Sunday, February 21, 2010

Guessing Game


My job (associate to the auctioneer) affords me many an opportunity to discover items that even I am slightly puzzled by...




Whether an arrangement of consignments in the church hall or the adventure of discovering and cataloging an estate tucked away for generations sometimes the beauty of a find is quite breathtaking. Many of these items have been showcased here over time, while others await unearthing.


Shown are 3 objects that have a purpose that you are to guess.


The first correct answer shall win a copy of 'Bright Star' on DVD. It is the newly released story of a secret love affair between the English poet John Keats and the girl next door Fanny Browne. A moving and touching tale indeed...


For the most interesting or shall we say entertaining answer the beautiful book 'Socks From the Toe Up' by Wendy D. Johnson.


All one has to do is leave a comment with your answer by completion of the game Sunday February 28th.

The winners shall be announced March 1st.

Good luck!

18 comments:

Christine Crocker said...

dearest Susan,

what a wonderful job you have, always something new and interesting to catch the eye...
I have seen these beautiful glass pieces, are they bud vases, flower holders that were slipped into a bracket on the dashboard ofa nice old car?
xo C

Lori said...

are they bottle stoppers? they really are lovely...what a wonderful job you have Susan!!!

Laura said...

Susan,

Ditto Christine, she beat me. I had to wait to ask my husband if he recognized them. I thought they were possibly bud vases, but then I thought that was too easy.

what fun,

Laura

Sweet William Primitives said...

Hello Susan~I would love to have your job! These beautiful bottles indeed look like bud vases to be tucked into something...but I'm just not sure what? fun post!
hugs~Kathy

Pondside said...

What an interesting occupation - I'd love to be sorting through interesting old treasures. One of the things that I miss about Ontario is being able to go out of an afternoon to hunt through antique shops. I miss auctions too. There are auction houses here but they deal with the more expensive and exotic items. I'd like attend an estate auction or a farm auction again.
Like Christine, right away I thought 'bud vases for a car'.

Julie said...

Hi Susan,
I think Christine is right But I would have said bottle toppers. Thanks for the fun post. I think you are so blessed to be able work at a job you love and unearth such lovely treasures at the same time.
Julie

Cottage Garden said...

You are blessed to have such an interesting job Susan - it must be sheer pleasure going to work every day!

Coincidentally I have posted something on Keats this morning!

I think the two on the left may be bud vases and the one on the right a bottle stopper ... but I'm probably way off ... in any case they are really beautiful.

I love the glimpse of your adorable cat!

Jeanne x

Queen Of The Armchair aka Dzintra Stitcheries said...

Hello dear Susan...what a wonderful job you have delving into objects from the past...And I'm all in for a guessing game...this may be a longshot but first came to mind were candle snuffers...Thank you so much for showing us a glimpse into your world...By the way, I have not heard or seen of that movie or book...they look great!!! Have a wonderful week...Dzintra♥x

The Victorian Parlor said...

They look like bud vases that fit into silver baskets. I can't wait to find out the answer!

Blessings,

Kim

Vicki's Bit-o-earth said...

Oh what fun Susan! I see I'm not the first with my guess... but I have a beautiful lavender glass bud vase given to me on my wedding day by a beloved aunt that looks very similar to the one on the right side of the photo. So that's my guess as well.. bud vases. (: xxVicki

Christine LeFever said...

Well, of course Christine Crocker is correct, and indeed, I too have seen such lovelies, but it stands to reason that they too resemble bottle stoppers.

Simply beautiful!

Pinkie Denise said...

Hello Miss Maddie
It had been far too long. I have missed your visits...I think these are epergne vases for flowers which sit in Victorian silver holders? I have a couple and these are so lovely! Take care Pinkie

Suzanne said...

Hmm, looks as if I missed the "correct" guessing of the glass beauties...so how about a try for the most interesting/entertaining guess?
They are indeed very lovely and delicate looking, so my guess is they were fashionable ear trumpets to aid the hearing of fine elderly ladies in the 19th century! Hey, I would buy one! :)
Susan, you do have a wonderful job! Thanks for the fun guessing game!

Thilda said...

I think thoses vases are from old car! I hope to find one some day. And if I have car some day, it will be car from 30's! :)

Heather said...

ooooh....what fun! Those glass items look like what my grandma calls "tussy mussies"...she gave me one but its brass. They are pretty little 'vases' for a better word that you put a little nose-gay bouquet in and sit on a table to be pretty. These glass ones are very pretty! If that's what they are ;)

Pomona said...

Well, my first thought was rosebud or posy holders, too - which is a bit unoriginal! The one on the right looks as if it might be a stopper for a port decanter, as the bottom looks solid. And maybe the middle one is for holding toothpicks. Which leaves the green one still as a posy vase to put in some sort of holder? I am afraid that I can't be more entertaining though!

Pomona x

Constance said...

You must love your job, It is the dream job for sure. I was thinking too that they were little vase or stoppers for apothacary jars.

Miss Gracie's House said...

What a fun job! But sad, too? I always think estate sales are so sad...but I bet you have opportunities to see the most interesting things...I say vases too..
Rene'