Flea Market Finds & My First Really Great Doorknob

I went to the flea market Thursday night after work. This seemed safe — most of the vendors have left by five o’clock. I stopped and bought things from two vendors, though — one of my favorites and one new one. And I was very good and only bought little things. Here’s what came home with me:

I found the prism for $1 — a great little addition to the Christmas tree, when December comes around — the jar for $2, down from $3; the biscuit cutter also $2, down from $3; and a game of Authors for about $3.50 or $4.

I just thought the jar was cute. I’m thinking maybe 1960’s? And I’m not sure what to use it for — maybe powdered sugar.

I’ve never played this, but it looked appealing. I may have read a mention of it in one of Louisa May Alcott’s books. Anyone familiar with it?

I keep telling myself that I won’t buy any more cookbooks. Not a single one. I have too many.

Then I find just one more that I MUST have. Or two more. In this case, they’re bookLETS, not books, so I’m not breaking my rule. At least not technically. Right? But I couldn’t pass up “Cakes Men Like.”

Then today, my friend Mr. Fie came by to visit at work. He brought me some grand treasures.

A very pretty antique candlestick!



Two pages from an 1895 Delineator magazine — I’m going to frame them and add them to the decor. Aren’t the sleeves just great? So typical of the ’90’s.

A vintage container of nutmeg, from Cumberland Mfg. Co. here in Nashville. Mr. Fie estimates that it’s from the 1940’s. Isn’t it precious? It still has the original nutmeg in it — “but I don’t really recommend using it,” Mr. Fie cautioned.

And here’s the greatest treasure of all — my first really nice doorknob.

Now, when was the last time you saw a doorknob this grand?

I haven’t been able to find any information on it yet — most of the eagle doorknobs in the books and online seem to be a different knob made by Yale — but I’m guessing late 1800’s to about 1915. It’s cast bronze and extra-large — originally a knob for a front door.

I think I can consider myself a real doorknob collector now!

About Charity

I have an inexcusable number of cookbooks (and like to experiment with them), have worked in architectural antiques, and have been sewing most of my life. I recently graduated with a Ph.D. in Apparel, Merchandising, & Design from Iowa State University. Doing household things (except for cleaning!) and hunting for antiques are my favorite pastimes.
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