Callie Magee Antiques
I am a collector of old things. Some of them I sell to others who like me
want to preserve these old memories for the next generations.
"The older the ruin, the greener the moss.
the older the friendship, the keener the loss."
from the Seven Hundred Album Verses c1884
Friday, June 14, 2013
Here I will show some of the antique jewelry in the store. This one is my all time favorite.
and here another favorite from 1920's a
Also from the 1920's:
The inner necklace is a Victorian piece and the outer one is from 1920's.
Some of you may remember I was trying to take back over the use of the Butlers Pantry in our
home from my dearest husband James. He had early on when we moved here about 20 yrs
ago taken over the cabinets in there for his own things, such as tools.
I recently felt that it was time to use it as it was designed and started making comments about
how much I could do with some additional space. A hint here and there. You know how we
Well, when I was running around with twice the thyroid hormones you should have
prior to surgery I got really ambitious and decided to do something positive in there.
I got more done during those months than ever in my life. I had never had that kind of energy.
So, I convinced him that he could use a huge walk in closet also in the room
instead that has shelves all around it. He said it will never fit. That challenge was all I needed.
I got to work and moved(and organized) all his tools and thingys. It was amazing how
it looked and how organized it was. He couldn't find a thing and had to ask me where
things were but other than that, well this was wonderful to have all this space available
I moved in!!!
I unstashed things which had been in boxes still(yes after 20 yrs) and some items from
the garage, others which were hidden in cabinets in the laundry room.
There was also his treadmill in there which had not been used in probably 5 yrs. James
walks plenty through the day when he is downtown with me at the store. He goes on
errands and walks when I would ride. He goes to the Health Food store to confer with
Blaine on anything and everything. He goes to the post office. He walks to the
Jeweler's where the estate jewelry goes for cleaning etc.
So he did not need or want this treadmill. My son who is disabled could use it and does
now that it has gone to his house.
So it was a huge housecleaning. I won!!! When my two grandsons came to move the
treadmill to their Dad's house, I asked them to move in an old chipped and worn
pie safe. It needed painting but I had no time. I was going into hospital in 2 days
and this must all be finished by then.
So you will see it here as it was coming from the garage. Someday I may paint it or
NOT. My husband does not think it looks right in our house which is more formal, but since it is in the BP and not a room where we have people usually, he is letting me have my way. The BP is a large room itself.
This is a very large pie safe which cannot be told from this picture. It is over 6 ft tall
and probably over 4 ft wide.
There are the two nice deep drawers below and on top a ledge which is perfect for baskets
as you can see I used it for.
On top of that is the French Alps cabinet or bookshelf
I got from friend Bea. It belonged to her parents' chalet in the Alps where she went as a child during the summers.
Here a closer look at it. It is not a small thing itself but it looks small on top of this white(long ago) pie safe. The pie safe is from Tennessee and dated about 1850-60.
These shelves were heavenly for me. I had no idea what I would place on them, they were so high up.
Lucky for me we have 12 ft ceilings even in the Butlers Pantry. I can put lots more on the Chalet shelves and will. I have a set of antique spice jars I think will look nice and they are blue and white, of course.
I looked on the internet and pinterest at pictures of BP's and dreamed but so much reality was harsh.
HA HA Isn't that how those places are? Dreams. I love Pinterest. I consider it my coffee break every time I get to peruse it. Or a mini-vacation.
Well, remember I had all these extra thyroid hormones and a fast heart rate and irregular which is why I needed the surgery. So I wasted no time. I jumped right in to decorating.
I dug out things I needed a place for. My grandmother's old pressure cooker which I had gotten a few years ago from my aunt. Sorry for the bad pictures.
My grandmother Effie used this every season of her life. She died in 1960's. She worked daily in her gardens: vegetable, flower and roses, and fruit orchard and canned everything that looked like it was edible. Bless her for her hard work and hard life. A fine woman who spent her early mornings reading her Bible and her evenings with classic literature. She was such a good woman. I was told I favored her in looks and if so I am grateful for the cheekbones and the dark blue eyes. I know my grin is from my mother though, not Grandmother Effie.
Here she was at age 16. A dreamer for sure but she knew how to work as well. She always made her own clothes from even this date. She is the one who wrote "A lean on a post" on the picture. Probably her only rest for that day was leaning on that post!!!! I love this picture of her.
