Linderhof


Gardening, Cooking and Decorating on the Prairie of Kansas


Welcome to Linderhof, our 1920's home on the prairie, where there's usually something in the oven, flowers in the garden for tabletops and herbs in the garden for cooking. Where, when company comes, the teapot is always on and there are cookies and cakes to share in the larder.

Thursday, June 10, 2010

A Wee Epergne


When we were last in Minnesota we pursued our passion for Estate and Garage Sales . . . and it was new territory. Not listed on our sheet of places that we wanted to go, we ran into a marvelous garage sale and for $5 got this great treasure . . .
It's a silver plated epergne in miniature -- a small trumpet vase to hold flowers and a dish to hold after dinner sweets. It's not the grand dining room epergnes so often found in grand Victorian homes but rather a sweet little vase and candy dish for a small table.


The vase is etched glass and I love the way the silver stem goes up and around and ends with a leaf.

It's got great detail -- the dragonfly and flowers -- is the one on the right a Kansas sunflower?
Butterflies, lily of the valley and a pheasant.

It has no marks on it but I think it might be English and definitely from around 1890 to 1901 or so.

I love finding little treasures like this -- ones that bring a smile to my face. It won't always be on the breakfast room table but can't you just see it next spring with lilies of the valley in the sweet trumpet vase.
With the pheasant on the base, it makes for a perfect pairing for my silver pheasant salt and pepper shakers. It makes a great centerpiece for the breakfast room table which is used not only for breakfast but for lunch and dinner as well . . .

. . . and after dinner dessert. What better dessert than the wonderful lavender crescents that I made yesterday for the Chamber of Commerce Coffee today. For the recipe, go here.

It's Friday and time for Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum -- see what everyone is cooking this Friday!

It's also time for Show and Tell Friday at My Romantic Home with Cindy. Visit and see what everyone wants to show and tell.

13 comments:

Pondside said...

That was a great find - I'd have been excited too!

Martha said...

It was the same sale that I found the obelisks!

Mary said...

That is, indeed, a find Martha. I also love your sweet treats. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Sherry said...

That is lovely! Great find.
Have a great weekend!
Sherry

Allie and Pattie said...

Martha, you hit the jackpot on that sale! I love the detail on the piece!
xoxo Pattie

~Gardener on Sherlock Street said...

What an amazing find!!

Terri said...

Beautiful and unique! Wow, you really got lucky...

Cathy said...

It's so much fun to come home with an unexpected treasure. You found a lovely one, Martha.

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

What a wonderful find!! Your little tidbits look devine...only thing missing is a steaming cuppa coffee or tea :)

Blessings!
Gail

D.B. said...

Yes, I had my eye on that in your last post. AND...it's definitely a Kansas sunflower. Happy Weekend Martha!

Becky said...

Martha, what a terrific find. I just love it!

Jingle said...

yummy and sweet.

Eastlake Victorian said...

I just love your epergne! What a great find! And I will have to try your lavender crescent recipe... they look divine! :-)

-Pam