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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Vintage Romance

What's It Wednesday #185
This week is a real What's It Wednesday! From time to time I like to share a few unique items just to keep you guessing. I've chosen these five fab finds to test your wits. If you want to play, make your guesses before you scroll down. Hint, this strikes every Victorian lady's fancy!


Did you get this one? These are ivory glove stretchers. Kid gloves were a favorite, and leather needs stretching to stay supple.


This is a tussie mussie or posy holder. Perfect for one bloom or a small nosegay.

This darling is a vinaigrette. You soak a sponge with your favorite scent and when unpleasant odors arise, a lady would wave it under her nose for relief.

It gets a little harder. This is in rose gold and delicately carved. The ring slides up and down to adjust and open the clasp. It's a skirt lifter. Gather a little of the hem of the gown and away you dance. How elegant and refined!


Last but not least, a hankie holder. The small ring slips on your pinky and the larger one holds the hankie. It can be tucked up a sleeve for hands free dancing. It's beautifully chased and engraved with Ms. Evie Alton's name.

How's that for vintage romance?
Hugs,
Patti

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43 comments:

Vel Criste said...

I haven't joined in a while,thanks for hosting!

Janet Garon said...

I had no idea for those wonderful objects you had me guessing at. All great pieces from the past. Thank you for hosting!

Audra @ Renewed Projects said...

How funny to see what was an essential item back in the day that a century later would have people scratching their heads wondering, what is that? I couldn't figure out what a single thing was. Actually thought the napkin ring was a cigar holder! lol What a fun idea for a post.

Doreen@househoneys said...

I couldn't figure out what the objects were either! There's always something to learn when I visit.

Thank you for hosting!

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Thanks, Patti, for hosting and I'm embarrassed to say that although I live in a Victorian, I didn't guess right on any of them, but they all are sure beautiful..Happy Tuesday..Judy

Lori @ Dining Delight said...

That was so fun! I didn't get any of the items right but enjoyed learning the answers. They sure lived differently back then. Thanks for hosting this wonderful party - great features too!

Deanies Stash said...

Paula, I love those items. I didn't know most of them! Thank you for sharing them and for hosting!

Have a great week!

xo
Dianne

Down Sprigg Lane said...

Wow, I didn't guess any of those correctly. I sure love them all and a great little history lesson! Thank you for the party, have a great week!

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...

Thanks so much for hosting!! I have the same sterling silver tussie mussie!! Thanks for your visit!!

Hugs,
Deb

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Hi Patti,
Yes, that certainly IS Victorian romance at its finest! I guessed most of them, but the skirt thing was new, and I've never seen the napkin ring with a finger ring. You have such wonderful things, thanks for sharing them with us.
Have a wonderful day!
Gina

Victorian Tailor said...

So fun to see your collection of Victorian Ladies Implements,I have my grandmothers, 1920-30's kid gloves however have never run across a stretcher, also could use all the other pieces when reenacting, lovely collection,
Celeste

Creations by Marie Antoinette and Edie Marie said...

You girls always show us the coolest things! You had me stumped right off the bat with the glove stretchers. That had to be quite an operation with great technique to make those gloves perfect for a ladies dainty hands. My favorite is the skirt holder so you can DANCE! Such elegance in the Victorian age. I love it all. Hope your fall season is an awesome one.

Blessings, Edie Marie

Thanks for hosting such a fun "party"!

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

You have the most beautiful and unusual Victorian treasures. I guessed 1 out of 5, I got the glove stretcher right:-) Thanks so much for featuring my Farm Fresh projects!

Dee said...

I always love your What's it Wednesday posts. Would you believe that I didn't guess a single one? I did enjoy finding out what those lovely treasures from the past were and playing along, though. Enjoy this beautiful first day of Autumn... :)

Rebecca Mclellan said...

Thank you so much for the feature. I enjoy your beautiful site soo much. I'm glad I found you !!! I love all the beautiful vintage things - I guess I'm just from another time. And I must confess that I didn't get one of your items right but was intrigued by each of them. What rare finds. So glad you shared with us and appreciate you hosting a fabulous party each week.

Kimberly Lewis said...

Hello beautiful! I love stopping by your party each week, it’s so fun! Please take a moment to stop by our party. We love to pin and tweet every single masterpiece. Lou Lou Girls

Storybook Apothecary said...

thanks for the link up and sharing these cool items! They were all things I'd never seen before - love it!

stop by and chat ♥ http://storybookapothecary.com

Sherry@Back2Vintage said...

