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31 July, 2010

What Is It?...and...A Peek at Some Progress

IMG_2617 Wooo hoo! I am really excited about my favorite find this week! Can you guess what it is? Hint…it dates from the late 1800s and it is not a trophy! I’ll give you a closer look…


page It is old triple plate silver and has a wonderful filigreed band around the center. A series of twelve little hooks surround the edge of the bowl. There’s a hint in the mosaic! Do you see it? Can you guess?


IMG_2621 It’s a master sugar spooner…a very large sugar bowl combined with a spoon holder! Did you guess correctly? I admit that I had to do some research myself. They are an American invention which first appeared around 1874. Even though it can hold up to twelve spoons, I just put six so that you can see the lines of the piece more clearly. They were sometimes included as an additional part of a tea set. (For more information on spooners, click here.) This one is from Rogers Brothers and is marked as pattern number 70. And sadly, I have no lid.


386048541_tp But…here is a picture of it that I found on eBay. It is a different manufacturer, but is still marked pattern 70. I want it! Isn’t it lovely? I love the butterfly on top and the leaf pattern around it!  But I am not buying a whole new spooner just to get the lid. I even went back to the flea market to the same booth and searched…no lid! Waaaah! But that’s OK. I only paid $14 for my spooner. Woo hoo! I suspect the dealer didn’t do his research! One with the lid can cost $150 to $250 and up! Anyway, that gives me something else to search for! Soooo….what will I do with it?


IMG_2710When I found it, I was actually searching for a vase for my Parisian bedroom redo…so a vase it is! I left the spoons just to make it more interesting and as a little nod to its history. I think I am in love! Yes, yes, I know…again! :-)


IMG_2704 I put it on top of a stack of vintage books and added my little $2.00 frenchy boy from Goodwill…


IMG_2675 …and created a new vignette for my bedside table! What do you think?


IMG_2716 Here it is with my new frenchy lamp…love it! You can see my toile panels in the background.  It’s just a little peek at what is going on. I am loving the new vintage Parisian look in my bedroom!  I will reveal more as I make progress! 
Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my find! 
Please visit these wonderful ladies and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday
Rhoda at Southern Hospitality for Today’s Thrifty Treasures
Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday
Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Laurie at Bargain Hunting and Chatting with Laurie for A Few of My Favorite Things Saturday
See you next time! A la prochaine!

69 comments:

  1. I am totally in love with this dish! I have never seen anything like it before. You've been having some great luck at the flea markets and antique malls lately.
    Hugs, Sherry

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  2. Debbie, what a great find. It is so unique and I love it as a vase. Love your drapery panel fabric and can't wait for the reveal.

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  3. I love it! In fact, I love it more with flowers than a lid! You are such an eagle eye shopper. All the new details in your bedroom are looking great. It makes me want to redo our bedroom, but I'd have to get my husband to agree to the changes. :-)

    Hope you have a fun Sunday planned. ~ Sarah

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  4. Hi Debbie!
    Can you see me waving my hand around? "Pick me, pick me! I know the answer!" Yes, I knew it is a spooner. I have a couple myself although I don't have any with the spoon "hooks" on the outside; that is cool!
    LOVE the nightstand vignette. beautiful!
    Cass

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  5. It's hard to tell exactly how large this piece is by the picture... Truthfully, I like it BETTER for what you are using it for, than if it had a lid. You could put all forks and then fill it with something you could stab... I would like the exact dimensions of the cover so I can watch my area. I live in the area where it was made so "who knows", I would love to help you out... if you are sure that's the cover, email me a picture of it AND the exact size and I'll carry it around with me on my hunts...
    It is a beautiful and unusual piece...

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  6. I knew it was a spooner and I also love it!! Looks wonderful with flowers in it. Great buy and that lid will show u sometime.

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  7. Oh Debbie, it is just wonderful and I love it with the flowers and the spoons. So pretty with the books and the bust. I also really love your drapery panels. I can't wait to see the whole room. So pretty. You really do find the prettiest things and then you use them so beautifully. Hope you are having a super weekend. Thanks a bunch for linking up to TTT. Hugs, Marty.

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  8. Blue Ridge Gal had one of these great spooners on her blog today too!! It is simply wonderful - I am always so amazed at what people get rid of!

    bee blessed
    mary

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  9. What fun! I love that you left the spoons in even in the bedroom! And if you ever need a fondue pot you can use forks with it!
    Hugs,
    Dawn

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  10. Well you learn something new every day Debbie. I now know what a 'spooner' is. (I thought it was a punchbowl!) Looks great, love it as a vase. Your display is beautiful as ever. I'm loving the little crystal clock too :o)

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  11. That is so cool Debbie!
    Now you will have us all looking for one although I have never seen one before. I think you got a great deal on that baby and it looks so unique with all your other frenchy finds!
    I can't wait to see that bedroom, it's looking pretty awesome already.
    Happy Sunday,
    Cindy

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  12. Debbie.....wow - love the addition of the hydrangeas to the sugar bowl- it is really a wonderful piece - so unusual and charming with its patina and detail. Can't believe the beautiful vignette you have already created. The toile is just perfect and it is going to be a gorgeous room - I just know it! Linda

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  13. I guessed sugar bowl and was close. This is a really interesting piece and works perfectly as a vase. I love your fabric choice for your drapes and look forward to seeing more of this room.

