Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Bowls and Balls

This aqua cupboard in the corner of my family room is what is known as a chimney cupboard~ a thin cupboard that fit in a small space next to the chimney of an early American home. It is a Wisconsin piece bought at the Elkhorn Flea Market 8 to 10 years ago.

Mine is filled with old ironstone bowls~ actually most of them are compotes~ and a variety of balls.





On top are an old tin water jug and two targets from a shooting gallery in the shape of birds. There were many more targets where I found these. They were expensive, but now I wish I had bought them all.

You can see the real shells at the bottom of the cupboard. I like how this new print on canvas looks with them.



I have had many things hanging on this door over the years. Now it's an ode to labor. Do a little cement work and then swat a few flies.




The top bowl is filled with old baseballs.




These are stone balls and old butter molds bought at Estate Sales. They are in an old rye straw basket used in bread making.




This is an old carpet bowling ball in a ironstone platter of petrified sharks' teeth {Doesn't everyone have a collection of petrified sharks' teeth around the house?} on top of an old over pantry box found at a garage sale. It was filled with buttons and other sewing items.




Next are three white rag balls bought in southern Illinois on a road trip.





This is an English lawn bowling ball that was given as a trophy to the winner of some event in 1907. If you click on the picture you can read what it says. I think I will google it to see if I can find out more. Any of your research types out there are free to do the same. After all it is one of you who found our woman pilot.




This is a variety bowl of balls. Some of them fit on top of flag poles. Others are sports balls of different kinds. The white one on the right is a polo ball.




On the floor next to the chimney cupboard is part of my shell collection. Neatly and dust-free inside old pickle jars.




I didn't start showing these pictures of my collection to sell anything, but readers have inquired and several things have sold over the last couple of weeks since I started the "dusting" series. If you are interesting in buying something I am showing send me an email. The answer will be no, maybe, not at this time, or yes. I am open to considering selling things~ after all I am an antiques dealer.

See other White Wednesday posts at Faded Charm.

23 comments:

  1. What wonderful collections you have!! I love the aqua cabinet and I've never seen any of those targets...they are really wonderful.
    Angela

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  2. I have compote envy! Great collections, thanks for sharing!

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  3. Oh Joan,
    I looooove that aqua chimney cabinet!!! That is so my color.
    I also love the big jars of shells! Wonderful post!
    Have a great Wednesday.
    Sincerely,
    Melinda

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  4. beautiful collections! I especially love the chimney cupboard!

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  5. Awesome collection, the cupboard is fab.
    debby

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  6. I think I should love to buy ANYTHING you have for sale ... there you go, inspiring us again

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  7. Love it all - but I really like the shells in jars. I'm at the beach, right now - hmmm....
    -Trish

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  8. I just love looking at all your fabulous things Joan! I have the old target that my Dad and his brothers used on their farm 70 years ago...Your ironstone compotes are really beautiful. Have some of those polo balls although truthfully I never knew until now what they were! Thank you for that! Keeping showing us more...I am really enjoying your varied collections.
    P.S. I do have a few sharks' teeth!
    :)

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  9. Hi Joan! No petrified sharks teeth but I do have a huge jar full of old baseballs! The trophy ball is so cool, and it all looks perfect together! Theresa

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  10. Just beautiful, Joan!
    I love the shells in the pickle jars. :-)

    Happy Wednesday!
    Anne

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  11. Great collections - I especially like the jars of shells.

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  12. Joan, you have the best, most unique collections! I love those poor shooting gallery birds and that lawn bowling ball the most!

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  13. Hi Joan, it was nice to catch up on your blog. You've been busy! It was also great to see you and some of your booth at the Grayslake Flea even though it was only in pictures :(. I miss seeing you at Wheaton. Still lovin' my stairs and the hall "mitten holder" shelf has been moved and is now our footboard to our bed! Fun to move stuff around. Hope to see you next month! Donna...the 3rd sister

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  14. trying to close my gasping mouth. yes, plese to your whole setup. As a matter of fact, I do have my own little collection of petrified shark teeth that I can add when that little corner of yours arrives at my house...

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  15. Oh wow very cool collections!
    Hugs,
    Olivia

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  16. Oh wow very cool collections!
    Hugs,
    Olivia

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  17. Nice collection. GOt you lots of shells....nice

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  18. You do have the coolest stuff!!

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  19. I bid on a chimney cabinet at the estate sale we attended on Saturday. I only went to $17.50 and dropped out and then kicked myself the rest of the auction! After seeing your display I REALLY am disappointed! Thanks for sharing though and I guarantee you I am not going to miss the next chimney cabinet. Have a great day. deb

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  20. I was excited to see that carpet bowling ball....I have one exactly like it! You certainly don't see those every day! All of your other bowls & balls are delightful too....

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  21. I love the look of all those shells in the jars!!!!! WOW!

    m ^..^

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