A few weeks ago I came home with these vintage barglasses, all 14 of them, including the cool caddy they were sitting in. I not only brought home the lowball glasses in the picture, but also the 6 highball glasses that were sitting next to them. And my last name does not start with the Letter P, which is emblazoned on all 14 of the glasses I just had to have.
Why? My grandparents, and therefore my mother’s maiden name started with the Letter P. My grandfather used to have a little metal and glass barcart sitting in the corner of his kitchen, right by the stairway that lead to what seemed at the time, the very scary basement. On this cart he had shotglasses, cocktail shakers, barglasses, little stirrers, and napkins. On the lower shelf he had some bottles of liquor. Not sure what kind of liquor, but maybe 4 or 5 bottles of something. This barcart was highly breakable, with 2 shelves made of glass, but even without being told, I knew this was not a cart to be played with or around. I wonder if he had any classic vintage barglasses (just like on the show Mad Men) on that cart. I bet he did, and if he didn’t, he should have.
These glasses have sat on my kitchen island for about 3 weeks. I can let them go now, but I really enjoyed having them in my home for awhile. I am ready to put them in my Etsy shop https://www.etsy.com/listing/118673452/vintage-barglasses-lowball-monogram Reminded me of visiting my grandparents and what might have been on that mystery cart.
One thing that I know for sure, Vintage Barware is Hot. There are a couple of reasons.
First reason – because it is so much cooler than the stuff you can buy nowadays. Let’s face it, a heavy bar glass (like Culver) with heavy 22kt trim is much more elegant than the thinly made glassware of today.
Second reason – the TV show Mad Men proved it to everyone that vintage barware is so much cooler than what can be bought nowadays. And Don Draper looks good with a heavy gold trimmed glass in his hand.
So now the secret is out and vintage barware is flying out of my Etsy shop. That is a good thing, but I can’t find enough to replenish my shop. Word to the wise – when shopping for vintage bar glasses, keep looking till you find Culver. You will know it when you see it. And often times it is signed on the side. Culver barglasses from my etsy shop www.etsy.com/shop/thevintageporch are pictured.
I have still been thinking alot lately about my Grandmother’s house in Indiana. So much, that when I saw these pictures at a sale, I bought them. They looked very familiar to me. I love the pictures, two beautiful women in their finery and their hats. And then the frames, creamy scrolls with gold accents. When I brought them home, I kept thinking that these pictures were exactly what my Grandmother had hanging in her bedroom. But maybe not. The more I look at them, the more I think that she had something similar. Either way, it was the effect of the pictures that reminded me of my Grandmother. I will have to ask my sister if she remembers these pictures hanging somewhere, most likely a bedroom or bath.