Sunday, February 28, 2010


The "IT"
wedding gift
as early as the mid 1800's

Also known as
"Poor Man's Silver"

Mercury Glass
often replaced more pricey sterling silver
for typical wedding presents
 Mercury glass versions of
candlesticks, bowls and vases
became very popular
more in vogue
to give and receive

Tonal silver and white floral patterns
pastel colored versions
were common designs painted on the surface of vases

Sometimes a gold color
was used on the interior
 gives a contrast color to the vase or urn

Rare religious figures
such as the Virgin Mary
can also be found

The easiest way
to tell an antique
authentic piece
from a reproduction
is the weight
If it is heavy
it is a reproduction

Older pieces
will have a great patina
showing age
and discoloring
giving it a warm warn look

As history repeats itself,
and recessionary times are back
THE wedding gift
this year
should be
a beautiful
piece of


Sunday, February 21, 2010

No... it is NOT a Stone Mushroom!!!

They are
Staddle Stones

And what exactly

is a

First used
in the 18thc
foundations for farmers 
throughout the U K
to erect thatched huts to store
for the animals
the staddle stones 
are shaped as they are 
to prevent 
rodents from climbing up and into the hut

Staddle stones
a terrific architectural
and decorative addition
to any garden
are those found 
with thick moss
growing on the top
or even on the base

Older ones
have various types of lichen
growing on the surface
to a gorgeous
naturally weathered patina
Because of the type
and heft of the stone
they can withstand 
the coldest of climates

On our most recent buying trip
to England
we were fortunate
to find and purchase
some of the oldest
and best looking
staddle stones 
we have seen in years

All of which 
will be waiting
to find 
a new garden 
to adorn!!