Audrey Would! Vintage Home Blog
Customizing Your Audrey Would! Vintage Purchase September 12 2016, 1 Comment
Special request sourcing is something we are very happy to do! It may take a little time to find your sought after treasure, but we sure will hunt around and do our best to track that piece down for you.
While you are here, and thank you for taking the time to stop in, we are excited to share our latest special request with you. Only this time it was not about finding a vintage treasure.
Not too long ago we picked up this fantastic vintage double flask travel set. It's not one you find every day with two glass flasks tucked inside the double lion rampant crested case.
Love the screw tops that keep things watertight concealed by the shiny caps for a finishing touch. The caps are more than sparkle to the eye as they are meant for serving the spirit sips when travelling about.
The super sleek and stylish leather case is a thoughtfully constructed design. From its slim profile you might never guess that as well as the two glass flasks, a bottle opener, mixing spoon and 1-1/2 ounce jigger are also stored inside!
Each bar tool accessory is secured and snugged inside the travel case by elasticized straps to hold them in place. The flap of the case folds over and is snapped shut with a brass clasp underneath the embossed crest of the lion rampants' feet.
This fabulous retro vintage piece has been sold, and with the sale came a special request to personalize the leather case with the new owner's initials. This was a first for Audrey Would! We are always happy to take an extra step to make your purchase complete, but we just haven't had this exact request.
I researched our city to see where the customizing work might be done, and ended up with just two options. Thankfully our customer was not in a rush for the order. This gave us sufficient time to make the arrangements and allowed for drop-off and pick-up time to be scheduled as well.
Heritage House Trophies & Awards completed the work. They walked me through the steps of what to expect right down to the colour contrast of the leather engraving to the case. Which, by the way, was described as dark chocolate on medium milk chocolate! Who can resist this?
Here is the original leather flask case before the initials were engraved:
I had a number of options for the font style and size, and was given some tips and pointers before making the choice.
TIP: When initialling a crested piece like this stay away from periods between the letters for a sleek, uncluttered look.
ADVICE: Stay away from script lettering altogether for initials. As each letter is a capital, the spacing might be uneven due to the script.
In this case, quite literally, with the crest being as detailed as it is, the simpler the font and presentation the better. In the end I chose the 'Copperplate' font, 3/8" tall in size.
This is how the customized leather engraving of the initials came out:
I had chosen a sans serif font very similar in style, but at the suggestion of the engraver, went with this serif font. He pointed out this font's serif style complimented the octagon frame of the crest. Once he said that I could see it and had to agree!
The turn-around time for this custom work was one week (not including shipping), and just so you know, the majority of the cost was in the set-up fee, not in the actual lettering.
If you are looking to have a piece customized, at Audrey Would! we do our best to accommodate. We will research local businesses and if the work can be done locally, we will request a quote and timeline for your approval before proceeding. Generally, customized orders require 2-3 weeks lead time depending on the type of customizing to be done and where the order will be shipped to once ready.
At Audrey Would! we are happy to assist, and we are always ready to have the conversation! Contact Us for more details.
Photographs © Audrey Would! Vintage Home
We Help You Build Your Vintage Barware Collections! February 26 2016, 1 Comment
At Audrey Would! we work hard behind the scenes to curate our collection, always hoping to find a few missing pieces for you... and we are thrilled when we know our mission has been accomplished!
We recently helped a customer add this set to his private Glen Echo barware collection by Federal Glass Company.
Hello,I am very interested in these glasses. I am wondering if these are actually low ball whiskey glasses and not shot glasses. From the pictures it is hard for me to tell. I am just wanting to confirm before I place the order.
Thanks for your time..AW: These glasses are low ball whiskey glasses - they hold 6 oz, or 3/4 cup, and that's to the top of the border in the pattern...
Thank you for double checking!.Thanks for the quick response.
I just purchased them and am looking forward to receiving them. I especially am glad to find out they are Glen Echo designs. I have been purchasing similar glasses and never knew the pattern. My dad had a partial set that I inherited and have been expanding on. This purchase fills a large gap in my collection. I have shot glasses, now more low ball glasses, High ball glasses and Tom Collins glasses. If you run across any different styles with this pattern please shoot me a message.
Thanks again..AW: I will bundle them up and have them shipped to you today. Once they're shipped I'll follow up with a tracking # for you.
Thank you so much for your order!
These glasses, made by Federal Glass Company, were part of their Glen Echo line. They are pattern/item S-184 for the whiskey glass size, and the shot glasses mentioned by our customer are S-181. Federal Glass sold a variety of patterns in different glass styles as part of their very popular boxed Rumpus Sets.
