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Friday, November 25, 2011

Antique Mall Shopping Trip: Some New Finds!

Recently my mother-in-law asked to us to join her in visiting a favorite antique mall in Columbus,WI. We often try to go up there once or twice a year with our "wish lists". Click HERE to see my post from my last visit.

One of the things on my wish list I was able to find: a pretty footstool or hassock for the parlour.

I love the pretty needlepoint cover! The base and legs are actually cast iron, but it's been painted.

The base is very decorative, but I hate this color paint they used. I'm going to try and remove the paint and leave it the original color, which is black.

I resisted buying more vintage linens; I love them, but I have so many that I told myself I wouldn't buy any. However, I did buy this one tablecloth. It's so festive and I thought how pretty it would look on my kitchen table as a Christmas tablecloth, that I made an exception!

This was one of Erik's finds. Some time ago we had seen a silver butter dome at a local shop, admired it but didn't buy it. Later, we returned to the shop on another day after deciding that we wanted it, but of course, it was gone by that time.  A silver butter dome was on Erik's wish list and he found one for us!
A little tarnished.

Erik liked that it has lion heads and feet on it; it matches the silver chafing dish with lion's heads we acquired awhile ago.

It cleaned up very nicely, of course!

Inside the flip-top dome, a pretty glass dish for the butter! This will be so pretty on our dining room table.

I also found a couple of blue transferware Spode plates to add to my collection:

 Those dark looking spots are shadows. I was taking these pictures at night and the kitchen light above me always casts weird shadows when I'm trying to take photos. (It doesn't seem to matter which way I stand!)

I also found this antique ironstone blue transferware plate that is very similar to some of my other ironstone blue transferware: (Again, sorry for the weird shadows and it's also wet: I was trying to get all the stickers off!)
It has a maker's mark for TJ & J Mayer Co in England. The pattern is called "Florintine", which is also marked on the back. It's dated to probably c.1843.

It was made by a different maker than my other ones, but the design is so similar and the color identical:

Here it is pictured next to a small bowl that I already have (left). The bowl is marked "Medici" by M.V. &Co.  M.V. & Co stands for "Mellor Venables and Company" and was one of many potteries in Staffordhsire, England. It appeared to be in operation between the 1830s-1850s.

And this (below) is one of a set of  two small salad plates that were made by the W.Adams Co. in England c.1850s-1860s. The pattern name is called "Columbia". I had bought these two plates many years ago.
I mostly use these antique ironstone dishes for display since I have only a few pieces, but I'm always looking for more.

I also picked up this vintage tray for $2 !
I saw one of these recently somewhere else, but it was pretty banged up. This one has a few scratches, but the colors are still good and it has no rust on it. I love this tray. My mother had one just like it when I was a kid!!!
I'm sure she must have gotten rid of hers a long time ago; or maybe not! I should ask her if she still has it somewhere.

                                               I just love the retro graphics; so fun and bright!

I can always use another big tray, too. When I'm not using it, I'm going to keep it up here on top of the kitchen cabinets with all my vintage tins.

Thanks for stopping by!



Richard Cottrell said...

You done good, I would suggest that you just paint the iron stool black. Use a little brush and be careful, easier than trying to strip the gold. Richard from My Old Historic House.

Pam said...

Erik has great taste. Love that butter dish. I may have to put one of those on my list. Yesterday I was trying to take photos of my Thanksgiving dinnerware, but I had the same problem. It was too dark to take without any lights on and when I put the lights on then I had weird shadows. Hope you had a great holiday!

Pam of Eastlake Victorian said...

Oh, I love your new butter dome and blue transferware plates! We have a similar little reproduction footstool with black iron feet. You had some good luck with these finds!


Debbie@Debbie-Dabble and A Debbie-Dabble Christmas said...


I just love all of your new finds!!

I had to tell you that I have 2 of the same Coke trays and signs in my Kitchen!!

I am posting my Christmas Home Tour room by room over on my Christmas blog, A Debbie-Dabble Christmas. Please stop by when you get a chance...