“The Rhinestone Cowboy Tours The Southwest” opens tomorrow, Jan. 31, at Midtown Mercantile Merchants. It runs through the month of February.
Vintage cowgirls decked out
Mid 1900s cowgirl outfits
For well over 100 years and counting cowboys and cowgirls have loved “bling.” From the tips of their boots to the top of their hats they have used color, rhinestones and silver to garner attention.
Early cowboy spurs, including a pair of “Lady leg” spurs
The kids had fun with cowboy bling too!
Even their horses would be decked out in hand carved leather and chased silver, as you can see in this parade horse outfit.
In the mid twentieth century the famous Nudie came on the scene. Based in California’s San Fernando Valley, he made his famous “Nudie suits” for singing cowboys, singing cowgirls, rock groups, movie stars and any cowgirl or cowboy who could afford his work. Today his suits are sought after, worth a pile of money, and highly collectible. They’ve been recently re-discovered by today’s generation which is making them even more valuable and sought after.
Nudie here, Nudie there, Nudie everywhere!
Nudie, on the left.
Enjoy this walk down memory lane and come on into Midtown and take in some of our “Cowboy Bling!”
Roy Rogers, wearing Nudie
Carol Fenn 1-2019
Forks, knives, spoons. Flatware. Sterling silver flatware. Pretty straight forward right? Well, hold on there Sunshine! Don’t forget about the serving pieces. Yes, that’s right, the antique and vintage sterling silver serving pieces. There is absolutely nothing straight forward about them!
Bon Bon spoon and angel food cake fork
One hundred years ago there was a serving piece for just about everything. Tomato slices, asparagus, bacon, lemons, angel food cake, pickles, sardines, ice cream, oysters, baked potatoes, toast, butter, berries, chocolate bon bons, etc. etc.
The variety is endless. So many ways to serve seafood, for example. And “ice cream forks!” Check out the old catalog pages I’m sharing with you. Who even knew about ice cream forks … and who would think there would be so many choices! Now wouldn’t that be a fun thing to collect!
Today, we have discovered that we can use grandma’s serving spoon for just about everything. Oh heavens! But that’s ok. Many folks still appreciate the old sterling silver serving pieces. They’re highly collectible and some sell for hundreds of dollars.
Here at Midtown you just might find some of these classics. Start your search in our French country kitchen and move on from there. Then when you find one or more of these wonderful pieces of history, pull out your linen tablecloth and your fine china and throw a dinner party!
Carol Fenn 1-2019