As I was visiting my grandmother's house in Georgia, I was awestruck by the grandiosity of her collection of these assorted objects, and how she knew a back-story for almost every single piece. As my father walked in on us clearing out some of the boxes in her garage, he and I started in on a conversation about the variety of terms for them. He began with bric-a-brac, a French term, and then we hit fun ones, like knickknacks, tchotchkes, baubles, doodads, and my all time favorite so far - curios. And, just like that, my collecting obsession now had a name.
The curios that I like to pepper my apartment with (just like generations of women in my family have apparently done before me) are something that I consider to be a part of my personality. I love collecting them, finding out all about them, and telling their stories to guests who pop in, just like my grandmother does. She was generous enough to share a few pieces from her collection with me (more pictures to come later!) - and then there were others that I stumbled upon in her house on my own when everyone was distracted with cooking for the holiday.
And, because I'm me, I wanted to share them here. I mean, if curios can't be shared, then what are they there for?
|An Antique Cut Glass Mini Vase and Shot Glass (classy)|
|Assorted Brass Woodland Animal Statuettes|
|Antique Cut and Painted Glass Bluebell Bowl (friggin' gorgeous)|
|Not even pretending to know... but OMG.|
|Hand-Painted Antique Gold-Rimmed Saucer (this beauty is mine now!)|