Friday, January 2, 2009

What's Hot


The hot item at the Manor this week is this great little early pewter
cream and sugar set I found Tuesday at the Heart of Ohio Antique
Center, off I-70 near Springfield, one of my favorite haunts. With
nearly 700 dealers, it is packed with fabulous random vintage stuff.
It takes a whole afternoon to wander through the entire 116,000
square feet of goodies. The creamer and sugar are hallmarked
"P S Ct" and I am assuming the Ct stands for Connecticut. After
doing a few hours of research I came up empty handed. Any clues
out there? I think I'll leave the lovely patina untouched, what do you
think? These little beauties set me back $17. What a steal. And such
a lovely afternoon, too, visiting things from another day, thoughts
from another time.
..

I cannot bear it!" said the pewter soldier. "I have shed pewter
tears! It is too melancholy! Rather let me go to the wars and lose
arms and legs! It would at least be a change. I cannot bear it
longer! Now, I know what it is to have a visit from one's old
thoughts, with what they may bring with them! I have had a visit
from mine, and you may be sure it is no pleasant thing in the end;
I was at last about to jump down from the drawers.

Hans Christian Andersen

67 comments:

  1. Oh my those are lovely! I'd leave the petina just as it is. Hope you figure out your latest mystery.

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  2. Mmm, lovely finds Willow. There's nothing like a good deal on an interesting piece, and your new set is really beautiful. The patina is gorgeous... but maybe a very gentle experimental clean to give it a gleam? Pewter has such a soft glow to it, you know it's never going to be super-shiny, which is part of the appeal. I don't believe I just said that, being a human magpie and all. ;)

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  3. 116,000 sq. ft of stuff? *swoons*

    These are great. I've never had much luck finding info on touch marks either. I'd recommend leaving the patina as is.

    Great find!

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  4. Fellow Magpie BPG, what would you suggest I use to shine it up a bit?

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  5. Willow! Those are GORGEOUS pieces! OMG, I'm feeling an envy attack! (Not really, but I just had to say it! LOL!)

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  6. I believe you need Antique Roadshow to visit your area for an appraisal. My non-expert opinion is that they were used as tankards at YE OLDE TAVERNE by our founding fathers whilst they hashed out our future government.

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  7. Willow! Those are gorgeous! And, that first photo of them is quite nice! I'd love to wander at your haunt.

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  8. G'morning, Willow! When you get a minute, you could check out Dorothy Rainwater's book, "Encyclopedia of Silver Manufacturers," Third Edition. In there is listed a Preissner Silver Company of Wallingford, CT. Could that be your PS CO/CT? They had a process of sandwiching silver with pewter overlay. Hope that's helpful. Enjoy your beautiful pieces! :)

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  9. Oh that just gives me an urge to go on a good flea market/antique mall haunt...most of them are not heated around here tho...my 2cents worth is to leave the patina as is..its beautiful!

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  10. Peggy, I think you might just be onto something here! Thank you very much! I'm off to Google Books...

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  11. Pewter! I love the engravings-just leave them as is...they're gorgeous. (My humble non-expert opinion.)

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  12. Lovely things. Sometimes when I place my hands on handles of old things I close my eyes and imagine I can just sense the many hands that used this item over the years. The patina is beauty of time.

    I am curious to see your mug. I am clueless what a Boleslawiec mug looks like!

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  13. What a beautiful find! I would leave it untouched as I consistently hear that removing the natural patina lessens the value of items. That being said, have a look at this http://www.ehow.com/how_172281_clean-pewter.html

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  14. Such beautiful pieces, I would leave the patina as is.

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  15. Very sweet items. I'd not risk cleaning them - I've ruined a few items that way.

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  16. What a lucky find!
    Very elegant and charming.
    I'm off to the Eileen Fisher outlet in Lower Manhattan today.........
    I will have to restrain myself........

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  17. Peggy, I just requested Rainwater's book be sent to my library branch. You're the best. Thanks. :)

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  18. Elizabeth, Eileen Fisher OUTLET?! I want to GO!! Wait for me!!

