Thursday, April 30, 2015

Gilt, glamour and stuffed creatures!




I can never resist the opportunity to fossick in amongst old 'things' and Fremantle has many fine antique shops. Stuffed animals are not something I've seen a lot of but apparently taxidermy is alive (?) and well in Australia!


This was interesting.. when I took the first shot of this amazingly huge chandelier above, it must have looked as if I was interested.. am still trying to imagine this enormous beauty hanging in my wee house :)

... because when I returned ten minutes later after further fossicking .. check it out, a SOLD sticker! As difficult as it was to imagine the chandelier hanging it was impossible to imagine a stuffed fox on my mantlepiece :) Wish I had asked how much it sold for, what do you think, it doesn't look like it but it really was big, would love to see it in situ.. perhaps over an elegantly laid oak dining table..


This last shot is for Bill an avid collector of vintage typwriters.. This one was even before my time, I remember learning to type on a Remington to the William Tell Overture..  OMG listening to that brought back memories lol! Happy Thursday, take care and stay safe...


36 comments:

  1. I do love a good rummage too Grace. Especially if I can resit buying things I don't need. The chandelier is very grand. For you and Bill... have you seen the French film about typewriters called "Populaire"? It's very lovely. Worth a DVD rental.

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  2. Love that chandelier, I think it would look great in my dining room, but it's gone...
    The typewriter is beautiful!

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  3. A rather wily looking fox, I thought. :-)

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  4. Funny I should open your blog this morning -- I've been procrastinating. Yes, it's spring and I'm getting ready to clean my chandelier (a hideous job). Unless you have someone to do it for you, consider yourself lucky it sold.

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  5. Our house came with six chandeliers, most of them hideous! Eventually we replaced all. The pink one came down first and the plastic "crystal" ones were last. It was kind of funny seeing peoples' faces when they walked in though.

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  6. Beautiful interiors of a market! Arianna

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  7. Vintage is very fun! Why can't adults enjoy stuffed animals? I think I'll find one for myself now!

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  8. Oh, I do enjoy rummage places, too!!! And this looks like a great one!! Love that chandelier!! Hope you're having a fun week -- it does look like it!!

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  9. I remember my mother having a very similar typewriter, it was given to her when she decided she'd learn to type. I wonder where it went?

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  10. I'm not a fan of taxidermy, but I love the other photos!

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  11. OK, I learned a new word "fossick". Not a word you hear often (i.e. never) in the States. Anyway, these shots remind me of the brocantes we have have here. Endless stuff of interest and history. I especially like your shot of the Underwood. My father had one just like it.

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  12. With all respect to your very nice abode, chandeliers are for grand houses and rooms and they are a nightmare to clean. I think those old typewriters were still being used when I was a kid.

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  13. I have never heard the word fossick before either - I had to google it, Grace! Looks like you had fun.

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  14. That typewriter looks very much like an old Underwood that my mom used when she typed. I believe it was already an antique when she was using it (thank goodness). No fox on the mantle for me either but that chandelier is appealing if I didn't have to keep it clean in the Arizona desert dust.

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  15. Quite a lot of curiousities here. It reminds me of an antique market close to my place.

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  16. Looks like a great shop, love that old typewriter...

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  17. So many neat things in that shop. I'm with you on the chandelier although I'd get the Underwood. Looks like a No. 3, but I've never seen an Underwood No. 3 with those nice green key tops. I cannot imagine typing to the William Tell Overture.

    Thanks for the link.

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  18. well, that would be a place to get lost for hours


    ALOHA from Honolulu,
    ComfortSpiral
    =^..^=

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  19. I'll pass on the stuffed fox but the crystal is worth a look. I remember playing with the old typewriters at my father's office as a child. Then there was the small portable electric I had in college (don't remember the brand). They won't do now.

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  20. You made me look up "fossick." Didn't know I was a fossicker from way back. While I love antique shops and thrift stores, the price on the typewriter tells me old stuff is really expensive in Oz.

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  21. How does that saying go Grace .. everything old is new again. Cheers J.

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  22. Did the Chandelier come with a 'upstairs maid'?

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  23. A lot of interesting old things here, Grace, love the typewriter :)

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  24. That chandelier looks amazing, but rather more for a palace. I used a Remmington for many years indeed, I was very speedy at some time and I can still here the bell ringing!

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  25. The chandelier sure has a certain something! But, yes, I can imagine cleaning that thing is a pain, Grace! The fox... nah, not really, huhhh...

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  26. Many interesting and funny things, but the typewriter stole my heart!

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  27. I've put the results on my blog page ; )

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  28. I've not seen the word, "fossick," before but I do like to rummage about in these kinds of shops. We've come a long way from that old typewriter!

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  29. Love antiques though not mad about stuffed animals! Great photos. Diane

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  30. Love antiques though not mad about stuffed animals! Great photos. Diane

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  31. I wish I could have been there with you:)

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  32. Underwood typewriters were originally made in Hartford!

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  33. Glorious chandelier but not so glorious when it comes to cleaning. That requires lots of patience. And the old typewriter is in wonderful condition. A grand old lady.

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  34. Those are some neat find! (Minus the taxidermy, of course).

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