Last night I was out to dinner with good friends. The lady of the other party, Ryck, handed me a lovely package. I was taken by surprise and curiosity. Ryck knows my passion for all things Royal and Commemorative, so she gifted me with this vintage tin , a souvenir of Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation!! It is so pretty and in excellent condition and the timing is perfect considering the Jubilee in June. Isn't it wonderful to have friends!!! Thanks so much Ryck.
Saturday, March 24, 2012
Thursday, March 22, 2012
Truly one of my favorite chintz tea cups. The pattern is Apple Blossom and is is made by the Kent company in Longton, England. The flowers are so pretty, a real harbinger of Spring. Even the handle is strewn with blossoms. I got this and the following pieces of chintz at an antiques mall. Dame Ruthie and I swooned over the fact that they were all 50% off! Can you imagine? So I had my heart set on a little tray,one-person tea pot, matching cup and miniature toast rack. The tag said $179. (or so I thought, not having my glasses on) so I did quick calculations in my head and figured I could buy this charming set for @ $90.00 A bit pricey but I really loved it. When I got to the check-out the salesgirl said she would put an even $1,000. on my card. Stammering, I said please explain your type of math as opposed to my type. She explained that the price tag read $1,790.00 which,adding sales tax came to $2,000.00 So of course 50% of that would be $1,000. Many thoughts ran through my head not the least of how can I sneak this home without my husband's knowledge? The saleslady was so nice. She took me back to the sale and I came home with three treasures all of which did not add up to $90.
I found this tea cup in a second hand shop and was thrilled because, although I have MANY commemorative mugs of Charles and Diana's wedding, I never had a delicate teacup. The saucer design is unique and rather unbalanced. but I really love it.
Saturday, March 3, 2012
On Thursday my daughter, granddaughter, and I went to the Flagler Museum in Palm Beach, Florida. It is a beautiful mansion from the "Gilded Age". Completed in 1902 Whitehall, Henry Flagler's estate was hailed as "more magnificent than any other private dwelling in the world." Today Whitehall is a National Historic Landmark and is open to the public as the Flagler Museum. We enjoyed it so much. It took us back in time. They also had an exhibit of Louis Comfort Tiffany's priceless lamps. And then we went to the gift shop...