Friday, April 29, 2016

Stunning Pewter - Måstad, Norway

A trio of candleholders, design of John Gulbrandsrød for Måstad Pewter, Norway.

The beautiful details of the design of John Gulbrandsrød for Måstad Pewter, Norway.

The beautiful details of the design of John Gulbrandsrød for Måstad Pewter, Norway.

The beautiful details of the design of John Gulbrandsrød for Måstad Pewter, Norway.

Stunning Pewter

I love pewter, the dark soft grey metal that is more than ever out of fashion. I simply adore the old fashion designs and I think the work of old pewter manufactures are pieces of art. Naturally, some of them are better than others, but something in that dark mix of metals makes them all very beautiful.

For the last hundred years, Norwegians have been making some of the most amazing works of pewter out there, all sorts of items, for decor and for dining and serving food. I have my heart broken every time I go to markets or garage sales where I cross with someone hunting pewter items to melt. They wait for the last hour before closing time, when the "bag sale" starts, to jump over the metal tables, filled with brass, copper and pewter and simply grab everything on their way, throwing everything into plastic bags, without looking, without care. They don´t cate if the pieces get smashed, or scratched because they will melt the metal. They ignore completely all the art in those pieces, they are metal hunters, they are looking for cheap metal. Oh yeah, pewter items are cheap, because Norwegians seem to be totally fed up with traditional designs associated with pewter. For that reason garage sales and second hand markets are full of pewter pieces, sold for very cheap prices. So sad...

This week I have uploaded some pewter candleholders to the store and I have more pewter in stock to upload. The trio of candleholders on the picture above are from Norwegian manufacturer Måstad designed by John Gulbrandsrød for Måstad Pewter, Norway.

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Lovely Rare Vintage Hand Made Norwegian Tea Caddy

We are lucky to have in the store this beautiful and rare wood tea caddy with handle and locks in brass. It is a hand  made item, made in Norway by the grandfather of my father in law, sometime during the last decade of the 19th century. 

The box bares the marks of its long life, it has some cracks and the key and key locker are missing. However, it remains strong, solid and the wood is in very good condition despite some cracks here and there. It is very beautiful item, a lovely gift for someone who admire antiques and uniqueness because this is one of a kind. 

Remember, every vintage item comes with a story and the marks its life have put on it. I just hope it find a loving new owner. The link to buy this amazing box is here . The first one will get the prize.

Below more pictures of this beautiful tea caddy...

Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Vintage Tea tins, Coffee Cans, Biscuit tins, Cookies Jars...

Vintage and old cans are a must. People seem to love them everywhere. They are a magnet in the vintage & antiques market places. All sorts of people love cans and everyone has a different reason for it. Mostly, I would guess, because they are beautiful, especially when they bear on their metallic skin the marks of time, when they exhibit the signs of history.

We have some of beautiful cans at the store right now. I love the red octogonal English tea with tribal design. It is really pretty and a little bit stained from time and dust.

Check them out at Doce Vika Vintage 

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

More beautiful listings in the store...

This stunning bowl is now sold, but we still have its pictures left to love...

These listings have left the building

The store is quite new and gets new stuff everyday. Even so,  every time a beautiful piece is sold I fear I will miss its presence on my shelves. These are some of the beautiful listings which have left the building... To visit our lovely little Etsy store click here.

Monday, April 18, 2016

Doce Vika Vintage: Latest update...

An amazing Russian teapot with the "Cherry" pattern from Lomonosov Porcelain Factory, an item from the 1990´s.

Vintage French Shot Glasses, super retro & kitsch, aren´t they?

Lovely vintage light blue crystal vase, it is perfect size for a ultra cool pencil holder. 

Super romantic set of sugar bowl and creamer from Polish porcelain factory Walbrzych with the Sheraton Rose pattern

The creamer is simply adorable

Another super romantic item, a tea set with cup, saucer and tea plate from Bavarian porcelain factory Seltman Weiden.

A pair of tea cups from former East Germany factory Freiberger Porzellan. I love the red poppies pattern.

A gorgeous vintage trio of tea plates from Bohemia Ceramic Works, this is a set from the 1930´s

A magical vintage sugar bowl in pressed glass.

A vintage creamer in pressed glass

This one is really gorgeous, another sugar bowl in heavy glass.

Store Update

I have updated the store today and here you can see some of the items that are available to the public. The good news is: I have uploaded a new shipping prices which will make the purchases a lot cheaper. The down side of the lower prices is: (1) Only valid for packages up to 2kg (2) it does not offer tracking system. However, if you wish to make a purchase and prefer to track your order all the way, from our home to yours, it is also available. I have inverted the situation. Now, instead of contacting the owner in case of wishing a cheaper untracked shipping, you have to contact the store owner in case you wish a more expensive tracked shipping.

If you are not happy and have opinions to offer, go ahead and tell me what you think.
What are you waiting for? Come and make a visit to Doce Vika Vintage