Monday, August 6, 2012

Shabby Activity without a silver lining.

You will see a few "befores" and "afters"  in this post.  It's just a matter of  tackling the backlog of  pieces that  have been hanging around and begging for attention.  

Old White and French Linen.
This little shelf has been hanging around Shabby Friends too long.
Country Grey and French Linen.
This is soooooooo duh?
Duck Egg Blue and Country Grey. 
A great hinged box with severe condition issues.

A little Watco and steel wool

What to do with antique silver-plate that has lost it's silver? 

We were invited to preview a great Victorian Estate Sale last weekend.    I couldn't resist picking up these very antique pieces of old silver-plate for $3-5 each.   
Silver-plating was introduced during the Industrial Revolution.    Several pieces belonging to royal families in England were allowed to be copied.  

Most antique silver-plated items found today were popular wedding gifts during the nineteenth century and are often found with the initials of both the giver and the recipient. 

Who could resist the ornate decoration on this old card Receiver.

After over one hundred years of having your tarnish removed, you have nothing but copper.  So sad.  

I think this is a syrup dispenser.   The Victorians had a dispenser for everything.

I 'm sure I will be proven foolish for purchasing these worn out old ladies, but hey......they needed a home.  


  1. Oh, my! Beautiful pieces! Love the painted furniture and I do have a weakness for the silver, too. I picked up a silver goblet at Goodwill yesterday. They had a large tray I wanted, but I think it was marked a bit high so left it behind. Now, I'm wishing I had just bit the bullet!