Primitive Tobacco Baskets

Primitive Tobacco Baskets

4e42d932b3fd738b450168d8f596ef6cI’m using the word primitive here however….  you could also use antique… vintage really wouldn’t fit the bill.    These round or square type baskets are very shallow, not quite flat – they were used for drying tobacco leaves or herbs in some cases (large herbs because of the large open areas and loose weave obviously to let plant material begin to dry immediately).

Used in today’s world in the decorating arena, they make very handsome wall displays, perhaps on a hearth or statement piece above furniture.   They range in prices all over the chart.   I come across these quite a lot in my estate sales.

People who enjoy basket collecting have been seeking these fiercely –  so grab them if you see one at an estate sale or garage sale.  You can find them in rural areas hanging on a nail forgotten in a barn.

As you can see from the photos below, in the decorating scheme they can be used in rustic settings or more traditional themes.

 

Sterling Silver – What to look for

Sterling Silver – What to look for

12508733_10207369537908743_8954967296982996387_nI have clients and customers who ‘think’ they come across sterling silver pieces, but alas—  it’s about half and half on the finds.  Recently, a client came across many pieces with an interesting story.  Someone in her family had been a naval officer (they are in their 90’s now I believe).

This particular naval officer had somehow come in possession of navy platters which appeared for all purposes to be sterling silver.  They had good weight, although very tarnished and not able to read the back, I began my research which first entailed cleaning the pieces.  This is always fun and interesting work (that was a joke by the way).  To take something that is so ugly in appearance, and then bringing it back to life is tremendously pleasing to say the least (that is fun actually –I’m a nerd….what can I say).

It turned out that the platters were NOT sterling, but very handsome pieces and had sentimental value.  At our estate sales, when we come across SS pieces, we tell you to take them to someone who buys gold/silver — you’ll get much more value for the pieces than I can sell them for an an estate sale.   On how to identify SS —View this video—-HERE 

 

Here’s another link to identifying MARKS — Click HERE

 

Happy treasure hunting!

Lustres –

Lustres –

12508733_10207369537908743_8954967296982996387_nLUSTRES — These are wonderful additions to any home — especially if you enjoy vintage glass candle holders and throwing cool cocktail parties (I speak from experience he he he).

Ok. So.  Last night I sat in a dear friend and neighbors home to share in cocktails (yes it was after 5pm), nibbles and girl talk.  We are both experts in all of these three things.  On her mantle are two glorious LUSTRES.  photo (91) She also has a third milky green glass Lustres on her dining room table.  She began to tell me the story behind these wonderful creations —  I just LOVE the name Lustres.   These particular Lustres sat in her Aunt Elisabeth’s home (Elisabeth with an S because she’s special!) in Greensboro, Ga.  That’s located down by Lake Oconee.  The home was built in 1890.  A Victorian Farmhouse to be exact.  Grand, sprawling, with a large covered front porch.  In this home, my neighbor and her sister spent many summers with her cousin (Petula — don’t you love that name!  They call her Pet -).   They had Prom Parties  on the front porch –this is in the 1950’s meaning boys and girls wore their best, walked around the block in pairs then went back to the front porch.  What a wonderful image.  These Lustres sat on the mantle and were all through the house lit when they would arrive.

So — when you come across these fanciful glass candle holders at an estate sale/yard sale/garage sale you’ll know what they are.  Think about all the wonderful memories it has been lit for.  All the parties, holidays and cocktail gatherings.

Cheers! Happy collecting!

Portmeirion – Botanic Garden

Portmeirion – Botanic Garden

cbbe96a29a8eef2b29b93537c588dbd9Hi – My name is Kimy Stewart and I have a dish fetish.  I know…I know…. there could be worse things in life than a dish fetish.  So let’s just roll with it baby.  ::::::turning cartwheels:::::

One of my VERY favorite patterns is Portmeirion Botanic Garden.  Introduced in 1972 it’s a favorite of many.   The appeal of this patterns hits so many different levels of ‘like’ for me — let’s see.  They are colorful and interesting.  You’ll find insects and flowers all different from piece to piece.  A true British classic. They are whimsical and make me want to eat scones and crumpets immediately and talk like Queen Elizabeth all day.  They are the creation of Susan Williams-Ellis who used early 19th Century illustrations as inspiration for these delightful dishes.  She was born in Surrey England – a completely magical place I’m certain.

Now go make me some scones.