Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Jack Is Really Growing

He is just over three months now, he's really growing.  He loves everyone and is just a joy to have.  The mom's came for Thanksgiving and my mom just thinks he's wonderful.  She had to have her picture taken with him, I think he enjoyed it too.  We are spoiling him rotten, but you just can't help it with that face!

Sunday, November 28, 2010

Children's Stone Building Blocks -Antique Toy

The Germans started making these wonderful blocks in the late 1800's. They are Richter's Anchor Blocks.  They are made of quartz sand, powdered chalk, and linseed oil. Imagine having a nice set of blocks made of stone rather than wood.  Many different sets were made, and new sets are being made today.  I recently found a very nice old set at an estate sale.  This set has two trays of blocks and all of the paperwork, it even comes in a nice wood box.  There are papers with trees and people to cut out and embellish your building or town.  The set comes with instructional books and even diagrams to fit the blocks back in the trays!  What a wonderful educational and fun toy for children and adults.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Getting Closer to Discovering

I have been researching the item pictured in the last post. While I was looking for something else I found some similiar decorative items that were spice boxes.  Some of these were used in Jewish Havdalah ceremonies.  The role of the spice box is to contain the pleasant fragrant spices that are sniffed to console and invigorate our souls, used in weekly rituals.  They are also called etrog or esrog boxes.  Some families have traditional mixes they have handed down over time.  So, I now think I know what it is but I still haven't found others made by the same company. So the search continues........

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

What Is It -Silver Bowl? by the Rockford Silver Plate Co.

I found this at the market this weekend. The man I purchased it from was trying to tell me something about spices.  I don't know if he was serious or not.  I have absolutely no idea what it was used for. But I just love the detail on it.  There are elves or cherubs riding goats on the bowl area, along with grape vines.  The pole has a vine and leaves, you raise the ladder like piece on the pole to raise and move the cover.  It's just so unusual.  There are some pieces missing, some of the leaves are missing from the lid, and something from the top of the pole is missing.  It was made by the Rockford Silver Plate Co., guessing late 1800's, early 1900's.  If you have any idea, or want to make a guess please let me know what you think it was used for!