Wednesday, October 22, 2008

eBay today - Victorian wasp or fly catcher


I heard about these nifty gadgets on a BBC program about antiques and decided to do a little eBay research.

Check it out. A circa 1860 wasp or fly catcher. You would have put a cork in the top and a sugar water mixture in the well and the pests would have flown under and been caught for later disposal. Wouldn't this be great outdoors at a summer croquet soiree? I picture fresh squeezed lemonade and straw boaters.

I'm a born and bred Southerner and I've never heard of these. I love that it's a beautiful mouth blown piece, that it's old and (most importantly) that it has a use still today. I think that's what I love the most about my favorite antiques and vintage pieces... that the best ones can still be used today.

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