This is one of the older box styles for the Rumpus Sets with each glass option featured on the lid. The actual pattern line and glass style was then stamped on the edge of the box.
By the way, did you know that in Mid-Century North America and Australia a rumpus room, also known as a rec room, was the party room in the house? In the UK this room was more commonly referred to as a games room. Whatever the name, this room was often located in the basement and was designated for casual use by the family to play games, throw parties and basically to have fun! How fitting that these bar glasses were sold as a rumpus set!
We are thrilled to have played a role in helping our customer fill in the whiskey glass gap in his Glen Echo collection, and that we helped him to identify the name of these special pieces. At Audrey Would! it's that easy!
What are you missing from your vintage barware collection? We are happy to try and help you sort it out. Contact Us!
Photograph © Audrey Would! Vintage Home
Park Sherman Company: The Merry-Go-Round Revolving Bar February 08 2016, 4 Comments
You might recognize the name Park Sherman, and if you do then you will know why some of their things are just way too much fun to pass up! Can you guess what this is?
Don't worry. I will get to that, but first a little about the company...
The Park Sherman Company was founded by Jacob Sherman in the early 1930s and operated out of Springfield, Illinois until 1960. That's right, through the dirty '30s and into the suave era of the 1950s! Park Sherman was formerly Shanklin Manufacturing, the original manufacturer of the carbide miners lamp. In fact, founder George Shanklin copyrighted the design in 1913. When Park Sherman took over, they continued to produce the carbide miners lamp along with other lamps, but actually became better known for their production of novelty pieces, household goods and office accessories. Think cigarette lighters and cases, tobacco pipe stands, metal match containers, pen holders and brass desk calendars to name a few, and of course barware.
This is the popular Park Sherman liquor dispenser known as the Merry-Go-Round Revolving Bar.
Do you recognize the base? Yes, we love the sparkle, you know we do!
Let me describe how this collectible Park Sherman shot dispenser works. First, it comes apart so the pretty pressed glass base can be filled with your whiskey of choice. It looks small but actually holds 1 quart, plenty for dispensing "A jigger in a jiffy"!
This little instruction booklet was included with each revolving bar.
I love the added feature of the metal nameplates described on page 3. They were designed to identify which whiskey would be pumped from the spout! This attention to detail is what set Park Sherman products apart.
The chrome plated tray is another aspect thoughtfully designed out. It not only holds 6 shot glasses, but can be turned by hand around the pump. Stop the tray and fill each glass on the pass!
Just think how much fun hosting a party could be!
During Park Sherman's reign their ads were quipped with catchy phrase, "Precision Made by Park Sherman, Springfield, Illinois". With features like the spinning tray, products like the revolving bar, we would have to agree, 'Precision Made'!
Like many others, eventually Park Sherman Company's time was up. In 1960, after 30 years in business, they sold to New Jersey's Ketcham & McDougall. Not only was the Park Sherman legacy no more, but the division was also moved out of Springfield, Illinois to Murfreesboro, Tennessee. Labour troubles and wage costs were behind Ketcham & McDougall's decision to make the move, and of the 300 employees, only seven moved too.
This was the end of an era for the legendary Park Sherman Company...
...and for founder Jacob Sherman who died a year after the sale.
At Audrey Would! we appreciate quality craftsmanship and design. This Merry-Go-Round Revolving Bar is one of those pieces, and currently remains in our private collection. If you are looking for unique vintage barware stop by! Visit our barware online.
Photographs © Audrey Would! Vintage Home
Historical information: Original content copyright Sangamon County Historical Society.
Victoria Vintage Expo: Behind the Scenes With Audrey Would! September 30 2015, 4 Comments
The Victoria Vintage Expo has come and gone for another year, and we are proud to have been an exhibitor for all three years running. We have learned a lot along the way, and are excited for what's to come!
So what goes on behind the scenes for Audrey Would? How do we put together our booth and select our collection of vintage treasures to bring?
Here is a snapshot of our basement set-up. This is the place where all things behind the scenes happen!
A little cubed space sorely under lit that measures out just about right for a trial booth run. Low lighting also happens on Friday evening at the Vintage Fair, and for Audrey Would! this is a good thing. We are all about the sparkle, which sparked the idea to investigate fairy lights!
We liked the idea of these tiny battery operated LED lights because they are attached to thin copper wire making them easy to manipulate into place for displays like this... and they twinkle brightly with their warm yellow hue.
