Vintage Barware Gifts for Dad

Father’s Day is coming, and that means it’s gift time for Dad! At Audrey Would! we’ve got you covered.

If you’re looking for unique Mid-Century barware options, we have them.

Fathers Day Gifts, Vintage Barware, Mid Century Modern Cocktail Gifts

If you want classic cocktail style, we have that. If you need something a little more rustic we carry rustic options with a sleek edge. And if Dad is more the Gatsby type, you will find crystal decanters and coupes with a flair!

If the barbeque is Dad’s thing, well we have an assortment of serving trays, carving sets and Glo-Hill steak knives to accompany Dad’s culinary confections hot off the smokin’ grill!

Glo-Hill Steak Knives, Vintage Cutlery, Mid-Century Modern Flatware

 

At Audrey Would! we have beer glassessports options, nautical pieces, whiskey sets and more. You still have time to gift for Dad. Why not pop by for a quick look? If you don’t see what you have in mind, please contact us. We work hard to accommodate!

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A Gun Slinging Cocktail Paired With Collectible Pistol Roly Poly Glasses

On Saturdays we mix up a classic cocktail and pair it with vintage glassware from Audrey Would! It’s a lot of fun, and that’s before the cocktail has even been poured!

The cocktail we chose this time has been around for over 100 years so we decided to go with an established vintage bar glass classic, the Roly Poly. Roly Polies are great because they are made of blown glass and are rounded in shape. The base is perfectly weighted so the glass won’t tip over, and instead always lands on its feet… er, rolls onto its base!

Clear Roly Poly Bar Glass, Audrey Would!

Roly Polies come in at least three sizes, and for this cocktail we’re using the largest of the three, 3″W x 3-1/4″H. We didn’t go with the classic clear roly shown above, but instead opted for two collectible rolies featuring antique pistols. Gasp!

The first features a Pepperbox pistol from 1830.

Pepperbox Handgun Roly Poly Bar Glass,  Audrey Would!

The second, a Percussion duelling pistol from 1857.

Percussion Handgun Roly Poly Bar Glass, Audrey Would!

Note, these glasses are not faux frosted, they are actually chilled! Yes, pre-chilling your glassware is key when it comes to cocktails.

We chose these rolies for two reasons. One, we needed room for the cocktail with an oversized hand-carved cube of ice

Vintage Collectible Pistol Roly Poly Bar Glasses, Audrey Would!

And two, we wanted to feature these collectible glasses since the cocktail we chose is none other than the Whiskey Sour!

Whiskey Sour, Collectible Roly Poly Pistol Glasses, Audrey Would!

We thought this gun slinging cocktail was worthy of these very hard-to-find vintage roly poly pistol glasses. You see, the Whiskey Sour has been on the menu as far back as 1870, so even though both pistols pre-date the cocktail, we would venture a guess there has been a saloon or two where pistol wielding duals were fought!

Percussion Pistol Roly Poly Glass, Audrey Would!

If you look closely you can see where maybe, just maybe, a pistol was shot! 😉

To learn more about the history of this thirst quenching delight… click here! Find our recipe, Cocktails by Clemens, here.

If you love these roly polies, the pair of pistol glasses is being sold with 6 clear rolies for a set of 8! Purchase here!

Vintage Roly Poly Collection, Audrey Would!

Are you a Whiskey Sour fan? Do you make yours with or without egg white?

Thanks for stopping by! Cheers 🙂

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Vintage Shot Glasses – Optical Illusion: Dominos or Dice?

Awhile ago I listed this set of shot glasses and referenced the design overlay as dice.

BAR-4108-SZ Dominos Shot Glasses, Black, Gold, Anchor Hocking (x4) (2)

 

I even featured these glasses in this Polyvore set thinking of them as dice…

Show Me the Money

 

I never thought much more about it until I received this email:

Hello:

While I was browsing your site, I noticed that the “Shot Glasses, Black & Gold Dice, Anchor Hocking” should actually be labelled “Vintage Shot Glasses, Black & Gold Dominos, Anchor Hocking”.

I love your website – it was a real stroll down memory lane.  I grew up in the fifties-seventies and saw many of the barware pieces either in my parents’ home, friends’ homes, or I had considered purchasing them as wedding gifts!

I actually have my own set of Baribocraft teak salad bowls that I received as a wedding gift in 1980 and it is used regularly.

