I have always loved antiques. My mother has always been a collector, and I used to spend a lot of time when I was growing up in antiques stores. My mother did a great job of teaching me a basic knowledge of furniture and art. The one thing you learn about antiques is that you never stop learning, and you will never know everything about anything! One of our favorite things about buying and selling is coming home with a purchase and researching it. Whether it is cast iron, china, silver, mason jars, Pyrex, Fire King, old books, textiles, lamps…you never know what you are going to find out.
I really had to eat some humble pie last week. My husband is working out of town in Tennessee during the week. Sometimes he goes to the thrift shops up there, and I always look forward to what he brings home at the end of the week. He found some awesome vintage school desks, Fire King, Pyrex…he does a great job, usually. A couple of weeks ago he bought a pair of lamps. I couldn’t believe he bought them. To me, they are hideous.
Well, hubby did his research. Apparently these things are called “Hollywood Regency.” And on eBay they go for hundreds of bucks for a pair. Are you kidding me?? And Kary had to admit that he did not waste his money. But I still don’t like them. They are now here, on eBay.
On a lighter note. I found perhaps my best buy EVER! I love old silver. I always buy random serving pieces at the flea market or thrift store when I find them. A couple of weeks ago I bought 6 pieces of blackened silver from a man at the flea market for $2…
Then I started looking at the serving pieces I bought for $2. The iced tea spoons are “One” from 1913, one of the meat forks is “Adam” from 1917, and the other is “Lorne” from 1878. Awesome, huh? By the way, there is a great website where you can look up silver plate patterns, here. None of the silverplate patterns is worth less than $12 dollars per piece on Replacements, Ltd. Which means I scored over a thousand dollars of silverplate for $20.
But, wait. It gets better. This ladle was one of the six pieces I bought for $6
That says J E Spear. I googled him. Turns out that is the mark of James E. Spear, who worked as a silversmith in his shop on Kings Street in Charleston from 1846-1871. Check out this ladle of his that was auctioned by Christie’s. It went for $1434.00 in 2002.
Woo-hoo!! Best find EVER!
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