[This is the absolute most amazing idea of the millennium. The mesh holds a bit of glaze and when you release after dipping, it runs to the spots that were dry and seals the surface. I've always HATED dipping tongs and the bite marks they leave behind.]
Bulb Pin from Merchant & Mills: Merchant & Mills' Bulb Pins are perfectly simple and just as useful! Like safety pins but with a wide bowl at the bottom, use these pins to tidily hang tags at your flea market table or even as removable stitch markers for your knitting! Each pin is a little over 1 3/4 inches long. $10.00
Placed around gardens, this pure copper wire mesh repels snails and slugs, because they don't like touching copper. It can also be cut to length to stuff in cracks, gaps or other small openings in buildings to block birds or rodents or other animals. This wire doubles as a unique accent for gift wrapping, or an eye-catching trimming for seasonal decorations. Rolls are 5" wide and available in 25' or 100' lengths. Made in Canada. A great non-toxic, multi-use pest-control product.
1887, Gorham Manufacturing Company, Chatelaine in the form of an octopus. These were worn on the belts of housekeepers in the 18th-19th Century and held useful household items such as keys, seals, scissors, a watch or magnifying glasses. Though many chatelaines were purely utilitarian, some were beautifully crafted pieces of jewelry.
19th C. Gorham Sterling silver Chatelaine : Lot 113