is a 19th century art movement with an emphasis on aesthetic values over deep meaning. The prime function of an object was to be beautiful ---- "art for art's sake".
The origins of Aestheticism are in the Orientalism movement of the 1850s and 60s. After The Great Exhibition in London in 1851 several Oriental objects were purchased by The Government Schools of Design as study collections, enabling students to experience the "East" for the first time. The Museum of Ornamental Art, which later become The Victoria and Albert Museum, purchased Japanese lacqeur and porcelain for the permanent collections in 1852 and 1854. The Meiji Restoration in Japan in 1858 allowed freedom of ideas to flow in and out of Japan. Previously Japan had been closed to all but a limited number of Dutch merchants that were limited to trading in the port of Nagasaki. The London Exhibition of 1862 was the first time the English general public were exposed to Japanese arts, textiles and household goods in a major way.
The production of British made, Aesthetic style furniture and residential decorative items occurred primarily between 1870 and 1900. Recurring decorative themes reflect an Eastern influence, the style referred to as "Anglo-Japanese". By the Paris Exhibition of 1878 this was known as the "Modern English" style; Christopher Dresser being one of the chief proponents of the exoticism of these new visual ideas. It is in this period that Arthur Lasenby Liberty (1843-1917) opened a small shop on Regent St. in London, selling small ornaments and objet d'art imported from Japan and the Middle East. Liberty's opening in 1875 heralded the first successful commercial outlet of Aestheticism accessible to the shopping public. Some of the designers that worked with or for Liberty's include Christopher Dresser (1834-1917), E.W. Godwin (1833-1886), Archibald Knox (1864-1933) and C. F. Voysey (1857-1941).
The flattening of planes and layering of compositional spaces borrow from Ukiyo-e, Japanese wood block prints. On some pieces the ornamentation was on an ebonized or blackened background. Naturalistic devices of flowers, birds, gingko leaves and peacock feathers are prominent. Asymmetrical and collaged placement of the design motifs, such as fans and banners, contribute to the suggested randomness and naturalism of the overall design. Gilded highlights add to the sensuality of the visual experience.
"Art for art's sake", after all.
Some examples from the collections of Cynthia Findlay Antiques demonstrate these design elements.
Thank you to everyone that voted to help us win diamond awards in the 2019 Toronto Star Readers' Choice Awards for the Best Jewellery Store and the Best Antique Store. We really appreciate it, thanks again!
In celebration of Queen Victoria’s birthday coming up May 24th, we are highlighting some of the trends the Queen started. She was a cutting edge, fashionable trend-setter in jewellery and design in the Victorian era.
The Queen and the Victorians were enamoured with the romantic, magical and the spiritual. Jewellery items were adorned conveying grief and glee and the endearing.
The crescent moon and stars became common symbols in jewellery during this era. The crescent moon represented spiritual being and the feminine Moon Goddess and stars were a symbol of direction and guidance.
Vintage Seed Pearl with Diamond Crescent and Star Brooch
The Victorians associated seed pearls with purity, valuing the lace effect of surfaces completely covered in their lustre.
We are delighted to be working with the talented Rainbow Chan in making her vision of exceptional wedding scape come true. Her lavender concept has blown us away. These stunning photographs are from the talented artiese studios
A lovely 14 karat white gold mill grain and filigree ring featuring 1 checkerboard top cushion cut light intense purple amethyst and 22 round brilliant cut diamonds.
“Lavender, for so many, is a scent that is reminiscent of long summer nights and young summer love. The kind love that leaves us standing among the stars on cool winter nights just to feel the brief warmth of a memory”
These images were picked up by Joy Web on their wedding photography blog.
We have a large selection of discontinued antique and vintage sterling silver flatware patterns. Our Birks sterling Silver Flatware is roughly half of Birks last retail price list. In addition we also carry Heirloom, Gotham, Internation, Northumbria, Roden and Wallace sterling silver flatware patterns.
Slimy salamanders are perfect for Halloween. This Victorian style emerald brooch is of the late 1890s and houses one-hundred and nine mixed cut and polished emeralds combining to 8 ct. Two round brilliant cut and polished diamonds are in place as eyes of the salamander (SI, H-I 0.81 ct.).
