Sunday, February 24, 2013

Needlepoint and Vintage Market Haul

On this Vintage View Sunday, I'm sharing my collection of antique needlepoint purses and accessories--one purse and one frame that I found today at the Topanga Vintage Market, along with a game, beautiful old clothespins to use as lace or ribbon holders, and two heavy brass furniture embellishments, called "ormolu"-- that I just couldn't pass up.  So $35.00 later (what a deal), I came home with this:

  Made in Austria, the purse is in perfect condition, and I think would date around 1920 or 30. 
I was happy to find it at a price I could afford, since I had to pass them up in when 
I visited there due to the very high cost. The black needlepoint in the round frame is Victorian. 
I arranged some of my new finds along with my other needlepoint on a marble-topped table in my entry:

 The largest purse is probably from the 50s and has a medium size needlepoint.  
The next two purses snuggled up to it are Victorian, and are stitched with 
very fine petit point.  The opened case in the front has even smaller stitches. 
 I was told that it was "meta point."  I have never again seen 
needlepoint so small.  It looks like dots with the tip of a fine pen.

 Below you can compare the stitch size:

The meta point case actual size:

One interesting little piece is this match box with a bit of 
petit point in the center. I believe it is Victorian.

All-in-all, a very nice day, although cold and windy. 
 Now I just need to get back to cleaning, cooking, and crafting!


Chris said...

Hi Laura, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris

sweet violets said...

What a beautiful collection and so nicely the old clothespins too!!! Never heard of meta point, oh my, soooooooo tiny!!! And how sweet is that matchbox???

PetraB said...

what briiliant finds and a beautiful collection!

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

What beautiful pieces!! They made a lovely tablescape!!


Darlene said...

I love your collection. I love needlepoint purses too. take care Darlene

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Laura, so nice to meet you and thank you for stopping by and your kind comment. I have so enjoyed my visit here on your lovely blog.
What a great collection of gorgeous needlepoint purses. You really found some wonderful treasures for sure.
Gorgeous table display.
Have a great day.
Hugs, Celestina Marie

Maureen said...

Such beautiful pieces! I can't believe how small that meta point is... never heard of that before. What a great display they all make. Love that game too!

The Tablescaper said...

What a gorgeous collection!

Wonderful to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Laura Turner said...

Thank you for all the sweet comments--you all made my day. So nice to find fellow needlepoint and antiques lovers!

PamLuvsPink said...

Hi Laura!!!

I love needle point and have a somewhat medium collection. It's funny, but, you may never know where you'll find a treasure. One I found at a flea market and it was in a old, dirty wooden box, mixed with all sorts of stuff, Nuts and bolts included.

I asked the owner what he wanted for my find and her said, '$0.25.' Sounds good to me!!! But, what was really neat was finding it was a half circle mirror inside a credit card size black needle point holder. The mirror was attached so it wouldn't get scratched. What a find!!!!!

Love your new acquired items!!


Shannon Chastaine said...

This is a very cool collection. I didn't think you'd meet too many other people with a similar collection until I read PamLuvsPink's comment above me! :) ha! I have an unusual collection too (antique porcelain nuns--long story). I can't believe the meta point! It is SO tiny I wonder how difficult it must have been to do. Thanks for sharing!

Laura Turner said...

Antique porcelain nuns--I LOVE it! I'll bet there's a great story behind that. :-)

Laura Turner said...

I'm kinda jealous of your mirror, Pam. LOL! Mine has a half circle beveled mirror, but it's only in a moire satin case.

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

Just stopping in to Thank you for following me and I have also signed up to follow you!! looking forward to getting to know you..I loved these purses!!

I have also added your blog to my Blog rolls....


Dawn@ We Call It said...

Those needlepoint treasures are simply gorgeous. I am always so sad to see some lady's handiwork for sale in a flea market or thrift store - so glad you have rescued some! New follower, I like your Sunday View party :)