Musings of herb gardening, interior decorating, vintage finds and just the beautiful things in life........

19 January 2008

Beautiful Auction Finds

Wow! I didn't realize it has been so long since I posted. My goal is to post at least three times a week so from now on I will do my best to do that. I have been acting like a bear and hibernating since it has been sooooo cold. Let's catch up...............

Here is a 'good thing' I found on another blog. Just by clicking and watching this video you can help in the fight against autism.The video is also one of my favorite songs lately so listen, sing along, and all for a great purpose.

This past weekend I went to two auctions. The one on Saturday was a bust for me but hubby got some coins (he collects) so it was worth the seven degree temp. We only stayed about an hour as it was outside in a garage. Thanks to the auction gods that the coins were among the first to be sold. By the time we left the temp had doubled to a whopping 14!

Sunday's auction was mucho better. It was in a heated building for one thing and also I got a box full of old old sheet music and some more silver.

This is only a small sampling of the sheet music. Don't you love the graphics and colors?

No one bid on the silver but me so I got it for 5 bucks!!!!!!I love it when that happens.

In the box was the most beautiful ornate bowl with lion heads and grapes, a type of server cup of some kind that is tilted and has a baby ladle hanging from the handle. Does anyone know what this would have been used for? Also some iced tea spoons and some handles cut from silverware that had holds drilled in the ends. I have seen wind-chimes made of silverware and wonder if the previous owner had that intention for these. Maybe one of these days I will make a wind-chime and be able to use them. Also some salt and pepper shakers. I think they will make adorable little bud vases (without the tops, of course). The small..and very heavy....pitcher has Hilton stamped on it so it is old hotel silver. SWEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Here is the sideways cup thingy. What would the purpose of this been? I know in the Victorian era, they had a server or utensil for almost everything. I am so curious as to what this would have been used for. Please leave a comment it you know.


  1. Good for you on that silver score! I have yet to brave an auction (around my parts, I'm rinkydink) but that stuff is awesome!!!!

    I KILLED on my silver at my last show, so don't let it go to waste....


  2. I have a twin for your hotel silver "hot water tot". Got it in 1973 at a little junk shop in Ohio. You got some really beautiful pieces.

  3. What great finds!
    I think that might be a gravy boat with a little ladle to pour from rather than having to tip the boat!! Or other sauces like mint sauce (for roast lamb), or even dessert things such as English custard which is pourable.

  4. I found your blog through Vintagerescue. Love it!!!!

    I have one of those sideway cup thingys and I believe it is used for sugar. If they are complete, they have a small spoon that you hang on the small hook on the handle. Mine didn't come with the spoon either.

  5. I have one almost like it, and it was used to hold sugar cubes. This was mainly used at a Tea. But later on people quit using these because they began making granuale sugar. Of course, the scoop was used to remove the cubes from container. These are really hard to find, so count yourself lucky.


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