I already shared about the brown leather oxford shoes that I bought from an antique dealer at the Lucca fleamarket, but I wanted to show you the other things I bought as well as shoe the shoes up close. I am not really a shoe person per se, but I have always been attracted to wingtips. I think it is the old soul in me.
When I initially spotted the shoes, I thought they looked like my size, but I wasn’t sure. I slipped them on and they fit almost perfectly. They are 39 1/2 and I usually wear a 39 in European shoes. They are just a little bit too big, so I can either wear them with tights or put a rubber heel pad in the back. They weren’t so big though, that they were slipping off as I walked.
The gentleman who sold them to me told me they were made by a very good Italian brand – Umberto Romagnoli. They are beautiful leather and very well-made shoes and I was happy that they were made in Italy. I had already bought an antique American pen in Paris and I didn’t want to buy a pair of vintage American shoes in Lucca!
I also bought a pair of garden snips from the early 1900s…
I love the mechanism that expands when they open and that little piece of twine that holds the wooden handles closed.
And my favorite antique find was a silver desk set. I was hoping to find a silver and glass inkwell, but I wasn’t planning on finding a complete set. Dana is the one who actually spotted it and pointed it out to me. It was pretty early in the day and I was nervous about jumping on the first thing I saw. The inkwell was perfect, though…
It was when I saw the set that I actually remembered I’ve been looking for a silver blotter as well. I just didn’t think about looking for one in Italy. This blotter was exactly what I’ve been looking for.
It has just enough detail for my taste.
The set also included a dip pen, a silver and ivory letter opener, and a handle for a wax seal.
And everything was in beautiful condition as if it has been living in its case since it was made.
I am familiar with the markings on Sterling silver but didn’t recognize the VM 800 mark. Sterling silver is marked 925 because it’s 925 parts silver and 75 parts alloy. Much of the silver made in Italy and Germany is 800 part Silver and 200 parts alloy. So, this is still silver, not silver plate, but it’s not as high quality at Sterling silver. At €85, it was a great deal for such a nice set.
Can you believe those three things are the only antiques I bought in Lucca? I just didn’t find anything else that was exactly what I was looking for and I didn’t want to buy things just for the sake of buying them. I found, what I thought, was the perfect antique tabletop easel, but the woman who owned it would not sell it. She was even a little huffy when I asked if it was for sale. So, I walked away disappointed and didn’t find an antique tabletop easel on this trip.
I did some shopping for a couple of people who won Dana’s Inspired Tourist giveaway. One of the winners wanted sewing notions, so we picked out a pair of 1800 scissors and a thimble…
And the other winner likes a wide variety of things, so I picked out a blue and white compote for her and Dana found a tea towel monogrammed with her initials…
As I was taking pictures of the pedestal and the tea towel, I love how the light fell on this setting in front of the window. I am definitely going to paint this scene when I’m back at the easel again.
Believe it or not, I spent the bulk of my money in Lucca on new things. I’ll show you those in another post.