Monday, June 21, 2021

Important Information on the Handling of the Exclusive Watches from my Shop

     Good Day everyone!  A public service announcement.

     I have had a few clients come directly to me regarding their watch and its use. I have created a diagram of the watch so that you understand exactly what I am talking about below.


     These watches, as well as any others on the market, are NOT indestructible.  They are heavy and hardy, but depending on how they are handled, they can be broken!  Please do not blame me and the quality of the watch if you break it (yes, I have had insults and threats which just isn't cool).  If you are honest and let me know, I can work with you on a discount for another. 

     1.  IF you purchase your watch from another company that resells them, do not come to me and insult me if you break your watch - especially months and years after purchase.  Please go back to that company and they will work with you (and me) on the issue.  Also, honor the return policy of an item.  Guarantees are not in perpetuity even if I wish they were.

      2.  The manufacturer puts in a new watch battery, and I turn the watch off when I receive them to preserve the battery.  If you receive it and it stops a few months after purchase for whatever reason, replace it.  They can be purchased via Amazon, your local drug or grocery store, etc., in quantity for very little, and why I created the watch so that we can change it ourselves.  If you are not sure how to do that, take it to a place that can change it for you.  No, the watch battery should not stop after a few months of purchase, but it has happened - once - to my knowledge.  The watch battery is "SR626SW" or "Energizer 377."

     3.  If you drop it, it can break.  If you drop something on it, it can shatter the crystal (glass). 

     4.  If you pull too hard on the crown, you can loosen it from the stem.  It is not a winding stem or winder, it is just used to set the time, turn it on or turn it off.  Yes, it will just spin as if it was.  It is battery operated, and a gentle pull to where you feel the "give" UP will turn it OFF and set the watch hands (push gently DOWN to turn it on) and again to turn it OFF (pull gently up).  Don't yank it needlessly.

     5. If you wear your watch in a pocket as most men do, and consistently yank it out by the ribbon or chain you have it secured to, it can affect the bow and stem and possibly either break it or come loose.  I recommend putting your fingers around the watch and pulling it out of the pocket as is proper. Respect the piece.

     6.  Do not over turn or over twist the stem itself as it can break or break things on the inside as well. 

     As with anything we own, proper care and handling is needed. 


Back of the watch - twists off and the battery is in the very center of the case.


Tuesday, June 15, 2021

Fort Loudoun Market Fair

      My next show will take place from 24-27 June 2021 at Fort Loudoun in Pennsylvania (west of Chambersburg).  I'll have the full tent, and all the things!  


Photo taken at Mount Vernon Market Fair in 2019


     This event will feature over 50 - 18th Century artisans, demonstrations, artisanal food, a blanket trader flea market, early American and Celtic music, a chance to shoot at marks, and a glimpse of frontier life during the 18th Century.  Sponsored by MUZZLELOADER Magazine and the Franklin County Visitors Bureau.

If you decide to attend you will not be sorry.  The address is 1720 N Brooklyn Rd, Fort Loudoun, PA 17224, and it shows up on Google Maps for directions.

Admission will be $5 for adults, 17 and under are free.  The list of Artisans attending are -

18th Century Arms
Acorn Forge (Blacksmith)
At the Sign of the Black Bear (Artwork)
At the Sign of the Gray Horse (Jewelry) <---------------- !
Bentwood Boxes
Bickenheuser Basketmaker
Blackpowder Pouches
Blue Cat Button Works
Chadds Ford Canvas
Claus Jackware
Craftsman to the Past (Silversmith)
Dan Eisenhour - Horner
Dan Hrinko Boxmaker
Dave Morris Cabinet Maker
Donna Selfridge Spangler Fraktur Art
Early American Tin
Fashions Revisited
FEW Cooperage
Fire, Hammer & File
Fort Vause Outfitters
Gen-Nis-He-Yo Trading Company
Gilson & Sons (Glassblowing)
Gossville Shoes
Half Crown Bakery
Historic Reproduction Lightshop
Hussar Saddlery
J&S Gier Artificers (Horner)
J. Foster Historic Signs
Jason A Cherry LLC (Historian)
Kauffman Fine Furniture (Cabinetry)
Lady Aimee's Fine Sewing Sutlery
Leather from the Past (Hunting Pouches)
Millicent Hughes "1777"
Old Dominion Forge
Scott Baylor Tinware
Steinhagen Pottery
Stonehouse History (Weaving/Spoons)
Tim Sanner Powder Horns
Tim William's Flintlocks
Tin Man Roy (Tinware)
The Joiner Shoppe (Cabinetry)
The Shortbread Exchange
The Village Weaver (Textiles)
Village Restorations
Warrior's Path Knives (Joe Scott)
Westminister Forge (Copperware)
White Historic Art
WKD Longrifles
Wm. Booth, Draper (Textiles)

