(Above) Comfit jar, France, c. 1880 (click for larger views)
(Above) Vivid green berry tray, early 20th. c., Michigan
(Above) Cork beehive, early 20th c., France
(Above) Cheese mold with striking blue paint, early 20th c., American
(Above) Trade Sign, mid-20th c., fragment; American

HOW WONDERFUL IT IS to witness the beauty of things with age, history, or with a long and storied past. What stories can they tell? In this day of Pottery Barn knock-offs, pre-washed jeans and “antiqued” antiques, revel for a moment in some images of objects where time has worked it’s magic. Nicks, chips, scars and cracks—all tell stories of weather, work and time.

An AM repost from 1/19/09.