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29 July, 2012

The Thrill of the Hunt...Found At Last!


It took me two years, but I finally found it! Do you know what it is? It has an interesting Victorian-style handle featuring a long-eared squirrel…

lid …and a figural lid with a little vintage bird that, like the handle, has darkened with age. The age is OK with me. I just hope that I look this good when I am over 100 years old like this fellow!

hooks There are twelve little sets of hooks that are intended to hold spoons. Can you guess now?

Victorian Demitasse Sugar Spooner It’s a vintage demitasse sugar spooner! This one is from William Rogers and dates from the late 1800s. Sugar spooners are an American invention combining a sugar bowl with a spoon holder that were frequently included as a part of a tea set in the Victorian era. I wish I could show you the "before" and let you see how it looked when I found it, but I could not wait to start polishing it and remove all those years of grime!

IMG_2617 I had been looking for one ever since I found this one almost exactly two years ago…which, sadly, had no lid.

IMG_2704Sooo…I decided to use it as a vase in my pink and green toile bedroom. You can read more about my first sugar spooner here.

pair And here they are side by side. The more recent find is on the right and it is a good bit smaller since it is meant to hold demitasse spoons. And…it has a lid!

tea I thought I would set up a little tea party to show off my new sugar spooner and some of my recent Goodwill hunting trophies…

creamer …like this wonderful vintage Bristol silverplate creamer by Poole. I am a sucker for anything silver that is footed! But…since I don’t use cream in my tea, I decided to use it to pot a violet. It was a Goodwill find for only $6.00! Woo hoo!

cup I also found this pretty demitasse cup with a violet motif…my grandmother’s favorite flower. It was another $6.00 find.

spoons The silverplate tray has a raised grape edge…my favorite motif…and was another $6.00 (my magic number) GW find from a while back. The pretty demitasse spoons sporting little grapes on the handle are a treasured gift from my friend Sarah at Hyacinths for the Soul. They are the perfect addition to my sugar spooner!

bkI am so excited about all of my finds…especially my sugar spooner…but our co-host Baby Kitty wants to know why I spent two years looking for it instead of finding one on the internet. Well…I told him…that’s kind of like cheating to me. Like shooting fish in a barrel…and what’s the fun in that?

tea2I found this one in the dustiest corner of my favorite dark and dingy junk store hiding in a pile of…well…junk! It was in desperate need of a good polishing, but even through the tarnish, I could see that it was a little gem. I squealed and hugged it…Come to Mama! Now that’s what you call the thrill of victory…the thrill of the hunt! Can clicking on the “buy it now” button compare? Not for me. Not for this Goodwill trophy hunter. What about you?

Thanks for stopping by! I hope you enjoyed a little peek at my sugar spooner! Please visit these wonderful bloggers and their beautiful blogs to see what they are up to and to find a list of this week’s participants!
Stephanie Lynn at Under the Table and Dreaming for the Sunday Showcase Party
Sarah at Thrifty Decor Chick for Before and After Monday (first Monday of the month)
Mary at Boogieboard Cottage for Masterpiece Monday
Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday

Marty at A Stroll thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday
Beth at The Stories of A2Z for Tutorials and Tips Tuesday
Linda at Coastal Charm for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday

Anita at Cedar Hill Ranch for Cowgirl Up! on Tuesdays

Kristin at My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia for Tuesday's Treasures
Kim at Savvy Southern Style for Wow Us Wednesdays
Judy at DIY by Design for Sizzle into Summer

Gina at The Shabby Creek Cottage for Transformation Thursdays
Sherry at No Minimalist Here for the Open House Party on Thursdays

Cindy at My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday
Courtney at French Country Cottage for Feathered Nest Friday

Honey at 2805 for Potpourri Friday
Heather and Vanessa at At the Picket Fence for Inspiration Friday
Debra at Common Ground for Vintage Inspiration Friday
Sherry at The Charm of Home for Home Sweet Home Friday

Donna at Funky Junk Interiors for Saturday Nite Special
See you next time! A la prochaine!

56 comments:

  1. What a great find! It's always so satisfying to finally get that perfect piece, isn't it? My mom looked for years for a teapot for her Lochs of Scotland, never found it. After she died, I inherited the set, and found the teapot- reminds me of her treasure hunt every time I see it. :)

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  2. I have to say I didn't know a sugar bowl with spoon holders existed but now if I run across one it will surely peek my interest. My Grandma had violet china too and her name was Violet.