Across the Pond (Celtic Music)
Sons of Liberty (Early American Music)

Food Vendors:
Zaks Snacks & Hazardous Goods
Uncle Eddie's BBQ
Shuman's Concessions
Antietam Dairy
Ed's Kettlecorn

Franklin County Visitors Bureau
Goldfish Barn Event Center
Mt. Parnell Cabinet Shop
Mercersburg True Value
Mountain View Sawmill
Whit Lane
Waste Management
Nitterhouse Masonry Products


See you there!!!!

Friday, May 7, 2021

George Washington's Mount Vernon Revolutionary War Weekend 2021

      This was my fifth year at this reenactment.  It would have been the sixth if we had had the event in 2020.  Every year there is usually rain, and this year we had it BEFORE the event which made for great weather - albeit cool one day and hot the next!  Thank you to all who visited my shop and supported me, I am truly appreciative of your support.  I also want to always thank the ladies of the shop - Kerry, Robin, Krista, and Gema - for helping me.  I could not do it without you ladies.  I also wanted to thank our new friend, Heather Kenney, for gracing the shop and walking about showing off the jewelry that I make.

      On Saturday, the weather was cool enough for me to wear my new silk riding/traveling outfit.  The inspiration for it was, of course, from the 1988 movie Dangerous Liaisons.  I decided to have more clean and simple lines than the one worn by Glenn Close.  If you haven't watched the movie, it is a must to see - the clothing spectacular.  My hat and petticoat were made by a friend.  The gloves were found in an antique shop and fit me way before this outfit materialized in my mind.  Shoes are dyed American Duchess Historical Footwear 18th century "Dunmore" shoes when they offered them in white (the Dunmore is my favorite shoe in their line) and I am wearing - not shown - my topaz and clear crystal Charlotte shoe buckles (although the Citrine would have worked as well but I wanted a little pop of color on my shoes).  I found the walking stick in Gettysburg on a trip in 2019.  The jacket was made by Karen Bowler of Classic Costume.  I "met" Karen through the book cover project that I worked on with Lucinda Brant.


In front of my shop.  Photo by Krista Jasillo

In the gardens.  Photo by Gema Gonzalez

Shenanigans by the front gates on our way to the Inn for dinner.  Selfie by Gema Gonzalez

In the shop with Gema, Robin, me, Kerry, and Krista


In the gardens with Gema, Bill Buser, and Krista


Standing with Bill Buser (he owns Floyd).  Many know that Floyd is boarded at the same farm as my horses.  Photo by Gema Gonzalez


Floyd and I at the very first event for Rev War weekend in 2015.  This photo is becoming quite famous as it is on the George Washington's Mount Vernon website each year.  It is quite the interesting story as to how I came to be holding Floyd.  Bill wanted to pop into another sutler's tent to look at fabric!  LOL  I left my shop to the ladies for a bit to look after him.  I walked Floyd over to the water bucket to see if he was thisty, and when I looked up there were at least six photographers taking photos - I felt like the paparazzi were following me!  LOL  Photo by Tom Finzel


Robin in the gardens.  She is wearing an exclusive necklace set from the shop - the Forget Me Not collect necklaces and earrings are unique, sparkly, and she pairs it well in amethyst with her beautiful outfit (that she made).  Photo by Krista Jasillo

Rachel Bellis showing off her new watch string and watch from the shop (and looking amazing by the way).  Photo by Elizabeth Bersche

     I did not get any real photos of the event itself, although they are out there on social media sites - Al Pochek has two albums on Facebook of the weekend, and MS Photography LLC (Melanie Larson) was out and about taking photos.  Sunday was hot, but the weekend was wonderful, and it was nice to get back out there to a reenactment.  So great to see friends and acquaintances walking about and having a good time after the past year.  Mount Vernon had all safety precautions, and many were wearing masks (have to write this for those out there that like to nitpick and think we were not being safe - bleh - don't get me started).

