New Vintage Finds in a New Year!
It’s a new year and, as I’m cleaning and re-organizing, I realized that I have a few new vintage finds that I haven’t shared with you!
Decorating with vintage pieces can give your home a storied, one of a kind look. They create instant history, which is something that new decor pieces just can’t do.
While shopping in a fabulous antique shop in Birmingham, Alabama, I stumbled upon this sweet old garden statue, sitting on a floor in a booth.
Because I have a weakness for vintage garden statuary, it stopped me in my tracks!
The statue depicts a sweet child standing in such a precious pose.
Weathered and pitted, and with part of one arm completely missing, it was totally imperfect. Which in my mind, made it absolutely perfect!
It was such a great price and I knew exactly where I wanted to display it, so it came home with me.
The painted demilune table that I painted many months ago stands underneath our antique French church board. This was the ideal piece to display this statue.
The sweet cherubic fellow stands among my antique processional crosses, adorned with a crown and Sacred Heart.
Decorating with vintage garden statuary inside our home is something that I love to do. They can make such an impact, and if I ever get tired of using this piece inside, I can simply move it outdoors.
While visiting my favorite monthly estate sale in Mobile, AL a few months ago, my eye was immediately drawn to this lovely Louis XVI chair.
If you’ve followed me for awhile, you know that I have a weakness for French chairs. I’ve tried to refrain from buying them lately, because I really don’t have room for any more, but this chair was in fabulous condition.
It didn’t need any work and the upholstery was perfect. The best part? It was only $58.00!
Of course, I had to buy it. I mean, it was practically free! Once I brought it home, I had to play a bit of “musical chairs” to make room for this beauty to sit in the foyer.
At the same estate sale, I also found a gorgeous antique Italian mirror.
As I walked toward it, I kept telling myself, “I don’t need another mirror”, “You have no place to put it”, and “It’s probably way too expensive”. All of those warnings went out the window as I saw the beautiful gilding and gorgeous carvings of flowers, leaves, and grapes.
The top had a piece missing, but I was still smitten.
I flipped the tag to check out the price, and it was only $28.00!! I couldn’t walk away without buying it.
A friend of mine that does antique appraisals has told me that if the top piece wasn’t missing, it would be appraised at approximately $2000.00, so I feel like I found a real treasure.
Now, I have a very talented brother in law that could carve a new piece for the top, and one would never know that it was repaired, but I’m rather fond of it as is, even with all of it’s imperfections.
Saving the best for last is my favorite find, a pair of antique English dairy slabs.
Over Thanksgiving, hubby and I celebrated our wedding anniversary by spending a few days in Memphis at the Peabody Hotel. While there, we did some antiquing of course!
I was wandering around a fabulous antique market, Sheffield Antiques, when I spied the dairy slabs out of the corner of my eye. I couldn’t believe it! I have searched for years and never found any.
Grabbing them as quickly as I could, I checked the price….$85.00 for the cheese slab, and $95.00 for the pure butter slab. Based on the price, (authentic antique English dairy slabs can go for 10x this price), I assumed they were reproductions which was fine with me!
We bought a few other items and they were wrapped and packed in a box for the trip home.
It was several days later before I unpacked everything that we had purchased, and had a chance to really inspect the dairy slabs.
I’m no expert, but based on my research, and the hallmark that is stamped on each one, I believe they may be authentic antique dairy slabs, which astounds me because they were priced so low.
Dating to the late 1800s, early 1900s, and made from white ironstone, English dairy slabs were mostly used during the Edwardian period.
They were used in grocery stores and markets for margarine, butter, lard, meats, and cheeses.
The ironstone slab would keep the products cool while stored inside the dairy case. They are highly sought after as collectibles, and are a true rarity to find.
The two dairy slabs found a place of honor on the French estanier cabinet in the breakfast room.
They are a nice addition to my French and English ironstone collection, and I’m still in awe that I found them at such a low price.
If any of you have any information about these antique dairy slabs, please share!