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Friday, March 12, 2010

Show & Tell Friday: Silverplate Punch Bowl

My dear, dear husband bought me this punchbowl (which came with 30 cups!) last week at one of our favorite antique stores. It was too fabulous to pass up! I didn't actually own a punch bowl ( my mother has two cut glass ones and I always borrow one of hers when I need one) and I'm sure Erik couldn't mistake the way my eyes glazed over when I saw this sitting on a table in a consignment booth. The price was reasonable, I thought, and  the fabulous-ness (is that a word?) of it made me desire it instantly. Of course, my cheapness frugality made me question whether I should buy it, since I was technically just looking (and drooling) that day and not wanting to buy anything, but Erik decided that I had to have it and he went and bought it for me using some money that he had set aside for my closet organizer project ( don't worry, we are still doing that project; the purchase will just be delayed a week or two!).

I simply cannot wait until my next party so I can use my beautiful punch bowl set!
The cups must have come from two different sets, actually, since half of them are slightly different. If you look at the cup on the left, the two engraved lines are in the middle; the cup on the right, the lines are at the bottom. The handles have very slight differences also, with the scrollwork. I only noticed this because I was scrutinzing  them as I polished them.
The bowl rests on a footed base. Look at that mirror shine!!! It's in very good condition. It was made by the F. B. Rogers Silver Company, which was originally founded in 1883 in Shelbourne Falls,Mass.In 1886 the company re-located to Taunton, Mass. In 1955 it became a division of the National Silver Company.
I could not find any other distinguishing marks (other than the label on the bottom that says "F.B.Rogers Silver Co, Taunton, Mass.) so I don't know when it was made or how old it is, but it's just so pretty that I don't even care!

I'm linking this to Show and Tell Friday, hosted by Cindy at My Romantic Home!
Thanks for stopping by!


Nancy said...

Thanks for stopping by my blog. This punch bowl is to die for! Absolutely gorge-ioso!

Anonymous said...

Oh, my, I was just drooling myself over that set. Its exquisite. What a beauty. And what a sweet hubby you have. Maybe the cups are meant to be varied, since its so minute.

Debbie@Debbie-Dabble said...

This is a wonderful punch bowl! It is so elegant looking. I have a milk glass one that sits on a little pedestal.

Sherry said...

That punch bowl and cups is divine!!! What a great find!! Oh post that again when you throw a party with it. It would steal the show.

Anita @ Far Above Rubies said...

Fabulous!!! Fabuous!! I finally bought one for myself last summer but it only has 24 cups. Yours is spectacular!

Le Chateau des fleurs said...

YOU ARE SO LUCKY!! I love this!!
Do you want to be friends? I am following your blog now.
Gros bisous

Bella said...

Katie that is so Elegant, I love the reflection is the bowl. What a sweet husband you have :-) Bella