I spent a very productive Sunday at the Sandwich Antiques Market with my mother and two other fabulous ladies. As the day progressed, it grew unexpectedly hot, and we returned home sweaty yet satisfied. The two other visits we made this summer yielded only this (admittedly awesome and assuredly un-PC) Royal Copley planter which now lives on my bookshelf:

Sunday, however, was different. It just seemed like every new booth yielded something special (until 3/4 of the way through, when I started seeing double). The best part was the friendly dealers, many of whom starting bringing the price down the second I looked twice at an object.

The first thing I picked up was this beautiful Czech hand towel. The dealer told me that it had been purchased in an estate sale, and had been found in a trunk filled with beautiful old linens - none of which had ever been used. It's as crisp and vibrant as the day it was purchased.

Purchased from separate dealers were this adorable, tiny teapot (approx. 6" x 4") and test tube. I think I'm going to find a pretty bloom to put in the test tube, and as for the teapot ... well, don't you agree it's just too cute for words?

From the same dealer as the test tube, we purchased a tiny little clear glass woodgrain jar, with which my mother absconded. That's OK, though, because I found the best thing of all:

This little tin globe, with the loveliest saturated colors. It's ever so slightly distressed, which only adds to its charm. It's about 10" tall - perfect - all of the other globes I had found were much too big.

It's old, too! Judging from the curious array of extinct or otherwise altered countries (The Belgian Congo still exists, Korea has not yet been divided by the 38th parallel, Alaska is still a territory, a significant part of China is in the hands of the Japanese, and Guiana is not yet independent, to name a few anomalies), it was made somewhere between 1931 and 1945. I wish I had a geography expert around to be more specific. Germany, for one, looks suspiciously large - as though it has encompassed countries like Denmark, the Netherlands, Belgium, and part of Poland - which were occupied during WWII. Yet the globe is made of tin, and such things would not have been produced during wartime. I do love a good mystery to solve...

My favorite thing about it, though, was the base:

Red woodgrain! The months! The seasons! The horoscope! I mean, really. It doesn't get any better than this.
I can't wait for next month's market (October 28th).

Note: the colors are more saturated if you click on the image.


Blogger Mella DelPantano said...

Hey, cool stuff! I might have to head out there too. Have you been to the Chicago Antique Market this year? I'm probably stopping by there this weekend.

September 26, 2007 at 12:00 PM  
Blogger LauraB said...

oooh you were telling me about the Sandwich market, you found some great stuff! That is the best part I think about old globes, all the strange places that don't "exist" anymore. your teapot is adorable.

September 26, 2007 at 1:47 PM  
Blogger ma vie en rose said...

thanks gals!
Mella, I have been kicking myself for not making it over there yet - it seems like every weekend it's held I'm either out of town or otherwise occupied. I'm dog sitting at my parent's house this weekend but maybe I could bring her with me!

Laura, you should definitely go next month. I hope it's as good as Sunday's showing. My one criticism is while they were great in the tchotchkes department, there wasn't a lot of appealing furniture ( TONS of oak.) I've been looking for a midcentury dresser for months and I did see a few nice Heywood Wakefield, etc. pieces but it was disappointing overall in that respect. But you found your dresser, so you don't have to worry about that anymore!

September 26, 2007 at 2:28 PM  
Blogger michelle said...

That tea pot is WAY to cute for words, so I say to you...word.

September 27, 2007 at 10:04 AM  

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