Monday, 17 November 2014
A Dorset Owl . . .
It is Autumn in our valley now, and I couldn't resist taking a couple of photos whilst I was on my way to the Post Office this afternoon. I hope to have a good walk along there tomorrow, but today I have been feeling very tired after the loooooooooong day at the Fleamarket yesterday. It was a dire day for selling anything. There were quite a few stalls outside, as it was dry and sunny, and that always bodes ill for us inside folk, who are considered "posh and expensive" (which we're not, we just like to sell our collectables having washed or polished or mended them first!) Anyway, even the outside folk were moaning about not selling much, and apart from selling a few things to Dealers first thing, we sold only TWO things once the Fleamarket was open for business. £30 worth! Then my OH found his birthday present (a vintage pistol) so that was a big chunk of money out, and then he went for a look round outside and came back and announced he'd left a deposit on two sewing tables. I immediately thought of Singer Sewing machine tables and thought he had gone quite mad. Anyway, he went off with the rest of the cash and came back with these:
Two beautiful hexagonal-top Victorian Trumpet base sewing/needlework tables. One, as you can see, has fabulous inlay on the top and is laid out as a games table. The one on the left needs a good bit of tlc - beading to replace around the edge, polishing, and the interior restoring, but nothing we can't handle. The one with inlay needs the pedestal base unscrewing (it's been glued and badly, which is why it looks wonkey) and some spilt ink hopefully removing from the top. (Vicky - any tips? I am going to try toothpaste first.)
Please excuse the after-Fleamarket clutter - everything just got dumped by my pink sewing materials box and my cantilever ditto.
Then I went for a wander, and found this beautiful old wooden costrel - still with remains of green paint on the iron strapping. These normally sell for £60+ so I have never been able to indulge myself (having agricultural labourers so large in my family history, this feels like a link to them). They were used to carry cider, beer, sometimes just water or cold tea, to the fields at harvest time, and left in the cool of the hedgerow bottom until it was time to bait the horses and have your own bait (usually a hunk of bread, a chunk of cheese and often a raw onion for company).
And here's the costrol after a little polish by my OH. A good £12 worth!
Then, on the same stall, I spotted this and I knew EXACTLY what it was because I have been searching for one for more than 30 years now! It is a Dorset Owl - basically an earthenware version of the wooden barrel costrel, and in a design which has been used since medieval times. They were made by Verwood Pottery just on the Dorset border, and it just so happens that I bought a book about Verwood Pottery at the last Malvern Fleamarket, and it has been on the sofa beside me the last few days! Serendipity or what? It has a little chip in the mouth rim, but that doesn't bother me at all. The price . . . I got it for £12 again. She was asking £15 for each piece, but I haggled. Talk about being over the moon : ) They sell for around £100 on Fleabay and in West Country Antique shops.
Here they both are in their new permanent home above my corner cupboard which has a lot of my sewing things in it. A Gothic revival helmet in the centre . . .
I am currently restoring the velvet patchwork throw I got at Malvern in the summer - some of the velvet is so frail and is falling apart.
I'm also now at the quilting stage on my table runner. I was sewing this bit at 4 a.m. this morning - having woken at 1.45 a.m. and been unable to sleep . . .
Another little me-present which I found yesterday. I collect this series, for the counties which I love/which interest me. Looking for Hampshire still . . .
Lastly, looking downstream.