They say beauty is in the eye of the beholder…..
I've always appreciated vintage and antique furniture's and always longed to own a few pieces here and there but living in our city apartment for several years never welcomed it. But since we're now living in a house I am slowly taking the opportunity to start introducing it into my home, mixing some old with the new to have a bit more soul in my home.
However since moving to Thornleigh, my love for collecting vintage items I think has grown beyond Jeff’s liking... only because we are lacking of space at the moment due to reno's,
It all began when we were just new locals. I was on a mission to find a café that can serve my pallet with a good cup of coffee...(it must be reputable coffee beans….it’s crucial!)..and also where I can enjoy my weekend brunches with Jeff & Kooks.
So on my way to my first morning train ride to work as a local, I finally stumbled upon one. There she was…a little shabby, charming and rustic café humbly tucked away next to Thornleigh Station, the Curl The Whisker Café. It is so unique and full of character.
I grew fond of this cafe very quickly because of its coziness and friendly staffs and…. it serves great coffee! (Campos coffee beans). But what smelted my heart the most is the eccentric, eclectic and vintage furniture’s and items they’ve used to furnish the place and at the same time still waiting to find a new home.
I quickly made friends with one of the owners on my first purchases. I needed to know a bit of history or any knowledge they have of the items, e.g. where it came from, age etc. At the end of our bargaining session, I assured her that no doubt I will be coming back for more =D
Here you'll see my slowly growing collection of what I see as beautiful vintage items because of its potential to serve my home. I like the idea of owning furniture pieces with a story and history.
I would love for you to also join me on my quest to solving some mysteries or finding more history about the items and/or..... just to simply enjoy the photos below as I breathe more life and transform them as furniture pieces...once I finally find the time ;P.
My first glimpse of this wonderful wooden crate and steamer trunk, I just instantly knew I had to have them. However, it took a few weeks before I managed to convince Jeff they will be worth every cent because they will do a great job as coffee tables or storage boxes. I know he appreciates my love for the vintage and the old but as usual his main concern was having no space to store them while the house is still in a beautiful mess due to the reno’s.
At first, I purchased the wooden crate because it was visually beautiful but as days went by, the branding on the wooden crate has raised my curiosity to know a bit of more of its history but importantly its age. And so I searched and searched on the web...and am still searching for an answer.
Below is a response I received from Sogevinus Fine Wines after I inquired about the history of Feueheerds Bros. It's all still a bit vague to me and doesn't quite answer my question.
Thank you for your email.
The Feuerheerd’s came from Hamburg, Germany, to set up trading, mining and wine interests in Porto and Viana do Castelo in the beginning of the 19th century. Since 1815, under the family name Feuerheerd Brothers, the company was shipping port.
With the 1930's depression, and Albert Feuerheerd’s untimely death (the company´s founder), the family saw the need to dispose of the Shipping House, Feuerheerd Brothers and in 1933 it was sold to Barros & Almeida, a very well established in Port trade with other brands like Porto Barros, Hutcheson, Vieira de Souza and The Douro Wine Shippers and Growers Association.
In 1996 Feuerheerd Bros was merged with Hutcheson to became Hutcheson Feuerheerd Associates but still belonging to Barros & Almeida.
Finally, in 2006 when Sogevinus bought Barros Group, this company was included in the acquisition but the brand was practically extinguished. Feuerheerd and the group, now focuses its activity on its major brands (Barros, Burmester, Cálem and Kopke).
We hope that this small explanation help’s you to get to know a little about Feuerheed’s brand.
What's your thoughts on how old this crate may be?