Saturday, August 11, 2012

Hidden Treasures

Hello everyone, i apologize for not posting in so long. I kind of feel like i'm letting people down or being lazy when i go for such a length of time without a new post. But alas i am here and i once again thank you for your patience and all your comments. 

Apparently i had been hiding some items given to me by my family that were actually pretty cool. They were all squirreled away in a box in our attic. Isn't it great to rediscover cool stuff you have? Its not that i didn't like it all, i just didn't appreciate it all as much as i do now. As i have matured so has my passion for things vintage and antique. 

This is an old Mallardtone Crow Call. It still retains the old box and original advertising pamphlet that came with it. I'm eager to try it outside and see if i can summon a murder of crows or something (though in actuality that would probably be pretty scary, haha).  
One of my favorite discoveries was this colorful tin bird windup toy. The key goes into the bottom of him and once it is wound up, he starts pecking up and down really fast and bouncing around. Its amusing to see, though our bird, Barlow, didnt find it quite so delightful. He promptly ran away from it...though we do sometimes call him a scaredy-bird cause he is frightened of just about anything.
You might recognize this from our Ethereal plus what i love blog. Its an antler i picked up with my grandfather when i was young. I think ive had it for 10-15 years, i cant remember exactly but its been awhile. Its now proudly displayed in this lovely vignette with a ceramic bird, old soda crate, rusty railroad spikes, and a few other things.  
This piece is probably the most sentimental to me. Its an old pocket watch passed down through my family. It was given to me from my grandparents, hanging in a domed glass case. I took it out to get a better picture. It belonged to, i believe, my great great grandfather, the man in the picture next to the watch. He purchased it around 1900, so its been around awhile. Its such a cool display piece, i love the old chain and pocket knife at the end. I definitely intend to keep it, there is enormous personal history attached and i couldnt give it up.
This last item is one Francine kind of claimed as her own she liked it so much. Its an old postal box, actually just the door to one. There is a thin copper shell attached to it to make a tiny box, another present from my grandparents. Its resting on her nightstand with an old compass, a crystal bird dish that holds her jewelry and a couple camera film containers.

Im glad i scrounged them up, it would have been a crime to keep them hidden. Hope everyone enjoys them, and check back soon, i have alot of catching up to do post-wise. Guess ill be pretty busy. Thanks for looking!

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  1. Hello Nate,

    You have some beautiful things there. I love the little wind up bird. It reminds me of the kind my grandmother used to buy me only the key was to the side of the toy that it wound up. The watch is so gorgeous, I can see how special it is. Keeping something so old and well loved by your great, great grandfather is surely something to be proud of. :)

    I'm looking forward to more of your posts. :)

  2. Great items. Sentimental value is worth alot! Hang on to everything!!

  3. Yea, Nate! I was hoping you would post again've shown lots of fun stuff! (I'm now following you, as I guess we should since we're blog swap partners-lol :)
    I'll be featuring you soon!

  4. What beautiful photographs of wonderful things :)

  5. These are great Nate! Thanx for linking up to THT!

  6. Calling by from Share your Cup Thursday, what lovely treasures.

  7. Hello Nate! So glad you dropped by my blog and joined me for Pearls and Lace Thursday! You have some really neat items here! I love that little tin bird and the beautiful pocket watch. Items like yours that have family history behind them make them oh so special.

  8. I love the postal box door! What fantastic finds. Thank you for sharing this at my Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see you again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  9. Hi Nathan, I am so happy that these wonderful treasures came out of the attic. I had to laugh at your murder of crows comment. I am wanting to decorate my mantel with crows for Fall and Halloween. Thinking I need your wonderful crow call. lol! For it to be in it's original box is awesome. I love and collect tin toys so your bird made me smile. My sis gave me a few wind up toys but most don't work. Still I love them. The family heirlooms are wonderful to have been passed down to you. I love the postal box door. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.

  10. Not only are these wonderful vintage/antique pieces, they have history to them and you are part of that history. Love that. All of the items are just fantastic. I am sure they will not be going back to the attic any time soon. Thank you for sharing this with us at TTF. Have a fun day!