My First Antique Find of the Year

1.07.2020

Happy New Year! Hope y'all enjoyed the holidays and festivities with family and friends. Now, it's a whole new year to start fresh. I don't make resolutions and I don't have a word of the year, but this year, I pray, is better than the last two. I miss my mom dearly, but it's very stressful having a sick elderly parent and I'm just glad she's not suffering anymore.

We went on a little overnight trip for New Year's eve and on the way I asked Mr. Savvy to stop by a shop I like to browse when passing through. Sometimes I find something and sometimes I don't. This time I really found something wonderful that I have been on the hunt for for quite some time. I titled this post my first antique find of the year, but technically I bought it on the last day of 2019. It wasn't in my house though until 2020 so I think I can call it my first antique find of the year.

By the way my computer is not working correctly and I cannot edit photos on it so these were taken with my phone and edited on my phone so they aren't the best, but will have to do. I need to get a new laptop and soon.

Just look at my beautiful early 19th century Swedish horse. 


This horse is solid wood with paper mache covering the body and the wood is cracking and the paper mache is peeling off, but that just makes me love this old horse more. This is how we hauled this precious cargo home.

I took some close ups so you could see the paper and the wear and tear.

It still has the original horse hair tail and some of it came out in my car.



It has the cutest little leather ears. You can see where the reigns used to connect on the muzzle.

While we're in here I thought I would share a couple of photos of how I styled the room after Christmas keeping things very simple.


Something new is being delivered today and I'll share that with you once I have a new laptop.


Hope y'all have a great week!

17 comments:

  1. Love your Swedish horse! It looks great where you placed it.

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  2. Love the Swedish horse and all its original elements. I saw the most beautiful antique horse (white) at a vintage show in Nashville about 5 years ago. Its was pricey but beautiful!

    I have to say your phone camera takes great pics to be a phone. My hubby just had to order a new computer the other day and is suppose to be delivered today. Hope 2020 is a much better one. I know you miss your Mom dearly but its hard watching them decline and have no quality of life. I feel the same way about my father in law who passed away at 90 in September.

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  3. So pretty! I'm glad you finally found your long sought after treasure. It looks perfect on top of your vasselier.
    ~Des

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  4. Love this sweet find Kim. Happy New Year.
    xoxo
    Kris

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  5. Such a fabulous find & I love your blue chest in the room, too.

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  6. Awesome new find! Will look good in every room and is way cool!

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  7. Love your antique horse! It made me think of the Velveteen Rabbit. Your room looks beautiful, as always. 2019 has been somewhat of a trial for us, also. A huge oak tree in our backyard fell on our house in July and damaged the back 2/3 of our house. We just got back in our house the day after Christmas, although it is not yet completely finished. I know you must miss your Mom. There is nothing like a Mother... Wishing you and your family a happier new year.

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  8. Kim, I know that you had been looking for the perfect antique horse for a long time and I’m so glad you found him. Here’s to a better 2020!

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  9. Beautiful find! I love how it slept on a pillow on it's ride home! I love your dining room table. Did you buy it like that or did you paint the legs? Mine is similar in style, but all dark wood and I'd love to lighten it up but I'm a little afraid to tackle it. If you did it, I'm curious what type of paint you used. Thanks!

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    1. Yes, I painted the apron and legs several years ago. I used Annie Sloan chalk paint and waxes.

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  10. I love your horse, too! Do you think he had another covering over the newspaper or book pages? Did you get any information about the background from the seller? I also think your camera took good pictures. Thank you for sharing! You found a wonderful home for your new treasure.

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    1. The seller/store owner told me they found it in England and that it was a very rare Swedish antique. I think the paper was the original covering, but not sure. Doesn't look like anything was pulled off.

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  11. Good for you....what a great find !!!

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  12. Kim, your horsey is a beauty. Wondering if the newspaper or type is in Swedish, or another language. Mine is assembled like yours, wood pieces fitted together, then a paper mache type covering that has been painted. I think over the years the paint finish has just rubbed off. I can tell by the "hooves" that it had been set on a plattform of rockers. Love him on top of your wonderful piece. Hope you're new year is off to a good start!

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    1. Debra, the print is foreign and I guess it's Swedish since the seller said that's where it originated. Thanks and Happy New Year!

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