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  3. I had never heard of such a thing either, but eeewwww, I love it, so so pretty, I think I will start my own hunt for one!! Thanks for sharing! Sue

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  4. Oh my! What a lovely piece! And, no, clicking the buy it now button is not nearly as fun as hunting a treasure in person! And the find....nothing like it!

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  5. Oh it is fabulous. I love it. Isn't it wonderful to find all the silver that others seem to be getting rid of. This is a wonderful find and treasure. Love your vignette too. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

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  6. That is the coolest thing, Deb. I had never seen one. It would make a very interesting addition to any tea-party. Very nice. Love the photo of Baby Kitty. Give him a hug for me. Deb

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  7. What a neat thing! And the other pieces from GW are fabulous! Baby Kitty is such a cutie!
    Nancy

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  8. Debbie,
    I'd say you scored BIG on your LITTLE gem!!! Patience does have its pay~off! I, too, would rather wait and pick it out in person vs the internet!!! Boosting the local economy is a"good thing"!EnJOY!!!
    Fondly,
    Pat
    P.s. Baby Kitty looks quite hansome in his pose!

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  9. What an amazing GW find! I've said it before & I'll say it again, I wish my GW had great treasures like the one you shop at.

    Smiles,
    Carol

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  10. It's very pretty Debbie! Love the bird on the lid and it looks great with the fun spoons too-enjoy:@)

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  11. Oh my goodness, what a beauty.....just love it! I'm addicted to silver too......I've never seen a demitasse spoon holder.

    FYI, I had a lady in the store last week that reads your blog all the time. I had told her how we meet at Sue's luncheon in November. My customer enjoys your blog just as much as I do!

    Keep those great posts coming! Now I'm on the hunt to find my spoon holder!

    Lynn

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  12. Oh how neat is that! I've never seen anything like it. It's really unique and I love the story of how you found one!

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  13. Niice!!! Always love stopping by to see you! I have been away from my blog for some months involved in FUNRaising for breast cancer research (Pink Days In Bloom) in all of my 'spare' time, but will return in a couple weeks after the last event for the 'season' on Aug 8th. Enjoy the rest of the summer. It is sooo fleeting...Wishing you a beautiful day!
    Hugs,
    Linda at Beautiful Ideas

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  14. I can only imagine your thrill at finding this! So much more exciting than clicking a "buy now" button. I agree with you, the thrill of the hunt is just as enjoyable as bringing the piece home. Your new find is lovely!

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  15. I absolutely agree with you. Oh, the thrill of the chase is much more fun than a click of a button. The excitement felt when you find the item you have been searching for is fabulous. Well done for your patience, it was rewarded. Best Wishes Daphne

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  16. What a wonderful find!! I have one that I bought a Hobby Lobby some years ago, but I would love to find an old one!! Just beautiful, enjoy it!! Penny

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  17. You are an expert "hunter", Debbie. I agree, it's the hunt that is fun part. This one is a great find. don't you just love the little birdie finial? I didn't realize that they made these for demitasse spoons, but that certainly makes sense. Glad you are enjoying the set of spoons. ;-)
    Enjoy your day.......Sarah

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  18. well Debbie, I have to say that this is my first time even seeing one of these. What a beauty, that bird figurine on top in itself is quite the find!

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  19. Debbie, What a great find. These must be extremely rare and this one looks fabulous never mind she has a little age. I love how you use it as a vase in the vignette and with the tea cup on the tray. I see Baby Kitty is mulling over the new sugar spooner!

    ~Emily
    The French Hutch

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  20. Don't you love that feeling...when you know you have found a treasure and one that speaks to your heart. My girlfriend says that is a God moment! I love that. Enjoy!

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  21. You lucky dog! That's beautiful! Congrat's on the special find!

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  22. Such a find....I admit ebay is not as much fun as finding in a shop...but sometimes it is the only way. Love all your silver finds.

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  23. congrats on your great new find. it made a beautiful tea scape with the other items you used.

