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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.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

You Be the Judge!




I don't like a "naked" toilet tank top but I also don't like anything "fiddly" on it either. Something that makes a "statement" but is easy to move it you have to!!!!

Plants are a good solution, but . . . you have to have something pretty to put them in.


At either a Garage Sale or an Estate Sale a couple of years ago, I found this planter -- for, I think, $5. It was unusual, a good size for a toilet top and my beloved blue and white. And it does work and work well!

I thought it perhaps was a piece of new "China" merchandise that was, perhaps, bought at Hobby Lobby. But "provenance" doesn't necessarily mean everything to me -- especially for something that I'm going to plop a plant in and put on a toilet tank!

And then when we were in England . . .


We went to Woburn Abbey. Besides a lovely "house" to tour, they also had an Antique Center on their grounds. Full of the most wonderful treasures (and yes, I did bring something home from there!)

But . . the first room, I went in, I found this --


I've not ever seen another and thought it interesting that the second one I would find would be in an Antiques Center in England!


Inside was this explanation of the piece. Interesting, I thought -- way older than I thought!

And then I turned the tag over and . . .


I was stunned at the price -- 495 pounds or $800. For the piece I paid $5 at an Estate/Garage Sale and keep a plant in!!!!


You be the judge -- is it the same or not? I think it is a twin. Do I have something that is that valuable? Or have they put an inflated price on their merchandise? You be the judge!!!

It's Monday and I'm joining Sally at Smiling Sally for Blue Monday.

23 comments:

Cass @ That Old House said...

Holy cachepot, Martha! What a steal!!! I agree -- it's a twin, and you have the bargain of the century sitting on your toidy tank!

Are you moving it someplace snazzier?

And someplace without tile floors in case it falls?

Cass

On Crooked Creek said...

Martha,
Truly a treasure trove find!!! Enjoy it for it's white and blue that you adore and knowing it's history and value only makes it more to adore!
Fondly,
Pat
P.S. Thank you for your sweet visit and comment. It gave me a chuckle...going green...painting hadn't crossed my mind! HA!

megan said...

Wow Martha, it certainly does look the same. What about the markings on the bottom?
I hope you put it somewhere else now!!! :)

afternoon tea said...

It looks the same to me. They're probably a little bit over-priced, but I don't think they would be THAT much over. What a great find.
AT

Sharing Shadymont said...

WOW! I think you have a winner! You got a great buy either way!

Mary R. said...

Gee, that looks great!

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

It's gorgeous and I am sure it is that valuable. Just don't knock it off the back of the toilet. Hugs Marty

Pondside said...

Oh my goodness - it`s the same one!
You could feature it more prominently or (my personal choice)sell it and buy another ticket for England!

Alessandra said...

It looks the same for sure! I guess that from now on You'll never feel the same again flashing the toilet! :-)

Rose H (UK) said...

I think you have the twin Martha! Though I also feel that the Antique Center were 'trying it on' with the price...HOW MUCH??
I love yours, and it's certainly worth a 'few bob'!

Best wishes
Rose H

Luna Miranda said...

oh my, you found a treasure!:p
i hope you got the genuine article, but for $5, it's a steal.

Dianne said...

You done good girl! Dianne

 gmirage said...

wow! you saved a lot on that lol! Good buy and good looking piece, no matter the price! (yes, it actually matters! lol) -http://vanity.gmirage.com/?p=504

Southerncook said...

Every time you show us one of your "finds" and it turns out to be something really spectacular I am amazed. That never happens to me and as I write this I am shaking my head. Maybe I'm not looking in the right places?????

Getting back to your planter, I think it is as valuable as the one you saw in England and probably the price there may have been a little over infalted but probably not by much. I think if it were me I would remove it from the top of the toilet tank. I would hate to think that it could get knocked over.

When I first saw it I thought how gorgeous it was and wished I could find one similar since I am adding more blue and white to my own decor. What a great "find"!!!!

Carolyn

Kim, USA said...

Goodness sake!! You have a treasure on top of your toilet tank hehe!!

Blue dress

The Sewing Loft said...

It does look the same. Beautiful piece. Now, I hope you have moved it to a safer location. :) Doesn't it make you feel splendid to come across something like this!!

Mary said...

What a lovely find for a gal who loves blue and white china. It is really lovely, Martha. Have a great day. Blessings...Mary

lindaraxa said...

Works for me...it's a match! What I would do if I were you is make a copy of your blog post, frame it and hang it across from the toilet. That way your guests can be amused while otherwise engaged. Hey, it's the bathroom, anything goes!

Martha said...

Lindaraxa -- I think that is a BRILLIANT idea!!!

Bernideen said...

Looks like you got the bargain here - lovely thoughts about England. By the way, I am anxious to make those scones with your new recipe too! When I do I will link to your post!

Kathryn Ross said...

Oh, Martha! Isn't it exciting to make such a discovery! What mystery - is it or isn't it? One of my favorite BBC series is Lovejoy. I have all the seasons and never tire of watching them. I love all their antiquing adventures and the marvelous estates that were featured. Your post made me think of him - I think I need some tea and Lovejoy before retiring this evening! Cheerio!
Thanks for visiting me - hope you come again! Joy!
Miss Kathy

chubskulit said...

Just beautiful!

I played Blue Monday too, please come and see.

Mimi said...

You have a winner. Perhaps it is time to find the plant a new home and clean up "the pot" and put napkins or some such in it.....