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Thursday, June 16th

16 Jun

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Saturday, June 11th

11 Jun

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This 1920’s sterling and crystal necklace is a favorite from the Brimfield Flea Market in the early 1990’s. I attended with my friend and client; Harriet Love. Auntie Harriet appointed herself my guide at that famous market and it was fun. I returned the favor by taking her to the big Flea in Charlotte, NC one spring weekend. We spent the night before the flea in a nearby hotel where Harriet asked the doe-eyed waitress for a wine list. ‘Oh, we have both kinds. Red and white,’ the waitress replied.

Cool-as-a-cucumber, NYC native Harriet ordered a double glass of ‘the red’ and asked to have it placed in the ‘fridge for exactly four minutes. She explained “The cold dulls the palate and it is remarkable how one can broaden the range of acceptable wines by dropping their temperature ten degrees…”

Words to live by.

Wednesday, June 1st

1 Jun

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Another vintage buckle choker.

This one is the original. I found all those buckles in an old button box I inherited  and the beads are from a broken 1920’s Flapper-length necklace that I took apart.

Copper jump rings with a natural patina, copper chain and hook, too.

Friday, May 27th

27 May

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Tuesday, May 24th

24 May

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I purchased this in an antique store in Ohio.

Ball chain wrapped with seed beads strung on a spiral of hard wire (a tiny spring, perhaps?) and finished with cones.

Clever.

Tuesday, May 17th

17 May

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Vintage glass buttons glued into cupped bezels.

Copper jump rings.

Vintage abalone tiles purchased from Elliot Silverstein way back in the long ago.

Smirk.

Fuschia shirt dress.

That’s all.

Friday, May 13th

14 May

This choker-style necklace is made of vintage mother-of-pearl buckles linked together with copper jump rings and glass beads. I made it in 1997 or ’98 as a sample for shows but I wore it almost constantly for a year.

I also sold a lot of buckle chokers.

That was the year I purchased $22,000 dollars of vintage buckles and buttons from a Elliot Silverstein in Manhattan. He was closing a hundred-year-old family business to retire. His pearl buttons had been made in factories in New Jersey but plastic buttons and the closing of the NYC garment factories had shut him down too.

I bought boxes and boxes of buckles, pearl infant shirt buttons and the teeniest pearl lingerie buttons from the 1920’s.

The infant shirt buttons came packaged in boxes of 5,000 buttons. Creamy old cardboard stamped on one end with the name and address of the Brooklyn box manufacturer. The other end had very tidy old handwriting “5,000 pearl, 8 ligne”

Sometimes I wish I still had some of those boxes.

(a ligne is 1/40th of an inch and is how buttons are measured. Most men’s dress shirt buttons are 25-30 ligne)

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