There are five types of marks which are present on English sterling silver:
A Date Mark
A date mark depicts the year a piece was tested. A letter of the alphabet is used, this letter is assigned to a year – acute attention should be paid as letters were used in both lowercase and capital form as well as in different shapes of punches, fonts and backgrounds. (a) in the zoomed photo of the Sterling Silver Salver shows the datemark.
The duty mark is related to tax, George the third applied a silver tax in 1784 during the time of the American War of Independence. A duty mark can be found on pieces from 1784-1890. The duty mark displays the mark of the ruling sovereign and insured the buyer that there was tax paid on the piece.
The town mark sometimes referred to as the assay office shows the location where the silver was tested for its quality.
In the Georgian era silver was assayed at London, Birmingham, Chester, Dublin, Edinburgh, Exeter, Glasgow, New Castle, Sheffield, Tory. Today offices are still operating from London, Birmingham, Dublin, Edinburgh, and Sheffield.
The assay mark, a “lion passant”, confirms that the item has met the qualifications of sterling silver standard.
(Items not online, below is the description. Please contact us for more info.)
Pristine Georgian Sterling Silver 5 piece table garniture set. English hallmarks stamped for London in 1812. Created by Silversmith John Houle.
Care and Cleaning Tips For Your Open Backed Antique Vintage Jewellery & Engagement Ring!
Care Kit Checklist:
- mild liquid soap ( if you can find salt free, that is best)
- ammonia based jewellery or window cleaner diamonds, sapphires, and rubies only
- small brush with soft bristles
- lint-free soft fabric or clean eyeglass cloth
1. Place the antique jewellery item in warm water or the ammonia based window cleaner in a bowl. Be wary of using sinks, make sure all drains are closed!
2. While holding the antique jewellery over the bowl use the soft bristled brush, soap or cleaner to gently brush all crevices and underneath. Repeat this after rinsing if necessary.
3. Soak your antique jewellery overnight if it is coated with dirt, then follow step two.
4. Rinse the antique jewellery while holding it over the bowl with warm water, this will prevent losing any loose stones
5. Dry your antique jewellery on a soft, lint free cloth or clean eyeglass cloth. Make sure to inspect the item once it is dry.
When in doubt, please contact Cynthia Findlay Antiques. Other titbits on cleaning your jewellery:
i) Ultrasonic cleaners should not be used on any vintage or antique jewellery
ii) Liquids should never be used on sensitive materials like hair, photographs or portrait miniatures – often these are found in vintage, antique lockets. Instead just use a cloth.
iii) Opals, pearls, turquoise are common porous and soft gems which should only be cleaned with water and a mild liquid soap. Never soak overnight, and only immerse in liquids for a few minutes. It is important to rinse well before drying your antique opal, pearl or turquoise jewellery.
About Georgian jewellery & How to take care of closed backed pieces
The Georgian period persisted from 1714 to 1837, it saw the rule of five different English Kings. Georgian Jewellery is very distinguishable, and very difficult to come by. Jewellers of the time usually set gemstones in closed back settings, and they are also known for the ornate metal work. Georgian jewellery is truly a work of art; flower, crescent, foliage, ribbons and bows were common motifs.
One of our clients recently purchased a stunning Georgian Ring. To own a piece of Georgian Jewellery is truly like owning a piece of history, and lots of care must go into it.
This ring has a closed back where you can only see metal and are unable to see the back of the gemstones, in this case diamonds. It is a common design of Georgian Jewellers who used foiling, backing the setting with foil, to magnify the light reflection of the diamonds. Georgian jewellery must never be on your hands while in contact with water, it should never be placed in liquids. This is to prevent moisture from getting in-between the stone and mount which will spoil the foiling and the colour. Caution should be taken when wearing Georgian jewellery in rain. Instead of using water on old pieces, gold and silver treated cloths are best to use. The cloths found with eyeglasses can also be used to remove dirt and grease.
When storing Georgian jewellery, we recommend that is be stored in a soft fabric and individually so not to rub against other pieces. A dry humid-free storage area is best, but refrain from air tight plastic bags or boxes for lengthy storage times. Just like any work of art, we know that your Georgian Jewellery can last from generation to generation. Georgian Jewellery worn frequently should be checked every year by a jeweller to ensure that any loose diamonds are secured. Contact Us at Cynthia Findlay Antiques to happily to assist you with this.
Antique & Vintage Cottage Interior Decorating Ideas, Brighten Up your Summer Abode
It was a delight to be featured in Style At Home's Cottage Style edition this summer.