Messing around with the jewelry, and I seem to be intent on what I am doing!

In the gardens wearing my new gown by Verdanta.  The fabric was a gift for Christmas. Fan given to me but I offer them in my shop.  Red, white, and blue SO patriot!  Photo by Krista Jasillo

Heather Kenney  - Photo by MS Photography LLC
Necklace and earrings from my shop

Mrs. Washington visited the shop to see what new items the General may need to purchase for her.  Krista helps with those selections!

The General stopped by as well!  Photo by Krista Jasillo

Gown made by Verdanta on Etsy, and the little silk mantelet in the background was made by Classic Costume

Pure silliness near the Bowling Green.  Photo by Jennifer Higgins
Robin near the garden doing her dance moves!


 Photo by MS Photography

Kerry looking marvelous in the garden. Photo by me

Photo by Jennifer Higgins - no reenactor was hurt in this photo LOL

It is a yearly tradition that we end our Saturday evening in the Mount Vernon Inn.  The food and drink are excellent, and the atmosphere with friends is fun and festive.  Over the years we have had many join us, and this year we really missed Laurel Kathryn Scott at the table.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Military Thru the Ages 2021

      I am remiss in not getting this posted.  The 2021 Military Thru the Ages was a success!  Despite restrictions, the event was held with precautions in place for all.  While there were fewer units in attendance due to having them spaced further out from each other, the visitors came and enjoyed the great weather and living history that is put on at this event.  Many have had their COVID vaccine by now, and were more confident in getting out and about. 


Photo by Krista

     Have a few photos from the shop, but was unable to get any of the event since I was busy selling!  It was a very successful event at the Jamestown Settlement, and I wanted to thank everyone who supported me and the shop that weekend.  As always am very grateful.  Thank you as well to Susan McCall for coming in and taking photos of us.  She is often in Colonial Williamsburg and posts photos on the Colonial Williamsburg Friends Facebook group page.  I look forward to next year's event.


Photo by Susan McCall


Photo of Kerry by Susan McCall 

Photo of Kerry, Robin, Krista, and I by Susan McCall 


Photo by Susan McCall


Thursday, March 4, 2021

Satyr's Son by Lucinda Brant

      I've been so honored to work with Lucinda Brant on her new book covers, and this last one - Satyr's Son - is no exception.  The jewelry in this book was limited due to the overall story.  Lucinda's Blog has the main article about the making of the book cover and her research.  The article includes a bit of information about my jewelry and the Roxton Jewelry Collection available in my Etsy shop.

     In the Satyr's Son cover portrait, Lisa wears a gorgeous sapphire and diamond wedding ring.  Readers will recognize Lisa's wedding ring which is pretty spectacular - my version is a bit more affordable with real sapphires and Swarovski Crystals in a gold-plate over brass ring.  I will have these rings in stock soon, and you can make a pre-order at any time.  The ring can be made in 10ct or 12ct yellow or white gold or even sterling silver.

The ring above on my hand is real sapphire and clear Swarovski Crystals to make for a spectacular ring.  The contrast in colors is gorgeous, and Henri-Antoine had great taste.

     If you haven't read the Roxton Family Saga, I highly recommend it!  Visit my shop for jewelry mentioned in the book, and make it come to life in your own collection.

 Watch String in cover photo/art.  It was donated to the project by Michael Halbert - the artist who makes these for my shop - you can find many styles there - as well as an appropriate watch.  The watch pictured (isn't truly appropriate for 18th century, it is better for a 19thC impression but hey it was a donation!) was donated to the project by Smiling Fox Forge


Sunday, February 28, 2021

Tea Total - a Review of my Book - Tea in 18th Century America by Laurel Scott

     Kimberly Walters brews a delightful blend with "Tea in 18th Century America," her latest deep-dive into the culture and rituals of the Age of Enlightenment. If you liked her book on 18th century cookery, you won’t be disappointed.

     We all know that tea is a veddy, veddy British custom, and that revolutionary colonists dumped chests of it into Boston Harbor two years before the American Revolution. But did the “tea parties” really end there? The resounding answer: Perish the thought!