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  19. Paul Scheffield Co. I believe was a pewter worker from CT waaay back ..pewter is, to me, very like platinum... it never really SHINES but its lovely and you got a good price.

    :-Daryl

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  20. Only $17? You lucky woman! They are lovely! Unfortunately I cannot help with the clues, but I definitely look forward to the follow-up :-).

    Greetings from London.

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  21. Daryl, thanks! I'm making a note of the Sheffield Co., too. They look REALLY old, but it's hard to tell.

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  22. I'm sorry I haven't been reading blogs for a while. Just caught up with your delicious post and what a treat.
    I love pewter and your finds are really beautiful. I wouldn't clean them up, get expert advice first.

    Happy New Year Willow and thank you for all your blogs.

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  23. What a discovery for $17! You have a very sharp eye. I have mixed feelings about the patina. Some pewter can be quite dull, while other items can have a subtle glow. Did pewter evolve through the centuries? That might give you a clue. Peggy's suggestion was so interesting!

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  24. A most excellent find!
    Oh what fun to explore that Antique Centre.

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  25. The patina is perfect ... . and your subtle lighting in the photograph creates a perfect portrait.
    Bravo! ... Judith

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  26. Very nice purchase! $17 for both? That is 12,20€, what a bargain!

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  27. A great find and price! I often think what a refined life was lived...beautiful crafted serving pieces, china, linens making every meal a lovely experience. I watch movies of certain times and I'm fascinated by the table settings!

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  28. Gorgeous finds, those. And quite a steal. That antiques market sounds phenomenal!

    P.S. Love the view from your kitchen window. I imagine you do, too. No wonder you cook so much! (: )

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  29. You've got beautiful stuff.
    I hope your new year would be nice!!

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  30. Sounds like a fun day. The pewter pieces are just lovely--I'm with you--leave the patina as is--it adds to its beauty. I have a few pewter pieces --goblets and a wonderful pitcher--that I no longer shine up--they were one of the only gifts I ever received from my ex-husband the whole time we were married, and now that he's dead, I treasure them and they just seem more appropriate "aged" a bit!

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  31. beautiful! and thanks for the tip of where you found you're great bargain!! i'm in the area..woo hoo!!

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  32. I love flea markets and old things. What a great find and a beautiful set. You may want to contact The Pewter Collector's Club Of America
    You can also check out this page on their site, An Introduction to Pewter Marks.
    Hope that helps!

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  33. I have always been fascinated by things made of pewter, especially antique soldiers.

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  34. Willow, those are so lovely! You struck "pewter" girl!!! They were calling, my new home must be at "Willow Manor"! Happy New Year! :)

    ~Cheryl - cottage farm villa

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  35. Willow,
    Looks like you had your ESP out there once again stalking those antique items. Good for you. What a find!
    The Bach

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  36. I love pewter. These are beautiful.

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  37. Oh I think they're lovely Willow, very understated and elegant - and what a steal!

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  38. Hello,
    Your findings are very pretty. I love antiques. You have a very nice blog with very nice photos.
    Wishing you a nice day,
    Lydia

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  39. I'm dying over these!! Look at those handles. Fabulous! I would have fought you over them! Don't touch that patina - gorgeous. And Hans - I love Hans. I was so happy to see The Wind in the Willows on your sidebar. I was just thinking about that book the other day and couldn't find my copy (stored in the closet where I can't get to it, for now.). It was because of New Year's that I was thinking of it - there is a line I love and I can't remember it completely by heart but it is something about "out of the old life and into the new". Happy 2009, Willow.
    Catherine

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  40. Willow, what beautiful pieces, I hope you leave them "untouched", with that old patina they are stunning ...
    Do you think it is a New Year urge, we too have been antique shopping and junking, these past few days. Oh, the silver and crystal we have found, is unbelievable, for little of nothing.

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  41. They are gorgeous! Love a piece of history in my life too. Lucky you, to have had such a lovely afternoon :D

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  42. Where will you keep your new finds?

