chocolates and silk

It has been months since I participted at Beswingtes Fräulein’s Getrödelt gefunden gefreut.


First because the date always collides with the due date for the HSF-challenges and I didn’t manage to write two posts in such a short time, second because sometimes I can’t decide what to show you and plan too large posts in my head I never even start to write.

And since we know that we will move again in a few months, this time into a smaller flat, I suffer from a total flea-market-ban. I already have too much things to move into the new flat, it really wouldn’t be wise to buy much more (though it is so hard!).

But a few days ago when having a close look at old books and some incunable pages my favourite antiquarian bookshop had put out for me I couldn’t help dropping into a lovely antique shop just next door. The owner knows me and knows in what kind of stuff I am interested in.  When I asked him if he had something for me he said no, only a pin cushion box he would assume I am interested in. But I thought being already there I could as well have a look. Unfortunately I had to tell him that it wasn’t a pin cushion at all and the sight of the pins in the already very damaged silk really hurt. But it was so lovely I had to buy it.

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It is quite large, maybe 25cm diametre. The motif is flocked or maybe painted onto the satin, which is, as cleary visible, very fragile and damaged, much of the warp thread is disappeared. On the bottom left you can see a small signature (it is hard to decipher, I assume it says “Chembine” but I can’t find anything online)
The bottom is covered with a patterned paper I am pretty sure is not original but was added in the 2nd half of the 20th century.

The inside of the lid proved my assumption it being not a pin cushion at all, but some kind of chocolate or praline box.

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“Au Vieux Gourmet” in Nancy, a french city appr. 300km north of Berne.

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I love love love this Robe de Style motif and the cute little doll the  woman is holding in her hands. This may be the main reason I couldn’t pass on this one, even if it was quite expensive with 30 CHF (appr. 25€).

And because this was really the only thing I bought this month I thought I could show you its little brother, another chocolate box I already bought over a year ago in another antique shop only a few metres away from the other one.

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Silk, again. This one in a dark red and ruffled, topped with a tambour embroidery in silk and (fake?) gold thread, a golden lace attached to the side.

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You see, the silk is damaged, too. The seller assumed it to be a little younger than the new one above, maybe from the 1930ies. And she gave me the hint of it being a chocolate box.

The inside is a little more interesting because there is some paper lace still in place, though very torn and dirty.

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While the 20ies box looks great inside (but as I said, I assume it being changed later), this box doesn’t look as nice. Maybe this is the reason the seller asked only 10CHF for it (appr. 8€). I have to admit I never searched for these boxes, so 10CHF being cheap and 30CHF being more on the expensive side is a very subjective evaluation, I have no idea what these things cost elsewhere.

 

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And now you might ask how I use this box without completely destroying the paper lace (because I do use it, I try not to collect things I can’t use because I have neither enough room nor enough money to buy everything I like).

I use it to keep some of my jewellery. To protect the paper lace I covered the whole inside with a sheet of acid free wrapping paper. Like this nothing touches the inside and the lace and the material doesn’t harm it either (if I would use standard, acid, paper it would make the old substance brown and brittle, it would disintegrate sooner or later as you can see with old books, who sometimes just fall apart because of the acid in the paper itself)

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Though I do already have so much boxes and old tins I really love these silk covered ones and I can’t promise that I won’t buy some more if I find some.

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And I really hope the next post will be about some sewing project again. 😉

See you soon, love,

ette

 

 

 

 

10 thoughts on “chocolates and silk

  1. Wundervolle Boxen – da werden Schokoladengeschenke ja doppelt süß! Und die Idee darin jetzt Schmuck zu lagern bietet sich wirklich an!

    Nichtsdestotrotz mein tiefes Beileid zum Trödelverbot – das ist wirklich hart! 😉

    1. Naja, sonst müsste ich ja noch mehr schleppen. Zudem müssen wir uns in einer kleineren Wohnung zurechtfinden. Und so komm ich an den Sonntagen auch mal zum nähen, sonst bin ich ja immer den halben Tag unterwegs und hab am Nachmittag keine Lust mehr 😉 lg ette

  2. oh – wie schön! Die würde ich auch sofort mitnehmen! Die eine wegen des schönen Designs, die andere wegen der üppigen Verzierungen 🙂

    1. Ja, als ich sie so nebeneinander sah fand ich es noch spannend, wie unterschiedlich sie sind. Mal sehen, vielleicht find ich ja noch andere Designs. lg ette

  3. Was,ein Trödelverbot? Na so gehts aber nicht!
    Vielleicht werde ich diesen Monaten auch zum ersten Mal daran teilnehmen, wenn ich denn etwas schönes am Sonntag finde.
    Die Boxen sind wunderhübsch und sie als Schumckschatullezu verwenden ist echt eine super Idee:-)

    1. Und, was gefunden? Naja, das Trödelverbot ist ja nur zum Selbstschutz, alles was ich jetzt kaufe muss ich in die neue Wohnung schleppen und da auch unterbringen, ist vielleicht klüger erstmal herauszufinden, wieviel Platz ich denn in Zukunft noch habe 🙂 lg ette

    1. Dankeschön! Ja, irgendwie musste ich sofort an Schmuck denken. Wobei in die grosse auch was anderes passen könnte (erinnert mich an die Kragenboxen aus den 20ern für die Vatermörder).

  4. Wunderschön, alle beide! Ich finde toll, dass Du die Sachen auch benutzt und sie nicht nur als Ausstellungsstücke besitzt. Ich mache das auch gerne, auch aus Platzmangel und um gleichzeitig nicht zu viele Dinge anzuhäufen. Je länger ich mir die Photos anschaue umso mehr Lust bekomme ich allerdings, selber mal so schöne stoffbezogene Kisten zu basteln… als Aufbewahrung für Makeup geht sowas bestimmt auch ganz gut 🙂 Liebe Grüße!

    1. Ja, selberbasteln sollte nicht so schwer sein. Und mit Stoffmalfarbe, Stickerei oder auch schön gemusterten Stoffen sind der Vorstellung auch keine Grenzen gesetzt. Und sie wären dann sicher etwas robuster als meine Schätzchen, die Stoffe sind ja doch schon ziemlich fragil.
      lg ette

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