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If You See It Here, Don’t Hesitate to Inquire!

Some of you might remember this vintage brandy warmer I featured a few years back…

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It was a gift to my husband – I wrote about it along with some of its history in this post.

Since then a lot has happened including the inception of Audrey Would! If you follow along with Audrey Would listings, you will have seen the brandy warmer below listed early on.

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This piece sold, but we still had the option below tucked on the shelf. It wasn’t listed because we were looking for a snifter to complete the set.

 

 

Italian Brandy Warmer Stand

Well this piece has just sold, but not because it was paired with a snifter and uploaded to Audrey Would! No, it sold because a gentleman followed up on my original brandy warmer post and asked if I had another stand available for sale!

And then there was this set of pinecone embossed coasters. They never got as far as a listing, because after they were spied on Facebook  I received a message inquiry, and then they were off to a new home!

Aluminum Pinecone Coasters (x4), Millbrook Industries, Canada

My point?

If you see something in one of my blog posts, on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter or my other social media channels that you don’t see listed on Audrey Would!, please don’t hesitate to inquire. I may not have the item, I may not even carry the item at all… but I also might have just what you are looking for! And if you are searching for a very specific piece…

Some of you might remember this chafing dish – I wrote about it here.

Marinex Silver Plate Chafing Dish, Brazil

 

Why yes, this piece was sourced by special request!

We have a collection of great vintage pieces not yet listed, and a wish-list of items we’re searching for. If we have the item you are asking about, and it’s not yet uploaded to Audrey Would!’s site, I will forward photos for you to see! Please don’t hesitate to follow the examples above. Contact me to inquire!

Thanks for stopping by!

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All photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use!

 

Culver & Acadian Distillers: A Mystery in Canadian History

At Audrey Would we are always on the lookout for unique vintage pieces, and when we find pieces that are Canadian vintage we are eager to learn more.

When these limited edition Acadian Distillers whiskey glasses were sourced I was advised they were Culver glasses.

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Culver Glassware, founded in Brooklyn, NY in the late 1930s, produced more traditional patterns earlier on until the late 1950s when they collaborated with Georges Briard to produce his gold screened patterns. These Acadian whiskey glasses certainly fit a more traditional profile for what we now commonly connect to Culver style.

When Culver moved on from their work with Briard they began to produce more contemporary designs under the Culver label, and become known for their top secret process of heat firing highly decorative, thick, textured and opulent 22k gold patterns. Culver’s designs gave ‘dripping with gold’ a whole new context in the world of glassware!

Here you see an example of a signed Culver piece in their very popular 1960s Valencia pattern.

Culver 'Valencia' Rocks Glass

So how does Culver’s history and Acadian Distillers mesh? Well we know Culver’s earlier pieces are hard to identify as they were left unsigned, and we know Culver started producing gold embellished glassware in the late 1950’s. Acadian Distillers was founded in 1957, so it is quite possible that Culver created these limited edition glasses for the Distillery.

Acadian Distillers Whiskey Glasses (x6) (4)The decorative style to these glasses, especially in the raised 22k gold design feel very Culver. And… in the late 1960s Culver became ‘the’ designer of choice for the up-and-coming as a result of their Valencia pattern’s popularity.

For Acadian Distillers, up-and-coming was a perfect fit! Founded in Bridgetown, Nova Scotia during the heart of its boom time, they were one of the largest employers in the community, producing Acadian Signature and Old Canada 8 YO Blended whisky. To quote the Chronicle Herald,

Bridgetown, a town that once hummed like a well-oiled, money-making machine of factories, shipbuilders and merchants… 

I think this quote captures the vibrant prestige of not only Acadian Distillery at the time, but why Culver would be ‘the’ choice to produce custom designed glassware for Acadian.

However, I was unable to find any information to verify these glasses as Culver specifically… even in spite of the good fit!

Do you know anything about Acadian Distillers? How about this collectible set? Find more information to purchase them here!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Shat-R-Pruf Spaghetti String Cocktail Glasses

Did you know the once popular psychedelic spaghetti lamps of the retro 1960s-70s strung their style into cocktail glasses, too?

That’s right. Coined ‘spaghetti string’ glasses, these vintage roly poly glasses are from the Shat-R-Pruf line made by Colour Craft Corporation out of Indianapolis.

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Shat-R-Pruf pieces were made of glass and coated with plastisol, a liquid form of vinyl cured by heat to set the shape. If you look closely at the rim of these rolies you can see the glass is clear. The actual colour is in the Tu-tone Plastisol, the first layer being the solid coating and colour, the second layer being the spaghetti string design.

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Plastisol feels rubbery to the touch and makes the glasses easier to hold. The vinyl coating also makes the glasses shatter proof and acts as an insulator. This means drinks stay colder for longer, but with less slippery condensation on the glass! I would say these are quality features in a cocktail glass, but others might deem them ‘safety’ features, too! ;-)

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And… apparently these glasses will not stain or fade, and are dishwasher safe. I won’t argue with the manufacturer, but I have my own reservations about vintage treasures and dishwashers playing in the same game. I’ll leave that decision up to you! Whatever you decide, definitely do not prolong soaking – this will encourage the plastisol coating to peel… I’ve done this!

