April 25, 2018

An Eclectic Blend

An eclectic blend of interesting finds. A table top lightening rod, rather uncommon in the western states.  Some colorful advertising die cuts and vintage bingo cards.  Also a stoneware crock from the 1800's era.  

And a Cingolani accordion from 1940-1950 that was played by my husband Rick, in the 1960's!  Being Italian, it was almost required that he learn to play it, although he said he'd rather play the electric guitar! The red keys make it an unusual piece.  

You never know what you'll find at Vintage Gal Antiques...

April 08, 2018

Retro Style

Are you more of a Retro gal, instead of a Vintage gal?  You will fall in love with these gorgeous embroidered suede calfskin boots made by Joan & David circa 1968.  Soft buttery calfskin-lined with amazing embroidered designs on the front of each boot.  Excellent condition.  $95

Or some glitzy handbags, which were all the rage in the early 60's. Some came in kits that you could personally adorn with sequins and rhinestones.  Others were made and signed by Enid Collins, now very collectible.  $45-$65

And, then who could forget sweet Doris Day and sparkley rhinestone necklaces from the 1950-1960 era? $25-$75

All here at Vintage Gal Antiques! 

April 05, 2018

Farmhouse Kitchen Decor

Graniteware was produced throughout the Midwestern and Eastern United States from 1870 until the end of WWII.  Patented in 1848 by New York inventor Charles Stumer, graniteware was also known as agateware, enameled ware and speckleware.

Close cousins of graniteware are those pieces whose grays and other colors were mottled or marbled.  Colors appeared to blend into each other or swirl separately to create random, eye-catching patterns.  

Chrysolite Swirl, a deep green and white swirled pattern and Cobalt Blue Swirl are hard-to-find examples of mottled enamelware.  Vintage Gal Antiques has a nice selection of kitchenware in these two unusual colors. 

Also popular are porcelain enameled bread and flour boxes.  Many reproductions are currently being produced, but the examples shown here are original pieces from the 1930's.  Perfect for your farmhouse style kitchen!

March 31, 2018

Til the Cows Come Home

These sweet faced advertising cows and adorable calves are tin die cut sets dating from the 1920-30s. They are old and authentic advertising pieces from the De Laval Cream Separator Company. The cow sets were part of an advertising campaign that sent these little cattle to farmers' homes, encouraging them to write in for catalogs and buy De Laval products. Several breeds were used -- these are Jerseys and Holsteins.  The other breeds that were available were brown/white and black cows.
From the 1870's Gustaf De Laval (1845-1913) developed machines for the dairy industry, including the first centrifugal milk-cream separator and early milking machines.  His first separator was patented in 1887 and the first milking machine in 1894. From the early 1880's, De Laval's cream separator was promoted internationally.  In 1888, the company founded the De Laval Cream Separator Co. in the United States, as a subsidiary.  

Each set of cow and calf available for $150 per set

Packaging for Reference Only-Not Available for Sale

March 22, 2018

Boot Scootin' into Spring!

It's been said that a cowgirl's best ammunition is her smile. But having a great pair of western boots is pretty important, too! Vintage Gal Antiques has an amazing selection of vintage western boots and accessories including tooled leather handbags and vintage H Bar C western shirts.  All reasonably priced!

Opening in April for the 2018 season!

March 14, 2018

All Fun and Games

Board games were quite popular in earlier times, and much simpler than today’s electronic games obsessions.

It is interesting that in centuries prior to the 19th and 20th centuries, games were considered instruments of the devil.  The later periods were full of society changes which included the traumas of war, new immigrants coming to the country and an industrial revolution.  With all these transitions, board games were now viewed as a way to educate, entertain and even live out dreams, whether it be striking it rich or traveling the world. 

Games of chance or fortune telling were popular and during these years, few games were actually based on strategy or skill.  Conversation games evolved during the Victorian Era and provided a venue for people of the opposite sex to interact and develop relationships.

Several early board games that I purchased in a collection were made by Mc Loughlin Brothers who produced games from 1858 – 1920.  Many of their games focused on children’s education or moral lessons and all are known for their detailed and colorful artwork.

