Saturday, February 2, 2013

A little Victorian Romance

February is here already and we all know what that means, time to get ready for Valentine's Day!
So for this post I decided to put together some Victorian vignettes. I went about the house trying to find little romantic treasures to place together to make several different themed vignettes. I hope you enjoy them.

(items in this photo include a Moser cranberry glass perfume bottle, a toothbrush holder with a bouquet of roses, a sachet my mom gave me when I was a child, soap in a cherub soap dish, my kids in the cherub frame-they are 13 and 16 now, and last an antique postcard on an easel)

(a metal cherub/fairy figure with an added cranberry glass dish on top, Rose Chintz teacups/saucers, cranberry enameled glass tumblers and a little Rose Chintz plate with little petit fours that I made, a pink flower doily that my grandma crocheted and two petit point little hand towels)

A closer look...

(antique postcard on easel and faux bird in antique cage)

(daquerreotype, valentine, ruby flash "Marion" cup, human hair watch fob and little heart locket)
The lady in the photo is my 3rd great grandmother (Ellen), taken during the Civil War era, I bought the cup at an antique mall because of the name on it. Ellen married a man named Daniel Marion Davis, who went by Marion. He was a Sergeant for the Co. K 77th Illinois US Infantry, he served for 3 years and 1 month, was mustered out on Oct 11, 1864 and married Ellen almost one month later, on Nov. 3, 1864. I tell you that little bit of information just to add to the romance of it all. I believe this daquerreotype of Ellen went right along with Marion on that battlefield. And I think this is so because of its condition. It no longer has the case (the one shown does not go with it) and it has lots of scratches and wear to it. And the fact that it was passed down from generation to generation speaks volumes, but sadly somewhere along the line the story stopped being told and the photo was thrown in a box and stored in an attic until I came to own it. Oh, if only this daquerreotype could talk, what a love story we would hear. The fob and locket did not belong to them.

(antique shell art box-notice the heart pincushion, antique fan, red velvet frame and carousel brooch)
The young lady in the photo is Viola, daughter of the above Ellen and Marion, and my 2nd great grandmother.
A closer look at the carousel brooch, can you see the little cupid riding the bicycle? There's also a cowboy riding a pig and a dolphin riding a fish. Not antique though but I like it anyway.

The below photo is not a vignette by any means but I wanted to show the heart up close. This is one of my antique velvet photo albums. Isn't it sweet?

Okay, now that it is February it is time to put the Pfaltzgraff Winterberry dishes back into the cupboard...

And time to bring out the Johnson Bros. Rose Chintz China!

I'll make some Valentines...
(I actually made these last year to hang on my tree but no longer have the tree.)

These are my favorites that I made. I made the large Valentine for hubby a couple of years ago. It has a mirror in the center and says "Look into this mirror clear And my true love will appear." I copied that idea out of a Victorian book. I added little die cut pieces, lace trim and misc. to the glitter hearts to fancy them up a bit.

Since pink is a Valentine color I thought I would show you my latest auction purchase. I bought a pair of pink Bristol vases for $40, pictured is just one of them. I liked the daisies on them, they make me think of this...He loves me, he loves me not, he loves me...

Well that is it for this post but I want to send a Valentine greeting your way, take your pick and I do hope your Valentine's Day will be filled with love.

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. 
But the greatest of these is LOVE.
1 Corinthians 13:13

I am sharing this post with the following parties:
1.  Patti at Ivy and Elephants
 2.  Sandi at Rose Chintz Cottage
4. TUESDAYS AT OUR HOME with Maria Elena


  1. Be my Valentine? Richard and Sissy from My Old Historic house.

  2. Gina,
    All of these sweet Valentine's Day vignettes and stores are so wonderful! I especially loves the romantic story!!
    And goddness, that is the same picture on my large post card thingie!! LOL! I love it because of the aqua and blus in it because of the hint of aqua in my living room!

    Thanks so much for your visit and kind words!! I always enjoy seeing you!!


  3. Gina,

    A lovely collection of Valentines! I don't think I can choose a favorite. The Civil War romance is a winning love story. But your petit fours presented on the Rose Chintz china look tasty and so inviting!

    I haven't done a Valentine post yet so I better get busy. Happy Valentine's Day to you.


  4. A beautiful beautiful post. You have some very lovely things. Thank you for sharing.

  5. You have some fine things here, so pretty.
    I want the petit fours.
    Happy Wednesday

  6. Happy post! Aren't you glad for Valentine's day month?
    It is just made for us women.


  7. Hi Dear Gina,
    Such a fabulous Valentine's post! You know I love all your treasures. The cards are so sweet, but the fob and heart are my favorites. Thanks so much for sharing them with us. We love having you!

  8. Love the Rose Chintz dishes the best.

    Oh I really like the heart cards you made for your Valentine tree also

    Hope you have a sweet Romantic Victorian Valentine's day

  9. These are some very beautiful Valentine decor. Love the pics of your ancestors. Don't you just love old pics like that...they always have a story to tell. Diane

  10. Beautiful vignettes, Gina! So charming and romantic!...Christine

  11. Hi Gina. I know I've told you before but you have the most amazing collections. Love the story of the Civil War lovers. Everything is so pretty and I hope you have a lovely, love filled Valentines Day..Happy Monday..Judy P.S. I see you linked up. Good for you..

  12. Hi Gina,
    What a great collection! I love the metal cherub!! and all your hand-made Valentines are a sweet treasure:-)

  13. Hi Gina
    Thanks for visiting my blog and asking about the new shop

    To get to my new etsy shop, Just click on any picture in my side bar display of the etsy shop

    It is a LOT of work setting up and getting pictures etc. I will add things as I get pictures.
    I have a lot of items I would like to sell like Hat boxes, however they are to large to mail, ( I Think ?)

  14. Gina, what a beautiful post! Victorians were so romantic! Your cards are lovely and all the mementos you have collected are such eye candy. The scripture you quoted is my favorite. Thank you for leaving me with such a peaceful feeling as I am so busy these days!

    Bless you!
    Linda at The French Hens Nest

  15. What a sweet post filled with romance and beautiful china! Your cards are all so very pretty and I love the scripture verse. Thank you, Gina, for coming to tea and sharing your lovely post with us today. Happy Valentines Day!


  16. Beautiful post! I love it all!

  17. Such a lovely collection! LOVE those hearts ornaments that you made!
    Happy Valentine's Day!

  18. Hello Gina,
    You should be a Victorian museum curator. You do it so well. Your passion for the style runs deep and it show exquisitely. Lovely!

  19. Your rose chintz china is really pretty. So perfect for Valentines day teas.