My Miniature Corner of the Net

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Recent Acquisitions

I was able to pick up a few unique items at an a estate sale last week.

I found a couple of miniature vases, a copper pitcher, a wooden milk bottle, a Buffalo Ranch plate, a plastic cup, a miniature bar of soap and a metal Coca Cola tray.


My interpretation of the label on the miniature white vase is"made in Czechoslovakia" but I will let you be the judge.

 I could make out JAPAN on the bottom of the orange vase.  I'm not sure if the other markings are intentional.


Here is an enlarged show of the Coca Cola tray.  It appears to be brass.


I was surprised to find this miniature Buffalo Ranch Plate from my home state of Oklahoma.  I looked up the Buffalo Ranch online and it is located in Afton Oklahoma on the famous Route 66, not far from here.  I think the plate might find a home in my Cozy Cabin project.  


Lastly I thought I would share this.  My brother-in-law and his wife saw this box of vintage miniatures at a garage sale the other day and picked it up for me.  She said that she was sure I could find a good use for it.  

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Recent Acquisitions

I have picked up a few treasures recently at local estate sales and the flea market.



A brass stand with toothpick swords, a wing back chair, a wooden table and chair, a cast iron dog and a couple of ceramic thimbles.


I figured the swords would look great in my Victorian house.  
This vintage piece is marked Spain.


This wooden table and chair has some great hand painted apples and is signed "Houser"
It looks like it is from Germany.


I figured that the cast iron dog could stand watch over my Arcade Cast Iron collection.
The container of tiny people might end up as toy accessories in one of my houses.
The ceramic thimbles will most likely end up somewhere as an accessory.


This chair was actually in a bin of free toys at a flea market.  It is plastic and marked Spider Man on the bottom.  It has a place for batteries, but I cant figure out what it does?it is about 1" scale and I figured I could either paint it or  re-upholster it? 


Food for Thought -
I came across this old vacuum at a local antique mall.  It is marked Germany and I was interested until I saw the price. ($65.00)  I will think about it.


Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Haunted Pumpkin

Happy Halloween !  This is a project I made from a foam pumpkin, some paperclay, paint, and a few other odds and ends a couple of years ago.  The pumpkin and lights were purchased at 50% off after Halloween.

Do you dare trick or treat at this scary house ?


Lots of jack-o'-lanterns line the yard and the porch is decorated for Halloween.  I made the stone porch out of paper clay and painted it to look old.


I painted the windows and shutters with crackle finish to add to the effect.  Still contemplating what kind of plants to put in the window boxes.  Maybe some sort of man eating plant or something from Harry Potter?


The jack-o'-lanterns are from Lemax.  I hid the transformer under the floor. The table inside is just an upside down plastic cup that I covered with some Halloween fabric.  The cany corn floor lamp is also from Lemax.  The parlor stove is a plastic kit by Chrysnbon that I put together back in the 1980s.  I am still contemplating how to make a cool chimney for it on the outside of the pumpkin.


The scary skeleton is sitting lounging on a Victorian chaise lounge, waiting to hand out goodies to anyone who dares come trick or treating.  I used a piece of scrap book paper to cover the floor.  The floor is a piece of foam core that I cut to fit.


I created a niche under the stairs for the display.  Did you notice the Halloween candy decorations hanging from the lights?

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Brass Bed

The other day I found a really great miniature brass bed at an estate sale.  
It is the perfect scale for 1"= 1'-0" and appears to be homemade.  I will probably put it with the items that I am collecting for my Victorian house.



I have to let you in on a little secret.  I don't just go to these estate sales for the miniatures - I love to see the architecture!  The house was located in an older neighborhood in Tulsa called Mapleridge and was built in 1924.


The sun room had these really great built in cabinets.


The house also had they wonderful arch-top doors.


The stair banister was a mixture of wood and iron.


 I loved the front door and its surround.  
The whole front of the house had more metalwork and lots of Italianate detailing.


Another element I liked was the pattern in the stucco along the top.


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Recent Acquisitions

I picked up a few new items here and there: some metal fence panels, some pewter milk cans and a small porcelain basket.


The basket matches some other items that I have been using to fill this Tynietoy corner cabinet with.  Some of these items were original to the Crescent Moon cottage when I first won it at auction.  It can be seen by clicking HERE and dates from the early 1900's.



My Tynietoy collection can be seen by clicking HERE




I found these metal fence panels at an estate sale for 25 cents each.  They are Christmas ornaments.  I think they will work nicely as fence painted black and placed in between stone or brick columns.


I came across two of these pewter miniature milk cans at a local antique mall.  They were in a booth that sold salt and pepper shakers, but I don't think that is what they are. Maybe Christmas ornaments? but they weigh a ton!  Land O Lakes is an American diary company. I think they will look nice somewhere in my Cozy Cabin project.  
Progress on it can be seen by clicking on the Cabin link on the right.