Thank you,

/pmk

 

When I went back and took another look, sure enough, the ‘dice’ were clearly domino tiles!

BAR-4108-SZ Dice Shot Glasses, Black, Gold, Anchor Hocking (x4) (1)

And now that I see the dominos I can’t believe I didn’t see them before. I think this was a case of optical illusion, one of those brain teasers where you either see the young woman or the old woman, two profiles or a goblet. You know the ones.

Isn’t it funny how this works?

I think this illustrates another important aspect to keep in mind. What one sees is not necessarily what another sees, so always be true to yourself and enjoy the things you like!

If you are looking for unique vintage barware, perhaps some Canadian vintage Baribocraft, maybe a retro wedding gift option – why not pop over to Audrey Would! and enjoy a browse through our vintage collections? We carry pieces ranging from the 1920s to 1970s with a large focus on Mid-Century Modern classics!

If you don’t see what you are looking for please contact us! We might have just the thing, but haven’t got it listed yet… and we are always happy to treasure hunt for you!

Thanks for stopping by!

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Vintage Bar Tool: 1940s Trap Jigger by Fay

It’s no secret, we have our own bar cart and are having fun learning the art of cocktail mixing. But did you know that after a day of treasure hunting, my Mr. always gets first dibs on the barware pieces I’ve managed to find?

We-ell…

About 2 weeks ago this little jigger made its way through our door, and will be staying in our home collection.

1940s Trap Jigger by Fad, Audrey Would!

This piece is a 1940s Trap Jigger by Fay, made in Japan. It’s a 3/4 oz measure, and the way it works is to rest the Bakelite knobs on the rim of the glass (don’t let go of the jigger!), press down and a trap opens up to release the spirit you’ve measured out!

1940s Trap Jigger by Fay, Audrey Would!

When it comes to cocktail mixing it’s all about the details. When it comes to vintage barware, it’s all about design!

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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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A Little Vintage ‘&’ A Taste of Gin

I’m a gin martini girl, wet and dirty with 3 olives please! And if you stock it, Victoria Gin was my first choice.

But… when we were at the Duncan Farmer’s Market on Saturday we discovered a brand new, fresh out of the still local organic gin, which of course we had to try. This family founded craft distillery gin is so new to the market that the ink on the labels was barely dry, their Facebook page is brand new , and product shots are taking a back seat for the moment!

Meet Ampersand Distilling Co. ‘&’ their new organic gin!

Ampersand Gin (7)

To learn more about this new company pop over and visit their website. Find out what this local gin is all about.

We were lucky enough to have a quick chat and pick up a bottle for our own cocktail collection – apparently just in time as the gin sold out at the market in a hurry. The Mister also just bought a bottle of duty free Hendrick’s Gin on our way home from San Francisco, and naturally we stock our bar cart with Victoria Gin!

So if you saw my FB post, the gin tasting I promised to tell you more about was between these three.

Ampersand Gin (10)

Clemens (the Mister) set it up, so he had the advantage of knowing which gin he was tasting, making the guess-work all mine. Since gin is normally made in a copper still he ‘borrowed’ this handcrafted copper tray from Audrey Would! This really set the stage! He poured a shot of each gin into these small vintage roly poly glasses from our own barware collection, and got the tasting underway.

Ampersand Gin (4)

We tasted, we compared notes, and we tasted a little more. In the end we really fell in love with the new Ampersand gin. We decided that each gin has its own personality, but our little secret is our local Vancouver Island gins beat out the duty free!

We really enjoyed sipping Ampersand on its own. It has a great aroma, interesting flavours that come out in layers, and we really liked its ‘no burn’ smooth finish. However, I did say I am a martini girl…

Ampersand Gin (3)

‘&’ so it goes!

Ampersand Gin (9)

One for the Mister and one for me!

Ampersand Gin (1)

Are you game to set up your own gin tasting ‘&’ give Ampersand gin a try? We really think you should – after all, it is made with organic and local ingredients!

And don’t forget to visit Audrey Would! for your tasting barware needs. You will find a selection of roly poly glasses, a collection of trays, and yes, even a 6-set of the Czechoslovakian crystal martinis – they’re not listed, but they are in stock! If you want to go with copper for the tasting event, then you might prefer this vintage Coppercraft Guild roly poly ‘&’ serving tray bar set!