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  14. Debbie, what a find! I was thinking how pretty flowers would look in it and then there it was. You thought the same thing.
    This is so unique. I love it.
    I hope you find a lid but I think it looks lovely as you have it displayed.
    Thanks for your visit. Yes.. label, label, label. What I have done with some things is used clear label tape on glass and breakable items that will not be used. The ulitimate is a picture inventory with a description of the item, the history and the current monetary value. My mother actually did this on most of their possessions, but I think through the years she must have forgotten that the S&P shakers came from her mother.
    Have a peaceful Sunday,
    Karen
    Ladybug Creek

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  15. Debbie... I found you through your comment on Rhonda's Blue Creek Home about the spooner. Oh, my gosh I love that piece! My hubby was sitting beside me when your blog header came up and said, that must be one of your "sisters". LOL! Enjoyed the history of the spooner!

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  16. Absolutely LOVE it! I've searched for one for some time but haven't had any luck yet- great score!
    xoxo Pattie

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  17. Hi Debbie! Oh, I love your new/olden spooner! I've never heard of one but could see how nice it would be for a tea party. It's very pretty and I do believe you got a great deal.
    I'm excited to see more of your pretty bedroom you're working on. Love your curtains.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  18. Love it and thanks for the history. Perfect in your guest bedroom. Oooh I still love that little guy next to the "vase".

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  19. Well you stumped me.. I've never seen a master sugar spooner before but I love it.
    Your Parisian bedroom vignette is so lovely against the pink and green toile draperies. Can't wait to see more of the room.

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  20. What a beautiful, unique piece. It looks pefect on your bedside table!

    Smiles,
    Carol

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  21. What a special piece, so unique. Love it!

    Hugs
    Charo

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  22. Hi Debbie!

    I am thrilled that Sarah sent you over. I did my post before I did any research! I did assume that it held spoons. Thanks for the information.
    Mine is marked "Florence Silver Co. Quadruple".

    I love,love,love how you used yours on the nightstand. I also love the window fabric and the peek of the bed linens!

    I am doing a reveal on my recently tweaked master bedroom this week too! I think we might be design sistas!

    I am looking forward to seeing the rest of your French bedroom redo.

    Rhonda

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  23. That is such a unique find. It looks perfect on your bedside table. Enjoy!

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  24. Love it! I knoew it held spoons, but I do love your repurposing too. Happy lid hunt!

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  25. Debbie, I think it makes a nicer vase than sugar bowl! Great find...

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  26. What a gorgeous find!! I especially love it with the flowers.

    Your bedside table is beautiful.

    Thank you for sharing,
    Patti (Fill My Cup with Beauty)

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  27. It looks gorgeous as a vase Deb! It really is a wonderful piece, with or without the lid. I love your little table vignette, and those panels look beautiful. Can't wait to see the final reveal! Hugs, Kat

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  28. Well, would you look at that! I have never seen a spooner! My first guess was trophy because of those handles. It looks lovely as a vase.

    Deborah in NC

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  29. That is a most gorgeous find! and I love it with the flowers! Very well done!

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  30. So Fabulous! Just wonderful on its own and with flowers!

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  31. Great use for the lidless spooner!

    Very very pretty and a great vignette!

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  32. Love your idea for turning it into a vase! Not everybody has something that unique!

    Jody

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  33. I think the spooner can be used in many different ways -- no lid necessary (of course it would be very nice to have). But you've done an inspired job with the hydrangea and spoons. This is the kid of odd piece I really love. Thanks for stopping by to see us. I was away on a trip but glad to be back. Jane F.

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  34. WOW!! That is amazingly beautiful!! I love that you found out it's true use but LOVE it as a vase. FABULOUS!

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  35. Debbie! I love that spooner. Do you know, I've seen spooners but not as master sugars! How neat! That is a real find and a real conversation piece. I love it with the flowers in it, too. Perfect!

    I adore your fabric panels and can't wait to see the redo. You are doing such a great job on your room.

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

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  36. I've heard of spooners but have never seen one...this is beautiful and the hydrangeas are perfect in it!!! congrats on "the" find!!!

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  37. I've never heard of this...just love the arrangement you made for it!

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  38. Hi Debbie thank you for your comment, its a joy to have your kind of support.

    You know I toooo! have a crazy passion for silver, silver plate, and any pot metal that has the feel of it.

    Love my visits to your place as well :)
    keep inspiring us.
    xx
    Dore

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  39. I had no idea what it was, but I love it with the flowers in it! What a great find. I can tell your room is looking gorgeous!

