Monday, January 17, 2011
Tuesday, January 11, 2011
I purchased this large tray at the estate sale too. It measures 28" across and 23 in width. We're not sure of the metal under the paint, but a magnet sure sticks to it. It has years of dirt on, probably wasn't moved off the top of the china cabinet it was on since it was put up there. When removed it left a large white space on the wallpaper behind it. We figured the wall paper must have been from the late 30's to mid 40's and the tray was in that same place all that time....LOL. I have gotten the information from the curator of the Society of Decorative Painters Museum on how to take some of the top dirt of it. Its going to be a long haul at an inch at a time....LOL. There is no signature on it, but the stroke work on the edges are starting to lighten up and be seen. The floral picture looks lighter then it really is as I took my hand scanner and placed it right on top and then lightened it up in the program a tad. Does this look familiar to anyone?
I forgot to change my pictures around. The first one is the hand done laces and the second one is of some vintage fabric that was in one of the packages. The fabric is 35" wide and there is 21/2 yards of it. The feel reminds me of Waverly brand fabric. I haven't had time to go look for it on line yet.
I went to an estate sale this last weekend and really found some great things. Not sure if I am going to set up and Etsy account or what just yet. I don't do a lot of sewing anymore, and not really heavy into altered art, so the hand crocheted laces and tatted laces are something I don't need a ton of. The first two pictures are of hand sewn glass faceted black beads to tulle netting. The longest might have been a risque dress front. Its long enough to start under ones neck and go to the navel....LOL. The other I don't think has been used yet. The white and pink laces are just a tiny bit of the hand crocheted and tatted. I need to clean most of it as it has a very musty odor and some bad stains on some of it too. Any suggestions as to cleaning and what to do with this find?