Some of the games for sale at Vintage Gal Antiques include:

The District Messenger Boy game- McLoughlin Bros.-- c1886.  The object of the game is to see which player will first become the President of the Telegraph Company.  Spaces reflecting misbehavior direct a player to go back, or sometimes go to prison which requires a return to “Start” upon release.

Please call or email for price.

The Game of Hide and Seek-McLoughlin Bros.-- c1895.  This is an extremely rare board game and quite large, measuring 15 1/2" x 22". The graphics are very intricate and colorful. 

A page from an early McLoughlin Brothers catalog describes the Hide and Seek Game as "simple and lively for small players."

Please call or email for price.

Ally Sloper – circa 1907.  Milton Bradley produced this target game and used the name “Ally Sloper” which was one of the earliest known comic characters, dating from 1867.  The clown image on the game doesn’t resemble the official comic character, but perhaps Bradley wanted to capitalize on a once funny name.

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There are many more early 19th and 20th century toys and games available for sale at Vintage Gal Antiques. Please stop by and check out the unique selection!

March 02, 2018

A Busy Day in Dollville

This is the real deal.  Reproductions of this adorable and very rare Diamond Dyes advertising sign have been produced over and over, but this is the authentic, bevel-edged tin over cardboard sign; “A Busy Day in Dollville”, circa 1911.

The original has a black border and measures 11 ½ by 17 inches. In addition to the 1911 copyright date, it is also well marked as being manufactured by American Art Works of Coshochton, Ohio, one of the premier makers of tin signs and trays during the first decades of the 20th century.

The artist is Bessie Pease Gutmann, who was born in Philadelphia in 1876, (1876-1960), studied art at several schools as a young woman and was an independent commercial artist.  Gutmann & Gutmann, a company that produced art prints hired her in 1903 and three years later, Bessie married Hellmuth Guttman, her boss.  They had three children who often were used as her models in her illustrations.  She was a working mother long before working mothers were commonplace. 

Bessie Pease Gutmann illustrated 22 magazine covers between the years 1906-1920.  She illustrated books and created innumerable art prints.  As far as research indicates, there is only one self-framed tin advertising sign that bears her work, and that is "A Busy Day in Dollville"

This exceptional and charming piece of advertising history is available at Vintage Gal Antiques.  Please call or email to obtain the price. 

February 26, 2018

Show Time!

Two great shows coming up! March 9 - 10, 2018. Same weekend, but not too far from each other. Travel to Nevada City one day and Chico the next-you can do it! Vintage Gal will be selling in Nevada City and Rick will be in Chico. Stop by and say "hi"!

February 18, 2018

~Bring On the Spring!~

Spring is on its way and it makes me think of pastel colors, violets and pretty things.  Vintage Gal has a nice collection of shabby chic furnishings and flowery china to bring a light and airy springtime feeling to your home decor. 

February 07, 2018

Did I Mention B*L*I*N*G ?

Sonja Henie said it best!  And there is an abundance of jewelry to choose from at Vintage Gal.  One whole room dedicated to jewels! Blingy, sparkley rhinestones, new and old sterling silver pieces, funky bakelite and estate jewelry and diamonds.  I love it all!  Shop the glamorous selection to find a unique addition for your collection.  Wrinkles?  What wrinkles?

February 04, 2018

Primitive Style

What could be more homey than time-worn primitives and vintage farm style antiques?  I only buy what I love and sometimes it's hard to pass things along.  This vignette has many of my favorite things.  Black chippy paint makes this ladderback chair so welcoming with its flannel buffalo plaid chair covering. Graniteware measuring cup and soap dish and Amish flour sign add a bit of charm to any area.  And the weather-worn croquet balls in a rusty pan are a nice decorating touch.  All items for sale.  Lots more to see at Vintage Gal Antiques!

February 03, 2018

New Items for 2018

Getting ready for the 2018 season and I've been shopping for some new-old and different items. Lots of decorating items, small furniture pieces and interesting objects for that "farmhouse" look.  My favorites are the vintage prune drying racks.  Great wall art for that rustic feel.  Add a wreath and make it special.  These are two racks, stacked on top of each other. Check them out!