Thrifty November Finds
My newest acquisition!
A vintage tea set!
I'm showing it as I bought it. Warts and all. According to my research, which corroborates with what the seller told me, this set dates from the mid to late 1800's.
It is silverplate.
The set was still faintly marked $125.00 from a long time ago
and the elderly lady was selling it for $40. She told me she actually only paid $75
about 10 years ago and that it was from the 1800's.
I loved the detail and the shape of the pot.
The thumb guard is to keep your thumb from slipping and touching the hot pot. The handle is very beautiful!
The acorn finial is nicely detailed.
One foot needs to be soldered
I saw one like it advertised it was made by Thomas Bradbury & Sons from Sheffield England
It was found on ebay UK almost identical with the same acorn finial. but it didn't show the stamp.
It sold yesterday for about $80 USD.
It was shined up and ready to use. No repairs needed. Much nicer looking
Mine came with a creamer and a need to also solder one foot.
I like the tarnished look and if I keep the whole set I would like to repair the foot. I don't
think it can be cleaned to use for tea since it's plated, I may ruin the patina if I try to clean
it. What if it has areas that won't shine?
The sugar bowl only has some dents
It's my favorite piece and I am picturing
a dried flower arrangement in it.
I only had $20 on me so I offered that and she took it. Last day of the sale...yada, yada. With two repairs needed (which I didn't see at the time of purchase) it is probably worth only $20, if that.
I really like it and wonder if the teapot and creamer are worth repairing.
I'm curious, does anyone have an opinion?
Monday Mellow Yellows A bit of a stretch this week...the wood looks a bit yellow maybe!