Friday, October 28, 2016

Friday Finds

vintage finds, vintage dolls, pewter pitcher, Americana
A few smalls for my Friday Finds.

From a church sale I bought six Album of Americana dolls.

The dolls have never been out of the boxes.

However the boxes are in poor condition.

Inside each box top is the history of the woman featured.

Molly Pitcher.

 Mary Todd Lincoln.

Betsy Ross.

Barbara Fritchie. 

(Hint at the bottom of post if she is not familiar.)

Dolly Madison.

Martha Washington.

All of the dolls are quite glamorous especially Martha.

These are from the 1950's.

A brass basket.

A quart-sized pewter pitcher marked James Yates.

The tankard/pitcher needs further research into the value.

On my way for boiled peanuts and BBQ for the Saturday football games, I stopped at a community yard sale.

An old cotton lace-edged slip.

I followed a guy around to see if he would put down the lovely hand-knit sweater he was carrying around.  

When he went to check out, he noticed a small hole and decided he did not want it.

I do!  I do!

Always needing baskets for displays.

And books.

This is the third week I have shopped at this house. 

They are moving and assure me everything is gone.

We'll see. 

They told me the same thing the previous week.

And a huge box of magazines.

As always I am torn between hunting for junk and watching football this weekend.

Nothing yet looks too interesting.

See y'all!

Barbara Frietchie 
Up from the meadows rich with corn,
Clear in the cool September morn,

The clustered spires of Frederick stand
Green-walled by the hills of Maryland.

Round about them orchards sweep,
Apple- and peach-tree fruited deep,

Fair as a garden of the Lord
To the eyes of the famished rebel horde,

On that pleasant morn of the early fall
When Lee marched over the mountain wall,—

Over the mountains winding down,
Horse and foot, into Frederick town.

Forty flags with their silver stars,
Forty flags with their crimson bars,

Flapped in the morning wind: the sun
Of noon looked down, and saw not one.

Up rose old Barbara Frietchie then,
Bowed with her fourscore years and ten;

Bravest of all in Frederick town,
She took up the flag the men hauled down;

In her attic window the staff she set,
To show that one heart was loyal yet.

Up the street came the rebel tread,
Stonewall Jackson riding ahead.

Under his slouched hat left and right
He glanced: the old flag met his sight.

“Halt!”— the dust-brown ranks stood fast.
“Fire!”— out blazed the rifle-blast.

It shivered the window, pane and sash;
It rent the banner with seam and gash.

Quick, as it fell, from the broken staff
Dame Barbara snatched the silken scarf;

She leaned far out on the window-sill,
And shook it forth with a royal will.

“Shoot, if you must, this old gray head,
But spare your country’s flag,” she said.

A shade of sadness, a blush of shame,
Over the face of the leader came;

The nobler nature within him stirred
To life at that woman’s deed and word:

“Who touches a hair of yon gray head
Dies like a dog! March on!” he said.

All day long through Frederick street
Sounded the tread of marching feet:

All day long that free flag tost
Over the heads of the rebel host.

Ever its torn folds rose and fell
On the loyal winds that loved it well;

And through the hill-gaps sunset light
Shone over it with a warm good-night.

Barbara Frietchie’s work is o’er,
And the Rebel rides on his raids no more.

Honor to her! and let a tear
Fall, for her sake, on Stonewall’s bier.

Over Barbara Frietchie’s grave
Flag of Freedom and Union, wave!

Peace and order and beauty draw
Round thy symbol of light and law;

And ever the stars above look down
On thy stars below in Frederick town!

Now you know about Barbara Fritchie including her name is spelled two ways! 



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  1. We might move to Frederick! Interesting you mention it.
    I included your blog on my "I Like" post this week. Thanks for always entertaining me. LeeAnna

  2. Those dolls are really cute! Oh and I love that sweater also! Happy Friday!

  3. The dolls are cool ! I didn't know they came small like that. A friend of mine makes beautiful clothing for American Dolls. Martha Washington looks a bit like Dolly Parton. :-) I'm a garage sale stalker, too. If someone has something in their hand that I want I'll watch them like a hawk. But I have been known to go up to them and ask if they really want it, and one time the woman decided she'd give it to me because she goes every day to look for things. Never hurts to ask ! My favorite today is the slip you found. I grew up wearing slips (still do) and always love the pretty ones.

  4. Wonderful finds! Love everything, especially the slip and sweater.

  5. Great score on the pretty sweater Donna. I love those sweet dolls how cute are they?!!
    Love the baskets found too. Happy Friday.

  6. The James Yates tankard is really need. Depending on the hallmarks it could be as early as 1829 or as late as 1902. There were 3 Yates pewterers in Birmingham. Which is why there is a first name. Depending on the condition it could sell from $150 down to $10. It should have a crown VR stamp, a James Yates stamp, a number stamp that tells you the location where it was made, and possibly a Birmingham hallmark,

  7. Nice collection of dolls. I did not know they came in boxes. Love the half-slip. I have a beautiful one that I would love to wear as a skirt, but the waist is way too small. However, my mannequin enjoys wearing it. Looking forward to seeing what you do with the sweater.

  8. Love the pewter pitcher and the dolls are a cool find. I didn't know who Barbara Fritchie was and I really enjoyed the poem.

  9. Love the dolls. I've followed people around too in hopes that they will change their minds and I've had people follow me around too. Sometimes it works out for me or them. All part of the fun.

  10. You and your boiled peanuts! And, I bet it was "southern" {vinegar-based} BBQ, too! I love the dolls. I have some similar. They weren't special, like in a book or anything. They have {starched} crocheted dresses. Their hair is a bit mussed, too. They are quite sweet.

  11. Those dolls are quite the collectible! So funny how you followed the guy around.....I do that too!

  12. Yummy boiled peanuts! I love 'em too. They taste just like black-eyed peas to me when they are boiled. I like the brass basket & would enjoy those magazines. The dolls look interesting. Junking would win out over football anytime...LOL


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