Some Technical Help, a Pair of Demijohn Bottles, and We are Back in Business
Published on August 19, 2009 :: 2 Comments
I am sure you, my loyal reader(s), have been anxiously awaiting the return of Tandem Antiques and Design blogging. Well, the wait is over! Thanks to some excellent technical help we are back in the photo uploading game. In all seriousness, I have found a web designer who has repaired my glitches and is currently working on some other improvements to this site. So far he is terrific to work with, and I am excited about the upcoming changes. I found him through Twitter – just putting an S.O.S out there and following up on recommendations from my tweeps. I have to admit, I love Twitter.
Steven and I, the two boys and the dog have been traveling the last two weeks. We’ve been down in sunny (hot…humid) North Carolina, enjoying some Grandma time. Resting, relaxing, really not doing much. But there was a flea market last Saturday…
We bought some great industrial stools from one guy. He had five of them, and we tried to pick and choose the best ones, but at that point in the morning it was easier to just buy them all. Another guy had a whole lot of cool industrial lighting and elements. Steve bought a zinc architectural keystone, and we were moving on. Then I spotted some old cash drawers or tills, with their original numbered covers. “There’s something cool about them”, I thought, “but I don’t know…” Then the dealer told me the price, and they were cheap. He had six of them and I tried to pick and choose the best ones, but it was getting hot out there and it was easier to just buy them all.
The best thing we found were some antique demijohn bottles with their wooden packing crates. The dealer had two of them, so (you guessed it) we bought them all. They are big and beautiful and old. One is clear and the other a pale aqua color. We hauled them back to my mom’s and, in celebration of our blog’s recovery, took pictures of them. See?
I love the wooden crates – just a nice added touch.
A demijohn is a very large bottle, sometimes up to 10 gallons in capacity. Most were handblown and some have pontiled bottoms. They were used as containers to hold wine, molasses, and other liquids. Common colors were olive green and aqua, while amber is rarer and cobalt blue is the rarest color for demijohns.
Pretty, aren’t they? And truthfully, I am happy to be able to post pictures of anything at this point. Pictures of dirt would make me happy, if you know what I mean. See you soon, with some pics of our next fun find.