I’m sometimes asked what I look for when I’m out shopping for things for my home or things to sell. The broad, non-specific answer is that I look for whatever speaks to me. Certain things just capture my attention. I like them.
Why do you like what you like? You just do.
One of the things that I am a total sucker for is antique flatware, specifically bone-handled, French ivory and Bakelite. And the older, the better.
I first noticed Bakelite in a “country” decorating book years ago. I don’t remember which one, but I loved it and started hunting for it. It took a few years before I found a set I was willing to splurge on. I still have that first set, but have bought and sold (and kept) many pieces since then.
My most recent acquisition was these Civil war era bone-handled flatware with pewter inlay. Would you believe that they were just a $3 a piece?! It seems like it should cost so much more for such a precious little piece of history.
But, then again, I’ve bought 100+ year old, solid wood dressers for $30 before…
Anyway, they are just beautiful. Like little pieces of art.
And I love imagining their story… Who owned them? Where have they traveled during their long life? Which hands have held them? What kind of conversations have they silently listened to?
I’m sure I’m not the only one with “if-these-walls-could-speak-syndrome” when it comes to old things.
Jeff asked if I was going to keep them.
“Are we actually going to use them?!”
“No. I’m just going to love them. And take lots of pictures of them.”
This blue-handled set of forks and knives are my other favorites to love and take pictures of. I got a set of 24 for $24, which I thought was a steal for such pretty pieces.
And I’ve picked up other pieces here and there. I just look for interesting shapes and pretty handles.
I bought those tiny gold spreaders at a yard sale for just a few dollars for the set.
The fork on the right in the photo above is one of the original Bakelite set I bought. I always loved the little detail above the handle.
Anyone else have a utensil fetish?
PS – I listed a few new things in the online shop earlier this week.