I missed the Alameda Antique Fair last weekend, but that's okay since I've been hitting some great estate sales lately. I've been on the hunt for vintage treasures for the store.  The problem is that I've grown so attached to each one…

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French watercolor. Je t'aime.

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Cast plaster box with cherubs on the top and pretty turquoise color inside. I found out that it was made by an American company with an Italian name – Borghese (no relation to the cosmetics company). It has the label on the bottom.  They made many boxes in different styles throughout the 1940's – 60s.

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I've had a slight obsession with pewter since I was a teenager and saw a collection of pitchers at a friend's house.  This little pitcher, I was told, is actually English hotel silver, but it looks so much like the expensive pewter pieces made by the company 'Match' that I had to have it. The crooked top only adds to the charm.

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Sets of vintage knives.  I love giving old one-of-a-kind things like these as gifts.  The bigger knives are stamped with "Shreve and Co" from the old grande dame jewelry store still in business in Union Square in downtown San Francisco since 1852. Underneath is vintage French fabric with an embroidered "M" monogram about to be transformed into the most heavenly pillows.

More store updates to come soon!

 

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