See the Top 5 Decorating Tips Below!
Orange Glass Vase: 325$ Bird Figurine: 95$ GW Alior Round Teal Indian Pot: 95$ Green Ducal English Pitcher: 295$ Turquoise Floral Victorian Vase: $450 Turquoise and Green West German Vase: 55$ Van Briggle Candlesticks 195$ White double handled vase:295$
We were very inspired by the decorating trends in this issue. So many great tips on decorating your cottage.
Here is a list of the top 5 cottage style decorating tips from Style at Home!
1. “Embrace flower power, find a charming way to store fresh-cut flowers like using ceramic pitchers stacked on top of books”
2. “Be bold with the mix, combine antique and contemporary pieces to create a room that looks effortlessly put together”
3. “Look into Nature, take inspiration from organic shapes and textures in artwork, fabrics and accessories.”
4. “Make setting the table a breeze, let guests help by keeping utensils and napkins in easy-to-access vintage containers”
5. “Decorate in dynamic duos, pick strong colour combos to make every vignette in the room pop”
1. Center: Shorter and Sons English pitcher 265$
Left Vase : Bursley Ware Charlotte Read England 495$
Right Vase: Burslem England 395$
2. Left: Green Opaline vase 495$
Center: Wedgwood 195$
Right: Bronze sculpture Al Green 595$
3. Right: West German Vase 425$
Back: Mahogany and curly maple games board 1940 495$
This year's exciting new Spring tv sensation is 'American Gods' premiering on Starz (Amazon Prime Video in Canada). The television adaptation of Neil Gaiman's successful novel 'American Gods' (2001) explodes off the screen with action, intrigue and a wonderfully modern twist on mythology. The Old World Gods and the New Gods of Technology and Media war for their place in modern America.
The main storyline follows Shadow Moon who is released from prison three days early to attend his wife's funeral. Ian McShane enters the scene as the compelling Mr. Wednesday (Norse God Odin) and in a chance encounter draws Shadow Moon into the war of the Gods as his new personal bodyguard. Each episode begins with a historical fiction of a different Old World God's 'Coming to America story'. These Gods arrive powerfully and dramatically through the prayers and spilled blood of their believers. Intense historical vignettes bring political issues to the forefront while also rooting the Gods of the Old World in the mythologies and faiths from which they came.
The reviews of 'American Gods' are absolutely glowing, as is the feedback from Cynthia Findlay Antiques employees who had a chance to work alongside Props and Set departments to discover, buy and rent several store items to the filming of the show. As a big fan of Neil Gaiman's novel one employee remarked on the 'impeccable attention to details and the quality of the props choices made by the designers'. Details can define or destroy an adaptation and the crew of 'American Gods' did an absolutely terrific job in capturing the essence of the book in both physical objects and onscreen portrayals.
There are several items that Props and Set have rented from Cynthia Findlay's Antiques that are still available for sale in store. Some of our favorites are:
This handsome Bronze Dog Satue.
A pair of Stately Bronze Urns.
This perfect combination of Antique Masculinity and Delicate details on this Antique mounted, gilded horn cup.
History comes alive in the Unique lines of this Pineapple shape silver plate Coffee and Tea Service circa the 1860s.
Wonderfully detailed English Silver plate tea tray.
Click Here and keep an eye out as the online list is expanded and updated to find your favorite pieces from a terrifically enthralling show!
Cynthia Findlay's Antiques enjoys working alongside designers and crews to provide prop rentals and sales for magazines, television series and films in Toronto. Our staff will work alongside you to help bring your vision to life, onscreen and off.
You've found 'the One' and now it's time to find 'the Ring'. As you begin engagement ring shopping it's easy to become overwhelmed by the vast array of choices. Instead of going to a jewelry store in a mall full of hustling people and searching for the latest- and likely most expensive- rings, why not consider purchasing a vintage ring? Antique and Vintage rings have timeless and classic looks, and in many cases are more affordable than similar modern rings.
Here are a few reasons why you should choose a vintage engagement ring:
Craftsmanship: One of the hallmarks of vintage rings is their exceptional craftsmanship. From first look it's easy to see the time and care that a highly skilled jeweler spent crafting a vintage or antique ring. To commission a ring today with the same level of skill and quality as an Edwardian, Vintage or Art Deco ring would cost much more than finding the perfect piece that has already been lovingly created.