The large bottle vases are also a new addition to this year's booth presentation. They are definitely not vintage, but have the right look. If you leave a comment asking where they are from, we'll share! ;-)
Initially all the vases were going to be dressed with just the fairy lights. We added branches to the front table set for height, and to take the lights up. This helped balance out the height of our sign that gets centered behind the black cabinet. Find out how Audrey Would!'s sign stand was designed to be a perfect fit here!
This black cabinet has been used for all three fairs and was actually made over and glammed up with mirrors specifically with the first fair in mind. The cabinet was our solution for optimizing vertical space. See more on the cabinet makeover here.
The booth space is 10' wide x 8' deep, so figuring out how to maximize the depth without hampering our customers' ability to move in the space was key. Three fold-up wooden TV tables were set in place between our booth and what would be our neighbour's space... the background in this case.
We used these TV tables last year too, but this sweet 1930s Art Deco bar cart is our new find! Each year we have scoured UsedVictoria.com and the Thrifts for pieces to integrate as props. Some have been given a make-over, and some have been left as is. See the various pieces we've DIY'd here.
The gold stand to the right is one of our Used finds that was was added last year as is, again to optimize vertical space.
The last area factored in was the opposite side (left side) of the booth. In order to leave room for customers to browse while others make their purchases, we have found a small island-style display works well. See how this island display was improvised here!
In a venue the size of the Crystal Gardens, even a booth of this size can get lost. But with the use of vertical space and keeping props and merchandise focussed, a booth can become a boutique!
This is just a sampling of the collection we shared at the fair. Can you see where our focus was?
A huge thanks to all who attended and popped by our booth, and a special thank you to Sarah Rempel for all her hard work and the vision to make this happen. We literally couldn't do this without you!
Photographs © Audrey Would! Vintage Home
We're Over the Moon with this Apollo Capsule Decanter! September 15 2015, 4 Comments
We have just listed this famous McCoy Pottery whiskey decanter, the Apollo Capsule, and now we want to share a little about it.
This piece was commissioned along with two others, the LEM (Landing Craft) and the Astronaut, to commemorate the Apollo program also known as Project Apollo.
Photo Source: McCoy Pottery
Each decanter was to be produced in limited quantities and the Apollo Capsule was the first in production of the series. While the Apollo Capsule was produced for two seasons, 1968-1969, the Astronaut -depicting Neil Armstrong using the Hasselblad space camera on the moon- was only produced for one season, 1970. The Astronaut was costly to make because of its gold-plated face so fewer were produced making it a very rare and highly sought after treasure. As it turns out apparently the LEM decanter was not released due to production problems.
If you turn this decanter over you will see the maker's mark of authenticity stamped into the base.
Thomas W. Sims Distillery
Dec. 1968 - 1969
There appears to be little information available on the history of Thomas W. Sims Distillery, but what we do know is this decanter is a fantastic piece of Apollo-era memorabilia, and a definite collectible of a world change.
What you might not know is that Apollo memorabilia was integral to Project Apollo, and there was plenty of it being produced in a broad range. To really appreciate the importance and impact of the marketing side to the Apollo Program, CBC's Terry O'Reilly describes it best in his program, "Under the Influence". I urge you to tune in to the 2-part series, Selling The Moon - Part I and Selling The Moon - Part II. You will be treated to a wonderful insight into a monumental moment for mankind... and you will learn the significance behind Apollo memorabilia. Without it we might not have landed on the moon!
If you would like a little piece of Apollo history to call your own, you can purchase this collectible Apollo Capsule decanter by McCoy Pottery here at Audrey Would!
Photographs © Audrey Would! Vintage Home unless otherwise indicated.
Åseda Glasbruk, Bo Borgström - Swedish Art Glass August 29 2015, 3 Comments
Åseda Glasbruk - stunning Swedish art glass, colourful and exquisitely crafted. It's distinct because of its varied unusual shapes and heavy, ornate bases. If you know Åseda then you know exactly what I'm talking about!
Many of their pieces include vases, pitchers, coupes and bowls with this thick, curvaceous segmented base.
In this particular cocktail set the base of the pitcher is actually hollowed out while the cordials have a solid glass base to the nape of the cordial bowl.Bo Borgström was the main designer behind these unique pieces, joining the Åseda team in 1955 until Åseda ceased production and closed its doors in 1977. In our last post we featured a piece we thought was potentially a Bo Borgström design, but as it turns out is likely to be a SEA Glasbruk piece. Åseda's glasswork is often unsigned, being identified only by a sticker with their name on it.
It's not uncommon for Åseda pieces to be mistaken as Seda Glasbruk, and ironically this actually has to do with the sticker design. Åseda's "A" has been stylized as glassblower's tools, and though this is a cleverly designed graphic, it is often overlooked as part of the actual text in the name.
