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Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Mini Vintage Treasures

This week for Vintage Thingies Thursday over at Colorado Lady, I'm sharing my mini vintage treasures. They belonged to my grandmother and great-grandfather. Other than that I do not know much about them. They have no markings of any kind, other than the Ribe painted on the little wooden shoe. I've always been a sucker for little things! I remember seeing these as a child and loving them for their tininess. It is special to me that I ended up with them. They are kept on shelves in our bedroom, safe from little hands. Enjoy!

Champagne bottle with glasses and tray. The bottle is about two inches high and the glasses are about an inch tall. I believe they are brass.

Candlesticks, also made from brass and are about two inches tall. The linen underneath is also vintage. It was a gift from my sister when I was her maid of honor. She gave me a beautiful vintage jewelry box filled with vintage linens. I'll save those pictures for another VTT!

Black galoshes about 1.5 inches long. I believe these belonged to my great-grandfather. He was a dairy farmer so it makes since he would have galoshes.

So this is what I love about blogging and the Internet! Vintage Thingies Thursday encourages me to do some research. I have found out neat things before and I have once again. As it turns out Ribe is Denmark's oldest market town, where the country's first church was built in the year 854 (a hobby of mine is photographing old churches in my travels, so this was an extra special find). My maternal grandmother was from Denmark and came to the United States as a teenager. The galoshes above were her fathers. So, at some point, this little wooden shoe was brought here by my grandmother or great-grandparents. A little glimpse into my heritage, pretty cool!

The shoe appears to be hand painted. I think it might be a pin cushion of some sort since the gray material is soft and squishy like a pin cushion.

Just for fun I included a picture of Ribe I found online. If you're interested see HERE for more pictures of Ribe and to learn a little about it's history. This little town has a big history. It is now on my "places to go before I die" list. :-)


Charlotte said...

Beautiful pieces and a lovely town!

fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

love the mini shoes.. super cute..

Coloradolady said...

I love small things too, what great history you have dug up in your search, and what a neat place to want to travel to....I think that is a great idea, visiting the places your ancestors came from. Have a great VTT!

Postcardy said...

When I was young I had a similar brass tray with little things on it.

P. said...

Those are some sweet miniature pieces, and how cool to find out a few more interesting things in your internet research!

Ann Creek said...

The goloshes are so sweet. All the pieces have such wonderful history, nothing better.
Happy VT

Vintage Whimsy said...

How neat!

Tara Beaulieu said...

oh those tiny golashes are so sweet! And the pin cushion clog too, pretty and petite! Thanks for sharing!

Serendipity Handmade said...

I think that is a wooden shoe pincushion! What a cute little thing!

thasnifty said...

I love minis. Yours are doubly special because of the sentimental story behind them. I hope you treasure them, though I am sure you do. Thanks so much for sharing them.

-brightest blessings-



CC said...

What tint treasures and I am so happy for you,that you have such pieces. Isn't researching into your past such fun??? I love it.
Happy VTT..have a wonderful weekend.

Mollye said...

Hi Sarah the shoes are awesome. C'mon over to see who your Bunny Swap Partner is. XXMollye