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treasured family heirlooms

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The combined blue flow and Staffordshire pottery collections of Mary Alberta Lockwood Ott (1882) and Edna Edwin Lockwood (1884) – we so lucky to still have so many of these charming pieces at our disposal, not to mention, still intact!

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a study in Victorian cookery

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When we purchased this 19th century antique recipe book from a dealer in the UK, we had no idea what an absolute treasure we were acquiring. We like to imagine this well-used guide to the cookery of the day as something often referred to and notated by the likes of Mrs. Patmore from the fictional Downton Abbey. And though its story may be somewhat less dramatic (though we did recently hear back from the antiques seller that it was a part of the estate of an artist who had belonged to The Bloomsbury Set), it’s impossible to imagine there isn’t a story – and, likely, quite a good one. From the study of highbrow to lowbrow penmanship in the plethora of entries to the almost perfect browning and spotting on the pages to the fanciful recipes (blancmange, anyone?) themselves, time has most certainly turned this once utilitarian handbook into a gastronomic work of art!

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French chicken paintings

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We just couldn’t resist these antique chicken paintings from a dealer we love in France. We are currently mooning over this chicken coop that we have no back yard for. So, for the time being, this little farm-inspired antiques indulgence will just have to suffice …

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Cooking in the kitchen with Wallis

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When we came across this vintage cookbook at an antiques shop, we just had to have it – Some Favorite Southern Recipes of The Duchess of Windsor is a collection of down home Southern American fare, culled by this now infamous non-Brit for her friends and others in the United Kingdom. As we scan the pages, we wonder how home cooks and entertainers in England were really enjoying her Smothered Chicken, Waffles & Syrup, Picked Watermelon Rind or Crab & Okra Gumbo. But it does, however, seem quite possible that her Frozen Tomato Salad and Tipsy Charlotte were quite popular in 1958 when it was first published. This one’s a real gem, not to mention what a fabulous hostess gift it will make if one is ever invited to the home of Madonna!

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sweet, old gal takes a big, long trip!

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This amazingly textured (and tattered) fabric sampler, dating back to the year 1748 just came to us via a dealer in the UK and somehow got “miss sent” to India on the way to New York City! We were so happy that the piece finally arrived intact, considering the extended journey (not to mention the single sheet of tissue it was wrapped in within the envelope). And we are pleased to report it is no worse for the wear, whatsoever, and has found a permanent place in our props collection. How amazing that a 7-year-old did this precise and lovely handiwork? Just mind boggling.

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vintage doll’s flatware

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Why are we so obsessed with the utensils Victorian children used to feed imaginary tea cakes and such to their porcelain-faced bff’s? Because, they are adorable, of course. This latest acquisition from a favorite dealer in PA, marked “Solingen” (for the German “city of blades” famous for making world class cutlery for centuries) will make some lovely gift necklaces or flourishes on special package wrapping or even inventive décor on a pretty dinner table – whichever – they just makes us happy to admire in all their diminutive glory!

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For the foodie who has everything …

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Some fun gift ideas for our food shooting, food loving and food styling friends; a steampunk necklace made of vintage metal doll flatware and Victorian cast metal miscellany that we got from an antiques and ephemera dealer in California, along with some teeny tiny vintage (dollhouse?) flatware that we bought by accident on ebay (thought it was child-sized flatware – for an actual child – hello, “Stonehenge” from “This is Spinal Tap”!) we’ve turned into charms with the help of some fine-gauge, waxed twine .

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