(Parking directly behind store!)

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Random finds from The Pickled Hutch

18th/19th century portrait miniature by Renner

18th/19th century portrait miniature by Renner

So today I am sharing pictures of random items that I have been cleaning, researching, photographing and listing this week.  Starting with the above portrait miniature from the late 18th century-early 19th century. Such gorgeous color and detail. It should be. The artist apparently did small renderings of Thomas Gainsborough portraits. And we know how gorgeous his work was!
Then there was this handsome little guy! He's a 1930's Dodge hood ornament in the traditional deco style so popular at the time. I spent a couple hours researching and could not find what model car this would have graced. Men were less common in hood ornaments. It makes sense when you realize back in the day, men would give their car a woman's name.

1930's Dodge hood ornament

1930's Dodge hood ornament at The Pickled Hutch

Petite trumpet vase marked sterling with the hallmark for the E.G. Webster Co. (est. 1859). Beautiful cutout work along rim.

Antique sterling trumpet vase at The Pickled Hutch

Antique sterling trumpet vase at The Pickled Hutch

This is a wonderful little cookbook from the 1915 World's Fair in San Francisco. Look how cute the illustrations are!

1915 Pan Pacific cookbook from The World's Fair

1915 Pan Pacific cookbook from The World's Fair

And then these 1930's American Optical frames came in. Guess who got a new pair of reading glasses?

Last but not least, this beautiful 1880's Victorian chromolithograph of a guardian angel watching over a little girl picking flowers on a precarious ledge. I love all the turquoise in the background. No surprise there!

Victorian print of angel and child at The Pickled Hutch

Victorian print of angel and child at The Pickled Hutch

Most of these items can be found at the store and on Etsy. 

Night all!

Friday, February 20, 2015

Sometimes you just get lucky!

I was researching this little sterling decanter label for a about an hour when I finally found the maker.  I am not a silver expert so yes, it took an hour. Lucky you say? That was just the result of doing the work. What's the lucky part? I had a choice between a couple English silversmiths when lo and behold.  Next to this particular silversmiths name,  it was listed that he was known for making decanter labels. How specific can you get? It was made in the late 1700's (1784-1799) by John Hutson.


I would love to know who those initials belong to!
Just listed on Etsy.

Thursday, February 19, 2015

Rug, Wall Hanging, Throw?

The most interesting suggestion so far is that it is a French or Belgium throw pre-WWII.

I have been trying to research this beauty for a couple weeks now. So many opinions and suggestions out there. It's a mystery if it is french or belgium because I haven't found any design remotely like it using those tags. It's in excellent condition and the colors are still rich and beautiful. Interesting background on the original owners.  My client inherited this from her grandparents. Her grandfather was a lawyer up in the foothills and worked with a lot of miners who would trade for legal services. Who knows where it came from?

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Time is flying again!

Where does it go and why does it have to go so quickly?

It has been a whirlwind of activity over the last few months and not just because of the holidays.  Alfie and I had a rough end of 2014 and beginning of 2015.

Poor little guy was sick,
My sad little boy.

I had oral surgery,

Just, ugh!

the flu and a fender bender all within 4 weeks.  But though this year is happily off to a better start, 

Alfie has his happy face back!

After receiving some much needed coddling.

it's off to a running start. The store has me busier than ever. 

Never ending shipments

Lots of rewiring and lighting restoration.

Add maintaining social media sites like Pinterest,

And Instagram,

And Facebook,

custom furniture painting, as well as a secondary design job that will take me well into 2016 and...

Plaster restoration and new paint

Well you get the picture! I have also been replenishing my Etsy store with gorgeous and unique items. 

Vintage alabaster

Antique Flow blue bowl

Antique Czech perfume bottle

Victorian tiebacks

1940's crystal bookends

1970 Shreve & Co paperweight

Huge Mid Century hourglass

Lustrous shell and hobnail glass bottle

And let's not forget my artistic endeavors. 

VIntage Mannequin by The Pickled Hutch

Vintage mannequin by The Pickled Hutch

Redesign of vintage lamp shade by The Pickled Hutch

The  Pickled Hutch

Repurposing projects like this jewelry stand.
Trying to keep it all balanced is my biggest challenge. It's funny, I used to think that I had balance so long as I was juggling everything and getting everything done that needed to be done.  Because being a task oriented person and being productive means being balanced right? Getting that list accomplished and checked off means being balanced right? Whoa, who I kidding? I am a one woman show and it's time to stop and smell the roses. Otherwise, something has got to give. Learn to prioritize and observe what else is around me rather than that list that's directly in front of my eyes. Yes, sigh. That is my word for the new year. Balance. Keep repeating. Balance.

Saturday, January 31, 2015

KQED at The Pickled Hutch

KQED is at The Pickled Hutch for it's Downton Abbey Super Fan Party drawing!