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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 2, 2011

Antiquing is Fun

We love to hunt for treasures and we love English treasures especially. We are always on the hunt for things English when we go to estate sales in the city.

And to think, for the past month, we've been in the Land of English Antiques!!!

We learned early on that Antique Shops were not for us -- things from the 18th century and early 19th century with too many zeros on the end or too many figures before the decimal point. We like treasures but not costly treasures.

But we did learn that Antique Centers were more like the Antique Malls back home and some of them were huge! We stopped at everyone we saw!!

A few of the pictures that we took in the various Antique Centers that we visited on our travels:

Most were "rooms" and often set up like a room -- with wonderful treasures!

I love hyacinth vases and have found mine here and there -- one at a time -- often not labeled as such -- and here was a whole shelf -- price, however, made me feel good (for I think my priciest was $20) for they were $45 to $50 each!!!

A wonderful old tray.

Another great room of treasures. Alas, flying home we couldn't really look at any of the furniture!

Or dishes for that matter . . . and you know my love of blue and white!!!

This blue and white set was 140 pounds -- sigh -- I hated to leave it!!!

Chimney pots and downspouts. Prices reasonable but how do you get those home on an airplane?

Some lovely terra cotta and iron -- sigh, I should have never walked through that area!!!

But I did buy -- not all of my treasures -- but some of the things that will soon be gracing tabletops at Linderhof!

A pair of 1830's brass candlesticks (which will replace some new brass ones in our bedroom)

A sterling and glass matchstrike.

A Spode Camilla tureen and cover . . . the only "breakable" I'm bringing home!

An old needlepoint pillow -- to join the ones I've done -- it was so sweet that I just had to buy it!!

And a set of three napkin rings -- how can I come to England and not bring home a napkin ring (or two or three)

And a silver French gigot holder -- monogrammed with an "S"!!! Now I'll have to get a lamb leg with a bone -- and invite company over!

We've had fun antiquing and I'm sure that we will hit some more Antique Centers before we fly home. My bags aren't quite full!!!!

What can be more fun than a "Show and Tell" of my new English antiques. So I'm joining Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday! Join her and see what others have to show and tell about!


Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Your treasures are fantastic and your trip sounds unreal. I would love to go. Hugs, Marty

Anonymous said...

Beautiful treasures all! I so enjoyed the photos!


Oh yeah, I would've hate to leave the blue and white china! Oh well, you got some beautiful treasures, though, I love your Camilla Tureen! What a beautiful trip you had in England, wow! Thanks for all the posts sharing it with us. Lots of hugs. FABBY