Uniqueness: The engagement ring that you purchase should be a show-stopping, one of a kind piece that stands out from the crowd as much as the woman who will wear it. There's no better way to ensure her ring is unique than to purchase an antique engagement ring. The age of these rings and the likelihood that they were in fact handcrafted means that you'll very rarely see two identical rings.
Symbolism: An engagement ring is a symbol of a commitment that will last forever, and a sign that the marriage you are proposing will be timeless. What better way to symbolize this enduring bond of love than with a timeless piece of jewellery? A vintage engagement ring shows the world that you have a love that transcends time and -like vintage jewellery- will never go out of style.
On the day before Canada's 150th Birthday we celebrate the Birthday of another Canadian icon: the Loonie. June 30th, 2017 marks the 30th year since the Loonie entered circulation in 1987.
This iconic, brass plated steel coin was introduced to phase out the dollar bill in Canada and became affectionately known as the Loonie because of The design of the Common Loon that it features. The name 'Loonie' was so popular that the Canadian Mint legally secured rights to the name in 2006.
The Loon has become a Canadian symbol thanks to the design by Robert Ralph Carmichael, but the dollar almost displayed a very different image. The original design for the Loonie featured a French explorer and an Indigenous man in a canoe. On the way to production the plates disappeared and out of fear of counterfeiting a new design was chosen for the Canadian dollar coin.
The Loon is a majestic water bird that mainly lives in Northern Canada and Northerly parts of the United States. These black and white beauties are diving birds that live off fish and crustaceans. The Loon's sight aids in their underwater hunting so they prefer to live on clear lakes such as in the Muskokas. The beautiful, plaintive cry of the Loon can often be heard echoing across lakes in Canada's cottage country.
Loons have often been seen as a romantic bird because they take a single partner to mate with, co-incubate their eggs and both parents take responsibility for the 1-2 chicks born each season. If a female loon loses her mate she may eventually take another partner during her up to 30 year lifespan.
A majestic and noble symbol of the Canadian North, the Loon can be found in many collectible ways in addition to the Loonie. Carved wooden loons are popular choices for the cottage chic look. Loon paintings make a lovely addition to the Canadian household. To shop our selection of Vintage Loon themed items come by our storefront at 284 King St W.
Happy 30th Birthday Loonie! And a Happy 150th Birthday to you Canada!
In honor of Uma Therman's stunning 19th Century Amethyst Rivière necklace that sparkled on the red carpet of the 71st Annual Tony Awards on June 11th we decided to take a look at this timeless necklace style.
Wondering what a rivière is? The Rivière necklace received it's name from the French word for River, because the faceted gems of this necklace flow gracefully around the neck of the wearer. Stones in a Rivière necklace are individually set and often graduating in size. Rivière necklaces are typically shorter fitting necklaces ranging from 14-16 inches in length. When the Rivière style was first developed in the Late 17th-Early 18th century the stones were set with closed backs, as the style became more popular this was adapted to open settings to allow more light and enhance the smoothly flowing, shining river effect. Stones set in a Rivière necklace are the same shape and the same size (unless there is a slight graduation to the center of the necklace), and on some of the more ornate examples a pendant hangs in the center.
The rivière is a timeless setting that has been popular long after the Georgian period of its invention, and Uma Therman's outfit Sunday is a great example of how the Riviere's classic lines dazzle and enchant even as part of modern outfits. We were inspired to capture images of some of our favorite Rivière necklaces from the Cynthia Findlay collection.
With Father's Day around the corner we thought it would be fun to find 10 interesting facts about this holiday celebrating the wonderful men in our lives! We've also found a few fun fact based gift ideas to inspire you in your Father's Day shopping.
1 - Father's Day is currently celebrated in over 50 countries around the World.
For the Globe-trotter in your life you'll find a terrific selection of globes and maps in store.
2 - Father's Day was Invented in 1910 by Sonora Dodd of Spokane Washington in honour of her father who raised his children as a single parent. Dodd chose June 19th in honour of her father's birthday.
3 - According to Hallmark, Father's Day is the 4th largest card holiday of the year, selling over 74 million cards annually.
Why not try a different take on the traditional card? Business card holders are a snazzy and unique Father's Day gift.
