Tag: Vintage French

Handwritten French Document 1799

This is a handwritten legal document called an acte notaire. It consists of eight pages (16 front and back) of a heavy laid paper that has an almost bluish tinge. It seems to regard some kind of accounting. On the front page it is dated “An 10” which means “Year 10” in French and indicates that it is from 1799, as during the French revolution the calendar was restarted in 1789 as Year 1. Please note it has some damage commiserate with its age: small tears, water spots, and a light fold mark across the back page but overall it is in remarkable shape. Please scroll down for further photos and click on any image to see a larger resolution.

Measures 39cm x 25cm (15″ x 10″). Cost is £45 with worldwide shipping of £11 (approximately $57 + $14 USD but please use this currency converter for exact exchange rate).

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French Receipts and Invoices: Free Scans

And here you go, some handwritten invoices on super charming letterheads from the 1900s. These make great backgrounds for collage or additions to art journal pages. Click on any image for a larger resolution then right click and copy then paste into an editing program such as Paint. You may want to resize. Happy [read more]

Free Downloads of Redouté Flowers

I have a huge thing for the work of artist Pierre-Joseph Redouté. He was official court artist of Marie Antoinette (imagine putting that on your CV) and is considered one of the greatest botanical artists of all time. Today I have some high-res scans for you to download and print, or use in your digital collage work.

1. Click on any image to get a larger version.

2. Right click and copy.

3. Paste into an editing programme such as Paint. (I use Word which is not as good but I am used to it😁). You may want to size them down. Experiment and see what [read more]

Mother of Pearl Vintage French Rosary 1890s

This is a mother-of-pearl rosary from France. It has silver bead caps on the Pater beads. The Christ figure on the crucifix is also silver. This is an old piece, from the 1890s. White rosaries like this were often given as gifts for a first communion or on a wedding day. While this, of course, makes a unique and lovely devotional object, it is also makes a lovely piece for someone who just loves old French antiques, and it can also be worn as a necklace. Please note, there is tiny nick (chip) in the MOP in the crucifix. It is not noticeable and in fact I bought it without noticing it but it is there.

It measures 18″ (45cm) and the crucifix alone measures 1.5″ (4cm). To see larger images just click on any photo below.

Comes with a vintage French postcard of an old-timey nun circa 1910s and a vintage French tin as a presentation box. Please note that tin is distressed but that is meant to be part of its charm. If you prefer something a little less eccentric, I can switch it out for one of my hand, faux-rusted tins that you can see in my other listings [read more]

Vintage French Rosary Blue Crystal

This is an outstanding piece. A vintage French rosary (1910s). The beads are multi-faceted crystal in a pale blue. The fittings are silver and include a lovely art nouveau link piece (see photos). The crucifix has two hallmarks on the bale. An unusual feature of this rosary is that it has 12 miniature silver medals (one for each station of the cross); on one side is the face of Mary and on the other is the face of Jesus. The six linking beads have silver, filigree caps.

While these are gorgeous devotional objects, they can also be enjoyed as a piece of vintage French ephemera and worn as a necklace.

It measures 21″ (53cm). To see a larger image, click on any photo below.

Cost is £135 with free worldwide shipping. Click on button below to buy instantly. Go here for a currency converter that will show the price in your currency. Please let me know if you have any [read more]