Monday, February 7

Simple Treasure Pleasure

I found this sweet treasure in a box of old tools at a Garage Sale this weekend; why she was in there we'll never know, (nor why I decided to look at tools in the first place) but I'm sure she was pleased to catch the attention of a sympathetic soul and be rescued from her unladylike confinement!

She's been sitting on my desk ever since and I have the urge to write a story about her

I have no idea how old she is or even why I like her so much

How can something so small and simple be SO  full of character and charm and what is it exactly that draws us to certain things?


I've never felt much of an affinity towards new things, nor wanted to replace decorative items as Fashion Whims chop and change- I'm surrounded by objects because I love them, rather than commodities to create an impression.

As I'm the only one in my family with a hankering for the Vintage Feel I do wonder how it happened?


I must just tell you this little story because it'll make you smile. . .

I'm a bit older than Ted (not a Mrs Robinson difference, but definitely "a bit").
When we got married a long-standing acquaintance told me how lucky I was to find "someone who also appreciated older things"

Now how would YOU take a comment like that?!!
xx

 

21 comments:

A Treasured Past said...

I can certainly see why you love her..I would have squealed with delight!

hehehe, I do love the story. I am 5 years older as well, don't you just love the things other people say :)

Vintage Tea Time said...

She's gorgeous - I love her!! Lucky you. Love the story too. A few years ago at work a colleague / friend (?!) had lost some weight - I complimented her and she said 'Oh, thanks - that reminds me - I must give you some of my trousers, they're too big for me now'. Cheers!

Annie said...

Oh Elaine, she is lovely. I feel like I have seen pictures of similar dolls but I can't think where. She looks very old to me, you must do some research and let us know. Love your story, it made me smile.
Ann x

Rose H (UK) said...

Wow, what a glorious, unexpected find! I really think you should get her 'looked at' by someone in the know as she looks possibly 17th century to me. Do you have a local museum who could check her over?
I love those back-handed compliments some folk pay ;o)
Keep smilin'
Rose H

OhSoVintage said...

Oh yes, I can certainly see the appeal and I would have wanted to bring her home with me too. That's the charm and why we love vintage so much; it's the wondering who owned an item , where it has been placed (geographically etc.), why it was bought or given and how it has ended up where it is (a box of tools!). My mother had an antiques shop so I have always been surrounded by antiques. She is now 84 and still loves finding me things. My 26 year old daughter has always preferred Ikea but is in the process of buying a house and has now shown a keen interest in vintage (much to my delight). I too am older than hubby (5 years)and I think I would have taken great exception to that remark! Honestly, some people!

Alix said...

It as clearly fate that drew you to that box of tools. What a fabulous find!

As for back handed compliments, I remember when I was at University going on a field trip and one of my friends ending up having to get medical attention because of a bad asthma attack. I went along with her and our young and (some thought- not me!) fanciable tutor. To pass time we were chatting, and in those days Selina Scott was the big thing in news reading. I said something about how her and tutor said 'I can't see why they make all that fuss about her - she's not that specail. I mean, if you were on television I expect they'd make the same sort of fuss.' Gee thanks!

Serenata said...

LOL, not sure how I would have taken that comment! Love the doll though she is unusual and I can see why you have her. My mum and sister both like vintage things as well, my mum having owned an antique shop for a few years, her house is still full to the brim with 'tagged' objects. She has some really lovely things. Not sure what they would think of my vintage things though! LOL

two bones and a bagle said...

She is delighful. One comment I once got when I was recovering from my second emergency operation on my back. I had said to a friend that I had spent time knitting, sewing, reading etc and she replied 'oh it must be so lovely having all that time to do those things'. She had clearly forgotten that I couldn't drive, take the dog out, walk far, clean, cook or even put my own knickers on. Such is life. She is a lovely friend though and I am sure that as soon as she said it she thought -oh dear. We do remain good friends thought you might want to know that bit.

Menopausal musing said...

Isn't she wonderful........... she has a bit of an "Aunt Sally" look to her............... Loved the reference to "Mrs Robinson"....... made me smmile.....

KC'sCourt! said...

She is absolutely lovely - you were meant to have her!
Not sure how I would have taken that comment!
Julie xxxxxxxxx

Hesta Nesta said...

She is lovely Elaine. Loved your story...made me laugh. I am two years older than my hubby but he is definitely a Prince Charles type 'born into middle age' and seems much older than me and definitely more sensible!!!
Jo xx

sharie said...

LOL loved the backhanded compliment. I'm younger than my dh, had a man come to the door once and asked if my Dad was in - I have dined out on that story ever since :-))

The wooden ladies head is odd and does have a strange charm.
I agree with you about having ornaments around you that you personally love. Good for you for loving this style

vintage mum said...

Aunt Sally was the first thing I also thought of when I saw her.
People say the funniest things.
cate x

Kim said...

Weelll, I believe that the doll head was made by the tools in the box. And you know what they say...Things choose you~you don't choose them. Now for that sideways and upside compliment/comment/observation....tuh.
I am also the only one in my family who likes vintage things and I do not go for trends.."I have to have my things about me"

Sylvia said...

What a lovely treasure you've found, Elaine !
Years ago I found something I really liked in an old railway station somewhere on a trip in your country, I had never expected there.
Your story made me smile, but I wouldn't know what to think about such comment ...
Nice week,
Sylvia

John Gray said...

a nice post

Emma said...

Maybe she secretly wanted a toy boy too x

VintageWantsNotNeeds said...

Hi Elaine

I am not a doll expert but do know that she is a very old lady, probably very early Victorian even could be late Georgeian period. Wonder why or how she ended up in a tool box, maybe she was waiting for somebody or even the rest of her body. Great find and she deserves her spot in the daylight.

Vintage to Victorian at Dairy House Antiques said...

What a find! She's gorgeous.

MUST get my act together and let you have link etc and do likewise with yours. Don't know where the time has gone!

Sue x

mrs cheese said...

What a wonderful little treasure! She's beautiful. And a lovely little story too.
Happy Sunday :-)

BumbleVee said...

What an interesting head. A shame somebody didn't look after their toys a bit better....it would have been interesting to see her when she was almost in her prime. I wonder if she ever had eyes painted on...

Well, I'm a lot older than my Mr. BV....probably Mrs. Robinson-esque type difference.... and I've had some cruel jabs poked... but, more when we were younger.

He was so much more mature than his 21 years when I met him...but, looked sooo young.....sigh.... it was worse then...but, now.... he has aged and the two of us seem to have met almost in the middle for the past few years. I suppose now...I'll begin aging more noticeably and soon.... look like his mother again.... oh, well.... he still loves me and doesn't seem to give a fig about it..... I definitely chose the right guy.

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