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  40. How interesting! I would've had no idea, but it certainly looks lovely in the vignette on your bedside table.

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  41. What a great find. I have never even heard of a spooner. Very interesting and it looks great as a vase. I noticed the toile panels before you mentioned them and I love them!

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  42. I love that dish. I am going to keep my eyes open from now on and maybe find one myself. It does look lovely with flowers in it too. Thanks for dropping by Deb. I always read your post early Sunday but for some reason I couldn't leave a comment this morning so I am late at it. Always enjoy your post. Hugs, Deb (I love the name Stanley for a cat :)

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  43. ooh i have one of those.. just missing 2 spoons. It belonged to my husband's grandmother. Mine has a bird on top.. his sisters were amazed that I would want it.. Little did they know. You can see a part of it here:
    http://marlisbennett.blogspot.com/2010/08/i-am-happy-because.html

    I have a better pic, but goodness, no clue where it is on the blog..

    Lucky you, good luck finding a top!!

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  44. Wow its really beautiful find. And I love it Debbie.
    Happy new week.

    xo

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  45. Very pretty, looks lovely with flowers in...nice find.

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  46. Debbie, Love that you're using it as a vase! What a unique, frugal, and fun find. Never saw one before.
    :-) Sue

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  47. Debbie your bedside table looks stunning, like Sarah A I think your sugar spooner looks lovelier with flowers than it would do with a lid.
    Like your style!
    Maggie

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  48. That was a great find and looks wonderful with the flowers in it. I am a florist and love finding unusual items to use as flower containers.

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  49. I've seen these old pieces in antique shops - I love your new use for yours!

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  50. Pretty vignette! I have never seen a spooner like that before.

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  51. Hi Debbie,
    That is just a fantastic idea and super arrangement. I love how you made it all come together. It's beautiful.

    I hope you have a wonderful week,
    Susan

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  52. Debbie - now this is stunning! I've NEVER seen one of these - but what a great compote for arrangements. Simply stunning! Great find, great post, and THANK YOU for inspiring me!

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  53. Hey sweet friend ...girl I love the spooners and I can't hardly wait to see the reveal of your master bedroom...with your great taste it will be beautiful my friend..I hope all is well in your world today and each day Debbie...Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

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  54. Hey cute thing! Has been entirely too long since last I stopped by and visited and wow... what a good day to do so.

    I love this darling dish-- love the way the spoons look with it! just perfect for your vingette.

    Im excited to see the unveiling of your master.

    Stop by and join with us on Fridays-- Finding beauty... cuz you have that down pat!

    Have a great week.

    Claudia

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  55. What a great find. I have never seen one like it before. How smart of you to research and find its original purpose.It makes a gorgeous floral container.
    Annette

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  56. Debbie...it is soo cute! I love it without it's missing lid! I'm glad you left the spoons in with the flowers..love how it looks. You find the best goodies! :)

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  57. What an unique item....lovin it with the spoons and flowers! Your curtains are just beautiful too. Cannot wait to see your finished product! Thanks for sharing!

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  58. What a fun way to display and unusual piece-enjoy!

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  59. A perfect use for this server. So very beautiful. Congrats on this find and on doing the research.

    Love it!!!

    Becky K.

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  60. your spooner is fabulous! i love it! and i love the flowers in it. what an amazing find!
    love the frenchy boy too!

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  61. Lucky Lady, what a wonderful find and as usual your vignette was perfect!!! I can't wait to see the rest of your room!!! Thanks for sharing.
    Sandy

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  62. What a great item. I have never seen or heard of one of those before. Great find.

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  63. Hi Debbie!It's been a while that i haven't scrolled your blog and I can see you still find wonders!
    Whaoo!i love this one!
    I hope you spend a great summer!

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  64. Dear Debbie,

    I SWEAR we are twins, seperated at birth!!! This spooner is absolutely lovely!
    Very early in my blogging, I did a post about one that I have that was found in my parents attic.

    Go here to see it:

    2009/09/what-do-you-think-this.html


    I ♥ ♥ ♥ how you filled it with the white flowers & set it on Battenburg lace. Just Beautiful!!
    Can't wait to see the rest of your reveal.

    fondly,
    Rett

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  65. Love the idea of using it as a vase...looks outstanding! Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    Blessings,
    Linda

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  66. Debbie, I love those draperies (you knew I would). can't wait to see the room. I've never seen a spooner like that. How fabulous it is, and I love it with flowers in it. Your table vignette looks beautifully French. Thank you so much for linking up. laurie

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  67. wow!!! love, love this spoon holder!!!!!

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  68. Hi Debbie :)
    Just LOVELY :)
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  69. OH Debbie, what a a beautiful and exquisite treasure! I love it and want one too! The flowers in it look wonderful!!

    Hugs,
    Nancy

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Thanks so much for stopping by and taking the time to comment! I appreciate my wonderful readers!... Debbie