I guess 1 out of 5 isn't TOO bad! The glove stretcher was my only correct guess. Thanks for the trivia and the party!

Karen said...

I love your collections, my favorite is the skirt lifter, who ever thought of that? Thanks for hosting and have a wonderful weekend.

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Patti, I always enjoy seeing your beautiful collections. I did know several of the items but I have never seen a skirt Lift. Thanks for hosting.
Hugs,
Sherry

BarberryLane Designs said...

Your Victorian Lady collection is lovely, can you imagine living that way---all cinched up and accoutrement to the hilt, compared to phone and credit card, jeans and GO!

Thank you for hosting....such a lot of goodies already posted, thanks, Sandi

Joanne said...

You had me stumped, and I thought I was pretty well versed in Victorian ladies' lifestyle! Such elegant items -- my favorite is the skirt lifter!

All best --
Joanne @ Sea Glass Cottage

Mustlovehome said...

I am so thrilled that you featured my Pumpkin Patch Tablescape this week!Thank you!It would be amazing if you would stop by our party, and share your favorite posts with us. Join in at the Friday Favorites Link Party, live every Thursday at 7PM at mustlovehome.com....I hope I see you there - Christine @ Must Love Home

Karren Haller said...

What fun vintage items to share, I did not know the purpose of any of them, so ingenious ideas they had for years gone by. Thanks for hosting, hope you have a great week!
Karren

xinex said...

Very interesting and beautiful Victorian items! Never seen them before. I am always learning something from your blog...Christine

Rita C. said...

What a fun post, Patti! I guessed all but the skirt lifter - so unique! Thank you to both you and Paula for hosting us weekly, and for taking the time to select the features - they're all wonderful. Happy Autumn to you both!
Rita

Shelia said...

Only you, my dear, would have such things! I'm so impressed. They are so pretty and I've never heard of a skirt lifter before. Not do you only have 'all' things, you know 'all' things too! Thank you so much for popping in to see me and yes, I've already had my ice cream cone! ")
Be a sweetie,
Shelia :)

Stephanie said...

Oh, the tussie mussie is simply wonderful :) Lovely items, Patti. Thanks for sharing your sweet self with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs!

Stephanie said...

Oh, the tussie mussie is simply wonderful :) Lovely items, Patti. Thanks for sharing your sweet self with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs!

Jill Harrison said...

vintage romance absolutely, from days more refined and elegant than now. Gorgeous pieces. Have a happy week and thank you again for the link up.

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

I didn't know what any of those things were for! How fun!
Thank you for hosting!

doodles n daydreams said...

Visiting from Lavender Dreamer. I must say I thoroughly enjoyed this post, I guessed one or two things but most not. Some gorgeous stuff.

Diana

Trina Grandinetti said...

Loved the What is it game today. I only answered one correctly, the rose holder. I truly think we need to modernize all five of these beautiful items for today's use. Well, actually forget the modernizing bit, let's just bring them back into use. Thank you for sharing these. I'm new to your party but hope to join quite often.

AnnMarie aka Vintage Junkie aka NaNa said...

What unique treasures! I didn't know any of them! Oh, I would love to have lived in that time period for a time....to be an elegant lady!

Alessandra said...

I love these victorian ladies items. They are treasures. I liked very much the history lesson. Thanks for sharing!
Hugs
Alessandra

Crystal said...

I didn't get any of the items but it was cool to find out what they are! Thanks for hosting! ;-)

Beatrice Euphemie said...

What sweet treasures you have found, Patti! These would be wonderful for a bride! Thank you for hosting! xo Karen

Nancy's Notes said...

I'm crazy about all of your treasures, they are all delightful! I'm happy to hear what they all are called, you are so sweet to share with us!
Happy Saturday~
Nancy

Red Rose Alley said...

Patti, these vintage finds are so pretty. You always have the nicest posts filled with so many treasures from long ago. I think that's why I like your posts because I have a real connection to the past decades, and love to know more about the accessories that the women used and what fancied them. I've never seen some of these items on here, and it was interesting to learn about them.

I hope you're enjoying the Autumn days.

love, ~Sheri

Have a Daily said...

Beautiful Victorian treasures Patti. I only guessed the mussie tussie. Didn't do too well. lol! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Suz said...

Wonderful vintage pieces that I have never seen before. Amazing post. So informative.

handmade by amalia said...

I didn't guess a single one but it was fun.
Amalia
xo

The Speckled Hen Cottage said...

I only knew one for sure. Enjoyed very much learning about the other items. Love the skirt holder. As always, thanks for hosting. Have a lovely week ~ Mickie.

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