    The words from Hans Christian Anderson: so sad. Was the toy soldier referring to being put away and forgotten? How apt a quotation for your new find: objects need to be loved and admired too, I suppose.

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  43. Very beautiful, what a great find. I love old things that have a history.

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  44. That pewter cream and pitcher set is quite lovely...but not nearly as pretty as that precious girl in your header! Absolutely beautiful!

    Malisa

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  45. fabulously hot - your pewter, that is.

    Willow, how have you dealt with all the new readers since becoming a blog of note? Will you email me? reyasdottir@verizon.net.

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  46. Great find Willow and an absolute steal! I wondered about the Hot item, had it fallen off the back of a proverbial truck? Good to have oones faith in you restored.
    If you want to doll up the patina a little, just gently caress it with your fingers,they will get dirty but won't harm your creamer.

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  47. I love perusing things from another time, another place. It fills the soul, doesn't it?

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  48. That sounds like heaven!! And the pieces you collected are gorgeous!!

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  49. What a lovely find. I would not polish them before I get them identified and appraised. They are very elegant yet simple. I would put them both on display atop the mantlepiece with pink rosebuds pouring over.

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  50. I keep forgetting to tell you how beautiful your view out your kitchen window is! and the mug - I wondered, now I know!

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  51. A wonderful find; I'm envious as well. I have only ever used warm, soapy water on pewter, to remove fingerprints, dust, etc. Anything harsher would wreck the patina and the value of your piece.

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  52. What I use for my pewter jewellery is the very finest grade steel wool, stroked in gentle circles over the surface.

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  53. Those are beeeeeautiful. Absolutely.

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  54. I just love pewter,oh leave them as is they are so lovely!

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  55. Great quote. Kudos on the steal!

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  56. What a lovely find! Check out this site for the identification of the maker's marks..

    http://www.modernsilver.com/basichallmarks.htm

    It's mostly silver markings, but they may have some of the pewter markings, too. I use this site a lot for identifying my old silver jewelry pieces. And next time you go there tell me!...it's only 20 minutes from my house. Haven't been there in years! Fun, fun!

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  57. Those are great! I love pewter. I'd definitely leave them as is.

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  58. Hi Willow. Thank you so much for adding me to your peeps. You are so sweet and kind to do that. We shop the Springfield area for antiques. We love the Springfield Antiques Market. I'm sure you have been there. I have a very close friend in Ohio. Although, I can't get him to sign up to blog, he follows your blog through my links. He loves you. So, you have a secret admirer, of sorts. Great find! Classy!

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  59. The pieces have a very unusual shape. I have been a collector/dealer for about 20 years and can't remember seeing that shape. Is that antique center open year round?

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  60. I just love your find of the week! Over the years, I have collected some dear pewter pieces, all of which are out of storage and finding places of honor in our new home.
    Have I ever been antiquing? Not really..I guess I am missing out on a lot!

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  61. So very lovely! We have fabulous souks here in Marrakech for all kinds of good loot!

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  62. Donna, yes, it's open year round. I think it's only closed on Christmas Day and Easter.

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  63. wow, antiquing and H.C. Andersen, i'll definitely be coming back. :-)

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  64. Now I know sod all about pewter, but I DO know silver and I am assuming the same neo-classical tastes were operating at the time on both materials.

    If the hallmarks were British, I would say your lovely shapes are from 1780-1795
    eg George III silver creamer, 1792http://www.brownbrosauction.com/products/863/SmallImage/401%20George%20III%20creamer%20SS.jpg.

    If the hallmarks were American, I would put the dates slightly later eg South Carolina coin silver creamer 1790-1810 http://www.twickenhamantiques.net/mediac/400_0/media/1215.JPG.

    You found something lovely!!
    Hels
    http://melbourneblogger.blogspot.com/

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  65. If you like pewter stuff, you may like all the pewter items at http://classypewter.com/

    Nearly 3000 nice, NO LEAD pewter gifts.

    J

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