4 - Among those giving cards and gifts on Father's Day, 20% of purchasers are wives buying for their husbands.
Channeling March with Antique & Vintage Aquamarine Jewelry
The name aquamarine finds its origins from the Latin for seawater. Antique and vintage aquamarine jewelry is sought after as the birthstone of March and is said to bring more happiness to a marriage – it is also the gem of the 19th wedding anniversary.
It comes from the Beryl family and according to the Gemological Institute of America, the mineral beryl gives the wearer protection against foes in battle or litigation. It’s an interesting allegory, the aquamarine is a delicate light blue and the crystal is transparent and reminds you of the whimsical sea, and not a gloomy battle field.
At Cynthia Findlay Antiques there is a wide selection of aquamarines; from antique aquamarine filigree pendants, to vintage aquamarine and diamond art deco rings, to vintage earrings, vintage bracelets and antique brooches.
The most unique pieces include this stunning platinum and 18kt necklace. It is a yellow gold necklace, featuring one oval facetted medium intense blue aquamarine, nine old European cut diamonds, and one hundred and fifteen rose cut diamonds. There are twelve creamy white cultured pearls and the platinum clasp is set with two diamonds. The four strands of cultured silvery rose pearls make up the rest of the piece which is sixteen inches in length.
This 1930’s art deco aquamarine brooch is also a superb example of the unique pieces held at Cynthia Findlay Antiques. It has a large 35.1 carat briolette cut aquamarine. It is a stunning light sky blue in colour and set in 18kt. The twenty-four single cut and four baguette cut diamonds which are 0.50 carats, and fourteen calibre cut synthetic sapphires, set off the colour and cut of the aquamarine.
The aquamarine can be cut into most shapes, but the popular fashions are emerald cuts, round and oval brilliants. It is the hardness of the gemstone and the beauty of its transparency that have made it popular with age-old sculptors, designers and artists. These Victorian earrings made of 18 karat yellow gold and a silver top have two briolette aquamarines and are accented with eight aquamarines of 3.05 carats and sixty diamonds at 0.25 carats.
Another stunning example of antique and vintage aquamarine jewelry is this pair of platinum and 14 Karat white gold wing like earrings with two heart-shaped aquamarines of 14.43 carats, surrounded by twenty four brilliant cut diamonds of 0.65 carats VS clarity.
One of the things Cynthia Findlay Antiques is known for is the wide selection of estate aquamarine rings, and this beautiful 18 karat white gold ring, circa 1940 houses a 24.1 carat aquamarine accented with twelve round brilliant, straight baguette and marquise brilliant cut diamonds of 1 carat and VS clarity.
Visit our antique and vintage aquamarine jewelry under the jewellery top category to view more unique aquamarine pieces or call into the shop for more information.
Winter has descended and its icy grip can drive even the heartiest among us back inside to the warmth of a blanket, a fire and a steaming cup of tea. Add to this cozy scenario a cheerful vintage cup and saucer set decorated in little flowers, or funky bright colors and suddenly winter doesn't seem so bad.
Here are a couple of our favorite teacups and saucers to warm you up out of your winter blues:
Having tea for two, or a full winter tea party? Tea sets make any gathering into an event and brightens up the living or dining room.
If these images 'tea-sed' your imagination and tastebuds visit 284 King St W. where the friendly Cynthia Findlay's staff will happily help you create the perfect Winter tea party setting.
February Dawned, Cold and Bright In The Cool Amethyst Glow Of Winter Snowfall.
The stately Amethyst reigns as the birthstone of the shortest and coldest month of the year: February. The Amethyst is a stunning purple descendant of the quartz line of gemstones and measures a 7 on the MOHs scale of hardness. Amethyst is thought to embody stability, peace and courage in it's wearer; providing strength and purpose during February's chill.
February pays tribute to St. Valentine- the patron saint of romantic love- who wore an amethyst ring carved with the image of a Cupid. The Egyptians also used amethyst as a stone for carved intaglios, and lovers still find meaning and excitement in gifting jewelry featuring the deep purple hues of amethyst gemstones.
The amethyst is also the official gemstone for the 6th and 17th years of marriage, and makes a lovely and sentimental present for the love of your life.
