Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Fancy Feast . . .

. . . and I'm not talking Thanksgiving dinner.  I always joke that in retirement I plan to eat Fancy Feast, not from a crystal goblet but from a piece of antique pressed glass.  I've recently come closer to making that a reality.  

When in Tipp City for the Ali/Maria workshop, Melinda and I stopped at Patriot Antiques, a shop that was a true antiques shop.  We are talking pieces from the 1700 and 1800's.  Wonderful pieces ~ mostly out of my price range :)  I did spot this Leeds feather edge pepper pot.  It does have some discoloration and rim chips, but I thought the price was reasonable (for feather edge) so it had to come home and join my collection.  You can read about my collection and see pictures here.

After the workshop, I decided to quickly browse through one of the antique malls in town before heading home.  When I walked in, I saw this sampler and it was calling my name.  I went and took a look, loved what I saw, but walked away.  A little later it was SCREAMING my name and I asked what the best price was.  They called the dealer who came down 25%.  How could it not come home with me?  I absolutely LOVE it.  No alphabets, no name or date, but it is thought to be a circa 1830-1840 English sampler.  

The verse reads,
"How great the goodness and the grace
That on my birth has smiled
And made me in these christian days 
A happy English child

I was not born as thouands are
Where God was never known
And taught to pray a useless prayer
To blocks of wood and stone"

Last weekend the Christmas open houses were held in Avon, Ohio.  I picked up this sweet little hooked rug from hooker/antique dealer Arlene.  It measures about 12" x 15" and probably dates from the 30's.  I don't believe the blue on the sleigh and the brown line above the houses to be original to the piece.

This is the back side.  Pretty cool, no?

Thanks so much for stopping by.
Hugs & meow :)


  1. What a wonderful find, not sure which side I like better, lol.


  2. I'm behind you all the way! You'll like cat food in exchange for the enjoyment you'll get from those fine finds!!

  3. I'm glad you went back for the sampler. When something is screaming at you and it's not human, answer its call! Nice finds.

  4. Congratulations on such wonderful treasures, Lauren...the sampler is fabulous!!!

    Hugs, Linda

  5. I love both, esp. the sampler, truer words were never spoken! good for you!

  6. I think you made the right decision going back for the sampler. It is simply stunning and it needed to go home with you where it's beauty in verse can be appreciated.

  7. Morning Lauren.....love the sampler, way to go, glad you brought it home with you, Also love the hooked piece, like the back better.......Blessings Francine.

  8. Lauren the sampler is just beautiful and I love the verse on it...just gorgeous.
    Neat Pepper Pot...never seen one before.
    What a beautiful hooked rug...love the two looks.

  9. Ooooooooh WOWIE! What awesome finds! I LOVE the sampler... and it is in such pristine condition...the verse is a good one! The rug is great too... i kinda like the back better? ,lol! It really "feels" like snow with the colors they chose.

  10. When something screams at you, you must respond! Great finds Lauren.
    That sampler is gorgeous. You are a great treasure hunter!

  11. Wow Lauren - You found yourself some real treasures there! I'm so glad they have found a new home with you!

  12. Oh wow what treasures!!! That rug back and front are just amazing and my mouth watered at that sampler. Oh my gosh that is just beautiful. I am going to read about your collection next.
    What a successful trip. I would love to visit an antique store like that someday.

  13. Nice new treasures!!
    I love how the rug back looks.
    I've never seen a pepper pot before or heard of one.

  14. Hi Lauren, what wonderful finds, I have never heard of a pepper pot, so thanks to you I have learned something new! I just love the hooked rug,I love the muted colors of the front, faded over time I am sure, and the back so vibrant. I am so happy you brought it home with you. Greetings, Julie.

  15. Wonderful, wonderful goodies! The sampler is a gem...the rug is a real beauty as well.

  16. Sorry Lauren, I missed this post somehow.
    I love your old treasures. That rug is beautiful and I'm with you on that darker color , I don't think that it's the original color either.

    When something screams your name, you can hear it and it won't go away so you did well to go back for it.

    I don't know much about antiques but we call those pepper shakers. I was wondering if it was called a pepper pot in the old days or in certain areas.

    Now I'm off to check up on your collection./
    Have a great weekend.



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