If you want to go retro but aren’t too hip on psychedelic swag, why not add this Shat-R-Pruf caddy set to your own barware collection? Interested… Purchase here.

At Audrey Would! we think they are a fun-tastic find!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Behind the Patina Hides the Sparkle!

Behind our collection of Audrey treasures rests a little or a lot of shine. How much depends on the piece, and whether or not it has patina to keep. Sometimes that decision is hard for me, but I had a friend once say the patina will always come back, it’s sparkle that catches the eye!

You might recognize this set of brass and black bakelite bar tools from my last post.

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It had me torn. I thought the aging warmth of the brass was really great, but I didn’t like the random dark spots on some of the tools either.

This is a better shot showing the darker spots, the bottle opener in particular.

Coat of Arms Brass & Bakelite Bar Tool Set (Before)

I featured this set as is at my pop-up event, and some might say I gambled and lost when I was asked how to clean it… it never sold! Don’t misunderstand, each piece has been carefully cleaned, but I opted not to polish off the aging glow. However, I learned quickly the patina on these pieces had to go!

This shot shows you what a difference a quick polish can make.

Coat of Arms Brass & Bakelite Bar Tool Set (After)

 

Notice the bottle opener now? I was sad to lose the deepening gold tones of the brass, but the sparkle after the polishing was worth it.

If you had your eye on this set which option would sway you to buy – with the patina or without?

At Audrey Would! we try to strike a balance between leaving patina intact and giving things a polish, but based on this little story we think it’s the sparkle that makes Audrey shine! This set is now listed if it caught your eye! ;-)

Thanks for stopping by!

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Photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use!

 

It’s A Wrap… Have You Finished Your Shopping Yet?

And it’s a wrap!

Audrey Would’s first ever Holiday Shopping event has come and gone, and I’m pleased to say was a well-rounded success! It was really nice to meet new faces, catch up with old friends and see some favourite vintage treasures find their way into the hearts of new homes.

If you missed the event, here are some Holiday Shopping highlights for you…

Audrey Would! Vintage Home - 2014 Holiday Shopping Event

Displays

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Bamboo Stem Coupes

Sportsman Beer & Wine Glasses

Entrance

Christines GBread & SBread

Table Setting

Table

Silver Plate Punch Bowl

Brass Bar Tools 800

Vintage Sparkle

Stemware 1

Art Deco Teacup Setting

Hand Painted China

Audrey Balancing a Martini Prep

Shopping Bags

It’s not too late! You can still shop www.AudreyWould.com. Please feel free to contact me if you don’t see what you’re looking for. We might just have it, but haven’t got it listed yet. If you are local, I am happy to coordinate in-person delivery!

Thank you for stopping by!

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All photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use!

 

 

Holiday Shopping Event Count Down!

The count down is on!

Last Week Ad - Fri & Sat Only

Audrey Would!’s first ever Holiday Shopping event is just a mere few days away! You can look forward to:

  • ‘Pick Your Ticket Savings’
  • Door prize draw for a gift basket filled with vintage goodies and local-fare treats
  • Cocktails by Clemens on Friday night featuring two of his favourite classic cocktails
  • Lots of festive, glam, and classic not-yet-listed pieces to browse!

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A portion of all event proceeds will be going to Toys, Toiletries & Toques so we can do our part to help others have a wonderful Holiday Season, too.

 


 

Don’t forget about Providence Farm’s Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday, and Kuz at Woodcote just down the street! This is the weekend to SHOP Maple Bay!

Find Audrey Would! (located near Maple Bay Elementary School) 

Looking forward to seeing you!

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Napier Inspired Penguin Cocktail Shaker

I am so excited to share this new listing with you – this dignified guy has a little attitude with a whole lot of shaking going on!

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Isn’t he sauve? Kind of reminds me of ‘Mr.’ Carson from Downton Abby!

You need to know that he’s vintage-inspired, but sometimes all it takes is a bit of inspiration to shake things up.

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The original penguin cocktail shaker was designed by Emil A. Schuelke for the Napier Company back in 1936. Today many would attribute the design to the Mid-Century Modern era, when in fact the original is an Art Deco piece (did I mention he reminded me of Mr. Carson?). The original shaker was patented in October of 1936 with some very distinct characteristics that this one does not have.

First, if you are to be lucky enough to find an original, according to Collectible bar ware specialist Stephen Visakayyou can expect to pay between $750 and $1400 for this personality-filled treasure. Fun fact: the original retailed for $12.50!

