Saturday, June 16, 2018

Rose Galante Paste Brooch

     The Gray Horse has collaborated with a new production partner - Rose Galante who is based in Switzerland - they offer a lovely reproduction brooch.  This new collaboration is a wonderful for those of us based in the U.S. to get one of these gorgeous piece.

     This brooch measures 2-1/2 inches tall by 2-1/2 inches wide, and has lovely Jonquil paste (rhinestones).  The price is just right too!  






Wednesday, June 13, 2018

The "Marquis" Knee Buckles

     The samples of the "Marquis" paste knee buckles came in, and I must say I am very delighted!  These are based upon one owned by me.  The sample that I used was actually much smaller, almost one for a doll or baby, that I upsized.  I have done this before with my Turquoise and Ruby Flower Cluster Forget Me Not Ring.  



The Marquis in Antiqued Gold

     They turned out wonderful.  The photo shoot uses a pair of breeches that are slightly off-white.  The prongs for these buckles are not as sharp as others I have seen, so depending on the thickeness of the fabric, holes may have to be made.  If the fabric is extremely thin, such as silk, a small reinforcement in the back may have to be made to the knee band.  


The Marquis in antiqued gold with a pair of the Antiqued Gold Dandridge Shoe buckles

The Marquis in Antiqued Silver with the Silver Dandridge Shoe buckles

The Marquis in Silver with the Silver Dandridge Shoe buckles

These buckles will be in the shop and for sale in the next few weeks.  The link to my shop is in the upper left hand corner of this website, SignoftheGrayHorse on Etsy.

Early American Life Magazine Directory 2018 - America's Best Artisans

     I received my copy of the July/August 2018 issue of Early American Life Magazine, which includes the directory of artisans!  I am included within these distinguished people, and my Martha Washington reproduction necklace is shown as well!  If you do not have a copy, go out and get one!  


Cover



Reproduction Martha Washington necklace sold exclusively through George Washington's Mount Vernon Gift Shop.  It is available on-line.  You can also find earrings to match them as well.


Disclaimer - Please note that I was not included in the photography sessions of the artisan's work, so had no way to consult in the context and how it was shown in the magazine.  It would not be worn, nor dress up, a farm girl's clothing unless she stole it!  But it would be worn by a prosperous middling, gentry, and/or royal lady.  Martha Washington wore just such a one in actual garnets.  My reproduction is paste (rhinestones/crystal).  

     Another of my items, a Forget Me Not Reproduction Flower ring was also accepted, but not able to be shown in the magazine.  You can find this ring available in my Etsy shop as well as George Washington's Mount Vernon gift shop (soon to also be available on-line).


Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Gold Dandridge Shoe Buckles


     This is the second shoe buckle that I have done with paste (rhinestones) in an antiqued gold metal.  They turned out wonderful!  Next and on their way are paste knee buckles for the gentleman to go with these.  I hope to offer them as a set as well as individually.  

Original Dandridge buckles in my collection

Front and back
(Rock gifted to me by Silk n Sass)

"Alright Mr. DeMiille, I'm ready for my Close-Up"
Sunset Boulevard

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Rags and Jags Mercantile, England

   I am pleased to announce that the Rags and Jags Mercantile in England is reselling my shoe buckles!  They are an official reseller of American Duchess shoes, and naturally, they would also resell my collectible shoe buckles as well. 


Tuesday, May 29, 2018

The Washington Family, A New Nation

The Washington Family by Edward Savage, 1789-1796

The Pennsylvania Gazette

PHILADELPHIA, May 7, 1789

"We hear from New York, that our beloved and illustrious President was proclaimed in a suit of broadcloth manufactured in the state of Connecticut. We hope, from this laudable example in the first and best of men, that we shall soon see industry and oeconomy fashionable in the United States. National dresses and manners, as well as principles, are absolutely necessary to our becoming an independent people."


Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Maryland Days - An 18th Century Wedding at the Paca House and Gardens - 8 April 2018

Left to Right - me as Mrs. John Brice, Mrs. Brice (mother to the groom), Mr. John Brice, Miss Juliana Jennings, Mrs. Jennings, and Mr. Jennings
(Photo by Ken Tom)

     I was so honored to co-coordinate and be a part of the wedding of James Brice to Juliana Jennings on 8 April 2018 / 1781.  Harry Aycock and I worked on this program with the site for a few months, and I was very pleased with the result.  While it was a fictitious wedding, the day could not have been more beautiful, albeit a bit too cold to be outside (which was what we had originally planned), so we adapted our program to be inside.  The living historians who interpreted this event were extraordinary - we filled the house with a festive and fun day for being war weary (it was 1781 afterall).

Judith Randall, Convict Servant, preparing foods for the celebration!
(Photo by Ken Tom)

     The wedding was very well attended.  The Paca House and Gardens had two tours going through the house all day long.  We were able to interpret the wedding of James Brice to Juliana Jennings twice.  The Jennings purchased the house in 1781 from the Paca's.  Since the Brice's lived next door, it would have been befitting that the wedding take place in the bride's home.  Family and friends were invited, attended, and danced the day away!


 The Bride, Juliana Jennings as portrayed by Krista Jasillio
(Photo by Ken Tom)

     Obviously the special day's focus was on the bride and her family.  We had 16 living historians that filled the house in various roles.  Many of us make our own clothing, or in my case jewelry!  Our group is one of the best on the east coast.


 Juliana Jennings as portrayed by Krista Jasillio and her mother, 
Mrs. Jennings portrayed by Robin Marchionni getting ready for her special day.
(Photo by Ken Tom)

It is all in the details.  Juliana Jennings as portrayed by Krista Jasillio and her mother, 
Mrs. Jennings portrayed by Robin Marchionni - jewelry seen on the ladies and in the background are from my shop
(Photo by Ken Tom)
 
 Juliana Jennings as portrayed by Krista Jasillio and her mother, 
Mrs. Jennings portrayed by Robin Marchionni, and Mr. Jennings as portrayed 
by Michael Halbert
(Photo by Ken Tom)

 The minister Thomas Gates portrayed by John Sawyer; Juliana Jennings as portrayed by Krista Jasillio; and, her groom, Mr. James Brice portrayed by Harry Aycock 
(Photo by Ken Tom) 

Juliana Jennings as portrayed by Krista Jasillio
(Photo by Ken Tom) 

The minister Thomas Gates portrayed by John Sawyer; Juliana Jennings as portrayed by Krista Jasillio; and, her groom, Mr. James Brice portrayed by Harry Aycock 
(Photo by Ken Tom) 

 Daniel of St. Jennifer portrayed by Dan McMahon, Mrs. Hester Chase portrayed by Nicki Foronda, Mrs. John Brice portrayed by me, and Mr. John Brice portrayed by Jim McGaughey using the reproduction card table I own from the TV show TURN, Washington's Spies - we were playing whist
(Photo by Ken Tom)

Original Watch chain and Watch in my personal collection worn by the bride 
  (Photo by Ken Tom)


Mrs. Hall as portrayed by Marie-Louise Halbert, Mrs. Bordley as portrayed by Jami borek, and Mrs. Brice, mother of the groom, as portrayed by Jane Pease.  Mrs. Brice was entertaining the ladies prior to the wedding
(Photo by Ken Tom)


Dancing in the passageway - a day of celebration! 
(Photo by Ken Tom)

Dancing in the passageway - a day of celebration!  We also see the fiddler, Ted Borek, the dance master and mistress, Corky and Cindy Palmer in the back keeping everyone on time and in step - a challenging job!
(Photo by Ken Tom)