Is there something you have wanted for a really long time and just can't get the item out of your head?
That thing for me was an antique grape hod (or hotte). I drove my husband and friends crazy for years looking for one. Every time we drove past an antique shop I would say " STOP, MAYBE THEY HAVE A HOD". I asked my friends all over the country to look for me one. Most of them had no idea what I was even talking about. I searched flea markets, vintage shows and Ebay regularly. I even contacted a metal shop and sent pictures asking if they could make me one.
Over the years I did find a few. There was one hanging on the wall of a house in a local Homarama. It was owned by the designer and she would not to sell it. There was a very beat up one at an antique shop that looked like a truck run over it and I found a couple on-line that were outrageously priced.
When we pulled into the Fancy Flea parking lot last week my first words to Steve were "keep your eyes open for a grape hod". He had only heard those same words a million times but being the patient man he is has never complained.
We strolled through the market and in the next to the last row I spotted the item of my obsession. I knocked down a display trying to get to it quickly. When I looked at the price I squealed and grabbed the hod and hugged it. I would have hugged the vendor too but she didn't look very happy about me messing up one of her displays!
The price? Let's just say it was less than dinner for four at Chili's.
Isn't she a beauty?
Here are a few examples of antique Grape Hods I found on line.
One Kings Lane $1200
These are all 18th Century antiques from France that have been painted with the names, and sometimes crest, of French Wineries.
The hods had leather straps on the back and these would be worn by the workers harvesting the grapes. They could lean over and dump the grapes without taking it off their back. Eventually they began using woven baskets instead of the heavy metal basket.
Hods are still used today in small vineyards but they are now made of canvas or plastic.
One obsession down and 231 to go!
Is there that one thing you just can't get out of your mind?
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