Wednesday, November 2, 2011

WHAT I FOUND

 If you will, open your mind and take a look at these objects. These are just a few of the eighty pieces I purchased on this last buying trip. The focus of this collection are functional objects, American made, before technology. For me, each piece reads as a sculpture, modern and simple. I have fallen in love with the design and the engineering skills it took to make these. Some are factory made and some are made purely by hand, all of them, in my eyes, are a lost art by the people who created them.
ps. Because I found two of the same wire frogs it leads me to believe they are not so early, any ideas?
Oh, and by the way it's nice to be home, I missed you guys!


















 


12 comments:

Gary said...

Kevin,

Well I see you have, for the most part, raided the pantry of “Domestic Goddess Bliss”, again!!! (lol). Your assemblage of culinary equipment looks to run the full range of meal preparation, laundry, and housekeeping with a nod to the decorative arts with that wonderful man in the moon what / not wall display shelf. And the inclusion of the flask to hold “Mothers little Helper” in the last picture is great (lol).

This is truly a treasure trove with draftsmen tools to dusters. Yes the frog does have that Warhol look about it, lovely. It looks as though your buying trip was quite a successful one and yielded great wonders. Thanks for sharing these amazing finds. – gary

betsy said...

Kevin- first slotted spoon at the top of the first photo- I bought one earlier this year at the Bellevue Antique Mall here in Nashville. I use it to take fried oysters or tortillas out of the fryer. The mall I mentioned has several booths of vintage kitchen stuff, including June Cleaver type aprons. Anyway- much to ponder in these photos.

La Dolfina said...

That's some great stuff Kevin!!
Love your eye.
When are you coming???
I miss you!

karen in georgia said...

Each of these items has strong lines and strong character...your hunting trip resulted in some wonderful fines..good job

BABYLON SISTERS said...

great finds!

Parnassus said...

That is the fun of these old gadgets. They can exhibit Shaker-like simplicity, or put Rube Goldberg to shame, and I can never decide which type I like better.

I especially love tools and utensils that have a use which is obsolete, such as buttonhooks and chimney cleaners, or which belong in the "whatisit" category.
--Road to Parnassus

Susie said...

Kevin, I love the flask :):) That cresent moon thing, I swear I"ve seen one before with a sleeping figurine on it. Long ago , when Moby Dick was a minnow. Welcome home, Susie

Mark D. Ruffner said...

Hi, Kevin - I see you creating a great museum, not unlike the Mercer one in Pennsylvania. That it should contain a pants hanger like the one I used to have scares me a little, though! I also still have an egg beater that my grandmother used as early as the 1910's, and it would be right at home with your first photograph.

Stephen said...

I still read Hollywood forever, Kevin with your smart photos & point of view. I thoight you might like to see my Husband's new project:
http://www.thrillist.com/home-gadgets/portland/or/97211/downtown/boys-fort

for the love of a house said...

tres cool objects de art Kevin!

joan

Thombeau said...

Great stuff, and excellent photos as well!

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

Wow, my grandmother had the half moon knickknack shelf at the top of her staircase near a stain glass window. The only thing I remember that sat on it was a little Boston Terrier dog knicknack. I love your purchases.