Wednesday, 28 April 2010

Boot Fair Booty Part 2

As I mentioned in the last post, there are a few more items I managed to find at the boot fairs. I have to say that this item here is definitely my favourite -

A really gorgeous copper and brass oil lamp! All it needs is the glass funnel, and they are not too difficult to find, especially in France. Living right in the middle of nowhere in the French countryside, we do get power cuts during severe storms. Oil lamps and candles come in really handy then. I am always well stocked up with candles and already have a couple of oil lamps, but this one is lovely and big and goes so well with the other copper stuff in the cottage. It is really quite romantic sitting in the cottage all snug when its storming outside, playing cards or scrabble by the light of an oil lamp or two and some candles.

Tins, boxes, anything I can store bits and pieces in is always totally irrresistible. This sweet little inlaid box had to come home with me and will hold some beautiful old buttons -

I found some more Lexicon cards as well. Not in a gorgeous old box like the previous one I found, only in cardboard packaging, but nevertheless, its a complete set of Lexicon cards to use in collages perhaps -

I was very happy that I managed to find a couple of books as well. I love books, always have done. This little beauty is tattered and torn in places, but it is filled with lovely lovely images -

And this great big thing -

1169 Sacret Songs and Solos and Hymns! I have to admit, some of them are quite beautiful. If anybody is ever in need of a hymn, lol, you know where to come!

Now, this next little book appealed to me because it has lots of little maps in it. It is an old Baedeker, and I bought it mostly because it is so very Agatha Christie, Hercule Poirot and Miss Marple. In those days, everybody travelled with a Baedeker, it seems. I hadn't realised how old it actually was until I looked at the map of Brighton ( look, JJ !!! ) and thought, my goodness, thats very small....... I looked for a date, and it turned out to be a 3rd edition 1894 Baedeker. No wonder Brighton looked so small compared to today, lol -

Just look at the pages, isn't the design on them absolutely gorgeous?

And then there is that totally rusty box with those lovely shiny heavy brass.... errmmm, whatever they are, lol, some of them are belt buckles, and some of them look like, well, I suppose they could be unfinished belt buckles -

I know you are going to ask me what I am going to do with those bits......... just don't expect a sensible answer, lol.

And last but not least, a few more copper bits and pieces for the cottage, a ladle, a skimmer, a frying pan, three small moulds and two large moulds. All of them very unloved and unpolished, but thats one bit of cleaning which I don't mind doing. They are nice, heavy, solid pieces, not the flimsy modern ones you get just for decoration -

Toodleloo! xx


Maria said...

I have a very vague memory of playing Lexicon as a child, but can't remember how we played it ! The moulds are my favourite particularly the owl one..:)

ben... MinnieM... mais toute seule... said...

Que de merveilles !!! je n'ose pas rêver de ce que je ferais de tes livres, ça doit être un vrai bonheur à déchirer ;-)
grobizoute !

Anonymous said...

Fantastic treasures - I'm still in search of a set of Lexicon cards.xx

Isobel said...

Hi Liz, I am loving all your findings and I am sure it all will look great in your cottage!

Serenata said...

The brass moulds are wonderful, what a great find. Your cottage must look superb with all those goodies. The lamp is great!

Debby said...

So many beautiful treasures. Love the moulds and the books are awesome.

Anne - Fiona and Twig said...

Oh my goodness, it's so wonderful to see the treasures available in other lands! In fact, I had never heard the expression "boot fair" until you. Fun!


Croap Queen said...

Good grief woman. How many trollies do you actually take with you to the fairs now? Must be more than one, lol. Nice finds though.

That map of Brighton is great - my house isn't even on it! If I remember rightly it was built in 1897/8 so that's 3 or 4 years after that was published. Brighton looks ever so slightly different nowadays :-/

JJ x

Kelly said...

WOW! lots of cool stuff! I bet that copper will look fab once its gleaming!!! I have an oil lamp too aren't they just so pretty!!!

Dorthe said...

Hi Liz,
You are just to envy-but I don`t,no,no,--------
but I have to say, that such a lot of wonderfull things, would never be able to find here, in one fair!!!
The lamp is a georgeus piece, and then I love the books, too, they are so wonderfull.
You did fantastic, here-sweet friend.
Hugs, Dorthe

Elizabethd said...

I still have our old Lexicon set!
Boot fairs, deep sigh.......

Anonymous said...

I absolutely love that lamp and the one in your previous post. You sure hit the jack pot. I want to go to my favorite shop but trying hard not to, got too many things now. I am going to look for some old books next time I go. Blogging has sure opened up a new world for me, hearing from all you creative wizards. The pitchers are beautiful too.

Sarah said...

What fabulously old books. The map one is a real beauty. I do love those pretty edges too. The children's book is very sweet. I think you should learn the piano so you can play some of these music sheets you keep collecting!

Twiglet said...

Wonderful purchases especially that copper owl mould and yes I remember playing lexicon. Those old books are amazing.

Andi's English Attic said...

Isn't a Baedecker what the ladies used in A Room With a View? Old maps are fascinating.
I have a friend who collects oil lamps but has difficulty finding the glass funnels. I will have to tell her to take a trip to France. xx

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Fabulous finds! Love the books, maps and old copper pieces....really, everything you found is terrific!

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Liz,
WOW, so many beautiful treasures - love the books.
Have a great day.

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hi Liz, You have found a lot of great treasures! I especially love those lexicon cards, that pretty inlaid box and the sweet books. Enjoy your lovely finds!
Have a great evening!

val said...

What fantastic finds! Your cottage must be sooooooo cozy! Thanks for sharing your words and pictures.
Happy hunting!




Linda said...

What incredible stuff!!!!!! I love looking at all of this...

Lace hearts said...

What fabulous finds, but that map book really is gorgeous. What a lovely book to look through. Fascinating seeing brighton.
Have a fab weekend - though I doubt it's a bank holiday in France?!

tales from an oc cottage said...

Holy cats! What treasures you found!!

m ^..^

sissie said...

Such wonderful finds. I love your oil lamp with the pretty brass. It's unusal and very pretty.
Your books are show stoppers! I would love to have those all stacked up on a shelf and would just sit and look at their beauty.
The map book is a real find. You mentioned some of my favorites, Agatha Christy's Poirot and Miss Marple.
Love all your little metal pieces too and I'm sure you'll be using them in wonderful creations.


Catherine said...

Oh my - just look at your wonderful treasures! Those marbled ends on your books made my heart go pitty-pat... and your copper moulds and antique lamp are gorgeous! Fabulous finds - congratulations!