Antique buttons

These are the finds from this weekend at the flea market. I’m getting more and more selective with what I bring home. For example, this time I have left behind a vintage tiger plush and a doll from the fifties, which were very nice but I thought about the limited space I have at home. I don’t regret not buying them, I do have my mother’s childhood dolls from the fifties and those are enough for me :).

I’m very glad I have found these antique buttons, though. Even if I do have enough buttons, too, these are so small and they could be part of some jewelry project or some crafty thing in the future. They are tiny brass buttons with beautiful details. DSCN9492DSCN9507DSCN9506DSCN9505DSCN9500DSCN9497DSCN9498DSCN9495DSCN9493

I have also found this long and heavy silver chain which I think is antique. The niello serpent is bought separately but I like how it looks on this chain.

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I wanted worry beads from Greece for some time now. I was hoping to find bakelite ones at some point, but I like these mother of pearl ones, too. They were quite cheap also and the smooth, cool surface of the beads is very pleasant.

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Teeth

These are the findings of today’s flea market visit. There were also other stuff there that I liked (a very nice metal toy sewing machine, in working condition, some antique photos, etc), but I am much more selective with what I bring home lately and I try to resist buying things that I already have or I don’t use often. So, I only bought a few very cheap things.

A silver cicada charm (I don’t think it’s old, but it’s nice and detailed).

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Two funny carved rings (they are quite a big size, especially the snake, so they were not intended for kids). I think they are made from sea shells.

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A small tin from the fifties (my mother had the whole set as a kid and she still has one or two of the tins, but in a much worst condition). They were kitchen toys for storing different ingredients, such as flour or sugar. This one says “semolina”.

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And a bead necklace from the fifties or sixties. The string was really old, so it broke in my hand at the flea market. Fortunately, I managed to find most of the beads and I have re-stringed it at home. It has the perfect size for me to wear it as a bracelet. The beads have a texture and shine very similar to teeth. Kind of strange, but I like them.

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Seashell

I have found these postcards from the seaside and the seashell spoon in a box in my room. I have bought them a few years ago and forgot about them. The postcards are from the sixties to the eighties and one of them is not from the flea market, it was sent by me to my grandmother from my trip to the seaside in the mid eighties. The socialist hotels looked to me then as beautiful and serene as they seem in these postcards.

The mother of pearl pendant and the big square button are recent flea market finds.

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Bear

I have bought  this very serious looking bear to celebrate a job related exam I passed. I was looking at this bear online in the last 3 or 4 years, considering from time to time to buy it but always changing my mind. It’s not that it was terribly expensive (I payed for it around 20 Euros), but it was never a priority. It’s nice to have something as a physical object, after looking at photos of it for such a long time. It is a silver plated baby rattle, but I plan to wear it as a pendant (if the soft sound it makes won’t be too annoying :). It has a very small hallmark that helped me find out that it was manufactured in Germany by a company called Württembergische Metallwarenfabrik. The hallmark is kind of faint, so I’m not completely sure if it was produced in the twenties or the forties (the hallmarks are kind of similar). But judging by the aesthetics of it (the fact that the bear is closer to a real bear and not made like a sweet toy) I think it is rather from the twenties. I don’t really care much anyway, I like it a lot.

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I also have this alpaca rattle from the forties. It’s bigger in size than the bear and even if I find its design funny, it’s too funny to wear as a pendant.

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