The old trunk
As you've probably noticed, I'm not good with headlines. I try to think of witty play-on-words, but it just doesn't happen for me. I sit for half an hour trying to come up with something and....nothing. So please excuse them.
One day when I thought I had made nearly every discovery, I dragged an old metal trunk out from under the house. With blog in mind, I photographed it before I moved anything.
Once outside on the grass I took everything out and laid it on the ground. An interesting mix, including a little old jar of bullets.
As you can see there were old milk glass lightshades, ropes, the large glass flagon, strings of old cotton reels (not sure what I can do with them), an ornate metal stand with sharp pokers hung on it (see right hand side), and a chandelier.
Now, this is very funny that I should find a chandelier because years ago, in about 1996, I saw a picture in a magazine of a clawfoot bath with a chandelier over it. This image opened up a whole new and modern use for the chandelier for me, but alas, at that stage, they weren't so universally popular and I was never able to find what I wanted. Now you can go into Beacon Lighting and get a fantastic reproduction chandelier for $250.
I've also found that whatever I wish for, it appears. Like magic. I found the pearls, then there's the piano, a lovely dinner set, anodised aluminium goblets, the gas lamp and now the chandelier.
Technically speaking, I think what I have found may be called a gas helper. It's not really a chandelier, but a suspended gas light with ornate metal and crystals.
The crystals are in the leather pouch in the bottom of the
picture - they're not very shiny at the moment!
I've only spent an hour trying to piece it together so far, and
haven't gotten very far. I can't really even find a picture
of one to make it a bit easier.
I'll keep you informed of my progress with this project.