My underwood typewriter, an irish guard’s jacket and the Sunday Telegraph

vintage underwood typewriter
Last week I was lucky enough to come across this old underwood typewriter in a secondhand store. I’ve admired so many online before, but they are almost impossible to freight because they are so very heavy. Local pickup is the only way to get your hands on one. I was surprised when I saw this one in an unassuming secondhand store at such a cheap price. I’ve seen them priced over five times what I paid, so I was doubly thrilled with this latest vintage find.

red military jacket front
This Irish guard’s jacket has been a part of the guesthouse for a while now. It hangs proudly on one of the antique mannequins in the parlour. It’s a gorgeous shade of red and according to the label at the collar, it once belonged to an Irish Guard named Lieutenant Stacpoole.
 

military jacket sleeve

The detail on the jacket is amazing. It has beautiful braiding, appliqué and piping on the sleeves, collar and tails. And is accented by brassy, gold buttons. It may look pretty, but it clearly has been made to protect the guards from the coldest of weather. It is so heavily quilted that even the strongest of guards would have felt weighed down…..warm, but weighed down.

irish guard jacket with gold buttons

This pretty little bird plate is yet to find a home at RedAgape. I picked it up at an antique shop in the blue mountains. I don’t think it’s worth anything, but the colours caught my eye! It should be a nice match for the living room.

pretty bird plate

Finally, it was a little bit exciting to have one of my instagram pictures featured in Sunday Style, the pull out in the Sunday Telegraph! Please follow me on instagram to see more of my pictures. Have a good week!! :)
sunday telegraph sunday style

Exciting Vintage Finds

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I’ve been lucky with my vintage finds this week. As the house is filling up, there is little need for treasure hunting, but I can’t stop myself from looking whenever we are near an antique or secondhand store. I’m really glad the sticky beak in me couldn’t resist this week. On a trip to Gilgandra on Monday I found these plates for only a dollar each. They’ll go nicely with the plates I’ve already collected.

20130406-162944.jpg I also found this cute Kodak instamatic camera in Gilgandra. I was fiddling with it in the store and almost blinded my daughter when the flash went off!! It was pretty funny and a nice surprise to know it still works.

20130406-161116.jpg Today, in Millthorpe, i found the last two items. They are definitely my favs for the week. I’ve always wanted a stop sign. I’m not sure why….perhaps a not so subtle reminder to STOP, breathe and remember not to let the little things get to me. I was actually in the middle of a sulking tantrum when I saw this sign. Serendipity? Yes, I think so.

20130406-161504.jpg I actually couldn’t help smiling (despite my sulking) as I walked the sign home. Just the thought of being able to jump out in the middle of the road and halt traffic was amusing to me. Finally, my Underwood typewriter. I love it. I know it’s not very original as everyone is collecting them, but I love it all the same.

20130406-161349.jpg And here are this weeks finds (except the plates) at home in the parlour. I’ve got a busy, busy, busy week ahead!! My first guests stay next weekend and my gorgeous little sister is getting married too.

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