Amethyst is also often called the 'sober stone'. Greek people drank from amethyst goblets to prevent intoxication from wine. This theory may stem from the legend of Amethyst, a young girl whom Diana turned to a pure clear stone to defend from the rage of Bacchus (God of intoxication). When Bacchus saw what he had done he wept wine soaked tears of remorse and turned the stone of Amethyst a deep purple. It's from this legend that Amethyst became known as a stone of patience and calm, a reminder to think through your actions.
In the Middle Ages the amethyst became the symbol of royalty because of its rich violet hues. The most famous amethyst owned by the British crown is a set of brooches, earrings, necklace and a hair comb that was passed down by-and named after- Queen Victoria's mother, the Duchess of Kent. The most commonly seen piece from the 'Kent amethyst' set is a brooch that the queen wears to flatter her purple outfits.
Capture the regal style with Victorian era, amethyst brooches, such as this beautiful one.
For a vast selection of February's dazzling birthstone in a rainbow of stunning amethyst shades and settings find us at 284 King St. W. In Toronto.
Garnet is January's birthstone, find out why garnets still continue to surprise and Dazzle!
In the frost and chill of winter January marks a month of New Beginning, and what better way to mark new beginnings than with a birthstone that has withstood the test of time but still continues to surprise and dazzle: the Garnet. The Garnet is a stone of strength, loyalty, vigor and faithful love. If any of those qualities sound like the January baby in your life come in to Cynthia Findlay Antiques and we will help you select a very special antique or vintage garnet jewellery treasure.
Curious to know more about January's birthstone? The most common colour for Garnet is a deep red, however these gemstones can also be found in shades of orange, yellow, green, purple, brown, pink and (on very rare occasions) blue.
Garnet can be cut to showcase a high glasslike shine or can be found in a resinous, bead quality in longer necklaces or earrings.
Garnet rates a 6.5 - 7.5 on the MOHs scale of hardness.
The word 'Garnet' is claimed to descend from the Latin word 'Garanatus', meaning seed-like; as the garnet closely resembles the rich, juicy red seeds of a pomegranate. It's from this resemblance to pomegranates that many of the most intriguing mythologies surrounding January's birthstone were born.
In Greek mythology Hades is said to have given a pomegranate to Persephone before she left him to ensure her speedy return. A garnet given to your beloved is thought to hold the same power to help heal the bond of distance and ensure a safe and speedy return. What a lovely sentiment an antique or vintage garnet bracelet or necklace would make in reminding the wearer to follow their heart back home to you after their travels.
Garnets have been called the 'women's stone' as their color and ties to the pomegranate are a reminder of the power and fertility of the female womb. Many men wear garnet as well, and in fact the King of Saxony is said to have a Garnet weighing over 465 carats!
A Legendary stone, Garnet boasts a long and interesting history.
One of the earliest discoveries of garnet was as a necklace in the grave of a young man from 3000 BC (the Bronze Age). Egyptian pharaohs wore garnet both as decoration and as part of their ceremonial garb to symbolize their strength and endurance. Plato had his portrait engraved on a garnet by a Roman engraver. Stories say that the 'Barbarians' who took over the Western Roman Empire wore the Garnet stone to improve their strength and perseverance as warriors. Garnets have also enjoyed popularity in many different cultures and religions, and can be seen decorating Bohemian churches as well as in many religious texts.
Garnet held incredible popularity in Victorian jewelry during the 18th and 19th centuries, and many breathtaking Victorian necklaces, bracelets and earrings can be found here at Cynthia Findlay antiques.
Garnet is not only the stone of separated lovers, January birthdays and new beginnings, it is also the official gemstone for the second year of marriage.
We invite you to give the gift of meaning and lore this January, in the form of a unique vintage or antique piece of Garnet jewelry from our collection.
A Guide to Adding Sparkle to your New Years party with Vintage Crystal Stemware!
Before we Raise a glass to 2017 and toast the New Year it may be time to consider updating, replacing or adding toasting glasses for something with a bit more glam and sparkle. In fact maybe it's time to replace your entire bar
set with the sparkle and timelessness of a classic crystalware pattern paired with shining silver accents.
For displaying Crystal and to add a touch of class you should start with a stunning silver tray that brings your bar cart, sideboard or folding table to a new level of grace and elegance. We suggest something with fascinating details and raised
edges; like this favorite:
The champagne will need somewhere to chill during the festivities; so an eye catching champagne bucket is definitely in order! Champagne buckets are a versatile accessory that can be used to showcase floral arrangements or other seasona decorations when not in use for chilling.
