of the springtime. The floral patterns are so refreshing!  At Vintage Gal Antiques, you’ll find a nice selection of pieces with dainty violets and lovely roses including calendar plates, tea cups/saucers and chocolate pots.

March 01, 2010

Unusual Beauty Aids from the Past

Hair receivers were a common item found on Victorian ladies dressing tables. The purpose was to save hair from hairbrushes and combs and then use the hair for various things. It could be used for pillow stuffing or pincushions. Hair jewelry was also very popular. Lockets, watch chains, mourning brooches and bracelets were created from hair.  Kind of creepy, but very fashionable!  In the late 1800's and into the early 1900's, postcards and valentines were often sent with hair attached. It was considered a sentimental token of affection. Most hair receivers were made with a hole in the lid to poke the hair into it for storage. Hair receivers were usually made from porcelain, silver, celluloid or crystal. Hand painted porcelain receivers are extremely beautiful to collect. There are several hair receivers available for sale at Vintage Gal. Once you begin to notice hair receivers in different shops, you will see there were many designs!  Prices are still fairly reasonable for this interesting collectible.
A collection of beautiful hair receivers. (Click on photos to enlarge)