So pleased that a couple of Mossfield blankets have turned up. I believe Porritts and Spencer are / were a Hamilton Ontario mill, I wonder if there will be any interest in them at the Christie antique show ( now run by the Hamilton Conservation Authority) when I attend in September?
Perhaps a knowledgeable Hamiltonian will drop by. Booth M5 hint hint.
Another Kenwood... with a very proud ram.This the first I have seen with ' Queensize' displayed.
Finally, a most interesting label. A handsome wool blanket woven with a sort of chrysanthemum border....label in English and Chinese. I have just been perusing Cecil Beatons diary as a wartime correspondent in China, published in 1945.
Does this blanket date from that time? When British troops were in China? or perhaps it is a missionary blanket.
Its a mystery, rather like this one
A new market table, built specially for me by Bernard, my neighbor at the Brickworks Farmers Market. He runs Shelf Life, specializing in reclaimed and salvaged wood.....and very handsome his wares are.
I used it right away.
The trestles were bought several years ago from a market supply house on the outskirts of Aix, France.....its a wonder we found it as the store was in a large industrial park. Baggage allowance must have been more in those days.
The old table top was becoming too large and cumbersome for me to manage, so Bernard designed a top of lightweight strips that I can roll up and carry easily.
Of course, I have to re-think my van packing plan, I always take too much, but if people don't see it they can't buy it.
Set up in the garden to try some different table cloths. I have a couple of these 50s brocade bedspreads of the right weight, but feel they are to 'fancy' for an outdoor space.
I could look for a couple of plain heavy spreads, sheets would be to lightweight, I fear.
Puurleeze......don't suggest I actually look at retail!.
I have a passion for vintage textiles, I even have a degree in printed and embroidered textiles (many decades ago), and I still find them intriguing! I hope to be able to share my thrift stores and market finds from all over the world. Toronto has been my home for 45 years.
Where to find me
Saturday mornings 8 - 1. Brickworks Farmers Market, Toronto