Thursday, October 29, 2009

Brass Monkey... And Friends

Maybe it's just the circles I run in, but am I the only one who has noticed a brass animal trend? They're fun shelf-sitters or paper weights. My brother and I have a monkey thing... I used to try to find the tackiest monkey items to give him for holidays. One year I found a brass monkey lamp. Its perfection cannot be overstated. I finally stopped giving him monkeys out of kindness to my sister-in-law. They have provided me a niece, however, and she will probably receive monkeys from me until she marries and I take pity on her husband... But back to the matter at hand. This charming brass monkey is from EclecticAvenuVintage. This cute little brass pig is from old2newmemories. I would nestle it somewhere almost hidden on a shelf so that it would be a happy little treat to notice. A brass turtle you can put things in!? Love it. From WeThinkWeCan. Do a search on vintage brass owls on Etsy, and you'll get 5 pages of hooting good fun. I loved this stylized owl from toffie, but sadly it sold today. Highstreetmarket has these fantastic owl bookends. These guys can watch over my books any day. VintageIsForLovers offers us this ribbiting brass frog. He looks like he has enough heft to be trusted to sit on your important papers on a day you want the windows open. ImSoVintage has this lovely large brass shore bird. Don't you love its lines? I want my house to be a place where my niece and the other children in my life can visit and find delightful surprises in my home. I have a little end table with a drawer barely big enough for a deck of cards. Don't you think this little brass whale from TheMuseumCupboard would be a perfect drawer dweller for that purpose? OliveVintage has a little brass mouse that would be another happy little surprise... maybe in the pantry? I love this little pair of vintage brass dogs. They crack me up. You know you want to give belly rubs to the one on his back. Found at WeThinkWeCan. Start your own circus act with these vintage brass seals from everyeskimo (above) and bouquet (below). (Or are they sea lions? Aren't sea lions the ones with more versatile front flippers?)
Need help harvesting and storing for winter? This brass squirrel from gogoabigail looks up to the task.
A more exotic choice would be this brass scarab beetle from sevenbc. I bet some of the dust bunnies would stay away from his shelf...
If you're partial to bunnies (just not the dusty variety), how about this brass rabbit from ImSoVintage?
PhoenixDoveVintage has this great little brass quail. You can't tell me that you wouldn't be happier with her nesting on your bookshelf.
I have a set of brass deer candleholders nearly identical to these from FullCircleRetro. I found them in a box of Christmas decorations my uncle packed up from my grandfather. Somehow the box wound up in my possession, and I do love the little deer. I also have a brass lion that my mom was going to donate to charity, and I recently bought a set of brass quail from an antique shop in Fredericksburg. Has anyone else noticed this resurgence of brass creatures?


everyeskimo said...

how i adore the idea of hiding surprises around the house! strange little delights in random drawers, or in the cupboard. so sweet.

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