     As Walters observes, this traditional beverage has personal meaning for many of us who grew up with it in one form or another. Tea’s story begins here in the 18th century, being a natural extension of an integral part of British society. But did you know that tea was long esteemed for its curative powers? That some considered it vanity to drink it? And that a whole range of traditional accessories (“equipage”) grew up around this drink, as did a certain nuanced etiquette? Even the founding fathers found ways to procure it during the Revolution, which speaks volumes about its role in their everyday lives.

     "Tea in 18th Century America" is charmingly illustrated and bursting with historic anecdotes, period order book entries and inventories galore. Indeed, the first-hand sourcing is impressive and sure to please any history lover. Written almost like a journey of personal discovery, this book also explores the meaning of tea to those colonists who drank it. From political statement to medicinal restorative to de rigueur custom, tea was arguably, as Walters declares, the most “socially, politically and economically important” drink of its day. So popular was it that by 1783, even Gen. George Washington himself was inquiring about fashionable French tea equipage.

     The book’s list of period tea blends and its descriptions of the intricacies of the 18th century tea ceremony are both useful and fascinating. There’s even good advice on how to brew a nice, strong tea of the type prized by colonists. Included, too, are sections on the Tea Act (with related postscripts); period measures, terms and definitions; and a lovely chapter on Margaret Tilghman Carroll, first cousin and sister-in-law of Washington’s wartime aide Tench Tilghman, and her personal receipt (recipe) book.

     Not surprisingly, where "Tea in 18th Century America" really shines is in its collection of period receipts for foods to take with tea on different occasions. From moist angelica, sugared grapes and pickled walnuts to Naples biscuits, seed cake and moulded ices (plus much more), this is a treasure trove of delectable possibilities. Walters even touches on period colorings for confectionery, a rare treat indeed. Best of all, she offers suggestions on how to read and interpret these enticing period receipts.

     I can’t say enough good things about "Tea in 18th Century America." If you love history and tea, it’s a must for your library—and a welcome gift, as well. 

— Laurel Scott, Richmond, VA - Veteran Journalist / Reenactor

Thursday, February 18, 2021

Washington's Armor - Now A Series!

      My friend, Karen Roth - one of the original ladies who founded the TURN, Washington's Spies Black Petticoat Devotee Association - sent a link to a proposed film called Washington's Armor last year.  


Screen Grab from Washington's Armor Website

     I decided to look it up to see what it was all about.  Intrigued, and knowing they may be interested in some of my jewelry for the show, I e-mailed them.  Specifically, my focus was to let them know about the Martha Washington reproduction items that I have in my shop, and/or my special watch and chains/strings.  Was lucky that I received a response!  You can see some of the jewelry in the below photo.  I sell to other production and theatre companies, and often do not see the items being worn so soon.    

     Yesterday, I was sent a video interview with the Epoch Times of Tammy Lane, the owner of Capernaum Studios and the director/producer of Washington's Armor.  She identifies that this show will be a series with the first season having six episodes.  It is a project and story of the young Washington that really isn't highlighted.  Washington's life is shaped in his early years, and she discusses that in the interview.  Those of us who study the time period will love to see this story come to life on the screen.


     Let's hope to see more as the show is created, and I look forward to watching it when it comes out! 


Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Quizzing Glass or Quizzer

     A new product is coming soon!  My reproduction quizzing glass, or quizzer, will grace my shop in mid to late March 2021.  Made after my very own original, it will have a 1.5-2.0 magnification (many originals were just glass and for show).  I will offer a gold and silver version - both are plated over copper.  The handle is held together by the screw just as the original was made.  

     My research shows, to date, that quizzers were a precursor to lorgnettes and a progression from monocles!  Or were they all coming out about the same time?  I have found an interesting article by Candace Hern - here - with some research on these unique items.  It seems that her earliest version of a quizzing glass is dated 1750.  I'm not sure I can do better than what she has put together, but will be continuing my research into them, and putting together a Pinterest board as well showing portraits and prints of ladies and men holding them.  A link to my Pinterest boards is - here

Above - gold and silver quizzing glasses with my original in the center.  Measures 3 inches long.

     When searching for quizzing glasses in portraits and prints, I came across a few from the Regency (Federalist) period.  I am still on the look out for earlier prints so contact me if you see them!

Portrait miniature of a young lady by James Heath Millington wearing her quizzing glass from a chain (dated about 1810-1820)

Rosamund Hester Elizabeth Pennell Croker, Later Lady Barrow 1827 - her quizzing glass looks very similar to mine!