Missed my usual vintage finds Wednesday shop talk this week.
Getting ready for a road trip this weekend and our "little" girl is coming home so all manner of hub bub is going on here at the Pagoda.
Just two items this week, both for my Maude & Lola shop. The first is already listed, the second one will be soon.
This is a vintage Tastevin.
A tastevin is a small shallow silver cup or saucer traditionally used by winemakers and sommeliers when judging the maturity and taste of a wine. This is the basic standard design of the cups - there is a piece on the side for the thumb to rest with a hole underneath for a finger. They are worn around the neck. Hard to find with the original chains still on so I was quite pleased with this one.
The facets, convex bottom, and shiny inner surface help to catch as much available light as possible, reflecting it throughout the wine in the cup, making it possible to see through the wine and judge the color. Most of these vintage sipping cups were made in France but this one was made in Italy. I think it would make a unique (if not large) statement necklace!
I don't know what this one is called, perhaps you can help.
Obviously it's a wood box, but look inside...
Look a little closer...
They are wood letters and numbers. Perhaps they are from a school - or they were a home teaching tool. The letters are two sided, different letters on each. I've not seen anything like this before, the box appears to be homemade (but the lettering looks professional). It's hard to research for age and value when I don't know if there is a particular name for it (like the tastevin above). If anyone knows, do tell.
These and other fun finds can be found in my Maude & Lola Etsy shop here.
My vintage jewelry Etsy shop, Everton Terrace, is here.
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