In the end Åseda Glasbruk isn't alone when it comes to mistaken identity. In the early 20th century Scandinavia was at the core of glass production with Sweden in the forefront. Swedish glasswork was innovative and cutting edge in a large community of glasswork crafting.
The strong art glass niche Sweden carved early in the 20th century had much to do with their stable economy and pioneering ways, yet Sweden's most collectible art glass is in their vintage postwar pieces. The influx of beautifully designed, blown and unmarked Scandinavian pieces around this time led to the confusion in glasswork identity. And this is true for Åseda Glasbruk pieces too, even though by this time there was no doubt that Bo Borgström had arrived!
Photographs © Audrey Would! Vintage Home
Special Request Sourcing. Yes, We Do That! August 08 2015, 0 Comments
At Audrey Would! we aim to please, and that means we are very happy to look for specific vintage barware, glassware or decor items at your request. We always enjoy the challenge, and love it when we find what you have in mind!
We just had a request to find a special vintage bedside glass. It was important that the glass be purple or lavender. Just to give you an idea, here is a list of the additional questions we asked to ensure we were all on the same page:
- Do you want a stemmed glass, i.e., goblet style, or would you prefer a bar glass, i.e., lowball (rocks) or highball (collins) style?
- Do you have a timeframe you need the glass by?
- What is your budget?
- What is your personal style? Do you want something that is sleek with clean lines, or something that is more curvaceous?
- Can there be etching in the glass?
Once we heard back, we set to work treasure hunting for the perfect Mid Century Modern bedside glass. Sometimes our searches are quick and easy, sometimes they take us a while. With this search we managed to find a very unique hand blown vintage glass in a little over a week.
This is what we found:
A 1960s Swedish art glass goblet in hand blown amethyst glass with a solid clear base. We originally thought this piece was designed by Bo Borgstrom for Åseda Glasbruk as it is very much in his style and very Aseda. We posted this image to Aseda's Facebook page, Glas fran Aseda, and have since been advised this piece is more likely a SEA Glasbruk piece. Either way, this piece is definitely collectible Swedish glass!
This stemless goblet is not super large. It is only 6" tall and 21/2" wide, but it holds a comfortable 8 oz, even 9 oz pour without being flush to the brim.
Our customer was thrilled, and this vintage goblet has been shipped!
Photographs © Audrey Would! Vintage Home
Glasbake: What Is It, Who Made It? July 07 2015, 2 Comments
Glasbake was officially known as ovenware made of glass, and was a line of heat resistant oven/baking/serving ware developed in the early 1900s by the McKee Glass Company. It was originally known as Glasbak Ware. Note the missing 's' and missing 'e'. This is key to identifying when a piece was made, and by whom.
The McKee Company was a long standing glass company out of the Pittsburgh region, and it was in the early days of Glasbake that it was spelled, Glasbak. In 1917 the spelling changed to Glasbake, and Ware was dropped from the name remaining this way through to 1953.
The company partnered with a number of other firms throughout their history, which resulted in the spelling changes and subsequent company name changes. If you see Glasbake spelled with a double 'S' (Glassbake), this is not a McKee.
Audrey Would! feels pretty lucky to have a gorgeous Glasbake piece currently in our collection, and here you see the Glasbake marking on its rim along with its May 1927 patent.
In 1951 the name 'Glasbake' was changed to 'Glasbake by McKee Division of Thatcher Glass Corp'. The name then changed again in 1961 to Jeanette Glass when Thatcher sold the McKee factory to them. Jeanette Glass usually identified their Glasbake pieces with a number on the bottom that had a 'J' prefix. This is another tip for identifying the who and when of an authentic Glasbake piece.
What's so special about Glasbake? Their original marketing message, 'From Oven to Refrigerator'. Glasbake pieces were designed to be used for cooking, serving and storing, and it's their attention to detail for this all-in-one combination we think was so brilliant.
This Glasbake meat platter in our Audrey collection is a great example of an oven to refrigerator piece.
Imagine for a minute, serving a roast.
The glass platter could be used to bake the roast, and its tree pattern was designed to collect the juices from the roast. The rim is wide enough to easily maneuver the platter into the stand for serving.
The gorgeous silver plated serving stand was designed to glam up the platter so the two combined would make a deluxe serving statement.
At the end of the meal all that's left to do is cover the leftover roast right on the platter, remove it from the silver plated stand and place in the fridge - now that's function from beginning to end!
Don't you agree this is a well thought out design that covers all the bases for cooking, serving and storing?
Glasbake. What's not to love? Purchase meat platter here!
Photographs © Audrey Would! Vintage Home