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Mantiques For Father’s Day

Dear Diva Readers,

top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 60px; line-height: 50px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>In honor of Father’s Day, we want to celebrate by sharing some of our favorite “mantiques.” Every man needs his own space or man cave, but that doesn’t mean it can’t be stylish with a dash of diva, er make that divo, thrown in!  See our top picks for Father’s Day gifts from our friends at The Highboy’s website below! It’s rather appropriate we’re giving a shout out to The Highboy for today I’m off to London to meet Olga Granda-Scott, co-founder of The Highboy, for a week of antiquing in London and beyond!

1-Leather Club Chairs

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This pair of vintage brown French club chairs from the 1970’s are fantastic. Done in the Art deco-style, they’d be the perfect place for Dad to sit back and relax at the end of a hard day. Covered in a two tone brown leather with single piping trim and removable cushions,  these very comfortable chairs are also right on trend.

2- Desk Sets

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Desk sets are the perfect accessory for the study—a place Dad spends many evenings. This 20th c. Italian Leather Desk Set is in superb condition and will add that pop of color to a dark-paneled room. We’re just picturing a distinguished gentleman sitting down to write a note on this desk set—very sophisticated!

3- Bar Carts

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Ok, we must admit that a bar cart is an essential for any home. But this sleek Italian model from the 1950’s is perfect for Dad with its ebonized mahogany wood frame with antique brass fittings and smoked grey and black glass tiers. It’s masculine, modern, and begs the question, “Shaken or stirred?”

4- Cuff Links

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A beautiful and practical gift for Dad would be this pair of 14K yellow gold and reverse painted “Essex Crystal” nautical flag cufflinks. Essex crystal is a process where rock crystals are cut as a cabochon and carved on the flat side, then painted on the back to produce a three-dimensional effect. Even when he’s not wearing them, cuff links look great just laying on a desk or side table.

5- Globes, maps, Travel Accessories

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Travel accessories are so on trend right now. But they are also masculine, which makes them perfect for the man cave. This original copper plate engraving with original hand color by British artist Robert Wilkinson (fl. c. 1768 – 1825), titled “An Accurate Map of the West Indies” published June 2nd, 1794 is an amazing decorative piece. The tentative British claims in Belize and on the Mosquito Coast, where English buccaneers, pirates, and privateers set up makeshift unofficial colonies from which to raid Spanish treasure fleets, are noted. As this region was highly important to British maritime commercial and military interests, Wilkinson also identifies various shoals and other undersea dangers throughout. What an exciting piece that Dad would love!

For more mantiques, check out The Highboy here.

Happy Father’s Day to all the dad’s out there! And to my own “Papa Bear” Happy Father’s Day!

Toma Clark Haines, Father's Day, Dad, The Antiques Diva, Papa Bear

The Antiques Diva®   

Mantiques for Father’s Day

Dear Diva Readers,

top: 5px; float: left; color: white; background: #781300; border: 1px solid darkkhaki; font-size: 60px; line-height: 50px; padding-top: 1px; padding-right: 5px; font-family: times;”>While you know me as a European Diva, I’m originally from Oklahoma, having moved overseas nearly 14 years ago.  But my roots go back to blue jeans and boots.  My father is a cowboy through and through.

I come by my penchant for hunting and gathering naturally…you might say it’s in my DNA.  As a child I remember trailing along as my parents visited junks shops, garage sales, antique stores and estate sales.  We even visited abandoned houses and the ghost towns left behind from the dust bowl when the settlers went west in search of better times and fortunes.   We’d walk through dug out houses and discuss what life was like after the Oklahoma Land Run.  While out riding horses my father would find arrowheads in the dirt and show them to me, telling the story of the Native Americans and the buffalo hunts.

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My parents took pieces from the past – pieces with more of a story than financial value – and decorated their home with wonderful eclectic style that told stories of afternoons out and back road adventures.  Today as a relator specializing in selling ranches my dad doesn’t get to spend as much time on a horse as he’d like, but he decorates both his office and home with antique saddles and chaps, spurs and more.  When I moved overseas his first questions were about the European horse scenes and when he and my step mother visited we rented horses to race through the countryside.

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Over the years I’ve sought out “western” pieces à la European style – “mantiques”to give for birthdays, holidays and father’s day.  One year I gave him bronze Dutch clogs – that just so happened to be stirrups. This year while visiting friends in Rzeszow, Poland for their monthly flea market I happened upon a vintage bridle.  I’m uncertain of the age. Or origin – though the vendor felt it was Soviet due to the star.  It’s hand tooled and well-used and will look perfect hanging in the tack room as mantique décor.

When it’s a holiday – be it Christmas or a birthday, mother’s day or father’s day – I like  buying presents that are personal.  No gift certificates from me.  I try to buy vintage finds perfect for the recipient.

Happy Father’s Day, Papa Bear.  Just something small to let you know I’m thinking of you on my travels as I continue our tradition of hunting and gathering.

The Antiques Diva®

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