My passion, after my family of course, is Treasure Hunting. The simple beauty of things from by-gone eras have always spoken to me. Whether these treasures are found at a flea market, fine antique store, estate sale, thrift shop, or in the family attic, surprises abound.
As an interior designer, I believe it is vital to balance your decor by including found and family treasures. Surrounding yourself with things you love should always be the goal, from there you will find your true style.
As I shop, I may have a client in mind or I may want to resell at our french flea market or in my shop. I am lucky to have several outlets for my treasures including my own home! I plan to share my searching, hunting, travels, and treasures with you and encourage you to enjoy adding your treasures to your home.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Mystery Silver Sleeve

I found myself in a funky auction warehouse.  They were closing in 5 minutes, it was over 100 degrees,  dark and honestly, a little weird. I was okay leaving empty handed, I just wanted to get back in the air conditioned car and then something caught my eye. Just a little gleam on the back of a deep dark shelf.  I dove in and grabbed...the clock it ticking, the announcement over the p.a. system is declaring closing time. The etching was intriguing, the silver had a nice rich patina, but the size and shape had me stumped. No time to think, I can't even look it up on the iphone. Yes or no? I had time to ask the most important question of all... Is it unique? Yes, without a doubt. Then I need to take it home.
After bringing this beautiful piece home and doing some research, I learned that it is a silver plated cover made to fit over a tin pipe tobacco can/canister. Circa 1930's this sleeve is heavily etched with an English street scene on the body and an amazing wild boar on the lid surrounded with a frame of oak leaves and acorns. While researching, I found another identical sleeve on an online auction site. I purchased it and am thrilled to have a pair of these canisters. They will be beautiful displayed for fall on a mantle filled with autumn botanicals and the lids standing to show the beauty of the etching.

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