I attended the West Palm Beach Antique Festival this weekend. I posted pictures of the event yesterday. Today I will share all of my purchases from the Antique Festival with you.
As I mentioned in yesterday’s post, I always attend the early buyer time for the show. It is a more expensive ticket but it allows me to enter the show at 9:00 am. I walk around and visit before the show opens to the public at noon.
Here are my purchases from the Antique Festival this weekend:
I purchased this beautiful antique bronze mirror from one of my favorite dealers. She said that it was Victorian and it is from the 1800. She purchased it from a market in France. I have started a small collection of bronze mirrors and this will make a great addition to my collection.
If you read my post last week, you know that I love Florentine. (Miss the posts? You can read it here). I purchased the tray (approximately an 8 in x 12 in) and the two Florentine photos for $20. The tray I will add to my collection of Florentine coffee grinders. I’m am searching for a place to use the photos. I’ll let you know when I find it.
The next three finds were small purchases. The little hedgehog on the left is made from pottery. It was a whimsical purchase. I love the book The Elegance of the Hedgehog. I suppose my love for the book inspired my purchase. It is marked on the bottom but I can’t read it. I paid $8 for him.
The silver container in the middle is engraved with the US Navy seal. It is silver plated and was likely used in an officer’s dining hall. It was converted to a decadent candle and cost $30.
The blue bottle on the right I purchased for a friend who is trying to collect small bottles for a display. I purchased the bottle for $5.
Find of the Day! (Maybe the Century!)
If you follow Budget Friendly Luxury, you know that I collect boxes and small vanity items. This box is about 4 inches long and is solid bronze. It dates from the late 1800s. The original dried flowers are visible on the front of the box. It has a beautiful latch on the side and was used as a cosmetic box.
A Victorian lady would use the first section for rouge and powder. The box is discolored both from the original product and from the arsenic used in make up during that time.
Flip one more time, and you will find a mirror and small containers for eye shadow. I have never seen a box like this and it is in very good condition for its age. The outside of the box is near perfect.
I shared my new find with another dealer friend of mine who specializes in vanity items. She had never seen a box quite like this and said that it was easily worth 3 to 4 times what I paid for it! It will make quite a nice addition to my collection.
I would love to hear what you think about my finds! Feel free to leave a comment below.