It’s getting cold out there, so let’s go back to the summer when this spot was occasionally productive. On this day in June I picked up a couple old trunks, both of which ended up selling for okay prices at auction.

The pickings were hit & miss. The bags were mostly junk on this day, but thankfully I spotted an old clear plastic bag full of lighters. None were super valuable on their own (even the one at bottom right, which seems to date to WWI) so I brought them to the auction, where they ended up selling as a lot for 55$.

The last day was one of the most productive. I picked up a bunch of quality junk, including an old bank, a depression glass dish, some vintage scissors…

… a fun & very old clover-like table mirror;

… a nice wooden box with a mirror inside, a fun Noritake nut bowl with some “3d” nuts inside;

… a great Sheaffer pen set, which includes a fountain pen with a 14k gold nib;

… and an old beaded cushion. Some seem to think it’s a pincushion, but I think it was made to hang from the wall. Either way, these were apparently made by the Iroquois in the late 1800s and early 1900s. It’s in fairly good condition all things considered, and it should sell for around my 85$ asking price on eBay.

One day I found a bunch of photos. Most weren’t too exciting, but this one of a cricket team is pretty cool. It was taken by Glasgow photographer J.B. Macnair probably in the 1880s. I don’t know much about cricket, but this photo is the kind of thing that might be worth more if I figure out who’s in it.

On my best day here I opened up a bag and found a box filled with jewelry.

There was a lot of quality costume jewelry inside. The green necklace is a Sherman piece, and those always go for good money. There’s another nice shiny necklace by Continental, and a gold-tone one by D’Orlan. There’s a bit of silver, like that Bond-Boyd brooch (with the blue stones, probably the nicest Bond-Boyd piece I’ve seen) and the bird brooch.

My favourite piece is probably this Italian micro-mosaic brooch, which was made by Fabbrica Angelo Pessar (FAP) in the late 1800s or early 1900s. Not only is it quite large (diameter: 5.1cm), it’s very detailed and uses negative space nicely. It’s the nicest example of a micro-mosaic brooch that I’ve seen to date, so I priced it at 200$, which I think is the high end for pieces from that era.

I’m also intrigued by this set. It looks to be made from silver, but there’s no hallmarks to be seen. Again, the details are pretty nice, with filigree petals and individual stamens (the long things in the middle of the flower, basically the pollen producing bits). A lot of those stamens are squished down, but I was able to bend them back into place pretty easily. If you happen to know anything about these, even the type of flower, please let us know in the comments! I’ve never seen anything quite like it.

Otherwise, yard sale season is officially over. It was a pretty good year of sales, but I’m also happy to take a break from it all. I did a big purge, and will come back next year with a whole new collection of quality junk. I might try selling some of my mid-range finds at a flea market sometime this winter but nothing’s official yet. If I do that I’ll post the details here, and I’ll send out an email on my new mailing list.


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9 thoughts on “Montrose”

  1. Wow, lots of great stuff, especially the jewelry. The filigree flower set is probably Italian, but that’s all the help I can offer. Your knowledge about jewelry makers is truly astounding. Thanks as always for your posts and photos. Wishing you lots of good luck, and great pickings.

  2. Hi – I think the beaded piece is known as “whimsy”, tourist trade pin cushion/needle pad/decoration made by Native Americans And one of the brooches looks like Expo 67 jewellery

  3. Yet again you amaze me with what folks will put into a trash bag and throw out… Hurrah that you reclaim, identify, and re-sell so many fascinating human-made objects!!

  4. A post! Yay! I’m always overjoyed when a notification arrives in my email. 🙂
    Re: that wooden box with the mirror inside … I have one quite similar that I picked up somewhere back when, but the frame part is plainer and the entire thing is painted blue. Are they worth anything?
    Perhaps contact Cricket Scotland, re: that pic if you still have it?
    They could identify it, and would maybe pay to get it.
    Very nice jewellery!

  5. Martin, I love this vintage jewelry and am appreciative that you’re educating us on various designers because I’m interested in vintage jewelry and the designers who made it. It’s truly hard to understand how people throw this lovely stuff away, like jewelry and the beaded cushion
    and pen desk set, but I guess humans
    will continue to mystify me!

  6. I have a flower bracelet very similar to the last description that I inherited from my grandmother, only mine is gold plated (some of which has worn off). My grandmother spent most of her life in Panama, and I suspect that’s where she acquired the bracelet, though I have no proof of that.

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