When it comes to champagne glasses themselves there are two main shapes from which to sip your New Years bubbles. You're probably familiar with the statuesque fluted champagne glass (stemmed or stemless). Flutes were designed to allow for champagne to maintain it's sparkle longer and to encourage bubbles to the surface of the glass to dance on your tongue with every sip. The elegance of cut Crystal fluted champagne glasses is preferred for dry and off dry champagne and prosecco.
The glass that gained popularity in the 'roaring twenties' with it's open top and delicately turned out edges is known as the Champagne Coupe. The coupe or 'bowl' glass allows the flavors of the wine to develop more fully but also encourages the bubbles to escape faster so that they do not tickle your nose as you sip. Coupe glasses are often the favorite choice for sweet, full bodied sparkling wines.
Does your party have a signature cocktail or will your guests be enjoying? Whimsical or dignified cocktail shakers make serving a signature drink a breeze; and make you look good mixing it!
Need more crystalware than just champagne glasses? Here at Cynthia Findlay Antiques we have all shapes and sizes of glasses a wide variety of styles to compliment your dream barware set. Click here to browse our selection.
For the gracious guest: any of these pieces would make for a stunning hostess present to thank your hosts for what is sure to be a wonderful and memorable evening.
Whatever your dream is for decorating your New Years Eve bash, you'll find unique and timeless pieces to suit your needs at Cynthia Findlay antiques. When you raise a glass this New Years Eve, wow your friends and family with a stunning Classic barware set; and indulge responsibly.
May the New Year bring you Happiness, Friendship and Love!
Your Guide to Popular Vintage Gifts this Christmas
As the Snow glistens in the lanes and shoppers rush home with their treasures, you may find yourself stuck wondering what last minute treasures to get for the vintage lover on your list. At Cynthia Findlay's we've compiled a list of some of the most popular gifts this holiday season to help you in your quest.
1. Sterling Wine Coasters. These beautifully crafted coasters not only protect your favorite holiday linens from wayward drips of wine, but also provide a beautiful base in which to dress up the wine bottle that cousin Eddie insists on bringing every year.
2. Tea Strainers and Teacup/Saucer sets. When the weather turns chilly we start to dream of curling up in the evening with a warm cup of tea and a movie or two on Netflix. With the growing popularity of tea stores there has been a resurgence of delicious loose leaf tea available in North America. Victorian silver tea strainers make a beautiful and functional gift for the tea lover in your life.
These delicate pieces perch on top of your cup while you pour hot water through the leaves and come with a stand to place them on after your tea has steeped. This gift pairs perfectly with a unique footed teacup and saucer set, and makes every cup of tea into a celebration worthy of Downton Abbey.
3. Crystal Decanters. The Classy drinker in your family just 'de-cant' say no to displaying that special bottle of scotch or bourbon in a beautiful cut crystal decanter. The art of shaping and cutting Crystal has slowly fallen away from the talented craftsmen of the past to the factory machines of today. For that true 'Mad Man' feel displayed on a bar cart or nestled on a table among matching rocks glasses it's hard to beat a vintage Crystal decanter.
4. Sterling Silver Pill Boxes. These darling boxes can be used for so much more than just prescription medications and make for a stunning keepsake. Delicate metalwork adorns the tops of these containers, making them perfect bathroom and bedroom decorations as well as charming storage boxes for small items.- Please visit our shop for a great selection!
5. Vintage and Antique Jewelry. A true classic that will never steer you wrong is a beautiful piece of vintage or antique jewelry. Whether you're hunting for rings, earrings, necklaces, bracelets or brooches we've got you covered with a rainbow of stones in unique vintage and antique settings. Remind that special someone that they are one of a kind with a piece of jewelry as unique and beautiful as they are.
Come on in to see us at Cynthia Findlay's and we'll help you to find that one of a kind treasure to surprise the vintage lover on your list!
First comes love, then comes.... a thimble?! In the mid-19th century, a large group of American colonizers (self-identified as “plain people”) regarded betrothal rings as excessive displays of frivolity. Instead, a prospective groom would present his bride with a thimble, which she would use to sew items for her hope chest. Once the marriage was complete, and the dowry sewn, the woman would cut off the top of the thimble and wear the bottom as a wedding ring.