Characteristics of the authentic design include:

  • The shaker is silver plated, while most reproductions will be nickel plated;
  • The base of the Napier penguin shaker will be permanently stamped;
  • The entire beak is hinged and acts as the actual pouring spout;
  • There is a handle at the back of the shaker.

You can see in this photo that the the beak is not hinged, and you have to remove the head to strain the cocktail.

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Also, though the image doesn’t show it, there is no handle at the back and the base is not stamped.

In the end I decided this piece was a good addition to the Audrey Would! collection, because it is inspired by Emil A. Schuelke’s great design from the Art Deco era. The Napier penguin also represents just one of several cocktail shakers and pieces of barware produced by the Napier Company from the early to mid 1930s. One of our goals is to help you stock your own bar cart with great barware history, and we feel this piece is unique enough to do just that!

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What kind of cocktail shaker do you prefer? Would you add this Napier inspired option to your collection?

Don’t for get our Holiday Shopping Event! You will find a collection of cocktail shakers to choose from including this guy and more!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Photographs by Sheila Zeller. Please link and credit if you choose to use.

 

Audrey Would Is Popping Up!

AND you are invited to pop up and browse the Audrey Would collection, too! Two days of Holiday shopping and many vintage pieces you won’t yet find listed at Audrey Would! online!Audrey Would Holiday Shopping

On Friday it’s a little bit of a shopping rendezvous where you will find Cocktails by Clemens caught up in the mix! ;-)

On Saturday there is a lot going on, so you could plan your day like this:

And… don’t forget the Toys, Toiletries and Toques fundraiser hosted by the Cowichan Valley Social Media Club (11am to 3pm).

A portion of all proceeds from Audrey Would!’s 2-day event will be passed on to this very worthwhile fundraiser. We are joining in to help make a difference for others this Holiday Season, and you can, too. It’s all happening right here in the Cowichan Valley!

Find Audrey Would! (located near Maple Bay Elementary School) 

Stop by and join in the fun!

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See you soon! :-)

PS – Did I mention there will be ‘pick-your-ticket savings’, and door prizes too? That’s right – save the date(s)!

WWII: Vintage Granville Street Photographs

Today is a day for remembering…

This is my grandfather and my Dad.

Granddad & Dad - Granville St Photos

I love this photograph – I always have.

Do you remember the candid photographs taken on Granville Street in Vancouver? This photo is one of ‘them’. I’m so grateful for this commercial offering, because if it didn’t exist then this photograph would not exist now. And as the grand-daughter of a veteran I would never have had this glimpse into a moment from that time.

Here my grandfather was returning home from WWII. He was stationed in Holland during the War, and to see him in uniform and my Dad so young forces me to reflect.

Today is a day I never forget. Today is a day I honour with pride. Today is the day… L’est we forget.

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Vintage Coppercraft Guild: Back in its Prime!

The warmth of copper has made a comeback to the style table, and this season is right up there with ‘seen and to be seen’. There are many great pieces to choose from, especially when it comes to vintage barware and home decor pieces made by the well known yet short lived company Coppercraft Guild.

Do you recognize their label?

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Coppercraft Guild was a top producer of copperware in their day, but if I told you they were the copper equivalent of Tupperware, would I have your attention?

Established in the 1970s, Coppercraft Guild was a direct marketing company out of Taunton, Massachusetts in the US. They specialized in high quality decorative houseware products that were made of solid copper and specially treated so they would not tarnish.

Like this sleek bud vase that doubles as a candle holder…

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Or this hanging kettle bowl planter that’s perfect for a small potted plant.

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But what set Coppercraft Guild apart was their use of a part-time sales force to sell product at home parties. Namely housewives employed as hostesses using a similar model to that of the infamous Tupperware home party system!

Though they were only in business a short time, Coppercraft Guild expanded their home party business into Canada. I was lucky enough to come across this vintage ad looking for prospective hostesses, and thought you might enjoy it, too!

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The ad says:

We need each other. We are looking for people like yourself to represent an established company selling a prestigious product through party plan sales. We feel Coppercraft Guild of Canada offers the most complete product line of solid copper and home accessories sold in Canada. Plus a hostess plan and recommendation program that is second to none in direct sales today. And we care. We care about each of our people the way any close family does about each of its members.

Fun, and as Coppercraft used to pitch, no other material is rich enough for company, yet informal enough for family! 

I had a hard time getting to the bottom of why Coppercraft Guild closed their doors, and actually never could verify for sure, but the chatter goes that the people who owned Coppercraft had a falling out. As a result the assets were divided and the company was shut down. Hmmmm…

Regardless, what we do know is Coppercraft Guild pieces were popular in their prime, and because the company was short lived, they are now treasures getting harder to find.

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Do you have any Coppercraft Guild pieces in your collection? If so, I would love to hear what pieces you have and how you acquired them. If not, all of these pieces can be found at Audrey Would!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Coppercraft Guild Ad courtesy of Connect Everything Zoomer – click image for direct link. All other photographs by Sheila Zeller – please link and credit if you choose to use!