All the Smalls

Lately I’ve been focusing a lot on my furniture finds, which have been pretty epic. But today I thought I’d share some of the great little things I’ve been picking up that don’t require an army of help to move.

A couple of my favorite recent finds are this lotus tea kettle by Cathrineholm of Norway and this Michael Lax designed fondue set by Copco of Denmark. I bought the tea kettle from a collector, but the fondue pot was a great $3.99 thrift store snag. Both will be colorful and shapely additions to my kitchenware collection which is falling more and more under Scandinavian control.

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Also for the kitchen are these wooden canisters by Glenmade of California, more thrift store scores. I already have a birch one with a black lid, but these beauties are pretty gorgeous. I think the one on the right is even Brazilian rosewood. I love these for stashing candy.

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Continuing with the thrift store finds, this Italian pottery jug imported by Rosenthal Netter makes a great companion to the matching ashtray I’ve had for years. I love the colors and the contrasting matte/gloss glazing.

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In other worldly pursuits, this German stamped gold dish caught my eye on the dollar table at a flea market. Usually when I find pieces like this they’re anodized aluminum, but this dish is heavy and appears to be gold plated. I like the modern riff on a Moroccan motif. Perfect for everyday, especially great for the holidays.

IMG_8355Speaking of holidays, I couldn’t pass up these two vintage Jantzen wool ski sweaters. These are insanely popular right now and I really don’t think I’ve every run across any in the wild. Imagine my surprise to find two matching ones within a week of each other at thrift stores.

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My favorite part is actually the label.

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Sometimes great smalls show up when you’re looking at something much larger. While examining a cigar box pulled from a jumbled box of junk at a flea market I noticed some small cards inside.

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I knew immediately what they were, promotional cards printed by Arm & Hammer featuring different birds of North America. Arm & Hammer printed several series of the cards between the 1890s and 1930s. Without counting I purchased the whole stack and, to my delight, the entire set of 30 cards from the third series were there.

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I love the colors and intricacy of the lithographed birds.

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Each card shows an illustration of a bird on the front with information about the bird on the back. Although I’m not looking forward to cutting a ridiculous 30 window mat board, I do plan on framing these in an antique picture frame.

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Out of the same box of junk also came some interesting tobacco paraphernalia.

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Smoking is one of those things I loathe the most, but it’s pretty hard to resist the lure of these intricate little packages. The largest is a box for Egyptian cigarettes and the two smaller booklets are rolling papers, complete with Iowa tax stamps.

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I can’t find an exact date for any of the packages, but they appear to be from the 1900s to the early 1920s.

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For a period of time Turkish blend tobaccos were wildly popular in Europe and the United States, inspiring several American brands like Camel which adopted an Egyptian look for its packaging.

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As the winter draws on, smalls are a lot easier to find and move in the cold and snow. Now the only trick is making enough room on the shelves for them.

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One Comment

  1. Kimber
    Posted December 16, 2015 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Cool finds, Austin! I especially love the tea kettle. It was nice meeting you and your mom at Funky Finds last weekend. I am loving the two vintage coats I found in your area and have already gotten compliments on the one I’ve worn so far. It’s great having something so unique to add to my winter wardrobe.
    Kimber

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