Monday, October 6, 2014

Incense Burner Mystery

This story is unfolding like a Hardy Boys/Nancy drew Mystery!

I came across this miniature incense burner at a local estate sale the other day.  I was intrigued, and I thought it looked like something at about 1" scale from a far away place. My mind raced as to which house or scene it might fit in.  I forked over $10 for it.

I asked the lady at the register if she knew anything about the piece.  She stated that it was silver, and had makers marks and that that stand had the logo from the company that the previous owner worked.  I asked if she happened to know the company.  She said yes, it was on several items around the house. The company was called Facet and manufactured filters.

Since I was on my lunch break, I had to wait until I got home to do some research.  I found out that Facet was now called PECOfacet because of a merger.  On the PECOfacet website, they have the history of the company including opening offices in Europe in 1982.

The base of the stand was also engraved with "Mayo 1982"  Mayo is big name in Tulsa, it was a family who made their fortune during the oil boom of the 1920's - 1930's.  One of the families legacy's is the Mayo Hotel built in 1925 which still occupies a prominent place in the Tulsa skyline.  I assume this was marking some event at the Mayo Hotel ?


I have to admit, I know very little about silver makers marks, but sure enough, there are some on the base of the object as well as the stand.  One of the marks is a star and the other kind of looks like a three-pronged bird footprint.
So as I was browsing the Internet, looking for clues, I came across an exact match to my item, although this one was nice and shiny.



 These pictures came from an auction site and stated that the item was from the late 1800's.  It made me wonder if the base was new and object antique ?



I posted the pictures to a silver makers marks website and got some responses that the star indicates that it was made in Spain.

Then I came across this item:

Slight differences to the stand and the chain seems more detailed on this piece.





This one was labeled: Silver Miniature Censer Incense Burner, Spain, Ca 1920. $300
It has the same makers marks as mine.

So I have put my profiling skills to work and come to the conclusion that the object I purchased is from Spain, and must have been some kind of award to an employee back in 1982 to mark the opening of the companies European expansion. The base may be new, the burner may be old.

Now I have to figure out how to polish mine so that it will shine like the ones on the auction websites.

Friday, August 29, 2014

New Strombecker Nightstand

I found this 1" scale walnut Strombecker nightstand on ebay the other day.  I did not have of these in my collection yet
 I Believe this is only pieces I have that has the logo stamped on the back instead of the front.

To see the rest of my 1" Walnut Strombecker collection click HERE.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Model Cars

My son and I got to spend a little time at a local car show/fundraiser for out local high school this afternoon.

He has taken an interest in building model cars and we took a couple of pictures by some cars that he was currently working on.


His current project is a 1930's model Ford is similar to the red one we saw at the car show and he had already completed this one ( below) which was nearly exactly like the yellow one we saw today at the car show.


Miniatures come in all shapes and sizes !

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Utah Summer Road Trip

On our summer road trip this year, I was once again reminded of the importance of architectural models and miniatures.  Not only are they beautiful, but they also help others understand the size, shape, scale, and proportions that are sometimes hard to see in drawings and photographs.


This first model is located inside the South Visitor's Center at Temple Square in Salt Lake City Utah.  It is a cut-away scale model of the famous Salt Lake Temple.  The actual Temple can be seen behind the model through large windows.  This model of the Mormon Temple is built at 1:32 scale.


I came across the photo below on the website of the architecture firm that was commissioned to build the model.  It shows the size of the model.


This photo below shows how the some of the floor levels relate to each other and how the model builder chose to represent the "structure" of the building and it's solid stone construction.  It took the members of the church 40 years to build the temple and it was completed in 1893.  The model was completed in 2010 and took 5 months to complete.


A touch screen video display near the model explains the purpose of each of the rooms.  The model contains miniature versions of the hand painted wall murals inside and symbolic details carved into the exterior of the temple, as well as miniature reproductions of all of the light fixtures.



These close ups show some of the detail in each of the rooms.  The top two floors contain an assembly room and contains a balcony.  In the basement is a large baptismal font that rests on the back of 12 oxen representing the 12 Tribes of Israel.


Part of our journey took us to a small town in Southern Utah called Parowan.  Some of my ancestors help build this  community.  This small model was at a museum there and represents how the city was started with large walls around it.  It was also amazing to meet someone at the museum who knew my Great Grandparents and steered me to a photograph of my grandfather at a WWII display at the museum.


This next model below was at the North Visitor Center at Temple Square in Salt Lake City Utah.  It is a scale model of the city of Jerusalem around the time of Jesus Christ it covers 14 square feet and boasts over 4,000 buildings and structures.


It is an interactive model and and as you walk around and read about each building, you can press a button and a small light will highlight that part of the model.


The large structure on the hill is the Temple 


We came across this last model in the Church History Museum at Temple Square in Salt Lake City.  It is a model of Salt Lake City early in its history.  Salt Lake City is known for it's ease of directions and laid out on grid of streets with a North and South axis and naming system.