 

BAR-3079-SZ Coppercraft Guild Roly Poly & Tray Set (2)

 

Thanks for stopping by! Cheers 🙂

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San Francisco Vintage Just Around the Corner

If you’ve been following along then you know I’ve been having fun in the sun in San Francisco this past week. And I can tell you, I now know first-hand why Tony Bennett sang about leaving his heart in SF – yes, I have fallen in love, too!

Aside from atomic stars and bursts of the heart, one thing at the top of my bucket list was a little vintage shopping – are you surprised? Weirdly that proved to be a lot tougher than I thought – now I bet you really are surprised!

First, I ran into a lot of this…

Vintage Store Haight Ashbury - San Francisco I’m not kidding. Many of the vintage shops I set off to find ended up being closed, as in shut down, doors closed for good. #SoSad. The other truth is location. A lot of the shops were just too far out of reach geographically… but only for this trip 😉 . I also discovered that there are a lot of vintage clothing shops, amazing shops in fact, but not as many focussing on housewares and the treasures of Audrey Would!

On Monday, the last full day of our trip, that all changed. We were out having fun just exploring off the beaten track of the trolley cars and buzz of daily activity that you see below…

San Francisco Street Car

When I came upon this box on a little side street.

Zeller S - Box on SF Street

You might have seen my post on FB, but if you missed it – honestly I did not put this box here, did not label it with FRAGILE, and definitely did not write my name on it! Truly a sign of things meant to be. And that’s because…

When we turned the corner, there in front of us was a little vintage boutique trio – Molte Cose (C-window), Belle Cose (R-window), and the one that caught my eye, Bonhomie (L-window) – all in a row staring at me!

Bonhomie Vintage Boutique (2)

I have to preface, we have had a beyond incredible trip jam-packed with fun adventures, fab outings and memories we will cherish for a life-time, but is it wrong to say this little stumble was like finding 3 olives in my martini without asking?

The shops were filled with beautiful vintage pieces – clothing, housewares and ephemera, and yes Audrey savvy stuff! We wandered and soaked in the offerings as if in a daze, each pass spying yet another something ‘new’.

Bonhomie

There were so many pieces that caught my eye, but in the end I had to be street smart in terms of not only transporting amazing vintage goods, but also moving them across the border and factoring in DUTY fees! What I really loved about Bonhomie is its owner, Liesl (pictured above). When I asked if she would consider shipping the treasures I wanted to buy, she was so accommodating and willing to go the extra mile. That allowed me to pick up a few more pieces that would otherwise have stayed… and when packing up today, whew, am I ever glad she did!

So as I sit in the San Francisco Airport waiting for my home-bound plane, I close this trip with a, ‘See you soon San Francisco’, and ‘Thank you, Liesl and Bonhomie’ for being the treasure I was missing in my San Fran mix!

Have any of you been to San Francisco? Do you shop vintage, and if you do, what area should I be exploring next?

Thanks for stopping by!

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2014 Victoria Vintage Expo: What A Blast!

The long awaited 2014 Victoria Vintage Expo has come and gone with a bang!

With vendor booths sold out and an eager crowd lining up at the doors, the Expo got started off in full swing. Vintage goodness was overflowing, and customers were ready to shop. The entertainment over this 2-day event was stellar, and the vintage attire donned by vendors and customers alike was way too much fun!

In a venue like this it’s hard to really capture the presentation of each booth, because visually there is just so much going on all around you. I promised to share pics of Audrey Would!’s little pop-up boutique and did my best to freeze-frame a few sparkly moments in spite of the visual goodness at every corner and turn.

This is my set-up, and honestly, I did iron the table cloths before-hand. Eegads!

Audrey Woud! - 2014 Victoria Vintage Expo

If you play a little I-spy you might recognize some of the display props from previous posts… like my vintage suitcase, the crates made from pallets and the newest addition of the little retro table.

Here are some close-ups of the displays…

Barware and a few Svend Jensen spiro pieces.

Audrey Would! Barware

A few of my favourite pieces that sold, the Ronson cigarette box, and some Coppercraft Guild coasters. More on Coppercraft Guild coming soon!

Audrey Woud! Vintage Home

Ooo-la-la, the sparkle of gold and the Culver ‘Valencia’ ferris wheel cocktail caddy which has found its way to a new Los Angeles home!