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  24. OMG I LOVE it Debbie!!! It is sooo pretty and I have a thing for birds since our last name is Finch!:)

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  25. Debbie it is gorgeous! I completely understand the thrill of the hunt. I don't buy much on the internet...not the same to me either. LOVE this spooner and that lid on it is so wonderful. You are really lucky at your GW, mine isn't nearly as nice where I live! But I do find good stuff other places! Hugs, Linda

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  26. What a beautiful find, Debbie. There is nothing prettier than Victorian silver. The few I have are very cherished.

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  27. Very pretty Debbie! I love the handles and that sweet little bird on top!

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  28. I love the hunt and when you find what you were looking for there is no feeling like it. You found some great stuff.

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  29. Such an interesting post. I had never seen a sugar spooner. I love the look of african violets with silver, something very aged about it. The best photo, though, is posing Baby Kitty. Too cute!

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  30. You are really good at finding the good stuff!! I also love old silver pieces because they have such personality as your demitasse spoon holder.
    Thanks for sharing with us.

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  31. WOW, did that ever clean up beautifully, Debbie. I can't get over how pretty it looks. The stage is set perfectly to show her off. à demain....Linda

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  32. Oh my heart be still, this is a beautiful piece Debbie and I've got to say I wouldn't have known what it was used for. I'm excited for you to have found one with a lid and now I have something else to try and find as this piece is just too unique not to lust after. Thanks for sharing.

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  33. How wonderful! Congratulations on your great find!

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  34. I have never heard of or seen a sugar spooner! I love the 2 you have found and your latest find is truly a TREASURE!!!! XO, Pinky

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  35. I've never seen one of these, but I sure do LOVE it!!! That was well worth the wait for two years! What a beautiful treasure! :)

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  36. I honestly have never seen one of these before but yours is surely a beauty!
    Stunning with all your other pretties too!

    Hugs,
    Debbie

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  37. You go girl!! That is one treasure and a great example of how persistence can pay off!!! Congrats on all of you Christmas party success too! Whew! You've had some busy days.

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  38. Gorgeous addition to your tea table!!! I had not heard of one before.. and YES!! now I want one too!!! Visiting from Sunday Showcase party..HHL

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  39. Oh, my, you did get some wonderful Good Will finds. While I've found some practical things, I just do not find the lovely things I was able to find 10 or 12 years ago. I'm wondering if it's just the hard times or if it's where I live.
    In any case, hearty congratulations!

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  40. Debbie, this is so beautiful! I love it and you have certainly set up a pretty tea for us. Now I'm sure Baby Kitty helped with the cream! ;)
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

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  41. Well, it was obviously waiting for you...that piece is gorgeous!!...Your heart must have skipped a few beats when you saw it....

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  42. What a wonderful find. Hope we see lots of vignetts with it.
    Sandy

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  43. A beautiful find, and what a good time I bet you had on the two year hunt. Now, are you a little let down-you must think of something else to go on a hunt for!

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  44. Wow! You certainly did well - there's an identical spooner, minus the spoons, on ebay right now listed at $130+. Terrific find! I love seeing old silver being used - I have pieces from my family that I have out all the time.

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  45. Wow 1800 !!!!
    You SHOULD have clicked it before the scrubbing.
    Its always good to see the before and after look.

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  46. Some amazing items and I love the cat.
    Thanks for sharing
    Joasia x

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  47. That is absolutely gorgeous and such a great find. I didn't know what it was at first, but it is stunning. Thanks for sharing at DIYbyDesign.

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  48. I so agree about the thrill of the hunt. You found a truly lovely piece! ~ Maureen

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  49. Debbie, This is the prettiest one I have ever seen! Most lids are plain so this one with the little bird is fabulous. Thanks for sharing your finds at the Open House party.

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  50. This spooner is gorgeous!! Just to give you a heads up, I'm featuring it at cowgirl up next week. Couldn't wait to tell you.

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  51. Oh, it's gorgeous. Fabulous photos. The thrill of the hunt times a million. I would have loved to see the look on your face when you spotted that in the corner of the junk store. Oh man!

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  52. The spooner is such a terrific find! It's lovely and was meant for you! Thank you for sharing your new treasure at Potpourri Friday!

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  53. It's truly a stunning piece, Debbie! The one without its lid is also a beauty and perfect for your plant. Love the sweet cup & saucer!

    ~CAS~

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  54. a lovely find!
    newest follower...hope you'll visit me too...

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  55. I'd never heard of a Spooner before. How interesting! It certainly is beautiful. Congrats on finally finding one. I understand the hunt all too well. :)

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