I seem to be on a roll of finding some good stuff at my local op shops. When I was thrifting with my bestie Miss J, she spotted this beaded bag at Salvos for the grand total of $2. I am so glad she did because I fell in love with it & thankfully it's not really her style. It's a nice big size, & it's quite sturdy with a wooden base, so it should be able to tolerate all the 'just in case' stuff I have in my bag. Oh and it features orange beads! Fabulous!!!!
My local Red Cross op shop had this old mesh bracelet with lovely blue stones for $2
A bit more kitsch for my collection. These Japanese made cranky skunks made me smile for $1. I wonder what's got them so unhappy?
An Art Nouveau trinket box by the Jennings Brothers, number 212. This is very old, made around 1905. Unfortunately the silk lining has deteriorated, but the hinges work fine. At $4 I think it was a good buy!
And now for a bit of history........
Art Nouveau was the most prominent decorative style of jewel box during the early 1900’s, a romantic style noted for its flowing, asymmetrical lines, with motifs relating to nature—flowers and vines, birds, women with flowing hair. While most people today associate Art Nouveau with the graceful “nymph-like” young women, the floral motifs held a major place in the American Nouveau jewelry box world. The “language of flowers” had become a particularly popular concept during the Victorian Period. At the turn of the century, these “sentiments” were also reflected in the Art Nouveau style on jewelry boxes: the four-leaf clover for good luck, daisies for innocence, roses for love and beauty, and so on.
Jewel boxes were lined with fine pale-colored silks from Japan (sometimes referred to as “Jap silk”) and China, and also with faille (a ribbed silk), satin or sateen, and were often trimmed with a fine twisted satin cord.
Even though these jewel boxes were “mass-produced,” peak production lasted fewer than 15 years (1904-1918). And remember, the term “mass production” during 1900-1910 held a completely different meaning then than that it does today. Fortunately, we can still discover examples of these (almost) 100-year-old decorative treasures.