Audrey Would! Vintage Home

Lots more barware, stemware, sparkle and charm with many of these pieces now settling into their new homes.

Audrey Would! Vintage Home

The silver pieces brought many questions about cleaning, and one kind lady shared that she used to clean silver many years ago with Polishing Wadding. I haven’t heard of that, have you? Do you know where it can be found??

Audrey Would! Vintage Home

The China Ritz set is another of my favourites, and it too, has found a new home. #Happy sigh.

Audrey Would! 1940s China Ritz Tea Set

Steak knives with Bakelite handles were also a conversation hit. A few gentlemen shared stories back and forth from when they remember using them ‘back when…’

Audrey Would! Glo-Hill Flatware

I also promised to show you how the little retro table got integrated into the set-up. Here it is set on top of a lower row of tables. I did this to create an elevated surface allowing for more pieces to go on display.

DIY - Retro Coffee Table

And just for fun I decided to show you a few of the pieces in this section that sold. I think this little table was a stroke of good luck and meant to be!

Audrey Would! Retro Coffee Table - DIY

For Audrey Would! this was a very successful event. It was so nice to see familiar faces from last year, and to meet new ones this year. I would like to thank everyone who stopped by the booth – your support is genuinely appreciated.

I look forward to bringing more vintage treasures to you soon, and don’t forget Audrey Would! online. If you don’t see what you are looking for, drop me an email – I might have it but it may not be listed yet, and if I don’t have what you are wishing for I’m happy to go searching!

Audrey Would! Vintage Home

Thanks for stopping by, I’m so glad you did!

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Iconic Jascha Brojdo… Georges Briard

This is an article re-post originally written for Audrey Would! back in August 2013. Now that Audrey related blog posts are featured here, I wanted to re-share, because I love the story behind this Mid-Century great, and his ornately detailed pieces.

You know a notable designer when you see one – that is, when you search for a photograph of him, and all that comes up, image after image, is his amazing work!

Jascha Brojdo. Do you know who I’m talking about?

Photograph of Georges Briard - Anthology House

{Source: Anthologie House}

That’s right. Georges Briard!

Georges Briard was born in the Ukraine in 1917 under the birth name of Jascha Brojdo. At the age of 20 he made his way from Poland to Chicago where he earned his Master of Fine Arts (MFA) at the Art Institute of Chicago. Do you know he also studied at the University of Chicago?

Jascha, being fluent in several languages, also served for the US Army in WWII as a Russian translator. He was discharged in 1947, and that’s when his life took on the shape we now connect him to.

A known, or maybe lesser know fact, Georges was an artist first, a designer second, which was ultimately instrumental in his use of Brojdo vs. Briard. But first, how did Georges Briard even come to be? How did he get that name from Jascha Brojdo?

After Jascha was discharged from the army, by the 1950s he had started working in New York with Max Willie whom he met in art school. Jascha first hand painted blank trays, which quickly became a huge success. These trays were initially signed with ‘Brojdo’, but because they were such a success, Willie came up with a pseudonym to mark Brojdo’s commercial pieces, and save his personal last name for his paintings. This is when Georges Briard was born!

How the actual name, Georges Briard, was chosen is mildly amusing. Willie liked ‘Georges’ simply because it sounded very ‘French’, and Briard after the breed of dog he [Willie] had recently lost! No, we’re not making this up!

Georges Briard became most well known through the 1950s, 60s and 70s for his signature dishware and glassware, from basic pieces to gold plated serving dishes. He was behind some of the decorated pieces of companies like Libbey and Anchor Hocking, as he would buy them clear, add his artistry and sign off with his finishing touch.

Georges Briard was also known for his ornate barware pieces like you see here.

Briard Pieces

I am of course swooning, and so excited to currently have this collection available at Audrey Would! {Bar Tools} {Gold Filigree Ice Bucket} {Gold Filigree Highball Glasses}

Though he never did officially change his name, in spite of how or where Jascha Brojdo’s designer name came from, the bottom line is the 22k gold signature we have all come to know was, and still is his brand.

Georges Briard Gold Ice Bucket - 22k Gold Signature 

Jascha Brojdo died on July 30, 2005… Georges Briard lives on today!

I am happy to raise a glass in celebration of Jascha Brojdo yesterday, Georges Briard today. Will you join me?

Thanks for stopping by!

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