But back to the BP:
I also now had room for the party coffee urn which I rarely use but needed space for it. The white Wedgwood ironstone demi-coffee set which was a gift from my son Michael in LA. above.
and the old cheese keeper, some blue and white china , a set of French oyster plates, several Provencal bowls and also a set of 1920's black mixing bowls. I collect everything it seems.
Also, what else? Carving board, morter and pestle, a Limoges luncheon set.
Then on top, lots of French baskets, a casserole set, small black hand painted clock on the shelves above which I am not done with yet. Crocks also.
I am also moving gradually from other places in the house my collection of
handpainted trays and French enamel.
That is enough for now so will show more of my
change in the BP next time. I will show you the wall decor next time. At this time I have large posters and other prints. Also the BP needs a special door. I found one on Pinterest that was actually two small doors with glass panes which I love. We will see what I use but even though I love people who can use a screen door there I don't think it goes in this case. Any ideas? Standard door size.
Oh and here the little ice cream table and 2 of the 5 chairs I have in the BP. When the family all comes we move this into the kitchen area for the youngest.
Who knows what project is next!!! This BP was not one I had planned on in advance but it came about fast and furious. Some good things are just that way. Un-planned.
As you can tell I did survive the surgery and I am starting to feel very well.
The out-of-sight energy is gone and I will miss it when I have something I need to get done fast, but the irregular and fast heartbeat, especially when trying to sleep at night are not missed at all.
I can sleep again naturally. Thanks to God for His care.
Over a year ago I had a phone call from a young lady who told me she found my blog
and wanted to discuss some of the items in my store with me. This was not unusual
as many people call to inquire if a certain item is for sale. As we were talking I understood that she was only interested in the militaria items which are on my blog ongoing.
She was a producer of a proposed new TV show and wanted to know more about the items
I have. Well we talked awhile and she said I will send you an email describing in more
detail. She did so immediately and I began to take an inventory of the antique military items
in the store and in my personal possession.
We talked off and on for weeks and I sent pictures and she asked more questions.
Finally we had narrowed down the items she was interested in. She told me a little more
about the show they were working to produce. It would be called "Lords of War" and the host would be Sean Rich who appeared often on the Pawn Stars as their authority they call in to give them information on weaponry and anything to do with military items or items used for war no matter what period they may be from.
About 6 months later I got another call and they were arranging a place to have their
show in our area. Houston won the bid because they wanted it to be available for the
largest turnout. I was told to come that day if possible and present my item for their
auction and the show. They would be advertising for people to come and bring items
of interest to film on the show and better still to be appraised free of charge.
We went to Houston on the day they were set up to review my items and those others who repsonded to the ad. I had narrowed it down to 2 old guns of my father's and a bullet mold which I had
bought here at the store. We were there for quite awhile and I was filmed with Sean Rich, star of the show and gun expert. He appraised all the items I took but only one made the actual show. A bullet mold. I thought is was much later period from about TX revolution or Civil War but it turned out to be older, perhaps circa 1780.
If you do not know this about him, he is proficient in much more than guns. He is
an underwater diver, consultant to movie studios for their movies, including
Pirates of the Carribean, and much more. And on top of all that knowledge, a
first class gentleman.
I enjoyed my day filming so much. It was like you see on TV when they stop
and go and start again with the cameras. The Director was nice and said he usually
yells alot but just for me he would not do that today. Every one there was very nice
to us. The crew was just great!!! They were filming all day with different people who came because of their ads.
I wanted to give you a look at what it is like to go on a show such as this for an average person.
My family called me a few months later and said it was on TV last night. Just wanted to share
my big one-time TV career with you all. You never know when it could happen to you.
PS I wrote this a few months ago and never posted it. Now that it is seen over and over on the
pilot of the show I felt I should post it. I looked very tired here in our photo because it was hot as usual in Houston but the lights made it more so. I was drooping from the heat. Picture of myself
with Sean Rich and my husband following the filming.
Every day there are new buds opened on my azaleas. The redbud trees are bloomed. I am so
ready for springtime that I resent this cooler weather we are having this week with so much
wind. But I am holding on for Spring.